DURIP-FY 2002: Instrumentation for the Comprehensive Optical Analysis of Luminescence Sensors
Final rept. 21 May-30 Apr 2003
MASSACHUSETTS INST OF TECH CAMBRIDGE DEPT OF CHEMISTRY
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This proposal requested DURIP funding for the assembly of a spectroscopic facility for the comprehensive optical analysis of luminescence sensors COALS. The COALS system is comprised of three components absorption, emission and infrared spectrophotometers. The instrumentation provides research students of project F49620-01-1-0118 Optical Supramolecules for Chemical and Physical Sensing, PI - Daniel G. Nocera a powerful set of tools for their characterization of newly created luminescent molecules, supramolecules and materials. These new light-emitting substances form the underpinning to the novel sensing methods and techniques invented under the auspices of F49620-01-1-0118. The spectroscopic instrumentation was augmented with a computer cluster, designed to perform high level ab initio and density functional calculations. These calculations have been invaluable in assisting students in their interpretation of data collected from the COALS system.