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New photonic materials based on Cu(I) complexes, upconverting nanoparticles and quantum dots

Grant number: 16/17495-0
Support Opportunities:Scholarships abroad - Research Internship - Post-doctor
Effective date (Start): October 01, 2016
Effective date (End): September 30, 2017
Field of knowledge:Physical Sciences and Mathematics - Physics - Condensed Matter Physics
Principal Investigator:Andrea Simone Stucchi de Camargo Alvarez Bernardez
Grantee:Leandro Piaggi Ravaro
Supervisor: Peter C. Ford
Host Institution: Instituto de Física de São Carlos (IFSC). Universidade de São Paulo (USP). São Carlos , SP, Brazil
Research place: University of California, Santa Barbara (UC Santa Barbara), United States  
Associated to the scholarship:13/24727-7 - New Optical Materials Based on Polynuclear Copper(I) Halide Cluster Complexes Immobilized in Solid Host Matrices, BP.PD


The present proposal is based on two research fronts: i) the preparation and characterization of new materials based on copper (I) halide complexes for luminescent applications in lighting and gas sensing; ii) the design, synthesis and characterization of materials based on quantum dots and upconversion nanoparticles dispersed in solid host matrices. The Cu(I) complexes synthesized in our lab at IFSC/USP show a rich variety of photophysical properties and have been characterized in detail in the solution state. However, their potential application as optical materials requires their incorporation into solid host matrices and testing of vapochromic response and selective gas sensing, which will be carried out in the Ford laboratory. On the other hand, SnO2, CdTe and CdSe, quantum dots can also be suitably dispersed in solid host matrices to yield promising technological applications, such as white light generation. To accomplish this goal, different immobilization strategies based on sol-gel co-assembly, design of core-shell systems, and topotactical modification techniques will be pursued while working with Prof. Ford´s group. The photophysical properties of the resulting materials will be characterized by ground and excited-state absorption, steady state and time-resolved emission and excitation, with a particular emphasis on temperature dependent studies and gas sensing of O2, CO and NO, in the case of the complex-derived materials. The functional characteristics of all materials will be correlated, as much as possible, with detailed structural investigations using modern solid-state nuclear and electronic magnetic resonance techniques (NMR and EPR) as probes of intermolecular guest-host and guest-guest interactions. Based on these studies we hope to understand and exploit host-guest synergies for tailoring optimized optical properties towards desired applications.

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Scientific publications (5)
(References retrieved automatically from Web of Science and SciELO through information on FAPESP grants and their corresponding numbers as mentioned in the publications by the authors)
MARCONDES, LIA MARA; RAVARO, LEANDRO PIAGGI; STUCCHI DE CAMARGO, ANDREA SIMONE; MANZANI, DANILO; POIRIER, GAEL YVES. CdTe QD/Er3+-doped SiO2-Nb2O5 nanocomposites: Thermal, structural and photophysical properties. Optical Materials, v. 113, . (13/07793-6, 18/16126-7, 16/17495-0)
RAVARO, LEANDRO P.; MAFUD, ANA C.; LI, ZHI; REINHEIMER, ERIC; SIMONE, CARLOS A.; MASCARENHAS, YVONNE P.; FORD, PETER C.; DE CAMARGO, ANDREA S. S.. New emissive mononuclear copper (I) complex: Structural and photophysical characterization focusing on solvatochromism, rigidochromism and oxygen sensing in mesoporous solid matrix. DYES AND PIGMENTS, v. 159, p. 464-470, . (16/17495-0, 13/07793-6, 13/24727-7)
RAVARO, LEANDRO P.; FORD, PETER C.; DE CAMARGO, ANDREA S. S.. Optical oxygen sensing by MPA-capped CdTe quantum dots immobilized in mesoporous silica. Microporous and Mesoporous Materials, v. 303, . (13/24727-7, 13/07793-6, 16/17495-0)
ZANONI, KASSIO P. S.; RAVARO, LEANDRO P.; DE CAMARGO, ANDREA S. S.. Host-guest luminescent materials based on highly emissive species loaded into versatile sol-gel hosts. DALTON TRANSACTIONS, v. 47, n. 37, p. 12813-12826, . (16/17495-0, 13/24727-7, 16/07706-4, 13/07793-6, 18/05152-7)
RAVARO, LEANDRO P.; ZANONI, KASSIO P. S.; DE CAMARGO, ANDREA S. S.. Luminescent Copper(I) complexes as promising materials for the next generation of energy-saving OLED devices. ENERGY REPORTS, v. 6, n. 4, p. 37-45, . (16/17495-0, 16/07706-4, 13/07793-6)

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