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Light-Harvesting Hybrid Assemblies

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  • K. Venkata Rao,

    1. Supramolecular Chemistry Laboratory, New Chemistry Unit, Jawaharlal Nehru Centre for Advanced Scientific Research (JNCASR), Jakkur P.O, Bangalore 560064 (India), Fax: (+91) 80-2208-2760
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  • Dr. K. K. R. Datta,

    1. Nanomaterials and Catalysis Lab, Chemistry and Physics of Materials Unit, JNCASR, Jakkur P.O, Bangalore 560064 (India)
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  • Prof. Muthusamy Eswaramoorthy,

    Corresponding author
    1. Nanomaterials and Catalysis Lab, Chemistry and Physics of Materials Unit, JNCASR, Jakkur P.O, Bangalore 560064 (India)
    • Nanomaterials and Catalysis Lab, Chemistry and Physics of Materials Unit, JNCASR, Jakkur P.O, Bangalore 560064 (India)
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  • Dr. Subi. J. George

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    1. Supramolecular Chemistry Laboratory, New Chemistry Unit, Jawaharlal Nehru Centre for Advanced Scientific Research (JNCASR), Jakkur P.O, Bangalore 560064 (India), Fax: (+91) 80-2208-2760
    • Supramolecular Chemistry Laboratory, New Chemistry Unit, Jawaharlal Nehru Centre for Advanced Scientific Research (JNCASR), Jakkur P.O, Bangalore 560064 (India), Fax: (+91) 80-2208-2760
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Abstract

Light-harvesting hybrids have gained much importance as they are considered as potential mimics for photosynthetic systems. In this Concept article we introduce the design concepts involved in the building up of light-harvesting hybrids; these resemble the well-studied organic-based assemblies for energy transfer. We have structured this article into three parts based on the strategies adopted in the synthesis of hybrid assemblies, as covalent, semicovalent, and noncovalent procedures. Furthermore, the properties and structural features of the hybrids and analogous organic assemblies are compared. We also emphasize the challenges involved in the processability of these hybrid materials for device applications and present our views and results to address this issue through the design of soft-hybrids by a solution-state, noncovalent, self-assembly process.

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