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Supramolecular and nanoscale chemistry

English title Supramolecular and nanoscale chemistry
Applicant Constable Edwin Charles
Number 122104
Funding scheme Project funding
Research institution Institut für Anorganische Chemie Universität Basel
Institution of higher education University of Basel - BS
Main discipline Inorganic Chemistry
Start/End 01.10.2008 - 30.09.2010
Approved amount 425'876.00
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Keywords (12)

Supramolecular chemistry; coordination chemistry; photochemistry; photovoltaic cells; reactivity; sugar; copper; coordination networks; Solar cells; Molecular computing; Polymers and networks; Nanoparticles

Lay Summary (English)

Lay summary
This project is concerned with the use of supramolecular chemistry for the exquisite control of molecular components in (i) synthesis and (ii) molecule based devices.Dye-sensitized solar cells are an alternative technology to silicon photovoltaics. At present, state-of-the-art devices are based upon ruthenium complexes. Ruthenium supplies are limited and there is a need to find more renewable components. We are actively investigating the use of copper-based dyes in these systems.Molecular computing replaces silicon devices with molecules which may adopt two or more states. We use a combination of chemistry and light as the input and output of these devices.The design of molecular based machines relies upon the precise spatial arrangement of components. We are developing methods of engineering interactions between components to lead to precise three-dimensional structures, in particular at interfaces.Nanoparticles are ideal micro-reactors and carriers for reactants. We have developed a series of new methods for the production of decorated transition metal oxides.All of these studies are leading towards technological application of chemistry based devices.
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