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A record high PCE of up to 3.2% demonstrates that the efficiency of hybrid solar cells (HSCs) can be boosted by utilizing a unique mono-aniline end group of PSBTBT-NH(2) as a strong anchor to attach to CdTe nanocrystal surfaces and by simultaneously exploiting benzene-1,3-dithiol solvent-vapor annealing to improve the charge separation at the donor/acceptor… (More)
A facile cross-linking strategy covalently links functional molecules to semiconducting polymer dots (Pdots) while simultaneously providing functional groups for biomolecular conjugation. In addition to greatly enhanced stability, the formed Pdots are small (<10 nm), which can be difficult to achieve with current methods but is highly desirable for most… (More)
Fluorescent semiconducting polymer dots (Pdots) have attracted great interest because of their superior characteristics as fluorescent probes, such as high fluorescence brightness, fast radiative rates, and excellent photostability. However, currently available Pdots generally exhibit broad emission spectra, which significantly limit their usefulness in… (More)
This article describes the design and development of squaraine-based semiconducting polymer dots (Pdots) that show large Stokes shifts and narrow-band emissions in the near-infrared (NIR) region. Fluorescent copolymers containing fluorene and squaraine units were synthesized and used as precursors for preparing the Pdots, where exciton diffusion and likely… (More)
3,4-Ethylenedioxythiophene and bis[2-(2-methoxyethoxy)ethoxy]thiophene bridged donor-acceptor molecules for dye-sensitized solar cells have been synthesized, one of which achieved a solar-to-energy conversion efficiency of 7.3%, compared to 7.7% optimized for N719 dye.
Developing probes for the detection of reactive oxygen species (ROS), a hallmark of many pathophysiological process, is imperative to both understanding the precise roles of ROS in many life-threatening diseases and optimizing therapeutic interventions. We herein report an all-in-one fluorescent semiconducting polymer based far-red to near-infrared (NIR)… (More)
The photophysical properties of fluorescent Hammett acidity indicator derived from 3,4,5,6-tetrahydrobis(pyrido[3,2-g]indolo)[2,3-a:3',2'-j]acridine (1a), 6-bis(pyrido[3,2-g]indol-2'-yl)pyridine (1b) and their analogues have been investigated in sulfuric acid solutions by means of absorption, fluorimetry, relaxation dynamics and computational approach.… (More)
The synthesis of nanocrystal-polymer nanocomposites is reported, in which 2-(2-ethoxyethoxy)ethoxy modified polythiophene serves as the protecting group for dispersion and homogeneous size distribution of the nanoparticles, showing potential of this polymer-based material in optoelectronics and microelectronics.
This communication describes a new class of semiconducting polymer nanoparticle-quantum dot hybrid with high brightness, narrow emission, near-IR fluorescence, and excellent cellular targeting capability. Using this approach, we circumvented the current difficulty with obtaining narrow-band-emitting and near-IR-fluorescing semiconducting polymer… (More)
The development of near-infrared (NIR) fluorescent probes is critical for in vivo exploration of the fundamental and complex processes in living systems by noninvasive fluorescence imaging techniques. Semiconducting polymer dots (Pdots) are emerging as important probes that exhibit several advantages, such as high brightness and biocompatibility. However,… (More)