KOHLER RESEARCH GROUP

Dr. Kohler Dr. Bern Kohler
Professor of Chemistry
kohler@chemistry.osu.edu

Department of Chemistry
The Ohio State University
100 West 18th Avenue
Columbus, OH 43210

Phone (614) 688-3944
Fax (614) 292-1685

Research Interests

Condensed-phase femtochemistry; time-resolved electronic and vibrational spectroscopy; DNA photodamage; nucleic acid biophysics; nanostructured materials for solar energy conversion

Honors

2009 Co-Vice Chair
Electronic Spectroscopy & Dynamics Gordon Conference
2008 Nominee for Outstanding Teaching Award
The Ohio State University
June-July 2008 Visiting Professor
Aarhus University, Aarhus, Denmark
2004-2005 Humboldt Research Fellow
Alexander-von-Humboldt Foundation
2004
2003
Chair,
Organizing Committee
16th Beckman Frontiers of Science Symposium
Sponsored by the National Academy of Sciences
2002 Session Chair
Beckman Frontiers of Science Symposium

Editorships

Associate Editor
Photochemistry and Photobiology
Associate Editor
Research Letters in Physical Chemistry

Education

Ph.D. 1990 Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Physical Chemistry
Advisor: Prof. Keith A. Nelson
Thesis: "Ultrafast Dynamics of Molecular Liquids Investigated by Femtosecond Light Scattering"
B.S. 1985 Chemistry, Stanford University

Appointments

2007-present Professor of Chemistry
The Ohio State University

Member of the Biophysics Program
The Ohio State University

Member of the Chemical Physics Program
The Ohio State University

Member of the Spectroscopy Institute
The Ohio State University
2003-2007 Associate Professor of Chemistry
The Ohio State University

1995-2003 Assistant Professor of Chemistry
The Ohio State University
1992-1995 Assistant Project Scientist
University of California, San Diego
Research Director: Prof. Kent R. Wilson (deceased)
1990-1992
Postdoctoral Researcher
ETH Zürich, Switzerland
Research Director: Prof. Urs P. Wild (emeritus)

Current Research Grants

National Science Foundation, Dynamics of Excited Electronic States in DNA, 7/1/08 – 6/30/11, Total costs: $526,145.

Department of Energy, Photoactive inorganic membranes for charge transport, 4/15/06 – 4/14/09, Total costs: $660,000, co-PI.

National Institutes of Health, Ultrafast Photodynamics of Nucleic Acids, 3/1/02 – 2/28/07, Total costs: $1,200,000.