DNA-templated photonic arrays and assemblies: design principles and future opportunities

Wu Su, Vanessa Bonnard, Glenn A Burley

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Molecular photonics is a rapidly developing and multi-disciplinary field of research involving the construction of molecular assemblies comprising photoactive building blocks that are responsive to a light stimulus. A salient challenge in this field is the controlled assembly of these building blocks with nanoscale precision. DNA exhibits considerable promise as an architecture for the templated assembly of photoactive materials. In this Concept Article we describe the progress that has been made in the area of DNA photonics, in which DNA acts as a platform for the construction of optoelectronic assemblies, thin films and devices.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)7982-7991
Number of pages10
JournalChemistry - A European Journal
Issue number29
Publication statusPublished - 11 Jul 2011


  • DNA
  • energy transfer
  • molecular photonics
  • optical device
  • self-assembly
  • wire


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