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Research directions focus on quantum, classical, and mixed quantum-classical techniques to describe non-equilibrium evolution in high-dimensional molecular systems.

Among our areas of special interest are ultrafast excited-state processes where coherent quantum evolution is accompanied by the environment's non-equilibrium dynamics. Our recent work in this context includes the photophysics of functional organic polymer materials, involving exciton decay at donor-acceptor heterojunctions [Huix-Rotllant, Tamura, Burghardt, J. Phys. Chem. Lett. 6, 1702 (2015), Polkehn et al., J. Phys. Chem. Lett. 7, 1327 (2016)] and singlet fission [Tamura, Huix-Rotllant, Burghardt, Olivier, Beljonne, Phys. Rev. Lett. 115, 107401 (2015)].

Hybrid quantum-classical and QM/MM methods, along with classical MD approaches are employed to study photoactive biological assemblies. Recent work has addressed the controlled destabilization of RNA and DNA by azobenzene photoswitches [Mondal, Biswas, Goldau, Heckel, Burghardt, J. Phys. Chem. B 119, 11275 (2015), Rastaedter, Biswas, Burghardt, J. Phys. Chem. B 118, 8478 (2014)].

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We are members of the Research Training Group "Complex Scenarios of Light Control" (CLiC) dedicated to the study and design of tailored photocontrol of biological systems.

PhD position available within CLiC Research Training Group -- apply by 15 September 2017!