Montana State University

Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry

Bern Kohler
Ultrafast Laser Spectroscopy, DNA Photophysics and Photochemistry, Solar Energy Conversion

Bern Kohler

Office: Room 49 Chemistry & Biochemistry Building
Lab: Room 52 Chemistry and Biochemistry Building

P.O. Box 173400
Bozeman, MT 59717
Ph: 406-994-7931
Fax: 406-994-5407
Research Group Website
Research Summary

B.S. in Chemistry, Stanford University, 1985
Ph.D. in Physical Chemistry, MIT, 1990
Postdoctoral Researcher, ETH Zürich, Switzerland, 1990 - 92
Postdoctoral Researcher, University of California, San Diego, 1992 - 1995
Assistant, Associate, Full Professor, The Ohio State University, 1995 - 2009
Professor, Montana State University, 2009 - present


Awards and Professional Activities:
Co-Vice Chair (2009) and Co-Chair (2012) of Electronic Spectroscopy & Dynamics Gordon Research Conference, Co-Vice Chair (2011) and Co-Chair (2013) of Photochemistry Gordon Research Conference
Arts and Sciences Outstanding Teaching Award Finalist, Ohio State University, 2009.
Visiting Professor Fellowship, Aarhus University, Århus, Denmark, June-July, 2008.
Sabbatical Fellowship from the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation, 2004 - 2005.
Organizing Committee Chair for the 2004 Beckman Frontiers of Science Symposium sponsored by the National Academy of Sciences
Associate Editor, Photochemistry and Photobiology, 2004 - present


1. Chen, J.; Thazhathveetil, A. K.; Lewis, F. D.; Kohler, B. Ultrafast
excited-state dynamics in hexaethyleneglycol-linked DNA homoduplexes
made of A×T base pairs. _J. Am. Chem. Soc._ 2013, _135_, 10290-10293.

2. Zhang, Y.; Chen, J.; Kohler, B. Hydrogen Bond Donors Accelerate
Vibrational Cooling of Hot Purine Derivatives in Heavy Water. _J. Phys.
Chem. A_ 2013, _117_, 6771-6780.

3 . Su, C.; Middleton, C. T.; Kohler, B. Base-Stacking Disorder and
Excited-State Dynamics in Single-Stranded Adenine Homo-oligonucleotides.
_J. Phys. Chem. B_ 2012, _116_, 10266-10274.

4. Takaya, T.; Su, C.; de La Harpe, K.; Crespo-Hernández, C. E.;
Kohler, B. UV Excitation of Single DNA and RNA Strands Produces High
Yields of Exciplex States between Two Stacked Bases. _Proc. Natl. Acad.
Sci. U.S.A._ 2008, _105_, 10285-10290.

5. Crespo-Hernández, C. E.; Cohen, B.; Kohler, B. Base stacking
controls excited-state dynamics in A·T DNA. _Nature_ 2005 _436_,

Spectroscopy, Physical, Biophysical

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