Aaron M. Massari

portrait of Professor Aaron Massari

Aaron M. Massari

Associate Professor, Director of Graduate Studies, College of Science & Engineering Distinguished Teaching Professor, Department of Chemistry


Smith Hall
Room 245
207 Pleasant Street Se
Minneapolis, MN 55455


B.S. Arizona State University, 1999

Ph.D. Northwestern University, 2004 (Joseph T. Hupp)

Post Doctorate National Institutes of Health Fellow, Stanford University, 2004-2006 (Michael D. Fayer)

Research Interests

Nanoscience & Materials Chemistry: polymer spectroscopy

Chemical Physics: polymer spectroscopy

Polymer Chemistry: conducting polymer dynamics

Experimental Physical Chemistry: spectroscopy

Energy & Catalysis

We use vibrational sum frequency generation (VSFG) and two-dimensional infrared (2D-IR) spectroscopy to study the interfacial structure and ultrafast dynamics of organic electronic materials. Students in our group learn many facets of linear and nonlinear spectroscopy, electrochemistry, and materials characterization.

vibrational sum frequency generation and two dimensional infrared spectroscopy (Aaron Massari research)

Honors and Awards

University of Minnesota Council of  Graduate Students Outstanding Advisor Award, 2020

George W. Taylor/College of Science & Engineering Alumni Society Award for Distinguished Teaching, 2014

IREE Early Investigator Award, 2010

3M Nontenured Faculty Award, 2008

National Institutes of Health Ruth L. Kirschstein Postdoctoral Fellow 2004-2006

Mailing Address

Aaron M. Massari
University of Minnesota
Department of Chemistry
B-12, 139 Smith Hall, 207 Pleasant St SE
Minneapolis, MN 55455-0431