Photonics - Research Activities - Solar Energy Conversion

Nicola Armaroli, Roberto Argazzi, Elisa Bandini, Andrea Barbieri, Filippo Monti, Barbara Ventura, Alessandro Venturini

We investigate photoactive molecular/supramolecular systems and nanomaterials exhibiting harvesting of solar light, photoinduced energy and electron transfer processes, photoluminescence. Our objective is a deep understanding of the fundamental processes that enables the design of efficient devices that convert sunlight to fuels (e.g., H2, CO, CH4) and/or electricity (OPV and perovskite cells, DSSCs, luminescent solar concentrators).

Recent papers

      • Y. Troyez, A. D. Finke, F. Silvestri, F. Monti, B. Ventura, C. Boudon, J.-P. Gisselbrecht, W. B. Schweizer, J.-P. Sauvage, N. Armaroli, F. Diederich
        "Unconventional Synthesis of a Cu(I) Rotaxane with a Superacceptor Stopper: Ultrafast Excited-State Dynamics and Near-Infrared Luminescence"
        Chem. Eur. J. 2018, 24, 10422-10433
      • N. Armaroli, V. Balzani
        "Solar Electricity and Solar Fuels: Status and Perspectives in the Context of the Energy Transition”
        Chem. Eur. J. 2016, 22,
      • Briš, P. Trošelj, D. Margetić, L. Flamigni, B. Ventura
        "Photoinduced Processes in Self-Assemblies of Bis-Porphyrinic Tweezers with an Axially Coordinated Bispyridinofullerene"
        ChemPlusChem 2016, 81, 985-994
      • Ronconi, F., Syrgiannis, Z., Bonasera, A., Prato, M., Argazzi, R., Caramori, S., Cristino, V., Bignozzi, C.A.
        "Modification of Nanocrystalline WO3 with a Dicationic Perylene Bisimide: Applications to Molecular Level Solar Water Splitting"
        J. Am. Chem. Soc. 2015, 137, 4630-4633