Photosynthesis Research

, Volume 87, Issue 1, pp 133–150

Light Harvesting Dendrimers


  • Arpornrat Nantalaksakul
    • Department of ChemistryUniversity of Massachusetts
  • D. Raghunath Reddy
    • Department of ChemistryUniversity of Massachusetts
  • Christopher J. Bardeen
    • Department of ChemistryUniversity of California
    • Department of ChemistryUniversity of Massachusetts

DOI: 10.1007/s11120-005-8387-3

Cite this article as:
Nantalaksakul, A., Reddy, D.R., Bardeen, C.J. et al. Photosynth Res (2006) 87: 133. doi:10.1007/s11120-005-8387-3


Tree-like dendrimers with decreasing number of chromophores from periphery to core is an attractive candidate for light-harvesting applications. Numerous dendritic designs with different kinds of light-collecting chromophores at periphery and an energy-sink at the core have been demonstrated with high energy transfer efficiency. These building blocks are now being developed for several applications such as light-emitting diodes, frequency converters and other photonic devices. This review outlines the efforts that are based on both conjugated and non-conjugated dendrimers.


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