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Diaryl-substituted norbornadienes with red-shifted absorption for molecular solar thermal energy storage

Journal article
Authors Victor Gray
Anders Lennartson
P. Ratanalert
Karl Börjesson
Kasper Moth-Poulsen
Published in Chemical Communications
Volume 50
Issue 40
Pages 5330-5332
ISSN 1364-548X
Publication year 2014
Published at
Pages 5330-5332
Language en
Subject categories Chemical Sciences, Organic synthesis, Materials Chemistry


Red-shifting the absorption of norbornadienes (NBDs), into the visible region, enables the photo-isomerization of NBDs to quadricyclanes (QCs) to be driven by sunlight. This is necessary in order to utilize the NBD-QC system for molecular solar thermal (MOST) energy storage. Reported here is a study on five diaryl-substituted norbornadienes. The introduced aryl-groups induce a significant red-shift of the UV/vis absorption spectrum of the norbornadienes, and device experiments using a solar-simulator set-up demonstrate the potential use of these compounds for MOST energy storage. © the Partner Organisations 2014.

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