Lecture professor Thierry Verbiest




FWO Research Consortium

Nanomaterials for drug delivery and in vivo imaging





Nonlinear light scattering for the study of symmetry and dynamics in nanoparticles and polymers



Prof. Thierry Verbiest



The lecture will take place on Tuesday 14th of May at 11 am in Seminar Room 1

 Faculty of Pharmaceutical Sciences, Ottergemsesteenweg 460, 9000 Ghent, Belgium.

Registration not required.






Prof. Kevin Braeckmans



Nonlinear light scattering for the study of symmetry and dynamics in nanoparticles and polymers




We will introduce nonlinear optical light scattering as a powerful tool to study metal nanoclusters, plasmonic nanoparticles and dynamical processes such as nanoparticle aggregation and supramolecular organization of polymers. We will demonstrate that nonlinear light scattering can be used to determine structure and symmetry of any material in solution, either as an isolated entity or in an aggregated form. Examples will include the study of the symmetry of gold nanoclusters, aggregation of plasmonic gold nanoparticles and supramolecular organization of polymers. Knowledge of such processes is of crucial importance to obtain a fundamental understanding of metallic behavior in nanoclusters, aggregation effects in nanoparticles and crystallization processes in general. In the near future the technique can be adapted for the study of other materials such as proteins and pharmaceuticals.


Biography :

Thierry Verbiest obtained his PhD in physical chemistry in 1993 at the Catholic University of Leuven.  After a postdoc at the IBM Almaden Research Center (San José, CA), he returned to the University of Leuven and became a professor in the department of chemistry.  Over the years he performed research on surfaces, nonlinear optical techniques and materials.  Currently he is involved in magneto-optics, second-harmonic generation from biological materials, and second-harmonic and third harmonic scattering techniques.  He is author or co-author of more than three hundred papers in the field of optics and materials science