Advanced Functional Luminescence Material

Advanced functional luminescence

Dr Nathaniel Davis

Gaps exist in the research field where physics blends into chemistry. In the Advanced Functional Luminescence group, we take a chemical stance to solve challenges related to the advancement of solar energy, energy conversion and efficient lighting. Our focus is on the creation of materials allowing light and electronic energy to be interchanged.

Photo-active antenna complexes have existed for the last decade or so, but they are not presently widely used in applications. Our goal is to link organic and inorganic chromophores together to create energy-harvesting systems with spectral management techniques that are more efficient and applicable compared to the previous generation chromophores. Once fabricated these structures have the potential to advance a wide range of optoelectronic applications. These large antenna complexes will mimic the efficient light harvesting complexes found in nature, concentrating, splitting or combining excited states, and have potential applications in photovoltaics (PVs), luminescent solar concentrators (LSCs), down converters, light emitting diodes (LEDs), water splitting and optically and electronically pumped lasers. They will also act as compelling models to observe excited state dynamics using laser spectroscopy, which has the potential to provide fundamental knowledge that feeds back into future applications.

Facilities

  • Synthesis: Fume Hood, Schlenk Line, Glove Box.
  • Fabrication: Spin Coater, Blade Coater, Polymerisation.
  • Physical characterisation: H1 and C13 NMR, IR, Mass Spec, TEM, XRD, SEM, EDX,
  • Optical characterisation: UV Vis, Fluorimeter, Fluorescent Lifetimes, Ultra-fast Photoluminescence, Transient Absorption.

Current Researchers

Post-doctoral

  • Dr Chunyan Zeng

PhD

  • Deanna Ayupova
  • Matt Brett
  • Hellen Nalumaga

MSc

  • Jake Hardy

Undergraduate

  • Sanutep Chan
  • Maggie Gao

Interns

  • Amy Witzmann (Southampton, UK)
  • Aurélien Rossi (ENSCP, France)

Collaborations

  • The Australasian Community for Advanced Organic Semiconductors
  • The Dodd Walls Centre for Photonic and Quantum Technologies
  • The MacDiarmid Institute for Advanced Materials and Nanotechnology
  • The ARC Centre of Excellence in Exciton Science (University of Melbourne, Monash University, RMIT, University of NSW and the University of Sydney).
  • The Optoelectronics Group University of Cambridge, UK.

Publications

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