Optically active materials able to up-convert the frequency of the incident radiation can be used to enhance the performance of photovoltaic and photocatalityc cells, recovering sub-bandgap photons not directly absorbed by the devices. Actually, sensitized up-conversion (SUC) based on multi-component organic systems is the most promising approach for these photon energy managing processes, being efficient also at the solar irradiance. However, applications of SUC on real devices have not been yet accomplished because its conversion yield usually drops dramatically in the solid state where the low dye mobility inhibits the diffusion controlled mechanisms ruling SUC photophysics. To overcome this limit, we prepared a single-phase elastomer (poly-butylacrilate) doped with proper dyes (platinum (II) octaetyl-porphyrin and 9,10-diphenylanthracene) to fabricate an efficient photon up-converting material. Thanks to the residual molecular diffusion provided by the soft host, and to the quenching reduction of involved metastable electronic excited-states in a solid environment compared to a liquid one, we obtained a record SUC yield of 17% at the solid state. SUC efficiency has been studied as function of the excitation power and sample temperature, elucidating the photophysical processes at the base of the high observed yield and assessing the guidelines for the fabrication of technologically appealing low power up-converting materials. A dye-doped rubbery matrix of poly-butylacrilate is used to fabricate an efficient photon up-converting material by bulk polymerization. Thanks to the residual molecular diffusion within the host and to the reduction of the vibrational quenching of involved metastable electronic states, a record conversion yield of 17% in the solid state is obtained within a single phase elastomer. Copyright © 2013 WILEY-VCH Verlag GmbH & Co. KGaA, Weinheim.

Monguzzi, A., Bianchi, F., Bianchi, A., Mauri, M., Simonutti, R., Ruffo, R., et al. (2013). High Efficiency Up-Converting Single Phase Elastomers for Photon Managing Applications. ADVANCED ENERGY MATERIALS, 3(5), 680-686 [10.1002/aenm.201200897].

High Efficiency Up-Converting Single Phase Elastomers for Photon Managing Applications

MONGUZZI, ANGELO MARIA;BIANCHI, ALBERTO;MAURI, MICHELE;SIMONUTTI, ROBERTO;RUFFO, RICCARDO;TUBINO, RICCARDO;MEINARDI, FRANCESCO
2013

Abstract

Optically active materials able to up-convert the frequency of the incident radiation can be used to enhance the performance of photovoltaic and photocatalityc cells, recovering sub-bandgap photons not directly absorbed by the devices. Actually, sensitized up-conversion (SUC) based on multi-component organic systems is the most promising approach for these photon energy managing processes, being efficient also at the solar irradiance. However, applications of SUC on real devices have not been yet accomplished because its conversion yield usually drops dramatically in the solid state where the low dye mobility inhibits the diffusion controlled mechanisms ruling SUC photophysics. To overcome this limit, we prepared a single-phase elastomer (poly-butylacrilate) doped with proper dyes (platinum (II) octaetyl-porphyrin and 9,10-diphenylanthracene) to fabricate an efficient photon up-converting material. Thanks to the residual molecular diffusion provided by the soft host, and to the quenching reduction of involved metastable electronic excited-states in a solid environment compared to a liquid one, we obtained a record SUC yield of 17% at the solid state. SUC efficiency has been studied as function of the excitation power and sample temperature, elucidating the photophysical processes at the base of the high observed yield and assessing the guidelines for the fabrication of technologically appealing low power up-converting materials. A dye-doped rubbery matrix of poly-butylacrilate is used to fabricate an efficient photon up-converting material by bulk polymerization. Thanks to the residual molecular diffusion within the host and to the reduction of the vibrational quenching of involved metastable electronic states, a record conversion yield of 17% in the solid state is obtained within a single phase elastomer. Copyright © 2013 WILEY-VCH Verlag GmbH & Co. KGaA, Weinheim.
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Sensitized up-conversion; Photon managing; Elastomers
English
2013
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5
680
686
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Monguzzi, A., Bianchi, F., Bianchi, A., Mauri, M., Simonutti, R., Ruffo, R., et al. (2013). High Efficiency Up-Converting Single Phase Elastomers for Photon Managing Applications. ADVANCED ENERGY MATERIALS, 3(5), 680-686 [10.1002/aenm.201200897].
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