The Beck Laboratory

Professor Warren F. Beck

We are studying photophysical and photochemical processes in photosynthetic light-harvesting proteins and relevant model systems using femtosecond multidimensional spectroscopy. Our current focus is on carotenoid-containing proteins, including the peridinin–chlorophyll a protein from dinoflagellates and the orange carotenoid protein from cyanobacteria.


2 January 2017. New publication:

Excitation Energy Transfer by Coherent and Incoherent Mechanisms in the Peridinin–Chlorophyll a Protein.

Ghosh et al., J. Phys. Chem. Lett. 2017, 8, 463-469.

1 September 2016. The Beck laboratory acknowledges renewed support from the DOE/BES Photosynthetic Systems program (award DE-SC0010847).

29 August 2016. New publication:

Torsional dynamics and intramolecular charge transfer in the S2 (11Bu+) excited state of peridinin: a mechanism for enhanced mid-visible light harvesting.

Ghosh et al., J. Phys. Chem. Lett. 2016, 7, 3621–3626.

28 March 2016. New publication:

Femtosecond heterodyne transient grating studies of nonradiative deactivation of the S2 (11Bu+) state of peridinin: detection and spectroscopic assignment of an intermediate in the decay pathway.

Ghosh et al., J. Phys. Chem. B 2016, 120, 3601-3614.

1 January 2015. Installation of a new femtosecond laser system, consisting of a high-repetition rate Yb amplifier (Spectra-Physics Spirit), computer controlled noncollinear parametric amplifier (NOPA, Spectra-Physics Spirit-3H), and a pair of adaptive pulse shapers (Biophotonics Solutions FemtoJock and FemtoJockP). The system was obtained with funds provided by the Office of the Vice President for Research and Graduate Studies at Michigan State University.

Contact Information

Professor Warren F. Beck
Department of Chemistry
Michigan State University
578 S. Shaw Lane, Room 3 Chemistry
East Lansing, Michigan 48824–1322 USA
email: See directory listing
Telephone: 517-353-1137

Graduate Students office, Room 4 Chemistry
Telephone: 517-353-1130

Laser Laboratory, Room 52 Chemistry
Telephone: 517-353-1188

Prep Laboratory, Room 16 Chemistry
Telephone: 517-353-1150