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PHOto-induced Energy flow in Bio-inspired molecular circuits probed with Ultrafast two-dimensional Spectroscopy

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Project "PHOEBUS" data sheet

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city: MILANO
postcode: 20133

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 Coordinator Country Italy [IT]
 Project website
 Total cost 244˙269 €
 EC max contribution 244˙269 € (100%)
 Programme 1. H2020-EU.1.3.2. (Nurturing excellence by means of cross-border and cross-sector mobility)
 Code Call H2020-MSCA-IF-2014
 Funding Scheme MSCA-IF-GF
 Starting year 2015
 Duration (year-month-day) from 2015-10-01   to  2018-09-30


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# participants  country  role  EC contrib. [€] 
1    POLITECNICO DI MILANO IT (MILANO) coordinator 244˙269.00


 Project objective

Solar energy is forecast to cover an important fraction of the world’s energy necessities over the next century. The energy captured from sunlight will be used to drive photovoltaic cells or to produce solar fuels, thus Scientists must learn how to harvest, transfer and store it efficiently. In this framework, the PHOEBUS project aims at providing the design of innovative chemical structures (molecular circuits) that can control in sophisticated ways the flow of excitation energy. The project focuses on bio-inspired molecular circuits, where several light-absorbing molecules are linked together to form antenna systems displaying ultrafast electronic energy transfer (EET). We aim to identify and understand how coherent effects can direct, control, and optimize energy flow after photo-excitation. PHOEBUS will answer to the following questions: (i) does coherence radically change excitation transport compared to incoherent hopping of excitation? (ii) how can we design chemical structures that use coherence in light harvesting? Two-dimensional electronic spectroscopy (2DES) is the ideal experimental tool to track EET and unveil coherent couplings in multi-chromophoric complexes. This optical technique is at the frontier of ultrafast spectroscopy. We will develop a 2DES apparatus using sub-10fs optical pulses and we will use it to determine the quantum-chemical rules guiding ultrafast EET in these innovative systems. The combination of femtosecond nonlinear spectroscopy, quantum chemical calculations, and chemical synthesis will contribute to the ultimate ambitious goal of changing the way artificial light-harvesting technologies are designed.


year authors and title journal last update
List of publications.
2018 Margherita Maiuri, Evgeny E. Ostroumov, Rafael G. Saer, Robert E. Blankenship, Gregory D. Scholes
Coherent wavepackets in the Fenna–Matthews–Olson complex are robust to excitonic-structure perturbations caused by mutagenesis
published pages: 177-183, ISSN: 1755-4330, DOI: 10.1038/nchem.2910
Nature Chemistry 10/2 2019-07-22
2018 Margherita Maiuri, Gregory D. Scholes
2D Spectroscopy Helps Visualize the Influence of Spectral Motion on Chromophore Response
published pages: 20-21, ISSN: 2451-9308, DOI: 10.1016/j.chempr.2017.12.014
Chem 4/1 2019-07-22
2018 Margherita Maiuri, Maria B. Oviedo, Jacob C. Dean, Michael Bishop, Bryan Kudisch, Zi S. D. Toa, Bryan M. Wong, Stephen A. McGill, Gregory D. Scholes
High Magnetic Field Detunes Vibronic Resonances in Photosynthetic Light Harvesting
published pages: 5548-5554, ISSN: 1948-7185, DOI: 10.1021/acs.jpclett.8b02748
The Journal of Physical Chemistry Letters 9/18 2019-07-22
2017 Bryan Kudisch, Margherita Maiuri, Vicente M. Blas-Ferrando, Javier Ortiz, Ángela Sastre-Santos, Gregory D. Scholes
Solvent-dependent photo-induced dynamics in a non-rigidly linked zinc phthalocyanine–perylenediimide dyad probed using ultrafast spectroscopy
published pages: 21078-21089, ISSN: 1463-9076, DOI: 10.1039/C7CP02143G
Phys. Chem. Chem. Phys. 19/31 2019-07-22

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