Tomoyasu Mani

Assistant Professor

Department of Chemistry


  • Goldhaber Fellow, Chemistry Division, Brookhaven National Laboratory, 2014-2016
  • Ph.D., Biochemistry and Molecular Biophysics, University of Pennsylvania, 2013
  • B.S. in Biochemistry (cum laude), University of Texas at Dallas, 2009

Research Focus

  • Controlling excited state, charge/exciton transfer, and spin dynamics in molecules & taking advantage of them to develop new imaging and energy technology
  • Photo- and radiation- induced fundamental chemical reactions in condensed phase
  • Understanding how to control electronic excited states, charge and exciton transfer, and spin dynamics in molecules and molecular assemblies
  • Exploiting new knowledge gained to pursue developments of new biomedical imaging and energy technologies
  • Employing time-resolved optical spectroscopy and pulse radiolysis


  • Blavatnik Regional Award Winner in Chemistry, 2016
  • Gertrude and Maurice Goldhaber Distinguished Fellowship, 2014-2016


Abraham B. Alemayehu, Nicholas U. Day, Tomoyasu Mani, Alexander B. Rudine, Kolle E. Thomas, Odrun A. Gederaas, Sergei Vinogradov, Carl C. Wamser, and Abhik Ghosh. Gold Tris(carboxyphenyl)corroles as Multifunctional Materials: Photophysical, Photodynamic and Photovoltaic properties. ACS Applied Materials & Interface, 8, 18935-18942 (2016)

John H. Hack, David C. Grills, John R. Miller, and Tomoyasu Mani*. Identification of Ion-Pair Structures in Solution by Vibrational Stark Effects. Journal of Physical Chemistry B, 120, 1149-1157 (2016) (*corresponding author)

Tomoyasu Mani*, David C. Grills, Marshall D. Newton, and John R. Miller. Electron Localization of Anions Probed by Nitrile Vibrations. Journal of the American Chemical Society, 137, 10979-10991 (2015) (*corresponding author)

Samantha J. Falk*, Lucie Y. Guo*, Nikolina Sekulic*, Evan M. Smoak*, Tomoyasu Mani, Glennis A. Logsdon, Kushol Gupta1, Lars E. T. Jansen, Gregory D. Van Duyne, Sergei A. Vinogradov, Michael A. Lampson, and Ben E. Black. CENP-C Reshapes and Stabilizes CENP-A Nucleosomes at the Centromere. Science, 348, 699-703 (2015) (*equal contribution)

Tomoyasu Mani*, David C. Grills, and John R. Miller.* Vibrational Stark Effects to Identify Ion Pairing and Determine Redox Potentials in Electrolyte-Free Environments. Journal of the American Chemical Society, 137, 1136-1140 (2015) (*co-corresponding author)

Tomoyasu Mani and John R. Miller. “Role of Bad Dihedral Angles: Methylfluorenes Act as Energy Barriers for Excitons and Polarons of Oligofluorenes” Journal of Physical Chemistry A, 118, 9451-9459 (2014) DOI: 10.1021/jp5080626

Tomoyasu Mani and Sergei A. Vinogradov. “Magnetic Field Effects on Upconverted Emission in Solutions Sensitized by Triplet-Triplet Annihilation” Journal of Physical Chemistry Letters, 4, 2799-2804 (2013) DOI: 10.1021/jz401342b

Tomoyasu Mani, Mana Tanabe, Seigo Yamauchi, Nikolai V. Tkachenko, Sergei A. Vinogradov. “Modulation of Visible Room Temperature Phosphorescence by Weak Magnetic Fields” Journal of Physical Chemistry Letters, 3, 3115-3119 (2012) DOI: 10.1021/jz301166e

Mani Tomoyasu
Contact Information
Mailing Address55 North Eagleville Road, Storrs, CT 06269
Office LocationChemistry Building - CHEM A-407