A Smart Window into Future Applications
The Winter Group focuses primarily on conjugated metalorganic π-systems. Through the intimate coupling of electrochemical and spectroscopic methods the team scrutinizes the electronic and luminescence properties of these systems. One aspect of particular interest is the impact of redox reactions on the bonding characteristics, the electronic structures and the properties of the chemical systems. “We are particularly interested in how the direct linking of dyes with redox-active metal units influences their absorption and emission behaviour,” explains Prof. Rainer Winter. These compounds might find use, for example, in dye-sensitized solar cells and in switchable electrochromic windows (“smart windows”) or as novel emitters and photocatalysts.
“We have developed methods whereby the charge and spin localisation or delocalisation in extended metalorganic π-systems featuring one or more chemically identical or different redox-active entities can be determined and quantified,” Rainer Winter explains. “We are currently developing particularly efficient polyelectrochromics, emitters and new classes of paramagnetic molecules with several uncoupled spins.” Nationally and internationally, the Winter Group supports other teams with their expertise in electrochemistry and spectroelectrochemistry.