Integrated 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
Control of quantum dot luminescenceCollaboration with the Materials Science and Technology of Polymers Group of Prof. Julius Vancso
This project aims at tailoring fluorescent nanoparticles based on semiconductor materials ("quantum dots", QDs) for bio-nanophotonic applications. QDs behave like "artificial atoms" showing discrete optical spectral lines due to the low number of atoms that make up their structure. We shall tackle QDs which will be incorporated in polymeric nano- and microspheres. The optical emission of QDs will be "engineered" by controlling the ligand periphery at the QD surface and the surrounding polymeric medium.