Dr. Rabinovich was born and raised in Lima, Peru. He obtained his undergraduate (B.S.) degree from the Catholic University in Lima and a Ph.D. in inorganic chemistry from Columbia University in 1994. After postdoctoral work at Los Alamos National Laboratory in New Mexico, he joined the Department of Chemistry at The University of North Carolina at Charlotte, where he is now a Professor of Chemistry. His research interests are in synthetic and structural inorganic, bioinorganic, and organometallic chemistry, including the coordination chemistry of multidentate sulfur-donor ligands and the synthesis of model compounds for metalloenzymes, as documented in some 60 peer-reviewed publications. He is also the Editor of Philatelia Chimica et Physica, a quarterly publication dedicated to the study of postage stamps related to chemistry and physics, and is currently serving as a Program Director in the Division of Chemistry at the National Science Foundation.
Chemical Philately and Education
Postage stamps are an inexpensive and effective way of communicating ideas and are often issued by governments or postal authorities to commemorate events and educate the general public on a variety of topics, ranging from history and geography to art and literature. A number of stamps have also been issued to celebrate scientific discoveries or to honor well-known scientists and can be used as simple yet powerful teaching tools in the classroom or to illustrate technical presentations. This talk will feature an overview of postage stamps and other philatelic materials (e.g., first day covers, maximum cards, postmarks) related to chemistry, including atoms and molecules, minerals, symbols and formulas, the periodic table, famous chemists, biochemistry and various aspects of the chemical industry