Hao Xu, Georgia State U.; Organic Seminar

Mon, 2015-04-06 12:00 - 13:30
Location: 
Lynch Lecture Hall, Chemistry Department

Penn Chemistry Mourns Passing of David White

The Department of Chemistry is deeply saddened to share that Prof. David White, long-time Department Chair and founding member of the Laboratory for Research on the Structure of Matter, has passed away.

 

Upcoming Alumni Events

Please join us for two upcoming alumni events! Penn Chemistry will be visiting San Antonio for the APS March Meeting and Denver for the Spring ACS Meeting. We hope to see you there.

 

APS Meeting

 

Penn Chemistry/Physics Alumni Social

Tuesday, March 2, 2015

6:00 - 8:00 PM

 

Grand Hyatt San Antonio

Bonham D Room

600 E. Market Street

San Antonio, TX 78205

 

Alumni Event at APS March Meeting in San Antonio

Tue, 2015-03-03 18:00 - 20:00
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The University of Pennsylvania Departments of Chemistry and Physics & Astronomy invite you to join us for the Penn Alumni Social and Networking Reception.

 

Tuesday, March 3, 2015

6:00 - 8:00 PM

 

Grand Hyatt San Antonio

Bonham D Room

600 E. Market Street

San Antonio, TX 78205

 

Join us on the Riverwalk as we visit San Antonio for the 2015 March APS National Meeting!

 

Penn Chemistry Alumni Reception in Denver

Mon, 2015-03-23 18:00 - 20:00
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The University of Pennsylvania Department of Chemistry cordially invites you to join us for the Penn Chemistry Alumni Social and Networking Reception.

 

Monday, March 23, 2015

6:00 - 8:00 PM

 

The Crimson Room Lounge

1403 Larimer St.

Denver, CO 80202

 

Join us as we visit Denver for the Spring 2015 ACS National Meeting!

 

Alumni Event at APS March Meeting in San Antonio

Attached Document: 

The University of Pennsylvania Departments of Chemistry and Physics & Astronomy invite you to join us for the Penn Alumni Social and Networking Reception,

 

Tuesday, March 3, 2015

6:00 - 8:00 PM

 

Grand Hyatt San Antonio

Bonham D Room

600 E. Market Street

San Antonio, TX 78205

(210) 224-1234

 

Join us on the Riverwalk as we visit San Antonio for the 2015 March APS National Meeting!

Graduate Student Beatrice Markiewicz Featured

Feng Gai research group member Beatrice Markiewicz has been featured in SAS Frontiers Magazine. Beatrice us using novel techniques to disassemble the amyloid proteins responsible for diseases like Alzheimer’s. Read more here.

Dan Mindiola Featured in C&E News

Presidential Professor Daniel J. Mindiola has been profiled by Chemical & Engineering News. Dan was the first American Chemical Society Scholar to go on and earn a Ph.D. Read all about his path to the Ivy League here.

 

Mindiola Group

Tong Ren, Purdue University, Inorganic Seminar

Tue, 2015-03-03 16:00 - 17:30
Location: 
Lynch Room, Chemistry Department
Title: "Electron transfer within Metal Acetylide Framework"

Abraham Nitzan

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First Name: 
Abraham
Last Name: 
Nitzan
Official Title: 
Professor of Chemistry
Chemical Physics and Physical Chemistry, Theory Simulation and Modeling
Other Information: 
Abraham Nitzan was born in Israel in 1944, received B.Sc. and M.Sc. degrees from the Hebrew University, and Ph.D degree from Tel Aviv University (TAU) in 1972. Following post doctoral studies at MIT and the University of Chicago he has returned to Tel Aviv University in 1975 where he has served as a professor of Chemistry since 1982 (Emeritus since 2014), chairman of the School of Chemistry in 1984-7, dean of the Faculty of Sciences in 1995-8 and director of the Institute of Advanced Studies 2003-15. Since 2015 he is a professor of Chemistry at the University of Pennsylvania, USA. His research focuses on the interaction of light with molecular systems, chemical reactions in condensed phases and interfaces and charge transfer processes in such environments. During 1992-2015 Nitzan was the incumbent of the Kodesh Chair of Chemical Dynamics at Tel Aviv University. Among his main recognitions are the Humboldt Award, the Israel Chemical Society Prize (2004) and Medal (2015), the Emet Prize and the Israel Prize in Chemistry. He is a Fellow of the American Physical Society and of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, a Foreign Honorary member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, a Foreign Associate of the US National Academy of Sciences and a member of the Israel Academy of Arts and Sciences. In 2010 he has received an honorary doctorate (Dr. Honoris Causa) from the University of Konstanz.
Contact Information
Office Location: 
260A Cret
Email: 
anitzan@sas.upenn.edu
Phone: 
215-898-2518
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CV (file): 
Education: 
  • 1961-1964 Hebrew University, Jerusalem Chemistry B.Sc.
  • 1964-1965 Hebrew University, Jerusalem Chemistry M.Sc.
  • 1970-1972 Tel-Aviv University Chemistry Ph.D. 
Research Interests: 
Research in my group focuses on theoretical aspects of chemical dynamics, the branch of chemistry that describes the nature of physical and chemical processes that underline the progress of chemical reactions with the aim to achieve understanding of such processes and the ability to predict their course of evolution. In particular, our studies deal with chemical processes involving interactions between light and matter, chemical reactions in condensed phases and at interfaces and transport phenomena in complex systems, focusing mainly on the following directions:
  • Energy transfer processes in molecular systems. 
  • Molecular dynamics in condensed phases. 
  • Ionic transport in complex environments.
  • Optical properties and photochemistry of adsorbed molecules. 
  • Electron transport through molecular layers and wires. 
  • Classical and quantum thermodynamics of energy conversion processes. 

 

 


Selected Publications: 

BOOK

A. Nitzan

Chemical Dynamics in Condensed Phases

Oxford University Press, 2006 (744 pages)

 

PAPERS (Last 15 years)

 

M. Sukharev and A. Nitzan

Optics of exciton-plasmon nanomaterials

J. Phys.: Cond. Matt. 29, 443003 (2017) 

 

G. T. Craven and A. Nitzan

Electron transfer across a thermal gradient

PNAS, 113, 9421–9429 (2016) 

 

C. Jia, A. Migliore, N. Xin, S. Huang, J. Wang, Q. Yang, S. Wang, H. Chen, D. Wang, B. Feng, Z. Liu, G. Zhang, D. Qu, Z. Liu, H. Tian, M. A. Ratner, H. Xu, A. Nitzan*, and X Guo* (*Corresponding Authors)

Covalently bonded single-molecule junctions with stable and reversible photoswitched conductivity

Science, 352, 1443-45 (2016)

 

K. Kaasbjerg and A. Nitzan

Theory of light emission from quantum noise in plasmonic contacts: above-threshold

emission from higher-order electron-plasmon scattering

Phys. Rev. Letters, 114, 126803(1-5) (2015)

 

A. Migliore and A. Nitzan

Irreversibility and hysteresis in redox molecular conduction junctions

J.Am.Chem.Soc, 135, 9420-32 (2013)

 

K. Kaasbjerg, T. Novotny and A. Nitzan

Carrier-induced renormalization of vibrational frequencies in nanoscale junctions: Signatures of vibrational damping and heating

Phys. Rev. B (Rapid Communication), 88, 201405(R) (2013) (Editor Choice)

 

J. Gersten, K. Kaasbjerg and A. Nitzan

Induced spin filtering in electron transmission through chiral molecular layers adsorbed on metals with strong spin-orbit coupling

J. Chem. Phys. 139, 114111(1-20) (2013)

 

H. Nakanishi, K. J. M. Bishop, B. Kowalczyk, A. Nitzan, E. A. Weiss, K. V. Tretiakov, M. M. Apodaca, R. Klajn, J. F. Stoddart and B. A. Grzybowski

Photoconductance and inverse photoconductance in films of functionalized metal nanoparticles

Nature, 460, 371-375 (2009)

 

S. S. Skourtis, D. N. Beratan, R. Naaman, A. Nitzan and D. H. Waldeck

Chiral control of electron transmission through molecules

Phys. Rev. Letters, 101, 238103(1-4) (2008)

 

M. Galperin, M.A. Ratner, A. Nitzan and A. Troisi

Nuclear Coupling and Polarization in Molecular Transport Junctions: Beyond Tunneling to Function

Science, 319, 1056-1060 (2008)

 

M. Galperin, M.A. Ratner and A. Nitzan

Heat conduction in molecular transport junctions

Phys. Rev. B 75, 155312(1-14) (2007)

 

M. Galperin, A. Nitzan, and M. A. Ratner

Resonant inelastic tunneling in molecular junctions

Phys. Rev. B 73, 045314 (1-13) (2006)

 

M. Galperin, M. A. Ratner and A. Nitzan

Hysteresis, switching, and negative differential resistance in molecular junctions: A polaron Model

Nano Letters, 5, 125-130 (2005)

 

D. Segal and A. Nitzan

A spin boson thermal rectifier

Phys. Rev Letters. 94, 034301 (1-4) (2005)

 

M. Galperin, M. Ratner and A. Nitzan

Inelastic electron tunneling spectroscopy in molecular junctions: Peaks and dips

J. Chem. Phys. 121, 11965-11979 (2004)

 

D. Segal, A. Nitzan and P. Hänggi

Thermal conductance through molecular wires

J. Chem. Phys. 119, 6840-6855 (2003)

 

A. Nitzan and Mark Ratner

Electron transport in molecular wire junctions: Models and Mechanisms

Science, 300, 1384-1389 (2003)

Courses Taught: 

Chemical Dynamics 526

Mathematics for Chemistry 721

Other Affiliations: 

Department of Chemistry

231 S. 34 Street, Philadelphia, PA 19104-6323

215.898.8317 voice | 215.573.2112 fax | web@chem.upenn.edu

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