Hunt, Ryan

Physical Chemistry

Contact Information

3077E Young Hall
(310) 825-1853

Short Biography

Ryan received his B.S. in Chemistry with a minor in Mathematics from Centre College in 2015 and his Ph.D. in Physical Chemistry from the University of Southern California in 2021, where he studied excited state proton and electron transfer reactions under Professor Jahan Dawlaty. He is currently a physical chemistry lecturer at UCLA.

Honors & Awards

  • Burg Teaching Fellowship (USC, 2020)
  • NSF Graduate Research Fellowship (USC, 2016 – 2019)
  • DAAD RISE Research Fellowship (Centre, 2013)



  • “Kinetic Evidence for the Necessity of Two Proton Donor Molecules for Successful Excited State Proton Transfer by a Photobase”
    Hunt, J.R.; Dawlaty, J.M. J. Phys. Chem. A. 2019.
  • “Photochemistry of 2-Nitroarenes: 2-Nitrophenyl-α-trifluoromethyl Carbinols as Synthons for Fluoroorganics”
    Belligund, K.; Mathew, T.; Hunt, J.R.; Nirmalchandar, A.; Haiges, R.; Dawlaty, J.M.; Surya Prakash, G.K. J. Am. Chem. Soc. 2019.
  • “Donor-acceptor preassociation, excited state solvation threshold, and optical energy cost as challenges in chemical applications of photobases”
    Hunt, J.R.; Tseng, C.; Dawlaty, J.M. Faraday Discussions. 2019.
  • “Optical pKa Control in a Bifunctional Iridium Complex”
    Demianets, I.; Hunt, J.R.; Dawlaty, J.M.; Williams, T. J. Organometallics. 2019.
  • “Photodriven Deprotonation of Alcohols by a Quinoline Photobase”
    Hunt, J.R.; Dawlaty, J.M. J. Phys. Chem. A. 2018.
  • “Proton Capture Dynamics in Quinoline Photobases: Substituent Effect and Involvement of Triplet States”
    Driscoll, E.W.; Hunt, J.R.; Dawlaty, J.M. J. Phys. Chem A. 2017.
  • “Solvent Thermodynamic Driving Force Controls Stacking Interactions between Polyaromatics”
    Rury, A. S.; Ferry, C.; Hunt, J. R.; Lee, M.; Mondal, D.; O’Connell, S. M. O.; Phan, E. N. H.; Peng, Z.; Pokhilko, P.; Sylvinson, D.; Zhou, Y.; Mak, C. H. J. Phys Chem. C. 2016.
  • “Photobasicity in Quinolines: Origin and Tunability via the Substituents’ Hammett Parameters”
    Driscoll, E. W.; Hunt, J. R.; Dawlaty, J. M. J. Phys. Chem. Lett. 2016.