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Tamara Trouts

I first became interested in photochemical sciences during an advanced inorganic chemistry course at the university where I obtained my undergraduate degree.  After learning about crystal field theory and the electronic transitions that are responsible for the bright colors of transition metal complexes, I was eager to learn more about how materials interact with photon energy.

The Center was recruiting at my university during my junior year.  When I visited the campus, I had the opportunity to meet with several faculty members and was very interested in the various research topics I discussed with them. I have been in the program for four years.

My research has been focused on developing materials with photoswitchable properties that could potentially be used for all optical data storage.  The complexes I’ve studied are based upon either ruthenium or rhenium complexes with anthryl bipyridine dimers.  In the form initially synthesized the complexes are emissive, but ultraviolet light can photocleave the complexes rendering them non-emissive.  Hence, the complexes offer a binary data system.  Films of these complexes were imaged on a micron scale in order to demonstrate the feasibility of using the systems for data storage.

My time at the Center has greatly increased my understanding and appreciation of the photosciences.  From my own research, I believe the possible technology applications are far reaching and will be important in the future.

Bowling Green has excellent research facilities for studying photoscience including ultrafast spectroscopy and low temperature reactions.  Bowling Green’s resources in the photochemical areas are far superior to those of similar sized institutions.

After graduation, I will pursue my Ph.D. in environmental chemistry at Ohio State University.