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2017-02-07 12:37 - Photochemistry in a soft-glass single-ring hollow-core photonic crystal fibre

A. M. Cubillas, X. Jiang, T. G. Euser, N. Taccardi, B. J. M. Etzold, P. Wasserscheid and P. St.J. Russell, Analyst, 2017, Advance Article

A hollow-core photonic crystal fibre (HC-PCF), guided by photonic bandgap effects or anti-resonant reflection, offers strong light confinement and long photochemical interaction lengths in a microscale channel filled with a solvent of refractive index lower than that of glass (usually fused silica). These unique advantages have motivated its recent use as a highly efficient and versatile microreactor for liquid-phase photochemistry and catalysis. In this work, we use a single-ring HC-PCF made from a high-index soft glass, thus enabling photochemical experiments in higher index solvents. The optimized light-matter interaction in the fibre is used to strongly enhance the reaction rate in a proof-of-principle photolysis reaction in toluene.