Prize Recipient

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Andrei Tokmakoff
Massachusetts Institute of Technology


"For pioneering work in the development and application of two-dimensional infrared spectroscopy."


Professor Andrei Tokmakoff received his B.S. from California State University at Sacramento in 1988, and his Ph.D. degree from Stanford University in 1995.  He joined the Department of Chemistry at MIT in 1998, following postdoctoral stays at the Technical University in Munich, the University of Chicago, and the University of California, Berkeley. He has been a Professor of Chemistry at MIT since 2007.

Professor Tokmakoff's research interests focus on studies of molecular dynamics in chemistry and biophysics using ultrafast vibrational spectroscopy. He has developed two-dimensional infrared spectroscopy for use I characterizing hydrogen-bonding dynamics in water, and conformational dynamics of proteins and peptides.

His awards and honors include the David and Lucille Packard Fellowship, the Alfred P. Sloan Research Fellowship, the Coblentz Award, the National Fresenius Award, and Fellowship in the Optical Society of America.

Selection Committee:

Gregory E. Hall, Chair; H. Kapteyn; X. Zhuang, T. Zwier