Dr. Richard P. Van Duyne of Northwestern University will present two lectures at Hope College focused on applications of spectroscopy on Thursday and Friday, April 6-7, in Winants Auditorium of Graves Hall through the James and Jeanette Neckers Lectureship in Chemistry.

The public is invited to both talks.  Admission is free.

He will present “Surface-Enhanced Raman Spectroscopy: Fundamentals and Applications” on Thursday, April 6, at 6:30 p.m.  The address will provide background regarding the concepts involved and examine applications in biomedical sensing, heterogeneous catalysis and art conservation.

He will present “Single Molecule Spectroscopy and Nanoscale Chemical Imaging and with Surface and Tip-Enhanced Raman Spectroscopy” on Friday, April 7, at 4 p.m.  The address will focus on the recent work of his research group.

Van Duyne is the Charles E. and Emma H. Morrison Professor of Chemistry at Northwestern University.  He discovered surface-enhanced Raman spectroscopy (SERS), invented nanosphere lithography (NSL), and developed ultrasensitive nanosensors based on localized surface plasmon resonance (LSPR) spectroscopy. His research interests include SERS, LSPR spectroscopy, plasmonics, nanoscale biosensors, atomic layer deposition (ALD), ultrahigh vacuum tip-enhanced Raman spectroscopy (UHV-TERS), electrochemical tip-enhanced Raman spectroscopy (EC-TERS) and surface-enhanced femtosecond stimulated Raman spectroscopy (SE-FSRS).

He has been elected a Fellow/Member of the National Academy of Sciences, American Academy of Arts and Sciences, Royal Society of Chemistry (RSC), American Institute for Medical and Biological Engineering, Society of Applied Spectroscopy (SAS), American Physical Society (APS) and the American Association for the Advancement of Science. Major awards include the Coblentz Memorial Prize, American Chemical Society (ACS) National Fresenius Award, the Pittsburgh Spectroscopy Award, APS Earle K. Plyler Prize, ACS Nobel Laureate Signature Award, L’Oreal Art and Science of Color Prize, Optical Society of America (OSA), Ellis R. Lippincott Award, Coblentz Society Bomem-Michelson Award, ACS Analytical Chemistry Award, Society of Electroanalytical Chemistry (SEAC) Charles N. Reilley Award, RSC Sir George Stokes Award, SAS Charles Mann Award, ACS E. Bright Wilson Award, RSC Theophilus Redwood Award, and RSC Spiers Memorial Award.

Van Duyne received his B.S. degree from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (1967) and a PhD. degree in analytical chemistry from the University of North Carolina (1971).

Graves Hall is located at 263 College Ave., between 10th and 12th streets.