Highly Fluorescent Pyridinium Betaines for Light Harvesting

Jingjing Xu, Bolong Zhang, Marina Jansen, Lars Goerigk, Wallace W.H. Wong, Chris Ritchie

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We report the findings of our experimental and theoretical investigations into the properties of pyridinium enolates and their potential utility in light-harvesting applications, such as in luminescent solar concentrators (LSCs). We present the synthesis, structures, photophysical characterization, and wavefunction-based quantum-chemical studies of five cyclobetaines. The performance of an LSC device incorporating one of these cyclobetaines is shown to be comparable to state-of-the-art devices.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)13882-13886
Number of pages5
JournalAngewandte Chemie - International Edition
Issue number44
Publication statusPublished - 23 Oct 2017
Externally publishedYes


  • betaines
  • energy transfer
  • fluorophores
  • luminescent solar concentrators

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