Mattanjah de Vries

材料・デバイス研究

Mattanjah de Vries

特任教授

PhotochemistryGas phase chemistryMass spectrometryOrigin of lifeCultural heritagePrebiotic chemistry

略歴

Dr. de Vries received his Ph.D. in Chemical Physics at the University of Amsterdam in 1980. After spending four years at UCSB as a Research Associate, he became a Research Staff member at the IBM Almaden Research Laboratory. In 1997 Dr. de Vries became an Associate Professor in the Department of Chemistry, Hebrew University of Jerusalem. In September 2000, Dr. de Vries joined The UCSB Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry as a Professor of Physical Chemistry. While at IBM he won three awards for outstanding innovation and technical achievement. He was elected Humboldt Fellow (2003), AAAS Fellow (2008), and RSC fellow (2018). He became distinguished professor at UCSB in 2018.

WRHIへの期待

Both the Tokyo Tech and the UCSB group aim to study fundamental properties in molecules, isolated in the gas phase. They use different but complimentary techniques. This combination may be expected to lead to new understanding of basic photochemistry in biological building blocks. Furthermore, I look forward to interacting with many colleagues across Japan.

研究プロジェクト

  • Gas phase techniques enable the study of isolated molecules, free of interactions. A major thrust is the laser spectroscopy of isolated biomolecular building blocks. These include single DNA bases and amino acids, as well as their clusters with each other and with water molecules. These studies touch on questions such as: “What is the chemical origin of life?” What makes a peptide fold?”, “What cause pigments in works of art to fade?’, or “How is the machinery of life protected from UV radiative damage?” The UCSB lab studies the underlying photochemical processes in neutral molecules. The Fujii group at Tokyo Tech will study the same molecular systems in their ionic form. The combination of these two complementary approaches may be expected to deepen our insights in the fundamental chemistry of light interacting with matter.

2019-

Specially Appointed Professor. Institute of Innovative Research. Tokyo Institute of Technology

2017-

Distinguished Professor. Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry. University of California, Santa Barbara

2000-2017

Professor. Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry. University of California, Santa Barbara

1997-2000

Associate Professor. Department of Chemistry. Hebrew University of Jerusalem

1985-1996

Research Staff member. IBM Almaden Research Laboratory

1984-1985

Lecturer. Department of Chemistry. University of Maryland

1980-1984

Research Associate. Department of Chemistry. University of California

1975-1980

Research fellow. FOM Institute for Atomic and Molecular Physics, Amsterdam, the Netherlands

1973-1975

Graduate Research. Accelerator facility, Weizmann Institute, Rechovot, Israel

2018

Fellow Royal Society of Chemistry

2008

Fellow AAAS

2003

Humbolt Research fellowship for lifetime achievement

2018

How Nature covers its bases. Samuel Boldissar and Mattanjah S. de Vries. DOI: 10.1039/C8CP01236A. Phys. Chem. Chem. Phys. 20, 9701-9716

2016

Life in the Light: Nucleic Acid Photoproperties as a Legacy of Chemical Evolution.  Ashley A. Beckstead, Yuyuan Zhang, Mattanjah de Vries, and Bern Kohler, PCCP, 18, 24228 – 24238

2014

Excited state dynamics of DNA bases Karl Kleinermanns, Dana Nachtigallová, and Mattanjah S. de Vries, International Reviews in Physical Chemistry, , 32, 308-342

2004

Pairing of Isolated Nucleic-Acid Bases in the Absence of the DNA backbone. Eyal Nir; Karl Kleinermanns; and Mattanjah S. de Vries,  NATURE, 408, 949-951

1993

Cobalt Catalyzed Growth of Carbon Nanotubes with Single-Atomic-Layer Walls D.S. Bethune, C-H. Kiang, M.S. de Vries, G. Gorman, R. Savoy, J. Vazquez, and R. Beyers. NATURE, 363, 605