James M. Lisy

1981-2011 Professor, University of Illinois – Urbana
2011-present Professor Emeritus, University of Illinois
2012-present Program Director US National Science Foundation
2017- Specially Appointed Professor , Institute of Innovative Research, Tokyo Institute of Technology

Field of Specialization
Vibrational Spectroscopy of Molecular Clusters

Clean Environment Unit(IIR, Tokyo Tech)
US National Science Foundation(U.S.A)


Research Hub Group:Materials and Devices international hub group

Research Highlights

  • Conformer specific photofragmentation of solvated ions; Demonstration of size-selective intermolecular interactions; Molecular dynamics simulation of cluster ion formation; Combining infrared spectroscopy with DFT-MD anharmonic vibrational spectroscopy to analyze high energy conformers and highly anharmonic species.


  • Selected Awards; Fellow, JSPS 2014, 1996; Alexander von Humboldt Research Award 2011; Fellow, American Physical Society 2001, Wilsmore Fellow University of Melbourne 2004-5 

Selected Publications

  • Hydrated alkali-metal cations: Infrared spectroscopy and ab initio calculations of M+(H2O)x=2-5Ar cluster ions for M = Li, Na, K, and Cs, Miller, D.J., Lisy, J.M, Journal of the American Chemical Society 130(46), pp. 15381-15392 (2008)
  • Infrared spectroscopy of gas-phase hydrated K+:18-crown-6 complexes: Evidence for high energy conformer trapping using the argon tagging method, Rodriguez, J.D., Lisy, J.M., International Journal of Mass Spectrometry 283(1-3), pp. 135-139 (2009)
  • Charge and temperature dependence of biomolecule conformations: K +Tryptamine(H2O) n=0-1Ar m=0-1 cluster ions, Nicely, A.L., Miller, D.J., Lisy, J.M., Journal of the American Chemical Society 131(18), pp. 6314-6315 (2009)
  • Revisiting Li+(H2O)3-4Ar1 clusters: Evidence of high-energy conformers from infrared spectra, high-energy conformers from infrared spectra, Rodriguez, O., Lisy, J.M., Journal of Physical Chemistry Letters 2(12), pp. 1444-1448 (2011)
  • O-H anharmonic vibrational motions in Cl-⋯(CH 3OH)1-2 ionic clusters. Combined IRPD experiments and AIMD simulations, Beck, J.P., Cimas, A., Lisy, J.M., Gaigeot, M.-P. Spectrochimica Acta – Part A: Molecular and Biomolecular Spectroscopy 119, pp. 12-17 (2014)
  • Modeling the CH Stretch Vibrational Spectroscopy of M+[Cyclohexane] (M = Li, Na, and K) Ions, Sibert, E.L., Tabor, D.P., Lisy, J.M., Journal of Physical Chemistry A 119(41), pp. 10293-10299 (2015)
  • Insights into the Structures of the Gas-Phase Hydrated Cations M+(H2O)nAr (M = Li, Na, K, Rb, and Cs; N = 3-5) Using Infrared Photodissociation Spectroscopy and Thermodynamic Analysis, Ke, H., Van Der Linde, C., Lisy, J.M., Journal of Physical Chemistry A 119(10), pp. 2037-2051 (2015)
  • Stalking higher energy conformers on the potential energy surface of charged species, Brites, V., Cimas, A., Spezia, R., Lisy, J.M., Gaigeot, M.-P., Journal of Chemical Theory and Computation11(3), pp. 871-883 (2015)
  • Infrared predissociation vibrational spectroscopy of Li+(H2O)3-4Ar0,1 reanalyzed using density functional theory molecular dynamics, Brites, V., Lisy, J.M., Gaigeot, M.-P., Journal of Physical Chemistry A 119(11), pp. 2468-2474 (2015)