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Michael E. Starzak

Dr. Michael E. Starzak

Professor Emeritus, Physical Chemistry

  • B.S. Chemistry, Brown University, 1963
  • Ph.D. Chemistry, Northwestern University, 1968
Science 2 Bldg - Room 240


On March 1, 2010, I retired from the Chemistry Department to devote more time to my writing, research and a renewable energy business. I’d like to thank all my laboratory and lecture students, especially those whose intellectual curiosity and enthusiasm made teaching such a rewarding experience for me. Your questions and insights are reflected in books and research I’ve published including my recently published Energy and Entropy (Springer, 2010). I am completing a quantum mechanics book and beginning a biophysical chemistry book. Also, Totally Immersed, a set of two non-science books documenting the trials and tribulations of a family with a scientific father adjusting to life in France and Poland will be available shortly through the website

I also have more time to devote to my renewable energy company ( I have an alternative energy producing strategy that is different and less expensive than the photovoltaic solar systems and wind turbines presently used to produce electrical energy. A single rooftop unit using this new approach could convert both solar and wind energies in a single unit. The prototype is presently under construction and I relish the idea of learning the art of carrying a scientific idea all the way to a viable commercial product.

Last Updated: 5/29/15