Research in the Eisele group is focused on the fundamental science of self-assembled nanostructures. Our research comprehensively combines different disciplines such as engineering, chemistry, physics, material science, and biology.
In our lab we synthesize/create and study artificial model systems for light-harvesting (both, in solution and on solid substrates) in order to elucidate the fundamental processes that govern nature’s highly efficient photosynthetic masterpieces. Instead of improving the efficiency of current light-harvesting devices, the aim of our research is to learn from nature’s design principles in order to inspire creation of entirely new architectures that can operate both efficiently and robust. Our group aims to contribute to a better understanding of energy and electron transport processes in nanoscale systems, which is vital to making new breakthroughs in the development of opto-electronic applications such as photovoltaic devices. We’re fascinated by the collective phenomena found in self-assembled nanoscale systems such as supra-molecular assemblies (Frenkel exciton systems), semiconductor nanostructures (Wannier exciton systems), metallic nanostructures (plasmonic systems), and organic/inorganic hybrid systems.
One of the most challenging aspects of studying self-assembled nanoscale systems is that due to the self-assembly process the ensemble often may show significant inhomogeneity in both morphological and optical properties. Therefore, a pivotal step to characterize and study self-assembled systems is to apply methods that allow investigating individual objects. In particular, we’re interested in the complex interplay of structural and optical properties. In general, our research is problem-oriented, which requires different experimental methods that embrace steady-state and time-resolved spectroscopy combined with microscopy techniques. While in general our work exhibits a deep interest in gaining a basic understanding of principle processes, we are particularly interested in fundamental research with a potential for future applications.
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