Mark A. Ratner


Born 1942, Cleveland, Ohio, USA

Professor of Chemistry, Department of Chemistry, Northwestern University, Evanston, IL, USA.
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Author of:

A. Aviram and M. A. Ratner, Chem. Phys. Lett., 29, 277 (1974): Molecular Rectifiers; M. A. Ratner, J. Phys. Chem., 94, 4877–4883 (1990): Bridge-Assisted electron Transfer: Effective Electronic Coupling.

Important Contributions:

Ratner's research interests are largely devoted to mechanistic behavior of molecular systems. Specifically, this includes charge transfer process in all of their manifestations from charge-transfer complexes to molecular wires, optical and nonlinear optical processes in molecular systems, coupled mode quantum dynamics, system/bath interactions using density matrix methods, nanoassembly schemes using both complex fluid and generalized Monte-Carlo approaches, biomacromolecule energetics and conformations. Methods development focuses on dynamical approximations using modified mean-filed theories , on molecular junction transport using Green's function methods and on quantum relaxation modeling using semigroup concepts.