David N. Beratan

R.J. Reynolds Professor of Chemistry
Professor of Chemistry
Professor of Biochemistry
Professor of Biochemistry
Professor in the Department of Physics
Professor of Biochemistry
Professor of Physics
Faculty Network Member of The Energy Initiative
Dr. Beratan is developing theoretical approaches to understand the function of complex molecular and macromolecular systems, including: the molecular underpinnings of energy harvesting and charge transport in biology; the mechanism of solar energy capture and conversion in man-made structures; the nature of charge conductivity in naturally occurring nucleic acids and in synthetic constructs, including the photochemical repair of damaged DNA in extremophiles; CH bond activation by copper oxygenase enzymes; the flow of charge in bacterial appendages on the micrometer length scale; the theoretical foundations for inverse molecular design - the property driven discovery of chemical structures with optimal properties; the exploitation of molecular diversity in the mapping of molecular and materials "space"; the use of infra-red excitation to manipulate electron transport through molecules; the optical signatures of molecular chirality and the influence of chirality on charge transport. Prof. Beratan is affiliated with the Departments of Chemistry, Biochemistry, Physics, as well as Duke's programs in Computational Biology and Bioinformatics, Structural Biology and Biophysics, Nanosciences, and Phononics.  

Education

  • Ph.D., California Institute of Technology (1986)
  • Ph.D., California Institute of Technology (1985)
  • B.S., Duke University (1980)

Mailing Address

Duke University Energy Initiative
Box 90467
Durham, NC 27708

Street / Delivery Address

Duke University Energy Initiative
140 Science Drive
Gross Hall, Suite 101
Durham, NC 27708

 
Feb
22
Location: Environment Hall, 2nd floor Art Gallery
Time: 4:00 pm to 5:00 pm
Feb
22
Location: Kirby Reading Room, Fuqua School of Business
Time: 5:30 pm to 7:30 pm
Feb
23
Location: Duke in DC, 1201 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW Suite 500, Washington, D.C.
Time: 8:00 am to 1:30 pm