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Ronald Birke

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Ronald Birke


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B.S., University of North Carolina (Chapel Hill), 1961

Ph. D., Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 1965

Post Doctoral, University of Brussels, Belgium, 1965-66

Courses Taught

General Chemistry I : CHEM 10301

General Chemistry II : CHEM 10401

Physical Chemistry 1 : CHEM 33000

Physical Chemistry & Chemical Instrumentation CHEM:43400

Professional Experience

Professor, 1981 - present, The City College of CUNY

Associate Professor, 1974 - 1980, City College of CUNY

Associate Professor, 1972-74, University of South Florida

Assistant Professor, 1969-72, University of South Florida

Instructor, 1966-69, Harvard University

Research Interest

Electrochemistry: Electrode and homogeneous redox processes of

Vitamin B12 and porphyrins compounds . Reactions of NO with vitamin B12

compounds. Electron Transfer in biological systems.

Raman Spectroscopy : Surface Enhanced Raman spectroscopy (SERS):

vibrational spectroscopy of organic and biological molecules on surfaces.

Theoretical Chemistry: Ab Initio Electronic Structure Calculations of Molecules on

Surfaces and at Active Sites in Redox Enzymes.

Additional Information

Professional Membership:

Electrochemical Society, American Chemical Society, American Association for

Advancement of Science, Biophysical Society, New York Academy of Science, SEAC,

Sigma Xi.

Honors and Listings:

Alpha Chi Sigma Award, (UNC, 1958); NSF Undergraduate Research Program

(UNC,1960); Monsanto Fellowship in Chemistry (MIT,1964); Society of Sigma Xi

(1964); Belgium-American Educational Foundation Advanced Fellow (1966). Who's

Who in the East, 18th Ed., 1980. American Men and Women of Science, AA-C, Vol. 1,

16th Ed., 1986.

Grant Awards


Publications: last 10 years (98 in all)

79.  Birke, R. L.; Huang, Q; Spataru, T; Gosser, Jr., D. K. , “ Electroreduction of a Series of Alkylcobalamins:  Mechanism of Stepwise Reductive Cleavage of the Co-C Bond, J. Am Chem. Soc., 128, 1922-1936  (2006)

80. Birke, R. L.; Spataru, T,  “ The Effect of Solvent on the Electrode Process of Methylcobalamin as Studied by Cyclic Voltammetry, J. Electroanal. Chem. 593,74-86 (2006)

81.   Spataru, T.;  Birke, R. L. “ Carbon-Cobalt Bond Distance and Bond Cleavage in One-Electron Reduced Methylcobalamin: A Failure of the Conventional DFT Method, J. Phys. Chem. A,  8599-8604 (2006)

82. Wang, W.; Teslovva, T., Xu, F.; Spataru, T; Lombardi, J. R. , Birke, R. L., Leona, M. “ Raman and Surface Enhanced Raman of 3-Hyroxyflavone “J. Phys. Chem. C 111, 3038-3043 (2007).

83. Wang, W.; Spataru., T.; Lombardi, J. R.; Birke, R. L.  “ Time Resolved  Surface Enhanced Raman Scatterings Studies of 3-Hyroxyflavone  on a Ag  Electrode“ J. Phys. Chem. C 111, 3044-3052 (2007)

84. Teslovva, T.; Corredor, C; Livingstone , R. ;  Xu, F.; Spataru, T.; Lombardi, J. R. , Birke, R. L., Leona, M. “ Raman and Surface-Enhanced Raman Spectra of Flavone and Several Hydroxy Derivatives “, J. Raman Spectrosc. 38, 802-818, (2007)

85. Lombardi, R. L. and Birke, R. L. , “ Time-dependent picture of the charge-transfer contributions to surface Raman spectroscopy” , J. Chem. Phys. 126, 244709 (2007).

86. . Lombardi, R. L. and Birke, R. L., “ A Unified Approach to Surface-Enhanced Raman Spectroscopy” , J. Phys. Chem. C 112, 5605-5617 (2008)

87. Chenal, Cat ; Birke, R. L.;  Lombardi , J. R. “Determination of the Degree of Charge-Transfer Contributions to Surface Enhanced Raman Spectroscopy”, ChemPhysChem, 9, 1617-1623 (2008) .

88. Canamares, M. V.; Chenal, Cat; Birke, R. L.; Lombardi, J. R. “ DFT, SERS, and Single-Molecule SERS of Crystal Violet”,  J. Phys. Chem. C 112, 20295-20300 (2008).

89. Lombardi, J. R. ; Birke, R. L “ A Unified View of Surface-Enhanced Raman Scattering” Acc. of Chem. Res., 42, 734-742 ( 2009).

90. . Lombardi, J. R. and Birke, R. L., “ Excitation Profiles and Continuum in SERS: Identification  of Fano Line Shapes” , J. Phys. Chem. C 114, 7812-7815 (2010)

91.  Birke, R. L. ; Znamenskiy, V. ; Lombardi, J. L.  “ A Charge-transfer surface enhanced Raman scattering model from time-dependent density functional theory calculations on a Ag10-pyridine complex ” , J. Chem. Phys. 132 , 214707 (2010).

92. Lombardi, J. R.,  Birke, R. L., Haran, G., “ Single Molecule SERS Spectral Blinking and Vibronic Coupling”  , J. Phys. Chem. C 115, 4540-4545 (2011)

93. . Lombardi, J.R. and Birke, R. L., “The theory of surface-Enhanced Raman Scattering” , J. Chem. Phys. , 136, 144704 (2012)

94. Eisenberg, A.; Likhtina , Y.; Znamenskiy, V.; Birke , R. L. , “ Electronic Spectroscopy and Computational Studies of Glutathionylco(III)balamin” , J. Phys. Chem. A. , 116, 6851- 6869 (2012)

95. Lombardi, J. R.;  Birke, R. L. , “ Theory of Surface-Enhanced Raman Scattering Semiconductors”,  J. Phys. Chem. C 118, 11120-11130 (2014)

96. Birke, R. L. and  Lombardi, J. L., “ Simulation of SERS by a DFT study: a comparison of static and near-resonance Raman for 4-mercaptopyridine on small Ag clusters” , J. Opt. 17 114004 (14 pp) (2015)

97. Birke, R. L.; Lombardi, J. R. ; Saidi, W. A. , Norman, P. , “Surface Enhanced Raman Scattering due to Charge Transfer Resonances: a Time-Dependent Density Functional Theory Study of Ag13-4-Mercaptopyridine”, J. Phys. Chem. C , 120, ASAP (2016)

98. Sajan, A. ; Birke, R. L. , “The Reductive Cleavage Mechanism and Complex Stability of Glutathionyl-Cobalamin in Acidic Media”, Electroanalysis, 28 On-line version (2016)

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