Channel entrances plugged by nanocorks
What is it about?
The photostability of dyes is considerably improved by inserting them into zeolite channels: in this way, the molecules are protected by the porous host matrix. Plugging the channel entrances, so that the dye molecules cannot escape into the environment, is crucial for the long-term stability of these important composites. Our work shows how the zeolite channel entrances may effectively be sealed by stopper molecules.
Why is it important?
How does the entrance of a nanometric pore appear to an incoming molecule? This information is greatly important for the fabrication and functionalization of novel electro-optical materials for solar energy applications, because these materials can be realized by loading dye molecules inside the pores of zeolites. For the first time, our study provides a molecular-level view of the pore entrances, which could facilitate the rational design of these useful materials.
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