Victor Gray


Victor Gray, PhD Student.

E-mail: victor.gray(at)chalmers.se

Research interests: The energy challenges in the near future are a big reason to my interest in research on light harvesting molecules and devices for solar energy production or storage. The field of molecular electronics is another interesting branch of research, especially as it provides a way of investigating phenomena at the smallest scale.

Brief Bio: In 2008 I began my studies at Chalmers University of Technology, within the field of Chemical engineering. For my Bachelor's Thesis I did research at the Biophysical Chemistry department at Chalmers, where we investigated a problem with band splitting, when using the dye YOYO-1 for detecting DNA during gel electrophoresis. During the project we developed a method to circumvent the band splitting problem. In the fall of 2011 I started my Master of Nanotechnology at Chalmers University of Technology. In 2012 I worked in the Moth-Poulsen lab finishing my Master's Thesis project, which focuses on the synthesis and testing of new disubstituted norbornadiene molecules for Solar Thermal Energy Storage and Conversion (MOST). After graduating I continued with a Ph.D. project where I have studied Triplet-Triplet Annihilation Photon Upconversion (TTA-UC) systems. My current research on TTA-UC systems is aimed towards better understanding the TTA process and developing supramolecular structures capable of achieving TTA-UC. The project is multidisciplinary spanning organic synthesis, physical chemistry and spectroscopy.

Publications (august 2017):
1. Gray, V., Dreos, A., Erhart, P., Albinsson, B., Moth-Poulsen, K., & Abrahamsson, M. (2017). Loss channels in Triplet-Triplet Annihilation Photon Upconversion: Importance of Annihilator Singlet and Triplet Surface Shapes. Phys. Chem. Chem. Phys. 2017, 19, 10931-10939. DOI: 10.1039/c7cp01368j

2. Gray, V., Xia, P., Huang, Z., Moses, E., Fast, A., Fishman, D. A., … Tang, M. L. (2017). CdS/ZnS core-shell nanocrystal photosensitizers for visible to UV upconversion. 2017, 8, 5488-5496. DOI: 10.1039/c7sc01610g

3. Börjesson, K., Rudquist, P., Gray, V., & Moth-Poulsen, K. (2016). Photon upconversion with directed emission. Nat. Commun. 7, 12689. doi:10.1038/ncomms12689

4. Dzebo, D., Börjesson, K., Gray, V., Moth-poulsen, K., & Albinsson, B. (2016). Intramolecular Triplet−Triplet Annihilation Upconversion in 9,10- Diphenylanthracene Oligomers and Dendrimers. J. Phys. Chem. C, 120(41), 23397–23406. doi:10.1021/acs.jpcc.6b07920

5. Gray, V., Börjesson, K., Dzebo, D., Abrahamsson, M., Albinsson, B., & Moth-Poulsen, K. (2016). Porphyrin–Anthracene Complexes: Potential in Triplet–Triplet Annihilation Upconversion. J. Phys. Chem. C, 120(34), 19018–19026. doi:10.1021/acs.jpcc.6b06298

6. Lennartson, A., Lundin, A., Börjesson, K., Gray, V., & Moth-poulsen, K. (2016). Tuning the photochemical properties of the fulvalene-tetracarbonyl-diruthenium system. Dalt. Trans. 45, 8740–8744. doi:10.1039/c6dt01343k

7. Gray, V., Dzebo, D., Lundin, A., Alborzpour, J., Abrahamsson, M., Albinsson, B., & Moth-Poulsen, K. (2015). Photophysical characterization of the 9,10-disubstituted anthracene chromophore and its applications in triplet–triplet annihilation photon upconversion. J. Mater. Chem. C, 3, 11111–11121. doi:10.1039/C5TC02626A

8. Börjesson, K., Ćoso, D., Gray, V., Grossman, J. C., Guan, J., Harris, C. B., … Weidman, T. W. (2014). Exploring the Potential of Fulvalene Dimetals as Platforms for Molecular Solar Thermal Energy Storage: Computations, Syntheses, Structures, Kinetics, and Catalysis. Chem. - A Eur. J. 20(47), 15587–15604. doi:10.1002/chem.201404170

9 .Gray, V., Dzebo, D., Abrahamsson, M., Albinsson, B., & Moth-Poulsen, K. (2014). Triplet-triplet annihilation photon-upconversion: towards solar energy applications. Phys. Chem. Chem. Phys. 16(22), 10345–10352. doi:10.1039/c4cp00744a

10. Gray, V., Lennartson, A., Ratanalert, P., Börjesson, K., & Moth-Poulsen, K. (2014). Diaryl-substituted norbornadienes with red-shifted absorption for Molecular Solar Thermal Energy Storage" Chem. Commun. (2014), 50, 5330–5332. (emerging investigator issue)