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Studies Conducted at National Autonomous University on Fullerenes Recently Reported

June 3, 2014



By a News Reporter-Staff News Editor at Life Science Weekly -- New research on Fullerenes is the subject of a report. According to news reporting originating in Mexico City, Mexico, by NewsRx journalists, research stated, "A series of pyrene-fullerene C-60 dyads bearing pyrene units (PyFC12, PyFPy, Py2FC12 and PyFN) were synthesized and characterized. Their optical properties were studied by absorption and fluorescence spectroscopies."

The news reporters obtained a quote from the research from National Autonomous University, "Dyads were designed in this way because the pyrene moeities act as light-harvesting molecules and are able to produce 'monomer' (PyFC12) or excimer emission (PyFPy, Py2FC12 and PyFN). The fluorescence spectra of the dyads exhibited a significant decrease in the amount of pyrene monomer and excimer emission, without the appearance of a new emission band due to fullerene C-60."

According to the news reporters, the research concluded: "The pyrene fluorescence quenching was found to be almost quantitative, ranging between 96%-99% depending on the construct, which is an indication that energy transfer occurred from one of the excited pyrene species to the fullerene C-60."

For more information on this research see: Pyrene-Fullerene C-60 Dyads as Light-Harvesting Antennas. Molecules, 2014;19(1):352-366. Molecules can be contacted at: Mdpi Ag, Postfach, Ch-4005 Basel, Switzerland. (Springer - www.springer.com; Molecules - www.springerlink.com/content/1420-3049/)

Our news correspondents report that additional information may be obtained by contacting G. Zaragoza-Galan, National Autonomous University of Mexico, Inst Invest Mat, Mexico City 04510, DF, Mexico. Additional authors for this research include J. Ortiz-Palacios, B.X. Valderrama, A.A. Camacho-Davila, D. Chavez-Flores, V.H. Ramos-Sanchez and E. Rivera (see also Fullerenes).

Keywords for this news article include: Carbon, Fullerenes, Mexico City, Nanotechnology, Emerging Technologies, North and Central America

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Source: Life Science Weekly