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The search for panchromatic light-harvesting systems: Ternary and binary antennae based on self-organised materials

Lookup NU author(s): Marina Santana Vega, Dr Fabio Cucinotta


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© 2020. This study presents a series of light-harvesting materials, where multiple chromophores are organised into host-guest silica-micelle structures at specific locations by means of self-assembly strategies. Binary and ternary mesoscopic antennae were realized, using organometallic complexes and organic dyes as energy transfer units and varying their content and localization to manipulate transfer rate and efficiency inside the materials. Steady-state and time-resolved UV–vis spectroscopy revealed that the three-dye systems show excitation energy cascade from intramicellar dyes to a silica-grafted acceptor, with transfer efficiencies of 20–24 % per step and overall light emission spanning the whole visible range. The two-dye system reaches analogous panchromatic response, featuring almost-white light emission and 47 % efficient transfer, by exploiting the blue-green dual emission of a metallosurfactant as energy donor inside the micellar template and the red emission of a rhodamine acceptor on the silica framework. Both systems show that control over the donor-acceptor distances can be achieved to a certain extent in complex mesoscopic materials and that a vast potential is available for transfer and colour tuning, and specific use of the materials as solid-state sensitisers.

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Author(s): Santana Vega M, Munro L, Gowland DCA, Martinelli J, Djanashvili K, Cucinotta F

Publication type: Article

Publication status: Published

Journal: Journal of Photochemistry and Photobiology A: Chemistry

Year: 2021

Volume: 405

Print publication date: 15/01/2021

Online publication date: 28/08/2020

Acceptance date: 24/08/2020

ISSN (print): 1010-6030

Publisher: Elsevier BV


DOI: 10.1016/j.jphotochem.2020.112872


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