D. Dlott (Curriculum Vitae)
D. Dlott (personal home page)
Dlott was born in Los Angeles,
CA on September 12, 1952 to Joseph and Eleanore Dlott. Joseph was a scrap iron dealer and Eleanore a housewife and mother of four. In 1955, the
family moved to Dayton, Ohio, where he attended Jefferson Elementary
School. In 1964 they moved to Indianapolis, Indiana,
where he attended Northview Junior High and North Central High School.
In high school,
Dlottís main ambition was to get out of Indiana. In his senior year of high
school, Dlott's father died at the young age of 53. Fortunately Dlott was
able to finance his exit from Indiana
by obtaining an academic scholarship to Columbia University.
he majored in chemistry and was particularly attracted to physical chemistry.
He did undergraduate research with the late Prof. Richard Bersohn in the
field of protein dynamics. He helped invent a new way of testing for the
unsaturated iron-binding capacity in human blood which has never been used
since. He was a member of the chess team which won the Pan-American
Intercollegiate Chess Tournament. He supported himself with part-time
jobs, sometimes working three jobs simultaneously. On weekdays, he was a
gofer in the School
of Fine Arts and a
laboratory technician. On weekends he directed chess tournaments.
In 1974 he
University and he
received his Ph.D. under the direction of Prof. Michael D. Fayer.
This began a close relationship and productive collaboration which has lasted
more than thirty years. At Stanford, he was exposed to the latest in
ultrafast laser technology in the laboratory of Prof. Anthony Siegman. For
his thesis project, he built a high repetition rate tunable picosecond laser
system and used picosecond transient grating spectroscopy to measure the
rates of electronic energy transfer in molecular crystals.
in 1979, he took a faculty position at the University of Illinois and he is
currently William H. and Janet G. Lycan Professor of Chemistry.† At Illinois, his research first centered on
the vibrational dynamics of molecular crystals. With time, his research
program broadened to include laser materials interactions, biophysics, shock
waves and energetic materials, as described in further detail on other pages.
Besides his work in fundamental physical chemistry, including over 260
research publications, he is particularly proud of his contributions of
fundamental significance in the field of high resolution imaging, for which
he received awards from the Society of Imaging Science and Technology. He
currently lives in Champaign,
IL, with his wife Maria, and
his son David.
Problem like Maria
Thinking too much
Iím the boss
What shock compression
scientists do (1)
behaved like Republicans
The stimulus package
What we say to dogs
Huck Finn Redux
Iím not texting
In my day
Karl Rove and Plato
The origin of the cell phone
Compression Scientists do (2)
What are vitamins?
Reserving the conference
Children and Parents
Dana D. Dlott
David M. Dlott and Maria S. Dlott
David Morris Dlott (old time)
Dlott and Mike Fayer on the Quad at Stanford University in 1987
Trudi (ďRudiĒ)† Elkhound
as a puppy
in the Kitchen
lecturing in Nara, Japan