Allen Bard

Allen Bard

2008 Wolf Prize in Chemistry
Prof. Bard is the Hackerman-Welch Regents Chair Professor and director of the Center for Electrochemistry at the University of Texas at Austin. He was awarded the 2008 Wolf Prize in Chemistry for creating the field of single-molecule spectroscopy and imaging. Bard is also considered a "father of modern electrochemistry
Education and Work Experience
  • 1958, Ph.D. in Chemistry, Harvard University
  • 1967-Present, Professor of Chemistry, The University of Texas 
  • 1985-Present, Hackerman-Welch Regents Chair in Chemistry, The University of Texas
  • 2006-Present, Director, Center for Electrochemistry, The University of Texas
Honors and Awards
    • 1982, Member, the United States National Academy of Sciences
    • 1990, Fellow, American Academy of Arts and Sciences
    • 2008, Wolf Prize in Chemistry
    • 2013, National Medal of Science, the United States

Major Academic Achievements

Prof. Bard is considered a "father of modern electrochemistry" for his innovative work developing the scanning electrochemical microscope, his co-discovery of electrochemiluminescence, his key contributions to photo electrochemistry of semiconductor electrodes. Prof. Bard changed our understanding of the chemistry and physics of individual molecules. He pioneered the development of the scanning electrochemical microscope, allowing high resolution chemical imaging of surfaces and the study of chemical reactions at the nanoscopic regime, applied to biological and catalysis systems. Scanning electrochemical microscopes are used worldwide in investigations of electro-catalytic mechanisms, in identification of cancerous cells, in mapping transport paths in the skin for trans-dermal drug delivery, and for lithographic patterning of surfaces. His efforts are largely responsible for the development of electrochemically generated electroluminescence reactions, and immunoassay commercial technology, used worldwide in medical diagnosis and research. Bard and his team were the first to investigate the electrochemistry of particle semiconductors, for solar energy conversion and environmental remediation. Thus, Prof. Bard’s contributions to science, through his investigation of fundamental molecular electrochemistry and the development of electro-analytical methods, have truly served mankind, in medical, energy, and materials technologies.