Ultrafast Reaction Dynamics

We create “molecular movies” by following the structure of reacting molecules, looking at bond making and breaking events with a technique called Femtosecond Stimulated Raman Spectroscopy. We aim to determine the mechanism of electron transfer reactions in a variety of systems, in order to understand how different vibrational motions can drive or control charge transfer. We're currently examining electron transfer in photovoltaic systems and light-sensitive proteins, with the goal of developing more efficient solar energy devices.