Chemical and (Photo)-Catalytical Transformations in Photonic Crystal Fibers

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  • Matthias Schmidt,

    1. Friedrich Alexander Universität Erlangen-Nürnberg, Lehrstuhl Chemische Reaktionstechnik, Egerlandstrasse 3, 91058 Erlangen (Germany), Fax: (+49) 9131-27421
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  • Dr. Ana M. Cubillas,

    1. Max-Planck-Institut für die Physik des Lichts, Günther-Scharowsky-Str. 1/Bau 24, 91058 Erlangen (Germany)
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  • Dr. Nicola Taccardi,

    1. Friedrich Alexander Universität Erlangen-Nürnberg, Lehrstuhl Chemische Reaktionstechnik, Egerlandstrasse 3, 91058 Erlangen (Germany), Fax: (+49) 9131-27421
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  • Dr. Tijmen G. Euser,

    1. Max-Planck-Institut für die Physik des Lichts, Günther-Scharowsky-Str. 1/Bau 24, 91058 Erlangen (Germany)
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  • Dr. Till Cremer,

    1. Friedrich Alexander Universität Erlangen-Nürnberg, Lehrstuhl Physikalische Chemie II, Egerlandstrasse 3, 91058 Erlangen (Germany)
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  • Dr. Florian Maier,

    1. Friedrich Alexander Universität Erlangen-Nürnberg, Lehrstuhl Physikalische Chemie II, Egerlandstrasse 3, 91058 Erlangen (Germany)
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  • Prof. Hans-Peter Steinrück,

    1. Friedrich Alexander Universität Erlangen-Nürnberg, Lehrstuhl Physikalische Chemie II, Egerlandstrasse 3, 91058 Erlangen (Germany)
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  • Prof. Philip St. J. Russell,

    1. Max-Planck-Institut für die Physik des Lichts, Günther-Scharowsky-Str. 1/Bau 24, 91058 Erlangen (Germany)
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  • Prof. Peter Wasserscheid,

    1. Friedrich Alexander Universität Erlangen-Nürnberg, Lehrstuhl Chemische Reaktionstechnik, Egerlandstrasse 3, 91058 Erlangen (Germany), Fax: (+49) 9131-27421
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  • Prof. Bastian J. M. Etzold

    Corresponding author
    1. Friedrich Alexander Universität Erlangen-Nürnberg, Lehrstuhl Chemische Reaktionstechnik, Egerlandstrasse 3, 91058 Erlangen (Germany), Fax: (+49) 9131-27421
    • Friedrich Alexander Universität Erlangen-Nürnberg, Lehrstuhl Chemische Reaktionstechnik, Egerlandstrasse 3, 91058 Erlangen (Germany), Fax: (+49) 9131-27421
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Abstract

The concept of employing photonic crystal fibers for chemical and (photo)-catalytical transformations is presented. These optofluidic microdevices represent a versatile platform where light and fluids can interact for spectroscopic or photoactivation purposes. The use of photonic crystal fibers in chemistry and sensing is reviewed and recent applications as catalytic microreactors are presented. Results on homogeneous catalysis and the immobilization of homogeneous and heterogeneous catalysts in the fiber channels are discussed. The examples demonstrate that combining catalysis and the excellent light guidance of photonic crystal fibers provides unique features for example, for photocatalytic activation and quantitative photospectroscopic reaction analysis.

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