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Richard N. Zare is a professor and scientist whose research area is in physical and analytical chemistry. Zare and his lab members focus on nanoscale chemical analysis with various interests ranging from elementary chemical reactions to chemical analysis of interplanetary dust particles. He teaches a laboratory course in the life sciences for undergraduates that examines light and photosynthesis in an interdisciplinary way and an undergraduate biochemistry course aimed at motivating students to pursue a research career.