The Ultrafast Spectroscopy group investigates light-matter interactions in photoresponsive molecules and materials. The reactivity of electronically excited states and the derivation of structure-dynamic-function relationships are the focus of our research. In addition to methodological developments towards in situ spectroscopic characterization of electron transfer cascades. Another research focus is the investigation of semiconductor nanostructures for photocatalytic water splitting. For this purpose, strategies for coupling quantum dots and nanorods with metal particles or molecular reaction centers are developed and charge separation processes at the resulting interfaces are investigated.
Spectroscopy for the characterization of electronically excited states in photoresponsive molecules and materials
The research topics of the group combine the controlled production of photoactive materials with their detailed spectroscopic characterization. Thereby, we obtain a insights into the function-determining light-induced processes in the investigated molecules and materials.
The scientific applications of the work aim at an optimized design of molecules and materials by a detailed mechanistic understanding. Technological applications are mainly in the areas of light-energy conversion and drug release and activation.