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Professor Charles A. Schmuttenmaer
B.S., University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, 1985
Ph.D., University of California, Berkeley, 1991
Postdoctoral Fellow, University of Rochester, 1991-1993
Charles A. Schmuttenmaer was born in Oak Park, Illinois in the USA. He received a B.S. degree in chemistry from the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign in 1985, and a Ph.D. degree in chemistry from the University of California, Berkeley in 1991. He was a Postdoctoral Fellow at the University of Rochester. In 1994, he joined Yale University in New Haven, Connecticut, where he is currently a Professor of Chemistry. He is a pioneer in development and applications of terahertz (THz) spectroscopy. Prof. Schmuttenmaer is a member of the American Chemical Society, the American Physical Society, the Optical Society of America, and the American Association for the Advancement of Science. He was inducted as a Fellow of the AAAS in 2015 and a Fellow of the APS in 2016.
His current research interests include novel applications of time-resolved THz spectroscopy (TRTS) and THz time-domain spectroscopy (THz-TDS). In particular, he has exploited the unique features of TRTS to characterize the efficiency of electron injection in dye-sensitized photoelectrochemical cells (DSPECs), as well as transient photoconductivity in semiconductors, quantum dots, nanoparticles, and nanotubes. He is a founding member of the Yale Green Energy Consortium. A second major research area involves THz-TDS coupled with high level ab initio quantum chemical calculations to probe and understand the low-frequency collective vibrational modes in organic molecular crystals. A primary goal is to experimentally measure and theoretically compute the optical activity of these low-frequency modes.
Experimental Physical Chemistry and Chemical Physics: THz spectroscopy; Solar energy; Sub-picosecond time-resolved photoconductivity; Nanoscale properties and phenomena; Low frequency modes in organic molecular crystals; Electron transfer and proton transfer; Solvation and energy relaxation in liquids; Laser spectroscopy.