David N. Beratan

Professor of Physics and Biochemistry

Faculty Network Member of Energy Initiative

Office: 
5311 French Family Science Center, Durham, NC 27708
Campus Box: 
90346
Phone: 
(919) 660-1526
Fax: 
(919 660-1605

Details

Vibrational control of electron-transfer reactions: a feasibility study for the fast coherent transfer regime.
Physical chemistry chemical physics : PCCP (2015)

Defusing redox bombs?
Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America (2015)

Conformationally Gated Charge Transfer in DNA Three-Way Junctions.
The journal of physical chemistry letters (2015)

Two-Electron Transfer Pathways.
The journal of physical chemistry. B (2015)

Correction for Migliore et al., Sensing of molecules using quantum dynamics
Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (2015)

Sensing of molecules using quantum dynamics.
Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America (2015)

Electron transfer rate modulation in a compact Re(I) donor-acceptor complex.
Dalton transactions (Cambridge, England : 2003) (2015)

Charge Transport across DNA-Based Three-Way Junctions.
Journal of the American Chemical Society (2015)

Charge Transport across DNA-Based Three-Way Junctions
JOURNAL OF THE AMERICAN CHEMICAL SOCIETY (2015)

Strategy to discover diverse optimal molecules in the small molecule universe.
Journal of chemical information and modeling (2015)

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.  

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

Electron transfer through proteins
In Encyclopedia of Biophysics edited by G. Roberts, ed. ; pp. 625-630. : Springer Verlag.

Electron transfer through proteins
In Encyclopedia of Biophysics edited by . ; : Springer Verlag.

Electron tunneling through proteins
In Encyclopedia of Biophysics (In Press) edited by . ; : Springer Press.

The chemical roles of water in biological electron transfer
In Wiley Encyclopedia of Chemical Biology, Vol. 1 edited by T.P. Begley. ; : .

The Effects of Bridge Motion on Electron Transfer Reactions Mediated by Tunneling
In Modern Methods for Theoretical Physical Chemistry of Biopolymers edited by E.B. Starikov, J.P. Lewis and S. Tanaka. 2006; : Elsevier.

The effects of bridge motion on electron transfer reactions mediated by tunneling
In Modern Methods for Theoretical Physical Chemistry of Biopolymers edited by E.B. Starikov, J.P. Lewis and S. Tanaka. 2006; pp. 357-382. : Elsevier.

Electron Transfer through Proteins
In Bioelectronics edited by I. Willner and E. Katz. ; pp. 15-33. : Wiley-VCH.

Electron transfer through proteins
In Bioelectronics edited by I. Willner and E. Katz. ; pp. 15-33. : Wiley-VCH.

The effects of bridge motion on electron transfer reactions mediated by tunneling
In Modern Methods for Theoretical Physical Chemistry of Biopolymers edited by E.B. Starikov, S. Tanaka and J.P. Lewis. ; : .

Molecular control of electron transfer events within and between biomolecules
In Molecular electronics: biosensors and biocomputers edited by L. Barsanti, V. Evangelista, P. Gualtieri, V. Passarelli, and S. Vestri. 2003; pp. 227-236. : Kluwer Academic Publishers.

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