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Organic and Inorganic Dyes in Polyelectrolyte Multilayer Films
AbstractPolyelectrolyte multilayer films are a versatile functionalization method of surfaces and rely on the alternated adsorption of oppositely charged species. Among such species, charged dyes can also be alternated with oppositely charged polymers, which is challenging from a fundamental point of view, because polyelectrolytes require a minimal number of charges, whereas even monovalent dyes can be incorporated during the alternated adsorption process. We will not only focus on organic dyes but also on their inorganic counterparts and on metal complexes. Such films offer plenty of possible applications in dye sensitized solar cells. In addition, dyes are massively used in the textile industry and in histology to stain textile fibers or tissues. However, the excess of non bound dyes poses serious environmental problems. It is hence of the highest interest to design materials able to adsorb such dyes in an almost irreversible manner. Polyelectrolyte multilayer films, owing to their ion exchange behavior can be useful for such a task allowing for impressive overconcentration of dyes with respect to the dye in solution. The actual state of knowledge of the interactions between charged dyes and adsorbed polyelectrolytes is the focus of this review article.
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Ball, V. Organic and Inorganic Dyes in Polyelectrolyte Multilayer Films. Materials 2012, 5, 2681-2704.View more citation formats
Ball V. Organic and Inorganic Dyes in Polyelectrolyte Multilayer Films. Materials. 2012; 5(12):2681-2704.Chicago/Turabian Style
Ball, Vincent. 2012. "Organic and Inorganic Dyes in Polyelectrolyte Multilayer Films." Materials 5, no. 12: 2681-2704.