Physical chemists at Emory perform experiments and calculations to get at the heart of the structure, reactivity, dynamics, and energetics of matter. From interstellar ions to solar cells to cell membranes, we study a variety of systems through precise measurements and advanced calculations. The data produced in our laboratories becomes concepts that shape how chemists see the world and seeds next-generation technologies.

Experimental p-chem groups engage state-of-the-art instrumentation for the study of gas-phase molecules and clusters, nano-structured materials, and biomolecular complexes. Computational research uses advanced quantum and classical computational methods to model structures as small as 5 atoms and as large as 105 while also developing new methods to investigate a broader range of structures. 

*Groups marked with an asterisk are accepting graduate students.

Research Groups

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theoretical, computational
"we are 70% water and I study water"

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protein folding, enzyme dynamics, bioinorganic, solar fuels
"protein folding and molecular dynamics...with lasers"

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electronic structure theory, strongly correlated electrons, excited states
"we simulate the quantum world"

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chemical bonding, transient intermediates, electronic structure
"what are these electrons doing?"

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self-assembly, surfactants, molecular dynamics, nucleation, lipids, proteins
"predicting how molecular structure determines super-molecular aggregation"

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nanomaterials, solar energy conversion, ultrafast & nonlinear spectroscopy
"sustainable energy through fundamental physical chemistry research"

Widicus Weaver*
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astrochemistry, spectroscopy
"the chemistry of star and planet formation"

Associated Faculty

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computational chemistry, C-H functionalization
"knowledge based technology and catalyst design"