Professor of Chemistry
Research in the Scherer group addresses a broad range of questions in three areas: function and transport in cellular biophysics, dynamics and excitations in driven nonequilibrium spatially-confined dense colloidal fluids, and optical trapping to assemble nanoplasmonic materials in order to realize long-range coherence. The research is problem oriented so that a wide range of proven and new experimental methods are applied or developed. Depending on the system and problem, the measurements may be taken with femtosecond time resolution or they may take days. Each experimental problem has a corresponding theory component that is done either within the group or through collaborations. Our research has always involved development of experimental methods, including advances in ultrafast lasers and nonlinear spectroscopy, pointillist and nonlinear microscopy, and image analysis.
Topics: Cellular Transport, Nanophotonics, Nanoplasmonics, Microscopy Development, Optical Matter