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20 May


Distinguished Lectures by Professor Donal D.C. Bradley

Online via Zoom

03:30pm - 04:30pm

Engineering Enhanced Molecular Light Sources by Controlling Physical Structure and Environment

Speaker: Professor Donal D.C. Bradley
Department of Molecular Metabolism, Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, USA

Date: May 20, 2021 (Thusday)
Time: 3:30-4:30 p.m. GMT+8 (Hong Kong Time)

Online via Zoom
(Meeting ID: 951 1286 7706)


The nature of the light emission properties of molecular chromophores is characteristic of their chemical structure and environment. This well-known property forms the basis for many spectroscopic tools in chemical and biological analysis. Physical structure and environment can equally be controlled to engineer the emission from molecular chromophores, making use of different interactions between the optical transition dipoles and their surroundings. For many applications we would like to be able to control the spatial (e.g. directionality), temporal (e.g. decay time) and spectral (e.g. colour hue and saturation) characteristics of the light source, together with its emission efficiency and polarisation. This talk will explore the use of engineered physical structures to achieve this, including liquid crystalline oriented films, controlled molecular conformations, and patterned dielectric and metallic photonic structures.  In terms of materials, the focus will be on conjugated molecules including polymers, oligomers and small molecules, as widely used in organic light emitting diode (OLED) displays, lighting and lasers.

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Distinguished Lectures by Professor Donal D.C. Bradley

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