Science Off CameraPodcast

Episode 21: Prof. Chris Cheatum

Chris Cheatum is a Professor of Chemistry at the University of Iowa. Prof. Cheatum (@ccheatum_uiowa) runs an ultrafast laser lab focusing on a spectroscopic technique called 2D IR spectroscopy.

Tune into this episode of Science Off Camera to hear Prof. Cheatum share how he got involved in science and research, the amazing properties of enzymes, his work with spectroscopy, and the joy of sharing his research and what scientists do with students as young as school level.

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I remember the day we took the first 2D IR spectrum in the group, to collect the spectrum took 24 hours, just to get one single 2D IR spectrum of the brightest thing you can possibly measure! I mean, I could do that experiment now in 10 milliseconds.


The Cheatum Research Group studies chemical structure and dynamics using 2D IR spectroscopy: “We use lasers to excite molecular vibrations to learn about how the molecules move and how those motions affect the molecule’s reactivity. Use the links above to find out more about our current projects, the people in the group, and to find our recent publications.”


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