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Antenna Effect in Dendrimers

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Energy-transfer cascade; Light-harvesting


The antenna effect occurs in a dendrimer when many chromophoric units absorb the incident light and then channel the excitation energy to a common acceptor component.


Light-harvesting antennas are not the invention of mankind. In the course of evolution, nature has succeeded in building up antenna systems that collect an enormous amount of solar energy and redirect it as electronic excitation energy to reaction centers where subsequent conversion into redox chemical energy takes place [1]. For artificial systems, the term “antenna effect” was first used [2] to discuss the case of strongly emitting but weakly absorbing lanthanide ions whose luminescence can be sensitized by excitation of strongly absorbing ligands.

In the last 15 years, much attention has been devoted to the design and synthesis of molecular or supramolecular species capable of playing the role of antennas in artificial systems for the...


  • Solar Energy Conversion
  • Component Unit
  • Zinc Porphyrin
  • Antenna Effect
  • Exciplex Formation

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Ceroni, P., Bergamini, G. (2013). Antenna Effect in Dendrimers. In: Kobayashi, S., Müllen, K. (eds) Encyclopedia of Polymeric Nanomaterials. Springer, Berlin, Heidelberg.

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