Faculty Profiles

David N. Beratan
R.J. Reynolds Professor of Chemistry
5311 French Science Center, Durham, NC 27708
(919) 660-1526
(919 660-1605



Ph.D., California Institute of Technology 1986

B.S., Duke University 1980

Research Areas:
Theoretical, Physical, Biomolecular Structure and Function, Biological, Education, Inorganic, Nanoscience and Materials

Sha, R, Xiang, L, Liu, C, Balaeff, A, Zhang, Y, Zhang, P, Li, Y, Beratan, DN, Tao, N, and Seeman, NC. "Charge splitters and charge transport junctions based on guanine quadruplexes." Nature nanotechnology (February 26, 2018). Full Text

Rousseau, BJG, Shafei, S, Migliore, A, Stanley, RJ, and Beratan, DN. "Determinants of Photolyase's DNA Repair Mechanism in Mesophiles and Extremophiles." Journal of the American Chemical Society (February 5, 2018). Full Text

Polizzi, NF, Wu, Y, Lemmin, T, Maxwell, AM, Zhang, S-Q, Rawson, J, Beratan, DN, Therien, MJ, and DeGrado, WF. "De novo design of a hyperstable non-natural protein-ligand complex with sub-Å accuracy." Nature chemistry 9.12 (December 2017): 1157-1164. Full Text

Zhang, P, Yuly, JL, Lubner, CE, Mulder, DW, King, PW, Peters, JW, and Beratan, DN. "Electron Bifurcation: Thermodynamics and Kinetics of Two-Electron Brokering in Biological Redox Chemistry." Accounts of chemical research 50.9 (September 6, 2017): 2410-2417. Full Text

Bai, Y, Rawson, J, Roget, SA, Olivier, J-H, Lin, J, Zhang, P, Beratan, DN, and Therien, MJ. "Controlling the excited-state dynamics of low band gap, near-infrared absorbers via proquinoidal unit electronic structural modulation." Chemical science 8.9 (September 2017): 5889-5901. Full Text

Liu, R, Bloom, BP, Waldeck, DH, Zhang, P, and Beratan, DN. "Controlling the Electron-Transfer Kinetics of Quantum-Dot Assemblies." The Journal of Physical Chemistry C 121.27 (July 13, 2017): 14401-14412. Full Text

Bloom, BP, Graff, BM, Ghosh, S, Beratan, DN, and Waldeck, DH. "Chirality Control of Electron Transfer in Quantum Dot Assemblies." Journal of the American Chemical Society 139.26 (July 2017): 9038-9043. Full Text

Beall, E, Ulku, S, Liu, C, Wierzbinski, E, Zhang, Y, Bae, Y, Zhang, P, Achim, C, Beratan, DN, and Waldeck, DH. "Effects of the Backbone and Chemical Linker on the Molecular Conductance of Nucleic Acid Duplexes." Journal of the American Chemical Society 139.19 (May 2017): 6726-6735. Full Text

Nayak, A, Park, J, De Mey, K, Hu, X, Duncan, TV, Beratan, DN, Clays, K, and Therien, MJ. "Large Hyperpolarizabilities at Telecommunication-Relevant Wavelengths in Donor-Acceptor-Donor Nonlinear Optical Chromophores." ACS central science 2.12 (December 16, 2016): 954-966. Full Text Open Access Copy

Polizzi, NF, Therien, MJ, and Beratan, DN. "Mean First-Passage Times in Biology." Israel journal of chemistry 56.9-10 (November 2016): 816-824. Full Text


Skourtis, SS, and Beratan, DN. "Single-and Multi-Electron Transfer Processes." Electron Transfer in Chemistry. April 15, 2008. 109-125. Full Text