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B.S., B.A. 1994, University of Rochester
Ph.D. 1999, University of California, Berkeley
V. W. Meloche-Bascom Professor of Chemistry
The Zanni group studies topics in biophysics and the energy sciences using 2D IR spectroscopy. We have research projects underway on carbon nanotube energy transfer, solar cell charge transfer, and the mechanism of protein aggregation in type 2 diabetes, to name only a few topics. We specialize in scientific problems in which structural dynamics and/or interfacial phenomena are important. Systems that have these characteristics are very difficult to study with more traditional structural methods, and so our techniques often provide some of the best available structural and dynamical information.
We are also very active in developing the technology behind multidimensional spectroscopies. These multidimensional spectroscopies include 2D IR spectroscopy, 2D sum-frequency generation spectroscopy, and (soon) 2D Vis spectroscopy. We develop new pulse sequences and new experimental methods for more easily and accurately collecting these spectra.
In tandem to our technological efforts, we also focus on adapting biochemical techniques to 2D IR spectroscopy, including protein expression, protein ligation and inorganic chemistry. For example, we have used expressed protein ligation to isotope label one of two domains in a lens protein. And we have synthesized inorganic probes of protein environment in analogy to EPR labels.
As a result of our wide ranging interests, students and postdoctoral researchers in our group obtain a range of experiences from technique development to synthesis or biosynthesis to topical applications. We also collaborate extensively with theorists, organic chemists and material scientists who are interested in simulating or using 2D IR spectroscopy for their research. Please see our website for more information.
Awards and Honors
|American Academy of Arts and Sciences||2020|
|UPenn Chemistry Distinguished Alumni Award||2019|
|Fellow of the Optical Society of America||2018|
|Craver Award, Coblentz Society||2017|
|Vilas Associate Award, University of Wisconsin-Madison||2015|
|Impact of non-equilibrium molecular packings on singlet fission in microcrystals observed using 2D white-light microscopy. Nature Chemistry. 2020;12:40-47..|
|IR Spectroscopy Can Reveal the Mechanism of K+ Transport in Ion Channels. Biophysical Journal. 2020;118:254-261..|
|A Proposed Method to Obtain Surface Specificity with Pump-Probe and 2D Spectroscopies. Journal of Physical Chemistry A. 2020;124:3471-3483..|
|Amyloid found in human cataracts with two-dimensional infrared spectroscopy. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America. 2019;116:6602-6607..|
|Two-Dimensional White-Light Spectroscopy Using Supercontinuum from an All-Normal Dispersion Photonic Crystal Fiber Pumped by a 70 MHz Yb Fiber Oscillator. Journal of Physical Chemistry A. 2019;123:3046-3055..|