Optical Properties of Assemblies of Molecules and Nanoparticles

  • Thomas BaschéEmail author
  • Andreas Köhn
  • Jürgen Gauss
  • Klaus Müllen
  • Harald Paulsen
  • Rudolf Zentel
Part of the Advances in Polymer Science book series (POLYMER, volume 260)


Organic dye molecules, colloidal semiconductor quantum dots, and light-harvesting complexes have been employed as optically active building blocks to create complex molecular assemblies via covalent and non-covalent interactions. Taking advantage of the chemical flexibility of the dye and quantum dot components, as well as recombinant protein expression and the ordering capability of cholesteric phases, specific optical function could be implemented. Photophysical phenomena that have been addressed include light-harvesting, electronic excitation energy transfer (EET), and lasing. Optical single-molecule experiments allow control of energy transfer processes in individual molecular dyads and triads. Quantitative insights into the mechanism of EET have been provided by combining the results from single-molecule spectroscopy and quantum chemistry.


Cholesteric phases Energy transfer Fluorophores Light-harvesting complex Organic dye molecules Quantum chemistry Semiconductor quantum dots Single-molecule spectroscopy 



The contributions of our co-workers Burkhard Fückel, Long Chen, Gregor Diezemann, Gerald Hinze, Ting Ren, Daniel Wenzlik, Mara Werwie and Xiangxing Xu are gratefully acknowledged.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Thomas Basché
    • 1
    Email author
  • Andreas Köhn
    • 1
  • Jürgen Gauss
    • 1
  • Klaus Müllen
    • 2
  • Harald Paulsen
    • 3
  • Rudolf Zentel
    • 4
  1. 1.Institut für Physikalische ChemieJohannes Gutenberg-Universität MainzMainzGermany
  2. 2.Max Planck-Institut für PolymerforschungMainzGermany
  3. 3.Institut für Allgemeine BotanikJohannes Gutenberg-Universität MainzMainzGermany
  4. 4.Institut für Organische ChemieJohannes Gutenberg-Universität MainzMainzGermany

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