Richard P. Van Duyne Professor


Biomedical Engineering
Applied Physics

Research Statement

Surface-enhanced and tip-enhanced Raman spectroscopy are the primary topics explored in our research group. Our studies focus on exploiting the single molecule sensitivity/structure identification properties of surface-enhanced Raman spectroscopy, the ultrafast dynamics capability of surface-enhanced femstosecond stimulated Raman spectroscopy, and the nanometer spatial resolution of tip-enhanced Raman spectroscopy. We apply these tools along with advanced transmission electron microscopy, atomic force microscopy and ultrahigh vacuum scanning tunneling microscopy to solve problems in electrochemistry, surface science, materials chemistry, and biochemistry.

Selected Publications

N. Chiang, N. Jiang, D. Chulhai, E. Pozzi, M. Hersam, L. Jensen, T. Seideman and R. P. Van Duyne, “Molecular Resolution Interrogation of a Porphyrin Monolayer by UltrahighVacuum Tip-Enhanced Raman and Fluorescence Spectroscopy,” Nano Lett., 15, Accepted May 04 (2015)

"Intramolecular Insight into Adsorbate-Substrate Interactions via Low Temperature, Ultrahigh Vacuum Tip-Enhanced Raman Spectroscopy," J. M. Klingsporn, N. Jiang, E. A. Pozzi, M. D. Sonntag, D. Chulhai, T. Seideman, L. Jensen, M. C. Hersam, and R. P. Van Duyne, J. Am. Chem. Soc., 136, 3881-3887 (2014)

“The Origin of Relative Intensity Fluctuations in Single-Molecule Tip-Enhanced Raman   Spectroscopy,” M. D. Sonntag, D. Chulhai, T. Seideman, L. Jensen, and R. P. Van Duyne, J. Am. Chem. Soc., 135, 17187-17192 (2013)

“Structure Enhancement Factor Relationships in Single Gold Nanoantennas by Surface-Enhanced Raman Excitation Spectroscopy,” S. L. Kleinman, B. Sharma, M. Blaber, A-I. Henry, R. G. Freeman, M. J. Natan, G. C. Schatz, and R. P. Van Duyne, J. Am. Chem. Soc., 135, 301-308 (2013)

“Single Molecule Tip-Enhanced Raman Spectroscopy,” M. Sonntag, J. Klingsporn, L. Garibay, J. Roberts, J. Dieringer, K. Scheidt, L. Jensen, G. C. Schatz, T. Seideman, and R. P. Van Duyne, J. Phys. Chem. C, 116, 478-483 (2012)

“Surface Enhanced Femtosecond Stimulated Raman Spectroscopy,” R. R. Frontiera, A-I. Henry, N. L. Gruenke,  and R. P. Van Duyne, J. Phys. Chem. Letters, 2, 1199-1203 (2011)

Selected Honors/Awards

  • 2015 Theophilus Rewood Award, Royal Society of Chemistry
  • 2014 Thomson Reuters list of highly cited researchers
  • 2014 Charles Mann Award in Applied Raman Spectroscopy, Society of Applied Spectroscopy
  • 2014 E. Bright Wilson Award in Spectroscopy, American Chemical Society
  • 2013 Fellow, Royal Society of Chemistry
  • 2013 Fellow, Society of Applied Spectroscopy
  • 2013 Honorary Member, Society of Applied Spectroscopy
  • 2013 Sir George Stokes Award, Royal Society of Chemistry
  • 2011 Thomson Reuters list of top 100 chemists over the period 2000-2010
  • 2011 Charles N. Reilley Award, Society for Electroanalytical Chemistry
  • 2010 Member, National Academy of Sciences
  • 2010 Analytical Chemistry Award, American Chemical Society
  • 2010 Bomem-Michelson Award, Coblentz Society
  • 2008 Ellis R. Lippincott Award, Optical Society America
  • 2008 Professeur invite classe exceptionnelle – University Pierre et Marie Curie, Paris
  • 2007 National Science Foundation Creativity Extension Award
  • 2006 L'Oreal Art and Science of Color Prize, Silver
  • 2005 ACS Nobel Laureate Signature Award, American Chemical Society
  • 2004 Member, American Academy of Arts and Sciences
  • 2004 The Earle K. Plyler Prize for Molecular Spectroscopy, American Physical Society
  • 1996 Excellence in Surface Science Award, Surfaces in Biomaterials Foundation
  • 1991 Pittsburgh Spectroscopy Award