Jean-Claude Lorquet


Born September 19, 1935 in Liège, Belgium.

Professor emeritus, University of Liège, Belgium.

Stas-Spring Prize, Académie Royale de Belgique (1960); Walter Mund Prize, Belgian Chemical Society (1965); Wetrems Prize, Académie Royale de Belgique (1969); Medal, Vrije Universiteit Brussel (1991).

Author of:

Over 150 scientific papers.

Important Contributions:

  • Theory of mass spectra.
  • Study of reaction paths and of dissociation mechanisms of electronically excited molecular ions.
  • Nonadiabatic interactions: Avoided crossings and conical intersections.
  • Transition probabilities between two coupled potential energy surfaces.
  • Statistical calculation of rate constants of nonadiabatic reactions.
  • Validity of statistical theories of unimolecular reactions under collision-free conditions.
  • Study of intramolecular vibrational energy relaxation, of phase space sampling and of unimolecular laws of decay via autocorrelation functions.
  • Product energy distributions: Translational energy release studied by the maximum entropy method.
  • Dynamical constraints and adiabatic invariants in chemical reactions.