Research Group of Daniel G. Nocera


The Nocera lab studies the basic mechanisms of energy conversion in biology and chemistry. We synthesize a variety of compounds and materials, ranging from organic supramolecular assemblies to inorganic coordination, organometallic, and extended layered compounds to biomolecules that permit us to investigate physical and chemical issues of pertinence to energy conversion. Expertise in a host of steady-state (absorption, emission, Raman) and time-resolved (nanosecond, picosecond, femtosecond) laser spectroscopies and other physical methods permits us to define critical phenomena, which in turn guide us in the further design of new systems with targeted reactivity. Students in all areas of expertise (inorganic, organic, solid state, physical and biological) apply their craft to solving important societal problems, the greatest of which is the delivery of a carbon-neutral and sustainable energy supply for the 21st century.
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