Faculty Profiles

David N. Beratan
R.J. Reynolds Distinguished 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

Peters, John W., et al. “On the nature of organic and inorganic centers that bifurcate electrons, coupling exergonic and endergonic oxidation-reduction reactions.Chemical Communications (Cambridge, England), vol. 54, no. 33, Apr. 2018, pp. 4091–99. Epmc, doi:10.1039/c8cc01530a. Full Text

Liu, R., et al. “Improving Solar Cell Performance Using Quantum Dot Triad Charge-Separation Engines.” Journal of Physical Chemistry C, vol. 122, no. 11, Mar. 2018, pp. 5924–34. Scopus, doi:10.1021/acs.jpcc.8b00010. Full Text

Rousseau, Benjamin J. G., et al. “Determinants of Photolyase's DNA Repair Mechanism in Mesophiles and Extremophiles.Journal of the American Chemical Society, vol. 140, no. 8, Feb. 2018, pp. 2853–61. Epmc, doi:10.1021/jacs.7b11926. Full Text

Polizzi, Nicholas F., et al. “De novo design of a hyperstable non-natural protein-ligand complex with sub-Å accuracy.Nature Chemistry, vol. 9, no. 12, Dec. 2017, pp. 1157–64. Epmc, doi:10.1038/nchem.2846. Full Text

Zhang, Peng, et al. “Electron Bifurcation: Thermodynamics and Kinetics of Two-Electron Brokering in Biological Redox Chemistry.Accounts of Chemical Research, vol. 50, no. 9, Sept. 2017, pp. 2410–17. Epmc, doi:10.1021/acs.accounts.7b00327. Full Text

Bai, Yusong, et al. “Controlling the excited-state dynamics of low band gap, near-infrared absorbers via proquinoidal unit electronic structural modulation.Chemical Science, vol. 8, no. 9, Sept. 2017, pp. 5889–901. Epmc, doi:10.1039/c7sc02150j. Full Text

Beratan, D. N., et al. “Charge and spin transport through nucleic acids.” Current Opinion in Electrochemistry, vol. 4, no. 1, Aug. 2017, pp. 175–81. Scopus, doi:10.1016/j.coelec.2017.08.017. Full Text

Liu, R., et al. “Controlling the Electron-Transfer Kinetics of Quantum-Dot Assemblies.” Journal of Physical Chemistry C, vol. 121, no. 27, July 2017, pp. 14401–12. Scopus, doi:10.1021/acs.jpcc.7b02261. Full Text

Bloom, Brian P., et al. “Chirality Control of Electron Transfer in Quantum Dot Assemblies.Journal of the American Chemical Society, vol. 139, no. 26, July 2017, pp. 9038–43. Epmc, doi:10.1021/jacs.7b04639. Full Text

Beall, Edward, et al. “Effects of the Backbone and Chemical Linker on the Molecular Conductance of Nucleic Acid Duplexes.Journal of the American Chemical Society, vol. 139, no. 19, May 2017, pp. 6726–35. Epmc, doi:10.1021/jacs.7b02260. Full Text