Professional Bio


  • B.S. University of Texas at Arlington 1979
  • Ph.D. University of Texas at Austin 1987
  • Postdoctoral Fellow, University of Chicago 1987-1990

Professional Organizations

  • American Chemical Society
  • American Physical Society
  • American Association for the Advancement of Science

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Research & Scholarship

Research Interests

  • Computational and experimental studies of excited state dynamics in extended pi-systems
  • fluctuation-induced charge-transfer processes
  • quantum coherent processes in condensed phases


  • J.M. Jean and B.P. Krueger, Structural fluctuations and excitation transfer between adenine and 2-aminopurine in single-stranded deoxytrinucleotides, J. Phys. Chem. B. 110, 2899 (2006).
  • L. Kurz, B. Fite, J.M. Jean, T.R. Erpelding, P.R. Callis. Photophysics of tryptophan fluorescence: Link with the catalytic strategy of the citrate synthase from Thermoplasma acidopholum, Biochemistry 44 1394 (2005).
  • J.M. Jean, Stacking-unstacking dynamics of oligodeoxynucleotide trimers, Biochemistry 43, 10277 (2004).
  • J.M. Jean, K.B. Hall, 2-Aminopurine electronic structure and fluorescence properties in DNA, Biochemistry 41, 13152 (2002).
  • J.M. Jean, K.B. Hall, 2-aminopurine fluorescence quenching and lifetimes: Role of base-stacking, Proc. Natl. Acad. Sci. 98, 37 (2001).
  • J.M. Jean, K.B. Hall, Theoretical study of the excited state properties and transitions of 2-aminopurine in the gas phase and in solution, J. Phys. Chem. A. 104, 1930 (2000).
  • J. M. Jean, Excitation effects on the quantum dynamics of condensed phase two-dimensional electronically nonadiabatic processes, J. Phys. Chem. 102, 7549 (1998).