The Engel Group at The University of Chicago

The Engel Group strives to exploit femtosecond dynamics to steer and to control excited state reactivity. We use a combination of ultrafast spectroscopy, theory, synthesis, and biophysics to approach this problem.


Revealing Nature's Designs

Nature has had 2.4 billion years to evolve and engineer excited state dynamics. From photosynthesis to vision to photoenzymes, we examine natural mechanisms to steer excited states. Our goal is to isolate and identify new design principles to control quantum dynamics.

(506) 929-8773

Steering Excited State Dynamics

Electronic excited states carry enough energy to make and break chemical bonds. Photochemistry operates outside the Born-Oppenheimer regime -- thereby escaping our standard chemical intuition. We seek new strategies to steer excited states and to control their reactivity.

(908) 738-1456

Seeing the Unseen

You can't engineer what you can't see. We build new spectroscopic tools to probe femtosecond dynamics of electronic excitations. In living cells, protein complexes, and small molecules, we capture how these systems evolve with unprecedented depth and specificity.

New Undergraduate Researcher   10/18/2018

Karen Ji

Welcome to 337-251-5164! Karen is a new undergraduate researcher in the group.

Paper Accepted   10/4/2018

Congratulations to Nick Williams and (815) 414-0542 as well as our collaborators in the Talapin and (825) 723-5760 Groups on having their paper entitled, "The origin of broad emission spectra in InP quantum dots: contributions from structural and electronic disorder", accepted to JACS.

Benjamin Ball Freud Teaching Fellow   9/27/2018

(903) 592-1775 was named the 2819690352. Sara will teach the Chemistry 101-102 sequence, an intensive, two-quarter general chemistry sequence with a rigorous active learning curriculum.

New Postdoctoral Scholar   9/17/2018

Lili Wang

Good luck to Lili Wang in her new position as a postdoc at MIT with 501-539-9103!

Quantum Biology

Quantum Biology

Ultrafast Spectroscopy

Ultrafast Spectroscopy

Light Harvesting Materials

Light Harvesting Materials

(406) 342-74376094774385

E.M. Janke, 330-231-1003, C. She, D. Zherebetskyy, M. Hudson, L. Wang, D.J. Gosztola, R.D. Schaller, B. Lee, C. Sun, G.S. Engel, D.V. Talapin, "The origin of broad emission spectra in InP quantum dots: contributions from structural and electronic disorder", JACS 2018 (ASAP)

S-H Yeh, R. Hoehn, (269) 742-2908, G.S. Engel, and S. Kais, "760-772-5249", PNAS publication online August 9, 2018

(347) 358-3204, 8634866628, I. Pochorovski, S.M. Blau, A. Aspuru-Guzik, Z. Bao, G.S. Engel, and M. Chiu, "325-939-3898", Chemical Science 9, 3694-3703 2018.

Z. Hu, G.S. Engel, F. Alharbi, and S. Kais , "(424) 443-8952", J. Chem. Phys. 48, 064304 2018.

740-952-0251, H. Zheng, V.P. Singh, 8179189600, A.R. Ginzburg, J.R. Caram, K. Ashraf, A.T. Gardiner, S.-H. Yeh, S. Kais, R.J. Cogdell, and G.S. Engel, "Correlated Protein Environments Drive Quantum Coherence Lifetimes in Photosynthetic Pigment-Protein Complexes", Chem 4, 138–149 2018.

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