Silbey's research involved theoretical studies of single molecule spectroscopy at low temperatures, energy and electron transfer and relaxation in molecular aggregates, and the optical and electronic properties of conjugated oligomers and polymers and the transport of charge in organic systems.
"Electronic Energy Transfer and Spectral Lines in Molecular Crystals," R. Silbey, Annual Rev. Phys. Chem. 27 (1976). PDF
"Lifetime of an Emitting Molecule Near a Partially Reflecting Surface," R. R. Chance, A. Prock and R. Silbey, J. Chem. Phys. 60, 2744 (1974). PDF
"Theoretical Description of Photochemical Hole Burning in Soft Glasses," B. Jackson and R. Silbey, Chem. Phys. Lett. 99, 331 (1983). PDF
"Second Order Optical Nonlinearity in Octupolar Aromatic Systems," M. Joffre, D. Yaron, R. Silbey and J. Zyss, J. Chem. Phys. 97, 5607 (1992). PDF
"Memory Effects in the Relaxation of Quantum Open Systems," A. Suarez, R. Silbey and I. Oppenheim, J. Chem. Phys. 97, 5101 (1992). PDF
"Theory of Single-Molecule Spectroscopy: Beyond the Ensemble Average," E. Barkai, Y. Jung, R. Silbey, Ann. Rev Phys. Chem. 55, 457-507 (2004). PDF
"Molecular Fluorescence and Energy Transfer Near Interfaces," R. Chance, A. Prock and R. Silbey, Adv. in Chem. Phys. 37, 1 (2007). DOI