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

Seefeldt, LC, Hoffman, BM, Peters, JW, Raugei, S, Beratan, DN, Antony, E, and Dean, DR. "Energy Transduction in Nitrogenase." Accounts of Chemical Research (August 10, 2018). Full Text

Peters, JW, Beratan, DN, Bothner, B, Dyer, RB, Harwood, CS, Heiden, ZM, Hille, R, Jones, AK, King, PW, Lu, Y, Lubner, CE, Minteer, SD, Mulder, DW, Raugei, S, Schut, GJ, Seefeldt, LC, Tokmina-Lukaszewska, M, Zadvornyy, OA, Zhang, P, and Adams, MW. "A new era for electron bifurcation." Current Opinion in Chemical Biology 47 (August 2018): 32-38. (Review) Full Text

Ma, Z, Antoniou, P, Zhang, P, Skourtis, S, and Beratan, DN. "A Non-Equilibrium Molecular Dynamics Study of Infra-red Perturbed Electron Transfer." Journal of Chemical Theory and Computation (July 13, 2018). Full Text

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 13.4 (April 2018): 316-321. Full Text

Peters, JW, Beratan, DN, Schut, GJ, and Adams, MWW. "On the nature of organic and inorganic centers that bifurcate electrons, coupling exergonic and endergonic oxidation-reduction reactions." Chemical Communications (Cambridge, England) 54.33 (April 2018): 4091-4099. Full Text

Liu, R, Bloom, BP, Waldeck, DH, Zhang, P, and Beratan, DN. "Improving Solar Cell Performance Using Quantum Dot Triad Charge-Separation Engines." The Journal of Physical Chemistry C 122.11 (March 22, 2018): 5924-5934. 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 140.8 (February 13, 2018): 2853-2861. Full Text

Ma, Z, Lin, Z, Lawrence, C, Rubtsov, IV, Antoniou, P, Skourtis, SS, Zhang, P, and Beratan, DN. "How can infra-red excitation both accelerate and slow charge transfer in the same molecule?." Chemical Science (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


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