About Rainer Glaser


  • University of CA - Berkeley, Doctor of Philosophy, 1987

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Rainer Glaser

Vice provost
Office of Graduate Education
216 Centennial Hall

573-341-4141 | glaserr@mst.edu


  • University of CA - Berkeley, Doctor of Philosophy, 1987

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Rainer E. Glaser (http://faculty.missouri.edu/~glaserr) studied Chemistry and Physics at the Universitaet Tuebingen (Zwischenpruefung, 1979; Vordiplom, 1980; Chemie Diplom, 1984), Germany, at the University of California (M.S., 1983; Ph.D., 1987), Berkeley , CA and at Yale University (post-doctoral studies 1987-89), New Haven, CT. He joined the Department of Chemistry at the University of Missouri (MU) in 1989 and was promoted to Full Professor in 2003. In 2018, he transferred to the Missouri University of Science and Technology (Missouri S&T) to lead the Department of Chemistry as Professor and Chair.

Dr. Glaser and his group have published over 200 papers and book chapters on a broad range of topics and presented over 250 invited lectures and more than 280 contributed presentations. Roughly a quarter of these publications have resulted from local, national and international collaborations with colleagues in chemistry, physics, mathematics, biochemistry, science education and journalism.

Dr. Glaser received fellowships from the Fonds der Chemischen Industrie, the Fulbright Foundation, the Japan Society for the Promotion of Science (Hokkaido, Visiting Professor, 1997), the Chinese Academy of Science (Beijing, Senior International Visiting Professor 2013 & 2014), and Northwest University in Xi'an (Guest Professor, 2013-), and has been funded by NSF (CHE, DUE, MRI), NIH (NIGMS, NCI), ACS-PRF (G, AC, SE, ND) and other sources. Dr. Glaser was elected fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science and of the Royal Society of Chemistry. Dr. Glaser has been serving on many committees in the UM system, and he has been active to strengthen shared governance, academic freedom, peer review, science ethics and science communication.

Rainer Glaser and Julia M. Chang (UC Berkeley, 1984) married in 1996 after a courtship of some ten exciting years, and the couple has two children, Katharine "Kayla" Jade Glaser (b. 1997) and James Chang Glaser (b. 2001), and two cats, our blue Russian Tippy and our brown Noodle.


Expertise areas

Electronic Structure Theory, Chemistry in Anisotropic Media, Ferroelelectric Materials, Catalysis, Olefin Polymerization, Oscillating Chemical Reactions, Heterocumulenes, Biomimetic, Reversible CO2 Sequestration, Astrochemistry, Science Communication, Cross-Disciplinary Science Education, International Education

Current research projects

Biomimetic CO2 Capture from Air
    Ferroelectric Nonlinear Optical Materials
      Oscillating Chemical Reactions

        The acidity dependence of the iron-catalyzed bromate-malonic acid Belousov-Zhabotinsky reaction was studied and the temporal evolutions of the oscillation patterns were analyzed.

        Research interests

        Guiding Principles: From Electronic Structure Theory to New Concepts in Chemistry is the guiding principle of our research. This principle is applied to studies of Chemistry in Anisotropic Media, and all efforts are benefiting from the Synergy of Tightly Coupled Theoretical and Experimental Studies.

        Current projects include: 1. Polar Order in Crystalline Organic Molecular Materials, 2. DNA Base Deamination and Cross-Link Formation, 3. Catalysis: Olefin Polymerization and Oscillating Chemical Reactions, 4. Heteroarene Reduction: Hypoxia Selective Cancer Chemotherapeutics, 5. Heterocumulenes: Biomimetic, Reversible CO2 Sequestration, 6. Astrochemistry: Nucleobase Synthesis in Interstellar Space, 7. Science Communication: Chemistry is in the News and Beyond, 8. Cross-Disciplinary Science Education: Mathematics and Life Sciences.

        Research funding

        • NSF CHE
        • NSF MRI
        • ACS PRF
        • Missouri S&T

        Research grants

        • Biomimetic and Rubisco-Inspired CO2 Capture from Air. Rainer Glaser, Principal Investigator. National Science Foundation,
          Chemistry. Award: $438,000. Funding Period: 08/01/2017 - 07/31/2020.
        • MRI: Acquisition of an ultrafast amplified laser system for nonlinear optics and time-resolved spectroscopic studies of condensed matter systems. Suchismita Guha, Ping Yu, Guang Bian, Rainer
          Glaser, Heather K. Hunt; co-PIs. National Science
          Foundation. Award: $352,346. Funding Period:
          10/01/18 - 09/30/20.
        • New Biomedical Research Core Facility: The Bio-CURE Lab at S&T Co-PIs: Nuran Ercal, Vadym Mochalin, Rainer Glaser, Risheng Wang,
          Thomas Schuman, Anthony Convertine, Keith R. Buszek. Missouri
          University of Science & Technology, Office of Research. Award:
          $400,000. Funding Period: 07/01/2019-06/31/2021.


      • Measurements and Simulations of the Acidity Dependence of the Kinetics of the Iron-Catalyzed Belousov-Zhabotinsky Reaction. Proton-Catalysis in the Electron Transfer Reaction Involving [Fe(phen)3]3+ E. Zars, R. Glaser, M. Downing, and C. Chicone. J. Phys. Chem. A
        2018, 122, 6183-6195. DOI: 10.1021/acs.jpca.8b05015. (Oscillating
        Chemical Reactions)
      • Simultaneous Determination of All Species Concentrations in Multi-Equilibria for Aqueous Solutions of Dihydrogen Phosphate Considering Debye-Hueckel Theory J. Schell; E. Zars; C. Chicone; and R. Glaser. J. Chem. Eng. Data
        2018, 63, 2151-2161. DOI: 10.1021/acs.jced.8b00146.
        (Electrolyte Solution Modeling)
      • Enhanced piezoresponse and nonlinear optical properties of fluorinated self-assembled peptide nanotubes Soma Khanra, Sandra Vassiliades, Wendel Alves, Kaidi
        Yang, Rainer Glaser, Kartik Ghosh, Payal Bhattacharya,
        Ping Yu, and Suchismita Guha
        American Institute of Physics (AIP) Advances 2019, 9,
        115202-6. DOI: 10.1063/1.5220662 (Optical Materials)
      • STEM Education

        Awards and recognition


        • Studienstiftung des Deutschen Volkes, 1981-4.
        • Fulbright Fellow, 1982-3.
        • Fellow of the Fonds der Chemischen Industrie, 1985-7.
        • JSPS Postdoctoral Fellow, Dept. of Chem., Hokkaido University, Sapporo, 1997.
        Teaching Awards (selected)
        • 2016 - 2017 Chancellor's Excellence Award, Outstanding Undergraduate Faculty, University of Missouri, Columbia, 2017.
        • Inaugural Writing Intensive Teaching Excellence Award, University of Missouri, Columbia, 2012.
        • Edward K. Mellon Honorary Seminar on Chemical Education, Florida State University, 2003-4.


        • Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (elected 2005)
        • Fellow of the Royal Society of Chemistry (elected 2006)
        • Visiting Professor Chinese Academy of Sciences, Beijing, 2010-
        • Guest Professor, Dept. of Chem., Northwest Univ., Xi'an, 2013-


        Mentoring of Research Students
        Publications and Media Appearances
        • Publications and Presentations The Glaser Group published close to 200 papers and book
          chapters on a broad range of topics and presented over 240
          invited lectures and more than 270 contributed presentations.
        • Media Appearances Communication activities mostly began with interviews which led to
          media appearances either directly or by way of press release . The more
          prominent media events have included articles in national print media
          (3 in C&EN, 1 in Science) and tens of appearances in major popular
          media (USAToday, Fox, MSNBC, BBC...).
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