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Tong Ren, Purdue University, Inorganic Seminar

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

Abraham Nitzan

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Official Title: 
Donner Professor of Physical Sciences
Chemical Physics and Physical Chemistry, Theory Simulation and Modeling
Additional Titles: 
Professor of Chemistry
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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.
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Office Location: 
260A Cret
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CV (file): 
  • 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: 


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: 

Leon Ghosez, Organic Seminar, Institut Européen de Chimie et Biologie, FRANCE

Mon, 2015-01-12 12:00 - 13:30
Lynch Lecture Hall, Chem. Dept.

ACES Hosts Second Successful Program

The Activities for Community Education in Science (ACES) program, started by graduate students Kelsey VanGelder (Kozlowski Group) and Lyndsay Wood (Winkler Group), hosted its second successful science event for children.

Chemistry Biophysics Mini-Symposium

Fri, 2015-05-01 13:00 - 17:00
Lynch Rm. in the Chem. Dept.

Chemical Biophysics Mini-Symposium on Protein Folding

Thu, 2014-11-13 10:00 - 14:30
Lynch Lecture Hall
Attached Document: 

Art Horwich, Yale University

Mutant SOD1 Misfolding in ALS


Lynne Regan, Yale University

Folding and Applications of Repeat Proteins

Vince Lavallo, UC Riverside; Inorganic Seminar

Tue, 2015-04-28 16:00 - 17:30
Lynch Room in Chem. Dept.

Jeff Winkler Elected to John Morgan Society

Jeffrey Winkler has been elected to the John Morgan Society of the University of Pennsylvania. The Morgan Society, the oldest honorific biomedical society in the country, was founded to stimulate research in basic medical science by promoting favorable conditions for such investigations through fostering communication between its members.

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