David A. Blank

portrait of Professor_Department Head David Blank

David A. Blank

Department Head, 3M/Alumni Professor, Distinguished University Teaching Professor, Department of Chemistry


Smith Hall
Room 139A
207 Pleasant Street Se
Minneapolis, MN 55455

B.S. University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), 1992

Ph.D. University of California (UC), Berkeley, 1997 (Yuan T. Lee)

Post Doctorate UC Berkeley, 1997-2000 (Graham R. Fleming)

Research Interests

Experimental Physical Chemistry: condensed phase chemical dynamics

Nanoscience & Materials Chemistry: photovoltaic dynamics

Chemical Physics: condensed phase chemical dynamics

Energy & Catalysis

Energy, charge, and chemical dynamics in condensed environments: Our research group investigates a variety of dynamic events in condensed media. The investigations range from basic chemical reaction dynamics in solutions such as ionic liquids to energy and charge transfer dynamics in new materials targeted at applications in solar energy conversion. Our primary experimental tools are nonlinear time domain spectroscopies, and this includes new methods developed in our laboratory. Computational tools such as time dependent density functional methods and molecular dynamics simulations, are used to complement the experiments and aid in the interpretation of our data.

Honors and Awards

2016 3M/Alumni Professor

2016 University of Minnesota President’s Award for Outstanding Service

2016 George W. Taylor Distinguished Service Award

2010 Horace T. Morse Award for Undergraduate Education

2008 Charles E. Bowers Faculty Teaching Award

2006, 2007 Institute of Technology Student Board Professor of the Year (Chemistry)

2003-2008 David And Lucile Packard Fellowship in Science and Engineering

2002-2004 3M Company Nontenured Faculty Award

2000 Camille and Henry Dreyfus New Faculty Award

Mailing Address

David A. Blank
University of Minnesota
Department of Chemistry
A-13, 139 Smith Hall
207 Pleasant St SE
Minneapolis, MN 55455-0431