I am currently a PhD student in physical chemistry studying at the University of Colorado under Niels Damrauer. My studies focus on controlling electron transfer reactions through molecular design and shaped laser pulses in photoactive materials with solar energy applications. In other words, I design molecules so they can efficiently store and use solar energy.

I have a strong interest in science education, communication, and science and technology policy. I’ve started this blog in a hope to explain my research goals to a broader audience, and provide a place to learn about energy research, from the micro scale of molecules to the macro scale of wind turbines and solar panels.


Joshua T. Hewitt, Paul J. Vallett, Niels H. Damrauer. “Dyanmics of 3MLCT in Ru(II) Terpyridyl Complexes Probed by Ultrafast Spectroscopy: Evidence of Excited-State Equilibrium and Interligand Electron Transfer.” Journal of Physical Chemistry A. 2012. In Press. DOI: 10.1021/jp308091t

Sydney Kaufman, Paul Komor, Blake Langdon, and Paul Vallett. “Electricity Storage in Regulated Markets: Getting the Rules Right.” The Electricity Journal. 2011, 24, pp 63-71. DOI: 10.1016/j.tej.2011.06.006

Paul J. Vallett and Niels H. Damrauer. “Computational Exploration of Heterolytic Halogen-Carbon Bond Scission Photoreactions in Ruthenium Polypyridyl Complexes.” Journal of Physical Chemistry A. 2011, 115, pp 3122-3132. DOI: 10.1021/ja1055559

Heather A. Meylemans, Joshua T. Hewitt, Mirvat Abdelhaq, Paul J. Vallett, and Niels H. Damrauer. “Exploiting Conformational Dynamics to Facilitate Formation and Trapping of Electron-Transfer Photoproducts in Metal Complexes.” Journal of the American Chemical Society. 2010, 132, pp 11464-11466. DOI: 10.1021/ja1055559


Jamie Snyder, Paul Vallett, Carsten Habenicht, Ryan Michael, Tarek Sammakia, Niels Damrauer. “Exploration of Thermodynamic Properties in New Singlet Fission Molecular Systems for Controlling Photochemical Transformations.” Poster presentation. Singlet Fission Workshop, Lyons, CO, June 2012.

Paul J. Vallett and Niels H. Damrauer. “Heterolytic Halogen-Carbon Bond Scission in Ruthenium Polypyridyl Complexes.” Poster presentation. 242nd National American Chemical Society Meeting, Denver, CO, August 2011.

Paul J. Vallett and Niels H. Damrauer. “Computational Exploration of Novel Photoreactions Involving Halogenated Ruthenium Polypyridyl Complexes.” Poster presentation. Materials Research Society Fall Meeting, Boston, MA, November 2010.

6 responses »

  1. Great blog! I to am interested in science education and energy awareness and it’s importance in economics and public policy.

  2. Eddie says:

    Just found this blog, looking great already!🙂

    Good to see there are chemistry blogs out there..

  3. Dirk Fabian says:

    Your writing and topics are funny and informative, keep going!

  4. Don Clark says:

    Neat site – great science communication

  5. Ballerrrrrr. Lovin’ the blog, PV. Keep it up.

  6. Awesome blog!😀 I’ve been looking for a fun sciency blog!🙂 Good work!

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