Chemistry under Strong Coupling

Speaker: Dr. Jino George from Laboratoire des Nanostructures, Université de Strasbourg, France

Abstract: Light-matter strong coupling and the formation of hybrid light-matter states has been extensively studied in quantum optics and condensed matter physics, but its consequences for molecular science is just beginning to be explored.[1] Strong coupling of light to a vibrational transition should affect chemistry because it offers a simple way to modify a given chemical bond and hence their reactivity landscape.[2-4] Very recently we experimentally proved that a ground state chemical reaction can be modified by coupling molecular vibrations to vacuum electromagnetic field or zero point energy of a resonant IR micro-fluidic cavity.[5] After an introduction to the fundamentals of such hybrid polaritonic states, our recent research on this topic will be presented.


[1]. T. W. Ebbesen Acc. Chem. Res., 2016, 49, 2403–2412.

[2]. A. Shalabney, J. George et al, Nat. Commun. 2015, 6, 5981.

[3]. J. George et al, J. Phys. Chem. Lett. 2015, 6, 1027-1031.

[4]. J. George et al, Phys. Rev. Lett., 2016, 117, 153601.

[5]. A. Thomas, J. George et al, Angew. Chem. Int. Ed. 2016, 55, 11462–11466.


Date: 24th January 2017

Time : 5.45 pm – 7pm

Venue : Conference Room