Molecular Photonics Laboratory

The Molecular Photonics Laboratory (MPL) is part of the School of Chemistry which is situated in the Bedson Building. Synthetic work is carried out in the recently refurbished synthesis laboratory located in the ground floor. As well as a single 2-metre fume-cupboard for each researcher the laboratory is fully equipped for carrying out low-temperature preparations, air-sensitive reactions and light-activated synthesis. Characterisation of compounds is performed in the in-house analytical suite. Offices for students and post-doctoral researchers are located adjacent to the laboratory.

The spectroscopy suite for the MPL is also mainly housed in the Bedson Building and consists of a dedicated room for carrying out steady state absorption and fluorescence measurements. In addition, high pressure fluorescence and absorption measurements (up to 800 MPa) are also possible using a custom built rig supplied by Stansted Fluid Power Ltd. Optical cryostats can be used to cover temperatures from 2K to 450°C for spectroscopic measurements. Two time-resolved fluorescence spectrometers are on site with a time resolution of around 50 ps. A nanosecond laser flash photolysis apparatus, equipped for low temperature and magnetic field effects spectroscopy, is housed in the Herschel Building. In addition, cyclic voltammetry, spectro-electrochemistry, Stark-effect spectrophotometry, light scattering, thin-film spin coating, and steady-state photolysis, can be made in-house. A TESLA-based supercomputer has been equipped with TURBOMOLE and MOPAC. Additional quantum chemistry packages are installed on dedicated workstations, including MATERIALS STUDIO, and offers the possibility for advanced molecular dynamics simulations. Other collaborative computational work with Dr Jerry Hagon is possible using a 32-bit version of Gaussian03 running on a quadruple-core Intel Xeon system.