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Welcome to the website of the research group ‘Physics and Chemistry of Nanostructures’ (PCN) at the department of Inorganic and Physical Chemistry of Ghent University. The site provides you with information on our research projects, equipment, publications, ... in the field of nanoscience and nanotechnology.

Our research focuses on colloidal nanocrystals, an ideal starting point for multidisciplinary science where chemical synthesis and processing techniques are combined with the characterization and application of physical properties. Our group welcomes collaborations in this field, offering knowhow in synthesis and characterization of a number of semiconductor and metal colloidal nanocrystals.

Prof. Zeger Hens & Prof. Edouard Brainis

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Surface chemistry is a key enabler for colloidal nanocrystal applications. In this respect, metal oxide nanocrystals (NCs) stand out from other NCs as carboxylic acid ligands adsorb on their surface by dissociation to carboxylates and protons the...
In the beginning of April a new Transient Absorption (TA) setup was installed in our lab. The TA spectrometer will be coupled to the exisiting ultrafast laser (and amplifier) system to enable pump-probe spectroscopy with femtosecond time resolution...
We report on a time-resolved study of the photoluminescence of core/shell CdSe/CdS dot-in-rod colloidal nanocrystals having various geometries. By studying the exciton recombination dynamics, we unveil a quadratic dependence of the bright–dark...