Tom Parton wins a prize in the CU NanoSoc Photo Competition

Congratulations to PhD student Tom Parton who has one a prize in the CU NanoSoc photo competition. Tom's beautiful image can be seen below! © Thomas Parton (@ThatGladPerson) Order and disorder. The intense colours in the photo are created by cellulose nanocrystals, which self-assembly into a chiral nematic liquid crystal structure. We believe the “tendrils” … Continue reading Tom Parton wins a prize in the CU NanoSoc Photo Competition

We have two PhD vacancies!

Two ERC-funded PhD studentships are available in the Photoactive Materials group at the University of Cambridge under the supervision of Dr Rachel Evans for an October 2019 start. Due to funding restriction these studentships are available to "home fees" students only. Please see the "Opportunities" page for further information

Rachel delivers an Invited Talk at the 2nd Joint NSFC-RSC Symposium on Novel Polymer Synthesis

Rachel gave an invited talk on the group's work on spectral converted at the 2nd Joint NSFC-RSC Symposium on Novel Polymer Synthesis to Solve Tomorrow’s Problems: Healthcare, Materials and Energy at the University of Warwick (13/14th December 2018). This meeting brings together leading UK and Chinese researchers in the field of polymer chemistry. The first … Continue reading Rachel delivers an Invited Talk at the 2nd Joint NSFC-RSC Symposium on Novel Polymer Synthesis

Rachel awarded ERC Consolidator grant

Rachel and the group have been awarded a 2.1 m Euro Consolidator grant from the European Research Council. The SPECTRACON project will develop new organic-inorganic hybrid spectral converters to down- and up-convert sunlight to boost the efficiency of solar cells. PhD and PDRA vacancies will be advertised in January/February 2019, so watch this space!  

Congratulations to Camille Blayo and Barry McKenna

Congratulations to Camille Blayo, who submitted his PhD thesis on Friday. Camille has been holding the fort as the final student finishing in Trinity College Dublin, so this marks the end of an era! Congratulations also to Barry McKenna, who graduated on Friday. Since completing his PhD in the group, Barry has recently started working … Continue reading Congratulations to Camille Blayo and Barry McKenna

New paper with collaborators in Portugal accepted in ACS Omega

Our paper with Rute Ferreira and collaborators in the Universidade de Aveiro on blue-light amplifying organic–inorganic hybrids for visible light communications has been published in ACS Omega. Flexible Optical Amplifier for Visible Light Communications Based on Organic-Inorganic Hybrids A. Bastos, B. McKenna, M. Lima, P. André, L. D. Carlos, R. C. Evans and R. A. … Continue reading New paper with collaborators in Portugal accepted in ACS Omega

Group members participate in RSC PPG ECM meeting

Members of the group travelled to Swansea to participate in the Early Career Members meeting of the RSC Photophysics and Photochemistry Group (http://www.rsc.org/events/detail/33561/rsc-photochemistry-group-early-career-members-meeting) (20-21st September 2018). Elaine presented a talk on her work on In-situ UV/Vis and SANS experiments on photo switchable wormlike micelles and Morton and Benedetta presented posters on their work on luminescent … Continue reading Group members participate in RSC PPG ECM meeting