Welcome to

MUOS group

Multimensional and Ultrafast Optical Spectroscopy Group

“Look here, I have succeeded at last in fetching some gold from the sun.”

(After his banker questioned the value of investigating gold in the Fraunhofer lines of the sun and Kirchhoff handing him over a medal he was awarded for his investigations.)

Gustav Kirchhoff


Multidimensional and Ultrafast Optical Spectroscopies

Our interests

Our goal is to develop ultrafast multidimensional coherent spectroscopies and exploit them to unveil the most subtle details of transport processes in complex media, including biological antenna complexes, nanostructures hybrid materials and semiconductors nanocrystals.


01/11/2017 - 31/10/2020

COPAC is a transformative novel area in computing both because of the technology, coherent information transfer by ultrafast laser addressing of engineered quantum dots, QD, arrays and because of the specialized parallel processing of large amounts of information. We will make foundational experimental, theoretical and algorithmic innovations to demonstrate a new technological paradigm for ultrafast parallel multi-valued information processing....Read more


01/01/2020 - 31/12/2021

CQ-TECH is an interdisciplinary project across physics, chemistry, and material science communities. It has the ambitious aim of contributing to the burgeoning field of quantum technologies from a slightly different perspective than the usual one: that of chemistry. We will driving quantum coherence designing rationally the environment designing. We are exploring new hybrid and strong plasmonic-excitonic nanosystems (called plexcitonic materials) with ultrafast and advanced spectroscopies.


01/01/2019 - 31/12/2022

PHANTOMS aims at developing advanced computational tools for the simulation of experimental spectra, up to the setting-up of a virtual laboratory for in-silico spectroscopy. Theoretical predictions will be benchmarked with chiral and multi-pulse measurements, and then employed to study molecules of biological and technological interest.

Are you interested in our projects? Don't hesitate to visit our dedicated webpage and to write us!



1. E. Collini et al., “Coherent intrachain energy migration in a conjugated polymer at room temperature” Science, 323, 369, 2009 ;
2. E. Collini et al., “Coherently wired light-harvesting in photosynthetic marine algae at ambient temperature” Nature, 463, 644, 2010;
3. E. Collini et al., “Photophysics and dynamics of surface plasmon polaritons-mediated energy transfer in the presence of an applied electric field” JACS, 134, 10061, 2012;
4. E. Collini, “Spectroscopic signatures of quantum-coherent energy transfer”, ChemSocRev, 42, 4932, 2013;
5. A. Volpato et al., “Time-frequency methods for coherent spectroscopy” OptExp, 23, 240965, 2015;
6. L. Bolzonello et al., “Versatile setup for high-quality rephasing, non-rephasing, and double quantum 2D electronic spectroscopy”, JOSAB, 34, 1223, 2017;
7. E. Collini,” Biophotonics: That quantum feeling”, Nature Physics 13,1040, 2017;
8. E. Meneghin et al., “Coherence in carotenoid-to-chlorophyll energy transfer”, Nature Comm, 9, 3160, 2018;
9. E. Collini, “Carotenoids in photosynthesis: The revenge of the “Accessory” pigments”, Chem 5, 494, 2019;
10. E. Fresch, “How the Protein Environment Can Tune the Energy, the Coupling, and the Ultrafast Dynamics of Interacting Chlorophylls: The Example of the Water-Soluble Chlorophyll Protein”, J P C Lett, 11, 1059, 2020.


M. Fortino et al., "The role of specific solute-solvent interactions on the photophysical properties of Distyryl Substituted BODIPY derivatives", Phys. Chem. Chem. Phys., 2020;
E. Fresch et al., “How the Protein Environment Can Tune the Energy, the Coupling, and the Ultrafast Dynamics of Interacting Chlorophylls: The Example of the Water-Soluble Chlorophyll Protein”, J P C Lett, 11, 1059, 2020;
E. Fresch et al., "Relaxation Dynamics of Chlorophyll b in the Sub-ps Ultrafast Timescale Measured by 2D Electronic Spectroscopy", Int J Molecular Science, 2020;
E. Collini et al., "Quantum Phenomena in Nanomaterials: Coherent Superpositions of Fine Structure States in CdSe Nanocrystals at Room Temperature", J Phys Chem C, 2019;
M. Fortino et al., "On the simulation of vibrationally resolved electronic spectra of medium-size molecules: the case of styryl substituted BODIPYs", Phys CHem Chem Phys, 2018;
M. Zheng et al., "A film-forming graphene/diketopyrrolopyrrole covalent hybrid with far-red optical features: Evidence of photo-stability", Synthetic Metals, 2019;
A.Volpato et al., 'Effect of Different Conformational Distributions on the Ultrafast Coherence Dynamics in Porphyrin-Based Polymers', J Phys Chem C, 2019;
M. Righetto et al., 'Deciphering hot- and multi-exciton dynamics in core–shell QDs by 2D electronic spectroscopies' PCCP, 20, 18176, 2018.


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We love to share our research with the scientific community and the whole word. If you feel that our efforts can have something in common with yours please don't wait and contact us! We are creative and open-minded people.


We are open to academic and industrial collaborations. You can find our aims, philosophy and skills described through this website. If you find something of your interest and you think we can begin some collaboration, please feel free to contact us to discuss any detail.


We are looking for students interested in our research. If you are studying subjects related to chemistry, physics and material science, please have a look to our research page. If you have other ideas that are not present there, just write us and we can discuss the feasibility of the project: we are open to new perspective of the science.


Students and researchers from other universities are always welcome in our group. You can spend your master thesis period with us or also a part of your PhD years. Just contact us for discuss any detail.



Elisabetta Collini

Associate Professor

Elisabetta Collini is Associate Professor of Physical Chemistry at the Department of Chemical Sciences. She obtained her BSc (2003) and PhD (2007) degrees in Chemistry at the University of Padova. She was then postdoctoral fellow at the University of Padova from 2007 to 2012 and at the Institute for Optical Sciences and Centre for Quantum Information and Quantum Control of the University of Toronto (2008-2009). In 2011 she was awarded an ERC Starting grant for the project QUENTRHEL (2012-2017). She was also involved as Local Coordinator in two collaborative projects (MULTI and PAPETS) funded by EU. Her research activity was recently awarded several national and international awards (G. Borgia prize in Chemistry by the Accademia Nazionale dei Lincei; "Donne Talento ed Innovazione" prize by the M. Bellisario Foundation; P. Levi prize in Chemistry by the Italian Chemistry Society; European Young Chemist Award 2012 (gold medal) by EuChem, M.B. Ceolin prize by the University of Padova).


Edoardo Amarotti

MSc student

I am studying the ultrafast dynamics of complex systems, focusing on the coherent transport of charge and energy in quantum dots.


Elisa Fresch

PhD student

I am currently investigating the ultrafast relaxation dynamics of biological and biomimetic systems.


Giampaolo Marcolin

PhD student

I am working on the characterization of the ultrafast excited state dynamics of carotenoids and their role in light harvesting complexes.


Matteo Michielan

MSc student

I am studying the formation of hybrid pyrene - metal nanoparticle strongly coupled systems and their photophysical properties.


Nicola Peruffo

PhD student

I am working on the synthesis of strong coupled nanosystems and the characterization of their ultrafast dynamics .


Francesco Tumbarello

MSc student

I am interested in ultrafast energy transfer processes occurring in multi-chromophoric biological systems, such as photosynthetic light-harvesting complexes.


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Honorary members

Reph and Non-Reph

AKA Rephansing and Non-Rephasing

Quentry I

AKA Pescissimo

Quentry II

AKA Pescerrimo

Former members

Sajjad Hoseinkhani
Francesca Fassioli
Marco Cipolloni
Enrico Zurlo
Ilaria Occhiuto
Annalisa Polo
Cristina Leonardo
Giordano Amoruso
Paolo Munarini
Luca Bolzonello
Andrea Volpato
Elena Meneghin
Marcello Righetto
Andrea Casotto

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