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Professor Nancy Makri received her B.S. from the University of Athens in 1985 and her Ph.D. from the University of California at Berkeley in 1989. She spent two years as a Junior Fellow at Harvard before joining the faculty at Illinois in the spring of 1992. Her research interests are in theoretical quantum dynamics.

Research Interests

Theoretical quantum dynamics of condensed phase processes, with applications to tunneling and coherence phenomena, proton and electron transfer reactions in solution and biological systems, and excitation energy transfer in molecular aggregates.

Professional Information

The central goal of our research is to advance the theoretical understanding of quantum mechanical processes in large molecules and the condensed phase. Unless severe approximations are introduced, direct solution of the Schrödinger equation is feasible only for relatively small molecules, as it requires computational effort that increases exponentially with the number of particles. We develop new theoretical descriptions and simulation methods based on the real-time path integral formulation of quantum dynamics and apply them to investigate tunneling and coherence phenomena, proton and electron transfer reactions in solution and biological systems, and energy transfer in molecular aggregates.

Honors & Awards

Member, American Academy of Arts and Sciences, elected 2021
ACS Physical Chemistry Division Award in Theoretical Chemistry, 2021
School of Chemical Sciences Teaching Award, University of Illinois, 2020
The 2019 Löwdin Lecturer, Uppsala University, Sweden
Member, International Academy of Quantum Molecular Science, elected 2010
Fellow, American Physical Society, elected 2001
Bodossaki Academic Prize in Physical Sciences, 2000
University Scholar, 1999
Agnes Fay Morgan Research Award, 1999
Fellow, American Association for the Advancement of Science, elected 1998
Camille Dreyfus Teacher-Scholar Award, 1997
Annual Medal of the International Academy of Quantum Molecular Science, 1995
Sloan Research Fellowship, 1994
Cottrell Scholar Award, 1994
Beckman Young Investigator Award, 1993
National Science Foundation Young Investigator Award, 1993
Packard Fellowship for Science and Engineering, 1993


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Department of Chemistry
355D Noyes Lab
Mailing address:
600 S. Mathews Avenue, Box 42-1
Urbana, IL 61801

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