William Trogler

William C. Trogler

Brief Bio

A professor of chemistry and biochemistry at UCSD. Bill graduated from Johns Hopkins University in 1974, obtaining both and M.A. and B.A. degrees in chemistry before moving to Caltech for his Ph.D. with Harry Gray. In 1977 he joined the faculty at Northwestern, before moving to UCSD in 1983 and serving as interim associate chancellor in 2004-2005. His research has focused broadly on inorganic chemistry (photochemistry, reaction mechanisms, catalysis, and environmental chemistry). In recent years, his research interests have centered on luminescent polymer sensors for explosives, thin film resistive chemical vapor sensors, and biomedical applications of nanoparticles. Bill serves on the strategic advisory board of RedXDefense. In recent years he has served on several NRC Committees examining new technologies and research areas for explosives detection and counterterrorism, as well as the National Academy's Board on Chemical Sciences and Technology. His honors include Phi Beta Kappa, du Pont Young Faculty Fellowship, Rohm and Haas Faculty Fellowship, Alfred P. Sloan Research Fellowship, and Fellow of American Association for the Advancement of Science. In his career, Bill has been the research advisor for over 30 Ph.D. students and 40 undergraduate research students while publishing over 180 research papers, 11 patent disclosures, and two books (one edited). His teaching spans the range from undergraduate introductory chemistry and environmental chemistry to graduate group theory, spectroscopy, and kinetics.