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)


Second-order nonlinear optical active calix[4]arene polyimides suitable for frequency doubling in the UV region

Kenis PJA, Noordman OFJ, vanHulst NF, Engbersen JFJ, Reinhoudt DN, Hams BHM, vanderVorst CPJM
vol 9 issue 2: p596-p601 FEB 1997

A new type of soluble calix[4]arene-based polyimides was prepared by reaction of bis(3-aminopropyl) dipropyl functionalized tetranitrocalix[4]arenes with hexafluoroisopropylidene diphthalic anhydride. Spin-coating of these polymers and subsequent electric field poling results in films that are highly transparent above 410 nm and exhibit high and thermally stable second harmonic generation coefficients. These properties make these materials very suitable Ear frequency-doubling applications in the UV region (820-410 nm).
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