Franz M. Geiger Professor

Research Statement

Using cutting-edge laser spectroscopy, mass spectrometry and computational techniques, we focus on the special role that surfaces and interfaces play in geochemistry, atmospheric chemistry and biophysics.

Selected Publications

Materials Chemistry:
“Hydrocarbon and Carbon: Coherent Vibrational Spectroscopy of Toluene on Graphite” 
Jennifer L. Achtyl, Avram M. Buchbinder, and Franz M. GeigerJ. Phys. Chem. Lett., 3, 280-282 (2012)

Atmospheric Chemistry:
“Organic Constituents on the Surfaces of Aerosol Particles from Southern Finland, Amazonia, and California Studied by Vibrational Sum Frequency Generation” Carlena J. Ebben, Mona Shrestha, Imee S. Martinez, Ashley L. Corrigan, Amanda A. Frossard, Wei W. Song, David R. Worton, Tuukka Petäjä, Jonathan Williams, Lynn M. Russell, Markku Kulmala, Allen H. Goldstein, Paulo Artaxo, Scot T. Martin, Regan J. Thomson, and Franz M. Geiger, Cover Article, J. Phys. Chem. A, 116, 8271-8290 (2012)

“Uranyl Adsorption at the Muscovite (Mica)/Water Interface Studied by Second Harmonic Generation”
Sarah A. Saslow Gomez, David S. Jordan, Julianne M. Troiano, and Franz M. GeigerEnvironmental Science & Technology, 46, 11154-11161 (2012)

Catalytic Chemistry:
“Displacement of Hexanol by the Hexanoic Acid Overoxidation Product at Supported Palladium Nanoparticles under Cyclohexane Solution,” Avram M. Buchbinder, Natalie A. Ray, Junling Lu, Richard P. Van Duyne, Peter C. Stair, Eric Weitz, and Franz M. GeigerJ. Am. Chem. Soc., 133, 17816-17823 (2011)

“The Importance of length and sequence order on magnesium binding to surface-bound oligonucleotides studied by second harmonic generation and atomic force microscopy” Joseph G. Holland and Franz M. GeigerJ. Phys. Chem. B, 116, 6302-6310 (2012)

Selected Honors/Awards

  • Elected Fellow, American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS), 2012
  • Baker Lecturer, Cornell University, 2012
  • Gordon Research Conference on Vibrational Spectroscopy, Co-Chair, 2012
  • Telluride Science Research Center, Board Member, 2011—2013
  • SAS Tour Speaker for the Society for Applied Spectroscopy, 2009
  • Appointed to Editorial Advisory Board, The Journal of Physical Chemistry, 2007—2013
  • ACS Division of Environmental Chemistry Certificate of Merit, 2007
  • Sloan Fellowship, 2007—2009
  • PLU Lecture, Texas A&M University, 2007
  • Dow Chemical Company Professorship, 2006—2008
  • “Interdisciplinary Problems in Chemistry and Physics” Lecture, University of Maryland, 2006
  • Ralph Grim Mineralogy Lecture, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, 2006
  • Appointed to Editorial Board, Geochemical Transactions, 2005-present
  • Distinguished Teaching Award, Northwestern University Undergraduate Chemistry Council, 2005
  • Camille and Henry Dreyfus Foundation Postdoctoral Research Fellowship Award in Environmental Chemistry, 2004
  • Searle Teaching Scholar, 2004
  • NSF-CAREER Award, 2004—2009
  • Harold N. Glassman Award, 2001
  • NOAA Postdoctoral Fellow in Climate and Global Change with Mario Molina, 1999—2001
  • NASA Fellowship in Earth System Sciences with Janice Hicks, 1996—1998