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HRSMC Summer School Photochemistry

Fundamentals and Applications

In the past decades, molecular photochemistry has broken out of the boundaries of the traditional discipline, and entered deeply into many fields of science and technology.

The lecturers in this school represent a few of the many branches of modern photochemistry. They are leading experts in areas such as single molecule spectroscopy, molecular photochemical reactivity, nanoparticle spectroscopy, photobiology, time-resolved spectroscopy, organic light emitting materials, and medical photonics.


Fundamentals and Applications


Prof. dr. Fred Brouwer (UvA)

Dr. Sylvestre Bonnet (UL)


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It has many applications in biology and medicine, branches of science with immediate consequences for our lives. Photodynamic therapy is applied in the clinic already for some time, but improvements are needed, and chemistry will make further contributions here. Molecular sensors also have applications in medicine. Another application of the same chemistry is in the field of molecular logic. Indeed, photochemistry is versatile! Photosynthesis provides life on earth with its energy, and now chemists, physicists and biologists are trying to do better than nature, and to use the knowledge gained from the natural systems to make solar fuels. In order to unravel the photochemical and photophysical processes, new experimental techniques are crucial. The still young field of single molecule spectroscopy shows how the photophysical dynamics of fluorescent single molecules provide information on materials propertie and it is  pushing the limits by observing even non-absorbing molecules. Using ultrafast time-resolved infrared spectroscopy in order to observe the structure and dynamics of supramolecular and biomolecular systems. Because of the importance of the molecule in chemistry, all of our summer schools have featured theoretical and computational chemistry of the excited state.




PhD students, Postdocs and advanced undergraduates

Recommended prior knowledge

(if applicable)



Foreseen for July 2022

Credit Points:

2 ECTS       

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