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Time, Space, and Spectrally Resolved Studies on J-Aggregate Interactions in Zeolite L Nanochannels

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posted on 20.08.2008, 00:00 by Michael Busby, Christian Blum, Marc Tibben, Sandra Fibikar, Gion Calzaferri, Vinod Subramaniam, Luisa De Cola
Temporally and spectrally resolved confocal microscopy has been used to explore the behavior of pyronine intercalated zeolite L crystals at different loadings. The low pyronine loading of 0.6% exhibits photophysical behavior similar to that of the free molecule in solution, indicating molecules are isolated from each other in the crystal channels. The higher loading of 20% results in a dye gradient along the channel axis, and the presence of an additional red-shifted spectroscopic transition, with shorter lifetimes. The new band is assigned to an inline arrangement of the molecules undergoing a J-aggregate-type coupling, a process so far not observed in subnanometer channels.