Ph.D., Chemistry and Physics (minor), California Institute of Technology, 2015
A.B. Hamilton College, 2008
Fulbright Scholar, Heinrich-Heine Univ, 2009
929 East 57th Street
Chicago, IL 60637 USA
Novel instrumentation drives new insight into chemical mechanism. The interactions between molecules, such as solute-solvent or solvent-solvent interactions govern all of chemistry. These interactions are mediated by molecular dynamics on the femtosecond to picosecond (ultrafast) timescale. To understand these interactions completely, we must measure these dynamics directly, and doing so requires new spectroscopic techniques. Working across the electromagnetic spectrum from the TeraHertz region (which tells us about the room temperature molecular dynamics) into the visible region (which tells us about the dynamics of excited electronic states), my research develops new methods in ultrafast spectroscopy and imaging to understand how molecular dynamics of a system influence its chemical properties. I am currently interested in developing new directions in ultrafast microscopy that, when used in combination with 2D electronic spectroscopy, can offer new insights into excitons in photosynthetic membranes in plants.
Born: 9/8/1986, New Hartford, NY, USA.
M.A. Allodi, P.D. Dahlberg, R.J. Mazuski, H.C. Davis, J.P. Otto, and G.S. Engel, "Optical resonance imaging: An optical analog to MRI with sub-diffraction-limited capabilities" ACS Photonics 3, 2445–2452 2016.