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Fullerene derivatives for photonic applications: design, synthesis and measurements

Fullerene derivatives for photonic applications: design, synthesis and measurements

Objective

Over the years the participating NHRF teams have developed and applied several methods:
(i) for the calculation of the linear and non-linear optical (LandNLO) properties of molecules, crystalline solids and liquids and
(ii) the synthesis of several nano-structured materials.

The proposed transfer of knowledge (ToK) involves the understanding, implementation, extension and use of:
(i) a linear scaling method, because such approaches provide reliable results for the properties of systems involving hundreds of atoms at a computational costs, which scales linearly with the size of the system,
(ii) a recently proposed technique for the calculation of the vibrational contributions to the LandNLO properties of derivatives with high anharmonicities and
(iii) a technique for the synthesis of endohedral metallo-fullerenes and a method for their separation and isolation in pure form.

The proposed competence connected with our expertise on the calculation of the LandNLO properties of molecules and the synthesis of fullerene-based materials will be used
(i) to calculate the LandNLO properties of a selected series of charged - transfer fullerene derivatives, among which we note a series of endohedral metallo-fullerenes and substituted fullerenes (one or more carbon atoms of the cage have been substituted by hetero-atoms) and
(ii) to design a set of novel fullerene-based nano-hydrids and endohedral metallo-fullerenes, with optimum properties for photonic applications.

The more suitable (in terms of their NLO properties) of the designed compounds will be synthesized and characterized by the team of one of the participating partners, while their NLO properties will be measured by the group of another partner, employing the optical Kerr effect. By combining design/modeling, synthesis and characterization as well as measurements, we expect to take the full advantage of the proposed ToK and to maximize the added value.

Coordinator

NATIONAL HELLENIC RESEARCH FOUNDATION

Address

Vas. Constantinou Ave. 48
Athens

Greece

Administrative Contact

Manthos PAPADOPOULOS (Dr)

Participants (3)

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UNIVERSITY OF CAMBRIDGE

United Kingdom

UNIVERSITY OF GIRONA

Spain

NAGOYA UNIVERSITY

Japan

Project information

Grant agreement ID: 42488

  • Start date

    1 October 2006

  • End date

    30 September 2010

Funded under:

FP6-MOBILITY

Coordinated by:

NATIONAL HELLENIC RESEARCH FOUNDATION

Greece