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Sci Adv. 2019 Sep 20;5(9):eaaw5978. doi: 10.1126/sciadv.aaw5978. eCollection 2019 Sep.

Multiplicity conversion based on intramolecular triplet-to-singlet energy transfer.

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Department of Chemistry and Molecular Biology, University of Gothenburg, SE-412 96 Gothenburg, Sweden.
Department of Materials and Environmental Chemistry, Stockholm University, SE-106 91 Stockholm, Sweden.
MAX IV Laboratory, Lund University, SE-221 00 Lund, Sweden.


The ability to convert between molecular spin states is of utmost importance in materials chemistry. Förster-type energy transfer is based on dipole-dipole interactions and can therefore theoretically be used to convert between molecular spin states. Here, a molecular dyad that is capable of transferring energy from an excited triplet state to an excited singlet state is presented. The rate of conversion between these states was shown to be 36 times faster than the rate of emission from the isolated triplet state. This dyad provides the first solid proof that Förster-type triplet-to-singlet energy transfer is possible, revealing a method to increase the rate of light extraction from excited triplet states.

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