A Quick Introduction

Our Research group utilizes a number of spectroscopic techniques towards investigating the optical properties and applications of novel organic macromolecular materials. A major emphasis is placed on the new properties observed in organic macromolecules with branching repeat structures as well as organic macromolecules encapsulated with small metal particles. These materials have been suggested to be candidates for variety of applications involving light emitting devices, artificial light harvesting, strong optical limiters, enhanced nonlinear optical effects, quantum optical effects and as sensors in certain organic and biological devices.

About Dr. Theodore Goodson, III

Richard Barry Bernstein Collegiate
Professor of Chemistry

Professor of Macromolecular Science and Engineering

Professor of Applied Physics
Ph.D., University of Nebraska
Postdoctoral, University of Chicago and University of Oxford


  • Research Corporation for Science Advancement Robert Holland Jr. Award, 2023
  • American Institute for Medical and Biological Engineering (AIMBE), 2021
  • Brown and Williamson Lecturer
  • AAAS Fellow
  • Distinguished Faculty Achievement Award
  • Lloyd Ferguson Lectureship
  • Engineering Translation Research Fund Award, 2011 (ETRF)
  • Sigma Xi Lectureship
  • Percy Julian Award
  • NFS American Innovation Fellowship
  • Executive Board, Physical Chemistry Devision ACS
  • Richard Barry Bernstein Collegiate Professorship of Chemistry
  • Petroleum Research Fund ACS Development Committee
  • University faculty Recognition in Excellence Award
  • Council for Institutional Cooperation Fellow, 2008
  • Advisory Board, Journal of the American Chemical Society
  • American Chemical Society Minority Mentorship Award
  • Senior Editor, Journal of Physical Chemistry
  • University Career Development Award
  • Lloyd Ferguson Young Scientist Award (NOBCCHE)
  • Alfred P. Sloan Foundation Fellow
  • The Camille and Henry Dreyfus Foundation Teacher-Scholar Award
  • National Science Foundation CAREER Award
  • College of Science Teaching Award
  • Army Research Office Young Investigator Award
  • Burroughs Welcome Fund Travel Award
  • National Research Council Ford Fellowship, University of Oxford, Oxford, UK