Shedding New Light on Photosynthetic Systems Using Multidimensional Spectroscopies

Max Planck Lecture on Non-Equilibrium Quantum Phenomena

  • Date: Jun 2, 2021
  • Time: 03:00 PM - 04:00 PM (Local Time Germany)
  • Speaker: Jennifer Ogilvie
  • University of Michigan
  • Location: online via Zoom
  • Host: Andrea Cavalleri, Angel Rubio
Shedding New Light on Photosynthetic Systems Using Multidimensional Spectroscopies


The primary events of photosynthesis occur on ultrafast timescales with high quantum efficiency. Elucidating the design principles of photosynthetic systems remains an outstanding challenge that has the potential to impact our design of artificial light-harvesting materials.
I will demonstrate how multidimensional spectroscopy can address open questions about photosynthetic systems and describe our recent progress in developing and using these tools to probe the mechanisms of ultrafast energy conversion in natural photosynthetic systems.


Jennifer P. Ogilvie is a Professor in the Physics Department at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. She received her B.Sc. from the University of Waterloo, her M.Sc. degree from Simon Fraser University, Canada, and her Ph.D. in Physics from the University of Toronto, Canada. She was a Postdoctoral Fellow in the Laboratory for Optics and Biosciences at the Ecole Polytechnique. Ogilvie’s group develops multidimensional spectroscopy and imaging methods and applies them to studies of ultrafast energy transfer and charge separation in natural and artificial photosynthetic systems. She is a Sloan Fellow and a Fellow of the Optical Society of America.

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