Physical Chemistry Faculty

PROFESSOR INTERESTS
Martin Gruebele Dynamics of complex systems by experiments, computation and theory, from single molecule absorption spectroscopy on surfaces to vibrational energy flow in molecules, glass dynamics, protein folding in live cells, and vertebrate behavior
So Hirata Electronic and vibrational quantum many-body theories for molecules, polymers, and solids; computational spectroscopy; high-performance computing; computer algebra for many-body theory formulation and programming
Prashant K. Jain Molecular and nano-optics; plasmonics; near-field manipulation of photophysics and photochemistry; super-resolution imaging of active sites in heterogeneous catalysis; phase transformations in single nanodomains; artificial photosynthesis
Deborah E. Leckband Kinetics and thermodynamics of biological recognition and bio-adhesion; single molecule techniques; molecular force probes; molecular dynamics simulations; measurements of binding between single cells 
Zaida (Zan) Luthey-Schulten Simulations of in vivo stochastic processes in single cells and colonies using GPUs; physics of metabolic networks; evolution of translation; dynamical networks of protein-RNA interactions; statistical mechanics of the genome and DNA replication  
Nancy Makri Development and application of path integral and trajectory-based methods for simulating quantum dynamical processes in the condensed phase 
Ralph G. Nuzzo The chemistry of materials; nano and micro-scale fabrication; soft materials; integrated devices; self-organizing structures 
Eric Oldfield Drug discovery using NMR, X-ray, and computational methods
Chad M. Rienstra NMR methods for biomolecular structure and function; applications to Parkinson’s disease, systemic amyloidosis, and drug-sterol interactions
Kenneth S. Schweizer Statistical mechanical theory of the structure, phase behavior, properties and dynamics of soft materials composed of molecules, polymers, colloids, and nanoparticles in the liquid, crystal, glass and gel states 
Renske M. van der Veen Ultrafast electron microscopy; ultrafast X-ray science; laser spectroscopy and microscopy; excited-state structural dynamics; photoswitching, photocatalytic and photovoltaic materials   
Josh Vura-Weis Tabletop femtosecond X-ray spectroscopy of excited-state nuclear and electronic dynamics in transition metal complexes, focusing on short-lived states in inorganic catalysts and photomagnetic materials 

 

Other Faculty with Interests in Physical Chemistry:

PROFESSOR INTERESTS
Dana D. Dlott (emeritus faculty) Laser spectroscopy under extreme conditions
Robert B. Gennis (emeritus faculty) Membrane proteins; bioenergetics
Andrew A. Gewirth Spectroscopy and microscopy of energy-related interfaces
Gregory S. Girolami Chemical vapor deposition; catalysis; molecule-based magnets 
Yi Lu Computational and spectroscopic studies of proteins, DNA, and nanomaterials
Catherine J. Murphy Inorganic nanomaterials
Lisa Olshansky Spectroscopic interrogation of transient states formed during solar-to-fuels conversion and within switchable artificial metalloproteins 
Taras Pogorelov (research faculty) Biomolecular computation
Charles M. Schroeder (affiliate faculty) Single-molecule studies of polymers and biomolecules
Kenneth S. Suslick (emeritus faculty) Sonochemistry; sensor arrays
Jonathan V. Sweedler Neurochemistry; cell-cell signaling pathways