Poul B. Petersen

Assistant Professor
Chemistry and Chemical Biology, College of Arts and Sciences

Contact Information

B46 Baker Laboratory
Cornell University
Ithaca, NY 14853
p: (607) 255-4303

Poul B. Petersen

Assistant Professor
Chemistry and Chemical Biology, College of Arts and Sciences

Expertise

Femtosecond spectroscopy; surface-specific spectroscopy; nonlinear optics; infrared laser pulses; proton transfer; water dynamics; interfacial dynamics

Current Research Interest

Development of new infrared spectroscopic techniques; ultrafast dynamics of interfacial and confined water relevant to environmental chemistry and biological systems; ultrafast dynamics of catalysts and dyes on surfaces pertinent to heterogeneous catalysis and dye-sensitized solar cells; proton transfer mechanisms of fundamental importance to biological function and energy conversion; intraband transitions and trap states in nanocrystal material relevant to a multitude of optoelectronic devices including nanocrystal solar cells

Distinction

Arnold and Mabel Beckman Foundation Young Investigator Award
National Science Foundation Faculty Early Career Development (CAREER) Award
American Chemical Society Petroleum Research Fund Doctoral New Investigator Award
The Camille and Henry Dreyfus Foundation Postdoctoral Program in Environmental Chemistry

Selected Publications

Vanselous, Heather, Ashley M. Stingel, and Poul B. Petersen. “Interferometric 2D Sum Frequency Generation Spectroscopy Reveals Structural Heterogeneity of Catalytic Monolayers on Transparent Materials.” Journal of Physical Chemistry Letters 8, no. 4 (2017): 825-830.

McDermott, M. Luke, Heather Vanselous, Steven A. Corcelli, and Poul B. Petersen. “DNA's Chiral Spine of Hydration.” ACS Central Science 3, no. 7 (2017): 708-714.

Cornell Research Website Article

Making Molecular Movies