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Biography

John M. Papanikolas

Assistant Professor
Postdoctoral, JILA, Boulder, CO, 1994-1997

University of North Carolina

Department:    Assistant Professor
E-mail:   john_papanikolas@unc.edu
Home Page:    http://www.chem.unc.edu/people/faculty/papanikolasjm/jmpindex.html


Research Statement
Professor Papanikolas' research interests center on the physical chemistry of functional nanoscale materials. His goal is to determine how the molecular architecture of a material affects its functional performance. Using a combination of ultrafast spectroscopy and large-scale computer simulation, Papanikolas has explored the excited state energy migration dynamics in molecular assemblies consisting of approximately twenty Ru(II) polypyridyl chromophores bound to polystyrene. These macromolecules exhibit extraordinarily high efficiencies for energy transfer, and this has prompted further exploration of their functional capabilities. He has applied femtosecond spectroscopy to the study of excited state dynamics in transition metal complexes, and enhanced our understanding of these tunable molecular systems.


Education
1994-1997 Postdoctoral, JILA, Boulder, CO
1987-1994 Ph.D., Chemical Physics, University of Colorado at Boulder, Boulder, CO
1983-1987 B.A., Chemistry, Bowdoin College, Brunswick, ME


Positions
1997- Assistant Professor, University of North Carolina


Selected Honors
1997 UNC Junior Faculty Development Award

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