Microfluidic out-of-equilibrium control of molecular nanotubes
We employed a lab-on-a-chip approach as a means to obtain in situ control of the structural complexity of an artificial light-harvesting complex: molecular double-walled nanotubes.
Rapid and stable dissolution of the outer wall was realized via microfluidic mixing thereby rendering the thermodynamically unstable inner tubes accessible to spectroscopy. By measurement of the linear dichroism and time-resolved photoluminescence of both double-walled nanotubes and isolated inner tubes we show that the optical (excitonic) properties of the inner tube are remarkably robust to such drastic perturbation of the system’s supramolecular structure as removal of the outer wall.
This work was published in the journal Physical Chemistry Chemical Physics
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