Faculty – Physical

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Randy Bartels - Associate Professor, Electrical and Computer Engineering
Ph.D., University of Michigan
970-491-1464 / randy.bartels@colostate.edu
The research that we do in our group is highly multidisciplinary, drawing on optics, chemistry, biological, and engineering principles. Our group is working to unravel fundamental questions concerning the interaction of femtosecond light pulses with molecules to induce coherent motion in specific degrees of freedom of the molecules.

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Elliot Bernstein - Professor
Ph.D., California Institute of Technology
970-491-6347 / erb@lamar.colostate.edu
Conformation and potential energy surfaces of isolated and solvated non-rigid molecules, nucleation, growth, and structure of van der Waals clusters in the gas phase, energy dynamics and chemical reaction in van der Waals clusters, spectroscopy of reactive intermediates, metal oxide cluster catalysis

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Kristen Buchanan - Assistant Professor, Physics
Ph.D., University of Alberta
970-491-5424 / kristen.buchanan@colostate.edu
My research explores lateral confinement and coupling effects in nanomagnets through both experimental investigations and numerical modeling. In addition to being an exciting subject of study from a fundamental perspective, nanomagnets are also important for the advancement of technology, for example, in spintronics devices, storage media, and for medical applications. My present work focuses on the magnetization reversal and spin excitations of patterned magnetic elements.

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Ellen Fisher - Professor
Ph.D., University of Utah
970-491-5250 / erfisher@lamar.colostate.edu
Plasma chemistry, reactivity of radicals with surfaces using LIF and molecular beam techniques. Plasma polymerization deposition and etching of materials. Characterization of plasma synthesized thin films.

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Amber Krummel - Assistant Professor
Ph.D., University of Wisconsin-Madison
970-491-3694 / Amber.Krummel@colostate.edu
Structure & dynamics in condensed phase systems; two-dimensional infrared spectroscopy.

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Branka Ladanyi - Professor
Ph.D., Yale University
970-491-5196 / bl@lamar.colostate.edu
Statistical mechanics, structure and dynamics of molecular fluids and solids. Theoretical and computational studies of surfactant self-assembly, nanoconfined and supercritical fluids, liquid interfaces, solvation dynamics, light scattering and nonlinear optical phenomena.

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Nancy Levinger - Professor and University Distinguished Teaching Scholar, Associate Chair
Ph.D., University of Colorado
970-491-1331 / levinger@lamar.colostate.edu
Dynamics of molecules and chemistry in the condensed phase, especially molecular assemblies, molecules at liquid interfaces and in confined environments by ultrafast spectroscopic techniques, NMR, and neutron scattering.

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Martin McCullagh - Assistant Professor
Ph.D., Northwestern University
Martin.McCullagh@colostate.edu
Computational and Theoretical Chemistry
We employ computational and theoretical chemistry tools to study phenomena in Biology. In particular we are interested in how Biology achieves control of energy transduction and self-assembly. Protein-DNA complexes provide a nice set of basis set for such studies.

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Carmen Menoni - University Distinguished Professor in Electrical and Computer Engineering
Ph.D., Colorado State University
970-491-8659 / carmen.menoni@colostate.edu
Prof. Menoni’s research bridges from material to optical sciences. She is engaged in the growth and characterization of high bandgap oxide materials for the engineering of interference coatings for high power lasers. She is also actively involved in using bright coherent beams of light of wavelengths between 10-50 nm for optics applications such as imaging and ablation.

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Anthony Rappe - Professor
Ph.D., California Institute of Technology
970-491-6292 / rappe@lamar.colostate.edu
Theoretical characterization of reaction mechanisms in homogeneous and heterogeneous catalysis, new electronic structure techniques, development of force fields or model potentials for chemical reactivity studies.

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A.R. Ravishankara - Professor
Ph.D. University of Florida, Gainesville, FL
970-491-2876 / A.R.Ravishankara@colostate.edu
Atmospheric Chemistry
Atmospheric chemistry via studies in gas phase kinetics and photochemistry, heterogeneous chemistry, atmospheric field observations, and analyses of modeling results; Furthering understanding of the earth’s atmosphere, diagnosing, understanding of, and providing solutions to environmental issues of the stratospheric ozone depletion, air quality, and climate change; Provide new insights into gas phase chemical reactions, reactions on surfaces and in liquids, and photochemical processes; Developing new experimental methods both for laboratory studies and atmospheric measurements.

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Grzegorz Szamel - Professor
Ph.D., Warsaw University, Poland
970-491-2795 / szamel@lamar.colostate.edu
Statistical mechanics, dynamics of colloidal and polymeric fluids, structure and dynamics of colloidal fluids under non-uniform flow conditions.

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Alan Van Orden - Associate Professor
Ph.D., University of California at Berkeley
970-491-6286 / vanorden@lamar.colostate.edu
Bioanalytical chemistry, single molecule detection and spectroscopy, laser spectroscopy, optical and scanning probe microscopy, optical biosensors for pharmaceutical and clinical chemistry.