Chemistry and Biochemistry

Matthew C. Asplund

Matthew Asplund

Office: C309 BNSN
Office Phone: 801-422-5275
Lab Phone: 801-422-5381
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BS, Brigham Young University (1992)

Ph.D., University of California at Berkeley (1998)

Postdoctoral Fellow, University of Pennsylvania (1998-2000)


Using short-pulsed lasers, Dr. Asplund and his lab group directly probe chemical reactions in real time. Typically, one laser pulse initiates a reaction, and a second pulse probes the intermediates or products some time later.

The Asplund Lab places particular importance on infrared spectroscopy in probing chemical species, since infrared spectroscopy affords easier, more efficient correlation with molecular structure than electronic spectroscopy does.

Because chemical reactions in condensed phases proceed from one step to the next very quickly—usually in less than a nanosecond—such reactions are well-suited to our laser techniques. Dr. Asplund and his researchers focus on the use of time-resolved techniques, both on the femtosecond/picosecond time scale as well as the nanosecond/microsecond time scale.


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