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Supramolecular and nanoscale chemistry

English title Supramolecular and nanoscale chemistry
Applicant Constable Edwin Charles
Number 113305
Funding scheme Project funding (Div. I-III)
Research institution Institut für Anorganische Chemie Universität Basel
Institution of higher education University of Basel - BS
Main discipline Inorganic Chemistry
Start/End 01.10.2006 - 30.09.2008
Approved amount 392'398.00
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Keywords (8)

Supramolecular chemistry; coordination chemistry; photochemistry; photovoltaic cells; ruthenium; copper; Water chemistry; energy

Lay Summary (English)

Lay summary
Biology and in industry, metal complexes are the catalysts of choice for the fundamental reactions of life and for the intricate transformations of raw organic compounds essential for modern life.

The eventual exhaustion of fossil fuels provides a driver for finding aternative energy sources. This project is in the wide context of utilising metallosupramolecular systems for applications relating to non-fossil fuel energy sources.

There are a number of targets within the project, interlinked with projects supported by the European Union, The Danish National Science Foundation and the Bundesamt für Energie.

Specific targets include:

(i)the assembly of redox addressable coordination arrays with thepotential to store dihydrogen or other high energy content molecules
(ii)Metal-containing molecular wires and antenna systems for lightcollecting
(iii)New dyes for photovoltaic cells based upon cheaper compounds thanthe “state-of-the-art” ruthenium dyes
(iv)Investigating new methods for the activation of water and potentialwater-splitting reactions.
Direct link to Lay Summary Last update: 21.02.2013

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Associated projects

Number Title Start Funding scheme
122104 Supramolecular and nanoscale chemistry 01.10.2008 Project funding (Div. I-III)
105443 Functional supramolecular chemistry 01.10.2004 Project funding (Div. I-III)