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Kirk Schanze, Ph.D.

Robert A. Welch Distinguished University Chair in Chemistry

Office: BSE 4.322
Phone: (210) 458-6813

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Areas of Specialization

» Conjugated polymers
» Luminescence imaging
» Photochemistry and photophysics
» Photoresponsive materials


Ph.D in Chemistry, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill
B.S. in Chemistry, Florida State University


Research Interests

Research in the Schanze Lab is focused on the interaction of light with small molecules, polymers, and materials. We have an interest in photochemical and photophysical processes that are stimulated when molecular systems absorb light. Most of our current work centers on studies that explore the phenomenon of luminescence (light emission). In our fundamental work, we apply a variety of spectroscopic methods such as fluorescence spectroscopy and laser-induced time resolved fluorescence spectroscopy to gain information concerning the mechanisms of the light absorption and light emission processes. In applied work, we are using the light emission process of molecules and materials to develop novel light emitting devices (polymer LEDs), and novel fluorescent sensors. Some of our sensor systems are being used by aerodynamics engineers in wind-tunnel and mechanics tests and by chemists and biochemists for sensing analytes of interest.



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