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EPSRC Reference: EP/V049070/1
Title: Ultrafast Optoelectronic Nanoscopy of Biological and Optoelectronic Systems
Principal Investigator: Bakulin, Dr A
Other Investigators:
Edel, Professor JB Ivanov, Dr A
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Department: Chemistry
Organisation: Imperial College London
Scheme: Standard Research - NR1
Starts: 01 January 2021 Ends: 31 December 2022 Value (£): 192,114
EPSRC Research Topic Classifications:
Analytical Science Optoelect. Devices & Circuits
Physical Organic Chemistry
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One of the greatest challenges in modern nanotechnology is the ability to characterise individual molecules and molecular assemblies with high spatial and temporal resolution. A technology possessing these capabilities will have a broad range of applications in next-generation molecular electronics, and will help to solve major existing healthcare challenges, from early-stage biomarker detection to protein sequencing.

In the last decade, a variety of new methods emerged that tried to combine ultrafast optical tools with electronic sensors. The developed expertise brings us a unique opportunity to start a completely new type of experimental research - addressing individulal molecules and resolving their dynamics on all relevant timescales, from ps to ms and beyond.

In the proposed project, we aim to bring together cutting-edge developments in the fields of ultrafast spectroscopy and single-molecule tunnelling detection. We will develop a new experimental platform for the characterisation of molecular-scale objects, utilising nanodimensional electrical probes in concert with ultrafast optical methods. This combination will result in a robust and versatile new technique, Ultrafast Optoelectronic Nanoscopy (UON). UON's potential to overcome the limitations of scanning probe methods and to access the real-time evolution of molecular systems will be demonstrated by applying it to biological macromolecules and plastic semiconductor devices.
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