Vibrational and Electronic Spectroscopy

Our research effort is aimed at providing a molecular level understanding of complex chemical reaction dynamics and mechanisms. We employ a combination of mass spectrometry tools, laser spectroscopies and electronic structure calculations in order to probe the reaction intermediates directly involved in a broad array of chemical systems ranging from green energy production to organic synthesis, molecular recognition and biological processes.

The scope of our experimental physical chemistry research program, which effectively bridge theoretical predictions and contemporary applications of carefully designed molecular systems, is well centered within the greater chemistry community. Our approach is designed to be very versatile in order to tackle the ever-evolving landscape of chemical problems involving molecular interactions. We strongly encourage and value collaborative work on specific problems with organic, organometallic and chemical biology research groups.

Students in our lab develop a versatile skill set which includes: scientific instrument design and building, laser maintenance and spectroscopy, mass spectrometry techniques, basic synthesis and electronic structure calculations.