Our research is dedicated to the understanding of the photophysics of organic and hybrid supramolecular nanosystems. The ultimate goal, i.e. unbiased, targeted design of tailor-made systems for optoelectronics or fife science, can only be reached in an interdisciplinary manner, which we tackle in an integrative spectroscopic & computational approach, based on a strong background in chemistry and materials science.
This crossroad approach allows for a thorough and systematic insight into the electronic, optical and photophysical properties of novel conjugated oligomeric & polymeric materials from diluted systems, via molecular dyads & complexes and nanostructured supramolecular host-guest compounds, to condensed phases, such as nanoparticles, thin films and liquid crystals, but in particular single crystalline systems, which allow for a detailed understanding of structure-property relationships.
The multi-disciplinary character of the field calls for intense collaboration with synthesists, material scientists, quantum chemists, laser physicists, and device engineers, which we have established in the past years through (inter)national research projects, my current regular visiting researcher position at Seoul National University, and an adjunct professorship at the University of Tübingen.