Sample records for tetrathiafulvalene tetracyanoquinodimethane

  1. Scanning electron microscope technique for measuring electrical conductivity: application to tetrathiafulvalene--tetracyanoquinodimethane

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    Long, James Peter [Univ. of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, IL (United States)


    A new technique for measuring the electrical conductivity of small samples and its application to the organic conductor tetrathiafulvalene-tetracyanoquinodimethane (TTF-TCNQ) is reported. A movable current source provided by the electron beam of a scanning electron microscope is used to map out the potential distribution on crystal faces containing the a-b crystallographic axes. Silver paint contacts are used to return the beam current to ground and measure voltage changes as the beam position is moved. The results of the new technique are confirmed and complemented by the conventional movable contact method and the extension of both methods to low temperature is discussed. The potential distributions for our samples reveal frequently occurring irregularities in current flow which are attributable to sample imperfections and inhomogeneities in the silver paint contacts. Methods are presented whereby the commonly reported conductivities sigmaa and sigmab can be determined despite the presence of certain current flow irrgularities; room temperature values are found to be: sigmab = 490 ± 80 (Ωcm)-1 and sigmaa = 1.21 ± 0.15 (Ωcm)-1. The relationship of sigmaa/ and sigmab to the elements of the correctly expressed conductivity tensor for TTF-TCNQ is clarified. The influence of contact inhomogeneities on four-probe measurements of the temperature dependence of the b-axis conductivity as determined with an electrolytic tank model are also presented. It is found that there is a large probability of slightly underestimating conductivity, but that it is possible in a small number of cases to greatly overestimate conductivity.

  2. Timeresolved investigation of atomic order in tetrathiafulvalene-tetracyanoquinodimethane (TTF-TCNQ) monocrystals after excitation with ultrashort light pulses; Zeitaufgeloeste Untersuchung atomarer Ordnung in Tetrathiafulvalen-Tetracyanochinodimethan (TTF-TCNQ)-Einkristallen nach Anregung mit ultrakurzen Lichtpulsen

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    Sager, Christian


    This thesis describes time-resolved investigations of the atomic structure of one-dimensional organic molecular crystals after laser excitation of the photo-induced phase transition. There is a neutral to ionic phase transition in tetrathiafulvalene-chloranil-crystals (TTF-CA-crystals). At this phase transition a Peierls distortion occurs. A new model is introduced, that can explain the photo-induced phase transition in TTF-CY-crystals. This model is called charge density wave model of photo induced structural phase transition. There is a structural phase transition in tetrathiafulvalene-tetracyanochinodimethane-crystals (TTF-TCNQ-crystals). At this phase transition the one-dimensional metal TTF-TCNQ is transformed to an insulator. The phase transition is driven by the Peierls distortion. The charge density wave model is appropriate for description of the processes in TTF-TCNQ-crystals after laser excitation. The results of time-resolved measurements of the structure of TTF-TCNQ-crystals after excitation of the photo-induced phase transition can be anticipated with the charge density wave model. In the basis of these anticipated results, a time-resolved measurement for investigation of the atomic structure of TTF-TCNQ after excitation of the photo-induced phase transition is proposed. The time-resolved measurement should be performed at a beamline of a third generation synchrotron by the optical pump X-ray probe technique. The time-resolved measurement is prepared by an optical characterization and by static X-ray diffraction measurements. The results of the optical characterization and the static X-ray diffraction measurements are presented and analyzed. (orig.)

  3. Far-Infrared Study of the Charge Density Wave in Tetrathiofulvalene Tetracyanoquinodimethane (TTF-TCNQ)

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    Tanner, D. B.; Cummings, K. D.; Jacobsen, Claus Schelde


    Detailed far-infrared measurements at temperatures from 25 to 300 K provide strong support for a charge-density-wave mechanism for the dc conductivity and microwave dielectric constant of tetrathiafulvalene tetracyanoquinodimethane (TTF-TCNQ). At low temperatures the charge-density wave is pinned...

  4. π-Extended Tetrathiafulvalenes

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    Petersen, Johannes Fabritius

    This Ph.D.-thesis focuses on the synthesis and properties of various redox-active ¼-extended tetrathiafulvalenes. One class of molecules are so-called H-cruciform shaped molecules. In these molecules the formation of a central stilbene double bond is elucidated. Here it was found that the formation...... of the stilbene bond originates from preformation of a 1,3-dioxa-2-phospholane, formed by reaction between P(OEt)3 present under the reaction conditions and two aldehydes. Under the reaction conditions this 1,3-dioxa-2-phospholane can then be converted to the stilbene. These mechanistic studies lead...

  5. A Novel Tetrathiafulvalene Building Block

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    Jeppesen, Jan Oskar; Takimiya, Kazuo; Thorup, Niels


    Efficient synthesis of a novel tetrathiafulvalene building block. 2,3-bis(2-cyanoethylthio)-6,7-bis(thiocyanato-methyl)tetrathiafulv alene (7) useful for stepwise and asymmetrical bis-function-alization is reported.......Efficient synthesis of a novel tetrathiafulvalene building block. 2,3-bis(2-cyanoethylthio)-6,7-bis(thiocyanato-methyl)tetrathiafulv alene (7) useful for stepwise and asymmetrical bis-function-alization is reported....

  6. Tetrathiafulvalene- (TTF-) Derived Oligopyrrolic Macrocycles

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    Jana, Atanu; Ishida, Masatoshi; Park, Jung Su


    After the epochal discovery of the “organic metal”, namely, tetrathiafulvalene (TTF)–7,7,8,8-tetracyano-p-quinodimethane (TCNQ) dyad in 1973, scientists have made efforts to derivatize TTF for constructing various supramolecular architectures to control the charge-transfer processes by adjusting ...

  7. New Unsymmetrically Benzene-Fused Bis (Tetrathiafulvalene: Synthesis, Characterization, Electrochemical Properties and Electrical Conductivity of Their Materials

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    Tahar Abbaz


    Full Text Available The synthesis of new unsymmetrically benzene-fused bis (tetrathiafulvalene has been carried out by a cross-coupling reaction of the respective 4,5-dialkyl-1,3-dithiole-2-selenone 6–9 with 2-(4-(p-nitrophenyl-1,3-dithiole-2-ylidene-1,3,5,7-tetrathia-s-indacene-6-one 5 prepared by olefination of 4-(p-nitrophenyl-1,3-dithiole-2-selenone 3 and 1,3,5,7-tetrathia-s-indacene-2,6-dione 4. The conversion of the nitro moiety 10a–d to amino 11a–d then dibenzylamine 12a–d groups respectively used reduction and alkylation methods. The electron donor ability of these new compounds has been measured by cyclic voltammetry (CV technique. Charge transfer complexes with tetracyanoquino-dimethane (TCNQ were prepared by chemical redox reactions. The complexes have been proven to give conducting materials.

  8. Convergent Synthesis of Rigid Macrocycles Containing One and Two Tetrathiafulvalene Units

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    Simonsen, Klaus B.; Thorup, Niels; Becher, Jan


    The synthesis of rigid tetrathiafulvalenophanes containing one or two tetrathiafulvalene units is presented, together with a stepwise convergent synthesis of macrocyclic bis-tetrathiafulvalenes via several open dimeric tetrathiafulvalenes. These systems were investigated by cyclic voltammetry...

  9. Dynamic self-assembly of charge-transfer nanofibers of tetrathiafulvalene derivatives with F4TCNQ. (United States)

    Jain, Ankit; Rao, K Venkata; Mogera, Umesha; Sagade, Abhay A; George, Subi J


    One-dimensional charge-transfer nanostructures were constructed by the supramolecular coassembly of amphiphilic (Amph-TTF) and hydrophobic (TDD-TTF) tetrathiafulvalene (TTF) donor derivatives with the acceptor 2,3,5,6-tetrafluoro-7,7,8,8-tetracyanoquinodimethane (F(4)TCNQ), in appropriate solvent composition mixtures. Microscopic analyses show that TDD-TTF retains its self-assembled fibrillar morphology even in the charge-transfer state, whereas Amph-TTF undergoes a spherical to nanorod transition upon coassembly. Time-dependent optical spectroscopy studies have shown a spontaneous change in molecular organization in TDD-TTF-based donor-acceptor costacks, which suggests a dynamic behavior, in contrast to the kinetically stable amphiphilic TTF assemblies. We have also tried to get an insight into the observed time-dependent change in molecular packing of these nanostructures through spectroscopic analyses by commenting on whether the TTF-TCNQ pair is cofacially arranged or present in the classical herringbone (orthogonal) fashion. Furthermore, our two-probe electrical measurements showed that these charge-transfer fibers are conducting. A supramolecular approach that yields 1D charge-transfer nanostructures of donor and acceptor molecules will be an alternative to existing crystalline substances with high conductivity and hence can be a viable tool for nanoelectronics. Copyright © 2011 WILEY-VCH Verlag GmbH & Co. KGaA, Weinheim.

  10. Evaluating the Performance of DFT Functionals in Assessing the Interaction Energy and Ground-State Charge Transfer of Donor/Acceptor Complexes: Tetrathiafulvalene−Tetracyanoquinodimethane (TTF−TCNQ) as a Model Case

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    Sini, Gjergji


    We have evaluated the performance of several density functional theory (DFT) functionals for the description of the ground-state electronic structure and charge transfer in donor/acceptor complexes. The tetrathiafulvalene- tetracyanoquinodimethane (TTF-TCNQ) complex has been considered as a model test case. Hybrid functionals have been chosen together with recently proposed long-range corrected functionals (ωB97X, ωB97X-D, LRC-ωPBEh, and LC-ωPBE) in order to assess the sensitivity of the results to the treatment and magnitude of exact exchange. The results show an approximately linear dependence of the ground-state charge transfer with the HOMO TTF-LUMOTCNQ energy gap, which in turn depends linearly on the percentage of exact exchange in the functional. The reliability of ground-state charge transfer values calculated in the framework of a monodeterminantal DFT approach was also examined. © 2011 American Chemical Society.

  11. Tetrathiafulvalene S-oxide: a Potential Donor Impurity in the Organic Metal TTF-TCNQ

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    Carlsen, Lars; Bechgaard, Klaus; Jacobsen, Claus Schelde


    Tetrathiafulvalene S-oxide, which because of its size similarity with tetrathiafulvalene is a potential ‘donor impurity’ in the organic metal TTF–TCNQ, was prepared and characterized spectroscopically. Experiments in which tetrathiafulvalene S-oxide was purposely doped into TTF–TCNQ indicate, how...

  12. A colorimetric tetrathiafulvalene-calix 4 pyrrole anion sensor

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    Nielsen, K. A.


    The interaction and colorimetric sensing properties of a tetrathiafulvalene substituted calix[4]pyrrole sensor with anions were investigated using H-1 NMR and absorption spectroscopic techniques. Visual color changes were observed upon addition of different anions (Cl-, Br-, CN-, and AcO-) to a s......The interaction and colorimetric sensing properties of a tetrathiafulvalene substituted calix[4]pyrrole sensor with anions were investigated using H-1 NMR and absorption spectroscopic techniques. Visual color changes were observed upon addition of different anions (Cl-, Br-, CN-, and Ac......O-) to a solution of the sensor. (C) 2012 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved....

  13. Urethane tetrathiafulvalene derivatives: synthesis, self-assembly and electrochemical properties

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    Xiang Sun


    Full Text Available This paper reports the self-assembly of two new tetrathiafulvalene (TTF derivatives that contain one or two urethane groups. The formation of nanoribbons was evidenced by scanning electron microscopy (SEM and X-ray diffraction (XRD, which showed that the self-assembly ability of T1 was better than that of T2. The results revealed that more urethane groups in a molecule did not necessarily instigate self-assembly. UV–vis and FTIR spectra were measured to explore noncovalent interactions. The driving forces for self-assembly of TTF derivatives were mainly hydrogen bond interactions and π–π stacking interactions. The electronic conductivity of the T1 and T2 films was tested by a four-probe method.

  14. New anthracene-tetrathiafulvalene derivative-encapsulated SWNT nanocomposite and its application for biosensing. (United States)

    Song, Min; Wang, Xuemei; Liu, Wei; Zuo, Jinglin


    In this study, a novel anthracene-tetrathiafulvalene derivative has been synthesized and immobilized on single-walled carbon nanotubes through non-covalent sidewall functionalization. The new anthracene-tetrathiafulvalene (TTF) derivative-encapsulated SWNT nanocomposites were characterized using SEM, TEM, and Raman spectra and were utilized for biomolecular recognition. Our observations demonstrate that the new anthracene-TTF derivative-encapsulated SWNT nanocomposites can readily facilitate the biosensing and sensitive detection of DNA, which could be further explored for promising applications in bioelectronics and biosensors. 2009 Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.

  15. Self-Assembly of Dimeric Tetrathiafulvalene-Calix 4 pyrrole: Receptor for 1,375-Trinitrobenzene

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    Nielsen, K. A.; Stein, P. C.


    The synthesis and binding properties of a tetrathiafulvalene (TTF)-calix[4]pyrrole receptor 2 appended with one 3,5-dinitrobenzoate guest moiety are reported. The preliminary studies revealed that the receptor is self-compiexing into a dimer receptor 2 center dot 2. The self-complexation of the r......The synthesis and binding properties of a tetrathiafulvalene (TTF)-calix[4]pyrrole receptor 2 appended with one 3,5-dinitrobenzoate guest moiety are reported. The preliminary studies revealed that the receptor is self-compiexing into a dimer receptor 2 center dot 2. The self...

  16. Potential model for tetrathiafulvalene based on inelastic neutron scattering and Raman spectra

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    Burns, G.R.; Favier, F.; Jones, D.J.; Rozière, J.; Kearley, G.J.


    Tetrathiafulvalene (TTF) is a key molecule in the family of charge-transfer salts of interest for their novel transport properties. The correspondence between transport property and electron-molecular vibration coupling requires that we understand the phonon density of states for these materials.

  17. A flexible cyclophane: Design, synthesis, and structure of a multibridged tris-tetrathiafulvalene (TTF) macrocycle

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    Takimiya, K.; Thorup, Niels; Becher, J.


    The tris-tetrathiafulvalene (TTF) macrocycles 3 with a large end-cavity were effectively synthesized from the readily available tetrakis(cyanoethylthio)TTF by means of a selective deprotection/realkylation sequence followed by an intramolecular coupling reaction. Crystal structure analyses revealed...

  18. Tetraceno[2,1,12,11-opqra]tetracene-extended tetrathiafulvalene - redox-controlled generation of a large PAH core

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    Broman, Søren Lindbæk; Andersen, Cecilie Lindholm; Jousselin-Oba, Tanguy


    Two tetraceno[2,1,12,11-opqra]tetracene-extended tetrathia-fulvalenes were prepared and found to undergo reversible conversion into their planar polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs) upon electrochemical oxidation – at potentials probing the best valence bond representations......Two tetraceno[2,1,12,11-opqra]tetracene-extended tetrathia-fulvalenes were prepared and found to undergo reversible conversion into their planar polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs) upon electrochemical oxidation – at potentials probing the best valence bond representations...

  19. Localized Synthesis of Conductive Copper-Tetracyanoquinodimethane Nanostructures in Ultrasmall Microchambers for Nanoelectronics. (United States)

    Xing, Yanlong; Sun, Guoguang; Speiser, Eugen; Esser, Norbert; Dittrich, Petra S


    In this work, the microfluidic-assisted synthesis of copper-tetracyanoquinodimethane (Cu-TCNQ) nanostructures in an ambient environment is reported for the first time. A two-layer microfluidic device comprising parallel actuated microchambers was used for the synthesis and enabled excellent fluid handling for the continuous and multiple chemical reactions in confined ultrasmall chambers. Different precautions were applied to ensure the reduction state of copper (Cu) for the synthesis of Cu-TCNQ charge-transfer compounds. The localized synthesis of Cu and in situ transformation to Cu-TCNQ complexes in solution were achieved by applying different gas pressures in the control layer. Additionally, various diameters of the Cu-TCNQ nano/microstructures were obtained by adjusting the concentration of the precursors and reaction time. After the synthesis, platinum (Pt) microelectrode arrays, which were aligned at the microchambers, could enable the in situ measurements of the electronic properties of the synthesized nanostructures without further manipulation. The as-prepared Cu-TCNQ wire bundles showed good conductivity and a reversible hysteretic switching effect, which proved the possibility in using them to build advanced nanoelectronics.

  20. A Self-Assembled Electro-Active M8L4 Cage Based on Tetrathiafulvalene Ligands

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    Sébastien Goeb


    Full Text Available Two self-assembled redox-active cages are presented. They are obtained by coordination-driven self-assembly of a tetra-pyridile tetrathiafulvalene ligand with cis-M(dppf(OTf2 (M = Pd or Pt; dppf = 1,1′-bis(diphenylphosphinoferrocene; OTf = trifluoromethane-sulfonate complexes. Both species are fully characterized and are constituted of 12 electro-active subunits that can be reversibly oxidized.

  1. Ambient-temperature superconductor symetrical metal-dihalide bis-(ethylenedithio)-tetrathiafulvalene compounds (United States)

    Williams, Jack M.; Wang, Hsien-Hau; Beno, Mark A.


    A new class of organic superconductors having the formula (ET).sub.2 MX.sub.2 wherein ET represents bis(ethylenedithio)-tetrathiafulvalene, M is a metal such as Au, Ag, In, Tl, Rb, Pd and the like and X is a halide. The superconductor (ET).sub.2 AuI.sub.2 exhibits a transition temperature of 5 K. which is high for organic superconductors.

  2. The Lowest Triplet of Tetracyanoquinodimethane via UV-vis Absorption Spectroscopy with Br-Containing Solvents. (United States)

    Khvostenko, Olga G; Kinzyabulatov, Renat R; Khatymova, Laysan Z; Tseplin, Evgeniy E


    This study was undertaken to find the previously unknown lowest triplet of the isolated molecule of tetracyanoquinodimethane (TCNQ), which is a widely used organic semiconductor. The problem is topical because the triplet excitation of this compound is involved in some processes which occur in electronic devices incorporating TCNQ and its derivatives, and information on the TCNQ triplet is needed for better understanding of these processes. The lowest triplet of TCNQ was obtained at 1.96 eV using UV-vis absorption spectroscopy with Br-containing solvents. Production of the triplet band with sufficient intensity in the spectra was provided by the capacity of the Br atom to augment the triplet excitation and through using a 100 mm cuvette. The assignment of the corresponding spectral band to the triplet transition was made by observation that this band appeared only in the spectra recorded in Br-containing solvents but not in spectra recorded in other solvents. Additional support for the triplet assignment came from the overall UV-vis absorption spectra of TCNQ recorded in various solvents, using a 10 mm cuvette, in the 1.38-6.5 eV energy range. Singlet transitions of the neutral TCNQ(o) molecule and doublet transitions of the TCNQ(¯) negative ion were identified in these overall spectra and were assigned with TD B3LYP/6-31G calculations. Determination of the lowest triplet of TCNQ attained in this work may be useful for theoretical studies and practical applications of this important compound.

  3. Bis(pyrrolo)tetrathiafulvalene - An Efficient Pi-Donor in Supramolecular Chemistry

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    Lau, Jesper; Nielsen, Mogens Brøndsted; Thorup, Niels


    The synthesis of three novel macrocycles 3-5 based on the two electron donors bis(2,5-dimethyl- pyrrolo)[3,4-d]tetrathiafulvalene (1) and 1,4-hydroquinone is presented. Their abilities to include the electron acceptor paraquat (6) have been investigated by UV/Vis and sup 1 H NMR spectroscopy and ......, the preferred position of the cyclic acceptor 7 in the catenanes around either the pyrrolo-annelated TTF or around the hydroquinone donor relies on a fine balance between all the individual noncovalent forces acting in cooperation....

  4. Mono- and bis(pyrrolo)tetrathiafulvalene derivatives tethered to C60

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    Vico Solano, Marta; Della Pia, Eduardo Antonio; Jevric, Martyn


    electronic communication between the MPTTF/BPTTF units and the C-60 moieties. In addition, femtosecond and nanosecond transient absorption spectroscopy revealed, rather surprisingly, that no charge transfer from the MPTTF/BPTTF units to the C-60 moieties takes place on excitation of the fullerene moiety......A series of mono- (MPTTF) and bis(pyrrolo) tetrathiafulvalene (BPTTF) derivatives tethered to one or two C-60 moieties was synthesized and characterized. The synthetic strategy for these dumbbell-shaped compounds was based on a 1,3-dipolar cycloaddition reaction between aldehyde...

  5. Chiroptical properties of 1,3-diphenylallene-anchored tetrathiafulvalene and its polymer synthesis

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    Masashi Hasegawa


    Full Text Available A novel tetrathiafulvalene dimer, bridged by a chiral 1,3-diphenylallene framework, has been prepared as an optically active compound having strong chiroptical properties. Although a chiral allene bearing strong electron-donating group(s often undergoes slow photoracemization even in daylight, the present allene is totally configurationally stable under ordinary conditions. Each isomer possesses pronounced chiroptical properties in its ECD spectra reflecting the chiral allene framework. Moreover, the elongation of the chiral main chain was also carried out by direct C–H activation of the TTF unit, and the chiroptical properties of the resulting polymer were also investigated.

  6. Investigation of the nature of the unpaired electron states in the organic semiconductor N-methyl-N-ethylmorpholinium-tetracyanoquinodimethane

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    Rice, M. J.; Yartsev, V. M.; Jacobsen, Claus Schelde


    The nature of the unpaired electron states in the dimerized phase of the crystalline organic semiconductor N-methyl-N-ethylmorpholinium-tetracyanoquinodimethane [MEM(TCNQ)2] is investigated by the combined means of polarized-optical-reflectance measurements and microscopic theoretical analysis....... It is found that each unpaired electron is localized on a dimeric TCNQ unit, and it is demonstrated that the two-site molecular orbital (MO) which accommodates the unpaired electron involves internal molecular distortion of the dimeric unit. Experimental values are deduced for the intradimer π MO hopping...... integral, the TCNQ monomer ag molecular-vibration frequencies and linear-electron-molecular-vibration coupling constants, and the difference in energy of the slightly nonequivalent TCNQ monomer π MO's. The dimer charge oscillation associated with the extremely weak coupling of the unpaired electron...

  7. Electronic structure and electrode properties of tetracyanoquinodimethane (TCNQ): a surface science investigation of lithium intercalation into TCNQ. (United States)

    Precht, Ruben; Hausbrand, René; Jaegermann, Wolfram


    Organic materials are of interest as ion battery cathode materials because they offer advantages over inorganic cathodes such as abundant resources and a low ecological footprint. However, they suffer from slow kinetics and a comparatively low potential. In this paper, we have investigated alkali induced changes in the electronic structure of tetracyanoquinodimethane (TCNQ) to be used as cathode material in Li-ion batteries. Lithium was inserted stepwise into TCNQ thin films by exposure to lithium vapour and analysis by photoemission (PES) was performed. The evolution of core levels, electronic structure and Fermi-level with increasing lithium insertion into TCNQ was monitored. The results show that lithium insertion takes place under integer charge transfer and polaron formation. We find no indication of deterioration of the material. The consequences of evolution of electronic structure and polaron formation for electrode potential and kinetic properties of the material are discussed.

  8. Ion-Regulated Allosteric Binding of Fullerenes (C-60 and C-70) by Tetrathiafulvalene-Calix[4]pyrroles

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    Davis, C. M.; Lim, J. M.; Larsen, K. R.


    The effect of ionic species on the binding of fullerenes (C-60 and C-70) by tetrathiafulvalene-calix[4]pyrrole (TTF-C4P) receptors and the nature of the resulting supramolecular complexes (TTF-C4P + fullerene + halide anion + tetraalkylammonium cation) was studied in the solid state through single...

  9. Electrochemical control of the single molecule conductance of a conjugated bis(pyrrolo)tetrathiafulvalene based molecular switch

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    O'Driscoll, Luke J.; Hamill, Joseph M.; Grace, Iain


    (pyrrolo)tetrathiafulvalene (BPTTF) has been designed, synthesised and investigated using scanning tunnelling microscopy break junction (STM-BJ) studies and quantum transport calculations. Oxidising the BPTTF unit increases its conjugation, which was anticipated to increase the molecular conductance of 1. By changing the redox...

  10. Evaporation temperature-tuned physical vapor deposition growth engineering of one-dimensional non-Fermi liquid tetrathiofulvalene tetracyanoquinodimethane thin films

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    Sarkar, I.; Laux, M.; Demokritova, J.


    We describe the growth of high quality tetrathiofulvalene tetracyanoquinodimethane (TTF-TCNQ) organic charge-transfer thin films which show a clear non-Fermi liquid behavior. Temperature dependent angle resolved photoemission spectroscopy and electronic structure calculations show that the growth...... of TTF-TCNQ films is accompanied by the unfavorable presence of neutral TTF and TCNQ molecules. The quality of the films can be controlled by tuning the evaporation temperature of the precursor in physical vapor deposition method....

  11. Interactions between tetrathiafulvalene units in dimeric structures – the influence of cyclic cores

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    Huixin Jiang


    Full Text Available A selection of cyclic and acyclic acetylenic scaffolds bearing two tetrathiafulvalene (TTF units was prepared by different metal-catalyzed coupling reactions. The bridge separating the two TTF units was systematically changed from linearly conjugated ethyne, butadiyne and tetraethynylethene (trans-substituted units to a cross-conjugated tetraethynylethene unit, placed in either acyclic or cyclic arrangements. The cyclic structures correspond to so-called radiaannulenes having both endo- and exocyclic double bonds. Interactions between two redox-active TTF units in these molecules were investigated by cyclic voltammetry, UV–vis–NIR and EPR absorption spectroscopical methods of the electrochemically generated oxidized species. The electron-accepting properties of the acetylenic cores were also investigated electrochemically.

  12. Molecular conductors from bis(ethylenedithio)tetrathiafulvalene with tris(oxalato)rhodate. (United States)

    Martin, Lee; Morritt, Alexander L; Lopez, Jordan R; Nakazawa, Yasuhiro; Akutsu, Hiroki; Imajo, Shusaku; Ihara, Yoshihiko; Zhang, Bin; Zhang, Yan; Guo, Yanjun


    This article reports a family of new radical-cation salts of bis(ethylenedithio)tetrathiafulvalene (BEDT-TTF) with tris(oxalato)rhodate: three salts with the formula β''-(BEDT-TTF)4[(cation)Rh(C2O4)3]·solvent (solvent = fluorobenzene, chlorobenzene, or bromobenzene) and one with the formula pseudo-κ-(BEDT-TTF)4[(NH4)Rh(C2O4)3]·benzonitrile. We report here the syntheses, crystal structures, electrical properties and Raman spectroscopy of these new molecular conductors. The bromobenzene salt shows a decrease in resistivity below 2.5 K indicative of a superconducting transition and a Shubnikov-de Haas oscillation with a frequency of 232 T and effective mass m* of 1.27me.

  13. Importance of Vibronic Effects in the UV-Vis Spectrum of the 7,7,8,8-Tetracyanoquinodimethane Anion. (United States)

    Tapavicza, Enrico; Furche, Filipp; Sundholm, Dage


    We present a computational method for simulating vibronic absorption spectra in the ultraviolet-visible (UV-vis) range and apply it to the 7,7,8,8-tetracyanoquinodimethane anion (TCNQ(-)), which has been used as a ligand in black absorbers. Gaussian broadening of vertical electronic excitation energies of TCNQ(-) from linear-response time-dependent density functional theory produces only one band, which is qualitatively incorrect. Thus, the harmonic vibrational modes of the two lowest doublet states were computed, and the vibronic UV-vis spectrum was simulated using the displaced harmonic oscillator approximation, the frequency-shifted harmonic oscillator approximation, and the full Duschinsky formalism. An efficient real-time generating function method was implemented to avoid the exponential complexity of conventional Franck-Condon approaches to vibronic spectra. The obtained UV-vis spectra for TCNQ(-) agree well with experiment; the Duschinsky rotation is found to have only a minor effect on the spectrum. Born-Oppenheimer molecular dynamics simulations combined with calculations of the electronic excitation energies for a large number of molecular structures were also used for simulating the UV-vis spectrum. The Born-Oppenheimer molecular dynamics simulations yield a broadening of the energetically lowest peak in the absorption spectrum, but additional vibrational bands present in the experimental and simulated quantum harmonic oscillator spectra are not observed in the molecular dynamics simulations. Our results underline the importance of vibronic effects for the UV-vis spectrum of TCNQ(-), and they establish an efficient method for obtaining vibronic spectra using a combination of linear-response time-dependent density functional theory and a real-time generating function approach.

  14. Tetrathiafulvalene-based azine ligands for anion and metal cation coordination

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    Awatef Ayadi


    Full Text Available The synthesis and full characterization of two tetrathiafulvalene-appended azine ligands, namely 2-([2,2’-bi(1,3-dithiolylidene]-4-yl-6-((2,4-dinitrophenylhydrazonomethylpyridine (L1 and 5-([2,2’-bi(1,3-dithiolylidene]-4-yl-2-((2,4-dinitrophenylhydrazonomethylpyridine (L2 are described. The crystal structure of ligand L1 indicates that the ligand is completely planar with the presence of a strong intramolecular N3–H3···O1 hydrogen bonding. Titration experiments with inorganic anions showed that both ligands are suitable candidates for the sensing of fluoride anions. Ligand L2 was reacted with a Re(I cation to yield the corresponding rhenium tricarbonyl complex 3. In the crystal structure of the newly prepared electroactive rhenium complex the TTF is neutral and the rhenium cation is hexacoordinated. The electrochemical behavior of the three compounds indicates that they are promising for the construction of crystalline radical cation salts.

  15. Donor–acceptor type co-crystals of arylthio-substituted tetrathiafulvalenes and fullerenes

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    Xiaofeng Lu


    Full Text Available A series of donor–acceptor type co-crystals of fullerene (as the acceptor and arylthio-substituted tetrathiafulvalene derivatives (Ar-S-TTF, as the donor were prepared and their structural features were thoroughly investigated. The formation of co-crystals relies on the flexibility of Ar-S-TTF and the size matches between Ar-S-TTF and fullerene. Regarding their compositions, the studied co-crystals can be divided into two types, where types I and II have donor:acceptor ratios of 1:1 and 1:2, respectively. Multiple intermolecular interactions are observed between the donor and acceptor, which act to stabilize the structures of the resulting co-crystals. In the type I co-crystals, the fullerene molecule is surrounded by four Ar-S-TTF molecules, that is, two Ar-S-TTF molecules form a sandwich structure with one fullerene molecule and the other two Ar-S-TTF molecules interact with the fullerene molecule along their lateral axes. In the type II co-crystals, one fullerene molecule has the donor–acceptor mode similar to that in type I, whereas the other fullerene molecule is substantially surrounded by the aryl groups on Ar-S-TTF molecules and the solvent molecules.

  16. Sparfloxacin charge transfer complexes with 2,3-dichloro-5,6-dicyano-1,4-benzoquinone and tetracyanoquinodimethane: Molecular structures, spectral, and DFT studies (United States)

    Shehab, Ola R.; Mansour, Ahmed M.


    A simple, sensitive and rapid method was developed for the quantitative analysis of sparfloxacin in its pharmaceutical formulations through the formation of charge transfer complexes with π-acceptor systems. The Lambert-Beer's law was obeyed in the concentration ranges of 7-70 and 10-50 μg/mL sparfloxacin for 2,3-dichloro-5,6-dicyano-1,4-benzoquinone and tetracyanoquinodimethane. Structural characterization of the isolated solid CT complexes was carried out by IR, 1H NMR, UV-Vis. and MS. The experimental studies were complemented by quantum chemical calculations at DFT level of theory. The electronic structures were investigated by TD-DFT calculations. Natural bond orbital analysis and molecular electrostatic potential maps were helpful in assigning the CT route. The formation constant, molar extinction coefficient, oscillator strength, dipole moment, standard free energy and ionization potential were calculated.

  17. Axially assembled photosynthetic reaction center mimics composed of tetrathiafulvalene, aluminum(iii) porphyrin and fullerene entities (United States)

    Poddutoori, Prashanth K.; Lim, Gary N.; Sandanayaka, Atula S. D.; Karr, Paul A.; Ito, Osamu; D'Souza, Francis; Pilkington, Melanie; van der Est, Art


    The distance dependence of sequential electron transfer has been studied in six, vertical, linear supramolecular triads, (TTF-Phn-py --> AlPor-Phm-C60, n = 0, 1 and m = 1, 2, 3), constructed using tetrathiafulvalene (TTF), aluminum(iii) porphyrin (AlPor) and fullerene (C60) entities. The C60 and TTF units are bound to the Al center on opposite faces of the porphyrin; the C60 through a covalent axial bond using a benzoate spacer, and the TTF through a coordination bond via an appended pyridine. Time-resolved optical and EPR spectroscopic methods and computational studies are used to demonstrate that excitation of the porphyrin leads to step-wise, sequential electron transfer (ET) between TTF and C60, and to study the electron transfer rates and exchange coupling between the components of the triads as a function of the bridge lengths. Femtosecond transient absorption studies show that the rates of charge separation, kCS are in the range of 109-1011 s-1, depending on the length of the bridges. The lifetimes of the charge-separated state TTF&z.rad;+-C&z.rad;-60 obtained from transient absorbance experiments and the singlet lifetimes of the radical pairs obtained by time-resolved EPR are in good agreement with each other and range from 60-130 ns in the triads. The time-resolved EPR data also show that population of the triplet sublevels of the charge-separated state in the presence of a magnetic field leads to much longer lifetimes of >1 μs. The data show that a modest stabilization of the charge separation lifetime occurs in the triads. The attenuation factor β = 0.36 Å-1 obtained from the exchange coupling values between TTF&z.rad;+ and C&z.rad;-60 is consistent with values reported in the literature for oligophenylene bridged TTF-C60 conjugates. The singlet charge recombination lifetime shows a much weaker dependence on the distance between the donor and acceptor, suggesting that a simple superexchange model is not sufficient to describe the back reaction

  18. Selective landing of semiconducting single-wall carbon nanotubes onto tetrathiafulvalene moiety self-assembled on ITO substrate

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    Jin-Sun Kim


    Full Text Available Semiconducting single-wall carbon nanotubes (SWCNTs were selecively interacted with tetrathiafulvalene (TTF moiety self-assembled on indium tin oxide (ITO substrate by charge-transfer interaction. The charge-transfer phenomena between two molecules were elucidated by cyclic voltammetry (CV and Raman spectroscopy. CV measurement of TTF-modified ITO substrate as a working electrode presented the difference between heat-treated system and untreated one. The two redox potentials, which are typically related to redox behavior of TTF, were shown in the unheated system during both oxidation and reduction cycles, while the two oxidation peaks were disappeared in the heated system. Raman spectra indicated that the intensities of RBM originated from metallic SWCNTs were much reduced in the heat-treated system, while there were little change in the unheated one. These results revealed that only semiconducting SWNTs were selectively adsorbed on the TTF moiety self-assembled on ITO when the system with heat treatment.

  19. A flow cell for transient voltammetry and in situ grazing incidence X-ray diffraction characterization of electrocrystallized cadmium(II) tetracyanoquinodimethane

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    Veder, Jean-Pierre [Nanochemistry Research Institute, Department of Chemistry, Curtin University, GPO Box U1987, Perth, Western Australia 6845 (Australia); Nafady, Ayman [School of Chemistry, Monash University, Clayton, Victoria 3800 (Australia); Clarke, Graeme [Nanochemistry Research Institute, Department of Chemistry, Curtin University, GPO Box U1987, Perth, Western Australia 6845 (Australia); Williams, Ross P. [Centre for Materials Research, Department of Imaging and Applied Physics, Curtin University, GPO Box U1987, Perth, Western Australia 6845 (Australia); De Marco, Roland, E-mail: [Nanochemistry Research Institute, Department of Chemistry, Curtin University, GPO Box U1987, Perth, Western Australia 6845 (Australia); Bond, Alan M. [School of Chemistry, Monash University, Clayton, Victoria 3800 (Australia)


    An easy to fabricate and versatile cell that can be used with a variety of electrochemical techniques, also meeting the stringent requirement for undertaking cyclic voltammetry under transient conditions in in situ electrocrystallization studies and total external reflection X-ray analysis, has been developed. Application is demonstrated through an in situ synchrotron radiation-grazing incidence X-ray diffraction (SR-GIXRD) characterization of electrocrystallized cadmium (II)-tetracyanoquinodimethane material, Cd(TCNQ){sub 2}, from acetonitrile (0.1 mol dm{sup -3} [NBu{sub 4}][PF{sub 6}]). Importantly, this versatile cell design makes SR-GIXRD suitable for almost any combination of total external reflection X-ray analysis (e.g., GIXRF and GIXRD) and electrochemical perturbation, also allowing its application in acidic, basic, aqueous, non-aqueous, low and high flow pressure conditions. Nevertheless, the cell design separates the functions of transient voltammetry and SR-GIXRD measurements, viz., voltammetry is performed at high flow rates with a substantially distended window to minimize the IR (Ohmic) drop of the electrolyte, while SR-GIXRD is undertaken using stop-flow conditions with a very thin layer of electrolyte to minimize X-ray absorption and scattering by the solution.

  20. Spectrophotometric study of the charge transfer complexation of some amino acid derivative drugs as electron donors with 7,7,8,8-tetracyanoquinodimethane

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    Sheng Yun Li


    Full Text Available Charge transfer (CT complexes of some drugs of amino acid derivatives, such as carbocysteine, aminobutyric acid, and levodopa, as electron donors with 7,7,8,8-tetracyanoquinodimethane (TCNQ as electron acceptor have been studied. The spectra obtained for carbocysteine/TCNQ, aminobutyric acid/TCNQ, and levodopa/TCNQ systems show the maximum absorption bands at wavelengths of 422, 415, and 417 nm, respectively. The formation of such complexes was also confirmed by infrared measurements. The stoichiometry of the complexes was found to be 1:1 between the donor and the acceptor. The possible reaction mechanisms were explored. The thermodynamic standard reaction quantities of the complexes between donors and acceptor were estimated. Different variables affecting the reaction were carefully studied and optimized. At the optimum reaction conditions, Beer’s law was obeyed in a concentration limit of 1–30, 1–10, and 2–50 μg mL−1 for carbocysteine, aminobutyric acid, and levodopa, respectively. The limits of detection ranged from 0.3 to 0.8 μg mL−1. The developed methods could be applied successfully for the determination of the studied compounds in their pharmaceutical dosage forms with a good precision and accuracy compared to official and reported methods as revealed by t- and F-tests.

  1. The Use of 7,7′,8,8′-Tetracyanoquinodimethane for the Spectrophotometric Determination of Some Primary Amines Application to Real Water Samples

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    Theia'a N. Al-Sabha


    Full Text Available A sensitive, simple, and accurate spectrophotometric method was developed for the quantitative determination of some primary aliphatic and aromatic amines, that is, ethylamine, 1,2-diaminopropane, aniline, p-aminophenol, and benzidine. The method is based on the interaction of these amines in aqueous medium with 7,7′,8,8′-tetracyanoquinodimethane (TCNQ reagent in the presence of a buffer solution and surfactant (in the case of aromatic amines to form charge-transfer complexes measurable at maximum wavelengths ranging between 323 and 511 nm. Beer’s law is obeyed over the concentration ranges of 0.025 and 3.0 μg/mL and the molar absorptivity is ranged between 8.977 × 103 and 5.8034 × 104  L·mol−1·cm−1 for these amines. The method was applied for the determination of benzidine in the river, sea, and tap waters. The TCNQ complexes with the previously mentioned amines were formed in the ratio of 1 : 1 amine : TCNQ, and their stability constants ranged between 8.78 × 104 and 1.844 × 105 L·mol−1.

  2. Spectrophotometric method for the determination of amlodipine besylate in pure and dosage forms using 7,7,8,8-tetracyanoquinodimethane and tetracyanoethylene

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    Nina Alizadeh


    Full Text Available Two simple, rapid and sensitive spectrophotometric methods for the determination of amlodipine besylate (ADB in pure form and in pharmaceutical preparations have been developed. The methods are based on the charge transfer reactions between the drug as electron donor with 7,7,8,8-tetracyanoquinodimethane (TCNQ and tetracyanoethylene (TCNE as π-acceptors in order to the formation of charge transfer (CT complexes. These reactions give colored products which have maximum absorption bands at 745 and 396 nm for TCNQ and TCNE, respectively. Beer’s law is obeyed in the concentration ranges 20–110 μg mL−1 and 5–35 μg mL−1 for ADB using TCNQ and TCNE reagents. The molar absorptivities are 2.73 × 103 and 6.43 × 103 L mol−1 cm and the Sandell (S sensitivities are 0.14 μg cm−2 and 0.063 μg cm−2 using TCNQ and TCNE reagents, respectively, which indicate the high sensitivity of the proposed methods. The relative standard deviations (R.S.D.: 0.94 and 0.73 obtained using TCNQ and TCNE reagents, respectively, refer to the high accuracy and precision of the proposed method.

  3. Modified Laccase-Gold Nanoparticles-Tetrathiafulvalene-SPCEs Based Biosensor to Determine W(VI in Water

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    Ana Lorena Alvarado-Gámez


    Full Text Available It was developed an amperometric biosensor to determine tungsten in water, based on the inhibition of laccase enzyme, by tungsten ions using pyrocathecol as a substrate. The enzyme was immobilized with a proper mixture containing, bovine serum albumin, and glutaraldehyde, for a cross-linking process over screen-printed carbon electrodes, previously modified with tetrathiafulvalen and gold nanoparticles. Optimized experimental conditions are: pyrocatechol in cell 0.040 mM in a phosphate buffer pH 6.5 and applied potential +350 mV. The repeatability and reproducibility, in terms of relative standard deviation values, of de developed biosensor were 3.3 % (n=3, and 2.2 % (n = 5 respectively, and detection limit was 1.8 × 10-7 mol L-1. Additionally it was determined the kinetics of the systems by means of Michaelis-Menten Km apparent constants, calculated using Lineweaver-Burk plots, with and without tungsten. Kinetic study resembles to be competitive inhibition. A recovery study was performed with spiked blanks with a tungsten certified reference standard, traceable to NIST, giving as a result 102.3 ± 6.7 %; tap water samples analyzed presented a mean concentration of 1.75 µM, and recovery of the tungsten certified reference standard on the tap water samples gave 98.8 ± 3.1 %.

  4. Mono- and bis(pyrrolo)tetrathiafulvalene derivatives tethered to C60: synthesis, photophysical studies, and self-assembled monolayers. (United States)

    Solano, Marta Vico; Della Pia, Eduardo Antonio; Jevric, Martyn; Schubert, Christina; Wang, Xintai; van der Pol, Cornelia; Kadziola, Anders; Nørgaard, Kasper; Guldi, Dirk M; Nielsen, Mogens Brøndsted; Jeppesen, Jan O


    A series of mono- (MPTTF) and bis(pyrrolo)tetrathiafulvalene (BPTTF) derivatives tethered to one or two C60 moieties was synthesized and characterized. The synthetic strategy for these dumbbell-shaped compounds was based on a 1,3-dipolar cycloaddition reaction between aldehyde-functionalized MPTTF/BPTTF derivatives, two different tailor-made amino acids, and C60. Electronic communication between the MPTTF/BPTTF units and the C60 moieties was studied by a variety of techniques including cyclic voltammetry and absorption spectroscopy. These solution-based studies indicated no observable electronic communication between the MPTTF/BPTTF units and the C60 moieties. In addition, femtosecond and nanosecond transient absorption spectroscopy revealed, rather surprisingly, that no charge transfer from the MPTTF/BPTTF units to the C60 moieties takes place on excitation of the fullerene moiety. Finally, it was shown that the MPTTF-C60 and C60-BPTTF-C60 dyad and triad molecules formed self-assembled monolayers on a Au(111) surface by anchoring to C60. © 2014 WILEY-VCH Verlag GmbH & Co. KGaA, Weinheim.

  5. Tetrathiafulvalene-Polychlorotriphenylmethyl Dyads: Influence of Bridge and Open-Shell Characteristics on Linear and Nonlinear Optical Properties. (United States)

    Souto, Manuel; Calbo, Joaquín; Ratera, Imma; Ortí, Enrique; Veciana, Jaume


    Three conjugated donor-π-acceptor radical systems (1 a-1 c) were prepared by bridging a tetrathiafulvalene (TTF) electron-donor unit to a polychlorotriphenylmethyl (PTM) electron-acceptor radical through vinylene units of different lengths. The dependence of the intramolecular charge transfer on the length of the conjugated bridge has been analyzed by different electrochemical and spectroscopic techniques. Linear optical properties and the second-order nonlinear optical (NLO) response of these derivatives have been computed by comparing systems 1 a-1 c with the non-radical analogues (2 a-2 c). Interestingly, an enhanced NLO response is predicted for dyads 1 a-1 c with PTM in the radical form and for compounds with longer vinylene bridges. Calculations confirm the active role the bridge plays for electronic communication between the donor TTF and the acceptor PTM units. © 2017 Wiley-VCH Verlag GmbH & Co. KGaA, Weinheim.

  6. Bipyridinium Polymers That Dock Tetrathiafulvalene Guests in Water Driven by Donor-Acceptor and Ion Pair Interactions. (United States)

    Zhang, Yun-Chang; Qin, Ying; Wang, Hui; Zhang, Dan-Wei; Yang, Guanyu; Li, Zhan-Ting


    Two water-soluble para-xylylene-connected 4,4'-bipyridinium (BIPY(2+) ) polymers have been prepared. UV-Vis absorption, (1) H NMR spectroscopy, and cyclic voltammetry experiments support that in water the BIPY(2+) units in the polymers form stable 1:1 charge-transfer complexes with tetrathiafulvalene (TTF) guests that bear two or four carboxylate groups. These charge-transfer complexes are stabilized by the donor-acceptor interaction between electron-rich TTF and electron-deficient BIPY(2+) units and electrostatic attraction between the dicationic BIPY(2+) units and the anionic carboxylate groups attached to the TTF core. On the basis of UV-Vis experiments, a lower limit to the apparent association constant of the TTF⋅BIPY(2+) complexes of the mixtures, 1.8×10(6)  m(-1) , has been estimated in water. Control experiments reveal substantially reduced binding ability of the neutral TTF di- and tetracarboxylic acids to the BIPY(2+) molecules and polymers. Moreover, the stability of the charge-transfer complexes formed by the BIPY(2+) units of the polymers are considerably higher than that of the complexes formed between two monomeric BIPY(2+) controls and the dicarboxylate-TTF donor; this has been attributed to the mutually strengthened electron-deficient nature of the BIPY(2+) units of the polymers due to the electron-withdrawing effect of the BIPY(2+) units. © 2016 WILEY-VCH Verlag GmbH & Co. KGaA, Weinheim.

  7. Ion-regulated allosteric binding of fullerenes (C60 and C70) by tetrathiafulvalene-calix[4]pyrroles. (United States)

    Davis, Christina M; Lim, Jong Min; Larsen, Karina R; Kim, Dong Sub; Sung, Young Mo; Lyons, Dani M; Lynch, Vincent M; Nielsen, Kent A; Jeppesen, Jan O; Kim, Dongho; Park, Jung Su; Sessler, Jonathan L


    The effect of ionic species on the binding of fullerenes (C60 and C70) by tetrathiafulvalene-calix[4]pyrrole (TTF-C4P) receptors and the nature of the resulting supramolecular complexes (TTF-C4P + fullerene + halide anion + tetraalkylammonium cation) was studied in the solid state through single crystal X-ray diffraction methods and in dichloromethane solution by means of continuous variation plots and UV-vis spectroscopic titrations. These analyses revealed a 1:1 stoichiometry between the anion-bound TTF-C4Ps and the complexed fullerenes. The latter guests are bound within the bowl-like cup of the C4P in a ball-and-socket binding mode. The interactions between the TTF-C4P receptors and the fullerene guests are highly influenced by both the nature of halide anions and their counter tetraalkylammonium cations. Three halides (F(-), Cl(-), and Br(-)) were studied. All three potentiate the binding of the two test fullerenes by inducing a conformational change from the 1,3-alternate to the cone conformer of the TTF-C4Ps, thus acting as positive heterotropic allosteric effectors. For a particular halide anion, the choice of tetraalkylammonium salts serves to modulate the strength of the TTF-C4P-fullerene host-guest binding interactions and, in conjunction with variations in the halide anion, can be exploited to alter the inherent selectivity of the host for a given fullerene. Differences in binding are reflected in the excited state optical properties. Overall, the present four-component system provides an illustration of how host-guest binding events involving appropriately designed artificial receptors can be fine-tuned via the addition of simple ionic species as allosteric modulators.

  8. A new type of charge-transfer salts based on tetrathiafulvalene-tetracarboxylate coordination polymers and methyl viologen. (United States)

    Huang, Yu-De; Huo, Peng; Shao, Ming-Yan; Yin, Jing-Xue; Shen, Wei-Chun; Zhu, Qin-Yu; Dai, Jie


    Although charge-transfer compounds based on tetrathiafulvalene (TTF) derivatives have been intensively studied, {[cation](n+)·[TTFs](n-)} ion pair charge-transfer (IPCT) salts have not been reported. The aim of this research is to introduce functional organic cations, such as photoactive methyl viologen (MV(2+)), into the negatively charged TTF-metal coordination framework to obtain this new type of IPCT complex. X-ray structural analysis of the four compounds (MV)2[Li4(L)2(H2O)6] (1), {(MV)(L)[Na2(H2O)8]·4H2O}n (2), {(MV)[Mn(L)(H2O)2]·2H2O}n (3), and {(MV)[Mn(L)(H2O)2]}n (4), reveals that the electron donor (D) TTF moiety and the electron acceptor (A) MV(2+) form a regular mixed-stack arrangement in alternating DADA fashion. The TTF moiety and the MV(2+) cation are essentially parallel stacked to form the column structures. The strong electrostatic interaction is a main force to shorten the distance between the cation and anion planes. Optical diffuse-reflection spectra indicate that charge transfer occurs in these complexes. The ESR and magnetic measurements confirm that there is strong charge-transfer-induced partial electron transfer. Compounds 2, 3, and 4 show an effective and repeatable photocurrent response. The current intensities of 3 and 4 are higher than that of 2, which reflects that the coordination center of the Mn(II) ion has a great effect on the increasing photocurrent response.

  9. Tuning crystal polymorphs of a Π-extended tetrathiafulvalene-based cruciform molecule towards high-performance organic field-effect transistors

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    Feng, Linlin; Dong, Huanli; Li, Qingyuan


    packing arrangements in solid state) towards efficient charge transport and high performance devices. Here, the choice of solvent had a marked effect on controlling the growth of α-phase ribbon and β-phase platelet during crystallization for an indenofluorene (IF) π-extended tetrathiafulvalene (TTF......It is a common phenomenon for organic semiconductors to crystallize in two or more polymorphs, leading to various molecular packings and different charge transport properties. Therefore, it is a crucial issue of tuning molecular crystal polymorphs (i.e., adjusting the same molecule with different......)-based cruciform molecule, named as IF-TTF. The charge carrier mobility of the α-phase IF-TTF crystals was more than one order of magnitude higher than that of β-phase crystals, suggesting the importance of reasonably tuning molecular packing in solid state for the improvement of charge transport in organic...

  10. Vesicle self-assembly by tetrathiafulvalene derivatives in both polar and nonpolar solvents and pseudo-rotaxane mediated vesicle-to-microtube transformation. (United States)

    Zhang, Kang-Da; Wang, Gui-Tao; Zhao, Xin; Jiang, Xi-Kui; Li, Zhan-Ting


    This paper reports the self-assemblies of vesicles from two tetrathiafulvalene (TTF) derivatives (T1 and T2), that bear four or two amphiphilic side chains, in both polar and nonpolar solvents. The formation of vesicles is evidenced by scanning electron microscopy (SEM), atomic force microscopy (AFM), transmission electron microscopy (TEM), and dynamic light scattering (DLS) experiments, while the microstructural aspects of the vesicles are investigated by UV-vis, (1)H NMR, and high resolution TEM, which support a monolayer model for the vesicles. It is revealed that the formation of vesicles is driven by the combination of multiple noncovalent interactions, including pi-pi stacking, hydrogen-bonding, van der Waals force, and S...S interactions. It is also found that, in the presence of electron-deficient cyclobis(paraquat-p-phenylene) tetracation cyclophane, vesicles of T2 can transform into microtubes as a result of the formation of the pseudo[2]rotaxane between the TTF unit of T2 and the cyclophane. This process can be reversed by introducing pristine TTF into the solution of microtubes, due to release of T2 from the pseudo[2]rotaxane through the formation of a more stable complex between pristine TTF and tetracation cyclophane.

  11. Two Closely Related Organic Charge-Transfer Complexes Based on Tetrathiafulvalene and 9H-fluorenone Derivatives. Competition between Hydrogen Bonding and Stacking Interactions

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    Amparo Salmerón-Valverde


    Full Text Available Two 1:1 charge-transfer organic complexes were formed using tetrathiafulvalene as a donor and a 9H-fluorenone derivative as acceptor: 4,5,7-trinitro-9H-fluoren-9-one-2-carboxylic acid (complex 1 or 4,5,7-trinitro-9H-fluoren-9-one-2-carboxylic acid methyl ester (complex 2. Both systems crystallize with alternated donor and acceptor stacks. However, the crystal structure of 1 is influenced by classical hydrogen bonds involving carboxylic acid groups, which force to arrange acceptors as centrosymmetric dimers in the crystal, via R2 2(8 ring motifs, while such a restriction is no longer present in the case of 2, affording thus a different crystal structure. This main difference is reflected in stacking interactions, and, in turn, in the degree of charge transfer observed in the complexes. The degree of charge transfer, estimated using Raman spectroscopy, is δ1 = 0.07 for 1 and δ2 = 0.14 for 2. It thus seems that, at least for the studied complexes, hydrogen bonding is an unfavorable factor for charge transfer.

  12. Single-molecule conductance of a chemically modified, π-extended tetrathiafulvalene and its charge-transfer complex with F4TCNQ

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    Raúl García


    Full Text Available We describe the synthesis and single-molecule electrical transport properties of a molecular wire containing a π-extended tetrathiafulvalene (exTTF group and its charge-transfer complex with F4TCNQ. We form single-molecule junctions using the in situ break junction technique using a homebuilt scanning tunneling microscope with a range of conductance between 10 G0 down to 10−7 G0. Within this range we do not observe a clear conductance signature of the neutral parent molecule, suggesting either that its conductance is too low or that it does not form a stable junction. Conversely, we do find a clear conductance signature in the experiments carried out on the charge-transfer complex. Due to the fact we expected this species to have a higher conductance than the neutral molecule, we believe this supports the idea that the conductance of the neutral molecule is very low, below our measurement sensitivity. This idea is further supported by theoretical calculations. To the best of our knowledge, these are the first reported single-molecule conductance measurements on a molecular charge-transfer species.

  13. Coupling of metal-based light-harvesting antennas and electron-donor subunits: Trinuclear Ruthenium(II) complexes containing tetrathiafulvalene-substituted polypyridine ligands

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    Campagna, Sebastiano; Serroni, Scolastica; Puntoriero, Fausto


    as light-harvesting antennas and the tetrathiafulvalene electron donors can induce charge separation. The absorption spectra, redox behavior, and luminescence properties (both at room temperature in acetonitrile and at 77 K in a rigid matrix of butyronitrile) of the trinuclear metal complexes have been......(mu-2,3-dpp)}(2)Ru(bpy-TTF1)](PF6)(6) (9; bpy=2,2'-bipyridine; 2,3-dpp = 2,3-bis(2'-pyridyl)pyrazine) and [{(bpy)(2)Ru(mu-2,3-dpp)}(2)Ru(bpy-TTF2)](PF6)(6) (10). These compounds can be viewed as coupled antennas and charge-separation systems, in which the multichromophoric trinuclear metal subunits act......+) (4,4'-Mebpy = 4,4'-dimethyl-2,2'-bipyridine) and [{(bpy)(2)Ru(mu-2,3-dpp)}(2)Ru(bpy)](6+). The absorption spectra and redox behavior of all the new metal compounds can be interpreted by a multicomponent approach, in which specific absorption features and redox processes can be assigned to specific...

  14. Influence of irradiation-induced disorder on the Peierls transition in TTF-TCNQ microdomains

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    Solovyeva, Vita; Cmyrev, A.; Sachser, R.


    The combined influence of electron irradiation-induced defects, substrate-induced strain and finite size effects on the electronic transport properties of individual micron-sized thin film growth domains of the organic charge transfer compound tetrathiafulvalene- tetracyanoquinodimethane (TTF-TCN...

  15. Scanning tunneling microscopy in TTF-TCNQ: Phase and amplitude modulated charge density waves

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    Wang, Z.Z.; Gorard, J.C.; Pasquier, C.


    Charge density waves (CDWs) have been studied at the surface of a cleaved tetrathiafulvalene-tetracyanoquinodimethane (TTF-TCNQ) single crystal using a low temperature scanning tunneling microscope (STM) under ultrahigh-vacuum conditions, between 300 and 33 K with molecular resolution. All CDW...

  16. Defect-induced shift of the Peierls transition in TTF-TCNQ thin films

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    Solovyeva, Vita; Huth, M.


    In this paper we investigate the influence of the substrate material and film thickness on the Peierls transition temperature in tetrathiafulvalene- tetracyanoquinodimethane (TTF-TCNQ) thin films, grown by physical vapor deposition. Our analysis shows that the substrate material and the growth...

  17. Crystal structure and electrical conductivity of {alpha}'''-[BEDT-TTF]{sub 12}[Cu{sub 2}Br{sub 4}]{sub 3} (BEDT-TTF=bis(ethylenedithio)tetrathiafulvalene)

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    Kubo, Kazuya, E-mail: [Department of Chemistry, Graduate School of Science, Tohoku University, 6-3 Aramaki-Aza-Aoba, Aoba-Ku, Sendai, Miyagi 980-8578 (Japan); Miyasaka, Hitoshi; Yamashita, Masahiro [Department of Chemistry, Graduate School of Science, Tohoku University, 6-3 Aramaki-Aza-Aoba, Aoba-Ku, Sendai, Miyagi 980-8578 (Japan)


    A new non-integer valence salt based on bis(ethylenedithio)tetrathiafulvalene (BEDT-TTF) with a dianionic dinuclear cupper(I) complex, {alpha}'''-[BEDT-TTF]{sub 12}(Cu{sup I}{sub 2}Br{sub 4}){sub 3}, was selectively synthesized by a diffusion of BEDT-TTF in tetrahydrofurane (THF) and a mixture of Cu{sup II}X{sub 2} (X=Br or Cl) in methanol. An alternating stacking arrangement of the BEDT-TTF layers and inorganic layers of the Cu{sup I}{sub 2}Br{sub 4}{sup 2-} anions is formed, where the BEDT-TTF layer involves six crystallographically independent molecules. Overlap integral calculation among BEDT-TTF donors in the salt suggests the existence of two-dimensional interactions among the donors. The compound exhibits semiconducting behavior in the wide range of temperature of room temperature to 2 K ({rho}{sub r.t.}=0.3 {Omega} cm, E{sub a}=0.08 eV in a crystal) without structural phase transition at ambient pressure.

  18. Mass Spectra of Tetraselenafulvalenes, Diselenadithiafulvalenes and Tetrathiafulvalenes

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    Andersen, Jan Rud; Egsgaard, Helge; Larsen, Elfinn


    The mass spectra of 13 heterofulvalenes are reported. The spectra show great similarities within the selenium and within the sulphur series. The main difference between the selenium and the sulphur compounds results from the more facile loss of selenium compared with sulphur, and from the first...

  19. Four-electron transfer tandem tetracyanoquinodimethane for cathode-active material in lithium secondary battery (United States)

    Kurimoto, Naoya; Omoda, Ryo; Mizumo, Tomonobu; Ito, Seitaro; Aihara, Yuichi; Itoh, Takahito


    Quinoid compounds are important candidates of organic active materials for lithium-ion batteries. However, its high solubility to organic electrolyte solutions and low redox potential are known as their major drawbacks. To circumvent these issues, we have designed and synthesized a tandem-tetracyanoquinonedimethane type cathode-active material, 11,11,12,12,13,13,14,14-octacyano-1,4,5,8-anthradiquinotetramethane (OCNAQ), that has four redox sites per molecule, high redox potential and suppressed solubility to electrolyte solution. Synthesized OCNAQ has been found to have two-step redox reactions by cyclic voltammetry, and each step consists of two-electron reactions. During charge-discharge tests using selected organic cathode-active materials with a lithium metal anode, the cell voltages obtained from OCNAQ are higher than those for 11,11-dicyanoanthraquinone methide (AQM) as expected, due to the strong electron-withdrawing effect of the cyano groups. Unfortunately, even with the use of the organic active material, the issue of dissolution to the electrolyte solution cannot be suppressed completely; however, appropriate choice of the electrolyte solutions, glyme-based electrolyte solutions in this study, give considerable improvement of the cycle retention (98% and 56% at 10 and 100 cycles at 0.5C, respectively). The specific capacity and energy density obtained in this study are 206 mAh g-1 and 554 mWh g-1 with respect to the cathode active material.

  20. Formation of an intermolecular charge-transfer compound in UHV codeposited tetramethoxypyrene and tetracyanoquinodimethane

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    Medjanik, K.; Perkert, S.; Naghavi, S.


    ). The formation of an intermolecular charge-transfer (CT) compound is evident from the appearance of new reflexes in XRD (d =0.894nm and d =0.677nm). A softening of the CN stretching vibration (redshift by 7 cm⊃-1) of TCNQ is visible in the IR spectra, being indicative of a CT on the order of 0.3e from TMP...... to TCNQ in the complex. Characteristic shifts in the electronic level positions occur in UPS and STS that are in reasonable agreement with the prediction of density-functional theory (DFT) calculations (GAUSSIAN03 with hybrid functional B3LYP). STS reveals a highest occupied molecular orbital (HOMO......)-lowest unoccupied molecular orbital (LUMO) gap of the CT complex of about 1.25 eV being much smaller than the gaps (>3.0eV) of the pure moieties. The electron-injection and hole-injection barriers are 0.3 eV and 0.5 eV, respectively. Systematic differences in the positions of the HOMOs determined by UPS and STS...

  1. Modulating the electronic and optical properties of monolayer arsenene phases by organic molecular doping (United States)

    Singh, Deobrat; Gupta, Sanjeev K.; Sonvane, Yogesh; Sahoo, Satyaprakash


    Recently, arsenene monolayer structure of the arsenic with two phases has displayed semiconducting behavior. We have systematically investigated the electronic and optical properties of single-layer arsenene with two types of functionalized organic molecules; an electrophilic molecule [tetracyanoquinodimethane (TCNQ)] and a nucleophilic molecule [tetrathiafulvalene (TTF)], as an electron acceptor and electron donor, respectively. The interfacial charge transfer between the arsenene monolayer and TCNQ/TTF molecules extensively reduces the band gap of arsenene and accordingly resulted in a p- or n-type semiconducting behavior, respectively. We have also performed the interfacial charge transfer from organic molecules to monolayer arsenene and vice versa. The interfacial surface molecular modification has established an efficient way to develop the light harvesting of arsenene in different polarization directions. Our theoretical investigation suggests that such n- and p-type arsenene semiconductors would broaden the applications in the field of nanoelectronic and optoelectronic devices such as photodiodes and it is also useful for constructing functional electronic systems.

  2. Synthesis and recognition properties of higher order tetrathiafulvalene (TTF) calix n pyrroles (n=4-6)

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    Park, J. S.; Bejger, C.; Larsen, K. R.


    Two new benzoTTF-annulated calix[n]pyrroles (n = 5 and 6) were synthesized via a one-step acid catalyzed condensation reaction and fully characterized via single crystallographic analyses. As compared to the known tetra-TTF annulated calix[4]pyrrole, which is also produced under the conditions...... effective for the recognition of TNB and TNT. These findings are rationalized in terms of the number of electron rich TTF subunits and NH hydrogen bond donor groups within the series, as well as an ability to adopt conformations suitable for substrate recognition, and are supported by solid state structural...

  3. Ionic manipulation of charge-transfer and photodynamics of [60]fullerene confined in pyrrolo-tetrathiafulvalene cage

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    Bähring, Steffen; Larsen, Karina R; Supur, Mustafa


    A cage molecule incorporating three electron donating monopyrrolotetrathiafulvalene units was synthesised to host electron accepting [60]fullerenes. Formation of a strong 1 : 1 donor-acceptor (D-A) complex C60⊂1 was confirmed by solid state X-ray analysis as well as (1)H NMR and absorption...... spectroscopic analyses of the arising charge-transfer (CT) band (λ = 735 nm, ε ≈ 840 M(-1) cm(-1)). Inserting Li(+) inside the [60]fullerene increased the binding 28-fold (Ka = 3.7 × 10(6) M(-1)) and a large bathochromic shift of the CT band to the near infrared (NIR) region (λ = 1104 nm, ε ≈ 4800 M(-1) cm(-1...

  4. Mechanochemical Synthesis of Two Polymorphs of the Tetrathiafulvalene-Chloranil Charge Transfer Salt: An Experiment for Organic Chemistry (United States)

    Wixtrom, Alex; Buhler, Jessica; Abdel-Fattah, Tarek


    Mechanochemical syntheses avoid or considerably reduce the use of reaction solvents, thus providing green chemistry synthetic alternatives that are both environmentally friendly and economically advantageous. The increased solid-state reactivity generated by mechanical energy imparted to the reactants by grinding or milling can offer alternative…

  5. Robust Inclusion Complexes of Crown Ether Fused Tetrathiafulvalenes with Li+@C-60 to Afford Efficient Photodriven Charge Separation

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    Supur, M.; Kawashima, Y.; Larsen, K. R.


    Inclusion complexes of benzo-and dithiabenzocrown ether functionalized monopyrrolotetrathiafulvalene (MPTTF) molecules were formed with Li+@C-60 (1 center dot Li+@C-60 and 2 center dot Li+@C-60). The strong complexation has been quantified by high binding constants that exceed 10(6) (-1)(M) obtai...

  6. New tris- and pentakis-fused donors containing extended tetrathiafulvalenes: New positive electrode materials for rechargeable batteries

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    Shintaro Iwamoto


    Full Text Available Derivatives of tris-fused TTF extended with two ethanediylidenes (5, tris- and pentakis-fused TTFs extended with two thiophene-2,5-diylidenes (6–9 were successfully synthesized. Cyclic voltammograms of the tetrakis(n-hexylthio derivative of 5 and 7 (5d, 7d consisted of two pairs of two-electron redox waves and two pairs of one-electron redox waves. On the other hand, four pairs of two-electron redox waves and two pairs of one-electron redox waves were observed for the tetrakis(n-hexylthio derivative of 9 (9d. Coin-type cells using the bis(ethylenedithio derivatives of 5 (5b, 6 (6b and the tetrakis(methylthio derivatives of 5 (5c and 8 (8c as positive electrode materials showed initial discharge capacities of 157–190 mAh g−1 and initial energy densities of 535–680 mAh g−1. The discharge capacities after 40 cycles were 64–86% of the initial discharge capacities.

  7. Interface molecular dipoles on metal surfaces

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    Fernandez-Torrente, Isabel; Franke, Katharina Jennifer; Henningsen, Nils; Pascual, Jose [Institut fuer Experimentalphysik, Freie Universitaet Berlin (Germany); Monturet, Sergio; Lorente, Nicolas [Universite Paul Sabatier, Toulouse (France)


    Association of molecules with donor and acceptor character forms the so called molecular charge transfer complexes. Tetrathiafulvalene 7,7,8,8-tetracyanoquinodimethane (TTF-TCNQ) is a well-known example of a compound with a metal conducting behaviour governed by charge transfer interactions between the TTF (donor) and the TCNQ (acceptor). Here we report on the submonolayer growth of TTF on a Au(111) surface studied by Low Temperature Scanning Tunneling Microscopy. We find that TTF lies tilted on the surface and two S atoms dominate the adsorption. As a function of coverage we resolve several phases of the growth with different dimensionalities. In combination with DFT calculations we show that the growth is mediated by the balance between a repulsive and an attractive interaction. The repulsive force is associated to the creation of a dipole between TTF and the metallic surface while the attractive interaction is related to the formation of intermolecular H-bonds. At low coverage, molecules show primarily repulsion and they adsorb as monomers. As the coverage increases the attractive interaction gains importance and the molecules self-assemble in one and two dimensional structures.

  8. Interface characterization of TTF-TCNQ on metal surfaces

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    Fernandez-Torrente, Isabel; Franke, Katharina J.; Henningsen, Nils; Pascual, Jose [Institut fuer Experimentalphysik, Freie Universitaet Berlin (Germany); Monturet, Sergio; Lorente, Nicolas [Universite Paul Sabatier, Toulouse (France); Fraxedas, Jordi [ICMAB, Campus UAB, Bellatera (Spain)


    Molecular charge transfer (CT) complexes are defined as the association of donor and acceptor molecules. The self-assembling properties of molecules open the possibility of building different donor-acceptor stacking structures which rule the electronic functionality of the compound. Tetrathiafulvalene 7,7,8,8-tetracyanoquinodimethane (TTF-TCNQ) is an example of a CT complex which shows a metal conducting behaviour. The stacking of TTF and TCNQ forms in bulk one-dimensional partially occupied energy bands that gives rise to the metallicity. By means of Low Temperature Scanning Tunneling Microscopy/Spectroscopy we have characterised for the first time the mixed growth of TTF and TCNQ on a metallic surface in submonolayer and monolayer regimes. The self-assembled growth is governed by donor-acceptor recognition. In particular a one dimensional phase with alternating lines of TTF and TCNQ is formed and can be considered as the precursor stage for the bulk structure. By Scanning Tunneling Spectroscopy we associate electronic resonances with the Highest Occupied Molecular Orbital (HOMO) and the Lowest Unoccupied Molecular Orbital (LUMO) of TTF and TCNQ and the self-assembled TTF-TCNQ.

  9. Validation of intermolecular transfer integral and bandwidth calculations for organic molecular materials. (United States)

    Huang, Jingsong; Kertesz, Miklos


    We present an interpretation of the intermolecular transfer integral that is independent from the origin of the energy scale allowing convergence studies of this important parameter of organic molecular materials. We present extensive numerical studies by using an ethylene pi dimer to investigate the dependence of transfer integrals on the level of theory and intermolecular packing. Transfer integrals obtained from semiempirical calculations differ substantially from one another and from ab initio results. The ab initio results are consistent across all the levels used including Hartree-Fock, outer valence Green's function, and various forms of density functional theory (DFT). Validation of transfer integrals and bandwidths is performed by comparing the calculated values with the experimental values of tetrathiafulvalene-tetracyanoquinodimethane (TTF-TCNQ), bis[1,2,5]thiadiazolo-p-quinobis(1,3-dithiole), (BTQBT) K-TCNQ, and hexagonal graphite. DFT in one of its presently popular forms, such as Perdew-Wang functionals (PW91), in combination with sufficient basis sets provides reliable transfer integrals, and therefore can serve as a basis for energy band calculations for soft organic materials with van der Waals gaps.

  10. Amperometric biosensors for glucose, lactate, and glycolate based on oxidases and redox-modified siloxane polymers

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    Hale, P.D.; Inagaki, Toru; Lee, Hung Sui; Skotheim, T.A.; Karan, Hiroko I.; Okamoto, Yoshi (Brookhaven National Lab., Upton, NY (USA); Medgar Evers Coll., Brooklyn, NY (USA). Div. of Natural Science and Mathematics; Polytechnic Univ., Brooklyn, NY (USA). Dept. of Chemistry)


    Amperometric biosensors based on flavin-containing oxidases undergo several steps which produce a measurable current that is related to the concentration of substrate. In the initial step, the substrate converts the oxidized flavin adenine dinucleotide (FAD) or flavin mononucleotide (FMN) into the reduced form (FADH{sub 2} or FMNH{sub 2}). Because these cofactors are located well within the enzyme molecule, direct electron transfer to the surface of a conventional electrode does not occur to a measurable degree. A common method of facilitating this electron transfer is to introduce oxygen into the system because it is the natural acceptor for the oxidases; the oxygen is reduced by the FADH{sub 2} or FMNH{sub 2} to hydrogen peroxide, which can then be detected electrochemically. The major drawback to this approach is the fact that oxidation of hydrogen peroxide requires a large overpotential, thus making these sensors susceptible to interference from electroactive species. To lower the necessary applied potential, several non-physiological redox couples have been employed to shuttle electrons between the flavin moieties and the electrode. For example, sensors based on the ferrocene/ferricinium redox couple and on electrodes consisting of conducting salts such as TTF-TCNQ (tetrathiafulvalene-tetracyanoquinodimethane) have previously been reported. Electron relays have also been attached directly to the enzyme molecule to facilitate electron transfer. More recently, these studies have been extended to include systems where the mediating redox species are covalently attached to polymers such as poly(pyrrole), poly(vinylpyridine), and poly(siloxane). The present paper describes the development of amperometric biosensors based on flavin-containing enzymes and this latter family of polymeric mediators. 9 refs., 5 figs.

  11. Structure-Packing-Property Correlation of Self-Sorted vs. Interdigitated Assembly in TTF.TCNQ Based Charge-Transport Materials. (United States)

    Niyas, M A; Ramakrishnan, Remya; Vijay, Vishnu; Hariharan, Mahesh


    Among the various donor-acceptor (D-A) charge transfer cocrystals investigated in the past few decades, tetrathiafulvalene-tetracyanoquinodimethane (F.Q, popularly known as TTF.TCNQ) based cocrystals have fascinated materials chemists owing to its packing and exceptional properties. Here, crystallographic information files of eighteen F.Q based cocrystals were extracted from Cambridge Structural Database and classified into Class 1 (D on D and A on A segregated stacks; F.Q, F1.Q - F6.Q and F.Q1), Class 2 (-A-D-A-D-A-D- mixed stacks; F6a.Q - F11.Q and F.Q2) and Class 3 (-A-D-A-A-D-A-; Class 3a (F12.Q and F13.Q) and -D-D-A-A-D-D-; Class 3b (F14.Q)) systems based on their packing modes. PIXEL calculations revealed that the Q on Q dimer is the energetically most favored dimer in F.Q, the substituents on F capable of forming hydrogen bonding, C...S and other weak intermolecular interactions resulted in the greater stability of F on F dimer for F1.Q - F6.Q (except F2.Q). Band structure of F.Q and F6.Q with high interaction of electronic orbitals between D on D and A on A in segregated stacks were found to be metal-like (band gap, Eg = 0.003 eV) and metallic (overlapping bands in the Fermi level) respectively while the polymorph of F6.Q belonging to Class 2 (F6a.Q) displayed a semiconductor-type band structure (Eg = 0.053 eV). F12.Q of Class 3a exhibited a metal-like band structure (Eg = 0.001 eV). © 2018 WILEY-VCH Verlag GmbH & Co. KGaA, Weinheim.

  12. Structure-property relationships in redox-gated single molecule junctions - A comparison of pyrrolo-tetrathiafulvalene and viologen redox groups

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    Leary, E.; Higgins, S.J.; van Zalinge, H.


    We demonstrate that the electrical 'switching" behavior of single molecules connected between two electrode contacts can be controlled by altering their structure and electrochemical characteristics. The electrical properties of gold vertical bar molecule vertical bar gold single molecule junctions...

  13. Multistimuli responsive organogels based on a new gelator featuring tetrathiafulvalene and azobenzene groups: reversible tuning of the gel-sol transition by redox reactions and light irradiation. (United States)

    Wang, Cheng; Chen, Qun; Sun, Fei; Zhang, Deqing; Zhang, Guanxin; Huang, Yanyan; Zhao, Rui; Zhu, Daoben


    For the development of multistimuli responsive organogels, the new organic gelator LMWG 1, featuring electroactive TTF and photoresponsive azobenzene groups, was designed and studied. By manipulating the redox state of the TTF group in LMWG 1, the gel-sol transition for organogels with the LMWG 1 can be reversibly tuned by either chemical or electrochemical oxidation/reduction reactions. Alternatively, the photoisomerization of the azobenzene group in LMWG 1 can also trigger the gel-sol transition. Therefore, organogels with LMWG 1 respond not only to thermal stimuli but also to redox reactions and light irradiation.

  14. 2,3-[(3,6-Dioxaoctane-1,8-diylbis(sulfanediylmethylene]-6,7-bis(methylsulfanyl-1,4,5,8-tetrathiafulvalene

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    Rui-Bin Hou


    Full Text Available In the title molecule, C16H22S8O2, two S atoms, two O atoms and ten C atoms form a 14-membered ring with a boat conformation. In the crystal, C—H...O hydrogen bonds link the molecules into dimers which are further connected into a chain along the a axis by C—H...S hydrogen bonds.

  15. Tuning Optoelectronic Properties of Organic Semiconductors Via Donor-Acceptor Cocrystals and Interfacial Composites (United States)

    Wang, Chen

    Organic donor-acceptor (D-A) interaction has attracted intensive research interest because of the promising applications in electronic devices and renewable energy. Depending on the interaction process, the optoelectronic properties of organic semiconductors may change dramatically. To improve their performance and expand the applications, we have investigated the structure-property relationship in D-A cocrystals and nanofibril composites. These materials provide unique D-A interface structures, thus allowing tunable charge transfer across the interface, which can be modified and controlled by exquisite molecule design and supramolecular assembly. In Chapter 2, we studied the fabrication, conductivity, and chemiresistive sensor performance of tetrathiafulvalene (TTF) - 7,7,8,8-tetracyanoquinodimethane (TCNQ) charge transfer cocrystal microfibers. Compared to TCNQ and TTF, TTF-TCNQ cocrystal has much higher conductivity under ambient conditions, due to the high yield of charge separation, which also induces high polarization at the interface, resulting in different binding intensity towards alkyl and aromatic amines. Based on this investment, we developed a TTF-TCNQ chemiresistive sensor to efficiently discriminate alkyl and aromatic amine vapors. In Chapter 3, we further designed a new series of D-A cocrystals, and studied the coassembly and optical properties. The cocrystal is composed of coronene and perylene diimide at 1:1 molar ratio and belongs to the triclinic system, as confirmed by X-ray analysis. The donor and acceptor molecules perform an alternate pi-pi stacking along the (100) direction, leading to the strong one-dimensional growth tendency of macroscopic cocrystal. Additionally, due to the charge transfer interaction, the cocrystal shows a new and largely red-shifted photoluminescence band, compared to the crystals of the components. In Chapter 4, we alternatively developed a series of donor-acceptor nanofibril composites, in which the donor and

  16. Mixed-valence, layered, cation radical salts of the ethane-bridged dimeric tetrathiafulvalene [(EDT-TTF-CH2-)2#centre dot#+] [X-][THF]0.5, X-=FeCl4-, GaCl4-

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    Mézière, C.; Fourmigué, M.; Canadell, E.


    ][GaCl4] affords isostructural, mixed-valence conducting 1:1 salts [1(.+)][FeCl4-][THF](0.5) and [1(.+)][GaCl4-][THF](0.5) whose X-ray crystal structures are described. The intercalation of the tetrahedral anions within the organic slabs and the resulting sliding of the molecular diads on top of each...

  17. Field-assisted ionization of molecular doping in conjugated polymers

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    Zhang, Y.; Blom, P.W.M.


    The field- and temperature dependence of the charge transport in solution-processed poly[2-methoxy-5-(2′-ethylhexyloxy)-p-phenylene vinylene] (MEH-PPV) doped with tetrafluoro- tetracyanoquinodimethane (F4-TCNQ) is investigated. Conventional charge transport models based on a density- and

  18. Molecular doping of low-bandgap-polymer:fullerene solar cells: Effects on transport and solar cells

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    Tunc, Ali Veysel; Sio, Antonietta De; Riedel, Daniel; Deschler, Felix; Da Como, Enrico; Parisi, Juergen; von Hauff, Elizabeth

    We show how molecular doping can be implemented to improve the performance of solution processed bulk heterojunction solar cells based on a low-bandgap polymer mixed with a fullerene derivative. The molecular dopant 2,3,5,6-tetrafluoro-7,7,8,8-tetracyanoquinodimethane (F4-TCNQ) is introduced into

  19. Enhancement of the hole injection into regioregular poly(3-hexylthiophene) by molecular doping

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    Zhang, Y.; Blom, P.W.M.


    The hole injection in Schottky barriers formed between p -type doped regioregular poly(3-hexylthiophene-2,5-diyl) (rr-P3HT) and silver (Ag) is investigated. The rr-P3HT is controllably doped using the acceptor 2,3,5,6-Tetrafluoro-7,7,8,8-tetracyanoquinodimethane (F4-TCNQ). We demonstrate that only

  20. A new crystal structure for (BEDT–TTF)2SbF6 and some of its ...

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    Institute of Fundamental Studies, Hantane Road, Kandy, Sri Lanka. †Department of Organic and Polymeric Materials, Tokyo Institute of Technology, O-okayama, Tokyo 152-8552, Japan. MS received 26 October 2004; revised 14 December 2004. Abstract. A new crystal structure for bis(ethylenedithio)tetrathiafulvalene ...

  1. Synthesis and Characterization of Ethylenedithio-MPTTF-PTM Radical Dyad as a Potential Neutral Radical Conductor

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    Souto, Manuel; Bendixen, Dan; Jensen, Morten


    During the last years there has been a high interest in the development of new purely-organic single-component conductors. Very recently, we have reported a new neutral radical conductor based on the perchlorotriphenylmethyl (PTM) radical moiety linked to a monopyrrolo-tetrathiafulvalene (MPTTF...

  2. Comparison of ab initio molecular properties of EDO-TTF with the properties of the (EDO-TTF)(2)PF6 crystal

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    Linker, Gerrit-Jan; van Loosdrecht, Paul H. M.; van Duijnen, Piet; Broer, Ria


    We performed ab initio quantum chemical calculations for the geometrical and electronic structure of the EDO-TTF (ethylenedioxy-tetrathiafulvalene) molecule using HF, CASSCF and DFT methods. We compare these in vacuo results with the properties of the (EDO-TTF)(2)PF6 crystal at near room

  3. Off-Planar Geometry and Structural Instability of EDO-TTF Explained by Using the Extended Debye Polarizability Model for Bond Angles

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    Linker, Gerrit-Jan; van Duijnen, Piet Th.; van Loosdrecht, Paul H. M.; Broer-Braam, Henderika


    The geometry of ethylenedioxy-tetrathiafulvalene, EDO-TTF, plays an important role in the metal-insulator transition in the charge transfer salt (EDO-TTF)(2)PF6. The planar and off-planar geometrical conformations of the EDO-TTF molecules are explained using an extended Debye polarizability model

  4. Fermi surface studies of low-dimensional organic conductors based on BEDT-TTF

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    Singleton, John [Department of Physics, University of Oxford, The Clarendon Laboratory, Parks Road, Oxford OX1 3PU (United Kingdom); Caulfield, Jason [Department of Physics, University of Oxford, The Clarendon Laboratory, Parks Road, Oxford OX1 3PU (United Kingdom); Hill, Stephen [Department of Physics, University of Oxford, The Clarendon Laboratory, Parks Road, Oxford OX1 3PU (United Kingdom); Blundell, Stephen [Department of Physics, University of Oxford, The Clarendon Laboratory, Parks Road, Oxford OX1 3PU (United Kingdom); Lubczynski, Wieslaw [Department of Physics, University of Oxford, The Clarendon Laboratory, Parks Road, Oxford OX1 3PU (United Kingdom); House, Andrew [Department of Physics, University of Oxford, The Clarendon Laboratory, Parks Road, Oxford OX1 3PU (United Kingdom); Hayes, William [Department of Physics, University of Oxford, The Clarendon Laboratory, Parks Road, Oxford OX1 3PU (United Kingdom); Perenboom, Jos [High Field Magnet Laboratory and Research Institute for Materials, NL 6525 ED Nijmegen (Netherlands); Kurmoo, Mohammedally [The Royal Institution, 21 Albemarle Street, London W1X 4BS (United Kingdom); Day, Peter [The Royal Institution, 21 Albemarle Street, London W1X 4BS (United Kingdom)


    This paper provides an introduction to charge-transfer salts of the ion bis(ethylenedithio)tetrathiafulvalene (ET) and their band-structure, and reviews some recent experiments on the salts involving high magnetic fields carried out by the Oxford group and coworkers. (orig.).

  5. On the association of neutral and cationic tris(tetrathiafulvaleno)dodecadehydro[18]annulenes

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    Parker, Christian Richard; Rue, Kasper Lincke; Christensen, Mikkel Andreas


    Here, we report the first X-ray crystal structure of a tetrathiafulvalene-fused dehydroannulene with peripheral ethylthio substituents. In addition, we have subjected this compound to electrochemical and UV-Vis-NIR/ESR spectroelectrochemical studies to elucidate the degree to which the oxidised s...

  6. Electronic structure of some β-(C10H8S8)2X compounds as studied by infrared spectroscopy

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    Jacobsen, Claus Schelde; Tanner, D. B.; Williams, Jack M.


    Polarized reflectance measurements have been made on two isostructural conducting compounds of bis(ethylenedithio)tetrathiafulvalene [BEDT-TTF or ET, (C10H8S8)]: β-(ET)2AuI2 and β-(ET)2I2Br. The former is superconducting at ambient pressure with Tc=5 K, whereas the latter retains normal-metal con...

  7. Bis(1,3-dithiole) Compounds

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    Andersen, Jan Rud; Engler, E. M.; Green, D. C.


    There is described the preparation of bis-1,3-dithiole compounds (I) which are key synthetic precursors for the preparation of new polymeric metal bis(dithiolene) (i.e., II) and tetrathiafulvalene compounds (i.e., III): (Image Omitted)...

  8. Metal-driven hierarchical self-assembled zigzag nanoarchitectures with electrical conductivity. (United States)

    Qiao, Yan; Lin, Yiyang; Liu, Song; Zhang, Shaofei; Chen, Huanfa; Wang, Yijie; Yan, Yun; Guo, Xuefeng; Huang, Jianbin


    Quasi-one-dimensional electroactive materials with zigzag shape are fabricated by supramolecular self-assembly of a tetrathiafulvalene (TTF) derivative and metal ions under mild conditions. This is the first time that self-assembled organic conductors with zigzag shape are reported.

  9. Use of solvent to regulate the degree of polymerisation in weakly associated supramolecular oligomers

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    Bähring, Steffen; Kim, D. S.; Duedal, T.


    Using a tetrathiafulvalene functionalised calix[4] pyrrole (TTF-C[4]P; 1) and alkyl diester-linked bis-dinitrophenols (2-4), it was found that the solvent polarity and linker length have an effect on the molecular aggregation behaviour. 2D H-1 NOESY, DOSY NMR and UV-vis-NIR spectroscopic studies...

  10. Organic Metals

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    Andersen, Jan Rud; Craven, R. A.; Weidenborner, J. E.


    Replacement of the sulphur atoms in the charge transfer salt tetrathiafulvalene (TTF)–2,5-diethyltetracyano-p-quinodimethane (DETCNQ) with selenium yields the isostructural and better conducting analogue tetraselenafulvalene (TSeF)–DETCNQ, in which the Peierls transition temperature is decreased....

  11. Thermoelectric Transport in Surface- and Antimony-Doped Bismuth Telluride Nanoplates (United States)


    insulator materials such as Bi2Te3 remain elusive. Here we report measurements of the three in-plane transport properties— thermal conductivity (κ...from 0.07 to 0.95 and thicknesses ranging from 9 to 42 nm. The results presented here reveal a trend of increasing p- type behavior with increasing...surface using a tetrafluoro-tetracyanoquinodimethane (F4-TCNQ) coating. The lattice thermal conductivity is found to be below that for undoped ultrathin

  12. Triggering Gel Formation and Luminescence through Donor-Acceptor Interactions in a C3 -Symmetric Tris(pyrene) System. (United States)

    Lai, Thanh-Loan; Pop, Flavia; Melan, Caroline; Canevet, David; Sallé, Marc; Avarvari, Narcis


    Straightforward modulation of the gelation, absorption and luminescent properties of a tris(pyrene) organogelator containing a C3 -symmetric benzene-1,3,5-tricarboxamide central unit functionalized by three 3,3'-diamino-2,2'-bipyridine fragments is achieved through donor-acceptor interactions in the presence of tetracyanoquinodimethane. © 2016 WILEY-VCH Verlag GmbH & Co. KGaA, Weinheim.

  13. Infrared properties of the organic semiconductor MEM(TCNQ)2 in its high-temperature phase

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    Yartsev, V. M.; Jacobsen, Claus Schelde


    The infrared spectrum of N-methyl-N-ethylmorpholinium tetra-cyanoquinodimethane, MEM(TCNQ)2, at temperatures above the phase transition at T=335 K is reported. The oscillator strength associated with chargetransfer processes is shifted down in frequency as compared to the room-temperature phase. ....... The sharp vibrational structure observed at 300 K is considerably broadened. The derived linear electron-molecular-vibration coupling constants are almost unchanged from those obtained at 300 K, thus confirming the theoretical framework used....

  14. Incorporating TCNQ into thiophene-fused heptacene for n-channel field effect transistor

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    Ye, Qun


    Incorporation of electron-deficient tetracyanoquinodimethane (TCNQ) into electron-rich thiophene-fused heptacene was successfully achieved for the purpose of stabilizing longer acenes and generating new n-type organic semiconductors. The heptacene-TCNQ derivative 1 was found to have good stability and an expected electron transporting property. Electron mobility up to 0.01 cm 2 V -1 s -1 has been obtained for this novel material in solution processed organic field effect transistors. © 2012 American Chemical Society.

  15. Rational Control of Electronic Structure and Lattice Architecture in Electrically Conducting Molecular/Macromolecular Assemblies. (United States)


    partial oxidation (6+) follows from this information and the stoichiometry. As an example, nickel phthalocyanine iodide, (Ni(Pc)]1lI , crystallizes in...tetrathiafulvalene: TMTTF tetramethyttetrathiafulvalette; TTT - tetrathiatetracene; M(OEP) " 2,3,7,8,12,13,17,18- octaethylporphyrin . donor systems known to...Partially Oxidized Nickel and Palladium Bisdiphenylglyoximates," J. Am. Chem. Soc., 101, 2921 (1979), and referen- ces therein. 18. T. J. Marks, D. F. Webster

  16. A tristable [2]pseudo[2]rotaxane

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    Trabolsi, Ali


    A strategy towards increasing the lifetime of the metastable state of a [2]rotaxane incorporating tetrathiafulvalene, 1,5-dioxynaphthalene and bipyridinium (BIPY 2+) is presented. Incorporation of BIPY 2+ served multiple roles as an electrostatic barrier to relaxation, a supramolecular recognition site for bis-1,5-dioxynaphthalene[38]crown-10 macrocycle, and upon reduction a recognition site for the mechanically bonded cyclobis(paraquat-p-phenylene) ring. © The Royal Society of Chemistry 2010.

  17. Ambient-pressure organic superconductor (United States)

    Williams, Jack M.; Wang, Hsien-Hau; Beno, Mark A.


    A new class of organic superconductors having the formula (ET).sub.2 MX.sub.2 wherein ET represents bis(ethylenedithio)-tetrathiafulvalene, M is a metal such as Au, Ag, In, Tl, Rb, Pd and the like and X is a halide. The superconductor (ET).sub.2 AuI.sub.2 exhibits a transition temperature of 5 K which is high for organic superconductors.

  18. TCNQ-embedded heptacene and nonacene: Synthesis, characterization and physical properties

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    Ye, Qun


    Incorporation of 7,7,8,8-tetracyanoquinodimethane (TCNQ) moieties into the acene backbone has been successfully achieved and two heptacene-TCNQ derivatives and one nonacene-TCNQ derivative have been synthesized and well characterized. Two TCNQ moieties have been embedded into heptacene and nonacene backbones for the first time. All the three compounds have good stability and solubility due to the presence of TCNQ moieties. Single crystal analysis revealed a bent butterfly-like conformation of these molecules. Their charge transport properties have been characterized using organic field effect transistors (OFETs). © 2013 The Royal Society of Chemistry.

  19. Substituent effects on the electron affinities and ionization energies of tria-, penta-, and heptafulvenes: a computational investigation

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    Dahlstrand, Christian; Yamazaki, Kaoru; Kilså, Kristine


    The extent of substituent influence on the vertical electron affinities (EAs) and ionization energies (IEs) of 43 substituted tria-, penta-, and heptafulvenes was examined computationally at the OVGF/6-311G(d)//B3LYP/6-311G(d) level of theory and compared with those of tetracyanoquinodimethane...... of the EAs and IEs were rationalized by qualitative arguments based on frontier orbital symmetries for the different fulvene classes with either X or Y being constant. The minimum and maximum values found for the calculated EAs of the tria-, penta-, and heptafulvenes were 0.51-2.05, 0.24-3.63, and 0...

  20. Polythiophene and oligothiophene systems modified by TTF electroactive units for organic electronics. (United States)

    Kanibolotsky, Alexander L; Findlay, Neil J; Skabara, Peter J


    The aim of this review is to give an update on current progress in the synthesis, properties and applications of thiophene-based conjugated systems bearing tetrathiafulvalene (TTF) units. We focus mostly on the synthesis of poly- and oligothiophenes with TTF moieties fused to the thiophene units of the conjugated backbone either directly or via a dithiin ring. The electrochemical behaviour of these materials and structure-property relationships are discussed. The study is directed towards the development of a new type of organic semiconductors based on these hybrid materials for application in organic field effect transistors and solar cells.

  1. Lowering Band Gap of an Electroactive Metal-Organic Framework via Complementary Guest Intercalation. (United States)

    Guo, Zhiyong; Panda, Dillip K; Gordillo, Monica A; Khatun, Amina; Wu, Hui; Zhou, Wei; Saha, Sourav


    A new honeycomb-shaped electroactive metal-organic framework (MOF) has been constructed from an electron deficient naphthalenediimide (NDI) ligand equipped with two terminal salicylic acid groups. π-Intercalation of electron-rich planar tetrathiafulvalene (TTF) guests between the NDI ligands stacked along the walls lowers the electronic band gap of the material by ca. 1 eV. An improved electron delocalization through the guest-mediated π-donor/acceptor stacks is attributed to the diminished band gap of the doped material, which forecasts an improved electrical conductivity.

  2. Enhanced detection of explosives by turn-on resonance Raman upon host-guest complexation in solution and the solid state

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    Witlicki, Edward H.; Bähring, Steffen; Johnsen, Carsten


    complexation occur via a mechanism of resonance between the 785 nm laser line and the strongly absorbing charge-transfer chromophore arising from the complex between electron-donating TTF-C[4]P and electron-accepting nitroaromatic explosives. The addition of chloride forms the Cl-·TTF-C[4]P complex resetting......The recognition of nitroaromatic explosives by a tetrakis-tetrathiafulvalene-calix[4]pyrrole receptor (TTF-C[4]P) yields a "turn on" and fingerprinting response in the resonance Raman scattering observed in solution and the solid state. Intensity changes in nitro vibrations with analyte...

  3. Polythiophene and oligothiophene systems modified by TTF electroactive units for organic electronics

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    Alexander L. Kanibolotsky


    Full Text Available The aim of this review is to give an update on current progress in the synthesis, properties and applications of thiophene-based conjugated systems bearing tetrathiafulvalene (TTF units. We focus mostly on the synthesis of poly- and oligothiophenes with TTF moieties fused to the thiophene units of the conjugated backbone either directly or via a dithiin ring. The electrochemical behaviour of these materials and structure–property relationships are discussed. The study is directed towards the development of a new type of organic semiconductors based on these hybrid materials for application in organic field effect transistors and solar cells.

  4. Comparison of ab initio molecular properties of EDO-TTF with the properties of the (EDO-TTF) 2PF 6 crystal (United States)

    Linker, Gerrit-Jan; Loosdrecht, Paul H. M. van; Duijnen, Piet van; Broer, Ria


    We performed ab initio quantum chemical calculations for the geometrical and electronic structure of the EDO-TTF (ethylenedioxy-tetrathiafulvalene) molecule using HF, CASSCF and DFT methods. We compare these in vacuo results with the properties of the (EDO-TTF) 2PF 6 crystal at near room temperature. We demonstrate that, by bending and charging the molecule in vacuum, the deformation that is thought to be the origin of charge ordering in this material is an inherent property of the EDO-TTF molecule. We further show that deformations can be readily made at ambient temperatures.

  5. Physical Properties of Some ET-Based Organic Metals and Superconductors with Mercury Containing Anions (United States)

    Lyubovskii, R. B.; Lyubovskaya, R. N.; Dyachenko, O. A.


    Because of mercury atoms capability of forming the compounds with various coordination, the application of the electrolytes with Hg containing anions in electrochemical oxidation of ET (bis(ethylenedithio)tetrathiafulvalene) results in the formation of ET salts with the anions of different composition. The properties of organic metals and superconductors are briefly described for three families: 1) ET4Hg{3-δ}X8 ((δ 0, and a series of other peculiarities. Shubnikov-de Haas oscillations were observed for some salts of (ET)8[ Hg4X{12}(C6H5Y)2] family. The possible types of Fermi surface are discussed for these salts.

  6. Synthesis and Studies of Sulfur-Containing Heterocyclic Molecules for Molecular Electronics

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    Mazzanti, Virginia

    the synthesis of dimeric structures of redox active system tetrathiafulvalene (TTF). Molecules with different conjugation pathways bridging two TTFs were synthesized and studied using CV and DPV in order to probe the electronic interaction between these two redox units. The last aspect of this thesis, which......This work describes the synthesis and studies of sulfur containing π conjugated heterocycles, which are considered interesting motifs in the field of molecular electronics. The first project, which is covered in Chapter 1, concerns the functionalization of tetracycle dibenzo[bc,fg][1...

  7. Spectrophotometric determination of pizotefin maleate in pure form and tablets using π-acceptors

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    A. S. Amin


    Full Text Available Two simple, quick and sensitive methods were described for the spectrophotometric determination of pizotefin maleate (PZT either in pure form or pharmaceutical form (tablets. The methods were based on the reaction of pizotefin maleate as ‘n’ electron donor with chloranilic acid (p-CLA and 7,7,8,8-tetracyanoquinodimethane (TCNQ as π-acceptors to give highly coloured radical anion species which were quantitated spectrophotometrically at 533 and 839 nm for chloranilic acid and 7,7,8,8-tetracyanoquinodimethane, respectively. Different experimental conditions for the two methods were optimized. Beer’s law was obeyed in the concentration ranges of 10-160 and 2.0-20 mg mL-1 PZT for p-CLA and TCNQ, respectively with good correlation coefficient of ≥0.9993 and a relative standard deviation (RSD of ≤ 1.31%. The molar absorptivity, Sandell sensitivity, detection and quantification limits were also reported. The proposed methods were successfully applied for determination of PZT in tablets with good accuracy and precision and without interferences from common additives by applying the standard addition technique. The developed methods have been validated statistically for their accuracy, precision, sensitivity, selectivity, robustness and ruggedness as per ICH guidelines and the results compared favourably with those obtained using the reported method.

  8. Radically enhanced molecular recognition

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    Trabolsi, Ali


    The tendency for viologen radical cations to dimerize has been harnessed to establish a recognition motif based on their ability to form extremely strong inclusion complexes with cyclobis(paraquat-p-phenylene) in its diradical dicationic redox state. This previously unreported complex involving three bipyridinium cation radicals increases the versatility of host-guest chemistry, extending its practice beyond the traditional reliance on neutral and charged guests and hosts. In particular, transporting the concept of radical dimerization into the field of mechanically interlocked molecules introduces a higher level of control within molecular switches and machines. Herein, we report that bistable and tristable [2]rotaxanes can be switched by altering electrochemical potentials. In a tristable [2]rotaxane composed of a cyclobis(paraquat-p-phenylene) ring and a dumbbell with tetrathiafulvalene, dioxynaphthalene and bipyridinium recognition sites, the position of the ring can be switched. On oxidation, it moves from the tetrathiafulvalene to the dioxynaphthalene, and on reduction, to the bipyridinium radical cation, provided the ring is also reduced simultaneously to the diradical dication. © 2010 Macmillan Publishers Limited. All rights reserved.

  9. Solution processed bulk heterojunction solar cells with molecularly doped active layers

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    Sio, Antonietta de; Tunc, Ali Veysel; Hauff, Elizabeth von; Parisi, Juergen [Energy and Semiconductor Research Laboratory, Institute of Physics, Carl von Ossietzky Universitaet Oldenburg, 26111 Oldenburg (Germany); Deschler, Felix; Como, Enrico da [Photonics and Optoelectronics Group, Department of Physics and CeNS, Ludwig-Maximilians-Universitaet Muenchen, 80799, Munich (Germany)


    We report on the improvement of the device performance of polymer:fullerene bulk heterojunction solar cells by molecularly doping the active layer. 2,3,5,6-tetrafluoro-7,7,8,8-tetracyanoquinodimethane (F4-TCNQ) was used to p-dope the low bandgap polymer poly[2,6(4,4-bis-(2-ethylhexyl)-4H-cyclopenta[2,1-b:3,4-b0]-dithiophene)-alt-4,7-(2,1,3-benzothiadiazole)] (PCPDTBT) that was then blended with the soluble fullerene derivative [6,6]-phenyl-C61-butyric acid methyl ester (PCBM). Blends with different doping concentrations were investigated. We show how the short circuit current densities of the photovoltaic devices increase with the doping concentration as a result of an enhancement of the field effect mobilities.

  10. Low-temperature fabrication of alkali metal-organic charge transfer complexes on cotton textile for optoelectronics and gas sensing. (United States)

    Ramanathan, Rajesh; Walia, Sumeet; Kandjani, Ahmad Esmaielzadeh; Balendran, Sivacarendran; Mohammadtaheri, Mahsa; Bhargava, Suresh Kumar; Kalantar-zadeh, Kourosh; Bansal, Vipul


    A generalized low-temperature approach for fabricating high aspect ratio nanorod arrays of alkali metal-TCNQ (7,7,8,8-tetracyanoquinodimethane) charge transfer complexes at 140 °C is demonstrated. This facile approach overcomes the current limitation associated with fabrication of alkali metal-TCNQ complexes that are based on physical vapor deposition processes and typically require an excess of 800 °C. The compatibility of soft substrates with the proposed low-temperature route allows direct fabrication of NaTCNQ and LiTCNQ nanoarrays on individual cotton threads interwoven within the 3D matrix of textiles. The applicability of these textile-supported TCNQ-based organic charge transfer complexes toward optoelectronics and gas sensing applications is established.

  11. Novel organic electron injection layer for efficient and stable organic light emitting diodes

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    Grover, Rakhi [Center for Organic Electronics, CSIR-National Physical Laboratory, Dr. K.S. Krishnan Road, New Delhi 110012 (India); Instrument Design Development Center, Indian Institute of Technology Delhi, New Delhi 110016 (India); Srivastava, Ritu, E-mail: [Center for Organic Electronics, CSIR-National Physical Laboratory, Dr. K.S. Krishnan Road, New Delhi 110012 (India); Kamalasanan, M.N. [Center for Organic Electronics, CSIR-National Physical Laboratory, Dr. K.S. Krishnan Road, New Delhi 110012 (India); Mehta, D.S. [Instrument Design Development Center, Indian Institute of Technology Delhi, New Delhi 110016 (India)


    The efficiency of organic light-emitting diodes (OLEDs) was significantly improved by introducing a novel organic composition (4,7-diphyenyl-1,10-phenanthroline (BPhen): 20 wt% tetracyanoquinodimethane (TCNQ)) as an electron injection layer which could be uniformly deposited over a range of thicknesses. A highly injecting contact was obtained using 1.5 nm thick film of 20 wt% TCNQ mixed BPhen as the electron injection layer. High efficiency and stability of organic light emitting device are ascribed to improved electron injection and hence better charge carrier balance inside the OLEDs. -- Highlights: • • Highly conducting mixed BPhen films were used as electron injection layer in OLEDs for the first time. • Thickness of the proposed film has been optimized for best efficiency of OLEDs. • Proposed layer being organic could be deposited at relatively low temperatures. • TCNQ mixed BPhen films prove to be an efficient n-type layer in OLEDs.

  12. Restoration of Conductivity with TTF-TCNQ Charge-Transfer Salts

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    Odom, Susan A.; Caruso, Mary M.; Finke, Aaron D.; Prokup, Alex M.; Ritchey, Joshua A.; Leonard, Francois; White, Scott R.; Sottos, Nancy R.; Moore, Jeffrey S.


    The formation of the conductive TTF-TCNQ (tetrathiafulvalene–tetracyanoquinodimethane) charge-transfer salt via rupture of microencapsulated solutions of its individual components is reported. Solutions of TTF and TCNQ in various solvents are separately incorporated into poly(urea-formaldehyde) core–shell microcapsules. Rupture of a mixture of TTF-containing microcapsules and TCNQ-containing microcapsules results in the formation of the crystalline salt, as verified by FTIR spectroscopy and powder X-ray diffraction. Preliminary measurements demonstrate the partial restoration of conductivity of severed gold electrodes in the presence of TTF-TCNQ derived in situ. This is the first microcapsule system for the restoration of conductivity in mechanically damaged electronic devices in which the repairing agent is not conductive until its release.

  13. Spectrophotometric determination of gabapentin in pharmaceutical formulations using ninhydrin and pi-acceptors. (United States)

    Siddiqui, Farhan Ahmed; Arayne, M Saeed; Sultana, Najma; Qureshi, Faiza; Mirza, Agha Zeeshan; Zuberi, M Hashim; Bahadur, Saima Sher; Afridi, Nawab Sher; Shamshad, Hina; Rehman, Nadia


    Simple, rapid and sensitive spectrophotometric procedures are developed for the analysis of gabapentin in pure form as well as in their pharmaceutical formulations. The methods are based on the reaction of gabapentin as n-electron donor with ninhydrin and pi-acceptors namely, 2,3,5,6-tetrachloro-1,4-benzoquinone, chloranilic acid, 2,3-dichloro-5,6-dicyano-1,4-benzoquinone, tetracyanoethylene and 7,7,8,8-tetracyanoquinodimethane. The obtained complexes were measured at 568, 230, 314, 304, 335 and 439 nm for ninhydrin, chloranil, Chloranilic acid, DDQ, TCNE and TCNQ respectively. The proposed procedures could be successfully applied to the determination of gabepentin with good recovery; percent ranged from 99.3 to 100.7 The association constants and free energy changes using Benesi-Hildebrand plots are also studied. Copyright (c) 2010 Elsevier Masson SAS. All rights reserved.

  14. The Hall effect in the organic conductor TTF–TCNQ: choice of geometry for accurate measurements of a highly anisotropic system

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    Tafra, E; Čulo, M; Basletić, M


    We have measured the Hall effect on recently synthesized single crystals of the quasi-one-dimensional organic conductor TTF–TCNQ (tetrathiafulvalene–tetracyanoquinodimethane), a well known charge transfer complex that has two kinds of conductive stacks: the donor (TTF) and the acceptor (TCNQ...... Hall effect measurements. Our results show, contrary to past belief, that the Hall coefficient does not depend on the geometry of measurements and that the Hall coefficient value is approximately zero in the high temperature region (T > 150 K), implying that there is no dominance of either the TTF...... or the TCNQ chain. At lower temperatures our measurements clearly prove that all three phase transitions of TTF–TCNQ could be identified from Hall effect measurements....

  15. Effect of molecular electrical doping on polyfuran based photovoltaic cells

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    Yu, Shuwen; Opitz, Andreas; Salzmann, Ingo, E-mail: [Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin, Institut für Physik and IRIS Adlershof, Brook-Taylor Straße 6, 12489 Berlin (Germany); Frisch, Johannes [Helmholtz-Zentrum für Materialien und Energie GmbH, Bereich Solarenergieforschung, Albert-Einstein-Straße 15, 12489 Berlin (Germany); Cohen, Erez; Bendikov, Michael [Department of Organic Chemistry, Weizmann Institute of Science, 76100 Rehovot (Israel); Koch, Norbert [Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin, Institut für Physik and IRIS Adlershof, Brook-Taylor Straße 6, 12489 Berlin (Germany); Helmholtz-Zentrum für Materialien und Energie GmbH, Bereich Solarenergieforschung, Albert-Einstein-Straße 15, 12489 Berlin (Germany)


    The electronic, optical, and morphological properties of molecularly p-doped polyfuran (PF) films were investigated over a wide range of doping ratio in order to explore the impact of doping in photovoltaic applications. We find evidence for integer-charge transfer between PF and the prototypical molecular p-dopant tetrafluoro-tetracyanoquinodimethane (F4TCNQ) and employed the doped polymer in bilayer organic solar cells using fullerene as acceptor. The conductivity increase in the PF films at dopant loadings ≤2% significantly enhances the short-circuit current of photovoltaic devices. For higher doping ratios, however, F4TCNQ is found to precipitate at the heterojunction between the doped donor polymer and the fullerene acceptor. Ultraviolet photoelectron spectroscopy reveals that its presence acts beneficial to the energy-level alignment by doubling the open-circuit voltage of solar cells from 0.2 V to ca. 0.4 V, as compared to pristine PF.

  16. Inorganic-organic p-n heterojunction nanotree arrays for a high-sensitivity diode humidity sensor. (United States)

    Wang, Ke; Qian, Xuemin; Zhang, Liang; Li, Yongjun; Liu, Huibiao


    Large-area and ordered arrays (16 cm(2)) of an inorganic-organic p-n heterojunction nanotree (NT) were successfully fabricated. The nanotree arrays consist of ZnO nanorods (NRs) as backbones and CuTCNQ (TCNQ = 7,7,8,8-tetracyanoquinodimethane) NRs as branches. The sizes of CuTCNQ NRs can be tuned by the thickness of the Cu layer deposited on the surface of ZnO NR. The CuTCNQ/ZnO NT arrays displayed excellent diode nature and obvious size-dependent rectification ratios were observed. Moreover, the CuTCNQ/ZnO NT arrays were first applied for the fabrication of a diode-type humidity sensor, which displayed ultrahigh sensitivity and quick response/recovery properties at room temperature. The detection limitation of this new diode-type humidity sensor lowers to 5% relative humidity (RH).

  17. Structural origination of charge transfer complex nanostructures: Excellent candidate for field emission

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    Pal, Shreyasi; Chattopadhyay, Kalyan Kumar [Thin Films and Nanoscience Laboratory, Department of Physics, Jadavpur University, Kolkata 700032 (India)


    Worldwide strategies for amalgamating rationally controlled one-dimensional organic nanowires are of fundamental importance for their applications in flexible, cheaper and lighter electronics. In this work we have fabricated large-area, ordered CuTCNQ (copper-7,7,8,8-tetracyanoquinodimethane) nano architecture arrays over flexible conducting substrate and discussed the rational growth and integration of nanostructures. Here we adopted the organic solid phase reaction (VLS) technique for the growth of organic hierarchies and investigated how field emission properties changes by tuning the nanostructures morphology i.e., by varying length, diameter, alignment and orientation over flexible substrate. The CuTCNQ nanowires with optimized geometry exhibit excellent high field emission performance with low turn-on and threshold field values. The result strongly indicate that CuTCNQ nanowires on flexible carbon cloth substrate are promising candidates for constructing cold cathode based emission display devices, vacuum nanoelectronics, and etc.

  18. Magnetic ordering in TCNQ-based metal–organic frameworks with host–guest interactions

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    Zhang, Xuan; Saber, Mohamed R.; Prosvirin, Andrey P.; Reibenspies, Joseph H.; Sun, Lei; Ballesteros-Rivas, Maria; Zhao, Hanhua; Dunbar, Kim R. (MIT); (TAM)


    Host–guest interactions between the aromatic molecules benzene, toluene, aniline and nitrobenzene and the redox-active TCNQ-based metal–organic framework (MOF), Fe(TCNQ)(4,4'-bpy) (1) (TCNQ = 7,7,8,8-tetracyanoquinodimethane), have been found to modulate spontaneous magnetization behaviours at low temperatures. An analogous MOF, Mn(TCNQ)(4,4'-bpy) (2) with isotropic Mn(II) ions as well as the two-dimensional compound Fe(TCNQ)(DMF)2·2DMF (3·2DMF), were also prepared as models for studying the effects of single-ion magnetic anisotropy and structural distortion on spin canting. The results indicate guest-dependent long range magnetic ordering occurs at low temperatures, which correlates with the electrostatic and steric effects of the incorporated aromatic guests.

  19. Conductive Microporous Covalent Triazine-Based Framework for High-Performance Electrochemical Capacitive Energy Storage. (United States)

    Li, Yajuan; Zheng, Shuanghao; Liu, Xue; Li, Pan; Sun, Lei; Yang, Ruixia; Wang, Sen; Wu, Zhong-Shuai; Bao, Xinhe; Deng, Wei-Qiao


    Nitrogen-enriched porous nanocarbon, graphene, and conductive polymers attract increasing attention for application in supercapacitors. However, electrode materials with a large specific surface area (SSA) and a high nitrogen doping concentration, which is needed for excellent supercapacitors, has not been achieved thus far. Herein, we developed a class of tetracyanoquinodimethane-derived conductive microporous covalent triazine-based frameworks (TCNQ-CTFs) with both high nitrogen content (>8 %) and large SSA (>3600 m2  g-1 ). These CTFs exhibited excellent specific capacitances with the highest value exceeding 380 F g-1 , considerable energy density of 42.8 Wh kg-1 , and remarkable cycling stability without any capacitance degradation after 10 000 cycles. This class of CTFs should hold a great potential as high-performance electrode material for electrochemical energy-storage systems. © 2017 Wiley-VCH Verlag GmbH & Co. KGaA, Weinheim.

  20. Crystal growth of new charge-transfer salts based on π-conjugated donor molecules

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    Morherr, Antonia, E-mail: [Physikalisches Institut, Goethe-Universität Frankfurt am Main, 60438 Frankfurt am Main (Germany); Witt, Sebastian [Physikalisches Institut, Goethe-Universität Frankfurt am Main, 60438 Frankfurt am Main (Germany); Chernenkaya, Alisa [Graduate School Materials Science in Mainz, 55128 Mainz (Germany); Institut für Physik, Johannes Gutenberg-Universität, 55099 Mainz (Germany); Bäcker, Jan-Peter [Physikalisches Institut, Goethe-Universität Frankfurt am Main, 60438 Frankfurt am Main (Germany); Schönhense, Gerd [Institut für Physik, Johannes Gutenberg-Universität, 55099 Mainz (Germany); Bolte, Michael [Institut für anorganische Chemie, Goethe-Universität Frankfurt am Main, 60438 Frankfurt am Main (Germany); Krellner, Cornelius [Physikalisches Institut, Goethe-Universität Frankfurt am Main, 60438 Frankfurt am Main (Germany)


    New charge transfer crystals of π-conjugated, aromatic molecules (phenanthrene and picene) as donors were obtained by physical vapor transport. The melting behavior, optimization of crystal growth and the crystal structure are reported for charge transfer salts with (fluorinated) tetracyanoquinodimethane (TCNQ-F{sub x}, x=0, 2, 4), which was used as acceptor material. The crystal structures were determined by single-crystal X-ray diffraction. Growth conditions for different vapor pressures in closed ampules were applied and the effect of these starting conditions for crystal size and quality is reported. The process of charge transfer was investigated by geometrical analysis of the crystal structure and by infrared spectroscopy on single crystals. With these three different acceptor strengths and the two sets of donor materials, it is possible to investigate the distribution of the charge transfer systematically. This helps to understand the charge transfer process in this class of materials with π-conjugated donor molecules.

  1. Collective concerted motion in a molecular adlayer visualized through the surface diffusion of isolated vacancies (United States)

    Urban, Christian; Otero, Roberto; Écija, David; Trelka, Marta; Martín, Nazario; Gallego, José M.; Miranda, Rodolfo


    We have measured STM movies to study the diffusion of individual vacancies in a self-assembled layer of a tetrathiafulvalene derivative (exTTF) on Au(111) at room temperature. The diffusion is anisotropic, being faster along the compact direction of the molecular lattice. A detailed analysis of the anisotropic displacement distribution of the single vacancies shows that the relative abundance of double jumps (that is, the collective motion of molecular dimers) with respect to single jumps is rather large, the number of double jumps being more than 20% of the diffusion events. We conjecture that the relative abundances of long jumps might be related to the strength of the intermolecular bonding and the misfit of the molecular overlayer with the substrate lattice.

  2. 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....... Molecular junctions based on these SAMs were investigated using conducting-probe atomic force microscopy (CP-AFM). The TTF substituent changes the molecular orbital energy levels and decreases the HOMO-LUMO energy gap, resulting in a nine-fold increase in conductance for both TTF cruciform OPEs compared...... to the unsubstituted analogues. The difference in electrical transport properties of the SAMs was reproduced by the theoretical transport calculations for the single molecules....

  3. Single-Molecule Electrochemical Gating in Ionic Liquids

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    Kay, Nicola J.; Higgins, Simon J.; Jeppesen, Jan O.


    The single-molecular conductance of a redox active molecular bridge has been studied in an electrochemical single-molecule transistor configuration in a room-temperature ionic liquid (RTIL). The redox active pyrrolo-tetrathiafulvalene (pTTF) moiety was attached to gold contacts at both ends through...... −(CH2)6S– groups, and gating of the redox state was achieved with the electrochemical potential. The water-free, room-temperature, ionic liquid environment enabled both the monocationic and the previously inaccessible dicationic redox states of the pTTF moiety to be studied in the in situ scanning...... relaxation. Using this view, reorganization energies of ∼1.2 eV have been estimated for both the first and second redox transitions for the pTTF bridge in the 1-butyl-3-methylimidazolium trifluoromethanesulfonate (BMIOTf) ionic liquid environment. By contrast, in aqueous environments, a much smaller...

  4. Understanding the Influence of the Electronic Structure on the Crystal Structure of a TTF-PTM Radical Dyad. (United States)

    Vela, Sergi; Souto, Manuel; Ratera, Imma; Rovira, Concepció; Veciana, Jaume


    The understanding of the crystal structure of organic compounds, and its relationship to their physical properties, have become essential to design new advanced molecular materials. In this context, we present a computational study devoted to rationalize the different crystal packing displayed by two closely related organic systems based on the TTF-PTM dyad (TTF = tetrathiafulvalene, PTM = polychlorotriphenylmethane) with almost the same molecular structure but a different electronic one. The radical species (1), with an enhanced electronic donor-acceptor character, exhibits a herringbone packing, whereas the nonradical protonated analogue (2) is organized forming dimers. The stability of the possible polymorphs is analyzed in terms of the cohesion energy of the unit cell, intermolecular interactions between pairs, and molecular flexibility of the dyad molecules. It is observed that the higher electron delocalization in radical compound 1 has a direct influence on the geometry of the molecule, which seems to dictate its preferential crystal structure.

  5. One-Pot Synthesis of Cu(II Complex with Partially Oxidized TTF Moieties

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    Hiroki Oshio


    Full Text Available The one-pot synthesis of a Cu(II complex with partially oxidized tetrathiafulvalene (TTF moieties in its capping MT-Hsae-TTF ligands, [CuII(MT-sae-TTF2] [CuICl2] was realized by the simultaneous occurrence of Cu(II complexation and CuIICl2 mediated oxidation of TTF moieties. The crystal structure was composed of one-dimensional columns formed by partially oxidized TTF moieties and thus the cation radical salt showed relatively high electrical conductivity. Tight binding band structure calculations indicated the existence of a Peierls gap due to the tetramerization of the TTF moieties in the one-dimensional stacking column at room temperature, which is consistent with the semiconducting behavior of this salt.

  6. 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....... 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......-tetrathiafulvalene (TTF) can form good self-assembled monolayers (SAMs) on Au substrates. Molecular heterojunctions based on these SAMs are investigated using conducting probe-atomic force microscopy with different tips (Ag, Au, and Pt) and Fermi levels. The calibrated conductance values follow the sequence OPE3-TTF...

  7. Synthesis of covalently linked oligo(phenyleneethynylene) wires incorporating dithiafulvene units

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    Jørgensen, Frederik Præstholm; Petersen, Johannes Fabritius; Andersen, Cecilie Lindholm


    Controlled alignment and self-assembly of molecular wires is one of the challenges in the field of molecular electronics. Here, we take an approach by which two oligo(phenyleneethynylene)s (OPEs) are linked together through one vinylogous linker. These molecules thus incorporate a central stilbene...... part from which the two OPE wires propagate in a so-called "H-cruciform"-like motif. Each ring of the central stilbene unit also contains a redox-active dithiafulvene (DTF) unit and this part of the molecule can thus be considered as an extended tetrathiafulvalene (TTF). Here, we present how such H...... by subjecting a differentially protected diethynyl-substituted derivative of terephthalaldehyde to a phosphite-mediated coupling reaction in the presence of a 1,3-dithiol-2-thione. This reaction forms the central stilbene-extended TTF with alkyne substituents and relies on an "umpolung" of the para substituents...

  8. Molecular Electronics

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    Jennum, Karsten Stein

    This thesis includes the synthesis and characterisation of organic compounds designed for molecular electronics. The synthesised organic molecules are mainly based on two motifs, the obigo(phenyleneethynylenes) (OPE)s and tetrathiafulvalene (TTF) as shown below. These two scaffolds (OPE and TTF...... transistors (Part 2). The synthetic protocols rely on stepwise Sonogashira coupling reactions. Conductivity studies on various OPE-based molecular wires reveal that mere OPE compounds have a higher electrical resistance compared to the cruciform based wires (up to 9 times higher). The most spectacular result...... be potential candidates for future molecular electronics Synthesis of a new donor-acceptor chromophore based on a benzoquinone- TTF motif (QuinoneDTF) is also described herein (Part 2). Reaction of this molecule with acid induces a colour change from purple to orange. The purple colour can be restored...

  9. Dual enzymatic biosensor for simultaneous amperometric determination of histamine and putrescine. (United States)

    Henao-Escobar, W; Del Torno-de Román, L; Domínguez-Renedo, O; Alonso-Lomillo, M A; Arcos-Martínez, M J


    A disposable electrodic system consisting of two working electrodes connected in array mode has been developed for the simultaneous determination of histamine (His) and putrescine (Put). Histamine deshydrogenase and putrescine oxidase enzymes were respectively immobilized by crosslinking on each working screen-printed electrode, both modified with tetrathiafulvalene. The dual system allowed the simultaneous amperometric determination of both species by measuring the oxidation current of the mediator in each working electrode. The effect of other potentially interfering biogenic amines was also evaluated. The capability of detection was of 8.1 ± 0.7 for His and 10 ± 0.6 μM for Put. The precision in terms of relative standard deviation was of 3.5% and 6.7% for His and Put, respectively. The developed biosensor was successfully applied to the determination of His and Put in different food samples. Copyright © 2015 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.

  10. Resonant inelastic x-ray scattering probes the electron-phonon coupling in the spin liquid κ -(BEDT-TTF)2Cu2(CN) 3 (United States)

    Ilakovac, V.; Carniato, S.; Foury-Leylekian, P.; Tomić, S.; Pouget, J.-P.; Lazić, P.; Joly, Y.; Miyagawa, K.; Kanoda, K.; Nicolaou, A.


    Resonant inelastic x-ray scattering at the N K edge reveals clearly resolved harmonics of the anion plane vibrations in the κ -(BEDT-TTF) 2Cu2 (CN) 3 spin-liquid insulator. Tuning the incoming light energy at the K edge of two distinct N sites permits us to excite different sets of phonon modes. The cyanide (CN) stretching mode is selected at the edge of the ordered N sites which are more strongly connected to the bis(ethylenedithio)tetrathiafulvalene (BEDT-TTF) molecules, while positionally disordered N sites show multimode excitation. Combining measurements with calculations on an anion plane cluster permits us to estimate the site-dependent electron-phonon coupling of the modes related to nitrogen excitation.

  11. Isotope effect on metal-insulator transition of (EDO-TTF) 2XF 6 (X = P, As) with multi-instability of metallic state (United States)

    Nakano, Yoshiaki; Balodis, Karlis; Yamochi, Hideki; Saito, Gunzi; Uruichi, Mikio; Yakushi, Kyuya


    The partially deuterated 4,5-ethylenedioxy-tetrathiafulvalene- d2 (EDO-TTF- d2) was synthesized from the undeuterated EDO-TTF- d0. The single crystals of (EDO-TTF- d2) 2XF 6 (X = P, As) were prepared by the conventional electrocrystallization technique. The deuterium contents of EDO-TTF- d2 itself and the radical cation salts were 99% D by mass spectral analysis. The magnetic susceptibility measurement revealed that (EDO-TTF- d2) 2XF 6 undergoes a metal-insulator transition at 2-3 K higher temperature than the undeuterated salts. In infrared and Raman spectra, significant isotope shifts were observed not only on C-H vibrational modes but also on TTF-skeletal modes. The assignment of experimental bands was performed on the basis of normal-mode analysis at B3LYP/6-31G(d,p) level of theory.

  12. Off-planar geometry and structural instability of EDO-TTF explained by using the extended debye polarizability model for bond angles. (United States)

    Linker, Gerrit-Jan; van Duijnen, Piet Th; van Loosdrecht, Paul H M; Broer, Ria


    The geometry of ethylenedioxy-tetrathiafulvalene, EDO-TTF, plays an important role in the metal-insulator transition in the charge transfer salt (EDO-TTF)(2)PF(6). The planar and off-planar geometrical conformations of the EDO-TTF molecules are explained using an extended Debye polarizability model for the bond angle. The geometrical structure of EDO-TTF is dictated by its four sulfur bond angles and these are, in turn, determined by the polarizability of the sulfur atoms. With Hartree-Fock and second-order Møller-Plesset perturbation theory calculations on EDO-TTF, TTF, H(2)S, and their oxygen and selenium substituted counterparts we confirm this hypothesis. The Debye polarizability model for bond angles relates directly the optimum bond angle with the polarizability of the center atom. Considering the (EDO-TTF)(2)PF(6) material in this light proves to be very fruitful.

  13. Synthesis and Studies of Sulfur-Containing Heterocyclic Molecules for Molecular Electronics

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    Mazzanti, Virginia

    This work describes the synthesis and studies of sulfur containing π conjugated heterocycles, which are considered interesting motifs in the field of molecular electronics. The first project, which is covered in Chapter 1, concerns the functionalization of tetracycle dibenzo[bc,fg][1......,4]dithiapentalene (DDP). Attempts to prepare the S-O analog are also discussed. Chapter 2, focuses upon the studies performed on DDP and other sulfur containing π conjugated organic molecules. Organic Field Effect Transistor devices were fabricated and their performances were evaluated. Chapter 3 entails...... the synthesis of dimeric structures of redox active system tetrathiafulvalene (TTF). Molecules with different conjugation pathways bridging two TTFs were synthesized and studied using CV and DPV in order to probe the electronic interaction between these two redox units. The last aspect of this thesis, which...

  14. Guided assembly of metal and hybrid conductive probes using floating potential dielectrophoresis. (United States)

    Puigmartí-Luis, Josep; Stadler, Johannes; Schaffhauser, Daniel; del Pino, Angel Pérez; Burg, Brian R; Dittrich, Petra S


    We present the site-selective, parallel and reproducible formation of conductive gold and tetrathiafulvalene-gold (TTF-Au) hybrid micro- and nanowires from their respective ion salt and cation-radical solutions. While the formation of micro- and nanowires by means of dielectrophoresis with directly coupled electrodes has been thoroughly investigated in recent studies, we present here the first relevant example of metal and hybrid wire assembly obtained by floating potential dielectrophoresis. In this configuration, the assembly of micro- and nanowires is achieved by capacitively coupling a large electrode (bias electrode) to a conductive substrate (p-doped Si) separated by an insulating oxide layer. In contrast to former studies, this allows parallel production of micro- and nanowires with only one pair of electrodes connected to a sine wave generator. We further demonstrate that these structures are suitable probes for localized surface enhanced Raman spectroscopy (SERS).

  15. Surface-Enhanced Raman Spectroelectrochemistry of TTF-Modified Self-Assembled Monolayers. (United States)

    Paxton, Walter F; Kleinman, Samuel L; Basuray, Ashish N; Stoddart, J Fraser; Van Duyne, Richard P


    Surface-enhanced Raman spectroscopy (SERS) was used to monitor the response of a self-assembled monolayer (SAM) of a tetrathiafulvalene (TTF) derivative on a gold film-over-nanosphere electrode. The electrochemical response observed was rationalized in terms of the interactions between TTF moieties as the oxidation state was changed. Electrochemical oxidation to form the monocation caused the absorbance of the TTF unit to coincide with both the laser excitation wavelength and the localized surface plasmon resonance (LSPR), resulting in surface-enhanced resonance Raman scattering (SERRS). The vibrational frequency changes that accompany electron transfer afford a high-contrast mechanism that can be used to determine the oxidation state of the TTF unit in an unambiguous manner.

  16. Terahertz-Field-Induced Large Macroscopic Polarization and Domain-Wall Dynamics in an Organic Molecular Dielectric. (United States)

    Morimoto, T; Miyamoto, T; Yamakawa, H; Terashige, T; Ono, T; Kida, N; Okamoto, H


    A rapid polarization control in paraelectric materials is important for an ultrafast optical switching useful in the future optical communication. In this study, we applied terahertz-pump second-harmonic-generation-probe and optical-reflectivity-probe spectroscopies to the paraelectric neutral phase of an organic molecular dielectric, tetrathiafulvalene-p-chloranil and revealed that a terahertz pulse with the electric-field amplitude of ∼400  kV/cm produces in the subpicosecond time scale a large macroscopic polarization whose magnitude reaches ∼20% of that in the ferroelectric ionic phase. Such a large polarization generation is attributed to the intermolecular charge transfers and breathing motions of domain walls between microscopic neutral and ionic domains induced by the terahertz electric field.

  17. Physical Properties and Dimensionality of κ-(BEDT-TTF)2Cu(CN)[N(CN)2 (United States)

    Nakamura, Toshikazu; Komatsu, Tokutaro; Saito, Gunzi; Osada, Toshihito; Kagoshima, Seiichi; Miura, Noboru; Kato, Kiyonori; Maruyama, Yusei; Oshima, Kokichi


    The electrical resistivity measurements for the novel organic superconductor κ-(BEDT-TTF)2Cu(CN)[N(CN)2] (Tc{=}11.2 K) [BEDT-TTF represents bis (ethylenedithiolo)tetrathiafulvalene] under pressure or in high magnetic field were studied. Several physical parameters, such as the superconducting transition temperature (Tc), the depressibility of Tc with pressure (-dTc/dP), the residual resistance ratio (RRR), the upper critical field (HC2), and the effective Ginzburg-Landau mass anisotropy between perpendicular and parallel to the conducting plane (m///m\\bot), are determined. They are discussed in comparison with those of other κ-type organic superconductors with Tc above 10 K; κ-(BEDT-TTF)2Cu(NCS)2 and κ-(BEDT-TTF)2Cu[N(CN)2]Br. A simple relation was observed between these parameters (Tc, -dTc/dP and RRR) and the dimensionality of the electronic structures of these superconductors.

  18. Functionally rigid bistable [2]rotaxanes

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    Nygaard, Sune; Leung, Ken C-F; Aprahamian, Ivan


    component resides, to all intents and purposes, predominantly on the MPTTF unit in the ground state. As a consequence of these two effects, the assignment of NMR and UV-vis data is more simplified as compared to previous donor-acceptor bistable [2]rotaxanes. This development has not only allowed for much......Two-station [2]rotaxanes in the shape of a degenerate naphthalene (NP) shuttle and a nondegenerate monopyrrolotetrathiafulvalene (MPTTF)/NP redox-controllable switch have been synthesized and characterized in solution. Their dumbbell-shaped components are composed of polyether chains interrupted......-free bistable [2]rotaxane. Utilization of MPTTF removes the cis/trans isomerization that characterizes the tetrathiafulvalene (TTF) parent core structure. Furthermore, only one translational isomer is observed (> 95

  19. A Novel Extended N-Methyl Monopyrrolotetrathiafulvalene Based on 2-Methylene-4,5-Bis(Methylthio-1,3-Dithiole

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    Ruibin Hou


    Full Text Available The title compound was prepared via a cross-coupling reaction and its crystal structure has been determined. It crystallized in the triclinic space group P-1 with cell parameters: a = 8.552(2 Å, b = 11.310(2 Å, c = 16.150(3 Å, α = 109.55(3°, β = 91.45(3°, γ = 91.28(3°, V = 1470.6(5 Å3, Z = 2 at 296 K. There is one molecule in the asymmetric unit. In the crystal structure, the neighboring molecules from dimers by weak intermolecular π···π interactions between the pyrrole and tetrathiafulvalene units. The dimers are further linked through C-H···π interactions to generate one-dimensional chains along the [100] direction. The arrangement of the molecules corresponds to an overlap between the HOMO and LUMO.

  20. Hydrogen bonded anion ribbons, networks and clusters and sulfur-anion interactions in novel radical cation salts of BEDT-TTF with sulfamate, pentaborate and bromide. (United States)

    Brooks, Andrew C; Martin, Lee; Day, Peter; Lopes, Elsa B; Almeida, Manuel; Kikuchi, Koichi; Fujita, Wataru; Sasamori, Kota; Aktusu, Hiroki; Wallis, John D


    The novel radical cation salt (BEDT-TTF)3(sulfamate)2·2H2O (BEDT-TTF = bis(ethylenedithio)tetrathiafulvalene) is semiconducting with donor stacks comprised of pairs of partially oxidized molecules and a single more highly oxidized molecule which is twisted out of the stack by ca. 30°. Hydrogen bonded pairs of sulfamate ions are linked into parallel ribbons by further hydrogen bonding between sulfamates and bridging water molecules. In contrast, the BEDT-TTF salt with pentaborate contains infinite layers formed of a network of hydrogen bonded pentaborate anions. Two new bromide salts of BEDT-TTF are reported, one is a semiconducting 1 : 1 salt in which the bromide is integrated among the BEDT-TTF donors, while the other contain a square of four bromide ions linked together by hydrogen bonding to a centrally located H5O2(+) cation for every five BEDT-TTF molecules.

  1. Insulator-metal transitions induced by electric field and photoirradiation in organic Mott insulator deuterated κ-(BEDT-TTF)2Cu[N(CN)2]Br. (United States)

    Sabeth, Farzana; Iimori, Toshifumi; Ohta, Nobuhiro


    The Mott insulator-metal transition induced by an external stimulus such as electric field, pressure, chemical doping, or photoirradiation has received considerable attention because of the potential use in new optoelectronic functional devices. Here we report an abrupt Mott insulator-metal transition observed as a current jump in a molecular-based Mott insulator, namely, deuterated κ-(BEDT-TTF)(2)Cu[N(CN)(2)]Br, where BEDT-TTF = bis(ethylenedithio)tetrathiafulvalene, upon application of a pulsed voltage of certain magnitude (threshold voltage). Furthermore, the threshold voltage needed for the transition is shown to be reduced by photoirradiation. Thus, the Mott insulator-metal transition can be controlled by a combination of an external electric field and photoirradiation.

  2. Protonated paramagnetic redox forms of di-o-quinone bridged with p-phenylene-extended TTF: A EPR spectroscopy study

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    Nikolay O. Chalkov


    Full Text Available The chemical oxidation and reduction processes of deprotonated, direduced o-quinone-exTTF-o-quinone in protic solvents were studied by EPR spectroscopy. The formation of relatively stable paramagnetic protonated redox forms of the parent triad was very surprising. The character of spin-density distribution in the semiquinone–quinone and semiquinone–catechol redox forms indicates that the p-phenylene-extended tetrathiafulvalene connector provides a quite effective electronic communication channel between dioxolene coordination sites. It was found that the deprotonated, direduced o-quinone-exTTF-o-quinone is capable to reduction of the metal copper in solution. The radical anion species formed in this reaction exists in solution as a solvent-separated ion pair with a copper cation. A character of spin-density distribution in a radical anion species leads to the conclusion that the ligand corresponds to type III of the Robin–Day classification.

  3. Protonated paramagnetic redox forms of di-o-quinone bridged with p-phenylene-extended TTF: A EPR spectroscopy study. (United States)

    Chalkov, Nikolay O; Cherkasov, Vladimir K; Abakumov, Gleb A; Starikov, Andrey G; Kuropatov, Viacheslav A


    The chemical oxidation and reduction processes of deprotonated, direduced o-quinone-exTTF-o-quinone in protic solvents were studied by EPR spectroscopy. The formation of relatively stable paramagnetic protonated redox forms of the parent triad was very surprising. The character of spin-density distribution in the semiquinone-quinone and semiquinone-catechol redox forms indicates that the p-phenylene-extended tetrathiafulvalene connector provides a quite effective electronic communication channel between dioxolene coordination sites. It was found that the deprotonated, direduced o-quinone-exTTF-o-quinone is capable to reduction of the metal copper in solution. The radical anion species formed in this reaction exists in solution as a solvent-separated ion pair with a copper cation. A character of spin-density distribution in a radical anion species leads to the conclusion that the ligand corresponds to type III of the Robin-Day classification.

  4. Development and Validation of Spectrophotometric Methods for the Determination of Rasagiline in Pharmaceutical Preparations

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    Serife Evrim Kepekci Tekkeli


    Full Text Available This study presents three simple, rapid, and accurate spectrophotometric methods for the determination of Rasagiline (RSG in pharmaceutical preparations. The determination procedures depend on the reaction of RSG with chloranilic acid for method A, tetrachloro-1,4-benzoquinone for method B, and 7,7,8,8-tetracyanoquinodimethane for method C. The colored products were quantitated spectrophotometrically at 524, 535, and 843 nm for methods A, B, and C, respectively. Different variables affecting the reaction were optimized. Linearity ranges of the methods with good correlation coefficients (0.9988–0.9996 were observed as 25–300 µg mL−1, 25–350 µg mL−1, and 50–500 µg mL−1 for methods A, B, and C, respectively. The formation of products takes place through different mechanisms. The sites of interaction were confirmed by elemental analysis using IR and 1H-NMR spectroscopy. The validation of the methods was carried out in terms of specificity, linearity, accuracy, precision, robustness, limit of detection, and limit of quantitation. No interference was observed from concomitants usually present in dosage forms. The methods were applied successfully to the determination of RSG in pharmaceutical preparations.

  5. Organic nanowire hierarchy over fabric platform for flexible cold cathode (United States)

    Maiti, Soumen; Narayan Maiti, Uday; Pal, Shreyasi; Chattopadhyay, Kalyan Kumar


    Organic charge transfer (CT) complexes initiated a growing interest in modern electronic devices owing to their easy processability and unique characteristics. In this work, three-dimensional field emitters comprising metal-organic charge transfer complex nanostructures of AgTCNQ and CuTCNQ (TCNQ, 7,7,8,8-tetracyanoquinodimethane) over flexible fabric substrate are realized. Deliberate control over the reaction parameter during organic solid phase reaction leads to modification in structural parameters of the nanowires (i.e. length, diameter) as well as their arrangement atop the carbon fibers. The optimized arrays of AgTCNQ and CuTCNQ nanowires exhibit excellent field electron emission performance with very low turn-on (1.72 and 2.56 V μm-1) and threshold fields (4.21 and 6.33 V μm-1) respectively, which are comparable to those of the best organic field emitters reported to date. The underlying conducting carbon cloth with special woven-like geometry not only offers a flexible platform for nanowire growth, but also provides an additional field enhancement to ease the electron emission.

  6. The Effects of Stoichiometry on the Optical Properties of PTZ-TCNQ Charge Transfer Crystals (United States)

    Stone, Iris; Joshi, Jaydeep; Smith, Robert; Melis, Scott; van Keuren, Edward; Vora, Patrick

    Charge transfer (CT) crystals are two-component organic materials formed by stacked pairs of donor and acceptor molecules. Depending on the choice of donor and acceptor molecules it is possible to achieve semiconducting, insulating, or metallic characteristics, making the CT crystal platform potentially transformative for applications in low-cost flexible electronics. The use of phenothiazine (PTZ) donors and tetracyanoquinodimethane (TCNQ) acceptors is predicted to result in a semiconducting state with high electron and hole mobilities, properties that are ideal for ambipolar transistors. Here, we seek to understand the effect of stoichiometry on the optical and electronic properties of PTZ:TCNQ CT crystals by comparing nanowires with 1:1 stoichiometry to a novel 3:1 stoichiometry using temperature-dependent optical spectroscopy. Ensemble photoluminescence and absorption measurements indicate that a CT state forms in the 1:1 sample, whereas the 3:1 sample exhibits weaker coupling between TCNQ and PTZ. These results support a strong correlation between stoichiometry and optical properties. Our observations give important insight into how the intermolecular coupling varies with stoichiometry and are crucial to future efforts to realize an organic ambipolar transistor.

  7. Factors Governing Intercalation of Fullerenes and Other Small Molecules Between the Side Chains of Semiconducting Polymers Used in Solar Cells

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    Miller, Nichole Cates


    While recent reports have established signifi cant miscibility in polymer:fullerene blends used in organic solar cells, little is actually known about why polymers and fullerenes mix and how their mixing can be controlled. Here, X-ray diffraction (XRD), differential scanning calorimetry (DSC), and molecular simulations are used to study mixing in a variety of polymer:molecule blends by systematically varying the polymer and smallmolecule properties. It is found that a variety of polymer:fullerene blends mix by forming bimolecular crystals provided there is suffi cient space between the polymer side chains to accommodate a fullerene. Polymer:tetrafl uoro-tetracyanoquinodimethane (F4-TCNQ) bimolecular crystals were also observed, although bimolecular crystals did not form in the other studied polymer:nonfullerene blends, including those with both conjugated and non-conjugated small molecules. DSC and molecular simulations demonstrate that strong polymer-fullerene interactions can exist, and the calculations point to van der Waals interactions as a signifi cant driving force for molecular mixing. © 2012 WILEY-VCH Verlag GmbH & Co. KGaA, Weinheim.

  8. Spectrophotometric determination and thermodynamic studies of the charge transfer complexes of azelastine-HCl

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    Nahla N. Salama


    Full Text Available Three charge transfer complexes of azelastine as n-donor with π acceptors, dichloro-dicyanobenzoquinone (DDQ, chloranilic acid (CA and tetracyanoquinodimethane (TCNQ were prepared in acetonitrile. They yield a radical anions measured at 456, 520 and 841 nm within concentration ranges of 8.0–72, 40–320 and 1.6–14.4 μg mL−1 with good correlation coefficients (r = 0.9996–0.9998. The molar absorptivities and association constants for the colored products were evaluated using the Benesi–Hildebrand equation. The free energy change (ΔG0 and the enthalpy of formation (ΔH0 as well as the entropy (ΔS0 were determined for the reaction product with TCNQ. The methods were successfully applied to the analysis of azelastine in its pharmaceutical preparations, where no interferences could be observed from the additives commonly present in the eye drops or nasal spray as proved by good mean recoveries of 98.89 ± 1.06–99.54 ± 1.84%. The results were compared, favorably with the manufacturer method and validated according to ICH guidelines.

  9. Analytical Study for the Charge-Transfer Complexes of Pregabalin

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    Hesham Salem


    Full Text Available Studies were carried out, for the first time, to investigate the charge-transfer reactions of Pregabalin (PRE as n-electron donor with various π-acceptors: 7,7,8,8-tetracyanoquinodimethane (TCNQ, 2,3-dichloro-5,6-dicyano-1,4-benzoquinone (DDQ, 2,5-dichloro-3,6-dihydroxy-1,4-benzoquinone (chloranilic acid, pCA, tetracyanoethylene (TCNE and 2,3,5,6-tetrachloro-1,4-benzoquinone (chloranil. Different colored charge-transfer complexes and radical anions were obtained. Different variables affecting the reactions were studied and optimized. The formations of the colored complexes were utilized in the development of simple, rapid and accurate spectrophotometric methods for the analysis of PRE in pure form as well as in its pharmaceutical preparation. Under the optimum reaction conditions, linear relationships with good correlation coefficients (0.9995-0.9999 were found between the absorbance and the concentrations of PRE in the range of 8-400 µg mL-1. The limits of assays detection ranged from 0.60 to 8.11 µg mL-1. No interference could be observed from the additives commonly present in the capsules. The methods were successfully applied to the analysis of capsules that contain PRE, with good accuracy and precision; the recovery percentages ranged from 100.19±0.83 to 100.50±0.53. The results were compared favorably with the reported method.

  10. Application of Near-IR Absorption Porphyrin Dyes Derived from Click Chemistry as Third-Order Nonlinear Optical Materials. (United States)

    Mi, Yongsheng; Liang, Pengxia; Yang, Zhou; Wang, Dong; Cao, Hui; He, Wanli; Yang, Huai; Yu, Lian


    Recently, third-order nonlinear properties of porphyrins and porphyrin polymers and coordination compounds have been extensively studied in relation to their use in photomedicine and molecular photonics. A new functionalized porphyrin dye containing electron-rich alkynes was synthesized and further modified by formal [2+2] click reactions with click reagents tetracyanoethylene (TCNE) and 7, 7, 8, 8-tetracyanoquinodimethane (TCNQ). The photophysical properties of these porphyrin dyes, as well as the click reaction, were studied by UV/Vis spectroscopy. In particular, third-order nonlinear optical properties of the dyes, which showed typical d-π-A structures, were characterized by Z-scan techniques. In addition, the self-assembly properties were investigated through the phase-exchange method, and highly organized morphologies were observed by scanning electron microscopy (SEM). The effects of the click post-functionalization on the properties of the porphyrins were studied, and these functionalized porphyrin dyes represent an interesting set of candidates for optoelectronic device components.

  11. Exploring Charge Transport in Guest Molecule Infiltrated Cu3(BTC)2 Metal Organic Framework

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    Leonard, Francois Leonard [Sandia National Lab. (SNL-CA), Livermore, CA (United States); Stavila, Vitalie [Sandia National Lab. (SNL-CA), Livermore, CA (United States); Allendorf, Mark D. [Sandia National Lab. (SNL-CA), Livermore, CA (United States)


    The goal of this Exploratory Express project was to expand the understanding of the physical properties of our recently discovered class of materials consisting of metal-organic frameworks with electroactive ‘guest’ molecules that together form an electrically conducting charge-transfer complex (molecule@MOF). Thin films of Cu3(BTC)2 were grown on fused silica using solution step-by-step growth and were infiltrated with the molecule tetracyanoquinodimethane (TCNQ). The infiltrated MOF films were extensively characterized using optical microscopy, scanning electron microscopy, Raman spectroscopy, electrical conductivity, and thermoelectric properties. Thermopower measurements on TCNQ@Cu3(BTC)2 revealed a positive Seebeck coefficient of ~400 μV/k, indicating that holes are the primary carriers in this material. The high value of the Seebeck coefficient and the expected low thermal conductivity suggest that molecule@MOF materials may be attractive for thermoelectric power conversion applications requiring low cost, solution-processable, and non-toxic active materials.

  12. Spectrophotometric study on the charge transfer complex between sumatriptan succinate and some π-acceptors and alizarin derivatives

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    El Sheikh Ragaa


    Full Text Available A facile, accurate, sensitive and validated spectrophotometric methods for the determination of sumatriptan succinate (SMT in pure and in dosage forms are described. The methods are based on the formation of charge transfer products between SMT and chromogenic reagents 2,3-dichloro-5,6 dicyano-p-benzoquinone (DDQ, 7,7,8,8-tetracyanoquinodimethane(TCNQ, quinalizarin (Quiz and alizarin red S (ARS producing charge transfer complexes which showed an absorption maximum at 461, 841, 567 and 529 nm for DDQ, TCNQ, Quiz and ARS, respectively. The optimization of the reaction conditions such as the type of solvent, reagent concentration and reaction time were investigated. Beer’s law is obeyed in the concentration ranges 1.0-80 mg mL-1. The molar absorptivity, Sandell sensitivity, detection and quantification limits are also calculated. The correlation coefficient was ≥0.9994 with a relative standard deviation (R.S.D. of ≤ 1.08. The proposed methods were successfully applied for determination of sumatriptan in tablets with good accuracy and precision and without interferences from common additives by applying the standard addition technique. Developed methods have been validated statistically for their accuracy, precision, sensitivity, selectivity, robustness and ruggedness as per ICH guidelines and the results compared favourably with those obtained using the reported method.

  13. L-glutamate biosensor for estimation of the taste of tomato specimens. (United States)

    Pauliukaite, Rasa; Zhylyak, Gleb; Citterio, Daniel; Spichiger-Keller, Ursula E


    An amperometric biosensor has been developed for measurement of Umami, or the taste based on the amount of L-glutamate, in tomato foods. The biosensor is based on an enzyme-mediator system in which L-glutamate oxidase is used for biochemical oxidation of L-glutamate and a tetrafulvalene-tetracyanoquinodimethane (TTF-TCNQ) paste, prepared from the mixture of TTF-TCNQ salt, graphite powder, and silicone oil, serves as the mediator. The limit of detection, calculated by use of a four-parameter logistic model, was 0.05 mmol L(-1), and the limit of quantification was 0.15 mmol L(-1). The correlation coefficient (R2) was 0.990 and the relative standard deviation was no more than 1% (n=5). The response time (tau (95)) was 20-50 s, depending on concentration. The repeatability of the sensor was better than 5% (n=10). The sensor developed was stable for more than ten days.

  14. Doping graphene films via chemically mediated charge transfer

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    Ishikawa Ryousuke


    Full Text Available Abstract Transparent conductive films (TCFs are critical components of a myriad of technologies including flat panel displays, light-emitting diodes, and solar cells. Graphene-based TCFs have attracted a lot of attention because of their high electrical conductivity, transparency, and low cost. Carrier doping of graphene would potentially improve the properties of graphene-based TCFs for practical industrial applications. However, controlling the carrier type and concentration of dopants in graphene films is challenging, especially for the synthesis of p-type films. In this article, a new method for doping graphene using the conjugated organic molecule, tetracyanoquinodimethane (TCNQ, is described. Notably, TCNQ is well known as a powerful electron accepter and is expected to favor electron transfer from graphene into TCNQ molecules, thereby leading to p-type doping of graphene films. Small amounts of TCNQ drastically improved the resistivity without degradation of optical transparency. Our carrier doping method based on charge transfer has a huge potential for graphene-based TCFs.

  15. Layer-by-layer graphene/TCNQ stacked films as conducting anodes for organic solar cells. (United States)

    Hsu, Chang-Lung; Lin, Cheng-Te; Huang, Jen-Hsien; Chu, Chih-Wei; Wei, Kung-Hwa; Li, Lain-Jong


    Large-area graphene grown by chemical vapor deposition (CVD) is a promising candidate for transparent conducting electrode applications in flexible optoelectronic devices such as light-emitting diodes or organic solar cells. However, the power conversion efficiency (PCE) of the polymer photovoltaic devices using a pristine CVD graphene anode is still not appealing due to its much lower conductivity than that of conventional indium tin oxide. We report a layer-by-layer molecular doping process on graphene for forming sandwiched graphene/tetracyanoquinodimethane (TCNQ)/graphene stacked films for polymer solar cell anodes, where the TCNQ molecules (as p-dopants) were securely embedded between two graphene layers. Poly(3-hexylthiophene)/phenyl-C61-butyric acid methyl ester (P3HT/PCBM) bulk heterojunction polymer solar cells based on these multilayered graphene/TCNQ anodes are fabricated and characterized. The P3HT/PCBM device with an anode structure composed of two TCNQ layers sandwiched by three CVD graphene layers shows optimum PCE (∼2.58%), which makes the proposed anode film quite attractive for next-generation flexible devices demanding high conductivity and transparency.

  16. Application of pi-acceptors to the spectrophotometric determination of lisinopril in commercial dosage forms. (United States)

    Rahman, Nafisur; Anwar, Nishat; Kashif, Mohammad


    Two simple, rapid and sensitive spectrophotometric methods have been proposed for the determination of lisinopril in pure form and pharmaceutical formulations. The methods are based on the charge transfer complexation reaction of the drug with 7,7,8,8,tetracyanoquinodimethane (TCNQ) and p-chloranilic acid (pCA) in polar media. The lisinopril-TCNQ and lisinopril-pCA charge transfer complexes dissociate in acetone and methanol, respectively, and yield coloured TCNQ and pCA radical anions which are measured spectrophotometrically at 743 and 525 nm. Under optimised experimental conditions, Beer's law is obeyed in the concentration range of 2-26 and 25-300 microg ml-1 with molar absorptivity of 1.432x10(4) and 1.192x10(4) l mol-1 cm-1 for TCNQ and pCA methods, respectively. Both the methods have been applied to the determination of lisinopril in pharmaceutical dosage forms. Results of analysis are validated statistically.

  17. In situ Formed Co(TCNQ)2 Metal-Organic Framework Array as a High-Efficiency Catalyst for Oxygen Evolution Reactions. (United States)

    Wei, Yicheng; Ren, Xiang; Ma, Hongmin; Sun, Xu; Zhang, Yong; Kuang, Xuan; Yan, Tao; Wu, Dan; Wei, Qin


    Energy conversion and storage systems such as water splitting devices and metal-air batteries need excellent and energy-efficiency oxygen evolution reaction (OER) catalysts. This work reports the in situ development of sawtooth-like Co(TCNQ)2 (TCNQ=tetracyanoquinodimethane) metal-organic framework array on Co foil (Co(TCNQ)2 /Co) by means of a solution immersion method at room temperature. As an oxygen-evolving catalyst, the resulting Co(TCNQ)2 /Co demonstrates superior OER activity with overpotential of 310 mV to drive a geometrical catalytic current density of 15 mA cm-2 in 1.0 M KOH. Notably, it also shows good long-term electrochemical durability with its activity being retained for at least 20 h and achieves a high turnover frequency of 0.66 mol O2  s-1 at overpotential of 380 mV. © 2018 Wiley-VCH Verlag GmbH & Co. KGaA, Weinheim.

  18. Effects of interfacial modification on the performance of an organic transistor based on TCNQ LB films

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    Ohnuki, Hitoshi [Department of Marine Technology, Tokyo University of Marine Science and Technology, 2-1-6 Etchujima, Koto-ku, Tokyo 135-8533 (Japan)], E-mail:; Changhai, Wu; Izumi, Mitsuru [Department of Marine Technology, Tokyo University of Marine Science and Technology, 2-1-6 Etchujima, Koto-ku, Tokyo 135-8533 (Japan); Tatewaki, Yoko; Ikegami, Keiichi [Nanotechnology Research Institute, National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology, 1-1-1 Umezono Tsukuba 305-8568 (Japan)


    The influence of interfacial modifications of n-type organic-based thin-film transistors (OTFTs), using low work-function metal electrodes and self-assembled monolayers (SAMs), were analyzed by electrical and structural measurements. We employed ultra thin films of long-alkyl-chained tetracyanoquinodimethane (C{sub 18}-TCNQ) Langmuir-Blodgett (LB) films as the n-type semiconducting layer with nano-scale thickness. A significant increase in the drain current was observed for the OTFT with low work-function metal electrodes, and this current increase was consistent with the decrease in the injection barrier height for carrier electrons to transfer from the electrodes into the LB films. On the other hand, it was found that the density of interfacial trapping sites decreased with the SAMs treatment, even though no structural modification was induced by the SAM. This behavior is considered to be due to the elimination of active SiOH groups on the SiO{sub 2} substrate by the SAMs treatments. It was also found that the device parameters strongly depend on the alkyl chain length of the SAMs. In order to explain this phenomenon clearly, a new interfacial model based on the interaction between carrier electrons and interfacial SiOH groups is proposed.

  19. Fabrication and characterization of p+-i-p+ type organic thin film transistors with electrodes of highly doped polymer (United States)

    Tadaki, Daisuke; Ma, Teng; Zhang, Jinyu; Iino, Shohei; Hirano-Iwata, Ayumi; Kimura, Yasuo; Rosenberg, Richard A.; Niwano, Michio


    Organic thin film transistors (OTFTs) have been explored because of their advantageous features such as light-weight, flexible, and large-area. For more practical application of organic electronic devices, it is very important to realize OTFTs that are composed only of organic materials. In this paper, we have fabricated p+-i-p+ type of OTFTs in which an intrinsic (i) regioregular poly (3-hexylthiophene) (P3HT) layer is used as the active layer and highly doped p-type (p+) P3HT is used as the source and drain electrodes. The 2,3,5,6-tetrafluoro-7,7,8,8-tetracyanoquinodimethane (F4-TCNQ) was used as the p-type dopant. A fabricating method of p+-i-p+ OTFTs has been developed by using SiO2 and aluminum films as capping layers for micro-scaled patterning of the p+-P3HT electrodes. The characteristics of the OTFTs were examined using the photoelectron spectroscopy and electrical measurements. We demonstrated that the fabricated p+-i-p+ OTFTs work with carrier injection through a built-in potential at p+/i interfaces. We found that the p+-i-p+ OTFTs exhibit better FET characteristics than the conventional P3HT-OTFT with metal (Au) electrodes, indicating that the influence of a carrier injection barrier at the interface between the electrode and the active layer was suppressed by replacing the metal electrodes with p+-P3HT layers.

  20. Spin-frustrated antiferromagnets based on BEDT-TTF and manganese dicyanamide complexes (United States)

    Morgunov, R. B.; Kurganova, E. V.; Tanimoto, Y.; Markosyan, A. S.; Kazakova, A. V.; Kushch, N. D.; Yagubskiĭ, É. B.; Dubrovskiĭ, A. D.; Shilov, G. V.


    The magnetic properties of new radical cation salts ( BEDT-TTF)2[CuMn( dca)4] ( I) and ( BEDT-TTF)2[Mn( dca)3] ( II) [where BEDT-TTF = bis(ethylenedithio)tetrathiafulvalene and dca = N(CN2)] are investigated using superconducting quantum interference device (SQUID) magnetometry and electron paramagnetic resonance (EPR) spectroscopy. It is established that, at temperatures below 25 K, both salts are characterized by antiferromagnetic deviations from the paramagnetic behavior. The Weiss constants for compounds I and II are determined to be -5 and -10 K, respectively. The corresponding correlations in the structure of compound I are short-range correlations and do not lead to a change in the effective spin equal to 5/2. It is found that the widths of the EPR lines attributed to the BEDT-TTF conducting sublattice correlate with the widths of the EPR lines associated with the magnetic sublattice of the Mn( dca){3/-} counterion in the structure of salt II. This correlation suggests that the antiferromagnetic ordering in the magnetic sublattice of compound II affects the spin-lattice relaxation in the BEDT-TTF sublattice. The dependence of the magnetic moment on the magnetic field for compound II at a temperature of 2 K is typical of weakly frustrated uniaxial antiferromagnets and exhibits a kink in a magnetic field of 20 kOe, which corresponds to spin-flop transitions.

  1. Implementation of a new integrated d-lactic acid biosensor in a semiautomatic FIA system for the simultaneous determination of lactic acid enantiomers. Application to the analysis of beer samples. (United States)

    Vargas, E; Ruiz, M A; Campuzano, S; González de Rivera, G; López-Colino, F; Reviejo, A J; Pingarrón, J M


    An integrated amperometric d-lactic acid biosensor involving a gold film deposited by sputtering on a stainless steel disk electrode where the enzymes D-lactic acid dehydrogenase (DLDH) and diaphorase (DP) as well as the redox mediator tetrathiafulvalene (TTF) are coimmobilized by using a dialysis membrane, is reported in this work. Amperometry in stirred solutions at a detection potential of +0.15 V (vs Ag/AgCl reference electrode) provided a linear calibration plot for D-lactic acid over the 1.0×10(-4) to 3.8×10(-3) g L(-1) concentration range, with a limit of detection of 3.1×10(-5) g L(-1). The usefulness of the biosensor was demonstrated by determining D-lactic acid in beer samples with good results. Additionally, the biosensor was implemented together with a commercial L-lactic amperometric biosensor in a semiautomatic flow-injection analysis (FIA) system able to perform a rapid and simple stereo-specific determination of D- and D-lactic without a previous separation step. The operational characteristics of the biosensors under flow conditions were evaluated and its applicability was demonstrated through the simultaneous determination of both enantiomers in beer samples. Copyright © 2016 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.

  2. Automatic bionalyzer using an integrated amperometric biosensor for the determination of L-malic acid in wines. (United States)

    Vargas, E; Ruiz, M A; Ferrero, F J; Campuzano, S; Ruiz-Valdepeñas Montiel, V; Reviejo, A J; Pingarrón, J M


    A new automatic bioanalyzer for L-malic acid using an integrated amperometric biosensor as detector is reported for the first time in this work. The biosensor is constructed by gold film sputtering deposition on a stainless steel disk electrode and co-immobilization of the enzymes malate dehydrogenase (MDH) and diaphorase (DP) together with the redox mediator tetrathiafulvalene (TTF) by means of dialysis membrane. The analytical performance of the biosensor was evaluated when it was used as amperometric detector in three different analytical methodologies: stirred solutions, semiautomatic FIA system and automatic bioanalyzer. The bienzyme biosensor exhibited great analytical performance in terms of sensitivity, selectivity and reproducibility of the measurements and its usefulness was demonstrated by analyzing wine reference materials with certified content of L-malic acid. The attractive analytical and operational characteristics demonstrated by the automatic bioanalyzer make it a promising simple, rapid and field-based tool for routine wine and fruit control. Copyright © 2016 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.

  3. Self-assembled architectures with segregated donor and acceptor units of a dyad based on a monopyrrolo-annulated TTF-PTM radical. (United States)

    Souto, Manuel; Solano, Marta V; Jensen, Morten; Bendixen, Dan; Delchiaro, Francesca; Girlando, Alberto; Painelli, Anna; Jeppesen, Jan O; Rovira, Concepció; Ratera, Imma; Veciana, Jaume


    An electron donor-acceptor dyad based on a polychlorotriphenylmethyl (PTM) radical subunit linked to a tetrathiafulvalene (TTF) unit through a π-conjugated N-phenyl-pyrrole-vinylene bridge has been synthesized and characterized. The intramolecular electron transfer process and magnetic properties of the radical dyad have been evaluated by cyclic voltammetry, UV/Vis spectroscopy, vibrational spectroscopy, and ESR spectroscopy in solution and in the solid state. The self-assembling abilities of the radical dyad and of its protonated non-radical analogue have been investigated by X-ray crystallographic analysis, which revealed that the radical dyad produced a supramolecular architecture with segregated donor and acceptor units in which the TTF subunits were arranged in 1D herringbone-type stacks. Analysis of the X-ray data at different temperatures suggests that the two inequivalent molecules that form the asymmetric unit of the crystal of the radical dyad evolve into an opposite degree of electronic delocalization as the temperature decreases. © 2015 WILEY-VCH Verlag GmbH & Co. KGaA, Weinheim.

  4. Processing and Performance of Polymeric Transparent Conductive Composites

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    Parul Jain


    Full Text Available Recent advances in microelectronic and optoelectronic industries have spurred interest in the development of reticulate doped polymer films containing “metallic” charge transfer complexes. In this study, such reticulate doped polymer films were prepared by exposing solid solutions of bis(ethylenedioxy tetrathiafulvalene (BEDO-TTF in polycarbonate (PC to iodine, forming conductive charge transfer complexes. The resulting films exhibited room temperature conductivities ranging from 6.33 to  S    cm−1. The colored iodine complexes in the film were reduced by cyclic voltammetry yielding conductive, colorless, transparent films. We were intrigued to examine the dielectric properties of BEDO-TTF in solid solution in PC prior to formation of the charge transfer complex as no such studies appear in the literature. Dielectric analysis (DEA was used to probe relaxations in neat PC and BEDO-TTF/PC. BEDO-TTF plasticized the PC and decreased the glass transition temperature. Two secondary relaxations appeared in PC films, whereas the transitions merged in the BEDO-TTF/PC film. DEA also evidenced conductivity relaxations above 180°C which are characterized via electric modulus formalism and revealed that BEDO-TTF increased AC conductivity in PC.

  5. Simultaneous determination of cadaverine and putrescine using a disposable monoamine oxidase based biosensor. (United States)

    Henao-Escobar, Wilder; Domínguez-Renedo, Olga; Asunción Alonso-Lomillo, M; Julia Arcos-Martínez, M


    The selective and simultaneous amperometric determination of putrescine (Put) and cadaverine (Cad) has been carried out using a novel design of screen-printed carbon electrode (SPCE) with two working electrodes connected in array mode. A mixture of 3% of tetrathiafulvalene (TTF), as mediator, and carbon ink was used for the construction of the screen-printed working electrode. The employment of different amounts of monoamine oxidase (MAO) enzyme on these modified TTF/SPCEs and the use of gold nanoparticles (AuNPs) allowed performing the simultaneous determination of both analytes. The amperometric detection has been performed by measuring the oxidation current of the mediator at a potential of+250 mV vs. screen-printed Ag/AgCl reference electrode. A linear response in the Cad concentration range from 19.6 till 107.1 µM and from 9.9 till 74.1 μM for Put was obtained at the MAO/AuNPs/TTF/SPCE biosensor. This device showed a capability of detection of 9.9 and 19.9±0.9 µM (n=4 α=β=0.05) and a precision of 4.9% and 10.3% in terms of relative standard deviation for Put and Cad, respectively. The developed biosensor was successfully applied to the simultaneous determination of Put and Cad in octopus samples. © 2013 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.

  6. Forces in EDO-TTF: Theoretical study of isotope and charge effects on vibronic coupling (United States)

    Tokunaga, Ken

    Isotope and charge effects on vibronic coupling constant (V) and energy gradient (g) of ethylenedioxy-tetrathiafulvalen (EDO-TTF) upon the electron injection into cation and electron removal from neutral molecule are investigated. It is found that normal modes which include C = C stretching motion generally have large V and g. For electron removal, three normal modes (v460, v470, and v480) have large Vi+ and gi+, and deuteration results in decrease of V46+ and increase of V47+. For electron injection, five normal modes (ν+42, ν+44, ν+45, ν+47, and ν+48) have large vi0 and gi0 deuteration results in increase of V045 and V048 and decrease of V047. From the analysis of vibronic coupling constants using vibronic coupling density (VCD), regional vibronic coupling constant (RVCC), and atomic vibronic coupling constant (AVCC), it is revealed that the change in normal mode vectors (d) due to the deuteration and electron removal (or injection) leads to the change in V.

  7. Donor-Acceptor Properties of a Single-Molecule Altered by On-Surface Complex Formation. (United States)

    Meier, Tobias; Pawlak, Rémy; Kawai, Shigeki; Geng, Yan; Liu, Xunshan; Decurtins, Silvio; Hapala, Prokop; Baratoff, Alexis; Liu, Shi-Xia; Jelínek, Pavel; Meyer, Ernst; Glatzel, Thilo


    Electron donor-acceptor molecules are of outstanding interest in molecular electronics and organic solar cells for their intramolecular charge transfer controlled via electrical or optical excitation. The preservation of their electronic character in the ground state upon adsorption on a surface is cardinal for their implementation in such single-molecule devices. Here, we investigate by atomic force microscopy and scanning tunneling microscopy a prototypical system consisting of a π-conjugated tetrathiafulvalene-fused dipyridophenazine molecule adsorbed on thin NaCl films on Cu(111). Depending on the adsorption site, the molecule is found either in a nearly undisturbed free state or in a bound state. In the latter case, the molecule adopts a specific adsorption site, leading to the formation of a chelate complex with a single Na(+) alkali cation pulled out from the insulating film. Although expected to be electronically decoupled, the charge distribution of the complex is drastically modified, leading to the loss of the intrinsic donor-acceptor character. The chelate complex formation is reversible with respect to lateral manipulations, enabling tunable donor-acceptor molecular switches activated by on-surface coordination.

  8. Hydrogen bond-promoted metallic state in a purely organic single-component conductor under pressure. (United States)

    Isono, Takayuki; Kamo, Hiromichi; Ueda, Akira; Takahashi, Kazuyuki; Nakao, Akiko; Kumai, Reiji; Nakao, Hironori; Kobayashi, Kensuke; Murakami, Youichi; Mori, Hatsumi


    Purely organic materials are generally insulating. Some charge-carrier generation, however, can provide them with electrical conductivity. In multi-component organic systems, carrier generation by intermolecular charge transfer has given many molecular metals. By contrast, in purely organic single-component systems, metallic states have rarely been realized although some neutral-radical semiconductors have been reported. Here we uncover a new type of purely organic single-component molecular conductor by utilizing strong hydrogen-bonding interactions between tetrathiafulvalene-based electron-donor molecules. These conductors are composed of highly symmetric molecular units constructed by the strong intra-unit hydrogen bond. Moreover, we demonstrate that, in this system, charge carriers are produced by the partial oxidation of the donor molecules and delocalized through the formation of the symmetric intra-unit hydrogen bonds. As a result, our conductors show the highest room-temperature electrical conductivity and the metallic state under the lowest physical pressure among the purely organic single-component systems, to our knowledge.

  9. Shape-controlled synthesis of hybrid nanomaterials via three-dimensional hydrodynamic focusing. (United States)

    Lu, Mengqian; Yang, Shikuan; Ho, Yi-Ping; Grigsby, Christopher L; Leong, Kam W; Huang, Tony Jun


    Shape-controlled synthesis of nanomaterials through a simple, continuous, and low-cost method is essential to nanomaterials research toward practical applications. Hydrodynamic focusing, with its advantages of simplicity, low-cost, and precise control over reaction conditions, has been used for nanomaterial synthesis. While most studies have focused on improving the uniformity and size control, few have addressed the potential of tuning the shape of the synthesized nanomaterials. Here we demonstrate a facile method to synthesize hybrid materials by three-dimensional hydrodynamic focusing (3D-HF). While keeping the flow rates of the reagents constant and changing only the flow rate of the buffer solution, the molar ratio of two reactants (i.e., tetrathiafulvalene (TTF) and HAuCl4) within the reaction zone varies. The synthesized TTF-Au hybrid materials possess very different and predictable morphologies. The reaction conditions at different buffer flow rates are studied through computational simulation, and the formation mechanisms of different structures are discussed. This simple one-step method to achieve continuous shape-tunable synthesis highlights the potential of 3D-HF in nanomaterials research.

  10. Crystal structure of ethylenedioxytetrathiafulvalene-4,5-bis(thiolbenzoic acid 0.25-hydrate

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    Yuanyuan Zhang


    Full Text Available In the title compound (systematic name: 4,4′-{[2-(5,6-dihydro-[1,3]dithiolo[4,5-b][1,4]dioxin-2-ylidene-1,3-dithiole-4,5-diyl]bis(sulfanediyl}dibenzoic acid 0.25-hydrate, C22H14O6S6·0.25H2O, the tetrathiafulvalene (TTF core adopts a boat conformation, where the central S2C=CS2 plane makes dihedral angles of 31.34 (4 and 26.83 (6°, respectively, with the peripheral S2C=CS2 and S2C2O2 planes. In the crystal, the benzoic acid molecules are linked via O—H...O hydrogen bonds, forming inversion dimers with R22(8 motifs. The dimers are linked through weak C—H...O hydrogen bonds into a chain structure along [-101]. The chains stack along the a axis through S...S and S...C short contacts, forming layers parallel to the ac plane.

  11. Structural Diversity in the Complexes of Trimeric Perfluoro- o -phenylene Mercury with Tetrathia- and Tetramethyltetraselenafulvalene

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    Castañeda, Raúl [New Mexico Highlands Univ., Las Vegas, NV (United States); Yakovenko, Andrey A. [Argonne National Lab. (ANL), Argonne, IL (United States); Draguta, Sergiu [New Mexico Highlands Univ., Las Vegas, NV (United States); Fonari, Marina S. [New Mexico Highlands Univ., Las Vegas, NV (United States); Academy of Sciences of Moldova, Chisinau (Moldova); Antipin, Mikhail Yu. [New Mexico Highlands Univ., Las Vegas, NV (United States); Russian Academy of Sciences (RAS), Moscow (Russian Federation); Timofeeva, Tatiana V. [New Mexico Highlands Univ., Las Vegas, NV (United States); ITMO Univ., St. Petersburg (Russia)


    Five potential charge transfer complexes of trimeric perfluoro-o-phenylene mercury (I) with tetrathiafulvalene (TTF) and tetramethyltetraselenefulvalene (TMTSF) were grown from different solvent mixtures. The adducts (I)2·TTF (1) and I·TTF (2) were grown by slow evaporation from the 1:1 mixture of dichloromethane (CH2Cl2, DCM) and carbon disulfide (CS2). Use of the different 1:1 solvent mixtures of dichloromethane (CH2Cl2, DCM) and dichloroethane (C2H4Cl2, DCE) has led to the crystalline adducts I·TTF (3) and I·TTF·DCE (4). Adduct I.TMTSF (5) was grown by the interface crystallization on the border of two immiscible layers, ethyl acetate, and carbon disulfide. The cocrystals differ by the donor–acceptor ratio, molecular packing, and the solvent inclusion. The components in 1–5 form mixed donor–acceptor stacks. The stacks are stabilized by Hg···S and Hg···C short contacts, while the lateral interactions between stacks include F···F, CH···F, and S/Se···F short contacts.

  12. 3-D coordination polymers based on the tetrathiafulvalenetetracarboxylate (TTF-TC) derivative: synthesis, characterization, and oxidation issues. (United States)

    Nguyen, Thi Le Anh; Demir-Cakan, Rezan; Devic, Thomas; Morcrette, Mathieu; Ahnfeldt, Tim; Auban-Senzier, Pascale; Stock, Norbert; Goncalves, Anne-Marie; Filinchuk, Yaroslav; Tarascon, Jean-Marie; Férey, Gérard


    The reactivity of the redox-active tetracarboxylic acid derived from the tetrathiafulvalene (TTF-TC)H(4) with alkaline cations (K, Rb, Cs) is reported. The exploration of various experimental parameters (temperature, pH) led to the formation of four crystalline three-dimensional coordination polymers formulated M(2)(TTF-TC)H(2) (M = K, Rb, Cs), denoted MIL-132(K), MIL-133(isostructural K, Rb), and MIL-134(Cs). Thermogravimetric analysis and thermodiffraction show that all of the solids are thermally stable up to 150-200 degrees C in the air. In order to exploit the possibility of oxidation of the organic linker in TTF-based compounds, they were employed as positive electrodes in a classical lithium cell. A highly reversible cyclability was achieved at high current density (10 C) with a reasonable performance (approximately 50 mAh g(-1)). Finally, combined electro-(sub)hydrothermal synthesis was used to prepare a fifth 3-D coordination polymer formulated K(TTF-TC)H(2) (denoted MIL-135(K)), this time not based on the neutral TTF-TC linker but its radical, oxidized form TTF-TC(+*). This solid is less thermally stable than its neutral counterparts but exhibits a semiconducting behavior, with a conductivity at room temperature of about 1 mS cm(-1).

  13. Preparation of hybrid devices containing nylon/M(II)Pc-TTF (M=Cu, Zn) films with potential optical and electrical applications (United States)

    Sánchez-Vergara, María Elena; López-Romero, Diana Monserrat; Vidal-García, Pablo; Jiménez-Jarquín, Christian; Hernandez-García, Aline; Jiménez-Sandoval, Omar


    Hybrid devices consisting of metallophthalocyanines, MPcs (M=Zn, Cu), doped with a Tetrathiafulvalene (TTF) derivative and dispersed in nylon 11 have been prepared by using a thermal evaporation technique. The effects of thermal relaxation on the structure and morphology of the samples were studied by FT-IR spectroscopy, SEM and X-ray diffraction. The thermal relaxation in nylon 11 produced a crystalline arrangement in the α- and β-form MPc molecules. Changes in conductivity of the devices suggest the formation of alternative paths for carrier conduction. It was found that the temperature-dependent electric current in Zn devices showed a semiconductor behavior. Finally, the optical direct and indirect band gap of these hybrid devices was evaluated from optical absorption measurements. The band gap values were found to decrease from 3.7 to 1.38 eV (for the ZnPc device), and from 1.9 to 1.1 eV (for the CuPc device), with the addition of TTF in the polymeric matrix. [Figure not available: see fulltext.

  14. Complexation and Electronic Communication between Corannulene-Based Buckybowls and a Curved Truxene-TTF Donor. (United States)

    Gallego, María; Calbo, Joaquín; Krick Calderon, Rafael M; Pla, Paula; Hsieh, Ya-Chu; Pérez, Emilio M; Wu, Yao-Ting; Ortí, Enrique; Guldi, Dirk M; Martín, Nazario


    The association behavior of an electron-donating, bowl-shaped, truxene-based tetrathiafulvalene (truxTTF) with two corannulene-based fullerene fragments, C32 H12 and C38 H14 , is investigated in several solvents. Formation of 1:1 complexes is followed by absorption titrations and complemented by density functional theory (DFT) calculations. The binding constants are in the range log Ka =2.9-3.5. DFT calculations reveal that the most stable arrangement is the conformation in which the 1,3-dithiole ring of truxTTF is placed inside the concave cavity of the corannulene derivative. This arrangement is confirmed experimentally by NMR measurements, and implies that a combination of π-π and CH-π interactions is the driving force for association. Time-dependent DFT calculations reproduce the experimental UV/Vis titrations and provide a detailed understanding of the spectral changes observed. Femtosecond transient absorption studies reveal the processes occurring after photoexcitation of either C32 H12 or C38 H14 and their supramolecular associates with truxTTF. In the case of truxTTF⋅C38 H14 , photoexcitation yields the charge-separated state truxTTF(.+) ⋅C38 H14(.-) with a lifetime of approximately 160 ps. © 2017 Wiley-VCH Verlag GmbH & Co. KGaA, Weinheim.

  15. Enantiopure and racemic radical-cation salts of bis(2'-hydroxylpropylthio)(ethylenedithio)TTF with polyiodide anions. (United States)

    Martin, Lee; Wallis, John D; Guziak, Milena; Maksymiw, Peter; Konalian-Kempf, Florence; Christian, Anthony; Nakatsuji, Shin'ichi; Yamada, Jun'ichi; Akutsu, Hiroki


    The chiral TTF-based donor molecule bis(2'-hydroxylpropylthio)(ethylenedithio)tetrathiafulvalene (BHPT-EDT-TTF) has produced enantiopure R,R and S,S radical-cation salts with polyiodide anions I3- and I82-. Enantiomorphic 6 : 6 donor : I3 phases grown from either the R,R or S,S donor are semiconducting with similar activation energies of 0.24-0.30 eV and 0.22-0.23 eV, respectively, and contain three unique face-to-face donor pairs whose relative orientation is determined by side chain conformations and hydrogen bonding. Racemic material under the same conditions gave an insulating centrosymmetric phase with R,R and S,S donor cations in a face-to-face pair partnered with an octaiodide dianion, and with a ca. 3 : 1 disorder between the enantiomers. Enantiopure BHPT-EDT-TTF yielded two further insulating crystalline phases of composition 2 : 2 with triiodide and 2 : 1 with octaiodide.

  16. Disposable magnetic DNA sensors for the determination at the attomolar level of a specific enterobacteriaceae family gene. (United States)

    Loaiza, Oscar A; Campuzano, Susana; Pedrero, María; Pividori, M Isabel; García, Pedro; Pingarrón, José M


    Disposable magnetic DNA sensors using an enzyme-amplified strategy for the specific detection of a gene related to the Enterobacteriaceae bacterial family, based on the coupling of streptavidin-peroxidase to biotinylated lacZ gene target sequences, has been developed. A biotinylated 25-mer capture probe was attached to streptavidin-modified magnetic beads and hybridization with the biotinylated target was allowed to proceed. Then, a streptavidin-peroxidase polymer was attached to the biotinylated target, and the resulting modified magnetic beads were captured by a magnetic field on the surface of tetrathiafulvalene (TTF) modified gold screen-printed electrodes (Au/SPEs). The amperometric response obtained at -0.15 V after the addition of hydrogen peroxide was used to detect the hybridization process. In order to improve the sensitivity of the determination and reduce the assay time, different variables of the assay protocol were optimized. A low detection limit (5.7 fmol) with good stability (RSD = 7.1%, n = 10) was obtained. The DNA nonspecific adsorption at the magnetic beads was negligible, the obtained results thus demonstrating the possibility to detect the hybridization event with great specificity and sensitivity. The developed method was used for the analysis of Escherichia coli DNA fragments (326 bases) in polymerase chain reaction (PCR) amplicons extracted from a cell culture. As low as 2.5 aM asymmetric PCR product could be detected with the developed methodology.

  17. A QCM study of ORR-OER and an in situ study of a redox mediator in DMSO for Li-O2 batteries. (United States)

    Schaltin, Stijn; Vanhoutte, Gijs; Wu, Minxian; Bardé, Fanny; Fransaer, Jan


    The oxygen reduction reaction and oxygen evolution reaction (ORR-OER) in DMSO were investigated by cyclic voltammetry and potentiostatic methods. A quartz crystal microbalance (QCM) was used to detect which products are formed during reduction and to evaluate the reversibility of the reactions. The studied parameters include the scan rate and the applied cathodic potential. We confirm by the QCM that LiO2 is soluble: this conclusion comes from the time delay we observed between the deposition of the expected mass (based on Faraday's law) and the measured mass. Ambiguity in reported literature values for the slope of the deposited mass per electron M/z is due to the negligence in considering this time delay. The average M/z value versus cathodic charge indicates that soluble LiO2 is the first product of the ORR which reacts further to form Li2O2, either via a disproportionation reaction or via further electrochemical reduction of LiO2. For strong negative potentials and thus large depths of discharge, Li2O is the main discharge product. The reaction pathways hence strongly depend on the experimental conditions applied; especially the reduction potential. The redox mediator tetrathiafulvalene (TTF) was investigated and its influence on reversibility was confirmed by cycling at moderate depths of discharge, where Li2O2 is the main discharge product.

  18. Electronic and structural effects on the nonlinear optical behavior in push-pull TTF/tricarbonyl chromiun arene complexes. (United States)

    Insuasty, Braulio; Atienza, Carmen; Seoane, Carlos; Martín, Nazario; Garín, Javier; Orduna, Jesús; Alcalá, Rafael; Villacampa, Belén


    A novel D-pi-A system in which tetrathiafulvalene (TTF) and pi-extended TTFs as strong electron donors are covalently connected to a tricarbonyl (eta(6)-arene)chromium complex as the acceptor moiety through a systematically increased conjugated bridge of vinylene units (12a-c, 16a-c) have been synthesized by Wittig-Horner olefination reaction. The electronic spectra as well as the electrochemical data reveal a different behavior of TTF derivatives (12a-c) and of exTTF derivatives (16a-c). Cyclic voltammetry shows the influence of the tricarbonylchromium arene on the oxidation potentials in compounds 12a-c, and no remarkable effect is observed for exTTFs (16a-c). The nonlinear optical properties of 12a-c and 16a-c have been calculated by using the ab initio CPHF/6-31G//B3P86/6-31G model, and the time-dependent density functional theory (TD-DFT) method has been used for the calculation of the electronic transitions. The calculations reveal that an intraligand charge-transfer transition (ILCT) and the metal to ligand charge-transfer transition (MLCT) are responsible for the nonlinear response. In addition, the large angles formed by the ground-state dipole moment and the vectorial hyperpolarizability are responsible for the mubeta values determined experimentally by the EFISH technique.

  19. Quantum vortex melting and phase diagram in the layered organic superconductor κ -(BEDT-TTF)2Cu(NCS ) 2 (United States)

    Uji, S.; Fujii, Y.; Sugiura, S.; Terashima, T.; Isono, T.; Yamada, J.


    Resistance and magnetic torque measurements have been performed to investigate vortex phases for a layered organic superconductor κ -(BEDT-TTF) 2Cu (NCS) 2 [BEDT-TTF = bis(ethylenedithio)tetrathiafulvalene], which is modeled as stacks of Josephson junctions. At 25 mK, the out-of-plane resistivity increases at 0.6 T, has a step feature up to 4 T, and then increases again, whereas the in-plane resistivity monotonically increases above 4 T. The results show that both pancake vortices (PVs) and Josephson vortices (JVs) are in solid phases for μ0H 4 T, both PVs and JVs are in liquid phases. These melting transitions are predominantly induced by quantum fluctuations (not by thermal fluctuations). In the magnetic torque curves, the irreversibility transition is clearly observed, roughly corresponding to the melting transition of the PVs but no anomaly is found at the JV melting transition. The detailed vortex phase diagram is determined in a wide temperature region.

  20. Charge Density Analysis and Transport Properties of TTF Based Molecular Nanowires: A DFT Approach

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    Karuppannan Selvaraju


    Full Text Available The present study has been performed to understand the charge density distribution and the electrical characteristics of Au and thiol substituted tetrathiafulvalene (TTF based molecular nanowire. A quantum chemical calculation has been carried out using DFT method (B3LYP with the LANL2DZ basis set under various applied electric fields (EFs. The bond topological analysis characterizes the terminal Au–S and S–C bonds as well as all the bonds of central TTF unit of the molecule. The variation of electron density and Laplacian of electron density at the bond critical point of bonds for zero and different applied fields reveal the electron density distribution of the molecule. The molecular conformation, the variation of atomic charges and energy density distribution of the molecule have been analyzed for the various levels of applied EFs. The HOMO-LUMO gap calculated from quantum chemical calculations has been compared with the value calculated from the density of states. The variation of dipole moment due to the polarization effect and the I-V characteristics of the molecule for the various applied EFs have been well discussed.

  1. Mott transition by an impulsive dielectric breakdown (United States)

    Yamakawa, H.; Miyamoto, T.; Morimoto, T.; Terashige, T.; Yada, H.; Kida, N.; Suda, M.; Yamamoto, H. M.; Kato, R.; Miyagawa, K.; Kanoda, K.; Okamoto, H.


    The transition of a Mott insulator to metal, the Mott transition, can occur via carrier doping by elemental substitution, and by photoirradiation, as observed in transition-metal compounds and in organic materials. Here, we show that the application of a strong electric field can induce a Mott transition by a new pathway, namely through impulsive dielectric breakdown. Irradiation of a terahertz electric-field pulse on an ET-based compound, κ-(ET) 2Cu[N(CN) 2]Br (ET:bis(ethylenedithio)tetrathiafulvalene), collapses the original Mott gap of ~30 meV with a ~0.1 ps time constant after doublon-holon pair productions by quantum tunnelling processes, as indicated by the nonlinear increase of Drude-like low-energy spectral weights. Additionally, we demonstrate metallization using this method is faster than that by a femtosecond laser-pulse irradiation and that the transition dynamics are more electronic and coherent. Thus, strong terahertz-pulse irradiation is an effective approach to achieve a purely electronic Mott transition, enhancing the understanding of its quantum nature.

  2. Synthesis of block copolymers derived from N-trityl-(S)-serine and pyrene end-labeled poly(methyl methacrylate) or poly(N-isopropylacrylamide) via ATRP

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    Buruiana, Emil C., E-mail: [Petru Poni Institute of Macromolecular Chemistry, 41A Gr. Ghica Voda Alley 700487, Iasi (Romania); Podasca, Viorica; Buruiana, Tinca [Petru Poni Institute of Macromolecular Chemistry, 41A Gr. Ghica Voda Alley 700487, Iasi (Romania)


    A new monomer bearing N-trityl-L-serine methyl ester in structure, methacryloyloxyethyl carbamoyloxy-N-trityl methyl serine (MTS), was prepared to be further polymerized by atom transfer radical polymerization (ATRP) with pyrene-endcapped poly(methyl methacrylate) (Py-PMMA-Br) or poly(N-isopropylacrylamide) (Py-PNIPA-Br). The resulting block copolymers, poly(methyl methacrylate-block-methacryloyloxyethyl carbamoyloxy-N-trityl methyl serine) (Py-PMMA-b-PMTS) and poly(N-isopropylacrylamide-block-methacryloyloxyethyl carbamoyloxy-N-trityl methyl serine (Py-PNIPA-b-PMTS) were characterized by {sup 1}H ({sup 13}C) NMR, ultraviolet, FTIR and fluorescence spectroscopy, thermal analysis, differential scanning calorimetry (DSC), atomic force microscopy (AFM), scanning electron microscopy (SEM), and gel permeation chromatography (GPC) measurements. The chemical composition in Py-PMMA-b-PMTS was estimated from the {sup 1}H NMR analysis that indicated a ratio of the repeating units of 46:19 (MMA:MTS). For the Py-PNIPA-b-PMTS the composition rate in the copolymer was 61:25 (NIPA:MTS). Quenching of the pyrene species with N,N-diethylaniline, nitrobenzene, nitrophenol, potassium iodide, p-nitrotoluene and tetracyanoquinodimethane (TCNQ) in DMF solution excited at 348 nm was evidenced, more efficiently being nitrophenol and TCNQ. In this case, the monomer emission at 388-409 nm underwent a significant decrease caused of an electron transfer from the electron-reach photoexcited pyrene molecule to the electron-deficient quenchers. - Highlights: Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer Diblock copolymers combine the fluorescence of pyrene-PMMA (PNIPA) with the characteristics of PMTS. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer Such copolymers could be used for nitroderivatives detecting. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer UV/vis and fluorescence measurements give a good correlation for LCST of Py-PNIPA-Br.

  3. Analytical study for the charge-transfer complexes of losartan potassium

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    Darwish, Ibrahim A. [Department of Pharmaceutical Analytical Chemistry, Faculty of Pharmacy, Assiut University, Assiut 71526 (Egypt)]. E-mail:


    Studies were carried out, for the first time, to investigate the charge-transfer reactions of losartan potassium (LOS-K) as n-electron donor with the {sigma}-acceptor iodine and various {pi}-acceptors: 7,7,8,8-tetracyanoquinodimethane, 1,3,5-trinitrobenzene, 2,3-dichloro-5,6-dicyano-1,4-benzoquinone, p-chloranilic acid, tetracyanoethylene, 2,3,5,6-tetrabromo-1,4-benzoquinone, 2,3,5,6-tetrachloro-1,4-benzoquinone, and 2,4,7-trinitro-9-fluorenone. Different colored charge-transfer complexes and radical anions were obtained. Different variables affecting the reactions were studied and optimized. The formed complexes and the site of interaction were examined by UV-vis, IR, and {sup 1}H NMR techniques, and computational molecular modeling. The formation of the colored complexes were utilized in the development of simple, rapid and accurate spectrophotometric methods for the analysis of LOS-K in pure form as well as in its pharmaceutical tablets. Under the optimum reaction conditions, linear relationships with good correlation coefficients (0.9985-0.9998) were found between the absorbances and the concentrations of LOS-K in the range of 2-200 {mu}g ml{sup -1}. The limits of assays detection ranged from 0.61 to 19.65 {mu}g ml{sup -1}. No interference could be observed from the co-formulated hydrochlorothiazide (HCTZ), as well as from the additives commonly present in the tablets. The methods were successfully applied to the analysis of tablets from different manufacturers that contain LOS-K, alone or combined with HCTZ, with good accuracy and precision; the recovery percentages ranged from 98.96 {+-} 1.62% to 101.58 {+-} 1.29%. The results were compared favourably with the reported method.

  4. Enhanced electrocatalytic activity of MoSx on TCNQ-treated electrode for hydrogen evolution reaction

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    Chang, Yunghuang


    Molybdenum sulfide has recently attracted much attention because of its low cost and excellent catalytical effects in the application of hydrogen evolution reaction (HER). To improve the HER efficiency, many researchers have extensively explored various avenues such as material modification, forming hybrid structures or modifying geometric morphology. In this work, we reported a significant enhancement in the electrocatalytic activity of the MoSx via growing on Tetracyanoquinodimethane (TCNQ) treated carbon cloth, where the MoSx was synthesized by thermolysis from the ammonium tetrathiomolybdate ((NH4)2MoS4) precursor at 170 °C. The pyridinic N- and graphitic N-like species on the surface of carbon cloth arising from the TCNQ treatment facilitate the formation of Mo5+ and S2 2- species in the MoSx, especially with S2 2- serving as an active site for HER. In addition, the smaller particle size of the MoSx grown on TCNQ-treated carbon cloth reveals a high ratio of edge sites relative to basal plane sites, indicating the richer effective reaction sites and superior electrocatalytic characteristics. Hence, we reported a high hydrogen evolution rate for MoSx on TCNQ-treated carbon cloth of 6408 mL g-1 cm-2 h-1 (286 mmol g-1 cm-2 h-1) at an overpotential of V = 0.2 V. This study provides the fundamental concepts useful in the design and preparation of transition metal dichalcogenide catalysts, beneficial in the development in clean energy.

  5. Bottom-up on-crystal in-chip formation of a conducting salt and a view of its restructuring: from organic insulator to conducting “switch” through microfluidic manipulation† †Electronic supplementary information (ESI) available: Additional AFM images and I/V curves from the conducting AFM, SEM and EDX measurements. See DOI: 10.1039/c5sc00203f Click here for additional data file. (United States)

    Paradinas, Markos; Bailo, Elena; Rodriguez-Trujillo, Romen; Pfattner, Raphael


    The chemical modification of an immobilized single crystal in a fluid cell is reported, whereby a material with switching functions is generated in situ by generating a chemical reagent in the flow. Crystals of the insulating organic crystal of TCNQ (tetracyanoquinodimethane) were grown in a microfluidic channel and were trapped using a pneumatic valve, a nascent technique for materials manipulation. They were subsequently reduced using solution-deposited silver to provide a conducting material in situ by a heterogeneous reaction. Removal of the new material from the chip proved it to be the silver salt of reduced TCNQ. Uniquely, conducting atomic force microscope (CAFM) studies show three regions in the solid. The localized original neutral organic material crystal is shown to be an insulator but to produce areas with Ohmic conducting characteristics after reduction. This inhomogeneous doping provides an opportunity for probing electrical materials properties side by side. Measurements with the CAFM witness this conducting material where the TCNQ is fully transformed to the silver salt. Additionally, an intermediate phase is observed that exhibits bipolar resistive switching typical of programmable resistive memories. Raman microscopy proves the conversion of the material in specific regions and clearly defines the intermediate phase region that could be responsible for the switching effect in related materials. This kind of “on crystal chemistry” exploiting immobilization and masking by a pneumatic clamp in a microfluidic channel shows how material can be selectively converted to give different functionalities in the same material piece, even though it is not a single crystal to single crystal conversion, and beckons exploitation for the preparation of systems relevant for molecular electronics as well as other areas where chemical manipulation of single crystals could be beneficial. PMID:28706708

  6. Weak competing interactions control assembly of strongly bonded TCNQ ionic acceptor molecules on silver surfaces (United States)

    Park, Changwon; Rojas, Geoffrey A.; Jeon, Seokmin; Kelly, Simon J.; Smith, Sean C.; Sumpter, Bobby G.; Yoon, Mina; Maksymovych, Petro


    The energy scales of interactions that control molecular adsorption and assembly on surfaces can vary by several orders of magnitude, yet the importance of each contributing interaction is not apparent a priori. Tetracyanoquinodimethane (TCNQ) is an archetypal electron acceptor molecule and it is a key component of organic metals. On metal surfaces, this molecule also acts as an electron acceptor, producing negatively charged adsorbates. It is therefore rather intriguing to observe attractive molecular interactions in this system that were reported previously for copper and silver surfaces. Our experiments compared TCNQ adsorption on noble metal surfaces of Ag(100) and Ag(111). In both cases we found net attractive interactions down to the lowest coverage. However, the morphology of the assemblies was strikingly different, with two-dimensional islands on Ag(100) and one-dimensional chains on Ag(111) surfaces. This observation suggests that the registry effect governed by the molecular interaction with the underlying lattice potential is critical in determining the dimensionality of the molecular assembly. Using first-principles density functional calculations with a van der Waals correction scheme, we revealed that the strengths of major interactions (i.e., lattice potential corrugation, intermolecular attraction, and charge-transfer-induced repulsion) are all similar in energy. The van der Waals interactions, in particular, almost double the strength of attractive interactions, making the intermolecular potential comparable in strength to the diffusion potential and promoting self-assembly. However, it is the anisotropy of local intermolecular interactions that is primarily responsible for the difference in the topology of the molecular islands on Ag(100) and Ag(111) surfaces. We anticipate that the intermolecular potential will become more attractive and dominant over the diffusion potential with increasing molecular size, providing new design strategies for the

  7. Analytical Study for the Charge-Transfer Complexes of Rosuvastatin Calcium with π-Acceptors

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    Nourah Z. Alzoman


    Full Text Available Studies were carried out to investigate the charge-transfer (CT reaction of ROS-Ca, as a n-electron donor with various p-acceptors: tetracyanoethylene, p-chloranilic acid, 2,3-dichloro-5,6-dicyano-1,4-benzoquinone, 2,3,5,6-tetrabromo-1,4-benzoquinone, 1,3,5-trinitrobenzene, 2,3,5,6-tetrachloro-1,4-benzoquinone, 7,7,8,8-tetracyano-quinodimethane, and 2,4,7-trinitro-9-fluorenone. Different colored CT complexes were obtained. The reaction mechanism and site of interaction were determined by ultraviolet-visible spectrophotometric techniques and computational molecular modeling. The formation of the colored complexes was utilized in the development of simple, rapid and accurate spectrophotometric methods for the determination of ROS-Ca. Under the optimum reaction conditions, linear relationships with good correlation coefficients (0.9984–0.9995 were found between the absorbances and the concentrations of ROS-Ca in the range of 2–200 mg mL−1. The limits of detection ranged from 0.41 to 12.24 mg mL−1. No interference could be observed from the additives commonly present in the tablets or from the drugs that are co-formulated with ROS-Ca in its combined formulations. The methods were successfully applied to the analysis of tablets with good accuracy and precision; the recovery percentages ranged from 99.54–100.46 ± 1.58–1.82%. The results were compared favorably with the reported method. The proposed methods are practical and valuable for routine application in quality control laboratories for determination of ROS-Ca in its bulk form and tablets.

  8. Tuning the Carrier Confinement in GeS/Phosphorene van der Waals Heterostructures. (United States)

    Wang, Chan; Peng, Lei; Qian, Qi; Du, Jinyan; Wang, Sufan; Huang, Yucheng


    Van der Waals (vdW) heterostructures, which have the advantage of integrating excellent properties of the stacked 2D materials by vdW interactions, have gained increasing attention recently. In this work, within the framework of density functional theory calculations, the electronic properties of vdW heterostructure composed of phosphorene (BP) in black phosphorus phase and GeS monolayer are systematically explored. The results show that the carriers are not separated for both lattice-match and lattice-mismatch heterostructures. For the lattice-match heterostructure, it is found that changing monolayer of GeS to bilayer can increase the energy difference of valence band offsets between GeS and BP, thus realizing electron-hole separation. For the lattice-mismatch heterostructure, altering the layer distance can transform the heterostructure into a typical type-I alignment, but applying the electric field or doping with 2, 3, 5, 6-tetrafluoro-7, 7, 8, 8-tetracyanoquinodimethane (F4TCNQ) can make it display a perfect desirable type-II alignment, where holes migration and electrons transfer are revealed to account respectively for the phenomenon of carrier separation. It is believed that the work would greatly enlarge the potential application of the BP-based heterostructures in photoelectronics and further stimulate the investigation enthusiasms on other fashionable heterostructures and even unassuming heterostructures in which the charming electronic properties can be modulated to emerge by various general methods. © 2018 WILEY-VCH Verlag GmbH & Co. KGaA, Weinheim.

  9. Effect of temperature, water content and free fatty acid on reverse micelle formation of phospholipids in vegetable oil. (United States)

    Lehtinen, Olli-Pekka; Nugroho, Robertus Wahyu N; Lehtimaa, Tuula; Vierros, Sampsa; Hiekkataipale, Panu; Ruokolainen, Janne; Sammalkorpi, Maria; Österberg, Monika


    The self-assembly of phospholipids in oil, specifically lecithin in rapeseed oil, was investigated by combining experimental and computational methods The influence of temperature, water, and free fatty acids on the onset of lecithin aggregation in the rapeseed oil was determined using the 7,7,8,8 -tetracyanoquinodimethane dye (TCNQ) solubilization method and the size and shape of the self-assembled lecithin structures were investigated by small-angle X-ray scattering and cryogenic transmission electron microscopy. In the absence of excess water in the system (0.03wt-% water in oil), stable cylindrical lecithin reverse micelles were observed above the critical micelle concentration (CMC). Comparing the aggregation response in room temperature and at 70°C revealed that CMC decreased with increasing temperature. Furthermore, already a modest amount of added water (0.3wt-% water in oil) was sufficient to induce the formation of lamellar lecithin structures, that phase separated from the oil. In low water content, oleic acid suppressed the formation of lecithin reverse micelles whereas in the presence of more water, the oleic acid stabilized the reverse micelles. Consequently, more water was needed to induce phase separation in the presence of oleic acid. Molecular dynamics simulations indicated that the stabilizing effect of oleic acid resulted from oleic acid enhancing phospholipid solubilization in the oil by forming a solvating shell around the phosphate head group. The findings showed that the response of the mixed surfactant system is a delicate interplay of the different components and variables. The significance of the observations is that multiple parameters need to be controlled for desired system response, for example towards vegetable oil purification or phospholipid based microemulsions. Copyright © 2017 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.

  10. Enhanced Electrical Conductivity of Molecularly p-Doped Poly(3-hexylthiophene) through Understanding the Correlation with Solid-State Order

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    Hynynen, Jonna


    Molecular p-doping of the conjugated polymer poly(3-hexylthiophene) (P3HT) with 2,3,5,6-tetrafluoro-7,7,8,8-tetracyanoquinodimethane (F4TCNQ) is a widely studied model system. Underlying structure–property relationships are poorly understood because processing and doping are often carried out simultaneously. Here, we exploit doping from the vapor phase, which allows us to disentangle the influence of processing and doping. Through this approach, we are able to establish how the electrical conductivity varies with regard to a series of predefined structural parameters. We demonstrate that improving the degree of solid-state order, which we control through the choice of processing solvent and regioregularity, strongly increases the electrical conductivity. As a result, we achieve a value of up to 12.7 S cm–1 for P3HT:F4TCNQ. We determine the F4TCNQ anion concentration and find that the number of (bound + mobile) charge carriers of about 10–4 mol cm–3 is not influenced by the degree of solid-state order. Thus, the observed increase in electrical conductivity by almost 2 orders of magnitude can be attributed to an increase in charge-carrier mobility to more than 10–1 cm2 V–1 s–1. Surprisingly, in contrast to charge transport in undoped P3HT, we find that the molecular weight of the polymer does not strongly influence the electrical conductivity, which highlights the need for studies that elucidate structure–property relationships of strongly doped conjugated polymers.

  11. Application and evaluation of solvent-free matrix-assisted laser desorption/ionization mass spectrometry for the analysis of derivatized fullerenes. (United States)

    Kotsiris, Sotirios G; Vasil'ev, Yury V; Streletskii, Alexey V; Han, Ming; Mark, Lewis P; Boltalina, Olga V; Chronakis, Nikos; Orfanopoulos, Michael; Hungerbühler, Hartmut; Drewello, Thomas


    A variety of derivatized fullerenes have been studied by matrix-assisted laser desorption/ionization (MALDI) mass spectrometry. Of particular emphasis has been the evaluation of a recently introduced solvent-free sample/target preparation method. Solvent-free MALDI is particularly valuable in overcoming adverse solvent-related effects, such as insolubility and/or degradation of the sample. The method was applied to fullerene derivatives susceptible to decomposition under insufficiently "soft" MALDI conditions. Analytes included the hydrofullerene: C(60)H(36), fluorofullerenes: C(60)F(x) where x = 18, 36, 46, 48 and C(70)F(x) where x = 54, 56, methano-bridged amphiphilic ligand adducts to C(60) and the [4 + 2] cycloadduct of tetracene to C(60). The new solvent-free sample preparation is established as an exceedingly valuable addition to the repertoire of preparation protocols within MALDI. The MALDI mass spectra were of very high quality throughout, providing a testimony that "soft" MALDI conditions could be achieved. Using the [4 + 2] cycloadduct of tetracene to C(60) as the model analyte for direct comparison with solvent-based MALDI, the solvent-free approach led to less fragmentation and more abundant analyte ions. Applying solvent-free sample preparation, different matrix compounds have been examined for use in the MALDI of derivatized fullerenes, including sulfur, tetracyanoquinodimethane (TCNQ), 9-nitroanthracene (9-NA) and trans-2-[3-(4-tert-butylphenyl)-2-methyl-2- propenylidene]malononitrile (DCTB). DCTB was confirmed as the best performing matrix, reducing unwanted decomposition and suppression effects.

  12. Time-resolved terahertz spectroscopy of electrically conductive metal-organic frameworks doped with redox active species (United States)

    Alberding, Brian G.; Heilweil, Edwin J.


    Metal-Organic Frameworks (MOFs) are three-dimensional coordination polymers that are well known for large pore surface area and their ability to adsorb molecules from both the gaseous and solution phases. In general, MOFs are electrically insulating, but promising opportunities for tuning the electronic structure exist because MOFs possess synthetic versatility; the metal and organic ligand subunits can be exchanged or dopant molecules can be introduced into the pore space. Two such MOFs with demonstrated electrical conductivity are Cu3(1,3,5-benzenetricarboxylate)2, a.k.a HKUST-1, and Cu[Ni(pyrazine-2,3-dithiolate)2]. Herein, these two MOFs have been infiltrated with the redox active species 7,7,8,8-tetracyanoquinodimethane (TCNQ) and iodine under solution phase conditions and shown to produce redox products within the MOF pore space. Vibrational bands assignable to TCNQ anion and triiodide anion have been observed in the Mid-IR and Terahertz ranges using FTIR Spectroscopy. The MOF samples have been further investigated by Time-Resolved Terehertz Spectroscopy (TRTS). Using this technique, the charge mobility, separation, and recombination dynamics have been followed on the picosecond time scale following photoexcitation with visible radiation. The preliminary results show that the MOF samples have small inherent photoconductivity with charge separation lifetimes on the order of a few picoseconds. In the case of HKUST-1, the MOF can also be supported by a TiO2 film and initial results show that charge injection into the TiO2 layer occurs with a comparable efficiency to the dye sensitizer N3, [cis-Bis(isothiocyanato)-bis(2,2'-bipyridyl-4,4'-dicarboxylato ruthenium(II)], and therefore this MOF has potential as a new light absorbing and charge conducting material in photovoltaic devices.

  13. Spectrophotometric determination and thermodynamic studies of the charge transfer complexation of emedastine difumarate with some π-acceptors

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    Abdel-Raeq A. Sawsan


    Full Text Available Spectrophotometric procedures were presented for the determination of antihistaminic drug, emedastine difumarate. The methods are based on the charge transfer complexation reaction of the drug with π-acceptors; 2,3-dichloro-5,6-dicyano-1,4-benzoquinone (DDQ, chloranilic acid (CA and 7,7,8,8-tetracyanoquinodimethane (TCNQ. Different charge-transfer complexes and colored radical anions were obtained. The formations of the colored complexes were utilized in the development of simple, rapid and accurate spectrophotometric methods for the analysis of emedastine in drug substance and products. Under the optimum reaction conditions, linear relationships with good correlation coefficients (0.9996–0.9999 were found between the absorbance at the relevant maxima and the concentrations of emedastine in the range of 0.8–200 μg mL−1. The limits of detection ranged from 0.06 to 0.76 μg mL−1. The molar absorptivities and association constants for the colored complexes were evaluated using the Benesi–Hildebrand equation. The free energy change (ΔG° and the enthalpy of formation (ΔH° as well as the entropy (ΔS° were also determined. The methods were successfully applied to analyze the drug formulation with mean recovery percentages ± RSD% of 100.04 ± 0.59–100.22 ± 0.72. The results were compared favorably with the official and reported methods.

  14. Fabrication and characterization of p{sup +}-i-p{sup +} type organic thin film transistors with electrodes of highly doped polymer

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    Tadaki, Daisuke [Graduate School of Biomedical Engineering, Tohoku University, Sendai 980-8579 (Japan); Laboratory for Nanoelectronics and Spintronics, Research Institute of Electrical Communication, Tohoku University, Sendai 980-8577 (Japan); CREST, Japan Science and Technology Agency, Kawaguchi, Saitama 332-0012 (Japan); Ma, Teng; Niwano, Michio, E-mail: [Laboratory for Nanoelectronics and Spintronics, Research Institute of Electrical Communication, Tohoku University, Sendai 980-8577 (Japan); CREST, Japan Science and Technology Agency, Kawaguchi, Saitama 332-0012 (Japan); Zhang, Jinyu; Iino, Shohei [Laboratory for Nanoelectronics and Spintronics, Research Institute of Electrical Communication, Tohoku University, Sendai 980-8577 (Japan); Hirano-Iwata, Ayumi [Graduate School of Biomedical Engineering, Tohoku University, Sendai 980-8579 (Japan); CREST, Japan Science and Technology Agency, Kawaguchi, Saitama 332-0012 (Japan); Kimura, Yasuo [CREST, Japan Science and Technology Agency, Kawaguchi, Saitama 332-0012 (Japan); Tokyo University of Technology, Hachioji, Tokyo 192-0982 (Japan); Rosenberg, Richard A. [Advanced Photon Source, Argonne National Laboratory, Lemont, Illinois 60439 (United States)


    Organic thin film transistors (OTFTs) have been explored because of their advantageous features such as light-weight, flexible, and large-area. For more practical application of organic electronic devices, it is very important to realize OTFTs that are composed only of organic materials. In this paper, we have fabricated p{sup +}-i-p{sup +} type of OTFTs in which an intrinsic (i) regioregular poly (3-hexylthiophene) (P3HT) layer is used as the active layer and highly doped p-type (p{sup +}) P3HT is used as the source and drain electrodes. The 2,3,5,6-tetrafluoro-7,7,8,8-tetracyanoquinodimethane (F{sub 4}-TCNQ) was used as the p-type dopant. A fabricating method of p{sup +}-i-p{sup +} OTFTs has been developed by using SiO{sub 2} and aluminum films as capping layers for micro-scaled patterning of the p{sup +}-P3HT electrodes. The characteristics of the OTFTs were examined using the photoelectron spectroscopy and electrical measurements. We demonstrated that the fabricated p{sup +}-i-p{sup +} OTFTs work with carrier injection through a built-in potential at p{sup +}/i interfaces. We found that the p{sup +}-i-p{sup +} OTFTs exhibit better FET characteristics than the conventional P3HT-OTFT with metal (Au) electrodes, indicating that the influence of a carrier injection barrier at the interface between the electrode and the active layer was suppressed by replacing the metal electrodes with p{sup +}-P3HT layers.

  15. Extraordinary stability of naphthalenediimide radical ion and its ultra-electron-deficient precursor: strategic role of the phosphonium group. (United States)

    Kumar, Sharvan; Ajayakumar, M R; Hundal, Geeta; Mukhopadhyay, Pritam


    Stabilization of radical ions and highly electron-deficient systems under ambient conditions is of great significance. A new design concept is presented that applies the multifaceted features of the phosphonium group to achieve isolation of (a) the first naphthalenediimide (NDI) radical ion [(1a•+)BPh4(–)] as single crystals and (b) an ultra-electron-deficient NDI [(1a(2+))2BF4(–)] having the lowest LUMO level recorded for an NDI, overwhelming the formative tetracyanoquinodimethane (TCNQ) molecule. Both 1a•+ and 1a(2+) exhibit unprecedented stability to normal workup procedures, chromatography, and anion metathesis in open air. To our knowledge, this is the first instance where radical ions stable toward chromatography have been obtained, which is a noteworthy development in the field of synthetic radical chemistry. The crucial components of thermodynamic and kinetic stabilization, namely, the nonbonded P···O interaction, hypervalency, and propeller-like shape of the phosphonium groups in 1a(2+) and 1a•+, were substantiated by crystallography and theoretical studies. Natural bond orbital (NBO) calculations validated the P···O contact to be an nO → σP–C* orbital interaction. Spontaneous electron transfer reactions of 1a(2+) even in nonpolar solvents, anion−π interactions of 1a(2+) with the naphthalene core, and panchromism of 1a•+ are the other emergent properties. The high-yielding (∼90%) in situ synthesis of 1a•+ and the extraordinary stability fostered by the phosphonium group have the potential to turn hitherto unstable organic systems into a new genre of stable off-the-shelf systems.

  16. Dielectric response of modified Hubbard models with neutral-ionic and Peierls transitions. (United States)

    Soos, Zoltan G; Bewick, Sharon A; Peri, Andrea; Painelli, Anna


    The dipole P(F) of systems with periodic boundary conditions in a static electric field F is applied to one-dimensional Peierls-Hubbard models for organic charge-transfer (CT) salts. Exact results for P(F) are obtained for finite systems of N=14 and 16 sites that are almost converged to infinite chains in deformable lattices subject to a Peierls transition. The electronic polarizability per site, alpha(el)=(partial differential P/partial differential F)0, of rigid stacks with alternating transfer integrals t(1+/-delta) diverges at the neutral-ionic transition for delta=0 but remains finite for delta>0 in dimerized chains. The Peierls or dimerization mode couples to charge fluctuations along the stack and results in large vibrational contributions alpha(vib) that are related to partial differential P/ partial differential delta and that peak sharply at the Peierls transition. The extension of P(F) to correlated electronic states yields the dielectric response kappa of models with neutral-ionic or Peierls transitions, where kappa peaks >100 are found with parameters used previously for variable ionicity rho and vibrational spectra of CT salts. The calculated kappa accounts for the dielectric response of CT salts based on substituted TTF's (tetrathiafulvalene) and substituted CA's (chloranil). The role of lattice stiffness appears clearly in models: soft systems have a Peierls instability at small rho and continuous crossover to large rho, while stiff stacks such as TTF-CA have a first-order transition with discontinuous rho that is both a neutral-ionic and Peierls transition. The transitions are associated with tuning the electronic ground state of insulators via temperature or pressure in experiments, or via model parameters in calculations. (c) 2004 American Institute of Physics

  17. Advances in the synthesis of functionalised pyrrolotetrathiafulvalenes

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    Luke J. O’Driscoll


    Full Text Available The electron-donor and unique redox properties of the tetrathiafulvalene (TTF, 1 moiety have led to diverse applications in many areas of chemistry. Monopyrrolotetrathiafulvalenes (MPTTFs, 4 and bispyrrolotetrathiafulvalenes (BPTTFs, 5 are useful structural motifs and have found widespread use in fields such as supramolecular chemistry and molecular electronics. Protocols enabling the synthesis of functionalised MPTTFs and BPTTFs are therefore of broad interest. Herein, we present the synthesis of a range of functionalised MPTTF and BPTTF species. Firstly, the large-scale preparation of the precursor species N-tosyl-(1,3-dithiolo[4,5-c]pyrrole-2-one (6 is described, as well as the synthesis of the analogue N-tosyl-4,6-dimethyl-(1,3-dithiolo[4,5-c]pyrrole-2-one (7. Thereafter, we show how 6 and 7 can be used to prepare BPTTFs using homocoupling reactions and functionalised MPTTFs using cross-coupling reactions with a variety of 1,3-dithiole-2-thiones (19. Subsequently, the incorporation of more complex functionality is discussed. We show how the 2-cyanoethyl protecting group can be used to afford MPTTFs functionalised with thioethers, exemplified by a series of ethylene glycol derivatives. Additionally, the merits of 1,8-diazabicyclo[5.4.0]undec-7-ene (DBU as an alternative to the most common deprotecting agent, CsOH·H2O are discussed. Finally, we show how a copper-mediated Ullman-type reaction can be applied to the N-arylation of MPTTFs and BPTTFs using a variety of aryl halides.

  18. Measuring and Reporting Electrical Conductivity in Metal-Organic Frameworks: Cd2(TTFTB) as a Case Study. (United States)

    Sun, Lei; Park, Sarah S; Sheberla, Dennis; Dincă, Mircea


    Electrically conductive metal-organic frameworks (MOFs) are emerging as a subclass of porous materials that can have a transformative effect on electronic and renewable energy devices. Systematic advances in these materials depend critically on the accurate and reproducible characterization of their electrical properties. This is made difficult by the numerous techniques available for electrical measurements and the dependence of metrics on device architecture and numerous external variables. These challenges, common to all types of electronic materials and devices, are especially acute for porous materials, whose high surface area make them even more susceptible to interactions with contaminants in the environment. Here, we use the anisotropic semiconducting framework Cd 2 (TTFTB) (TTFTB 4- = tetrathiafulvalene tetrabenzoate) to benchmark several common methods available for measuring electrical properties in MOFs. We show that factors such as temperature, chemical environment (atmosphere), and illumination conditions affect the quality of the data obtained from these techniques. Consistent results emerge only when these factors are strictly controlled and the morphology and anisotropy of the Cd 2 (TTFTB) single-crystal devices are taken into account. Most importantly, we show that depending on the technique, device construction, and/or the environment, a variance of 1 or even 2 orders of magnitude is not uncommon for even just one material if external factors are not controlled consistently. Differences in conductivity values of even 2 orders of magnitude should therefore be interpreted with caution, especially between different research groups comparing different compounds. These results allow us to propose a reliable protocol for collecting and reporting electrical properties of MOFs, which should help improve the consistency and comparability of reported electrical properties for this important new class of crystalline porous conductors.

  19. Syntheses, structure and properties of vinylogous EDO-TTFs (United States)

    Shirahata, T.; Morikawa, T.; Miyamoto, H.; Nakano, Y.; Yamochi, H.; Misaki, Y.


    We synthesized vinylogous 4,5-ethylenedioxy-tetrathiafulvalenes (EDO-TTFs), 4,5-ethylenedioxy-2,2‧-ethanediylidenebis(1,3-dithiole) (EDO-EBDT), 4,5-dimethyl-4‧,5‧-ethylenedioxy-2,2‧-ethanediylidenebis(1,3-dithiole) (DMEDO-EBDT), 4,5-bis(thiomethyl)-4‧,5‧-ethylenedioxy-2,2‧-ethanediylidenebis(1,3-dithiole) (BTMEDO-EBDT), and 4,5-bis(methoxycarbonyl)-4‧,5‧-ethylenedioxy-2,2‧-ethanediylidenebis(1,3-dithiole) (BMCEDO-EBDT). The cyclic voltammograms of the vinylogous EDO-TTFs show two pairs of single-electron redox waves. The first oxidation potentials (E1) of vinylogous EDO-TTFs are lower than those of the related TTFs, indicating that the electron donating abilities of new donors are stronger than those of the corresponding TTFs. The smaller E2-E1 values of new donors compared with those of the related TTFs suggest a decrease in the on-site Coulombic repulsion in the dication state. X-ray crystal structure analysis of BMCEDO-EBDT reveals that the inter-molecular C-H⋯O type hydrogen bond is constructed between the hydrogen atom and the oxygen atom of the ethylenedioxy group. Single crystalline TCNQ complexes of DMEDO-EBDT and BTMEDO-EBDT have been prepared and their conducting properties and crystal structure have been investigated. The TCNQ complexes of DMEDO-EBDT and BTMEDO-EBDT show low electrical conductivities (σrt<10-6 S cm-1 for (DMEDO-EBDT)(TCNQ)(chlorobenzene) and σrt=2.2×10-3 S cm-1 for (BTMEDO-EBDT)(TCNQ)) due to DDAA-type alternate stacking.

  20. Doping Induced Solubility Control (United States)

    Jacobs, Ian Edward

    Polymeric semiconductors are promising class of materials, which combine many of the electrical properties of inorganic semiconductors with the mechanical flexibility and chemical processability of organic materials. Semiconducting polymers can be deposited from solution over large areas at low cost, and may find applications in displays, photovoltaics, and sensor arrays. Unfortunately, these materials are generally mutually soluble with other organics, preventing solution-based deposition of complex patterned structures using standard photolithographic techniques. Here, we present an entirely new method for patterning conductive polymers utilizing a change in polymer solubility upon p-type doping. Many polymer : molecular dopant systems, including the extensively studied system poly-(3-hexylthiophene) : 2,3,5,6-tetrafluoro-7,7,8,8-tetracyanoquinodimethane (P3HT : F4TCNQ), are rendered insoluble in a wide range solvents by p-type doping at only a few mol%. By sequentially doping and dedoping films, polymer solubility can be switched on an off at will. We find that doped films can be easily prepared in a two-step process, by first coating the polymer (P3HT), then exposing the film to an orthogonal solvent containing the dopant (F4TCNQ). Dedoping is achieved by means of a chemical reaction that deactivates F4TCNQ, allowing it to be removed by an orthogonal solvent in a single step. This process allows for fully quantitative dedoping, in some cases leaving films with an even lower free carrier density than as cast films by removing intrinsic p-type defects. In addition, we have also identified a photochemical reaction between F4TCNQ and solvents such as tetrahydrofuran (THF), which similarly yields a non-doping product. By immersing films in THF and exposing them to light, this reaction allows for direct, optical patterning of P3HT films. Using laser scanning confocal microscopy (LSCM), we demonstrate direct write topographic patterning of arbitrary structures with in

  1. Organic molecules on metal and oxide semiconductor substrates: Adsorption behavior and electronic energy level alignment (United States)

    Ruggieri, Charles M.

    Modern devices such as organic light emitting diodes use organic/oxide and organic/metal interfaces for crucial processes such as charge injection and charge transfer. Understanding fundamental physical processes occurring at these interfaces is essential to improving device performance. The ultimate goal of studying such interfaces is to form a predictive model of interfacial interactions, which has not yet been established. To this end, this thesis focuses on obtaining a better understanding of fundamental physical interactions governing molecular self-assembly and electronic energy level alignment at organic/metal and organic/oxide interfaces. This is accomplished by investigating both the molecular adsorption geometry using scanning tunneling microscopy, as well as the electronic structure at the interface using direct and inverse photoemission spectroscopy, and analyzing the results in the context of first principles electronic structure calculations. First, we study the adsorption geometry of zinc tetraphenylporphyrin (ZnTPP) molecules on three noble metal surfaces: Au(111), Ag(111), and Ag(100). These surfaces were chosen to systematically compare the molecular self-assembly and adsorption behavior on two metals of the same surface symmetry and two surface symmetries of one metal. From this investigation, we improve the understanding of self-assembly at organic/metal interfaces and the relative strengths of competing intermolecular and molecule-substrate interactions that influence molecular adsorption geometry. We then investigate the electronic structure of the ZnTPP/Au(111), Ag(111), and Ag(100) interfaces as examples of weakly-interacting systems. We compare these cases to ZnTPP on TiO2(110), a wide-bandgap oxide semiconductor, and explain the intermolecular and molecule-substrate interactions that determine the electronic energy level alignment at the interface. Finally we study tetracyanoquinodimethane (TCNQ), a strong electron acceptor, on TiO2

  2. Integrated multienzyme electrochemical biosensors for monitoring malolactic fermentation in wines. (United States)

    Gamella, M; Campuzano, S; Conzuelo, F; Curiel, J A; Muñoz, R; Reviejo, A J; Pingarrón, José M


    Integrated amperometric biosensors for the determination of L-malic and L-lactic acids were developed by coimmobilization of the enzymes L-malate dehydrogenase (MDH) and diaphorase (DP), or L-lactate oxidase (LOX) and horseradish peroxidase (HRP), respectively, together with the redox mediator tetrathiafulvalene (TTF), on a 3-mercaptopropionic acid (MPA) self-assembled monolayer (SAM)-modified gold electrode by using a dialysis membrane. The electrochemical oxidation of TTF at +100mV (vs. Ag/AgCl), and the reduction of TTF(+) at -50mV were used for the monitoring of the enzyme reactions involved in L-malic and L-lactic acid determinations, respectively. Experimental variables concerning the biosensors composition and the detection conditions were optimized for each biosensor. Good relative standard deviation values were obtained in both cases for the measurements carried out with the same biosensor, with no need of cleaning or pretreatment of the bioelectrodes surface, and with different biosensors constructed in the same manner. After 7 days of continuous use, the MDH/DP biosensor still exhibited 90% of the original sensitivity, while the LOX/HRP biosensor yielded a 91% of the original response after 5 days. Calibration graphs for L-malic and L-lactic were obtained with linear ranges of 5.2x10(-7) to 2.0x10(-5) and 4.2x10(-7) to 2.0x10(-5)M, respectively. The calculated detection limits were 5.2x10(-7) and 4.2x10(-7)M, respectively. The biosensors exhibited a high selectivity with no significant interferences. They were applied to monitor malolactic fermentation (MLF) induced by inoculation of Lactobacillus plantarum CECT 748(T) into a synthetic wine. Samples collected during MLF were assayed for L-malic and L-lactic acids, and the results obtained with the biosensors exhibited a very good correlation when plotted against those obtained by using commercial enzymatic kits.

  3. Liquid Redox Electrolytes for Dye-Sensitized Solar Cells

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    Yu, Ze


    This thesis focuses on liquid redox electrolytes in dye-sensitized solar cells (DSCs). A liquid redox electrolyte, as one of the key constituents in DSCs, typically consists of a redox mediator, additives and a solvent. This thesis work concerns all these three aspects of liquid electrolytes, aiming through fundamental insights to enhance the photovoltaic performances of liquid DSCs. Initial attention has been paid to the iodine concentration effects in ionic liquid (IL)-based electrolytes. It has been revealed that the higher iodine concentration required in IL-based electrolytes can be attributed to both triiodide mobility associated with the high viscosity of the IL, and chemical availability of triiodide. The concept of incompletely solvated ionic liquids (ISILs) has been introduced as a new type of electrolyte solvent for DSCs. It has been found that the photovoltaic performance of ISIL-based electrolytes can even rival that of organic solvent-based electrolytes. And most strikingly, ISIL-based electrolytes provide highly stable DSC devices under light-soaking conditions, as a result of the substantially lower vapor pressure of the ISIL system. A significant synergistic effect has been observed when both guanidinium thiocyanate and N-methylbenzimidazole are employed together in an IL-based electrolyte, exhibiting an optimal overall conversion efficiency. Tetrathiafulvalene (TTF) has been investigated as an organic iodine-free redox couple in electrolytes for DSCs. An unexpected worse performance has been observed for the TTF system, albeit it possesses a particularly attractive positive redox potential. An organic, iodine-free thiolate/disulfide system has also been adopted as a redox couple in electrolytes for organic DSCs. An impressive efficiency of 6.0 % has successfully been achieved by using this thiolate/disulfide redox couple in combination with a poly (3, 4-ethylenedioxythiophene) (PEDOT) counter electrode material under full sunlight illumination (AM

  4. Coupling of electrons to intermolecular phonons in molecular charge transfer dimers: A resonance Raman study (United States)

    Pedron, D.; Speghini, A.; Mulloni, V.; Bozio, R.


    We report resonance Raman scattering (RRS) spectra and Raman excitation profiles (REP) of a system containing π dimers of identical molecular radical ions measured with laser excitation in resonance with the charge transfer (CT) transition. A Peierls-Hubbard (PH) Hamiltonian has been used to model the investigated system and to calculate its optical and RRS properties. Results are reported for two polyoxometallate salts of tetrathiafulvalene (TTF), namely (TTF)2(W6O19) and (TTF)2(Mo6O19) whose structures contain almost isolated (TTF+)2 dimers. The RRS spectra of (TTF)2(W6O19), measured in resonance with the CT absorption band centered at 832 nm, show three phonon modes located at 55, 90, and 116 cm-1 which are strongly resonance enhanced. These modes have been associated to the out-of-phase combinations of the translational motions of the two molecules composing the dimer. Such modes are effective in modulating the intradimer transfer integral, thus providing an efficient mechanism for coupling with the electronic system and for enhancement of the scattering intensity at resonance with the CT transition. The REP for the three strongly coupled modes of (TTF)2(W6O19) have been measured with laser excitation wavelengths ranging from 740 to 930 nm. Quantitative analysis of the REP data has been performed based on a perturbative solution of the PH model to second order in the electron-molecular-vibration (EMV) and electron-intermolecular-phonon (EIP) interactions. The CT absorption profile and the REP's have been calculated using a time correlator technique and the model parameters have been optimized in order to fit the experimental REP data. Infrared vibronic absorptions of (TTF)2(W6O19), originated by the EMV coupling, have been measured and independent information on the electronic parameters of the PH model have been derived. This has made the choice of the fitting parameters used for the REP calculations rather unambiguous and has allowed us to obtain, for the

  5. Self-healing gold mirrors and filters at liquid-liquid interfaces (United States)

    Smirnov, Evgeny; Peljo, Pekka; Scanlon, Micheál D.; Gumy, Frederic; Girault, Hubert H.


    tetrathiafulvalene with neocuproine as the AuNP capping ligand in the nanofilm. These interfacial nanofilms formed with neocuproine and 38 nm mean diameter AuNPs, at monolayer surface coverages and above, were black due to aggregation and broadband absorbance.The optical and morphological properties of lustrous metal self-healing liquid-like nanofilms were systematically studied for different applications (e.g., optical mirrors or filters). These nanofilms were formed by a one-step self-assembly methodology of gold nanoparticles (AuNPs) at immiscible water-oil interfaces, previously reported by our group. We investigated a host of experimental variables and herein report their influence on the optical properties of nanofilms: AuNP mean diameter, interfacial AuNP surface coverage, nature of the organic solvent, and nature of the lipophilic organic molecule that caps the AuNPs in the interfacial nanofilm. To probe the interfacial gold nanofilms we used in situ (UV-vis-NIR spectroscopy and optical microscopy) as well as ex situ (SEM and TEM of interfacial gold nanofilms transferred to silicon substrates) techniques. The interfacial AuNP surface coverage strongly influenced the morphology of the interfacial nanofilms, and in turn their maximum reflectance and absorbance. We observed three distinct morphological regimes; (i) smooth 2D monolayers of ``floating islands'' of AuNPs at low surface coverages, (ii) a mixed 2D/3D regime with the beginnings of 3D nanostructures consisting of small piles of adsorbed AuNPs even under sub-full-monolayer conditions and, finally, (iii) a 3D regime characterised by the 2D full-monolayer being covered in significant piles of adsorbed AuNPs. A maximal value of reflectance reached 58% in comparison with a solid gold mirror, when 38 nm mean diameter AuNPs were used at a water-nitrobenzene interface. Meanwhile, interfacial gold nanofilms prepared with 12 nm mean diameter AuNPs exhibited the highest extinction intensities at ca. 690 nm and absorbance around

  6. Single Molecule Nanoelectrochemistry in Electrical Junctions. (United States)

    Nichols, Richard J; Higgins, Simon J


    gating. This has been referred to as to a "single molecule transistor configuration" with the gate voltage being provided by the controllable potential achieved through the electrochemical double layer. It is shown how the electrolyte medium can control such gating, with ionic liquids providing more efficient gate coupling than aqueous electrolytes. Control of the conductance of viologen molecular wires can also be achieved by encapsulating the viologen redox moiety within a molecular cage, thereby controlling its immediate environment. Molecular conductance can also be gated through multiple redox states. This has been shown for the redox moiety pyrrolo-tetrathiafulvalene, which undergoes single molecule electrochemical transistor gating through three redox states in molecular junctions. Charge transport through this junction follows a two-step hopping mechanism, demonstrating the role of the redox center in electron transfer across the molecular bridge. Recent electrolyte gating studies of rigid, conjugated redox-active metal complexes with tailored terpyridine coordinating ligands and anchors are also presented. These aforementioned studies have all been performed with gold electrode contacts. The Account concludes with recent data showing that it is now possible to study single molecule electrochemical gating with nickel electrodes. This opens up new perspectives for studying interfacial charge transfer with a wide variety of other electrode materials including semiconductor electrodes and also points toward future opportunities for coupling molecular spintronics and nanoelectrochemistry.

  7. Preface (United States)

    Batail, Patrick


    contribute oral presentations - we have decided to keep with as many 20 minutes talks as possible and had to resolve - rather reluctantly to run parallel sessions on Wednesday and Thursday mornings. Yet, in the end, there has been a significant number of solicitations for oral contributions of great interest which were simply impossible to fit in the schedule. We thank all the colleagues who have submitted their exciting work and who have presented their oral and posters contributions during the 23 sessions of the Symposium. Seven sessions were devoted to materials chemistry, of which two sessions dealt more specifically with organic synthesis and two sessions with molecular magnetic materials. The experimental aspects of one- and two-dimensional physics were discussed in two and four sessions, respectively. Aside several theoretical talks interspersed within the former experimental sessions, two sessions were dedicated to theoretical aspects of strongly correlated electron systems in low dimension. One session focused on high magnetic field phenomena and two sessions covered charge ordering phenomena. Finally, upcoming issues related to surface and interface phenomena in molecular conductors were addressed in one session. The current research in chemistry of molecular precursor is dominated by the concepts of multifunctional π systems constructed on tetrathiafulvalene-based redox cores equipped with hydrogen-bond donor-acceptor functionalities or tetrathiafulvalene-based ligands capable of coordinating a metal center. Likewise, in the same spirit, the introduction of chiral functionalities is reported in several contributions. Aside those in the chemistry of stabilized polyacenes and the chemistry of molecular inorganic macrospins species: most of the creative developments continue to involve the TTF platform. In that context, crystal engineering concepts associated with the manipulation of hydrogen bonds and complementary weak intermolecular interactions in competition

  8. From surfaces to magnetic properties: special section dedicated to Juan Rojo (United States)

    Mascaraque, A.; Rodríguez de la Fuente, O.; González-Barrio, Miguel A.


    by Barandiarán et al. In the following paper, Crespo et al review the effect of organic and inorganic coatings on magnetic nanoparticles, showing that the coating can tune the magnetic properties of metallic and oxide nano-sized particles. Barja et al report on ordered magnetic ion structures formed by evaporation of Mn and Fe on self-assembled layers of tetracyanoquinodimethane (TCNQ) molecules on Cu(111). Finally, Rodríguez de la Fuente et al investigate the role of surface defects on the physico-chemical properties of metals and oxides in a variety of scenarios, showing how the surface controls the mechanical properties probed at the nanoscale or the chemical reactivity. Acknowledgments The editors are grateful to all the invited contributors to this special section of Journal of Physics: Condensed Matter . We also thank the staff of IOP Publishing for handling the administrative matters and the refereeing process, and for their patience and helpful disposition. From surfaces to magnetic properties contents From surfaces to magnetic properties: special section dedicated to Juan RojoA Mascaraque, O Rodríguez de la Fuente and Miguel A González-Barrio Juan Rojo: the surface science and science politics maker in SpainA Mascaraque, O Rodríguez de la Fuente, Miguel A González-Barrio, Javier Solana, Luis Oro and Ana Crespo Initial stages of FeO growth on Ru(0001)I Palacio, M Monti, J F Marco, K F McCarty and J de la Figuera Surprising resistivity decrease in manganites with constant electronic densityR Cortés-Gil, M L Ruiz-González, J M Alonso, J L Martínez, A Hernando, M Vallet-Regí, and J M González-Calbet Thermoseeds for interstitial magnetic hyperthermia: from bioceramics to nanoparticlesA Baeza, D Arcos and M Vallet-Regí Revisited magnetic phase diagram for CeNi1-xCux system: spin-glass in the weak interaction limitN Marcano, J I Espeso and J C Gómez Sal Magnetic field and atomic order effect on the martensitic transformation of a metamagnetic alloyJ M