David Beratan (Secondary)

Professor in the Department of Physics, Physics, Trinity College of Arts & Sciences 2013 -
Faculty Network Member of The Energy Initiative, Energy Initiative, Initiatives 2012 -
R.J. Reynolds Professor of Chemistry, Chemistry, Trinity College of Arts & Sciences 2001 -
Beratan Lab, Secondary Faculty
Research Interests: 

Computational Biology, Enzyme Mechanisms, Physical Biochemistry

Lab Location
The Department of Chemistry is located in the French Family Science Center (FFSC).
Office Location

5311 FFSC

(919) 660-1526

Dr. Beratan is developing theoretical approaches to understand the function of complex molecular and macromolecular systems, including: the molecular underpinnings of energy harvesting and charge transport in biology; the mechanism of solar energy capture and conversion in man-made structures; the nature of charge conductivity in naturally occurring nucleic acids and in synthetic constructs, including the photochemical repair of damaged DNA in extremophiles; CH bond activation by copper oxygenase enzymes; the flow of charge in bacterial appendages on the micrometer length scale; the theoretical foundations for inverse molecular design - the property driven discovery of chemical structures with optimal properties; the exploitation of molecular diversity in the mapping of molecular and materials "space"; the use of infra-red excitation to manipulate electron transport through molecules; the optical signatures of molecular chirality and the influence of chirality on charge transport. Prof. Beratan is affiliated with the Departments of Chemistry, Biochemistry, Physics, as well as Duke's programs in Computational Biology and Bioinformatics, Structural Biology and Biophysics, Nanosciences, and Phononics.


B.S., Duke University 1985

Ph.D., California Institute of Technology 1985