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Photochemistry in a soft-glass single-ring hollow-core photonic crystal fibre

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Abstract

A hollow-core photonic crystal fibre (HC-PCF), guided by photonic bandgap effects or anti-resonant reflection, offers strong light confinement and long photochemical interaction lengths in a microscale channel filled with a solvent of refractive index lower than that of glass (usually fused silica). These unique advantages have motivated its recent use as a highly efficient and versatile microreactor for liquid-phase photochemistry and catalysis. In this work, we use a single-ring HC-PCF made from a high-index soft glass, thus enabling photochemical experiments in higher index solvents. The optimized light–matter interaction in the fibre is used to strongly enhance the reaction rate in a proof-of-principle photolysis reaction in toluene.

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The article was received on 22 Sep 2016, accepted on 05 Jan 2017 and first published on 06 Jan 2017


Article type: Paper
DOI: 10.1039/C6AN02144A
Citation: Analyst, 2017,142, 925-929
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    Photochemistry in a soft-glass single-ring hollow-core photonic crystal fibre

    A. M. Cubillas, X. Jiang, T. G. Euser, N. Taccardi, B. J. M. Etzold, P. Wasserscheid and P. St. J. Russell, Analyst, 2017, 142, 925
    DOI: 10.1039/C6AN02144A

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