Research in our group focuses on using new spectroscopic techniques to probe chemistry at the ultimate limits of space and time. We investigate fundamental and applied issues in membrane protein biophysics, alternative energy sources, and nanotechnology, determining how local environments affect chemistry. Currently, we are working on developing a label-free, super-resolution imaging technique to monitor cells on the nanometer length scale, determining the role of vibrations in driving electron transfer reactions, and using plasmonic nanomaterials to monitor and catalyze chemical reactions. Our research is highly interdisciplinary, investigating current problems at the interface of chemistry, biology, and materials science.


Recent News and Publications

Welcome to the group!

We need a new group picture again! A warm welcome to new first year graduate students Ryan, Ziwei, and Margaret!

Effect of Silica Supports on Plasmonic Heating of Molecular Adsorbates as Measured by Ultrafast Surface-Enhanced Raman Thermometry

Keller, E. L., Kang, H., Haynes, C. L., Frontiera, R. R. ACS Applied Materials and Interfaces2018, articles ASAP.

plasmonic heating

New Insights into Quinine–DNA Binding Using Raman Spectroscopy and Molecular Dynamics Simulations

Punihaole, D., Workman, R. K., Upadhyay, S., Van Bruggen, C., Schmitz, A. J., Reineke, T. M., Frontiera, R. R. The Journal of Physical Chemistry B2018, articles ASAP.