Wei-Shi Li

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The development of dendrimer porphyrins has been inspired and prompted by many interesting functions of porphyrin derivatives in biological systems. Natural porphyrin derivatives, including hemes, chlorophylls, and bacteriochlorophylls, are integrated into protein scaffolds that are essential for their biological activities.1 For example, the protein(More)
High-efficiency light-driven hydrogen evolution from water was demonstrated by using poly(phenyleneethynylene) bearing negatively charged, [G3] poly(benzyl ether) dendrimeric side groups 3(L4) as photosensitizer. Three-dimensional wrapping of the conjugated backbone suppressed self-quenching of the photoexcited state, while methyl viologen (MV(2+)), a(More)
For tailoring solution-processable optoelectronic thin films, a rational strategy with amphiphilic molecular design is proposed. A donor-acceptor dyad consisting of an oligothiophene and C60, when modified with a hydrophilic wedge on one side and a paraffinic wedge on the other (1Amphi), forms over a wide temperature range a photoconducting smectic A liquid(More)
Dendritic molecules appended with multiple zinc porphyrin units (DPm, m [number of zinc porphyrin units] = 6, 12, and 24) trap bipyridine compounds carrying multiple fullerene units (Py2Fn, n [number of C60 units] = 1-3), affording coordination complexes DPm superset Py2Fn having a photoactive layer consisting of spatially segregated donor and acceptor(More)
To tailor organic p/n heterojunctions with molecular-level precision, a rational design strategy using side-chain incompatibility of a covalently connected donor-acceptor (D-A) dyad has been successfully carried out. An oligothiophene-perylenediimide dyad, when modified with triethylene glycol side chains at one terminus and dodecyl side chains at the other(More)
Zinc porphyrin-appended dendrimers, 12PZn, 18PZn, 24PZn, and 36PZn, containing 12, 18, 24, and 36 zinc porphyrin units, respectively, were synthesized using zinc porphyrin dyad (2PZn) and triad (3PZn) as precursors. Although these dye-functionalized dendrimers all serve as chiroptical sensors for an asymmetric bipyridine (RR- and SS-Py2), the sensing(More)
We have prepared supramolecular assemblies of hexaaryl-anchored polyester zinc(II) porphyrin dendrimers (6P(Zn)W, 12P(Zn)W, and 24P(Zn)W) with various bipyridyl guests (C(n)Py2; n = 1, 2, 4, 6, and 8) through self-assembled coordination to control the structures and photophysical properties. We comparatively investigated the photophysical properties of(More)
A new class of organic photovoltaic materials, poly(rod-coil) polymers composed of alternatively definite conjugated and non-conjugated segments, have been proposed. The first five examples based on polyurethane chemistry showed photovoltaic performance surpassing the reference compound, but less dependent on their molecular weight.
Thanks to their outstanding properties and a wide range of promising applications, the development of a versatile and convenient preparation method for metallic copper nanocrystals with controllable shape is of primary significance. Different from the literature that utilized a capping agent bearing only one kind of Cu binding functionality, either an amino(More)