Welcome to the Blake Group!

Complexity is a hallmark of the natural world. For cosmochemical and geochemical systems this complexity often extends to the molecular level. During the past decade tremendous strides have been made in the chemical sciences as advances in microelectronics, lasers, materials science, etc. have all converged to produce instrumentation of unparalleled speed, sensitivity, and flexibility. For the most part these advances have been driven by technological considerations, but the application of state-of-the-art chemical techniques to astrophysics and to the earth and planetary sciences holds the potential to revolutionize the analysis of complex natural materials.

The Blake group applies innovative spectroscopic tools to investigate the chemical and physical processes that operate in natural environments ranging from the interstellar medium to the heart of living cells. The ultimate goal of this work is a detailed understanding of the evolution of molecular diversity from atoms in the interstellar medium or from simple chemical precursors in laboratory syntheses to complex molecules and aggregates throughout the solar system, in life, and in the devices utilized by man. We carry out both remote sensing and laboratory studies, and we are actively developing new spectrometers across the Terahertz (THz, 30-1000 μm) region of the electromagnetic spectrum, with active research in three major scientific areas.

Recent Group News

The Blake group adds four new members, Dr. Tony Karam, Cam Buzard, Alex Froebel, & Olivia Wilkins.

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Dr. Ian Finneran successfully defends his thesis "Terahertz and Microwave Spectroscopy of Liquids and Hydrogen-Bonded Clusters".

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The Blake Group welcomes four new graduate students and one postdoctoral scholar.

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Five current and former members of the Blake Group have been awarded postdoctoral fellowships for the following year, including the Hubble, Simons Foundation, NRC, and Beckman fellowships.

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The Blake Group's research "Discovery of the interstellar chiral molecule propylene oxide" is featured in Science.

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The Blake Group publishes "Coherent two-dimensional terahertz-terahertz-Raman spectroscopy" in PNAS.

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The Blake Group welcomes its two newest members Griffin Mead and Kewei Xu.

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