In-situ Photo-crystallography Discovers Optoelectronic Applications
Photo-crystallography is a developing materials characterisation technique  that is enabling the interaction of light with matter to be probed at the molecular level, in a quantitative fashion. This talk will begin by introducing the technique and its scope of application. A case study will then be presented that concerns the solid-state SO2 linkage photo-isomerism in a family of ruthenium-based complexes: [Ru(SO2)(NH3)4X]Y, (X = trans-ligand; Y = counterion). T
The prospective application of this family of materials to three areas of optoelectronics is described:
- (a) optical data storage ;
- (b) solar-powered molecular transduction ;
- (c) dyes for dyesensitized solar cells.
Time-resolved in situ photo-crystallography is also presented via a study the decay kinetics and thermal stability of this SO2 photoisomerisation . Within this scope, a material design protocol is demonstrated that enables one to control their photo-conversion levels. The discovery of these materials as molecular motors is also unravelled via this work. The talk concludes with an outlook on the application of photo-crystallography and complementary techniques to other types of optoelectronic materials, especially photo-induced structural changes that occur at much shorter time-scales (down to picoseconds); to this end, dye-sensitized solar cell applications are a primary focus. Therein, the application of (optical)pump-(X-ray)probe picosecond time-resolved experiments at synchotrons, such as the Advanced Photon Source, is introduced.
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