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Theodore Goodson III

Theodore Goodson III

Theodore Goodson III received his B. A. in 1991 from Wabash College and earned his Ph.D. in Chemistry at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln in 1996. After postdoctoral positions at the University of Chicago and at the University of Oxford, he accepted a position as Assistant Professor of Chemistry at Wayne State University in 1998. In 2004, he moved to the University of Michigan as Professor of Chemistry. In 2008, he was appointed as the Richard Barry Bernstein Professor of Chemistry at the University of Michigan.

Dr. Goodson’s research centers on the investigation of nonlinear optical and energy transfer in organic multi-chromophore systems for particular optical and electronic applications.  His research has been translated in to technology in the areas of two-photon organic materials for eye and sensor protection, large dielectric and energy storage effects in organic macromolecular materials, and the detection of energetic (explosive) devices by nonlinear optical methods. He has investigated new quantum optical effects in organic systems, which have applications in discrete communication systems and sensing. Professor Goodson has many awards for his research and has been a Senior Editor for The Journal of Physical Chemistry since 2007.