Valter Zazubovits, Ph.D.
Associate Professor, Physics
Graduate Program Director, Physics
- Renewable energy: Optical spectroscopy of pigment-protein light-harvesting photosynthetic complexes - energy transfer and charge transfer.
- Biophotonics / Protein structure and [low-temperature] dynamics - Protein-chlorophyll complexes as model systems. Heat transfer in proteins and through protein-water interfaces. Energy landscapes and dynamics in amorphous solids.
- Biosensors for explosives detection utilizing photosynthetic reaction centers.
- Combining optical (Raman) and transport measurements in graphene and carbon nanotubes.
Selected recent publications
Total publication number: 44; h-index: 15
· Conformational Changes in Pigment-Protein Complexes at Low Temperatures – Spectral Memory and a Possibility of Cooperative Effects, M. Najafi, N. Herascu, G. Shafiei, R.Picorel and V. Zazubovich, J. Phys. Chem. B 119 (2015)6930−6940.
· Biophotonics of Photosynthesis, V. Zazubovich and R.Jankowiak; Invited chapter for Photonics: Scientific Foundations,Technology and Applications; D. L. Andrews, Ed.,Vol. 4, Wiley 2015, pp. 129-164.
· Spectral Hole Burning, Recovery, and Thermocycling in Chlorophyll-Protein Complexes: Distributions of Barriers on the Protein Energy Landscape, M.Najafi, N. Herascu, M. Seibert, R. Picorel, R. Jankowiak, V. Zazubovich, J.Phys. Chem. B 116 (2012) 11780.
· Site Selective and Single Complex Laser-Based Spectroscopies: A Window on Excited State Electronic Structure, Excitation Energy Transfer, and Electron-Phonon Coupling of Selected Photosynthetic Complexes (Invited Review) , R. Jankowiak, M. Reppert, V.Zazubovich, J. Pieper, T. Reinot, Chem. Rev. 111 (2011) 4546.
· Detection of Explosive Compounds using Photosystem II-based Biosensor, V.Bhalla, X. Zhao, V. Zazubovich, J. Electroanal. Chem. 657 (2011) 84.Low-Temperature Protein Dynamics of the B800 Molecules in the LH2 Light-Harvesting Complex: Spectral Hole Burning Study and Comparison with Single Photosynthetic Complex Spectroscopy, D. Grozdanov, N. Herascu, T. Reinot, R.Jankowiak, V. Zazubovich, J. Phys. Chem. B 114 (2010) 3426.
Potential graduate students are encouraged to contact me at any time. Please note, however, that application deadline for September start is in February!
A wide variety of projects is available for undergraduate students – whichever your natural inclinations are (or in whichever way you want to challenge yourself) – optical, mechanical,chemical, software-related, or a combination of all of the above – we can find something for you. Have a look at the research page for current research directions and past student projects.
PHYS 205, Electricity and Magnetism
PHYS 252, Optics
· SCOL 350, Random Processes
· PHYS 497 and 496: Please contact me if you are interested in doing an undergraduate research project with me (specialization or honors; I accept Chemistry students as well)