Peter Rentzepis

TEES Distinguished Research Professorship


Office: WEB 235C
Phone: 979.845.7250
Fax: 979.845.6259

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Research Interests

Lasers and their application to science and technology

Awards & Honors

  • Awarded the Irving Langmuir Award in Chemical Physics from The American Physical Society
  • Received honorary doctorates from Syracuse University, Denison University, Carnegie-Mellon University and the National Technical University of Greece.
  • Received the Peter Debye Award in Physical Chemistry from The American Chemical Society
  • Named Fellow of the New York Academy of Sciences and American Physical Society
  • Member of National and Foreign Academies of Sciences


  • University of Cambridge, England, Ph.D.
  • Denison University, B.S.

Selected Publications

Subpicosecond and Sub-Angstrom Time and Space Studies by Means of Light X-ray, and Electronlnteraction with Matter. Jie Chen and Peter M. Rentzepis,J. Phys. Chem. Lett. 5,225-30, 2014

Rationale and mechanism for the low photo inactivation rate of bacteria in plasma. Jie Chen, Thomas C. Cesarioc, and Peter M. Rentzepis, PNAS,111,33-38, 2014

X-ray laser resonator for the kilo-electron-volt range. Jie Chen, Ivan V. Tomov, Ali O. Er, and Peter M. Rentzepis Appl. Phys. Lett. 102, 174101-03, (2013)

Cavity for hard, keV,x-ray laser. Jie Che,I.V. Tomov,Ali er, Peter Rentzepis, SPIElO,1117,2013

Inactivation of bacteria in plasma. Ali Oguz Er, Jie Chen, Thomas C. Cesario and P. M. Rentzepis. Photochem. Photobiol. Sci." 00,1-5,2012

Ultrafast time resolved x-ray diffraction, extended x-ray absorption fine structure and x-ray absorption near edge structure. Ali Oguz Erl, Jie Chenz and Peter M. Rentzepis1,a) J. Appl. Phys. 112, 031101 (2012)

Blast wave and contraction in Au(111) thin film induced by femtosecond laser pulses. A time resolved x-ray diffraction study. Jie Chen Wei-Kan Chen, and Peter M. Rentzepis J. Appl. Phys. 109, 113522 -25, 2011

Effect of pH on Methylene Blue Transient States and Kinetics and Bacteria Photoinactivation. Jie Chen, Thomas C. Cesario, and Peter M. Rentzepis. J. Phys. Chem. A, 115, 2702-2707, 2011

Time-resolved structural dynamics of thin metal films heated with femtosecond optical pulses Jie Chen, Wei-Kan Chenb, Jau Tangc, 2, and Peter M. Rentzepis, PNAS, 108, 18887-18892, 2011

Fiber Based Pathogen Photoinactivating System. Jie Chen, T. C. Cesario, PM. Rentzepis' Rev. Sci. Instr. 82 (l), 015110,2011