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Justin Elenewski (Assoc)

Justin Elenewski is a UMD Assistant Research Scientist in the Microsystems and Nanotechnology Division and the Institute for Research in Electronics and Applied Physics at the University of Maryland, College Park. He received a B.S. in Physics from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and a Ph.D. from Virginia Commonwealth University, where he studied several problems in theoretical biophysics. His doctoral research focused on the dynamics of biomolecular energy landscapes and on the role of electronic correlation in enzymatic catalysis. Justin then joined The George Washington University as a postdoctoral researcher, where he developed methods to describe transport in open quantum systems, vibrationally-mediated energy transfer processes, and the physics of low-dimensional materials. He is currently working with Michael Zwolak, using formal theory and numerical simulations to study charge, thermal, and vibrational energy transport in nanoscale devices and catalytic frameworks.

Selected Publications

  • Functional Mode Hot-Electron Transfer Theory. J. E. Elenewski, J. Y. Cai, W. Jiang, and H. Chen.  Journal Physical Chemistry C 120, 20579 (2016).
  • Ab Initio Dynamics of the Cytochrome P450 Hydroxylation Reaction.  J. E. Elenewski and J. C Hackett, Journal of Chemical Physics 142, 064307 (2015).
  • Real-Time Transport in Open Quantum Systems from PT-Symmetric Quantum Mechanics, Physical Review B 90, 085104 (2014).


Topology, Landscapes, and Biomolecular Energy Transport

Justin E. Elenewski, Kirill Velizhanin, Michael P. Zwolak
While ubiquitous, energy redistribution remains a poorly understood facet of the nonequilibrium thermodynamics of biomolecules. At the molecular level, finite
Created February 22, 2019, Updated December 9, 2022