79150 - Applied Photochemistry and Photophysics

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This teaching activity contributes to the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals of the UN 2030 Agenda.

Affordable and clean energy

Academic Year 2021/2022

Learning outcomes

Acquisition of the advanced methodologies and applications based on the interactions between light and matter in different fields: materials science, solar energy conversion, photocatalysis, life science.

Course contents

Brief account on supramolecular photochemistry and analysis of some complex systems (quantum Dots, Dendrimers, Molecular Machines): from design to application.

Introduction of the principal photophysical methods with nanometrical resolution and their applications:Fluorescence Microscopy ; Multiphoton Excitation and Microscopy; Fluorescence sensing; Fluorescence-Lifetime Imaging Microscopy; Single-Molecule detection; Fluorescence Correlation Spectroscopy; STED.

Overview, from history to state of the art, on the applications of the photochemistry in nanotechnology (LED and OLED, solar energy conversion, photocatalysis, bio-applications, new materials).

Discussion on future advances.


- V. Balzani, A. Credi, M. Venturi: Molecular Devices and Machines. Concepts and Perspectives for the Nanoworld, 2° edizione, Wiley-VCH, 2008
- J. Zhong Zhang: Optical Properties and Spectroscopy of Nanomaterials, World Scientific, 2009
- J. R. Lakowicz, Principles of Fluorescence Spectroscopy, Springer, New York, 2006

- V. Balzani, P. Ceroni, A. Juris, Photochemistry and Photophysics: Concepts, Research, Applications, Wiley-VCH, Weinheim, 2014.

Teaching methods

Class lessons and seminars

Assessment methods

The final exam aims to verify the knowledge and the competences and will be an oral test. In thejudgement the exposition of the scientific paper and research will be considered

Teaching tools

Dashboard, PC, Power Point slides, scientific papers

Office hours

See the website of Giacomo Bergamini