George C. Schatz is Charles E. and Emma H. Morrison Professor of Chemistry at Northwestern University. He received his undergraduate degree in chemistry at Clarkson University and a Ph. D at Caltech. He was a postdoc at MIT, and has been at Northwestern since 1976. Schatz is a theoretician who studies the optical, structural and thermal properties of nanomaterials, including plasmonic nanoparticles, plasmonic metamaterials, DNA and peptide nanostructures, and carbon-based materials. He has contributed to theories of dynamical processes, including gas phase and gas/surface reactions, energy transfer processes, transport phenomena and photochemistry. Schatz has published four books and over 1000 papers. Schatz is a member of the National Academy of Sciences, and the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. He has received numerous awards, including the Debye and Langmuir Awards of the ACS, and the Bourke and Boys-Rahman Award of the Royal Society of Chemistry. He is a Fellow of the American Physical Society, the Royal Society of Chemistry, the American Chemical Society and of the AAAS.

Research Interests

Topics: Quantum light studies; Electronic structure studies of molecules and solids (many applications as well as new theory development); Plasmonics including plasmon-driven chemistry, plasmon enhanced energy transfer, DNA-linked nanoparticles, plasmonic arrays; plasma-liquid chemistry; structure of solutes in water; soft materials studied with molecular dynamics, especially actuatable materials.

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Section 14: Chemistry

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Section 33: Applied Physical Sciences