Polymer science, colloid science, chemistry and physics of liquids and complex fluids, light scattering, history and philosophy of chemistry
The structure and dynamics of macromolecular systems are studied using light scattering and statistical mechanics. Individual polymers and macromolecular aggregates are examined in dilute solution. The structure of polymer solutions is determined as a function of concentration. The dynamics of the glass transition are studied over fifteen orders of magnitude in time. A recent book on Physical Chemistry of Macromolecules is now in print.
An ongoing project is being carried out at the Chemical Heritage Foundation on the history of polymer science. The book is entitled “Paradigms in Polymer Science.” The history of chemistry and of books about chemistry is being pursued from Greek times to the present. Current bibliophile projects include a study of Jean Perrin and his Landmark Book: Les Atomes. A History of Polymer Science at the Mellon Institute has been presented.
|1984–present||Professor, Carnegie Mellon University|
|1972–1984||Member of Technical Staff, Chemical Physics, AT&T Bell Laboratories|
|1972||Ph.D. Physical Chemistry, Stanford University|
|2015–2016||Chair, Division of the History of Chemistry, ACS|
|2014||Member of Board of Directors, Chemical Heritage Foundation|
|2010||President, Bolton Society|
|2004–2005||Charles C. Price Fellow of the Chemical Heritage Foundation|
|1981||National Academy of Sciences Award for Initiatives in Research|
|1981||American Physical Society Fellow|
|1981||Royal Society of Chemistry Fellow|
Preceptors in Chemistry
Patterson, G.D. (ACS Books, 2017)
Paul John Flory: A Life of Science and Friends
Patterson, G. D., (CRC Press, 2016)
In retrospect: Sixty years of living polymers
Nature, 536, 276–277 (2016).
Polymer Science from 1935–1953: Consolidating the Paradigm
Patterson, G.D. (Springer, 2014)
Characters in Chemistry: A Celebration of the Humanity of Chemistry
Patterson, G.D. (ACS Books, 2013)
Science in Cambridge, in Science History: A Traveler’s Guide, Mary Virginia Orna, Ed., Patterson, G.D. ACS Symposium Series, 1179, 117–132 (2013).
A Prehistory of Polymer Science
Patterson, G.D. (Springer, 2012)
Les Atomes: A Landmark Book in Chemistry
Patterson, G. D., Foundations of Chemistry 2010, 12 (3), 223–233.
Eyes to See: Physical Evidence for Atoms in Atoms in Chemistry: From Dalton’s Predecessors to Complex Atoms and Beyond. Giunta, C.J., Ed. Patterson, G.D. ACS Symposium Volume, 1044. 83–92 (2007)
Physical Chemistry of Macromolecules
Patterson, G.D. (CRC Press, 2007)
Jean Perrin and the triumph of the atomic doctrine
Patterson, G.D., Endeavor 2007, 31 (2), 50-53.