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.
Tom’s prestigious Royal Society University Research Fellowship has been renewed for a further 3 years. Tom was originally awarded his prestigious fellowship in 2015, and made the offer of a proleptic lectureship at Bristol in 2018. In 2019 he was promoted to Associate Professor.
We have been successful in our bid for a seed-corn grant from the Bristol Centre for Agricultural Innovation to investigate the fluorescence lifetimes of iridescent chloroplasts using fluorescence lifetime imaging. This will help upgrade our current time-correlated single photon counting apparatus and enable confocal imaging of single chloroplasts. These studies will investigate if the non-photochemical quenching response of the iridoplasts is related to their photonic structure.
Giordano Amoruso, Mary Jenkinson-Finch (Steve Mann’s group) and Roman Abrams (Jonathan Clayden’s group) were the University of Bristol’s representatives at the 6th Jilin University Chemistry Graduate Forum. Giordano presented his recent work investigating Förster resonant energy transfer in quantum dot-bacterial reaction centre conjugates.
Dr Daniel Polak joins the Oliver group following PhD studies with Dr Jenny Clark at the University of Sheffield. In his PhD, Daniel studied singlet fission of polyenes inside de novo maquette proteins and the effect of microcavities on the emission efficiency of singlet fission. Daniel will use multidimensional optical spectroscopies to explore chemical and biomolecular condensed phase dynamics.
Victoria Taylor, Giordano Amoruso, Mahima Sneha (Orr-Ewing group) and Luke Lewis-Borrell (Orr-Ewing group) presented their ultrafast studies at the 29th International Conference on Photochemistry in Boulder, Colorado, USA. Tom Oliver co-chaired and organised the Ultrafast Photochemistry session of the conference with Vanessa Huxter (University of Arizona).
Welcome to Chemical Physics undergraduate student Una Tobin who has joined the Oliver group this week as a summer project student. Una will also work in the lab for her final year Masters project this Autumn.
Giordano’s study of an biomimetic excited state proton transfer (ESPT) reaction “Following Bimolecular Excited State Proton Transfer between Hydroxycoumarin and Imidazole Derivatives” has been accepted for publication in the Journal of Physical Chemistry B. The paper details the immediate ESPT dynamics across a hydrogen bonded bridge between coumarin photoacid and imidazole base molecules in chloroform solution. Due to the short excited state lifetime of the photoacid, the immediate ‘contact’ ESPT reaction can be studied in isolation of diffusive driven ESPT dynamics. The paper is available online here and forms Tom’s contribution to the Journal of Physical Chemistry’s Young Scientists Virtual Special Issue.
Marta’s paper entitled, Exploring ultraviolet photoinduced charge-transfer dynamics in a model dinucleotide of guanine and thymine, has been accepted for publication in Physical Chemistry Chemical Physics. The paper, unequivocally demonstrates that the Franck-Condon excited states of the dinculeotide, d(GpT), are significantly delocalised across both nucleobases, and mediate d(G+pT–) exciplex product formation on an ultrafast (< 350 fs) timescale. Theoretical studies show that the nature of the vertical excited states are very dependent on the specific geometry of the dinucleotide, and dictate the degree of delocalised, charge-transfer or localised character. The paper is available to read here.