Functional Chromophores Group

The Functional Chromophore Group is concerned with molecular design and synthesis of novel functional organic chromophores and their self-assembly properties. New chromophores are designed by combining existing structures or by applying synthesis techniques leading to molecules with unique optical and supramolecular properties. These molecules possess properties related either to their chromophore properties or because of their 3D nanomolecular morphologies. Applications in light harvesting, sensing and catalysis are sought.

Specialized research fields

1) Synthesis of new nanomolecular chromophores
Molecules with structural and/or conceptual novelty are prepared according to the required properties by using synthetic and supramolecular techniques.

2) Self-assembly
Complex molecules undergo self-assembly and other intermolecular processes based on their 3-dimensional structures. We investigate these processes to understand aggregative action in synthetic and naturally-occurring systems.

3) Functions and applications
Functionality of chromophores is investigated with special attention to factors affecting chromogenic activity for sensing applications, host-guest binding for catalytic properties, and interchromophore transfer for photocatalytic or light harvesting applications.

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Functional Chromophores Group
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