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Sally Chapman

Professor of Chemistry

Sally Chapman, Professor of Chemistry, joined the Barnard faculty in 1975.

Professor Chapman is an activist and advocate on behalf of young women wishing to pursue careers in the sciences. She is a Fellow of the Association of Women in Science (AWIS) and was chosen as Outstanding Woman Scientist of 2002 by AWIS Metro-NY. She is a charter member of COACh, the Committee on the Advancement of Women Chemists. She is the Principal Investigator of a grant from the National Science Foundation ADVANCE Leadership Program, in conjunction with the American Chemical Society PROGRESS program.

Professor Chapman has served as research mentor for many Barnard students, and has often published scientific papers in collaboration with these students and helped students to present their work at professional scientific conferences.

Professor Chapman has served as Chair of the Petroleum Research Fund Advisory Board and Chair of the ACS Committee on Professional Training. She often serves as a consultant to colleges and universities regarding science curriculum and program development.

Selected Publications

(* = undergraduate co-author)

"Collisional Energy Transfer between Hot Pyrazine and Cold CO: A Classical Trajectory Study" (with C. J. Higgins*)," J. Phys. Chem. A 108 (2004)

"Innovative Curricula and the ACS Committee on Professional Training", in Education for Industry, ed. L. Melton (American Chemical Society, 1997)

"A Classical Trajectory Study of O- + HF -> OH + F-" (with S. Lau*), J. Phys. Chem. A 101 (1997)

"Dynamics of Overtone Induced Energy Flow and Fragmentation in Alkyl Hydroperoxides" (with T. Uzer), in Advances in Classical Trajectory Methods, Vol. I, ed. W.L. Hase (JAI Press, 1992)

"The Classical Trajectory Surface Hopping Approach to Charge Transfer Processes," in State-Selected and State-to-State Ion-Molecule Dynamics, Advances in Chemical Physics, Vol. 83, ed. C. Ng and M. Baer (Wiley, 1992)

"A Semiclassical Study of Long Time Recurrences in the Femtosecond Predissociation Dynamics of NaI" (with M. S. Child), J. Phys. Chem. 95 (1991)

"Collinear Proton Transfer in a Symmetric Bihalide System" (with D. P. Ali, and J. T. Hynes), Chem. Phys. 136 (1989)

"Nonadiabatic Molecular Collisions II. A Further Trajectory-Surface-Hopping Study of the ArH2 + System," J. Chem. Phys. 82, (1985)

"Semiclassical Transition State Theory for Nonseparable Systems: Application to the Collinear H + H2 Reaction" (with B. C. Garrett and W. H. Miller), J. Chem. Phys. 63, (1975)

Academic Focus: 

Energy transfer in highly excited molecules
Classical trajectory studies in chemistry
Science curriculum development
Advancement of women in the sciences
Thermodynamics, Kinetics, Spectroscopy, Chemistry, Women in Science, curriculum, energy, petroleum, oil, natural resources,


A.B., summa cum laude, Smith College
Ph.D., Yale University