Wu, Eric



Eric C. Wu received his B.S. in Chemistry at the University of California, Berkeley in 2011. As an undergraduate, he performed undergraduate research in Professor Andrew Streitwieser’s lab and Professor Richard J. Saykally’s lab.  In the Streitwieser lab, he studied the kinetic and equilibrium lithium acidities of arenes and substituted arenes using computational chemistry.  In the Saykally lab, he probed ions at liquid interfaces using sum frequency generation and second harmonic generation.  After graduating from Berkeley, he received his Ph.D. degree in Physical chemistry and Computational Chemistry in 2017.  Under the direction of Professor Linda A. Peteanu and Professor Hyung J. Kim, he studied the structural and dynamic heterogeneities in ionic liquids using molecular dynamic simulation and fluorescence correlation spectroscopy. 

After receiving his Ph.D., he was a postdoctoral researcher at the University of California, Berkeley for three years under the direction of Professor Graham R. Fleming.  In the Fleming lab, he studied the relaxation of triphenylmethane dyes and the energy transfer in photosynthetic reaction centers using two-dimensional electronic-vibrational spectroscopy.  In the Fleming lab, he also helped build a spectrometer that uses entangled photons.  Currently, he is a postdoctoral researcher at UCLA under the direction of Professor Benjamin J. Schwartz.  He studies the dynamics of solvated electrons using transient absorption spectroscopy and the thermodynamics of doped conjugated polymers using simulations.  Starting the Winter 2021 quarter, he is teaching physical chemistry.

Honors & Awards

  • Chemistry Department TA of the year (Carnegie Mellon University, 2013, 2014)
  • Hugh D. Young Graduate Student Teaching Award (Carnegie Mellon University, 2015)

Representative Publications

  • Voss, M.G.; Challa, J.R.; Scholes, D.T.; Yee, P.Y.; Wu, E.C.; Liu, X.; Park, S.J.; Ruiz, O.L.; Subramaniyan, S.; Chen, M.; Jenekhe, S.; Wang, X.; Tolbert, S.H.; Schwartz, B.J. Driving Force and Optical Signatures of Bipolaron Formation in Chemically Doped Conjugated Polymers, Adv. Mater. 2021, 33, 2000228
  • Fleming, G.R.; Lewis, N.H.C.; Arsenault, E.A.; Wu, E.C.; Oldemeyer, S. (2019) Two-Dimensional Electronic Vibrational Spectroscopy. In: Cho M. (eds) Coherent Multidimensional Spectroscopy. Springer Series in Optical Sciences, vol 226. Springer, Singapore
  • Wu, E.C.; Arsenault, E.A.; Bhattacharyya, P.; Lewis, N.H.C.; Fleming, G.R. Two-Dimensional Electronic Spectroscopy and Ultrafast Excitonic and Vibronic Photosynthetic Energy Transfer. Faraday Discussions, 2019, 216, 116-132.
  • Wu, E.C.; Ge, Q.; Arsenault, E.A.; Lewis, N.H.C.; Gruenke, N.L.; Head-Gordon, M.; Fleming, G.R. Two-Dimensional Electronic-Vibrational Spectroscopic Study of Conical Intersection Dynamics: an Experimental and Electronic Structure Study. Physical Chemistry Chemical Physics, 2019, 21, 14153-14163.
  • Wu, E.C.; Stubbs, R.E.; Peteanu, L.A.; Jemison, R.; McCullough, R.D.; Wildeman, J. Detection of Ultra-Low Concentrations of Non-Emissive Conjugated Polymer Aggregates via Fluorescence Correlation Spectroscopy. The Journal of Physical Chemistry B, 2017, 121, 5413–5421.
  • Wu, E.C.; Kim, H.J.; Peteanu, L.A. Spectroscopic and MD Study of Dynamic and Structural Heterogeneities in Ionic Liquids. The Journal of Physical Chemistry B, 2017, 121, 1100–1107.
  • Wu, E.C.; Kim, H.J. MD Study of Stokes Shift in Ionic Liquids: Temperature Dependence. The Journal of Physical Chemistry B, 2016, 120, 4464–4653.
  • Streitwieser, A.; Leong, Y.H.; Wu, E.C.; Zhang, X. Kinetic and Equilibrium Lithium Acidities of Substituted Toluenes: Semitheoretical Brönsted Correlations. The Journal of Organic Chemistry, 2013, 78, 1971–1976.
  • Streitwieser, A.; Facchetti, A.; Xie, L.; Zhang, X.; Wu, E.C. Ion Pair pKs of some Amines: Extension of the Computed Lithium pK Scale. The Journal of Organic Chemistry, 2012, 77, 985–990.
  • Streitwieser, A.; Shah, K.; Reyes, J.R.; Zhang, X.; Davis, N.R.; Wu, E.C. Kinetic and Equilibrium Lithium Acidities of Arenes: Theory and Experiment. Journal of Physical Chemistry A, 2010, 114, 8793–8797.