Clemens Burda

Chemical Professor

Millis 221

Other Information

Education: PhD, University of Basel (Switzerland)


Photoscience, Nanoscience, Photomedicine, Materials Science,  Physical Chemistry, Spectroscopy, Bio- and Energy Applications.


  • PhD University of Basel (Switzerland)
  • Postdoctoral Fellow, Georgia Institute of Technology

Grants and Awards

  • NIH R01 (PI: James Basilion CWRU) 2016-2020
  • NIH R01 (PI: AM Broome CWRU) 2010-2015
  • NSF NIRT (PI: D. Dixon, Univ. of Alabama) 2007-2011
  • NSF Career Award for the years 2003 – 2008
  • ACS-PRF Award 2003-2005
  • ACS-PRF 2006-2008
  • Industry Consulting

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Prof. Clemens Burda is the Chemical Professor of the College of Arts and Science. His research is centered around Nanoscience, Photoscience and Photomedicine. Prof. Burda earned his PhD from the University of Basel in Switzerland and has been a postdoctoral scholar at the Georgia Institute of Technology studying the femtosecond time-resolved dynamics of photoexcited molecules and nanostructures. Since arriving at Case Western Reserve University in 2001, Dr. Burda was increasingly attracted to the biomedical opportunities that come with modern materials science and nanoscience. Dr. Burda’s research team has developed some of the very first targeted nanoparticles to treat hard to reach tumors. His long-term biomedical collaborator is Prof. James Basilion at UH-CWRU. In the field of photocatalysis, Prof. Burda’s team has developed the first nitrogen-doped nanoparticles in close collaboration with Prof. James Gole at the Georgia Institute of Technology. Prof. Burda and his students also published the first work on plasmonic semiconductor nanoparticles. With Prof. Jeffrey Dyck he develops and studies thermoelectric nanomaterials. Expanding the frontiers of materials science and providing a deeper understanding of the physical chemistry underlying functional nanomaterials has become the focus of Prof. Burda’s research in recent years.

Prof. Burda has published over 170 publications in the fields of nanoscience to laser spectroscopy. His current H-index is 60 and his research has been cited over 20000 times. His research has been funded by NIH, NSF, NASA, and the American Chemical Society. He is the proud mentor of over 20 graduate students, many of them are now professors themselves. Please visit his website for more details on research and his research group.

Prof. Burda’s work is based on these two basic ideas:

  1. The important issues for our future remain Energy, Environment, and Health.
  2. The important solutions to these challenges will come from using mainly Sun Light and other decentralized renewable energy sources.


Selected Publications

Coordination engineering toward high performance organic-inorganic hybrid perovskites; Guo, Xin; Burda, Clemens; Coordination Chemistry Reviews (2016), 320-321, 53-65.

Control of Surface Ligand Density on PEGylated Gold Nanoparticles for Optimized Cancer Cell Uptake; Liu, Hongying; Doane, Tennyson L.; Cheng, Yu; Lu, Feng; Srinivasan, Shriya; Zhu, Jun-Jie; Burda, Clemens; Particle & Particle Systems Characterization (2015), 32(2), 197-204.

TiO2 Nanoparticles as Functional Building Blocks; Sang, Lixia; Zhao, Yixin; Burda, Clemens; Chemical Reviews (2014), 114(19), 9283-9318.

Femtosecond Time-Resolved Transient Absorption Spectroscopy of CH3NH3PbI3 Perovskite Films: Evidence for Passivation Effect of PbI2; Wang, Lili; McCleese, Christopher; Kovalsky, Anton; Zhao, Yixin; Burda, Clemens; Journal of the American Chemical Society (2014), 136(35), 12205-12208.

The unique role of nanoparticles in nanomedicine: imaging, drug delivery and therapy; Doane, Tennyson L.; Burda, Clemens; Chemical Society Reviews (2012), 41(7), 2885-2911.

Wireless activation of neurons in brain slices using nanostructured semiconductor photoelectrodes; Zhao, Yixin; Larimer, Philip; Pressler, Richard T.; Strowbridge, Ben W.; Burda, Clemens;  Angewandte Chemie Int. Ed. (2009), 48(13), 2407-2410. (Hot Paper)

Plasmonic Cu2-xS Nanocrystals: Optical and Structural Properties of Copper-Deficient Copper(I) Sulfides; Zhao, Yixin; Pan, Hongcheng; Lou, Yongbing; Qiu, Xiaofeng; Zhu, JunJie; Burda, Clemens.  J. Am. Chem. Soc. (2009), 131(12), 4253-4261.

Surface Effects on Quantum Dot-Based Energy Transfer; Dayal, S.; Burda, Clemens; J. Am. Chem. Soc. (2007), 129(25): 7977-7981.

Observation of Non-Foerster-Type Energy-Transfer Behavior in Quantum Dot-Phthalocyanine Conjugates; Dayal, S.; Lou, Y.; Samia, Anna C.S.; Berlin, J. C.; Kenney, M. E.; Burda, ClemensJ. Am. Chem. Soc. (2006), 128(43), 13974-13975.

Nanostructured Bi2Se3 Films and Their Theroelectric Transport Properties; Qiu, Xiaofeng; Austin, Leah N.; Muscarella, Philip A.; Dyck, Jeffrey S.; Burda, Clemens; Angewandte Chemie Int. Ed. (2006), 45, 5656-5659.

PbTe Nanorods by Sonoelectrochemistry; Qiu, X.; Lou, Y.; Samia, A. C. S.; Devadoss, A.; Burgess, J. D.; Dayal, S.; Burda, C.  Angewandte Chemie Int. Ed. ; (2005), 44(36), 5855-7.

Chemistry and Properties of Nanocrystals of Different Shapes; Burda, C.; Chen, X.; Narayanan, R.; El-Sayed, M. A.; Chemical Review; (2005); 105(4), 1025-1102.


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