A leaf-inspired luminescent solar concentrator for energy-efficient continuous-flow photochemistry

Article

Cambié, D., Zhao, F., Hessel, V., Debije, M.G. & Noël, T. (2017). A leaf-inspired luminescent solar concentrator for energy-efficient continuous-flow photochemistry. Angewandte Chemie - International Edition, 56(4), 1050-1054. In Scopus Cited 5 times.

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Abstract

 

The use of solar light to promote chemical reactions holds significant potential with regard to sustainable energy solutions. While the number of visible light-induced transformations has increased significantly, the use of abundant solar light has been extremely limited. We report a leaf-inspired photomicroreactor that constitutes a merger between luminescent solar concentrators (LSCs) and flow photochemistry to enable green and efficient reactions powered by solar irradiation. This device based on fluorescent dye-doped polydimethylsiloxane collects sunlight, focuses the energy to a narrow wavelength region, and then transports that energy to embedded microchannels where the flowing reactants are converted.