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Chem Soc Rev. 2005 Aug;34(8):641-63. Epub 2005 Jun 24.

Elucidating excited state electronic structure and intercomponent interactions in multicomponent and supramolecular systems.

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Organic and Molecular Inorganic Chemistry, Rijksuniversiteit Groningen, Groningen, The Netherlands.


Rational design of supramolecular systems for application in photonic devices requires a clear understanding of both the mechanism of energy and electron transfer processes and how these processes can be manipulated. Central to achieving these goals is a detailed picture of their electronic structure and of the interaction between the constituent components. We review several approaches that have been taken towards gaining such understanding, with particular focus on the physical techniques employed. In the discussion, case studies are introduced to illustrate the key issues under consideration.

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