Physical/Analytical Chemistry

Analytical Chemistry

Advanced instrumentation for surface-enhanced Raman spectroscopy (SERS) detection, second harmonic generation (SHG), and vibrational sum frequency generation (SFG) • Synthesis of metal organic frameworks (MOFs) as chemical sensors, and quantitative characterization of nanoparticle surfaces

Dichtel, Geiger, Hupp, Mrksich, Odom, Van Duyne, Weiss


Electronic, magnetic, and structural properties of metalloenzymes using advanced electron spin resonance (EPR) techniques • Electronic structure and dynamics of photosynthetic proteins during energy and electron transfer • Utilizing quantum coherent effects in biohybrid materials • Lipid bilayer-nanoparticle interactions

Chen, Geiger, Gingrich, Hoffman, Odom, Tempelaar , Wasielewski


Atomic layer deposition (ALD) for the synthesis of complex oxide films • Applications of Raman spectroscopy to map catalytic reactions on surfaces with high time resolution, photoreduction of CO2 using heterogeneous catalysis • Nanoparticle and molecular catalysts  Applications of vibrational sum frequency generation (SFG) to model heterogeneous catalysts

Geiger, Hupp, Stair, Wasielewski, Weiss, Weitz

Energy Science

Fundamental research on controlling the migration of charge and energy for applications in organic field effect transistors, artificial photosynthesis, molecular electronics, energy storage, and the sustainable generation of fuels and chemical feedstocks

Chen, Dichtel, Farha, Geiger, Hupp, Kalow, Olvera de la Cruz, Schatz, Seideman, Stair, Tempelaar , Van Duyne, Wasielewski, Weiss, Weitz

Environmental Chemistry

Molecular-level research on sustainability in energy pathways, understanding and controlling pollutant transport, atmospheric chemistry under future – possibly warmer – climates, and impacts of emerging nanotechnologies on the environment

Chen, Dichtel, Farha, Geiger, Hupp, Wasielewski

Physical Nanotechnology & Materials

Synthesis of metal, semiconductor, and organic nanostructures, including quantum dots, plasmonic nanoparticles, carbon nanotubes, graphene, and self-assembled biomolecules • Development of new photonic and energy conversion materials; non-equilibrium (stimuli-responsive) materials • Molecular electronics, excited state dynamics of photoactive nanostructures

Chen, Geiger, Odom, Schaller, Stair, Weiss


spectroscopies (CARS, SFG), and two-dimensional- photon echo spectroscopy (2D PES) • Development of techniques such as single-molecule fluorescence and single-molecule surface enhance Raman spectroscopy (SERS) for the study of catalytic processes and ultrafast dynamics at the nanoscale, ultrafast X-ray transient spectroscopy and scattering methodology and application

Chen, Geiger, Schaller, Van Duyne, Wasielewski, Weiss

Theory & Computation

Fundamental treatment of coherence processes • Highly accurate wave function methods • Time-dependent dynamical studies • Control of chemical reactions • Structure and function of biological membranes

Gingrich, Olvera de la Cruz, Schatz, Seideman, Tempelaar