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Royal Society of Chemistry

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Physical Chemistry Chemical Physics

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Zeolitic imidazolate frameworks (ZIFs) represent a novel class of porous crystalline materials that have demonstrated potential as light harvesting materials for solar energy conversion. In order to facilitate their application in solar energy conversion, it is necessary to expand their absorption further into the realm of the solar spectrum. In this work, we report the incorporation of semiconductor cadmium sulfide nanowires (CdS NWs) into ZIF-67 (CdS@ZIF-67), where a broader region of the solar spectrum can be absorbed by CdS NWs and relayed to ZIF-67 through an energy transfer (EnT) process. Using steady-state emission and time resolved emission and absorption spectroscopy, we show that efficient EnT can occur from CdS NWs to ZIF-67 by selective excitation of CdS NWs. The EnT time is ∼729.9 ps, which corresponds to 71.2% EnT efficiency.


Accepted version. Physical Chemistry Chemical Physics, Vol. 22, No. 7 (January 2020): 3849-3854. DOI. © 2020 Royal Society of Chemistry. Used with permission.

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