Research Guides



We are an interdisciplinary research group that focusses on the development and application of new optical methodologies to study structure and dynamics down to nanometer length scales. Our research is motivated by a vigorous back and forth between pushing the boundaries of what we can measure with light and the application of our developments to fundamental questions in chemistry, physics and biology. We are interested in a wide range of phenomena including the origin of life, nanoscale dynamics of proteins and ultra sensitive optical sensing down to individual molecules. 


Selected Publications

1. Liebel M, Kukura P Lack of evidence for phase-only controlof retinal photoisomerization in the strict one-photon limit. Nat. Chemistry 2017 9: 45-59.
2. Ortega-Arroyo J, Kukura P Non-fluorescent schemes for single molecule detection, imaging and spectroscopy. Nat. Photonics 2016 10:11-17
3.Musser AJ*, Liebel M*, Schnedermann C, Wende T, Kehoe TB, Rao A, Kukura P. Evidence for conical intersection dynamics mediating ultrafast singlet exciton fission. Nature Physics 2015 11:352–357



Professor Philipp Kukura


Professor of Chemistry

Physical and Theoretical Chemistry

Telephone: 44 (0) 1865 275401

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