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
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 B, 2018, articles ASAP.
Toward a mechanistic understanding of plasmon-mediated photocatalysis
Brooks, J. L., Warkentin, C. L., Saha, D., Keller, E. L., Frontiera, R. R. Nanophotonics, 2018, ASAP
Ultrafast Nanoscale Raman Thermometry Proves Heating Is Not a Primary Mechanism for Plasmon-Driven Photocatalysis
Keller, E. L.; Frontiera, R. R. ACS Nano, 2018, Articles ASAP.