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)


Characterizing the functional dynamics of zinc phthalocyanine from femtoseconds to nanoseconds

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Savolainen J, van der Linden D, Dijkhuizen N, Herek JL
Journal of Photochemistry and Photobiology A- Chemistry
Vol. 196 Issue 1 P99-105 April 30, 2008

A promising photosensitizer, zinc phthalocyanine, is investigated by means of steady-state and time-resolved pump-probe spectroscopies. Spectrally resolved pump-probe data are recorded on time scales ranging from femtoseconds to nanoseconds. Global analysis yields the excited-state absorption spectra and lifetimes, as well as the pathways and efficiencies of the competing relaxation processes from the initially excited S-1 state. In addition to the expected nanosecond-scale processes of fluorescence, internal conversion and inter-system crossing that follow the generally accepted kinetic scheme, we also resolve ultrafast dynamics. The nature of these fast processes and their implications to the functional pathway involving triplet formation are discussed. © 2007 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.
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