Georgetown University - Department of Chemistry Department of Chemistry


Daniel E. Martire
Emeritus Professor  

Department of Chemistry 
Georgetown University
37th and O Streets NW
Washington, DC 20057-1227


Education /

B.E., magna cum laude, 1959, M.S. 1960
Ph.D. 1963, Stevens Institute of Technology
NSF Postdoctoral Fellow, Cambridge University, 1963-64. Visiting Professor: College de France (Paris), 1972; University College of Swansea (U.K.), 1976; École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (Switzerland), 1980.


Physical Chemistry II, Statistical Mechanics


Physical Chemistry and Separation Science: Thermodynamics and statistical mechanics applied to obtaining a more detailed, molecular-level understanding of: a) gas, liquid and supercritical fluid chromatography; b) solvent properties of and phase transitions in liquid-crystalline systems; c) nonaqueous and aqueous nonelectrolyte mixtures, including polymer solutions; d) adsorption on surfaces and at interfaces; e) hydrogen-bonded and charge-transfer molecular complexes.

Recent research has focused on the further development, experimental testing and refinement of a novel unified theory of chromatography. This theory is applicable to gas, liquid and supercritical fluid mobile phases, and to adsorbent and absorbent stationary phases.

Recent breakthroughs in the thermodynamics, theory and practice of liquid and supercritical fluid chromatography are being exploited to arrive at a more detailed and quantitative molecular-level description of solute retention.

Liquid crystalline systems exhibiting long-range orientational order remain an area of continued interest and activity. Theories of chromatographic shape recognition and selectivity, and of surface adsorption and phase transitions have been developed. Thermodynamic solution studies and SFC separations utilizing liquid-crystalline stationary phases have been completed. Additional theoretical  research in this rich field is in progress.

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