Dave Chandler

Fellow, Combustion Research Facility, Transportation Research Center

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Fellow, Combustion Research Facility, Transportation Research Center


(925) 294-3132

Sandia National Laboratories, California
P.O. Box 969
Livermore, CA 94551-0969


Dave was born in Albuquerque New Mexico and attended the University of New Mexico where he obtained his bachelors in Chemistry and was captain of the gymnastics team in 1975. He obtained a PhD in Chemistry at Indiana University and performed a postdoctoral fellowship at Stanford. Dave joined the Combustion Research Facility at Sandia National Laboratory in 1982 and was promoted to Fellow in 2018. His research interest span understanding the details of photo-chemistry and collision dynamics as well as optical diagnostic development for better detection of molecular species. He conceived and built the first ion imaging apparatus in 1987 and published the first manuscript with this apparatus with Dr. Paul Houston visiting the CRF from Cornell University. He was chair of the Division of Chemical Physics of the APS in 2017 and was associate editor of the Journal of Chemical Physics for 10 years, 2008–2018. He is presently a Research Fellow at Sandia National Laboratory and the program manager for the Gas Phase Chemical Physics program at Sandia.


Dave Chandler received his BS degree in Chemistry from the University of New Mexico in 1975 and his PhD in Chemistry in 1979 from Indiana University, where he worked under Dr. George Ewing studying vibrational energy transfer in cryogenic liquids. He accepted a postdoctoral fellowship in the Stanford University laboratory of Dr. Richard N. Zare, where he studied unimolecular reactions after excitation of a high vibrational overtone transition.

Research Interests

Dr. Chandler’s research has centered around the development and use of multiplex detection techniques, like Ion Imaging, for the study of chemical dynamics, both unimolecular photodissociation and bimolecular collision dynamics. In collaboration with many researchers bot inside and outside of Sandia, he has performed extensive measurements of differential cross sections, alignment and orientation of products of photodissociation products, and inelastic collisions between molecules and atoms under single collision conditions. In collaboration with Dr. Kevin Strecker, he has utilized crossed molecular beam scattering to cool molecules by collisions to temperatures in the millikelvin range and has studied collision induced dissociation of very vibrationally hot molecules on a single collision basis. In collaboration with Dr. Carl Hayden at Sandia he worked on early intramolecular vibrational relaxation (IVR) and several ultrafast techniques for the real time study of chemical dynamics. In collaboration with Dr. Kevin Strecker (Sandia), Dave developed and patented a new type of multiplexed, Fourier transform, cavity-ring-down spectrometer that relies upon the interferogram generated by the output of two confocal etalons. Dave is presently studying the scattering, attachment, and reactions of electrons from small molecules. He is also applying electron imaging to secondary electron microscopy to measure the velocity distribution of secondary electrons from surfaces. Dave has published over 100 manuscripts in refereed journals.


Christopher Perez, Scott Ellis, Eric Smoll, Elliot Fuller, Joseph Michael, David Chandler, Mehdi Asheghi, Kenneth Goodson, Albert Talin, Suhas Kumar, (2021). Surface Dynamics in p-InAs and n-GaAs Probed with Scanning Ultrafast Electron Microscopy (SUEM) https://doi.org/10.2172/1900564 Publication ID: 76989

S. Ellis, Norman Bartelt, F. Léonard, K. Celio, Elliot Fuller, David Hughart, D. Garland, M. Marinella, Joseph Michael, David Chandler, B. Liao, Albert Talin, (2021). Scanning ultrafast electron microscopy reveals photovoltage dynamics at a deeply buried p-Si/Si O2 interface Physical Review B https://doi.org/10.1103/physrevb.104.l161303 Publication ID: 76462

Scott Ellis, David Chandler, Joseph Michael, Craig Nakakura, (2021). Ultrafast Electron Microscopy for Spatial-Temporal Mapping of Charge Carriers https://doi.org/10.2172/1828105 Publication ID: 76379

Albert Talin, Scott Ellis, Norman Bartelt, Francois Leonard, Christopher Perez, Km Celio, Elliot Fuller, David Hughart, D. Garland, Matthew Marinella, Joseph Michael, David Chandler, Steve Young, Sean Smith, Suhas Kumar, (2021). Thermal Infrared Detectors: expanding performance limits using ultrafast electron microscopy https://doi.org/10.2172/1821971 Publication ID: 75868

Jonathan Frank, Eric Smoll, Irina Jana, Erxiong Huang, David Chandler, (2021). Development and Use of an Ultra-High Resolution Electron Scattering Apparatus https://doi.org/10.2172/1822126 Publication ID: 75884

Christopher Kliewer, Farid El Gabaly Marquez, Eric Smoll, David Chandler, Norman Bartelt, Andre Cauduro, (2021). Development of New Experimental Methods for Correlated Operando Surface/Gas Characterization https://doi.org/10.2172/1821321 Publication ID: 75756

David Chandler, (2021). Long-Range Electron Transfer in Electronically Excited Rare Gas/Large Molecule Clusters https://www.osti.gov/servlets/purl/1871413 Publication ID: 78706

Martin Fournier, Gary Lopez, Alexandros Spiliotis, Tiernan Casey, T. Rakitzis, David Chandler, (2021). Alignment and dissociation of electronically excited molecular hydrogen with intense laser fields Molecular Physics https://doi.org/10.1080/00268976.2020.1778200 Publication ID: 73693

Jonathan Frank, David Chandler, Martin Fournier, Eric Smoll, (2020). Velocity Map Imaging for Electron Energy Distribution Measurements in REMPI-initiated Plasma https://doi.org/10.2172/1830972 Publication ID: 71252

David Chandler, (2019). David Parker Symposium https://www.osti.gov/servlets/purl/1642762 Publication ID: 65535

David Chandler, Martin Fournier, Gary Lopez, Peter Rakitzis, (2019). Chemical Dynamics of Aligned Excited Electronic States https://www.osti.gov/servlets/purl/1643809 Publication ID: 64230

Martin Fournier, David Chandler, Spiliotis Alexandros, Rakitzis Peter, (2018). Alignment of H2 (EF) under intense laser fields https://www.osti.gov/servlets/purl/1574588 Publication ID: 60136

Gigi deCastro, David Chandler, Martin Fournier, Matt Costen, Tom Sharples, Joe Leng, Ken McKendrick, Javier Aoiz, Justin Jakunis, Gary Lopez, Peter Rakitzis, (2018). Chemical Dynamics of Aligned Excited Electronic States https://www.osti.gov/servlets/purl/1583068 Publication ID: 63951

Martin Fournier, David Chandler, (2017). Alignment of the hydrogen molecule under intense laser fields https://www.osti.gov/servlets/purl/1488913 Publication ID: 54743

Gary Lopez, Martin Fournier, Justin Jankunas, Alexandros Spiliotis, T. Rakitzis, David Chandler, (2017). Alignment of the hydrogen molecule under intense laser fields Journal of Chemical Physics https://doi.org/10.1063/1.4989935 Publication ID: 55147

David Chandler, Paul Houston, David Parker, (2017). Perspective: Advanced particle imaging Journal of Chemical Physics https://doi.org/10.1063/1.4983623 Publication ID: 55219

Gary Lopez Lopez, Martin Fournier, David Chandler, Justin Jankunas, (2017). Alignment and Dissociation of the H2 Molecule in Intense Laser Fields Using Velocity Mapped Ion Imaging https://www.osti.gov/servlets/purl/1456372 Publication ID: 55526

Joseph Michael, Kimberlee Celio, Albert Talin, David Chandler, (2016). Development of Scanning Ultrafast Electron Microscope Capability https://doi.org/10.2172/1331925 Publication ID: 47667

David Chandler, (2016). Quantum State Resolved Inelastic Collisions studied in Crossed Molecular beams: Surprising results and new directions https://www.osti.gov/servlets/purl/1408309 Publication ID: 47670

Jeffrey Steill, Ahren Jasper, David Chandler, (2015). Determination of the collisional energy transfer distribution responsible for the collision-induced dissociation of NO2 with Ar Chemical Physics Letters https://doi.org/10.1016/j.cplett.2015.06.035 Publication ID: 43931

Patricia Koning, David Chandler, (2013). Dual Etalon Frequency Comb (DEFCOM) Spectroscopy: A New Concept for Time-Resolved Fourier-Transform Spectroscopy https://www.osti.gov/servlets/purl/1673678 Publication ID: 36518

Leonid Sheps, David Chandler, (2013). Time-resolved broadband cavity-enhanced absorption spectroscopy for chemical kinetics https://doi.org/10.2172/1095949 Publication ID: 32821

David Chandler, (2012). Acoustic detector for fission neutrons https://doi.org/10.2172/1055592 Publication ID: 30224

Alexandra Hoops, David Chandler, Sean Moore, Brian Patterson, Kevin Strecker, (2012). Laser-Based Detection of Trace-Level Contaminants https://www.osti.gov/servlets/purl/1657052 Publication ID: 27246

David Chandler, Kevin Strecker, (2010). Dual-etalon, cavity-ring-down, frequency comb spectroscopy https://doi.org/10.2172/1011624 Publication ID: 20638

David Chandler, Kevin Strecker, (2010). Direct Angle-Resolved Measurements of Collision Dynamics with Electronically-Excited Molecules Journal of Chemical Physics https://www.osti.gov/biblio/1122467 Publication ID: 20205

Kevin Strecker, David Chandler, (2010). Cold Atoms by Kinematic Cooling Physical Review A https://doi.org/10.1103/PhysRevA.82.032709 Publication ID: 19302

David Chandler, Kevin Strecker, (2009). Micro-Kelvin cold molecules https://doi.org/10.2172/986607 Publication ID: 16943

Kevin Strecker, David Chandler, (2009). Molecular fountain https://doi.org/10.2172/986610 Publication ID: 16750

David Chandler, Kevin Strecker, (2008). Production of cold ND3 by kinematic cooling https://www.osti.gov/servlets/purl/1142703 Publication ID: 15134

David Chandler, (2008). Kinematic production of isolated milli-Kelvin molecules Physical Review A https://doi.org/10.1103/PhysRevA.78.063406 Publication ID: 12960

Carl Hayden, A Luong, Claudiu Gradinaru, David Chandler, (2005). Advanced microscopy :time-resolved multi-spectral imaging of single biomolecules https://doi.org/10.2172/877146 Publication ID: 6183

David Chandler, Larry Rahn, Kevin Strecker, (2005). Ultra-cold molecule production https://doi.org/10.2172/875983 Publication ID: 6122

A Luong, Claudiu Gradinaru, David Chandler, Carl Hayden, (2005). Simultaneous time and frequency resolved fluorescence microscopy of single molecules https://doi.org/10.2172/921607 Publication ID: 4260

Bradley Parsons, David Chandler, (2004). An Investigation of non-adiabatic interactions in Cl (2Pj) %2B D2 via crossed molecular beam scattering Journal of Chemical Physics https://www.osti.gov/biblio/1144122 Publication ID: 4033

Claudiu Gradinaru, David Chandler, Carl Hayden, (2004). Simultaneous time and frequency resolved fluorescence microscopy of single molecules Proceedings of the National Academy of Science https://www.osti.gov/biblio/1144083 Publication ID: 3774

A Luong, Claudiu Gradinaru, David Chandler, Carl Hayden, (2004). Time-resolved multispectral imaging of single molecules https://www.osti.gov/biblio/947841 Publication ID: 3800

A Luong, Carl Hayden, Claudiu Gradinaru, David Chandler, (2004). Time-resolved multi-spectral imaging of single molecules https://www.osti.gov/biblio/957675 Publication ID: 3474

M. Elioff, J. Valentini, David Chandler, (2004). Formation of NO(j′ = 7.5) molecules with sub-kelvin translational energy via molecular beam collisions with argon using the technique of molecular cooling by inelastic collisional energy-transfer European Physical Journal D https://www.osti.gov/biblio/964597 Publication ID: 3235

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Chandler D.W., and Houston P. L. (1987) Two-Dimensional Imaging of State Selected Photo-Dissociation Products Detected by Multi-Photon Ionization, Journal of chemical Physics Vol,87 (2), pages 1445-1447, DOI:10.1063/1.453276

Patents & Trademarks

with Carl Hayden, development of a photodetector for the detection of single photons that simultaneously provided the arrival time and color of each photon.

With Kevin Strecker, for the development of the dual comb spectrometer to obtain multiplexed cavity ring down spectroscopy with the resolution of a confocal etalon utilizing a low-resolution laser.

With Kimberly Celio, for development of an imaging detector and scheme for the direct and fast measurement of the velocity of secondary electrons coming from an secondary electron microscope.

with Leapfrog Toy Company for invention of an efficient and cheap electronic voting machine and process with both paper and electronic recording of the votes.


  • O. W. Adams Award for Outstanding Research in Basic Science
    • 1993- Sandia National Laboratories
  • American Physical Society
    • 1998-Herbert P. Broida Award for the invention of the Ion Imaging technique
  • American Physical Society
    • 2017-Chair of the Division of Chemical Physics of the APS.
  • Journal of Chemical Physics
    • 2009-2019-Associate Editor of JCP for Gas Phase Chemical Physics.