Department of Chemistry

Dalton Research Group





Benjamin C. Olbricht



B.A. in Chemistry and German Language, magna cum laude.  Albion College, Albion, MI.


2001:  University of New Hampshire, Durham, NH.  Department of Physics.  Research with Dr. Olof Echt to develop carbon/metal coatings with enhanced tribological properties using pulsed laser deposition and plume analysis via quadrupole mass spectrometry
2002:  Albion College, Albion, MI.  Department of Chemistry.  Research with Dr. Bieler exploring connections between quantum fluorescence yield and practicality as a MALDI
2003:  Albion College, Albion, MI.  Department of Chemistry.  Working with Dr. Chris Rohlman towards the implementation of OpenGL molecular imaging software suites including RASMOL, ClustalX, Chemdraw, Spartan, and VMD.
2004:  University of California, Irvine, California.  Department of Chemistry, Department of Physics. Research under Dr. Kenneth Janda investigating the vibrational predissociation lifetimes of NeBr2 complexes containing different Br2 isotopomers using ultrafast pump-probe laser techniques
2005-present:  University of Washington, Seattle, Washington.  Research Assistant under Dr. Larry Dalton researching organic materials for electrooptic applications and developing methods to characterize intrinsic material properties of poled polymer systems.


Akelaitis A. J. P.; Olbricht, B. C.; Sullivan, P. A.; Liao, Y.; Lee, S. K.; Bale, D. H.; Lao, D. B.; Kaminsky ,W.; Eichinger, B. E.; Choi D. H.; Dalton, L. R. Synthesis and Electro-Optic Properties of Amino-Phenyl-Thienyl Donor Chromophores, 2007, submitted for publication.

Dalton L. R.; Sullivan, P. A.; Olbricht, B. C.; Bale, D. H.; Takayesu J.; Hammond, S.; Rommel, H.; Robinson, B. H. Organic Photonics Materials in Tutorials in Complex Photonic Media (SPIE, Bellingham, WA) 2007, submitted for

Dalton, L. R.; Sullivan, P. A.; Bale, D. H.; Olbricht, B.  C.; Theory-Inspired Nano-Engineering of Photonic and Electronic Materials: Noncentrosymmetric Charge-Transfer Electro-Optic Materials Solid State Electronics 2007, in press.

Sullivan, P. A.; Rommel, H.; Liao, Y.; Olbricht, B. C.; Akelaitis, A. J. P.; Firestone, K. A.; Kang, J.-W.; Luo, J.; Choi, D. H.; Eichinger, B. E.; Reid, P.; Chen, A.; Robinson, B. H.; Dalton, L. R., Theory-Guided Design and Synthesis of Multichromophore Dendrimers: An Analysis of the Electro-Optic Effect. J. Am. Chem. Soc. 2007, published online 5/25/07 DOI: 10.1021/jao68322b

Sullivan, P. A.; Olbricht, B. C.; Akelaitis, A. J. P.; Mistry, A. A.; Liao, Y.; Dalton, L. R., Tri-component Diels-Alder Polymerized Dendrimer Glass Exhibiting Large, Thermally Stable, Electro-optic Activity. J. Mater. Chem. 2007, DOI: 10.1039/b701815k.

Cabrera, J. A.; Bieler, C. R.; Olbricht, B. C.; van der Veer, W. E.; Janda, K. C., Time-Dependent pump-probe spectra of NeBr2. J. Chem. Phys. 2005, DOI: 10.1063/1.1990118.

Manuscripts in preparation:

Olbricht, B. C.; Sullivan, P. A.; Robinson, B. H.; Reid, P. J.; Dalton, L. R. Refractive Index-Independent Estimation of Dipolar Order in Organic Electro-Optic Materials via Variable Angle Polarized Absorption Spectroscopy, 2007, in preparation

Pereverzev, Y. V.; Gunnerson, K.; Prezhdo, O. V.; Sullivan, P.A.; Liao, Y.; Olbricht, B. C.; Akelaitis, A. J. P.; Jen A. K.-Y.; Dalton, L. R. Guest-Host Cooperativity in Organic Materials Greatly Enhances the Nonlinear Optical Response, 2007, in preparation.

Sullivan P. A.; Rommel, H.; Olbricht, B. C.; Bale, D. H.; Liao, Y.; Rehr, J.; Eichinger, B. E.; Jen, A. K.-Y.; Dalton, L. R.; Robinson, B. H.  Quantitative Prediction of the Linear and Nonlinear Optical Behavior of Complex Organic Materials From First-Principles: A Complete Quantum and Statistical Mechanical Treatment, 2007, in preparation for submission to Science.


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