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
Uncovering the Functional Role of Coherent Phonons during the Photoinduced Phase Transition in a Molecular Crystal
Rich, C. C., Frontiera, R. R. The Journal of Physical Chemistry Letters, 2020
Stimulated Raman imaging below the diffraction limit with a MHz laser
Graefe, C. T., Punihaole, D., Lynch, M. J., Silva, W. R., Frontiera, R. R. The Journal of Raman Spectroscopy, 2020
Femtosecond stimulated Raman spectro-microscopy for probing chemical reaction dynamics in solid-state materials
Cassabaum, A. A.; Bera, K., Rich, C. C.; Nebgen, B. R.; Kwang, S. Y.; Clapham, M. C.; Frontiera, R. R. The Journal of Chemical Physics, 2020, 153, 030901.