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ASU has a long history of high visibility, interdisciplinary research that stretched the traditional boundaries of chemistry and biochemistry.
Molecular science has now matured to the point that much of our current research can be cast in the context of real-life challenges. We work on molecular-based solutions to problems in energy, health and the environment, we build nanostructures for electronics and sensing. We are also deepening our molecular understanding of biological systems, and using complex molecular simulations and the highest resolution spectroscopies and single molecule techniques to extend basic molecular science.
This approach reflects the intellectual interests of our faculty, trains the next generation of scientists in a use-inspired environment, and acknowledges the responsibility of contemporary science to tackle societally relevant challenges.
Graduate students in the School of Molecular Sciences are involved in a wide range of research activities, from projects that expand fundamental molecular science to mission-based projects that transcend traditional disciplinary boundaries. Our students are finding molecular solutions to real-life problems.
These research experiences provide our students with a training that will enable them to be successful in a scientific world where the boundaries between traditional disciplines are rapidly disappearing, and that will be relevant going into the future.
ASU students and faculty are building designer electronic materials with atomic level precision, are constructing molecular level logic devices, and complex nanostructures based on molecular origami, that self-assemble with atomic level control of function, and novel materials for energy conversion and storage. We are leaders in research on molecular processes in solid and disordered states and in connecting geological materials to molecular processes.
Structural biology is being revolutionized at ASU using femtosecond nanocrystallography. Our faculty and students are defining the roles of enzymes and protein complexes with biomolecules that regulate transcription, translation, post-translational modification and energy and proton flow in DNA, in membranes and within cells. We also study the molecular basis of biology in geology and even astronomy.
ASU is at the forefront in describing the molecular basis of disease and critical protein/drug interactions with atomic-scale resolution. We are developing sensors for the early detection of disease, using biophysics and novel analytics for diagnosis diagnose at the atom, molecule and cell level, designing new drugs that target specific metabolic pathways, and are building high-throughout diagnostic arrays for personalized medicine.
ASU researchers are world leaders in photosynthesis research and in the development of molecular solutions for energy capture, storage and conversion. We build bio-inspired systems that use light to synthesize ATP and split water, and study catalysts that generate clean fuels. We develop novel materials for battery, fuel cell and energy production technologies, and even study energy flow in geologic and biologic systems that do not rely on photosynthesis.
We study environmental molecular processes to protect the earths' most valuable resources, air and water. ASU has a strong history in connecting chemistry, biochemistry and geology. We define the materials chemistry of the geosphere, and explore new ways of performing chemical reactions inspired by geomimicry, and how chemistry, biology and geology sustain life on earth, and possibly beyond.
ASU faculty and students are advancing the theory and practice of fundamental molecular science, using state-of-the-art spectroscopy, single-molecule techniques and computational methods. The molecular properties of condensed matter and the fundamental principles of chemical reactivity are being defined experimentally and computationally.
Alexander Green Assistant Professor Synthetic biology, Nanomaterials, Molecular computation, RNA regulation, Nucleic acid directed self-assembly, Biosensing, Nanoelectronics
Bioinorganic chemistry, electrochemistry, hydrogenases, de novo protein design and engineering, redox enzyme mechanisms, alternative energy generation
Biophysics, Drug Design, X-Ray Crystallography, G Protein–Coupled Receptors (GPCRs), Membrane Proteins, Lipidic Cubic Phase (LCP), Protein-Protein Interactions/Complexes, Protein Functions
Photosynthesis, protonmotive force, proton and electron transfer, photochemistry, photobiology, bioenergy, biocatalysis, sustainable energy, dye sensitized semiconductors
Inorganic solids, sustainable materials chemistry, porous materials, hierarchical nanostructures, hybrid materials, exploration of new synthetic methods, energy production, water purification, environmental remediations
Membrane proteins, Solution NMR, Structural biology, Biophysical Chemistry, Enzymology, Electrophysiology, Computational structural biology, Ion channels, Membrane enzymes
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