Principal Investigator

Peter's photo high resolutionPeter M. Weber

Dean of the Graduate School, Brown University, 2010 – 2016
Chair, Department of Chemistry, Brown University, 2005-2010
Professor, Brown University, since 2001
Ph.D., 1987, The University of Chicago
Diplom, 1983, Universitat Karlsruhe, Germany

Current Postdocs & Graduate Students

stuart's photonStuart Crane
Research Associate
Ph.D. Physics
Heriot-Watt University


Nathan's photoNathan Goff
Graduate Student
B.S. Chemistry and Physics
Rhode Island College

Lisa's photoLisa Huang
Graduate Student
B.S. Chemistry
Wellesley College

Lingyu's photoLingyu Ma
Graduate Student
B.S. Chemistry
University of Science and Technology of China (USTC)

Thomas's photoThomas Northey
Research Associate
Ph.D. Chemistry
The University of Edinburgh

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Asami Odate
Graduate Student
B.A. Chemistry
Barnard College, Columbia University

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David Romano
Graduate Student
B.S. Chemistry
Western Connecticut State University



  • Dr. M. P. Minitti, SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory
  • Prof. A. Kirrander, University of Edinburgh, Scotland
  • Prof. H. Jónsson, University of Iceland
  • Prof. T. Sølling, University of Copenhagen, Denmark
  • Prof. D. Crittenden, University of Canterbury, New Zealand
  • Prof. B. Stankus, Western Connecticut State University
  • Prof. J. B. Hastings, Stanford, SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory
  • Dr. J. Geiser, Brown University
  • Dr. F. Rudakov, IPG Photonics

Past Doctoral Students

PhD Candidate
Grad. Year
First Position
Current Position
Dr. Xuan Xu 2022 Chemical Identification and Structural Dynamics with Rydberg Fingerprint Spectroscopy System Design Engineer at KLA System Design Engineer at KLA
Dr. Wenpeng Du 2021 Ultrafast Dynamics in Rydberg-excited Cyclic Organic Molecules Huawei Huawei
Dr. Haiwang Yong 2021 Excited-State Molecular Structures and Dynamics with Femtosecond X-Ray Scattering Postdoc, UCI Assistant Professor, UCSD
Dr. Jennifer Ruddock 2019 Ultrafast Kinetics Analysis of Gas-Phase Reactions using Ultrafast X-ray Scattering Data Science Fellow, NYC Data Science Academy Machine Learning Engineer, UES inc.
Prof. Brian Stankus 2018 Ultrafast Chemical Dynamics:  Photochemistry in Real Time Visiting Assistant Professor, Brown University Assistant Professor, Western Connecticut State University
Dr. Yan Gao 2016 Relaxation and Structural Dynamics in Select Polyatomic Molecules  Visiting Scientist, Weber Lab, Brown University Head of Data Science, China Rapid Finance
Dr. Yao Zhang 2016 Coherent Structural Dynamics of Rydberg-Excited Molecules Google Google
Dr. James Budarz 2015 Making a Molecular Movie: Imaging Ultrafast Reaction Dynamics with Gas-Phase X-Ray Scattering  Postdoctoral Researcher, Swiss Light Source, Ecole Polytechnique Federale de Lausanne  Data Scientist, American Express, NYC Data Science Academy
Dr. Xinxin Cheng 2015 Ultrafast Charge Localization and Delocalization in Diamines Postdoc, Univ. of Hamburg, Germany Associate Staff Scientist, LCLS, SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory
Dr. Christine Pemberton 2014 Reaction Paths of Photoinduced Electrocyclic Ring-Opening:
1,3-Cyclohexadiene and a-Terpinene
Patent Technical Advisor, Cooley LLP Patent Agent, Cooley LLP
Dr. Sanghamitra Deb 2012 Ultrafast structural dynamics of flexible, Rydberg excited molecular systems Postdoc, Duke Postdoc, UIUC
Prof. Jie Bao 2011 Ultrafast Photoelectron Spectroscopy and Mass Spectrometry as Probes for Structural Dynamics of Highly Excited Large Molecular Systems Postdoc, MIT Principal Investigator/Ph.D. Advisor, Tsinghua Univ & Visiting Associate in Physics, Caltech
Dr. Joseph Bush 2010 Rydberg Fingerprint Spectroscopy on Biomolecular Model Systems Postdoc, Brown Executive Director, Worcester CleanTech Incubator (WCTI)
Prof. Fedor Rudakov 2009 Electron Probes of Molecular Structure and Ultrafast Molecular Dynamics Wigner Fellow, Oak Ridge National Laboratory Laser Engineer, IPG Photonics
Dr. Job Cardoza 2007 Rydberg states as sensitive probes of molecular structure and dynamics Postdoc, MIT Assistant Director of Toxicology, Clinical Science Lab, Inc.
Dr. Mike Minitti 2007 Structural dispersion in hot molecules: applications of Rydberg fingerprint spectroscopy Postdoc, Princeton Staff Scientist and Group Leader, LCLS, SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory
Prof. Jaimie Gosselin 2006 Probing Structure & Dynamics via Rydberg Fingerprint Spectroscopy Adjunct Associate Professor of Chemistry, Providence College Adjunct Associate Professor of Chemistry, Providence College
Dr. Wei Cheng 2005 Rydberg fingerprint spectroscopy and its application to biologically relevant molecules Research Chemist, Stepan Company Analytical Manager, Firestone Building Products
Prof. Ray C. Dudek 2001 Pump-probe diffraction experiments of molecules in transient states Postdoc, Wellesley Associate Professor of Chemistry, Wittenburg Univ.
Prof. Carolyn P. Schick 2000 Femtosecond time-resolved photoelectron spectroscopy of phenol Professor of Chemistry, Montgomery College
Dr. Scott Carpenter 1998 Experimental adaptive optimization with genetic algorithms: Solving problems in mass spectrometry, optics, photoelectron spectrometry, and quantum control Postdoc, MIT
Prof. John Thompson 1997 Pump-probe low-energy electron diffraction Professor of Physics, University of Maine
Dr. Joseph D. Geiser 1997 Pump-Probe Gas-Phase Electron Diffraction Postdoc, Cornell Staff Scientist, Brown University
Dr. Byungjoo Kim 1994 The spectroscopy and photophysics of aniline, 2-aminopyridine and 3-aminopyridine Korea Research Inst. of Standards and Science
Dr. Napoleon Thantu 1993 Selectivity in the Optically Prepared States and Coherent Control of Statistical Limit Molecules Postdoc, Naval Research Lab MIT Lincoln Lab

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