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Semiconductor quantum dots in hybrid photonic systems

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Harvest, conversion and guiding of light is one of the influential achievements of science to date, resulting in developments of telescopes, lasers, microscopes and optical communication fibres to name but a few. Correspondingly, the realisation of such critical processes, with high efficiencies and on nanoscales, is one the most critical challenges of today, having clear implications for future technologies. Colloidal semiconductor quantum dots are excellent candidates to be included as components of such photonic systems, providing the possibility of both sensing the local environment of materials and to contribute to it in terms of light-harvesting and guiding. In this seminar, I will discuss some of my work on the use of quantum dots for light-harvesting elements in hybrid nano-biomaterials, including reaction centres of a bacterial photosynthetic complex and a light-activated membrane protein. In addition, some applications of quantum dots as nanosensors of plasmonic and bio-materials will also be discussed.

This talk is part of the Metamaterials and Nanophotonics Group Seminars series.

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