The aim is to identify, understand, and control the nature of various physical phenomena and functionalities of condensed matter systems. We approach this problem using a variety of linear and non-linear optical techniques and by developing microscopic models to describe the observed phenomena.
The research group Optical Condensed Matter Physics is part of the Zernike Institute for Advanced Materials, a research institute within the Faculty of Science and Engineering of the University of Groningen.
Maxim Pchenitchnikov together with Thomas Jansen (Theory of Condensed Matter group were awarded a Dutch Research Council (NWO) grant for the proposal entitled “Self-assembly pathways of an artificial light harvesting complex”. The aim of the project is to study how thousands and thousands of molecules organize themselves into highly-ordered functional structures without external guidance. The key to elucidating self-assembly intermediate stages and their kinetics is to confront the spectroscopic data with those predicted theoretical calculations.
Two excellent PhD students (an experimentalist and a theorist) are urgently sought to be appointed on the project!
Despite the fact that push-pull molecules based on Triphenylamine (TPA)/Tetracyanobutadiene (TCBD) strongly absorb in the visible spectrum, they do not show detectable photoluminescence in solution which is in agreement with the short excited state depopulation time of ~ 10 ps. The latter significantly increases in the solid state making TPA / TCBD derivatives potential candidates for photovoltaic applications.
This was published by Benedito Raul et al. as part of the SEPOMO network, a Horizon 2020 Marie Sklodowska-Curie ITN Programme.
Triphenylamine/Tetracyanobutadiene-based π-Conjugated Push-Pull Molecules End-capped with Arene Platforms: Synthesis, Photophysics, and Photovoltaic Response
Published in : Chem. Eur. J. 10.1002/chem.202002810
May 8, 2020
On May 8, 2020, Björn Kriete succesfully defended his PhD thesis, entitled "Exciton Dynamics in Self-Assembled Molecular Nanotubes".
The degree was awarded with the distinction : Cum Laude.