Electron transfer

Electron transfer is the elementary process of under-barrier tunneling between two states of electron localization at the donor and acceptor molecules. This reaction is the basis of nearly all redox chemistry and is a fundamental step in the cross-membrane charge transport in biology. Formal theories are developed and large-scale computer simulations are performed to construct predictive theories of electron transfer applicable to interpreting experimental results.

Our research directions include:

  • Fundamentals of electron transfer studied in model molecular systems
  • Time-resolved linear and nonlinear (including 2D) spectroscopies 
  • Electron transfer in complex media (protein, glasses, liquid crystals, etc.)


  • "Non-Gaussian lineshapes and dynamics of time-resolved linear and nonlinear (correlation) spectra", M. Dinpajooh and D. V. Matyushov, J. Phys. Chem. B 118, 7925 (2014)
  • "Standard electrode potential, Tafel equation, and the solvation thermodynamics", D. V. Matyushov, J. Chem. Phys. 130, 234704 (2009) 
  • "Energetics of electron transfer in soft condensed media", D. V. Matyushov, Acc. Chem. Res. 40, 294 (2007)