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A Nanohybrid Material of SWNTs Covalently Functionalized with Porphyrin for Light Harvesting Antenna: Synthesis and Photophysical Properties

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Novel covalently porphyrin functionalized single-walled carbon nanotubes (SWNTs) were synthesized using carboxylic group functionalized carbon nanotubes (o-SWNTs) with meso-aniline substituted porphyrin. The structure and morphology of this SWNT nanohybrid material were fully characterized with FTIR, Raman, UV-Vis-NIR spectra as well as TGA and TEM measurements. The energy transfer efficiency from porphyrin to SWNTs and porphyrin fluorescence quenching mechanism were studied by means of steady state fluorescence and time-resolved fluorescence measurement. The fast and efficient electron transfer occurring in this nanohybrid illustrates that they can be utilized as a good candidate for light harvesting materials in molecular photonic devices and solar energy utilization.
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Document Type: Research Article

Publication date: April 1, 2007

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  • Journal for Nanoscience and Nanotechnology (JNN) is an international and multidisciplinary peer-reviewed journal with a wide-ranging coverage, consolidating research activities in all areas of nanoscience and nanotechnology into a single and unique reference source. JNN is the first cross-disciplinary journal to publish original full research articles, rapid communications of important new scientific and technological findings, timely state-of-the-art reviews with author's photo and short biography, and current research news encompassing the fundamental and applied research in all disciplines of science, engineering and medicine.
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