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Bruce R. Johnson

Research Professor in Chemistry

The recent research in the Johnson group has been on multiscale computations, theoretical chemistry and surface-enhanced spectroscopies such as Raman scattering (SERS), fluorescence (SEF) and Raman optical activity (SEROA). A stint at the NSF covered the broader areas of nanochemistry and chemical theory. Johnson's current interests include improving wavelet basis techniques for describing local fields surrounding plasmonic nanoparticles, dimerization reactions for ligands attached to these nanoparticles, and formation of conducting chains of single-walled carbon nanotubes due to RF electric field radiated from a Tesla coil (Teslaphoresis). The forces in chain formation are not completely understood, and electromagnetic simulations are being implemented to investigate them.


Richard Lombardini, Ramiro Acevedo, Alexander Kuczala, Kerry P. Keys, Carl P. Goodrich, Bruce R. Johnson Higher-oder wavelet reconstruction/differentiation filters and Gibbs phenomena.  Journal of Computational Physics, 305: 244-262

R. Acevedo, R. Lombardini and B. R. Johnson, "Matrix-Free Application of Hamiltonian Operators in Coifman Wavelet Bases," J. Chem. Phys. 132, 244112 (2010)

R. Lombardini, R. Acevedo, N. J. Halas and B. R. Johnson, "Plasmonic Enhancement of Raman Optical Activity in Molecules Near Metal Nanoshells: Theoretical Comparison of Circular Polarization Methods," J. Phys. Chem. C (Martin Moskovits Festschrift) 114, 7390-7400 (2010)

Lindsey R. Bornhoeft,Aida C. Castillo, Preston R. Smalley, Carter Kittrell, Dustin K. James, Bruce E. Brinson, Thomas R. Rybolt, Bruce R. Johnson, Tonya K. Cherukuri, and Paul Cherukuri Teslaphoresis of Carbon Nanotubes.  ACS Nano (submitted)

Bruce R Johnson, Carter Kittrell, Paul Cherukuri Theory of Forces in Teslaphoresis of Carbon Nanotubes.  To be submitted

R. L. Lombardini, R. Acevedo, A. Kuczala, K. Keys, C. P. Goodrich, and B. R. Johnson Higher-order wavelet reconstruction/differentiation filters and Gibbs phenomena.  J. Comp. Phys., 305 2016: 4873-4881

L. R. Boenhoeft, A. C. Castillo, P. R. Smalley, C. Kittrell, D. K. James, B. E. Brinson, T. R. Rybolt, B. R. Johnson, T. K. Cherukuri and P. Cherukuri Teslaphoresis of Carbon Nanotubes.  ACS Nano, 10 2016: 4873-4881

R. Acevedo, R. Lombardini, and B. R. Johnson Matrix-free application of Hamiltonian operators in Coifman wavelet bases.  J. Chem. Phys., 132 2010: 244112

R. L. Lombardini, R. Acevedo, N. J. Halas, and B. R. Johnson Plasmonic enhancement of Raman optical activity in molecules near metal nanoshells: Theoretical comparison of circular polarization methods.  J. Phys. Chem. C, 114 2010: 7390-7400

R. Acavedo, R. L. Lombardini, N. J. Halas, and B. R. Johnson Plasmonic enhancement of Raman optical activity in molecules near metal nanoshells.  J. Phys. Chem. A, 113 2009: 13173-13183

D. W. Massey, R. Acevedo and B. R. Johnson Additions to the class of symmetric-antisymmetric multiwavelets: Derivation and use as quantum basis functions.  J. Chem. Phys., 124 2006: 014101

S. W. Bishnoi, C. J. Rozell, C. S. Levin, M. K. Gheith, B. R. Johnson, D. H. Johnson and N. J. Halas All-Optical Nanoscale pH Meter.  NanoLetters, 6 2006: 1687-1692

J. W. Gibson and B. R. Johnson Density matrix calculation of surface enhanced Raman scattering for p-mercaptoaniline on silver nanoshells.  J. Chem. Phys., 124 2006: 064701

C. D. Griffin, R. Acevedo, D. W. Massey, J. L. Kinsey and B. R. Johnson Multimode wavelet basis calculations via the molecular self-consistent-field plus configuration-interaction method.  J. Chem. Phys., 124 2006: 134105

D. K. Sparks and B. R. Johnson Two-dimensional quantum propagation using wavelets in space and time.  J. Chem. Phys., 125 2006: 114104

E. K. Lewis, W. C. Haaland, F. Nguyen, D. A. Heller, M. J. Allen, R. R. MacGregor, C. S. Berger, B. Willingham, L. A. Burns, G. B. I. Scott, C. Kittrell, B. R. Johnson, R. F. Curl and M. L. Metzker Color Blind Fluorescence Detection for Four-Color DNA Sequencing.  Proc. Natl. Acad. Sci., 102 2005: 5346-5351

H. Wang, R. Acevedo, H. Molle, J. L. Mackey, J. L. Kinsey and B. R. Johnson Multiscale quantum propagation using compact support wavelets in space and time.  J. Chem. Phys., 121 2004: 7647-7657

Thierry A. Wasserman, Patrick H. Vaccaro, Johnson, B. The influence of finite bandwidth excitation sources in degenerate four-wave mixing spectroscopy.  J. Chem. Phys., 116 2002: 10099-10121

A. Maloney, Kinsey, J., Johnson, B. Wavelets in curvilinear coordinate quantum calculations: H2+ electronic states.  J. Chem. Phys., 117 2002: 3548-3557

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  • B.A. magna cum laude Chemistry, Mathematics, Physics (1975) University of Minnesota
  • Ph.D. Chemistry (1981) University of Wisconsin
  • Smalley-Curl Institute
  • Nanophotonics, surface-enhanced Raman scattering and optical activity, nanoparticle dielectrophoresis, boundary integral equations, wavelets in quantum and electrodynamic propagation, linear and nonlinear optical spectroscopy, atomic and molecular physics
Email: johnson@rice.edu
Phone: (713) 348-5103
Office: MD Anderson Biological Lab, 320