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Emissive sensors and devices incorporating these sensors

United States Patent

February 5, 2013
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The present invention generally relates to luminescent and/or optically absorbing compositions and/or precursors to those compositions, including solid films incorporating these compositions/precursors, exhibiting increased luminescent lifetimes, quantum yields, enhanced stabilities and/or amplified emissions. The present invention also relates to sensors and methods for sensing analytes through luminescent and/or optically absorbing properties of these compositions and/or precursors. Examples of analytes detectable by the invention include electrophiles, alkylating agents, thionyl halides, and phosphate ester groups including phosphoryl halides, cyanides and thioates such as those found in certain chemical warfare agents. The present invention additionally relates to devices and methods for amplifying emissions, such as those produced using the above-described compositions and/or precursors, by incorporating the composition and/or precursor within a polymer having an energy migration pathway. In some cases, the compositions and/or precursors thereof include a compound capable of undergoing a cyclization reaction.
Swager; Timothy M. (Newton, MA), Zhang; Shi-Wei (Belmont, MA)
Massachusetts Institute of Technology (Cambridge, MA)
12/ 946,685
November 15, 2010
FEDERALLY SPONSORED RESEARCH This invention was made with government support under Grant Number DE-FG07-01ID14222, awarded by the Department of Energy, and under Grant No. DAAD19-011-0676, awarded by the Army Research Office. The government has certain rights in this invention.