Physical and Biophysical Chemistry

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Dr. Eric B. Brauns

Associate Professor





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Department of Chemistry
P.O. Box 442343
Moscow, ID 83844-2343

Research Interests

Various types of time resolved and nonlinear optical spectroscopies to study molecular dynamics. Specific interests include:

  • Time-resolved infrared spectroscopy to study the structure and dynamics of RNA tetraloops.

  • 2D-IR spectroscopy to study ultrafast (femtosecond) molecular dynamics.

  • Mid-infrared diffuse reflection on ultrafast time scales.

Teaching and Advising

Representative Publications (links to pdfs are provided when available)

  1. E.B. Brauns. 2014. Mid-infrared Diffuse Reflection on Ultrafast Time Scales. Appl. Spec., 68:1-4. DOI: 10.1366/13-07258

  2. A.L. Stancik and E.B. Brauns. 2013. Investigating the Thermodynamics of UNCG Tetraloops Using Infrared Spectroscopy. J. Phys. Chem. B., 117:13556-13560. DOI: 10.1021/jp408496z

  3. E.B. Brauns. 2014. Mid-Infrared Diffuse Reflection on Ultrafast Time Scales. Appl. Spectrosc., 68:1. January 2014 cover feature. (pdf)

  4. R.B. Dyer and E.B. Brauns. 2009. Laser-Induced Temperature Jump Infrared Measurements of RNA Folding. Methods Enzymol vol. 469.

  5. A.L. Stancik and E.B. Brauns. 2008. Rearrangement of Partially Ordered Stacked Conformations Contributes to the Rugged Energy Landscape of a Small RNA Hairpin. Biochemistry. 47:10834-10840. (pdf)

  6. E.B. Brauns and R.J. Meier. 2009. Issues in Curve Fitting Vibrational Spectra: Bandshape Justification and the Influence of Background Correction. Vib. Spectrosc. 49:303.

  7. A.L. Stancik and E.B. Brauns. 2008. A Simple Asymmetric Lineshape for Fitting Infrared Absorption Spectra. Vib. Spectrosc. 47:66-69.(pdf)

  8. E.B. Brauns and R.B. Dyer. 2006. Fourier Transform Hyperspectral Visible Imaging and the Nondestructive Analysis of Potentially Fraudulent Documents. Appl. Spectrosc. 60:833. (August 2006 Cover Feature) (pdf)

  9. E.B. Brauns, T.M. McCleskey, A.K. Burrell, and G.A. Baker. 2006. Fluorescence Quenching Immunoassay Performed in an Ionic Liquid. ChemComm. 2851.

  10. E.B. Brauns and R.B. Dyer. 2005. Time Resolved Infrared Spectroscopy of RNA Folding. Biophys. J. 89:3523.(pdf)

  11. C.M. Cardona, S.H, Jannach, H. Huang, Y. Itojima, R.M. Leblanc, E.B. Brauns, G.A. Baker, and R.E. Gawley. 2005. Spatially Resolved Derivatization of Solid-Phase- Synthesis Beads with Fluorescent Dendrimers: Creation of Localized Microdomains. Helvetica Chimica Acta 85:3532.

  12. E.B. Brauns, R.S. Coleman, C.J. Murphy and M.A. Berg. 2002. Complex Local Dynamics in DNA on the Picosecond and Nanosecond Time Scales. Phys. Rev. Lett. 15:158101.

  13. E.B. Brauns, M. Madaras, R.S. Coleman, C.J. Murphy and M.A. Berg. 2000. Ultrafast Dynamics in DNA. Ultrafast Phenomena XII, Proceedings of the 12th International Conference.

  14. E.B. Brauns, M. Madaras, R.S. Coleman, C.J. Murphy and M.A. Berg. 1999. Measurement of Local DNA Reorganization on the Picosecond and Nanosecond Time Scales. J. Am. Chem. Soc. 22:11644.

  15. E.B. Brauns, C.J. Murphy, and M.A. Berg. 1998. Local Dynamics in DNA by Temperature-Dependent Stokes Shifts of an Intercalated Dye. J. Am. Chem. Soc. 18:2449.

  16. E.B. Brauns and C.J. Murphy. 1997. Quantum Dots as Chemical Sensors. Recent Res. In Physical Chem. 1:1.

  17. E.B. Brauns, S.W. Jones, J.A. Clark, S.M. Molnar, Y. Kawanishi, and K.J. Brewer. 1997. Electrochemical, Spectroscopic, and Spectroelectrochemical Properties of Synthetically Useful Supramolecular Light Absorbers with Mixed Polyazine Bridging Ligands. Inorg. Chem. 36:2861.

  18. M. Milkevitch, H. Storrie, E.B. Brauns, K.J. Brewer, and B.W. Shirley. 1997. A New Class of Supramolecular, Mixed-Metal DNA- Binding Agents: The Interaction of Ru(II), Pt(II) and Os(II), Pt(II) Bimetallic Complexes with DNA. Inorg. Chem. 36:4534.

  19. M. Milkevitch, E.B. Brauns, and K.J. Brewer. 1996. Spectroscopic and Electrochemical Properties of a Series of Mixed-Metal d6, d8 Bimetallic Complexes. Inorg. Chem. 35:1737.

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