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Zernike Institute Colloquium: Prof. Dr. J. Köhler, Chair for Experimental Physics IV, University of Bayreuth, Germany: Single-molecule spectroscopy on multichromophoric systems


07 April 2011 FWN-Building 5111.0080, Nijenborgh 4, 9747 AG, Groningen
Speaker: Prof. Dr. Jürgen Köhler
Affiliation: Chair for Experimental Physics IV, University of Bayreuth, Germany
Title: Single-molecule spectroscopy on multichromophoric systems
Date: 07-04-2011
Start: 16.00
Location: FWN-Building 5111.0080


Multichromophoric systems consist of several chromophores, i.e. molecular entities with strong absorption and emission characteristics in the visible spectral range. The interaction between these chromophores gives rise to energy and charge transfer processes and as a consequence of this the photophysical properties of a multichromophoric system can deviate significantly from those of the isolated constituents. Hence these systems are of great fundamental interest because they feature many important concepts from condensed matter physics and chemistry, and because they play a prominent role in processes of considerable practical importance, such as biological light harvesting, technological efforts to build organic solar cells, and molecular electronics in general.

The talk will cover two examples of multichromophoric systems that have been studied by single-molecule spectroscopy in our group: Conjugated polymers and pigment-protein complexes that play a major role in the light reactions of bacterial photosynthesis. The single-molecule approach provides insights that are commonly masked by ensemble averaging which is often a severe problem due to the unavoidable heterogneity of the organic materials.

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