Robert M. Corn, Ph. D.
Distinguished Professor Emeritus
Department of Chemistry
University of California, Irvine
Irvine, CA 92697 USA
23 June 2022
Recently published note on Linked In:
On July 1, after 37 years as a Chemistry Professor (18 years at UC Irvine and 19 years at the University of Wisconsin before that), I will retire and become an Emeritus Professor of Chemistry at the University of California, Irvine.
I want to take this opportunity to thank all of my co-workers over the last 38 years – undergraduates, graduate students, postdoctoral scientists, researchers, and colleagues. It has been an absolute pleasure and honor to be able to create world class scientific research with you all, and I obviously would not have been able to publish what we did (160+ papers!) without your help and collaboration. But of course, being a Professor is first and foremost about teaching and passing your knowledge on to others; thus, I view my students and former collaborators as my greatest legacy and accomplishment.
I hope that the impact of the science that we produced in the areas of interfacial infrared vibrational spectroscopy, monolayer surface chemistry, surface-sensitive optical second harmonic generation, single crystal surface electrochemistry, liquid-liquid electrochemical interfaces, nanostructured interfaces, DNA computing, surface plasmon resonance imaging, microarray bioaffinity sensing, surface enzyme chemistries for ultrasensitive biosensing and microarray fabrication and most recently the characterization of single nanoparticles via surface plasmon resonance imaging diffraction will be of continued value to the scientific community.
I will forever be a Scientist and will continue to follow the ongoing research in my areas of expertise with pleasure. Hopefully I have encouraged or impacted in some small way all of the fine younger researchers that I have had the honor to interact with over the years. To my dear Scientific Friends around the world, please continue to send me your latest news and results!
And most recently, thanks to the world-wide COVID pandemic, many of my friends and family now know much more about the biosensing of proteins and nucleic acids at minute concentrations in a way that I never imagined. I hope that in the future, our work on ultrasensitive biosensing will in some small part help the world tackle the pandemics that lie ahead.
Finally, to my colleagues at UC Irvine, I am very happy to have had a small part in making our Chemistry Department and University the world-class research institution that it is today. I both hope and expect that UCI’s success in Scientific Research will only continue to grow by leaps and bounds in the future.
-- Rob Corn (firstname.lastname@example.org)
“Experiments are the only means of knowledge at our disposal.
The rest is poetry, imagination.” – Max Planck
Postdoctoral Associates Gallery:
My longtime friend Prof. Hubert Girault from EPFL is retiring this year (2021). Here are some random photos of Hubert (and me) at various locations. I also have a short video of my 2021 Jejudo ISE meeting talk on our time together (15 min). Click here for the video (.mp4 format). https://www.chem.uci.edu/~unicorn/reprints/JejudoISE/ Congratulations, mon vieux!