Dr Adrien Chauvet
Department of Chemistry
Lecturer in Physical Chemistry
+44 114 222 9414
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Department of Chemistry
13 Brook Hill
Dr Adrien Chauvet obtained his PhD in Biophysics from Purdue University (USA, 2012) in Prof. Sergei Savikhin’s laboratory of ultrafast spectroscopy working on photosynthetic protein complexes.
He then moved to Switzerland in the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Lausanne (EPFL) under a Marie-Curie postdoctoral fellowship with Prof. Majed Chergui followed by a senior postdoc position at the University of Geneva (2015) with Prof. Jean-Pierre Wolf, working on new techniques for the elucidation and control of ultrafast photo-chemical processes.
In 2016 he was appointed to a lectureship in physical chemistry at the University of Sheffield.
- Research interests
The Sun represents an unlimited source of energy that can be harvested and ultimately converted to electricity. Solar energy is therefore the solution to not only depart from fossil fuels, but also to respond to the ever-increasing energy needs of our society. In this grand scheme, our group is interested in the fundamental understanding of light absorption and conversion by means of various laser-based techniques.
In order to do so, we investigate the ultrafast behavior of a variety of natural and artificial proteins in solution (bc-cytochromes, Reaction-Centers, modified porphyrins), which entails applying microfluidics technologies to state-of-the-art pulsed laser systems.
- De la science à la croyance: Raffermir sa foi par une approche scientifique. Paris: Maison d'Ennour (2019).
- Ultrafast pulse shaping modulates perceived visual brightness in living animals.. Sci Adv, 7(18).
- Understanding spontaneous dissolution of crystalline layered carbon nitride for tuneable photoluminescent solutions and glasses. Journal of Materials Chemistry A, 9(4), 2175-2183.
- Deciphering the Mechanisms of Bacterial Inactivation on HiPIMS Sputtered CuxO-FeOx-PET Surfaces: From Light Absorption to Catalytic Bacterial Death. ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces, 11(48), 45319-45329.
- Time-resolved x-ray absorption spectroscopy with a water window high-harmonic source. Science, 355(6322), 264-267. View this article in WRRO
- Ultrafast Dynamics of the Photo-Excited Hemes b and cn in the Cytochrome b6f Complex. Physical Chemistry Chemical Physics, 19, 3287-3296. View this article in WRRO
- Photo-induced oxidation of the uniquely liganded heme f in the cytochrome b 6 f complex of oxygenic photosynthesis. Phys. Chem. Chem. Phys., 18, 12983-12991. View this article in WRRO
- Note: Small anaerobic chamber for optical spectroscopy. Review of Scientific Instruments, 86(10), 106101-106101. View this article in WRRO
- Set-up for broadband Fourier-transform multidimensional electronic spectroscopy. Optics Letters, 40(3), 312-312. View this article in WRRO
- Photo-induced dynamics of the heme centers in cytochrome bc1. Physical Chemistry Chemical Physics, 17(3), 2143-2151. View this article in WRRO
- Does the Singlet Minus Triplet Spectrum with Major Photobleaching Band Near 680–682 nm Represent an Intact Reaction Center of Photosystem II?. The Journal of Physical Chemistry B, 119(2), 448-455. View this article in WRRO
- A microfluidic flow-cell for the study of the ultrafast dynamics of biological systems. Review of Scientific Instruments, 85(10), 103118-103118. View this article in WRRO
- A Map of Dielectric Heterogeneity in a Membrane Protein: the Hetero-Oligomeric Cytochrome b 6 f Complex. The Journal of Physical Chemistry B, 118(24), 6614-6625. View this article in WRRO
- Temporal and spectral characterization of the photosynthetic reaction center from Heliobacterium modesticaldum. Photosynthesis Research, 116(1), 1-9. View this article in WRRO
- Spectral Resolution of the Primary Electron Acceptor A 0 in Photosystem I. The Journal of Physical Chemistry B, 116(10), 3380-3386. View this article in WRRO
- Type I reaction center from the green sulfur bacterium Chlorobium tepidum: is Chl a a primary electron acceptor?. Biophysical Journal, 96(3), 526a-527a. View this article in WRRO
- Fourier Transform in Ultrafast Spectroscopy, Fourier Transforms - Century of Digitalization and Increasing Expectations IntechOpen
- Microfluidics for Ultrafast Spectroscopy, Advances in Microfluidics - New Applications in Biology, Energy, and Materials Sciences InTech View this article in WRRO
Conference proceedings papers
- Translating Optical Coherence Tomography Technologies from Clinical Studies to Botany: Real Time Imaging of Long-Distance Signaling in Plants. Biophotonics Congress: Biomedical Optics 2020 (Translational, Microscopy, OCT, OTS, BRAIN), 2020. View this article in WRRO
- Time-resolved X-ray absorption spectroscopy with a water-window high-harmonic source. 2017 Conference on Lasers and Electro-Optics, CLEO 2017 - Proceedings, Vol. 2017-January (pp 1-2)
- Time-resolved X-ray absorption spectroscopy with a water-window high-harmonic source. 2017 Conference on Lasers and Electro-Optics Europe & European Quantum Electronics Conference (CLEO/Europe-EQEC), 25 June 2017 - 29 June 2017.
- Time-resolved X-ray absorption spectroscopy with a water-window high-harmonic source. Conference on Lasers and Electro-Optics, 2017.
- Dielectric Heterogeneity in the Cytochrome B6F Complex. Biophysical Journal, Vol. 106(2) (pp 371a-371a)
- Electrostatically Constrained Pathway of Intra-Monomer Electron Transfer in the Cytochrome B6F Complex of Oxygenic Photosynthesis. Biophysical Journal, Vol. 104(2) (pp 488a-488a)
- Teaching interests
Physical Chemistry, Spectroscopy.
- Teaching activities
Undergraduate and postgraduate taught modules
- Mathematics for Chemists 1 (Level 1)
This course covers the basic principles of mathematics needed for a degree in Chemistry.
- UV-visible and magnetic resonance spectroscopy (Level 2)
The aims of this segment are to introduce general principles that apply to spectroscopic analysis, and to describe in more detail the use of UV-visible spectroscopy and magnetic resonance spectroscopy in molecular structure determination. Emphasis is placed on understanding the basic physical principles underpinning the techniques.
- Tutorials: Level 1 General Chemistry
- Level 3 Literature Review
- Level 2 Physical Laboratories
- Level 4 Research Project
- Mathematics for Chemists 1 (Level 1)