Research in our group focuses on developing and applying Raman spectroscopic techniques to determine how nanoscale local environments impact chemical reaction dynamics. We are particularly interested in understanding how we can improve solar energy conversion processes using nanomaterials. Current projects in our group include advancing plasmonic nanomaterials as photocatalysis, using plasmas for green chemical synthesis, tracking how vibrational coherences and nuclear structure can be tuned for optimal solar photochemistry, developing a label-free super-resolution Raman imaging technique, and designing nanomaterials for long-term solar energy storage. Our research is highly interdisciplinary, investigating current problems at the interface of chemistry, biology, and materials science. We firmly believe that science needs a diversity of views and experiences, and we are committed to advocacy while providing an inclusive, collaborative, and respectful environment.
Recent News and Publications
Stimulated Raman versus Inverse Raman: Investigating Depletion Mechanisms for Super-Resolution Raman Microscopy
Leighton, R. E., Alperstein, A. M., Punihaole, D., Silva, W. R., Frontiera, R. R., The Journal of Physical Chemistry B, 2022
Label-Free Super-Resolution Imaging Techniques
Leighton, R. E., Alperstein, A. M., Frontiera, R. R. Annual Review of Analytical Chemistry, 2022