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Polariton chemistry: controlling molecular dynamics with optical cavities

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Abstract

Molecular polaritons are the optical excitations which emerge when molecular transitions interact strongly with confined electromagnetic fields. Increasing interest in the hybrid molecular-photonic materials that host these excitations stems from recent observations of their novel and tunable chemistry. Some of the remarkable functionalities exhibited by polaritons include the ability to induce long-range excitation energy transfer, enhance charge conductivity, and inhibit or accelerate chemical reactions. In this review, we explain the effective theories of molecular polaritons which form a basis for the interpretation and guidance of experiments at the strong coupling limit. The theoretical discussion is illustrated with the analysis of innovative applications of strongly coupled molecular-photonic systems to chemical phenomena of fundamental importance to future technologies.

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The article was received on 05 Mar 2018, accepted on 07 Jun 2018 and first published on 12 Jun 2018


Article type: Minireview
DOI: 10.1039/C8SC01043A
Chem. Sci., 2018,9, 6325-6339
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    Polariton chemistry: controlling molecular dynamics with optical cavities

    R. F. Ribeiro, L. A. Martínez-Martínez, M. Du, J. Campos-Gonzalez-Angulo and J. Yuen-Zhou, Chem. Sci., 2018, 9, 6325
    DOI: 10.1039/C8SC01043A

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