George C. Schatz Professor of Chemistry

Research Interests

George C. Schatz’s applied physics research is concerned with theory and modeling in three areas:

  • Plasmonic materials
  • Single molecule mechanical properties
  • DNA photophysics and mechanical properties

In the plasmonics materials field Professor Schatz has contributed to the development of computational electrodynamics and electronic structure methods for studying the optical properties of metal particles and other metal nanostructures, with applications to surface enhanced optical phenomena, plasmon enhanced solar cells, and plasmonic devices. His studies of single molecule mechanics have involved the development of molecular mechanics and molecular dynamics methods for describing the shear and tensile properties of carbon nanotubes and other carbon nanostructures as well as “pulling experiments” involving biomolecules.  In the DNA field he is involved in studies of such photophysical properties as TT dimerization, and he has recently examined the bending properties of DNA that are important in the formation of nucleosomes, a key component of the cell nucleus.

Selected Publications

Brightening of carbon nanotube photoluminescence through the incorporation of sp3 defects, Yanmei Piao, Brendan, Meany, Lyndsey R. Powell, Nicholas Valley, Hyejin Kwon, George C. Schatz, YuHuang Wang, Nature Chemistry, 5. 840-845 (2013).

Controlling conformations of conjugated polymers and small molecules: the role of nonbonding interactions, Nicholas E. Jackson, Brett M. Savoie, Kevin L. Kohlstedt, Monica Olvera de la Cruz, George C. Schatz, Lin X. Chen, Mark A. Ratner, J. Am. Chem. Soc. 135, 10475-10483 (2013).

Tailorable plasmonic circular dichroism properties of helical nanoparticle superstructures, Chengyi Song, Martin G. Blaber, Gongpu Zhao, Peijun Zhang, H. Christopher Fray, George C. Schatz, Nathaniel L. Rosi, Nano Lett. 13, 3256-61 (2013).

The effect of field gradient on SERS, Christine M. Aikens, Lindsey R. Madison and George C. Schatz, Nature Photonics 7, 508-10 (2013).

Lasing action in strongly coupled plasmonic nanocavity arrays, Wei Zhou, Montacer Dridi, Jae Yong Suh, Chul Hoon Kim, Dick T. Co, Michael R. Wasielewski, George C. Schatz, Teri W. Odom, Nature Nano 8, 506-511 (2013).

Long-range plasmophore rules, Gilles R. Bourret, Tuncay Ozel, Martin Blaber, Chad M. Shade, George C. Schatz, Chad A. Mirkin, Nano. Lett. 13, 2270-2275 (2013).

A dynamic structural model of expanded RNA CAG repeats: a refined X-ray structure and computational investigations using molecular dynamics and umbrella sampling simulations, Ilyas Yildirim, Ha Jeung Park, Matthew D. Disney, George C. Schatz, J. Am. Chem. Soc. 135(9), 3528- 38 (2013).

Tunable and broadband plasmonic absorption via dispersiable nanoantennas with sub-10 nm graps, Bryan F. Mangelson, Daniel J. Park, Kyle D. Osberg, George C. Schatz, Chad A. Mirkin, Small, 9, 2250-2254 (2013).

Light-harvesting and ultrafast energy migration in porphyrin-based metal-organic frameworks, Ho- Jin Son, Shengye Jin, Sameer Patwardhan, Sander J. Wezenberg, Nak Cheon Jeong, Monica So, Christopher E. Wilmer, Amy A. Sarjeant, George C. Schatz, Randall Q. Snurr, Omar K. Farha, Gary P. Wiederrecht, Joseph T. Hupp, J. Am. Chem. Soc., 135, 862-9 (2013).

Extraordinary improvement of the graphitic structure of continuous carbon nanofibers template with double wall carbon nanotubes, Dimitry Papkov, Allison, M. Beese, Alexander Goponenko, Yan Zou, Mohammad Naraghi, Horacio D. Espinosa, Biswajit Saha, George C. Schatz, Alexander Moravsky, Raouf Loutfy, Sonbin T. Nguyen, Yuris, Dzenis, ACS Nano, 7, 126-42 (2013).

Plasmon-sampled surface-enhanced Raman excitation spectroscopy on silver immobilized nanorod assemblies and optimization for near infrared (λex = 1064) studies, Samuel L. Kleinman, Bhavya Sharma, Martin G. Blaber, Anne-Isabelle Henry, Nicholas Valley, R. Griffith Freeman, Michael Natan, George C. Schatz, Richard P. Van Duyne, J. Am. Chem. Soc. 135, 301-308 (2013).