Dr. Arkaprabha Konar: "Ultrafast Photochemistry and Photophysics of Biochemical systems"

Ultrafast Photochemistry and Photophysics of Biochemical systems


Konar research group aims to use the techniques of nonlinear multidimensional spectroscopy and microscopy to unravel the dynamics of ultrafast processes (femtoseconds – nanoseconds) such as energy and charge transfer in biological systems over a diverse range of time and length scales as well as in new materials used for energy conversion and conservation. We are in the phase of setting up the first state of the art ultrafast laser lab at Kent State University and you could be a part of this exciting process and get hands on training on working with ultrafast lasers, optical alignment, building light sources in different frequency ranges among other things.


Selected Publications


1. Y. Song, A. Konar, R. Sechrist, V. P. Roy, R. Duan, J. Dziurgot, V. Policht, K. J. Kubarych and J. P. Ogilvie, “Multispectral Multidimensional Spectrometer Spanning the Ultraviolet to the Mid-Infrared”, Rev. Sci. Inst., 2019, 90, 013108


2. T. E. Wiley, A. Konar, N. A. Miller, K. G. Spears and R. J. Sension, “Primed and Ready for Action: Ultrafast Excited State Dynamics and Optical Manipulation of a Four Stage Rotary Molecular Motor”, J. Phys. Chem. A, 2018, 122, 7548


3. A. Konar, R. Sechrist, Y. Song, V. Policht, P. D. Laible, D. F. Bocian, D. Holten, C. Kirmaier and J. P. Ogilvie, “Electronic Interactions in the Bacterial Reaction Center revealed by Two-Color 2D Electronic Spectroscopy”,  J. Phys. Chem. Lett., 2018, 9, 5219


4. A. Konar, Y. Shu, V. V. Lozovoy, J. E. Jackson, B. G. Levine and M. Dantus, “Polyatomic Molecules under Intense Femtosecond Laser Irradiation”, J. Phys. Chem.  A, 2014, 118, 11433