EPSRC have funded an early career equipment grant application that will benefit many ECRs at the University of Bristol, including the Oliver group.
The funding will be used for the purchase of an ultrafast mid-infrared detector system for use in multidimensional optical spectroscopic measurements.
Professor Stephen Bradforth (University of Southern California, USA) will be visiting Bristol as a Benjamin Meaker Visiting Professor to collaborate with the Oliver group during September. Steve is an expert in DNA photodamage/protection and solar energy conversion, studying these phenomena with ultrafast spectroscopic techniques.
Our research on multidimensional optical spectroscopies was detailed in a recent review paper published in Royal Society Open Science and forms “part of the ‘New talent’ special collection of invited articles to showcase some of the exciting work being funded by the Royal Society.”
Our paper entitled “Surface functionalisation significantly changes the physical and electronic properties of carbon nano-dots” has been accepted in the journal Nanoscale. Working jointly with the Galan group and researchers in Chemistry and Physics at the University of Bristol, we used an arsenal of analytical and spectroscopic techniques to explore the physical and electronic structure of a variety of glycan functionalised carbon nano-dots. Carbon nano-dots are emerging as non-toxic fluorescent nanoparticles useful for biological applications such as targeting cancer cells or fluorescent labelling. Our studies reveal, counter to prior hypotheses, that the surface functionalisation does not always result in a homogenous corona surrounding the carbon dot core, and the choice of carbohydrate significantly affects the electronic structure of the surface CD states. The article can be found here.
Congratulations to Marta Duchi who won one of the three poster prizes at the Celebration of Bristol Chemistry V– an early career researcher event sponsored jointly by the University of Bristol and Royal Society of Chemistry. Her poster was entitled ‘Charge Transfer Dynamics and Vibrational Wave Packets Explored with Ultrafast Techniques’.
BCFN students Fabiola and Teo have joined the Oliver group for their extended projects. Fabiola is working on iridescent chloroplasts with Tom and Heather Whitney, Teo is working with Carmen Galan and Tom to synthesise and characterise an array of carbon nanodots.
Congratulations to Victoria Taylor who won the three minute thesis people’s choice prize with her presentation “Ultrafast lasers – Shining a light on the future of renewable energy.” The three minute thesis final was held on 9th May 2018 as part of the University of Bristol’s Research without Borders event.