Faculty Profile

Richard Field

Richard Field

Professor Emeritus

Email: richard.field@umontana.edu
Office: Chemistry 009
Office Hours:

I am usually in my office 10 AM - 5 PM, but it is prudent to call ahead, especially if the sun is out.

My home phone number is (406) 728-1628 and my cell phone number is (406) 241 - 7435.

Personal Summary

 I am a physical chemist whose major research interests are historically in the area of nonlinear dynamics, especially in chemistry.  I currently maintain a personal research program mostly involving the chemistry and dynamics of the oscillatory Belousov-Zhabotinsky Reaction and some work in nonlinear psychological models.  I have in previous times been involved in atmospheric and climate modeling research and retain an interest in these areas.

My current major personal interests are my family, wife, two children and five grandchildren, all living in Missoula.  I also do a lot of hiking in the Bitterroot Mountains of western Montana and other places, mainly in the Pacific Northwest  


B.S. University of Massachusetts - 1963

M.S. College of The Holy Cross - 1964

Ph.D. University of Rhode Island (Paul Abell) -1968


Field of Study

Physical Chemistry - nonlinear dynamics - oscillating reactions.

Selected Publications

Continuous Nonlinear Differential Equation Models of Stress and Social Support, Richard J. Field and David Schuldberg.  Nonlinear Dynamics in Psychology and the Life Sciences, in press 2010.

Relative Abundance and Structure of Chaotic Behavior:  The nonpolynomial Belousov-Zhabotinsky Reaction Kinetics, Freire, Joanna G., Field, R.J., Galles, Jason A. C. , Journal of Chemical Physics,  (2009) 131(4), 044105/1-044105/8 (2009).

Gaspar, Vilmos and Field, Richard J., Comment on :Simple KBrO3, H2SO4 Batch Oscillator. J. Physical Chemistry A 113(27), 79 79 - 7980 (2009)

An NMR Study of the Equilibrium of D-Glucaric Acid with Lactone Forms in Aqueous Acid Solutions, J. M. Brown, M. Manley-Harris, R.J. Field, D. E. Kiely. Journal of Carbohydrate Chemistry, 26, 1 -13 (2007).

Activation Energy for Disproportionation of Bromous Acid and Estimated Heats of Formation of Bromous Acid and Bromine-Dioxide, Jesus Alberto Agreda B. and R. J. Field. J.Phys. Chem. A, 100 (25), 7867-73 (2006).

Oxidation State of BZ Reaction Mixtures, Sabrina G. Sobel, Harold M. Hastings, And Richard J. Field. J. Phys. Chem. 110, 5-7 (2006).

Microscopic Fluctuations and Pattern Formation in a Supercritical Oscillatory Chemical System, Harold M. Hastings, Richard J. Field, and Sabrina S. Sobel. J. Chem. Phys., 119, 3291-3296 (2003).

Steady State Instability and Oscillations in Simplified Models of Tropospheric Chemistry, Mark R. Tinsley and Richard J. Field. J. Phys. Chem. A, 105, 11212-11219 (2001).

Characterization of Oscillation and a Period-Doublng Transition to Chaos Reflecting Dynamic Instability in a Simplified Model of Tropospheric Chemistry, R.J. Field, P. G. Hess, L.V. Kalachev, and S. Madronich. J. Geophys. Res. 106D, 7553-7565 (2001). 

Kinetic Evidence for Accumulation of Stoichiometrically SIgnificant Amounts of H2I2O3 in the Reaction of Iodide Ion with Iodic Acid, Jesus Alberto Agreda B., Nancy J. Lyons, and Richard J. Field. J. Phys. Chem. A, 104, 5269-5274 (2000).



1. Kinetics of the Photoaddition of HBr to Propylene: Allyl Resonance Energy. R.J. Field and P.I. Abell. J. Amer. Chem. Soc., 91, 7226 (1969).

2. Mechanism of the Reduction of Br(V) by Single-Electron Reducing Agents, R.M. Noyes, R.J. Field and R.C. Thompson. J. Amer. Chem. Soc., 93, 7315 (1971).

3. Oscillations in Chemical Systems I. Detailed Mechanism in A System Showing Temporal Oscillations, R.M. Noyes, R.J. Field and E. Körös. J. Amer. Chem. Soc., 94, 1394 (1972).

4. Oscillations in Chemical Systems II. Thorough Analysis of Temporal Oscillation in the Bromate-Cerium-Malonic Acid System, R.J. Field, E. K

5. Oscillations in Chemical Systems III. Explanation of the Spatial Band Propagation in the Belousov Reaction, R.J. Field and R.M. Noyes, Nature (London), 237, 391 (1972)

6. Oscillations in Chemical Systems IV. Limit Cycle Behavior in a Model of a Real Chemical Reaction, R.J. Field and R.M. Noyes.  J. Chem. Phys., 60, 1877 (1974).

7. Oscillations in Chemical Systems V. A Quantitative Model of the Spatial Inhomogeneities in the Belousov Reaction, R.J. Field and R.M. Noyes. J. Amer. Chem. Soc., 96, 2001 (1974).

8. Mechanistic Details of the Belousov-Zhabotinsky Reaction II. The Organic Subset, D. Edelson, R.M. Noyes and R.J. Field, International J. Chem. Kin., 11, 155 (1979). 

9. The Transition from Phase Waves to Trigger Waves in a Model of the Belousov-Zhabotinsky Reaction, E. Reusser and R.J. Field, J. Amer. Chem. Soc., 101, 1063 (1979).

10. A New Chemical Oscillator Containing Neither a Metal Ion nor an Oxyhalogen Ion, M. Burger and R.J. Field. Nature (London), 307, 720 (1984).

11. A Book. Oscillations and Traveling Waves in Chemical Systems, Eds. R.J. Field and M. Burger, Wiley-Interscience, New York. 1985.

12. Stationary Concentration Patterns in the Oregonator Model of the Belousov-Zhabotinsky Reaction, P.K. Becker and R.J. Field. J. Phys. Chem., 89, 118 (1985).

Teaching Experience

I taught General Chemistry, Physical Chemistry and Chemical Kinetics at The University of Montana, 1975 - 2008.

Professional Experience

Postodoctoral Fellow - University of Oregon (Richard M. Noyes) 1968 - 74.

Visiting Assistant Professor - Department of Chemistry, University of Oregon 1970-73.

Senior Research Chemist - Radiation Laboratory, Carnegie-Mellon University  1974-75.

Assistant Professor - Department of Chemistry, The University of Montana 1975 - 1979.

Visiting Scientist - Radiation Laboratory, University of Notre Dame 1980.

Associate Professor - Department of Chemistry, The University of Montana  1979-84.

Professor - Department of Chemistry, The University of Montana  1984 - 2005.

Visiting Professor - Institute fuer Physikalische Chemie, Universitaet Wuerzburg 1984-85.

Visiting Scientist - National Center for Atmospheric Research, Boulder 1995-96.

Professor Emeritus, Department of Chemistry, The University of Montana 2005 -   .


International Experience

I have traveled a great deal in easter and western Europe and spent a sabbatical year in Wuerzburg, Germany. I also have made short visits to Japan and Thailand.


American Chemical Society, American Geophysical Union, Sigma Xi.