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Bill Poirier is Chancellor's Council Distinguished Research Professor and also Barnie E. Rushing Jr. Distinguished Faculty Member at Texas Tech University, where he holds appointments in the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry, the Department of Physics, and also the Center for Chemical Biology. He received his Ph.D. in theoretical physics from the University of California, Berkeley, followed by a chemistry research associateship at the University of Chicago's James Franck Institute. 

As an instructor at TTU, Professor Poirier has taught Thermodynamics almost every fall semester since his arrival in 2001. During that time he has been nominated for a variety of teaching awards, including the Tribute to Teachers Award, which he won in 2005, presented to him by US Representative Randy Neugebauer.  While at UC Berkeley, Poirier also received an Outstanding Graduate Student Instructor Award. However, he is proudest of having been selected several times as a TTU Graduating Senior Named Outstanding Faculty Member, as this recognition comes directly from students.  

Professor Poirier is a computational chemical physicist, studying the quantum dynamics of molecules. His broad research goal is to understand and to solve the Schroedinger equation, from both foundational and practical perspectives. Within that purview, his interests are quite varied, ranging from evaluating carbon nanomaterials for hydrogen storage, to studing the mass-independent fractionation of sulfur isotopes to understand the atmospheric "oxygen revolution", to developing a new formulation of quantum mechanics without wavefunctions. He currently holds research grants from the National Science Foundation, the NASA Astrobiology Program, the US-Israel Binational Science Foundation, and The Robert A. Welch Foundation.

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