Optical Sciences

Biomolecules and nanostructures

The Optical Sciences group studies the interaction of light and matter at the nanoscale. We do this by exploring ways to shape light and its environment. It's what we call active and passive control. Our current focus is on the interaction of light with biomolecules and nanostructures. We are part of Twente University's Department of Science and Technology and member of the MESA+ institute.
We participate in the EU-COST actions MP1102: Coherent Raman microscopy (MicroCor) and CM1202: Supramolecular photocatalytic water splitting (PERSPECT-H2O)


Photophysics of indole-2-carboxylic acid in an aqueous environment studied by fluorescence spectroscopy in combination with ab initio calculations

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A. Huijser, M.F. Rode, A.L. Sobolewski and V. Sundström
Physical Chemistry Chemical Physics
vol 14 issue 6 p2078-2086 jan 10, 2012

The photo-physics and -chemistry of indoles are known to be highly complex and strongly dependent on their precise molecular structure and environment. Combination of spectroscopic analysis with quantum chemical calculations should be a powerful tool to unravel precise excited state deactivation mechanisms. At the same time, combined studies are seldom and likely far from trivial. In this work we explore the feasibility of combining spectroscopic and quantum-chemical data into one consistent model. The molecule of choice is indole-2-carboxylic acid (ICA) in aqueous media. Excited state dynamics are determined by time-resolved fluorescence experiments, while excited state reaction pathways of ICA-H2O clusters are explored by ab initio calculations.
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