My research project
Molecular Photonics based on Chlorophyll Self-Assembled on Graphene and Carbon Nanotubes
In the early stages of my project I will be investigating the coupling of porphyrins (electron/energy donor in chlorophyll) with various metal centres assembled on carbon nanostructures that act as a charge/energy acceptor. The effect of the linker - covalently bonded or otherwise - will also be studied.
Following this, the problem of self assembly of the porphyrins onto the nanostructures will be investigated. Successful self assembly of light harvesters onto such surfaces will allow coherence studies via the nanoscale control of electron donor position. The creation of synthetic antenna complexes may also be investigated.
Prior to my PhD at the Leverhulme Quantum Biology Doctoral Training Centre I completed my MPhys degree at Surrey, working at TRIUMF particle accelerator centre in Vancouver, Canada. There I computationally investigated kinematic effects within an internal conversion electron detector.
- Novel solar energy solutions
- Nanomaterials: graphene and carbon nanotubes
- Photoluminescence and Raman spectroscopy characterisation methods
- Self-assembly of porphyrins on carbon naostructures