Department of Chemistry Biochemistry

Physical Chemistry

Physical chemistry research at ASU addresses contemporary and challenging problems in both applied and fundamental areas in chemistry, biochemistry and materials chemistry.  These areas include high resolution molecular beam spectroscopy, nanoscale dynamics of supercooled liquids and glasses, phase transformations, condensed state molecular and ion dynamics, exotic solid-state materials, and theoretical computational chemistry. An extensive selection of graduate level courses in physical chemistry is available within the department. In their graduate research, students often apply both experimental and theoretical approaches to problem solving, using state-of-the-art equipment and computational techniques.

Students' research projects range from the purely theoretical investigation of condensed phase properties to applications in battery and alternate electrical power systems. The physical chemistry laboratories equipment includes extensive apparatus for high resolution laser spectroscopy, high-pressure investigations of materials, dielectric measurements, and NMR. Computational facilities equipped with a complete range of software for molecular and condensed phase modelling are also available to

C. Austen Angell
Regents' Professor
Liquid structure, transport properties, supercooled liquids, glass transitions, electrolytes and polymers for battery applications

Andrew Chizmeshya
Associate Professor
Computational Solid State Chemistry, Semiconductor Simulation, Vibrational and Optical Properties of Solids, Physisorption, Carbon Sequestration

Petra Fromme
Paul V Galvin Professor
Structural biochemistry and biophysics, membrane proteins, X-Ray crystallography, photosynthesis, molecular biology
Mark Hayes
Microfluidics, bioassays, microchip devices, Noninvasive sampling, materials and surface chemistry

Marcia Levitus
Associate Professor
Biophysical chemistry, photophysics, single-molecule fluorescence, DNA-protein dynamics.

Yan Liu
Associate Professor
Nanoparticles synthesis and functionalization DNA directed self-assembly Multi-component complex structure.

Dmitry Matyushov
Theoretical chemistry, condensed media, optical spectroscopy, electron transfer, proteins, phase and glass transitions
Vladimiro Mujica
Theoretical chemistry, nanoscience, electron transfer, molecular conductance, nanomagnetism, chirality
William Petuskey
Ceramics, glasses, wide band-gap semiconductors, electronic materials, high temperature chemistry
Ranko Richert
Dynamics of Liquids, Glass Transition, Dynamic Heterogeneity,
Confinement Effects
Dong-Kyun Seo
Associate Professor
Inorganic solids, sustainable materials chemistry, porous materials, hierarchical nanostructures, hybrid materials, exploration of new synthetic methods, energy production, water purification, environmental remediations
Timothy C. Steimle
Ultra-high resolution spectroscopy, molecular beams, transition metal complexes, laser spectroscopy, computational chemistry
Wade Van Horn
Assistant Professor
Membrane proteins, Solution NMR, Structural biology, Biophysical Chemistry, Enzymology, Electrophysiology, Computational structural biology, Ion channels, Membrane enzymes

Rebekka Wachter
Associate Professor
Protein post-translational modifications, Macromolecular X-ray crystallography, Protein-based chromophores, Enzyme mechanisms

George H. Wolf
Associate Professor
High pressure chemistry, phase transitions, spectroscopy, materials chemistry
Neal Woodbury
Photosynthesis, biophysics, DNA/protein complexes, nucleosomes, optically directed molecular evolution
Jeff Yarger
Professor and Director of Magnetic Resonance Research Center
Solid-state NMR and MRI, soft matter research, disordered materials, biopolymers, battery and fuel cell materials, polyamorphism, nano-materials, high-pressure chemistry, quantum computation, laser scattering spectroscopy, neutron, electron and xray diffraction of amorphous materials