Theory Simulation and Modeling

Special Physical Seminar: Mark Johnson (Yale)

Mon, 2015-10-05 16:00 - 17:00

Prof. Mark Johnson

Yale University

Lynch Lecture Hall
Attached Document: 
From water clusters to structural metabolomics: A chemical physicist’s journey to the heart of contemporary chemistry with cryogenic ion photofragmentation mass spectrometry

Edgar Fahs Smith Lecture (George Schatz, Northwestern)

Thu, 2016-03-03 18:00 - 19:00

Prof. George C. Schatz

Northwestern University

Lynch Lecture Hall
Attached Document: 

Silver and Gold Nanoparticles: New Directions for Theory

Abraham Nitzan

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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
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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)


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)


J. Lehmann, S. Kohler, P. Hänggi and A. Nitzan

Molecular Wires Acting as Coherent Quantum Ratchets

Phys. Rev. Letters, 88, 228305 (2002)


A. Nitzan

A relationship between electron transfer rates and molecular conduction.

J. Phys. Chem. A 105, 2677-2679(2001)


A. Nitzan

Electron transmission through molecules and molecular interfaces

Annu. Rev. Phys. Chem. 52, 681– 750 (2001)

Other Affiliations: 
School of Chemistry, Tel Aviv University, Israel

Emily Weiss, Northwestern (Special Physical Seminar)

Thu, 2014-06-26 13:00 - 14:00

Prof. Emily A. Weiss

Northwestern University


Title: Electron Ratchets


Lynch Lecture Hall

Attached Document: 

2014 NOBCChE Lecture

Thu, 2014-05-01 16:00 - 17:00

Prof. John A.W. Harkless

Howard University


Lynch Lecture Hall

Attached Document: 

The Research Life of a Minority Chemist: How a Difference in Perspective Aids Chemical Intuition


Special Energy Seminar: L. Robert Baker, Berkeley

Tue, 2013-11-26 22:00

Dr. L. Robert Baker   
University of California, Berkeley


Carolyn Hoff Lynch Lecture Hall
Chemistry Complex
231 South 34th Street

Attached Document: 

Charge Transfer and Chemistry at Catalytic Interfaces


Joseph Subotnik, University of Pennsylvania; Physical Chemistry Seminar

Thu, 2013-08-29 13:00

Prof. Joseph E. Subotnik

University of Pennsylavnia


Lynch Lecture Hall

A Quantum Chemist's View of Electronic Relaxation

Special Seminar: David Sivak, UCSF

Mon, 2013-02-18 10:00

Dr. David Sivak

University of California, San Francisco


Nonequilibrium Thermodynamics: Free Energy, Optimal Control, and Optimal Response


Abstract: Molecular machines are protein complexes that convert between different forms of energy, and they feature prominently in essentially any major cell biological process. A plausible hypothesis holds that evolution has sculpted these machines to efficiently transmit energy and information in their natural contexts, where energetic fluctuations are large and nonequilibrium driving forces are strong. Toward a systematic picture of efficient, stochastic, nonequilibrium energy and information transmission, I present theoretical developments in three distinct yet related areas of nonequilibrium statistical mechanics: How can we measure how far from equilibrium a driven system is? How do we find efficient methods to push a system rapidly from one state to another? And finally, what are generic properties of systems that efficiently harness the energy and information present in environmental fluctuations?


Lynch Lecture Hall

Hirschmann Visiting Professor Lecture 3 - James Skinner, Univ. Wisconsin

Thu, 2013-02-21 13:00

James L. Skinner, University of Wisconsin, Madison


Lecture 3

Protein structure and vibrational spectroscopy
Thursday, February 21, 2013
1:00 PM


Lynch Lecture Hall

Hirschmann Visiting Professor Lecture 2 - James Skinner, Univ. Wisconsin

Wed, 2013-02-20 16:00

James L. Skinner, University of Wisconsin, Madison


Lecture 2

Water at liquid/vapor, surfactant, and lipid interfaces
Wednesday, February 20, 2013
4:00 PM




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