Unravelling the High-Pressure Behaviour of Dye-Zeolite L Hybrid Materials
AbstractSelf-assembly of chromophores nanoconfined in porous materials such as zeolite L has led to technologically relevant host-guest systems exploited in solar energy harvesting, photonics, nanodiagnostics and information technology. The response of these hybrid materials to compression, which would be crucial to enhance their application range, has never been explored to date. By a joint high-pressure in situ synchrotron X-ray powder diffraction and ab initio molecular dynamics approach, herein we unravel the high-pressure behaviour of hybrid composites of zeolite L with fluorenone dye. High-pressure experiments were performed up to 6 GPa using non-penetrating pressure transmitting media to study the effect of dye loading on the structural properties of the materials under compression. Computational modelling provided molecular-level insight on the response to compression of the confined dye assemblies, evidencing a pressure-induced strengthening of the interaction between the fluorenone carbonyl group and zeolite L potassium cations. Our results reveal an impressive stability of the fluorenone-zeolite L composites at GPa pressures. The remarkable resilience of the supramolecular organization of dye molecules hyperconfined in zeolite L channels may open the way to the realization of optical devices able to maintain their functionality under extreme conditions. View Full-Text
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Gigli, L.; Arletti, R.; Fois, E.; Tabacchi, G.; Quartieri, S.; Dmitriev, V.; Vezzalini, G. Unravelling the High-Pressure Behaviour of Dye-Zeolite L Hybrid Materials. Crystals 2018, 8, 79.
Gigli L, Arletti R, Fois E, Tabacchi G, Quartieri S, Dmitriev V, Vezzalini G. Unravelling the High-Pressure Behaviour of Dye-Zeolite L Hybrid Materials. Crystals. 2018; 8(2):79.Chicago/Turabian Style
Gigli, Lara; Arletti, Rossella; Fois, Ettore; Tabacchi, Gloria; Quartieri, Simona; Dmitriev, Vladimir; Vezzalini, Giovanna. 2018. "Unravelling the High-Pressure Behaviour of Dye-Zeolite L Hybrid Materials." Crystals 8, no. 2: 79.
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