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Single-Molecule Spectroscopy with Catalysts, Conductive Polymers, and Optical Microresonators

Seminar

Sponsor(s):
Chemistry

By: Randall Goldsmith
Assistant Professor of Chemistry
From: University of Wisconsin-Madison
When: Wednesday, April 12, 2017
4:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Where: Rice University
6100 Main St
Houston, Texas
USA

Abstract: Measurements on individual molecules have revolutionized how chemists can perceive molecular properties and dynamics, yet single-molecule techniques can only be applied with considerable experimental constraints. The Goldsmith group develops new tools through chemical synthesis, micro and nanophotonics, and microfluidics that allow single-molecule techniques to be applied in previously inaccessible scenarios and enable new measurements. I will discuss recent measurements on the initiation of individual organometallic catalysts, observation of single-molecule binding dynamics at millimolar concentrations, detecting the heat dissipated from molecules using optical microresonators, hybrid photonic-plasmonic systems, and spectroscopy on individual conductive polymer molecules.