The Beck Laboratory

Professor Warren F. Beck

We investigate photophysical and photochemical processes in photosynthetic light-harvesting proteins and nanomaterials using broad-band two-dimensional electronic spectroscopy (2DES). Our current focus in the light harvesting area is on carotenoid-containing proteins, including the peridinin–chlorophyll a protein from dinoflagellates and the orange carotenoid protein from cyanobacteria. We have recently begun a new initiative to apply 2DES to study quantum coherent exciton relaxation processes in CdSe quantum dots.


1 September 2019. The Beck laboratory acknowledges renewed support (award DE-SC0010847) from the BES/CSGB Photosynthetic Systems Program at the Department of Energy .

The Beck laboratory also acknowledges a new grant (award CHE-1904655) from the Chemistry of Life Processes (CLP) Program of the National Science Foundation.

17 August 2018. New publication:

Structural Tuning of Quantum Decoherence and Coherent Energy Transfer in Photosynthetic Light Harvesting.

Roscioli et al., J. Phys. Chem. Lett. 2018, 9, 5071–5077.

18 January 2018. New publication:

Fluorescence and Excited-State Conformational Dynamics of the Orange Carotenoid Protein.

Gurchiek et al., J. Phys. Chem. B 2018, 122, 1792–1800.

2 October 2017. New publication:

Quantum Coherent Excitation Energy Transfer By Carotenoids in Photosynthetic Light Harvesting.

Roscioli et al., J. Phys. Chem. Lett. 2017, 8, 5141-5147.

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.

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