Chemistry of Light and Energy Chemistry of Light and Energy

The Chemistry of Light and Energy theme brings together researchers working in areas connected to experimental and theoretical studies involving light and energy transfer.  These range from the photodynamics of light activated proteins and light harvesting/electronic energy transfer, through to the development of new materials with applications in energy capture/conversion from the sun and next generation LEDs.

Prof David L. Andrews 

Prof David Andrews

  • Structured light and complex beam interactions
  • Novel mechanisms in molecular energy transfer and fluorescence
  • Optical forces and nanomanipulation
  • Chirality and molecular symmetry applications in photophysics
  • Fundamental theory in quantum optics and photonics

Prof Manfred Bochmann

Prof Manfred Bochmann

  • Organometallic and coordination chemistry;
  • Gold chemistry;
  • Homogeneous catalysis;
  • Alkene polymerisation catalysis.

Prof Julea N. Butt

Prof Julea N. Butt

  • Biohybrids for Solar Chemicals
  • Multiheme cytochromes of Shewanella
  • Enzymology of biogeochemical cycles
  • Voltammetry and spectroelectrochemistry of metalloproteins

     

Dr Yimin Chao

Dr Yimin Chao

  • Synthesis and characterization of nanoparticles.
  • Fabrication of thin films using functionalized nanoparticles.
  • Uptake and toxicity of nanoparticles in cultured cells.
  • Applications of functionalised nanoparticles in energy conversion and storage, such as batteries, supercapacitors, solar cells, and thermoelectric modules.
  • Functionalised nanoparticles for diagnosis and targeted drug delivery.

Dr John Fielden

Dr John Fielden

  • New non-linear optical chromophores and photosensitizers based on polyoxometalates
  • P-type semiconductor nanomaterials
  • DNA secondary structure specific, fluorescent probes

Dr Garth Jones

Dr Garth Jones

  • Electronic energy transfer
  • Quantum dynamics
  • Ultrafast processes

Dr Maria Marin

Dr Maria Marin

  • Synthesis and characterisation of nanoparticles
  • Synthesis and application of optical sensors
  • Intracellular detection of pH and nitric oxide; and detection of immune signalling molecules in brain fluid
  • Use of nanoparticles functionalised with photosensitizer molecules for photodynamic therapy (PDT) of cancer
  • Targeted treatment of cancer via PDT
  • Use of near infrared photoexcitable materials for biological application

Prof Steve R. Meech 

Prof Steve R. Meech

  • Ultrafast Spectroscopy
  • Photodynamics of proteins
  • Dynamics of complex fluids
  • Excited state structural dynamics

Dr Vasily Oganesyan

Dr Vasily Oganesyan

  • Theoretical and Computational methods for advanced spectroscopy
  • Electronic structure calculations
  • Molecular Dynamics simulations

Prof Gregory G. Wildgoose

Prof Gregory G. Wildgoose

  • Organometallic synthesis & electrochemistry
  • Main group and coordination chemistry
  • Frustrated Lewis pair chemistry
  • Electrocatalysis
  • Energy & Materials