Bristol-led 6-year EPSRC programme grant Ultrafast Photochemical Dynamics in Complex Environments started last month. The grant led by Andrew Orr-Ewing seeks to understand how the photochemistry of molecules is changed by their environment using a variety of techniques that include: Coulomb explosion imaging, transient X-ray absorption spectroscopy, multidimensional optical spectroscopies, time-resolved photoelectron spectroscopy and ab initio multi-spawning theoretical calculations. The expansive collaborative project brings together groups from UCL (Helen Fielding and Graham Worth), Imperial (Jon Marangos), Oxford (Claire Vallance and Mark Brouard), Durham (Basile Curchod) and Bristol (Andrew Orr-Ewing and Tom Oliver).
Well done to Giordano Amoruso for passing his viva voce examination. His PhD thesis was entitled “Ultrafast photoinduced bimolecular proton, electron and energy transfer”.
Well done to Olivia Hawkins for passing her MSc(R) viva voce exam. Her MSc(R) thesis was entitled “Investigating the Excited State Dynamics of 1,6-Diphenyl-1,3,5- Hexatriene Using Time Correlated Single Photon Counting”.
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.