Arthur Fontijn

Professor Emeritus, Chemical and Biological Engineering

Professor Fontijn is Director of the High-Temperature Reaction Kinetics Laboratory, housed in the Chemical Engineering Building, where his graduate students are located. He earned his degrees from the University of Amsterdam. His undergraduate work was in Physics and Chemistry and thereafter he specialized in Physical Chemistry. He was an NRC of Canada Postdoctoral Fellow in Radiation Chemistry at the University of Saskatchewan, a Research Associate in the Upper Atmosphere Chemistry Research Group at McGill University, and was employed by AeroChem Research Laboratories, Inc., Princeton, NJ, initially as Physical Chemist, thereafter as Head of the Reaction Kinetics Group and Vice-President. He joined Rensselaer in 1981. He has held visiting appointments at: the Chemistry Department of Queen Mary College, London University, England; CSIRO, Sydney, Australia; the Photophysics and Photochemistry Laboratory of the University of Bordeaux, France; the Oxford University Centre for Applied Kinetics, England.


Ph.D. Natural Sciences (University of Amsterdam, the Netherlands, 1957) M.S. Physical Chemistry (University of Amsterdam, the Netherlands, 1954) B.S. Physics and Chemistry (University of Amsterdam, the Netherlands, 1949)

Select Works
  • Reactions of Small Transient Species, Kinetics and Energetics (1983)
  • Gas-Phase Chemiluminescence and Chemi-Ionization (1985)
  • Gas-Phase Metal Reactions (1992)
  • Absolute Quantum Yield Measurements of the NO-O Reaction and its Use as a Standard for Chemiluminescent Reactions (1964)
  • High-Temperature Photochemistry (HTP) Studies of the Reactions of Ground-State Oxygen Atoms with Chloro-ethylenes (1994)
  • High-Temperature Fast-Flow Reactor Studies of Metal Atom Oxidation Kinetics (1973)
  • High Temperature Flow Tubes. Generation and Measurement of Refractory Species (1979)
  • Gas-Phase Oxidation Kinetics of Toxic Metals at Incinerator Temperatures. The reactions of Chromium Atoms with HCl, N2O , Cl2, and O2 (1994)