What We Do

We’re unmasking the coherent quantum mechanical flow of electronic excited states and chargesalong with their coherent spin-spin interactionsin precisely tailored nanostructures and molecules.

Long term, our work will exploit coherence to harvest and transmit energy and information via novel quantum mechanical mechanisms and develop new ways for doing chemistry.

What We Study

Our research covers two main themes within quantum coherence.

Molecules and Chromophore Aggregate Systems

We explore how symmetry breaking in molecules impacts spin coherence.

Nanoscale

We examine the lossless flow of energy through nanostructures.

Work With Us

Our goal is to provide world-class, cutting-edge training to postdocs and graduates students through innovative research, in-depth mentoring, and specialized training.

News & Events

Makri Wins ACS Award in Theoretical Chemistry

Congratulations to Prof. Nancy Makri, winner of the 2021 Physical Chemistry Division Award in Theoretical Chemistry. The award is recognizing her work in the development of exact methods for long-time numerical path integral simulations of quantum dissipative systems with application to quantum liquids, electron transfer and photosynthesis.

Center Discussion of “Confronting Injustice” – February 26, 2021

We invite all CSQC participants to join a discussion of Bryan Stevenson’s SXSW talk “Confronting Injustice”. Bryan Stevenson is a Harvard-educated lawyer who has dedicated his career to helping the poor, the incarcerated, and the condemned. He’s the founder and executive director of the Equal Justice Initiative. We will host a Zoom discussion for CSQC… Read More »Center Discussion of “Confronting Injustice” – February 26, 2021

CSQC Publication – Charge Transfer and Spin Dynamics in a Zinc Porphyrin Donor Covalently Linked to One or Two Naphthalenediimide Acceptors

A collaborative study form the Wasielewski and Beratan groups examined the role of electronic and spin coherence in charge separation and recombination that occurs in donor-bridge-acceptor species with one or two acceptors.     The studies indicate that while charge recombination is a spin-coherent process, incoherent hopping of the electron between the two acceptors is consistent… Read More »CSQC Publication – Charge Transfer and Spin Dynamics in a Zinc Porphyrin Donor Covalently Linked to One or Two Naphthalenediimide Acceptors