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  • Renee Frontiera

    Associate Professor, Director of Chemical Physics

    • Analytical & Bioanalytical Chemistry, Microscopy, Spectroscopy
    • Nanoscience & Materials Chemistry, Molecular Plasmonics, Nanomaterials
    • Chemical Biology, Biophysical spectroscopy
    • Experimental Physical Chemistry, Ultrafast vibrational spectroscopy
    • Chemical Physics, Spectroscopy, super-resolution microscopy
    • Energy & Catalysis
    • B.S. Carleton College, 2004
    • Ph.D. University of California, Berkeley, 2009, (Richard Mathies)
    • Post Doctorate Northwestern University, 2010-2013 (Richard P. Van Duyne)
    Office: 233 Smith Hall

Principal Research Interests

Research in our group investigates fundamental and applied issues in membrane protein biophysics, alternative energy sources, and nanotechnology. We seek to determine the effect of local environments on chemical reaction dynamics, from cellular membranes to photovoltaic devices to plasmonic nanomaterials. We develop and apply new spectroscopic and microscopic techniques to examine how molecules react, following their dynamics on the nanometer length scale with femtosecond time resolution. Currently, we are working on developing a label-free, super-resolution imaging technique, determining the role of vibrations in driving electron transfer reactions, and using plasmons to monitor and catalyze chemical reactions. Our research is highly interdisciplinary, investigating current problems at the interface of chemistry, biology, and materials science.

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Honors and Awards

  • 2019 Camille Dreyfus Teacher-Scholar
  • 2018 JPC-PHYS Lectureship Award (Journal of Physical Chemistry and the Physical Chemistry Division of the American Chemical Society)
  • Chemical & Engineering News 'Talented 12,' 2017
  • Department of Energy Early Career Research Program award, 2017
  • 3M Non-Tenured Faculty Grant
  • University of Minnesota McKnight Land-Grant Professorship, 2017-2019
  • National Institutes of Health Maximizing Investigators' Research Award (NIH MIRA), 2016
  • National Science Foundation CAREER, 2016

Mailing Address

  • Renee Frontiera, University of Minnesota, Department of Chemistry
  • B-18, 139 Smith Hall, 207 Pleasant St SE
  • Minneapolis, MN 55455-0431