Light-harvesting dendrimers

A. Adronov, J. M.J. Frechet*

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Natural photosynthetic systems collect sunlight using a vast array of light-harvesting chromophores that channel the absorbed energy to a single reaction center. Recently, it has been realized that dendritic macromolecules can exhibit similar properties, though on a more modest scale. The preparation of dendritic structures and assemblies composed of numerous light-collecting chromophores that transfer their energy to a single energy 'sink' at the core has been achieved in a number of diverse and creative ways. These novel structures are being used as model systems in light-emitting diodes, signal amplifiers, fluorescent sensors, frequency converters, and other photonic devices.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1701-1710
Number of pages10
Issue number18
StatePublished - Sep 21 2000
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Catalysis
  • Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Materials
  • Ceramics and Composites
  • General Chemistry
  • Surfaces, Coatings and Films
  • Metals and Alloys
  • Materials Chemistry


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