Bruce H. Robinson

bhrLarry R. Dalton Endowed Professor of Chemistry
Ph.D. Vanderbilt University, 1975

(Biophysical and Physical Chemistry)

(206) 543-1773

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Research Interests

The Robinson group specializes in using a variety of Electron Paramagnetic Resonance (EPR) techniques, including continuous wave and pulsed Saturation Recovery (pSR) and pulsed Electron-Electron Double Resonance (pELDOR) EPR at 2 and 10 GHz. The research areas of interest include: dynamics of B-form duplex DNA and protein-DNA binding (as part of the process of DNA recognition); protein-RNA interactions; the interaction of interfacial signaling proteins and membranes; and the organization of organic chromophores in polymer matrices. The group collaborates with Professors Larry Dalton, Mickey Schurr, and Mike Gelb (all UW Chemistry) as well as Snorri Sigurdsson (University of Iceland), and Albert Beth and Eric Hustedt (Vanderbilt University).


The Robinson laboratory contains a CW/pulsed 10 GHz and a CW/pulsed 2 GHz EPR spectrometers. In addition, the Robinson group is responsible for the shared EPR instrumentation (from NIH-IEHS), which is used by more than a dozen groups around the UW campus. The group also has a Beowulf cluster computer comprised of 40 Athlon 1.6 GHz processors as part of the NSF-funded Center on Materials and Devices for Information Technology Research (CMDITR).


Professor Robinson teaches courses in Introductory Chemistry (CHEM 152) and Physical Chemistry (CHEM 455 and 456).

Representative Publications

Rommel, H.L., and Robinson, B.H. "Orientation of electro-optic chromophores under poling conditions: A spheroidal model." J. Phys. Chemistry C. (2007)


Shi, Y.; Zhang, C.; Zhang, H.; Bechtel, J.; Dalton, L. R.; Robinson, B. H.; and Steier, W. H. "Low Halfwave Voltage Polymer Electro-optic Modulators Achieved by Controlling Chromophore Shape." Science, 288, 119-122 (2000).


Lin, Y.; Nielsen, R.; Murray, D.; Hubbell, W. L.; Mailer, C.; Robinson, B. H.; and Gelb, M. H. "Docking phospholipase A2 on membranes using electrostatic potential-modulated spin relaxation magnetic resonance." Science, 279 (5358), 1925-1929 (1998).


Robinson, B. H.; Haas, D. A. and Mailer, C. "Molecular dynamics in liquids: spin-lattice relaxation of nitroxide spin labels." Science, 263 (5146), 490-493 (1994).


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Awards & Activities

  • Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (2011).
  • In Recognition of Outstanding Research Awards, Exxon Education Foundation

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