Peer-Reviewed Journal Articles

  1. Cationic phosphonium-based polythiophene conjugated polyelectrolytes (CPEs) with different surfactant counterions: thermal properties, self-assembly and photovoltaic performances, Michèle Chevrier, Jurgen Kesters, Judith E. Houston, Niko Van den Brande, Sylvain Chambon, Sébastien Richeter, Bruno Van Mele, Thomas Arnold, Ahmad Mehdi, Roberto Lazzaroni, Philippe Dubois, Rachel C. Evans,* Wouter Maes,* Sébastien Clément*, Polymer International, 2020, accepted.
  2. Flexible Photoluminescent Waveguide Amplifiers to Improve Visible Light Communication Platform, Ana. R.N. Bastos, Barry McKenna, Tiago Silvério, Gonçalo Figueiredo, Luís D. Carlos, Paulo S. André, Rachel C. Evans and Rute A.S. Ferreira*, IET Optoelectronics, 2020, accepted.
  3. Synthetic Factors affecting the Stability of Methylammonium Lead Halide Perovskite Nanocrystals, Barry McKenna, Abhinav Shivkumar, Bethan Charles and Rachel C. Evans*, Nanoscale, 2020, 2, 11694 – 11702. Link
  4. Synthesis and Characterisation of Biocompatible Organic-Inorganic Core-Shell Nanocomposite Particles based on Ureasils, Ilaria Meazzini, Steve Comby, Kieran D. Richards, Aimee M. Withers, François-Xavier Turquet, Judith E. Houston, Róisín M. Owens and Rachel C. Evans*, Journal of Materials Chemistry B, 2020, 8, 4908-4916. Link.
  5. A Single-Component Photorheological Fluid with Light-Responsive Viscosity, Elaine A. Kelly, Niamh Willis-Fox, Judith E. Houston, Camille Blayo, Giorgio Divitini, Nathan Cowieson, Ronan Daly and Rachel C. Evans*, Nanoscale, 2020, 12, 6300-6306. Hot Article.
  6. Flexible Blue-Light Fiber Amplifiers to Improve Signal Coverage in Advanced Lighting Communication Systems, Ana R. Bastos, Guanpeng Lyu, Tiago Silvério, Paulo S. André*, Rachel C. Evans*, and Rute A. S. Ferreira*, Cell Reports Physical Science, 2020, 1, 100041.
  7. Thermoresponsive Host Polymer Matrix for Self-Healing Luminescent Solar Concentrators, E. Tatsi, G. Fortunato, B. Rigatelli, G. Lyu, S. Turri, R. C. Evans and G. Griffini*, ACS Applied Energy Materials, 2020, 3, 1152-1160. DOI
  8. 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. Clement, and R. C. Evans*, ACS Applied Polymer Materials, 2019, 1, 11, 3039-304.
  9. Multimodal Control of Liquid Crystalline Mesophases from Surfactants with Photoswitchable Tails, J. E. Houston, E. A. Kelly, M. Kruteva, K. Chrissiopoulou, N. Cowieson, R. C. Evans*, Journal of Materials Chemistry C, 2019, 7, 10945 – 10952.
  10. Concentradores solares luminescentes: o que são e para que servem? S.F.H. Correia, A.R. Frias, P.S. André, R.A.S. Ferreira, R.C. Evans,* e L.D. Carlos*, Química, 2019, 43, 152.
  11. Probing the Dynamic Self-Assembly Behaviour of Photoswitchable Wormlike Micelles in Real Time,  E. A. Kelly, J. E. Houston, R. C. Evans* Soft Matter, 2019, 15, 1253-1259.  Emerging Investigators special issue.
  12. Flexible Optical Amplifier for Visible Light Communications Based on Organic-Inorganic Hybrids, A. Bastos, B. McKenna, M. Lima, P. André, L. D. Carlos, R. C. Evans and R. A. S. Ferreira*, ACS Omega, 2018, 3, 13772-13781.
  13. Unlocking Structure-Self-Assembly Relationships in Cationic Azobenzene Photosurfactants, C. Blayo, J. E. Houston, S. M. King, R. C. Evans*, Langmuir, 2018, 34, 10123–10134.
  14. Facially Amphipathic Glycopolymers Inhibit Ice Recrystallization, B. Graham,  A. E. R. Fayter, J. E. Houston, R. C. Evans, M. I. Gibson, Journal of the American Chemical Society, 2018, 140, 5682-5685. link
  15. Large Area Quantum Dot Luminescent Solar Concentrators for Use with Dye-Sensitised Solar Cells, L. J. Brennan, F. Purcell-Milton, B. McKenna, T. M. Watson, Y. K. Gun’ko, and R. C. Evans*, Journal of Materials Chemistry A, 2018, 6, 2671-2680.
  16. Selective recognition of biologically important anions using an all-conjugated diblock polyfluorene–polythiophene conjugated polyelectrolyte, N. Willis-Fox, A. Gutacker, M. P. Browne, A. R. Khan, M. E. G. Lyons, U. Scherf and R. C. Evans*, Polymer Chemistry, 2017, 8, 7151-7159.
  17. A Self-Assembly Toolbox for Thiophene-Based Conjugated Polyelectrolytes: Surfactants, Solvent and Copolymerisation, J. E. Houston,* M. Chevrier, M.-S. Appavou, S. M. King, S. Clément* and R. C. Evans*, Nanoscale, 2017, 9, 17481-17493.
  18. Ureasil Organic-Inorganic Hybrids as Photoactive Waveguides for Conjugated Polyelectrolyte Luminescent Solar Concentrators, I. Meazzini, C. Blayo, J. Arlt, A.-T. Marques, U. Scherf, H. D. Burrows and R. C. Evans*, Materials Chemistry Frontiers, 2017, 1, 2271 – 2282.
  19. Enhancing the Stability of Organolead Halide Perovskite Films Through Polymer Encapsulation, B. McKenna, J. R. Troughton, T. M. Watson and R. C. Evans*, RSC Advances, 2017, 7, 32942-32951.
  20. Molecular design of Interfacial Layers based on Conjugated Polythiophenes for Polymer and Hybrid Solar Cells, J. E. Houston, S. Richeter, S. Clément* and R. C. Evans*, Polym. Int., 2017, 66, 1333-1348.
  21. Targeted β-phase Formation in Poly(fluorene)-Ureasil Grafted Organic-Inorganic Hybrids, I. Meazzini, J. M. Behrendt, M. L. Turner and R. C. Evans*, Macromolecules, 2017, 50, 4235–4243.  Link
  22. Towards Efficient Spectral Converters through Materials Design for Luminescent Solar Devices, B. McKenna and R. C. Evans*, Adv. Mater., 201729, 1606491.
  23. Charge-Mediated Localization of Conjugated Polythiophenes in Zwitterionic Model Cell Membranes, J. E. Houston, M. Kraft, I. Mooney, A. E. Terry, U. Scherf and R. C. Evans*, Langmuir, 2016, 32, 8141–8153.
  24. Sequential Detection of Multiple Phase Transitions in Model Biological Membranes Using a Red-Emitting Conjugated Polyelectrolyte, J. E. Houston, M. Kraft, U. Scherf and R. C. Evans*, Phys. Chem. Chem. Phys., 2016, 18, 12423-12427.
  25. Threading the Needle: Fluorescent Poly-pseudo-rotaxanes for Size-Exclusion Sensing, N. Willis-Fox, C. Belger, J. F. Fennell, R. C. Evans,* and T. M. Swager*, Chem. Mater., 2016, 28, 2685-2691.
  26. Targeted Design Leads to Tunable Photoluminescence from Perylene Dicarboxdiimide–Poly(oxyalkylene)/Siloxane Hybrids for Luminescent Solar Concentrators, I. Meazzini, N. Willis-Fox, C. Blayo, J. Arlt, S. Clément, R. C. Evans*, J. Mater. Chem. C., 2016, 4, 4049-4059. Emerging Investigators special issue.
  27. Design and Response of High-Efficiency Planar Doped Luminescent Solar Concentrators using Organic-Inorganic Di-Ureasil Waveguides, A. Kaniyoor, B. McKenna, S. Comby, R. C. Evans*, Adv. Opt. Mater., 2016, 4, 444-456.
  28. Tunable White-Light Emission from Conjugated Polymer-Di-Ureasil Materials, N. Willis-Fox, M. Kraft, J. Arlt, U. Scherf, and R. C. Evans*, Adv. Funct. Mater., 2016, 26, 532–542.
  29. Regioregular Polythiophene-Porphyrin Supramolecular Copolymers for Optoelectronic Applications. M. Chevrier, J. Kesters, C. Blayo, S. Richeter, A. Van Der Lee, O. Coulembier, M. Surin, A. Mehdi, R. Lazzaroni, R.C. Evans, W. Maes, P. Dubois and S. Clément*, Macromol. Chem. Phys., 2016, 217, 445-458.
  30. Expanding the light absorption of poly(3-hexylthiophene) by end-functionalization with pi-extended porphyrins, M. Chevrier, S. Richeter, O. Coulembier, M. Surin, A. Mehdi, R. Lazzaroni, R. C. Evans, P. Dubois and S. Clément*, Chem. Commun., 2016, 52,171-174.
  31. Self-Assembled Conjugated Polyelectrolyte-Surfactant Complexes as Efficient Cathode Interlayer Materials for Bulk Heterojunction Organic Solar Cells, M. Chevrier, J. E. Houston, J. Kesters, N. Van den Brande, A. E. Terry, S. Richeter, A. Mehdi, O. Coulembier, P. Dubois, R. Lazzaroni, B. Van Mele, W. Maes*, R. C. Evans* and S. Clément*, J. Mater. Chem. A, 2015, 3, 23905-23916.
  32. Synergistic Photoluminescence Enhancement in Conjugated Polymer-Di-ureasil Organic-Inorganic Composites. N. Willis-Fox, A.-T. Marques, J. Arlt, U. Scherf, H. D. Burrows, L. D. Carlos and R. C. Evans*, Chem. Sci., 2015, 6, 7227-7237.
  33. Lighting-Up Two-Dimensional Lanthanide Phosphonates: Tunable Structure-Property Relationships towards Visible and Near-Infrared Emitters. A. R. Patterson, W. Schmitt*, R. C. Evans*, J. Phys. Chem. C, 2014,118, 10291-10301.
  34. All-Conjugated Cationic Copolythiophene “Rod-Rod” Block Copolyelectrolytes: Synthesis, Optical Properties and Solvent-Dependent Assembly. A. Thomas, J. E. Houston, N. Van den Brande, J. De Winter, M. Chevrier, R. K. Heenan, A. Terry, S. Richeter, A. Mehdi, B. Van Mele, P. Dubois, R. Lazzaroni, P. Gerbaux, R. C. Evans* and S. Clément*, Polym. Chem., 2014, 5, 3352-3362.
  35. Charge-Modulated Self-Assembly and Growth of Conjugated Polyelectrolyte-Polyoxometalate Hybrid Networks. J. E. Houston, A. R. Patterson, A. C. Jayasundera, W. Schmitt and R. C. Evans*, Chem. Commun. 2014, 50, 5233-5235. 2014 Emerging Investigators Special Issue.
  36. Sugar-derived organogels as templates for structured, photoluminescent conjugated polymer-inorganic hybrid materials. P. C. Marr*, K. McBride and R. C. Evans*, Chem. Commun., 2013, 49, 6155-6157.
  37. Harnessing Self-Assembly Strategies for The Rational Design of Conjugated Polymer Based Materials. R. C. Evans*, J. Mater. Chem. C, 2013, 1, 4190-4200. Invited Highlight Article.
  38. Emission Spectroscopy of Uranium(IV) Compounds: A Combined Synthetic, Spectroscopic and Computational Study. E. Hashem, A. N. Swinburne, C. Schulzke, R. C. Evans, J. A. Platts, A. Kerridge, L. S. Natrajan, R. J. Baker*, RSC Advances, 2013, 3, 4350-4361.
  39. Cationic Polythiophene-Surfactant Self-Assembly Complexes: Phase Transitions, Optical Response, and Sensing. R. C. Evans*, M. Knaapila, N. Willis-Fox, M. Kraft, A. Terry, H. D. Burrows, U. Scherf, Langmuir, 2012, 28, 12348-12356.
  40. Chain confinement promotes ß-phase formation in polyfluorene-based photoluminescent ionogels. R. C. Evans* and P. C. Marr* Chem. Commun. 2012, 48, 3742-3744.
  41. Conjugated polyelectrolyte (CPE) poly[3-[6-(N-methylimidazolium)hexyl]-2,5-thiophene] complexed with aqueous sodium dodecylsulfate amphiphile: synthesis, solution structure and “surfactochromic” properties. M. Knaapila*, R. C. Evans, A. Gutacker, V. M. Garamus, N. K. Székely, U. Scherf, H. D. Burrows, Soft Matter, 2011, 7, 6863. Selected as a “Hot Paper” in August 2011.
  42. On the flocculation and re-dissolution of trivalent lanthanide metal ions by sodium dodecyl sulfate in aqueous solutions. R. F. P. Pereira, M. J. Tápia, A.J.M. Valente*, R. C. Evans, H. D. Burrows, R. A. Carvalho, J. Coll. Interface Sci. 2011, 354, 670.
  43. Structure and “Surfactochromic” Properties of Conjugated Polyelectrolyte (CPE): Surfactant Complexes between a Cationic Polythiophene and SDS in Water. M. Knaapila*, R. C. Evans, V. M. Garamus, L. Almásy, N. K. Székely, A. Gutacker, U. Scherf, H. D. Burrows, Langmuir, 2010, 26, 15634.
  44. Fluorene-based conjugated polyelectrolyte/silica nanocomposites: charge mediated phase aggregation at the organic-inorganic interface. R. C. Evans*, A. G. Macedo, S. Pradhan, U. Scherf, L. D. Carlos, H. D. Burrows, Adv. Mater., 2010, 22, 3032-3037.
  45. Cationic fluorene-thiophene diblock copolymers: Aggregation behaviour in methanol / water and its relation to thin film structure. A. Gutacker, N. Koenen, U. Scherf, S. Adamczyka, J. Pina, S. M. Fonseca, A. J. M. Valente, R. C. Evans, J. Seixas de Melo, H. D. Burrows*, M. Knaapila, Polymer, 2010, 51, 1898.
  46. Solvent dependent assembly of a polyfluorene―polythiophene “rod-rod” block copolyelectrolyte: Influence on photophysical properties. M. Knaapila*, R. C. Evans, A. Gutacker, V. M. Garamus, M. Torkkeli, M. Forster, U. Scherf, H. D. Burrows, Langmuir, 2010, 26, 5056.
  47. All-conjugated polyelectrolyte block copolymers. A. Gutacker, S. Adamczyk, A. Helfer, L.E. Garner, R. C. Evans, S. M. Fonseca, M. Knaapila, G. C. Bazan, H. D. Burrows, U. Scherf*, J. Mater. Chem., 2010, 20, 1423. Invited 20th Anniversary Article.
  48. A concentration effect on the oriented microstructure in tensile drawn polyfluorene-polyethylene blend. M. Knaapila*, H. L. Vaughan*, T. P. A. Hase, R. C. Evans, R. Stepanyan, M. Torkkeli, H. D. Burrows, U. Scherf, A. P. Monkman, Macromolecules, 2010, 43, 299–305.
  49. Design and response of colorimetric luminescent oxygen sensors. R. C. Evans*, P. Douglas, ACS Appl. Mater. Interfaces, 5, 2009, 1023-1030.
  50. Photophysics and electrochemistry of some thione far-red/near-IR triplet emitters. R. C. Evans*, P. Douglas, C. J. Winscom, J. Fluoresc., 19, 2009, 169-177.
  51. Tuning the emission colour in mixed lanthanide silicates: energy transfer, composition and chromaticity. R. C. Evans*, P. Douglas, L. D. Carlos and J. Rocha, J. Mater. Chem., 18, 2008, 1100-1107.
  52. Energy transfer in mixed lanthanide microporous silicates: understanding energy transfer and emission decay kinetics in systems with unusual dimensionality. R. C. Evans*, D. Ananias, A. Douglas, P. Douglas, L.D. Carlos and J. Rocha, J. Phys. Chem. C, 112, 2008, 260-268.
  53. Controlling the colour space response of colorimetric luminescent oxygen sensors. R. C. Evans and P. Douglas, Anal. Chem. 78, 2006, 5645-5652. Highlighted in Europhotonics Magazine Oct/Nov 2006.
  54. Coordination complexes exhibiting room-temperature phosphorescence: evaluation of their suitability as triplet emitters for light-emitting diodes. R. C. Evans*, P. Douglas, C. J. Winscom, Coord. Chem. Rev., 250, 2006, 2093-2126. Top 5 most cited paper 2007-2011.
  55. A novel luminescence-based colorimetric oxygen sensor with a “traffic light” response. R. C. Evans*, P. Douglas, J. A. G. Williams, D. L. Rochester, J. Fluoresc., 16, 2006, 201-206. Special Issue: 9th International Conference on Methods and Applications of Fluorescence – Spectroscopy, Imaging and Probes.
  56. Effects of heating and post-heating equilibration times on soil water repellency. S. H. Doerr, P. Douglas, R. C. Evans, N. J. Mullinger, R. Bryant and R. A. Shakesby, Aus. J. Soil Res., 43, 2005, 261-267.

Books and Book Chapters

  1. R. C. Evans, P. Douglas, H. D. Burrows (Eds.), Applied Photochemistry, 2013, Springer-Verlag: ISBN: 9048138299
  2. R. C. Evans* and P. Douglas, Optical Sensors and Probes, in Applied Photochemistry (Eds. R. C. Evans, P. Douglas, H. D. Burrows), 2013, Springer-Verlag
  3. P. Douglas, R. C. Evans, and H. D. Burrows, The Photochemical Laboratory, in Applied Photochemistry (Eds. R. C. Evans, P. Douglas, H. D. Burrows), 2013, Springer-Verlag
  4. M. L. Davies, P. Douglas, R. C. Evans, and H. D. Burrows, Photochemical Materials: Absorbers, Emitters, Displays Sensitisers, Acceptors, Traps and Photochromics, in Applied Photochemistry (Eds. R. C. Evans, P. Douglas, H. D. Burrows), 2013, Springer-Verlag
  5. P. Douglas, H. D. Burrows and R. C. Evans, Foundations of Photochemistry, in Applied Photochemistry (Eds. R. C. Evans, P. Douglas, H. D. Burrows), 2013, Springer-Verlag
  6. All-Conjugated Rod-Rod Diblock Copolymers containing Conjugated Polyelectrolyte (CPE) Blocks,  U. Scherf, R. C. Evans, A. Gutacker, G. C. Bazan, in Conjugated Polyelectrolyes. Fundamentals and Applications (Eds. B. Liu, G.C. Bazan) 2012, Wiley-VCH, Weinheim.

Conference Proceedings

  1. Photoactive organic-inorganic hybrid polymer waveguides for optical device technologies, Abigail R. Collins, Thomas J. F. Southern, Guangpeng Lyu, Michael J. Bennison and Rachel C. Evans*, Proc. SPIE 11367, Photosensitive Materials and their Applications, 113670Y (1 April 2020); doi: 10.1117/12.2564510.
  2. Flocculation and redissolution of trivalent metal ions by sodium dodecyl sulfate: a quantitative approach, R. F. P Pereira, M. J. Tápia, A. J. M. Valente, R. C. Evans, H. D. Burrows, R. A. Carvalho, V. D. Bermudez, Proceedings of the III Reunión Ibérica de Coloides y Interfases (RICI 09), 2009.