Investigations in physical chemistry combine the tools of physics, chemistry, and mathematics to uncover information about processes ranging from the immune response of the body to the structure and reactivity of semiconductor surfaces, from the dynamic motion of proteins to quantum control of chemical reactions, and from the chemistry of the atmosphere to the chemistry of polymeric electronics.
Our studies use many techniques, including molecular beams, NMR and ESR spectroscopies, scanning probe microscopies, flow cytometry, and Raman, non-linear, femtosecond and other laser-based spectroscopies. Many of the research topics in physical chemistry are interdisciplinary and pursued in affiliated research centers, which focus on diverse current topics such as nanoscale science and energy related materials. Our research is greatly enriched by our extensive shared facilities, including the Cornell NanoScale Facility (CNF) and the Cornell High-Energy Synchrotron Source (CHESS), as well as collaborations with colleagues in physics, engineering, biology, and other research areas.
|Abruña||Electrochemistry, molecular electronics, fuel cells, batteries, electrocatalysis. Group Website
|Ananth||Quantum, classical and semiclassical dynamics,
charge and energy transfer processes. |
|Chan||Electronic structure theory.
|Chen||Single molecule spectroscopy, metallochaperone protein-protein interaction, nanocatalysis. Group Website|
|Davis||Experimental studies of bimolecular chemical reaction dynamics, catalysis, combustion and atmospheric chemistry. Group Website|
|DeBeer||X-ray based spectroscopies as probes of electronic structure in biological and chemical catalysis. Group Website|
Electronic structure theory, quantum and statistical mechanics, ab initio molecular dynamics, density functional theory, intermolecular interactions, solvent effects/solvation, inverse design of novel materials.
|Ezra||Theory, dynamics of nonrigid molecules and clusters, electron correlation, semiclassical mechanics, nonlinear dynamics. Group Website|
|Freed||Molecular dynamics and structure by magnetic resonance spectroscopy. ACERT
|Hines||Surface science, scanning probe microscopies, nanofabrication, chemical etching. Group Website|
|Loring||Nonequilibrium statistical mechanics, dynamical processes in liquids, nonlinear spectroscopy.
|Marohn||Pi-conjugated systems, electric force and magnetic resonance force microscopies. Group Website|
|Park||Synthesis and characterization of carbon nanostructures, nanomaterials-based technology. Group Website|
|Petersen||Surface non-linear spectroscopy, multidimensional spectroscopy, ultrafast dynamics, and surface structure. Group Website|
|Scheraga||Biophysical and computational chemistry, protein folding. Group Website|
|Widom||Statistical mechanics and thermodynamics of phase equilibria. |
|Wilcox||Physical and chemical properties of antiaromatic hydrocarbon, computational chemistry|
|Zax||Study of novel solid materials using solid state magnetic resonance |
- Abruna wins 2016 Electrochimica Acta Gold Medal
- Park group reports new Hall effect in MoS2
- Ananth group's work on singlet fission in pentacene highlighted in JACS
- Dr. Jimmy O’Dea awarded an OSA/MRS Congressional Fellowship
- Peng Chen receives ACS early career award
- Melissa Hines receives Weiss Fellowship
- ChemIT and CISER Collaborate to Serve CCB's Scientists' Complex Computing Needs
- Four Chemists Win National Awards
- Jack Freed wins Joel Henry Hildebrand Award
- Melissa Hines wins Arthur W. Adamson Award
- Open Faculty Positions
- Poul Petersen named a 2013 Beckman Young Investigator
- Abruna elected 2013 Fellow of the Electrochemical Society
- C&EN highlights Chen research
- 2013 ACERT WORKSHOP June 12 – 14, 2013
- 2013 ACERT International Symposium on Modern ESR Saturday, June 15, 2013
- Jack Freed awarded 2013 ISMAR Prize
- Park group reported atomically thin circuits in Nature
- Park and Chan Showed carbon Nanotubes Can Be Ideal Optical Antennae
- Prof. Roald Hoffmann Receives Basolo Award
- Harold Scheraga wins 2010 INCITE Award
- Chen's Group Single-Molecule Electrocatalysis Research Featured on the Cover of Phys. Chem. Chem. Phys.