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  • David A. Blank

    Department Head, 3M/Alumni Professor, Distinguished University Teaching Professor

    • Experimental Physical Chemistry, Condensed Phase Chemical Dynamics
    • Nanoscience & Materials Chemistry, Photovoltaic Dynamics
    • Chemical Physics, Condensed Phase Chemical Dynamics
    • Energy & Catalysis
    • B.S. University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), 1992
    • Ph.D. University of California (UC), Berkeley, 1997 (Yuan T. Lee)
    • Post Doctorate UC Berkeley, 1997-2000 (Graham R. Fleming)
    Office: 139A Smith Hall

Principal Research Interests

Energy, charge, and chemical dynamics in condensed environments: Our research group investigates a variety of dynamic events in condensed media. The investigations range from basic chemical reaction dynamics in solutions such as ionic liquids to energy and charge transfer dynamics in new materials targeted at applications in solar energy conversion. Our primary experimental tools are nonlinear time domain spectroscopies, and this includes new methods developed in our laboratory. Computational tools such as time dependent density functional methods and molecular dynamics simulations, are used to complement the experiments and aid in the interpretation of our data.

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Honors and Awards

  • 2016 3M/Alumni Professor
  • 2016 University of Minnesota President’s Award for Outstanding Service
  • 2016 George W. Taylor Distinguished Service Award
  • 2010 Horace T. Morse Award for Undergraduate Education
  • 2008 Charles E. Bowers Faculty Teaching Award
  • 2006, 2007 Institute of Technology Student Board Professor of the Year (Chemistry)
  • 2003-2008 David And Lucile Packard Fellowship in Science and Engineering
  • 2002-2004 3M Company Nontenured Faculty Award
  • 2000 Camille and Henry Dreyfus New Faculty Award

Mailing Address

  • David A. Blank, University of Minnesota, Department of Chemistry
  • A-13, 139 Smith Hall, 207 Pleasant St SE
  • Minneapolis, MN 55455-0431