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Damrauer, Niels Harley



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research overview

  • We are generally interested in understanding how to control photochemical and photophysical transformations. Our research cuts broadly across traditional disciplines of physical and physical inorganic chemistry. We use and develop tools of coherent control, synthesis, time-resolved spectroscopy (fs - ms), 2D-electronic spectroscopy (exploiting pulse shapers), static electronic spectroscopies, electrochemistry, electronic structure theory, and statistical methodologies for analysis of adaptive femtosecond pulse shaping results. We are driven by the dire ramifications of anthropogenic climate change, recognize the need for solar energy conversion on a massive scale, and are developing tools and molecular systems to understand and control photochemical transformations.


  • photochemistry, transition metal complex photophysics, photoinduced electron transfer, photoinduced dynamics in materials for next generation solar energy conversion, adaptive pulse shaping, advanced pulse shaping spectroscopies, singlet fission, photoredox catalysis


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courses taught

  • CHEM 1401 - Foundations of Chemistry Lab
    Primary Instructor - Fall 2018
    Coordinates with lecture topics in CHEM 1400. Intended for first-semester CHEM and BCHM majors. Emphasizes the development of hands-on practical laboratory skills, experimental design, data interpretation, problem solving and open inquiry. Department enforced prerequisites: one year high school chemistry or CHEM 1021 (minimum grad C-) and high school math through pre-calculus. Not recommended for students with grades below B- in CHEM 1021. Department enforced corequsite: CHEM 1400. Credit not granted for this course and CHEM 1114 or CHEM 1221.
  • CHEM 4011 - Modern Inorganic Chemistry
    Primary Instructor - Spring 2018 / Spring 2019 / Spring 2020 / Spring 2021 / Fall 2021
    Required course for chemistry majors. Introduces modern inorganic chemistry for undergraduates. Includes atomic structure, chemical periodicity, structure and bonding in molecules and crystals, reaction mechanisms, chemistry of selected main group and transition elements, and emphasis on catalyst, materials, bioinorganic, and organometallic systems. Same as CHEM 5011.
  • CHEM 4531 - Physical Chemistry 2
    Primary Instructor - Fall 2019 / Spring 2020
    Lect. Introduces the quantum theory of atoms, molecules and chemical bonding, and statistical thermodynamics. Includes principles of quantum mechanics and their application to atomic structure, molecular spectroscopy, symmetry properties, and the determination of molecular structure. Also includes principles of statistical mechanics and their applications to properties of gases, liquids, and solids.
  • CHEM 6901 - Research in Chemistry
    Primary Instructor - Spring 2018 / Fall 2018 / Spring 2019 / Fall 2019 / Spring 2020 / Fall 2021 / Spring 2022
    May be repeated up to 15 total credit hours.
  • CHEM 7401 - Seminar in Photochemical Reaction Control
    Primary Instructor - Spring 2021
    Discusses progress towards control of molecular reactivity using light, including synthetic methods for creating control subjects. Emphasizes new methods to achieve coherent control. May be repeated up to 2 total credit hours.


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