Françoise Serein-Spirau

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This paper describes a system for the detection of nitroaromatic explosives consisting of a portable detector based on a specific fluorescent material. The developed sensor was able to perform an ultra trace detection of explosives, such as trinitrotoluene (TNT) or its derivate 2,4-dinitrotoluene (DNT), in ambient air or on objects tainted with explosives.(More)
A therapy of cancer cells: Two-photon-triggered camptothecin delivery with nanoimpellers was studied in MCF-7 breast cancer cells. A fluorophore with a high two-photon absorption cross-section was first incorporated in the nanoimpellers. Fluorescence resonance energy transfer (FRET) from the fluorophore to the azobenzene moiety was demonstrated.
In investigations into the design and isolation of semiconducting nano-objects, the synthesis of a new bisureido pi-conjugated organogelator has been achieved. This oligo(phenylenethienylene) derivative was found to be capable of forming one-dimensional supramolecular assemblies, leading to the gelation of several solvents. Its self-assembling properties(More)
The introduction of the urea function as structure directing agent of diacetylene organogels (DA-OGs) has been achieved. Despite the urea function being one of the most frequently used structure directing agents for the formation of organogels, it has never been exploited in the fabrication and photopolymerization of DA-OGs. The self-association of ureas(More)
Novel five organic donor-π-acceptor molecules (D-π-A) used for dye sensitized solar cells (DSSCs) and for organic solar cells (OSC), based on thienopyrazine and thiophene were studied by density functional theory (DFT) and timedependent DFT (TD-DFT) approaches to shed light on how the π-conjugation order influence the performance of the solar cells. The(More)
New chiral pi-conjugated polymers consisting of alternating conjugated segments and (1R,2R)-diiminocyclohexane units with C2 symmetry were prepared by a palladium-catalyzed coupling reaction, they exhibited very high specific optical rotations ([alpha] up to -3000 degrees) and strong Cotton effects ([theta] 10(6) deg cm2 mol-1).
The fluorescence of thin films of a diimine-substituted phenyleneethynylene compound can be efficiently quenched by nitroaromatic vapors, which is not the case for the unsubstituted parent compound. Thin-film porosity is usually considered to be an essential factor for efficient quenching, but in the present case the origin of the quenching is completely(More)
The donor-acceptor interactions in sequential bilayer and blend films are investigated. Steady-state and time-resolved photoluminescence (PL) were measured to characterize the samples at different geometries of photoluminescence collection. At standard excitation, with the laser incidence at 45° of the normal direction of the sample surface, a band related(More)
Active optical waveguides based on functional small organic molecules in micro/nano regime have attracted great interest for their potential applications in high speed miniaturized photonic integrations. Here, we report on the active waveguiding properties of millimeter sized single crystals of a newly synthesized thiophene-based oligomer. These large(More)
Self-assembly of conjugated 2,5-dialkoxy-phenylene-thienylene-based oligomers on epitaxial monolayer graphene was studied in ultrahigh vacuum by low-temperature scanning tunneling microscopy (STM). The formation of long one-dimensional (1D) supramolecular chain-like structures has been observed, associated to a physical linking of their ends which involved(More)