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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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. 
Saltiel, J.; Redwood, C. E.; Laohhasurayotin, K.; Samudrala, R. Photochemistry of the 1,6-Dideuterio-1,3,5-hexatrienes in Solution: Efficient Terminal Bond Photoisomerization in One-Bond-Twist and Bicycle Pedal Ways. J. Phys. Chem. A 2018, 122, 8477-8489.
Saltiel, J.; Gupta, S. Photochemistry of the Stilbenes in Methanol. Trapping the Common Phantom Singlet State. J. Phys. Chem. A 2018, 122, 6089-6099.
Bayda, M.; Redwood, C. E.; Gupta, S.; Dmitrenko, O.; Saltiel, J. Lumisterol to Tachysterol Photoisomerization in EPA Glass at 77 K. A Comparative Study. J. Phys. Chem. A 2017, 121, 2331-2342.
Saltiel, J.; Redwood, C. E. Photochemistry of the 1,4-Diphenyl-1,3-butadienes in Ethanol. Trapping Conical Intersections. J. Phys. Chem. A 2016, 120, 2832-2840.