Congratulations to current and former group members Morton and James whose paper entitled “Luminescent Solar Concentrators Based on Energy Transfer from an Aggregation-Induced Emitter Conjugated Polymer” has been published in ASC Applied Polymer Materials.
This work reports a multilumophore LSC design that circumvents the problems of incomplete solar harvesting and aggregation-caused quenching through a combination of nonradiative Forster resonance energy transfer (FRET) and aggregation-induced emission (AIE): this LSC system incorporates a green-emitting polymeric AIEgen, named poly(tetraphenylethylene), as an energy donor, and a red-emitting perylene bisimide molecular dye (PDI-Sil) as the energy acceptor, within an organic-inorganic hybrid diureasil waveguide. The FRET process was shown to occur from p-O-TPE to PDI-Sil, resulting in an internal photon efficiency of 20% at optimised donor-acceptor ratio, demonstrating a viable design for LSCs ultilizing AIE-based FRET approach to improve the solar-harvesting performance.
Luminescent Solar Concentrators Based on Energy Transfer from an Aggregation-Induced Emitter Conjugated Polymer, G. Lyu, J. Kendall, I. Meazzini, E. Preis, S. Bayseç, U. Scherf, S. Clément, R. C. Evans*, ASC Appl. Polym. Mater., 2019 DOI: 10.1021/acsapm.9b00718
Applied Polymer Materials
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