Marco Allodi Postdoctoral Scholar

Marco Allodi

Marco Allodi
Postdoctoral Scholar at The University of Chicago
Beckman Postdoctoral Fellow

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

Chemistry happens at interfaces. Whether at the interface of solute and solvent, layers in a solar cell, or at a phospholipid bilayer differences in structure and dynamics at the interface will determine the outcome of chemical processes. My research aims to understand these differences and to use what we learn to control chemical outcomes. To observe molecular and excitonic dynamics on their native timescales (femtoseconds to picoseconds), we use ultrafast lasers that can resolve these events in time. For example, photosynthetic organisms transfer energy from photons absorbed in an antenna complex to a reaction center on a femtosecond time scale. However, in the presence of too much sunlight, plants absorb more photons than they can use and must dissipate this energy before it can damage the cell. Using ultrafast 2D electronic spectroscopy, we are working to understand these photoprotective processes in living cultures of cyanobacteria and green algae.

Some questions cannot be answered with existing techniques, and some aspects of my research have focused on technique development to provide these answers. One such example is resolving the dynamics of exactions at grain boundaries in solar cells. To correlate the structure with dynamics of materials on the meso- and nanoscale, I have been working to develop Optical Resonance Imaging (ORI) to provide sub-diffraction-limited, wide-field, ultrafast imaging. ORI maps space to time using temporal gradients in an analogous way to how MRI maps space to energy using magnetic-field gradients. With this technique, we will be able to visualize energy flow through a material and directly correlate dynamics with structure.

Born: 9/8/1986, New Hartford, NY, USA.
A.B. Hamilton College, 2008 (Advisor: George Shields)
Fulbright Scholar, Heinrich-Heine Univ, 2009
Ph.D. Caltech, 2015 (Advisor: Geoff Blake)
Postdoctoral Scholar, UChicago (Advisor: Greg Engel)

  • Beckman Postdoctoral Fellow, 2017
  • Yen Postdoctoral Fellow, 2015
  • DARPA Rising Postdoctoral Scholar, 2015
  • McCoy Thesis Award (Caltech), 2015
  • NDSEG Fellow, 2010
  • Fulbright Scholar, 2008
  • Goldwater Scholar, 2007
  • Eagle Scout, 2002
Lili WangMarco Allodi

Paper Published   6/25/2019

Congratulations to Lili Wang and Marco Allodi on having their paper entitled, "Quantum coherences reveal excited state dynamics in biophysical systems", published in Nature Reviews Chemistry.

Sara MasseyPo-Chieh TingShu-Hao YehPete DahlbergSara SohailMarco Allodi

Paper Published   1/1/2019

Congratulations to Sara Massey, Po-Chieh Ting, Shu-Hao Yeh, Pete Dahlberg, Sara Sohail, Marco Allodi, and our collaborators in the Kais group and Hunter Group on having their paper entitled, "Orientational Dynamics of Transition Dipoles and Exciton Relaxation in LH2 from Ultrafast Two-Dimensional Anisotropy", published online in JPCL.

Shu-Hao YehMarco Allodi

Paper Published   8/9/2018

Congratulations to Shu-Hao Yeh, Marco Allodi and our collaborators in the Kais group on having their paper entitled,"Elucidation of near-resonance vibronic coherence lifetimes by nonadiabatic electronic-vibrational state character mixing" published in PNAS.

Marco AllodiJohn OttoSara SohailRyan WoodBrian RolczynskiSara MasseyPo-Chieh Ting

Paper Published   12/13/2017

Congratulations to Marco Allodi, John Otto, Sara Sohail, Ryan Wood, Brian Rolczynski, Sara Massey, and Po-Chieh Ting as well as our collaborators in the Blankenship Group on having their paper entitled, "Redox Conditions Affect Ultrafast Exciton Transport in Photosynthetic Pigment-Protein Complexes", published in the Journal of Physical Chemistry Letters.

Pete DahlbergPo-Chieh TingSara MasseyMarco Allodi

Paper Published   10/17/2017

Congratulations to Pete Dahlberg, Po-Chieh Ting, Sara Massey, Marco Allodi and our collaborators in the Hunter Group on having their manuscript entitled, "Mapping the ultrafast flow of harvested solar energy in living photosynthetic cells" published in Nature Communications.

Sara SohailPete DahlbergMarco AllodiSara MasseyPo-Chieh Ting

Paper Accepted   9/15/2017

Congratulations to Sara Sohail, Pete Dahlberg, Marco Allodi, Sara Massey, Po-Chieh Ting and our collaborators in the Hunter Group on having their paper entitled, "Broad Manifold of Excitonic States in Light-Harvesting Complex 1 Promotes Efficient Unidirectional Energy Transfer in vivo", accepted to JCP as a Communication.

Marco AllodiJohn OttoRichard MazuskiRyan Wood

C&E News Coverage   4/3/2017

C&E News has covered our recent development of Optical Resonance Imaging by Marco Allodi, John Otto, Richard Mazuski, and Ryan Wood.

Marco Allodi

Beckman Postdoctoral Fellowship   2/22/2017

Congratulations to Marco Allodi on receiving a Beckman Postdoctoral Fellowship.

Marco AllodiPete DahlbergRichard MazuskiHunter DavisJohn Otto

Paper Published   11/8/2016

Congratulations to Marco Allodi, Pete Dahlberg, Richard Mazuski, Hunter Davis and John Otto on having their paper entitled, "Optical resonance imaging: An optical analog to MRI with sub-diffraction-limited capabilities" published in ACS Photonics

Marco Allodi

New Postdoctoral Scholar   7/28/2015

Welcome to Dr. Marco Allodi, a Yen Fellow in the Institute for Biophysical Dynamics, who is joining the group as a postdoctoral fellow.