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Cavendish Laboratory

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Dr Tijmen Euser

Dr Tijmen Euser

University Lecturer

Room 185a, Bragg Building
Cavendish Laboratory,
JJ Thomson Avenue

Cambridge CB3 0HE
Office Phone: +44 (0)1223 747039


Before coming to Cambridge, I worked as a postdoctoral fellow/group leader in the Photonic Crystal Fibre Science division of Prof. Philip Russell at the Max-Planck Institute for the Science of Light in Erlangen, Germany. Before that, I did my PhD research on "Ultrafast optical switching of photonic crystals”, supervised by Prof. Willem Vos at the University of Twente and the FOM Institute for Atomic and Molecular Physics (AMOLF) in the Netherlands. 

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Research Interests

I am interested in nanoscale optical-, thermal-, and fluidic forces.  Our lab combines novel optical techniques, based on optofluidic waveguides, to study these interactions in a highly controlled way. We have, for example, optically propelled micro- and nanoparticles in hollow-core photonic crystal fibre and used them as microscale probes that measure thermally driven flow or electric fields. The system also enables photochemical and catalytic reactions on samples volumes that are five orders of magnitude smaller than in conventional methods. These fundamental studies are expected to have a strong impact on the development of new catalytic and photochemical systems for applications such as water-splitting and the development of novel light-activated anti-cancer drugs.

Our research is highly interdisciplinary and makes full use of existing expertise in nanoparticle spectroscopy, catalysis, microscopy, and microfluidics, both at the Cavendish and across the School of Physical Sciences.

Key Publications

Reconfigurable optothermal microparticle trap in air-filled hollow-core photonic crystal fiber
O. A. Schmidt, M. K. Garbos, T. G. Euser, and P. St. J. Russell
Phys. Rev. Lett. 109, 024502 (2012).

Flying particle sensors in hollow-core photonic crystal fibre
D. Bykov. O. A. Schmidt, Tijmen G. Euser, and Philip St.J. Russell.
Nature Photonics 9, 461 (2015).

Dynamic control of higher-order modes in hollow-core photonic crystal fibers
T. G. Euser, G. Whyte, M. Scharrer, J. S. Y. Chen, A. Abdolvand, J. Nold, C. F. Kaminski, and P. St.J. Russell
Opt. Express 16, pp. 17972-17981 (2008).

Rydberg atoms in hollow-core photonic crystal fibres
G. Epple, K. S. Kleinbach, T. G. Euser, N. Y. Joly, T. Pfau, P. St.J. Russell, and R. Löw
Nature Comms. 5, 4132 (2014).

Photonic crystal fibres for chemical sensing and photochemistry
A. M. Cubillas, S. Unterkofler, T. G. Euser, B. J. M. Etzold, A. C. Jones, P. J. Sadler, P. Wasserscheid, and P. St.J. Russell.
Chem. Soc. Rev. 42, 8629 (2013).

Chemical and (Photo)-Catalytical Transformations in Photonic Crystal Fibers
M. Schmidt, A. M. Cubillas, N. Taccardi, T. G. Euser, T. Cremer, F. Maier, H. P. Steinrueck, P. St.J. Russell, P. Wasserscheid, and B. J. M. Etzold.
Chem. Cat. Chem. 5, 641 (2013). 

A complete list of publications can be found on: