The Delcamp Research Group
Our Goals: The Delcamp Group is focused on understanding photon conversion processes for: 1) designing strong photoinduced oxidants to understand fundamental electron transfer processes in solution, at interfaces, and to drive chemical transformations, 2) generation of chemical fuels from molecular catalysts in solution and at surfaces, and 3) designing NIR/SWIR emissive small molecules. We employ advanced synthetic and molecular design strategies to design novel materials to probe light-matter interactions and the subsequent photonic, electron transfer, and chemical reactions that take place after excitation.
Current Highlighted Discoveries
Shakeyia, Dinesh, and our collaborators in the Azoulay Group have investigated molecular gold complexes in the photocatalytic CO2 reduction reaction to find some interesting generation 1 catalysts that show good stability. Nice work all! [link]
Will and Jackie have found a material emitting in the NIR region at incredibly high quantum yields in biologically relevant medium at near 60%! Excellent finding! Thanks to the Hammer Group for collaborating on the photophysical studies, and thanks to the Flyntt Group for collaborating on the biological imaging studies. Nice work all! [link]
This work shows how a zinc dipicolylamine group can be incorporated into a D-π-A organic dye design to detect either phosphate rapidly in aqueous solution or to detect humidity depending on the time regime analyzed. Nice work Jackie and thank you to the Glake Hill group for the computational collaboration! [link]
"If you don't make mistakes, you're not working on hard-enough problems. And that's a mistake."
- Frank Wilczek