nanoscale, with particular emphasis on the complex interplay of structural and optical properties. In our group, we bring together Materials Research and Physical Research approaches.
Our research unites:
=> Materials Synthesis,
=> Experimental Investigations (Spectroscopy & Microscopy/Nanoscopy), and
=> Theoretical Modeling.
We are particularly interested in fundamental research with potential future applications, especially in the areas of renewable energy, health, and national security. Our research comprehensively combines different disciplines such as engineering, chemistry, physics, material science, and biology.
Specifically. In our lab, we synthesize/create and investigate 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, our aim is to learn from nature’s design principles in order to inspire the creation of entirely new architectures that can operate both efficiently and robustly. 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 optoelectronic applications such as photovoltaic devices.
Materials Synthesis in Our Chemistry Laboratories. We create well-defined model systems in solution and on solid substrates. Our preparation methods include microfluidic techniques using low-pressure syringe pumps from
Leading Researchers: Dr. Nikunjkumar Visaveliya, Pooja Gaikwad
Our Chemistry Laboratory
Experimental Investigations in Our Nano-imaging and Spectroscopy Laboratory. One of the most challenging aspects of studying self-assembled nanoscale systems is the frequently observed heterogeneity in morphological, structural, and optical properties in ensemble samples. Therefore, a pivotal step to characterize and study self-assembled systems is to apply methods that allow for the study of both the ensemble in solution and individual objects. Therefore, we investigate our model systems by employing a comprehensive set of research tools—experimental methods that embrace microscopy and nanoscopy techniques—including Near-field Scanning Optical Microscopy setup from WITec GmbH—combined with steady-state and time-resolved spectroscopy methods including Transient Absorption (TA) spectroscopy.
Leading Researchers: Dr. Christopher W. Leishman, Kara Ng
Theoretical Modeling in Our Group. Theoretical modeling is essential for guiding, informing, and interpreting our experimental efforts. With our collaboration partners, we aim to develop efficient and reliable predictive models for (1) supramolecular self-assembly processes and (2) energy and charge transport properties in supramolecular and hybrid nanosystems. We are aiming to implement traditional molecular dynamics (MD) and Monte Carlo algorithms. Our ultimate goal is to create new computational tools combining the best of both traditional MD and stochastic mechanics, allowing us to extend the range of target systems for optimization from the nano- to the mesoscale. Our hope is, that this work will serve as a bridge to enhance collaborative research, speaking the language of theory while operating at the scale of
Leading Researchers: Dr. Joseph Brisendine
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