Color balance is a critical concept in the application of functional transparent polymers from a customer’s standpoint. In this study, multiple polar and non-polar fluorescent dyes are embedded simultaneously for the first time in a polydimethylsiloxane (PDMS) polymer matrix. Five dyes successfully coexist with the optimum blending ratio. Furthermore, simultaneous dispersing of polar and non-polar dyes in the polymer is achieved. Absorption and photoluminescence characteristics of multiple fluorescent dyes in PDMS medium are systemically deconvoluted and discussed. The competitive average visible transmittance and color balance of synthesized multi-fluorescent dye embedded PDMS is demonstrated by high color rendering index and CIE color space coordinates close to the white point. Additionally, the luminescent solar concentrator device demonstrates improved power conversion efficiency and light utilization efficiency than the pure PDMS waveguide-based device. Moreover, the long-term storage stability is demonstrated successfully. The findings, therefore, demonstrate the applicability of multi-fluorescent dye embedded PDMS to advanced transparent devices.
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Atomic and Molecular Physics, and Optics