Jessica M. Anna
Assistant Professor of Chemistry
Elliman Faculty Fellow


Physical Chemistry, Laser Spectroscopy, Ultrafast Dynamics, Chemical Reaction Dynamics, and Energy Science


Solar energy conversion, in both natural and artificial systems, involves the absorption of a photon that can then lead to a series of energy and electron transfer events. Research in the Anna group focuses on understanding these photoinitiated processes. More specifically we are interested in exploring (1) the interplay of vibrational motion with both electronic energy transfer and electron transfer reactions, and (2) the role the environment plays in these processes. To begin to answer these questions we employ both well-established and novel multidimensional spectroscopic techniques to explore photoinitiated processes in a range of systems, spanning interests in biology, chemistry, and physics.


B.S. University of Pittsburgh (2006)


Ph.D. University of Michigan (2011)


Postdoctoral Research Fellow, University of Michigan (2011)


Postdoctoral Research Fellow, University of Toronto (2011-2014)

Selected Publications

J. M. Anna, M. R. Ross, K. J. Kubarych, “Dissecting Enthalpic and Entropic Barriers to Ultrafast Equilibrium Isomerization of a Flexible Molecule Using 2DIR Chemical Exchange Spectroscopy”, J. Phys. Chem. A 113 (2009) 6544-6547.


J. M. Anna and K. J. Kubarych, “Watching Solvent Friction Impede Ultrafast Barrier Crossings: A Direct Test of Kramers Theory”, J. Chem. Phys. 133 (2010) 174596.


J. M. Anna, M. J. Nee, C. R. Baiz, R. McCanne, K. J. Kubarych, “Measuring Absorptive Two-Dimensional Infrared Spectra Using Chirped-Pulse Upconversion Detection”, J. Opt. Soc. Am. B. 27 (2010) 382-393.


J. M. Anna, E. E. Ostroumov, K. Maghlaoui, J. Barber, and G. D. Scholes “Two-Dimensional Electronic Spectroscopy Reveals Ultrafast Downhill Energy Transfer in Photosystem I Trimers of the Cyanobacterium Thermosynechococcus elongatus”, J. Phys. Chem. Lett. (2012), 3, 3677-3684.


J. M. Anna, Y. Song, R. Dinshaw and G. D. Scholes “Two-dimensional electronic spectroscopy for mapping photophysics”, Pure. Appl. Chem. (2013), 85, 1307-1319.


J. M. Anna, G. D. Scholes, and R. van Grondelle, “A Little Coherence in Photosynthetic Light Harvesting”, BioScience (2014), 64, 14-25

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251 Chem



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