Research Areas

Primary Research Directions

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.

Leaf with Greek Psi shining through

Quantum Biology

Laser beam propagating through NOPA

Ultrafast Spectroscopy

optoelectronic circuit board

Quantum Materials

Photolyase complexed with DNA with light flare showing active site

Photocatalysis

Scratch work calculating retarded greens functions

Theory

heterodimer molecular structure that demonstrates quantum coherence

Coherent Dynamics

single-crystal single-domain lead iodide perovskite crystal

Light Harvesting Materials

LH2 complex with chlorophylls arranged in a ring overlaid on leaf background

Ultrafast Chiral Response

microscope image of rhodobacter sphaeroides

Live Cell Studies

E. Fresch, F.V.A. Camargo, Q. Shen, C.C. Bellora, T. Pullerits, G.S. Engel, G. Cerullo, and E. Collini, "Two-dimensional electronic spectroscopy", Nature Reviews Methods Primers 3 84 2023.

I. Avdic, L.M. Sager-Smith, I. Ghosh, O.C. Wedig, J.S. Higgins, G.S. Engel, and D.A. Mazziotti, "Quantum sensing using multi-qubit quantum systems and the Pauli polytope", Phys. Rev. Research 5, 043097 2023.

G. Lin, G.T. Nash, T. Luo, I. Ghosh, S. Sohoni, A.J. Christofferson, G. Liu, G.S. Engel, W. Lin, "Two-Dimensional Nanosonosensitizers Facilitate Energy Transfer to Enhance Sonodynamic Therapy", Advanced Materials, 35, 2212069 2023.

J.S. Higgins, W.R. Hollingsworth, L.T. Lloyd, and G.S. Engel, "Quantum Coherence in Chemical and Photobiological Systems", Emerging Trends in Chemical Applications of Lasers, ACS Symposium Series #1398, Edited by M.R. Berman, L. Young, and H.-L. Dai, ACS Books 2021.

University of Chicago
Chemistry Department
Biophysical Sciences
Institute for Molecular Engineering
James Franck Institute
Institute for Biophysical Dynamics
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