We herein present the first case of energy transfer process in an inorganic chalcogenide-based semiconductor zeolite material (coded as RWY) serving as UV–vis light-harvesting host. A multistep vectorial energy transfer assay was fabricated by encapsulating acridine orange (AO) molecules into the RWY porous framework and further covering the formed capsules with rhodamine B (RhB) molecules. The UV high-energy excitations absorbed by RWY host were channeled to AO molecules and then onto RhB molecules to give rise to visible-light emission. The steady-state fluorescence and confocal microscope as well as fluorescent dynamics of emission reveal successfully the process of multistep vectorial energy transfer. This inorganic-host-involved energy transfer process has never been observed in an insulating oxide-based zeolite host system. Therefore, chalcogenide-based semiconductor zeolites could be a class of promising host materials to be further explored in the field of energy transfer and electron transfer between inorganic host and organic guest.
|Journal||Chemistry of Materials|
|Publication status||Published - May 2015|