Photosensitizers and Their Applications


Davor Margetic, PhD – Senior Scientist, Head of Division , Organic Chemistry and Biochemistry, Head of Laboratory, Physical-Organic Chemistry, Rudjer Boskovic Institute Bijenicka, Zagreb, Croatia
Renjith Thomas, PhD – Assistant Professor, Department of Chemistry, Theoretical Chemistry and Chemical Physics Lab, St. Berchman’s College, Changanassery, Kerala, India

Series: Materials Science and Technologies
BISAC: SCI013040; TEC021000

Application of light in chemistry presents an active field of research with a very promising outlook, particularly in technology and medicine. Molecules which mediate the transfer of light to another molecule (photosensitizers) are the cornerstone of exploitation of light. The current state of research and recent progress in applications of photosensitizers in diverse fields are documented in twelve chapters written by scientists from around the world. Chapter 1 gives a general overview on the applications of photosensitizers in synthetic organic chemistry. This review is followed by Chapters 2-7, which deal with the various applications of photosensitizers in medicine, in particular for photodynamic cancer therapy. The subsequent Chapters 8-12 cover different aspects of applications of photosensitizers in material science, such as for dye-sensitized solar cells and photo-responsive materials.

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Table of Contents


Chapter 1.  Photosensitizers in Organic Synthesis
Nikola Basarić
Department of Organic Chemistry and Biochemistry, Ruđer Bošković Institute, Zagreb, Croatia

Chapter 2. Photodynamic Therapy: Fundamentals, Mechanisms and Its Applications against Osteosarcoma
Júlia M. Veronese1 and Lucas D. Dias2
Faculty of Medicine, University of Gurupi (UnirG), Gurupi, Tocantins, Brazil
2São Carlos Institute of Physics, University of São Paulo, São Carlos, São Paulo, Brazil

Chapter 3. Tumor-Selective and Self-Activating Chemiluminescent Photosensitizers for Photodynamic Therapy
Ricardo M. S. Sendão1, Carla M. Magalhães1, Patricia González-Berdullas1 and Luís Pinto da Silva1,2
1Chemistry Research Unit (CIQUP), Institute of Molecular Sciences (IMS), Faculty of Sciences of University of Porto (FCUP), Porto, Portugal
2LACOMEPHI, GreenUPorto, Department of Geosciences, Environment and Territorial Planning, Faculty of Sciences of University of Porto (FCUP), Porto, Portugal

Chapter 4. Fluorescent Photosensitizers: A Promising Tool for BIomedicine
Athira Maria John, Anjana Baby and Sreeja Puthanveetil Balakrishanan*
Department of Chemistry, CHRIST (Deemed to be University), Bengaluru, Karnataka, India

Chapter 5. Emerging Trends in Nanomaterials for Photodynamic Therapy Applications: The Current Scenario
Jenny Jacob and Treesa Varghese
School of Biosciences, Mar Athanasios College for Advanced Studies, Thiruvalla, Kerala, India

Chapter 6. Synthesis of Pheophorbide a and Chlorin e6 Photosensitizers
Akmaral Kussayeva1, Zhi-Long Chen2 and Davor Margetić1
Division of Organic Chemistry and Biochemistry, Ruđer Bošković Institute , Zagreb, Croatia
2Department of Pharmaceutical Science & Technology, College of Chemistry and Biology, Donghua University, Shanghai, China

Chapter 7. Photosensitizers and their Applications in China
 Yi-Jia Yan1, Danye Chen1, Davor Margetić2 and Zhi-Long Chen1,3,*
Department of Pharmaceutical Science and Technology, Donghua University, Shanghai,China
2Division of Organic Chemistry and Biochemistry, Ruđer Bošković Institute, Zagreb, Croatia
3Department of Pharmacy, Huadong Hospital affilated to Fudan University, Shanghai,China

Chapter 8. Porphyrin-Based Photosensitizers for Dye-Sensitized Solar Cell Applications
Kala Ramakrishnan and Athira Pallikkara
Department of Applied Chemistry, Cochin University of Science and Technology, Kochi, Kerala, India

Chapter 9. Recent Studies on the Performance of Sensitizers for Efficient Dye-Sensitized Solar Cells: From Dynamics to Kinetics of the Photovoltaic Processes
 Faezeh Pakravesh and Mohammad Izadyar
Research Center for Modeling and Computational Sciences, Department of Chemistry, Faculty of Science, Ferdowsi University of Mashhad, Mashhad, Iran

Chapter 10. Present and Future Perspectives of Photo-Responsive Molecularly Imprinted Polymers
T. Sajini1 and Beena Mathew2
1Research & Post Graduate Department of Chemistry, St. Berchmans College (Autonomous), Affiliated to Mahatma Gandhi University, Changanassery, Kerala, India
2School of Chemical Sciences, Mahatma Gandhi University, Kottayam, Kerala, India

Chapter 11. Pyrene-Based Photosensitizers and their Applications
Urumpackal S. Kanchana1, Elizabeth J. Diana1 and Thomas V. Mathew1
Department of Chemistry, St. Thomas College Palai,Kerala, India

Chapter 12. Ruthenium Complexes in Dye-Sensitized Solar Cells: Experimental and Theoretical Perspectives
Smitha Roy1, Bebeto G. Nair2 and Aravind Krishnan2
1Union Christian College, Aluva, Kerala, India
2St. Berchmans College (Autonomous), Changanassery, Kottayam, Kerala, India


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