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Barbara Dunlap

Barbara Dunlap

Barbara Dunlap

Senior Research Associate | Center for Chemical and Biophysical Dynamics (CCBD) Manager



0103 Newman & Wolfrom Laboratory
100 W 18th Ave
Columbus, OH 43210

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Areas of Expertise

  • Center for Chemical and Biophysical Dynamics
  • Research Support Services
  • Analytical Spectroscopy Laboratory


Barbara is originally from Arlington, Virginia.  She received her BS degree in Physics from Allegheny College in Meadville, Pennsylvania.  Her undergraduate research advisor was Dr. David Statman, where she did research measuring the gliding in liquid crystals when excited with polarized light.  During an internship at the Research Institute for Solid State Physical and Optical of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences in Budapest, Hungary the gliding of the liquid crystals samples was measured after being excited with a magnetic field.  The research was written up as her Senior Compressive Project entitled “A Comparison of Doping Liquid Crystals Samples with Methyl Red and Disperse Orange 3 Azo Dyes for the Purpose of Making Hologrmas”.  While in undergrad, she also did an internship at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) through the Society of Physics Students (SPS) in Gaithersburg, Maryland working with Dr. Nadine Gergel-Hackett.  During this internship, she fabricated and characterized flexible TiO2 memory devices. 

Barbara received her PhD in Chemistry from the University of Rochester in Rochester, New York where she worked for Dr. David McCamant.  Her research here focused on developing a femtosecond stimulated Raman spectroscopy (FSRS) that was an analogue of 2D IR with the purpose of measuring anharmonic coupling between vibrational modes.  Her thesis was entitled “New Methods in Two-Dimensional Femtosecond Stimulated Raman Spectroscopy”.   

At the Ohio State University, she has been the manager of the Center of Chemical and Biochemical Dynamics (CCBD) since December 2014 as part of the Research Support Services (RSS). 

Research Interests: 

  • Femtosecond lasers 

  • Time resolved spectroscopy 

  • Raman Spectroscopy 

Relevant Publication List:  

  • Dunlap, B., Richter, P., McCamant, D. Stimulated Raman Spectroscopy using Chirped Pulses. Journal of Raman Spectroscopy, 45, 10, 918-929 (2014). 

  • Dunlap, B., Wilson, K.C., McCamant, D. Phase-Matching and Dilution Effects in Two-Dimensional Femtosecond Stimulated Raman Spectroscopy. The Journal of Physical Chemistry A, 117, 6205-6216 (2013).  

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