Chemistry and Biochemistry
Area of Doctoral Study: Chemistry
Undergraduate Institute: University of Maryland, Baltimore County
Research Advisor: Dr. Marcin Ptaszek
Description of Research
My work focuses on the synthesis, characterization, and determination of the solvent polarity dependence of the photochemical properties (fluorescence quantum yield, lifetime, and singlet oxygen photosensitization quantum yields) of hydroporphyrin (chlorin and bacteriochlorin) arrays. My goal is to tune the photophysical properties of these arrays and establish structure-photochemical property relationship. This relationship will be basis for the development of polarity-activatable fluorophores and singlet oxygen photosensitizers for therapeutic and diagnostic applications.