Sample records for oligophenylenes

  1. Quinoxaline-Based Cyclo(oligophenylenes). (United States)

    Marin, Lidia; Kudrjasova, Julija; Verstappen, Pieter; Penxten, Huguette; Robeyns, Koen; Lutsen, Laurence; Vanderzande, Dirk J M; Maes, Wouter


    A series of fully conjugated quinoxaline-based oligophenylene macrocycles is synthesized by Ni(0)-mediated Yamamoto-type diaryl homocoupling of (fluorinated) 2,3-bis(4'-bromophenyl)quinoxaline precursors. Cyclotrimers and cyclotetramers are obtained as the dominant reaction products. The cyclooligomers are fully characterized, including single-crystal X-ray structures, and their optoelectronic properties are analyzed with respect to possible applications in host-guest chemistry and organic electronics.

  2. Synthesis and Optical Study of a New Oligophenylene

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    Sadok Roudesli


    Full Text Available A new substituted oligophenylene was prepared by the Knoevenagel condensation of 4-methoxybezaldehyde with a functionalized oligophenylene (OMPA. The latter was obtained by (4-methoxy phenyl acetonitrile electrochemical oxidation. The resulting modified oligomer was characterized by various spectroscopic techniques: NMR, FTIR and UV. The thermal study showed that the modified material exhibited a lower thermal stability compared with OMPA. Finally, the optical study revealed that in solution, the emission was red-shifted when compared with the non-modified oligomer emission and that the optical gap changed from 3.1 eV to 2.75 eV. In thin layer solid state, photoluminescence was again red-shifted by 120 nm, which is probably due to an interaction between the oligomer chains. In addition, a transient photoluminescence study was undertaken for the synthesized materials. It showed that the lifetimes of the photo-generated species were shortened by the conjugation extension in the modified oligomer and by the inter-chain interactions in the solid state.

  3. Possibilities for tuning electronic and optical properties of oligophenylenes by selected chemical influences (United States)

    Radisavljević, Ivana; Marjanović, Dragan; Novaković, Nikola; Manasijević, Miodrag; Ivanović, Nenad


    Using semi-empirical quantum mechanic and ab initio Hartree-Fock (HF) calculations, we investigated changes induced by doping and addition of side-atoms and groups of P2P-P6P oligophenylenes structure, electronic and optical properties. The results are compared to the existing experimental data and results of similar calculations, and the possible implications for the oligophenylenes-based materials applications have been discussed.

  4. Fluorescence and laser properties of D2-, C2- and D3 symmetry series oligophenylenes. (United States)

    Mabbs, R; Nijegorodov, N; Downey, W S


    The fluorescence and laser properties of ten aromatic compounds, specially chosen from the p-oligophenylenes (D(2) symmetry) or m-oligophenylenes (C(2) or D(3) symmetry) are studied experimentally (at 293 K) and quantum chemically. The quantum yields, gamma and the decay times, tau(f) of fluorescence are measured for deaerated and non-deaerated cyclohexane solutions. The oscillator strengths, f(e) of the S(0)-->S(p) (1A-->(1)L(a)) and S(0)-->S(alpha) (1A-->(1)L(b)) transitions, fluorescence, k(f) and intersystem crossing, k(ST), rate constants, and natural lifetimes, tau(0)(T) are calculated. The lowest 1L(b), 1L(a) and 3L(b) (77 K) levels are determined. It is found that all p-oligophenylenes from p-terphenyl onwards are excellent, photochemically stable laser dyes although the solubility in this series decreases dramatically. On the basis of trends observed in p-oligophenylenes (D(2)-series) and on the properties of the experimentally studied m-oligophenylenes of the C(2)- and D(3)-series, the fluorescence and laser properties of other compounds from these series are estimated/predicted. It is shown, for the first time, that m-oligophenylenes of the C(2)-series, from 1,3-di(p-terphenyl)benzene will acquire fluorescence of 1L(a)-->(1)A nature and could be extremely effective laser dyes. It is also shown that m-oligophenylenes of the D(3)-series, from 1,3,5-tri(p-quaterphenyl)benzene will also acquire 1L(a)-->(1)A nature fluorescence and laser ability, although this would not be as good as that of compounds in the C(2)-series. It is concluded that m-oligophenylenes can be used not only for passive mode locking but some may also be used as laser dyes and scintillators. The results obtained are important for various practical purposes and theoretical considerations.

  5. Molecular junctions based on SAMs of cruciform oligo(phenylene ethynylene)s

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    Wei, Zhongming; Li, Tao; Jennum, Karsten Stein


    Cruciform oligo(phenylene ethynylene)s (OPEs) with an extended tetrathiafulvalene (TTF) donor moiety (OPE5-TTF and OPE3-TTF) and their simple analogues (OPE5-S and OPE3) without conjugated substituents were used to form high quality self-assembled monolayers (SAMs) on ultra-flat gold substrates...

  6. Synthesis and photovoltaic characterization of fullerene oligo(phenylene ethynylene) hybrids

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    Tsamouras, D; Nierengarten, JF; Gu, T; Krasnikov, [No Value; Hadziioannou, G; Moss, SC


    Asymmetrically substituted oligo(phenylene ethynylene) (OPE) derivatives have been prepared by a new iterative method and attached to C-60 molecules by a 1,3-dipolar cycloaddition of the azomethine ylides generated in situ from the corresponding aldehydes and sarcosine. The molecules obtained are su

  7. Conductance Enhancement of InAs/InP Heterostructure Nanowires by Surface Functionalization with Oligo(phenylene vinylene)s

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    Schukfeh, Muhammed Ihab; Storm, Kristian; Mahmoud, Ahmed


    We have investigated the electronic transport through 3 μm long, 45 nm diameter InAs nanowires comprising a 5 nm long InP segment as electronic barrier. After assembly of 12 nm long oligo(phenylene vinylene) derivative molecules onto these InAs/InP nanowires, we observed a pronounced, nonlinear I...

  8. Synthesis of linear and V-shaped oligo(phenylene ethynylene) derivatives:Geometric effects on photophysical properties

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    A series of linear and V-shaped oligo(phenylene ethynylene) derivatives 1-3 were synthesized through sequent Sonogashira coupling and propargyl alcohol deprotection reaction in high yields.The alkoxy chains(i.e.,n-hexyloxy groups) were introduced to assure good solubility of compounds 1-3 in common solvents.The photophysical properties of 1-3 in solution depend strongly on the geometries of these compounds.

  9. Energy-Level Engineering at ZnO/Oligophenylene Interfaces with Phosphonate-Based Self-Assembled Monolayers. (United States)

    Timpel, Melanie; Nardi, Marco V; Ligorio, Giovanni; Wegner, Berthold; Pätzel, Michael; Kobin, Björn; Hecht, Stefan; Koch, Norbert


    We used aromatic phosphonates with substituted phenyl rings with different molecular dipole moments to form self-assembled monolayers (SAMs) on the Zn-terminated ZnO(0001) surface in order to engineer the energy-level alignment at hybrid inorganic/organic semiconductor interfaces, with an oligophenylene as organic component. The work function of ZnO was tuned over a wide range of more than 1.7 eV by different SAMs. The difference in the morphology and polarity of the SAM-modified ZnO surfaces led to different oligophenylene orientation, which resulted in an orientation-dependent ionization energy that varied by 0.7 eV. The interplay of SAM-induced work function modification and oligophenylene orientation changes allowed tuning of the offsets between the molecular frontier energy levels and the semiconductor band edges over a wide range. Our results demonstrate the versatile use of appropriate SAMs to tune the energy levels of ZnO-based hybrid semiconductor heterojunctions, which is important to optimize its function, e.g., targeting either interfacial energy- or charge-transfer.

  10. First Star-Like Oligophenylene Molecules Containing a Dinuclear Organometallic Core


    Chérioux, Frédéric; Therrien, Bruno; Süss-Fink, Georg


    The cationic complexes Ru2[(p-MeC6H4iPr)2(p-SC6H4Br)3]+ and Rh2 [(C5Me5)2(p-SC6H4Br)3]+ are available in quantitative yields from the reaction of p-HSC6H4Br with [Ru(p-MeC6H4iPr)Cl2]2 and [Rh(C5Me5)Cl2]2 respectively. These complexes are found to undergo triple Suzuki coupling with oligophenylene boronic acids to give [Ru2 (p-MeC6H4iPr)2{p-S-(C6H4)n-C6H5}3]+ and [Rh2(C5Me5)2{p-S-(C6H4)n-C6H5}3]+ respectively. The star-like trisbromo complexes are potential precursors for the insertion of dinu...

  11. Long-Range Ruthenium-Amine Electronic Communication through the para-Oligophenylene Wire (United States)

    Shen, Jun-Jian; Zhong, Yu-Wu


    The studies of long-range electronic communication are hampered by solubility and potential-splitting issues. A “hybridized redox-asymmetry” method using a combination of organic and inorganic redox species is proposed and exemplified to overcome these two issues. Complexes 1(PF6)-6(PF6) (from short to long in length) with the organic redox-active amine and inorganic cyclometalated ruthenium termini bridged by the para-oligophenylene wire have been prepared. Complex 6 has the longest Ru-amine geometrical distance of 27.85 Å. Complexes 3(PF6) and 4(PF6) show lamellar crystal packing on the basis of a head-to-tail anti-parallelly aligned dimeric structure. Two redox waves are observed for all complexes in the potential region between +0.2 and +0.9 V vs Ag/AgCl. The electrochemical potential splitting is 410, 220, 143, 112, 107, and 105 mV for 1(PF6) through 6(PF6), respectively. Ruthenium (+2) to aminium (N•+) charge transfer transitions have been identified for the odd-electron compounds 12+-62+ by spectroelectrochemical measurements. The electronic communication between amine and ruthenium decreases exponentially with a decay slope of -0.137 Å-1. DFT calculations have been performed to complement these experimental results.

  12. Molecular heterojunctions of oligo(phenylene ethynylene)s with linear to cruciform framework

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    Wei, Zhongming; Hansen, Tim; Santella, Marco;


    Electrical transport properties of molecular junctions are fundamentally affected by the energy alignment between molecular frontier orbitals (highest occupied molecular orbital (HOMO) or lowest unoccupied molecular orbital (LUMO)) and Fermi level (or work function) of electrode metals. Dithiaful......Electrical transport properties of molecular junctions are fundamentally affected by the energy alignment between molecular frontier orbitals (highest occupied molecular orbital (HOMO) or lowest unoccupied molecular orbital (LUMO)) and Fermi level (or work function) of electrode metals....... Dithiafulvene (DTF) is used as substituent group to the oligo(phenylene ethynylene) (OPE) molecular wires and different molecular structures based on OPE3 backbone (with linear to cruciform framework) are achieved, with viable molecular orbitals and HOMO-LUMO energy gaps. OPE3, OPE3-DTF, and OPE3...... > OPE3-DTF > OPE3 irrespective of the tip metal. Rectification properties (or diode behavior) are observed in case of the Ag tip for which the work function is furthest from the HOMO levels of the OPE3s. Quantum chemical calculations of the transmission qualitatively agree with the experimental data...

  13. Experimental and Theoretical Analysis of Nanotransport in Oligophenylene Dithiol Junctions as a Function of Molecular Length and Contact Work Function. (United States)

    Xie, Zuoti; Bâldea, Ioan; Smith, Christopher E; Wu, Yanfei; Frisbie, C Daniel


    We report the results of an extensive investigation of metal-molecule-metal tunnel junctions based on oligophenylene dithiols (OPDs) bound to several types of electrodes (M1-S-(C6H4)n-S-M2, with 1 ≤ n ≤ 4 and M1,2 = Ag, Au, Pt) to examine the impact of molecular length (n) and metal work function (Φ) on junction properties. Our investigation includes (1) measurements by scanning Kelvin probe microscopy of electrode work function changes (ΔΦ = ΦSAM - Φ) caused by chemisorption of OPD self-assembled monolayers (SAMs), (2) measurements of junction current-voltage (I-V) characteristics by conducting probe atomic force microscopy in the linear and nonlinear bias ranges, and (3) direct quantitative analysis of the full I-V curves. Further, we employ transition voltage spectroscopy (TVS) to estimate the energetic alignment εh = EF - EHOMO of the dominant molecular orbital (HOMO) relative to the Fermi energy EF of the junction. Where photoelectron spectroscopy data are available, the εh values agree very well with those determined by TVS. Using a single-level model, which we justify via ab initio quantum chemical calculations at post-density functional theory level and additional UV-visible absorption measurements, we are able to quantitatively reproduce the I-V measurements in the whole bias range investigated (∼1.0-1.5 V) and to understand the behavior of εh and Γ (contact coupling strength) extracted from experiment. We find that Fermi level pinning induced by the strong dipole of the metal-S bond causes a significant shift of the HOMO energy of an adsorbed molecule, resulting in εh exhibiting a weak dependence with the work function Φ. Both of these parameters play a key role in determining the tunneling attenuation factor (β) and junction resistance (R). Correlation among Φ, ΔΦ, R, transition voltage (Vt), and εh and accurate simulation provide a remarkably complete picture of tunneling transport in these prototypical molecular junctions.

  14. Photophysical properties of oligophenylene ethynylenes modified by donor and/or acceptor groups. (United States)

    Yamaguchi, Yoshihiro; Shimoi, Yukihiro; Ochi, Takanori; Wakamiya, Tateaki; Matsubara, Yoshio; Yoshida, Zen-ichi


    To create highly fluorescent organic compounds in longer wavelength regions, and to gain physical chemistry insight into the photophysical characteristics, we investigated photophysical properties (Phi(f), lambda(em), tau, lambda(abs), epsilon, k(r), and k(d)) and their controlling factor dependence of the following pi-conjugated molecular rods consisting of p-phenyleneethynylene units modified by donor (OMe) and/or acceptor (CN): (1) side-donor modification systems (SD systems), (2) side-acceptor modification systems (SA systems), and (3) systems consisting of donor block and acceptor block (BL systems). As a result, very high Phi(f) values (>0.95) were obtained for BL systems. Bathochromic shifts of lambd(em) in the same pi conjugation length were largest for BL systems. Thus we succeeded in the creation of highly efficient light emitters in the longer wavelength region by block modification (e.g., Phi(f) = 0.97, lambda(em) = 464 nm for BL-9), contrary to expectation from energy gap law. Considerably intense solid emission (Phi(f) approximately 0.5) in the longer wavelength region (500-560 nm) was also found for BL systems, presumably because of molecular orientation that hinders the self-quenching of fluorescence in solids. From (1) a Lippert-Mataga plot, (2) density functional theory (DFT) and time-dependent DFT (TD-DFT) calculations, and (3) the positive linear relationship between the optical transition energy (nu(em)) and the difference between the highest occupied molecular orbital of the donor and the lowest unoccupied molecular orbital of the acceptor (HOMO(D)-LUMO(A) difference), it is elucidated that the excited singlet (S1) state of BL systems has a high charge transfer nature. The number (n) of energetically equivalent dipolar structure (EEDS) units in the oligoarylene ethynylenes is shown to be a measure of the effective pi conjugation length in the S1 state. The S1 state planarity increases with n values of EEDS units and by the introduction of donor and/or acceptor groups. It is worth noting that the Phi(f) values increase linearly with the n values of EEDS units.

  15. Theoretical study of structural and electronic properties of oligo(thiophene-phenylene)s in comparison with oligothiophenes and oligophenylenes

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    H. Zgou; S.M. Bouzzine; S. Bouzakraoui; M. Hamidi; M. Bouachrine


    In this work, a quantum-chemical investigation on the structural and opto-electronic properties of oligo(thiophene-phenylene)(4TP) is carried out. The results are discussed in comparison with the properties of corresponding oligothiopbene (8T) andoligophenylene (8P). As the opto-elcctronic properties of this type of conducting polymers are governed by their electronic bandgap, we shall also present a comparison among HOMO, LUMO and band gap energies of these three materials.

  16. Trimethylsilyl-terminated oligo(phenylene ethynylene)s: an approach to single-molecule junctions with covalent Au-C σ-bonds. (United States)

    Hong, Wenjing; Li, Hui; Liu, Shi-Xia; Fu, Yongchun; Li, Jianfeng; Kaliginedi, Veerabhadrarao; Decurtins, Silvio; Wandlowski, Thomas


    A new and efficient approach using cleaving of trimethylsilyl groups to create covalent Au-C anchoring sites has been developed for single-molecule junction conductance measurements. Employing the mechanically controllable break junction (MCBJ) technique in liquid, we demonstrate the formation of highly conducting single molecular junctions of several OPE derivatives. The created junctions are mechanically stable and exhibit conductances around one order of magnitude higher than those of their dithiol analogues. Extended assembly and reaction times lead to oligomerization. Combined STM imaging and gap-mode Raman experiments provide structure evidence to support the formation of covalent Au-C contacts and further oligomerization.

  17. Comparison of DC and AC Transport in 1.5-7.5 nm Oligophenylene Imine Molecular Wires across Two Junction Platforms: Eutectic Ga-In versus Conducting Probe Atomic Force Microscope Junctions. (United States)

    Sangeeth, C S Suchand; Demissie, Abel T; Yuan, Li; Wang, Tao; Frisbie, C Daniel; Nijhuis, Christian A


    We have utilized DC and AC transport measurements to measure the resistance and capacitance of thin films of conjugated oligophenyleneimine (OPI) molecules ranging from 1.5 to 7.5 nm in length. These films were synthesized on Au surfaces utilizing the imine condensation chemistry between terephthalaldehyde and 1,4-benzenediamine. Near edge X-ray absorption fine structure (NEXAFS) spectroscopy yielded molecular tilt angles of 33-43°. To probe DC and AC transport, we employed Au-S-OPI//GaOx/EGaIn junctions having contact areas of 9.6 × 10(2) μm(2) (10(9) nm(2)) and compared to previously reported DC results on the same OPI system obtained using Au-S-OPI//Au conducting probe atomic force microscopy (CP-AFM) junctions with 50 nm(2) areas. We found that intensive observables agreed very well across the two junction platforms. Specifically, the EGaIn-based junctions showed: (i) a crossover from tunneling to hopping transport at molecular lengths near 4 nm; (ii) activated transport for wires >4 nm in length with an activation energy of 0.245 ± 0.008 eV for OPI-7; (iii) exponential dependence of conductance with molecular length with a decay constant β = 2.84 ± 0.18 nm(-1) (DC) and 2.92 ± 0.13 nm(-1) (AC) in the tunneling regime, and an apparent β = 1.01 ± 0.08 nm(-1) (DC) and 0.99 ± 0.11 nm(-1) (AC) in the hopping regime; (iv) previously unreported dielectric constant of 4.3 ± 0.2 along the OPI wires. However, the absolute resistances of Au-S-OPI//GaOx/EGaIn junctions were approximately 100 times higher than the corresponding CP-AFM junctions due to differences in metal-molecule contact resistances between the two platforms.

  18. A strategy for antimicrobial regulation based on fluorescent conjugated oligomer-DNA hybrid hydrogels. (United States)

    Cao, Ali; Tang, Yanli; Liu, Yue; Yuan, Huanxiang; Liu, Libing


    New fluorescent oligo(phenylene ethynylene)-DNA hydrogels have been prepared and used for the controllable biocidal activity driven by DNase. This study opens a new way of controllable drug release and antimicrobial regulation.

  19. Chiral Induction with Chiral Conformational Switches in the Limit of Low "Sergeants to Soldiers" Ratio

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    Nuermaimaiti, Ajiguli; Bombis, Christian; Knudsen, Martin Markvard


    " mechanism for an oligo(phenylene ethynylene) based chiral conformational switch by coadsorbing it with an intrinsically chiral seed on Au(111). Through statistical analysis of scanning tunneling microscopy (STM) data we demonstrate successful chiral induction with a very low concentration of seeding...

  20. Integration of organic based Schottky junctions for crossbar non-volatile memory applications

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    Katsia, E.; Tallarida, G.; Ferrari, S.


    Small size Schottky junctions using two different synthesized organic semiconductors (oligophenylene-vinylenes) were integrated by standard UV lithography into crossbar arrays. The proposed integration scheme can be applied to a wide class of organics without affecting material properties. Current......-voltage characteristics were studied in order to investigate which of the tested compounds could possibly reach the requirements for non-volatile memory applications. All the investigated devices displayed good rectifying properties, ranging from 10(2) to 10(4). On the other hand, one of the compounds reveals higher...

  1. Quantum dots coordinated with conjugated organic ligands: new nanomaterials with novel photophysics

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    Emrick Todd


    Full Text Available AbstractCdSe quantum dots functionalized with oligo-(phenylene vinylene (OPV ligands (CdSe-OPV nanostructures represent a new class of composite nanomaterials with significantly modified photophysics relative to bulk blends or isolated components. Single-molecule spectroscopy on these species have revealed novel photophysics such as enhanced energy transfer, spectral stability, and strongly modified excited state lifetimes and blinking statistics. Here, we review the role of ligands in quantum dot applications and summarize some of our recent efforts probing energy and charge transfer in hybrid CdSe-OPV composite nanostructures.

  2. Nano-rings with a handle – Synthesis of substituted cycloparaphenylenes

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    Anne-Florence Tran-Van


    Full Text Available The research of cycloparaphenylenes (CPPs, the smallest armchair carbon nanotube, has been a quest for the past decades which experienced a revival in 2008 when the first synthesis was achieved. Since then CPPs with various ring sizes have been realized. The incorporation of substituents and the synthesis of CPPs with building blocks different from phenyl rings bear challenges of their own. Such structures, however, are highly interesting, as they allow for an incorporation of CPPs as defined nano-objects for other applications. Therefore, this review provides a status report about the current efforts in synthesizing CPPs beyond the parent unsubstituted oligo-phenylene structure.

  3. Methods of Attaching or Grafting Carbon Nanotubes to Silicon Surfaces and Composite Structures Derived Therefrom (United States)

    Tour, James M. (Inventor); Chen, Bo (Inventor); Flatt, Austen K. (Inventor); Stewart, Michael P. (Inventor); Dyke, Christopher A. (Inventor); Maya, Francisco (Inventor)


    The present invention is directed toward methods of attaching or grafting carbon nanotubes (CNTs) to silicon surfaces. In some embodiments, such attaching or grafting occurs via functional groups on either or both of the CNTs and silicon surface. In some embodiments, the methods of the present invention include: (1) reacting a silicon surface with a functionalizing agent (such as oligo(phenylene ethynylene)) to form a functionalized silicon surface; (2) dispersing a quantity of CNTs in a solvent to form dispersed CNTs; and (3) reacting the functionalized silicon surface with the dispersed CNTs. The present invention is also directed to the novel compositions produced by such methods.

  4. Two-dimensional gold nanoparticle arrays. A platform for molecular optoelectronics

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    Mangold, Markus Andreas


    In my research, I study the optoelectronic properties of two-dimensional, hexagonal gold nanoparticle arrays formed by self-assembly. When the nanoparticle arrays are embedded in a matrix of alkane thiols, the photoresponse is dominated by a bolometric conductance increase. At room temperature, I observe a strong enhancement of the bolometric photoconductance when the surface plasmon resonance of the nanoparticles is excited. At cryogenic temperatures, the bolometric conductance enhancement leads to a redistribution of the potential landscape which dominates the optoelectronic response of the nanoparticle arrays. When optically active oligo(phenylene vinylene) (OPV) molecules are covalently bound to the nanoparticles, an increased photoconductance due to the resonant excitation of the OPV is observed. The results suggest that the charge carriers, which are resonantly excited in the OPV molecules, directly contribute to the current flow through the nanoparticle arrays. Thus, the conductance of OPV in its excited state is measured in the presented experiments. (orig.)

  5. Optical Spectroscopy

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    Thyrhaug, Erling

    The work presented in this thesis is broadly concerned with how complexation reactions and molecular motion can be characterized with the standard techniques in optical spectroscopy. The thesis aims to show a relatively broad range of methods for probing physico-chemical properties in fluorophore...... containing systems and are characterized using techniques in optical spectroscopy. Of the standard techniques in optical spectroscopy, particular attention has been paid to those based on time-resolved measurements and polarization, which is reflected in the experiment design in the projects. Not all...... reactions by optical spectroscopy. In project 1 simple steady-state absorption and fluorescence spectroscopy is used to determine the stoichiometries and equilibrium constants in the inclusion complex formation between cyclodextrins and derivatives of the water-insoluble oligo(phenylene vinylene) in aqueous...

  6. Nonsymmetric bent-core liquid crystals based on a 1,3,4-thiadiazole core unit and their nematic mesomorphism

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    Seltmann, Jens; Marini, Alberto; Mennucci, Benedetta; Dey, Sonal; Kumar, Satyendra; Lehmann, Matthias (Wurzburg); (Kent); (Chemnitz)


    The synthesis and thermotropic properties of novel V-shaped molecules having a central 1,3,4-thiadiazole core with a bend-angle of 160 degrees are reported. The compounds consist of a shape-persistent oligo(phenylene ethynylene) scaffold with lateral alkyloxy substituents. One of the terminal aromatic units possesses an alkoxy chain capped by an ethyl ester group while the second terminus is a pyridyl group. They exhibit enantiotropic nematic phases and are characterized by polarized optical microscopy, differential scanning calorimetry, and X-ray diffraction. Results from conoscopy indicate a biaxial nature of the nematic phase near room temperature. DFT calculations of dipole moments and molecular polarizabilities are used to substantiate the experimental findings.

  7. Low temperature enantiotropic nematic phases from V-shaped, shape-persistent molecules. (United States)

    Lehmann, Matthias; Seltmann, Jens


    A series of V-shaped, shape-persistent thiadiazole nematogens, based on an oligo(phenylene ethynylene) scaffold with ester groups connected via alkyloxy spacers, was efficiently prepared by a two-step procedure. Phase engineering results in an optimum of the mesophase range and low melting temperature when the nematogens are desymmetrised with a butoxy and a heptyloxy spacer. The mesophases are enantiotropic and over the whole temperature range nematic. For the optimised mesogen structure, optical investigations by conoscopy monitored a uniaxial nematic phase upon cooling from the isotropic phase to room temperature (ΔT = 150° C). X-ray studies on magnetic-field-aligned samples of this mesogen family revealed a general pattern, indicating the alignment of two molecular axes along individual directors in the magnetic field. These observations may be rationalised with larger assemblies of V-shaped molecules isotropically distributed around the direction of the magnetic field.

  8. Functional Si and CdSe quantum dots: synthesis, conjugate formation, and photoluminescence quenching by surface interactions. (United States)

    Sudeep, P K; Emrick, Todd


    Silicon quantum dots (QDs) were prepared with a corona of di-n-octyl phosphine oxides, by performing hydrosilylation chemistry on the surface of hydrogen-terminated Si QDs. These novel Si QDs proved well-suited to serve as "ligands" for other semiconductor QDs, such as CdSe, by interaction of the phosphine oxide corona with the CdSe surface. A pronounced photoluminescence quenching of CdSe quantum dots was observed upon introduction of the phosphine oxide functionalized Si QDs to a CdSe QD solution. Surface functionalization of the Si QDs proved critically important to observing these effects, as conventional (alkane-covered) Si QD samples gave no evidence of electronic interactions with TOPO-covered CdSe. In a comparative system, phosphine oxide terminated oligo(phenylene vinylene) molecules acting as CdSe QD ligands provide a similar fluorescence quenching, with exciton decay kinetics supporting the formation of an electronically interacting hybrid materials system.

  9. Monitoring the on-surface synthesis of graphene nanoribbons by mass spectrometry

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    Zhang, Wen


    We present a mass spectrometric approach to monitor and characterize the intermediates of graphene nanoribbon (GNR) formation by chemical vapor deposition (CVD) on top of Au(111) surfaces. Information regarding the repeating units, lengths, and termini can be obtained directly from the surface sample by a modified matrix assisted laser desorption/ionization (MALDI) method. The mass spectrometric results reveal ample oxidative side reactions under CVD conditions which can, however, be diminished drastically by introduction of protective H2 gas at ambient pressure. Simultaneously, addition of hydrogen extends the lengths of the oligophenylenes and thus the final GNRs. Moreover, the prematurely formed cyclodehydrogenation products during the oligomer growth can be assigned by the mass spectrometric method. The obtained mechanistic insights provide valuable information for optimizing and upscaling the bottom-up fabrication of GNRs. Given the important role of GNRs as semiconductors, the mass spectrometric characterization provides a readily available tool to improve and characterize their structural perfection.

  10. Efficient electronic coupling and improved stability with dithiocarbamate-based molecular junctions (United States)

    von Wrochem, Florian; Gao, Deqing; Scholz, Frank; Nothofer, Heinz-Georg; Nelles, Gabriele; Wessels, Jurina M.


    Molecular electronic devices require stable and highly conductive contacts between the metal electrodes and molecules. Thiols and amines are widely used to attach molecules to metals, but they form poor electrical contacts and lack the robustness required for device applications. Here, we demonstrate that dithiocarbamates provide superior electrical contact and thermal stability when compared to thiols on metals. Ultraviolet photoelectron spectroscopy and density functional theory show the presence of electronic states at 0.6 eV below the Fermi level of Au, which effectively reduce the charge injection barrier across the metal-molecule interface. Charge transport measurements across oligophenylene monolayers reveal that the conductance of terphenyl-dithiocarbamate junctions is two orders of magnitude higher than that of terphenyl-thiolate junctions. The stability and low contact resistance of dithiocarbamate-based molecular junctions represent a significant step towards the development of robust, organic-based electronic circuits.

  11. Insulator-protected mechanically controlled break junctions for measuring single-molecule conductance in aqueous environments (United States)

    Muthusubramanian, N.; Galan, E.; Maity, C.; Eelkema, R.; Grozema, F. C.; van der Zant, H. S. J.


    We present a method to fabricate insulated gold mechanically controlled break junctions (MCBJ) by coating the metal with a thin layer of aluminum oxide using plasma enhanced atomic layer deposition. The Al2O3 thickness deposited on the MCBJ devices was varied from 2 to 15 nm to test the suppression of leakage currents in deionized water and phosphate buffered saline. Junctions coated with a 15 nm thick oxide layer yielded atomically sharp electrodes and negligible conductance counts in the range of 1 to 10-4 G0 (1 G0 = 77 μS), where single-molecule conductances are commonly observed. The insulated devices were used to measure the conductance of an amphiphilic oligophenylene ethynylene derivative in deionized water.

  12. Probing the microenvironment of an oligo-(p-phenylene vinylene) derivative encapsulated in polymer-impregnated sol-gel silica matrix

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    TANG Jun; DU Chuang; YU Xiaoqiang; ZHANG Guo; WANG Ce


    Polymer-impregnated silica sol-gel composite materials are hosts for organics in advanced optics application. An oligo-phenylene vinylene derivative 4,4'-(1,4-phenylene dithenylene)-bis-(N-methyl pyridinium iodide)(OPVD) was introduced to poly(hydroxyethyl methacrylate)(PHEMA)-impregnated silica composite film by the sol-gel process. By comparing the X-ray diffraction, UV-visible spectra, steady-state and time-resolved fluorescence spectra of OPVD in three solid matrices (PHEMA/silica composite film, pure PHEMA film, and pure silica film), the similar results of PHEMA/silica composite film and pure PHEMA film demonstrate that the OPVD is primarily surrounded by a PHEMA-like environment in the composite matrix. The model of such structure is presented, which is useful for further understanding and optimizing of properties of doped sol-gel materials.

  13. Organic scintillators with pulse shape discrimination for detection of radiation (Conference Presentation) (United States)

    Mabe, Andrew; Carman, M. Leslie; Glenn, Andrew M.; Zaitseva, Natalia P.; Payne, Stephen A.


    The detection of neutrons in the presence of gamma-ray fields has important applications in the fields of nuclear physics, homeland security, and medical imaging. Organic scintillators provide several attractive qualities as neutron detection materials including low cost, fast response times, ease of scaling, and the ability to implement pulse shape discrimination (PSD) to discriminate between neutrons and gamma-rays. This talk will focus on amorphous organic scintillators both in plastic form and small-molecule organic glass form. The first section of this talk will describe recent advances and improvements in the performance of PSD-capable plastic scintillators. The primary advances described in regard to modification of the polymer matrix, evaluation of new scintillating dyes, improved fabrication conditions, and implementation of additives which impart superior performance and mechanical properties to PSD-capable plastics as compared to commercially-available plastics and performance comparable to PSD-capable liquids. The second section of this talk will focus on a class of small-molecule organic scintillators based on modified indoles and oligophenylenes which form amorphous glasses as PSD-capable neutron scintillation materials. Though indoles and oligophenylenes have been known for many decades, their PSD properties have not been investigated and their scintillation properties only scantily investigated. Well-developed synthetic methodologies have permitted the synthesis of a library of structural analogs of these compounds as well as the investigation of their scintillation properties. The emission wavelengths of many indoles are in the sensitive region of common photomultiplier tubes, making them appropriate to be used as scintillators in either pure or doped form. This work was performed under the auspices of the U.S. Department of Energy by Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory under Contract DE-AC52-07NA27344. This work has been supported by the U

  14. Gold nanoparticles assembled with dithiocarbamate-anchored molecular wires (United States)

    Reeler, Nini E. A.; Lerstrup, Knud A.; Somerville, Walter; Speder, Jozsef; Petersen, Søren V.; Laursen, Bo W.; Arenz, Matthias; Qiu, Xiaohui; Vosch, Tom; Nørgaard, Kasper


    A protocol for the bottom-up self-assembly of nanogaps is developed through molecular linking of gold nanoparticles (AuNPs). Two π-conjugated oligo(phenylene ethynylene) molecules (OPE) with dithiocarbamate anchoring groups are used as ligands for the AuNPs. OPE-4S with a dithiocarbamate in each end of the molecule and a reference molecule OPE-2S with only a single dithiocarbamate end group. The linking mechanism of OPE-4S is investigated by using a combination of TEM, UV-Vis absorption and surface enhanced Raman spectroscopy (SERS) as well as studying the effect of varying the OPE-4S to AuNP concentration ratio. UV-Vis absorption confirms the formation of AuNP aggregates by the appearance of an extended plasmon band (EPB) for which the red shift and intensity depend on the OPE-4S:AuNP ratio. SERS confirms the presence of OPE-4S and shows a gradual increase of the signal intensity with increasing OPE-4S:AuNP ratios up to a ratio of about 4000, after which the SERS intensity does not increase significantly. For OPE-2S, no linking is observed below full coverage of the AuNPs indicating that the observed aggregate formation at high OPE-2S:AuNP ratios, above full AuNP coverage, is most likely of a physical nature (van der Waals forces or π-π interactions). PMID:26471461

  15. On the nucleation and initial film growth of rod-like organic molecules (United States)

    Winkler, Adolf


    In this article, some fundamental topics related to the initial steps of organic film growth are reviewed. General conclusions will be drawn based on experimental results obtained for the film formation of oligophenylene and pentacene molecules on gold and mica substrates. Thin films were prepared via physical vapor deposition under ultrahigh-vacuum conditions and characterized in-situ mainly by thermal desorption spectroscopy, and ex-situ by X-ray diffraction and atomic force microscopy. In this short review article the following topics will be discussed: What are the necessary conditions to form island-like films which are either composed of flat-lying or of standing molecules? Does a wetting layer exist below and in between the islands? What is the reason behind the occasionally observed bimodal island size distribution? Can one describe the nucleation process with the diffusion-limited aggregation model? Do the impinging molecules directly adsorb on the surface or rather via a hot-precursor state? Finally, it will be described how the critical island size can be determined by an independent measurement of the deposition rate dependence of the island density and the capture-zone distribution via a universal relationship.

  16. Efficient light emission from inorganic and organic semiconductor hybrid structures by energy-level tuning. (United States)

    Schlesinger, R; Bianchi, F; Blumstengel, S; Christodoulou, C; Ovsyannikov, R; Kobin, B; Moudgil, K; Barlow, S; Hecht, S; Marder, S R; Henneberger, F; Koch, N


    The fundamental limits of inorganic semiconductors for light emitting applications, such as holographic displays, biomedical imaging and ultrafast data processing and communication, might be overcome by hybridization with their organic counterparts, which feature enhanced frequency response and colour range. Innovative hybrid inorganic/organic structures exploit efficient electrical injection and high excitation density of inorganic semiconductors and subsequent energy transfer to the organic semiconductor, provided that the radiative emission yield is high. An inherent obstacle to that end is the unfavourable energy level offset at hybrid inorganic/organic structures, which rather facilitates charge transfer that quenches light emission. Here, we introduce a technologically relevant method to optimize the hybrid structure's energy levels, here comprising ZnO and a tailored ladder-type oligophenylene. The ZnO work function is substantially lowered with an organometallic donor monolayer, aligning the frontier levels of the inorganic and organic semiconductors. This increases the hybrid structure's radiative emission yield sevenfold, validating the relevance of our approach.

  17. Gold nanoparticles assembled with dithiocarbamate-anchored molecular wires (United States)

    Reeler, Nini E. A.; Lerstrup, Knud A.; Somerville, Walter; Speder, Jozsef; Petersen, Søren V.; Laursen, Bo W.; Arenz, Matthias; Qiu, Xiaohui; Vosch, Tom; Nørgaard, Kasper


    A protocol for the bottom-up self-assembly of nanogaps is developed through molecular linking of gold nanoparticles (AuNPs). Two π-conjugated oligo(phenylene ethynylene) molecules (OPE) with dithiocarbamate anchoring groups are used as ligands for the AuNPs. OPE-4S with a dithiocarbamate in each end of the molecule and a reference molecule OPE-2S with only a single dithiocarbamate end group. The linking mechanism of OPE-4S is investigated by using a combination of TEM, UV-Vis absorption and surface enhanced Raman spectroscopy (SERS) as well as studying the effect of varying the OPE-4S to AuNP concentration ratio. UV-Vis absorption confirms the formation of AuNP aggregates by the appearance of an extended plasmon band (EPB) for which the red shift and intensity depend on the OPE-4S:AuNP ratio. SERS confirms the presence of OPE-4S and shows a gradual increase of the signal intensity with increasing OPE-4S:AuNP ratios up to a ratio of about 4000, after which the SERS intensity does not increase significantly. For OPE-2S, no linking is observed below full coverage of the AuNPs indicating that the observed aggregate formation at high OPE-2S:AuNP ratios, above full AuNP coverage, is most likely of a physical nature (van der Waals forces or π-π interactions).

  18. Large protonation-gated photochromism of an OPE-embedded difurylperfluorocyclopentene

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    Wolf, Jannic Sebastian


    A recently reported protolytic gating effect on the ring closing reaction of an oligo(phenylene ethynylene) (OPE) embedded difurylperfluorocyclopentene (S) with a dimethylaminophenyl chain link in each of the side arms, was quantitatively analyzed in detail. The reaction system (So, SoH+, SoH2 2+, Sc, ScH+, ScH2 2+) comprising three protolytic forms in both open and closed configuration, is characterized by four protolytic equilibrium constants and six photochemical quantum yields of ring closing and ring opening. The absorption spectra, conductivity, and effective photochemical quantum yields were measured in acetonitrile as functions of solvent acidity varied by addition of trifluoroacetic acid and triethylamine and characterized by an effective pHnon-aq. Based on the derivation of a rigorous method for assessing the individual quantum yields of ring closure and ring opening of the six species, it was shown that it is specifically the second protonation step that is responsible for a more than 10-fold increase in the quantum yield of ring closure.

  19. Theory of magnetoresistance of organic molecular tunnel junctions with nonmagnetic electrodes (United States)

    Shi, Sha; Xie, Zuoti; Liu, Feilong; Smith, Darryl L.; Frisbie, C. Daniel; Ruden, P. Paul


    Large room-temperature magnetoresistance observed for devices composed of self-assembled monolayers of different oligophenylene thiols sandwiched between gold contacts has recently been reported [Z. Xie, S. Shi, F. Liu, D. L. Smith, P. P. Ruden, and C. D. Frisbie, ACS Nano 10, 8571 (2016), 10.1021/acsnano.6b03853]. The transport mechanism through the organic molecules was determined to be nonresonant tunneling. To explain this kind of magnetoresistance, we develop an analytical model based on the interaction of the tunneling charge carrier with an unpaired charge carrier populating a contact-molecule interface state. The Coulomb interaction between carriers causes the transmission coefficients to depend on their relative spin orientation. Singlet and triplet pairing of the tunneling and the interface carriers thus correspond to separate conduction channels with different transmission probabilities. Spin relaxation enabling transitions between the different channels, and therefore tending to maximize the tunneling current for a given applied bias, can be suppressed by relatively small magnetic fields, leading to large magnetoresistance. Our model elucidates how the Coulomb interaction gives rise to transmission probabilities that depend on spin and how an applied magnetic field can inhibit transitions between different spin configurations.

  20. Charge-Transfer Interactions in Organic Functional Materials

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    Bih-Yaw Jin


    Full Text Available Our goal in this review is three-fold. First, we provide an overview of a number of quantum-chemical methods that can abstract charge-transfer (CT information on the excited-state species of organic conjugated materials, which can then be exploited for the understanding and design of organic photodiodes and solar cells at the molecular level. We stress that the Composite-Molecule (CM model is useful for evaluating the electronic excited states and excitonic couplings of the organic molecules in the solid state. We start from a simple polyene dimer as an example to illustrate how interchain separation and chain size affect the intercahin interaction and the role of the charge transfer interaction in the excited state of the polyene dimers. With the basic knowledge from analysis of the polyene system, we then study more practical organic materials such as oligophenylenevinylenes (OPVn, oligothiophenes (OTn, and oligophenylenes (OPn. Finally, we apply this method to address the delocalization pathway (through-bond and/or through-space in the lowest excited state for cyclophanes by combining the charge-transfer contributions calculated on the cyclophanes and the corresponding hypothetical molecules with tethers removed. This review represents a step forward in the understanding of the nature of the charge-transfer interactions in the excited state of organic functional materials.

  1. Synthesis of a new π-conjugated redox oligomer: Electrochemical and optical investigation (United States)

    Blili, Saber; Zaâboub, Zouhour; Maaref, Hassen; Haj Said, Ayoub


    A new π-conjugated redox oligomer was prepared according a two-Step Synthesis. Firstly, an oligophenylene (OMPA) was obtained from the anodic oxidation of the (4-methoxyphenyl)acetonitrile. Then, the resulting material was chemically modified by the Knoevenagel condensation with the ferrocenecarboxaldehyde. This reaction led to a redox-conjugated oligomer the Fc-OMPA. The synthesized material was characterized using different spectroscopic techniques: NMR, FTIR, UV-vis and photoluminescence (PL) spectroscopy. The Fc-OMPA was used to modify a platinum electrode surface and the electrochemical response of the ferrocene redox-center was investigated by cyclic voltammetry. Moreover, the room temperature PL spectra of Fc-OMPA revealed that the ferrocene moiety, which acts as an electron donor, can effectively quench the oligomer luminescence. However, when ferrocene was oxidized to ferrocenium ion, the intramolecular charge transfer process was prevented which consequently enhanced the light emission. Thus, the oligomer light-emission can be, chemically or electrochemically tuned. The obtained results showed that the prepared material is a good candidate for the elaboration of electrochemical sensors and for the development of luminescent Redox-switchable devices.

  2. Growth of Thin, Anisotropic, π-Conjugated Molecular Films by Step-Wise `Click' Assembly of Molecular Building Blocks: Characterizing Reaction Yield, Surface Coverage, and Film Thickness vs. Addition Step Number (United States)

    Demissie, Abel; Haugstad, Greg; Frisbie, C. Daniel


    Molecular electronics is an active field of nanotechnology that has gained much interest due to the advent of modern microscopy techniques, and thin film synthesis using click chemistry - an approach which has enabled scientists to achieve a sub-angstrom control of monolayer length. Among the major challenges to grow oriented, surface-confined wires by click chemistry is development of synthetic routes that yield monodisperse wires, and lack of systematic way to measure the surface coverage of molecules. In this work, we report a comprehensive characterization of π-conjugated oligophenylene imine (OPI) wires synthesized step-wise by imine condensation click chemistry. OPI wire synthesis began with a self-assembled monolayer (SAM) of 4-formylthiophenol or 4-aminothiophenol on Au, followed by alternate addition of terepthaldehyde or phenylenediamine. OPI wires were characterized after each monomer addition via Rutherford backscattering spectrometry, x-ray photoelectron spectroscopy, cyclic voltammetry, reflection-absorption infra-red spectroscopy, and nuclear reaction analysis. We have determined an average extent of reaction greater than 98% completion for each growth step using five different techniques. Overall, these nanoscale scale surface characterization techniques proved to be an extremely sufficient method for monitoring wire growth and surface coverage.

  3. Molecular materials for photovoltaic applications; Elaboration de materiaux moleculaires pour la conversion photovoltaique

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    Gegout, A


    This work deals with the elaboration of new C60 derivatives functionalized with p-conjugated oligomers in order to prepare organic materials for photovoltaic applications. In a first approach, the donating ability of different OPV-C60 systems has been enhanced to optimize the electron transfer. First, the length of the conjugated system has been increased and two heptamers bearing one and two C60 moieties respectively, have been synthesized. Electronic properties of these compounds have revealed an electron transfer dependant of the solvent's polarity. Then, three other systems combining the C60 with OPV subunits bearing one or two diethyl-amino groups have been prepared. In such systems, the electron transfer process is optimized as the photophysical studies have revealed an electron transfer from the OPV to the C60 subunit with formation of a charge-separated state even in apolar solvents. A dendritic approach has also been developed. Original isomeric branched conjugated systems based on the oligophenylene-ethynylene framework have been prepared. The excited-state properties have been investigated to understand the influence of the conjugation pathways within theses isomeric systems. The functionalization of the dendritic OPE branches with the C60 has allowed the preparation of the first and second generations of fullero-dendrimers. The peripheral OPE dendrons are able to transfer the absorbed energy to the central core. The preparation of photovoltaic cells which incorporate these systems shows that under light irradiation, the material is able to generate electrons and holes, and also transport them in the device, thus leading to a photocurrent. (author)

  4. Long-range electron transfer in zinc-phthalocyanine-oligo(phenylene-ethynylene)-based donor-bridge-acceptor dyads. (United States)

    Göransson, Erik; Boixel, Julien; Fortage, Jérôme; Jacquemin, Denis; Becker, Hans-Christian; Blart, Errol; Hammarström, Leif; Odobel, Fabrice


    In the context of long-range electron transfer for solar energy conversion, we present the synthesis, photophysical, and computational characterization of two new zinc(II) phthalocyanine oligophenylene-ethynylene based donor-bride-acceptor dyads: ZnPc-OPE-AuP(+) and ZnPc-OPE-C(60). A gold(III) porphyrin and a fullerene has been used as electron accepting moieties, and the results have been compared to a previously reported dyad with a tin(IV) dichloride porphyrin as the electron acceptor (Fortage et al. Chem. Commun. 2007, 4629). The results for ZnPc-OPE-AuP(+) indicate a remarkably strong electronic coupling over a distance of more than 3 nm. The electronic coupling is manifested in both the absorption spectrum and an ultrafast rate for photoinduced electron transfer (k(PET) = 1.0 × 10(12) s(-1)). The charge-shifted state in ZnPc-OPE-AuP(+) recombines with a relatively low rate (k(BET) = 1.0 × 10(9) s(-1)). In contrast, the rate for charge transfer in the other dyad, ZnPc-OPE-C(60), is relatively slow (k(PET) = 1.1 × 10(9) s(-1)), while the recombination is very fast (k(BET) ≈ 5 × 10(10) s(-1)). TD-DFT calculations support the hypothesis that the long-lived charge-shifted state of ZnPc-OPE-AuP(+) is due to relaxation of the reduced gold porphyrin from a porphyrin ring based reduction to a gold centered reduction. This is in contrast to the faster recombination in the tin(IV) porphyrin based system (k(BET) = 1.2 × 10(10) s(-1)), where the excess electron is instead delocalized over the porphyrin ring.

  5. Effect of Conjugation Length on Photoinduced Charge-Transfer in π-Conjugated Oligomer-Acceptor Dyads

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    Jiang, Junlin


    A series of -conjugated oligomer-acceptor dyads were synthesized that feature oligo(phenylene ethynylene) (OPE) conjugated backbones end-capped with a naphthalene diimide (NDI) acceptor. The OPE segments vary in length from 4 to 8 phenylene ethynene units (PEn-NDI, where n = 4, 6 and 8). Fluorescence and transient absorption spectroscopy reveals that intramolecular OPE NDI charge transfer dominates the deactivation of excited states of the PEn-NDI oligomers. Both charge separation (CS) and charge recombination (CR) are strongly exothermic (G0CS ~ -1.1 and G0CR ~ -2.0 eV), and the driving forces do not vary much across the series because the oxidation and reduction potentials and singlet energies of the OPEs do not vary much with their length. Bimolecular photoinduced charge transfer between model OPEs that do not contain the NDI acceptors with methyl viologen was studied, and the results reveal that the absorption of the cation radical state (OPE+•) remains approximately constant ( ~ 575 nm) regardless of oligomer length. This finding suggests that the cation radical (polaron) of the OPE is relatively localized, effectively occupying a confined segment of n 4 repeat units in the longer oligomers. Photoinduced intramolecular electron transfer dynamics in the PEn-NDI series was investigated by UV-visible femtosecond transient absorption spectroscopy with visible and mid-infrared probes. Charge separation occurs on the 1 – 10 ps timescale, with the rates decreasing slightly with increased oligomer length (βCS ~ 0.15 Å-1). The rate for charge-recombination decreases in the sequence PE4-NDI > PE6-NDI ~ PE8-NDI. The discontinuous distance dependence in the rate for charge recombination may be related to the spatial localization of the positive polaron state in the longer oligomers.

  6. Dark Antimicrobial Mechanisms of Cationic Phenylene Ethynylene Polymers and Oligomers against Escherichia coli

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    Taylor D. Canady


    Full Text Available The interactions of poly(phenylene ethynylene (PPE-based cationic conjugated polyelectrolytes (CPEs and oligo-phenylene ethynylenes (OPEs with E. coli cells are investigated to gain insights into the differences in the dark killing mechanisms between CPEs and OPEs. A laboratory strain of E. coli with antibiotic resistance is included in this work to study the influence of antibiotic resistance on the antimicrobial activity of the CPEs and OPEs. In agreement with our previous findings, these compounds can efficiently perturb the bacterial cell wall and cytoplasmic membrane, resulting in bacterial cell death. Electron microscopy imaging and cytoplasmic membrane permeability assays reveal that the oligomeric OPEs penetrate the bacterial outer membrane and interact efficiently with the bacterial cytoplasmic membrane. In contrast, the polymeric CPEs cause serious damage to the cell surface. In addition, the minimum inhibitory concentration (MIC and hemolytic concentration (HC of the CPEs and OPEs are also measured to compare their antimicrobial activities against two different strains of E. coli with the compounds’ toxicity levels against human red blood cells (RBC. MIC and HC measurements are in good agreement with our previous model membrane perturbation study, which reveals that the different membrane perturbation abilities of the CPEs and OPEs are in part responsible for their selectivity towards bacteria compared to mammalian cells. Our study gives insight to several structural features of the PPE-based CPEs and OPEs that modulate their antimicrobial properties and that these features can serve as a basis for further tuning their structures to optimize antimicrobial properties.

  7. Non-Interpenetrated Metal-Organic Frameworks Based on Copper(II) Paddlewheel and Oligoparaxylene-Isophthalate Linkers: Synthesis, Structure, and Gas Adsorption. (United States)

    Yan, Yong; Juríček, Michal; Coudert, François-Xavier; Vermeulen, Nicolaas A; Grunder, Sergio; Dailly, Anne; Lewis, William; Blake, Alexander J; Stoddart, J Fraser; Schröder, Martin


    Two metal-organic framework materials, MFM-130 and MFM-131 (MFM = Manchester Framework Material), have been synthesized using two oligoparaxylene (OPX) tetracarboxylate linkers containing four and five aromatic rings, respectively. Both fof-type non-interpenetrated networks contain Kagomé lattice layers comprising [Cu2(COO)4] paddlewheel units and isophthalates, which are pillared by the OPX linkers. Desolvated MFM-130, MFM-130a, shows permanent porosity (BET surface area of 2173 m(2)/g, pore volume of 1.0 cm(3)/g), high H2 storage capacity at 77 K (5.3 wt% at 20 bar and 2.2 wt% at 1 bar), and a higher CH4 adsorption uptake (163 cm(3)(STP)/cm(3) (35 bar and 298 K)) compared with its structural analogue, NOTT-103. MFM-130a also shows impressive selective adsorption of C2H2, C2H4, and C2H6 over CH4 at room temperature, indicating its potential for separation of C2 hydrocarbons from CH4. The single-crystal structure of MFM-131 confirms that the methyl substituents of the paraxylene units block the windows in the Kagomé lattice layer of the framework, effectively inhibiting network interpenetration in MFM-131. This situation is to be contrasted with that of the doubly interpenetrated oligophenylene analogue, NOTT-104. Calculation of the mechanical properties of these two MOFs confirms and explains the instability of MFM-131 upon desolvation in contrast to the behavior of MFM-130. The incorporation of paraxylene units, therefore, provides an efficient method for preventing network interpenetration as well as accessing new functional materials with modified and selective sorption properties for gas substrates.

  8. Time resolved single molecule spectroscopy of semiconductor quantum dot/conjugated organic hybrid nanostructures (United States)

    Odoi, Michael Yemoh

    Single molecule studies on CdSe quantum dots functionalized with oligo-phenylene vinylene ligands (CdSe-OPV) provide evidence of strong electronic communication that facilitate charge and energy transport between the OPV ligands and the CdSe quantum dot core. This electronic interaction greatly modify, the photoluminescence properties of both bulk and single CdSe-OPV nanostructure thin film samples. Size-correlated wide-field fluorescence imaging show that blinking suppression in single CdSe-OPV is linked to the degree of OPV coverage (inferred from AFM height scans) on the quantum dot surface. The effect of the complex electronic environment presented by photoexcited OPV ligands on the excited state property of CdSe-OPV is measured with single photon counting and photon-pair correlation spectroscopy techniques. Time-tagged-time-resolved (TTTR) single photon counting measurements from individual CdSe-OPV nanostructures, show excited state lifetimes an order of magnitude shorter relative to conventional ZnS/CdSe quantum dots. Second-order intensity correlation measurements g(2)(tau) from individual CdSe-OPV nanostructures point to a weak multi-excitonic character with a strong wavelength dependent modulation depth. By tuning in and out of the absorption of the OPV ligands we observe changes in modulation depth from g(2) (0) ≈ 0.2 to 0.05 under 405 and 514 nm excitation respectively. Defocused images and polarization anisotropy measurements also reveal a well-defined linear dipole emission pattern in single CdSe-OPV nanostructures. These results provide new insights into to the mechanism behind the electronic interactions in composite quantum dot/conjugated organic composite systems at the single molecule level. The observed intensity flickering , blinking suppression and associated lifetime/count rate and antibunching behaviour is well explained by a Stark interaction model. Charge transfer from photo-excitation of the OPV ligands to the surface of the Cd

  9. Molecular Rotors as Switches

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    Kang L. Wang


    Full Text Available The use of a functional molecular unit acting as a state variable provides an attractive alternative for the next generations of nanoscale electronics. It may help overcome the limits of conventional MOSFETd due to their potential scalability, low-cost, low variability, and highly integratable characteristics as well as the capability to exploit bottom-up self-assembly processes. This bottom-up construction and the operation of nanoscale machines/devices, in which the molecular motion can be controlled to perform functions, have been studied for their functionalities. Being triggered by external stimuli such as light, electricity or chemical reagents, these devices have shown various functions including those of diodes, rectifiers, memories, resonant tunnel junctions and single settable molecular switches that can be electronically configured for logic gates. Molecule-specific electronic switching has also been reported for several of these device structures, including nanopores containing oligo(phenylene ethynylene monolayers, and planar junctions incorporating rotaxane and catenane monolayers for the construction and operation of complex molecular machines. A specific electrically driven surface mounted molecular rotor is described in detail in this review. The rotor is comprised of a monolayer of redox-active ligated copper compounds sandwiched between a gold electrode and a highly-doped P+ Si. This electrically driven sandwich-type monolayer molecular rotor device showed an on/off ratio of approximately 104, a read window of about 2.5 V, and a retention time of greater than 104 s. The rotation speed of this type of molecular rotor has been reported to be in the picosecond timescale, which provides a potential of high switching speed applications. Current-voltage spectroscopy (I-V revealed a temperature-dependent negative differential resistance (NDR associated with the device. The analysis of the device

  10. Electron Transport, Energy Transfer, and Optical Response in Single Molecule Junctions (United States)

    White, Alexander James

    interactions quantum mechanically within nonequilibrium molecular junctions. Finally we perform preliminary calculations of the Raman spectrum of a three-ring oligophenylene vinylene terminating in amine functional groups molecule in a molecular junction and compare our results to experimental measurements. This work is the rst steps towards full calculations of the optical response of current-carrying molecular junction, which should combine classical calculations of the plasmon enhanced electric field with quantum calculations for the plasmon-molecular exciton interaction and nonequilibrium Raman scattering.

  11. Supported Intrinsically Porous Oligomers as Hybrid Materials for Separations, Storage, and Sensing (United States)

    Thompson, Anthony Boone

    Adsorption-desorption phenomena are often difficult to study at the molecular level because the surfaces on which they occur can be heterogeneous, giving a wide distribution of adsorption sites and associated energies. Considering that these phenomena underlie an incredibly wide variety of industrially important processes, a better understanding could aid in the development of more efficient methods. In this work, we describe an approach to designing materials with well-defined adsorption sites by covalently attaching intrinsically porous molecules to solid surfaces by a rigid multidentate linker. These cup-shaped molecules are intended to act as adsorption sites on the material, whereas the rigid attachment to the solid support serves to prevent movement and conformational changes of the sites, leading to better understanding of adsorption phenomena. As a proof-of-concept application, materials were used for adsorption of n-butanol biofuel and related compounds from dilute aqueous solution. The materials were thermally and hydrolytically stable, and adsorption phenomena were reversible. Adsorption sites containing more hydrophobic molecular area led to stronger adsorption, suggesting that it is driven by weak van der Waals forces. Likewise, adsorption sites that were strongly polarized performed poorly, possibly reflecting a greater energy penalty of removing water molecules from the cavity. Upon placing a Lewis acidic metal at the bottom of the cavity, an enhancement was seen only with the most acidic metal, which may indicate weak guest coordination. Observing that hydrophobic interactions dominate adsorption on these materials, efforts were made to develop hybrid materials with large hydrophobic area for adsorption. Glaser coupling of diethynylbenzene was used to grow oligo(phenylene butadiynylene)s from the surface of silica, resulting in materials that were more than 25% organic by weight. In addition to their potential use as adsorbents, these materials may

  12. Design and synthesis of polyphosphazenes: Hard tissue scaffolding biomaterials and physically crosslinked elastomers (United States)

    Modzelewski, Tomasz

    oar's on adjacent polymer chains, and lock the chains in place, similar to the way in which the oars on one ship will interdigitate with the oars of another ship if they get too close. Chapter 6 expands the chemistry of the non-traditional elastomers described in Chapter 5. Specifically, the substituent groups on the cyclotriphosphazene groups are changed from 2,2,2- trifluoroethoxy to phenoxy, while the remaining chlorine atoms along the polymer backbone are still replaced with 2,2,2-trifluoroethoxide. The new polymers are shown to have better mechanical properties then the polymers described in Chapter 5. Chapter 7 describes a further extension of the ideas in Chapters 5 and 6. Specifically it involves the synthesis and mechanical testing of polyphosphazenes bearing oligo-p-phenylene groups co-substituted with 2,2,2-trifluoroethoxide. The oligo-phenylene groups are incorporated to act as variable length cross-linking moieties to further expand the new family of non-traditional polyphosphazene elastomers. The mechanical and physical properties of these polymers reveal a strong dependence on both the length and concentration of the oligo-phenylene minor co-substituent groups. (Abstract shortened by UMI.).

  13. Syntheses of the smallest carbon nanohoops and the emergence of unique physical phenomena. (United States)

    Golder, Matthew R; Jasti, Ramesh


    The design and construction of non-natural products have fascinated and perplexed organic chemists for years. Their assembly, akin to what has been accomplished for the total synthesis of natural products, has stretched the limits of what can be prepared in the laboratory. Unlike many natural products, however, carbon-rich structures often lack heteroatoms, further complicating their construction. Consider some of the classical molecules in this genre: cubane and dodecahedrane. While highly symmetric, their assembly is far from trivial. These fascinating hydrocarbon targets have fueled the development of carbon-carbon bond-forming reactions, as new methods are needed to access these types of compounds. Among these carbon-rich structures, polycyclic aromatics such as helicenes, fullerenes, and some fullerenes share common ground due to the distortion of one or more aromatic rings out of planarity. Recently added to this group are the [n]cycloparaphenylenes ([n]CPPs), "carbon nanohoops". Here, a linear string of benzene rings connected at the para positions is wrapped back upon itself to form a cyclic structure. Clearly a simple linear p-oligophenylene cannot be cyclized in this manner without extremely harsh reaction conditions. In order to access these structures using solution-phase organic chemistry, clever synthetic strategies that can compensate for this severe distortion are required. Although cycloparaphenylenes can be considered the smallest possible fragment of an armchair carbon nanotube (CNT), they were envisioned as synthetic targets long before CNTs were discovered in 1991. CPP synthesis was first attempted in 1934, almost 70 years before Iijima's first report on CNTs. The long-forgotten targets reemerged in 1993 with a report from Vögtle, though he ultimately was unsuccessful in achieving their synthesis. More than a decade later, in 2008, CPPs succumbed to total synthesis by Jasti and Bertozzi, allowing access to three different-sized carbon