Experimental Physical

Experimental Physical

We measure the physical properties that lead to molecular behavior and reactivity. Through a combination of state-of-the-art facilities and the interdisciplinary nature of our program, researchers explore physical chemistry in solids, liquids and gases, and the interfaces where they meet.

Research groups in this area probe the intermolecular forces that drive the self-assembly of new energy-storage materials and the thermodynamics and phase behavior of novel macromolecules. Lasers are used to study the physics of electron transfer events that capture solar energy and chemical changes on time scales from femtoseconds to days. Our graduate students use nuclear spins to map the structures of massive proteins, and mass spectrometry to discover acids and bases with phenomenal reactivities. Microwave photons uncover the structures of ions and molecular clusters that react in the Earth's atmosphere, while lasers and sophisticated ion optics probe bare and partially ligated metal clusters that underlie the development of modern catalysts. Electron and scanning probe microscopes bring the molecular world into vivid focus, revealing growth mechanisms of nanoscopic particles and hybrid materials.

Some of our research topics encompass:

  • electron and scanning probe microscopy,
  • mass spectrometry,
  • microwave spectroscopy on atmospheric clusters,
  • nuclear magnetic resonance spectroscopy,
  • photoelectron spectroscopy,
  • ultrafast spectroscopy of solar energy materials,
  • battery materials,
  • catalysis,
  • chemical biology,
  • green chemistry,
  • organic electronics, and
  • polymer structure and dynamics.


portrait of Professor David Blank
CSE Associate Dean for Undergraduate Programs, Chemistry, Chemical Physics
243 Smith Hall
portrait of Professor Renee Frontiera
Associate Professor, Director of Chemical Physics
233 Smith Hall
portrait of Professor Doreen Leopold
Associate Professor, Chemistry, Chemical Physics
211 Smith Hall
portrait of Professor Kenneth Leopold
Professor, Chemistry, Chemical Physics
217 Smith Hall
Portrait of Professor Timothy Lodge
Regents Professor, Chemistry, Chemical Engineering & Materials Science
235 Smith Hall
portrait of Professor Aaron Massari
Director of Graduate Studies, Associate Professor Chemistry & Chemical Physics
245 Smith Hall
portrait of Professor Lee Penn
Professor, Director of Undergraduate Studies
225 Smith Hall
portrait of Professor Andreas Stein
Professor, Chemistry
219 Smith Hall