Ronald Birke


Main Affiliation

Chemistry and Biochemistry


Marshak Science Building







Ronald Birke


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)