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Molecular Assemblies and Multilayer Films for Photocurrent and Catalysis

United States Patent Application

20150075621
A1
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Some embodiments of the present invention provide an assembly for harvesting light, comprising a first molecule joined to a second molecule through mutual coordination to an ion, and the first molecule is linked to a metal oxide surface having a high surface area. Such assemblies can form multilayer films, in other embodiments. The assemblies and multilayer films can harvest light to do useful chemistry, such as in a dye-sensitized photoelectrochemical cell, or can convert the harvested light into electricity, such as in a dye-sensitized solar cell.
Hanson, Kenneth (Carrboro, NC), Meyer, Thomas J. (Chapel Hill, NC)
THE UNIVERSITY OF NORTH CAROLINA AT CHAPEL HILL (Chapel Hill NC)
14/ 386,806
March 20, 2013
STATEMENT REGARDING FEDERALLY-SPONSORED RESEARCH AND DEVELOPMENT [0002] This invention was made with government support under Award No. DESC0001011 awarded by the Department of Energy. The government has certain rights in the invention.