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Dendrimer light-harvesting: intramolecular electrodynamics and mechanisms

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In the development of highly efficient materials for harvesting solar energy, there is an increasing focus on purpose-built dendrimers and allied multi-chromophore systems. A proliferation of antenna chromophores is not the only factor determining the sought light-harvesting efficiency; the internal geometry and photophysics of these molecules are also crucially important. In particular, the mechanisms by means of which radiant energy is ultimately trapped depends on an intricate interplay of electronic, structural, energetic and symmetry properties. To better understand these processes a sound theoretical representation of the intramolecular electrodynamics is required. A suitable formalism, based on quantum electrodynamics, readily delivers physical insights into the necessary excitation channelling processes, and it affords a rigorous basis for modelling the intramolecular flow of energy.

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The article was received on 01 May 2009, accepted on 30 Jun 2009 and first published on 05 Aug 2009

Article type: Paper
DOI: 10.1039/B908675G
Citation: Dalton Trans., 2009,0, 10006-10014
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    Dendrimer light-harvesting: intramolecular electrodynamics and mechanisms

    D. L. Andrews, D. S. Bradshaw, R. D. Jenkins and J. Rodríguez, Dalton Trans., 2009, 0, 10006
    DOI: 10.1039/B908675G

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