Richard Zare studies laser chemistry in order to better understand chemical reactions at the molecular level. Through both experimental and theoretical studies Dr. Zare examines molecular collision processes and problems in chemical analysis. His development of laser induced fluorescence as a method for studying reaction dynamics has been widely adopted in other laboratories.

Dr. Zare earned his PhD in chemical physics from Harvard University in 1964 and came to Stanford in 1977.  He was Chair of the Department of Chemistry in 2005 and was named a Howard Hughes Medical Institute (HHMI) Professor in 2006.