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Entering the World of Chemical Dynamics

Dmitry Polyansky

I gained my first research experience in chemistry in my undergraduate Alma Mater – Mendeleyev University in Moscow. Back at Mendeleyev I was involved in a series of projects on radiation chemistry, a field closely related to photochemistry. As a student at Mendeleyev University I heard about the program they had at the Center for Photochemical Sciences in the U.S. I got most of my knowledge in photochemical sciences here at Bowling Green, where I came in 2001.

I pretty much knew what I would like to do ever since I arrived here. I always liked physical chemistry, especially chemical dynamics. I had a great opportunity to extend my interests to kinetics and spectroscopy (thanks to the unique facilities) and obtain more experience in organic synthesis. Right now my main research interests are focused on, but not limited to, studying the fast dynamics of transient species produced by the interaction of light with organic matter. Typically, this includes the design and synthesis of the target compounds, their characterization, and study by means of variable spectroscopy techniques. The latter involves the use of known methods as well as designing new setups and modifying others, which requires basic knowledge of electronics and programming.

Dmitry Polyansky

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