Richard A. Palmer


Professor Emeritus of Chemistry

Dr. Palmer's research interests span the areas of analytical, inorganic and physical chemistry. Current projects involve the use of FTIR spectroscopy in the investigation of dynamic processes on the nanosecond to millisecond time scale. Included are nanosecond studies of photoexcited states in metalloproteins and other metal complexes, rheo-optical measurements of the sub-molecular dynamics of polymer films perturbed by mechanical fields and development of fiber optic-based photothermal spectral detection for materials and biomedical applications.

Appointments and Affiliations

  • Professor Emeritus of Chemistry

Contact Information

  • Office Location: 3236 French Family Science Cen, Durham, NC 27708
  • Office Phone: +1 919 660 1539
  • Email Address:


  • Ph.D. University of Illinois, 1965
  • M.S. University of Illinois, 1962
  • B.S. University of Texas, Austin, 1957

Representative Publications

  • Wang, L; Chapman, J; Palmer, RA; van Ramm, O; Mizaikoff, B, Classification of atherosclerotic rabbit aorta samples by mid-infrared spectroscopy using multivariate data analysis., Journal of biomedical optics, vol 12 no. 2 (2007) [10.1117/1.2714030] [abs].
  • Schoonover, JR; Steckle Jr, WP; Johnston, CT; Wang, Y; Gillikin, AM; Palmer, RA, “Humidity-Dependent Dynamic Infrared Linear Dichroism of a Poly(Ester Urethane)”, Spectrochemica Acta Part A. Molecular and Biomolecular Spectroscopy, vol 67 (2007), pp. 208-213 [abs].
  • Wang, L; Chapman, J; Palmer, RA; Alter, TM; Hooper, BA; Ramm, OV; Mizaikoff, B, Classification of Atherosclerotic Rabbit Aorta Samples with an Infrared Attenuated Total Reflection Catheter and Multivariate Data Analysis, Appl. Spectrosc. (2005) [abs].
  • Wang, Y; Schoonover, JR; Aubuchon, SR; Palmer, RA, Dynamic Mechanical Analysis and Dynamic Infrared Linear Dichroism Study of the Frequency - Dependent Viscoelastic Behavior of a Poly (ester urethane), Vibrational Spectrosc. (2005) [abs].
  • Wang, Y; Aubuchon, SR; Smith, ME; Schoonover, JR; Palmer, RA, "Dynamic Infrared Linear Dichroism Study of the Temperature-Dependent, Viscoelastic Behavior of a Poly(ester urethane)", Applied Spectroscopy (2004) [abs].