Rudolph A. Marcus

California Institute of Technology

Primary Section: 14, Chemistry
Membership Type:
Member (elected 1970)

Research Interests

My current research is in theoretical chemical physics 0f kinetics studies in  several fields, including single molecule studies of mechanisms of biological motors, such as the rotary motor  F1ATPase and the linear motor Myosin V,  and how they convert chemical energy to mechanical energy and vice versa, rates of ultrafast electron transfer reactions, electrical conductance of single molecules and of assemblies of molecules , and terahertz conductivity of disordered materials. among others. In each case a goal is to obtain a simple theoretical expression to describe the phenomenon,  and make predictions with those expressions that can be tested with laboratory experiments.

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