Erling Thyrhaug

Dynamic Photospectroscopy

Our research falls under the broad umbrella of photo-induced chemistry and molecular photocatalysis. In this work, we follow chemical transformations proceeding on a wide range of timescales; from ultrafast charge- and energy- transport dynamics in molecules and aggregates, to diffusion-controlled reactions involving photo-generated species. We are especially interested in very early-time dynamics - where energy is transported to catalytically active sites, charge separation is enacted, and where the initial stages of bond breaking takes place. To study these processes, we rely on state-of-the-art techniques in ultrafast optical spectroscopy – supported by a wide range of well-established techniques from the optical spectroscopy toolbox.

Key publications:

The central role of the metal ion for photoactivity: Zn– vs. Ni–Mabiq, R. Lauenstein, S. L. Mader, H. Derondeau, O. Z. Esezobor, M. Block, A. J. Römer, C. Jandl, E. Riedle, V. R. I. Kaila, J. Hauer, E. Thyrhaug,* C. R. Hess,* Chem. Sci. 2021, 12, 7521–7532.

Generalized Huang-Rhys factors for molecular aggregates, M. F. Gelin, L. Chen, R. Borrelli, E. Thyrhaug,* Chem. Phys. 2020, 528, 110495.

Ultrafast coherence transfer in DNA-templated silver nanoclusters, E. Thyrhaug,* S. A. Bogh, M. R. Carro-Temboury, C. S. Madsen, T. Vosch, D. Zigmantas,* Nat. Commun. 2017, 8, 15557.