Iodocyanocuprate Salts: Syntheses, Structures, Photophysics, and Catalysis

Inorganic materials are important for photo- and electroluminescent light-emitting diodes, photovoltaic solar cells, environmental sensors, and photocatalysis which can be used to destroy organic pollutants in the presence of sunlight. These processes all involve light harvesting which can have two outcomes: (1) long-term excitation of the cluster complex which can be used to destroy pollutant molecules and (2) photon re-emission which produces luminescence behavior. Our lab has shown that environmental conditions can result in alteration of the emission wavelength, which can be used in sensor devices. Copper is a good choice for development of commercial sensing and pollution remediation strategies because it is earth-abundant, non-toxic, and active toward light exposure when it is in the +1 oxidation state.

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