Dynamics of light harvesting in ZnO nanoparticles

Makhal, Abhinandan ; Sarkar, Soumik ; Bora, Tanujjal ; Baruah, Sunandan ; Dutta, Joydeep ; Raychaudhuri, A. K. ; Pal, Samir Kumar (2010) Dynamics of light harvesting in ZnO nanoparticles Nanotechnology, 21 (26). 265703_1-265703_5. ISSN 0957-4484

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We have explored light harvesting of the complex of ZnO nanoparticles with the biological probe Oxazine 1 in the near-infrared region using picosecond-time-resolved fluorescence decay studies. We have used ZnO nanoparticles and Oxazine 1 as a model donor and acceptor, respectively, to explore the efficacy of the Förster resonance energy transfer (FRET) in the nanoparticle-dye system. It has been shown that FRET from the states localized near the surface and those in the bulk of the ZnO nanoparticles can be resolved by measuring the resonance efficiency for various wavelengths of the emission spectrum. It has been observed that the states located near the surface for the nanoparticles (contributing to visible emission at λ≈550 nm) can contribute to very high efficiency (>90%) FRET. The efficiency of light harvesting dynamics of the ZnO nanorods has also been explored in this study and they were found to have much less efficiency (∼40%) for energy transfer compared to the nanoparticles. The possibility of an electron transfer reaction has been ruled out from the picosecond-resolved fluorescence decay of the acceptor dye at the ZnO surface.

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