The Scientific Work of Theodor Förster: A Brief Sketch of his Life and Personality

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  • Prof. Dr. Horst E. A. Kramer,

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    1. Institut für Physikalische Chemie, Universität Stuttgart, Pfaffenwaldring 55, 70569 Stuttgart (Germany), Fax: (+49) 711-685-64495
    • Institut für Physikalische Chemie, Universität Stuttgart, Pfaffenwaldring 55, 70569 Stuttgart (Germany), Fax: (+49) 711-685-64495
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  • Dr. Peter Fischer

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    1. Institut für Organische Chemie, Universität Stuttgart, Pfaffenwaldring 55, 70569 Stuttgart (Germany), Fax: (+49) 711-685-64269
    • Institut für Organische Chemie, Universität Stuttgart, Pfaffenwaldring 55, 70569 Stuttgart (Germany), Fax: (+49) 711-685-64269
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  • Based on a commemorative address, originally presented by H. E. A. Kramer at the International Bunsen Discussion Meeting “Light Harvesting and Solar Energy Conversion”, organized under the auspices of the Deutsche Bunsengesellschaft für Physikalische Chemie in honour of Theodor Förster, Universität Hohenheim, March 29th, 2010.

Abstract

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Out of the wealth of Theodor Förster's scientific work (see picture), three main research fields are discussed: 1) Förster resonance energy transfer (FRET), 2) the Förster cycle, linking protolysis and reprotonation of molecules in the excited state (in 1951 still considered unmeasurably fast), 3) excimer formation by association of, for example, an excited with an electronic-ground-state pyrene molecule.

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