Projects per year
The research in my group can be separated into many themes which are described below. For a full description of my group's activities and our research interests, visit www.taaoliver.com
I. Unravelling the primary photo-protection pathways in DNA
II. Elucidating excitation transport mechanisms in photo-voltaic materials
The question of whether the initially photo-excited states of solid-state inorganic-organic PVs such as lead halide perovskites and Cu2ZnSnS4 (CZTS) is excitonic in nature, or a semi-conductor, i.e. immediately free charge-carriers will be investigated with temperature dependent 2DES. The reason for low carrier motilities will be investigated for CZTS, with the aim of identifying specific trap morphologies
III. Exploring Delocalised Energy Transport in Bacterial Reaction Centres
Reaction centres (RCs) play a pivotal role in photosynthesis, accepting energy from peripheral light harvesting antenna using it to induce charge-separation into electrons (and holes) with > 90% quantum efficiency. The electrons are used to drive essential downstream processes such as carbon fixation and carbohydrate synthesis. Despite extensive study by researchers from across the globe, the precise electronic structure of bacterial reactions centres remains unclear. 2D electronic-vibrational spectroscopy (4) will be used to elucidate the electronic coupling constants between the bacteriochlorophyll-a (B/P), bacteriophephytin-a (H), and carotenoid pigments. These parameters determine whether the RC electronic excited states can be described as localised transitions on individual chromophores (sites) or delocalised over multiple pigments (excitons).
IV. Nanoscale design principles of natural and artificial light harvesting systems
The general macroscopic principles that underlie the near unity efficiency of natural light harvesting are becoming more apparent, (8) and provide inspiration for artificial solar devices. To date, these studies have limited spatial resolutions (typically > 20 μm), that limits our understanding of how the spatial arrangement of molecules on a nanometer length scales connects to their energetic and temporal landscapes. To counter this, the Oliver group will develop techniques that couple the advantages of multidimensional optical spectroscopies to confocal or super-resolution microscopies, revealing the influence of the intermolecular spatial heterogeneity on nanometre length scales. These experiments will allow for unprecedented insights on relevant molecular levels, and access information such as the morphologies associated with the most-efficient exciton-dissociation in photovoltaic materials, or microscopic inhomogeneity in natural light harvesting systems that likely underlies the very efficient macroscopic energy capture and transfer in higher plants.
This research is funded by the Royal Society via a University Research Fellowship and by the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council.
- Kohler B (2010) Nonradiative Decay Mechanisms in DNA Model Systems. J Phys Chem Lett 1(13):2047–2053.
- Brixner T, Mancal T, Stiopkin IV, Fleming GR (2004) Phase-stabilized two-dimensional electronic spectroscopy. J Chem Phys 121(9):4221–4236.
- Huxter VM, Oliver TAA, Budker D, Fleming GR (2013) Vibrational and electronic dynamics of nitrogen–vacancy centres in diamond revealed by two-dimensional ultrafast spectroscopy. Nat Phys 9(11):744–749.
- Oliver TAA, Lewis NHC, Fleming GR (2014) Correlating the motion of electrons and nuclei with two-dimensional electronic-vibrational spectroscopy. Proc Natl Acad Sci USA 111(28):10061–10066.
- Oliver TAA, Fleming GR (2015) Following Coupled Electronic-Nuclear Motion through Conical Intersections in the Ultrafast Relaxation of β-Apo-8′-carotenal. J Phys Chem B 119:11428–11441.
- Cho M (2008) Coherent two-dimensional optical spectroscopy. Chem Rev 108(4):1331–1418.
- Song Y, Clafton SN, Pensack RD, Kee TW, Scholes GD (2014) Vibrational coherence probes the mechanism of ultrafast electron transfer in polymer–fullerene blends.Nat Commun 5:4933.
- Blankenship RE (2014) Molecular Mechanisms of Photosynthesis (John Wiley and Sons, Oxford).
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1/03/21 → 28/02/23
High-Efficiency Excitation Energy Transfer in Biohybrid Quantum Dot–Bacterial Reaction Center NanoconjugatesAmoruso, G., Liu, J., Polak, D. W., Tiwari, K., Jones, M. R. & Oliver, T. A. A., 17 Jun 2021, In: Journal of Physical Chemistry Letters. 12, 23, p. 5448−5455 8 p.
Research output: Contribution to journal › Article (Academic Journal) › peer-review
Singlet and Triplet Contributions to the Excited-State Activities of Dihydrophenazine, Phenoxazine, and Phenothiazine Organocatalysts Used in Atom Transfer Radical PolymerizationBhattacherjee, A., Sneha, M., Lewis-Borrell, L. J., Amoruso, G., Oliver, T. A. A., Tyler, J. L., Clark, I. P. & Orr-Ewing, A. J., 10 Mar 2021, In: Journal of the American Chemical Society. 143, 9, p. 3613 - 3627 15 p.
Research output: Contribution to journal › Article (Academic Journal) › peer-review9 Citations (Scopus)
Swift, T., Fagan, D., Benito-Alifonso, D., Hill, S. A., Yallop, M. L., Lawson, T., Oliver, T. A. A., Galan, M. C. & Whitney, H. M., 19 Aug 2020, In: New Phytologist.
Research output: Contribution to journal › Article (Academic Journal) › peer-reviewOpen AccessFile12 Downloads (Pure)
High Efficiency Excitation Energy Transfer in Biohybrid Quantum Dot–Bacterial Reaction Center Nanoconjugates
Following Bimolecular Excited State Proton Transfer Between Hydroxycoumarin and Imidazole Derivatives
Surface functionalisation significantly changes the physical and electronic properties of carbon nano-dots