Professor Dan Lambert in the Faculty of Medicine Dentistry and Health is part of a team of researchers recently awarded a £7.25m Programme Grant by the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC). The study, led by Professor Graham Leggett (Faculty of Science), will develop ‘Molecular Photonic Breadboards’ to enable highly efficient capture and transport of light energy by controlling the behaviour of ‘excitons’.
Professor Leggett said: “Control of excitons is essential for many new and emerging technologies identified in the Government’s Industrial Strategy as being vital to the economic success of the UK, including solar energy capture, photocatalysis, quantum technologies, and the design of diagnostic devices for personalised medicine.
“An unsolved grand challenge has been to develop design rules for the long-range transport of excitons. Our goal is to solve this grand challenge.”
Professor Lambert added “Harnessing this technology for the detection of biomarkers of disease has huge potential in many branches of medicine and dentistry”.
Dr Jenny Clark and Professors Steve Armes, Julia Weinstein, Nick Williams and Neil Hunter from the Faculty of Science are also working on the project along as well as researchers at the Universities of Bristol and Exeter.