Welcome to the Matsika Lab

Most chemical processes follow the Born-Oppenheimer (adiabatic) approximation, in which the nuclei move on a single potential energy surface. However there are important processes where this approximation breaks down. These nonadiabatic events play an important role in essential processes in nature such as photosynthesis, vision, charge transfer and photochemistry.

We are a theoretical research group at the Temple University Dept of Chemistry. The focus of our group is to develop and apply theoretical methods to study nonadiabatic phenomena and their potential implications. Focus areas are: Photophysics and photochemistry of biologically relevant systems, such as DNA/RNA; Theoretical description of conical intersections and excited states; Understanding laser control of molecular dynamics.

We are looking for passionate new PhD students, Postdocs, and Master students to join the team (more info) !

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December 2018

Article on Intersystem crossing in the exit channel with collaborator Arthur Suits published in Nature Chemistry!

December 2018

Dr. Patricia Vindel Zandbergen joined the group as a postdoctoral fellow. Welcome Patricia!

December 2018

Mohammed Sorour joined the group as a graduate student. Welcome Mohammed!

August 2018

Chemical Reviews thematic issue on Theoretical Modeling of Excited State Processes co-edited by Matsika is published!

September 2018

Congratulations to Dr. Karsili for his new position as an Assistant Professor at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette!

Our work made it to a journal cover twice recently! Check out ChemPhysChem and JACS!

We are extremely proud of our undergraduate students in the group! Recent achievements:

We are excited to welcome Salsabil, Mushir and Mohammad to our group!

Our paper on dynamics of radical cations is featured as 2016 JCP Editors' Choice

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