Charles Schmuttenmaer

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Professor of Chemistry
225 Prospect St, New Haven, CT 06511-8499

Research Interests: 

Experimental Physical Chemistry and Chemical Physics:  THz spectroscopy; Solar energy; Sub-picosecond time-resolved photoconductivity; Nanoscale properties and phenomena; Low frequency modes in organic molecular crystals; Electron transfer and proton transfer; Solvation and energy relaxation in liquids; Laser spectroscopy.

Biography and Research Statement:

Charles A. Schmuttenmaer was born in Oak Park, IL in the USA.  He received a B.S. degree in chemistry from the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign in 1985, and a Ph.D. degree in chemistry from the University of California, Berkeley in 1991.  He was a Postdoctoral Fellow at the University of Rochester.  In 1994, he joined Yale University, New Haven, CT, where he is currently a Professor of Chemistry.  He is a pioneer in development and applications of terahertz (THz) spectroscopy.  Prof. Schmuttenmaer is a member of the American Chemical Society, the American Physical Society, the Optical Society of America, and the American Association for the Advancement of Science.

His current research interests include novel applications of time-resolved THz spectroscopy (TRTS) and THz time-domain spectroscopy (THz-TDS).  In particular, he has exploited the unique features of TRTS to characterize the efficiency of electron injection in dye-sensitized solar cells (DSSCs), which are a promising alternative to silicon photovoltaic solar cells, as well as transient photoconductivity in semiconductors, quantum dots, nanoparticles, and nanotubes.  He is a founding member of the Yale Green Energy Consortium (  A second major research area involves THz-TDS coupled with high level ab initio quantum chemical calculations to probe and understand the low-frequency collective vibrational modes in organic molecular crystals.  A primary goal is to experimentally measure and theoretically compute the optical activity of these low-frequency modes.