Research Interests

Our research falls broadly into several areas interconnected by the themes of self-assembly and energy transduction: Self-Assembly of supramolecular photonics (organic, inorganic and materials chemistry), Combinatorial Chemistry & the molecular recognition of biomolecules (organic and biochemistry), Membrane Electrostatics & Conduction (theoretical and biophysical chemistry), & Porphyrin Photophysics (physical chemistry) for materials, sensors, and therapeutic applications.



  • A. Aggarwal, S. Thompson, S. Singh, B. Newton, A. Moore, R. Gao, X. Gu, S. Mukherjee, C.M. Drain, Photophysics of Glycosylated Derivatives of a Chlorin, Isobacteriochlorin and Bacteriochlorin for Photodynamic Theragnostics: Discovery of a Two-photon-absorbing Photosensitizer, Photochem. Photobiol., 2014, 90, 419-430
  • M. Jurow, V. Manichev, C. Pabon, B. Hageman, Y. Matolina, C. M. Drain, Self-Organization of Zr(IV) Porphyrinoids on Graphene Oxide Surfaces by Axial Metal Coordination, Inorg. Chem., 2013, 52, 10576-10582
  • M. J. Jurow, B. A. Hageman, E. DiMasi, C.-Y. Nam, C. Pabon, C.T. Black, C. M. Drain, Controlling Morphology and Molecular Packing of Alkane Substituted Phthalocyanine Blend Bulk Heterojunction Solar Cells, J. Mater. Chem. A., 2013, 1, 1557-1565
  • M. Jurow, C. Farley, C. Pabon, B. Hageman, A. Dolor, C. M. Drain, Facile synthesis of a flexible tethered porphyrin dimer that preferentially complexes fullerene C70, Chem. Commun., 2012, 48, 4731-4733


Job History

  • 2014 - Current : Professor of Chemistry and Biochemistry, Hunter College
  • 1996 - Current : Adjunct Professor, Rockefeller University
  • 1990 - 1992 : Postdoctoral Research Associate, University Louise Pasteur, France
  • 1984 - 1988 : PhD, Tufts University
Mike Drain