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Title: Ultrafast excited state deactivation of doped porous anodic alumina membranes
Authors: Makhal, Abhinandan
Sarkar, Soumik
Pal, Samir Kumar
Yan, Hongdan
Wulferding, Dirk
Cetin, Fatih
Lemmens, Peter
Issue Date: 2012
Publisher: Nanotechnology
Citation: A. Makhal, S. Sarkar, H. Yan, D. Wulferding, F. Cetin, P. Lemmens and S. K. Pal, Ultrafast Excited State Deactivation of Doped Porous Anodic Alumina Membranes, Nanotechnology, 2012, 23, 305705.
Abstract: Free-standing, bi-directionally permeable and ultra-thin anodic aluminum oxide (AAO) membranes establish attractive templates (host) for the synthesis of nano-dots and rods of various materials (guest). This is due to their chemical and structural integrity and high periodicity on length scales of 5–150 nm which are often used to host photoactive nano-materials for various device applications including dye-sensitized solar cells. In the present study, AAO membranes are synthesized by using electrochemical methods and a detailed structural characterization using FEG-SEM, XRD and TGA confirms the porosity and purity of the material. Defect-mediated photoluminescence quenching of the porous AAO membrane in the presence of an electron accepting guest organic molecule (benzoquinone) is studied by means of steady-state and picosecond/femtosecond-resolved luminescence measurements. Using time-resolved luminescence transients, we have also revealed light harvesting of complexes of porous alumina impregnated with inorganic quantum dots (Maple Red) or gold nanowires. Both the F¨orster resonance energy transfer and the nano-surface energy transfer techniques are employed to examine the observed quenching behavior as a function of the characteristic donor–acceptor distances. The experimental results will find their relevance in light harvesting devices based on AAOs combined with other materials involving a decisive energy/charge transfer dynamics.
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/123456789/490
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