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I am a Professor in Theoretical Chemistry here at the University of Nottingham. My group is interested in developing and applying quantum chemical methods to study a wide range of problems. For more information on my Research, see the "Research" sections.

I would welcome applications (from UK or EU) from students interested in a PhD position in my group.

Latest paper:

Substrate-Induced Shifts and Screening in the Fluorescence Spectra of Supramolecular Adsorbed Organic Monolayers

James Kerfoot, Vladimir V. Korolkov, Anton S. Nizovtsev, Ryan Jones, Takashi Taniguchi, Kenji Watanabe, Igor Lesanovsky, Beatriz Olmos, Nicholas A. Besley, Elena Besley and Peter H. Beton

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We have investigated the influence of the substrate on the fluorescence of adsorbed organic molecules. Monolayer films of perylene-3,4,9,10-tetracarboxylic-3,4,9,10-diimide (PTCDI), a supramolecular network formed from PTCDI and melamine, and perylene-3,4,9,10-tetracarboxylic-3,4,9,10-dianhydride (PTCDA) have been deposited on hexagonal boron nitride (hBN). The principal peaks in the fluorescence spectra of these films were red-shifted by up to 0.37 eV relative to published measurements for molecules in helium droplets. Smaller shifts (~0.03 eV) arising from interactions between neighbouring molecules are investigated by comparing the fluorescence of distinct arrangements of PTCDI, which are templated by supramolecular self-assembly and determined with molecular resolution using atomic force microscopy under ambient conditions. We compare our experimental results with red-shifts calculated using a combination of a perturbative model and density functional theory which account for, respectively, resonant and non-resonant effects of a dielectric hBN substrate. We show that the substrate gives rise to a red-shift in the fluorescence of an adsorbed molecule and also screens the interactions between neighbouring transition dipole moments; both these effects depend on the refractive index of the substrate.

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