George C. Schatz, PhD

Morrison Professor of Chemistry, Weinberg College of Arts and Sciences; Professor of Chemical and Biological Engineering, McCormick School of Engineering and Applied Science

George C. Schatz’s applied physics research is concerned with theory and modeling in three areas, which include plasmonic materials, single molecule mechanical properties and DNA photophysics and mechanical properties.

In the plasmonics materials field Professor Schatz has contributed to the development of computational electrodynamics and electronic structure methods for studying the optical properties of metal particles and other metal nanostructures, with applications to surface enhanced optical phenomena, plasmon enhanced solar cells, and plasmonic devices. His studies of single molecule mechanics have involved the development of molecular mechanics and molecular dynamics methods for describing the shear and tensile properties of carbon nanotubes and other carbon nanostructures as well as “pulling experiments” involving biomolecules. In the DNA field he is involved in studies of such photophysical properties as TT dimerization, and he has recently examined the bending properties of DNA that are important in the formation of nucleosomes, a key component of the cell nucleus.

Contact Information:

Office: Ryan 4018
Phone: 847-491-5657
Email: g-schatz [at] northwestern [dot] edu

Program Assistant:

Sanaiya Khatwani
Office: Tech K112
Phone: 847-491-4139
Email: sanaiya-khatwani [at] northwestern [dot] edu