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PhD defence, Wednesday 17 August 2022. Frederik Thorning Bjørn.

Frederik Thorning Bjørn

During his PhD studies, Frederik Thorning Bjørn studied molecular oxygen, one of the most important and abundant molecules on Earth. Oxygen is a remarkable molecule with many interesting properties, and these properties depend on the surrounding environment. Using the tools of computational chemistry, Frederik Thorning Bjørn studied how the lifetime of the first excited electronic state of oxygen, commonly known as singlet oxygen, depends on the nature of the neighboring molecules.

The new research findings improve our understanding of a problem that has been studied for at least 50 years, and may provide new general insight into how forbidden transitions in one molecule are perturbed by the presence of other molecules.

The PhD study was completed at the Department of Chemistry, Faculty of Natural Sciences, Aarhus University.

This summary was prepared by the PhD student.

Time: Wednesday, 17 August 2022 at 13:00
Place: Building 1514, room 213, Auditorium I, Department of Chemistry, Aarhus University, Langelandsgade 140, 8000 Aarhus C
Title of PhD thesis: Computational Studies of the Oxygen-Organic Molecule Photosystem

Contact information: Frederik Thorning Bjørn, e-mail: thorning@chem.au.dk, tel.: +45 60 16 00 66

Members of the assessment committee:

Professor Kurt Valentin Mikkelsen, Department of Chemistry, University of Copenhagen, Denmark

Professor Eric Vauthey, Department of Physical Chemistry, University of Geneva, Switzerland

Professor Thomas Bjørnskov Poulsen (chair), Department of Chemistry, Aarhus University, Denmark

Main supervisor:
Professor Peter Remsen Ogilby, Department of Chemistry, Aarhus University, Denmark

Language: The PhD dissertation will be defended in English

The defence is public.
The PhD thesis is available for reading at the Graduate School of Natural Sciences/GSNS,
Jens Baggesens Vej 53, building 5221, second floor, 8200 Aarhus N.

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