Research

Research in physical chemistry in the department covers a diverse range of topics, including dynamics across time and lengths scale, weakly interacting systems, biophysical chemistry, technique development, and condensed phase studies.

Some active projects include studies in:

  • laser control
  • excited state molecular dynamics
  • excited state structural dynamics
  • rotational spectroscopy
  • high resolution and ab initio spectroscopy
  • nucleic acid damage and repair
  • photochemistry of fluorescent proteins
  • spectroscopy of chiral recognition and absolute configuration of carbohydrates
  • helium nanodroplet spectroscopy
  • condensed phase spectroscopy
  • vibrational circular dichroism spectroscopy of chiral molecules in solution and in thin film

Recent Publications

  1. Journal of Physical Chemistry B

    Mechanistic Insights into the Dissociation and Decomposition of Carbonic Acid in Water via the Hydroxide Route: An Ab Initio Metadynamics Study

    December 22 2011

    The dissociation and decomposition of carbonic acid (H(2)CO(3)) in water are important reactions in the pH regulation in blood, CO(2) transport in biological systems, and the global carbon cycle. H(2)CO(3) is known to have three conformers [cis-cis (CC), cis-trans (CT), and trans-trans (TT)], but their individual reaction dynamics in water has not been probed experimentally. [...]

  2. European Physical Journal D

    Accumulation of Stark-decelerated NH molecules in a magnetic trap

    November 21 2011

    Here we report on the accumulation of ground-state NH molecules in a static magnetic trap. A pulsed supersonic beam of NH (a(1)Delta) radicals is produced and brought to a near standstill at the center of a quadrupole magnetic trap using a Stark decelerator. [...]

  3. Method for Evaluating Vibrational Mode Assignments in Surface-Bound Cyclic Hydrocarbons Using Sum-Frequency Generation

    September 22 2011

    A method is proposed and tested in which vibrational sum frequency generation (SFG) spectra are assigned to vibrational modes in cyclic hydrocarbon species at transparent oxide surfaces. [...]

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