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Issue 40, 2014
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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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Submitted
01 Oct 2013
Accepted
01 Nov 2013
First published
01 Nov 2013

Chem. Commun., 2014,50, 5330-5332
Article type
Communication

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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