Mechanistic principles and applications of resonance energy transfer

Andrews, David (2008) Mechanistic principles and applications of resonance energy transfer. Canadian Journal of Chemistry (CJC), 86 (9). pp. 855-870. ISSN 1480-3291

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Resonance energy transfer is the primary mechanism for the migration of electronic excitation in the condensed phase. Well-known in the particular context of molecular photochemistry, it is a phenomenon whose much wider prevalence in both natural and synthetic materials has only slowly been appreciated, and for which the fundamental theory and understanding have witnessed major advances in recent years. With the growing to maturity of a robust theoretical foundation, the latest developments have led to a more complete and thorough identification of key principles. The present review first describes the context and general features of energy transfer, then focusing on its electrodynamic, optical, and photophysical characteristics. The particular role the mechanism plays in photosynthetic materials and synthetic analogue polymers is then discussed, followed by a summary of its primarily biological structure determination applications. Lastly, several possible methods are described, by the means of which all-optical switching might be effected through the control and application of resonance energy transfer in suitably fabricated nanostructures.Key words: FRET, Förster energy transfer, photophysics, fluorescence, laser.

Item Type: Article
Faculty \ School: Faculty of Science > School of Chemistry
UEA Research Groups: Faculty of Science > Research Groups > Physical and Analytical Chemistry (former - to 2017)
Faculty of Science > Research Groups > Chemistry of Light and Energy
Faculty of Science > Research Groups > Centre for Photonics and Quantum Science
Depositing User: Rachel Smith
Date Deposited: 02 Nov 2010 16:53
Last Modified: 09 Feb 2023 13:35
DOI: 10.1139/V08-099


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