Matthew F. DeCamp

Assistant Professor
Department of Physics and Astronomy

University of Delaware

217 Sharp Laboratory
Newark, DE 19716

Phone: 302-831-2671
Fax: 302-831-1637
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  • Postdoctorate Fellow, Chemistry Department, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 2006
    Postdoctorate Fellow, Focus Research Center, University of Michigan, 2003
    Ph.D., Physics, University of Michigan, 2002
    B.A., Physics, Williams College, 1996

Research Overview:

One of the fundamental goals of the biophysical sciences is the understanding of the intermolecular forces that dictate structure.  Characterizing the dynamics of complex molecules is critical to understanding the function of many systems, including biological molecules and chemical reactions.  Developing tools that are able to measure both the temporal and spatial dynamics of these complex systems is critical to understanding their structure.  One such tool is time-resolved x-ray spectroscopy.

The DeCamp lab is focused on developing an ultrafast (sub-picosecond) x-ray source for measuring transient structure.  This source will be used to perform time-resolved x-ray diffraction and time-resolved x-ray absorption spectroscopic measurements on a large class of molecules, including transition metal complexes and small proteins.