EPSRC programme grant commences

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).

Giordano’s quantum dot-bacterial reaction centre FRET study published in JPCL!

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.

Giordano wins 3 minute video challenge prize!

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.