Paul Burrow

Professor Emeritus

Paul D. Burrow

024 Jorgensen Hall

Research Interests

  • Temporary negative ion states of molecules and their decay channels, particularly, dissociative electron attachment (DEA)
  • Measurement of vertical attachment energies (VAE) and absolute total cross sections for DEA process. Understanding the correlations between these properties in various molecular families.
  • DEA as a probe of intramolecular electron transfer.
  • Exploration of correlations between VAEs and chemical rate constants for reductive processes, in particular, dehalogenation of pollutants on iron filings. "Using Gas-Phase Molecular Descriptors to Predict Dechlorination Rates of Chloroalkanes by Zerovalent Iron", Environ. Sci. Technol. 41, 1200 (2007). (S. Onanong, S.D. Comfort, P.D. Burrow and P.J. Shea).

A bibliography of studies in Electron Transmission Spectroscopy and VAE measurements may be accessed as

Select Publications

Electron interactions with biologically important molecules.

“Electron Attachment Energies of the DNA Bases,” J. Phys. Chem. A 102, 6205 (1998). (K. Aflatooni, G.A. Gallup and P.D. Burrow).

“Temporary Anion States of Selected Amino Acids”, J. Chem. Phys. 115, 6489 (2001). (K. Aflatooni, B. Hitt, G.A. Gallup and P.D. Burrow).

“Bond Breaking and Temporary Anion States in Uracil and Halouracils: Implications for the DNA Bases”, Phys. Rev. Letters 92, 068102 (2004). (A.M. Scheer, K. Aflatooni, G.A. Gallup and P.D. Burrow).

“DNA Strand Breaks Induced by 0-4 eV Electrons: The Role of Shape Resonances”, Phys. Rev. Letters 93, 068101 (2004). (F. Martin, P.D. Burrow, Z. Cai, P. Cloutier, D. Hunting and L. Sanche).

“Comments on “Radiation damage of biosystems mediated by secondary electrons: Resonant precursors for uracil molecules”, J. Chem. Phys. 122, 087105 (2005). (P.D. Burrow).

“Dissociative Electron Attachment in Uracil: Total Anion Yield”, Chem. Phys. Letters 408, 426 (2005). (K. Aflatooni, A.M. Scheer and P.D. Burrow).

“Dissociative Electron Attachment to Uracil Deuterated at the N1 and N3 Positions”, Chem. Phys. Letters 411, 46 (2005). (A.M. Scheer, C. Silvernail, J.A. Belot, K. Aflatooni, G.A. Gallup and P.D. Burrow).

“Vibrational Feshbach Resonances in Uracil and Thymine”, J. Chem. Phys. 124, 124310 (2006). (P.D. Burrow, G.A. Gallup, A.M. Scheer, S. Denifl, S. Ptasinska, T. Maerk and P. Scheier).

"Total Dissociative Electron Attachment Cross Sections for Molecular Constituents of DNA", J. Chem. Phys. 125, 054301 (2006). (K. Aflatooni, A.M. Scheer and P.D. Burrow).

"Remote Bond Breaking by Interacting Temporary Anion States", J. Chem. Phys. 125, 154309 (2006). (P.D. Burrow and G.A. Gallup).

"Total Dissociative Electron Attachment Cross Sections of Selected Amino Acids", J. Chem. Phys. 126, 174301 (2007). (A.M. Scheer, P. Mozejko, G.A. Gallup and P.D. Burrow).