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James F. Wishart

Director, Molten Salts in Extreme Environments Energy Frontier Research Center; Senior Chemist, Electron- and Photo-induced Processes (EPIP) Group, Chemistry Division

James F. Wishart

Brookhaven National Laboratory

Chemistry Division
Bldg. 555, Room 160
P.O. Box 5000
Upton, NY 11973-5000

(631) 344-4327

Expertise | Research | Education | Appointments | Publications | Awards | Video


Radiation chemistry

Ionic liquids and molten salts (design, physical chemistry, structure, chemical reactivity therein, including electron transfer and radiation chemistry)

Studies of electron transfer and substitution mechanisms using high-pressure techniques

Development of new accelerators and new detection techniques in pulse radiolysis

Green and sustainable chemistry

Research Activities

Supervisor, BNL Laser-Electron Accelerator Facility

Founding Organizer, International Conference on Ionizing Processes (ICIP 2016), Long Island, Oct. 10-14, 2016

Vice Chair, 2014 Gordon Research Conference in Radiation Chemistry

Co-organizer, PHYS Section symposia on "Physical Chemistry of Ionic Liquids", ACS National Meetings, Fall 2006, Spring 2010, Fall 2014, Spring 2018

Co-organizer, I&EC Section symposia on "Molten Salt Chemistry", Fall 2019, Fall 2020, Fall 2021 and Fall 2022 ACS National Meetings

Co-editor (with B. S, M. Rao), "Recent Trends in Radiation Chemistry," World Scientific, Singapore, (2010), ISBN 978-981-4282-07-9

Guest Editor (with E. W. Castner, Jr.), Journal of Physical Chemistry Bspecial issue on "Physical Chemistry of Ionic Liquids", 111(18), 2007

Co-editor (with D. G. Nocera) of "Photochemistry and Radiation Chemistry: Complementary Methods for the Study of Electron Transfer" Adv. Chem Ser. 254, American Chemical Society, Washington, DC, (1998) (ISBN 0-8412-3499-X)


S. B., Chemistry, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 1979

Ph. D., Inorganic Chemistry, Stanford University, 1985 (w/ Henry Taube)

Professional Appointments

Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Rutgers University, 1985-87

Staff Scientist, Brookhaven National Laboratory, 1987-present

Senior Chemist, Brookhaven National Laboratory, 2011-present

Selected Publications

  • Wishart JF, Cook AR, Miller JR (2004) The LEAF picosecond pulse radiolysis facility at Brookhaven National Laboratory. Review of Scientific Instruments 75:4359–4366. doi: 10.1063/1.1807004
  • Wishart JF, Neta P (2003) Spectrum and Reactivity of the Solvated Electron in the Ionic Liquid Methyltributylammonium Bis(trifluoromethylsulfonyl)imide†. The Journal of Physical Chemistry B 107:7261–7267. doi: 10.1021/jp027792z
  • Wishart JF (2009) Energy applications of ionic liquids. Energy & Environmental Science 2:956. doi: 10.1039/b906273d
  • Wishart JF, Funston AM, Szreder T, Cook AR, Gohdo M (2012) Electron solvation dynamics and reactivity in ionic liquids observed by picosecond radiolysis techniques. Faraday Discuss 154:353–363. doi: 10.1039/c1fd00065a
  • Castner EW, Wishart JF, Shirota H (2007) Intermolecular Dynamics, Interactions, and Solvation in Ionic Liquids. Accounts of Chemical Research 40:1217–1227. doi: 10.1021/ar700169g
  • Suarez SN, Rúa A, Cuffari D, Pilar K, Hatcher JL, Ramati S, Wishart JF (2015) Do TFSA Anions Slither? Pressure Exposes the Role of TFSA Conformational Exchange in Self-Diffusion. The Journal of Physical Chemistry B 119:14756–14765. doi: 10.1021/acs.jpcb.5b08658
  • Lall-Ramnarine SI, Zhao M, Rodriguez C, Fernandez R, Zmich N, Fernandez ED, Dhiman SB, Castner EW, Wishart JF (2017) Connecting Structural and Transport Properties of Ionic Liquids with Cationic Oligoether Chains. Journal of The Electrochemical Society 164:H5247–H5262. doi: 10.1149/2.0371708jes
  • Lee HY, Issa JB, Isied SS, Castner EW, Pan Y, Hussey CL, Lee KS, Wishart JF (2012) A Comparison of Electron-Transfer Dynamics in Ionic Liquids and Neutral Solvents. The Journal of Physical Chemistry C 116:5197–5208. doi: 10.1021/jp208852r
  • Funston AM, Fadeeva TA, Wishart JF, Castner EW (2007) Fluorescence Probing of Temperature-Dependent Dynamics and Friction in Ionic Liquid Local Environments†. The Journal of Physical Chemistry B 111:4963–4977. doi: 10.1021/jp068298o
  • Malak RA, Gao Z, Wishart JF, Isied SS (2004) Long-Range Electron Transfer Across Peptide Bridges:  The Transition from Electron Superexchange to Hopping. Journal of the American Chemical Society 126:13888–13889. doi: 10.1021/ja0401040
  • Isied SS, Ogawa MY, Wishart JF (1992) Peptide-mediated intramolecular electron transfer: long-range distance dependence. Chemical Reviews 92:381–394. doi: 10.1021/cr00011a002
  • Dias ET, Gill SK, Liu Y, et al (2020) Radiation-Assisted Formation of Metal Nanoparticles in Molten Salts. The Journal of Physical Chemistry Letters 12:157–164.

Awards & Recognition

Maria Sklodowska-Curie Medal, Polish Radiation Research Society, 2019

16th Conférence Jean Perrin Lecturer, Division de Chimie Physique of the Société Chimque de France, 2nd European Conference on Physical Chemistry, Borgo, France, 2017

25th QUILL Lecturer, Queens University Ionic Liquid Laboratory, Belfast, Northern Ireland, 2012

New York City Lewis Stokes Alliance for Minority Participation Keeper of the Alliance Flame, 2010

DOE Office of Science Undergraduate Research Programs Outstanding Mentor Award, 2006

National Science Foundation Predoctoral Research Fellow, Stanford University, 1980-83

Featured Video

  • Salt for the Earth

    June 16, 2019

    The Molten Salts in Extreme Environments Energy Frontier Research Center's mission is to study the fundamental properties of molten salts so that they can be used in molten salt nuclear reactors, which will be safer, more efficient and modular, providing a sustainable source of power. Our team consists of six institutions that excel in X-ray and neutron science, in working with actinides, in working under extreme conditions, and performing computer simulations of molten salts and their interactions with materials.

"Salt for the Earth" - Molten Salts in Extreme Environments Energy Frontier Research Center's video, which was the Overall Winner of the second "Life at the Frontiers of Energy Research" video contest.

James F. Wishart

Brookhaven National Laboratory

Chemistry Division
Bldg. 555, Room 160
P.O. Box 5000
Upton, NY 11973-5000

(631) 344-4327

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