Marcos Dantus

  • Aug 4, 2017
  • Active Faculty

Adjunct Professor (P-A Dept) and MSU Foundation Professor (Chemistry Dept)
Condensed Matter Physics - Experimental
Chemistry Bldg.
578 S. Shaw Lane, Room 58
(517) 353-1191
Dantus Research Group web pages


1991: Ph.D., California Institute of Technology
1985: B.A. & M.A., Brandeis University

Selected Publications

Quantifying noise in ultrafast laser sources and its effect on nonlinear applications, V.V. Lozovoy, G. Rasskazov, D. Pestov, and M. Dantus, Optics Express, 23, 12037-12044. [2015]

Femtosecond Nanoplasmonic Dephasing of Individual Silver Nanoparticles and Small Clusters, R. Mittal, R. Glenn, I. Saytashev, V. V. Lozovoy and M. Dantus, J. Phys. Chem. Lett., 6, 1638–1644. [2015]

LIBS and ablation threshold analysis using a megahertz Yb fiber laser oscillator, G. J. Parker, D. E. Parker, B. Nie, V. V. Lozovoy and M. Dantus, Spectrochimica Acta Part B: Atomic Spectroscopy, 107, 146-151. [2015]

Investigating the Role of Human Serum Albumin Protein Pocket on the Excited State Dynamics of Indocyanine Green Using Shaped Femtosecond Laser Pulses, M. Nairat, A. Konar, M. Kaniecki, V. V. Lozovoy and M. Dantus, Phys. Chem. Chem. Phys., 17, 5872-5877. [2015]

Professional Activities & Interests / Biographical Information

Marcos Dantus is a pioneer in the use of spectrally and temporally shaped ultrafast (less than 100 femtosecond) pulses of laser energy and has developed novel applications of ultrafast laser spectroscopy, including uses in the medical and defense/security industries. He is author or co-author of over 200 scientific publications and has been issued 25 patents (with more in the pipeline). He is a professor in the MSU Department of Chemistry and holds an adjunct professorship in the Department of Physics & Astronomy.

He is the founder of Biophotonic Solutions Inc. (BSI), a Michigan State University spin-out venture which develops technology to automate ultrafast laser pulse techniques which ordinarily require elaborate laboratory preparation. Additionally, Dr. Dantus joined with other MSU faculty members in 1997 to found KTM Industries, Inc., which develops, manufactures and markets products using non-toxic, environmentally safe bioplastics, such as biodegradable foam.

He is one of four 2016 MSU Foundation Professors. MSU Foundation Professorships demonstrate the university’s commitment to recognizing and rewarding world-class scholars. The title is bestowed by MSU, with support from the MSU Foundation, to provide supplemental research support over five years to awardees, who will retain the "MSU Foundation Professor" title permanently. In June 2015, Dr. Dantus was designated one of that year's ten University Distinguished Professors.

In 2014, he was named a fellow of the American Physical Society for contributions to the development of pulse shaping and coherent control techniques for femtosecond electronic spectroscopy microscopy and remote sensing of molecules. That year, he was also made a fellow of the Optical Society of America (for the development of the multiphoton intrapulse interference phase scan for automated femtosecond pulse compression and shaping and for applications ranging from materials processing to bioimaging)and a National Academy of Inventors Fellow (for his contributions to patents and licensing, innovative discovery and technology, significant impact on society and his support and enhancement of innovation).

He was the 2013 recipient of the MSU Innovator of the Year award, and was one of the recipients in 2008 of the MSU Distinguished Faculty Award.