Zachary Morseth, PhD

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Dr. Morseth has research backgrounds in Analytical and Physical Chemistry. He received his Ph.D. from The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill under the direction of Prof. John Papanikolas. There, he developed and employed ultrafast optical spectroscopic methods and computational models to study energy and electron transfer dynamics in multifunctional molecular assemblies for solar energy conversion applications. Following his Ph.D., he was an Assistant Professor of Chemistry at Minnesota State University – Moorhead, where he taught general, environmental, and analytical chemistry. He is currently a Senior Scientist at Alcami Corporation, where he develops and validates analytical and bioanalytical methods for the testing of pharmaceutical products.

Dr. Morseth currently teaches the General Chemistry 2 for the Health Sciences Lecture and Lab Courses online for the MGH IHP Prerequisites for the Health Professions Program.


PhD in Chemistry, The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Chapel Hill, NC

BS in Chemistry, Minnesota State University Moorhead, Moorhead, MN

BA in Mathematics, Minnesota State University Moorhead, Moorhead, MN


Morseth, Z.A.; Pho, T.V.; Sheridan, M.V.; Meyer, T.J.; Reynolds, J.R.; Papanikolas, J.M. “Interfacial Dynamics Within an Organic Chromophore-based Water Oxidation Molecular Assembly,” ACS Appl. Mater. Interfaces 2017, 9, 16651-16659.

Morseth, Z.A.; Pho, T.V.; Gilligan, A.T.; Dillon, R.J.; Schanze, K.S.; Reynolds, J.R.; Papanikolas, J.M. “Role of Macromolecular Structure in the Ultrafast Energy and Electron Transfer Dynamics of a Light- Harvesting Polymer,” J. Phys. Chem. B. 2016, 120, 7937-7948.

Zigler, D.F.; Morseth, Z.A.; Wang, L.; Ashford, D.L.; Brennaman, M.K.; Grumstrup, E.M.; Brigham, E.K.; Gish, M.K.; Dillon, R.J.; Alibabaei, L.; Meyer, G.J.; Meyer, T.J.; Papanikolas, J.M. “Disentangling the Physical Processes Responsible for the Kinetic Complexity in Interfacial Electron Transfer Excited Ru(II) Polypyridyl Dyes on TiO2,” J. Am. Chem. Soc. 2016, 138, 4426-4438.

Morseth, Z.A.; Wang, L.; Puodziukynaite, E.; Leem, G.; Gilligan, A.T.; Reynolds, J.R.; Schanze, K.S.; Papanikolas, J.M. “Ultrafast dynamics of multi-functional Ru(II)-loaded polymers for solar energy conversion,” Acc. Chem. Res. 2015, 48, 818-827.

Leem, G.; Morseth, Z.A.; Puodziukynaite, E.; Jiang, J.; Zhen, F.; Gilligan, A.T.; Reynolds, J.R.; Papanikolas, J.M.; Schanze, K.S. “Light-harvesting and charge separation in a π-conjugated antenna polymer bound to TiO2,” J. Phys. Chem. C. 2014, 118, 28535-28541.

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