Welcome to the Fürstenberg group website
Our general research interests lie in the development and application of optical spectroscopic and microscopic tools to address quantitatively chemical and biological questions at the molecular scale, with an emphasis on single-molecule techniques using smart fluorescence sensors to study biomolecular structure and dynamics. We are interested in understanding and controlling the photophysics of fluorescent probes in order to use them as quantitative local probes of their direct environment. Our routine portfolio of techniques encompasses single-molecule fluorescence spectroscopy and imaging, super-resolution imaging, fluorescence correlation spectroscopy, and fluorescence lifetime measurements in the bulk or at the single-molecule level.
Chiral Functionalization of an Atomically Precise Noble Metal Cluster: Insights into the Origin of Chirality and Photoluminescence
Kumaranchira Krishnadas, Luca Sementa, Marco Medves, Alessandro Fortunelli, Mauro Stener, Alexandre Fürstenberg, Giovanna Longhi, and Thomas Bürgi
ACS Nano 2020, 14(8), 9687-9700
Fluorescent Membrane Tension Probes for Super-Resolution Microscopy: Combining Mechanosensitive Cascade Switching with Dynamic-Covalent Ketone Chemistry
José García-Calvo, Jimmy Maillard, Ina Fureraj, Karolina Strakova, Adai Colom, Vincent Mercier, Aurélien Roux, Eric Vauthey, Naomi Sakai, Alexandre Fürstenberg, and Stefan Matile
J. Am. Chem. Soc. 2020, 142(28), 12034-12038
Erbium complexes as pioneers for implementing linear light-upconversion in molecules
Bahman Golesorkhi, Homayoun Nozary, Alexandre Fürstenberg, and Claude Piguet
Mater. Horiz. 2020, 7(5), 1279-1296
Monitoring Fe(II) Spin-State Equilibria via Eu(III) Luminescence in Molecular Complexes: Dream or Reality?
Timothée Lathion, Alexandre Fürstenberg, Céline Besnard, Andreas Hauser, Azzedine Bousseksou, and Claude Piguet
Inorg. Chem. 2020, 59(2), 1091-1103
October 6, 2020: Congratulations to Jimmy Maillard, laureate of the Syngenta Crop Protection Prize for the best master in biochemistry (2019-2020) from the University of Geneva!