Laboratory for Chemical Spectroscopy and Microscopy
Laboratory for Femtosecond Spectroscopy
The Laboratory for Chemical Spectroscopy and Microscopy is located in the School of Physical Sciences at the University of Adelaide. We use a variety of techniques to conduct cutting edge experiments to answer key questions in chemistry and photo-physics. In particular, we use steady state and time-resolved spectroscopic techniques to investigate the molecular processes in two significant systems.
Our system of interest is the highly fluorescent conjugated polymer nanostructures. We currently focus on using femtosecond transient absorption spectroscopy and fluorescence upconversion spectroscopy to understand the effect of the shape of the nanostructure on the energy and charge transfer processes in these structures. Because conjugated polymers are used as organic solar cell materials, a good understanding of these processes will lead to strategies for improving the efficiency of organic solar cells.
Another system of interest is molecules that undergo singlet fission. Our work aims to understand the mechanism of singlet fission by controlling the intermolecular distance and orientation of the pair of molecules that are involved in singlet fission.