Juan Cabanillas–Gonzalez graduated in Physics at Universidade de Santiago de Compostela in 1999. He got a PhD in Physics from Imperial College London working with photophysics of conjugated polymers with Prof. Donal Bradley. In 2003 he started a post-doctoral stage at Politecnico di Milano with Prof. Guglielmo Lanzani. In 2009 he was appointed Ramon y Cajal fellow at IMDEA Nanociencia (Madrid). His main research interests concern with excited state dynamics in conjugated polymers and the application of these materials to different fields such as lighting, light detection and chemical sensing.
The group investigates the use of time-resolved spectroscopy (transient absorption and time-resolved photoluminescence) for the understanding and optimization of fundamental processes in organic-based devices. Additionally we fabricate and characterize devices such as polymer laser resonators, polymer waveguides or photodectors. Currently, our research is focused on these topics:
- Photophysics of novel conjugated polymers with improved emission and light amplification properties. Interchain interactions in solid state often lead to unwanted broad photoinduced absorption which overlaps spectrally with stimulated emission. We study the excited-state dynamics of polymers with chemical structures which promote optical gain upon reducing inter-chain interactions. Examples of these poly- mers are conjugated polyrotaxanes with cyclodextrin rings surrounding the backbone, polymers with bulky side-chain substituents or polymers with backbone encapsulated by cyclic side-chain substituents.