Jeffrey K Nagle
Charles Weston Professor of Chemistry, Bowdoin College.
Our work is centered on the photochemistry and photophysics of luminescent platinum group molecules. Much of this effort is devoted to understanding excited state electron, energy, and atom transfer reactions, as well as exciplex (excited state complex) and excimer (excited state dimer) formation. Excited state reactions play a key role in molecular-based solar energy conversion schemes, including photosynthesis. We use optical (absorption, emission, and excitation) spectroscopies, pulsed-laser excited state lifetime measurements, and cyclic voltammetry to evaluate potential photocatalysts in such schemes and to test modern theories of electron transfer.