The Engel Group at The University of Chicago


The Engel Group strives to exploit femtosecond dynamics to steer and to control excited state reactivity. We use a combination of ultrafast spectroscopy, theory, synthesis, and biophysics to approach this problem.


 

Revealing Nature's Designs

Nature has had 2.4 billion years to evolve and engineer excited state dynamics. From photosynthesis to vision to photoenzymes, we examine natural mechanisms to steer excited states. Our goal is to isolate and identify new design principles to control quantum dynamics.

Steering Excited State Dynamics

Electronic excited states carry enough energy to make and break chemical bonds. Photochemistry operates outside the Born-Oppenheimer regime -- thereby escaping our standard chemical intuition. We seek new strategies to steer excited states and to control their reactivity.

 

Seeing the Unseen

You can't engineer what you can't see. We build new spectroscopic tools to probe femtosecond dynamics of electronic excitations. In living cells, protein complexes, and small molecules, we capture how these systems evolve with unprecedented depth and specificity.

Paper Accepted   5/21/2019

Lili WangMarco Allodi

Congratulations to Lili Wang and Marco Allodi on having their manuscript accepted to Nature Reviews Chemistry.

Summer Fellowship   5/19/2019

James Hayman

Congratulations to James Hayman on receiving a Summer Research Fellowship from the Chemistry Department.

Service Award   5/17/2019

Jake Higgins

Congratulations to Jake Higgins on receiving the Joan Shiu Departmental Service Award recognizing his outstanding contributions to our department.

Teaching Award   5/17/2019

Sami Abdulhadi

Congratulations to Sami Abdulhadi on winning the Nathan Sugarman Teaching Award recoginizing his excellent teaching in UChicago's general chemistry courses.

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

E.M. Janke*, N.E. Williams*, C. She, D. Zherebetskyy, M. Hudson, L. Wang, D.J. Gosztola, R.D. Schaller, B. Lee, C. Sun, G.S. Engel, D.V. Talapin, "The origin of broad emission spectra in InP quantum dots: contributions from structural and electronic disorder", JACS 140, 15791–15803 2018.

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