James Skinner is a renowned theoretical chemist and a leading researcher on hydrogen bonding in water. He serves as director of the Water Research Initiative, a collaboration between researchers at the UChicago, Argonne National Laboratory and Ben-Gurion University in Israel to explore the role of water in pressing global problems. The initiative’s work focuses on creating new, scalable tools and processes for water production, purification, preservation and re-use.
Prof. Skinner has co-authored over 220 scientific publications and given over 330 invited lectures. He is a member of the National Academy of Sciences and a fellow in the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, and his many awards include the American Chemical Society Physical Chemistry Division Award in Theoretical Chemistry and the Irving J. Langmuir Award in Chemical Physics from the American Chemical Society.