Congratulations to Olivia and Giordano for submitting their MSc(R) and PhD theses in the last month!
Congratulations to Giordano for the publication of his paper, “High-efficiency excitation energy transfer in biohybrid quantum dot–bacterial reaction center nanoconjugates” which has just been published in the Journal of Physical Chemistry Letters. In this collaborative work with Dr Mike Jones in Biochemistry, Giordano engineered a novel fluorescent bacterial reaction centre mutant which was conjugated to CdTe quantum dots. These two moieties formed a highly efficiency FRET pair allowing for broadband solar light harvesting across all visible and near-infrared wavelengths. The article is available to read here.
Congratulations to Hilary McCarthy who won the Graduate Chemistry Association prize for best 1 minute to save the planet presentation, entitled “Enhancing photosynthesis: light, nanoparticles, action?!”
Congratulations to Olivia Hawkins for winning one of the poster prizes at the RSC’s Spectroscopy and Dynamics Annual Group Meeting held virtually on Zoom (11-12th January 2021). Her poster was entitled “Investigating the fluorescence properties of Diphenylhexatriene in different environments”
Congratulations to Giordano who won (alongside Georgia Thornton in Andrew Orr-Ewing’s group at Bristol) one of the 6 prizes awarded for best 3 minute video challenge at the RSC’s Photochemistry and Photophysics Annual Meeting hosted online. Giordano presented his study examining FRET between quantum dots and bacterial reaction centres in biohybrid nanoconjugates- a project that we have worked in collaboration with Dr Mike Jones (Biochemistry, Bristol). The video can be viewed here.
Welcome to new graduate students Olivia and Camilla, who have just joined the Oliver group. Camilla and Olivia will use ultrafast spectroscopies to investigate the dynamics of bilin and chlorin pigments in solution and protein.
Congratulations to Dr Somen Mondal for the award of a prestigious Newton International Fellowship, to be hosted in the Oliver group at the University of Bristol. Somen will start his new position in March 2021.
Fabiola gave an excellent and animated talk on zoom to the Bristol Centre for Functional Nanomaterials Annual conference detailing her fascinating discovery of dynamic iridescence in Phyllagathis rotundifolia.
Congratulations to Victoria Taylor and Marta Duchi for passing their (remote) PhD vivas during UK lockdown! Marta is now a post-doc with Peter Hamm in Zurich, and Victoria will start a post-doc with Ralph Ernstorfer in September.