Research Areas

The Engel Group chooses problems at the interface of theory and experiment where we can test our understanding of excited state dynamics. We look for new design principles to control chemical reactivity, and we often find our inspiration in biological systems. We create new spectrometers of our own design to reveal new dynamics and new organizing principles for steering chemical reactivity. We approach our problems through a careful balance of synthesis, spectroscopy, theory, and biophysics.

Quantum Biology

Quantum Biology

Ultrafast Spectroscopy

Ultrafast Spectroscopy

Quantum Materials

Quantum Materials

Photocatalysis

Photocatalysis

Theory

Theory

Coherent Dynamics

Coherent Dynamics

Light Harvesting Materials

Light Harvesting Materials

Ultrafast Chiral Response

Ultrafast Chiral Response

Live Cell Studies

Live Cell Studies

S.H. Sohail,* P.D. Dahlberg,* M.A. Allodi, S.C. Massey, P.-C. Ting, E.C. Martin, C.N. Hunter, and G.S. Engel, "Broad Manifold of Excitonic States in Light-Harvesting Complex 1 Promotes Efficient Unidirectional Energy Transfer in vivo" J. Chem. Phys, Communication (accepted)

G.D. Scholes, G.R. Fleming, L.X. Chen, A. Aspuru-Guzik, A. Buchleitner, D.F. Coker, G.S. Engel, R. van Grondelle, A. Ishizaki, D.M. Jonas, J.S. Lundeen, J.K. McCusker, S. Mukamel, J.P. Ogilvie, A. Olaya-Castro, M.A. Ratner, F.C. Spano, K.B. Whaley, and X.Y. Zhu, "Using coherence to enhance function in chemical and biophysical systems Nature 543, 647–656 2017.

Y. Zhang, A. Wirthwein, F.H. Alharbi, G.S. Engel, and S. Kais., "Dark states enhance the photocell power via phononic dissipation Phys. Chem. Chem. Phys. 18, 31845-31849 2016.

University of Chicago
Chemistry Department
Biophysical Sciences
Institute for Molecular Engineering
James Franck Institute
Institute for Biophysical Dynamics
MRSEC
College
quantum
spectroscopy
materials
AFOSR
DARPA
Dreyfus
Searle
Keck
DTRA
Lockheed Martin
UChicago
NSSEFF
NSF
NIH
QNRF
Sloan