The Anderson Group

Short Biography

I was born on the east coast and spent my early years zig-zagging in a westerly direction, finishing high school on the Texas gulf coast. I got my B. A. from Rice University in Houston, spending three very enjoyable years in Phil Brooks' Molecular Beam Lab there. After a brief stint in the Thermal Physics lab at Dow Chemical, I migrated on to graduate school at Berkeley, completing a Ph.D. with Yuan T. Lee in 1981. I learned how to play with lasers during a postdoc stay in the Zare lab at Stanford, then joined the chemistry faculty at SUNY Stony Brook in 1983. In March 1995 the Anderson group packed our bags (and two moving vans) and hauled the whole lab to the U of Utah.

At various times I have also spent extended periods at the Institute for Molecular Science (Okazaki) and Genesis Research Institute (Tokyo) in Japan, the Physics Departments of the University of Freiburg and University of Köln, Germany, and L.U.R.E. at the University of Paris in Orsay. I enjoy nordic and alpine skiing, mountain biking, hiking, camping, and most other outdoor activities.


Current Grad Students

  • William Kunkel
  • Brandon McMahon
  • Matthew Kane
  • Eric T. Baxter
  • Collin Howder
  • Yang Dai
  • Timothy Gorey
  • Jiang Yu
  • Alexander von Weber (visiting from Konstanz, Germany)

Current Undergrad/High School Students

  • Daniel Johnston
  • Ryan Johnson
  • Jessica Gonzalez

Current Postdocs/Visitors

Past Graduate Students

  • Luke Hanley Ph. D. May, 1988
  • Thomas M. Orlando Ph. D. August 1988
  • Baorui Yang Ph. D. August 1990
  • Steven A. Ruatta Ph. D. August 1990
  • James M. Christian Ph. D. August 1992
  • Zhimin Wan Ph. D. December 1992
  • Paul A. Hintz Ph. D. December 1992
  • Marianne Sowa Ph. D. December 1994
  • Jui-tsen Huang MS December 1994
  • Jason Smolanoff MS May 1995
  • Yu-hui Chiu Ph. D. May 1996
  • Hunghsin Fu Ph. D. August 1997
  • Sarah Sambasivan, Ph. D. May 1997
  • Ajith Wijayawardhan MS June 1997
  • Marcus Menzel 2 quarter rotation for Diplomarbeit 1997
  • Yousef Basir Ph. D. September 1997
  • Zhi Li Ph. D. May 1999
  • Adam Lapicki Ph. D. May 2000
  • Hotae Kim Ph. D. May 2001
  • Marian Popescu M.S. May 2001
  • Masato Aizawa Ph.D. May 2003
  • Shamit Nakra M.S.(Chem Eng) May 2004
  • Sungsik Lee Ph.D. Dec. 2004
  • Jae-wook Choi (visiting student from Seoul Nat. Univ. 2001-2002)
  • Brady Uselman Ph.D. May 2007
  • Tianpin Wu Ph.D. Aug 2009
  • Brian van Devener Ph.D. Aug 2009
  • William Kaden Ph.D. Aug 2010
  • Jason Boyle Ph.D. Dec. 2010
  • Darby K. Lewis M.S. May 2011
  • Mark Wirth M.S. May 2012
  • Jesus Paulo Perez, Ph.D. May 2013
  • David Bell, Ph.D. May 2013
  • F. Sloan Roberts, Ph.D. May 2013

Past Postdocs/Visiting Scientists

  • Zhong-kao Jin / Physics Dept. Fudan University 9/86 - 12/87
  • Su-yu Chiang / SRRC Taipei 8/93 - 7/94
  • Jorg Glathaar / Univ. Giessen (Maier) 1/94 - 2/95
  • Jurgen Eckwert / Univ Giessen (Maier) 10/94 - 9/95
  • Dilrukshi Peiris / Univ. Florida (Eyler) 1/95 - 7/96
  • Hanae Haouari / City College (Lindsay/Lombardi) 2/97-1/98
  • Jun Qian / Rochester (Farrar) 8/95 - 6/98
  • Kevin J. Boyd / Houston (Rabalais) 9/96-7/99
  • Travis Taylor / Berkeley (Neumark) 1/00-7/00
  • Richard Green / Stanford (Zare) 5/97-12/01
  • Prof. Jihwa Lee Seoul National University 9/01 - 8/02
  • Jae-wook Choi Seoul Nat. University (student) 9/01 - 3/02
  • Lu Jun USTC visiting student 1/03 - 12/03 1
  • Chaoyang Fan Fritz-Haber-Institut der MPG (Jacobi) 5/03 - 7/05
  • Dae-Jung Kim - Seoul Nat. University 9/2009 - 7/2012
  • Juan Wang – Cornell, 5/2009 – 12/2012
  • Sebastian Proch - Konstanz, 12/2011 – 12/2012

Past Undergraduates (High School Students)

  • May Calingo / Chem 1984-1985
  • Leigh Smith / Chem 1985-1986
  • Wilson Moya / Chem 1985-1986
  • Joel Lynnaugh / Chem 1986-1987
  • Mohammad H. Eslami / Chem/Biochem. 1984-1987
  • Susan Gabusi / Chem 1985-1987
  • Harry Guttman / Chem 1986-1987
  • Peter Liao / EE 1987-1988
  • John Rodriguez / EE 1987-1989
  • George Tsepetis / Chem 1989-1990
  • Ilyse Goldman / Chem 1990-1992
  • Nichole Kline / Chem (REU W. Kentucky University) Summer 1993
  • Kevin Steppe / Chem (REU Grinnell) Summer 1996
  • Thomas M. Cantrell / Chem Eng 1997-1998
  • Chad Adams / Chem (exchange U. Alabama, Tuscaloosa) 1997
  • Brent Mantooth / Chem/CompSci (REU Mercer U, Macon GA)Summer 1998
  • Ben Varco-Merth / Chem (REU Whitman College, WA) Summer 2001
  • Brian Van Devener / Chem (U of Utah) 2001
  • Jason Boyle / Chem (Eastern Michigan) summer 2003
  • David Bell Chem (REU U. Wisc) Summer 2007
  • Christian Morris Chem Spring 2008
  • Darby Lewis Chem Fall 2008 -Aug 2009
  • Ethan H. Volpa Chem Phys May 2009- Aug 2010
  • Bao Nguyen AMES Summer 2007
  • Emma Van Burns Roland Hall Summer 2009
  • Ashley Beckstead/ Chem 2010-2011
  • Eric T. Baxter/Chem 2010-2011
  • Clayton Edgerton / Chem 2011-2012
  • Michael Rosenfelder Physics Uni Konstanz 2013