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Charge and Energy Transfer Dynamics in Molecular Systems, 3rd, Revised and Enlarged Edition

ISBN: 978-3-527-63381-4
580 pages
April 2011
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This 3rd edition has been expanded and updated to account for recent developments, while new illustrative examples as well as an enlarged reference list have also been added. It naturally retains the successful concept of its predecessors in presenting a unified perspective on molecular charge and energy transfer processes, thus bridging the regimes of coherent and dissipative dynamics, and establishing a connection between classic rate theories and modern treatments of ultrafast phenomena.

Among the new topics are:
- Time-dependent density functional theory
- Heterogeneous electron transfer, e.g. between molecules and metal or semiconductor surfaces
- Current flows through a single molecule.

While serving as an introduction for graduate students and researchers, this is equally must-have reading for theoreticians and experimentalists, as well as an aid to interpreting experimental data and accessing the original literature.
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1 Introduction
2 Electronic and Vibrational Molecular States
3 Dynamics of Isolated and Open Quantum Systems
4 Interaction of Molecular Systems with Radiation Fields
5 Vibrational Dynamics: Energy Redistribution, Relaxation, and Dephasing
6 Intramolecular Electronic Transitions
7 Electron Transfer
8 Proton Transfer
9 Excitation Energy Transfer
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Volkhard May studied physics at Humboldt University, Berlin, and received his Ph.D. in Theoretical Physics in 1981, and his Habilitation at the College of Education, Güstrow, in 1987. He worked in the Department of Biophysics at the Institute of Molecular Biology in Berlin from 1987 to 1991, and has been a senior researcher at the Instiute of Physics, Humboldt University, since 1992. His current research activities focus on the theory of transfer phenomena in molecular nanostructures.

Oliver Kühn studied physics at Humboldt University, Berlin. After receiving his Ph.D. degree in Theoretical Physics in 1995, he worked as a postdoc first at the University of Rochester, USA, then at Lund University, Sweden. From 1997 to 2007, Prof. Kühn has been a senior researcher at the Institute of Chemistry, Free University Berlin, where he earned his habilitation in 2000. Since 2008 he is a Professor of Theoretical Physics at the University of Rostock. His current research interests lie in ultrafast spectroscopy and dynamics of condensed phase systems such as biomolecular hydrogen bonds and excitons in molecular aggregates.
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Recommendation of the second edition:
- This book by V. May and O. Kühn is a book that belongs onto the desk of anyone working on timely problems of energy and charge transfer in chemistry, physics and biological physics; in particular for all those that engage in research in molecular electronics.
(Prof. Peter Hänggi, Augsburg)


From reviews of the first edition:
- ... Eines der Hauptanliegen des Buches [ist] die systematische Darstellung auf einheitlicher theoretischer Grundlage ... mit dem Anspruch, jeweils bis an die Front der aktuellen Forschung zu führen. Das ist den Autoren in bemerkenswertem Maße gelungen.
(Zeitschrift für Physikalische Chemie)
- ... [Das Buch] ist nicht nur allen auf den behandelten Feldern aktiven Forschern, sonder auch allen an einer Übersicht über Grundlagen und neuere Entwicklungen Interessierten zu empfehlen.
(Zeitschrift für Physikalische Chemie)
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