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What is CFAS?

KU Leuven CFAS is a time-resolved spectroscopy platform to quantify the properties of ground-breaking (nano)materials on the entire femtosecond to -second timescales in order to elucidate their structure-properties relationships. The results can lead to the discovery of new processes that support new functionalities.

We provide the users with the right analytical tools for non-invasive investigation in a broad range of research fields.

Capabilities

The core facility meets a growing demand for:

 

(i) ultrafast spectroscopy in the quantification of the properties of ground-breaking (nano)materials on the entire femtosecond to -second timescales in order to elucidate their structure-properties relationships leading to the discovery of new processes that support new functionalities. This will open the path to material discovery and rational engineering.

(ii) identifying new phenomena in light-matter interactions by developing dedicated and potentially disruptive spectroscopic methods, both electronic and Raman based, to push the frontiers of nanoscience and nanotechnology.

With this CFAS core facility at KU Leuven, we have established a one-stop platform that serves a broad user groups, hosts top talents, unites researchers over different departments/disciplines and attracts partners from across Europe/world. The core facility provides excellent and broad expertise and experience in fast spectroscopy. The expertise is needed to identify novel developments in the field of ultrafast multidimensional spectroscopies and their potential to study materials with relevant opto-electronic, electro-optic or catalytic properties.

Applications

The techniques developed are used to study materials that are relevant for electro-optic or opto-electronic applications and to explore how they can contribute to the knowledge on e.g. charge carrier generation and transport in hybrid materials, on the influence of exciton plasmon coupling, on photo-induced reactions and on photo-catalysis. Furthermore, as those techniques are up to now applied to macroscopic samples it is our priority to combine them with the spatial resolution offered by confocal and near field spectroscopies/microscopies, core expertise of the team.