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dc.contributor.authorOcakoǧlu, Kasim
dc.contributor.authorJoya, Khurram Saleem
dc.contributor.authorHarputlu, Ersan
dc.contributor.authorTarnowska, Anna
dc.contributor.authorGryko, Daniel T.
dc.date.accessioned2015-08-03T11:43:35Z
dc.date.available2015-08-03T11:43:35Z
dc.date.issued2014
dc.identifier.issn20403364
dc.identifier.doi10.1039/c4nr01661k
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10754/563226
dc.description.abstractSelf-assembled supramolecular organization of nano-structured biomimetic light-harvesting modules inside solid-state nano-templates can be exploited to develop excellent light-harvesting materials for artificial photosynthetic devices. We present here a hybrid light-harvesting system mimicking the chlorosomal structures of the natural photosynthetic system using synthetic zinc chlorin units (ZnChl-C6, ZnChl-C12 and ZnChl-C 18) that are self-aggregated inside the anodic aluminum oxide (AAO) nano-channel membranes. AAO nano-templates were modified with a TiO2 matrix and functionalized with long hydrophobic chains to facilitate the formation of supramolecular Zn-chlorin aggregates. The transparent Zn-chlorin nano-aggregates inside the alkyl-TiO2 modified AAO nano-channels have a diameter of ∼120 nm in a 60 μm length channel. UV-Vis studies and fluorescence emission spectra further confirm the formation of the supramolecular ZnChl aggregates from monomer molecules inside the alkyl-functionalized nano-channels. Our results prove that the novel and unique method can be used to produce efficient and stable light-harvesting assemblies for effective solar energy capture through transparent and stable nano-channel ceramic materials modified with bio-mimetic molecular self-assembled nano-aggregates. © 2014 the Partner Organisations.
dc.description.sponsorshipThis research has been financially supported by the Scientific and Technological Research Council of Turkey, TUBITAK (Grant: 110M803) and the Polish National Science Center (844/N-ESF-EuroSolarFuels/10/2011/0) in the framework of European Science Foundation (ESF-EUROCORES-EuroSolarFuels-10-FP-006). K. S. Joya acknowledges the Higher Education Commission (HEC), Government of Pakistan, for funding. We are thankful to Prof. Huub de Groot (Leiden University) and Prof. Alfred Holzwarth (Max-Planck Institute, Mulheim, Germany) for the useful discussion.
dc.publisherRoyal Society of Chemistry (RSC)
dc.titleA nanoscale bio-inspired light-harvesting system developed from self-assembled alkyl-functionalized metallochlorin nano-aggregates
dc.typeArticle
dc.contributor.departmentChemical Science Program
dc.contributor.departmentKAUST Catalysis Center (KCC)
dc.contributor.departmentPhysical Science and Engineering (PSE) Division
dc.identifier.journalNanoscale
dc.contributor.institutionAdvanced Technology Research and Application Center, Mersin University, Ciftlikkoy Campus, TR-33343 Mersin, Turkey
dc.contributor.institutionLeiden Institute of Chemistry, Leiden University, Einsteinweg 55, 2300 RA, Leiden, Netherlands
dc.contributor.institutionDepartment of Chemistry, University of Engineering and Technology, GT Road, 54890, Lahore Punjab, Pakistan
dc.contributor.institutionFaculty of Chemistry, Warsaw University of Technology, Noakowskiego 3, 00-664 Warsaw, Poland
dc.contributor.institutionInstitute of Organic Chemistry, Polish Academy of Sciences, Kasprzaka 44-52, 01-224 Warsaw, Poland
kaust.personJoya, Khurram Saleem


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