Dr. Jack Saltiel, Professor

Professional Preparation/Appointments

B.A. Rice University (1960)
Ph.D. California Institute of Technology (1964)
Postdoc, University of California, Berkeley (1964)

Contact Information

Email jsaltiel@chem.fsu.edu
Office 615 DLC 850.644.5405
Lab 649 DLC 850.644.8266

Programs of Research

​Analytical, Organic, Physical

Research Specialties

Spectroscopy and Photochemistry

Research Interest

Jack Saltiel’s mechanistic studies have earned him worldwide recognition as the foremost authority on cis-trans photoisomerization. Seminal contributions fall principally in four areas:

    1. Mechanisms of olefin cis-trans photoisomerization.
    2. Medium effects on the radiationless relaxation of electronically excited molecules.
    3. Spin-statistical factors in diffusion-controlled reactions.
    4. Factor analysis to resolve complex spectral matrices.


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Saltiel, J.; Krishnan, S. B.; Gupta, S.; Chakraborty, A.; Hilinski, E. F.; Lin, X. Photochemistry and Photophysics of Cholesta-5,7,9(11)-trien-3β-ol in Ethanol. Molecules 2023, 28, 4086-4104. http://doi.org/10.3390/molecules28104086
Krishnan, S. B.; Clark, R. J.; Lin, X.; Dmitrenko, O.; Hilinski, E. F.; Kuhn, L. R.; Alabugin, I. V.; Saltiel, J. The a-Methylstilbene Isomers – Relationship of Structure to Photophysics and Photochemistry. J. Phys. Chem. A J. Phys. Chem. A 2022, 126, 8976-8887. http://doi.org/10.1021/acs.jpca.2c06319
Saltiel, J. The s-trans,s-cis-conformer of all-trans-1,6-diphenyl-1,3,5-hexatriene was detected: A response. J. Phys. Org. Chem. 2023, 36(2), e4439. https://doi.org/10.1002/poc.4439
Saltiel, J.; Krishnan, S. B.; Gupta, S.; Hernberg, E. A.; Clark, R. J. Photochemistry and Photophysics of Cholesta-5,7,9(11)-triene-3β-ol – A Fluorescent Analogue of Cholesterol. Photochem. Photobiol. Sci. 2022, 21, 37-47. http://doi.org/10.1007/s43630-021-001131-w
Zimányi, L.; Thekkan, S.; Eckert, B.; Condren, A. R.; Dmitrenko, O.; Kuhn, L. R.; Alabugin, I. V.; Saltiel, J. Determination of the pKa values of trans-Resveratrol, a Triphenolic Stilbene, by Singular Value Decomposition. Comparison with Theory. J. Phys. Chem. A 2020, 124, 6294-6302. http://dx.doi.org/10.1021/acs.jpca.0c04792
Zimanyi, L.; Krishnan, S. B.; Williford, E.; Gupta, S.; Sepulveda, J.; Schwartz, H.; Mallory, F. B.; Mallory, C. W.; Dmitrenko, O.; Saltiel, J. Translational Diffusion and Unstable Conformer Trapping in Glassy Isopentane at 77 K. J. Phys. Chem. A 2019, 123, 9102−9112. http://dx.doi.org/10.1021/acs.jpca.9b07964