Jonathan S. Lindsey

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Jonathan S. Lindsey received his B.S. Degree (with Distinction and Honors) in Chemistry from Indiana University at Bloomington in 1978, where he did undergraduate research with Dr. Frank R. N. Gurd and Dr. Lawrence K. Montgomery. He earned the Ph.D. degree from The Rockefeller University in 1983. His doctoral work with Dr. David C. Mauzerall concerned the synthesis and characterization of a 3-dimensional molecular architecture for studies of light-driven electron-transfer reactions, as occur in the reaction center of photosynthetic bacteria. After continuing for one-year as a postdoctoral fellow at Rockefeller, he spent 12 years on the faculty at Carnegie Mellon University, became a full Professor in 1995, and moved in 1996 to North Carolina State University as Glaxo Distinguished University Professor of Chemistry.

Professor Lindsey’s teaching includes undergraduate organic chemistry, and graduate courses in bioorganic chemistry, physical organic chemistry, and photochemistry. His research involves synthetic chemistry and photochemistry of compounds that constitute the “pigments of life” (heme, chlorophylls, bacteriochlorophylls, vitamin B12, etc.) with applications in artificial photosynthesis and the life sciences. His chief research accomplishments concern the development of versatile synthetic methods for the synthesis of porphyrins, chlorins, and bacteriochlorins. The synthetic methods underpin diverse fundamental studies and applications of this invaluable class of compounds. More recently, he has discovered a plausible pathway for the prebiotic formation of porphyrin macrocycles, which could form the basis for the emergence of proto-photosynthesis and drive the origin of life.

Professor Lindsey collaborates extensively, especially with the physical chemists David Bocian and Dewey Holten. The Bocian/Holten/Lindsey team has studied the excited-state dynamics of a number of artificial photosynthetic model systems; as one example, they have revealed the role of molecular orbital composition/ordering on through-bond energy transfer. In an ongoing study, the combination of synthesis, spectroscopy, and theoretical calculations is providing deep new insight into the origin of the spectral properties of chlorophyll and bacteriochlorophyll molecules. Professor Lindsey and his coworkers have published >300 peer-reviewed papers.

Web of Science Researcher ID: J-7761-2012

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