Jessica M. Anna


Adjunct Professor of Chemistry


251 Chem


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

  • 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)

Honors and Awards

  • 2021 NSF CAREER Award
  • 2019 Alfred P. Sloan Research Fellow 
  • 2016 DOE Early Career Award 
  • 2014 Elliman Faculty Fellow at the University of Pennsylvania 


Research Interests

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.

Selected Publications

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J. Lu, Y. Lee, J. M. Anna*, Extracting the Frequency-Dependent Dynamic Stokes Shift from Two-Dimensional Electronic Spectra with Prominent Vibrational Coherences, J. Phys. Chem. B, 2020, 124, 40, 8857-8867


Y. Lee, R. M. Malamakal, D. M. Chenoweth, J. M. Anna*, Halogen Bonding Facilitates Intersystem Crossing in Iodo-BODIPY Chromophores, J. Phys. Chem. Lett. 2020, 11, 3, 877-884


R. Gera, S. L. Meloni, J. M. Anna*, Unraveling Confined Dynamics of Guests Trapped in Self-Assembled Pd6L4 Nanocages by Ultrafast Mid-IR Polarization-Dependent Spectroscopy, J. Phys. Chem. Lett., 2019, 10, 3, 413–418


Y. Lee, M. Gorka, J. H. Golbeck, J. M. Anna*, Ultrafast Energy Transfer Involving the Red Chlorophylls of Cyanobacterial Photosystem I Probed Through Two-Dimensional Electronic Spectroscopy, J. Am. Chem. Soc., 2018, 140, 37, 11631-11638


Y. Lee, S. Das, R. M. Malamakal, S. Meloni, D. M. Chenoweth, J. M. Anna*, Ultrafast Solvation Dynamics and Vibrational Coherences of Halogenated Boron-Dipyrromethene Derivatives Revealed through Two-Dimensional Electronic Spectroscopy” J. Am. Chem. Soc., 2017, 139, 41, 14733-14742