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Winton Programme for the Physics of Sustainability

Department of Physics

Studying at Cambridge


Mr Florian Schroeder

Mr Florian Schroeder

Winton Scholar

Supervisor: Prof Richard Friend and Dr Alex Chin

Optoelectronics and Theory of Condensed Matter Groups


Florian Schroeder is currently enrolled as a PhD student at the Department of Physics. He is funded by the Winton Programme and the EPSRC.

After graduating from the Ludwig-Maximilians-University Munich (Germany) with a 1st Class honours degree (1.0) in Physics (B.Sc.) in 2012, he completed his Master of Advanced Studies in Physics at the University of Cambridge with distinction in 2013. Florian was funded by the German National Academic Foundation and the Max-Weber Programme which are Germany’s largest and most prestigious funding bodies.

MASt in Physics at University of Cambridge (2012-2013)
B.Sc. in Physics at Ludwig-Maximilians-University Munich (2009-2012)

Research Interests

Experimental and theoretical analysis of quantum coherence in singlet fission materials and light-harvesting complexes

Excitonic quantum coherence is believed to play an important role in singlet fission processes as well as for the quantum efficiency of light harvesting complexes in photosynthesis. However, the exact nature of these processes remains unclear. During my PhD I will undertake a joint experimental and theoretical study into this subject. Ultrafast transient spectroscopy experiments will be undertaken to obtain information about short time exciton dynamics in these systems. This will then be compared with density matrix renormalization group calculations to get further insights into coherence properties and possibly the mechanisms of the underlying processes.


Key Publications


Schröder, F. A. Y. N., Chin, A. W. (2016). Simulating open quantum dynamics with time-dependent variational matrix product states: Towards microscopic correlation of environment dynamics and reduced system evolution, Phys. Rev. B 93, 075105

Schröder, F. A., Cole, J. M., Waddell, P. G., & McKechnie, S. (2015). Transforming Benzophenoxazine Laser Dyes into Chromophores for Dye‐Sensitized Solar Cells: A Molecular Engineering Approach. Advanced Energy Materials, 5(9).


Conference publications and talks

Schröder, F. A. Y. N., Chin, A. W. (2016). Excitons & Vibrations: Many-body simulation of exciton-phonon dynamics in an organic dimer. Quantum Effects in Biological Systems 2016, Durban.

Schröder, F. A. Y. N., Chin, A. W. (2015). Many-body quantum dynamics simulated with Matrix Product States. Quantum Effects in Biological Systems 2015, Florence.

Schröder, F. A. Y. N., Chin, A. W. (2015). Many-body quantum dynamics simulated with Matrix Product States. Conference on Advanced Materials for Quantum Technology, Manchester.

Schröder, F. A. Y. N., Waddell, P. G., McKechnie, S., Cole, J. M. (2014). Materials Discovery of a New Class of Organic Dyes for Use in Dye-Sensitized Solar Cells. 2014 Materials Research Society Spring Meeting, San Francisco, CA.