Albert Stolow

Canada Research Chair in Molecular Photonics

Tier 1 - 2017-11-01
Renewed: 2021-04-01
University of Ottawa
Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council

Research involves

Using ultrafast laser technology to manipulate atomic, molecular and electronic dynamics, and to develop new imaging methods to follow dynamic processes in live cells.

Research relevance

This research will increase understanding of ultrafast molecular processes and will lead to significant advances in molecular devices and imaging, as well as in photoactivated drugs and other responsive materials.

Research summary

Our world is composed of molecules and atoms. It is generally thought that the static shape of a particular molecule or the structure of a solid determines what it does. But complex and dynamic molecular processes like photochemistry, vision, charge transfer and light harvesting cannot be understood from a static perspective.

As Canada Research Chair in Molecular Photonics, Dr. Albert Stolow is using powerful new ultrafast techniques to study molecular electronic dynamics and coherent nonlinear microscopy. Using advanced pulsed molecular beam and particle detection techniques to make ultrafast “movies,” he and his research team are learning about the electronic/atomic motions that underlie the dynamic processes of nature. This understanding will aid in developing enhanced chemical imaging methods that can be applied to biophotonics and geophotonics.