David N. Beratan

Professor of Physics and Biochemistry

Faculty Network Member of Energy Initiative

5311 French Family Science Center, Durham, NC 27708
Campus Box: 
(919) 660-1526
(919 660-1605


Charge transfer in dynamical biosystems, or the treachery of (static) images.
Accounts of chemical research (2015)

Full-electron ligand-to-ligand charge transfer in a compact Re(I) complex.
The journal of physical chemistry. A (2014)

Biological charge transfer via flickering resonance.
Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America (2014)

Biochemistry and theory of proton-coupled electron transfer.
Chemical reviews (2014)

Structural and Electronic Properties of Bare and Capped CdSeand CdTeQuantum Dots
The Journal of Physical Chemistry C (2014)

Breaking the simple proportionality between molecular conductances and charge transfer rates.
Faraday discussions (2014)

Erratum: Eenthalpic signature of methonium desolvation revealed in a synthetic host-guest system based on cucurbit[7]uril (Journal of the American Chemical Society (2013) 135 (6084-6091) DOI: 10.1021/ja311327v)
Journal of the American Chemical Society (2013)

Dr. Beratan is developing theoretical approaches to understand the function of complex molecular and macromolecular systems, including: the molecular underpinnings of energy harvesting and charge transport in biology; the mechanism of solar energy capture and conversion in man-made structures; the nature of charge conductivity in naturally occurring nucleic acids and in synthetic constructs, including the photochemical repair of damaged DNA in extremophiles; CH bond activation by copper oxygenase enzymes; the flow of charge in bacterial appendages on the micrometer length scale; the theoretical foundations for inverse molecular design - the property driven discovery of chemical structures with optimal properties; the exploitation of molecular diversity in the mapping of molecular and materials "space"; the use of infra-red excitation to manipulate electron transport through molecules; the optical signatures of molecular chirality and the influence of chirality on charge transport. Prof. Beratan is affiliated with the Departments of Chemistry, Biochemistry, Physics, as well as Duke's programs in Computational Biology and Bioinformatics, Structural Biology and Biophysics, Nanosciences, and Phononics.  

Ph.D. - California Institute of Technology
B.S. - Duke University

Electron Transfer Reactions
In "Electron Transfer Reactions" edited by J. Moore and N. Spencer. ; : Institute of Physics Press.

Multi-center and multi-electron transfer in biology
In Theory & Principles edited by Wiley-VCH (Weinheim), V. Balzani. ; pp. 109-125. : .

Theories of structure-function relationships for bridge-mediated electron transfer
In Adv. Chem. Phys. edited by . 1999; pp. 377-452. : .

Protein-mediated electron transfer: pathways, orbital interactions and contact maps
In Biological electron-transfer chains: genetics, composition and mode of operation edited by G.W. Canters and E. Vigenboom. 1998; pp. 9-27. : Kluwer Academic Publishers, Dordrecht, The Netherlands.

The design of starburst dendrimer electron transfer systems
In Molecular Electronics edited by M. Ratner and J. Jortner. 1997; pp. 369-379. : Chemistry for the 21st Century Series, Blackwell Science, Oxford, Chapter 12.

Chapter 2: The protein bridge between redox centers
In Protein Electron Transfer edited by D.S. Bendall. 1996; pp. 23-42. : BIOS Scientific Publishers, Oxford.

Appendix A: Electron transfer rate calculations
In Protein Electron Transfer edited by D.S. Bendall. 1996; pp. 273-283. : bios Scientific Publishers, Oxford.

Donor-acceptor electronic coupling in ruthenium-modified heme proteins
In Mechanistic Bioinorganic Chemistry edited by J. Thorp and V. Pecoraro. 1995; pp. 471-485. : Washington, D.C..

Structural control of electron transfer in proteins
In The molecular basis of oxidative damage by leukocytes edited by A.J. Jesaitis and E.A. Dratz. 1992; pp. 57-67. : CRC Press, Boca Raton.

Molecular electronic device concepts
In 1992 Encyclopedia of Physical Science and Technology edited by . 1992; pp. 411-417. : Academic Press.

2015 Charles H. Herty Medal, American Chemical Society Georgia Section
2013 Elected Fellow, American Chemical Society
2013 Feynman Prize for Nanoscience (Theory), Foresight Institute
2002 Elected Fellow, American Association for the Advancement of Science
2002 Fellow, American Association for the Advancement of Science
2001 Conrad E. Ronneberg Visiting Scholar, University of Chicago
2001 Elected Fellow, American Physical Society
2001 Fellow, American Physical Society
2000 Ralph & Lucy Hirschmann Visiting Professorship, University of Pennsylvania
1999 Burroughs-Wellcome Travel Fellow, University of Oxford
1999 Fellow, J.S. Guggenheim Foundation
1999 Visiting Fellow, All Souls College, University of Oxford
1998 Visiting Professor, S&#227o Paulo, S&#227o Carlos, Brazil
1998 Chancellor's Distinguished Research Award, University of Pittsburgh
1992 National Young Investigator Award, National Science Foundation
1989 Visiting Associate in Chemistry, Caltech
1985 National Research Council Post-Doctoral Fellowship (RRA) recipient
1980 Graduation with Honors and with Distinction (in Chemistry), Duke University
1980 Outstanding senior chemist award, American Institute of Chemists
1978 Federal Employee Incentive Awards