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Nanophotonics: Energy Transfer towards Enhanced Luminescent Chemosensing

Laboratoire de Nanotechnologie et d'Instrumentation Optique, Institut Charles Delaunay, CNRS UMR 6281, Université de Technologie de Troyes, 12 rue Marie Curie, BP 2060, 10010 Troyes Cedex, France
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Academic Editor: Dirk Poelman
Materials 2015, 8(4), 1682-1703;
Received: 9 January 2015 / Revised: 24 March 2015 / Accepted: 30 March 2015 / Published: 13 April 2015
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Luminescent Materials and Devices)
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We discuss a recently proposed novel photonic approach for enhancing the fluorescence of extremely thin chemosensing polymer layers. We present theoretical and experimental results demonstrating the concept of gain-assisted waveguided energy transfer (G-WET) on a very thin polymer nanolayer spincoated on an active ZnO thin film. The G-WET approach is shown to result in an 8-fold increase in polymer fluorescence. We then extend the G-WET concept to nanostructured media. The benefits of using active nanostructured substrates on the sensitivity and fluorescence of chemosensing polymers are discussed. Preliminary theoretical results on enlarged sensing surface and photonic band-gap are presented. View Full-Text
Keywords: luminescence; chemosensing; nanophotonics; energy transfer; zinc oxide luminescence; chemosensing; nanophotonics; energy transfer; zinc oxide

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Aad, R.; Couteau, C.; Lérondel, G. Nanophotonics: Energy Transfer towards Enhanced Luminescent Chemosensing. Materials 2015, 8, 1682-1703.

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