Graham Fleming
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Graham Fleming

Graham R. Fleming is a Professor of Chemistry at the University of California, Berkeley and member of the Kavli Energy NanoScience Institute based at UCB.[1][2]

Fleming's team is known for developing and using techniques in advanced multidimensional, ultrafast spectroscopy to study complex condensed phase dynamics in systems including natural photosynthetic complexes and nanoscale systems including single-walled carbon nanotubes[3][4] and organic photovoltaic systems.[5]

These investigations and the findings of Fleming's team have indicated the key role of quantum electronic coherence in disordered biological environments. These findings have pointed towards the importance of examining the role of quantum dynamical processes in biological energy harvesting systems.

Education, career, and service

Fleming was born in Barrow, England and received his B.S. degree with honors in Chemistry from the University of Bristol in 1971. He subsequently received his Ph.D. in physical chemistry from the University College London and the Royal Institution in 1974. Fleming then held postdoctoral researcher appointments at three institutions: California Institute of Technology (1974-1975); University of Melbourne (1975-1976); and the Royal Institution (1976-1979).

In 1979, Fleming began his independent research team with a faculty appointment at the University of Chicago. He was promoted to associate professor at the University of Chicago in 1983 and in 1985 was made a full professor. In 1987, Fleming was named the Arthur Holly Compton Distinguished Services Professor a position which he held for ten years. At the University of Chicago, Fleming served for three years as the Chair of the Chemistry Department. During his time at the University of Chicago, he worked with Keith Moffatt to found the University's first new research institute in 50 years, the Institute for Biophysical Dynamics.[6]

Fleming transitioned his research team to the University of California, Berkeley in 1997 where he held joint appointments as Professor in Chemistry and the founding Director of the Physical Biosciences Division at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory. In 2002, Fleming received an appointment as the Melvin Calvin Distinguished Professor of Chemistry at UCB. Fleming was also Founding director of the California Institute for Quantitative Biosciences (QB3) based at UC Berkeley.

In the areas of service to the University, Fleming also served as the vice-chancellor for research at UCB from April 2009 to 2015.[7]

Select publications

Fleming has an extensive publication record. Listed below are some select publications from his independent research career at UC Berkeley:

  • Fleming, Graham R.; Niyogi, Krishna K.; Li, Xiao-Ping; Valkunas, Leonas; Zigmantas, Donatas; Holt, Nancy E. (21 January 2005). "Carotenoid Cation Formation and the Regulation of Photosynthetic Light Harvesting". Science. 307 (5708): 433-436. doi:10.1126/science.1105833. ISSN 0036-8075. PMID 15662017.
  • Fleming, Graham R.; Blankenship, Robert E.; Minhaeng Cho; Vaswani, Harsha M.; Stenger, Jens; Brixner, Tobias (2005). "Two-dimensional spectroscopy of electronic couplings in photosynthesis". Nature. 434 (7033): 625-628. doi:10.1038/nature03429. ISSN 1476-4687.
  • Fleming, Graham R.; Blankenship, Robert E.; Cheng, Yuan-Chung; Tomá? Man?al; Ahn, Tae-Kyu; Read, Elizabeth L.; Calhoun, Tessa R.; Engel, Gregory S. (2007). "Evidence for wavelike energy transfer through quantum coherence in photosynthetic systems". Nature. 446 (7137): 782-786. doi:10.1038/nature05678. ISSN 1476-4687. PMID 17429397.
  • Fleming, Graham R.; Cheng, Yuan-Chung; Lee, Hohjai (8 June 2007). "Coherence Dynamics in Photosynthesis: Protein Protection of Excitonic Coherence". Science. 316 (5830): 1462-1465. doi:10.1126/science.1142188. ISSN 0036-8075. PMID 17556580.
  • Fleming, Graham R.; Bassi, Roberto; Niyogi, Krishna K.; Cheng, Yuan-Chung; Ballottari, Matteo; Avenson, Thomas J.; Ahn, Tae Kyu (9 May 2008). "Architecture of a Charge-Transfer State Regulating Light Harvesting in a Plant Antenna Protein". Science. 320 (5877): 794-797. doi:10.1126/science.1154800. ISSN 0036-8075. PMID 18467588.
  • Fleming, Graham R.; Scholes, Gregory D.; Hsu, Chao-Ping; Linden, Patricia A.; Walla, Peter J. (26 September 2000). "Femtosecond dynamics of the forbidden carotenoid S1 state in light-harvesting complexes of purple bacteria observed after two-photon excitation". Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. 97 (20): 10808-10813. doi:10.1073/pnas.190230097. ISSN 0027-8424. PMC 27105. PMID 10984512.
  • Grondelle, Rienk van; Niederman, Robert A.; Fleming, Graham R.; Cogdell, Richard J.; Stokkum, Ivo H. M. van; Papagiannakis, Emmanouil; Kennis, John T. M.; Gradinaru, Claudiu C. (27 February 2001). "An unusual pathway of excitation energy deactivation in carotenoids: Singlet-to-triplet conversion on an ultrafast timescale in a photosynthetic antenna". Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. 98 (5): 2364-2369. doi:10.1073/pnas.051501298. ISSN 0027-8424. PMC 30144. PMID 11226245.

These are some select publication's from Fleming's tenure at The University of Chicago:

Finally, these are some additional notable publications from before Fleming began his independent research group:

Awards and honors[8]


  1. ^ UC Berkeley website
  2. ^ "Graham R. Fleming | Kavli ENSI". Retrieved 2019.
  3. ^ Ma, Ying-Zhong; Stenger, Jens; Zimmermann, Jörg; Bachilo, Sergei M.; Smalley, Richard E.; Weisman, R. Bruce; Fleming, Graham R. (15 February 2004). "Ultrafast carrier dynamics in single-walled carbon nanotubes probed by femtosecond spectroscopy". The Journal of Chemical Physics. 120 (7): 3368-3373. doi:10.1063/1.1640339. ISSN 0021-9606. PMID 15268491.
  4. ^ Valkunas, Leonas; Ma, Ying-Zhong; Fleming, Graham R. (30 March 2006). "Exciton-exciton annihilation in single-walled carbon nanotubes". Physical Review B. 73 (11): 115432. doi:10.1103/PhysRevB.73.115432.
  5. ^ "Graham R. Fleming | Kavli ENSI". Retrieved 2019.
  6. ^ "Vice Chancellor for Research Graham Fleming | Research UC Berkeley". Retrieved 2019.
  7. ^ UC Berkeley press release
  8. ^ UC Berkeley website
  9. ^ The Fleming Group at UC Berkeley webpage
  10. ^ Chemical & Engineering News, 23 February 2009, "2009 ACS National Award Winners", pp. 64-65

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