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Diaryl-substituted norbornadienes with red-shifted absorption for molecular solar thermal energy storage

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Abstract

Red-shifting the absorption of norbornadienes (NBDs), into the visible region, enables the photo-isomerization of NBDs to quadricyclanes (QCs) to be driven by sunlight. This is necessary in order to utilize the NBD–QC system for molecular solar thermal (MOST) energy storage. Reported here is a study on five diaryl-substituted norbornadienes. The introduced aryl-groups induce a significant red-shift of the UV/vis absorption spectrum of the norbornadienes, and device experiments using a solar-simulator set-up demonstrate the potential use of these compounds for MOST energy storage.

Graphical abstract: Diaryl-substituted norbornadienes with red-shifted absorption for molecular solar thermal energy storage

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The article was received on 01 Oct 2013, accepted on 01 Nov 2013 and first published on 01 Nov 2013


Article type: Communication
DOI: 10.1039/C3CC47517D
Citation: Chem. Commun., 2014,50, 5330-5332
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    Diaryl-substituted norbornadienes with red-shifted absorption for molecular solar thermal energy storage

    V. Gray, A. Lennartson, P. Ratanalert, K. Börjesson and K. Moth-Poulsen, Chem. Commun., 2014, 50, 5330
    DOI: 10.1039/C3CC47517D

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