Physical & Theoretical Chemistry

Research in theoretical and experimental physical chemistry includes ultrafast study of reaction dynamics, computational chemistry, molecular interaction in liquids, photoacoustics, and applications of chemical physics to medical imaging. The heart of Brown’s experimental research in physical chemistry is the use of multiple ultrashort-pulsed laser systems, allowing ultrafast time-resolved methods for electron diffraction, spectroscopy, and x-ray absorption.

Associated Faculty

Gerald J. Diebold

Professor of Chemistry

Areas of Interest

  • Photoacoustic effect
  • Thermal diffusion
  • Medical imaging
  • Vibration potential imaging
  • X-ray phase contrast
  • Radiation force spectrometry

Christoph G. Rose-Petruck

Professor of Chemistry

Areas of Interest

  • Ultrafast x-ray science
  • Ultrafast spectroscopy of chemical reactions
  • Medical x-ray and ultrasound imaging
  • X-ray microscopy

Brenda M. Rubenstein

Assistant Professor of Chemistry

Areas of Interest

  • Theoretical quantum chemistry and physics
  • Stochastic methods for electronic structure theory
  • Strongly correlated and relativistic materials
  • Quantum computing
  • Actinide structure and transport
  • Molecular computing
  • Computational biophysics

Richard M. Stratt

Newport Rogers Professor of ChemistryProfessor of Physics

Areas of Interest

  • Theoretical chemistry
  • Molecular dynamics in liquids
  • Ultrafast spectroscopy

Lai-Sheng Wang

Jesse H. and Louisa D. Sharpe Metcalf Professor of Chemistry

Areas of Interest

  • Experimental Physical Chemistry
  • Nanoclusters and Nanomaterials
  • Photoelectron Spectroscopy and Photoelectron Imaging
  • Electrospray Ionization and Cryogenic Ion Traps
  • Boron Clusters and Transition Metal Clusters
  • Multiply-Charged Anions and Dipole-Bound States

Peter M. Weber

Professor of Chemistry

Areas of Interest

  • chemical reaction dynamics
  • ultrafast laser spectroscopy
  • molecular beam spectroscopy
  • multi-photon processes
  • photoionization
  • photoelectron spectroscopy