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Landes Research Group
Rice University
6100 Main Street MS-60
Houston, TX 77005
Christy's Office: Dell Butcher 352
Student Office: Dell Butcher 133
Lab: Dell Butcher 130
Lab Phone: 713-348-4437

Phone: 713-348-4232
Fax: 713-348-5155

Welcome to the Landes Research Group

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The Landes Research Group uses single molecule spectroscopy to study dynamic heterogeneity and its role in biological and synthetic materials function.

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Research Summary

As experimental physical chemists, the overall goal of our research is to understand the frequently complex structure-function relationships in biological systems and to use this information to inspire innovation in biomimetic materials design.

Innate benchmarks in materials engineering include cost, efficiency, and longevity. As our experimental and theoretical ability to observe nature’s molecular-scale methods have improved, we begin to understand that one reason nature can be so successful is that her design strategy differs from ours. Whereas humans usually design materials with a single, well-defined function, nature often acts through redundant or degenerate channels that are singly not as efficient, but collectively, and in the face of damage or wear, outperform their synthetic cousins.

Our central question is: Can we take cues from the structure-function interplay and use of cooperative pathways in nature’s biomolecular processes to inform design principles for tailoring functional materials applications? The pursuit of answers to this question presents challenges for theory, measurement, and data interpretation.

Three specific objectives related to our overall goal are:

1)         Identify and understand biological benchmarks for heterogeneous structure-function relationships

2)         Identify and understand evidence for heterogeneous structure-function relationships in synthetic systems

3)         Exploit signal processing and information theoretical tools to develop analytical algorithms optimized for understanding heterogeneous structure-function relationships in single molecule and single particle spectroscopy

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2016 Chemistry Awards08/19/2016 - Congratulations to Sudeshna Chatterjee for winning a Harry B. Weiser teaching award for her excellence as a T.A. and the Stephen C. Hoffmann fellowship award for her outstanding qualifying exam! Way to go Sudeshna!  »
SCI 201608/12/2016 - Congratulations to Rashad Baiyasi and Sudeshna Chatterjee for winning $250 poster awards at the 2016 SCI research symposium. Way to go!  »
Wenxiao Successfully Defended Masters Thesis!06/16/2016 - Congratulations to Wenxiao Wang for defending his masters thesis!  »
05/17/2016 - Congratulations to Dr. Shuang! Bo Shuang won the John L. Margrave Thesis Award in Chemistry for his greatest work during his phd study.  »
Rashad wins SCI travel award!04/26/2016 - Congratulations to Rashad Baiyasi for his award winning presentation at the First Annual SCI Transdisciplinary Symposium. Rashad won a $500 travel award for his presentation on modeling dipole emitters near metal nanoparticle surfaces. Congratulations and happy travels Rashad!  »
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