Materials chemistry, applied spectroscopy, alternative energy, nuclear spintronics
Reimer’s career spans a diverse array of contributions in expanding and applying spectroscopy for materials research. In his early work, he unraveled the structure and properties of amorphous semiconductors, with particular attention to their applications in solar cells. He developed NMR instrumentation to probe the action of catalysts under the high temperature and pressure conditions that mimic those in actual catalytic reactors. This instrumentation-oriented spirit afforded investigation of liquid crystalline polymers subject to contraction flow, as well as polymers adsorbed to surfaces. To further expand the applicability of NMR, Professor Reimer has participated in a number of projects to detect materials outside of the NMR coil with specially designed NMR probe heads and magnets. His interest in catalysis and alternative energy sources spawned another line of studies that combine NMR and electrochemical measurements. From oxygen defect ordering in solid oxide fuel cell membranes to covalency in lithium battery materials to adsorption on fuel cell cathodes, Professor Reimer and his co-workers provided insight into the chemistry of electrochemical systems.
Professor Reimer’s most recent scholarly works span a range of materials studies, including the structure and proprieties of MOF’s for CO2 capture, fuel cell membranes and electrocatalysts, and semiconducting materials for energy capture. He pioneers electrical and optical control of nuclear polarization in semiconductors, and is a leading spokesperson for the field of nuclear spintronics.
Teaching and Service
In 1998 Professor Reimer won the Donald Sterling Noyce Prize for Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching in the Physical Sciences and received the AIChE Northern California Section Award for Chemical Engineering Excellence in Academic Teaching. UC Berkeley presented Professor Reimer with the UC Berkeley Distinguished Teaching Award in 2003, the highest award bestowed on faculty for their teaching. His introductory textbook (Chemical Engineering Design and Analysis – an Introduction), co-authored with T. Michael Duncan, focuses on teaching chemical engineers about the importance of design concepts early in their academic studies.
Professor Reimer was Chair of the Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering at Berkeley (2006-2011) as well as an Associate Dean of the Graduate School at Berkeley (2000-2005). In his role as Associate Dean he reformulated UC Berkeley’s procedures for academic reviews of its ~100 PhD granting departments. He has served many times as the chair of the Academic Senate subcommittee on GSI affairs; this group reports to the Graduate Council on policies and procedures for insuring that doctoral students are prepared for the teaching profession.
The larger scholarly and professional community is well served by Professor Reimer’s engagement as organizer for several conferences, including service as Chair of the Gordon Conference on Magnetic Resonance. He also serves on the governing board of the Council for Chemical Research.
Professor Reimer was born in Van Nuys, California and received his bachelor’s degree (with honors) from the University of California at Santa Barbara. He obtained his doctorate in chemical physics from the California Institute of Technology while working with physicists from Xerox PARC examining the chemistry and the physics of solar cell materials. Prior to his appointment at Berkeley, he conducted basic and applied research in semiconductor science and technology as a postdoctoral fellow at IBM Research in Yorktown Heights, New York. Professor Reimer earned a Presidential Young Investigator Award and the Camille and Henry Dreyfus Teacher-Scholar Award during his early years at Berkeley. After receiving tenure, in recognition for his contributions in applying magnetic resonance spectroscopy, Professor Reimer was named the R.W. Vaughan Lecturer at the Rocky Mountain Conference on Analytical Chemistry and Applied Spectroscopy. Professor Reimer was named a Mercator Professor of the Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft (DFG) at RWTH Aachen University while on leave from Berkeley in 2006. His work on applying spectroscopy to problems in materials chemistry and physics led to his election as a Fellow to both the American Association for the Advancement of Science and to the American Physical Society. In 2012 he receives the Eastern Analytical Society award for outstanding contributions to magnetic resonance.