Welcome to the de Vries lab

We use laser spectroscopy and mass spectrometry to shed light on intriguing questions:


What is the chemical origin of life?

Double resonance spectroscopy reveals details of fundamental interactions between isolated RNA bases.


What makes a peptide fold?

IR-R2PI spectroscopy together with quantum calulations identifies shapes of small peptides, isolated in the gas phase.


What did people drink 4000 years ago?

Laser mass spectrometry detects trace compounds for beverage residues in archeological artifacrs

  connical intersections

How is the machinery of life protected from UV radiative damage?

Sub-picosecond laser spectroscopy reveals DNA excited state dynamics.


University of California Santa Barbara
Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry
Professor Mattanjah S. de Vries
Office: (805) 893-5921
Lab: (805) 893-4720