Seogjoo Jang, Ph.D.


Queens College

Research Interests

The Jang group conducts theoretical and computational research on energy and charge transfer dynamics in nanoscale molecular and biological systems. The major focus is on quantitative understanding and description of dynamical quantum effects. The range of research includes theory development, large scale computation, modeling of complex spectroscopic data, and development of coarse-grained models. Major issues addressed in the research have significant implications for energy conversion and storage, sensing, and biological imaging.

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Job History

  • 2018 – Current: Chair, Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry, Queens College
  • 2012 – Current: Professor of Chemistry, Queens College
  • 2010 – 2012: Associate Professor, Queens College
  • 2005 – 2009: Assistant Professor, Queens College
  • 2003 – 2005: Goldhaber Fellow, Brookhaven National Laboratory
  • 1999 – 2002: Postdoctoral Research Associate, MIT
  • 1994 – 1999: Ph.D., University of Pennsylvania


  • Effects of donor-acceptor quantum coherence and non-Markovian bath on the distance dependence of resonance energy transfer
    Seogjoo J. Jang
    Journal of Physical Chemistry C, 2019, 123, 5767-5775

  • Comparative computational study of electronic excitations of neutral and charged small oligothiphenes and their extrapolations based on simple models
    Marta Kowalczyk, Ning Chen, and Seogjoo J. Jang
    ACS Omega, 2019, 4, 5758-5767

  • Computational modeling of excitonbath Hamiltonians for light harvesting 2 and light harvesting 3 complexes of purple photosynthetic bacteria at room temperature
    Daniel Montemayor, Eva Rivera, and Seogjoo J. Jang
    Journal of Physical Chemistry B, 2018, 122, 3815-3825

  • Implications for human odor sensing revealed from the statistics of odorant-receptor interactions
    Ji Hyun Bak, Seogjoo J. Jang, and Changbong Hyeon
    PLOS Computational Biology, 2018, 14, e1006175

  • Delocalized excitons in natural light harvesting complexes
    Seogjoo J. Jang and Benedetta Mennucci
    Reviews of Modern Physics, 2018, 90, 035003

  • Robust and fragile quantum eects in the transfer kinetics of delocalized excitons between B850 units of LH2 complexes
    Seogjoo J. Jang
    Journal of Physical Chemistry Letters, 2018, 9, 6576-6583

  • Seogjoo Jang and Changbong Hyeon. Kinetic model for the activation of mammalian olfactory receptor. Journal of Physical Chemistry B, 2017, 121, 1304

  • Seogjoo Jang and Gregory A. Voth. Non-uniqueness of quantum transition state theory and general dividing surfaces in the path integral space. Journal of Chemical Physics, 2017, 146, 174106

  • S. Jang, S. Hoyer, G. Fleming and K.B. Whaley, Generalized Master Equation with Non-Markovian Multichromophoric Förster Resonance Energy Transfer for Modular Exciton Densities, Phys. Rev. Lett., 2014, 113, 188102.

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