Resolving solar energy conversion and molecular interactions in space and time

Welcome to the research group of Naomi S. Ginsberg, Associate Professor of Chemistry and Physics, UC Berkeley!

We are pushing the limits of spatially resolved spectroscopy and time resolved microscopy in multiple modalities, tailored to answer fundamental and challenging questions that span chemistry, physics, and biology.

  • How can we investigate the optical properties of soft matter and biological systems well below the diffraction limit? Can the nanoscale dynamics of both matter and energy in these systems be studied non-invasively in real-time?
  • How does the local morphology of organic electronics affect their exciton dynamics? What is the relationship between local electron dynamics and overall device performance?
  • How can we learn from the remarkable efficiency of photosynthesis to guide the design and optimization of biomimetic light harvesting systems? How can energy flow be manipulated?


A common theme in our work is to investigate light-matter interactions in the near- and far-field, on ultrafast time scales, with light and electron optics, in vacuum and in the condensed phase. Please consult the Research page for additional detail.

We acknowledge support from the National Science Foundation via the STROBE Science and Technology Center for Realtime Imaging, the Department of Energy Basic Energy Sciences, the Dow Chemical Company, the David and Lucile Packard Foundation, the Camille and Henry Dreyfus Foundation, the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation, and the Kavli Energy Nanosciences Institute.