Victor LaMer

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Victor Kuhn LaMer (born June 15, 1895 in Leavenworth , Kansas , † September 26, 1966 in Nottingham ) was an American chemist who did a great job in colloid chemistry and physical chemistry .

La Mer graduated from the University of Kansas with a bachelor's degree in 1915 and after two years as a teacher continued his studies at the University of Chicago . He conducted research at the Carnegie Institution in Washington DC and from 1919 at Columbia University , where he received his doctorate in 1921 . In 1922 he was a post-doctoral student in Cambridge and in 1923 in Copenhagen. He then taught there, becoming an associate professor in 1928 and a professor in 1935. During World War II he worked for the government doing research on smoke and aerosols. In 1961 he retired. He died on September 26, 1966 during a stay in England (visiting the Faraday Society).

In 1924 he brought the first experimental proof of the Debye-Hückel theory . In 1933 he found that the rate of reaction of dissolved ions strongly depended on temperature. He dealt with acid-base balance in non-polar solutions such as benzene. He developed the LaMer model , which explains the growth of nanoparticles using a kinetic approach.

In his research during World War II, he developed an apparatus for generating aerosols and found a method for determining the size of aerosols after the discovery of a new optical effect (the higher order Tyndall effect).

He founded the Journal of Colloid and Interface Science in 1956.

In 1931 LaMer became a Fellow of the American Physical Society and in 1945 a member of the National Academy of Sciences . In 1956 he received the Kendall Award from the American Chemical Society .


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