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Swarna Basu, Ph.D.
Associate Professor of Chemistry
Phone: 570-372-4223
Office Location: Natural Sciences Center - Rm 307 C
Office Hours:
11 a.m. – 12 p.m., M
2 p.m. – 3 p.m., TTH

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Academic Credentials:
PHD, Wesleyan University
MA, Wesleyan University
BA, Clark University

Basu teaches Physical Chemistry, General Chemistry and Nanoscience. He is primarily interested in molecular interactions. His research focuses on the detection and behavior of biomolecules (DNA and proteins) using fluorescence and laser spectroscopy. For example, is it possible to detect a unique DNA sequence that's found in the chromosome using metal complexes or nanoparticles? Or, what happens when a metal complex similar to a metalloenzyme comes within a very short distance (1 to 10 nanometers) of a protein?

Basu’s research projects include a significant amount of instrument development. The laser lab, which he runs with T. Wade Johnson, Ph.D., includes an experimental setup that was assembled by students and is routinely being updated and modified, depending on the experimental needs. A microscope capable of imaging samples and carrying out reactions on the microscale was implemented in 2008. In one type of reaction involving photochemistry, an excited photoactivator promotes the formation of micron-scale protein structures that can be used for tissue engineering and drug delivery purposes.

Under Basu’s guidance, students gain valuable hands-on experience in instrument development, project design and implementation, and data analysis and interpretation. Each semester, Basu has a number of students collaborating with him on research projects. Several students have presented their work at national and regional conferences, and students have co-authored papers that have been published in peer-reviewed journals such as The Journal of Physical Chemistry, Dalton Transactions and Photochemistry and Photobiology. Prior to coming to Susquehanna, Basu authored several peer-reviewed publications on gas-phase molecular dynamics, DNA interactions and photopolymerization of biomolecules for tissue engineering and drug delivery applications. He has received funding from the II-VI Foundation and the Spectroscopy Society of Pittsburgh.

Basu is a member of the American Chemical Society and Gamma Sigma Epsilon, a national chemistry honor society.


  • BIOL-560 Nanoscience
  • CHEM-102 General Chemistry II
  • CHEM-103 General Chemistry I Teams
  • CHEM-104 General Chemistry II Teams
  • CHEM-106 General Chemistry II Lab
  • CHEM-111 General Chemistry I Teams WS
  • CHEM-112 General Chemistry II Teams
  • CHEM-300 Nanoscience
  • CHEM-306 Nanoscience
  • CHEM-341 Physical Chemistry I
  • CHEM-342 Physical Chemistry II
  • CHEM-400 Research Experience
  • CHEM-500 Problems in Chemistry
  • CHEM-505 Seminar

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