Additive manufacturing of photoactive polymers for visible light harvesting

Adilet Zhakeyev, John Tobin, Huizhi Wang, Filipe Vilela, Jin Xuan*

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In recent years, 3D printing has gained a great deal of attention in the energy field, with numerous reports demonstrating its application in fabrication of electrochemical devices. The near-complete freedom of design offered by 3D printing technologies make them very appealing, since complex 3D parts can be directly fabricated. However, its application in photochemistry and solar energy harvesting remains, so far, an uncharted territory. In this work, a photoactive monomer was incorporated into commercially available 3D printing resin, which was subsequently used to successfully fabricate 3D photosensitizing structures for singlet oxygen generation. Results indicate that the SLA fabricated small-scale (0.1 ml) photoactive continuous flow reactor shows activity in singlet oxygen synthesis reaction under visible light irradiation (420 nm).

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)5608-5614
Number of pages7
JournalEnergy Procedia
Publication statusPublished - Feb 2019
Event10th International Conference on Applied Energy 2018 - Hong Kong, Hong Kong
Duration: 22 Aug 201825 Aug 2018


  • 3D printing
  • Organic photosensitizer
  • Photoreactor
  • Solar energy harvesting

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Energy


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