Photons, electrons, phonons, plasmons: Studying light-matter interaction from the micro down to the nanoscale!
It is not just about knowing how much matter is there, but what is it, what is its function, and where!
We can answer these questions by developing advanced methods for nanoscale characterization. In particular by coupling atomic force microscopy with Raman spectroscopy. One of the core subfields we are diving into is plasmonics for surface- and tip-enhanced Raman spectroscopy.
Material-wise, we are interested in finding out how do matter properties change when going nano. Is there any functionality that we could exploit in energy harvesting or sensing applications? Going beyond graphene and MoS2, could we ride the next wave of high-profile research in novel two-dimensional materials and their hybrids with organic counterparts?