02/13/18 - 9:45 AM to 11:00 AM
Department Seminar: Professor Kevin J. Kubarych
"Slippery When Wet: Ultrafast Hydration Dynamics of Biointerfaces and Aqueous Polymers"
Water is everywhere, but rarely is it a pure liquid. There is a long-standing challenge in understanding the nature of water structure and dynamics in the vicinity of solutes, ranging from small ions to macromolecules and membranes. Ultrafast two-dimensional infrared spectroscopy, coupled with vibrational probe reporters, enables a unique perspective on hydration dynamics in a wide range of complex environments. I will discuss my group’s efforts to understand hydration dynamics in systems ranging from proteins and membranes (micelles and bicelles) to aqueous polymer (polyethylene glycol and polysaccharide) solutions.
Professor Kubarych’s research is at the intersection of chemistry, physics and biology. His research group uses advanced ultrafast optical spectroscopy methods study a wide range of complex and important molecular systems. Themes for his research include multidimensional spectroscopy, protein hydration, chemical exchange, non-equilibrium 2DIR, and dynamic stark effect.
A native of Brooklyn, NY, Professor Kubarych has lived in Providence, RI, Toronto, Ontario, and Paris, France, before starting at Michigan in the fall of 2005. He earned his Bachelor’s degree from Brown University, and his doctorate from the University of Toronto. He was a post-doctoral fellow at the Laboratoire d’Optique et Biosciences.
Event DetailsLocation: 331 Smith HallHost: Professor Aaron Massari