Lindsey Madison

lmadisonLindsey is a postdoctoral researcher in the McCoy Lab.  She grew up in Worcester, MA, and did her undergraduate at Carleton College in Northfield, MN.  While at Carleton, she worked with Prof. Daniela Kohen to model CO2 diffusion in zeolites using molecular dynamics.  Lindsey completed her doctoral work with Prof. Mark Ratner and Prof. George Schatz at Northwestern University in Evanston, IL. She used Time Dependent Density Functional Theory to model the optical excitation of silver nanoclusters and the Raman response of organic molecules that are used to decorate nanoparticles.  In her free time, she enjoys exploring the Pacific Northwest while hiking with her dog, learning new hobbies like rock climbing, and experimenting with cooking and baking recipes.

Research Interests:  Lindsey uses analytical and numerical models to describe anharmonic vibrations in small, weakly bound molecular systems such as the protonated water dimer and Argon tagged formaldehyde.  She uses Quantum Monte Carlo to describe the diffuse nature of the vibrational ground state wavefunctions of these weakly bound systems. She is interested in building models to relate the molecule’s potential energy surface to their structural properties and subsequently to predict their infrared spectra.


Chiang, N., Jiang, N., Madison, L. R., Pozzi, E., Wasielewski, M., Ratner, M. A., Hersam, M., Seideman, T., Schatz, G. C., Van Duyne, R. P. Probing Intermolecular Vibrational Symmetry Breaking in Self-Assembled Monolayers with Ultrahigh Vacuum Tip-Enhanced Raman Spectroscopy. JACS 2017 139 (51), pp 18664-18669.

Madison, L. R., Ratner, M. A., Schatz, G. C. SERS Theory: The Chemical Effect of Rhodamine 6G Adsorption on Silver Surfaces on its Raman Spectrum. Recent Developments in SERS. In Press.

Craig, S. M., Menges, F. S., Doung, C. H., Denton, J. K., Madison, L. R., McCoy, A. B., Johnson, M. A. On the Anomalously Diffuse Vibrational Spectrum of a Trapped Hydronium Ion: Unmasking the Hidden Role of Intra-Cluster Proton Transfer. PNAS, 2017, 114 (24), pp 4706-4713.

Mauney, D. T., Mosley, J. D., Madison, L.R., McCoy, A. B., and Duncan, M. A. “Infrared Spectroscopy and Theory of the Formaldehyde Cation and its Hydroxymethylene Isomer.”  JCP 2016, 145, p 174303.

Sharma, B., Bugga, P., Madison, L. R., Henry, A. I., Blaber, M. G., Greeneltch, N. G., Chiang, N., Mrksich, M., Schatz, G. C., Van Duyne, R. P. “Bisboronic Acids for Selective, Physiologically Relevant Direct Glucose Sensing with Surface-Enhanced Raman Spectroscopy.”  JACS, 2016, 138 (42), pp 1395213959.

Jaing, N., Chiang, N. Madison, L. R., Pozzi, E., Wasielewski, M., Seideman, T., Ratner, M., Hersam, M., Schatz, G. C., Van Duyne, R. P. “Nanoscale Chemical Imaging of a Dynamic Molecular Phase Boundary with Ultrahigh Vacuum Tip-Enhanced Raman Spectroscopy.” Nano Lett., 2016, 16 (6), pp 3898-3904.

Szlag, V., Styles, M., Madison, L. R. , Campos, A., Wagh, B., Sprouse, D., Schatz, G., Reineke, T., Haynes, C.SERS “Detection of Ricin B-Chain via N-Acetyl-Galactosamine Glycopolymers.” ACS Sens., 2016, 1 (7), pp 842-846

Clotilde M. L., Madison, L. R., Schatz, G. C. “Dependence of Plasmon Energies on the Acoustic Normal Modes of Agn (n = 20, 84, and 120) Clusters.” JPC C, 2016, 120 (37), pp 20572–20578.

Madison, L. R., Ratner, M. A., Schatz, G. C. “Understanding the Electronic Structure Properties of Bare Silver Clusters as Models for Plasmonic Excitation.” QSCP- XVIII Proceedings, 2015.

Aikens, C. M., Madison, L. R., Schatz, G. C. “Raman spectroscopy: The Effect of Field Gradients on SERS.” Nat. Photon., 2013, 7, pp. 508-510.

Madison, L., Heitzer, H., Russell, C., and Kohen, D. “Atomistic Simulations of CO2 and N2 within Cage-Type Zeolites.” Langmuir, 2011, 27, p. 1954.