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  1. Electron Donor Acceptor Interactions. Final Progress Report

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    2002-08-16

    The Gordon Research Conference (GRC) on Electron Donor Acceptor Interactions was held at Salve Regina University, Newport, Rhode Island, 8/11-16/02. Emphasis was placed on current unpublished research and discussion of the future target areas in this field.

  2. 2012 ELECTRON DONOR-ACCEPTOR INTERACTIONS GORDON RESEARCH CONFERENCE, AUGUST 5-10, 2012

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    McCusker, James

    2012-08-10

    The upcoming incarnation of the Gordon Research Conference on Electron Donor Acceptor Interactions will feature sessions on classic topics including proton-coupled electron transfer, dye-sensitized solar cells, and biological electron transfer, as well as emerging areas such as quantum coherence effects in donor-acceptor interactions, spintronics, and the application of donor-acceptor interactions in chemical synthesis.

  3. Photocurrent generation through electron-exciton interaction at the organic semiconductor donor/acceptor interface.

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    Chen, Lijia; Zhang, Qiaoming; Lei, Yanlian; Zhu, Furong; Wu, Bo; Zhang, Ting; Niu, Guoxi; Xiong, Zuhong; Song, Qunliang

    2013-10-21

    In this work, we report our effort to understand the photocurrent generation that is contributed via electron-exciton interaction at the donor/acceptor interface in organic solar cells (OSCs). Donor/acceptor bi-layer heterojunction OSCs, of the indium tin oxide/copper phthalocyanine (CuPc)/fullerene (C60)/molybdenum oxide/Al type, were employed to study the mechanism of photocurrent generation due to the electron-exciton interaction, where CuPc and C60 are the donor and the acceptor, respectively. It is shown that the electron-exciton interaction and the exciton dissociation processes co-exist at the CuPc/C60 interface in OSCs. Compared to conventional donor/acceptor bi-layer OSCs, the cells with the above configuration enable holes to be extracted at the C60 side while electrons can be collected at the CuPc side, resulting in a photocurrent in the reverse direction. The photocurrent thus observed is contributed to primarily by the charge carriers that are generated by the electron-exciton interaction at the CuPc/C60 interface, while charges derived from the exciton dissociation process also exist at the same interface. The mechanism of photocurrent generation due to electron-exciton interaction in the OSCs is further investigated, and it is manifested by the transient photovoltage characteristics and the external quantum efficiency measurements.

  4. 2004 Electron Donor Acceptor Interactions Gordon Conference - August 8-13, 2004

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    GUILFORD JONES BOSTON UNIVERSITY PHOTONICS CENTER 8 ST. MARY'S ST BOSTON, MA 02215

    2005-09-14

    The 2004 Gordon Conference on Donor/Acceptor Interactions will take place at Salve Regina University in Newport, Rhode Island on August 8-13, 2004. The conference will be devoted to the consequences of charge interaction and charge motion in molecular and materials systems.

  5. Remarkable Dependence of the Final Charge Separation Efficiency on the Donor-Acceptor Interaction in Photoinduced Electron Transfer.

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    Higashino, Tomohiro; Yamada, Tomoki; Yamamoto, Masanori; Furube, Akihiro; Tkachenko, Nikolai V; Miura, Taku; Kobori, Yasuhiro; Jono, Ryota; Yamashita, Koichi; Imahori, Hiroshi

    2016-01-11

    The unprecedented dependence of final charge separation efficiency as a function of donor-acceptor interaction in covalently-linked molecules with a rectilinear rigid oligo-p-xylene bridge has been observed. Optimization of the donor-acceptor electronic coupling remarkably inhibits the undesirable rapid decay of the singlet charge-separated state to the ground state, yielding the final long-lived, triplet charge-separated state with circa 100% efficiency. This finding is extremely useful for the rational design of artificial photosynthesis and organic photovoltaic cells toward efficient solar energy conversion.

  6. 2010 Electron Donor-Acceptor Interactions Gordon Research Conference, August 8 - 13, 2010.

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    Gerald Meyer

    2010-08-18

    The Gordon Research Conference on Electron Donor Acceptor Interactions (GRC EDAI) presents and advances the current frontiers in experimental and theoretical studies of Electron Transfer Processes and Energy Conversion. The fundamental concepts underpinning the field of electron transfer and charge transport phenomena are understood, but fascinating experimental discoveries and novel applications based on charge transfer processes are expanding the discipline. Simultaneously, global challenges for development of viable and economical alternative energy resources, on which many researchers in the field focus their efforts, are now the subject of daily news headlines. Enduring themes of this conference relate to photosynthesis, both natural and artificial, and solar energy conversion. More recent developments include molecular electronics, optical switches, and nanoscale charge transport structures of both natural (biological) and man-made origin. The GRC EDAI is one of the major international meetings advancing this field, and is one of the few scientific meetings where fundamental research in solar energy conversion has a leading voice. The program includes sessions on coupled electron transfers, molecular solar energy conversion, biological and biomimetic systems, spin effects, ultrafast reactions and technical frontiers as well as electron transport in single molecules and devices. In addition to disseminating the latest advances in the field of electron transfer processes, the conference is an excellent forum for scientists from different disciplines to meet and initiate new directions; for scientists from different countries to make contacts; for young scientists to network and establish personal contacts with other young scientists and with established scientists who, otherwise, might not have the time to meet young people. The EDAI GRC also features an interactive atmosphere with lively poster sessions, a few of which are selected for oral presentations.

  7. Effects of donor-acceptor electronic interactions on the rates of gas-phase metallocene electron-exchange reactions

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    Phelps, D.K.; Gord, J.R.; Freiser, B.S.; Weaver, M.J. )

    1991-05-30

    Rate constants for electron self-exchange, k{sub ex}, of five cobaltocenium-cobaltocene and ferrocenium-ferrocene couples in the gas phase have been measured by means of Fourier transform ion cyclotron resonance mass spectrometry in order to explore the possible effects of donor-acceptor electronic coupling on gas-phase redox reactivity. The systems studied, Cp{sub 2}Co{sup +/0}, Cp{sub 2}Fe{sup +/0} (Cp = cyclopentadienyl), the decamethyl derivative Cp{prime}{sub 2}Fe{sup +/0}, carboxymethyl(cobaltocenium-cobaltocene) (Cp{sub 2}{sup e}Co{sup +/0}), and hydroxymethyl(ferrocenium-ferrocene) (HMFc{sup +/0}), were selected in view of the substantial variations in electronic coupling inferred on the basis of their solvent-dependent reactivities and theoretical grounds. The sequence of k{sub ex} values determined in the gas phase, Cp{sub 2}{sup e}Co{sup +/0} {approx} Cp{sub 2}Co{sup +/0} > Cp{prime}{sub 2}Fe{sup +/0} > HMFc{sup +/0} > Cp{sub 2}Fe{sup +/0}, is roughly similar to that observed in solution, although the magnitude (up to 5-fold) of the k{sub ex} variations is smaller in the former case. The likely origins of these differences in gas-phase reactivity are discussed in light of the known variations in the electronic coupling matrix element H{sub 12}, inner-shell reorganization energy {Delta}E*, and gas-phase ion-molecule interaction energy {Delta}E{sub w} extracted from solution-phase rates, structural data, and theoretical calculations. It is concluded that the observed variations in gas-phase k{sub ex} values, especially for Cp{sub 2}Fe{sup +/0} versus Cp{sub 2}Co{sup +/0}, arise predominantly from the presence of weaker donor-acceptor orbital overlap for the ferrocene couples, yielding inefficient electron tunneling for a substantial fraction of the gas-phase ion-molecule encounters. The anticipated differences as well as similarities of such nonadiabatic effects for gas-phase and solution electron-transfer processes are briefly outlined.

  8. 2008 Electron Donor Acceptor Interactions Gordon Research Conference-August 3-8, 2009

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    Forbes, Malcolm; Gray, Nancy Ryan

    2009-09-19

    The conference presents and advances the current frontiers in experimental and theoretical studies of Electron Transfer and Transport in Molecular and Nano-scale Systems. The program includes sessions on coupled electron transfers, molecular solar energy conversion, biological and biomimetic systems, spin effects, ultrafast reactions and technical frontiers as well as electron transport in single molecules and devices.

  9. Donor-Acceptor Interaction Determines the Mechanism of Photoinduced Electron Injection from Graphene Quantum Dots into TiO2: π-Stacking Supersedes Covalent Bonding.

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    Long, Run; Casanova, David; Fang, Wei-Hai; Prezhdo, Oleg V

    2017-02-22

    Interfacial electron transfer (ET) constitutes the key step in conversion of solar energy into electricity and fuels. Required for fast and efficient charge separation, strong donor-acceptor interaction is typically achieved through covalent chemical bonding and leads to fast, adiabatic ET. Focusing on interfaces of pyrene, coronene, and a graphene quantum dot (GQD) with TiO2, we demonstrate the opposite situation: covalent bonding leads to weak coupling and nonadiabatic (NA) ET, while through-space π-electron interaction produces adiabatic ET. Using real-time time-dependent density functional theory combined with NA molecular dynamics, we simulate photoinduced ET into TiO2 from flat and vertically placed molecules and GQD containing commonly used carboxylic acid linkers. Both arrangements can be achieved experimentally with GQDs and other two-dimensional materials, such as MoS2. The weak through-bond donor-acceptor coupling is attributed to the π-electron withdrawing properties of the carboxylic acid group. The calculated ET time scales are in excellent agreement with pump-probe optical experiments. The simulations show that the ET proceeds faster than energy relaxation. The electron couples to a broad spectrum of vibrational modes, ranging from 100 cm(-1) large-scale motions to 1600 cm(-1) C-C stretches. Compared to graphene/TiO2 heterojunctions, the molecule/TiO2 and GQD/TiO2 systems exhibit energy gaps, allowing for longer-lived excited states and hot electron injection, facilitating charge separation and higher voltage. The reported state-of-the-art simulations generate a detailed time-domain, atomistic description of the interfacial charge and energy transfer and relaxation processes, and demonstrate that the fundamental principles leading to efficient charge separation in nanoscale materials depend strongly and often unexpectedly on the type of donor-acceptor interaction. Understanding these principles is critical to the development of highly efficient

  10. Site-specific adsorption of 1,3-dinitrobenzene to bacterial surfaces: a mechanism of n-pi electron-donor-acceptor interactions.

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    Qu, Xiaolei; Xiao, Lin; Zhu, Dongqiang

    2008-01-01

    Surface and subsurface contamination with nitroaromatic compounds (NACs) has drawn considerable attention, and biosorption may play an important role in the fate and transport of these compounds in the environment. We studied the sorption of polar 1,3-dinitrobenzene (DNB) as a representative NAC and 2,6-dichlorobenzonitrile and nonpolar phenanthrene and 1,2,4,5-tetrachlorobenzene from the aqueous phase to two common bacteria, gram-negative Escherichia coli and gram-positive Bacillus subtilis. Sorption of DNB is highly nonlinear and is well described by the Langmuir model and shows the highest capacity among all tested solutes (up to 2.4% of E. coli biomass and 7.6% of B. subtilis biomass by weight) despite the lowest solute hydrophobicity. These results indicate that strong specific sorptive interactions exist between DNB and bacterial surfaces. We propose a mechanism of n-pi electron-donor-acceptor interactions between the oxygen electron pairs of deprotonated carboxyl groups (electron donors) of bacterial surfaces and DNB (electron acceptor). Biosorption of DNB increases with deprotonation of functional groups as pH increases, which rules out hydrophobic effects and H-bonding as major sorption driving forces because they are both favored by protonation of functional groups as pH decreases.

  11. Possibility of the existence of donor-acceptor interactions in bis(azole)amines: an electronic structure analysis.

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    Bhatia, Sonam; Bharatam, Prasad V

    2014-06-06

    Donor-stabilized divalent N(I) systems have recently gained attention in the field of organic chemistry. Existence of low-valent nitrogen(I) species with moderate nucleophilicities in several pharmacophoric functionalities is prompting extensive exploration in this field. Quantum chemical analysis on the imidazole, oxazole, and thiazole derivatives of thiazole-2-amine indicated that these species preferably exist in the iminic state. Electronic structure analysis of these systems suggested the existence of hidden divalent N(I) character in a neutral state (L → N-R) and the explicit divalent N(I) character (L → N ← L)(+) in the protonated state. The strength of L → N interaction in these systems was analyzed, and the variations in the nucleophilicity trend at the coordinating nitrogen center were rationalized by estimating the electronic (TEP (Tolman electronic parameter) and MESP minimum (V(min))) as well as steric parameters (r-repulsiveness and ΔH elimination of CO group, in L → Ni(CO)3) of the coordinating ligands L. The importance of energetically preferred ionic and tautomeric representations of thiazol-2-amine derivatives in iminic and aminic forms was also demonstrated by carrying out comparative docking analysis with the enzyme lymphocyte-specific kinase (Lck).

  12. Rational design of aggregation-induced emission luminogen with weak electron donor-acceptor interaction to achieve highly efficient undoped bilayer OLEDs.

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    Chen, Long; Jiang, Yibin; Nie, Han; Hu, Rongrong; Kwok, Hoi Sing; Huang, Fei; Qin, Anjun; Zhao, Zujin; Tang, Ben Zhong

    2014-10-08

    In this work, two tailored luminogens (TPE-NB and TPE-PNPB) consisting of tetraphenylethene (TPE), diphenylamino, and dimesitylboryl as a π-conjugated linkage, electron donor, and electron acceptor, respectively, are synthesized and characterized. Their thermal stabilities, photophysical properties, solvachromism, fluorescence decays, electronic structures, electrochemical behaviors, and electroluminescence (EL) properties are investigated systematically, and the impacts of electron donor-acceptor (D-A) interaction on optoelectronic properties are discussed. Due to the presence of a TPE unit, both luminogens show aggregation-induced emission, but strong D-A interaction causes a decrease in emission efficiency and red-shifts in photoluminescence and EL emissions. The luminogen, TPE-PNPB, with a weak D-A interaction fluoresces strongly in solid film with a high fluorescence quantum yield of 94%. The trilayer OLED [ITO/NPB (60 nm)/TPE-PNPB (20 nm)/TPBi (40 nm)/LiF (1 nm)/Al (100 nm)] utilizing TPE-PNPB as a light emitter shows a peak luminance of 49 993 cd m(-2) and high EL efficiencies up to 15.7 cd A(-1), 12.9 lm W(-1), and 5.12%. The bilayer OLED [ITO/TPE-PNPB (80 nm)/TPBi (40 nm)/LiF (1 nm)/Al (100 nm)] adopting TPE-PNPB as a light emitter and hole transporter simultaneously affords even better EL efficiencies of 16.2 cd A(-1), 14.4 lm W(-1), and 5.35% in ambient air, revealing that TPE-PNPB is an eximious p-type light emitter.

  13. Tunneling Kinetics and Nonadiabatic Proton-Coupled Electron Transfer in Proteins: The Effect of Electric Fields and Anharmonic Donor-Acceptor Interactions.

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    Salna, Bridget; Benabbas, Abdelkrim; Russo, Douglas; Champion, Paul M

    2017-07-20

    A proper description of proton donor-acceptor (D-A) distance fluctuations is crucial for understanding tunneling in proton-coupled electron transport (PCET). The typical harmonic approximation for the D-A potential results in a Gaussian probability distribution, which does not appropriately reflect the electronic repulsion forces that increase the energetic cost of sampling shorter D-A distances. Because these shorter distances are the primary channel for thermally activated tunneling, the analysis of tunneling kinetics depends sensitively on the inherently anharmonic nature of the D-A interaction. Thus, we have used quantum chemical calculations to account for the D-A interaction and developed an improved model for the analysis of experimental tunneling kinetics. Strong internal electric fields are also considered and found to contribute significantly to the compressive forces when the D-A distance distribution is positioned below the van der Waals contact distance. This model is applied to recent experiments on the wild type (WT) and a double mutant (DM) of soybean lipoxygenase-1 (SLO). The compressive force necessary to prepare the tunneling-active distribution in WT SLO is found to fall in the ∼ nN range, which greatly exceeds the measured values of molecular motor and protein unfolding forces. This indicates that ∼60-100 MV/cm electric fields, aligned along the D-A bond axis, must be generated by an enzyme conformational interconversion that facilitates the PCET tunneling reaction. Based on the absolute value of the measured tunneling rate, and using previously calculated values of the electronic matrix element, the population of this tunneling-active conformation is found to lie in the range 10(-5)-10(-7), indicating this is a rare structural fluctuation that falls well below the detection threshold of recent ENDOR experiments. Additional analysis of the DM tunneling kinetics leads to a proposal that a disordered (high entropy) conformation could be

  14. Electron Donor-Acceptor Quenching and Photoinduced Electron Transfer for Coumarin Dyes.

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    1983-10-31

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  15. Charge transfer in the electron donor-acceptor complex BH3NH3.

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    Mo, Yirong; Song, Lingchun; Wu, Wei; Zhang, Qianer

    2004-03-31

    As a simple yet strongly binding electron donor-acceptor (EDA) complex, BH(3)NH(3) serves as a good example to study the electron pair donor-acceptor complexes. We employed both the ab initio valence bond (VB) and block-localized wave function (BLW) methods to explore the electron transfer from NH(3) to BH(3). Conventionally, EDA complexes have been described by two diabatic states: one neutral state and one ionic charge-transferred state. Ab initio VB self-consistent field (VBSCF) computations generate the energy profiles of the two diabatic states together with the adiabatic (ground) state. Our calculations evidently demonstrated that the electron transfer between NH(3) and BH(3) falls in the abnormal regime where the reorganization energy is less than the exoergicity of the reaction. The nature of the NH(3)-BH(3) interaction is probed by an energy decomposition scheme based on the BLW method. We found that the variation of the charge-transfer energy with the donor-acceptor distance is insensitive to the computation levels and basis sets, but the estimation of the amount of electron transferred heavily depends on the population analysis procedures. The recent resurgence of interest in the nature of the rotation barrier in ethane prompted us to analyze the conformational change of BH(3)NH(3), which is an isoelectronic system with ethane. We found that the preference of the staggered structure over the eclipsed structure of BH(3)NH(3) is dominated by the Pauli exchange repulsion.

  16. Solvent as electron donor: Donor/acceptor electronic coupling is a dynamical variable

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    Castner, E.W. Jr.; Kennedy, D.; Cave, R.J.

    2000-04-06

    The authors combine analysis of measurements by femtosecond optical spectroscopy, computer simulations, and the generalized Mulliken-Hush (GMH) theory in the study of electron-transfer reactions and electron donor-acceptor interactions. The study focus is on ultrafast photoinduced electron-transfer reactions from aromatic amine solvent donors to excited-state acceptors. The experimental results from femtosecond dynamical measurements fall into three categories: six coumarin acceptors reductively quenched by N,N-dimethylaniline (DMA), eight electron-donating amine solvents reductively quenching coumarin 152 (7-(dimethylamino)-4-(trifluoromethyl)-coumarin), and reductive quenching dynamics of two coumarins by DMA as a function of dilution in the nonreactive solvents toluene and chlorobenzene. Applying a combination of molecular dynamics trajectories, semiempirical quantum mechanical calculations (of the relevant adiabatic electronic states), and GMH theory to the C152/DMA photoreaction, the authors calculate the electron donor/acceptor interaction parameter H{sub DA} at various time frames, H{sub DA} is strongly modulated by both inner-sphere and outer-sphere nuclear dynamics, leading us to conclude that H{sub DA} must be considered as a dynamical variable.

  17. Electron transfer in donor-acceptor systems: Many-particle effects and influence of electronic correlations

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    Tornow, S.; Tong, N.-H.; Bulla, R.

    2006-03-01

    We investigate electron transfer processes in donor-acceptor systems with a coupling of the electronic degrees of freedom to a common bosonic bath. The model allows to study many-particle effects and the influence of the local Coulomb interaction U between electrons on donor and acceptor sites. Using the non-perturbative numerical renormalization group approach we find distinct differences between the electron transfer characteristics in the single- and two-particle subspaces. We calculate the critical electron-boson coupling αc as a function of U and show results for density-density correlation functions in the whole parameter space. The possibility of many-particle (bipolaronic) and Coulomb-assisted transfer is discussed.

  18. Unusual cooperativity effects between halogen bond and donor-acceptor interactions: The role of orbital interaction

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    Esrafili, Mehdi D.; Mousavian, Parisasadat

    2017-06-01

    Cooperative effects between halogen and donor-acceptor interactions are studied in C5H5B⋯NCX⋯NCY complexes, where X = F, Cl, Br, I and Y = H, CN, OH, Li. The B⋯N binding distances are found to be longer than those in C5H5B⋯NCX dimers, which means that the formation of the X⋯N interaction weakens the B⋯N bonds. This abnormal cooperativity effect is further investigated by means of molecular electrostatic potential, electron density and natural bond orbital analyses. It is found that the back-bonding π → π∗ orbital interaction between C5H5B and NCX moieties is responsible for the unusual cooperativity of B⋯N and X⋯N interactions.

  19. Intramolecular Charge-Transfer Interaction of Donor-Acceptor-Donor Arrays Based on Anthracene Bisimide.

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    Iwanaga, Tetsuo; Ogawa, Marina; Yamauchi, Tomokazu; Toyota, Shinji

    2016-05-20

    We designed anthracene bisimide (ABI) derivatives having two triphenylamine (TPA) groups as donor units at the 9,10-positions to form a novel π-conjugated donor-acceptor system. These compounds and their analogues with ethynylene linkers were synthesized by Suzuki-Miyaura and Sonogashira coupling reactions, respectively. In UV-vis spectra, the linker-free derivatives showed broad absorption bands arising from intramolecular charge-transfer interactions. Introducing ethynylene linkers resulted in a considerable red shift of the absorption bands. In fluorescence spectra, the ethynylene derivatives showed intense emission bands at 600-650 nm. Their photophysical and electrochemical properties were compared with those of the corresponding mono TPA derivatives on the basis of theoretical calculations and cyclic voltammetry to evaluate the intramolecular electronic interactions between the donor and acceptor units.

  20. Donor-acceptor graphene-based hybrid materials facilitating photo-induced electron-transfer reactions.

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    Stergiou, Anastasios; Pagona, Georgia; Tagmatarchis, Nikos

    2014-01-01

    Graphene research and in particular the topic of chemical functionalization of graphene has exploded in the last decade. The main aim is to increase the solubility and thereby enhance the processability of the material, which is otherwise insoluble and inapplicable for technological applications when stacked in the form of graphite. To this end, initially, graphite was oxidized under harsh conditions to yield exfoliated graphene oxide sheets that are soluble in aqueous media and amenable to chemical modifications due to the presence of carboxylic acid groups at the edges of the lattice. However, it was obvious that the high-defect framework of graphene oxide cannot be readily utilized in applications that are governed by charge-transfer processes, for example, in solar cells. Alternatively, exfoliated graphene has been applied toward the realization of some donor-acceptor hybrid materials with photo- and/or electro-active components. The main body of research regarding obtaining donor-acceptor hybrid materials based on graphene to facilitate charge-transfer phenomena, which is reviewed here, concerns the incorporation of porphyrins and phthalocyanines onto graphene sheets. Through illustrative schemes, the preparation and most importantly the photophysical properties of such graphene-based ensembles will be described. Important parameters, such as the generation of the charge-separated state upon photoexcitation of the organic electron donor, the lifetimes of the charge-separation and charge-recombination as well as the incident-photon-to-current efficiency value for some donor-acceptor graphene-based hybrids, will be discussed.

  1. New opportunities in multiplexed optical bioanalyses using quantum dots and donor-acceptor interactions.

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    Algar, W Russ; Krull, Ulrich J

    2010-11-01

    This review highlights recent trends in the development of multiplexed bioanalyses using quantum dot bioconjugates and donor-acceptor interactions. In these methods, multiple optical signals are generated in response to biorecognition through modulation of the photoluminescence of populations of quantum dots with different emission colors. The donor-acceptor interactions that have been used include fluorescence resonance energy transfer, bioluminescence resonance energy transfer, charge transfer quenching, and quenching via proximal gold nanoparticles. Assays for the simultaneous detection of between two and eight target analytes have been developed, where spectral deconvolution is an important tool. Target analytes have included small molecules, nucleic acid sequences, and proteases. The unique optical properties of quantum dots offer several potential advantages in multiplexed detection, and a large degree of versatility, for example, one pot multiplexing at the ensemble level, where only wavelength discrimination is required to differentiate between detection channels. These methods are not being developed to compete with array-based technologies in terms of overall multiplexing capacity, but rather to enable new formats for multiplexed bioanalyses. In particular, quantum dot bioprobes based on donor-acceptor interactions are anticipated to provide future opportunities for multiplexed biosensing within living cells.

  2. On the effect of nuclear bridge modes on donor-acceptor electronic coupling in donor-bridge-acceptor molecules

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    Davis, Daly; Toroker, Maytal Caspary; Speiser, Shammai; Peskin, Uri

    2009-03-01

    We report a theoretical study of intra-molecular electronic coupling in a symmetric DBA (donor-bridge-acceptor) complex, in which a donor electronic site is coupled to an acceptor site by way of intervening orbitals of a molecular bridge unit. In the off-resonant (deep tunneling) regime of electronic transport, the lowest unoccupied molecular orbitals (MO's) of the DBA system are split into distinguishable donor/acceptor and bridge orbitals. The effect of geometrical changes at the bridge on the donor/acceptor electronic energy manifold is studied for local stretching and bending modes. It is demonstrated that the energy splitting in the manifold of donor/acceptor unoccupied MOs changes in response to such changes, as assumed in simple McConnell-type models. Limitations of the simple models are revealed where the electronic charging of the bridge orbitals correlates with increasing donor/acceptor orbital energy splitting only for stretching but not for bending bridge modes.

  3. The ETHANOL-CO_2 Dimer is AN Electron Donor-Acceptor Complex

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    McGuire, Brett A.; Martin-Drumel, Marie-Aline; McCarthy, Michael C.

    2017-06-01

    Supercritical (sc) CO_2 is a common industrial solvent for the extraction of caffeine, nicotine, petrochemicals, and natural products. The ability of apolar scCO_2 to dissolve polar solutes is greatly enhanced by the addition of a polar co-solvent, often methanol or ethanol. Experimental and theoretical work show that methanol interactions in scCO_2 are predominantly hydrogen bonding, while the gas-phase complex is an electron donor-acceptor (EDA) configuration. Ethanol, meanwhile, is predicted to form EDA complexes both in scCO_2 and in the gas phase, but there have been no experimental measurements to support this conclusion. Here, we report a combined chirped-pulse and cavity FTMW study of the ethanol-CO_2 complex. Comparison with theory indicates the EDA complex is dominant under our experimental conditions. We confirm the structure with isotopic substitution, and derive a semi-experimental equilibrium structure. Our results are consistent with theoretical predictions that the linearity of the CO_2 subgroup is broken by the complexation interaction.

  4. Donor acceptor electronic couplings in π-stacks: How many states must be accounted for?

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    Voityuk, Alexander A.

    2006-04-01

    Two-state model is commonly used to estimate the donor-acceptor electronic coupling Vda for electron transfer. However, in some important cases, e.g. for DNA π-stacks, this scheme fails to provide accurate values of Vda because of multistate effects. The Generalized Mulliken-Hush method enables a multistate treatment of Vda. In this Letter, we analyze the dependence of calculated electronic couplings on the number of the adiabatic states included in the model. We suggest a simple scheme to determine this number. The superexchange correction of the two-state approximation is shown to provide good estimates of the electronic coupling.

  5. Fresh look at electron-transfer mechanisms via the donor/acceptor bindings in the critical encounter complex.

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    Rosokha, Sergiy V; Kochi, Jay K

    2008-05-01

    Seminal insights provided by the iconic R. S. Mulliken and his "charge-transfer" theory, H. Taube and his "outer/inner-sphere" mechanisms, R. A. Marcus and his "two-state non-adiabatic" theory, and N. S. Hush and his "intervalence" theory are each separately woven into the rich panoramic tapestry constituting chemical research into electron-transfer dynamics, and its mechanistic dominance for the past half century and more. In this Account, we illustrate how the simultaneous melding of all four key concepts allows sharp focus on the charge-transfer character of the critical encounter complex to evoke the latent facet of traditional electron-transfer mechanisms. To this end, we exploit the intervalence (electronic) transition that invariably accompanies the diffusive encounter of electron-rich organic donors (D) with electron-poor acceptors (A) as the experimental harbinger of the collision complex, which is then actually isolated and X-ray crystallographically established as loosely bound pi-stacked pairs of various aromatic and olefinic donor/acceptor dyads with uniform interplanar separations of r(DA) = 3.1 +/- 0.2 A. These X-ray structures, together with the spectral measurements of their intervalence transitions, lead to the pair of important electron-transfer parameters, H(DA) (electronic coupling element) versus lambdaT (reorganization energy), the ratio of which generally defines the odd-electron mobility within such an encounter complex in terms of the resonance stabilization of the donor/acceptor assembly [D, A] as opposed to the reorganization-energy penalty required for its interconversion to the electron-transfer state [D(+*), A(-*)]. We recognize the resonance-stabilization energy relative to the intrinsic activation barrier as the mechanistic binding factor, Q = 2H(DA)/lambdaT, to represent the quantitative measure of the highly variable continuum of inner-sphere/outer-sphere interactions that are possible within various types of precursor complexes

  6. Mobility relaxation and electron trapping in a donor/acceptor copolymer

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    Schubert, Marcel; Preis, Eduard; Blakesley, James C.; Pingel, Patrick; Scherf, Ullrich; Neher, Dieter

    2013-01-01

    To address the nature of charge transport and the origin of severe (intrinsic) trapping in electron-transporting polymers, transient and steady-state charge transport measurements have been conducted on the prototype donor/acceptor copolymer poly[2,7-(9,9-dialkyl-fluorene)-alt-5,5-(4',7'-di-2-thienyl-2',1',3'-benzothiadiazole)] (PFTBTT). A charge-generation layer technique is used to selectively address transport of the desired charge carrier type, to perform time-of-flight measurements on samples with <200 nm thickness, and to combine the time-of-flight and the photocharge extraction by linearly increasing voltage (photo-CELIV) techniques to investigate charge carrier dynamics over a wide time range. Significant trapping of free electrons is observed in the bulk of dioctyl-substituted PFTBTT (alt-PF8TBTT), introducing a strong relaxation of the charge carrier mobility with time. We used Monte-Carlo simulation to simulate the measured transient data and found that all measurements can be modeled with a single parameter set, with the charge transport behavior determined by multiple trapping and detrapping of electrons in an exponential trap distribution. The influence of the concomitant mobility relaxation on the transient photocurrent characteristics in photo-CELIV experiments is discussed and shown to explain subtle features that were seen in former publications but were not yet assigned to electron trapping. Comparable studies on PFTBTT copolymers with chemical modifications of the side chains and backbone suggest that the observed electron trapping is not caused by a distinct chemical species but rather is related to interchain interactions.

  7. Photoinduced Electron Transfer within Supramolecular Donor-Acceptor Peptide Nanostructures under Aqueous Conditions.

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    Sanders, Allix M; Magnanelli, Timothy J; Bragg, Arthur E; Tovar, John D

    2016-03-16

    We report the synthesis, self-assembly, and electron transfer capabilities of peptide-based electron donor-acceptor molecules and supramolecular nanostructures. These modified peptides contain π-conjugated oligothiophene electron donor cores that are peripherally substituted with naphthalene diimide electron acceptors installed via imidation of site-specific lysine residues. These molecules self-assemble into one-dimensional nanostructures in aqueous media, as shown through steady-state absorption, photoluminescence, and circular dichroism spectra, as well as transmission electron microscopy. Excitation of the oligothiophene donor moieties results in electron transfer to the acceptor units, ultimately creating polar, charge-separated states that persist for over a nanosecond as observed with transient absorption spectroscopy. This study demonstrates how transient electric fields can be engineered into aqueous nanomaterials of biomedical relevance through external, temporally controlled photonic inputs.

  8. Electron Donor-Acceptor Nature of the Ethanol-CO2 Dimer.

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    McGuire, Brett A; Martin-Drumel, Marie-Aline; McCarthy, Michael C

    2017-08-24

    Supercritical CO2 is an appealing nontoxic, environmentally friendly solvent for the industrial extraction of many classes of compounds, from caffeine to natural product drug precursors to petrochemical impurities. Apolar in isolation, the ability of supercritical CO2 to dissolve polar species has been empirically shown to be greatly enhanced by the addition of a small molar percentage of a polar cosolvent, often ethanol. Computational work predicts that the isolated ethanol-CO2 complex can exist either in an electron-donor configuration or through a hydrogen-bonding one; yet, neither has been previously experimentally observed. Here, we demonstrate by rotational spectroscopy that the isolated, gas-phase ethanol-CO2 dimer is an electron donor-acceptor complex.

  9. Electron Donor-Acceptor Nature of the Ethanol-CO2 Dimer

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    McGuire, Brett A.; Martin-Drumel, Marie-Aline; McCarthy, Michael A.

    2017-08-01

    Supercritical CO2 is an appealing nontoxic, environmentally friendly solvent for the industrial extraction of many classes of compounds, from caffeine to natural product drug precursors to petrochemical impurities. Apolar in isolation, the ability of supercritical CO2 to dissolve polar species has been empirically shown to be greatly enhanced by the addition of a small molar percentage of a polar cosolvent, often ethanol. Computational work predicts that the isolated ethanol-CO2 complex can exist either in an electron-donor configuration or through a hydrogen-bonding one; yet, neither has been previously experimentally observed. Here, we demonstrate by rotational spectroscopy that the isolated, gas-phase ethanol-CO2 dimer is an electron donor-acceptor complex.

  10. Solution-processable donor-acceptor polymers with modular electronic properties and very narrow bandgaps.

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    Foster, Michael E; Zhang, Benjamin A; Murtagh, Dustin; Liu, Yi; Sfeir, Matthew Y; Wong, Bryan M; Azoulay, Jason D

    2014-09-01

    Bridgehead imine-substituted cyclopentadithiophene structural units, in combination with highly electronegative acceptors that exhibit progressively delocalized π-systems, afford donor-acceptor (DA) conjugated polymers with broad absorption profiles that span technologically relevant wavelength (λ) ranges from 0.7 < λ < 3.2 μm. A joint theoretical and experimental study demonstrates that the presence of the cross-conjugated substituent at the donor bridgehead position results in the capability to fine-tune structural and electronic properties so as to achieve very narrow optical bandgaps (Eg (opt) < 0.5 eV). This strategy affords modular DA copolymers with broad- and long-wavelength light absorption in the infrared and materials with some of the narrowest bandgaps reported to date.

  11. Exploring the electronic structure of an organic semiconductor based on a compactly fused electron donor-acceptor molecule.

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    Alemany, Pere; Canadell, Enric; Geng, Yan; Hauser, Jürg; Macchi, Piero; Krämer, Karl; Decurtins, Silvio; Liu, Shi-Xia

    2015-05-18

    A Mott-type semiconductor based on a compactly fused and partially oxidized electron donor-acceptor (D-A) molecule was recently prepared and identified to exhibit a large room-temperature conductivity of 2 S cm(-1) . In a marked contrast to the organic conductors characterized by relatively well decoupled and segregated uniform stacks of D and A moieties, the formally half-oxidized tetrathiafulvalene donors of the actual compound are organized in columnar π stacks only, whereby the coplanar electron-acceptor units, namely benzothiadiazole, are closely annulated along their ridges. Herein, we present a theoretical study that explores the electronic structure of this novel type of organic semiconductor. The highly symmetric-solid state material behaves as a one-dimensional electronic system with strong antiferromagnetic interactions (coupling constant>200 cm(-1) ). The unique shape and local dipole of this redox-active fused electron D-A molecule lays the basis for further investigations of the collective electronic structure, mainly in the function of different counterions embedded in the crystalline lattice. © 2015 WILEY-VCH Verlag GmbH & Co. KGaA, Weinheim.

  12. Triazole bridges as versatile linkers in electron donor-acceptor conjugates.

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    de Miguel, Gustavo; Wielopolski, Mateusz; Schuster, David I; Fazio, Michael A; Lee, Olivia P; Haley, Christopher K; Ortiz, Angy L; Echegoyen, Luis; Clark, Timothy; Guldi, Dirk M

    2011-08-24

    Aromatic triazoles have been frequently used as π-conjugated linkers in intramolecular electron transfer processes. To gain a deeper understanding of the electron-mediating function of triazoles, we have synthesized a family of new triazole-based electron donor-acceptor conjugates. We have connected zinc(II)porphyrins and fullerenes through a central triazole moiety--(ZnP-Tri-C(60))--each with a single change in their connection through the linker. An extensive photophysical and computational investigation reveals that the electron transfer dynamics--charge separation and charge recombination--in the different ZnP-Tri-C(60) conjugates reflect a significant influence of the connectivity at the triazole linker. Except for the m4m-ZnP-Tri-C(60)17, the conjugates exhibit through-bond photoinduced electron transfer with varying rate constants. Since the through-bond distance is nearly the same for all the synthesized ZnP-Tri-C(60) conjugates, the variation in charge separation and charge recombination dynamics is mainly associated with the electronic properties of the conjugates, including orbital energies, electron affinity, and the energies of the excited states. The changes of the electronic couplings are, in turn, a consequence of the different connectivity patterns at the triazole moieties.

  13. Triazole bridges as versatile linkers in electron donor-acceptor conjugates

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    de Miguel, Gustavo; Wielopolski, Mateusz; Schuster, David I.; Fazio, Michael A; Lee, Olivia P.; Haley, Christopher K.; Ortiz, Angy L.; Echegoyen, Luis; Clark, Timothy; Guldi, Dirk M.

    2011-01-01

    Aromatic triazoles have been frequently used as π-conjugated linkers in intramolecular electron transfer processes. To gain a deeper understanding of the electron mediating function of triazoles, we have synthesized a family of new triazole-based electron donor-acceptor conjugates. We have connected porphyrins and fullerenes through a central triazole moiety – (ZnP-Tri-C60) – each with a single change in their connection through the linker. An extensive photophysical and computational investigation reveals that the electron transfer dynamics – charge separation and charge recombination – in the different ZnP-Tri-C60 conjugates reflect a significant influence of the connectivity at the triazole linker. Except for m4m-ZnP-Tri-C60 17, the conjugates exhibit through-bond electron transfer with varying rate constants. Since the through-bond distance is nearly equal in the ZnP-Tri-C60 conjugates, the variation in charge separation and charge recombination dynamics is mainly associated with the electronic properties of the conjugates, including orbital energies, electron affinity, and the energies of the excited states. The changes of the electronic couplings are, in turn, a consequence of the different connectivity patterns at the triazole moieties. PMID:21702513

  14. Reinforced self-assembly of donor-acceptor π-conjugated molecules to DNA templates by dipole-dipole interactions together with complementary hydrogen bonding interactions for biomimetics.

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    Yang, Wanggui; Chen, Yali; Wong, Man Shing; Lo, Pik Kwan

    2012-10-08

    One of the most important criteria for the successful DNA-templated polymerization to generate fully synthetic biomimetic polymers is to design the complementary structural monomers, which assemble to the templates strongly and precisely before carrying polymerization. In this study, water-soluble, laterally thymine-substituted donor-acceptor π-conjugated molecules were designed and synthesized to self-assemble with complementary oligoadenines templates, dA(20) and dA(40), into stable and tubular assemblies through noncovalent interactions including π-π stacking, dipole-dipole interactions, and the complementary adenine-thymine (A-T) hydrogen-bonding. UV-vis, fluorescence, circular dichroism (CD), atomic force microscopy (AFM), and transmission electron microscopy (TEM) techniques were used to investigate the formation of highly robust nanofibrous structures. Our results have demonstrated for the first time that the dipole-dipole interactions are stronger and useful to reinforce the assembly of donor-acceptor π-conjugated molecules to DNA templates and the formation of the stable and robust supramolecular nanofibrous complexes together with the complementary hydrogen bonding interactions. This provides an initial step toward DNA-templated polymerization to create fully synthetic DNA-mimetic polymers for biotechnological applications. This study also presents an opportunity to precisely position donor-acceptor type molecules in a controlled manner and tailor-make advanced materials for various biotechnological applications.

  15. Phenothiazine-Anthraquinone Donor-Acceptor Molecules: Synthesis, Electronic Properties and DFT-TDDFT Computational Study

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    Zhang, Wen-Wei; Mao, Wei-Li; Hu, Yun-Xia; Tian, Zi-Qi; Wang, Zhi-Lin; Meng, Qing-Jin

    2009-08-01

    Two donor-acceptor molecules with different π-electron conjugative units, 1-((10-methyl-10H-phenothiazin-3-yl)ethynyl)anthracene-9,10-dione (AqMp) and 1,1'-(10-methyl-10H-phenothiazine-3,7-diyl)bis(ethyne-2,1-diyl)dianthracene-9,10-dione (Aq2Mp), have been synthesized and investigated for their photochemical and electrochemical properties. Density functional theory (DFT) calculations provide insights into their molecular geometry, electronic structures, and properties. These studies satisfactorily explain the electrochemistry of the two compounds and indicate that larger conjugative effect leads to smaller HOMO-LUMO gap (Eg) in Aq2Mp. Both compounds show ICT and π → π* transitions in the UV-visible range in solution, and Aq2Mp has a bathochromic shift and shows higher oscillator strength of the absorption, which has been verified by time-dependent DFT (TDDFT) calculations. The differences between AqMp and Aq2Mp indicate that the structural and conjugative effects have great influence on the electronic properties of the molecules.

  16. Metabolic response of Geobacter sulfurreducens towards electron donor/acceptor variation.

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    Yang, Tae Hoon; Coppi, Maddalena V; Lovley, Derek R; Sun, Jun

    2010-11-22

    Geobacter sulfurreducens is capable of coupling the complete oxidation of organic compounds to iron reduction. The metabolic response of G. sulfurreducens towards variations in electron donors (acetate, hydrogen) and acceptors (Fe(III), fumarate) was investigated via (13)C-based metabolic flux analysis. We examined the (13)C-labeling patterns of proteinogenic amino acids obtained from G. sulfurreducens cultured with (13)C-acetate. Using (13)C-based metabolic flux analysis, we observed that donor and acceptor variations gave rise to differences in gluconeogenetic initiation, tricarboxylic acid cycle activity, and amino acid biosynthesis pathways. Culturing G. sulfurreducens cells with Fe(III) as the electron acceptor and acetate as the electron donor resulted in pyruvate as the primary carbon source for gluconeogenesis. When fumarate was provided as the electron acceptor and acetate as the electron donor, the flux analysis suggested that fumarate served as both an electron acceptor and, in conjunction with acetate, a carbon source. Growth on fumarate and acetate resulted in the initiation of gluconeogenesis by phosphoenolpyruvate carboxykinase and a slightly elevated flux through the oxidative tricarboxylic acid cycle as compared to growth with Fe(III) as the electron acceptor. In addition, the direction of net flux between acetyl-CoA and pyruvate was reversed during growth on fumarate relative to Fe(III), while growth in the presence of Fe(III) and acetate which provided hydrogen as an electron donor, resulted in decreased flux through the tricarboxylic acid cycle. We gained detailed insight into the metabolism of G. sulfurreducens cells under various electron donor/acceptor conditions using (13)C-based metabolic flux analysis. Our results can be used for the development of G. sulfurreducens as a chassis for a variety of applications including bioremediation and renewable biofuel production.

  17. Metabolic response of Geobacter sulfurreducens towards electron donor/acceptor variation

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    2010-01-01

    Background Geobacter sulfurreducens is capable of coupling the complete oxidation of organic compounds to iron reduction. The metabolic response of G. sulfurreducens towards variations in electron donors (acetate, hydrogen) and acceptors (Fe(III), fumarate) was investigated via 13C-based metabolic flux analysis. We examined the 13C-labeling patterns of proteinogenic amino acids obtained from G. sulfurreducens cultured with 13C-acetate. Results Using 13C-based metabolic flux analysis, we observed that donor and acceptor variations gave rise to differences in gluconeogenetic initiation, tricarboxylic acid cycle activity, and amino acid biosynthesis pathways. Culturing G. sulfurreducens cells with Fe(III) as the electron acceptor and acetate as the electron donor resulted in pyruvate as the primary carbon source for gluconeogenesis. When fumarate was provided as the electron acceptor and acetate as the electron donor, the flux analysis suggested that fumarate served as both an electron acceptor and, in conjunction with acetate, a carbon source. Growth on fumarate and acetate resulted in the initiation of gluconeogenesis by phosphoenolpyruvate carboxykinase and a slightly elevated flux through the oxidative tricarboxylic acid cycle as compared to growth with Fe(III) as the electron acceptor. In addition, the direction of net flux between acetyl-CoA and pyruvate was reversed during growth on fumarate relative to Fe(III), while growth in the presence of Fe(III) and acetate which provided hydrogen as an electron donor, resulted in decreased flux through the tricarboxylic acid cycle. Conclusions We gained detailed insight into the metabolism of G. sulfurreducens cells under various electron donor/acceptor conditions using 13C-based metabolic flux analysis. Our results can be used for the development of G. sulfurreducens as a chassis for a variety of applications including bioremediation and renewable biofuel production. PMID:21092215

  18. Charge transport in organic donor-acceptor mixed-stack crystals: the role of nonlocal electron-phonon couplings.

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    Zhu, Lingyun; Geng, Hua; Yi, Yuanping; Wei, Zhixiang

    2017-02-08

    The charge-transport properties in C8BTBT-FnTCNQ and DMQtT-F4TCNQ mixed-stack crystals have been investigated by means of density functional theory, molecular dynamics and kinetic Monte Carlo simulations. The super-exchange nature of charge transport in these crystals is elucidated by the Larsson partition-based electronic coupling method that was developed recently by us. Compared with hole transport, in addition to the donor HOMO-acceptor LUMO interaction, the interaction between the donor HOMO-1 and the acceptor LUMO will also make an important contribution to electron transport. Moreover, this additional interaction plays an opposite role and results in electron-dominant and hole-dominant transport in the C8BTBT-FnTCNQ and DMQtT-F4TCNQ crystals, respectively. Most importantly, our calculations point out that the nonlocal electron-phonon couplings are very weak and much smaller than the electronic couplings in all the studied crystals. This implies that the nonlocal couplings have little influence on charge transport. In contrast to the experimental measurements, the external reorganization energies are thus expected to play an essential role in determining charge carrier mobilities. These findings pave the way for rational design of high performance organic donor-acceptor mixed-stack semiconductors.

  19. Self-association and electron transfer in donor-acceptor dyads connected by meta-substituted oligomers.

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    Molina-Ontoria, Agustín; Fernández, Gustavo; Wielopolski, Mateusz; Atienza, Carmen; Sánchez, Luis; Gouloumis, Andreas; Clark, Timothy; Martín, Nazario; Guldi, Dirk M

    2009-09-02

    The synthesis of a new series of electron donor-acceptor conjugates (5, 10, 13, and 16) in which the electron acceptor--C(60)--and the electron donor--pi-extended tetrathiafulvalene (exTTF)--are bridged by means of m-phenyleneethynylene spacers of variable length is reported. The unexpected self-association of these hybrids was first detected to occur in the gas phase by means of MALDI-TOF spectrometry and subsequently corroborated in solution by utilizing concentration-dependent and variable-temperature (1)H NMR experiments. Furthermore, the ability of these new conjugates to form wirelike structures upon deposition onto a mica surface has been demonstrated by AFM spectroscopy. In light of their photoactivity and redoxactivity, 5, 10, 13, and 16 were probed in concentration-dependent photophysical experiments. Importantly, absorption and fluorescence revealed subtle dissimilarities for the association constants, that is, a dependence on the length of the m-phenylene spacers. The binding strength is in 5 greatly reduced when compared with those in 10, 13, and 16. Not only that, the spacer length also plays a decisive role in governing excited-state interactions in the corresponding electron donor-acceptor conjugates (5, 10, 13, and 16). To this end, 5, in which the photo- and electroactive constituents are bridged by just one aromatic ring, displays--exclusively and independent of the concentration (10(-6) to 10(-4) M)--efficient intramolecular electron transfer events on the basis of a "through-bond" mechanism. On the contrary, the lack of conjugation throughout the bridges in 10 (two m-phenyleneethynylene rings), 13 (three m-phenyleneethynylene rings), and 16 (four m-phenyleneethynylene rings) favors at low concentration (10(-6) M) "through space" intramolecular electron transfer events. These are, however, quite ineffective and, in turn, lead to excited-state deactivations that are at high concentrations (10(-4) M) dominated by intracomplex electron transfer

  20. Interplay of donor-acceptor interactions in stabilizing boron nitride compounds: insights from theory.

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    Momeni, Mohammad R; Shulman, Lisa; Rivard, Eric; Brown, Alex

    2015-07-07

    The stability of a variety of linear and cyclic (BN)n (n = 1-3) adducts with N-heterocyclic carbene (ImMe2; ImMe2 = [(HCNMe)2C:]), N-heterocyclic olefin (ImMe2CH2) and Wittig (Me3PCH2) donors has been examined using M05-2X/cc-pVTZ computations. The strength and nature of the bonds have been investigated using natural bond orbital (NBO) and atoms-in-molecules (AIM) analyses. Complementary energy decomposition analysis (EDA-NOCV) has been carried out based on BP86/TZ2P computations. In agreement with NBO and AIM analyses, the orbital interaction energy obtained from EDA contributes at least 50% to the total attractive interactions for the carbon-boron bonds indicating their largely covalent nature. The feasibility of isolating monomeric (BN)n units using a donor/acceptor protocol was also investigated in a series of adducts of the general form: LB·(BN)n·BH3 and LB·(BN)n·W(CO)5 (n = 1-3; LB = Lewis bases). Moreover, EDA-NOCV analysis of ImMe2·BN·W(CO)5 and ImMe2·B3N3·W(CO)5 shows that the carbene-boron bonds are stronger in the presence of W(CO)5 as a Lewis acid mainly because of a dramatic decrease in the amount of Pauli repulsion rather than an increase in the electrostatic/orbital attraction terms.

  1. Bipyridinium Polymers That Dock Tetrathiafulvalene Guests in Water Driven by Donor-Acceptor and Ion Pair Interactions.

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

    2016-04-05

    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.

  2. ELECTRON DONOR ACCEPTOR DESCRIPTORS OF THE SINGLE AND DOUBLE BONDED SUBSTITUENT AND HETEROATOM INCORPORATION EFFECTS. A REVIEW.

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    Mazurek, Andrzej

    2016-01-01

    The properties of the series of Electron Donor-Acceptor (EDA) descriptors of classical substituent effect (sEDA(I), pEDA(I)), double bonded substituent effect (sEDA(=), pEDA(=)), heteroatom incorporation effect in monocyclic systems (sEDA(II), pEDA(II)), and in ring-junction position (sEDA(III), pEDA(III)), are reviewed. The descriptors show the amount of electrons donated to or withdrawn from the σ-(sEDA) or π(pEDA) valence orbitals by the substituent or incorporant. The new descriptors are expected to enrich the potency of QSAR analyses in drug design and materials chemistry.

  3. Three Redox States of a Diradical Acceptor-Donor-Acceptor Triad: Gating the Magnetic Coupling and the Electron Delocalization.

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    Souto, Manuel; Lloveras, Vega; Vela, Sergi; Fumanal, Maria; Ratera, Imma; Veciana, Jaume

    2016-06-16

    The diradical acceptor-donor-acceptor triad 1(••), based on two polychlorotriphenylmethyl (PTM) radicals connected through a tetrathiafulvalene(TTF)-vinylene bridge, has been synthesized. The generation of the mixed-valence radical anion, 1(•-), and triradical cation species, 1(•••+), obtained upon electrochemical reduction and oxidation, respectively, was monitored by optical and ESR spectroscopy. Interestingly, the modification of electron delocalization and magnetic coupling was observed when the charged species were generated and the changes have been rationalized by theoretical calculations.

  4. The separation distance distribution in electron-donor-acceptor systems and the wavelength dependence of free ion yields

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    Zhou, Jinwei; Findley, Bret R.; Braun, Charles L.; Sutin, Norman

    2001-06-01

    We recently reported that free radical ion quantum yields for electron-donor-acceptor (EDA) systems of alkylbenzenes-tetracyanoethylene (TCNE) exhibit a remarkable wavelength dependence in dichloromethane, a medium polarity solvent. We proposed that weak absorption by long-distance, unassociated or "random" D⋯A pairs is mainly responsible for the free radical ion yield. Here a model for the wavelength dependence of the free ion yield is developed for four systems in which differing degrees of EDA complex formation are present: 1,3,5-tri-tert-butylbenzene-TCNE in which only random pairs exist due to the bulky groups on the electron donor, and toluene—TCNE, 1,3,5-triethylbenzene-TCNE and 1,3,5-trimethylbenzene-TCNE. Mulliken-Hush theory is used to determine the excitation distance distribution of unassociated, random pairs at different wavelengths. For each absorption distribution, free radical ion yields at different wavelengths are then calculated using Onsager's result for the ion separation probability. Encouraging agreement between the calculated yields and our experimental results is obtained. As far as we are aware, this is the first time that photoexcitation of unassociated donor/acceptor pairs has been invoked as the source of separated radical ion pairs.

  5. Fragment charge difference method for estimating donor-acceptor electronic coupling: Application to DNA π-stacks

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    Voityuk, Alexander A.; Rösch, Notker

    2002-09-01

    The purpose of this communication is two-fold. We introduce the fragment charge difference (FCD) method to estimate the electron transfer matrix element HDA between a donor D and an acceptor A, and we apply this method to several aspects of hole transfer electronic couplings in π-stacks of DNA, including systems with several donor-acceptor sites. Within the two-state model, our scheme can be simplified to recover a convenient estimate of the electron transfer matrix element HDA=(1-Δq2)1/2(E2-E1)/2 based on the vertical excitation energy E2-E1 and the charge difference Δq between donor and acceptor. For systems with strong charge separation, Δq≳0.95, one should resort to the FCD method. As favorable feature, we demonstrate the stability of the FCD approach for systems which require an approach beyond the two-state model. On the basis of ab initio calculations of various DNA related systems, we compared three approaches for estimating the electronic coupling: the minimum splitting method, the generalized Mulliken-Hush (GMH) scheme, and the FCD approach. We studied the sensitivity of FCD and GMH couplings to the donor-acceptor energy gap and found both schemes to be quite robust; they are applicable also in cases where donor and acceptor states are off resonance. In the application to π-stacks of DNA, we demonstrated for the Watson-Crick pair dimer [(GC),(GC)] how structural changes considerably affect the coupling strength of electron hole transfer. For models of three Watson-Crick pairs, we showed that the two-state model significantly overestimates the hole transfer coupling whereas simultaneous treatment of several states leads to satisfactory results.

  6. Tuning the Electronic Coupling and Electron Transfer in Mo2 Donor-Acceptor Systems by Variation of the Bridge Conformation.

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    Kang, Mei Ting; Meng, Miao; Tan, Ying Ning; Cheng, Tao; Liu, Chun Y

    2016-02-24

    Assembling two quadruply bonded dimolybdenum units [Mo2 (DAniF)3 ](+) (DAniF=N,N'-di(p-anisyl)formamidinate) with 1,4-naphthalenedicarboxylate and its thiolated derivatives produced three complexes [{Mo2 (DAniF)3 }2 (μ-1,4-O2 CC10 H6 CO2 )], [{Mo2 (DAniF)3 }2 (μ-1,4-OSCC10 H6 COS)], and [{Mo2 (DAniF)3 }2 (μ-1,4-S2 CC10 H6 CS2 )]. In the X-ray structures, the naphthalene bridge deviates from the plane defined by the two Mo-Mo bond vectors with the torsion angle increasing as the chelating atoms of the bridging ligand vary from O to S. The mixed-valent species exhibit intervalence transition absorption bands with high energy and very low intensity. In comparison with the data for the phenylene analogues, the optically determined electronic coupling matrix elements (Hab =258-345 cm(-1) ) are lowered by a factor of two or more, and the electron-transfer rate constants (ket ≈10(11)  s(-1) ) are reduced by about one order of magnitude. These results show that, when the electron-transporting ability of the bridge and electron-donating (electron-accepting) ability of the donor (acceptor) are both variable, the former plays a dominant role in controlling the intramolecular electron transfer. DFT calculations revealed that increasing the torsion angle enlarges the HOMO-LUMO energy gap by elevating the (bridging) ligand-based LUMO energy. Therefore, our experimental results and theoretical analyses verify the superexchange mechanism for electronic coupling and electron transfer.

  7. Intramolecular electron transfer within a covalent, fixed-distance donor-acceptor molecule in an ionic liquid.

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    Lockard, Jenny V; Wasielewski, Michael R

    2007-10-11

    Intramolecular photoinduced charge separation and recombination within the donor-acceptor molecule 4-(N-pyrrolidino)naphthalene-1,8-imide-pyromellitimide, 5ANI-PI, are studied using ultrafast transient absorption spectroscopy in the room-temperature ionic liquid, 1-ethyl-3-methylimidazolium bis(trifluoromethanesulfonyl)amide [EMIM][Tf2N]. The rate constants of both photoinduced charge separation and charge recombination for 5ANI-PI in [EMIM][Tf2N] are comparable to those observed in pyridine, which has a static dielectric constant similar to that of [EMIM][Tf2N] but a viscosity that is nearly 2 orders of magnitude lower than that of [EMIM][Tf2N]. The electron-transfer dynamics of 5ANI-PI in [EMIM][Tf2N] are compared to those in pyridine as a function of temperature and are discussed in the context of recently reported ionic liquid solvation studies.

  8. The electronic structure and second-order nonlinear optical properties of donor-acceptor acetylenes - A detailed investigation of structure-property relationships

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    Stiegman, A. E.; Graham, Eva; Khundkar, Lutfur R.; Perry, Joseph W.; Cheng, L.-T.; Perry, Kelly J.

    1991-01-01

    A series of donor-acceptor acetylene compounds was synthesized in which systematic changes in both the conjugation length and the donor-acceptor strength were made. The effect of these structural changes on the spectroscopic and electronic properties of the molecules and, ultimately, on the measured second-order molecular hyperpolarizabilities (beta) was investigated. It was found that increases in the donor-acceptor strength resulted in increases in the magnitude of beta. For this class of molecules, the increase is dominated by the energy of the intramolecular charge-transfer transition, while factors such as the ground to excited-state dipole moment change and the transition-moment integral are much less important. Increasing the conjugation length from one to two acetylene linkers did not result in an increase in the value of beta; however, beta increased sharply in going from two acetylenes to three. This increase is attributed to the superposition of several nearly isoenergetic excited states.

  9. Graphene and Donor-Acceptor Molecules/Nanoparticle Composites for Advanced Electronics Technologies

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    2013-06-26

    induced by carbon and boron fullerenes (C60, C70, C80 and B80). Spin-polarized first-principles calculations were performed on zigzag boron− nitride ...structures and electronic properties of two-dimensional single-layer graphene in the presence of non-covalent interactions induced by carbon and boron...fullerenes (C60, C70, C80 and B80) and spin-polarized first-principles calculations performed on zigzag boron− nitride nanoribbons (z-BNNRs) with lines

  10. Computational characterization of competing energy and electron transfer states in bimetallic donor-acceptor systems for photocatalytic conversion

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    Fredin, Lisa A.; Persson, Petter

    2016-09-01

    The rapidly growing interest in photocatalytic systems for direct solar fuel production such as hydrogen generation from water splitting is grounded in the unique opportunity to achieve charge separation in molecular systems provided by electron transfer processes. In general, both photoinduced and catalytic processes involve complicated dynamics that depend on both structural and electronic effects. Here the excited state landscape of metal centered light harvester-catalyst pairs is explored using density functional theory calculations. In weakly bound systems, the interplay between structural and electronic factors involved can be constructed from the various mononuclear relaxed excited states. For this study, supramolecular states of electron transfer and excitation energy transfer character have been constructed from constituent full optimizations of multiple charge/spin states for a set of three Ru-based light harvesters and nine transition metal catalysts (based on Ru, Rh, Re, Pd, and Co) in terms of energy, structure, and electronic properties. The complete set of combined charge-spin states for each donor-acceptor system provides information about the competition of excited state energy transfer states with the catalytically active electron transfer states, enabling the identification of the most promising candidates for photocatalytic applications from this perspective.

  11. Microscopic simulations of electronic excitations in donor-acceptor heterojunctions of small-molecule based solar cells

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    Baumeier, Bjoern

    2015-03-01

    Fundamental processes involving electronic excitations govern the functionality of molecular materials in which the dynamics of excitons and charges is determined by an interplay of molecular electronic structure and morphological order. To understand, e.g., charge separation and recombination at donor-acceptor heterojunctions in organic solar cells, knowledge about the microscopic details influencing these dynamics in the bulk and across the interface is required. For a set of prototypical heterojunctions of small-molecule donor materials with C60, we employ a hybrid QM/MM approach linking density-functional and many-body Green's functions theory and analyze the charged and neutral electronic excitations therein. We pay special attention the spatially-resolved electron/hole transport levels, as well as the relative energies of Frenkel and charge-transfer excitations at the interface. Finally, we link the molecular architecture of the donor material, its orientation on the fullerene substrate as well as mesoscale order to the solar cell performance.

  12. Multi-scale exciton and electron transfer in multi-level donor-acceptor systems

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    Gurvitz, Shmuel; Nesterov, Alexander I.; Berman, Gennady P.

    2017-09-01

    We study theoretically the noise-assisted quantum exciton (electron) transfer (ET) in bio-complexes consisting of a single-level electron donor and an acceptor which has a complicated internal structure, and is modeled by many electron energy levels. Interactions are included between the donor and the acceptor energy levels and with the protein-solvent noisy environment. Different regions of parameters are considered, which characterize (i) the number of the acceptor levels, (ii) the acceptor ‘band-width’, and (iii) the amplitude of noise and its correlation time. Under some conditions, we derive analytical expressions for the ET rate and efficiency. We obtain equal occupation of all levels at large times, independent of the structure of the acceptor band and the noise parameters, but under the condition of non-degeneracy of the acceptor energy levels. We discuss the multi-scale dynamics of the acceptor population, and the accompanying effect of quantum coherent oscillations. We also demonstrate that for a large number of levels in the acceptor band, the efficiency of ET can be close to 100%, for both downhill and uphill transitions and for sharp and flat redox potentials.

  13. Electron-donor function of methanofullerenes in donor-acceptor bulk heterojunction systems.

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    Ie, Yutaka; Karakawa, Makoto; Jinnai, Seihou; Yoshida, Hiroyuki; Saeki, Akinori; Seki, Shu; Yamamoto, Shunsuke; Ohkita, Hideo; Aso, Yoshio

    2014-04-21

    Electron-donor function of methanofullerenes (MFs) in bulk heterojunction systems is demonstrated by the combination of MFs with the electron-transporting π-system that has a much higher electron affinity than MFs.

  14. Influence of donor-acceptor distance variation on photoinduced electron and proton transfer in rhenium(I)-phenol dyads.

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    Kuss-Petermann, Martin; Wolf, Hilke; Stalke, Dietmar; Wenger, Oliver S

    2012-08-01

    A homologous series of four molecules in which a phenol unit is linked covalently to a rhenium(I) tricarbonyl diimine photooxidant via a variable number of p-xylene spacers (n = 0-3) was synthesized and investigated. The species with a single p-xylene spacer was structurally characterized to get some benchmark distances. Photoexcitation of the metal complex in the shortest dyad (n = 0) triggers release of the phenolic proton to the acetonitrile/water solvent mixture; a H/D kinetic isotope effect (KIE) of 2.0 ± 0.4 is associated with this process. Thus, the shortest dyad basically acts like a photoacid. The next two longer dyads (n = 1, 2) exhibit intramolecular photoinduced phenol-to-rhenium electron transfer in the rate-determining excited-state deactivation step, and there is no significant KIE in this case. For the dyad with n = 1, transient absorption spectroscopy provided evidence for release of the phenolic proton to the solvent upon oxidation of the phenol by intramolecular photoinduced electron transfer. Subsequent thermal charge recombination is associated with a H/D KIE of 3.6 ± 0.4 and therefore is likely to involve proton motion in the rate-determining reaction step. Thus, some of the longer dyads (n = 1, 2) exhibit photoinduced proton-coupled electron transfer (PCET), albeit in a stepwise (electron transfer followed by proton transfer) rather than concerted manner. Our study demonstrates that electronically strongly coupled donor-acceptor systems may exhibit significantly different photoinduced PCET chemistry than electronically weakly coupled donor-bridge-acceptor molecules.

  15. Single molecule-level study of donor-acceptor interactions and nanoscale environment in blends

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    Quist, Nicole; Grollman, Rebecca; Rath, Jeremy; Robertson, Alex; Haley, Michael; Anthony, John; Ostroverkhova, Oksana

    2017-02-01

    Organic semiconductors have attracted considerable attention due to their applications in low-cost (opto)electronic devices. The most successful organic materials for applications that rely on charge carrier generation, such as solar cells, utilize blends of several types of molecules. In blends, the local environment strongly influences exciton and charge carrier dynamics. However, relationship between nanoscale features and photophysics is difficult to establish due to the lack of necessary spatial resolution. We use functionalized fluorinated pentacene (Pn) molecule as single molecule probes of intermolecular interactions and of the nanoscale environment in blends containing donor and acceptor molecules. Single Pn donor (D) molecules were imaged in PMMA in the presence of acceptor (A) molecules using wide-field fluorescence microscopy. Two sample configurations were realized: (i) a fixed concentration of Pn donor molecules, with increasing concentration of acceptor molecules (functionalized indenflouorene or PCBM) and (ii) a fixed concentration of acceptor molecules with an increased concentration of the Pn donor. The D-A energy transfer and changes in the donor emission due to those in the acceptor- modified polymer morphology were quantified. The increase in the acceptor concentration was accompanied by enhanced photobleaching and blinking of the Pn donor molecules. To better understand the underlying physics of these processes, we modeled photoexcited electron dynamics using Monte Carlo simulations. The simulated blinking dynamics were then compared to our experimental data, and the changes in the transition rates were related to the changes in the nanoscale environment. Our study provides insight into evolution of nanoscale environment during the formation of bulk heterojunctions.

  16. Weak Donor-Acceptor Interaction and Interface Polarization Define Photoexcitation Dynamics in the MoS2/TiO2 Composite: Time-Domain Ab Initio Simulation.

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    Wei, Yaqing; Li, Linqiu; Fang, Weihai; Long, Run; Prezhdo, Oleg V

    2017-07-12

    To realize the full potential of transition metal dichalcogenides interfaced with bulk semiconductors for solar energy applications, fast photoinduced charge separation, and slow electron-hole recombination are needed. Using a combination of time-domain density functional theory with nonadiabatic molecular dynamics, we demonstrate that the key features of the electron transfer (ET), energy relaxation and electron-hole recombination in a MoS2-TiO2 system are governed by the weak van der Waals interfacial interaction and interface polarization. Electric fields formed at the interface allow charge separation to happen already during the photoexcitation process. Those electrons that still reside inside MoS2, transfer into TiO2 slowly and by the nonadiabatic mechanism, due to weak donor-acceptor coupling. The ET time depends on excitation energy, because the TiO2 state density grows with energy, increasing the nonadiabatic transfer rate, and because MoS2 sulfur atoms start to contribute to the photoexcited state at higher energies, increasing the coupling. The ET is slower than electron-phonon energy relaxation because the donor-acceptor coupling is weak, rationalizing the experimentally observed injection of primarily hot electrons. The weak van der Waals MoS2-TiO2 interaction ensures a long-lived charge separated state and a short electron-hole coherence time. The injection is promoted primarily by phonons within the 200-800 cm(-1) range. Higher frequency modes are particularly important for the electron-hole recombinations, because they are able to accept large amounts of electronic energy. The predicted time scales for the forward and backward ET, and energy relaxation can be measured by time-resolved spectroscopies. The reported simulations generate a detailed time-domain atomistic description of the complex interplay of the charge and energy transfer processes at the MoS2/TiO2 interface that are of fundamental importance to photovoltaic and photocatalytic

  17. Photoinduced electron transfer in rigidly linked dimethoxynapthalene-N-methylpyridinium donor-acceptor molecules

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    Clayton, Andrew H. A.; Ghiggino, Kenneth P.; Wilson, Gerard J.; Keyte, Peter J.; Paddon-Row, Michael N.

    1992-07-01

    Photoinduced electron transfer (ET) is studied in a series of novel molecules containing a dimethoxynaphthalene (DMN) donor and either a pyridine (P) or N-methylpyridinium (P-Me +) acceptor covalently linked via a rigid nonbornalogous bridge ( n sigma bonds in length). ET rates of the order of 10 10 s -1 were measured for the DMN- n-P-Me + series ( n = 4, 6), while no appreciable ET was observed for the DMN- n-P compounds. Electronic and nuclear factors are discussed and the results rationalized in terms of Marcus—Hush and non-adiabatic ET theories.

  18. 5' modification of duplex DNA with a ruthenium electron donor-acceptor pair using solid-phase DNA synthesis

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    Frank, Natia L.; Meade, Thomas J.

    2003-01-01

    Incorporation of metalated nucleosides into DNA through covalent modification is crucial to measurement of thermal electron-transfer rates and the dependence of these rates with structure, distance, and position. Here, we report the first synthesis of an electron donor-acceptor pair of 5' metallonucleosides and their subsequent incorporation into oligonucleotides using solid-phase DNA synthesis techniques. Large-scale syntheses of metal-containing oligonucleotides are achieved using 5' modified phosporamidites containing [Ru(acac)(2)(IMPy)](2+) (acac is acetylacetonato; IMPy is 2'-iminomethylpyridyl-2'-deoxyuridine) (3) and [Ru(bpy)(2)(IMPy)](2+) (bpy is 2,2'-bipyridine; IMPy is 2'-iminomethylpyridyl-2'-deoxyuridine) (4). Duplexes formed with the metal-containing oligonucleotides exhibit thermal stability comparable to the corresponding unmetalated duplexes (T(m) of modified duplex = 49 degrees C vs T(m) of unmodified duplex = 47 degrees C). Electrochemical (3, E(1/2) = -0.04 V vs NHE; 4, E(1/2) = 1.12 V vs NHE), absorption (3, lambda(max) = 568, 369 nm; 4, lambda(max) = 480 nm), and emission (4, lambda(max) = 720 nm, tau = 55 ns, Phi = 1.2 x 10(-)(4)) data for the ruthenium-modified nucleosides and oligonucleotides indicate that incorporation into an oligonucleotide does not perturb the electronic properties of the ruthenium complex or the DNA significantly. In addition, the absence of any change in the emission properties upon metalated duplex formation suggests that the [Ru(bpy)(2)(IMPy)](2+)[Ru(acac)(2)(IMPy)](2+) pair will provide a valuable probe for DNA-mediated electron-transfer studies.

  19. Influence of electron donor/acceptor concentrations on hydrous ferric oxide (HFO) bioreduction.

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    Fredrickson, James K; Kota, Sreenivas; Kukkadapu, Ravi K; Liu, Chongxuan; Zachara, John M

    2003-04-01

    Dissimilatory metal-reducing bacteria (DMRB) facilitate the reduction of Fe and Mn oxides in anoxic soils and sediments and play an important role in the cycling of these metals and other elements such as carbon in aqueous environments. Previous studies investigating the reduction of Fe(III) oxides by DMRB focused on reactions under constant initial electron donor (lactate) and electron acceptor (Fe oxide) concentrations. Because the concentrations of these reactants can vary greatly in the environment and would be expected to influence the rate and extent of oxide reduction, the influence of variable electron acceptor and donor concentrations on hydrous ferric oxide (HFO) bioreduction was investigated. Batch experiments were conducted in pH 7 HCO3 buffered media using Shewanella putrefaciens strain CN32. In general, the rate of Fe(III) reduction decreased with increasing HFO:lactate ratios, resulting in a relatively greater proportion of crystalline Fe(III) oxides of relatively low availability for DMRB. HFO was transformed to a variety of crystalline minerals including goethite, lepidocrocite, and siderite but was almost completely dissolved at high lactate to HFO ratios. These results indicate that electron donor and acceptor concentrations can greatly impact the bioreduction of HFO and the suite of Fe minerals formed as a result of reduction. The respiration driven rate of Fe(II) formation from HFO is believed to be a primary factor governing the array of ferrous and ferric iron phases formed during reduction.

  20. Spectral Fine Tuning of Cyanine Dyes: Electron Donor-Acceptor Substituted Analogues of Thiazole Orange†

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    Rastede, Elizabeth E.; Tanha, Matteus; Yaron, David; Watkins, Simon C.; Waggoner, Alan S.; Armitage, Bruce A.

    2015-01-01

    The introduction of electron donor and acceptor groups at strategic locations on a fluorogenic cyanine dye allows fine-tuning of the absorption and emission spectra while preserving the ability of the dye to bind to biomolecular hosts such as double-stranded DNA and a single-chain antibody fragment originally selected for binding to the parent unsubstituted dye, thiazole orange (TO). The observed spectral shifts are consistent with calculated HOMO-LUMO energy gaps and reflect electron density localization on the quinoline half of TO in the LUMO. A dye bearing donating methoxy and withdrawing trifluoromethyl groups on the benzothiazole and quinoline rings, respectively, shifts the absorption spectrum to sufficiently longer wavelengths to allow excitation at green wavelengths as opposed to the parent dye, which is optimally excited in the blue. PMID:26171668

  1. Ultrafast electron transfer in all-carbon-based SWCNT-C60 donor-acceptor nanoensembles connected by poly(phenylene-ethynylene) spacers

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    Barrejón, Myriam; Gobeze, Habtom B.; Gómez-Escalonilla, María J.; Fierro, José Luis G.; Zhang, Minfang; Yudasaka, Masako; Iijima, Sumio; D'Souza, Francis; Langa, Fernando

    2016-08-01

    Building all-carbon based functional materials for light energy harvesting applications could be a solution to tackle and reduce environmental carbon output. However, development of such all-carbon based donor-acceptor hybrids and demonstration of photoinduced charge separation in such nanohybrids is a challenge since in these hybrids part of the carbon material should act as an electron donating or accepting photosensitizer while the second part should fulfil the role of an electron acceptor or donor. In the present work, we have successfully addressed this issue by synthesizing covalently linked all-carbon-based donor-acceptor nanoensembles using single-walled carbon nanotubes (SWCNTs) as the donor and C60 as the acceptor. The donor-acceptor entities in the nanoensembles were connected by phenylene-ethynylene spacer units to achieve better electronic communication and to vary the distance between the components. These novel SWCNT-C60 nanoensembles have been characterized by a number of techniques, including TGA, FT-IR, Raman, AFM, absorbance and electrochemical methods. The moderate number of fullerene addends present on the side-walls of the nanotubes largely preserved the electronic structure of the nanotubes. The thermodynamic feasibility of charge separation in these nanoensembles was established using spectral and electrochemical data. Finally, occurrence of ultrafast electron transfer from the excited nanotubes in these donor-acceptor nanohybrids has been established by femtosecond transient absorption studies, signifying their utility in building light energy harvesting devices.Building all-carbon based functional materials for light energy harvesting applications could be a solution to tackle and reduce environmental carbon output. However, development of such all-carbon based donor-acceptor hybrids and demonstration of photoinduced charge separation in such nanohybrids is a challenge since in these hybrids part of the carbon material should act as an

  2. Electron Transfer within Self-Assembling Cyclic Tetramers Using Chlorophyll-Based Donor-Acceptor Building Blocks

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    Gunderson, Victoria L; Smeigh, Amanda L; Kim, Chul Hoon; Co, Dick T; Wasielewski, Michael R

    2012-05-09

    The synthesis and photoinduced charge transfer properties of a series of Chl-based donor-acceptor triad building blocks that self-assemble into cyclic tetramers are reported. Chlorophyll a was converted into zinc methyl 3-ethylpyrochlorophyllide a (Chl) and then further modified at its 20-position to covalently attach a pyromellitimide (PI) acceptor bearing a pyridine ligand and one or two naphthalene-1,8:4,5-bis(dicarboximide) (NDI) secondary electron acceptors to give Chl-PI-NDI and Chl-PI-NDI2. The pyridine ligand within each ambident triad enables intermolecular Chl metal-ligand coordination in dry toluene, which results in the formation of cyclic tetramers in solution, as determined using small- and wide-angle X-ray scattering at a synchrotron source. Femtosecond and nanosecond transient absorption spectroscopy of the monomers in toluene-1% pyridine and the cyclic tetramers in toluene shows that the selective photoexcitation of Chl results in intramolecular electron transfer from 1*Chl to PI to form Chl+.-PI-.-NDI and Chl+.-PI-.-NDI2. This initial charge separation is followed by a rapid charge shift from PI-. to NDI and subsequent charge recombination of Chl+.-PI-NDI-. and Chl+.-PI-(NDI)NDI-. on a 5-30 ns time scale. Charge recombination in the Chl-PI-NDI2 cyclic tetramer (τCR = 30 ± 1 ns in toluene) is slower by a factor of 3 relative to the monomeric building blocks (τCR = 10 ± 1 ns in toluene-1% pyridine). This indicates that the self-assembly of these building blocks into the cyclic tetramers alters their structures in a way that lengthens their charge separation lifetimes, which is an advantageous strategy for artificial photosynthetic systems.

  3. Impact of Different In Vitro Electron Donor/Acceptor Conditions on Potential Chemolithoautotrophic Communities from Marine Pelagic Redoxclines

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    Labrenz, Matthias; Jost, Günter; Pohl, Christa; Beckmann, Sabrina; Martens-Habbena, Willm; Jürgens, Klaus

    2005-01-01

    Anaerobic or microaerophilic chemolithoautotrophic bacteria have been considered to be responsible for CO2 dark fixation in different pelagic redoxclines worldwide, but their involvement in redox processes is still not fully resolved. We investigated the impact of 17 different electron donor/acceptor combinations in water of pelagic redoxclines from the central Baltic Sea on the stimulation of bacterial CO2 dark fixation as well as on the development of chemolithoautotrophic populations. In situ, the highest CO2 dark fixation rates, ranging from 0.7 to 1.4 μmol liter−1 day−1, were measured directly below the redoxcline. In enrichment experiments, chemolithoautotrophic CO2 dark fixation was maximally stimulated by the addition of thiosulfate, reaching values of up to 9.7 μmol liter−1 CO2 day−1. Chemolithoautotrophic nitrate reduction proved to be an important process, with rates of up to 33.5 μmol liter−1 NO3− day−1. Reduction of Fe(III) or Mn(IV) was not detected; nevertheless, the presence of these potential electron acceptors influenced the development of stimulated microbial assemblages. Potential chemolithoautotrophic bacteria in the enrichment experiments were displayed on 16S ribosomal complementary DNA single-strand-conformation polymorphism fingerprints and identified by sequencing of excised bands. Sequences were closely related to chemolithoautotrophic Thiomicrospira psychrophila and Maorithyas hadalis gill symbiont (both Gammaproteobacteria) and to an uncultured nitrate-reducing Helicobacteraceae bacterium (Epsilonproteobacteria). Our data indicate that this Helicobacteraceae bacterium could be of general importance or even a key organism for autotrophic nitrate reduction in pelagic redoxclines. PMID:16269695

  4. Role of Donor-Acceptor Interactions in the Sorption of TNT and Other Nitroaromatics from Solution

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    1991-09-01

    Choudhry, G.G. ( 1984) Humic Substances : Structural, Hsu, T.-S. and R. Bartha (1974) Interaction of pesticide- Photophysical, Photochemical and Free Radical...dynamic humic -organic solute interaction model. Envi- Correlation Analysis in Chemistry and Biology. New ronmental Science and Technology, 28(8): 978-984...variations of dissolved Kamlet, M.J., R.M. Doherty, M.H. Abraham, Y. Marcus humic materials on pyrene Koc values. Environmental and R.W. Taft (1988) Linear

  5. Engineering frontier energy levels in donor-acceptor fluoren-9-ylidene malononitriles versus fluorenones.

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    Homnick, Paul J; Tinkham, Jonathan S; Devaughn, Raymond; Lahti, Paul M

    2014-01-16

    Donor-acceptor molecules incorporating fluoren-9-ylidene malononitrile acceptor units conjugated to trimethoxystyrene and/or diarylamine donor units were synthesized, and their electronic spectral properties and electrochemical behaviors were evaluated by comparison to those of the analogous fluorenones. Frontier energy level and optical transition energy trends are explained based on a quantitative, modular donor-acceptor interaction model. A connectivity effect on absorption transition moment strength is also described.

  6. The donor/acceptor edge-modification: an effective strategy to modulate the electronic and magnetic behaviors of zigzag silicon carbon nanoribbons.

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    Ding, Xiuling; Yu, Guangtao; Huang, Xuri; Chen, Wei

    2013-11-07

    Based on first principles computations, we systematically investigated electronic and magnetic properties of zSiCNRs with unilateral/bilateral modification by employing electron donor/acceptor groups, where five chemical functional groups are sampled, namely, CH3, OH, NH2, CN and NO2. Our computed results reveal that the edge modification with donor/acceptor groups can break the magnetic degeneracy of pristine zSiCNRs, and intriguing antiferromagnetic (AFM) half-metallicity, AFM metallicity and ferromagnetic (FM) metallicity can be achieved. This overcomes the bottleneck that FM metallicity and AFM half-metallicity in pristine zSiCNRs are vulnerable under even small disturbances, due to the energy degeneracy between the FM and AFM states. Obviously, edge modification with donor/acceptor groups can be an effective strategy to modulate the electronic and magnetic behaviors of zSiCNRs, which will be advantageous for promoting SiC-based nanomaterials in the application of spintronics and multifunctional nanodevices in the near future.

  7. Low-frequency spectra of the hexamethylbenzene/tetracyanoethylene electron donor-acceptor complexes in solution studied by terahertz time-domain spectroscopy.

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    Yamamoto, Kohji; Kabir, Md Humayun; Hayashi, Michitoshi; Tominaga, Keisuke

    2005-05-07

    We have measured the frequency dependent extinction coefficients and refractive indices of electron donor-acceptor (EDA) complexes consisting of hexamethylbenzene (HMB; electron donor) and tetracyanoethylene (TCNE; electron acceptor) in the low-frequency region by terahertz time-domain spectroscopy (THz-TDS). A mixture of the 1:1 (DA) and 2:1 (D2A) EDA complexes exist in carbon tetrachloride solution, and we successfully obtained the spectral components of the 1:1 and 2:1 EDA complexes separately by analyzing the concentration dependence of the THz spectra. The 1:1 and 2:1 complexes show quite different THz spectra of the extinction coefficient, reflecting unique features of dynamics, fluctuations and intermolecular interactions of these complexes. Polarization-selective THz-TDS on the crystalline DA complex shows two peaks at 53 and 70 cm(-1) in the spectral component perpendicular to the crystal axis. On the other hand, the crystalline D2A complex exhibits peaks at 42 and 50 cm(-1) in the perpendicular spectral component. We compare the obtained spectra of the crystalline complex and the results of molecular orbital calculations at the HF/6-31G(d) level of theory to discuss the intermolecular vibrational modes of the complexes.

  8. Encapsulation of electron donor-acceptor dyads in beta-cyclodextrin cavity: unusual planarization and enhancement in rate of electron-transfer reaction.

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    Hariharan, Mahesh; Neelakandan, Prakash P; Ramaiah, Danaboyina

    2007-10-18

    Interaction of beta-cyclodextrin (beta-CD) with a few novel electron donor acceptor dyads 1a-c and 2a-c, having aryl and flexible methylene spacer groups, has been investigated through photophysical, chiroptical, electrochemical, NMR, and microscopic techniques. Dyads 1a and 1c, with p-tolyl and biphenyl spacer groups, respectively, exhibited significantly decreased fluorescence quantum yields and lifetimes in the presence of beta-CD, while negligible changes were observed for dyad 1b with an o-tolyl spacer. In contrast, spacer-length-dependent significant enhancement in fluorescence quantum yields and lifetimes was observed for dyads 2a-c, with flexible polymethylene (n = 1, 3, 11) spacer groups. Association constants of beta-CD encapsulated complexes have been determined and the contrast behavior observed in these systems is explained through an electron transfer (kET) mechanism based on calculated favorable change in free energy (DeltaGET = -1.27 eV) and the redox species characterized through laser flash photolysis studies. Rates of kET have been estimated and are found to increase ca. 2-fold in the case of dyads 1a and 1c when encapsulated in beta-CD, while significantly decreased kET values were observed for the dyads 2a-c with flexible spacer (ca. 9-fold for 2c). As characterized through cyclic voltammetry, 2D NMR [correlated (COSY) and nuclear Overhauser enhancement (NOESY) spectroscopy], and laser flash photolysis studies, the beta-CD encapsulation of dyads with aliphatic spacer groups leads to the conformational unfolding of a sandwich type of structure, whereas dyads with rigid aryl spacer groups undergo unusual planarization as compared to the uncomplexed dyads, resulting in enhanced electron-transfer reaction between the donor and acceptor moieties.

  9. Self-assembly properties of semiconducting donor-acceptor-donor bithienyl derivatives of tetrazine and thiadiazole-effect of the electron accepting central ring.

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    Zapala, Joanna; Knor, Marek; Jaroch, Tomasz; Maranda-Niedbala, Agnieszka; Kurach, Ewa; Kotwica, Kamil; Nowakowski, Robert; Djurado, David; Pecaut, Jacques; Zagorska, Malgorzata; Pron, Adam

    2013-11-26

    Scanning tunneling microscopy was used to study the effect of the electron-accepting unit and the alkyl substituent's position on the type and extent of 2D supramolecular organization of penta-ring donor-acceptor-donor (DAD) semiconductors, consisting of either tetrazine or thiadiazole central acceptor ring symmetrically attached to two bithienyl groups. Microscopic observations of monomolecular layers on HOPG of four alkyl derivatives of the studied adsorbates indicate significant differences in their 2D organizations. Ordered monolayers of thiadiazole derivatives are relatively loose and, independent of the position of alkyl substituents, characterized by large intermolecular separation of acceptor units in the adjacent molecules located in the face-to-face configuration. The 2D supramolecular architecture in both derivatives of thiadiazole is very sensitive to the alkyl substituent's position. Significantly different behavior is observed for derivatives of tetrazine (which is a stronger electron acceptor). Stronger intermolecular DA interactions in these adsorbates generate an intermolecular shift in the monolayer, which is a dominant factor determining the 2D structural organization. As a consequence of this molecular arrangement, tetrazine groups (A segments) face thiophene rings (D segments) of the neighboring molecules. Monolayers of tetrazine derivatives are therefore much more densely packed and characterized by similar π-stacking of molecules independently of the position of alkyl substituents. Moreover, a comparative study of 3D supramolecular organization, deduced from the X-ray diffraction patterns, is also presented clearly confirming the polymorphism of the studied adsorbates.

  10. First principles study for the key electronic, optical and nonlinear optical properties of novel donor-acceptor chalcones.

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    Muhammad, Shabbir; Al-Sehemi, Abdullah G; Su, Zhongmin; Xu, Hongliang; Irfan, Ahmad; Chaudhry, Aijaz Rasool

    2017-03-01

    Using first-principle methods, several key electronic, optical and nonlinear optical properties are calculated for two recently synthesized chalcone derivatives i.e. (2E)-3-(4-methylphenyl)-1-(3-nitrophenyl)prop-2-en-1-one (comp.1) and (2E)-3-[4-(dimethylamino)phenyl]-1-(3-nitrophenyl)prop-2-en-1-one (comp.2). The calculation of dipole moment, polarizability <α>, anisotropy of polarizability as well as second hyperpolarizability (usually considered as a signature for two photon absorption phenomenon) are performed using density functional theory methods at PBE0/6-311G** level of theory. The linear average polarizability <α> for comp.1 and comp.2 are found to be 32.15×10(-24) and 38.76×10(-24)esu, respectively. Similarly, the second hyperpolarizability <γ> amplitudes of comp.1 and comp.2 are found to be reasonably larger mounting to 79.31×10(-36) and 181.36×10(-36)esu, respectively. The importance of donor end is determined by comparing p-methylphenyl group of comp.1 with that of N,N-dimethylaniline group of comp.2 that results a remarkable increase in its <γ> amplitude, which is ∼2 times larger as compared with that of comp.1 owing to the stronger donor-acceptor configuration of comp.2. Interestingly, a comparison of average static third-order nonlinear polarizabilities <γ> shows that <γ> amplitudes of comp.1 and comp.2 are ∼13 times and ∼29 times larger than that of para-nitroaniline (a typical standard push-pull NLO-phore) at the same PBE0/6-311G** level of theory, which indicates a real time NLO application of our titled compounds. Time dependent density functional theory (TD-DFT) calculations along with frontier molecular orbitals, density of states (DOS), second hyperpolarizability density analysis and molecular electrostatic potential (MEP) diagrams are used to trace the origin of electro-optical as well as structure property relationships. Copyright © 2016 Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.

  11. Probing charge transfer in benzodifuran-C60 dumbbell-type electron donor-acceptor conjugates: ground- and excited-state assays.

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    Li, Hui; Schubert, Christina; Dral, Pavlo O; Costa, Rubén D; La Rosa, Andrea; Thüring, Jürg; Liu, Shi-Xia; Yi, Chenyi; Filippone, Salvatore; Martín, Nazario; Decurtins, Silvio; Clark, Timothy; Guldi, Dirk M

    2013-09-16

    Rigid electron donor-acceptor conjugates (1-3) that combine π-extended benzodifurans as electron donors and C60 molecules as electron acceptors with different linkers have been synthesized and investigated with respect to intramolecular charge-transfer events. Electrochemistry, fluorescence, and transient absorption measurements revealed tunable and structure-dependent charge-transfer processes in the ground and excited states. Our experimental findings are underpinned by density-functional theory calculations. Copyright © 2013 WILEY-VCH Verlag GmbH & Co. KGaA, Weinheim.

  12. Development of imide- and imidazole-containing electron acceptors for use in donor-acceptor conjugated compounds and polymers

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    Li, Duo

    Conjugated organic compounds and polymers have attracted significant attention due to their potential application in electronic devices as semiconducting materials, such as organic solar cells (OSCs). In order to tune band gaps, donor-acceptor (D-A) structure is widely used, which has been proved to be one of the most effective strategies. This thesis consists of three parts: 1) design, syntheses and characterization of new weak acceptors based on imides and the systematic study of the structure-property relationship; (2) introduction of weak and strong acceptors in one polymer to achieve a broad coverage of light absorption and improve the power conversion efficiency (PCE); (3) modification of benzothiadiazole (BT) acceptor in order to increase the electron withdrawing ability. Imide-based electron acceptors, 4-(5-bromothiophen-2-y1)-2-(2-ethylhexyl)-9- phenyl- 1H-benzo[f]isoindole-1,3(2H)-dione (BIDO-1) and 4,9-bis(5-bromothiophen-2-yl)-2-(2-ethylhexyl)-benzo[f]isoindole-1,3-dione (BIDO-2), were designed and synthesized. In this design, naphthalene is selected as its main core to maintain a planar structure, and thienyl groups are able to facilitate the bromination reaction and lower the band gap. BIDO-1 and BIDO-2 were successfully coupled with different donors by both Suzuki cross-coupling and Stille cross-coupling reactions. Based on the energy levels and band gaps of the BIDO-containing compounds and polymers, BIDO-1 and BIDO-2 are proved to be weak electron acceptors. Pyromellitic diimide (PMDI) was also studied and found to be a stronger electron acceptor than BIDO . In order to obtain broad absorption coverage, both weak acceptor ( BIDO-2) and strong acceptor diketopyrrolopyrrole (DPP) were introduced in the same polymer. The resulting polymers show two absorption bands at 400 and 600 nm and two emission peaks at 500 and 680 nm. The band gaps of the polymers are around 1.6 eV, which is ideal for OSC application. The PCE of 1.17% was achieved. Finally

  13. Donor acceptor complexes of noble gases.

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    Mück, Leonie Anna; Timoshkin, Alexey Y; von Hopffgarten, Moritz; Frenking, Gernot

    2009-03-25

    Donor-acceptor (DA) complexes of noble gases (Ng) of the general type A <-- Ng <-- D (A = Lewis acid, D = Lewis base) have been theoretically studied using ab initio and DFT methods. Chemical bonding in these compounds is realized via a 3-center 4-electron bond, which is formed by a lone pair of the noble gas, a lone pair of the donor molecule and a vacant orbital of the acceptor molecule. Detailed bonding analysis of the model compounds F(3)Al-Ng-NH(3) reveals that Ng-ammonia interaction is repulsive due to Pauli repulsion. Bonding interaction between Ng and N is mostly electrostatic. In contrast, strong orbital interactions are responsible for the attractive interactions between Ng and AlF(3). Due to the repulsive interactions with the donor molecule and a sizable reorganization energy of the acceptor molecule, optimization attempts of the A <-- Ng <-- D compounds, which feature individual donor and acceptor molecules, always lead to the dissociation of the complex and eventual formation of free Ng. To overcome this obstacle, the concept of a rigid C(3v) symmetric cryptand-type ligand, which features spacially separated pyramidalized donor and acceptor fragments, is introduced. Such "push-pull" ligands are predicted to exothermically form complexes with noble gases. These are the first examples of the thermodynamically stable Ar and Kr compounds. Application of the push-pull cryptand ligands featuring multiple (two and three) donor-acceptor induced chemical bonds is expected to yield stable complexes with virtually any electron-rich element in the periodic table.

  14. The role of local environment on the electronic properties of a novel blue-emitting donor-acceptor compound

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    Legaspi, Christian M.; Stubbs, Regan E.; Yaron, David J.; Peteanu, Linda A.; Kemboi, Abraham; Picker, Jesse; Fossum, Eric

    2016-09-01

    With the rising popularity of organic light-emitting diodes (OLEDs) in display applications, demand for more efficient blue emitters has increased. We have recently synthesized a novel blue-emitting, donor-acceptor system employing carbazole as the donor and a benzothiazole derivative as the acceptor, BTZ-CBZ. We find that the solution-phase emission of BTZ-CBZ is highly dependent on solvent polarity, both in lineshape and emission maximum, showing a Stokes shift of 50 nm in methylcyclohexane and 150 nm in acetonitrile. This is expected behavior for donor-acceptor compounds due to the presence of a charge-transfer excited state. However, the solid state properties are more important for OLED devices. Using time-dependent density functional theory calculations employing the linear-response (LR) and state-specific (SS) polarizable continuum model (PCM), we explore the effects of solvent reorganization on the emission properties of BTZ-CBZ. SS-PCM reproduces the solvatochromism behavior of BTZ-CBZ in solution, but LR-PCM shows effectively no shift with solvent polarity. We surmise that this is because solvent reorganization is necessary for the solvatochromic effect to occur. The effect of rigid matrices on the emission of BTZ-CBZ has direct implications on its viability as a blue emitter in solid-state OLEDs and which molecular environments will be ideal for devices.

  15. Charge-transfer (CT) orbitals for the one-electron description of CT excitations in a wide range of donor-acceptor separations

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    Gritsenko, O. V.

    2017-01-01

    A transformation of the virtual Kohn-Sham orbitals is proposed to a set of charge-transfer orbitals (CTOs) adapted to description of CT excitations. The CTO scheme offers a simple estimate of the CT excitation energy with an orbital energy difference. This estimate reproduces well the reference values of the configuration interaction (CI) method in a wide range of donor-acceptor separations in the paradigmatic He -Be complex. CTO-based orbital energy and shape indices are proposed to assess the suitability of the CT description with virtual orbitals of a given basis set. Both indices yield correct trends for the Kohn-Sham and Hartree-Fock orbitals.

  16. Tailored donor-acceptor polymers with an A-D1-A-D2 structure: controlling intermolecular interactions to enable enhanced polymer photovoltaic devices.

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    Qin, Tianshi; Zajaczkowski, Wojciech; Pisula, Wojciech; Baumgarten, Martin; Chen, Ming; Gao, Mei; Wilson, Gerry; Easton, Christopher D; Müllen, Klaus; Watkins, Scott E

    2014-04-23

    Extensive efforts have been made to develop novel conjugated polymers that give improved performance in organic photovoltaic devices. The use of polymers based on alternating electron-donating and electron-accepting units not only allows the frontier molecular orbitals to be tuned to maximize the open-circuit voltage of the devices but also controls the optical band gap to increase the number of photons absorbed and thus modifies the other critical device parameter-the short circuit current. In fact, varying the nonchromophoric components of a polymer is often secondary to the efforts to adjust the intermolecular aggregates and improve the charge-carrier mobility. Here, we introduce an approach to polymer synthesis that facilitates simultaneous control over both the structural and electronic properties of the polymers. Through the use of a tailored multicomponent acceptor-donor-acceptor (A-D-A) intermediate, polymers with the unique structure A-D1-A-D2 can be prepared. This approach enables variations in the donor fragment substituents such that control over both the polymer regiochemistry and solubility is possible. This control results in improved intermolecular π-stacking interactions and therefore enhanced charge-carrier mobility. Solar cells using the A-D1-A-D2 structural polymer show short-circuit current densities that are twice that of the simple, random analogue while still maintaining an identical open-circuit voltage. The key finding of this work is that polymers with an A-D1-A-D2 structure offer significant performance benefits over both regioregular and random A-D polymers. The chemical synthesis approach that enables the preparation of A-D1-A-D2 polymers therefore represents a promising new route to materials for high-efficiency organic photovoltaic devices.

  17. Synthesis and photophysical properties of new catenated electron donor-acceptor materials with magnesium and free base porphyrins as donors and C60 as the acceptor

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    Kirner, Sabrina V.; Guldi, Dirk M.; Megiatto, Jackson D., Jr.; Schuster, David I.

    2014-12-01

    A new series of nanoscale electron donor-acceptor systems with [2]catenane architectures has been synthesized, incorporating magnesium porphyrin (MgP) or free base porphyrin (H2P) as electron donor and C60 as electron acceptor, surrounding a central tetrahedral Cu(i)-1,10-phenanthroline (phen) complex. Model catenated compounds incorporating only one or none of these photoactive moieties were also prepared. The synthesis involved the use of Sauvage's metal template protocol in combination with the 1,3-dipolar cycloaddition of azides and alkynes (``click chemistry''), as in other recent reports from our laboratories. Ground state electron interactions between the individual constituents was probed using electrochemistry and UV-vis absorption spectroscopy, while events occurring following photoexcitation in tetrahydrofuran (under both aerobic and anaerobic conditions) at various wavelengths were followed by means of time-resolved transient absorption and emission spectroscopies on the femtosecond and nanosecond time scales, respectively, complemented by measurements of quantum yields for generation of singlet oxygen. From similar studies with model catenates containing one or neither of the chromophores, the events following photoexcitation could be elucidated. The results were compared with those previously reported for analogous catenates based on zinc porphyrin (ZnP). It was determined that a series of energy transfer (EnT) and electron transfer (ET) processes take place in the present catenates, ultimately generating long-distance charge separated (CS) states involving oxidized porphyrin and reduced C60 moieties, with lifetimes ranging from 400 to 1060 nanoseconds. Shorter lived short-distance CS states possessing oxidized copper complexes and reduced C60, with lifetimes ranging from 15 to 60 ns, were formed en route to the long-distance CS states. The dynamics of the ET processes were analyzed in terms of their thermodynamic driving forces. It was clear that

  18. Tuning the Rectification Ratio by Changing the Electronic Nature (Open-Shell and Closed-Shell) in Donor-Acceptor Self-Assembled Monolayers.

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    Souto, Manuel; Yuan, Li; Morales, Dayana C; Jiang, Li; Ratera, Imma; Nijhuis, Christian A; Veciana, Jaume

    2017-03-16

    This Communication describes the mechanism of charge transport across self-assembled monolayers (SAMs) of two donor-acceptor systems consisting of a polychlorotriphenylmethyl (PTM) electron-acceptor moiety linked to an electron-donor ferrocene (Fc) unit supported by ultraflat template-stripped Au and contacted by a eutectic alloy of gallium and indium top contacts. The electronic and supramolecular structures of these SAMs were well characterized. The PTM unit can be switched between the nonradical and radical forms, which influences the rectification behavior of the junction. Junctions with nonradical units rectify currents via the highest occupied molecular orbital (HOMO) with a rectification ratio R = 99, but junctions with radical units have a new accessible state, a single-unoccupied molecular orbital (SUMO), which turns rectification off and drops R to 6.

  19. Production and Identification of N-Glucosylrubropunctamine and N-Glucosylmonascorubramine from Monascus ruber and Occurrence of Electron Donor-Acceptor Complexes in These Red Pigments

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    Hajjaj, H.; Klaebe, A.; Loret, M. O.; Tzedakis, T.; Goma, G.; Blanc, P. J.

    1997-01-01

    The filamentous fungus Monascus ruber produces water-soluble red pigments in a submerged culture when grown in a chemically defined medium containing glucose as a carbon source and monosodium glutamate as a nitrogen source. Two new molecules with polyketide structures, N-glucosylrubropunctamine and N-glucosylmonascorubramine, constituting under some conditions 10% of the total extracellular coloring matter when glucose as a carbon source was in excess (20 g/liter), were isolated and structurally characterized by high-pressure liquid chromatography, Dionex methods, (sup1)H and (sup13)C nuclear magnetic resonance spectroscopy, and mass spectrometry. The occurrence of the electron donor-acceptor complex effect was demonstrated by UV spectroscopy, polarography, and thin-layer voltammetry. The use of n-butanol as an extraction solvent stabilized the pigments against the effects of daylight for several months, promoting the stability of this type of complex. PMID:16535644

  20. Natural energy decomposition analysis: An energy partitioning procedure for molecular interactions with application to weak hydrogen bonding, strong ionic, and moderate donor-acceptor interactions

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    Glendening, Eric D.; Streitwieser, Andrew

    1994-02-01

    We present a procedure for partitioning the Hartree-Fock self-consistent-field (SCF) interaction energy into electrostatic, charge transfer, and deformation components. The natural bond orbital (NBO) approach of Weinhold and co-workers is employed to construct intermediate supermolecule and fragment wave functions that satisfy the Pauli exclusion principle, thereby avoiding the principal deficiency of the popular Kitaura-Morokuma energy decomposition scheme. The function counterpoise method of Boys and Bernardi enters the procedure naturally, providing an estimate of basis set superposition error (BSSE). We find that the energy components exhibit little basis set dependence when BSSE is small. Applications are presented for several representative molecular and ion complexes: the weak hydrogen bond of the water dimer, the strong ionic interaction of the alkali metal hydrides, and the moderate donor-acceptor interactions of BH3NH3 and BH3CO. Electrostatic interaction dominates the long-range region of the potential energy surface and charge transfer is strongly stabilizing for fragments within van der Waals contact. The repulsive interaction in the short range region of the potential arises from deformation as the fragment wave functions distort to avoid significant interpenetration.

  1. An electronic spectroscopic study of micellisation of surfactants and solvation of homomicelles formed by cationic or anionic surfactants using a solvatochromic electron donor acceptor dye

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    Kedia, Niraja; Sarkar, Amrita; Purkayastha, Pradipta; Bagchi, Sanjib

    2014-10-01

    Solvatochromic absorption and fluorescence bands of a donor-acceptor dye have been utilised for following the micellisation and for probing the polarity of the aqueous homomicellar phase provided separately by cationic (cetyltrimethylammonimum bromide, CTAB and dodecyltrimethylammonimum bromide, DTAB) and anionic (sodium dodecyl sulphate, SDS) surfactant. Results indicate that for a low concentration of surfactant (below cmc) the dye forms a dimer in aqueous solution. In a micellar media, however, the dye exists as monomers. A strong dye-micelle interaction, as indicated by the shift of the solvatochromic intramolecular charge transfer band of the dye, has also been indicated. The absorption and fluorescence parameters of the dye have been utilised for studying the onset of aggregation of the surfactants. An iterative procedure has been developed for the estimation of cmc and the distribution coefficient (KD) of the dye between the aqueous and the micellar phase. All the parameters provide convergent values of cmc. A high value of KD indicates that the dye exists predominantly in the micellar phase. The solvatochromic parameters characterising the dipolarity-polarisability (π*) and H-bond donation ability (α) of modes of solvation interaction in different micellar media have been estimated. The dye is found to distribute itself between two regions in a catanionic vesicle formed by surfactants SDS and DTAB, one being relatively polar than other. The distribution coefficients have been found out using the fluorescence data.

  2. An electronic spectroscopic study of micellisation of surfactants and solvation of homomicelles formed by cationic or anionic surfactants using a solvatochromic electron donor acceptor dye.

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    Kedia, Niraja; Sarkar, Amrita; Purkayastha, Pradipta; Bagchi, Sanjib

    2014-10-15

    Solvatochromic absorption and fluorescence bands of a donor-acceptor dye have been utilised for following the micellisation and for probing the polarity of the aqueous homomicellar phase provided separately by cationic (cetyltrimethylammonimum bromide, CTAB and dodecyltrimethylammonimum bromide, DTAB) and anionic (sodium dodecyl sulphate, SDS) surfactant. Results indicate that for a low concentration of surfactant (below cmc) the dye forms a dimer in aqueous solution. In a micellar media, however, the dye exists as monomers. A strong dye-micelle interaction, as indicated by the shift of the solvatochromic intramolecular charge transfer band of the dye, has also been indicated. The absorption and fluorescence parameters of the dye have been utilised for studying the onset of aggregation of the surfactants. An iterative procedure has been developed for the estimation of cmc and the distribution coefficient (KD) of the dye between the aqueous and the micellar phase. All the parameters provide convergent values of cmc. A high value of KD indicates that the dye exists predominantly in the micellar phase. The solvatochromic parameters characterising the dipolarity-polarisability (π(*)) and H-bond donation ability (α) of modes of solvation interaction in different micellar media have been estimated. The dye is found to distribute itself between two regions in a catanionic vesicle formed by surfactants SDS and DTAB, one being relatively polar than other. The distribution coefficients have been found out using the fluorescence data.

  3. Electron donor-acceptor quenching and photoinduced electron transfer for coumarin dyes. Technical report, 1 January-31 October 1982

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    Jones, G. II; Griffin, S.F.; Choi, C.; Bergmark, W.R.

    1983-10-31

    The fluorescence of 7-aminocoumarins is quenched by a variety of organic electron donors or acceptors in acetonitrile. In general, donors with half-wave oxidation potentials less positive than 1.0 V vs SCE and acceptors with reduction potentials less negative than -1.5 V vs SCE are candidates for diffusion limited quenching of coumarin singlet states. Profiles of quenching rates are consistent with calculated free energies for electron transfer between excited coumarins and donors or acceptors. In flash photolysis experiments electron transfer for several dyes and quenchers (e.g., methyl viologen) is demonstrated. Relatively low yields of net electron transfer are consistently obtained due to inefficient ionic photodissociation via singlet quenching or a low yield of more photoactive coumarin triplets. Electrochemical properties of the coumarins have been investigated by cyclic voltammetry with the indications of reversible oxidation and irreversible reduction as important processes.

  4. Photoinduced electron donor/acceptor processes in colloidal II-VI semiconductor quantum dots and nitroxide free radicals

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    Dutta, Poulami

    Electron transfer (ET) processes are one of the most researched topics for applications ranging from energy conversion to catalysis. An exciting variation is utilizing colloidal semiconductor nanostructures to explore such processes. Semiconductor quantum dots (QDs) are emerging as a novel class of light harvesting, emitting and charge-separation materials for applications such as solar energy conversion. Detailed knowledge of the quantitative dissociation of the photogenerated excitons and the interfacial charge- (electron/hole) transfer is essential for optimization of the overall efficiency of many such applications. Organic free radicals are the attractive counterparts for studying ET to/from QDs because these undergo single-electron transfer steps in reversible fashion. Nitroxides are an exciting class of stable organic free radicals, which have recently been demonstrated to be efficient as redox mediators in dye-sensitized solar cells, making them even more interesting for the aforementioned studies. This dissertation investigates the interaction between nitroxide free radicals TEMPO (2,2,6,6-tetramethylpiperidine-1-oxyl), 4-amino-TEMPO (4-amino- 2,2,6,6-tetramethylpiperidine-1-oxyl) and II-VI semiconductor (CdSe and CdTe) QDs. The nature of interaction in these hybrids has been examined through ground-state UV-Vis absorbance, steady state and time-resolved photoluminescence (PL) spectroscopy, transient absorbance, upconversion photoluminescence spectroscopy and electron paramagnetic resonance (EPR). The detailed analysis of the PL quenching indicates that the intrinsic charge transfer is ultrafast however, the overall quenching is still limited by the lower binding capacities and slower diffusion related kinetics. Careful analysis of the time resolved PL decay kinetics reveal that the decay rate constants are distributed and that the trap states are involved in the overall quenching process. The ultrafast hole transfer from CdSe QDs to 4-Amino TEMPO observed

  5. Tri- and hexaferrocenyl-substituted subphthalocyanines in the quest for the optimum electron donor-acceptor distances.

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    Fernández-Ariza, Javier; Krick Calderón, Rafael M; Perles, Josefina; Rodríguez-Morgade, M Salomé; Guldi, Dirk M; Torres, Tomás

    2017-07-27

    Three and six ferrocenyl subunits have been attached to the periphery of subphthalocyanines (SubPcs). Unlike axially coordinated ferrocenes, peripherally-bonded ferrocenes have an impact on the electronic features of SubPcs, which show a 44 to 70 nm red-shift of their Q-bands. The unusually deep and narrow ferrocenyl-SubPc is able to host C60, giving rise to atypical SubPc•C60 cocrystallates, through a combination of concave-convex and convex-convex π-π interactions.

  6. Electron spin polarization transfer to the charge-separated state from locally excited triplet configuration: theory and its application to characterization of geometry and electronic coupling in the electron donor-acceptor system.

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    Kobori, Yasuhiro; Fuki, Masaaki; Murai, Hisao

    2010-11-18

    We present a theoretical model of analysis of the time-resolved electron paramagnetic resonance (TREPR) spectrum of the charge-separated (CS) state generated by the photoinduced electron transfer (ET) reaction via the locally excited triplet state in an electron donor-acceptor (D-A) system with a fixed molecular orientation. We show, by the stochastic-Liouville equation, that chemically induced dynamic electron polarization (CIDEP) of the triplet mechanism is explained by lack of transfer of quantum coherence terms in the primary triplet spin state, resulting in net emissive or absorptive electron spin polarization (ESP) which is dependent on anisotropy of the singlet-triplet intersystem crossing in the precursor excited state. This disappearance of the coherence is clearly shown to occur when the photoinduced ET rate is smaller than the angular frequency of the Zeeman splitting: the transferred coherence terms are averaged to be zero due to effective quantum oscillations during the time that the chemical reaction proceeds. The above theory has been applied to elucidate the molecular geometries and spin-spin exchange interactions (2J) of the CS states for both folded and extended conformers by computer simulations of TREPR spectra of the zinc porphyrin-fullerene dyad (ZnP-C(60)) bridged by diphenyldisilane. On the extended conformation, the electronic coupling is estimated from the 2J value. It has been revealed that the coupling term is smaller than the reported electronic interactions of the porphyrin-C(60) systems bridged by diphenylamide spacers. The difference in the electronic couplings has been explained by the difference in the LUMO levels of the bridge moieties that mediate the superexchange coupling for the long-range ET reaction.

  7. Engaging Copper(III) Corrole as an Electron Acceptor: Photoinduced Charge Separation in Zinc Porphyrin-Copper Corrole Donor-Acceptor Conjugates.

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    Ngo, Thien H; Zieba, David; Webre, Whitney A; Lim, Gary N; Karr, Paul A; Kord, Scheghajegh; Jin, Shangbin; Ariga, Katsuhiko; Galli, Marzia; Goldup, Steve; Hill, Jonathan P; D'Souza, Francis

    2016-01-22

    An electron-deficient copper(III) corrole was utilized for the construction of donor-acceptor conjugates with zinc(II) porphyrin (ZnP) as a singlet excited state electron donor, and the occurrence of photoinduced charge separation was demonstrated by using transient pump-probe spectroscopic techniques. In these conjugates, the number of copper corrole units was varied from 1 to 2 or 4 units while maintaining a single ZnP entity to observe the effect of corrole multiplicity in facilitating the charge-separation process. The conjugates and control compounds were electrochemically and spectroelectrochemically characterized. Computational studies revealed ground state geometries of the compounds and the electron-deficient nature of the copper(III) corrole. An energy level diagram was established to predict the photochemical events by using optical, emission, electrochemical, and computational data. The occurrence of charge separation from singlet excited zinc porphyrin and charge recombination to yield directly the ground state species were evident from the diagram. Femtosecond transient absorption spectroscopy studies provided spectral evidence of charge separation in the form of the zinc porphyrin radical cation and copper(II) corrole species as products. Rates of charge separation in the conjugates were found to be of the order of 10(10)  s(-1) and increased with increasing multiplicity of copper(III) corrole entities. The present study demonstrates the importance of copper(III) corrole as an electron acceptor in building model photosynthetic systems.

  8. Theoretical characterization of photoinduced electron transfer in rigidly linked donor-acceptor molecules: the fragment charge difference and the generalized Mulliken-Hush schemes

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    Lee, Sheng-Jui; Chen, Hung-Cheng; You, Zhi-Qiang; Liu, Kuan-Lin; Chow, Tahsin J.; Chen, I.-Chia; Hsu, Chao-Ping

    2010-10-01

    We calculate the electron transfer (ET) rates for a series of heptacyclo[6.6.0.02,6.03,13.014,11.05,9.010,14]-tetradecane (HCTD) linked donor-acceptor molecules. The electronic coupling factor was calculated by the fragment charge difference (FCD) [19] and the generalized Mulliken-Hush (GMH) schemes [20]. We found that the FCD is less prone to problems commonly seen in the GMH scheme, especially when the coupling values are small. For a 3-state case where the charge transfer (CT) state is coupled with two different locally excited (LE) states, we tested with the 3-state approach for the GMH scheme [30], and found that it works well with the FCD scheme. A simplified direct diagonalization based on Rust's 3-state scheme was also proposed and tested. This simplified scheme does not require a manual assignment of the states, and it yields coupling values that are largely similar to those from the full Rust's approach. The overall electron transfer (ET) coupling rates were also calculated.

  9. On chirality transfer in electron donor-acceptor complexes. A prediction for the sulfinimine···BF3 system.

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    Rode, Joanna E; Dobrowolski, Jan Cz

    2012-01-01

    Stabilization energies of the electron donor-acceptor sulfinimine···BF(3) complexes calculated at either the B3LYP/aug-cc-pVTZ or the MP2/aug-cc-pVTZ level do not allow to judge, whether the N- or O-atom in sulfinimine is stronger electron-donor to BF(3) . The problem seems to be solvable because chirality transfer phenomenon between chiral sulfinimine and achiral BF(3) is expected to be vibrational circular dichroism (VCD) active. Moreover, the bands associated with the achiral BF(3) molecule are predicted to be the most intense in the entire spectrum. However, the VCD band robustness analyses show that most of the chirality transfer modes of BF(3) are unreliable. Conversely, variation of VCD intensity with change of intermolecular distance, angle, and selected dihedrals between the complex partners shows that to establish the robustness of chirality transfer mode. It is also necessary to determine the influence of the potential energy surface (PES) shape on the VCD intensity. At the moment, there is still no universal criterion for the chirality transfer mode robustness and the conclusions formulated based on one system cannot be directly transferred even to a quite similar one. However, it is certain that more attention should be focused on relation of PES shape and the VCD mode robustness problem.

  10. Pt-Mg, Pt-Ca, and Pt-Zn Lantern Complexes and Metal-Only Donor-Acceptor Interactions.

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    Baddour, Frederick G; Hyre, Ariel S; Guillet, Jesse L; Pascual, David; Lopez-de-Luzuriaga, José Maria; Alam, Todd M; Bacon, Jeffrey W; Doerrer, Linda H

    2017-01-03

    Pt-based heterobimetallic lantern complexes of the form [PtM(SOCR)4(L)] have been shown previously to form intermolecular metallophilic interactions and engage in antiferromagnetic coupling between lanterns having M atoms with open shell configurations. In order to understand better the influence of the carboxylate bridge and terminal ligand on the electronic structure, as well as the metal-metal interactions within each lantern unit, a series of diamagnetic lantern complexes, [PtMg(SAc)4(OH2)] (1), [PtMg(tba)4(OH2)] (2), [PtCa(tba)4(OH2)] (3), [PtZn(tba)4(OH2)] (4), and a mononuclear control (Ph4P)2[Pt(SAc)4] (5) have been synthesized. Crystallographic data show close Pt-M contacts enforced by the lantern structure in each dinuclear case. (195)Pt-NMR spectroscopy of 1-4, (Ph4P)2[Pt(SAc)4] (5), and several previously reported lanterns revealed a strong chemical shift dependence on the identity of the second metal (M), mild influence by the thiocarboxylate ligand (SOCR; R = CH3 (thioacetate, SAc), C6H5 (thiobenzoate, tba)), and modest influence from the terminal ligand (L). Fluorescence spectroscopy has provided evidence for a Pt···Zn metallophilic interaction in [PtZn(SAc)4(OH2)], and computational studies demonstrate significant dative character. In all of 1-4, the short Pt-M distances suggest that metal-only Lewis donor (Pt)-Lewis acceptor (M) interactions could be present. DFT and NBO calculations, however, show that only the Zn examples have appreciable covalent character, whereas the Mg and Ca complexes are much more ionic.

  11. Electronic and optical properties of novel carbazole-based donor-acceptor compounds for applications in blue-emitting organic light-emitting diodes

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    Legaspi, Christian M.; Stubbs, Regan E.; Yaron, David J.; Peteanu, Linda A.; Sfeir, Matthew Y.; Kemboi, Abraham; Picker, Jesse; Fossum, Eric

    2015-08-20

    We report that organic light-emitting diodes (OLEDs) have received a significant attention over the past decade due to their energy-saving potential. We have recently synthesized two novel carbazole-based donor-acceptor compounds and analyzed their optical properties to determine their suitability for use as blue emitters in OLEDs. These compounds show remarkable photo-stability and high quantum yields in the blue region of the spectrum. In addition, they have highly solvatochromic emission. In non-polar solvents, bright, blue-shifted (λmax ≈ 398 nm), and highly structured emission is seen. With increasing solvent dielectric constant, the emission becomes weaker, red-shifted (λmax ≈ 507 nm), and broad. We aim to determine the underlying cause of these changes. Electronic structure calculations indicate the presence of multiple excited states with comparable oscillator strength. These states are of interest because there are several with charge-transfer (CT) character, and others centered on the donor moiety. We theorize that CT states play a role in the observed changes in emission lineshape and may promote charge mobility for electrofluorescence in OLEDs. In the future, we plan to use Stark spectroscopy to analyze the polarity of excited states and transient absorption spectroscopy to observe the dynamics in the excited state.

  12. Electronic and optical properties of novel carbazole-based donor-acceptor compounds for applications in blue-emitting organic light-emitting diodes

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    Legaspi, Christian M.; Stubbs, Regan E.; Yaron, David J.; ...

    2015-08-20

    We report that organic light-emitting diodes (OLEDs) have received a significant attention over the past decade due to their energy-saving potential. We have recently synthesized two novel carbazole-based donor-acceptor compounds and analyzed their optical properties to determine their suitability for use as blue emitters in OLEDs. These compounds show remarkable photo-stability and high quantum yields in the blue region of the spectrum. In addition, they have highly solvatochromic emission. In non-polar solvents, bright, blue-shifted (λmax ≈ 398 nm), and highly structured emission is seen. With increasing solvent dielectric constant, the emission becomes weaker, red-shifted (λmax ≈ 507 nm), and broad.more » We aim to determine the underlying cause of these changes. Electronic structure calculations indicate the presence of multiple excited states with comparable oscillator strength. These states are of interest because there are several with charge-transfer (CT) character, and others centered on the donor moiety. We theorize that CT states play a role in the observed changes in emission lineshape and may promote charge mobility for electrofluorescence in OLEDs. In the future, we plan to use Stark spectroscopy to analyze the polarity of excited states and transient absorption spectroscopy to observe the dynamics in the excited state.« less

  13. Long-range coupling of electron-hole pairs in spatially separated organic donor-acceptor layers

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    Nakanotani, Hajime; Furukawa, Taro; Morimoto, Kei; Adachi, Chihaya

    2016-01-01

    Understanding exciton behavior in organic semiconductor molecules is crucial for the development of organic semiconductor-based excitonic devices such as organic light-emitting diodes and organic solar cells, and the tightly bound electron-hole pair forming an exciton is normally assumed to be localized on an organic semiconducting molecule. We report the observation of long-range coupling of electron-hole pairs in spatially separated electron-donating and electron-accepting molecules across a 10-nanometers-thick spacer layer. We found that the exciton energy can be tuned over 100 megaelectron volts and the fraction of delayed fluorescence can be increased by adjusting the spacer-layer thickness. Furthermore, increasing the spacer-layer thickness produced an organic light-emitting diode with an electroluminescence efficiency nearly eight times higher than that of a device without a spacer layer. Our results demonstrate the first example of a long-range coupled charge-transfer state between electron-donating and electron-accepting molecules in a working device. PMID:26933691

  14. Ultrafast Photoinduced Electron Transfer and Charge Stabilization in Donor-Acceptor Dyads Capable of Harvesting Near-Infrared Light.

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    Bandi, Venugopal; Gobeze, Habtom B; D'Souza, Francis

    2015-08-03

    To harvest energy from the near-infrared (near-IR) and infrared (IR) regions of the electromagnetic spectrum, which constitutes nearly 70 % of the solar radiation, there is a great demand for near-IR and IR light-absorbing sensitizers that are capable of undergoing ultrafast photoinduced electron transfer when connected to a suitable electron acceptor. Towards achieving this goal, in the present study, we report multistep syntheses of dyads derived from structurally modified BF2-chelated azadipyrromethene (ADP; to extend absorption and emission into the near-IR region) and fullerene as electron-donor and electron-acceptor entities, respectively. The newly synthesized dyads were fully characterized based on optical absorbance, fluorescence, geometry optimization, and electrochemical studies. The established energy level diagram revealed the possibility of electron transfer either from the singlet excited near-IR sensitizer or singlet excited fullerene. Femtosecond and nanosecond transient absorption studies were performed to gather evidence of excited state electron transfer and to evaluate the kinetics of charge separation and charge recombination processes. These studies revealed the occurrence of ultrafast photoinduced electron transfer leading to charge stabilization in the dyads, and populating the triplet states of ADP, benzanulated-ADP and benzanulated thiophene-ADP in the respective dyads, and triplet state of C60 in the case of BF2 -chelated dipyrromethene derived dyad during charge recombination. The present findings reveal that these sensitizers are suitable for harvesting light energy from the near-IR region of the solar spectrum and for building fast-responding optoelectronic devices operating under near-IR radiation input. © 2015 WILEY-VCH Verlag GmbH & Co. KGaA, Weinheim.

  15. Electronic structure, molecular orientation, charge transfer dynamics and solar cells performance in donor/acceptor copolymers and fullerene: Experimental and theoretical approaches

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    Garcia-Basabe, Y.; Borges, B. G. A. L.; Rocco, M. L. M. E-mail: luiza@iq.ufrj.br; Marchiori, C. F. N.; Yamamoto, N. A. D.; Koehler, M.; Roman, L. S. E-mail: luiza@iq.ufrj.br; Macedo, A. G.

    2014-04-07

    By combining experimental and theoretical approaches, the electronic structure, molecular orientation, charge transfer dynamics and solar cell performance in donor/acceptor copolymer poly[2,7-(9,9-bis(2-ethylhexyl)-dibenzosilole)-alt-4,7-bis(thiophen-2-yl) benzo-2,1,3-thiadiazole] (PSiF-DBT) films and blended with 6,6.-phenyl-C 61-butyric acid methyl ester (PSiF-DBT:PCBM) were investigated. Good agreement between experimental and theoretical PSiF-DBT UV-Vis absorption spectrum is observed and the main molecular orbitals contributing to the spectrum were determined using DFT single point calculations. Non-coplanar configuration was determined by geometric optimization calculation in isolated PSiF-DBT pentamer and corroborated by angular variation of the sulphur 1s near-edge X-ray absorption fine structure (NEXAFS) spectra. Edge-on and plane-on molecular orientations were obtained for thiophene and benzothiadiazole units, respectively. A power conversion efficiency up to 1.58%, open circuit voltage of 0.51 V, short circuit current of 8.71 mA/cm{sup 2} and a fill factor of 35% was obtained using blended PSiF-DBT:PCBM as active layer in a bulk heterojunction solar cell. Ultrafast electron dynamics in the low-femtosecond regime was evaluated by resonant Auger spectroscopy using the core-hole clock methodology around sulphur 1s absorption edge. Electron delocalization times for PSiF-DBT and PSiF-DBT:PCBM polymeric films were derived for selected excitation energies corresponding to the main transitions in the sulphur 1s NEXAFS spectra. The mixture of PSiF-DBT with PCBM improves the charge transfer process involving the π* molecular orbital of the thiophene units.

  16. Magnetic field enhanced electroluminescence in organic light emitting diodes based on electron donor-acceptor exciplex blends

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    Baniya, Sangita; Basel, Tek; Sun, Dali; McLaughlin, Ryan; Vardeny, Zeev Valy

    2016-03-01

    A useful process for light harvesting from injected electron-hole pairs in organic light emitting diodes (OLED) is the transfer from triplet excitons (T) to singlet excitons (S) via reverse intersystem crossing (RISC). This process adds a delayed electro-luminescence (EL) emission component that is known as thermally activated delayed fluorescence (TADF). We have studied electron donor (D)/acceptor(A) blends that form an exciplex manifold in which the energy difference, ΔEST between the lowest singlet (S1) and triplet (T1) levels is relatively small (<100 meV), and thus allows RISC at ambient temperature. We found that the EL emission in OLED based on the exciplex blend is enhanced up to 40% by applying a relatively weak magnetic field of 50 mT at ambient. Moreover the MEL response is activated with activation energy similar that of the EL emission. This suggests that the large magneto-EL originates from an additional spin-mixing channel between singlet and triplet states of the generated exciplexes, which is due to TADF. We will report on the MEL dependencies on the temperature, bias voltage, and D-A materials for optimum OLED performance. Supported by SAMSUNG Global Research Outreach (GRO) program, and also by the NSF-Material Science & Engineering Center (MRSEC) program at the University of Utah (DMR-1121252).

  17. An Inexpensive Co-Intercalated Layered Double Hydroxide Composite with Electron Donor-Acceptor Character for Photoelectrochemical Water Splitting.

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    Zheng, Shufang; Lu, Jun; Yan, Dongpeng; Qin, Yumei; Li, Hailong; Evans, David G; Duan, Xue

    2015-07-15

    In this paper, the inexpensive 4,4-diaminostilbene-2,2-disulfonate (DAS) and 4,4-dinitro-stilbene-2,2- disulfonate (DNS) anions with arbitrary molar ratios were successfully co-intercalated into Zn2Al-layered double hydroxides (LDHs). The DAS(50%)-DNS/LDHs composite exhibited the broad UV-visible light absorption and fluorescence quenching, which was a direct indication of photo-induced electron transfer (PET) process between the intercalated DAS (donor) and DNS (acceptor) anions. This was confirmed by the matched HOMO/LUMO energy levels alignment of the intercalated DAS and DNS anions, which was also compatible for water splitting. The DAS(50%)-DNS/LDHs composite was fabricated as the photoanode and Pt as the cathode. Under the UV-visible light illumination, the enhanced photo-generated current (4.67 mA/cm(2) at 0.8 V vs. SCE) was generated in the external circuit, and the photoelectrochemical water split was realized. Furthermore, this photoelectrochemical water splitting performance had excellent crystalline, electrochemical and optical stability. Therefore, this novel inorganic/organic hybrid photoanode exhibited potential application prospect in photoelectrochemical water splitting.

  18. An Inexpensive Co-Intercalated Layered Double Hydroxide Composite with Electron Donor-Acceptor Character for Photoelectrochemical Water Splitting

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    Zheng, Shufang; Lu, Jun; Yan, Dongpeng; Qin, Yumei; Li, Hailong; Evans, David G.; Duan, Xue

    2015-01-01

    In this paper, the inexpensive 4,4-diaminostilbene-2,2-disulfonate (DAS) and 4,4-dinitro-stilbene-2,2- disulfonate (DNS) anions with arbitrary molar ratios were successfully co-intercalated into Zn2Al-layered double hydroxides (LDHs). The DAS(50%)-DNS/LDHs composite exhibited the broad UV-visible light absorption and fluorescence quenching, which was a direct indication of photo-induced electron transfer (PET) process between the intercalated DAS (donor) and DNS (acceptor) anions. This was confirmed by the matched HOMO/LUMO energy levels alignment of the intercalated DAS and DNS anions, which was also compatible for water splitting. The DAS(50%)-DNS/LDHs composite was fabricated as the photoanode and Pt as the cathode. Under the UV-visible light illumination, the enhanced photo-generated current (4.67 mA/cm2 at 0.8 V vs. SCE) was generated in the external circuit, and the photoelectrochemical water split was realized. Furthermore, this photoelectrochemical water splitting performance had excellent crystalline, electrochemical and optical stability. Therefore, this novel inorganic/organic hybrid photoanode exhibited potential application prospect in photoelectrochemical water splitting. PMID:26174201

  19. Cross-conjugated chromophores: synthesis of iso-polydiacetylenes with Donor/Acceptor substitution

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    Ciulei; Tykwinski

    2000-11-16

    The iterative construction of cross-conjugated donor (D), acceptor (A), and donor-acceptor (D-A) substituted iso-polydiacetylene (iso-PDA) oligomers has been achieved utilizing palladium-catalyzed cross-coupling techniques. Structure-property relationships for these compounds have been analyzed for cross-conjugated pi-electronic communication as a result of contributions from donor, acceptor, or donor-acceptor functionalization.

  20. Deep proton tunneling in the electronically adiabatic and non-adiabatic limits: comparison of the quantum and classical treatment of donor-acceptor motion in a protein environment.

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    Benabbas, Abdelkrim; Salna, Bridget; Sage, J Timothy; Champion, Paul M

    2015-03-21

    Analytical models describing the temperature dependence of the deep tunneling rate, useful for proton, hydrogen, or hydride transfer in proteins, are developed and compared. Electronically adiabatic and non-adiabatic expressions are presented where the donor-acceptor (D-A) motion is treated either as a quantized vibration or as a classical "gating" distribution. We stress the importance of fitting experimental data on an absolute scale in the electronically adiabatic limit, which normally applies to these reactions, and find that vibrationally enhanced deep tunneling takes place on sub-ns timescales at room temperature for typical H-bonding distances. As noted previously, a small room temperature kinetic isotope effect (KIE) does not eliminate deep tunneling as a major transport channel. The quantum approach focuses on the vibrational sub-space composed of the D-A and hydrogen atom motions, where hydrogen bonding and protein restoring forces quantize the D-A vibration. A Duschinsky rotation is mandated between the normal modes of the reactant and product states and the rotation angle depends on the tunneling particle mass. This tunnel-mass dependent rotation contributes substantially to the KIE and its temperature dependence. The effect of the Duschinsky rotation is solved exactly to find the rate in the electronically non-adiabatic limit and compared to the Born-Oppenheimer (B-O) approximation approach. The B-O approximation is employed to find the rate in the electronically adiabatic limit, where we explore both harmonic and quartic double-well potentials for the hydrogen atom bound states. Both the electronically adiabatic and non-adiabatic rates are found to diverge at high temperature unless the proton coupling includes the often neglected quadratic term in the D-A displacement from equilibrium. A new expression is presented for the electronically adiabatic tunnel rate in the classical limit for D-A motion that should be useful to experimentalists working near

  1. Deep proton tunneling in the electronically adiabatic and non-adiabatic limits: Comparison of the quantum and classical treatment of donor-acceptor motion in a protein environment

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    Benabbas, Abdelkrim; Salna, Bridget; Sage, J. Timothy; Champion, Paul M.

    2015-03-21

    Analytical models describing the temperature dependence of the deep tunneling rate, useful for proton, hydrogen, or hydride transfer in proteins, are developed and compared. Electronically adiabatic and non-adiabatic expressions are presented where the donor-acceptor (D-A) motion is treated either as a quantized vibration or as a classical “gating” distribution. We stress the importance of fitting experimental data on an absolute scale in the electronically adiabatic limit, which normally applies to these reactions, and find that vibrationally enhanced deep tunneling takes place on sub-ns timescales at room temperature for typical H-bonding distances. As noted previously, a small room temperature kinetic isotope effect (KIE) does not eliminate deep tunneling as a major transport channel. The quantum approach focuses on the vibrational sub-space composed of the D-A and hydrogen atom motions, where hydrogen bonding and protein restoring forces quantize the D-A vibration. A Duschinsky rotation is mandated between the normal modes of the reactant and product states and the rotation angle depends on the tunneling particle mass. This tunnel-mass dependent rotation contributes substantially to the KIE and its temperature dependence. The effect of the Duschinsky rotation is solved exactly to find the rate in the electronically non-adiabatic limit and compared to the Born-Oppenheimer (B-O) approximation approach. The B-O approximation is employed to find the rate in the electronically adiabatic limit, where we explore both harmonic and quartic double-well potentials for the hydrogen atom bound states. Both the electronically adiabatic and non-adiabatic rates are found to diverge at high temperature unless the proton coupling includes the often neglected quadratic term in the D-A displacement from equilibrium. A new expression is presented for the electronically adiabatic tunnel rate in the classical limit for D-A motion that should be useful to experimentalists working

  2. An organic donor/acceptor lateral superlattice at the nanoscale.

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    Otero, Roberto; Ecija, David; Fernandez, Gustavo; Gallego, José María; Sanchez, Luis; Martín, Nazario; Miranda, Rodolfo

    2007-09-01

    A precise control of the nanometer-scale morphology in systems containing mixtures of donor/acceptor molecules is a key factor to improve the efficiency of organic photovoltaic devices. Here we report on a scanning tunneling microscopy study of the first stages of growth of 2-[9-(1,3-dithiol-2-ylidene)anthracen-10(9H)-ylidene]-1,3-dithiole, as electron donor, and phenyl-C61-butyric acid methyl ester, as electron acceptor, on a Au(111) substrate under ultrahigh vacuum conditions. Due to differences in bonding strength with the substrate and different interactions with the Au(111) herringbone surface reconstruction, mixed thin films spontaneously segregate into a lateral superlattice of interdigitated nanoscale stripes with a characteristic width of about 10-20 nm, a morphology that has been predicted to optimize the efficiency of organic solar cells.

  3. Bright Solid-State Emission of Disilane-Bridged Donor-Acceptor-Donor and Acceptor-Donor-Acceptor Chromophores.

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    Shimada, Masaki; Tsuchiya, Mizuho; Sakamoto, Ryota; Yamanoi, Yoshinori; Nishibori, Eiji; Sugimoto, Kunihisa; Nishihara, Hiroshi

    2016-02-24

    The development of disilane-bridged donor-acceptor-donor (D-Si-Si-A-Si-Si-D) and acceptor-donor-acceptor (A-Si-Si-D-Si-Si-A) compounds is described. Both types of compound showed strong emission (λem =ca. 500 and ca. 400 nm, respectively) in the solid state with high quantum yields (Φ: up to 0.85). Compound 4 exhibited aggregation-induced emission enhancement in solution. X-ray diffraction revealed that the crystal structures of 2, 4, and 12 had no intermolecular π-π interactions to suppress the nonradiative transition in the solid state.

  4. Theory of Primary Photoexcitations in Donor-Acceptor Copolymers.

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    Aryanpour, Karan; Dutta, Tirthankar; Huynh, Uyen N V; Vardeny, Zeev Valy; Mazumdar, Sumit

    2015-12-31

    We present a generic theory of primary photoexcitations in low band gap donor-acceptor conjugated copolymers. Because of the combined effects of strong electron correlations and broken symmetry, there is considerable mixing between a charge-transfer exciton and an energetically proximate triplet-triplet state with an overall spin singlet. The triplet-triplet state, optically forbidden in homopolymers, is allowed in donor-acceptor copolymers. For an intermediate difference in electron affinities of the donor and the acceptor, the triplet-triplet state can have a stronger oscillator strength than the charge-transfer exciton. We discuss the possibility of intramolecular singlet fission from the triplet-triplet state, and how such fission can be detected experimentally.

  5. A biphenyl containing two electron-donating and two electron-accepting moieties: a rigid and small donor-acceptor-donor ladder system.

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    Greulich, Tobias W; Suzuki, Naoya; Daniliuc, Constantin G; Fukazawa, Aiko; Yamaguchi, Eriko; Studer, Armido; Yamaguchi, Shigehiro

    2016-02-07

    Ladder π-conjugated materials and also push-pull systems belong to important classes of compounds for the development of organic electronic devices. In this communication, a novel π-conjugated material that unifies the properties of both of these classes is presented. The material comprises a rigid biphenyl framework, which bears two bridging electron-accepting phosphine oxide moieties as well as two electron-donating amino groups. The structure and photophysical properties of this compound are discussed and compared with those of a related system lacking the second P-moiety.

  6. Donor-acceptor semiconducting polymers for organic photovoltaic applications

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    Kularatne, Ruvini S.

    -yl)benzo[c][1,2,5] thiadiazole, and 5,6-difluoro-4,7-di(thiophen-2-yl)benzo[c][1,2,5]thiadiazole and their photovoltaic properties. The effect of thiophene space insertion and the fluorine atom insertion on the photovoltaic properties has been investigated by testing the polymer blends with PC71BM in BHJ solar cells and by observing the morphology in TMAFM studies. Chapter 4 describes the synthesis of three donor-acceptor copolymers P6, P7 and P8 with N,N'-dodecylpyromellitic diimide as the electron acceptor unit with three diethynyl substituted donor monomers; 1,4-diethynyl-2,5-bis(octyloxy)benzene, 2,7-diethynyl-9,9-dioctyl-9H-fluorene and 3,3'-didodecyl-5,5'-diethynyl-2,2'-bithiophene by Sonogashira cross coupling polymerization. The synthesized polymers showed deep HOMO energy levels and larger band gaps (>2.5 eV). These polymers P6, P7 and P8 underwent fluorescence quenching with PCBM, indicating the intermolecular photo-induced charge transfer between the donor polymers and PCBM acceptor.

  7. The Determination of Molecular Quantities from Measurements on Macroscopic Systems.V. Existence and Properties of 1:1 and 2:1-Electron-Donor-Acceptor Complexes of Hexamethylbenzene with Tetracyanoethylene

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    Liptay, Wolfgang; Rehm, Torsten; Wehning, Detlev; Schanne, Lothar; Baumann, Wolfram; Lang, Werner

    1982-12-01

    The formation of electron-donor-acceptor complexes of hexamethylbenzene (HMB) with tetracyanoethylene (TCNE) was investigated by measurements of the optical absorptions, the densities, the permittivities and the electro-optical absorptions of solutions in CCl4. The careful evaluation of data based on some previously reported models, has shown that the assumption of the formation of the 1: 1 and the 2 : 1 complex agrees with all experimental data, but that the assumption of the formation of only the 1: 1 complex is contradictory to experimental facts even if the activity effects on the equilibrium constant and of the solvent dependences of observed molar quantities are taken into account. The evaluation leads to the molar optical absorption coefficients and the molar volumes of both complexes and to their electric dipole moments in the electronic ground state and the considered excited state. According to these results the complexes are of the sandwich type HMB-TCNE and HMB-TCNE-HMB. In spite of the fact that the 2: 1 complex owns a center of symmetry, at least approximately, there is a rather large electric dipole moment in its excited state. Furthermore, values for the equilibrium constants and for the standard reaction enthalpies of both complex formation reactions are estimated from experimental data.

  8. Optically tunable spin-exchange energy at donor:acceptor interfaces in organic solar cells

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    Li, Mingxing; Wang, Hongfeng; He, Lei; Zang, Huidong; Xu, Hengxing; Hu, Bin

    2014-07-14

    Spin-exchange energy is a critical parameter in controlling spin-dependent optic, electronic, and magnetic properties in organic materials. This article reports optically tunable spin-exchange energy by studying the line-shape characteristics in magnetic field effect of photocurrent developed from intermolecular charge-transfer states based on donor:acceptor (P3HT:PCBM) system. Specifically, we divide magnetic field effect of photocurrent into hyperfine (at low field < 10 mT) and spin-exchange (at high field > 10 mT) regimes. We observe that increasing photoexcitation intensity can lead to a significant line-shape narrowing in magnetic field effect of photocurrent occurring at the spin-exchange regime. We analyze that the line-shape characteristics is essentially determined by the changing rate of magnetic field-dependent singlet/triplet ratio when a magnetic field perturbs the singlet-triplet transition through spin mixing. Based on our analysis, the line-shape narrowing results indicate that the spin-exchange energy at D:A interfaces can be optically changed by changing photoexcitation intensity through the interactions between intermolecular charge-transfer states. Therefore, our experimental results demonstrate an optical approach to change the spin-exchange energy through the interactions between intermolecular charge-transfer states at donor:acceptor interface in organic materials.

  9. Optically tunable spin-exchange energy at donor:acceptor interfaces in organic solar cells

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    Li, Mingxing; Wang, Hongfeng; He, Lei; Zang, Huidong; Xu, Hengxing; Hu, Bin

    2014-07-01

    Spin-exchange energy is a critical parameter in controlling spin-dependent optic, electronic, and magnetic properties in organic materials. This article reports optically tunable spin-exchange energy by studying the line-shape characteristics in magnetic field effect of photocurrent developed from intermolecular charge-transfer states based on donor:acceptor (P3HT:PCBM) system. Specifically, we divide magnetic field effect of photocurrent into hyperfine (at low field < 10 mT) and spin-exchange (at high field > 10 mT) regimes. We observe that increasing photoexcitation intensity can lead to a significant line-shape narrowing in magnetic field effect of photocurrent occurring at the spin-exchange regime. We analyze that the line-shape characteristics is essentially determined by the changing rate of magnetic field-dependent singlet/triplet ratio when a magnetic field perturbs the singlet-triplet transition through spin mixing. Based on our analysis, the line-shape narrowing results indicate that the spin-exchange energy at D:A interfaces can be optically changed by changing photoexcitation intensity through the interactions between intermolecular charge-transfer states. Therefore, our experimental results demonstrate an optical approach to change the spin-exchange energy through the interactions between intermolecular charge-transfer states at donor:acceptor interface in organic materials.

  10. Design directed self-assembly of donor-acceptor polymers.

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    Marszalek, Tomasz; Li, Mengmeng; Pisula, Wojciech

    2016-09-21

    Donor-acceptor polymers with an alternating array of donor and acceptor moieties have gained particular attention during recent years as active components of organic electronics. By implementation of suitable subunits within the conjugated backbone, these polymers can be made either electron-deficient or -rich. Additionally, their band gap and light absorption can be precisely tuned for improved light-harvesting in solar cells. On the other hand, the polymer design can also be modified to encode the desired supramolecular self-assembly in the solid-state that is essential for an unhindered transport of charge carriers. This review focuses on three major factors playing a role in the assembly of donor-acceptor polymers on surfaces which are (1) nature, geometry and substitution position of solubilizing alkyl side chains, (2) shape of the conjugated polymer defined by the backbone curvature, and (3) molecular weight which determines the conjugation length of the polymer. These factors adjust the fine balance between attractive and repulsive forces and ensure a close polymer packing important for an efficient charge hopping between neighboring chains. On the microscopic scale, an appropriate domain formation with a low density of structural defects in the solution deposited thin film is crucial for the charge transport. The charge carrier transport through such thin films is characterized by field-effect transistors as basic electronic elements.

  11. Effects of donor-acceptor groups on the structural and electronic properties of 4-(methoxymethyl)-6-methyl-5-nitro-2-oxo-1,2-dihydropyridine-3-carbonitrile

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    Gümüş, Hacer Pir; Tamer, Ömer; Avcı, Davut; Atalay, Yusuf

    2014-11-01

    Quantum chemical calculations on the geometric parameters, harmonic vibrational wavenumbers and 1H and 13C nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR) chemical shifts values of 4-(methoxymethyl)-6-methyl-5-nitro-2-oxo-1,2-dihydropyridine-3-carbonitrile [C9H9N3O4] molecule in ground state were performed using the ab initio HF and density functional theory (DFT/B3LYP) methods with 6-311++G(d,p) basis set. The results of optimized molecular structure were presented and compared with X-ray diffraction results. The theoretical vibrational frequencies and 1H and 13C NMR chemical shifts values were compared with experimental values of the investigated molecule. The observed and calculated values were found to be in good agreement. Since the title compound contains different electron-donor and -acceptor groups as well as lone pair electrons, and multiple bonds, the effects of these groups on the structural and electronic properties are found out. In addition, conformational, natural bond orbital (NBO), nonlinear optical (NLO) analysis, frontier molecular orbital energies, molecular surfaces, Mulliken charges and atomic polar tensor based charges were investigated using HF and DFT methods.

  12. Dynamic random access memory effect and memory device derived from a functional polyimide containing electron donor-acceptor pairs in the main chain.

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    Tian, Guofeng; Wu, Dezhen; Qi, Shengli; Wu, Zhanpeng; Wang, Xiaodong

    2011-02-16

    A functional polyimide, hexafluoroisopropyl bis(phthalic dianhydride)/3,6-diaminocarbazole (6FDA/DAC), in which DAC serves as electron donor and 6FDA as electron acceptor, has been synthesized in our present work. Electrical characterization results on the sandwiched polyimide memory device (ITO/Thin polyimide Layer/Au) indicate that the polyimide possesses electrical bistability and the device exhibits two accessible conductivity states, which can be reversibly switched from the low-conductivity (OFF) state to the high-conductivity (ON) state with an ON/OFF current ratio of about 10(4). Different from the widely reported write-once-read-many-times (WORM) effects, the device with the 6FDA/DAC polyimide as the active layer shows dynamic random access memory (DRAM) behavior. The ON state of the device was lost immediately after removal of the applied voltage, while by applying a constant bias (e.g., 3 V) the ON state can be electrically sustained. The roles of donor and acceptor components in the polyimide main chain were elucidated through molecular simulation. Copyright © 2011 WILEY-VCH Verlag GmbH & Co. KGaA, Weinheim.

  13. Photovoltaic activity of layered zirconium phosphates containing covalently grafted ruthenium tris(bipyridyl) and diquat phosphonates as electron donor/acceptor sites.

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    Teruel, Laura; Alonso, Marina; Quintana, M Carmen; Salvador, Alvaro; Juanes, Olga; Rodriguez-Ubis, Juan Carlos; Brunet, Ernesto; García, Hermenegildo

    2009-04-28

    Two layered zirconium phosphates containing Ru(bpy)(3)(2+) mono- or diphosphonates and diquat, {Ru(bpy)(3)(2+)[]/ZrP/DQ(++)} and Ru(bpy)(3)(2+)[]/ZrP/DQ(++), covalently attached to the phosphate layers exhibit notable photovoltaic response (the maximum V(OC), J(SC), and FF were 0.093 V, 16.8 microA cm(-2) and 0.33, respectively). The photocurrent spectra indicate that the photovoltaic response is due predominantly to direct photoexcitation of gamma-ZrP host, Ru(bpy)(3)(2+) and diquat acting as hole and electron traps, respectively, for the charge separated state of the semiconductor.

  14. Impact of donor-acceptor geometry and metal chelation on photophysical properties and applications of triarylboranes.

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    Hudson, Zachary M; Wang, Suning

    2009-10-20

    Three-coordinate organoboron compounds have recently found a wide range of applications in materials chemistry as nonlinear optical materials, chemical sensors, and emitters for organic light-emitting diodes (OLEDs). These compounds are excellent electron acceptors due to the empty p(pi) orbital on the boron center. When accompanied by electron donors such as amines, these molecules possess large electronic dipoles, which promote donor-acceptor charge-transfer upon excitation with light. Because of this, donor-acceptor triarylboranes are often highly luminescent both in the solid state and in solution. In this Account, we describe our research to develop donor-acceptor triarylboranes as efficient blue emitters for OLEDs. Through the use of hole-transporting donor groups such as 1-napthylphenylamines, we have prepared multifunctional triarylboranes that can act as the emissive, electron transport, or hole transport layers in OLEDs. We have also examined donor-acceptor compounds based on 2,2'-dipyridylamine or 7-azaindolyl donors, several of which have fluorescent quantum efficiencies approaching 100%. We are also investigating the chemistry of metal-containing triarylboranes. Our studies show that the electron-deficient boryl group can greatly facilitate metal-to-ligand charge-transfer transitions and phosphorescence. In addition, electronegative linker groups such as 2,2'-bipyridine can act in synergy with metal chelation to greatly improve the electron-accepting ability and Lewis acidity of triarylboranes. Donor-acceptor triarylboranes developed in our laboratory can also serve as a series of "switch-on" sensors for fluoride ions. When the donor and acceptor are linked by rigid naphthyl or nonrigid silane linkers, donor-acceptor conjugation is disrupted and charge transfer occurs primarily through space. The binding of fluoride ions to the boron center disrupts this charge transfer, activating alternative pi --> pi* transitions in the molecule and changing the

  15. Construction of a bicontinuous donor-acceptor hybrid material at the molecular level by inserting inorganic nanowires into porous MOFs.

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    Liu, Jian-Jun; Guan, Ying-Fang; Li, Ling; Chen, Yong; Dai, Wen-Xin; Huang, Chang-Cang; Lin, Mei-Jin

    2017-04-06

    Herein, we report an unprecedented hybrid structure of electron-rich iodoplumbate nanowires precisely inserted into the periodic pores of electron-deficient pyridinium metal-organic frameworks (MOFs). To the best of our knowledge, this is the first example of semiconductive MOFs in situ loaded with inorganic semiconductive nanowires via a simple self-assembly method. Due to the dissimilar semiconductivities between the host and guest components, this hybrid also represents the first bicontinuous donor-acceptor hybrid at the molecular level based on host-guest interactions.

  16. Observation of proton-coupled electron transfer by transient absorption spectroscopy in a hydrogen-bonded, porphyrin donor-acceptor assembly.

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    Damrauer, Niels H; Hodgkiss, Justin M; Rosenthal, Joel; Nocera, Daniel G

    2004-05-20

    Proton-coupled electron transfer (PCET) kinetics of a Zn(II) porphyrin donor noncovalently bound to a naphthalene-diimide acceptor through an amidinium-carboxylate interface have been investigated by time-resolved spectroscopy. The S1 singlet excited-state of a Zn(II) 2-amidinium-5,10,15,20-tetramesitylporphyrin chloride (ZnP-beta-AmH+) donor is sufficiently energetic (2.04 eV) to reduce a carboxylate-diimide acceptor (DeltaG degrees = -460 mV, THF). Static quenching of the porphyrin fluorescence is observed and time-resolved measurements reveal more than a 3-fold reduction in the S1 lifetime of the porphyrin upon amidinium-carboxylate formation (THF, 298 K). Picosecond transient absorption spectra of the free ZnP-beta-AmH+ in THF reveal the existence of an excited-state isosbestic point between the S1 and T1 states at lambdaprobe = 650 nm, providing an effective 'zero-kinetics' background on which to observe the formation of PCET photoproducts. Distinct rise and decay kinetics are attributed to the build-up and subsequent loss of intermediates resulting from a forward and reverse PCET reaction, respectively (kPCET(fwd) = 9 x 108 s-1 and kPCET(rev) = 14 x 108 s-1). The forward rate constant is nearly 2 orders of magnitude slower than that measured for covalently linked Zn(II) porphyrin-acceptor dyads of comparable driving force and D-A distance, establishing the importance of a proximal proton network in controlling charge transport.

  17. Donor-acceptor binding interaction of 1-(naphthalene-1-yl)-2,4,5-triphenyl-1H-imidazole with semiconductor nanomaterials

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    Jayabharathi, J.; Karunakaran, C.; Kalaiarasi, V.; Ramanathan, P.

    2015-02-01

    The dynamics of photoinduced electron injection from 1-(naphthalene-1-yl)-2,4,5-triphenyl-1H-imidazole (NTI) to pristine ZnO, Mn-doped TiO2 and BaTiO3 nanoparticles have been studied by absorption, fluorescence and lifetime spectroscopic methods. Both the absorption and fluorescence results suggest the association between the nanoparticles and NTI. The calculated free energy change (ΔGet) confirms the electron injection from NTI to nano semiconductors. The critical energy transfer distance between NTI and the nanoparticles have been deduced. The emission of NTI is enhanced by pristine ZnO and quenched by Mn-doped TiO2 and BaTiO3 nanoparticles which are likely due to change of LUMO and HOMO levels of NTI on its association with nano semiconductors. The strong adsorption of the NTI on the surface of ZnO nanocrystals is likely due to the chemical affinity of the nitrogen atom of the NTI to the zinc ion on the surface of nanocrystals. Electron injection from photoexcited NTI to the CB(S∗ → S+ + e-CB) is likely to be the reason for the fluorescence enhancement.

  18. Self-assembly of a donor-acceptor nanotube. A strategy to create bicontinuous arrays.

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    Tu, Siyu; Kim, Se Hye; Joseph, Jojo; Modarelli, David A; Parquette, Jon R

    2011-11-30

    The self-assembly of bolaamphiphile 1 into nanotubes containing a nanostructured electron donor/acceptor heterojunction is reported. In 10% MeOH/H(2)O, the tetraphenylporphyrin (TPP) and 1,4,5,8-naphthalenetetracarboxylic acid diimide chromophores engage in strong J-type π-π interactions within monolayer rings that further stack into the nanotube assemblies. In 10% MeOH/H(2)O at pH 1 or 11 or in pure MeOH, assembly is driven exclusively by the TPP ring, leading to the formation of nonspecific, unstructured aggregates. Steady-state, time-resolved fluorescence and femtosecond transient absorption spectroscopy revealed a strong dependence of the fluorescence decay and electron-transfer/charge-recombination time constants on the nature of the assemblies. These studies highlight the importance of local nanostructure in determining the photophysical properties of optoelectronic materials.

  19. Donor-Acceptor Conjugated Linear Polyenes: A Study of Excited State Intramolecular Charge Transfer, Photoisomerization and Fluorescence Probe Properties.

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    Hota, Prasanta Kumar; Singh, Anil Kumar

    2014-07-27

    Numerous studies of donor-acceptor conjugated linear polyenes have been carried out with the goal to understand the exact nature of the excited state electronic structure and dynamics. In this article we discuss our endeavours with regard to the excited state intramolecular charge transfer, photoisomerization and fluorescence probe properties of various donor-acceptor substituted compounds of diphenylpolyene [Ar(CH = CH) n Ar] series and ethenylindoles.

  20. Donor-acceptor conjugated polymers based on multifused ladder-type arenes for organic solar cells.

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    Wu, Jhong-Sian; Cheng, Sheng-Wen; Cheng, Yen-Ju; Hsu, Chain-Shu

    2015-03-07

    Harvesting solar energy from sunlight to generate electricity is considered as one of the most important technologies to address the future sustainability of humans. Polymer solar cells (PSCs) have attracted tremendous interest and attention over the past two decades due to their potential advantage to be fabricated onto large area and light-weight flexible substrates by solution processing at a lower cost. PSCs based on the concept of bulk heterojunction (BHJ) configuration where an active layer comprises a composite of a p-type (donor) and an n-type (acceptor) material represents the most useful strategy to maximize the internal donor-acceptor interfacial area allowing for efficient charge separation. Fullerene derivatives such as [6,6]-phenyl-C61 or 71-butyric acid methyl ester (PCBM) are the ideal n-type materials ubiquitously used for BHJ solar cells. The major effort to develop photoactive materials is numerously focused on the p-type conjugated polymers which are generally synthesized by polymerization of electron-rich donor and electron-deficient acceptor monomers. Compared to the development of electron-deficient comonomers (acceptor segments), the development of electron-rich donor materials is considerably flourishing. Forced planarization by covalently fastening adjacent aromatic and heteroaromatic subunits leads to the formation of ladder-type conjugated structures which are capable of elongating effective conjugation, reducing the optical bandgap, promoting intermolecular π-π interactions and enhancing intrinsic charge mobility. In this review, we will summarize the recent progress on the development of various well-defined new ladder-type conjugated materials. These materials serve as the superb donor monomers to prepare a range of donor-acceptor semi-ladder copolymers with sufficient solution-processability for solar cell applications.

  1. Organic Materials in the Undergraduate Laboratory: Microscale Synthesis and Investigation of a Donor-Acceptor Molecule

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    Pappenfus, Ted M.; Schliep, Karl B.; Dissanayake, Anudaththa; Ludden, Trevor; Nieto-Ortega, Belen; Lopez Navarrete, Juan T.; Ruiz Delgado, M. Carmen; Casado, Juan

    2012-01-01

    A series of experiments for undergraduate courses (e.g., organic, physical) have been developed in the area of small molecule organic materials. These experiments focus on understanding the electronic and redox properties of a donor-acceptor molecule that is prepared in a convenient one-step microscale reaction. The resulting intensely colored…

  2. Organic Materials in the Undergraduate Laboratory: Microscale Synthesis and Investigation of a Donor-Acceptor Molecule

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    Pappenfus, Ted M.; Schliep, Karl B.; Dissanayake, Anudaththa; Ludden, Trevor; Nieto-Ortega, Belen; Lopez Navarrete, Juan T.; Ruiz Delgado, M. Carmen; Casado, Juan

    2012-01-01

    A series of experiments for undergraduate courses (e.g., organic, physical) have been developed in the area of small molecule organic materials. These experiments focus on understanding the electronic and redox properties of a donor-acceptor molecule that is prepared in a convenient one-step microscale reaction. The resulting intensely colored…

  3. Intramolecular donor-acceptor cyclopropane ring-opening cyclizations.

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    Cavitt, Marchello A; Phun, Lien H; France, Stefan

    2014-02-07

    Cyclization reactions of donor-acceptor (D-A) cyclopropanes are recognized as versatile methods for construction of carbocyclic and heterocyclic scaffolds. In the literature, many examples of these polarized cyclopropanes' reactivity with nucleophiles, electrophiles, and radicals are prevalent. Although intermolecular reactivity of donor-acceptor cyclopropanes is widely reported, reviews that center on their intramolecular chemistry are rare. Thereupon, this tutorial review focalizes on new intramolecular transformations of donor-acceptor cyclopropanes for cycloisomerizations, formal cycloadditions, umpolung reactions, rearrangements and ring-opening lactonizations/lactamizations from 2009 to 2013. Furthermore, the role of D-A acceptor cyclopropanes as reactive subunits in natural product synthesis is underscored.

  4. Nonequilibrium phenomena in charge recombination of excited donor-acceptor complexes and free energy gap law.

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    Yudanov, Vladislav V; Mikhailova, Valentina A; Ivanov, Anatoly I

    2010-12-23

    The charge recombination dynamics of excited donor-acceptor complexes in polar solvents has been investigated within the framework of the stochastic approach. The model involves the excited state formation by the pump pulse and accounts for the reorganization of a number of intramolecular high-frequency vibrational modes, for their relaxation as well as for the solvent reorganization following nonexponential relaxation. The hot transitions accelerate the charge recombination in the low exergonic region and suppress it in the region of moderate exothermicity. This straightens the dependence of the logarithm of the charge recombination rate constant on the free energy gap to the form that can be fitted to the experimental data. The free energy dependence of the charge recombination rate constant can be well fitted to the multichannel stochastic model if the donor-acceptor complexes are separated into a few groups with different values of the electronic coupling. The model provides correct description of the nonexponential charge recombination dynamics in excited donor-acceptor complexes, in particular, nearly exponential recombination in perylene-tetracyanoethylene complex in acetonitrile. It appears that majority of the initially excited donor-acceptor complexes recombines in a nonthermal (hot) stage when the nonequilibrium wave packet passes through a number of term crossings corresponding to transitions toward vibrational excited states of the electronic ground state in the area of the low and moderate exothermicity.

  5. Quantum chemical study on the circular dichroism spectra and specific rotation of donor-acceptor cyclophanes.

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    Mori, Tadashi; Inoue, Yoshihisa; Grimme, Stefan

    2007-08-16

    The structures of donor,acceptor-substituted cyclophanes were optimized by DFT and MP2 methods and compared with the X-ray crystallographic structures. The electronic circular dichroism (CD) spectra of these chiral cyclophanes were simulated by time dependent density functional theory (TD-DFT) with several functionals including different amounts of "exact" Hartree-Fock exchange. The experimental oscillator and rotatory strengths were best reproduced by the BH-LYP/TZV2P method. The specific rotation and vibrational circular dichroism (VCD) spectra were also calculated at the BH-LYP/aug-cc-pVDZ and B3-LYP/6-31G(d) levels, respectively, and compared with the experimental data. Better performance was obtained with the ECD, rather than the specific rotation or the VCD spectral calculations in view of the computation time and accuracy for the determination of absolute configuration (AC). The exciton coupling model can be applied only for the cyclophanes without CT-character. However, the split pattern found in the experiment does not appear to originate from a simple two-transition coupling, indicating that this method should be applied with caution to the AC determination. This conclusion was supported by the TD-DFT investigations of the transition moments and the roles of excited-state electronic configuration associated with these split bands. Cyclophanes with donor-acceptor interactions showed Cotton effects at the CT band and couplets at the 1La and 1Lb bands. Although the degree of charge transfer between the rings is very small, as revealed by a Mulliken-Hash analysis, the split Cotton effects are due to a large separation in energy of the donor and acceptor orbitals. The effect of the distance and angle between the donor and acceptor moieties in model (intermolecular) CT complexes on the calculated CD spectra was also studied and compared with those obtained for various paracyclophanes.

  6. Effect of specific solute-solvent interaction and electron donor-acceptor substituents of novel pyrazolo naphthyridines on fluorescence.

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    Patil, Sandeep R; Shelar, Deepak P; Rote, Ramhari V; Toche, Raghunath B; Jachak, Madhukar N

    2011-01-01

    Heterocyclic orthoaminoaldehyde such as 4-amino-3-(4-phenyl)-1-phenyl-1H-Pyrazolo[3,4-b]pyridine-5-carbaldehyde was synthesized by multistep reactions involving reduction of azido derivative 2 with LAH to yield aminoalcohol 3 and oxidation of it with MnO(2) to aminoaldehyde 4.The pyridine ring annulated on to 4 by Friedländer condensation using acetophenones in presence of base to obtained pyrazolo[3,4-h][1,6]naphthyridine 5 in excellent yield. Study of photophysical properties of 5 revealed that the absorption and emission of them depends up on the substituents present on benzene ring in newly annulated pyridine ring.

  7. Ultrafast exciton dissociation at donor/acceptor interfaces

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    Grancini, G.; Fazzi, D.; Binda, M.; Maiuri, M.; Petrozza, A.; Criante, L.; Perissinotto, S.; Egelhaaf, H.-J.; Brida, D.; Cerullo, G.; Lanzani, G.

    2013-09-01

    Charge generation at donor/acceptor interface is a highly debated topic in the organic photovoltaics (OPV) community. The primary photoexcited state evolution happens in few femtosecond timescale, thus making very intriguing their full understanding. In particular charge generation is believed to occur in < 200 fs, but no clear picture emerged so far. In this work we reveal for the first time the actual charge generation mechanism following in real time the exciton dissociation mechanism by means of sub-22 fs pump-probe spectroscopy. We study a low-band-gap polymer: fullerene interface as an ideal system for OPV. We demonstrate that excitons dissociation leads, on a timescale of 20-50 fs, to two byproducts: bound interfacial charge transfer states (CTS) and free charges. The branching ratio of their formation depends on the excess photon energy provided. When high energy singlet polymer states are excited, well above the optical band gap, an ultrafast hot electron transfer happens between the polymer singlet state and the interfacial hot CTS* due to the high electronic coupling between them. Hot exciton dissociation prevails then on internal energy dissipation that occurs within few hundreds of fs. By measuring the internal quantum efficiency of a prototypical device a rising trend with energy is observed, thus indicating that hot exciton dissociation effectively leads to a higher fraction of free charges.

  8. Donor-Acceptor Properties of a Single-Molecule Altered by On-Surface Complex Formation.

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    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

    2017-08-22

    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.

  9. Generalization of the Forster resonance energy transfer theory for quantum mechanical modulation of the donor-acceptor coupling.

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    Jang, Seogjoo

    2007-11-07

    The Forster resonance energy transfer theory is generalized for inelastic situations with quantum mechanical modulation of the donor-acceptor coupling. Under the assumption that the modulations are independent of the electronic excitation of the donor and the acceptor, a general rate expression is derived, which involves two dimensional frequency-domain convolution of the donor emission line shape, the acceptor absorption line shape, and the spectral density of the modulation of the donor-acceptor coupling. For two models of modulation, detailed rate expressions are derived. The first model is the fluctuation of the donor-acceptor distance, approximated as a quantum harmonic oscillator coupled to a bath of other quantum harmonic oscillators. The distance fluctuation results in additional terms in the rate, which in the small fluctuation limit depend on the inverse eighth power of the donor-acceptor distance. The second model is the fluctuation of the torsional angle between the two transition dipoles, which is modeled as a quantum harmonic oscillator coupled to a bath of quantum harmonic oscillators and causes sinusoidal modulation of the donor-acceptor coupling. The rate expression has new elastic and inelastic terms, depending sensitively on the value of the minimum energy torsional angle. Experimental implications of the present theory and some of the open theoretical issues are discussed.

  10. Efficient ambipolar transport properties in alternate stacking donor-acceptor complexes: from experiment to theory.

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    Qin, Yunke; Cheng, Changli; Geng, Hua; Wang, Chao; Hu, Wenping; Xu, Wei; Shuai, Zhigang; Zhu, Daoben

    2016-05-18

    Comprehensive investigations of crystal structures, electrical transport properties and theoretical simulations have been performed over a series of sulfur-bridged annulene-based donor-acceptor complexes with an alternate stacking motif. A remarkably high mobility, up to 1.57 cm(2) V(-1) s(-1) for holes and 0.47 cm(2) V(-1) s(-1) for electrons, was obtained using organic single crystal field-effect transistor devices, demonstrating the efficient ambipolar transport properties. These ambipolar properties arise from the fact that the electronic couplings for both holes and electrons have the same super-exchange nature along the alternate stacking direction. The magnitude of super-exchange coupling depends not only on the intermolecular stacking distance and pattern, but also the energy level alignments between the adjacent donor-acceptor moieties. The concluded transport mechanism and structure-property relationship from this research will provide an important guideline for the future design of organic semiconductors based on donor-acceptor complexes.

  11. Panchromatic donor-acceptor-donor conjugated oligomers for dye-sensitized solar cell applications.

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    Stalder, Romain; Xie, Dongping; Islam, Ashraful; Han, Liyuan; Reynolds, John R; Schanze, Kirk S

    2014-06-11

    We report on a sexithienyl and two donor-acceptor-donor oligothiophenes, employing benzothiadiazole and isoindigo as electron-acceptors, each functionalized with a phosphonic acid group for anchoring onto TiO2 substrates as light-harvesting molecules for dye sensitized solar cells (DSSCs). These dyes absorb light to wavelengths as long as 700 nm, as their optical HOMO/LUMO energy gaps are reduced from 2.40 to 1.77 eV with increasing acceptor strength. The oligomers were adsorbed onto mesoporous TiO2 films on fluorine doped tin oxide (FTO)/glass substrates and incorporated into DSSCs, which show AM1.5 power conversion efficiencies (PCEs) ranging between 2.6% and 6.4%. This work demonstrates that the donor-acceptor-donor (D-A-D) molecular structures coupled to phosphonic acid anchoring groups, which have not been used in DSSCs, can lead to high PCEs.

  12. Imprinting of molecular recognition sites combined with π-donor-acceptor interactions using bis-aniline-crosslinked Au-CdSe/ZnS nanoparticles array on electrodes: Development of electrochemiluminescence sensor for the ultrasensitive and selective detection of 2-methyl-4-chlorophenoxyacetic acid.

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    Yang, Yukun; Fang, Guozhen; Wang, Xiaomin; Liu, Guiyang; Wang, Shuo

    2016-03-15

    A novel strategy is reported for the fabrication of bis-aniline-crosslinked Au nanoparticles (NPs)-CdSe/ZnS quantum dots (QDs) array composite by facil one-step co-electropolymerization of thioaniline-functionalized AuNPs and thioaniline-functionalized CdSe/ZnS QDs onto thioaniline-functionalized Au elctrodes (AuE). Stable and enhanced cathodic electrochemiluminescence (ECL) of CdSe/ZnS QDs is observed on the modified electrode in neutral solution, suggesting promising applications in ECL sensing. An advanced ECL sensor is explored for detection of 2-methyl-4-chlorophenoxyacetic acid (MCPA) which quenches the ECL signal through electron-transfer pathway. The sensitive determination of MCPA with limit of detection (LOD) of 2.2 nmolL(-1) (S/N=3) is achieved by π-donor-acceptor interactions between MCPA and the bis-aniline bridging units. Impressively, the imprinting of molecular recognition sites into the bis-aniline-crosslinked AuNPs-CdSe/ZnS QDs array yields a functionalized electrode with an extremely sensitive response to MCPA in a linear range of 10 pmolL(-1)-50 μmolL(-1) with a LOD of 4.3 pmolL(-1 ()S/N=3). The proposed ECL sensor with high sensitivity, good selectivity, reproducibility and stability has been successfully applied for the determination of MCPA in real samples with satisfactory recoveries. In this study, ECL sensor combined the merits of QDs-ECL and molecularly imprinting technology is reported for the first time. The developed ECL sensor holds great promise for the fabrication of QDs-based ECL sensors with improved sensitivity and furthermore opens the door to wide applications of QDs-based ECL in food safety and environmental monitoring.

  13. A Strong Donor-Acceptor System Based on a Metal Chalcogenide Cluster and Porphyrin.

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    Xu, Jing; Xue, Li-Jun; Hou, Jin-Le; Yin, Zhong-Nan; Zhang, Xuan; Zhu, Qin-Yu; Dai, Jie

    2017-07-17

    Although great progress has been made for charge transfer (CT) compounds of various organic donor-acceptor systems, no CT compounds containing both inorganic chalcogenide cluster anions and organic porphyrin cations have been reported. Herein, a germanium chalcogenide cluster (Ge4S10(4-)) is chosen as an electron donor and a methylated tetrakis(4-pyridyl)porphyrin (5,10,15,20-tetrakis(N-methyl-4-pyridyl)porphyrin, TMPyP) is selected as an electron acceptor to create chalcogenide cluster-porphyrin CT compounds (TMPyP-Ge4S10)·5H2O (1) and (MnTMPyP-Ge4S10)·13H2O (2). Their crystal structures have been characterized by single-crystal X-ray diffraction. Compound 1 is an ionic CT salt assembled through interion interactions, and compound 2 is a neutral CT dyad formed by metal-ligand axial coordination of the chalcogenide cluster with manganese porphyrin. The strong charge transfer properties are revealed by electronic spectra, theoretical calculations, (1)H NMR, and ESR. The CT intensity of the chalcogenide cluster-porphyrin system can be modulated by metalation. The fluorescence and photocurrent response properties of 1 and 2 are related to the CT intensity.

  14. Thieno[3,4-b]pyrazine-based oligothiophenes: simple models of donor-acceptor polymeric materials.

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    Wen, Li; Heth, Christopher L; Rasmussen, Seth C

    2014-04-28

    A series of thieno[3,4-b]pyrazine-based oligomers were synthesized via Stille cross-coupling as models of electronic structure-function relationships in thieno[3,4-b]pyrazine-based conjugated materials. The prepared oligomers include two oligothieno[3,4-b]pyrazine series from monomer to trimer, as well as a series of mixed terthienyls in which the ratio of thieno[3,4-b]pyrazine to either thiophene or 3,4-ethylene-dioxythiophene has been varied. The full oligomeric series was then thoroughly investigated via photo-physical and electrochemical studies, along with theoretical calculations, in order to correlate the effect of conjugation length and oligomer composition with the resulting electronic and optical properties. The corresponding relationships revealed should then provide more advanced models for the elucidation of donor-acceptor interactions in both homopolymeric and copolymeric materials of thieno[3,4-b]pyrazines.

  15. Ground-state kinetics of bistable redox-active donor-acceptor mechanically interlocked molecules.

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    Fahrenbach, Albert C; Bruns, Carson J; Li, Hao; Trabolsi, Ali; Coskun, Ali; Stoddart, J Fraser

    2014-02-18

    The ability to design and confer control over the kinetics of theprocesses involved in the mechanisms of artificial molecular machines is at the heart of the challenge to create ones that can carry out useful work on their environment, just as Nature is wont to do. As one of the more promising forerunners of prototypical artificial molecular machines, chemists have developed bistable redox-active donor-acceptor mechanically interlocked molecules (MIMs) over the past couple of decades. These bistable MIMs generally come in the form of [2]rotaxanes, molecular compounds that constitute a ring mechanically interlocked around a dumbbell-shaped component, or [2]catenanes, which are composed of two mechanically interlocked rings. As a result of their interlocked nature, bistable MIMs possess the inherent propensity to express controllable intramolecular, large-amplitude, and reversible motions in response to redox stimuli. In this Account, we rationalize the kinetic behavior in the ground state for a large assortment of these types of bistable MIMs, including both rotaxanes and catenanes. These structures have proven useful in a variety of applications ranging from drug delivery to molecular electronic devices. These bistable donor-acceptor MIMs can switch between two different isomeric states. The favored isomer, known as the ground-state co-conformation (GSCC) is in equilibrium with the less favored metastable state co-conformation (MSCC). The forward (kf) and backward (kb) rate constants associated with this ground-state equilibrium are intimately connected to each other through the ground-state distribution constant, KGS. Knowing the rate constants that govern the kinetics and bring about the equilibration between the MSCC and GSCC, allows researchers to understand the operation of these bistable MIMs in a device setting and apply them toward the construction of artificial molecular machines. The three biggest influences on the ground-state rate constants arise from

  16. Multistimuli-Responsive Luminescence Switching of Pyrazine Derivative Based Donor-Acceptor-Donor Luminophores.

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    Qin, Zhenwen; Wang, Yue; Lu, Xuefeng; Chen, Yijing; Peng, Juan; Zhou, Gang

    2016-01-01

    Three symmetrical donor-acceptor-donor (D-A-D) luminophores (C1, C2, and C3) with pyrazine derivatives as electron-withdrawing groups have been developed for multistimuli-responsive luminescence switching. For comparison, reference compounds R1 and R2 without the pyrazine moiety have also been synthesized. Intramolecular charge transfer (ICT) interactions can be found for all D-A-D luminophores owing to the electron-withdrawing properties of the two imine nitrogen atoms in the pyrazine ring and the electron-donating properties of the other two amine nitrogen atoms in the two triphenylamine units. Moreover, luminophores C1, C2, and C3 exhibit "on-off-on" luminescence switching properties in mixtures of water/tetrahydrofuran with increasing water content, which is different from the "on-off" switching for typical aggregation-caused quenching (ACQ) materials and "off-on" switching for traditional aggregation-induced emission (AIE) materials. Additionally, upon grinding the pristine samples, luminophores C1, C2, and C3 display bathochromically shifted photoluminescence maxima that can be recovered by either solvent fuming or thermal annealing treatments. The piezofluorochromic (PFC) properties are more pronounced than those for reference compounds R1 and R2, which indicates that D-A molecules have the ability to amplify the PFC effect by tuning the ICT interactions upon tiny structural changes under pressure. Furthermore, the target luminophores demonstrate acid-responsive photoluminescence spectra that can be recovered in either basic or ambient environments. These results suggest that D-A complexes are potential candidates for multistimuli-responsive luminescence switching because their ICT profiles can be facilely tuned with tiny external stimuli. © 2016 WILEY-VCH Verlag GmbH & Co. KGaA, Weinheim.

  17. Pt–Mg, Pt–Ca, and Pt–Zn lantern complexes and metal-only donor–acceptor interactions [Pt-Mg Pt-Ca and Pt-Zn compounds with metal-only donor-acceptor interactions

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    Baddour, Frederick G.; Hyre, Ariel S.; Guillet, Jesse L.; ...

    2016-12-12

    Here, Pt-based heterobimetallic lantern complexes of the form [PtM(SOCR)4(L)] have been shown previously to form intermolecular metallophilic interactions and engage in antiferromagnetic coupling between lanterns having M atoms with open shell configurations. In order to understand better the influence of the carboxylate bridge and terminal ligand on the electronic structure, as well as the metal–metal interactions within each lantern unit, a series of diamagnetic lantern complexes, [PtMg(SAc)4(OH2)] (1), [PtMg(tba)4(OH2)] (2), [PtCa(tba)4(OH2)] (3), [PtZn(tba)4(OH2)] (4), and a mononuclear control (Ph4P)2[Pt(SAc)4] (5) have been synthesized. Crystallographic data show close Pt–M contacts enforced by the lantern structure in each dinuclear case. 195Pt-NMR spectroscopymore » of 1–4, (Ph4P)2[Pt(SAc)4] (5), and several previously reported lanterns revealed a strong chemical shift dependence on the identity of the second metal (M), mild influence by the thiocarboxylate ligand (SOCR; R = CH3 (thioacetate, SAc), C6H5 (thiobenzoate, tba)), and modest influence from the terminal ligand (L). Fluorescence spectroscopy has provided evidence for a Pt···Zn metallophilic interaction in [PtZn(SAc)4(OH2)], and computational studies demonstrate significant dative character. In all of 1–4, the short Pt–M distances suggest that metal-only Lewis donor (Pt)–Lewis acceptor (M) interactions could be present. DFT and NBO calculations, however, show that only the Zn examples have appreciable covalent character, whereas the Mg and Ca complexes are much more ionic.« less

  18. Solvent-tuned intramolecular charge-recombination rates in a conjugated donor-acceptor molecule

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    Khundkar, Lutfur R.; Stiegman, A. E.; Perry, Joseph W.

    1990-01-01

    The nonradiative charge-recombination rates from the charge-transfer state of a new conjugated donor-acceptor molecule (p-cyano-p-prime-methylthiodiphenylacetylene) can be tuned over almost an order of magnitude by varying the polarity of the solvent. These measurements of intramolecular recombination show a turnover of rates as a function of emission energy, consistent with the 'normal' and 'inverted' behavior of Marcus theory. Steady-state spectra and time-resolved measurements make it possible to quantitatively compare thermal and optical electron-transfer rates as a function of driving force and demonstrate their correspondence.

  19. Partial least squares prediction of the first hyperpolarizabilities of donor-acceptor polyenic derivatives

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    Machado, A. E. de A.; da Gama, A. A. de S.; de Barros Neto, B.

    2011-09-01

    A partial least squares regression analysis of a large set of donor-acceptor organic molecules was performed to predict the magnitude of their static first hyperpolarizabilities ( β's). Polyenes, phenylpolyenes and biphenylpolyenes with augmented chain lengths displayed large β values, in agreement with the available experimental data. The regressors used were the HOMO-LUMO energy gap, the ground-state dipole moment, the HOMO energy AM1 values and the number of π-electrons. The regression equation predicts quite well the static β values for the molecules investigated and can be used to model new organic-based materials with enhanced nonlinear responses.

  20. Optical properties of donor-acceptor conjugated copolymers: A computational study

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    Fradon, Alexis; Cloutet, Eric; Hadziioannou, Georges; Brochon, Cyril; Castet, Frédéric

    2017-06-01

    TDDFT calculations are associated to an extrapolation scheme to predict the optical properties of twelve donor-acceptor copolymers, in which carbazole, benzodithiophene or cyclopentadithiophene donor subunits are combined to benzofurazane, benzothiadiazole or diketopyrrolopyrrole acceptor moieties. Relative excitation energies and absorption strengths are rationalized in terms of geometrical, electronic and optical descriptors. It is shown that the combination of a cyclopentadithiophene with a diketopyrrolopyrrole leads to the lowest excitation energy and highest light absorption efficiency within the series. However, combining cyclopentadithiophene and benzodithiophene subunits appears as more efficient for solar cell applications due to better energy level alignment with respect to PCBM.

  1. Pt–Mg, Pt–Ca, and Pt–Zn lantern complexes and metal-only donor–acceptor interactions [Pt-Mg Pt-Ca and Pt-Zn compounds with metal-only donor-acceptor interactions

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    Baddour, Frederick G.; Hyre, Ariel S.; Guillet, Jesse L.; Pascual, David; Lopez-de-Luzuriaga, Jose Maria; Alam, Todd M.; Bacon, Jeffrey W.; Doerrer, Linda H.

    2016-12-12

    Here, Pt-based heterobimetallic lantern complexes of the form [PtM(SOCR)4(L)] have been shown previously to form intermolecular metallophilic interactions and engage in antiferromagnetic coupling between lanterns having M atoms with open shell configurations. In order to understand better the influence of the carboxylate bridge and terminal ligand on the electronic structure, as well as the metal–metal interactions within each lantern unit, a series of diamagnetic lantern complexes, [PtMg(SAc)4(OH2)] (1), [PtMg(tba)4(OH2)] (2), [PtCa(tba)4(OH2)] (3), [PtZn(tba)4(OH2)] (4), and a mononuclear control (Ph4P)2[Pt(SAc)4] (5) have been synthesized. Crystallographic data show close Pt–M contacts enforced by the lantern structure in each dinuclear case. 195Pt-NMR spectroscopy of 1–4, (Ph4P)2[Pt(SAc)4] (5), and several previously reported lanterns revealed a strong chemical shift dependence on the identity of the second metal (M), mild influence by the thiocarboxylate ligand (SOCR; R = CH3 (thioacetate, SAc), C6H5 (thiobenzoate, tba)), and modest influence from the terminal ligand (L). Fluorescence spectroscopy has provided evidence for a Pt···Zn metallophilic interaction in [PtZn(SAc)4(OH2)], and computational studies demonstrate significant dative character. In all of 1–4, the short Pt–M distances suggest that metal-only Lewis donor (Pt)–Lewis acceptor (M) interactions could be present. DFT and NBO calculations, however, show that only the Zn examples have appreciable covalent character, whereas the Mg and Ca complexes are much more ionic.

  2. Organic Donor-Acceptor Complexes as Novel Organic Semiconductors.

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    Zhang, Jing; Xu, Wei; Sheng, Peng; Zhao, Guangyao; Zhu, Daoben

    2017-07-18

    Organic donor-acceptor (DA) complexes have attracted wide attention in recent decades, resulting in the rapid development of organic binary system electronics. The design and synthesis of organic DA complexes with a variety of component structures have mainly focused on metallicity (or even superconductivity), emission, or ferroelectricity studies. Further efforts have been made in high-performance electronic investigations. The chemical versatility of organic semiconductors provides DA complexes with a great number of possibilities for semiconducting applications. Organic DA complexes extend the semiconductor family and promote charge separation and transport in organic field-effect transistors (OFETs) and organic photovoltaics (OPVs). In OFETs, the organic complex serves as an active layer across extraordinary charge pathways, ensuring the efficient transport of induced charges. Although an increasing number of organic semiconductors have been reported to exhibit good p- or n-type properties (mobilities higher than 1 or even 10 cm(2) V(-1) s(-1)), critical scientific challenges remain in utilizing the advantages of existing semiconductor materials for more and wider applications while maintaining less complicated synthetic or device fabrication processes. DA complex materials have revealed new insight: their unique molecular packing and structure-property relationships. The combination of donors and acceptors could offer practical advantages compared with their unimolecular materials. First, growing crystals of DA complexes with densely packed structures will reduce impurities and traps from the self-assembly process. Second, complexes based on the original structural components could form superior mixture stacking, which can facilitate charge transport depending on the driving force in the coassembly process. Third, the effective use of organic semiconductors can lead to tunable band structures, allowing the operation mode (p- or n-type) of the transistor to be

  3. Vibrational properties of organic donor-acceptor molecular crystals: Anthracene-pyromellitic-dianhydride (PMDA) as a case study.

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    Fonari, A; Corbin, N S; Vermeulen, D; Goetz, K P; Jurchescu, O D; McNeil, L E; Bredas, J L; Coropceanu, V

    2015-12-14

    We establish a reliable quantum-mechanical approach to evaluate the vibrational properties of donor-acceptor molecular crystals. The anthracene-PMDA (PMDA = pyromellitic dianhydride) crystal, where anthracene acts as the electron donor and PMDA as the electron acceptor, is taken as a representative system for which experimental non-resonance Raman spectra are also reported. We first investigate the impact that the amount of nonlocal Hartree-Fock exchange (HFE) included in a hybrid density functional has on the geometry, normal vibrational modes, electronic coupling, and electron-vibrational (phonon) couplings. The comparison between experimental and theoretical Raman spectra indicates that the results based on the αPBE functional with 25%-35% HFE are in better agreement with the experimental results compared to those obtained with the pure PBE functional. Then, taking αPBE with 25% HFE, we assign the vibrational modes and examine their contributions to the relaxation energy related to the nonlocal electron-vibration interactions. The results show that the largest contribution (about 90%) is due to electron interactions with low-frequency vibrational modes. The relaxation energy in anthracene-PMDA is found to be about five times smaller than the electronic coupling.

  4. Vibrational properties of organic donor-acceptor molecular crystals: Anthracene-pyromellitic-dianhydride (PMDA) as a case study

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    Fonari, A.; Corbin, N. S.; Coropceanu, V. E-mail: coropceanu@gatech.edu; Vermeulen, D.; McNeil, L. E.; Goetz, K. P.; Jurchescu, O. D.; Bredas, J. L. E-mail: coropceanu@gatech.edu

    2015-12-14

    We establish a reliable quantum-mechanical approach to evaluate the vibrational properties of donor-acceptor molecular crystals. The anthracene-PMDA (PMDA = pyromellitic dianhydride) crystal, where anthracene acts as the electron donor and PMDA as the electron acceptor, is taken as a representative system for which experimental non-resonance Raman spectra are also reported. We first investigate the impact that the amount of nonlocal Hartree-Fock exchange (HFE) included in a hybrid density functional has on the geometry, normal vibrational modes, electronic coupling, and electron-vibrational (phonon) couplings. The comparison between experimental and theoretical Raman spectra indicates that the results based on the αPBE functional with 25%-35% HFE are in better agreement with the experimental results compared to those obtained with the pure PBE functional. Then, taking αPBE with 25% HFE, we assign the vibrational modes and examine their contributions to the relaxation energy related to the nonlocal electron-vibration interactions. The results show that the largest contribution (about 90%) is due to electron interactions with low-frequency vibrational modes. The relaxation energy in anthracene-PMDA is found to be about five times smaller than the electronic coupling.

  5. Donor-acceptor chemistry in the main group.

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    Rivard, Eric

    2014-06-21

    This Perspective article summarizes recent progress from our laboratory in the isolation of reactive main group species using a general donor-acceptor protocol. A highlight of this program is the use of carbon-based donors in combination with suitable Lewis acidic acceptors to yield stable complexes of parent Group 14 element hydrides (e.g. GeH2 and H2SiGeH2). It is anticipated that this strategy could be extended to include new synthetic targets from throughout the Periodic Table with possible applications in bottom-up materials synthesis and main group element catalysis envisioned.

  6. Intramolecular charge transfer in donor-acceptor molecules

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    Slama-Schwok, A.; Blanchard-Desce, M.; Lehn, J.M. )

    1990-05-17

    The photophysical properties of donor-acceptor molecules, push-pull polyenes and carotenoids, have been studied by absorption and fluorescence spectroscopy. The compounds bear various acceptor and donor groups, linked together by chains of different length and structure. The position of the absorption and fluorescence maxima and their variation in solvents of increasing polarity are in agreement with long-distance intramolecular charge-transfer processes, the linker acting as a molecular wire. The effects of the linker length and structure and of the nature of acceptor and donor are presented.

  7. The role of amino acid electron-donor/acceptor atoms in host-cell binding peptides is associated with their 3D structure and HLA-binding capacity in sterile malarial immunity induction

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    Patarroyo, Manuel E.; Almonacid, Hannia; Moreno-Vranich, Armando

    2012-01-20

    Highlights: Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer Fundamental residues located in some HABPs are associated with their 3D structure. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer Electron-donor atoms present in {beta}-turn, random, distorted {alpha}-helix structures. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer Electron-donor atoms bound to HLA-DR53. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer Electron-acceptor atoms present in regular {alpha}-helix structure bound to HLA-DR52. -- Abstract: Plasmodium falciparum malaria continues being one of the parasitic diseases causing the highest worldwide mortality due to the parasite's multiple evasion mechanisms, such as immunological silence. Membrane and organelle proteins are used during invasion for interactions mediated by high binding ability peptides (HABPs); these have amino acids which establish hydrogen bonds between them in some of their critical binding residues. Immunisation assays in the Aotus model using HABPs whose critical residues had been modified have revealed a conformational change thereby enabling a protection-inducing response. This has improved fitting within HLA-DR{beta}1{sup Asterisk-Operator} molecules where amino acid electron-donor atoms present in {beta}-turn, random or distorted {alpha}-helix structures preferentially bound to HLA-DR53 molecules, whilst HABPs having amino acid electron-acceptor atoms present in regular {alpha}-helix structure bound to HLA-DR52. This data has great implications for vaccine development.

  8. Donor-acceptor complexation and dehydrogenation chemistry of aminoboranes.

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    Malcolm, Adam C; Sabourin, Kyle J; McDonald, Robert; Ferguson, Michael J; Rivard, Eric

    2012-12-03

    A series of formal donor-acceptor adducts of aminoborane (H(2)BNH(2)) and its N-substituted analogues (H(2)BNRR') were prepared: LB-H(2)BNRR'(2)-BH(3) (LB = DMAP, IPr, IPrCH(2) and PCy(3); R and R' = H, Me or tBu; IPr = [(HCNDipp)(2)C:] and Dipp = 2,6-iPr(2)C(6)H(3)). To potentially access complexes of molecular boron nitride, LB-BN-LA (LA = Lewis acid), preliminary dehydrogenation chemistry involving the parent aminoborane adducts LB-H(2)BNH(2)-BH(3) was investigated using [Rh(COD)Cl](2), CuBr, and NiBr(2) as dehydrogenation catalysts. In place of isolating the intended dehydrogenated BN donor-acceptor complexes, the formation of borazine was noted as a major product. Attempts to prepare the fluoroarylborane-capped aminoborane complexes, LB-H(2)BNH(2)-B(C(6)F(5))(3), are also described.

  9. New acceptor-donor-acceptor (A-D-A) type copolymers for efficient organic photovoltaic devices

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    Ghomrasni, S.; Ayachi, S.; Alimi, K.

    2015-01-01

    Three new conjugated systems alternating acceptor-donor-acceptor (A-D-A) type copolymers have been investigated by means of Density Functional Theory (DFT) and Time-Dependent DFT (TD-DFT) at the 6-31g (d) level of theory. 4,4‧-Dimethoxy-chalcone, also called the 1,3-bis(4-methoxyphenyl)prop-2-en-1-one (BMP), has been used as a common acceptor moiety. It forced intra-molecular S⋯O interactions through alternating oligo-thiophene derivatives: 4-AlkylThiophenes (4-ATP), 4-AlkylBithiophenes (4-ABTP) and 4-Thienylene Vinylene (4-TEV) as donor moieties. The band gap, HOMO and LUMO electron distributions as well as optical properties were analyzed for each molecule. The fully optimized resulting copolymers showed low band gaps (2.2-2.8 eV) and deep HOMO energy levels ranging from -4.66 to -4.86 eV. A broad absorption [300-900 nm] covering the solar spectrum and absorption maxima ranges from 486 to 604 nm. In addition, organic photovoltaic cells (OPCs) based on alternating copolymers in bulk heterojunction (BHJ) composites with the 1-(3-methoxycarbonyl) propyl-1-phenyl-[6,6]-C61 (PCBM), as an acceptor, have been optimized. Thus, the band gap decreased to 1.62 eV, the power conversion efficiencies (PCEs) were about 3-5% and the open circuit voltage Voc of the resulting molecules decreased from 1.50 to 1.27 eV.

  10. Poly(bisthiophene-carbazole-fullerene) double-cable polymer as new donor-acceptor material: preparation and electrochemical and spectroscopic characterization.

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    Berton, Nicolas; Fabre-Francke, Isabelle; Bourrat, David; Chandezon, Frédéric; Sadki, Saïd

    2009-10-29

    A new donor-acceptor dyad, namely, a 3,6-bis(thiophen-2-yl)carbazole derivative bearing a C(60) fullerene as a side group (BTC-F), was prepared and characterized. Electropolymerization of BTC-F leads to the formation of a donor-acceptor double-cable polymer (PBTC-F) with high fullerene content (63 wt %) corresponding to one C(60) per polymer repeat unit. The electronic properties of BTC-F and PBTC-F were studied by electrochemical and spectroscopic techniques. Photoluminescence quenching is observed in diluted solutions of BTC-F compared to the nongrafted monomer BTC indicating that an intramolecular charge transfer takes place between the two components of the dyad. The positions of the HOMO and LUMO levels of the monomer and the polymer were accurately determined by differential pulse voltammetry (DPV). The LUMO energy level of the fullerene moiety in BTC-F lies at 3.7 eV below the vacuum level, i.e., slightly higher than corresponding levels of C(60) and PCBM. DPV characterization of PBTC-F indicates little ground state interaction between the pi-conjugated main chain and the C(60) side groups and a high donor HOMO-acceptor LUMO gap of 1.47 eV.

  11. Direct view at colossal permittivity in donor-acceptor (Nb, In) co-doped rutile TiO{sub 2}

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    Mandal, Suman Pal, Somnath; Hazarika, Abhijit; Kundu, Asish K.; Menon, Krishnakumar S. R.; Rioult, Maxime; Belkhou, Rachid

    2016-08-29

    Topical observations of colossal permittivity (CP) with low dielectric loss in donor-acceptor cations co-doped rutile TiO{sub 2} have opened up several possibilities in microelectronics and energy-storage devices. Yet, the precise origin of the CP behavior, knowledge of which is essential to empower the device integration suitably, is highly disputed in the literature. From spectromicroscopic approach besides dielectric measurements, we explore that microscopic electronic inhomogeneities along with the nano-scale phase boundaries and the low temperature polaronic relaxation are mostly responsible for such a dielectric behavior, rather than electron-pinned defect-dipoles/grain-boundary effects as usually proposed. Donor-acceptor co-doping results in a controlled carrier-hopping inevitably influencing the dielectric loss while invariably upholding the CP value.

  12. Direct view at colossal permittivity in donor-acceptor (Nb, In) co-doped rutile TiO2

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    Mandal, Suman; Pal, Somnath; Kundu, Asish K.; Menon, Krishnakumar S. R.; Hazarika, Abhijit; Rioult, Maxime; Belkhou, Rachid

    2016-08-01

    Topical observations of colossal permittivity (CP) with low dielectric loss in donor-acceptor cations co-doped rutile TiO2 have opened up several possibilities in microelectronics and energy-storage devices. Yet, the precise origin of the CP behavior, knowledge of which is essential to empower the device integration suitably, is highly disputed in the literature. From spectromicroscopic approach besides dielectric measurements, we explore that microscopic electronic inhomogeneities along with the nano-scale phase boundaries and the low temperature polaronic relaxation are mostly responsible for such a dielectric behavior, rather than electron-pinned defect-dipoles/grain-boundary effects as usually proposed. Donor-acceptor co-doping results in a controlled carrier-hopping inevitably influencing the dielectric loss while invariably upholding the CP value.

  13. Donor-acceptor pair recombination in gallium sulfide

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    Aydinli, A.; Gasanly, N. M.; Gökşen, K.

    2000-12-01

    Low temperature photoluminescence of GaS single crystals shows three broad emission bands below 2.4 eV. Temperature and excitation light intensity dependencies of these bands reveal that all of them originate from close donor-acceptor pair recombination processes. Temperature dependence of the peak energies of two of these bands in the visible range follow, as expected, the band gap energy shift of GaS. However, the temperature dependence of the peak energy of the third band in the near infrared shows complex behavior by blueshifting at low temperatures followed by a redshift at intermediate temperatures and a second blueshift close to room temperature, which could only be explained via a configuration coordinate model. A simple model calculation indicates that the recombination centers are most likely located at the nearest neighbor lattice or interstitial sites.

  14. Liquid-crystalline semiconducting copolymers with intramolecular donor-acceptor building blocks for high-stability polymer transistors.

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    Kim, Do Hwan; Lee, Bang-Lin; Moon, Hyunsik; Kang, Hee Min; Jeong, Eun Jeong; Park, Jeong-Il; Han, Kuk-Min; Lee, Sangyoon; Yoo, Byung Wook; Koo, Bon Won; Kim, Joo Young; Lee, Wi Hyoung; Cho, Kilwon; Becerril, Hector Alejandro; Bao, Zhenan

    2009-05-06

    The ability to control the molecular organization of electronically active liquid-crystalline polymer semiconductors on surfaces provides opportunities to develop easy-to-process yet highly ordered supramolecular systems and, in particular, to optimize their electrical and environmental reliability in applications in the field of large-area printed electronics and photovoltaics. Understanding the relationship between liquid-crystalline nanostructure and electrical stability on appropriate molecular surfaces is the key to enhancing the performance of organic field-effect transistors (OFETs) to a degree comparable to that of amorphous silicon (a-Si). Here, we report a novel donor-acceptor type liquid-crystalline semiconducting copolymer, poly(didodecylquaterthiophene-alt-didodecylbithiazole), which contains both electron-donating quaterthiophene and electron-accepting 5,5'-bithiazole units. This copolymer exhibits excellent electrical characteristics such as field-effect mobilities as high as 0.33 cm(2)/V.s and good bias-stress stability comparable to that of amorphous silicon (a-Si). Liquid-crystalline thin films with structural anisotropy form spontaneously through self-organization of individual polymer chains as a result of intermolecular interactions in the liquid-crystalline mesophase. These thin films adopt preferential well-ordered intermolecular pi-pi stacking parallel to the substrate surface. This bottom-up assembly of the liquid-crystalline semiconducting copolymer enables facile fabrication of highly ordered channel layers with remarkable electrical stability.

  15. Alternating donor-acceptor arrays from hexa-peri-hexabenzocoronene and benzothiadiazole: synthesis, optical properties, and self-assembly.

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    Hinkel, Felix; Cho, Don; Pisula, Wojciech; Baumgarten, Martin; Müllen, Klaus

    2015-01-02

    Donor-acceptor (D-A) structures were obtained by alternating arrays of hexa-peri-hexabenzocoronene (HBC) and benzo[c][1,2,5]thiadiazole (BTZ). Optoelectronic investigations revealed a charge transfer due to strong push-pull interactions. 2 D wide-angle X-ray scattering (WAXS) data indicated an arrangement in liquid-crystalline columnar assemblies, in which the π-stacking distances and molecular orientation depend on the number of HBC units in the molecules.

  16. Spin relaxation and donor-acceptor recombination of Se+ in 28-silicon

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    Lo Nardo, Roberto; Wolfowicz, Gary; Simmons, Stephanie; Tyryshkin, Alexei M.; Riemann, Helge; Abrosimov, Nikolai V.; Becker, Peter; Pohl, Hans-Joachim; Steger, Michael; Lyon, Stephen A.; Thewalt, Mike L. W.; Morton, John J. L.

    2015-10-01

    Selenium impurities in silicon are deep double donors and their optical and electronic properties have been recently investigated due to their application for infrared detection. However, a singly ionized selenium donor (Se+) possesses an electron spin which makes it a potential candidate as a silicon-based spin qubit, with significant potential advantages compared to the more commonly studied group V donors. Here we study the electron spin relaxation (T1) and coherence (T2) times of Se+ in isotopically purified 28-silicon, and find them to be up to two orders of magnitude longer than shallow group V donors at temperatures above ˜15 K . We further study the dynamics of donor-acceptor recombination between selenium and boron, demonstrating that it is possible to control the donor charge state through optical excitation of neutral Se0.

  17. Visualizing Donor-Acceptor-Bond Chemistry at Semiconductor Surfaces with STM: NH3 on GaAs(110)

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    Brown, G.; Steinshnider, J.; Weimer, M.

    1997-03-01

    We have previously used STM to examine the room-temperature chemisorption of submonolayer amounts of ammonia on GaAs(110). Atomic-resolution topographs demonstrate this reaction is non-dissociative and that bond formation occurs through the donation of lone-pair electrons from the free molecule to cation dangling bonds at the surface(G. Brown and M. Weimer, J. Vac. Sci. Technol. B 13), 1679-1683 (1995). Reaction sites on both p- and n-type substrates are uncharged so that the screening of individual donor-acceptor-bond dipoles by substrate electrons is observed. We have recently studied the interactions between adsorbed molecules through the distribution of reaction sites as a function of separation vector in the surface plane. The pair correlation function reveals a strong, short-ranged repulsion along the GaAs(110) surface chains that completely excludes bonding at adjacent cation sublattice sites, but the observed anisotropy of the pair potential is inconsistent with the expected dipole-dipole forces between adsorbates. STS indicates ammonia chemisorption significantly disrupts the GaAs(110) surface states at saturation coverages less than 0.1 ML, and that observation, together with the anisotropic short-range nature of the pair potential, suggests the predominant lateral interaction in this system is substrate mediated.

  18. Ultrafast Non-Förster Intramolecular Donor-Acceptor Excitation Energy Transfer.

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    Athanasopoulos, Stavros; Alfonso Hernandez, Laura; Beljonne, David; Fernandez-Alberti, Sebastian; Tretiak, Sergei

    2017-04-06

    Ultrafast intramolecular electronic energy transfer in a conjugated donor-acceptor system is simulated using nonadiabatic excited-state molecular dynamics. After initial site-selective photoexcitation of the donor, transition density localization is monitored throughout the S2 → S1 internal conversion process, revealing an efficient unidirectional donor → acceptor energy-transfer process. Detailed analysis of the excited-state trajectories uncovers several salient features of the energy-transfer dynamics. While a weak temperature dependence is observed during the entire electronic energy relaxation, an ultrafast initially temperature-independent process allows the molecular system to approach the S2-S1 potential energy crossing seam within the first ten femtoseconds. Efficient energy transfer occurs in the absence of spectral overlap between the donor and acceptor units and is assisted by a transient delocalization phenomenon of the excited-state wave function acquiring Frenkel-exciton character at the moment of quantum transition.

  19. Microwave assisted synthesis of bithiophene based donor-acceptor-donor oligomers and their optoelectronic performances

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    Bathula, Chinna; Buruga, Kezia; Lee, Sang Kyu; Khazi, Imtiyaz Ahmed M.; Kang, Youngjong

    2017-07-01

    In this article we present the synthesis of two novel bithiophene based symmetrical π conjugated oligomers with donor-acceptor-donor (D-A-D) structures by microwave assisted PdCl2(dppf) catalyzed Suzuki coupling reaction. These molecules contain electron rich bithiophene as a donor, dithienothiadiazole[3,4-c]pyridine and phthalic anhydride units as acceptors. The shorter reaction time, excellent yields and easy product isolation are the advantages of this method. The photophysical prerequisites for electronic application such as strong and broad optical absorption, thermal stability, and compatible energy levels were determined for synthesized oligomers. Optical band gap for the oligomers is found to be 1.72-1.90 eV. The results demonstrated the novel oligomers to be promising candidates in organic optoelectronic applications.

  20. Identification of photoluminescence bands in AlGaAs/InGaAs/GaAs PHEMT heterostructures with donor-acceptor-doped barriers

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    Gulyaev, D. V. Zhuravlev, K. S.; Bakarov, A. K.; Toropov, A. I.

    2015-02-15

    The photoluminescence of AlGaAs/InGaAs/GaAs pseudomorphic high-electron mobility transistor heterostructures with donor-acceptor-doped AlGaAs barriers is studied. It is found that the introduction of additional p{sup +}-doped AlGaAs layers into the design brings about the appearance of new bands in the photoluminescence spectra. These bands are identified as resulting from transitions (i) in donor-acceptor pairs in doped AlGaAs layers and (ii) between the conduction subband and acceptor levels in the undoped InGaAs quantum well.

  1. Alternative Donor--Acceptor Stacks from Crown Ethers and Naphthalene Diimide Derivatives: Rapid, Selective Formation from Solution and Solid State Grinding

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    Advanced Light Source; Liu, Yi; Klivansky, Liana; Cao, Dennis; Snauko, Marian; Teat, Simon J.; Struppe, Jochem O.; Koshkakaryan, Gayane

    2009-01-22

    Self assembling {pi}-conjugated molecules into ordered structures are of increasing interest in the field of organic electronics. One particular example is charge transfer complexes containing columnar alternative donor-acceptor (ADA) stacks, where neutral and ionic ground states can be readily tuned to modulate electrical, optical, and ferroelectrical properties. Aromatic-aromatic and charge transfer interactions have been the leading driving forces in assisting the self-assembly of ADA stacks. Various folding structures containing ADA stacks were assembled in solution with the aid of solvophobic or ion-binding interactions. Meanwhile, examples of solid ADA stacks, which are more appealing for practical use in devices, were obtained from cocrystalization of binary components or mesophase assembly of liquid crystals in bulk blends. Regardless of these examples, faster and more controllable approaches towards precise supramolecular order in the solid state are still highly desirable.

  2. Design, synthesis and study of supramolecular donor-acceptor systems mimicking natural photosynthesis processes

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    Bikram, Chandra

    This dissertation investigates the chemical ingenuity into the development of various photoactive supramolecular donor -- acceptor systems to produce clean and carbon free energy for the next generation. The process is inspired by the principles learned from nature's approach where the solar energy is converted into the chemical energy through the natural photosynthesis process. Owing to the importance and complexity of natural photosynthesis process, we have designed ideal donor-acceptor systems to investigate their light energy harvesting properties. This process involves two major steps: the first step is the absorption of light energy by antenna or donor systems to promote them to an excited electronic state. The second step involves, the transfer of excitation energy to the reaction center, which triggers an electron transfer process within the system. Based on this principle, the research is focused into the development of artificial photosynthesis systems to investigate dynamics of photo induced energy and electron transfer events. The derivatives of Porphyrins, Phthalocyanines, BODIPY, and SubPhthalocyanines etc have been widely used as the primary building blocks for designing photoactive and electroactive ensembles in this area because of their excellent and unique photophysical and photochemical properties. Meanwhile, the fullerene, mainly its readily available version C60 is typically used as an electron acceptor component because of its unique redox potential, symmetrical shape and low reorganization energy appropriate for improved charge separation behavior. The primary research motivation of the study is to achieve fast charge separation and slow charge recombination of the system by stabilizing the radical ion pairs which are formed from photo excitation, for maximum utility of solar energy. Besides Fullerene C60, this dissertation has also investigated the potential application of carbon nanomaterials (Carbon nanotubes and graphene) as primary

  3. Effect of the addition of a fused donor-acceptor ligand on a Ru(II) complex: synthesis, characterization, and photoinduced electron transfer reactions of [Ru(TTF-dppz)2(Aqphen)]2+.

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    Dupont, Nathalie; Ran, Ying-Fen; Jia, Hong-Peng; Grilj, Jakob; Ding, Jie; Liu, Shi-Xia; Decurtins, Silvio; Hauser, Andreas

    2011-04-18

    The synthesis and the photophysical properties of the complex [Ru(TTF-dppz)(2)(Aqphen)](2+) (TTF = tetrathiafulvalene, dppz = dipyrido-[3,2-a:2',3'-c]phenazine, Aqphen = anthraquinone fused to phenanthroline via a pyrazine bridge) are described. In this molecular triad excitation into the metal-ligand charge transfer bands results in the creation of a long-lived charge separated state with TTF acting as electron donor and anthraquinone as terminal acceptor. The lifetime of the charge-separated state is 400 ns in dichloromethane at room temperature. A mechanism for the charge separation involving an intermediate charge-separated state is proposed based on transient absorption spectroscopy.

  4. Ruthenium(II) coordination chemistry of a fused donor-acceptor ligand: synthesis, characterization, and photoinduced electron-transfer reactions of [{Ru(bpy)2}(n)(TTF-ppb)](PF6)(2n) (n = 1, 2).

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    Goze, Christine; Dupont, Nathalie; Beitler, Elvira; Leiggener, Claudia; Jia, Hongpeng; Monbaron, Philippe; Liu, Shi-Xia; Neels, Antonia; Hauser, Andreas; Decurtins, Silvio

    2008-12-01

    A pi-extended, redox-active bridging ligand 4',5'-bis(propylthio)tetrathiafulvenyl[i]dipyrido[2,3-a:3',2'-c]phenazine (L) was prepared via direct Schiff-base condensation of the corresponding diamine-tetrathiafulvalene (TTF) precursor with 4,7-phenanthroline-5,6-dione. Reactions of L with [Ru(bpy)(2)Cl(2)] afforded its stable mono- and dinuclear ruthenium(II) complexes 1 and 2. They have been fully characterized, and their photophysical and electrochemical properties are reported together with those of [Ru(bpy)(2)(ppb)](2+) and [Ru(bpy)(2)(mu-ppb)Ru(bpy)(2)](4+) (ppb = dipyrido[2,3-a:3',2'-c]phenazine) for comparison. In all cases, the first excited state corresponds to an intramolecular TTF --> ppb charge-transfer state. Both ruthenium(II) complexes show two strong and well-separated metal-to-ligand charge-transfer (MLCT) absorption bands, whereas the (3)MLCT luminescence is strongly quenched via electron transfer from the TTF subunit. Clearly, the transient absorption spectra illustrate the role of the TTF fragment as an electron donor, which induces a triplet intraligand charge-transfer state ((3)ILCT) with lifetimes of approximately 200 and 50 ns for mono- and dinuclear ruthenium(II) complexes, respectively.

  5. Impact of the Crystallite Orientation Distribution on Exciton Transport in Donor-Acceptor Conjugated Polymers.

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    Ayzner, Alexander L; Mei, Jianguo; Appleton, Anthony; DeLongchamp, Dean; Nardes, Alexandre; Benight, Stephanie; Kopidakis, Nikos; Toney, Michael F; Bao, Zhenan

    2015-12-30

    Conjugated polymers are widely used materials in organic photovoltaic devices. Owing to their extended electronic wave functions, they often form semicrystalline thin films. In this work, we aim to understand whether distribution of crystallographic orientations affects exciton diffusion using a low-band-gap polymer backbone motif that is representative of the donor/acceptor copolymer class. Using the fact that the polymer side chain can tune the dominant crystallographic orientation in the thin film, we have measured the quenching of polymer photoluminescence, and thus the extent of exciton dissociation, as a function of crystal orientation with respect to a quenching substrate. We find that the crystallite orientation distribution has little effect on the average exciton diffusion length. We suggest several possibilities for the lack of correlation between crystallographic texture and exciton transport in semicrystalline conjugated polymer films.

  6. Donor-acceptor pair transitions in ZnO substrate material

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    Thonke, K.; Gruber, Th.; Teofilov, N.; Schönfelder, R.; Waag, A.; Sauer, R.

    2001-12-01

    We investigate the state-of-the-art ZnO substrate material grown by seeded chemical vapour transport. The low-temperature photoluminescence (PL) spectra are dominated by very sharp bound exciton lines, which are followed by two-electron satellite transitions. This identifies the major bound exciton lines as donor related and allows us to derive a binding energy of ≈40 meV for the very similar donors observed here. From a donor-acceptor pair transition at ≈3.22 eV and its associated band-acceptor line emerging at sample temperatures above 40 K, we calculate the acceptor binding energy as ≈195 meV. Hall data confirm these findings.

  7. Donor-acceptor pair recombination in AgIn5S8 single crystals

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    Gasanly, N. M.; Serpengüzel, A.; Aydinli, A.; Gürlü, O.; Yilmaz, I.

    1999-03-01

    Photoluminescence (PL) spectra of AgIn5S8 single crystals were investigated in the 1.44-1.91 eV energy region and in the 10-170 K temperature range. The PL band was observed to be centered at 1.65 eV at 10 K and an excitation intensity of 0.97 W cm-2. The redshift of this band with increasing temperature and with decreasing excitation intensity was observed. To explain the observed PL behavior, we propose that the emission is due to radiative recombination of a donor-acceptor pair, with an electron occupying a donor level located at 0.06 eV below the conduction band, and a hole occupying an acceptor level located at 0.32 eV above the valence band.

  8. The effect of memory in the stochastic master equation analyzed using the stochastic Liouville equation of motion. Electronic energy migration transfer between reorienting donor-donor, donor-acceptor chromophores.

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    Håkansson, Pär; Westlund, Per-Olof

    2005-01-01

    This paper discusses the process of energy migration transfer within reorientating chromophores using the stochastic master equation (SME) and the stochastic Liouville equation (SLE) of motion. We have found that the SME over-estimates the rate of the energy migration compared to the SLE solution for a case of weakly interacting chromophores. This discrepancy between SME and SLE is caused by a memory effect occurring when fluctuations in the dipole-dipole Hamiltonian (H(t)) are on the same timescale as the intrinsic fast transverse relaxation rate characterized by (1/T(2)). Thus the timescale critical for energy-transfer experiments is T(2) approximately 10(-13) s. An extended SME is constructed, accounting for the memory effect of the dipole-dipole Hamiltonian dynamics. The influence of memory on the interpretation of experiments is discussed.

  9. News from the Periodic Table: An Introduction to "Periodicity Symbols, Tables, and Models for Higher-Order Valency and Donor-Acceptor Kinships"

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    Bent, Henry A.; Weinhold, Frank

    2007-01-01

    The study presents and explains the various periodicity symbols, tables and models for the higher-order valency and donor-acceptor kinships used in chemistry. The described alternative tables are expected to improve the pedagogical consistency of the chemical periodicity patterns with better electronic behavior.

  10. News from the Periodic Table: An Introduction to "Periodicity Symbols, Tables, and Models for Higher-Order Valency and Donor-Acceptor Kinships"

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    Bent, Henry A.; Weinhold, Frank

    2007-01-01

    The study presents and explains the various periodicity symbols, tables and models for the higher-order valency and donor-acceptor kinships used in chemistry. The described alternative tables are expected to improve the pedagogical consistency of the chemical periodicity patterns with better electronic behavior.

  11. A design strategy for intramolecular singlet fission mediated by charge-transfer states in donor-acceptor organic materials.

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    Busby, Erik; Xia, Jianlong; Wu, Qin; Low, Jonathan Z; Song, Rui; Miller, John R; Zhu, X-Y; Campos, Luis M; Sfeir, Matthew Y

    2015-04-01

    The ability to advance our understanding of multiple exciton generation (MEG) in organic materials has been restricted by the limited number of materials capable of singlet fission. A particular challenge is the development of materials that undergo efficient intramolecular fission, such that local order and strong nearest-neighbour coupling is no longer a design constraint. Here we address these challenges by demonstrating that strong intrachain donor-acceptor interactions are a key design feature for organic materials capable of intramolecular singlet fission. By conjugating strong-acceptor and strong-donor building blocks, small molecules and polymers with charge-transfer states that mediate population transfer between singlet excitons and triplet excitons are synthesized. Using transient optical techniques, we show that triplet populations can be generated with yields up to 170%. These guidelines are widely applicable to similar families of polymers and small molecules, and can lead to the development of new fission-capable materials with tunable electronic structure, as well as a deeper fundamental understanding of MEG.

  12. Synthesis, photophysical properties of triazolyl-donor/acceptor chromophores decorated unnatural amino acids: Incorporation of a pair into Leu-enkephalin peptide and application of triazolylperylene amino acid in sensing BSA.

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    Bag, Subhendu Sekhar; Jana, Subhashis; Pradhan, Manoj Kumar

    2016-08-15

    The research in the field of design and synthesis of unnatural amino acids is growing at a fast space for the increasing demand of proteins of potential therapeutics and many other diversified novel functional applications. Thus, we report herein the design and synthesis of microenvironment sensitive fluorescent triazolyl unnatural amino acids (UNAA) decorated with donor and/or acceptor aromatic chromophores via click chemistry. The synthesized fluorescent amino acids show interesting solvatochromic characteristic and/or intramolecular charge transfer (ICT) feature as is revealed from the UV-visible, fluorescence photophysical properties and DFT/TDDFT calculation. HOMO-LUMO distribution shows that the emissive states of some of the amino acids are characterized with more significant electron redistribution between the triazolyl moiety and the aromatic chromophores linked to it leading to modulated emission property. A pair of donor-acceptor amino acid shows interesting photophysical interaction property indicating a FRET quenching event. Furthermore, one of the amino acid, triazolyl-perylene amino acid, has been exploited for studying interaction with BSA and found that it is able to sense BSA with an enhancement of fluorescence intensity. Finally, we incorporated a pair of donor/acceptor amino acids into a Leu-enkephalin analogue pentapeptide which was found to adopt predominantly type II β-turn conformation. We envisage that our investigation is of importance for the development of new fluorescent donor-acceptor unnatural amino acids a pair of which can be exploited for generating fluorescent peptidomimetic probe of interesting photophysical property for applications in studying peptide-protein interaction. Copyright © 2016 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.

  13. Donor-acceptor star-shaped conjugated macroelectrolytes: synthesis, light-harvesting properties, and self-assembly-induced Förster resonance energy transfer.

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    Zhao, Li; Liu, Cheng-Fang; Xu, Wei-Dong; Jiang, Yi; Lai, Wen-Yong; Huang, Wei

    2015-06-04

    A novel series of donor-acceptor star-shaped conjugated macroelectrolytes (CMEs), denoted as 4FTs, including anionic carboxylic acid sodium groups (4FNaT), neutral diethanolamine groups (4FNOHT), and cationic ammonium groups (4FNBrT), were designed, synthesized, and explored as an excellent platform to investigate the impact of various polar pendent groups on self-assembly behaviors. The resulting CMEs with donor-acceptor star-shaped architectures exhibited distinct light-harvesting properties. The interactions between 4FTs and TrNBr, a star-shaped monodisperse CME grafted with cationic quaternary ammonium side chains, were investigated in H2O and CH3OH using steady-state, time-resolved fluorescence, dynamic light scattering (DLS), and transmission electron microscopy (TEM). Highly favored energy transfer has been proven by the excellent spectral overlap between TrNBr fluorescence and 4FTs absorptions which can be tuned by adjusting the pendent polar groups and solvents. It is suggested that self-assembled structures are formed between TrNBr and 4FNaT, while there is no obvious change for TrNBr/4FNOHT and TrNBr/4FNBrT in both H2O and CH3OH at low concentrations (<10(-6) M). This result is confirmed by the change of the TrNBr and 4FTs fluorescence properties and the time-resolved fluorescence data. The overall results manifest that at low concentrations the self-assembly between TrNBr and 4FTs is dominated by the electrostatic interactions. This study suggests that the functionalization of pendent polar groups of star-shaped CMEs has proven to be effective to modulate the self-assembly behaviors in dilute solutions and thus provide a strategy to further manage the optoelectronic properties.

  14. Experiments probing the viability of donor-acceptor norbornenes for (5 + 2)-annulation.

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    Walker, Morgan M; Goodman, C Guy; Johnson, Jeffrey S

    2014-10-03

    This Note details experiments that probe the mechanism by which donor-acceptor norbornene systems epimerize. A number of mechanistic studies indicate that epimerization in these systems occurs via a Lewis acid catalyzed retro-Diels-Alder/Diels-Alder sequence, rather than bond rotation in an intimate ion pair. These results suggest that, under the reaction conditions examined, the ring strain present in norbornene is inadequate to induce zwitterion formation analogous to that observed with donor-acceptor cyclopropanes.

  15. Tuning the Rainbow: Systematic Modulation of Donor-Acceptor Systems through Donor Substituents and Solvent.

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    Larsen, Christopher B; van der Salm, Holly; Shillito, Georgina E; Lucas, Nigel T; Gordon, Keith C

    2016-09-06

    A series of donor-acceptor compounds is reported in which the energy of the triarylamine donor is systematically tuned through para substitution with electron-donating methoxy and electron-withdrawing cyano groups. The acceptor units investigated are benzothiadiazole (btd), dipyridophenazine (dppz), and its [ReCl(CO)3(dppz)] complex. The effect of modulating donor energy on the electronic and photophysical properties is investigated using (1)H NMR spectroscopy, DFT calculations, electrochemistry, electronic absorption and emission spectroscopies, ground state and resonance Raman spectroscopy, and transient absorption spectroscopy. Qualitative correlations between the donor energy and the properties of interest are obtained using Hammett σ(+) constants. Methoxy and cyano groups are shown to destabilize and stabilize, respectively, the frontier molecular orbitals, with the HOMO affected more significantly than the LUMO, narrowing the HOMO-LUMO band gap as the substituent becomes more electron-donating-observable as a bathochromic shift in low-energy charge-transfer absorption bands. Charge-transfer emission bands are also dependent on the electron-donating/withdrawing nature of the substituent, and in combination with the highly solvatochromic nature of charge-transfer states, emission can be tuned to span the entire visible region.

  16. Combined impact of entropy and carrier delocalization on charge transfer exciton dissociation at the donor-acceptor interface

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    Ono, Shota; Ohno, Kaoru

    2016-08-01

    Several models of the charge transfer exciton (CTE) have been proposed to explain its dissociation at the donor-acceptor (DA) interface. However, the underlying physics is still under debate. Here, we derive a temperature (T ) dependent tight-binding model for an electron-hole pair at the DA interface. The main finding is the existence of the localization-delocalization transition at a critical T , which can explain the CTE dissociation. The present study highlights the combined effect of entropy (finite T ) and carrier delocalization in the CTE dissociation.

  17. High Resolution Stark Spectroscopy of Model Donor-Acceptor Aminobenzonitriles in the Gas Phase.

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    Fleisher, Adam J.; Clements, Casey L.; Bird, Ryan G.; Pratt, David W.; Alvarez-Valtierra, Leonardo

    2011-06-01

    Electronic communication between donor-acceptor systems is prevalent in many chemical processes. Unfortunately, an accurate description of the changes in molecular geometry responsible for intramolecular charge transfer (ICT) is difficult to ascertain. Reported here are the S0, LA, and LB electronic state structures and dipole moments of two model ICT systems, 4-(1H-pyrrol-l-yl)benzonitrile (PBN) and 4-(1-pyrrolidinyl)benzonitrile (PDBN), as measured by rotationally resolved electronic spectroscopy. As was observed for phenylpyrrole, the unsaturted rings of PBN become collectively more planar following excitation with UV light, in support of the planar ICT model. However, in PDBN the twist/inversion angle between rings is nearly zero in both the ground and excited electronic states. The unperturbed dipole moments measured here, taken in conjunction with available solvatochromism data, provide an estimate for the polarization, dispersion, and charge transfer contributions to solvent-mediated excited state stabilization. J.A. Thomas, J.W. Young, A.J. Fleisher, L. Álvarez-Valtierra, and D.W. Pratt, J. Phys. Chem. Lett. 1, 2017 (2010).

  18. Designing novel copolymers of donor-acceptor polymers using an artificial intelligence method

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    Kapoor, Vinita; Bakhshi, A. K.

    2013-08-01

    Using the ab initio Hartree-Fock crystal orbital results of three donor-acceptor polymers, PFUCO ([A]x), PSIFCO ([B]x) and PSIFCH ([C]x), the electronic properties of their novel quasi-one-dimensional copolymers (AmBn)x and (AmCn)x were investigated using an artificial intelligence technique, the genetic algorithm, in combination with negative factor counting and inverse iteration method. The repeat units in PFUCO consist of bifuran bridged by electron accepting groups Y (>Cdbnd O); while in PSIFCO and PSIFCH, the repeat units consist of bicyclopentadifluorosilole bridged by electron accepting groups Y (Y is >Cdbnd O in PSIFCO, and >Cdbnd CH2 in PSIFCH). The trends in the electronic properties of the copolymers (AmBn)x and (AmCn)x as a function of block sizes m and n, and arrangement of units (periodic and random) in the copolymer chain are also discussed. The results obtained are important guidelines for molecular designing of copolymers with tailor-made conduction properties.

  19. Impact of Thermal Annealing on Organic Photovoltaic Cells Using Regioisomeric Donor-Acceptor-Acceptor Molecules.

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    Zhang, Tao; Han, Han; Zou, Yunlong; Lee, Ying-Chi; Oshima, Hiroya; Wong, Ken-Tsung; Holmes, Russell J

    2017-08-02

    We report a promising set of donor-acceptor-acceptor (D-A-A) electron-donor materials based on coplanar thieno[3,2-b]/[2,3-b]indole, benzo[c][1,2,5]thiadiazole, and dicyanovinylene, which are found to show broadband absorption with high extinction coefficients. The role of the regioisomeric electron-donating thienoindole moiety on the physical and structural properties is examined. Bulk heterojunction (BHJ) organic photovoltaic cells (OPVs) based on the thieno[2,3-b]indole-based electron donor NTU-2, using C70 as an electron acceptor, show a champion power conversion efficiency of 5.2% under AM 1.5G solar simulated illumination. This efficiency is limited by a low fill factor (FF), as has previously been the case in D-A-A systems. In order to identify the origin of the limited FF, further insight into donor layer charge-transport behavior is realized by examining planar heterojunction OPVs, with emphasis on the evolution of film morphology with thermal annealing. Compared to as-deposited OPVs that exhibit insufficient donor crystallinity, crystalline OPVs based on annealed thin films show an increase in the short-circuit current density, FF, and power conversion efficiency. These results suggest that that the crystallization of D-A-A molecules might not be realized spontaneously at room temperature and that further processing is needed to realize efficient charge transport in these materials.

  20. Efficient organic dye-sensitized solar cells: molecular engineering of donor-acceptor-acceptor cationic dyes.

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    Cheng, Ming; Yang, Xichuan; Zhao, Jianghua; Chen, Cheng; Tan, Qin; Zhang, Fuguo; Sun, Licheng

    2013-12-01

    Three metal-free donor-acceptor-acceptor sensitizers with ionized pyridine and a reference dye were synthesized, and a detailed investigation of the relationship between the dye structure and the photophysical and photoelectrochemical properties and the performance of dye-sensitized solar cells (DSSCs) is described. The ionization of pyridine results in a red shift of the absorption spectrum in comparison to that of the reference dye. This is mainly attributable to the ionization of pyridine increasing the electron-withdrawing ability of the total acceptor part. Incorporation of the strong electron-withdrawing units of pyridinium and cyano acrylic acid gives rise to optimized energy levels, resulting in a large response range of wavelengths. When attached to TiO2 film, the conduction band of TiO2 is negatively shifted to a different extent depending on the dye. This is attributed to the electron recombination rate between the TiO2 film and the electrolyte being efficiently suppressed by the introduction of long alkyl chains and thiophene units. DSSCs assembled using these dyes show efficiencies as high as 8.8 %.

  1. Stimuli-responsive NLO properties of tetrathiafulvalene-fused donor-acceptor chromophores.

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    Cariati, E; Liu, X; Geng, Y; Forni, A; Lucenti, E; Righetto, S; Decurtins, S; Liu, S-X

    2017-08-23

    The second-order nonlinear optical (NLO) properties of two tetrathiafulvalene (TTF)-fused electron donor-acceptor dyads have been determined using the Electric Field Induced Second Harmonic generation (EFISH) technique and theoretically rationalized. Dyads TTF-dppz (1) and TTF-BTD (2) were obtained by direct fusion of a TTF electron donor unit either with a dipyrido[3,2-a:2',3'-c]phenazine (dppz) or a benzothiadiazole (BTD) electron acceptor moiety. Dyad 1 acts as a reversible acido-triggered NLO switch by protonation/deprotonation at two nitrogen atoms of the dppz acceptor moiety induced by sequential exposure to HCl and ammonia vapors. Dyad 2, on the other hand, displays redox-tunable NLO properties upon two consecutive oxidations to its radical cation 2+˙ and dication 22+ species. The resulting final dication 22+ exhibits an inversion of the sign of β0, due to a completely inverted distribution of the frontier molecular orbitals with respect to those of its neutral species, leading to a scarcely polar species in the excited state, as indicated by the theoretical calculations.

  2. Ground-state thermodynamics of bistable redox-active donor-acceptor mechanically interlocked molecules.

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    Fahrenbach, Albert C; Bruns, Carson J; Cao, Dennis; Stoddart, J Fraser

    2012-09-18

    Fashioned through billions of years of evolution, biological molecular machines, such as ATP synthase, myosin, and kinesin, use the intricate relative motions of their components to drive some of life's most essential processes. Having control over the motions in molecules is imperative for life to function, and many chemists have designed, synthesized, and investigated artificial molecular systems that also express controllable motions within molecules. Using bistable mechanically interlocked molecules (MIMs), based on donor-acceptor recognition motifs, we have sought to imitate the sophisticated nanoscale machines present in living systems. In this Account, we analyze the thermodynamic characteristics of a series of redox-switchable [2]rotaxanes and [2]catenanes. Control and understanding of the relative intramolecular movements of components in MIMs have been vital in the development of a variety of applications of these compounds ranging from molecular electronic devices to drug delivery systems. These bistable donor-acceptor MIMs undergo redox-activated switching between two isomeric states. Under ambient conditions, the dominant translational isomer, the ground-state coconformation (GSCC), is in equilibrium with the less favored translational isomer, the metastable-state coconformation (MSCC). By manipulating the redox state of the recognition site associated with the GSCC, we can stimulate the relative movements of the components in these bistable MIMs. The thermodynamic parameters of model host-guest complexes provide a good starting point to rationalize the ratio of GSCC to MSCC at equilibrium. The bistable [2]rotaxanes show a strong correlation between the relative free energies of model complexes and the ground-state distribution constants (K(GS)). This relationship does not always hold for bistable [2]catenanes, most likely because of the additional steric and electronic constraints present when the two rings are mechanically interlocked with each other

  3. Part I. The fire properties of polymer clay nanocomposites. Part II. Thermal rearrangement of donor-acceptor substituted cyclopropanes

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    Su, Shengpei

    2003-08-01

    This work consists of two parts. Part I, which includes chapter 1--5, is focused on the fire properties of nanocomposites while part II deals with thermal rearrangement of the donor-acceptor cyclopropanes. In chapter 1 of the first part an introduction to the preparation of polymer-clay nanocomposites is provided along with their application to fire retardancy. Chapter 2 details the exfoliation process of clay using in situ polymerization; the results show that the exfoliation process is related to the monomer, the modified clay and the initiator. Chapter 3 concentrates on the preparation of nanocomposites by melt blending with polymer modified clays. Three different polymer modified clays (PS, PMMA and PBD modified clay) and six polymers (PS, HIPS, ABS, PMMA, PP and PE) are reported. The morphology, thermal stability, fire behavior and mechanical properties were studied. This research shows that the exfoliation process by melt blending is controlled by the types of interactions between the various polymers, the silicate surfaces and the organic modifier. The combination of polar polymer matrix and non-polar polymer modified clay with large d-spacing will be more likely to give the exfoliated nanocomposites. TGA-FTIR results show that the mechanism of degradation of polystyrene is changed in the presence of the clay. In order to better understand the effects of the organic modifier, PS surfactants with five different pendant groups, dimethylhexadecylamine, trimethylamine, dimethylbenzylamine, 1,2-dimethylimidizole and triphenylphosphine, were used and the results show that the degradation depends upon the pendant. Chapter 5 provides some suggestions for future work based upon this work. The synthesis of several new and previously reported donor-acceptor cyclopropanes is reported in part II. The study shows that the facility of the donor-acceptor cyclopropane ring cleavage is strongly influenced by the kind of activating substitutes on the cyclopropane ring, and the

  4. Synthesis and characterization of donor-acceptor copolymers carrying triphenylamine units for photovoltaic applications

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    Neumann, Katharina; Thelakkat, Mukundan

    2012-09-01

    The synthesis and analysis of solution processable polymers for organic solar cells is crucial for innovative solar cell technologies such as printing processes. In the field of donor materials for photovoltaic applications, polymers based on tetraphenylamine (TPA) are well known hole conducting materials. Here, we synthesized two conjugated TPA containing copolymers via Suzuki polycondensation. We investigated the tuning of the energy levels of the TPA based polymers by two different concepts. Firstly, we introduced an acceptor unit in the side chain. The main-chain of this copolymer was built from TPA units. The resulting copolymer 2-(4-((4'-((4-(2-ethylhexyloxy)phenyl)(paratolyl) amino)biphenyl-4-yl)(para-tolyl)amino)benzylidene) malononitrile P1 showed a broader absorption up to 550 nm. Secondly, we used a donor-acceptor concept by synthesizing a copolymer with alternating electron donating TPA and electron withdrawing Thieno[3,4-b]thiophene ester units. Consequently, the absorption maximum in the copolymer octyl-6-(4-((4-(2-ethylhexyloxy)phenyl)(p-tolyl)amino)phenyl)-4-methylthieno[3,4-b]thiophene-2-carboxylate P2 was red shifted to 580 nm. All three polymers showed high thermal stability. By UV-vis and Cyclic voltammetry measurements the optical and electrochemical properties of the polymers were analyzed.

  5. Excited State Dynamics Can Be Used to Probe Donor-Acceptor Distances for H-Tunneling Reactions Catalyzed by Flavoproteins

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    Hardman, Samantha J.O.; Pudney, Christopher R.; Hay, Sam; Scrutton, Nigel S.

    2013-01-01

    In enzyme systems where fast motions are thought to contribute to H-transfer efficiency, the distance between hydrogen donor and acceptor is a very important factor. Sub-ångstrom changes in donor-acceptor distance can have a large effect on the rate of reaction, so a sensitive probe of these changes is a vital tool in our understanding of enzyme function. In this study we use ultrafast transient absorption spectroscopy to investigate the photoinduced electron transfer rates, which are also very sensitive to small changes in distance, between coenzyme analog, NAD(P)H4, and the isoalloxazine center in the model flavoenzymes morphinone reductase (wild-type and selected variants) and pentaerythritol tetranitrate reductase (wild-type). It is shown that upon addition of coenzyme to the protein the rate of photoinduced electron transfer is increased. By comparing the magnitude of this increase with existing values for NAD(P)H4-FMN distances, based on charge-transfer complex absorbance and experimental kinetic isotope effect reaction data, we show that this method can be used as a sensitive probe of donor-acceptor distance in a range of enzyme systems. PMID:24314085

  6. A Systematic Study of Thermochromic Aromatic Donor-Acceptor Materials

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    Alvey, Paul M.; Reczek, Joseph J.; Lynch, Vincent; Iverson, Brent L.

    2010-01-01

    1:1 molar mixtures of electron rich dialkoxynapthalene (Dan) and electron deficient 1,4,5,8-napthalenetetracarboxylic diimide (Ndi) derivatives form highly tunable, columnar mesophases with a dark red color due to a charge transfer absorbance derived from alternating face-centered stacking. Certain Dan-Ndi mixtures undergo a dramatic color change from dark red to an almost colorless material upon crystallizing from the mesophase. Macroscopic morphology of the solid is not changed during this process. In order to investigate the origins of this interesting thermochromic behavior, Dan and Ndi side chains were systematically altered and their 1:1 mixtures studied. We have previously speculated that the presence or absence of steric interactions due to side chain branching on the aromatic units controlled the level of color change associated with crystallization. Results from the present study further refine this conclusion including a key crystal structure that provides a structural rationale for the observed results. PMID:20973470

  7. A systematic study of thermochromic aromatic donor-acceptor materials.

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    Alvey, Paul M; Reczek, Joseph J; Lynch, Vincent; Iverson, Brent L

    2010-11-19

    Molar mixtures (1:1) of electron-rich dialkoxynapthalene (Dan) and electron-deficient 1,4,5,8-napthalenetetracarboxylic diimide (Ndi) derivatives form highly tunable, columnar mesophases with a dark red color due to a charge transfer absorbance derived from alternating face-centered stacking. Certain Dan-Ndi mixtures undergo a dramatic color change from dark red to an almost colorless material upon crystallizing from the mesophase. Macroscopic morphology of the solid is not changed during this process. In order to investigate the origins of this interesting thermochromic behavior, Dan and Ndi side chains were systematically altered and their 1:1 mixtures were studied. We have previously speculated that the presence or absence of steric interactions due to side chain branching on the aromatic units controlled the level of color change associated with crystallization. Results from the present study further refine this conclusion including a key crystal structure that provides a structural rationale for the observed results.

  8. Design of Bicontinuous Donor/Acceptor Morphologies for Use as Organic Solar Cell Active Layers

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    Kipp, Dylan; Mok, Jorge; Verduzco, Rafael; Ganesan, Venkat

    Two of the primary challenges limiting the marketability of organic solar cells are i) the smaller device efficiency of the organic solar cell relative to the conventional silicon-based solar cell and ii) the long term thermal instability of the device active layer. The achievement of equilibrium donor/acceptor morphologies with the characteristics believed to yield high device performance characteristics could address each of these two challenges. In this work, we present the results of a combined simulations and experiments-based approach to investigate if a conjugated BCP additive can be used to control the self-assembled morphologies taken on by conjugated polymer/PCBM mixtures. First, we use single chain in mean field Monte Carlo simulations to identify regions within the conjugated polymer/PCBM composition space in which addition of copolymers can lead to bicontinuous equilibrium morphologies with high interfacial areas and nanoscale dimensions. Second, we conduct experiments as directed by the simulations to achieve such morphologies in the PTB7 + PTB7- b-PNDI + PCBM model blend. We characterize the results of our experiments via a combination of transmission electron microscopy and X-ray scattering techniques and demonstrate that the morphologies from experiments agree with those predicted in simulations. Accordingly, these results indicate that the approach utilized represents a promising approach to intelligently design the morphologies taken on by organic solar cell active layers.

  9. Dissociation of charge-transfer states at donor-acceptor interfaces of organic heterojunctions

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    Inche Ibrahim, M. L.

    2017-02-01

    The dissociation of charge-transfer (CT) states into free charge carriers at donor-acceptor (DA) interfaces is an important step in the operation of organic solar cells and related devices. In this paper, we show that the effect of DA morphology and architecture means that the directions of CT states (where a CT state’s direction is defined as the direction from the electron to the hole of the CT state) may deviate from the direction of the applied electric field. The deviation means that the electric field is not fully utilized to assist, and could even hinder the dissociation process. Furthermore, we show that the correct charge carrier mobilities that should be used to describe CT state dissociation are the actual mobilites at DA interfaces. The actual mobilities are defined in this paper, and in general are not the same as the mobilities that are used to calculate electric currents which are the mobilites along the direction of the electric field. Then, to correctly describe CT state dissociation, we modify the widely used Onsager-Braun (OB) model by including the effect of DA morphology and architecture, and by employing the correct mobilities. We verify that when the modified OB model is used to describe CT state dissociation, the fundamental issues that concern the original OB model are resolved. This study demonstrates that DA morphology and architecture play an important role by strongly influencing the CT state dissociation as well as the mobilites along the direction of the electric field.

  10. A charge carrier transport model for donor-acceptor blend layers

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    Fischer, Janine Widmer, Johannes; Koerner, Christian; Vandewal, Koen; Leo, Karl; Kleemann, Hans; Tress, Wolfgang; Riede, Moritz

    2015-01-28

    Highly efficient organic solar cells typically comprise donor-acceptor blend layers facilitating effective splitting of excitons. However, the charge carrier mobility in the blends can be substantially smaller than in neat materials, hampering the device performance. Currently, available mobility models do not describe the transport in blend layers entirely. Here, we investigate hole transport in a model blend system consisting of the small molecule donor zinc phthalocyanine (ZnPc) and the acceptor fullerene C{sub 60} in different mixing ratios. The blend layer is sandwiched between p-doped organic injection layers, which prevent minority charge carrier injection and enable exploiting diffusion currents for the characterization of exponential tail states from a thickness variation of the blend layer using numerical drift-diffusion simulations. Trap-assisted recombination must be considered to correctly model the conductivity behavior of the devices, which are influenced by local electron currents in the active layer, even though the active layer is sandwiched in between p-doped contacts. We find that the density of deep tail states is largest in the devices with 1:1 mixing ratio (E{sub t} = 0.14 eV, N{sub t} = 1.2 × 10{sup 18 }cm{sup −3}) directing towards lattice disorder as the transport limiting process. A combined field and charge carrier density dependent mobility model are developed for this blend layer.

  11. High-resolution noncontact AFM and Kelvin probe force microscopy investigations of self-assembled photovoltaic donor-acceptor dyads.

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    Grévin, Benjamin; Schwartz, Pierre-Olivier; Biniek, Laure; Brinkmann, Martin; Leclerc, Nicolas; Zaborova, Elena; Méry, Stéphane

    2016-01-01

    Self-assembled donor-acceptor dyads are used as model nanostructured heterojunctions for local investigations by noncontact atomic force microscopy (nc-AFM) and Kelvin probe force microscopy (KPFM). With the aim to probe the photo-induced charge carrier generation, thin films deposited on transparent indium tin oxide substrates are investigated in dark conditions and upon illumination. The topographic and contact potential difference (CPD) images taken under dark conditions are analysed in view of the results of complementary transmission electron microscopy (TEM) experiments. After in situ annealing, it is shown that the dyads with longer donor blocks essentially lead to standing acceptor-donor lamellae, where the acceptor and donor groups are π-stacked in an edge-on configuration. The existence of strong CPD and surface photo-voltage (SPV) contrasts shows that structural variations occur within the bulk of the edge-on stacks. SPV images with a very high lateral resolution are achieved, which allows for the resolution of local photo-charging contrasts at the scale of single edge-on lamella. This work paves the way for local investigations of the optoelectronic properties of donor-acceptor supramolecular architectures down to the elementary building block level.

  12. Dipolar Molecular Capping in Quantum Dot-Sensitized Oxides: Fermi Level Pinning Precludes Tuning Donor-Acceptor Energetics.

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    Wang, Hai I; Lu, Hao; Nagata, Yuki; Bonn, Mischa; Cánovas, Enrique

    2017-05-23

    Reducing the donor-acceptor excess energy (ΔGET) associated with electron transfer (ET) across quantum dot (QD)/oxide interfaces can boost photoconversion efficiencies in sensitized solar cell and fuel architectures. One proposed path for engineering ΔGET losses at interfaces refers to the tuning of sensitizer workfunction by exploiting QD dipolar molecular capping treatments. However, the change in workfunction per debye in QD solids has been reported to be ∼20-fold larger when compared to the effect achieved in QD-sensitized architectures. The origin behind the modest workfunction tunability in QD-sensitized oxides remains unclear. Here, we investigate the interplay between QD dipolar molecular capping, interfacial QD-oxide ET rates, and QD workfunction in PbS QD/SnO2-sensitized interfaces. We find that interfacial QD-to-oxide ET is invariant to both the nature and strength of the specific QD dipolar capping treatment. Photoelectron spectroscopy reveals that the resolved invariance in ET rates is the result of a lack of QD workfunction (and hence ΔGET) tuning, despite effective molecular dipolar capping. We therefore conclude that Fermi level pinning precludes tuning donor-acceptor energetics by dipolar molecular capping in strongly coupled quantum dot-sensitized oxides.

  13. A Stable Monomeric SiO2 Complex with Donor-Acceptor Ligands.

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    Rodriguez, Ricardo; Gau, David; Saouli, Jérémy; Baceiredo, Antoine; Saffon-Merceron, Nathalie; Branchadell, Vicenç; Kato, Tsuyoshi

    2017-03-27

    Isolation of a monomeric SiO2 compound 3 as a stable donor-acceptor complex with two different ligands -a σ-donating ligand (pyridine, dimethylaminopyridine, N-heterocyclic carbene) and a donor-acceptor ligand (iminophosphorane)-is presented. The SiO2 complex 3 is soluble in ordinary organic solvents and is stable at room temperature in solution and in the solid state. Of particular interest, 3 remains reactive and can be used as a stable and soluble unimolecular SiO2 reagent.

  14. A compact planar low-energy-gap molecule with a donor-acceptor-donor nature based on a bimetal dithiolene complex.

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    Hayashi, Mikihiro; Otsubo, Kazuya; Kato, Tatsuhisa; Sugimoto, Kunihisa; Fujiwara, Akihiko; Kitagawa, Hiroshi

    2015-11-11

    We present the first report of a compact, planar and low-energy-gap molecule based on a π-conjugated bimetal system comprising a tetrathiooxalate (tto) skeleton. The observed low HOMO-LUMO energy gap (1.19 eV) is attributed to its donor-acceptor-donor (D-A-D) nature because the skeleton acts as an electron acceptor as well as a tiny and noninnocent bridging moiety.

  15. Confronting surface hopping molecular dynamics with Marcus theory for a molecular donor-acceptor system.

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    Spencer, Jacob; Scalfi, Laura; Carof, Antoine; Blumberger, Jochen

    2016-12-22

    We investigate the performance of fewest switches surface hopping (SH) in describing electron transfer (ET) for a molecular donor-acceptor system. Computer simulations are carried out for a wide range of reorganisation energy (λ), electronic coupling strength (Hab) and driving force using our recently developed fragment orbital-based SH approach augmented with a simple decoherence correction. This methodology allows us to compute SH ET rates over more than four orders of magnitude, from the sub-picosecond to the nanosecond time regime. We find good agreement with semi-classical ET theory in the non-adiabatic ET regime. The correct scaling of the SH ET rate with electronic coupling strength is obtained and the Marcus inverted regime is reproduced, in line with previously reported results for a spin-boson model. Yet, we find that the SH ET rate falls below the semi-classical ET rate in the adiabatic regime, where the free energy barrier is in the order of kBT in our simulations. We explain this by first signatures of non-exponential population decay of the initial charge state. For even larger electronic couplings (Hab = λ/2), the free energy barrier vanishes and ET rates are no longer defined. At this point we observe a crossover from ET on the vibronic time scale to charge relaxation on the femtosecond time scale that is well described by thermally averaged Rabi oscillations. The extension of the analysis from the non-adiabatic limit to large electronic couplings and small or even vanishing activation barriers is relevant for our understanding of charge transport in organic semiconductors.

  16. Local Intermolecular Order Controls Photoinduced Charge Separation at Donor/Acceptor Interfaces in Organic Semiconductors

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    Feier, Hilary M.; Reid, Obadiah G.; Pace, Natalie A.; Park, Jaehong; Bergkamp, Jesse J.; Sellinger, Alan; Gust, Devens; Rumbles, Garry

    2016-03-23

    How free charge is generated at organic donor-acceptor interfaces is an important question, as the binding energy of the lowest energy (localized) charge transfer states should be too high for the electron and hole to escape each other. Recently, it has been proposed that delocalization of the electronic states participating in charge transfer is crucial, and aggregated or otherwise locally ordered structures of the donor or the acceptor are the precondition for this electronic characteristic. The effect of intermolecular aggregation of both the polymer donor and fullerene acceptor on charge separation is studied. In the first case, the dilute electron acceptor triethylsilylhydroxy-1,4,8,11,15,18,22,25-octabutoxyphthalocyaninatosilicon(IV) (SiPc) is used to eliminate the influence of acceptor aggregation, and control polymer order through side-chain regioregularity, comparing charge generation in 96% regioregular (RR-) poly(3-hexylthiophene) (P3HT) with its regiorandom (RRa-) counterpart. In the second case, ordered phases in the polymer are eliminated by using RRa-P3HT, and phenyl-C61-butyric acid methyl ester (PC61BM) is used as the acceptor, varying its concentration to control aggregation. Time-resolved microwave conductivity, time-resolved photoluminescence, and transient absorption spectroscopy measurements show that while ultrafast charge transfer occurs in all samples, long-lived charge carriers are only produced in films with intermolecular aggregates of either RR-P3HT or PC61BM, and that polymer aggregates are just as effective in this regard as those of fullerenes.

  17. Dominant effects of first monolayer energetics at donor/acceptor interfaces on organic photovoltaics.

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    Izawa, Seiichiro; Nakano, Kyohei; Suzuki, Kaori; Hashimoto, Kazuhito; Tajima, Keisuke

    2015-05-20

    Energy levels of the first monolayer are manipulated at donor/acceptor interfaces in planar heterojunction organic photovoltaics by using molecular self-organization. A "cascade" energy landscape allows thermal-activation-free charge generation by photoirradiation, destabilizes the energy of the interfacial charge-transfer state, and suppresses bimolecular charge recombination, resulting in a higher open-circuit voltage and fill factor.

  18. Thrilling strain! Donor-acceptor-substituted cyclobutanes for the synthesis of (hetero)cyclic compounds.

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    Reissig, Hans-Ulrich; Zimmer, Reinhold

    2015-04-20

    The analogy goes further: Following the often-studied donor-acceptor-substituted cyclopropanes, the corresponding cyclobutane derivatives were employed for the ring-strain-driven stereoselective syntheses of carbo- and heterocycles. © 2015 WILEY-VCH Verlag GmbH & Co. KGaA, Weinheim.

  19. [4 + 2] Annulation of Donor-Acceptor Cyclopropanes with Acetylenes Using 1,2-Zwitterionic Reactivity.

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    Novikov, Roman A; Tarasova, Anna V; Denisov, Dmitry A; Borisov, Denis D; Korolev, Victor A; Timofeev, Vladimir P; Tomilov, Yury V

    2017-02-23

    A new process for the [4 + 2] annulation of donor-acceptor cyclopropanes with acetylenes under the effect of anhydrous GaCl3 using 1,2-zwitterion reactivity was elaborated. The reaction opens access to substituted dihydronaphthalenes, naphthalenes, and other fused carbocycles. The direction of the reaction can be efficiently controlled by temperature.

  20. Bonding analysis of the donor-acceptor sandwiches CpE-MCp (E = B, Al, Ga; M = Li, Na, K; Cp = η⁵-C₅H₅).

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    Huo, Suhong; Meng, Decheng; Zhang, Xiayan; Meng, Lingpeng; Li, Xiaoyan

    2014-10-01

    The nature of E-M bonds in CpE-MCp (E = B, Al, Ga; M = Li, Na, K; Cp = η (5)-C5H5) donor-acceptor sandwiches was studied using the atoms in molecules (AIM) theory, electron localization function (ELF), energy decomposition analysis (EDA), and natural bond orbital analysis (NBO) methods. Both topological and orbital analysis show that the E atom determines the bond strength of the E-M bonds, while the M atom has little influence on it. E-M bond strength decreases in the order E = B, Al, and Ga. The EDA analysis shows that the electrostatic character decreases following the sequence E = B > Al > Ga. Not only the s orbital, but also the p orbital of the E/M atom participates in formation of the E-M bond. The interactions of E and M with Cp are different. The M-Cp interaction is purely electrostatic while the E-Cp interaction has a partly covalent character.

  1. Tetrathiafulvalene-fused porphyrins via quinoxaline linkers: symmetric and asymmetric donor-acceptor systems.

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    Jia, Hongpeng; Schmid, Belinda; Liu, Shi-Xia; Jaggi, Michael; Monbaron, Philippe; Bhosale, Sheshanath V; Rivadehi, Shadi; Langford, Steven J; Sanguinet, Lionel; Levillain, Eric; El-Khouly, Mohamed E; Morita, Ysushi; Fukuzumi, Shunichi; Decurtins, Silvio

    2012-10-08

    A tetrathiafulvalene (TTF) donor is annulated to porphyrins (P) via quinoxaline linkers to form novel symmetric P-TTF-P triads 1 a-c and asymmetric P-TTF dyads 2 a,b in good yields. These planar and extended π-conjugated molecules absorb light over a wide region of the UV/Vis spectrum as a result of additional charge-transfer excitations within the donor-acceptor assemblies. Quantum-chemical calculations elucidate the nature of the electronically excited states. The compounds are electrochemically amphoteric and primarily exhibit low oxidation potentials. Cyclic voltammetric and spectroelectrochemical studies allow differentiation between the TTF and porphyrin sites with respect to the multiple redox processes occurring within these molecular assemblies. Transient absorption measurements give insight into the excited-state events and deliver corresponding kinetic data. Femtosecond transient absorption spectra in benzonitrile may suggest the occurrence of fast charge separation from TTF to porphyrin in dyads 2 a,b but not in triads 1 a-c. Clear evidence for a photoinduced and relatively long lived charge-separated state (385 ps lifetime) is obtained for a supramolecular coordination compound built from the ZnP-TTF dyad and a pyridine-functionalized C(60) acceptor unit. This specific excited state results in a (ZnP-TTF)(⋅+) ⋅⋅⋅(C(60) py)(⋅-) state. The binding constant of Zn(II) ⋅⋅⋅py is evaluated by constructing a Benesi-Hildebrand plot based on fluorescence data. This plot yields a binding constant K of 7.20×10(4)  M(-1), which is remarkably high for bonding of pyridine to ZnP. Copyright © 2012 WILEY-VCH Verlag GmbH & Co. KGaA, Weinheim.

  2. Time-dependent transition density matrix for visualizing charge-transfer excitations in photoexcited organic donor-acceptor systems

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    Li, Yonghui; Ullrich, Carsten

    2013-03-01

    The time-dependent transition density matrix (TDM) is a useful tool to visualize and interpret the induced charges and electron-hole coherences of excitonic processes in large molecules. Combined with time-dependent density functional theory on a real-space grid (as implemented in the octopus code), the TDM is a computationally viable visualization tool for optical excitation processes in molecules. It provides real-time maps of particles and holes which gives information on excitations, in particular those that have charge-transfer character, that cannot be obtained from the density alone. Some illustration of the TDM and comparison with standard density difference plots will be shown for photoexcited organic donor-acceptor molecules. This work is supported by NSF Grant DMR-1005651

  3. Current advances in fused tetrathiafulvalene donor-acceptor systems.

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    Bergkamp, Jesse J; Decurtins, Silvio; Liu, Shi-Xia

    2015-02-21

    Electron donor (D) and acceptor (A) systems have been studied extensively. Among them, fused D-A systems have attracted much attention during the past decades. Herein, we will present the evolution of tetrathiafulvalene (TTF) fused D-A systems and their potential applications in areas such as solar cells, OFETs, molecular wires and optoelectronics just to name a few. The synthesis and electrochemical, photophysical and intrinsic properties of fused D-A systems will be described as well.

  4. Photoinduced Charge Transfer and Electrochemical Properties of Triphenylamine Ih-Sc3N@C80 Donor-Acceptor Conjugates

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    Pinzón, Julio R.; Gasca, Diana C.; Shankara, Gayathri. S; Bottari, Giovanni; Torres, Tomás; Guldi, Dirk M.; Echegoyen, Luis

    2009-01-01

    Two isomeric [5,6]-pyrrolidine-Ih-Sc3N@C80 electron donor acceptor conjugates containing triphenylamine (TPA) as the donor system were synthesized. Electrochemical and photophysical studies of the novel conjugates were made and compared with those of their C60 analogues, in order to determine i) the effect of the linkage position (N-substituted versus 2-substituted pyrrolidine) of the donor system in the formation of photoinduced charge separated states, ii) the thermal stability towards the retro-cycloaddition reaction and iii) the effect of changing C60 for Ih-Sc3N@C80 as the electron acceptor. It was found that when the donor is connected to the pyrrolidine nitrogen atom, the resulting dyad produces a significantly longer lived radical pair than the corresponding 2-substituted isomer for both the C60 and Ih-Sc3N@C80 dyads. In addition to that, the N-substituted TPA-Ih-Sc3N@C80 dyad has much better thermal stability than the 2-subtituted one. Finally, the Ih-Sc3N@C80 dyads have considerably longer lived charge separated states than their C60 analogues, thus approving the advantage of using Ih-Sc3N@C80 instead of C60 as the acceptor for the construction of fullerene based donor acceptor conjugates. These findings are important for the design and future application of Ih-Sc3N@C80 dyads as materials for the construction of plastic organic solar cells. PMID:19445462

  5. Diketopyrrolopyrrole-based π-bridged donor-acceptor polymer for photovoltaic applications.

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    Li, Wenting; Lee, Taegweon; Oh, Soong Ju; Kagan, Cherie R

    2011-10-01

    We report the synthesis, properties, and photovoltaic applications of a new conjugated copolymer (C12DPP-π-BT) containing a donor group (bithiophene) and an acceptor group (2,5-didodecylpyrrolo[3,4-c]pyrrole-1,4(2H,5H)-dione), bridged by a phenyl group. Using cyclic voltammetry, we found the energy levels of C12DPP-π-BT are intermediate to common electron donor and acceptor photovoltaic materials, poly (3-hexylthiophene-2,5-diyl) (P3HT) and [6,6]-phenyl-C61-butyric acid methyl ester (PCBM), respectively. Whereas P3HT and PCBM are exclusively electron donating or accepting, we predict C12DPP-π-BT may uniquely serve as either an electron donor or an acceptor when paired with PCBM or P3HT forming junctions with large built-in potentials. We confirmed the ambipolar nature of C12DPP-π-BT in space charge limited current measurements and in C12DPP-π-BT:PCBM and C12DPP-π-BT:P3HT bulk heterojunction solar cells, achieving power conversion efficiencies of 1.67% and 0.84%, respectively, under illumination of AM 1.5G (100 mW/cm(2)). Adding diiodooctane to C12DPP-π-BT:PCBM improved donor-acceptor inter-mixing and film uniformity, and therefore enhanced charge separation and overall device efficiency. Using higher-molecular-weight polymer C12DPP-π-BT in both C12DPP-π-BT:PCBM and C12DPP-π-BT:P3HT devices improved charge transport and hence the performance of the solar cells. In addition, we compared the structural and electronic properties of C12DPP-π-BT:PCBM and C12DPP-π-BT:P3HT blends, representing the materials classes of polymer:fullerene and polymer:polymer blends. In C12DPP-π-BT:PCBM blends, higher short circuit currents were obtained, consistent with faster charge transfer and balanced electron and hole transport, but lower open circuit voltages may be reduced by trap-assisted recombination and interfacial recombination losses. In contrast, C12DPP-π-BT:P3HT blends exhibit higher open circuit voltage, but short circuit currents were limited by charge transfer

  6. Alteration of the Donor/Acceptor Spectrum of the (S)-Amine Transaminase from Vibrio fluvialis.

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    Genz, Maika; Vickers, Clare; van den Bergh, Tom; Joosten, Henk-Jan; Dörr, Mark; Höhne, Matthias; Bornscheuer, Uwe T

    2015-11-11

    To alter the amine donor/acceptor spectrum of an (S)-selective amine transaminase (ATA), a library based on the Vibrio fluvialis ATA targeting four residues close to the active site (L56, W57, R415 and L417) was created. A 3DM-derived alignment comprising fold class I pyridoxal-5'-phosphate (PLP)-dependent enzymes allowed identification of positions, which were assumed to determine substrate specificity. These positions were targeted for mutagenesis with a focused alphabet of hydrophobic amino acids to convert an amine:α-keto acid transferase into an amine:aldehyde transferase. Screening of 1200 variants revealed three hits, which showed a shifted amine donor/acceptor spectrum towards aliphatic aldehydes (mainly pentanal), as well as an altered pH profile. Interestingly, all three hits, although found independently, contained the same mutation R415L and additional W57F and L417V substitutions.

  7. Alteration of the Donor/Acceptor Spectrum of the (S)-Amine Transaminase from Vibrio fluvialis

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    Genz, Maika; Vickers, Clare; van den Bergh, Tom; Joosten, Henk-Jan; Dörr, Mark; Höhne, Matthias; Bornscheuer, Uwe T.

    2015-01-01

    To alter the amine donor/acceptor spectrum of an (S)-selective amine transaminase (ATA), a library based on the Vibrio fluvialis ATA targeting four residues close to the active site (L56, W57, R415 and L417) was created. A 3DM-derived alignment comprising fold class I pyridoxal-5′-phosphate (PLP)-dependent enzymes allowed identification of positions, which were assumed to determine substrate specificity. These positions were targeted for mutagenesis with a focused alphabet of hydrophobic amino acids to convert an amine:α-keto acid transferase into an amine:aldehyde transferase. Screening of 1200 variants revealed three hits, which showed a shifted amine donor/acceptor spectrum towards aliphatic aldehydes (mainly pentanal), as well as an altered pH profile. Interestingly, all three hits, although found independently, contained the same mutation R415L and additional W57F and L417V substitutions. PMID:26569229

  8. Ultra-flexible nonvolatile memory based on donor-acceptor diketopyrrolopyrrole polymer blends

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    Zhou, Ye; Han, Su-Ting; Yan, Yan; Zhou, Li; Huang, Long-Biao; Zhuang, Jiaqing; Sonar, Prashant; Roy, V. A. L.

    2015-01-01

    Flexible memory cell array based on high mobility donor-acceptor diketopyrrolopyrrole polymer has been demonstrated. The memory cell exhibits low read voltage, high cell-to-cell uniformity and good mechanical flexibility, and has reliable retention and endurance memory performance. The electrical properties of the memory devices are systematically investigated and modeled. Our results suggest that the polymer blends provide an important step towards high-density flexible nonvolatile memory devices. PMID:26029856

  9. Charge trapping in mixed organic donor-acceptor semiconductor thin films.

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    Nunomura, Shota; Che, Xiaozhou; Forrest, Stephen R

    2014-12-03

    A pump-probe method, whereby trapped charges are optically induced to contribute to the total photocurrent, is applied to quantitatively determine the trap density in small-molecule organic semiconductor thin films and donor-acceptor blends used in organic solar cells. The trapped charge density is correlated to the cell performance, and the dependence of charge trapping on the presence of nanocrystalline domains is discussed.

  10. Hydrogen Bond Donor/Acceptor Cosolvent-Modified Choline Chloride-Based Deep Eutectic Solvents.

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    Pandey, Ashish; Bhawna; Dhingra, Divya; Pandey, Siddharth

    2017-04-27

    interactions as HMPA is added to glyceline is suggested by both positive excess molar volumes and excess logarithmic viscosities. The addition of HB donor/acceptor cosolvent appears to disturb the salt-HB donor equilibria within DES via complex interplay of interactions within the system.

  11. Field emission analysis of band bending in donor/acceptor heterojunction

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    Xing, Yingjie; Li, Shuai; Wang, Guiwei; Zhao, Tianjiao; Zhang, Gengmin

    2016-06-01

    The donor/acceptor heterojunction plays an important role in organic solar cells. An investigation of band bending in the donor/acceptor heterojunction is helpful in analysis of the charge transport behavior and for the improvement of the device performance. In this work, we report an approach for detection of band bending in a donor/acceptor heterojunction that has been prepared on a small and sharp tungsten tip. In situ field emission measurements are performed after the deposition process, and a linear Fowler-Nordheim plot is obtained from the fresh organic film surface. The thickness-dependent work function is then measured in the layer-by-layer deposited heterojunction. Several different types of heterojunction (zinc phthalocyanine (ZnPc)/C60, copper phthalocyanine (CuPc)/3,4,9,10-perylenetetracarboxylic bisbenzimidazole, and CuPc/C60) are fabricated and analyzed. The different charge transfer directions in the heterojunctions are distinguished by field emission measurements. The calculation method used to determine the band bending is then discussed in detail. A triple layer heterojunction (C60/ZnPc/CuPc) is also analyzed using this method. A small amount of band bending is measured in the outer CuPc layer. This method provides an independent reference method for determination of the band bending in an organic heterojunction that will complement photoemission spectroscopy and current-voltage measurement methods.

  12. Generalized Mulliken-Hush analysis of electronic coupling interactions in compressed pi-stacked porphyrin-bridge-quinone systems.

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    Zheng, Jieru; Kang, Youn K; Therien, Michael J; Beratan, David N

    2005-08-17

    Donor-acceptor interactions were investigated in a series of unusually rigid, cofacially compressed pi-stacked porphyrin-bridge-quinone systems. The two-state generalized Mulliken-Hush (GMH) approach was used to compute the coupling matrix elements. The theoretical coupling values evaluated with the GMH method were obtained from configuration interaction calculations using the INDO/S method. The results of this analysis are consistent with the comparatively soft distance dependences observed for both the charge separation and charge recombination reactions. Theoretical studies of model structures indicate that the phenyl units dominate the mediation of the donor-acceptor coupling and that the relatively weak exponential decay of rate with distance arises from the compression of this pi-electron stack.

  13. Enantioselective cis-β-lactam synthesis by intramolecular C-H functionalization from enoldiazoacetamides and derivative donor-acceptor cyclopropenes

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    Deng, Yongming; Yim, David N.; Zavalij, Peter Y.

    2015-01-01

    β-Lactam derivatives are produced through intermediate donor-acceptor cyclopropene intermediates in high yield, exclusive cis-diastereoselectivity, and high enantiocontrol in a chiral dirhodium carboxylate catalyzed intramolecular C-H functionalization reaction of enoldiazoacetamides. PMID:26029355

  14. A predictive theoretical model for electron tunneling pathways in proteins

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    Onuchic, Jose Nelson; Beratan, David N.

    1990-01-01

    A practical method is presented for calculating the dependence of electron transfer rates on details of the protein medium intervening between donor and acceptor. The method takes proper account of the relative energetics and mutual interactions of the donor, acceptor, and peptide groups. It also provides a quantitative search scheme for determining the important tunneling pathways (specific sequences of localized bonding and antibonding orbitals of the protein which dominate the donor-acceptor electronic coupling) in native and tailored proteins, a tool for designing new proteins with prescribed electron transfer rates, and a consistent description of observed electron transfer rates in existing redox labeled metalloproteins and small molecule model compounds.

  15. Density-functional Theory and Beyond for Donor-Acceptor Complexes: The Example of TTF/TCNQ

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    Atalla, Viktor; Yoon, Mina; Scheffler, Matthias

    2012-02-01

    We study the performance of density-functional theory (DFT) with various exchange-correlation (XC) functionals in describing electronic and structural properties of the prototypical donor/acceptor complex TTF/TCNQ. We find that the binding energetics and the amount of electron transfer between TTF and TCNQ depends strongly on the functional. In particular, all semilocal functionals give rise to significant, aritificial electron transfer due to a wrong ordering of Kohn-Sham (KS) levels. We consider the HSE [1] ``family'' of XC functionals using the fraction of exact exchange (α) as adjustable parameter. The optimum XC functional is then identified as that for which the G0W0 quasiparticle correction to the energy gap of the KS LUMO of the acceptor and the HOMO of the donor is minimized. We obtain α˜0.8 which gives an electronic level alignment that is consistent with experiment and free from spurious asymptotic charge transfer. We conclude that the proposed scheme improves the KS spectrum, and that the investigated TTF-TCNQ dimer exhibits intra-molecular electron-density rearrangement rather than electron transfer. [4pt] [1] A.V. Krukau, et al., J. Chem. Phys. 125, 224106 (2006)

  16. Electronic structure of novel charge transfer compounds: application of Fermi orbital self-interaction corrected density functional theory

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    Hahn, Torsten; Rückerl, Florian; Liebing, Simon; Pederson, Mark

    We present our experimental and theoretical results on novel Picene/F4TCNQ and Manganese-Phthalocyanine/F4TCNQ donor / acceptor systems. We apply the recently developed Fermi-orbital based approach for self-interaction corrected density functional theory (FO-SIC DFT) to these materials and compare the results to standard DFT calculations and to experimental data obtained by photoemission spectroscopy. We focus our analysis on the description of the magnitude of the ground state charge transfer and on the details of the formed hybrid orbitals. Further, we show that for weakly bound donor / acceptor systems the FO-SIC approach delivers a more realistic description of the electronic structure compared to standard DFT calculations Support by DFG FOR1154 is greatly acknowledged.

  17. Molecular Packing Determines Charge Separation in a Liquid Crystalline Bisthiophene-Perylene Diimide Donor-Acceptor Material.

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    Polkehn, Matthias; Tamura, Hiroyuki; Eisenbrandt, Pierre; Haacke, Stefan; Méry, Stéphane; Burghardt, Irene

    2016-04-07

    Combined electronic structure and quantum dynamical calculations are employed to investigate charge separation in a novel class of covalently bound bisthiophene-perylene diimide type donor-acceptor (DA) co-oligomer aggregates. In an earlier spectroscopic study of this DA system in a smectic liquid crystalline (LC) film, efficient and ultrafast (subpicosecond) initial charge separation was found to be followed by rapid recombination. By comparison, the same DA system in solution exhibits ultrafast resonant energy transfer followed by slower (picosecond scale) charge separation. The present first-principles study explains these contrasting observations, highlighting the role of an efficient intermolecular charge-transfer pathway that results from the molecular packing in the LC phase. Despite the efficiency of this primary charge-transfer step, long-range charge separation is impeded by a comparatively high Coulomb barrier in conjunction with small electron- and hole-transfer integrals. Quantum dynamical calculations are carried out for a fragment-based model Hamiltonian, parametrized by ab initio second-order Algebraic Diagrammatic Construction (ADC(2)) and Time-Dependent Density Functional Theory (TDDFT) electronic structure calculations. Simulations of coherent vibronic quantum dynamics for up to 156 electronic states and 48 modes are performed using the Multi-Layer Multi-Configuration Time-Dependent Hartree (ML-MCTDH) method. Excellent agreement with experimentally determined charge separation time scales is obtained, and the spatially coherent nature of the dynamics is analyzed.

  18. Sensing metabolites using donor-acceptor nanodistributions in fluorescence resonance energy transfer

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    Rolinski, O. J.; Birch, D. J. S.; McCartney, L. J.; Pickup, J. C.

    2001-04-01

    Before fluorescence sensing techniques can be applied to media as delicate and complicated as human tissue, an adequate interpretation of the measured observables is required, i.e., an inverse problem needs to be solved. Recently we have solved the inverse problem relating to the kinetics of fluorescence resonance energy transfer (FRET), which clears the way for the determination of the donor-acceptor distribution function in FRET assays. In this letter this approach to monitoring metabolic processes is highlighted and the application to glucose sensing demonstrated.

  19. Formal [4 + 2] cycloaddition of donor-acceptor cyclobutanes and aldehydes: stereoselective access to substituted tetrahydropyrans.

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    Parsons, Andrew T; Johnson, Jeffrey S

    2009-10-14

    A highly diastereoselective synthesis of 2,6-cis-disubstituted tetrahydropyrans (THPs) via Lewis acid-catalyzed formal [4 + 2] cycloaddition of donor-acceptor cyclobutanes and aldehydes has been developed. THP products are formed in up to 96% yield and 99:1 diastereoselectivity. Aromatic, cinnamyl, and aliphatic aldehydes are competent dipolarophiles in this system. This methodology was extended to a [[2 + 2] + 2] cycloaddition of 4-methoxystyrene, dimethyl methylidene malonate, and an aldehyde to furnish THPs directly without prior isolation of the cyclobutane.

  20. Donor-acceptor alternating copolymer nanowires for highly efficient organic solar cells.

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    Lee, Jaewon; Jo, Sae Byeok; Kim, Min; Kim, Heung Gyu; Shin, Jisoo; Kim, Haena; Cho, Kilwon

    2014-10-22

    A donor-acceptor conjugated copolymer enables the formation of nanowire systems that can be successfully introduced into bulk-heterojunction organic solar cells. A simple binary solvent mixture that makes polarity control possible allows kinetic control over the self-assembly of the crystalline polymer into a nanowire structure during the film-forming process. The enhanced photoconductivity of the nanowire-embedded photoactive layer efficiently facilitates photon harvesting in the solar cells. The resultant maximum power conversion efficiency is 8.2% in a conventional single-cell structure, revealing a 60% higher performance than in devices without nanowires.

  1. Evidence of donor-acceptor pair recombination from a new emission band in semiconducting diamond

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    Freitas, J. A., Jr.; Klein, P. B.; Collins, A. T.

    1994-04-01

    Presented in this paper are the results of steady state and time-resolved photoluminescence studies of a new red emission band, peaked near 1.84 eV, that was observed recently from boron-doped synthetic diamond grown at high temperature and high pressure. This new band is characterized by the known donor-acceptor pair recombination from distant pairs. Two synthetic type IIb samples were studied namely, SYNTH No. 1 and SYNTH No. 2 which were grown using Ni and Fe-Al as solvent catalyst, respectively.

  2. Nazarov Cyclization and Tandem [4 + 2]-Cycloaddition Reactions of Donor-Acceptor Cyclopropanes.

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    Sudhakar, Gangarajula; Mahesh, S K; Vemulapalli, S Phani Babu; Nanubolu, Jagadeesh Babu

    2017-09-01

    The development of aryl vinyl/divinyl donor-acceptor cyclopropanes (DACs) as novel Nazarov cyclization (NC) precursors is described. The 1,3-zwitterion, generated from DACs embedded in the divinyl framework, acts as a pentadienyl cation, a requisite for Nazarov cyclization. A cyclic allyl cation in the course of NC was trapped with external nucleophiles to provide an interrupted NC product. Indeed, an allyl cation in this reaction is analogous to a 1,4-zwitterion that on reaction with dipolarophiles provided an easy access to substituted pyrans with excellent yield and diastereoselectivity via NC followed by a formal [4 + 2] cycloaddition.

  3. Low Band Gap Donor-Acceptor Conjugated Systems Based on 3-Alkoxy or 3-Pyrrolidino-4-cyanothiophene and Benzothiadiazole Units.

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    Savitha, Gurunathan; Moussallem, Chady; Allain, Magali; Gohier, Frédéric; Frère, Pierre

    2017-08-04

    3-Hexyloxy-4-cyanothiophene, 3-pyrrolidil-4-cyanothiophene, and 3,4-ethylenedioxythiophene (EDOT) units are used with benzothiadiazole as building blocks for the development of three new conjugated donor-acceptor-donor (DAD) derivatives. The DAD molecules have the central acceptor part, which is formed by combining electron-withdrawing cyano groups and the benzothiadiazole moiety, in common. Theoretical calculations and UV/Vis and electrochemical data reveal the key role of the end-capped donor to tune the electronic properties of the derivatives. A study of the electropolymerization process of the three derivatives shows the strong influence of the donor parts on both the reactivity of the precursors and the electronic properties of the resulting polymers. Derivatives end-capped with pyrrolidinocyano thiophene or EDOT units lead to films of polymers presenting low band gaps of around 0.9-1.4 eV. Upon oxidation, the two polymers present different behavior. In the presence of the pyrrolidinocyano thiophene moieties, oxidation leads to a blueshift of the absorption bands, whereas with EDOT units a classical redshift, giving high absorption in the near-IR region, is observed for the oxidized states. © 2017 Wiley-VCH Verlag GmbH & Co. KGaA, Weinheim.

  4. Dynamic Monte Carlo modeling of exciton dissociation in organic donor-acceptor solar cells.

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    Heiber, Michael C; Dhinojwala, Ali

    2012-07-07

    A general dynamic Monte Carlo model for exciton dissociation at a donor-acceptor interface that includes exciton delocalization and hot charge separation is developed to model the experimental behavior observed for the poly(3-hexylthiophene):fullerene system and predict the theoretical performance of future materials systems. The presence of delocalized excitons and the direct formation of separated charge pairs has been recently measured by transient photo-induced absorption experiments and has been proposed to facilitate charge separation. The excess energy of the exciton dissociation process has also been observed to have a strong correlation with the charge separation yield for a series of thiophene based polymer:fullerene systems, suggesting that a hot charge separation process is also occurring. Hot charge separation has been previously theorized as a cause for highly efficient charge separation. However, a detailed model for this process has not been implemented and tested. Here, both conceptual models are implemented into a dynamic Monte Carlo simulation and tested using a simple bilayer donor-acceptor system. We find that exciton delocalization can account for a significant reduction in geminate recombination when compared to the traditional, bound polaron pair model. In addition, the hot charge separation process could further reduce the geminate recombination, but only if the hot charge mobility is several orders of magnitude larger than the standard charge mobility.

  5. CVD graphene as interfacial layer to engineer the organic donor-acceptor heterojunction interface properties.

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    Zhong, Shu; Zhong, Jian Qiang; Mao, Hong Ying; Wang, Rui; Wang, Yu; Qi, Dong Chen; Loh, Kian Ping; Wee, Andrew Thye Shen; Chen, Zhi Kuan; Chen, Wei

    2012-06-27

    We demonstrate the use of chemical-vapor-deposited (CVD) graphene as an effective indium-tin-oxide (ITO) electrode surface modifier to engineer the organic donor-acceptor heterojunction interface properties in an inverted organic solar cell device configuration. As revealed by in situ near-edge X-ray adsorption fine structure measurement, the organic donor-acceptor heterojunction, comprising copper-hexadecafluoro-phthalocyanine (F16CuPc) and copper phthalocyanine (CuPc), undergoes an obvious orientation transition from a standing configuration (molecular π-plane nearly perpendicular to the substrate surface) on the bare ITO electrode to a less standing configuration with the molecular π-plane stacking adopting a large projection along the direction perpendicular to the electrode surface on the CVD graphene-modified ITO electrode. Such templated less-standing configuration of the organic heterojunction could significantly enhance the efficiency of charge transport along the direction perpendicular to the electrode surface in the planar heterojunction-based devices. Compared with the typical standing organic-organic heterojunction on the bare ITO electrode, our in situ ultraviolet photoelectron spectroscopy experiments reveal that the heterojunction on the CVD graphene modified ITO electrode possesses better aligned energy levels with respective electrodes, hence facilitating effective charge collection.

  6. The excited states of stilbene and stilbenoid donor-acceptor dye systems. A theoretical study

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    Rettig, Wolfgang; Strehmel, Bernd; Majenz, Wilfried

    1993-07-01

    Semiempirical calculations within the CNDO/S framework are used to characterize the nature of the "phantom-singlet" excited state P * (double-bond twisted geometry) of stilbene and stilbenoid donor-acceptor dye systems including the laser dyes DCM and DASPMI. P * is highly polar (closed shell "hole-pair" nature) for weakly perturbed stilbenes but for larger donor-acceptor strength, the order of ground and excited state is reversed, and P * becomes of small polarity ("dot-dot" nature), fully consistent with the established model of biradicaloid states. For stilbene, a slight geometric symmetry reduction is necessary in order to localize the orbitals on the subunits. Only then are the calculated results consistent with those for methyl-substituted stilbene. The localized orbital description of twisted stilbene shows that P * contains negligible doubly excited character and possesses a very small gap to the ground state contrary to what is stated in the previous literature. The planar systems are also investigated and correlated with Dähne's triad rule of polymethine systems.

  7. Asymmetric intramolecular α-cyclopropanation of aldehydes using a donor/acceptor carbene mimetic

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    Luo, Chaosheng; Wang, Zhen; Huang, Yong

    2015-01-01

    Enantioselective α-alkylation of carbonyl is considered as one of the most important processes for asymmetric synthesis. Common alkylation agents, that is, alkyl halides, are notorious substrates for both Lewis acids and organocatalysts. Recently, olefins emerged as a benign alkylating species via photo/radical mechanisms. However, examples of enantioselective alkylation of aldehydes/ketones are scarce and direct asymmetric dialkylation remains elusive. Here we report an intramolecular α-cyclopropanation reaction of olefinic aldehydes to form chiral cyclopropane aldehydes. We demonstrate that an α-iodo aldehyde can function as a donor/acceptor carbene equivalent, which engages in a formal [2+1] annulation with a tethered double bond. Privileged bicyclo[3.1.0]hexane-type scaffolds are prepared in good optical purity using a chiral amine. The synthetic utility of the products is demonstrated by versatile transformations of the bridgehead formyl functionality. We expect the concept of using α-iodo iminium as a donor/acceptor carbene surrogate will find wide applications in chemical reaction development. PMID:26644194

  8. Charge and energy transfer in a bithiophene perylenediimide based donor-acceptor-donor system for use in organic photovoltaics.

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    Wenzel, Jan; Dreuw, Andreas; Burghardt, Irene

    2013-07-28

    The elementary charge and excitation energy transfer steps in a novel symmetric donor-acceptor-donor triad first described in Roland et al. Phys. Chem. Chem. Phys., 2012, 14, 273, consisting of a central perylenediimide moiety as a potential electron acceptor and two identical electron rich bithiophene compounds, have been investigated using quantum chemical methodology. These elementary processes determine the applicability of such systems in photovoltaic devices. The molecular structure, excited states and the photo-physical properties are investigated using smaller model systems and including solvation effects. The donor and acceptor π-systems are separated by an ethyl bridge such that the molecular orbitals are either located on the donor or acceptor moiety making the identification of locally excited versus charge transfer states straightforward. Using excited state geometry optimizations, the mechanism of photo-initiated charge separation could be identified. Geometry relaxation in the excited donor state leads to a near-degeneracy with the locally excited acceptor state, entailing strong excitonic coupling and resonance energy transfer. This energy transfer process is driven by planarization and bond length alternation of the donor molecule. Geometry relaxation of the locally excited acceptor state in turn reveals a crossing with the energetically lowest charge transfer excited state. The energetic position of the latter depends in a sensitive fashion on the solvent. This provides an explanation of the sequential process observed in the experiment, favoring ultrafast (∼130 fs) formation of the excited acceptor state followed by slower (∼3 ps scale) formation of the charge separated state.

  9. Photochemical activity of a key donor-acceptor complex can drive stereoselective catalytic α-alkylation of aldehydes

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    Arceo, Elena; Jurberg, Igor D.; Álvarez-Fernández, Ana; Melchiorre, Paolo

    2013-09-01

    Asymmetric catalytic variants of sunlight-driven photochemical processes hold extraordinary potential for the sustainable preparation of chiral molecules. However, the involvement of short-lived electronically excited states inherent to any photochemical reaction makes it challenging for a chiral catalyst to dictate the stereochemistry of the products. Here, we report that readily available chiral organic catalysts, with well-known utility in thermal asymmetric processes, can also confer a high level of stereocontrol in synthetically relevant intermolecular carbon-carbon bond-forming reactions driven by visible light. A unique mechanism of catalysis is proposed, wherein the catalyst is involved actively in both the photochemical activation of the substrates (by inducing the transient formation of chiral electron donor-acceptor complexes) and the stereoselectivity-defining event. We use this approach to enable transformations that are extremely difficult under thermal conditions, such as the asymmetric α-alkylation of aldehydes with alkyl halides, the formation of all-carbon quaternary stereocentres and the control of remote stereochemistry.

  10. Construction of an Artificial Ferrimagnetic Lattice by Lithium Ion Insertion into a Neutral Donor/Acceptor Metal-Organic Framework.

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    Taniguchi, Kouji; Narushima, Keisuke; Mahin, Julien; Kosaka, Wataru; Miyasaka, Hitoshi

    2016-04-18

    Construction of a molecular system in which the magnetic lattice exhibits long-range order is one of the fundamental goals in materials science. In this study, we demonstrate the artificial construction of a ferrimagnetic lattice by doping electrons into acceptor sites of a neutral donor/acceptor metal-organic framework (D/A-MOF). This doping was achieved by the insertion of Li-ions into the D/A-MOF, which was used as the cathode of a Li-ion battery cell. The neutral D/A-MOF is a layered system composed of a carboxylate-bridged paddlewheel-type diruthenium(II,II) complex as the donor and a TCNQ derivative as the acceptor. The ground state of the neutral form was a magnetically disordered paramagnetic state. Upon discharge of the cell, spontaneous magnetization was induced; the transition temperature was variable. The stability of the magnetically ordered lattice depended on the equilibrium electric potential of the D/A-MOF cathode, which reflected the electron-filling level. © 2016 WILEY-VCH Verlag GmbH & Co. KGaA, Weinheim.

  11. Solution-Processed Donor-Acceptor Polymer Nanowire Network Semiconductors For High-Performance Field-Effect Transistors

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    Lei, Yanlian; Deng, Ping; Li, Jun; Lin, Ming; Zhu, Furong; Ng, Tsz-Wai; Lee, Chun-Sing; Ong, Beng S.

    2016-04-01

    Organic field-effect transistors (OFETs) represent a low-cost transistor technology for creating next-generation large-area, flexible and ultra-low-cost electronics. Conjugated electron donor-acceptor (D-A) polymers have surfaced as ideal channel semiconductor candidates for OFETs. However, high-molecular weight (MW) D-A polymer semiconductors, which offer high field-effect mobility, generally suffer from processing complications due to limited solubility. Conversely, the readily soluble, low-MW D-A polymers give low mobility. We report herein a facile solution process which transformed a lower-MW, low-mobility diketopyrrolopyrrole-dithienylthieno[3,2-b]thiophene (I) into a high crystalline order and high-mobility semiconductor for OFETs applications. The process involved solution fabrication of a channel semiconductor film from a lower-MW (I) and polystyrene blends. With the help of cooperative shifting motion of polystyrene chain segments, (I) readily self-assembled and crystallized out in the polystyrene matrix as an interpenetrating, nanowire semiconductor network, providing significantly enhanced mobility (over 8 cm2V‑1s‑1), on/off ratio (107), and other desirable field-effect properties that meet impactful OFET application requirements.

  12. Solution-Processed Donor-Acceptor Polymer Nanowire Network Semiconductors For High-Performance Field-Effect Transistors

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    Lei, Yanlian; Deng, Ping; Li, Jun; Lin, Ming; Zhu, Furong; Ng, Tsz-Wai; Lee, Chun-Sing; Ong, Beng S.

    2016-01-01

    Organic field-effect transistors (OFETs) represent a low-cost transistor technology for creating next-generation large-area, flexible and ultra-low-cost electronics. Conjugated electron donor-acceptor (D-A) polymers have surfaced as ideal channel semiconductor candidates for OFETs. However, high-molecular weight (MW) D-A polymer semiconductors, which offer high field-effect mobility, generally suffer from processing complications due to limited solubility. Conversely, the readily soluble, low-MW D-A polymers give low mobility. We report herein a facile solution process which transformed a lower-MW, low-mobility diketopyrrolopyrrole-dithienylthieno[3,2-b]thiophene (I) into a high crystalline order and high-mobility semiconductor for OFETs applications. The process involved solution fabrication of a channel semiconductor film from a lower-MW (I) and polystyrene blends. With the help of cooperative shifting motion of polystyrene chain segments, (I) readily self-assembled and crystallized out in the polystyrene matrix as an interpenetrating, nanowire semiconductor network, providing significantly enhanced mobility (over 8 cm2V−1s−1), on/off ratio (107), and other desirable field-effect properties that meet impactful OFET application requirements. PMID:27091315

  13. Two-photon absorption and spectroscopy of the lowest two-photon transition in small donor-acceptor-substituted organic molecules

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    Beels, Marten T.; Biaggio, Ivan; Reekie, Tristan; Chiu, Melanie; Diederich, François

    2015-04-01

    We determine the dispersion of the third-order polarizability of small donor-acceptor substituted organic molecules using wavelength-dependent degenerate four-wave mixing experiments in solutions with varying concentrations. We find that donor-acceptor-substituted molecules that are characterized by extremely efficient off-resonant nonlinearities also have a correspondingly high two-photon absorption cross section. The width and shape of the first two-photon resonance for these noncentrosymmetric molecules follows what is expected from their longest wavelength absorption peak, and the observed two-photon absorption cross sections are record high when compared to the available literature data, the size of the molecule, and the fundamental limit for two-photon absorption to the lowest excited state, which is essentially determined by the number of conjugated electrons and the excited-state energies. The two-photon absorption of the smallest molecule, which only has 16 electrons in its conjugated system, is one order of magnitude larger than for the molecule called AF-50, a reference molecule for two-photon absorption [O.-K. Kim et al., Chem. Mater. 12, 284 (2000), 10.1021/cm990662r].

  14. Pyrimidine-based twisted donor-acceptor delayed fluorescence molecules: a new universal platform for highly efficient blue electroluminescence.

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    Park, In Seob; Komiyama, Hideaki; Yasuda, Takuma

    2017-02-01

    Deep-blue emitters that can harvest both singlet and triplet excited states to give high electron-to-photon conversion efficiencies are highly desired for applications in full-color displays and white lighting devices based on organic light-emitting diodes (OLEDs). Thermally activated delayed fluorescence (TADF) molecules based on highly twisted donor-acceptor (D-A) configurations are promising emitting dopants for the construction of efficient deep-blue OLEDs. In this study, a simple and versatile D-A system combining acridan-based donors and pyrimidine-based acceptors has been developed as a new platform for high-efficiency deep-blue TADF emitters. The designed pre-twisted acridan-pyrimidine D-A molecules exhibit small singlet-triplet energy splitting and high photoluminescence quantum yields, functioning as efficient deep-blue TADF emitters. The OLEDs utilizing these TADF emitters display bright blue electroluminescence with external quantum efficiencies of up to 20.4%, maximum current efficiencies of 41.7 cd A(-1), maximum power efficiencies of 37.2 lm W(-1), and color coordinates of (0.16, 0.23). The design strategy featuring such acridan-pyrimidine D-A motifs can offer great prospects for further developing high-performance deep-blue TADF emitters and TADF-OLEDs.

  15. Fluorinated arene, imide and unsaturated pyrrolidinone based donor acceptor conjugated polymers: Synthesis, structure-property and device studies

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    Liyanage, Arawwawala Don Thilanga

    After the discovery of doped polyacetylene, organic semiconductor materials are widely studied as high impending active components in consumer electronics. They have received substantial consideration due to their potential for structural tailoring, low cost, large area and mechanically flexible alternatives to common inorganic semiconductors. To acquire maximum use of these materials, it is essential to get a strong idea about their chemical and physical nature. Material chemist has an enormous role to play in this novel area, including development of efficient synthetic methodologies and control the molecular self-assembly and (opto)-electronic properties. The body of this thesis mainly focuses on the substituent effects: how different substituents affect the (opto)-electronic properties of the donor-acceptor (D-A) conjugated polymers. The main priority goes to understand, how different alkyl substituent effect to the polymer solubility, crystallinity, thermal properties (e.g.: glass transition temperature) and morphological order. Three classes of D-A systems were extensively studied in this work. The second chapter mainly focuses on the synthesis and structure-property study of fluorinated arene (TFB) base polymers. Here we used commercially available 1,4-dibromo-2,3,5,6-tetrafluorobenzene (TFB) as the acceptor material and prepare several polymers using 3,3'-dialkyl(3,3'-R2T2) or 3,3'-dialkoxy bithiophene (3,3'-RO2T2) units as electron donors. A detail study was done using 3,3'-bithiophene donor units incorporating branched alkoxy-functionalities by systematic variation of branching position and chain length. The study allowed disentangling the branching effects on (i) aggregation tendency, intermolecular arrangement, (iii) solid state optical energy gaps, and (iv) electronic properties in an overall consistent picture, which might guide future polymer synthesis towards optimized materials for opto-electronic applications. The third chapter mainly focused on

  16. Role of the Dark 2Ag State in Donor-Acceptor Copolymers as a Pathway for Singlet Fission: A DMRG Study.

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    Ren, Jiajun; Peng, Qian; Zhang, Xu; Yi, Yuanping; Shuai, Zhigang

    2017-05-18

    The mechanism of intramolecular singlet fission in donor-acceptor-type copolymers, especially the role of the dark 2Ag state, is not so clear. In this Letter, the electronic structure of the benzodithiophene (B)-thiophene-1,1-dioxide (TDO) copolymer is calculated by density matrix renormalization group theory with the Pariser-Parr-Pople model. We find that the dark 2Ag state is the lowest singlet excited state and is nearly degenerate with the 1Bu state. So, a fast internal conversion from 1Bu to 2Ag state is highly possible. The 2Ag state has a strong triplet pair character, localized on two neighboring acceptor units, which indicates that it is an intermediate state for the intramolecular singlet fission process. With the increase of the donor-acceptor push-pull strength in our model, this triplet pair character of the 2Ag state becomes more prominent, and meanwhile the binding energy of this coupled triplet pair state decreases, which favors the separation into two uncoupled triplet states. We propose a model in which the competition between the singlet fission process and the nonradiative decay process from the 2Ag state would determine the final quantum yield.

  17. Improving photocurrent generation: supramolecularly and covalently functionalized single-wall carbon nanotubes-polymer/porphyrin donor-acceptor nanohybrids.

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    Rahman, G M Aminur; Troeger, Anna; Sgobba, Vito; Guldi, Dirk M; Jux, Norbert; Tchoul, Maxim N; Ford, Warren T; Mateo-Alonso, Aurelio; Prato, Maurizio

    2008-01-01

    Novel nanohybrids based on covalently and noncovalently functionalized single-wall carbon nanotubes (SWNTs) have been prepared and assembled for the construction of photoactive electrodes. Polymer-grafted SWNTs were synthesized by free-radical polymerization of (vinylbenzyl)trimethylammonium chloride. Poly[(vinylbenzyl)trimethylammonium chloride] (PVBTAn+) was also noncovalently wrapped around SWNTs to form stable, positively charged SWNT/PVBTAn+ suspensions in water. Versatile donor-acceptor nanohybrids were prepared by using the electrostatic/van der Waals interactions between covalent SWNT-PVBTAn+ and/or noncovalent SWNT/PVBTAn+ and porphyrins (H2P8- and/or ZnP8-). Several spectroscopic, microscopic, transient, and photoelectrochemical measurements were taken to characterize the resulting supramolecular complexes. Photoexcitation of the nanohybrids afforded long-lived radical ion pairs with lifetimes as long as 2.2 micros. In the final part, photoactive electrodes were constructed by using a layer-by-layer technique on an indium tin oxide covered glass support. Photocurrent measurements gave remarkable internal photon-to-current efficiencies of 3.81 and 9.90 % for the covalent ZnP8-/SWNT-PVBTAn+ and noncovalent ZnP8-/SWNT/PVBTAn+ complex, respectively, when a potential of 0.5 V was applied.

  18. Tetrathiafulvalene-based mixed-valence acceptor-donor-acceptor triads: a joint theoretical and experimental approach.

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    Calbo, Joaquín; Aragó, Juan; Otón, Francisco; Lloveras, Vega; Mas-Torrent, Marta; Vidal-Gancedo, José; Veciana, Jaume; Rovira, Concepció; Ortí, Enrique

    2013-12-02

    This work presents a joint theoretical and experimental characterisation of the structural and electronic properties of two tetrathiafulvalene (TTF)-based acceptor-donor-acceptor triads (BQ-TTF-BQ and BTCNQ-TTF-BTCNQ; BQ is naphthoquinone and BTCNQ is benzotetracyano-p-quinodimethane) in their neutral and reduced states. The study is performed with the use of electrochemical, electron paramagnetic resonance (EPR), and UV/Vis/NIR spectroelectrochemical techniques guided by quantum-chemical calculations. Emphasis is placed on the mixed-valence properties of both triads in their radical anion states. The electrochemical and EPR results reveal that both BQ-TTF-BQ and BTCNQ-TTF-BTCNQ triads in their radical anion states behave as class-II mixed-valence compounds with significant electronic communication between the acceptor moieties. Density functional theory calculations (BLYP35/cc-pVTZ), taking into account the solvent effects, predict charge-localised species (BQ(.-)-TTF-BQ and BTCNQ(.-)-TTF-BTCNQ) as the most stable structures for the radical anion states of both triads. A stronger localisation is found both experimentally and theoretically for the BTCNQ-TTF-BTCNQ anion, in accordance with the more electron-withdrawing character of the BTCNQ acceptor. CASSCF/CASPT2 calculations suggest that the low-energy, broad absorption bands observed experimentally for the BQ-TTF-BQ and BTCNQ-TTF-BTCNQ radical anions are associated with the intervalence charge transfer (IV-CT) electronic transition and two nearby donor-to-acceptor CT excitations. The study highlights the molecular efficiency of the electron-donor TTF unit as a molecular wire connecting two acceptor redox centres. Copyright © 2013 WILEY-VCH Verlag GmbH & Co. KGaA, Weinheim.

  19. Monofunctional platinum(II) complexes with potent tumor cell growth inhibitory activity: the effect of a hydrogen-bond donor/acceptor N-heterocyclic ligand.

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    Margiotta, Nicola; Savino, Salvatore; Gandin, Valentina; Marzano, Christine; Natile, Giovanni

    2014-06-01

    In this paper we investigate the possibility of further increase the role of the N-donor aromatic base in antitumor Hollis-type compounds by conferring the possibility to act as a hydrogen-bond donor/acceptor. Therefore, we synthesized the Pt(II) complex cis-[PtCl(NH3 )2 (naph)]NO3 (1) containing the 1,8-naphthyridine (naph) ligand. The naphthyridine ligand is generally monodentate, and the second nitrogen atom can act as H-bond donor/acceptor depending upon its protonation state. The possibility of forming such an H-bond could be crucial in the interaction of the drug with DNA or proteins. Apart from the synthesis of the compound, in this study we evaluated its in vitro antitumor activity in a wide panel of tumor cell lines, also including cells selected for their sensitivity/resistance to oxaliplatin, which was compared with that of previously reported complex 2 ([PtI(2,9-dimethyl-1,10-phenanthroline)(1-methyl-cytosine)]I) and oxaliplatin and cisplatin as reference compounds. The cytotoxicity data were correlated with the cellular uptake and the DNA platination levels. Finally, the reactivity of 1 towards guanosine 5'-monophosphate (5'-GMP) and glutathione was investigated to provide insights into its mechanism of action.

  20. Tetrathiafulvalene-benzothiadiazoles as redox-tunable donor-acceptor systems: synthesis and photophysical study.

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    Pop, Flavia; Amacher, Anneliese; Avarvari, Narcis; Ding, Jie; Daku, Latevi Max Lawson; Hauser, Andreas; Koch, Marius; Hauser, Jürg; Liu, Shi-Xia; Decurtins, Silvio

    2013-02-11

    Electrochemical and photophysical analysis of new donor-acceptor systems 2 and 3, in which a benzothiadiazole (BTD) unit is covalently linked to a tetrathiafulvalene (TTF) core, have verified that the lowest excited state can be ascribed to an intramolecular-charge-transfer (ICT) π(TTF)→π*(benzothiadiazole) transition. Owing to better overlap of the HOMO and LUMO in the fused scaffold of compound 3, the intensity of the (1)ICT band is substantially higher compared to that in compound 2. The corresponding CT fluorescence is also observed in both cases. The radical cation TTF(+·) is easily observed through chemical and electrochemical oxidation by performing steady-state absorption experiments. Interestingly, compound 2 is photo-oxidized under aerobic conditions. Copyright © 2013 WILEY-VCH Verlag GmbH & Co. KGaA, Weinheim.

  1. Transient Magnetophotoinduced Absorption Studies of Photoexcitations in π -Conjugated Donor-Acceptor Copolymers

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    Huynh, Uyen N. V.; Basel, Tek P.; Ehrenfreund, Eitan; Li, Gang; Yang, Yang; Mazumdar, S.; Vardeny, Z. Valy

    2017-07-01

    We have utilized a plethora of transient and steady state optical and magneto-optical spectroscopies in a broad spectral range (0.25-2.5 eV) for elucidating the primary and long-lived photoexcitations in a low band-gap π -conjugated donor-acceptor (DA) copolymer used for efficient photovoltaic solar cells. We show that both singlet excitons (SE) and intrachain triplet-triplet (TT) pairs are photogenerated in the DA-copolymer chains. From the picosecond transient magnetic field response of these species we conclude that the SE and TT spin states are coupled. The TT decomposition into two intrachain geminate triplet excitons maintains spin coherence and thus their spin entanglement lasts into the microsecond time domain.

  2. Isolation by crystallization of translational isomers of a bistable donor-acceptor [2]catenane

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    Wang, Cheng; Olson, Mark A.; Fang, Lei; Benítez, Diego; Tkatchouk, Ekaterina; Basu, Subhadeep; Basuray, Ashish N.; Zhang, Deqing; Zhu, Daoben; Goddard, William A.; Stoddart, J. Fraser

    2010-01-01

    The template-directed synthesis of a bistable donor-acceptor [2]catenane wherein both translational isomers—one in which a tetrathiafulvalene unit in a mechanically interlocked crown ether occupies the cavity of a cyclobis(paraquat-p-phenylene) ring and the other in which a 1,5-dioxynaphthalene unit in the crown ether resides inside the cavity of the tetracationic cyclophane—exist in equilibrium in solution, has led to the isolation and separation by hand picking of single crystals colored red and green, respectively. These two crystalline co-conformations have been characterized separately at both the molecular and supramolecular levels, and also by dynamic NMR spectroscopy in solution where there is compelling evidence that the mechanically interlocked molecules are present as a complex mixture of translational, configurational, and conformational isomers wherein the isomerization is best described as being a highly dynamic and adaptable phenomenon. PMID:20663950

  3. Thermally stable and efficient polymer solar cells based on a novel donor-acceptor copolymer

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    Synooka, O.; Eberhardt, K.-R.; Balko, J.; Thurn-Albrecht, T.; Gobsch, G.; Mitchell, W.; Berny, S.; Carrasco-Orozco, M.; Hoppe, H.

    2016-06-01

    We report high photovoltaic performance of a novel donor-acceptor (D-A) conjugated polymer poly[2,6[4,8-bis(2-ethyl-hexyl)benzo[1,2-b4,5-b‧]dithiophene-co-2,5-thiophene-co-4,7[5,6-bis-octyloxy-benzo[1,2,5]thiadiazole]-co-2,5-thiophene] (PBDTTBTZT) in bulk heterojunctions with [6,6]-phenyl-C71-butyric acid methyl ester (PC70BM). A power conversion efficiency (PCE) of more than 7% is obtained for optimized charge-extracting electrodes. Upon application of thermal stress via annealing, a superior thermal stability is demonstrated as compared to poly[N-9″-hepta-decanyl-2,7-carbazole-alt-5,5-(4‧,7‧-di-2-thienyl-2‧,1‧,3‧-benzothiadiazole)] (PCDTBT).

  4. Rapid Energy Transfer Enabling Control of Emission Polarization in Perylene Bisimide Donor-Acceptor Triads.

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    Menelaou, Christopher; ter Schiphorst, Jeroen; Kendhale, Amol M; Parkinson, Patrick; Debije, Michael G; Schenning, Albertus P H J; Herz, Laura M

    2015-04-02

    Materials showing rapid intramolecular energy transfer and polarization switching are of interest for both their fundamental photophysics and potential for use in real-world applications. Here, we report two donor-acceptor-donor triad dyes based on perylene-bisimide subunits, with the long axis of the donors arranged either parallel or perpendicular to that of the central acceptor. We observe rapid energy transfer (<2 ps) and effective polarization control in both dye molecules in solution. A distributed-dipole Förster model predicts the excitation energy transfer rate for the linearly arranged triad but severely underestimates it for the orthogonal case. We show that the rapid energy transfer arises from a combination of through-bond coupling and through-space transfer between donor and acceptor units. As they allow energy cascading to an excited state with controllable polarization, these triad dyes show high potential for use in luminescent solar concentrator devices.

  5. Donor-acceptor type low band gap polymers: polysquaraines and related systems.

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    Ajayaghosh, Ayyappanpillai

    2003-07-01

    In recent years, considerable effort has been directed towards the synthesis of conjugated polymers with low optical band gaps (Eg), since they show intrinsic electrical conductivity. One of the approaches towards the designing of such polymers is the use of strong donor and acceptor monomers at regular arrangements in the repeating units, which has limited success in many cases. An alternate strategy is the use of organic dyes, having inherently low HUMO-LUMO separation, as building blocks. Extension of conjugation in organic dyes is therefore expected to result in oligomers and polymers with near infrared absorption, which is a signature of low band gaps. Squaraine dyes are ideal candidates for this purpose due to their unique optical properties. This review highlights the recent developments in the area of donor-acceptor type low band gap polymers with special emphasis on polysquaraines.

  6. Donor-acceptor-pair emission in fluorescent 4H-SiC grown by PVT method

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    Liu, Xi Zhuo, Shi-Yi; Gao, Pan; Huang, Wei; Yan, Cheng-Feng; Shi, Er-Wei

    2015-04-15

    Fluorescent SiC, which contains donor and acceptor impurities with optimum concentrations, can work as a phosphor for visible light emission by donor-acceptor-pair (DAP) recombination. In this work, 3 inch N-B-Al co-doped fluorescent 4H-SiC crystals are prepared by PVT method. The p-type fluorescent 4H-SiC with low aluminum doping concentration can show intensive yellow-green fluorescence at room temperature. N-B DAP peak wavelength shifts from 578nm to 525nm and weak N-Al DAP emission occurred 403/420 nm quenches, when the temperature increases from 4K to 298K. The aluminum doping induces higher defect concentration in the fluorescent crystal and decreases optical transmissivity of the crystal in the visible light range. It triggers more non-radiative recombination and light absorption losses in the crystal.

  7. Generation of a Multicomponent Library of Disulfide Donor-Acceptor Architectures Using Dynamic Combinatorial Chemistry

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    Drożdż, Wojciech; Kołodziejski, Michał; Markiewicz, Grzegorz; Jenczak, Anna; Stefankiewicz, Artur R.

    2015-01-01

    We describe here the generation of new donor-acceptor disulfide architectures obtained in aqueous solution at physiological pH. The application of a dynamic combinatorial chemistry approach allowed us to generate a large number of new disulfide macrocyclic architectures together with a new type of [2]catenanes consisting of four distinct components. Up to fifteen types of structurally-distinct dynamic architectures have been generated through one-pot disulfide exchange reactions between four thiol-functionalized aqueous components. The distribution of disulfide products formed was found to be strongly dependent on the structural features of the thiol components employed. This work not only constitutes a success in the synthesis of topologically- and morphologically-complex targets, but it may also open new horizons for the use of this methodology in the construction of molecular machines. PMID:26193265

  8. Synthesis, characterization, redox properties, and photodynamics of donor-acceptor nanohybrids composed of size-controlled cup-shaped nanocarbons and porphyrins.

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    Ohtani, Masataka; Saito, Kenji; Fukuzumi, Shunichi

    2009-09-14

    Cup-shaped nanocarbons (CNC) generated by the electron-transfer reduction of cup-stacked carbon nanotubes have been functionalized with porphyrins (H(2)P) as light-capturing chromophores. The resulting donor-acceptor nanohybrid has been characterized by thermogravimetric analysis (TGA), Raman and IR spectroscopy, transmission electron microscopy, elemental analysis, and UV/Vis spectroscopy. The weight of the porphyrins attached to the cup-shaped nanocarbons was determined as 20% by TGA and elemental analysis. The UV/Vis absorption spectrum of CNC-(H(2)P)(n) in DMF agrees well with that obtained by the superposition of reference porphyrin (ref-H(2)P) and cup-shaped nanocarbons. The photoexcitation of the CNC-(H(2)P)(n) nanohybrid results in formation of the charge-separated (CS) state to attain the longest CS lifetime (0.64+/-0.01 ms) ever reported for donor-acceptor nanohybrids, which may arise from efficient electron migration following the charge separation. The formation of a radical ion pair was detected directly by electron spin resonance (ESR) measurements under photoirradiation of CNC-(H(2)P)(n) with a high-pressure mercury lamp in frozen DMF at 153 K. The observed ESR signal at g = 2.0044 agrees with that of ref-H(2)P(*+) produced by one-electron oxidation with [Ru(bpy)(3)](3+) in deaerated CHCl(3), indicating the formation of H(2)P(*+). The electron-acceptor ability of the reference CNC compound (ref-CNC) was also examined by the electron-transfer reduction of ref-CNC by a series of semiquinone radical anions.

  9. Nanoindentation as a probe for mechanically-induced molecular migration in layered organic donor-acceptor complexes.

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    Varughese, Sunil; Kiran, Mangalampalli S R N; Ramamurty, Upadrasta; Desiraju, Gautam R

    2012-09-01

    Nanoindentation and scratch experiments on 1:1 donor-acceptor complexes, 1 and 2, of 1,2,4,5-tetracyanobenzene with pyrene and phenanthrene, respectively, reveal long-range molecular layer gliding and large interaction anisotropy. Due to the layered arrangements in these crystals, these experiments that apply stress in particular directions result in the breaking of interlayer interactions, thus allowing molecular sheets to glide over one another with ease. Complex 1 has a layered crystal packing wherein the layers are 68° skew under the (002) face and the interlayer space is stabilized by van der Waals interactions. Upon indenting this surface with a Berkovich tip, pile-up of material was observed on just one side of the indenter due to the close angular alignment of the layers with the half angle of the indenter tip (65.35°). The interfacial differences in the elastic modulus (21%) and hardness (16%) demonstrate the anisotropic nature of crystal packing. In 2, the molecular stacks are arranged in a staggered manner; there is no layer arrangement, and the interlayer stabilization involves C-H···N hydrogen bonds and π···π interactions. This results in a higher modulus (20%) for (020) as compared to (001), although the anisotropy in hardness is minimal (4%). The anisotropy within a face was analyzed using AFM image scans and the coefficient of friction of four orthogonal nanoscratches on the cleavage planes of 1 and 2. A higher friction coefficient was obtained for 2 as compared to 1 even in the cleavage direction due to the presence of hydrogen bonds in the interlayer region making the tip movement more hindered. Copyright © 2012 WILEY-VCH Verlag GmbH & Co. KGaA, Weinheim.

  10. Red-light-emitting system based on aggregation of donor-acceptor derivatives in polar aqueous media.

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    Ishi-i, Tsutomu; Ikeda, Kei; Kichise, Yuki; Ogawa, Michiaki

    2012-06-01

    Glowing together: An efficient red-light-emitting system has been created in polar water media based on the aggregation of donor-acceptor molecules. In the THF/water mixture, the emission was quenched when a small volume of water was used, whereas it was recovered and enhanced upon aggregate formation with a large water volume.

  11. Enhanced Visible Photovoltaic Response of TiO₂ Thin Film with an All-Inorganic Donor-Acceptor Type Polyoxometalate.

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    Li, Jian-Sheng; Sang, Xiao-Jing; Chen, Wei-Lin; Zhang, Lan-Cui; Zhu, Zai-Ming; Ma, Teng-Ying; Su, Zhong-Min; Wang, En-Bo

    2015-06-24

    In the field of material chemistry, it is of great significance to develop abundant and sustainable materials for solar energy harvesting and management. Herein, after evaluating the energy band characteristics of 13 kinds of polyoxometalates (POMs), the trisubstituted POM compound K6H4[α-SiW9O37Co3(H2O)3]·17H2O (SiW9Co3) was first studied due to its relatively smaller band gap (2.23 eV) and higher lowest unoccupied molecular orbital (LUMO) level (-0.63 V vs NHE). Additionally, the preliminary computational modeling indicated that SiW9Co3 exhibited the donor-acceptor (D-A) structure, in which the cobalt oxygen clusters and tungsten skeletons act as the electron donor and electron acceptor, respectively. By employing SiW9Co3 to modify the TiO2 film, the visible photovoltaic and photocurrent response were both enhanced, and the light-induced photocurrent at 420 nm was improved by 7.1 times. Moreover, the highly dispersive and small sized SiW9Co3 nanoclusters loading on TiO2 were successfully achieved by fabricating the nanocomposite film of {TiO2/SiW9Co3}3 with the layer-by-layer method, which can result in the photovoltaic performance enhancement of dye-sensitized solar cells (DSSCs), of which the overall power conversion efficiency was improved by 25.6% from 6.79% to 8.53% through the synergistic effect of POMs and Ru-complex.

  12. Perylene-Diimide Based Donor-Acceptor-Donor Type Small-Molecule Acceptors for Solution-Processable Organic Solar Cells

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    Ganesamoorthy, Ramasamy; Vijayaraghavan, Rajagopalan; Sakthivel, Pachagounder

    2017-08-01

    Development of nonfullerene acceptors plays an important role in the commercial availability of plastic solar cells. We report herein synthesis of bay-substituted donor-acceptor-donor (D-A-D)-type perylene diimide (PDI)-based small molecules (SM-1 to SM-4) by Suzuki coupling method and their use as acceptors in bulk heterojunction organic solar cells (BHJ-OSCs) with poly(3-hexylthiophene) (P3HT) polymer donor. We varied the number of electron-rich thiophene units and the solubilizing side chains and also evaluated the optical and electrochemical properties of the small molecules. The synthesized small molecules were confirmed by Fourier-transform infrared (FT-IR) spectroscopy, nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR) spectroscopy, and high-resolution mass spectroscopy (HR-MS). The small molecules showed extensive and strong absorption in the ultraviolet-visible (UV-Vis) region up to 750 nm, with bandgap (E_{{g}}^{{opt}} ) reduced below <2 eV. The energy levels of small molecules SM-1 to SM-4 were suitable for use as electron-accepting materials. The small molecules showed good thermal stability up to 300°C. BHJ-OSCs with SM-1 and P3HT polymer donor showed maximum power conversion efficiency (PCE) of 0.19% with V oc of 0.30 V, J sc of 1.72 mA cm-2, and fill factor (FF) of 37%. The PCE decreased with the number of thiophene units. The PCE of SM-2 was lower than that of SM-1. This difference in PCE can be explained by the higher aggregation tendency of the bithiophene compared with the thiophene unit. Introduction of the solubilizing group in the bay position increased the aggregation property, leading to much lower PCE than for the small molecules without solubilizing group.

  13. Amplitude-Mode Spectroscopy of Charge Excitations in PTB7 π -Conjugated Donor-Acceptor Copolymer for Photovoltaic Applications

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    Baniya, Sangita; Vardeny, Shai R.; Lafalce, Evan; Peygambarian, Nasser; Vardeny, Z. Valy

    2017-06-01

    We measure the spectra of resonant Raman scattering and doping-induced absorption of pristine films of the π -conjugated donor-acceptor (D -A ) copolymer, namely, thieno[3,4 b]thiophene-alt-benzodithiophene (PTB7), as well as photoinduced absorption spectrum in a blend of PTB7 with fullerene phenyl-C61-butyric acid methyl ester molecules used for organic photovoltaic (OPV) applications. We find that the D -A copolymer contains six strongly coupled vibrational modes having relatively strong Raman-scattering intensity, which are renormalized upon adding charge polarons onto the copolymer chains either by doping or photogeneration. Since the lower-energy charge-polaron absorption band overlaps with the renormalized vibrational modes, they appear as antiresonance lines superposed onto the induced polaron absorption band in the photoinduced absorption spectrum but less so in the doping-induced absorption spectrum. We show that the Raman-scattering, doping-, and photoinduced absorption spectra of PTB7 are well explained by the amplitude mode model, where a single vibrational propagator describes the renormalized modes and their related intensities in detail. From the relative strengths of the induced infrared activity of the polaron-related vibrations and electronic transitions, we obtain the polaron effective kinetic mass in PTB7 using the amplitude mode model to be approximately 3.8 m* , where m* is the electron effective mass. The enhanced polaronic mass in PTB7 may limit the charge mobility, which, in turn, reduces the OPV solar-cell efficiency based on the PTB7-fullerene blend.

  14. Magneto-ionic phase control in a quasi-layered donor/acceptor metal-organic framework by means of a Li-ion battery system

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    Taniguchi, Kouji; Narushima, Keisuke; Yamagishi, Kayo; Shito, Nanami; Kosaka, Wataru; Miyasaka, Hitoshi

    2017-06-01

    Electrical magnetism control is realized in a Li-ion battery system through a redox reaction involving ion migrations; “magneto-ionic control”. A quasi-layered metal-organic framework compound with a cross-linked π-conjugated/unconjugated one-dimensional chain motifs composed of electron-donor/acceptor units is developed as the cathode material. A change in magnetic phase from paramagnetic to ferrimagnetic is demonstrated by means of electron-filling control for the acceptor units via insertion of Li+-ions into pores in the material. The transition temperature is as high as that expected for highly π-conjugated layered systems, indicating an extension of π-conjugated exchange paths by rearranging coordination bonds in the first discharge process.

  15. Proficiency of acceptor-donor-acceptor organic dye with spiro-MeOTAD HTM on the photovoltaic performance of dye sensitized solar cell

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    Ramavenkateswari, K.; Venkatachalam, P.

    2016-09-01

    This work investigates the proficiency of acceptor-donor-acceptor (A-D-A) organic dye Diisopropyl azodicarboxylate (DIAC) as photosensitizer on the photovoltaic parameters of silver (Ag) doped TiO2 photoanode dye-sensitized solar cells (DSSCs) with quasi-solid state electrolyte/hole transport material (HTM) spiro-MeOTAD. TNSs (TiO2 nanosticks) photoanodes are prepared through sol-gel method and hydrothermal technique. X-ray powder diffraction (XRD), transmission electron microscope (TEM), scanning electron microscopy (SEM) and BET measurement were used to characterize the structure and morphology of TiO2 nanostructures. The Diisopropyl azodicarboxylate organic dye with TNPs-Ag@TNSs composite photoanode structure and spiro-MeOTAD HTM exhibited better power conversion efficiency (PCE).

  16. Real-Space Bonding Indicator Analysis of the Donor-Acceptor Complexes X3BNY3, X3AlNY3, X3BPY3, and X3AlPY3 (X, Y = H, Me, Cl).

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    Mebs, Stefan; Beckmann, Jens

    2017-10-12

    Calculations of real-space bonding indicators (RSBI) derived from Atoms-In-Molecules (AIM), Electron Localizability Indicator (ELI-D), Non-Covalent Interactions index (NCI), and Density Overlap Regions Indicator (DORI) toolkits for a set of 36 donor-acceptor complexes X3BNY3 (1, 1a-1h), X3AlNY3 (2, 2a-2h), X3BPY3 (3, 3a-3h), and X3AlPY3 (4, 4a-4h) reveal that the donor-acceptor bonds comprise covalent and ionic interactions in varying extents (X = Y = H for 1-4; X = H, Y = Me for 1a-4a; X = H, Y = Cl for 1b-4b; X = Me, Y = H for 1c-4c; X, Y = Me for 1d-4d; X = Me, Y = Cl for 1e-4e; X = Cl, Y = H for 1f-4f; X = Cl, Y = Me for 1g-4g; X, Y = Cl for 1h-4h). The phosphinoboranes X3BPY3 (3, 3a-3h) in general and Cl3BPMe3 (3f) in particular show the largest covalent contributions and the least ionic contributions. The aminoalanes X3AlNY3 (2, 2a-2h) in general and Me3AlNCl3 (2e) in particular show the least covalent contributions and the largest ionic contributions. The aminoboranes X3BNY3 (1, 1a-1h) and the phosphinoalanes X3AlPY3 (4, 4a-4h) are midway between phosphinoboranes and aminoalanes. The degree of covalency and ionicity correlates with the electronegativity difference BP (ΔEN = 0.15) < AlP (ΔEN = 0.58) < BN (ΔEN = 1.00) < AlN (ΔEN = 1.43) and a previously published energy decomposition analysis (EDA). To illustrate the importance of both contributions in Lewis formula representations, two resonance formulas should be given for all compounds, namely, the canonical form with formal charges denoting covalency and the arrow notation pointing from the donor to the acceptor atom to emphasis ionicity. If the Lewis formula mainly serves to show the atomic connectivity, the most significant should be shown. Thus, it is legitimate to present aminoalanes using arrows; however, for phosphinoboranes the canonical form with formal charges is more appropriate.

  17. Molecular design of donor-acceptor dyes for efficient dye-sensitized solar cells I: a DFT study.

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    El-Shishtawy, Reda M; Asiri, Abdullah M; Aziz, Saadullah G; Elroby, Shaaban A K

    2014-06-01

    Dye-sensitized solar cells (DSSCs) have drawn great attention as low cost and high performance alternatives to conventional photovoltaic devices. The molecular design presented in this work is based on the use of pyran type dyes as donor based on frontier molecular orbitals (FMO) and theoretical UV-visible spectra in combination with squaraine type dyes as an acceptor. Density functional theory has been used to investigate several derivatives of pyran type dyes for a better dye design based on optimization of absorption, regeneration, and recombination processes in gas phase. The frontier molecular orbital (FMO) of the HOMO and LUMO energy levels plays an important role in the efficiency of DSSCs. These energies contribute to the generation of exciton, charge transfer, dissociation and exciton recombination. The computations of the geometries and electronic structures for the predicted dyes were performed using the B3LYP/6-31+G** level of theory. The FMO energies (EHOMO, ELUMO) of the studied dyes are calculated and analyzed in the terms of the UV-visible absorption spectra, which have been examined using time-dependent density functional theory (TD-DFT) techniques. This study examined absorption properties of pyran based on theoretical UV-visible absorption spectra, with comparisons between TD-DFT using B3LYP, PBE, and TPSSH functionals with 6-31+G (d) and 6-311++G** basis sets. The results provide a valuable guide for the design of donor-acceptor (D-A) dyes with high molar absorptivity and current conversion in DSSCs. The theoretical results indicated 4-(dicyanomethylene)-2-methyl-6-(p-dimethylaminostyryl)-4H-pyran dye (D2-Me) can be effectively used as a donor dye for DSSCs. This dye has a low energy gap by itself and a high energy gap with squaraine acceptor type dye, the design that reduces the recombination and improves the photocurrent generation in solar cell.

  18. Donor-acceptor-structured 1,4-diazatriphenylene derivatives exhibiting thermally activated delayed fluorescence: design and synthesis, photophysical properties and OLED characteristics

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    Takahashi, Takehiro; Shizu, Katsuyuki; Yasuda, Takuma; Togashi, Kazunori; Adachi, Chihaya

    2014-06-01

    A new series of luminescent 1,4-diazatriphenylene (ATP) derivatives with various peripheral donor units, including phenoxazine, 9,9-dimethylacridane and 3-(diphenylamino)carbazole, is synthesized and characterized as thermally activated delayed fluorescence (TADF) emitters. The influence of the donor substituents on the electronic and photophysical properties of the materials is investigated by theoretical calculations and experimental spectroscopic measurements. These ATP-based molecules with donor-acceptor-donor (D-A-D) structures can reduce the singlet-triplet energy gap (0.04-0.26 eV) upon chemical modification of the ATP core, and thus exhibit obvious TADF characteristics in solution and doped thin films. As a demonstration of the potential of these materials, organic light-emitting diodes containing the D-A-D-structured ATP derivatives as emitters are fabricated and tested. External electroluminescence quantum efficiencies above 12% and 8% for green- and sky-blue-emitting devices, respectively, are achieved.

  19. Donor-acceptor-structured 1,4-diazatriphenylene derivatives exhibiting thermally activated delayed fluorescence: design and synthesis, photophysical properties and OLED characteristics.

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    Takahashi, Takehiro; Shizu, Katsuyuki; Yasuda, Takuma; Togashi, Kazunori; Adachi, Chihaya

    2014-06-01

    A new series of luminescent 1,4-diazatriphenylene (ATP) derivatives with various peripheral donor units, including phenoxazine, 9,9-dimethylacridane and 3-(diphenylamino)carbazole, is synthesized and characterized as thermally activated delayed fluorescence (TADF) emitters. The influence of the donor substituents on the electronic and photophysical properties of the materials is investigated by theoretical calculations and experimental spectroscopic measurements. These ATP-based molecules with donor-acceptor-donor (D-A-D) structures can reduce the singlet-triplet energy gap (0.04-0.26 eV) upon chemical modification of the ATP core, and thus exhibit obvious TADF characteristics in solution and doped thin films. As a demonstration of the potential of these materials, organic light-emitting diodes containing the D-A-D-structured ATP derivatives as emitters are fabricated and tested. External electroluminescence quantum efficiencies above 12% and 8% for green- and sky-blue-emitting devices, respectively, are achieved.

  20. Solution-grown organic single-crystalline donor-acceptor heterojunctions for photovoltaics.

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    Li, Hanying; Fan, Congcheng; Fu, Weifei; Xin, Huolin L; Chen, Hongzheng

    2015-01-12

    Organic single crystals are ideal candidates for high-performance photovoltaics due to their high charge mobility and long exciton diffusion length; however, they have not been largely considered for photovoltaics due to the practical difficulty in making a heterojunction between donor and acceptor single crystals. Here, we demonstrate that extended single-crystalline heterojunctions with a consistent donor-top and acceptor-bottom structure throughout the substrate can be simply obtained from a mixed solution of C60 (acceptor) and 3,6-bis(5-(4-n-butylphenyl)thiophene-2-yl)-2,5-bis(2-ethylhexyl)pyrrolo[3,4-c]pyrrole-1,4-dione (donor). 46 photovoltaic devices were studied with the power conversion efficiency of (0.255±0.095)% under 1 sun, which is significantly higher than the previously reported value for a vapor-grown organic single-crystalline donor-acceptor heterojunction (0.007%). As such, this work opens a practical avenue for the study of organic photovoltaics based on single crystals.

  1. Density of states determination in organic donor-acceptor blend layers enabled by molecular doping

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    Fischer, Janine; Ray, Debdutta; Kleemann, Hans; Pahner, Paul; Schwarze, Martin; Koerner, Christian; Vandewal, Koen; Leo, Karl

    2015-06-01

    Charge carrier transport is a key parameter determining the efficiency of organic solar cells, and is closely related to the density of free and trapped states. For trap characterization, impedance spectroscopy is a suitable, non-invasive method, applicable to complete organic semiconductor devices. In order to contribute to the capacitive signal, the traps must be filled with charge carriers. Typically, trap filling is achieved by illuminating the device or by injecting charge carriers through application of a forward bias voltage. However, in both cases, the exact number of charge carriers in the device is not known and depends strongly on the measurement conditions. Here, hole trap states of the model blend layer ZnPc:C60 are filled by weak p-doping, enabling trap characterization in a blend layer at a controlled hole density. We evaluate impedance spectra at different temperatures in order to determine the density of occupied states (DOOS) directly from the capacitance-frequency spectra by assuming a simple energy diagram. The reconstructed DOOS distribution is analyzed at different doping concentrations and device thicknesses and compared to thermally stimulated current measurements performed on the same devices. In both methods, a pronounced Gaussian peak at about 0.4 eV below the transport level is found as well as deep, exponential tail states, providing a deeper insight into the density of states distribution of this donor-acceptor blend layer. Additionally, the effect of doping-induced trap filling on the solar cell characteristics is studied in these devices.

  2. Analysis of degradation mechanisms in donor-acceptor copolymer based organic photovoltaic devices using impedance spectroscopy

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    Srivastava, S. B.; Sonar, P.; Singh, S. P.

    2016-09-01

    The stability of organic photovoltaic (OPV) devices in ambient conditions has been a serious issue which needs to be addressed and resolved timely. In order to probe the degradation mechanism in a donor-acceptor polymer PDPP-TNT: PC71BM bulk heterojunction based OPV devices, we have studied current density-voltage (J-V) behavior and impedance spectroscopy of fresh and aged devices. The current-voltage characteristic of optimized fresh devices exhibit a short circuit current density (J sc) of 8.9 mA cm-2, open circuit voltage (V oc) of 0.79 V, fill factor (FF) of 54.6%, and power conversion efficiency (PCE) of 3.8%. For aged devices, J sc, V oc, FF, and PCE were reduced to 57.3%, 89.8%, 44.3% and 23.7% of its initial value, respectively. The impedance spectra measured under illumination for these devices were successfully fitted using a CPE-based circuit model. For aged devices, the low-frequency response in impedance spectra suggests an accumulation of the photo-generated charge carriers at the interfaces which leads to a significant lowering in fill factor. Such degradation in device performance is attributed to the incorporation of oxygen and water molecules in devices. An increase in the recombination resistance indicates a deterioration of free charge carrier generation and conduction in devices.

  3. Oligomeric Dithienopyrrole-Thienopyrrolodione (DTP-TPD) Donor-Acceptor Copolymer for Organic Photovoltaics: Preprint

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    Hammond, S. R.; Braunecker, W.; Garcia, A.; Larsen, R.; Owczarczyk, Z.; Olson, D.; Ginley, D.

    2011-07-01

    A new donor-acceptor copolymer system based upon a dithienopyrrole (DTP) donor moiety and a thienopyrrolodione (TPD) accepting moiety has been designed and synthesized for organic photovoltaic (OPV) applications. The TPD accepting moiety has recently gained significant attention in the OPV community and is being incorporated into a number of different polymer systems. In contrast, the DTP donor moiety has received only limited attention, likely due in part to synthetic difficulties relating to the monomer. In our hands, the bis(trimethyltin)-DTP monomer was indelibly contaminated with ~5% of the mono-destannylated DTP, which limited the Stille polymerization with the dibromo-TPD monomer (>99% pure) to produce material with Mn ~ 4130 g/mol (PDI = 1.10), corresponding to around eight repeat units. Despite this limitation, UV-visible absorption spectroscopy demonstrates strong absorption for this material with a band gap of ~1.6 eV. Cyclic voltammetry indicates a highest occupied molecular orbital (HOMO) energy level of -5.3 eV, which is much lower than calculations predicted. Initial bulk heterojunction OPV devices fabricated with the fullerene acceptor phenyl C61 butyric acid methyl ester (PCBM) exhibit Voc ~ 700 mV, which supports the deep HOMO value obtained from CV. These results suggest the promise of this copolymer system.

  4. Revealing the Chemistry and Morphology of Buried Donor/Acceptor Interfaces in Organic Photovoltaics.

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    Griffin, Monroe P; Gearba, Raluca; Stevenson, Keith J; Vanden Bout, David A; Dolocan, Andrei

    2017-07-06

    With power conversion efficiencies (PCEs) of <13% and plagued by stability issues, organic photovoltaics (OPVs) still lack wide adoption, despite significant recent advances. Currently, the most progress in OPV device performance is achieved by "trial-and-error" preparation procedures that lead to complex and largely unknown-despite tremendous analytical efforts-morphologies. Here, we demonstrate a proof-of-principle, chemical imaging methodology that combines experimental high spatial sensitivity and chemical selectivity with theoretical modeling, capable of analyzing the three-dimensional composition and morphology of virtually any device. Allowing the precise measurement of composition and direct visualization of film morphology with depth, our approach reveals the intricate buried donor/acceptor (D/A) interface of a model polymer/fullerene system, poly(3-hexylthiphene-2,5-diyl)/[6,6]-phenyl-C61-butyric acid methyl ester (P3HT/PCBM). In particular, our technique is able to identify and quantify the D/A interface length, that is, the extent of molecular mixing at the D/A interface, a parameter crucial for device performance, yet never measured. Extracting this parameter allows demonstrating that, contrary to the general understanding, when starting with a fully mixed D/A phase in our model system, thermal annealing, which is known to substantially (however limited) increase the device performance by phase segregation, does not create but small amounts of pure phases, leaving the device mostly mixed, which limits the performance improvement.

  5. Unusual doping of donor-acceptor-type conjugated polymers using lewis acids.

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    Poverenov, Elena; Zamoshchik, Natalia; Patra, Asit; Ridelman, Yonatan; Bendikov, Michael

    2014-04-02

    Conjugated polymers that can undergo unusual nonoxidative doping were designed. A series of polymers based on donor-acceptor-donor (DAD) moieties 2,1,3-benzoselenadiazole, 2,1,3-benzothiadiazole, 2,1,3-benzoxadiazolebenzo[2,1,5]oxodiazole, and 2-hexylbenzotriazole as acceptor fragments and 3,4-ethylenedioxyselenophene (EDOS) and 3,4-ethylenedioxythiophene (EDOT) as donor fragments was prepared. When the studied polymers were reacted with Lewis acids and bases, notable optical switching and conductivity changes were observed, evidencing the exceptional case of efficient nonoxidative doping/dedoping. Remarkably, in previously reported works, coordination of Lewis acids causes band gap shift but not doping of the conductive polymer, while in the present study, coordination of Lewis acid to highly donating EDOT and EDOS moieties led to polymer doping. The polymers show remarkable stability after numerous switching cycles from neutral to doped states and vice versa and can be switched both electrochemically and chemically. The reactivity of the prepared polymers with Lewis acids and bases of different strengths was studied. Calculation studies of the Lewis acid coordination mode, its effect on polymer energies and band gap, support the unusual doping. The reported doping approach opens up the possibility to control the conjugation, color change, and switching of states of conjugated polymers without oxidation.

  6. Multiple Charge Transfer States at Ordered and Disordered Donor/Acceptor Interfaces

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    Fusella, Michael; Verreet, Bregt; Lin, Yunhui; Brigeman, Alyssa; Purdum, Geoffrey; Loo, Yueh-Lin; Giebink, Noel; Rand, Barry

    The presence of charge transfer (CT) states in organic solar cells is accepted, but their role in photocurrent generation is not well understood. Here we investigate solar cells based on rubrene and C60 to show that CT state properties are influenced by molecular ordering at the donor/acceptor (D/A) interface. Crystalline rubrene films are produced with domains of 100s of microns adopting the orthorhombic phase, as confirmed by grazing incidence XRD, with the (h00) planes parallel to the substrate. C60 grown atop these films adopts a highly oriented face-centered cubic phase with the (111) plane parallel to the substrate. For this highly ordered system we have discovered the presence of four CT states. Polarized external quantum efficiency (EQE) measurements assign three of these to crystalline origins with the remaining one well aligned with the disordered CT state. Varying the thickness of a disordered blend of rubrene:C60 atop the rubrene template modulates the degree of crystallinity at the D/A interface. Strikingly, this process alters the prominence of the four CT states measured via EQE, and results in a transition from single to multiple electroluminescence peaks. These results underscore the impact of molecular structure at the heterojunction on charge photogeneration.

  7. Radiative donor-acceptor pair recombination in TlInS2 single crystals

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    Aydinli, A.; Gasanly, N. M.; Yilmaz, I.; Serpengüzel, A.

    1999-07-01

    Photoluminescence (PL) spectra of TlInS2 layered single crystals were investigated in the 500-860 nm wavelength region and in the 11.5-100 K temperature range. We observed two PL bands centred at 515 nm (2.41 eV, A band) and 816 nm (1.52 eV, B band) at T = 11.5 K and an excitation intensity of 7.24 W cm-2. A detailed study of the A band was carried out as a function of temperature and excitation laser intensity. A red shift of the A band position was observed for both increasing temperature and decreasing excitation laser intensity in the range from 0.12 to 7.24 W cm-2. Analysis of the data indicates that the A band is due to radiative transitions from the moderately deep donor level located at 0.25 eV below the bottom of the conduction band to the shallow acceptor level located at 0.02 eV above the top of the valence band. An energy-level diagram for radiative donor-acceptor pair transitions in TlInS2 layered single crystals is proposed.

  8. Photoinduced charge transfer and electrochemical properties of triphenylamine I(h)-Sc3N@C80 donor-acceptor conjugates.

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    Pinzón, Julio R; Gasca, Diana C; Sankaranarayanan, Shankara G; Bottari, Giovanni; Torres, Tomás; Guldi, Dirk M; Echegoyen, Luis

    2009-06-10

    Two isomeric [5,6]-pyrrolidine-I(h)-Sc(3)N@C(80) electron donor-acceptor conjugates containing triphenylamine (TPA) as the donor system were synthesized. Electrochemical and photophysical studies of the novel conjugates were made and compared with those of their C(60) analogues, in order to determine (i) the effect of the linkage position (N-substituted versus 2-substituted pyrrolidine) of the donor system in the formation of photoinduced charge separated states, (ii) the thermal stability toward the retro-cycloaddition reaction, and (iii) the effect of changing C(60) for I(h)-Sc(3)N@C(80) as the electron acceptor. It was found that when the donor is connected to the pyrrolidine nitrogen atom, the resulting dyad produces a significantly longer lived radical pair than the corresponding 2-substituted isomer for both the C(60) and I(h)-Sc(3)N@C(80) dyads. In addition to that, the N-substituted TPA-I(h)-Sc(3)N@C(80) dyad has much better thermal stability than the 2-substituted one. Finally, the I(h)-Sc(3)N@C(80) dyads have considerably longer lived charge separated states than their C(60) analogues, thus approving the advantage of using I(h)-Sc(3)N@C(80) instead of C(60) as the acceptor for the construction of fullerene based donor-acceptor conjugates. These findings are important for the design and future application of I(h)-Sc(3)N@C(80) dyads as materials for the construction of plastic organic solar cells.

  9. High-Resolution Kelvin Probe Force Microscopy Imaging of Interface Dipoles and Photogenerated Charges in Organic Donor-Acceptor Photovoltaic Blends.

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    Fuchs, Franz; Caffy, Florent; Demadrille, Renaud; Mélin, Thierry; Grévin, Benjamin

    2016-01-26

    We present noncontact atomic force microscopy and Kelvin probe force microscopy studies of nanophase segregated photovoltaic blends based on an oligothiophene-fluorenone oligomer and [6,6]-phenyl C70 butyric acid methyl ester. We carried out a complete analysis of the influence of the tip-surface interaction regime on the topographic, in-dark contact potential and surface photovoltage contrasts. It is demonstrated that an optimal lateral resolution is achieved for all channels below the onset of a contrast in the damping images. With the support of electrostatic simulations, it is shown that in-dark contact potential difference contrasts above subsurface acceptor clusters are consistent with an uneven distribution of permanent charges at the donor-acceptor interfaces. A remarkable dependence of the surface photovoltage magnitude with respect to the tip-surface distance is evidenced and attributed to a local enhancement of the electromagnetic field at the tip apex.

  10. Contrasting performance of donor-acceptor copolymer pairs in ternary blend solar cells and two-acceptor copolymers in binary blend solar cells.

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    Khlyabich, Petr P; Rudenko, Andrey E; Burkhart, Beate; Thompson, Barry C

    2015-02-04

    Here two contrasting approaches to polymer-fullerene solar cells are compared. In the first approach, two distinct semi-random donor-acceptor copolymers are blended with phenyl-C61-butyric acid methyl ester (PC61BM) to form ternary blend solar cells. The two poly(3-hexylthiophene)-based polymers contain either the acceptor thienopyrroledione (TPD) or diketopyrrolopyrrole (DPP). In the second approach, semi-random donor-acceptor copolymers containing both TPD and DPP acceptors in the same polymer backbone, termed two-acceptor polymers, are blended with PC61BM to give binary blend solar cells. The two approaches result in bulk heterojunction solar cells that have the same molecular active-layer components but differ in the manner in which these molecular components are mixed, either by physical mixing (ternary blend) or chemical "mixing" in the two-acceptor (binary blend) case. Optical properties and photon-to-electron conversion efficiencies of the binary and ternary blends were found to have similar features and were described as a linear combination of the individual components. At the same time, significant differences were observed in the open-circuit voltage (Voc) behaviors of binary and ternary blend solar cells. While in case of two-acceptor polymers, the Voc was found to be in the range of 0.495-0.552 V, ternary blend solar cells showed behavior inherent to organic alloy formation, displaying an intermediate, composition-dependent and tunable Voc in the range from 0.582 to 0.684 V, significantly exceeding the values achieved in the two-acceptor containing binary blend solar cells. Despite the differences between the physical and chemical mixing approaches, both pathways provided solar cells with similar power conversion efficiencies, highlighting the advantages of both pathways toward highly efficient organic solar cells.

  11. Boron(III)-Containing Donor-Acceptor Compound with Goldlike Reflective Behavior for Organic Resistive Memory Devices.

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    Poon, Chun-Ting; Wu, Di; Yam, Vivian Wing-Wah

    2016-03-07

    A small-molecule-based boron(III)-containing donor-acceptor compound has been designed and synthesized. Interesting goldlike reflective behavior was observed in the neat thin-film sample from simple spin-coating preparation, which can serve as a potential organic thin-film optical reflector. The small thickness in nanometer range and the relatively smooth surface morphology, together with simple preparation and easy solution processability, are attractive features for opening up new avenues for the fabrication of reflective coatings. Moreover, this donor-acceptor compound has been employed in the fabrication of organic resistive memory device, which exhibited good performance with low turn-on voltage, small operating bias, large ON/OFF ratio, and long retention time. © 2016 WILEY-VCH Verlag GmbH & Co. KGaA, Weinheim.

  12. Development and Characterization of New Donor-Acceptor Conjugated Polymers and Fullerene Nanoparticles for High Performance Bulk Heterojunction Solar Cells

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    2011-01-14

    Nanoparticles for High Performance Bulk Heterojunction Solar Cells Jan. 14,2011 Name of Principal Investigators: Kung-Hwa Wei - e-mail address : khwei...donor-π-bridge-acceptor side chains for high efficiency polymer solar cells . Different from the commonly used linear D-A conjugated polymers, the...Development and Characterization of New Donor-Acceptor Conjugated Polymers and Fullerene Nanoparticles for High Performance Bulk Heterojunction Solar Cells

  13. Donor/Acceptor Molecular Orientation-Dependent Photovoltaic Performance in All-Polymer Solar Cells.

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    Zhou, Ke; Zhang, Rui; Liu, Jiangang; Li, Mingguang; Yu, Xinhong; Xing, Rubo; Han, Yanchun

    2015-11-18

    The correlated donor/acceptor (D/A) molecular orientation plays a crucial role in solution-processed all-polymer solar cells in term of photovoltaic performance. For the conjugated polymers PTB7-th and P(NDI2OD-T2), the preferential molecular orientation of neat PTB7-th films kept face-on regardless of the properties of processing solvents. However, an increasing content of face-on molecular orientation in the neat P(NDI2OD-T2) films could be found by changing processing solvents from chloronaphthalene (CN) and o-dichlorobenzene (oDCB) to chlorobenzene (CB). Besides, the neat P(NDI2OD-T2) films also exhibited a transformation of preferential molecular orientation from face-on to edge-on when extending film drying time by casting in the same solution. Consequently, a distribution diagram of molecular orientation for P(NDI2OD-T2) films was depicted and the same trend could be observed for the PTB7-th/P(NDI2OD-T2) blend films. By manufacture of photovoltaic devices with blend films, the relationship between the correlated D/A molecular orientation and device performance was established. The short-circuit current (Jsc) of devices processed by CN, oDCB, and CB enhanced gradually from 1.24 to 8.86 mA/cm(2) with the correlated D/A molecular orientation changing from face-on/edge-on to face-on/face-on, which could be attributed to facile exciton dissociation at D/A interface with the same molecular orientation. Therefore, the power conversion efficiency (PCE) of devices processed by CN, oDCB, and CB improved from 0.53% to 3.52% ultimately.

  14. Methylene-bridged, intramolecular donor-acceptor systems based on rare-earth metals and phosphinomethanides.

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    Pieper, Martin; Lamm, Jan-Hendrik; Neumann, Beate; Stammler, Hans-Georg; Mitzel, Norbert W

    2017-04-06

    New geminally bonded intramolecular donor-acceptor systems, Cp2LnCH2PR2 (Ln = Y, Ho, Er, R = CHMe2, CMe3), were prepared by salt elimination reactions between the dicyclopentadienyl-element chlorides (Cp2LnCl, Ln = Y, Ho, Er) and diorganylphosphinomethanides (R2PCH2Li; R = CHMe2, CMe3). These compounds, 1-6, were characterized by elemental analyses, mass spectrometry and X-ray diffraction experiments and the yttrium species additionally by NMR spectroscopy. In the solid state the molecular structures differ from each other, depending on the steric demand of the phosphorus substituents. For all iso-Pr-substituted compounds, dimers [Cp2LnCH2P(CHMe2)2]2 with six-membered Ln-C-P-Ln-C-P rings in a chair-like conformation were observed. The sterically more demanding tert-butyl groups prevent dimerization but instead lead to species that undergo complexation of LiCl units by two monomers: [Cp2LnCH2P(CMe3)2·LiCl]. The solution NMR data for the yttrium compounds are consistent with the solid-state structures. Conversion with phenylacetylene afforded heteroleptic cyclobutane-like alkynyl-rare-earth metal complexes [Cp2Ln(μ-C[triple bond, length as m-dash]CPh)]2 [Ln = Y (7), Ho (8), Er (9)]. Treatment of compounds 1-6 with 1,8-diethynylanthracene led to single metalation and dimerization and products with similar structural motifs as observed for complexes 7-9. Reactions with dihydrogen and carbon dioxide resulted in Y-C bond breaking, yielding Cp2YH/R2PCH3 and CO2 insertion products, respectively.

  15. A donor-acceptor pair for the real time study of vibrational energy transfer in proteins.

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    Müller-Werkmeister, Henrike M; Bredenbeck, Jens

    2014-02-21

    Vibrational energy transfer (VET) is believed to play an important role in protein function. Theoretical studies predict highly directional, anisotropic VET in proteins. Distinct energy transfer pathways which connect distant functional sites in proteins have been proposed by simulations, indicating a function in allosteric communication. Experimental evidence for such pathways, however, is lacking. In small molecules, ultrafast vibrational pump-probe spectroscopy has been used to investigate VET between different parts of a molecule in great detail. Here, we address the requirements for extending this powerful approach to proteins and present a protein-compatible donor-acceptor pair for the real time investigation of VET. This VET pair consists of two non-native amino acids, β-(1-azulenyl)-alanine and azidohomoalanine, which can be positioned site-specifically and are found to be very well suited for spectroscopic studies of VET. Important for the study of proteins, co-translational incorporation of each of the amino acids has been demonstrated before using mutually independent approaches of protein engineering. We investigated the performance of the proposed VET pair in a model peptide which is designed to contain additional characteristic vibrational modes frequently used in infrared spectroscopy of proteins. Despite a larger inter-residue distance, we find that our VET acceptor generates a major signal that is easily observed compared to the other vibrational modes in the congested parts of the spectrum. We find sufficient signal size at concentrations compatible with proteins and over distances that will allow tracking of energy flow along predicted transfer pathways.

  16. Optimization of Donor-Acceptor Substitution for Large Optical Non-linearities in Small Organic Molecules

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    Beels, Marten

    The determination of the wavelength dependence of the complex third-order polarizability of organic molecules delivers information on the mechanisms of resonance enhancement and allows for comparison of the two-photon absorption cross sections on their peak to the off-resonant third-order polarizabilities. The experimental technique of degenerate four-wave mixing offers several advantages over other comparable techniques, including sensitivity, background-free signal, automatization, and information on excited state lifetimes. This work uses experimental data, computational chemistry, and analysis of the relevant terms in the sum-over-states quantum mechanics expression to analyze the significant contributions to the third-order polarizability, mechanisms of resonance enhancement, and comparison of the off resonant values, to peak resonant values. This information provides insight to the structure-property relationships for the third-order polarizability, allows for comparison to fundamental limits, and assessment of the potential for molecules to form solid state materials with a large third-order susceptibility. The use of donor-acceptor (D/A) substitution allows for the realization of small molecules with large third-order polarizabilities. However, in contrast to symmetric non-D/A oligomers that have third-order polarizabilities which scale by a power law as the molecule is made larger, D/A substituted molecules only scale up to a certain length, beyond which the molecule is over-extended and the third-order polarizability does not increase further. This work will analyze the scaling of non-D/A and D/A substituted molecules, determine the optimum length for D/A substituted molecules, and explain the physics of the saturation.

  17. Blinking fluorescence of single donor-acceptor pairs: important role of "dark'' states in resonance energy transfer via singlet levels.

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    Osad'ko, I S; Shchukina, A L

    2012-06-01

    The influence of triplet levels on Förster resonance energy transfer via singlet levels in donor-acceptor (D-A) pairs is studied. Four types of D-A pair are considered: (i) two-level donor and two-level acceptor, (ii) three-level donor and two-level acceptor, (iii) two-level donor and three-level acceptor, and (iv) three-level donor and three-level acceptor. If singlet-triplet transitions in a three-level acceptor molecule are ineffective, the energy transfer efficiency E=I_{A}/(I_{A}+I_{D}), where I_{D} and I_{A} are the average intensities of donor and acceptor fluorescence, can be described by the simple theoretical equation E(F)=FT_{D}/(1+FT_{D}). Here F is the rate of energy transfer, and T_{D} is the donor fluorescence lifetime. In accordance with the last equation, 100% of the donor electronic energy can be transferred to an acceptor molecule at FT_{D}≫1. However, if singlet-triplet transitions in a three-level acceptor molecule are effective, the energy transfer efficiency is described by another theoretical equation, E(F)=F[over ¯](F)T_{D}/[1+F[over ¯](F)T_{D}]. Here F[over ¯](F) is a function of F depending on singlet-triplet transitions in both donor and acceptor molecules. Expressions for the functions F[over ¯](F) are derived. In this case the energy transfer efficiency will be far from 100% even at FT_{D}≫1. The character of the intensity fluctuations of donor and acceptor fluorescence indicates which of the two equations for E(F) should be used to find the value of the rate F. Therefore, random time instants of photon emission in both donor and acceptor fluorescence are calculated by the Monte Carlo method for all four types of D-A pair. Theoretical expressions for start-stop correlators (waiting time distributions) in donor and acceptor fluorescence are derived. The probabilities w_{N}^{D}(t) and w_{N}^{A}(t) of finding N photons of donor and acceptor fluorescence in the time interval t are calculated for various values of the energy

  18. Theoretical Investigation of Donor-Acceptor Copolymers Based on C-, Si-, and Ge-Bridged Thieno[3,2- b]dithiophene for Organic Solar Cell Applications

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    Liu, Xiaorui; Huang, Chengzhi; Shen, Wei; He, Rongxing; Li, Ming

    2016-10-01

    The aim of this work is to modify the electron-donating block in donor-acceptor (D-A) copolymers to improve their electronic and photophysical properties for organic solar cell (OSC) applications. Based on the reported polymer PCPDTTTTz (Pa1), which includes electron-rich cyclopenta[2,1- b:3,4- b']dithiophene (CPDT), electron-withdrawing tetrazine, and bridge thiophene, we substituted CPDT with electron-rich dithienocyclopentadithiophene, dithienosiloledithiophene, and dithienogermolodithiophene to design three D-A copolymers (Pa2 to Pa4). The calculation results indicate that Pa3 and Pa4 show lower highest occupied molecular orbital (HOMO)/lowest unoccupied molecular orbital (LUMO) energy levels and larger open-circuit voltage ( V oc) than Pa1. Polymers Pa2 to Pa4 exhibit better performance with stronger and wider optical absorption and good hole transport properties in comparison with Pa1. The predicted power conversion efficiencies for the designed polymers Pa2 to Pa4 in OSC applications are ˜5.7%, ˜5.9%, and 6.0%, respectively. These results clearly indicate that modifying the electron-donating block in D-A copolymers can effectively improve their electronic and photophysical properties and OSC performance. The designed polymers Pa2 to Pa4 may be promising donor candidates for OSC applications.

  19. Required Equipment for Photo-Switchable Donor-Acceptor (D-A) Dyad Interfacial Self-Assembled Monolayers for Organic Photovoltaic Cells

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    2014-01-24

    Effects on interfacial morphology and charge injection in organic light-emitting diodes. Thin Solid Films 2007, 515 (5), 2833-2841. 3. Lee, J.; Jung...HBCU) - Required Equipment for Photo-switchable Donor- Acceptor (D-A) Dyad Interfacial Self-Assembled Monolayers for Organic Photovoltaic Cells...Equipment for Photo-switchable Donor-Acceptor (D-A) Dyad Interfacial Self-Assembled Monolayers for Organic Photovoltaic Cells" N/A FA9550-12-1-0468 CFDA

  20. Charge trapping in polymer dielectrics and potentials at organic donor-acceptor junctions-the role of interface and bulk contributions

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    Alley, Olivia

    Organic electronics have attracted increasing interest during the past decade due to their potential applications in transparent, large-area, printable, and stretchable devices. Solution based material deposition considerably reduces processing costs, and allows the use of non-standard substrates in device design. Many organic electronic device parameters are controlled by interfacial as well as bulk properties. Organic donor-acceptor junctions are relevant to organic photovoltaics (OPVs) as well as organic light emitting diodes (OLEDs). In an OPV, interfacial potentials between the hole transporting (donor) organic semiconductor (OSC) and electron transporting OSC (acceptor) lead to separation and recombination of electrons and holes. The mechanisms behind interfacial potential formation in organic donor-acceptor junctions are not fully understood and are an active area of study. In this thesis, the interfacial potential was measured, and interface and bulk contributions were separated by fabricating lateral organic donor-acceptor junctions both with and without a gap between the donor and acceptor materials. Contact between the donor and acceptor materials increases the interfacial potential beyond that calculated from bulk values. This can be explained through differences in electron affinity of the donor and acceptor, and also by differences in the delocalization of molecular orbitals (MOs) of the two OSC films. Greater delocalization of MOs allows for electron donation to adjacent molecules, a surprising result in organic electronics. In addition, the effect of the substrate on the potential was examined. The field is persistently negative on the acceptor side when the junction is made on a SiO2 substrate. When Al2Oi3, a substrate with higher dielectric constant, is used, the field decreases in one case, and reverses in the other. For organic field effect transistors (OFETs), the instability of switching voltages is an interface-dominated issue which causes

  1. Ultrafast Charge Recombination Dynamics in Ternary Electron Donor-Acceptor Complexes: (Benzene)2-Tetracyanoethylene Complexes.

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    Chiu, Chih-Chung; Hung, Chih-Chang; Cheng, Po-Yuan

    2016-12-08

    The charge-transfer (CT) state relaxation dynamics of the binary (1:1) and ternary (2:1) benzene/tetracyanoethylene (BZ/TCNE) complexes are reported. Steady-state and ultrafast time-resolved broadband fluorescence (TRFL) spectra of TCNE dissolved in a series of BZ/CCl4 mixed solvents are measured to elucidate the spectroscopic properties of the BZ/TCNE complexes and their CT-state relaxation dynamics. Both steady-state and TRFL spectra exhibit marked BZ concentration dependences, which can be attributed to the formation of two types of 2:1 complexes in the ground and excited states. By combining with the density functional theory (DFT) calculations, it was concluded that the BZ concentration dependence of the absorption spectra is mainly due to the formation and excitation of the sandwich-type 2:1 ternary complexes, whereas the changes in fluorescence spectra at high BZ concentrations are due to the formation of the asymmetric-type 2:1 ternary complex CT1 state. A unified mechanism involving both direct excitation and secondary formation of the 2:1 complexes CT states are proposed to account for the observations. The equilibrium charge recombination (CR) time constant of the 1:1 CT1 state is determined to be ∼150 ps in CCl4, whereas that of the 2:1 DDA-type CT1 state becomes ∼70 ps in 10% BZ/CCl4 and ∼34 ps in pure BZ. The CR rates and the CT1-S0 energy gap of these complexes in different solvents exhibit a correlation conforming to the Marcus inverted region. It is concluded that partial charge resonance occurring between the two adjacent BZs in the asymmetric-type 2:1 CT1-state reduces the CR reaction exothermicity and increases the CR rate.

  2. New organic donor-acceptor-π-acceptor sensitizers for efficient dye-sensitized solar cells and photocatalytic hydrogen evolution under visible-light irradiation.

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    Li, Xing; Cui, Shicong; Wang, Dan; Zhou, Ying; Zhou, Hao; Hu, Yue; Liu, Jin-Gang; Long, Yitao; Wu, Wenjun; Hua, Jianli; Tian, He

    2014-10-01

    Two organic donor-acceptor-π-acceptor (D-A-π-A) sensitizers (AQ and AP), containing quinoxaline/pyrido[3,4-b]pyrazine as the auxiliary acceptor, have been. Through fine-tuning of the auxiliary acceptor, a higher designed and synthesized photoelectric conversion efficiency of 6.02% for the AQ-based dye-sensitized solar cells under standard global AM1.5 solar conditions was achieved. Also, it was found that AQ-Pt/TiO2 photocatalysts displayed a better rate of H2 evolution under visible-light irradiation (420 nm<λ<780 nm) because of the stability of the oxidized states and the lower rates of electron recombination. Importantly, sensitizers AQ and AP-Pt/TiO2 showed strong photocatalytic activity during continuous light soaking for 10 h with methanol as the sacrificial electron donor. Additionally, the processes of their intermolecular electron transfer were further investigated theoretically by using time-dependent DFT. The calculated results indicate that the auxiliary acceptor plays the role of an electron trap and results in broad spectral responses. © 2014 WILEY-VCH Verlag GmbH & Co. KGaA, Weinheim.

  3. A Combined Theoretical and Experimental Study of Dissociation of Charge Transfer States at the Donor-Acceptor Interface of Organic Solar Cells.

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    Tscheuschner, Steffen; Bässler, Heinz; Huber, Katja; Köhler, Anna

    2015-08-13

    The observation that in efficient organic solar cells almost all electron-hole pairs generated at the donor-acceptor interface escape from their mutual coulomb potential remains to be a conceptual challenge. It has been argued that it is the excess energy dissipated in the course of electron or hole transfer at the interface that assists this escape process. The current work demonstrates that this concept is unnecessary to explain the field dependence of electron-hole dissociation. It is based upon the formalism developed by Arkhipov and co-workers as well as Baranovskii and co-workers. The key idea is that the binding energy of the dissociating "cold" charge-transfer state is reduced by delocalization of the hole along the polymer chain, quantified in terms of an "effective mass", as well as the fractional strength of dipoles existent at the interface in the dark. By covering a broad parameter space, we determine the conditions for efficient electron-hole dissociation. Spectroscopy of the charge-transfer state on bilayer solar cells as well as measurements of the field dependence of the dissociation yield over a broad temperature range support the theoretical predictions.

  4. Modeling of molecular photocells: Application to two-level photovoltaic system with electron-hole interaction

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    Nemati Aram, Tahereh; Anghel-Vasilescu, Petrutza; Asgari, Asghar; Ernzerhof, Matthias; Mayou, Didier

    2016-09-01

    We present a novel simple model to describe molecular photocells where the energy conversion process takes place by a single molecular donor-acceptor complex attached to electrodes. By applying quantum scattering theory, an open quantum system method, the coherent molecular photocell is described by a wave function. We analyze photon absorption, energy conversion, and quantum yield of a molecular photocell by considering the effects of electron-hole interaction and non-radiative recombination. We model the exciton creation, dissociation, and subsequent effects on quantum yield in the energy domain. We find that depending on the photocell structure, the electron-hole interaction can normally decrease or abnormally increase the cell efficiency. The proposed model helps to understand the mechanisms of molecular photocells, and it can be used to optimize their yield.

  5. Modeling of molecular photocells: Application to two-level photovoltaic system with electron-hole interaction.

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    Nemati Aram, Tahereh; Anghel-Vasilescu, Petrutza; Asgari, Asghar; Ernzerhof, Matthias; Mayou, Didier

    2016-09-28

    We present a novel simple model to describe molecular photocells where the energy conversion process takes place by a single molecular donor-acceptor complex attached to electrodes. By applying quantum scattering theory, an open quantum system method, the coherent molecular photocell is described by a wave function. We analyze photon absorption, energy conversion, and quantum yield of a molecular photocell by considering the effects of electron-hole interaction and non-radiative recombination. We model the exciton creation, dissociation, and subsequent effects on quantum yield in the energy domain. We find that depending on the photocell structure, the electron-hole interaction can normally decrease or abnormally increase the cell efficiency. The proposed model helps to understand the mechanisms of molecular photocells, and it can be used to optimize their yield.

  6. Ultrafast broadband laser spectroscopy reveals energy and charge transfer in novel donor-acceptor triads for photovoltaic applications

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    Roland, T.; Hernandez Ramirez, G.; Léonard, J.; Méry, S.; Haacke, S.

    2011-02-01

    Triggered by the quest for new organic materials and micro-structures for photovoltaic applications, a novel class of donor-acceptor-donor (DAD) triads extended with siloxane chains has been synthesized in our labs. Because of the siloxane chains, the molecules self-organize into a smectic liquid crystal phase, resulting in a stacking of the DAD cores.We report here a preliminary study of the ultrafast dynamics of energy and charge transfer studied by femtosecond broadband transient absorption experiments on isolated triads in chloroform.

  7. Lewis acid catalyzed [3 + 2] annulation of ketenimines with donor-acceptor cyclopropanes: an approach to 2-alkylidenepyrrolidine derivatives.

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    Alajarin, Mateo; Egea, Adrian; Orenes, Raul-Angel; Vidal, Angel

    2016-11-02

    The [3 + 2] annulation reaction of C,C,N-trisubstituted ketenimines with donor-acceptor cyclopropanes bearing aryl, styryl and vinyl substituents at the C2 position, triggered by the Lewis acid Sc(OTf)3, supplies highly substituted pyrrolidines. Activated cyclopropanes fused to naphthalene and [1]benzopyrane nuclei are also suitable substrates in similar transformations, yielding partially saturated benz[g]indoles and [1]benzopyran[4,3-b]pyrroles. An intramolecular version of this ketenimine/cyclopropane [3 + 2] annulation has also been developed leading to the pyrrolo[2,1-a]isoindole framework.

  8. On the photo-induced charge-carrier generation within monolayers of self-assembled organic donor-acceptor dyads.

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    Fuchs, Franz; Linares, Mathieu; de Vet, Christiaan; Leclère, Philippe; Demadrille, Renaud; Grévin, Benjamin

    2014-10-08

    By means of STM and nc-AFM the self-assembly of a new donor-acceptor (DA) dyad molecule on highly oriented pyrolytic graphite is identified and compared to molecular simulations. Kelvin probe force microscopy (KPFM) measurements clearly show the photovoltaic activity of this model system under illumination. The optoelectronic properties and the local morphology of the DA dyad assembly are simultaneously probed by KPFM down to the level of one molecular monolayers. © 2014 WILEY-VCH Verlag GmbH & Co. KGaA, Weinheim.

  9. Donor-Acceptor-Donor Modular Small Organic Molecules Based on the Naphthalene Diimide Acceptor Unit for Solution-Processable Photovoltaic Devices

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    Patil, Hemlata; Gupta, Akhil; Bilic, Ante; Jackson, Sam Leslie; Latham, Kay; Bhosale, Sheshanath V.

    2014-09-01

    Two novel solution-processable small organic molecules, 4,9-bis(4-(diphenylamino)phenyl)-2,7-dioctylbenzo[3,8]phenanthroline-1,3,6,8(2 H,7 H)-tetraone ( S6) and 4,9-bis(benzo[ b]thiophen-2-yl)-2,7-dioctylbenzo[3,8]phenanthroline-1,3,6,8 (2 H,7 H)-tetraone ( S7), have been successfully designed, synthesized, characterized, and applied in solution-processable photovoltaic devices. S6 and S7 contain a common electron-accepting moiety, naphthalene diimide (NDI), with different electron-donating moieties, triphenylamine ( S6) and benzothiophene ( S7), and are based on a donor-acceptor-donor structure. S7 was isolated as black, rod-shaped crystals. Its triclinic structure was determined by single crystal x-ray diffraction (XRD): space group , Z = 2, a = 9.434(5) Å, b = 14.460(7) Å, c = 15.359(8) Å, α = 67.256(9) degrees, β = 80.356(11) degrees, γ = 76.618(10) degrees, at 150 Kelvin (K), R = 0.073. Ultraviolet-visible absorption spectra revealed that use of triphenylamine donor functionality with the NDI acceptor unit resulted in an enhanced intramolecular charge transfer (ICT) transition and reduction of the optical band gap compared with the benzothiophene analogue. Solution-processable inverted bulk heterojunction devices with the structure indium tin oxide/zinc oxide (30 nm)/active layer/molybdenum trioxide (10 nm)/silver (100 nm) were fabricated with S6 and S7 as donors and (6,6)-phenyl C70-butyric acid methyl ester (PC70BM) as acceptor. Power conversion efficiencies of 0.22% for S6/PC70BM and 0.10% for S7/PC70BM were achieved for the preliminary photovoltaic devices under simulated AM 1.5 illumination (100 mW cm-2). This paper reports donor-acceptor-donor modular small organic molecules, with NDI as central accepting unit, that have been screened for use in solution-processable inverted photovoltaic devices.

  10. Theoretical investigation of self-assembled donor-acceptor phthalocyanine complexes and their application in dye-sensitized solar cells.

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    Yu, Lijuan; Lin, Li; Liu, Yuwen; Li, Renjie

    2015-06-01

    A theoretical investigation of self-assembled donor-acceptor dyads (ZnPca, ZnPcb and ZnPcc) formed by axial coordination of zinc phthalocyanines appended with 4-carboxyl pyridine has been conducted with the density functional theory (DFT) method and time-dependent DFT (TD-DFT) calculations. A comparison between the molecular structures, atomic charges, molecular orbitals, UV-vis spectra and infrared (IR) spectra has been studied. Further, as sensitizers for the TiO2-based dye-sensitized solar cells, the photovoltaic performances have been investigated. The ZnPcc-sensitized solar cell exhibits a higher conversion efficiency than the ZnPcb and ZnPca-sensitized ones under AM 1.5G solar irradiation, while the ZnPca-sensitized cell performs the poorest due to the lack of peripheral substituents (n-butyoxyl groups) which can be confirmed by the result of the theoretical research. It shows that the directionality of charge transfer in the self-assembled donor-acceptor dyads is important and benefit for the efficiency of the DSSC.

  11. Acceptor and Excitation Density Dependence of the Ultrafast Polaron Absorption Signal in Donor-Acceptor Organic Solar Cell Blends.

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    Zarrabi, Nasim; Burn, Paul L; Meredith, Paul; Shaw, Paul E

    2016-07-21

    Transient absorption spectroscopy on organic semiconductor blends for solar cells typically shows efficient charge generation within ∼100 fs, accounting for the majority of the charge carriers. In this Letter, we show using transient absorption spectroscopy on blends containing a broad range of acceptor content (0.01-50% by weight) that the rise of the polaron signal is dependent on the acceptor concentration. For low acceptor content (<10% by weight), the polaron signal rises gradually over ∼1 ps with most polarons generated after 200 fs, while for higher acceptor concentrations (>10%) most polarons are generated within 200 fs. The rise time in blends with low acceptor content was also found to be sensitive to the pump fluence, decreasing with increasing excitation density. These results indicate that the sub-100 fs rise of the polaron signal is a natural consequence of both the high acceptor concentrations in many donor-acceptor blends and the high excitation densities needed for transient absorption spectroscopy, which results in a short average distance between the exciton and the donor-acceptor interface.

  12. Cyan-emitting and orange-emitting fluorescent proteins as a donor/acceptor pair for fluorescence resonance energy transfer.

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    Karasawa, Satoshi; Araki, Toshio; Nagai, Takeharu; Mizuno, Hideaki; Miyawaki, Atsushi

    2004-07-01

    GFP (green fluorescent protein)-based FRET (fluorescence resonance energy transfer) technology has facilitated the exploration of the spatio-temporal patterns of cellular signalling. While most studies have used cyan- and yellow-emitting FPs (fluorescent proteins) as FRET donors and acceptors respectively, this pair of proteins suffers from problems of pH-sensitivity and bleeding between channels. In the present paper, we demonstrate the use of an alternative additional donor/acceptor pair. We have cloned two genes encoding FPs from stony corals. We isolated a cyan-emitting FP from Acropara sp., whose tentacles exhibit cyan coloration. Similar to GFP from Renilla reniformis, the cyan FP forms a tight dimeric complex. We also discovered an orange-emitting FP from Fungia concinna. As the orange FP exists in a complex oligomeric structure, we converted this protein into a monomeric form through the introduction of three amino acid substitutions, recently reported to be effective for converting DsRed into a monomer (Clontech). We used the cyan FP and monomeric orange FP as a donor/acceptor pair to monitor the activity of caspase 3 during apoptosis. Due to the close spectral overlap of the donor emission and acceptor absorption (a large Förster distance), substantial pH-resistance of the donor fluorescence quantum yield and the acceptor absorbance, as well as good separation of the donor and acceptor signals, the new pair can be used for more effective quantitative FRET imaging.

  13. Intrinsic Properties of Two Benzodithiophene-Based Donor--Acceptor Copolymers Used in Organic Solar Cells: A Quantum-Chemical Approach.

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    Kastinen, Tuuva; Niskanen, Mika; Risko, Chad; Cramariuc, Oana; Hukka, Terttu I

    2016-02-25

    Conjugated donor-acceptor (D-A) copolymers show tremendous promise as active components in thin-film organic bulk heterojunction solar cells and transistors, as appropriate combinations of D-A units enable regulation of the intrinsic electronic and optical properties of the polymer. Here, the structural, electronic, and optical properties of two D-A copolymers that make use of thieno[3,4-c]pyrrole-4,6-dione as the acceptor and differ by their donor unit-benzo[1,2-b:4,5-b']dithiophene (BDT) vs the ladder-type heptacyclic benzodi(cyclopentadithiophene)-are compared using density functional theory methods. Our calculations predict some general similarities, although the differences in the donor structures lead also to clear differences. The extended conjugation of the stiff ladder-type donor destabilizes both the highest occupied and lowest unoccupied molecular orbital energies of the ladder copolymer and results in smaller gap energies compared to its smaller counterpart. However, more significant charge transfer nature is predicted for the smaller BDT-based copolymer by natural transition orbitals than for the ladder copolymer. That is, the influence of the acceptor on the copolymer properties is "diluted" to some extent by the already extended conjugation of the ladder-type donor. Thus, the use of stronger acceptor units with the ladder-type donors would benefit the future design of new D-A copolymers.

  14. Targeting π-conjugated multiple donor-acceptor motifs exemplified by tetrathiafulvalene-linked quinoxalines and tetrabenz[bc,ef,hi,uv]ovalenes: synthesis, spectroscopic, electrochemical, and theoretical characterization.

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    Jia, Hong-Peng; Ding, Jie; Ran, Ying-Fen; Liu, Shi-Xia; Blum, Carmen; Petkova, Irina; Hauser, Andreas; Decurtins, Silvio

    2011-12-02

    An efficient synthetic approach to a symmetrically functionalized tetrathiafulvalene (TTF) derivative with two diamine moieties, 2-[5,6-diamino-4,7-bis(4-pentylphenoxy)-1,3-benzodithiol-2-ylidene]-4,7-bis(4-pentylphenoxy)-1,3-benzodithiole-5,6-diamine (2), is reported. The subsequent Schiff-base reactions of 2 afford large π-conjugated multiple donor-acceptor (D-A) arrays, for example, the triad 2-[4,9-bis(4-pentylphenoxy)-1,3-dithiolo[4,5-g]quinoxalin-2-ylidene]-4,9-bis(4-pentylphenoxy)-1,3-dithiolo[4,5-g]quinoxaline (8) and the corresponding tetrabenz[bc,ef,hi,uv]ovalene-fused pentad 1, in good yields and high purity. The novel redox-active nanographene 1 is so far the largest known TTF-functionalized polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbon (PAH) with a well-resolved (1)H NMR spectrum. The electrochemically highly amphoteric pentad 1 and triad 8 exhibit various electronically excited charge-transfer states in different oxidation states, thus leading to intense optical intramolecular charge-transfer (ICT) absorbances over a wide spectral range. The chemical and electrochemical oxidations of 1 result in an unprecedented TTF(⋅+) radical cation dimerization, thereby leading to the formation of [1(⋅+)](2) at room temperature in solution due to the stabilizing effect, which arises from strong π-π interactions. Moreover, ICT fluorescence is observed with large solvent-dependent Stokes shifts and quantum efficiencies of 0.05 for 1 and 0.035 for 8 in dichloromethane. Copyright © 2011 WILEY-VCH Verlag GmbH & Co. KGaA, Weinheim.

  15. Charge transport studies in donor-acceptor block copolymer PDPP-TNT and PC71BM based inverted organic photovoltaic devices processed in room conditions

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    Srivastava, Shashi B.; Singh, Samarendra P.; Sonar, Prashant

    2015-07-15

    Diketopyrrolopyrole-naphthalene polymer (PDPP-TNT), a donor-acceptor co-polymer, has shown versatile behavior demonstrating high performances in organic field-effect transistors (OFETs) and organic photovoltaic (OPV) devices. In this paper we report investigation of charge carrier dynamics in PDPP-TNT, and [6,6]-phenyl C{sub 71} butyric acid methyl ester (PC71BM) bulk-heterojunction based inverted OPV devices using current density-voltage (J-V) characteristics, space charge limited current (SCLC) measurements, capacitance-voltage (C-V) characteristics, and impedance spectroscopy (IS). OPV devices in inverted architecture, ITO/ZnO/PDPP-TNT:PC71BM/MoO{sub 3}/Ag, are processed and characterized at room conditions. The power conversion efficiency (PCE) of these devices are measured ∼3.8%, with reasonably good fill-factor 54.6%. The analysis of impedance spectra exhibits electron’s mobility ∼2 × 10{sup −3} cm{sup 2}V{sup −1}s{sup −1}, and lifetime in the range of 0.03-0.23 ms. SCLC measurements give hole mobility of 1.12 × 10{sup −5} cm{sup 2}V{sup −1}s{sup −1}, and electron mobility of 8.7 × 10{sup −4} cm{sup 2}V{sup −1}s{sup −1}.

  16. The Dependence of Donor:Acceptor Ratio on the Photovoltaic Performances of Blended poly (3-octylthiophene-2,5-diyl) and (6,6)-phenyl C{sub 71} butyric acid methyl ester Bulk Heterojunction Organic Solar Cells

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    Fauzia, Vivi; Umar, Akrajas Ali; Salleh, Muhamad Mat; Yahya, Muhammad

    2010-10-24

    Bulk heterojunction organic solar cells using blended poly (3-octylthiophene-2,5-diyl)(P3OT) and (6,6)-phenyl C{sub 71} butyric acid methyl ester (PC{sub 71}BM) have been fabricated. P3OT and PC{sub 71}BM were used as the electron donor (D) and acceptor (A), respectively. Both materials were mixed and dissolved in dichlorobenzene with three different D:A ratios i.e. 1:3, 1:1 and 3:1 (weight) while maintained at the concentration of 2 wt%(26 mg/ml). The blended thin films were sandwiched between the indium tin oxide (ITO) coated glass and the aluminum film. This paper reports the influence of donor:acceptor ratio on the performance of solar cell devices measured by current-voltage measurement both in the dark and under 1.5 AM solar illumination. It was found that all devices showed the photovoltaic effect with poor diode behavior and the donor:acceptor ratio significantly influenced on the performance of bulk heterojunction organic solar cells.

  17. Controlled energy transfer between isolated donor-acceptor molecules intercalated in thermally self-ensemble two-dimensional hydrogen bonding cages

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    Al Attar, Hameed A.; Monkman, Andrew P.

    2012-12-01

    Thermally assembled hydrogen bonding cages which are neither size nor guest specific have been developed using a poly (vinyl alcohol) (PVA) host. A water-soluble conjugated polymer poly(2,5-bis(3-sulfonatopropoxy)-1,4-phenylene, disodium salt-alt-1,4-phenylene) (PPP-OPSO3) as a donor and tris(2,2-bipyridyl)- ruthenium(II) [Ru(bpy)32+] as an acceptor have been isolated and trapped in such a PVA matrix network. This is a unique system that shows negligible exciton diffusion and the donor and acceptor predominantly interact by a direct single step excitation transfer process (DSSET). Singlet and triplet exciton quenching have been studied. Time-resolved fluorescence lifetime measurement at different acceptor concentrations has enabled us to determine the dimensionality of the energy-transfer process within the PVA scaffold. Our results reveal that the PVA hydrogen bonding network effectively isolates the donor-acceptor molecules in a two-dimensional layer structure (lamella) leading to the condition where a precise control of the energy and charge transfer is possible.

  18. Uniaxially oriented polycrystalline thin films and air-stable n-type transistors based on donor-acceptor semiconductor (diC8BTBT)(FnTCNQ) [n = 0, 2, 4

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    Shibata, Yosei; Tsutsumi, Jun'ya; Matsuoka, Satoshi; Matsubara, Koji; Yoshida, Yuji; Chikamatsu, Masayuki; Hasegawa, Tatsuo

    2015-04-01

    We report the fabrication of high quality thin films for semiconducting organic donor-acceptor charge-transfer (CT) compounds, (diC8BTBT)(FnTCNQ) (diC8BTBT = 2,7-dioctyl[1]benzothieno[3,2-b][1]benzothiophene and FnTCNQ [n = 0,2,4] = fluorinated derivatives of 7,7,8,8,-tetracyanoquinodimethane), which have a high degree of layered crystallinity. Single-phase and uniaxially oriented polycrystalline thin films of the compounds were obtained by co-evaporation of the component donor and acceptor molecules. Organic thin-film transistors (OTFTs) fabricated with the compound films exhibited n-type field-effect characteristics, showing a mobility of 6.9 × 10-2 cm2/V s, an on/off ratio of 106, a sub-threshold swing of 0.8 V/dec, and an excellent stability in air. We discuss the suitability of strong intermolecular donor-acceptor interaction and the narrow CT gap nature in compounds for stable n-type OTFT operation.

  19. Charge-assisted halogen bonding: donor-acceptor complexes with variable ionicity.

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    Lieffrig, Julien; Jeannin, Olivier; Frąckowiak, Arkadiusz; Olejniczak, Iwona; Świetlik, Roman; Dahaoui, Slimane; Aubert, Emmanuel; Espinosa, Enrique; Auban-Senzier, Pascale; Fourmigué, Marc

    2013-10-25

    Charge-assisted halogen bonding is unambiguously revealed from structural and electronic investigations of a series of isostructural charge-transfer complexes derived from iodinated tetrathiafulvalene and tetracyanoquinodimethane derivatives, (EDT-TTFI2)2(TCNQF(n)), n=0-2, which exhibit variable degrees of ionicity. The iodinated tetrathiafulvalene derivative, EDT-TTFI2, associates with tetracyanoquinodimethane (TCNQ) and its derivatives of increasing reduction potential (TCNQF, TCNQF2) through highly directional C-I⋅⋅⋅N≡C halogen-bond interactions. With the less oxidizing TCNQ acceptor, a neutral and insulating charge-transfer complex is isolated whereas with the more oxidizing TCNQF2 acceptor, an ionic, highly conducting charge-transfer salt is found, both of 2:1 stoichiometry and isostructural with the intermediate TCNQF complex, in which a neutral-ionic conversion takes place upon cooling. A correlation between the degree of charge transfer and the C-I⋅⋅⋅N≡C halogen-bond strength is established from the comparison of the structures of the three isostructural complexes at temperatures from 300 to 20 K, thus demonstrating the importance of electrostatics in the halogen-bonding interaction. The neutral-ionic conversion in (EDT-TTFI2)2(TCNQF) is further investigated through the temperature dependence of its magnetic susceptibility and the stretching modes of the C≡N groups. Copyright © 2013 WILEY-VCH Verlag GmbH & Co. KGaA, Weinheim.

  20. Ring opening of donor-acceptor cyclopropanes with the azide ion: a tool for construction of N-heterocycles.

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    Ivanov, Konstantin L; Villemson, Elena V; Budynina, Ekaterina M; Ivanova, Olga A; Trushkov, Igor V; Melnikov, Mikhail Ya

    2015-03-23

    A general method for ring opening of various donor-acceptor cyclopropanes with the azide ion through an SN 2-like reaction has been developed. This highly regioselective and stereospecific process proceeds through nucleophilic attack on the more-substituted C2 atom of a cyclopropane with complete inversion of configuration at this center. Results of DFT calculations support the SN 2 mechanism and demonstrate good qualitative correlation between the relative experimental reactivity of cyclopropanes and the calculated energy barriers. The reaction provides a straightforward approach to a variety of polyfunctional azides in up to 91 % yield. The high synthetic utility of these azides and the possibilities of their involvement in diversity-oriented synthesis were demonstrated by the developed multipath strategy of their transformations into five-, six-, and seven-membered N-heterocycles, as well as complex annulated compounds, including natural products and medicines such as (-)-nicotine and atorvastatin.

  1. Origin of simultaneous donor-acceptor emission in single molecules of peryleneimide-terrylenediimide labeled polyphenylene dendrimers.

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    Melnikov, Sergey M; Yeow, Edwin K L; Uji-i, Hiroshi; Cotlet, Mircea; Müllen, Klaus; De Schryver, Frans C; Enderlein, Jörg; Hofkens, Johan

    2007-02-01

    Förster type resonance energy transfer (FRET) in donor-acceptor peryleneimide-terrylenediimide dendrimers has been examined at the single molecule level. Very efficient energy transfer between the donor and the acceptor prevent the detection of donor emission before photobleaching of the acceptor. Indeed, in solution, on exciting the donor, only acceptor emission is detected. However, at the single molecule level, an important fraction of the investigated individual molecules (about 10-15%) show simultaneous emission from both donor and acceptor chromophores. The effect becomes apparent mostly after photobleaching of the majority of donors. Single molecule photon flux correlation measurements in combination with computer simulations and a variety of excitation conditions were used to determine the contribution of an exciton blockade to this two-color emission. Two-color defocused wide-field imaging showed that the two-color emission goes hand in hand with an unfavorable orientation between one of the donors and the acceptor chromophore.

  2. Abnormal strong burn-in degradation of highly efficient polymer solar cells caused by spinodal donor-acceptor demixing

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    Li, Ning; Perea, José Darío; Kassar, Thaer; Richter, Moses; Heumueller, Thomas; Matt, Gebhard J.; Hou, Yi; Güldal, Nusret S.; Chen, Haiwei; Chen, Shi; Langner, Stefan; Berlinghof, Marvin; Unruh, Tobias; Brabec, Christoph J.

    2017-02-01

    The performance of organic solar cells is determined by the delicate, meticulously optimized bulk-heterojunction microstructure, which consists of finely mixed and relatively separated donor/acceptor regions. Here we demonstrate an abnormal strong burn-in degradation in highly efficient polymer solar cells caused by spinodal demixing of the donor and acceptor phases, which dramatically reduces charge generation and can be attributed to the inherently low miscibility of both materials. Even though the microstructure can be kinetically tuned for achieving high-performance, the inherently low miscibility of donor and acceptor leads to spontaneous phase separation in the solid state, even at room temperature and in the dark. A theoretical calculation of the molecular parameters and construction of the spinodal phase diagrams highlight molecular incompatibilities between the donor and acceptor as a dominant mechanism for burn-in degradation, which is to date the major short-time loss reducing the performance and stability of organic solar cells.

  3. Abnormal strong burn-in degradation of highly efficient polymer solar cells caused by spinodal donor-acceptor demixing

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    Li, Ning; Perea, José Darío; Kassar, Thaer; Richter, Moses; Heumueller, Thomas; Matt, Gebhard J.; Hou, Yi; Güldal, Nusret S.; Chen, Haiwei; Chen, Shi; Langner, Stefan; Berlinghof, Marvin; Unruh, Tobias; Brabec, Christoph J.

    2017-01-01

    The performance of organic solar cells is determined by the delicate, meticulously optimized bulk-heterojunction microstructure, which consists of finely mixed and relatively separated donor/acceptor regions. Here we demonstrate an abnormal strong burn-in degradation in highly efficient polymer solar cells caused by spinodal demixing of the donor and acceptor phases, which dramatically reduces charge generation and can be attributed to the inherently low miscibility of both materials. Even though the microstructure can be kinetically tuned for achieving high-performance, the inherently low miscibility of donor and acceptor leads to spontaneous phase separation in the solid state, even at room temperature and in the dark. A theoretical calculation of the molecular parameters and construction of the spinodal phase diagrams highlight molecular incompatibilities between the donor and acceptor as a dominant mechanism for burn-in degradation, which is to date the major short-time loss reducing the performance and stability of organic solar cells. PMID:28224984

  4. Donor-acceptor pair recombination luminescence from monoclinic Cu{sub 2}SnS{sub 3} thin film

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    Aihara, Naoya; Tanaka, Kunihiko Uchiki, Hisao; Kanai, Ayaka; Araki, Hideaki

    2015-07-20

    The defect levels in Cu{sub 2}SnS{sub 3} (CTS) were investigated using photoluminescence (PL) spectroscopy. A CTS thin film was prepared on a soda-lime glass/molybdenum substrate by thermal co-evaporation and sulfurization. The crystal structure was determined to be monoclinic, and the compositional ratios of Cu/Sn and S/Metal were determined to be 1.8 and 1.2, respectively. The photon energy of the PL spectra observed from the CTS thin film was lower than that previously reported. All fitted PL peaks were associated with defect related luminescence. The PL peaks observed at 0.843 and 0.867 eV were assigned to donor-acceptor pair recombination luminescence, the thermal activation energies of which were determined to be 22.9 and 24.8 meV, respectively.

  5. Large Hyperpolarizabilities at Telecommunication-Relevant Wavelengths in Donor-Acceptor-Donor Nonlinear Optical Chromophores.

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    Nayak, Animesh; Park, Jaehong; De Mey, Kurt; Hu, Xiangqian; Duncan, Timothy V; Beratan, David N; Clays, Koen; Therien, Michael J

    2016-12-28

    Octopolar D2-symmetric chromophores, based on the MPZnM supermolecular motif in which (porphinato)zinc(II) (PZn) and ruthenium(II) polypyridyl (M) structural units are connected via ethyne linkages, were synthesized. These structures take advantage of electron-rich meso-arylporphyrin or electron-poor meso-(perfluoroalkyl)porphyrin macrocycles, unsubstituted terpyridyl and 4'-pyrrolidinyl-2,2';6',2″-terpyridyl ligands, and modulation of metal(II) polypyridyl-to-(porphinato)zinc connectivity, to probe how electronic and geometric factors impact the measured hyperpolarizability. Transient absorption spectra obtained at early time delays (tdelay < 400 fs) demonstrate fast excited-state relaxation, and formation of a highly polarized T1 excited state; the T1 states of these chromophores display expansive, intense T1 → T n absorption manifolds that dominate the 800-1200 nm region of the NIR, long (μs) triplet-state lifetimes, and unusually large NIR excited absorptive extinction coefficients [ε(T1 → T n ) ∼ 10(5) M(-1) cm(-1)]. Dynamic hyperpolarizability (βλ) values were determined from hyper-Rayleigh light scattering (HRS) measurements, carried out at multiple incident irradiation wavelengths spanning the 800-1500 nm spectral domain. The measured βHRS value (4600 ± 1200 × 10(-30) esu) for one of these complexes, RuPZnRu, is the largest yet reported for any chromophore at a 1500 nm irradiation wavelength, highlighting that appropriate engineering of strong electronic coupling between multiple charge-transfer oscillators provides a critical design strategy to realize octopolar NLO chromophores exhibiting large βHRS values at telecom-relevant wavelengths. Generalized Thomas-Kuhn sum (TKS) rules were utilized to compute the effective excited-state-to-excited-state transition dipole moments from experimental linear-absorption spectra; these data were then utilized to compute hyperpolarizabilities as a function of frequency, that include two- and three

  6. Donor-Acceptor Interface Stabilizer Based on Fullerene Derivatives toward Efficient and Thermal Stable Organic Photovoltaics.

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    Li, Junli; Zhu, Xiaoguang; Yuan, Tao; Shen, Jiulin; Liu, Jikang; Zhang, Jian; Tu, Guoli

    2017-02-22

    An interface stabilizer based on alkylation-functionalized fullerene derivatives, [6, 6]-Phenyl-C61-butyric acid (3,5-bis(octyloxy)phenyl)methyl ester (PCB-C8oc), was successfully synthesized and applied for the active layer of Organic Photovoltaics (OPVs). The PCB-C8oc can replace part of the phenyl-C61-buty-ric acid methyl ester (PCBM) and be distributed on the interface of poly(3-hexylthiophene) (P3HT) and PCBM to form P3HT/PCBM/PCB-C8oc ternary blends, leading to thermally stable and efficient organic photovoltaics. The octyl groups of PCB-C8oc exhibit intermolecular interaction with the hexyl groups of P3HT, and the fullerene unit of PCB-C8oc are in tight contact with PCBM. The dual functions of PCB-C8oc will inhibit the phase separation between electron donor and acceptor, thereby improving the stability of devices under long-time thermal annealing at high temperature. When doped with 10 wt % PCB-C8oc, the power conversion efficiency (PCE) of the P3HT system decreased from 3.54% to 2.88% after 48 h of thermal treatment at 150 °C, whereas the PCE of the reference device without PCB-C8oc dramatically dropped from 3.53% to 0.73%. When doping 10 or 20 wt % PCB-C8oc, the unannealed P3HT/PCBM/PCB-C8oc device achieved a higher PCE than the P3HT/PCBM device without any annealing following the same fabricating condition. For the PTB7/PCBM-based devices, after adding only 5 wt % PCB-C8oc, the OPVs also exhibited thermally stable morphology and better device performances. All these results demonstrate that the utilization of alkyl interchain interactions is an effective and practical strategy to control morphological evolution.

  7. Electrochemical synthesis and characterisation of alternating tripyridyl-dipyrrole molecular strands with multiple nitrogen-based donor-acceptor binding sites.

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    Tabatchnik-Rebillon, Alexandra; Aubé, Christophe; Bakkali, Hicham; Delaunay, Thierry; Manh, Gabriel Thia; Blot, Virginie; Thobie-Gautier, Christine; Renault, Eric; Soulard, Marine; Planchat, Aurélien; Le Questel, Jean-Yves; Le Guével, Rémy; Guguen-Guillouzo, Christiane; Kauffmann, Brice; Ferrand, Yann; Huc, Ivan; Urgin, Karène; Condon, Sylvie; Léonel, Eric; Evain, Michel; Lebreton, Jacques; Jacquemin, Denis; Pipelier, Muriel; Dubreuil, Didier

    2010-10-18

    Synthesis of alternating pyridine-pyrrole molecular strands composed of two electron-rich pyrrole units (donors) sandwiched between three pyridinic cores (acceptors) is described. The envisioned strategy was a smooth electrosynthesis process involving ring contraction of corresponding tripyridyl-dipyridazine precursors. 2,6-Bis[6-(pyridazin-3-yl)]pyridine ligands 2a-c bearing pyridine residues at the terminal positions were prepared in suitable quantities by a Negishi metal cross-coupling procedure. The yields of heterocyclic coupling between 2-pyridyl zinc bromide reagents 12a-c and 2,6-bis(6-trifluoromethanesulfonylpyridazin-3-yl)pyridine increased from 68 to 95% following introduction of electron-donating methyl groups on the metallated halogenopyridine units. Favorable conditions for preparative electrochemical reduction of tripyridyl-dipyridazines 2b,c were established in THF/acetate buffer (pH 4.6)/acetonitrile to give the targeted 2,6-bis[5-(pyridin-2-yl)pyrrol-2-yl]pyridines 1b and 1c in good yields. The absorption behavior of the donor-acceptor tripyridyl-dipyrrole ligands was evaluated and compared to theoretical calculations. Highly fluorescent properties of these chromophores were found (ν(em)≈2 × 10(4) cm(-1) in MeOH and CH(2)Cl(2)), and both pyrrolic ligands exhibit a remarkable quantum yield in CH(2)Cl(2) (φ(f)=0.10). Structural studies in the solid state established the preferred cis conformation of the dipyrrolic ligands, which adopting a planar arrangement with an embedded molecule of water having a complexation energy exceeding 10 kcal mol(-1). The ability of the tripyridyl-dipyrrole to complex two copper(II) ions in a pentacoordinate square was investigated.

  8. Efficient Förster resonance energy transfer in 1,2,3-triazole linked BODIPY-Zn(II) meso-tetraphenylporphyrin donor-acceptor arrays.

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    Leonardi, Matthew J; Topka, Michael R; Dinolfo, Peter H

    2012-12-17

    Cu(I) catalyzed azide-alkyne cycloaddition (CuAAC) reactivity was successfully employed to synthesize three donor-acceptor energy transfer (EnT) arrays that contain one (Dyad), three (Tetrad) and four (Pentad) 4,4-difluoro-4-bora-3a,4a-diaza-s-indacene (BODIPY) donors connected to a Zn-tetraphenylporphyrin acceptor via 1,2,3-triazole linkages. The photophysical properties of the three arrays, along with individual donor and acceptor chromophores, were investigated by UV-vis absorption and emission spectroscopy, fluorescence lifetimes, and density functional theory (DFT) electronic structure modeling. Comparison of the UV-vis absorption spectra and frontier molecular orbitals from DFT calculations of the three arrays with ZnTPP, ZnTTrzlP, and Trzl-BODIPY shows that the electronic structure of the chromophores is essentially unperturbed by the 1,2,3-triazole linkage. Time-dependent DFT (TDDFT) calculations on the Dyad reproduce the absorption spectra in THF and show no evidence of excited state mixing of the donor and acceptor. The BODIPY singlet excited state emission is significantly quenched in all three arrays, consistent with EnT to the porphyrin core, with efficiencies of 95.8, 97.5, and 97.2% for the Dyad, Tetrad, and Pentad, respectively. Fluorescence excitation spectra of the three arrays, measured at the porphyrin emission, mirror the absorption profile of both the porphyrin and BODIPY chromophores and are consistent with the Förster resonance energy transfer (FRET) mechanism. Applying Förster theory to the spectroscopic data of the chromophores gives EnT efficiency estimates that are in close agreement with experimental values, suggesting that the through-space mechanism plays a dominant role in the three arrays.

  9. Investigation of Fluorination on Donor Moiety of Donor-Acceptor 4,7-Dithienylbenzothiadiazole-Based Conjugated Polymers toward Enhanced Photovoltaic Efficiency.

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    Li, Yonghai; Wang, Junyi; Liu, Yan; Qiu, Meng; Wen, Shuguang; Bao, Xichang; Wang, Ning; Sun, Mingliang; Yang, Renqiang

    2016-10-05

    It is known that fluorination on π-conjugated donor-acceptor (D-A) polymers can significantly affect the optoelectronic properties and fluorination on A moiety has been well established for design of efficient photovoltaic materials. For example, polymers based on 4,7-dithienyl-5,6-difluorobenzothiadiazole (DTffBT) have been intensively investigated and exhibited excellent performance, but the corresponding DTBT-based polymers without fluorine often display an unfavorable efficiency. With the purpose of improving photovoltaic efficiency of DTBT-based D-A polymers, we design three polymers PDTBT-TxfBT (x = 0, 1, 2) with fluorination on D moiety (TxfBT) and systematically investigate fluorination on the photophysical/electrochemical and photovoltaic properties. The results show that polymer solar cells (PSCs) based on PDTBT-TBT exhibit moderate power conversion efficiency (PCE) of 5.84%. However, the bis-fluorination on TffBT moiety (PDTBT-TffBT) can greatly enhance the molecular planarity and intermolecular interaction, improve the charge transport and heterojunction morphology, and further suppress the charge recombination losses. PSCs based on PDTBT-TffBT demonstrate obviously improved photovoltaic efficiency with the best PCE up to 7.53% without any processing additives, which ranks among the top DTBT-based PSCs. However, it should be noted that unsymmetrical fluorination on TfBT moiety (PDTBT-TfBT) impairs the regularity of polymer backbone and intermolecular interaction, increases the recombination losses, and seriously reduces the short-circuit current density and efficiency (5.44%). The results exhibit that fluorination on D moiety is a helpful strategy for design high-performance photovoltaic materials and the regularity of fluorination is crucial to improving efficiencies.

  10. An Obvious Improvement in the Performance of Ternary Organic Solar Cells with "Guest" Donor Present at the "Host" Donor/Acceptor Interface.

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    Bi, Peng-Qing; Wu, Bo; Zheng, Fei; Xu, Wei-Long; Yang, Xiao-Yu; Feng, Lin; Zhu, Furong; Hao, Xiao-Tao

    2016-09-07

    A small-molecule material, 7,7-(4,4-bis(2-ethylhexyl)-4H-silolo[3,2-b:4,5-b']dithiophene-2,6-diyl)bis(6-fluoro-4-(5'-hexyl-[2,2'-bithiophen]-5-yl)benzo-[c] [1,2,5]thiadiazole) (p-DTS(FBTTH2)2), was used to modify the morphology and electron-transport properties of the polymer blend of poly(3-hexythiophene) (P3HT) and [6,6]-phenyl-C71-butyric acid methyl ester (PC71BM) bulk heterojunctions. As a result, a 24% increase in the power-conversion efficiency (PCE) of the p-DTS(FBTTH2)2:P3HT:PC71BM ternary organic solar cells (OSCs) is obtained. The improvement in the performance of OSCs is attributed to the constructive energy cascade path in the ternary system that benefits an efficient Förster resonance energy/charge transfer process between P3HT and p-DTS(FBTTH2)2, thereby improving photocurrent generation. It is shown that p-DTS(FBTTH2)2 molecules engage themselves at the P3HT/PC71BM interface. A combination of absorption enhancement, efficient energy transfer process, and ordered nanomorphology in the ternary system favors exciton dissociation and charge transportation in the polymer bulk heterojunction. The finding of this work reveals that distribution of the appropriate "guest" donor at the "host" donor/acceptor interface is an effective approach for attaining high-performance OSCs.

  11. Photophysical Properties of a Terarylene Photoswitch with a Donor-Acceptor Conjugated Bridging Unit.

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    Kanazawa, Rui; Nakashima, Takuya; Kawai, Tsuyoshi

    2017-03-02

    A terarylene photoswitch composed of an electron-donating thienothiophene unit which is connected to the central bridging imidazole was designed. The electronic and geometrical structures of the central π-conjugation unit was controlled by chemical modifications on the imidazole unit, in which the distribution of frontier molecular orbitals was modulated between the neutral state and its protonated or quaternized cationic forms. These electronic and geometrical changes modulated the mixing of the closely lying excited state potential energy surfaces, resulting in the excitation wavelength dependent photocyclization performance. The chemical modifications on the imidazole ring also had an effect on the fluorescence property in the open-ring forms, which is explained by the formation of different push-pull π-conjugation systems.

  12. Donor/Acceptor Mixed Self-Assembled Monolayers for Realising a Multi-Redox-State Surface.

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    Casado-Montenegro, Javier; Marchante, Elena; Crivillers, Núria; Rovira, Concepció; Mas-Torrent, Marta

    2016-06-17

    Mixed molecular self-assembled monolayers (SAMs) on gold, based on two types of electroactive molecules, that is, electron-donor (ferrocene) and electron-acceptor (anthraquinone) molecules, are prepared as an approach to realise surfaces exhibiting multiple accessible redox states. The SAMs are investigated in different electrolyte media. The nature of these media has a strong impact on the types of redox processes that take place and on the redox potentials. Under optimised conditions, surfaces with three redox states are achieved. Such states are accessible in a relatively narrow potential window in which the SAMs on gold are stable. This communication elucidates the key challenges in fabricating bicomponent SAMs as electrochemical switches.

  13. Modulation of Intracellular Quantum Dot to Fluorescent Protein Förster Resonance Energy Transfer via Customized Ligands and Spatial Control of Donor-Acceptor Assembly.

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    Field, Lauren D; Walper, Scott A; Susumu, Kimihiro; Oh, Eunkeu; Medintz, Igor L; Delehanty, James B

    2015-12-04

    Understanding how to controllably modulate the efficiency of energy transfer in Förster resonance energy transfer (FRET)-based assemblies is critical to their implementation as sensing modalities. This is particularly true for sensing assemblies that are to be used as the basis for real time intracellular sensing of intracellular processes and events. We use a quantum dot (QD) donor -mCherry acceptor platform that is engineered to self-assemble in situ wherein the protein acceptor is expressed via transient transfection and the QD donor is microinjected into the cell. QD-protein assembly is driven by metal-affinity interactions where a terminal polyhistidine tag on the protein binds to the QD surface. Using this system, we show the ability to modulate the efficiency of the donor-acceptor energy transfer process by controllably altering either the ligand coating on the QD surface or the precise location where the QD-protein assembly process occurs. Intracellularly, a short, zwitterionic ligand mediates more efficient FRET relative to longer ligand species that are based on the solubilizing polymer, poly(ethylene glycol). We further show that a greater FRET efficiency is achieved when the QD-protein assembly occurs free in the cytosol compared to when the mCherry acceptor is expressed tethered to the inner leaflet of the plasma membrane. In the latter case, the lower FRET efficiency is likely attributable to a lower expression level of the mCherry acceptor at the membrane combined with steric hindrance. Our work points to some of the design considerations that one must be mindful of when developing FRET-based sensing schemes for use in intracellular sensing.

  14. Donor-Acceptor Copolymers Based on Thermally Cleavable Indigo, Isoindigo, and DPP Units: Synthesis, Field Effect Transistors, and Polymer Solar Cells.

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    Liu, Chunchen; Dong, Sheng; Cai, Ping; Liu, Peng; Liu, Shengjian; Chen, Junwu; Liu, Feng; Ying, Lei; Russell, Thomas P; Huang, Fei; Cao, Yong

    2015-05-06

    A series of donor-acceptor type of π-conjugated copolymers based on tert-butoxycarbonyl (t-Boc) substituted indigo, isoindigo or diketopyrrolopyrrole as the acceptor unit and a benzodithiophene derivative as the donor unit was designed and synthesized. These copolymers can be readily dissolved in organic solvents and can produce uniform films by solution deposition. Thermal treatment of copolymer films at 200 °C for 10 min resulted in elimination of t-Boc side groups in nearly quantitative yield as suggested by thermogravimetric analysis and Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy. The elimination of the bulky t-Boc side groups resulted in the emergence of N-H···O═C hydrogen bonding interactions by virtue of the lactam structures of the indigo, isoindigo and diketopyrrolopyrrole units. Of particular interests is the distinctly increased field-effect mobility of these copolymers after thermal treatment, which may arise from the enhanced coplanarity and intermolecular ordering of the indigo, isoindigo or diketopyrrolopyrrole units after elimination of the bulky t-Boc side groups. These results demonstrate that the incorporation of latent side groups provides a viable strategy to construct conjugated polymers that can attain more ordered intermolecular stacking by simple thermal treatments. On the other hand, despite the thermal cleavage of t-Boc groups can also lead to increased ordering of polymer chains when blending with [6,6]-phenyl C71 butyric acid methyl ester, the photovoltaic performances of the resulting bulk heterojunction solar cells did not obviously increase due to the serious phase separation and coarsening of the film morphology.

  15. Charge separation and photovoltaic conversion in polymer composites with internal donor/acceptor heterojunctions

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    Yu, G.; Heeger, A.J.

    1995-10-01

    The photosensitivity of semiconducting polymers can be enhanced by blending donor and acceptor polymers to optimize photoinduced charge separation. We describe a novel phase-separated polymer blend (composite) made with poly[2-methoxy-5-(2{prime}-ethyl-hexyloxy)-1,4-phenylene vinylene], MEH-PPV, as donor and cyano-PPV, CN-PPV, as acceptor. The photoluminescence and electroluminescence of both component polymers are quenched in the blend, indicative of rapid and efficient separation of photogenerated electron-hole pairs with electrons on the acceptor and holes on the donor. Diodes made with such a composite semiconducting polymer as the photosensitive medium show promising photovoltaic characteristics with carrier collection efficiency of 5% electrons/photon and energy conversion efficiency of 0.9%, {similar_to}20 times larger than in diodes made with pure MEH-PPV and {similar_to}100 times larger than in diodes made with CN-PPV. The photosensitivity and the quantum yield increase with reverse bias voltage, to 0.3 A/W and 80% electrons/photon respectively at {minus}10 V, comparable to results obtained from photodiodes made with inorganic semiconductors. {copyright} {ital 1995} {ital American} {ital Institute} {ital of} {ital Physics}.

  16. Modification of optoelectronic properties of conjugated oligomers due to donor/acceptor functionalization: DFT study

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    Zhugayevych, Andriy; Postupna, Olena; Wang, Hsing-Lin; Tretiak, Sergei

    2016-12-01

    A comprehensive DFT study of a set of oligo(p-phenylene vinylene) molecules is performed to understand the structural and electronic changes upon functionalization. These changes are rationalized within a model considering frontier molecular orbitals of the π -conjugated system and σ -bonding orbital by which the functional group is attached to the host molecule. Two simple scalar quantum chemical descriptors are shown to correlate with optoelectronic properties of the functionalized molecule: the electronegativity and the relative electric dipole moment of the smallest π -closed shell subsystem containing the functional group and the terminal segment of the host molecule (phenyl). Both descriptors correlate linearly with the empirical Hammett σp constant for a set of 24 functional groups. Comparison with available experimental data on UV-vis absorption and cyclic voltammetry is made. Observed structural changes reflect changes in the electronic density.

  17. Organic Thin-Film Solar Cells Based on Donor-Acceptor Interpenetrating Nano-Interface

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    Fujii, Akihiko; Hori, Tetsuro; Moritou, Hiroki; Fukuoka, Naoki; Sakamoto, Junki; Ozaki, Masanori

    2010-12-23

    Photovoltaic cells with interpenetrating interfaces between a conducting polymer layer and a fullerene layer fabricated by a solvent corrosion method have been investigated. Using a weakly dissoluble combination of a solvent and an underlayer film, we fabricated a ''semi-layered'' structure that was maintaining a bilayer structure and furthermore interpenetrating at the interface of the conducting polymer and the fullerene layers. In these cells, high external quantum efficiencies (EQE) were obtained. The photovoltaic properties have been interpreted by the effective absorption of incident photons around the interface of conducting polymer and fullerene, the interpenetrating fullerene / conducting polymer interface involving the efficient photo-induced charge transfer, and the short distance between the electron-generation region and electrode resulting in the enhancement of the electron collection to the electrode. In these cells, both of the efficient exciton dissociations at the interpenetrating interface and the efficient carrier transports by each continuous pathway for electrons between fullerene molecules and for holes between conducting polymers occur.

  18. Donor-acceptor substituted phenylethynyltriphenylenes – excited state intramolecular charge transfer, solvatochromic absorption and fluorescence emission

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    Nandy, Ritesh

    2010-01-01

    Summary Several 2-(phenylethynyl)triphenylene derivatives bearing electron donor and acceptor substituents on the phenyl rings have been synthesized. The absorption and fluorescence emission properties of these molecules have been studied in solvents of different polarity. For a given derivative, solvent polarity had minimal effect on the absorption maxima. However, for a given solvent the absorption maxima red shifted with increasing conjugation of the substituent. The fluorescence emission of these derivatives was very sensitive to solvent polarity. In the presence of strongly electron withdrawing (–CN) and strongly electron donating (–NMe2) substituents large Stokes shifts (up to 130 nm, 7828 cm−1) were observed in DMSO. In the presence of carbonyl substituents (–COMe and –COPh), the largest Stokes shift (140 nm, 8163 cm−1) was observed in ethanol. Linear correlation was observed for the Stokes shifts in a Lippert–Mataga plot. Linear correlation of Stokes shift was also observed with E T(30) scale for protic and aprotic solvents but with different slopes. These results indicate that the fluorescence emission arises from excited state intramolecular charge transfer in these molecules where the triphenylene chromophore acts either as a donor or as an acceptor depending upon the nature of the substituent on the phenyl ring. HOMO–LUMO energy gaps have been estimated from the electrochemical and spectral data for these derivatives. The HOMO and LUMO surfaces were obtained from DFT calculations. PMID:21085512

  19. A Combined Study of Mesomorphism, Optical and Electronic Properties of Novel Columnar Liquid Crystals

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    Chen, Shuai

    Columnar mesophases of discotic liquid crystals (DLCs) are a separate class of organic semiconductors. Anisotropic charge transport, high charge carrier mobility, and self-organizing properties have been regarded as superior properties of DLCs but their performance in devices, such as organic light-emitting diodes, has been inferior to the best performing conventional organic semiconductors. Our group recently demonstrated that a DLC of donor-acceptor structure can bias electron over hole conduction if the occupied and unoccupied frontier orbitals are localized on different parts of the molecule and only the unoccupied frontier orbitals electronically interact in columnar stacks. This thesis describes the first systematic approach to different types of donor-acceptor DLCs and the investigation of their mesomorphism and optoelectronic properties. In spite of their large aspect ratios, four board-shaped donor-acceptor-donor quinoxalinophenanthrophenazine (QPP) dyes (Chapters 2 and 3) induce complex columnar mesomorphism over wide temperature ranges. These QPP derivatives also show strong fluorescence in solution and as thin films. This strong fluorescence in columnar mesophases is explained with a nonparallel orientation of the elongated donor-acceptor cores in the columnar stacks that minimizes interactions between transition dipole moments of co-facially stacked molecules. Opto-electronic properties suggest that the QPP derivatives are organic semiconductors. Inspired by the donor-acceptor concept, we generated novel ionic DLCs based on imidazole and imidazolium structures (Chapter 5). Unexpectedly, only the ionic triphenylenoimidazolium derivatives display columnar mesomorphism. Strong ionic interactions between the cores are apparently required for the formation of columnar mesophases. Overall, these compounds are rather unusual because few ionic DLCs have the charge localized on the aromatic core. Most often the charged group is attached via spacer chains. A

  20. Roles of Energy/Charge Cascades and Intermixed Layers at Donor/Acceptor Interfaces in Organic Solar Cells

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    Nakano, Kyohei; Suzuki, Kaori; Chen, Yujiao; Tajima, Keisuke

    2016-01-01

    The secret to the success of mixed bulk heterojunctions (BHJs) in yielding highly efficient organic solar cells (OSCs) could reside in the molecular structures at their donor/acceptor (D/A) interfaces. In this study, we aimed to determine the effects of energy and charge cascade structures at the interfaces by using well-defined planar heterojunctions (PHJs) as a model system. The results showed that (1) the charge cascade structure enhanced VOC because it shuts down the recombination pathway through charge transfer (CT) state with a low energy, (2) the charge cascade layer having a wider energy gap than the bulk material decreased JSC because the diffusion of the excitons from the bulk to D/A interface was blocked; the energy of the cascade layers must be appropriately arranged for both the charges and the excitons, and (3) molecular intermixing in the cascade layer opened the recombination path through the low-energy CT state and decreased VOC. Based on these findings, we propose improved structures for D/A interfaces in BHJs. PMID:27404948

  1. Reduced exchange narrowing caused by gate-induced charge carriers in high-mobility donor-acceptor copolymers

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    Tsutsumi, Jun'ya; Matsuoka, Satoshi; Osaka, Itaru; Kumai, Reiji; Hasegawa, Tatsuo

    2017-03-01

    Variations in exciton absorption resulting from charge accumulation in various semiconducting donor-acceptor (DA) copolymer thin films were systematically investigated by gate modulation (GM) spectroscopy by using the field-effect transistor device structure. The GM spectra obtained for high-mobility DA copolymer thin films exhibited second-derivative like line shapes due to an effect of spectral broadening of ordinary exciton absorption spectra by accumulated charges. In contrast, the GM spectra obtained for relatively low-mobility DA copolymer thin films exhibited simple bleaching of exciton absorption spectra, as well as observed for non-DA-type polymers like poly(3-hexylthiophene-2,5-diyl) (P3HT). From a systematic comparison of the GM spectra with temperature-dependent absorption spectra for the polymers in solution, we found that the spectral broadening observed in the GM spectra can be attributed to a reduced effect on the exchange narrowing where excitonic transitions of individual polymer chains are coherently coupled within highly ordered crystalline domains in the polymer thin films. We discuss that the gate-induced charge accumulation in the polymer films effects to suppress the exciton coherence length, which contributes to the reduced exchange narrowing. We also discuss that the whole feature of the GM spectra can be understood in terms of a decomposition into ordered and disordered polymers and that the GM spectra can be used as fine probes for a degree of structural ordering in semiconductor channels of polymer field-effect transistors.

  2. Model studies of spectral and photophysical characteristics of a series of donor acceptor polyenes of different length

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    El-Gezawy, Hani; Rettig, Wolfgang

    2006-09-01

    The photophysical behaviour of a series of donor-acceptor-polyenes of different length: 4-dimethylamino-4'-cyanostilbene (DCS), 4-dimethylamino-4'-cyano-1,4-diphenylbutadiene (DCB) and 4-dimethylamino-4'-cyano-1,4-diphenylhexatriene (DCH) has been studied by means of steady state and time resolved fluorescence and low temperature measurements. Quantum chemical calculations were performed for comparison. For all three dyes, the fluorescence quantum yields show a maximum in the most polar solvents. A pronounced solvatochromic behaviour is only observed for the emission spectra whereas the absorption spectra remain nearly unaffected. The nonradiative decay decreases in the order DCS > DCB > DCH. Similarly, the radiative rate constant decreases in this order, contrary to the usual behaviour for a lengthening of the π-system. The chain-length dependence of the dipole moments of the relaxed excited state μe is better described by the Onsager radius derived from molecular length rather than from the density approach. Both calculations and experiments support the conclusion that the emissive state is not a TICT state.

  3. Low and High Molecular Mass Dithienopyrrole-Naphthalene Bisimide Donor-Acceptor Compounds: Synthesis, Electrochemical and Spectroelectrochemical Behaviour.

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    Rybakiewicz, Renata; Glowacki, Eric D; Skorka, Lukasz; Pluczyk, Sandra; Zassowski, Pawel; Apaydin, Dogukan Hazar; Lapkowski, Mieczyslaw; Zagorska, Malgorzata; Pron, Adam

    2017-02-24

    Two low molecular weight electroactive donor-acceptor-donor (DAD)-type molecules are reported, namely naphthalene bisimide (NBI) symmetrically core-functionalized with dithienopyrrole (NBI-(DTP)2 ) and an asymmetric core-functionalized naphthalene bisimide with dithienopyrrole (DTP) substituent on one side and 2-ethylhexylamine on the other side (NBI-DTP-NHEtHex). Both compounds are characterized by low optical bandgaps (1.52 and 1.65 eV, respectively). NBI-(DTP)2 undergoes oxidative electropolymerization giving the electroactive polymer of ambipolar character. Its two-step reversible reduction and oxidation is corroborated by complementary EPR and UV/Vis-NIR spectroelectrochemical investigations. The polymer turned out to be electrochemically active not only in aprotic solvents but also in aqueous electrolytes, showing a distinct photocathodic current attributed to proton reduction. Additionally, poly(NBI-(DTP)2 ) was successfully tested as a photodiode material. © 2017 Wiley-VCH Verlag GmbH & Co. KGaA, Weinheim.

  4. Organic solar cells: a rigorous model of the donor-acceptor interface for various bulk heterojunction morphologies

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    Raba, Adam; Leroy, Yann; Cordan, Anne-Sophie

    2014-02-01

    Theoretical studies of organic solar cells are mostly based on one dimensional models. Despite their accuracy to reproduce most of the experimental trends, they intrinsically cannot correctly integrate the effects of morphology in cells based on a bulk heterojunction structure. Therefore, accounting for these effects requires the development of two dimensional models, in which donor and acceptor domains are explicitly distinct. In this context, we propose an analytical approach, which focuses on the description of the interface between the two domains. Assuming pinned charge transfer states, we rigorously derive the corresponding boundary conditions and explore the differences between this model and other existing models in the literature for various morphologies of the active layer. On one hand, all tested models are equivalent for an ideal interdigitated bulk heterojunction solar cell with a planar donor-acceptor interface, but divergences between the models rise for small sizes of the donor domain. On the other hand, we carried out a comparison on a less ideal case of cell, with a rough interface between the two domains. Simulations with such cells exhibit distinct behaviors for each model. We conclude that the boundary condition for the interface between the materials is of great importance for the study of solar cells with a non-planar interface. The model must account initially for the roughness of the interface.

  5. Solvent Regulated Self-assembly of Achiral Donor-Acceptor Complex in Confined Chiral Nanotubes: Chirality Transfer, Inversion and Amplification.

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    Li, Yuangang; Duan, Pengfei; Liu, Minghua

    2017-03-24

    A chiral gelator was designed and found to form chiral nanotwist and nanotube in toluene and DMSO, respectively, which could serve as host chiral matrixes for fabricating functional soft materials. Guest achiral π-conjugated donor and acceptor were doped in the gel and a solvent regulated self-assembly was observed. Although both the DMSO and toluene gels containing three components look similar as the transparent gels, it was clarified microscopically that while achiral dopants self-assembled in the confined nanotubes in DMSO gel, they only dissolve in the liquid phase in toluene gel. The existence of the achiral donor and acceptor in different phases made their properties completely different. The chirality transfer occurred from the host chiral gel matrixes to guest achiral porphyrin in DMSO. Remarkably, the addition of C60 in the porphyrin/gelator gel could inverse and further amplify the induced chirality of porphyrin due to the formation of donor-acceptor pairs. On the other hand, no chirality transfer was observed in the toluene gel. These observations clearly unveiled the selective self-assembly of different components in distinct gel phases, which would provide a new insight into the design of chiroptical soft materials.

  6. Influence of polymer-blend morphology on charge transport and photocurrent generation in donor-acceptor polymer blends.

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    Frost, Jarvist M; Cheynis, Fabien; Tuladhar, Sachetan M; Nelson, Jenny

    2006-08-01

    Monte Carlo algorithms are used to simulate the morphologies adopted by polymer chains in a polymer-blend film in the limits where the chains are mutually attractive (homophilic regime) and mutually repulsive (heterophilic regime) and then to simulate the drift transport of charges through the polymer chains. In the homophilic regime, chains aggregate into tangled domains resulting in a relatively high percolation threshold, a high density of configurational trap states, and slow, dispersive charge transport. In the heterophilic regime at the same polymer volume fraction, chains self-organize into a lacework pattern resulting in a low percolation threshold and efficient, trap-free charge transport. For homophilic morphologies interchain hopping is rate-limiting and mobility is insensitive to chain length, whereas for heterophilic morphologies intrachain transport is important and mobility increases with increasing chain length. The morphologies are used in simulations of photocurrent quantum efficiency for donor-acceptor blend photodiodes, which show that the effects of morphology on charge pair generation and recombination compete with the effect on transport, such that the optimum blend composition is sensitive to both morphology and recombination rate. We conclude that it is essential to consider the connectivity of and morphology adopted by polymer chains in the optimization of materials for organic solar cells.

  7. Roles of Energy/Charge Cascades and Intermixed Layers at Donor/Acceptor Interfaces in Organic Solar Cells

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    Nakano, Kyohei; Suzuki, Kaori; Chen, Yujiao; Tajima, Keisuke

    2016-07-01

    The secret to the success of mixed bulk heterojunctions (BHJs) in yielding highly efficient organic solar cells (OSCs) could reside in the molecular structures at their donor/acceptor (D/A) interfaces. In this study, we aimed to determine the effects of energy and charge cascade structures at the interfaces by using well-defined planar heterojunctions (PHJs) as a model system. The results showed that (1) the charge cascade structure enhanced VOC because it shuts down the recombination pathway through charge transfer (CT) state with a low energy, (2) the charge cascade layer having a wider energy gap than the bulk material decreased JSC because the diffusion of the excitons from the bulk to D/A interface was blocked; the energy of the cascade layers must be appropriately arranged for both the charges and the excitons, and (3) molecular intermixing in the cascade layer opened the recombination path through the low-energy CT state and decreased VOC. Based on these findings, we propose improved structures for D/A interfaces in BHJs.

  8. Ultrafast Transient Absorption Spectroscopy Investigation of Photoinduced Dynamics in Novel Donor-Acceptor Core-Shell Nanostructures for Organic Photovoltaics

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    Strain, Jacob; Jamhawi, Abdelqader; Abeywickrama, Thulitha M.; Loomis, Wendy; Rathnayake, Hemali; Liu, Jinjun

    2016-06-01

    Novel donor-acceptor nanostructures were synthesized via covalent synthesis and/or UV cross-linking method. Their photoinduced dynamics were investigated with ultrafast transient absorption (TA) spectroscopy. These new nanostructures are made with the strategy in mind to reduce manufacturing steps in the process of fabricating an organic photovoltaic cell. By imitating the heterojunction interface within a fixed particle domain, several fabrication steps can be bypassed reducing cost and giving more applicability to other film deposition methods. Such applications include aerosol deposition and ink-jet printing. The systems that were studied by TA spectroscopy include PDIB core, PDIB-P3HT core-shell, and PDIB-PANT core-shell which range in size from 60 to 130 nm. Within the experimentally accessible spectra range there resides a region of ground state bleaching, stimulated emission, and excited-state absorption of both neutrals and anions. Control experiments have been carried out to assign these features. At high pump fluences the TA spectra of PDIB core alone also indicate an intramolecular charge separation. The TA spectroscopy results thus far suggest that the core-shells resemble the photoinduced dynamics of a standard film although the particles are dispersed in solution, which indicates the desired outcome of the work.

  9. Isotopic effect and temperature dependent intramolecular excitation energy transfer in a model donor-acceptor dyad.

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    Singh, Jaykrishna; Bittner, Eric R

    2010-07-21

    We consider here the non-adiabatic energy transfer dynamics for a model bi-chromophore system consisting of a perylenemonoimide unit linked to a ladder-type poly(para-phenylene) oligomer. Starting from a semi-empirical parameterization of a model electron/phonon Hamiltonian, we compute the golden-rule rate for energy transfer from the LPPP5 donor to the PMI acceptor. Our results indicate that the non-adiabatic transfer is promoted by the out-of-plane wagging modes of the C-H bonds even though theses modes give little or no contribution to the Franck-Condon factors in this system. We also predict a kinetic isotope effect of k((H))/k((D)) = 1.7-2.5 depending upon the temperature.

  10. Structures and photoelectric properties of five benzotrithiophene isomers-based donor-acceptor copolymers

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    Cheng, Na; Ma, Yuchen; Liu, Yongjun; Zhang, Changqiao; Liu, Chengbu

    2016-04-01

    In this paper, we have investigated the structures, electronic and optical properties of five conjugated copolymers (BTT1-BTz, BTT2-BTz, BTT3-BTz, BTT4-BTz and BTT5-BTz) featuring benzotrithiophene (BTT) isomers as donor units and benzothiadiazole (BTz) as acceptor units, linked through thiophene spacers, employing many-body perturbation theory (MBPT). We have explored the isomer effects by configuration of the sulfur atoms in BTT units, aimed to get insight into how the structural modifications to the conjugated backbone can influence the molecular structures and electronic properties of conjugated polymers. Using the trimer as the computational model, the calculated low and high energy absorption bands (660 and 413 nm) for BTT1-BTz agree well with the experimental ones (645 and 430 nm) with a small offset of ~ 15 nm. On the basis of our calculations, it is found that the backbones of these polymers display different coplanarities, with the dihedral angles between the two neighboring rings varying from 12.3° to 79.0°. Importantly, both BTT1-BTz and BTT2-BTz exhibit intense adsorption around 660 and 623 nm, indicating their promising application in solar cells, whereas BTT3-BTz and BTT4-BTz display the intense adsorption at 569 and 551 nm, which are also usable in the tandem solar cells. BTT5-BTz has narrow and weak adsorption in the visible and infrared region, implying it is not conducive to the sunlight absorption. The blue shift of about 150 nm from BTT1-BTz to BTT5-BTz is suggested to be originated from the shorter effective conjugation lengths.

  11. Structures and photoelectric properties of five benzotrithiophene isomers-based donor-acceptor copolymers.

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    Cheng, Na; Ma, Yuchen; Liu, Yongjun; Zhang, Changqiao; Liu, Chengbu

    2016-04-15

    In this paper, we have investigated the structures, electronic and optical properties of five conjugated copolymers (BTT1-BTz, BTT2-BTz, BTT3-BTz, BTT4-BTz and BTT5-BTz) featuring benzotrithiophene (BTT) isomers as donor units and benzothiadiazole (BTz) as acceptor units, linked through thiophene spacers, employing many-body perturbation theory (MBPT). We have explored the isomer effects by configuration of the sulfur atoms in BTT units, aimed to get insight into how the structural modifications to the conjugated backbone can influence the molecular structures and electronic properties of conjugated polymers. Using the trimer as the computational model, the calculated low and high energy absorption bands (660 and 413 nm) for BTT1-BTz agree well with the experimental ones (645 and 430 nm) with a small offset of ~15 nm. On the basis of our calculations, it is found that the backbones of these polymers display different coplanarities, with the dihedral angles between the two neighboring rings varying from 12.3° to 79.0°. Importantly, both BTT1-BTz and BTT2-BTz exhibit intense adsorption around 660 and 623 nm, indicating their promising application in solar cells, whereas BTT3-BTz and BTT4-BTz display the intense adsorption at 569 and 551 nm, which are also usable in the tandem solar cells. BTT5-BTz has narrow and weak adsorption in the visible and infrared region, implying it is not conducive to the sunlight absorption. The blue shift of about 150 nm from BTT1-BTz to BTT5-BTz is suggested to be originated from the shorter effective conjugation lengths.

  12. Photovoltaic performance of dye-sensitized solar cells based on donor-acceptor pi-conjugated benzofuro[2,3-c]oxazolo[4,5-a]carbazole-type fluorescent dyes with a carboxyl group at different positions of the chromophore skeleton.

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    Ooyama, Yousuke; Shimada, Yoshihito; Kagawa, Yusuke; Imae, Ichiro; Harima, Yutaka

    2007-07-07

    Donor-acceptor pi-conjugated benzofuro[2,3-c]oxazolo[4,5-a]carbazole-type fluorescent dyes 3a, 3b, 8a, and 8b with a carboxyl group at different positions of the chromophore skeleton have been designed and synthesized. The absorption and fluorescence spectra and cyclic voltammograms of the fluorescent dyes agree very well, showing that the position of the carboxyl group has a negligible influence on the photophysical and electrochemical properties of these dyes. When these dyes are used in dye-sensitized solar cells, however, their photovolatic performances are considerably different. The short-circuit photocurrents and energy conversion efficiencies under a simulated solar light increase in the order: 3a (2.12 mA cm(-2), 1.00%) approximately 3b (2.10 mA cm(-2), 1.06%) > 8b (1.50 mA cm(-2), 0.67%) > 8a (0.84 mA cm(-2), 0.34%). Based on semi-empirical molecular orbital calculations (AM1 and INDO/S) together with spectral analyses and their photovolatic performance, the relationships between the observed photovolatic properties and the chemical structures of the benzofuro[2,3-c]oxazolo[4,5-a]carbazole-type fluorescent dyes are discussed. It is found that strong interaction between a TiO(2) surface and the electron accepting moiety of the dye leads to a high photovoltaic performance.

  13. Donor-acceptor small molecules for organic photovoltaics: single-atom substitution (Se or S).

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    He, Xiaoming; Cao, Bing; Hauger, Tate C; Kang, Minkyu; Gusarov, Sergey; Luber, Erik J; Buriak, Jillian M

    2015-04-22

    Two isostructural low-band-gap small molecules that contain a one-atom substitution, S for Se, were designed and synthesized. The molecule 7,7'-[4,8-bis(2-ethylhexyloxy)benzo[1,2-b:4,5-b']dithiophene]bis[6-fluoro-4-(5'-hexyl-2,2'-bithiophen-5-yl)benzo[c][1,2,5]thiadiazole] (1) and its selenium analogue 7,7'-[4,8-bis(2-ethylhexyloxy)benzo[1,2-b:4,5-b']dithiophene]bis[6-fluoro-4-(5'-hexyl-2,2'-bithiophen-5-yl)benzo[c][1,2,5]selenodiazole] (2) are both based on the electron-rich central unit benzo[1,2-b:4,5-b']dithiophene. The aim of this work was to investigate the effect of one-atom substitution on the optoelectronic properties and photovoltaic performance of devices. Theoretical calculations revealed that this one-atom variation has a small but measurable effect on the energy of frontier molecular orbital (HOMO and LUMO), which, in turn, can affect the absorption profile of the molecules, both neat and when mixed in a bulk heterojunction (BHJ) with PC71BM. The Se-containing variant 2 led to higher efficiencies [highest power conversion efficiency (PCE) of 2.6%] in a standard organic photovoltaic architecture, when combined with PC71BM after a brief thermal annealing, than the S-containing molecule 1 (highest PCE of 1.0%). Studies of the resulting morphologies of BHJs based on 1 and 2 showed that one-atom substitution could engender important differences in the solubilities, which then influenced the crystal orientations of the small molecules within this thin layer. Brief thermal annealing resulted in rotation of the crystalline grains of both molecules to more energetically favorable configurations.

  14. Ab Initio Excited State Properties and Dynamics of a Prototype σ-Bridged-Donor-Acceptor Molecule

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    Tapavicza, Enrico; Tavernelli, Ivano; Rothlisberger, Ursula

    2009-08-01

    The photophysical and dynamical properties of the donor-(σ-bridge)-acceptor molecule N-phenylpiperindone-malondinitrile are investigated by second-order approximate coupled cluster (CC2) and time-dependent density functional theory (TDDFT). The study is based on optimized equilibrium geometries for ground and excited states as well as on ab initio molecular dynamics simulations. While CC2 and DFT both predict ground state geometries that are consistent with the crystal structure, equilibrium geometries for the fluorescent charge transfer (CT) state are qualitatively different between CC2 and TDDFT. CC2 reproduces the experimental results for vertical excitations (within 0.3 eV) and provides an orbital assignment of the experimental absorption bands that is supported by experiments. Using CC2, a good agreement is also found for fluorescence energies (within 0.1-0.6 eV). At contrast, CT absorption and fluorescence energies are strongly underestimated by TDDFT using the semi-local functional PBE but improved agreement is found for the hybrid functional PBE0. However, for both functionals, TDDFT fails to predict an equilibrium geometry of the intradonor excited state because of mixing between this state and an artificially low-lying CT state during the optimization. This is an example where the well documented CT failure of TDDFT affects properties of other locally excited states. The minimum of the intradonor locally excited state was therefore only located by the CC2 method. The internal conversion (IC) process from a locally excited donor state to the CT state is simulated by excited state ab initio molecular dynamics based on CC2 and where nonadiabatic transitions are described using the Landau-Zener approximation. We find the IC process to occur a few tens of femtoseconds after excitation. The simulation provides a detailed description of the atomic rearrangements in electron donor and acceptor that drive the interconversion process.

  15. Probing charge and energy transfer process at the donor-acceptor interface of semiconductor nanostructures with simultaneous photocurrent-optical microscopy

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    Gao, Yongqian; Acharya, Krishna; Galande, Charudatta; Ajayan, Pulickel; Mohite, Aditya; Dattelbaum, Andrew; Hollingsworth, Jennifer; Htoon, Han; Los Alamos Natioal Lab Team; Rice Univerisity Collaboration

    2013-03-01

    Understanding and control of charge and energy transfer (CT & ET) processes happening at the donor-acceptor interface of colloidal semiconductor nanostructures play a critical role in defining the performance of many exploratory photo-voltaic devices. Ultrafast dynamics of CT and ET processes in semiconductor nanostrucutres can be investigated effectively by time and energy resolved PL spectroscopy. However a full understanding on impact of these process on device performance demand direct correlation of these dynamical measurements with photocurrent measurements that probe the separation and transport of charges. To this end we develop simultaneous optical and electrical characterization approaches capable of performing scanning photocurrent microscopy and various single nanostructure optical spectroscopies (e.g. photoluminescence (PL), Raman, time resolved PL) simultaneously. We will present application of this technique on various donor/acceptor interfaces including graphene oxide/CdSe nanowire and TiO2 nanocrystals/CdSe nanowire interfaces.

  16. Energy transfer enhancement by oxygen perturbation of spin-forbidden electronic transitions in aromatic systems

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    Monguzzi, A.; Tubino, R.; Salamone, M. M.; Meinardi, F.

    2010-09-01

    Triplet-triplet energy transfer in multicomponent organic systems is usually entirely ascribed to a Dexter-type mechanism involving only short-range donor/acceptor interactions. We demonstrate that the presence of molecular oxygen introduces a perturbation to the electronic structure of one of the involved moieties which can induce a large increase in the spin-forbidden transition oscillator strength so that the otherwise negligible Förster contribution dominates the overall energy transfer rate.

  17. A formal homo-Nazarov cyclization of enantioenriched donor-acceptor cyclopropanes and following transformations: asymmetric synthesis of multi-substituted dihydronaphthalenes.

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    Takada, Seijiro; Takaki, Naoya; Yamada, Kenta; Nishii, Yoshinori

    2017-03-21

    Multi-substituted trans-dihydronaphthalenes were obtained in high enantiomeric excess from a TiCl4-mediated cyclization of enantioenriched donor-acceptor cyclopropanes, followed by a triflation of the hydroxy groups. The C-OTf bond in these multi-substituted trans-dihydronaphthalenes is susceptible to further Pd-catalyzed hydrogenations and coupling reactions, which afforded the corresponding C-H or C-C bonded products.

  18. Modified triphenylamine-dicyanovinyl-based donor-acceptor dyes with enhanced power conversion efficiency of p-type dye-sensitized solar cells.

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    Zhu, Linna; Yang, Hongbin; Zhong, Cheng; Li, Chang Ming

    2012-12-01

    To dye for: Two new dyes are synthesized by structural modifications of one of the best dyes for NiO p-type dye-sensitized solar cells, which is based on a triphenylamine-dicyanovinyl donor-acceptor system. An additional thiophene unit near the anchoring group can greatly retard charge recombination while enhancing the absorption coefficient to significantly improve the photoconversion efficiency by 50%.

  19. Highly Efficient Organic Solar Cells with Improved Vertical Donor-Acceptor Compositional Gradient Via an Inverted Off-Center Spinning Method.

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    Huang, Jiang; Carpenter, Joshua H; Li, Chang-Zhi; Yu, Jun-Sheng; Ade, Harald; Jen, Alex K-Y

    2016-02-03

    A novel, yet simple solution fabrication technique to address the trade-off between photocurrent and fill factor in thick bulk heterojunction organic solar cells is described. The inverted off-center spinning technique promotes a vertical gradient of the donor-acceptor phase-separated morphology, enabling devices with near 100% internal quantum efficiency and a high power conversion efficiency of 10.95%. © 2015 WILEY-VCH Verlag GmbH & Co. KGaA, Weinheim.

  20. Interactions of triazine herbicides with biochar: Steric and electronic effects.

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    Xiao, Feng; Pignatello, Joseph J

    2015-09-01

    We studied the adsorption of triazine herbicides and several reference heteroaromatic amines from water onto a temperature series of hardwood biochars (300-700 °C, labeled B300-B700). Adsorption on biochars correlated poorly with pyrolysis temperature, H/C, O/C, mean minimum fused ring size, surface area (N2 or CO2), microporosity, and mesoporosity, but correlated well with a weighted sum of microporosity and mesoporosity. Steric effects were evident by the negative influence of solute molecular volume on adsorption rate. For a given compound, adsorption rate maximized for the biochar with the greatest mesoporosity-to-total-porosity ratio, suggesting that mesopores are important for facilitating diffusion into pore networks. The cationic forms of amines adsorb more slowly than the neutral forms. To further probe steric and electronic effects, adsorption on a biochar (B400) was compared to adsorption on graphite-a nonporous reference material with an unhindered, unfunctionalized graphene surface-and in comparison with reference compounds (benzene, naphthalene, pyridine, quinoline and 1,3-triazine). Relative to benzene, the surface area-normalized adsorption of the triazine herbicides was disfavored on B400 (favored on graphite) by 11-19 kJ/mol, depending on concentration. It is estimated that steric suppression of B400 adsorption comprises 6.2 kJ/mol of this difference, the remainder being the difference in polar electronic effects. Based on the behavior of the reference amines, the difference in polar effects is dominated by π-π electron donor-acceptor (EDA) interactions with sites on polyaromatic surfaces, which are more electropositive and/or more abundant on graphite. Overall, our results show that mesoporosity is critical, that adsorption rate is a function of solute molecular size and charge, that steric bulk in the solute suppresses equilibrium adsorption, and that π-π EDA forces play a role in triazine polar interactions with biochar.

  1. Limitations and design considerations for donor-acceptor systems in luminescent solar concentrators: the effect of coupling-induced red-edge absorption

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    MacQueen, Rowan W.; Tayebjee, Murad J. Y.; Webb, James E. A.; Falber, Alexander; Thordarson, Pall; Schmidt, Timothy W.

    2016-06-01

    Luminescent solar concentrators (LSCs) use luminescence and waveguiding to concentrate photons within thin dielectric slabs for use in photovoltaic, lighting, and photobioreactor applications. Donor-acceptor systems of organic chromophores are widely used in LSCs to broaden the sunlight absorption range and attempt to reduce loss-inducing reabsorption by the emitting chromophore. We use raytrace simulations across a large parameter space to model the performance of LSCs containing two novel donor-acceptor trimers based on the perylene moiety. We find that under certain conditions, trimers outperform single-dye LSCs as expected. However, at higher concentrations, a slight increase in red-edge absorption by the trimers increases reabsorption and has a deleterious effect on LSC performance. This underscores the large effect that even small changes in the red edge can have, and may discourage the use of donor-acceptor schemes with high interchromophore coupling that promotes red-edge absorption. Finally, we show that for a LSC-PV pair, selecting a PV cell that is well-matched with the LSC emission spectrum has a large effect on the flux gain of the system, and that the systems studied here are well-matched to emerging PV technologies.

  2. Mesomeric and twisted intramolecular-charge-transfer states as a key to polarity-dependent fluorescence of donor acceptor-substituted aryl pyrenes

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    Dekhtyar, M.; Rettig, W.; Weigel, W.

    2008-03-01

    Computational study by the AM1 method has been performed for pyrene-based donor-acceptor-substituted systems, with the aim to elucidate the origin of their polarity-dependent fluorescence governed by mesomeric and twisted internal-charge-transfer (MICT and TICT, resp.) states. Using theoretical methods, principal relationships have been established between the constitution of arylpyrene derivatives (donor-acceptor strength of substituents, the substitution pattern, sterical hindrance, inclusion of additional aryl spacers between the donor and acceptor moieties, etc.) and environmental effects (solvent polarity and external electric field strength), and the properties of the MICT and TICT states (energy, localization, dipole moment, allowedness). These relationships have been compared to the experimental fluorescence properties. The substituent-induced donor-acceptor difference has been varied in a continuous way in both directions by employing point charges in the molecular surrounding ("sparkles"). A remarkable feature of the phenylpyrene molecule has thus been revealed: it can exist in two MICT and two TICT states, the CT states in each pair being oppositely polarized and much the same in energy. It is shown, moreover, that the quantum-chemically calculated trends in MICT and TICT energies in the families of related compounds can be qualitatively judged from simple MO considerations including the analysis of frontier MO energies and shapes for the isolated molecular subunits. The approach employed is, therefore, applicable as a first-step tool in the design of compounds with the desired features of polarity-sensitive fluorescence.

  3. A new type of donor-acceptor cyclopropane reactivity: the generation of formal 1,2- and 1,4-dipoles.

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    Novikov, Roman A; Tarasova, Anna V; Korolev, Victor A; Timofeev, Vladimir P; Tomilov, Yury V

    2014-03-17

    A new type of donor-acceptor cyclopropane reactivity has been discovered. On treatment with anhydrous GaCl3 , they react as sources of even-numbered 1,2- and 1,4-dipoles instead of the classical odd-numbered 1,3-dipoles due to migration of positive charge from the benzyl center. This type of reactivity has been demonstrated for new reactions, namely, cyclodimerizations of donor-acceptor cyclopropanes that occur as [2+2]-, [3+2]-, [4+2]-, [5+2], [4+3]-, and [5+4]-annulations. The [4+2]-annulation of 2-arylcyclopropane-1,1-dicarboxylates to give polysubstituted 2-aryltetralins has been developed in a preparative version that provides exceedingly high regio- and diastereoselectivity and high yields. The strategy for selective hetero-combination of donor-acceptor cyclopropanes was also been developed. The mechanisms of the discovered reactions involving the formation of a comparatively stable 1,2-ylide intermediate have been studied.

  4. Determination of the structural features of a long-lived electron-transfer state of 9-mesityl-10-methylacridinium ion.

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    Hoshino, Manabu; Uekusa, Hidehiro; Tomita, Ayana; Koshihara, Shin-ya; Sato, Tokushi; Nozawa, Shunsuke; Adachi, Shin-ichi; Ohkubo, Kei; Kotani, Hiroaki; Fukuzumi, Shunichi

    2012-03-14

    Extensive efforts have been devoted to developing electron donor-acceptor systems that mimic the utilization of solar energy that occurs in photosynthesis. X-ray crystallographic analysis shows how absorbed photon energy is stabilized in those compounds by structural changes upon photoinduced electron transfer (ET). In this study, structural changes of a simple electron donor-acceptor dyad, 9-mesityl-10-methylacridinium cation (Acr(+)-Mes), upon photoinduced ET were directly observed by laser pump and X-ray probe crystallographic analysis. The N-methyl group in Acr(+) was bent, and a weak electrostatic interaction between Mes and a counteranion in the crystal (ClO(4)) was generated by photoinduced ET. These structural changes correspond to reduction and oxidation due to photoinduced ET and directly elucidate the mechanism in Acr(+)-Mes for mimicking photosynthesis efficiently.

  5. Electronic Interactions in Bichromophores Studied in a Supersonic Jet

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    van Dantzig, Niels Alon

    1994-01-01

    In this dissertation, the molecular beam spectroscopy is presented of molecules consisting of two covalently linked chromophores. Electronic interactions between the chromophores result in electronic energy transfer and electron transfer. The dependence of the electronic interactions on the geometry and the energy gap between the electronic states is investigated. Two different pathways are observed for charge transfer in a series of bichromophores of the form A-(CH _2)_{rm n} -D where A is a 9-anthryl group, D is either a N-methylanilino group or a N-methyl-p-methoxyanilino group, and n = 1,2,3, or 4. For the molecules with donor N-methyl-N-alkylaniline, excitation takes place to the locally excited state followed by charge transfer. For the molecules with donor N-methyl -N-alkyl-p-methoxyaniline, the charge transfer state interacts with the ground state forming an intramolecular electron -donor-acceptor (EDA) complex. From this EDA ground state direct excitation to the charge transfer state occurs. The exciton interaction between the two singlet excited states is studied in four different bifluorenes. In three molecules, it is vanishingly small, but in the fourth bifluorene a splitting is measured. Vibronic coupling mixes the two excited electronic states. For lower vibrational levels, the observed state mixing is consistent with the small molecule limit of radiationless transition theory. For higher vibrational levels, the molecules approach the large molecule limit. The ionization potentials are measured for the same set of molecules, and all are red shifted with respect to fluorene. This stabilization is attributed to charge induced dipole interactions. The qualitative red shift of two bifluorenes seems to indicate that the ion states are additionally stabilized by exchange interactions. Van der Waals complexes of the bichromophore spirobifluorene with argon, nitrogen, water, methanol, and acetonitrile are formed. The 1:1 complexes have two origin transitions

  6. Shape similarity of charge-transfer (CT) excitation energy curves in a series of donor-acceptor complexes and its description with a transferable energy of CT orbital

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    Gritsenko, O. V.

    2017-08-01

    A simple nature of charge-transfer (CT) in the prototype complexes Dp -F2 (Dp =NH3 , H2O) manifests itself in a very close shape of their CT excitation energy curves ωCT (R) along the donor-acceptor separation R. It affords a simple orbital description in terms of the CT orbitals (CTOs) obtained with a transformation of the virtual orbitals of the standard local density approximation (LDA). The transferable energy of the relevant CTO as a function of R closely approximates the common shape of ωCT (R) , while the height of the individual curve is determined with the ionization potential of Dp .

  7. Experimental Demonstration of the Dependence of the First Hyperpolarizability of Donor-Acceptor Substituted Polyenes on the Ground-State Polarization and Bond Length Alternation

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    Bourhill, G.; Bredas, J-L.; Cheng, L-T.; Marder, S. R.; Meyers, F.; Perry, J. W.; Tiemann, B. G.

    1993-01-01

    The dependence of the product of the first hyperpolarizability, beta, and the ground-state dipole moment, mu, for a series of donor-acceptor polyenes with a large range of ground-state polarization, was measured in a variety of solvents by electric field induced second harmonic generation. The observed behavior of mu times beta as a function of ground-state polarization agrees well with theoretical predictions. In particular, as a function of increasing polarization, mu times beta was found to first increase, peak in a positive sense, decrease, pass through zero, become large and negative, and eventually peak in a negative sense.

  8. Donor-Acceptor Cyclopropanes as 1,2-Dipoles in GaCl3-Mediated [4 + 2]-Annulation with Alkenes: Easy Access to the Tetralin Skeleton.

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    Novikov, Roman A; Tarasova, Anna V; Korolev, Victor A; Shulishov, Evgeny V; Timofeev, Vladimir P; Tomilov, Yury V

    2015-08-21

    A new process for (4 + 2)-annulation of donor-acceptor cyclopropanes (DACs) with unsaturated compounds in the presence of anhydrous GaCl3 has been developed. In this process, DACs act as sources of formal 1,2- and 1,4-dipoles to give polysubstituted tetralins in high yields and with high regio- and diastereoselectivity. Alkenes with both aryl and alkyl substituents at the double bond undergo this reaction equally readily. A most likely mechanism of the reaction has been proposed. It involves preliminary generation of a key 1,2-dipolar gallium complex and its subsequent participation in annulation with an alkene.

  9. Electron tunneling through covalent and noncovalent pathways in proteins

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    Beratan, David N.; Onuchic, Jose Nelson; Hopfield, J. J.

    1987-01-01

    A model is presented for electron tunneling in proteins which allows the donor-acceptor interaction to be mediated by the covalent bonds between amino acids and noncovalent contacts between amino acid chains. The important tunneling pathways are predicted to include mostly bonded groups with less favorable nonbonded interactions being important when the through bond pathway is prohibitively long. In some cases, vibrational motion of nonbonded groups along the tunneling pathway strongly influences the temperature dependence of the rate. Quantitative estimates for the sizes of these noncovalent interactions are made and their role in protein mediated electron transport is discussed.

  10. Electron tunneling through covalent and noncovalent pathways in proteins

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    Beratan, David N.; Onuchic, Jose Nelson; Hopfield, J. J.

    1987-01-01

    A model is presented for electron tunneling in proteins which allows the donor-acceptor interaction to be mediated by the covalent bonds between amino acids and noncovalent contacts between amino acid chains. The important tunneling pathways are predicted to include mostly bonded groups with less favorable nonbonded interactions being important when the through bond pathway is prohibitively long. In some cases, vibrational motion of nonbonded groups along the tunneling pathway strongly influences the temperature dependence of the rate. Quantitative estimates for the sizes of these noncovalent interactions are made and their role in protein mediated electron transport is discussed.

  11. Evidence for Anisotropic Electronic Coupling of Charge Transfer States in Weakly Interacting Organic Semiconductor Mixtures.

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    Belova, Valentina; Beyer, Paul; Meister, Eduard; Linderl, Theresa; Halbich, Marc-Uwe; Gerhard, Marina; Schmidt, Stefan; Zechel, Thomas; Meisel, Tino; Generalov, Alexander V; Anselmo, Ana Sofia; Scholz, Reinhard; Konovalov, Oleg; Gerlach, Alexander; Koch, Martin; Hinderhofer, Alexander; Opitz, Andreas; Brütting, Wolfgang; Schreiber, Frank

    2017-06-28

    We present a comprehensive investigation of the charge-transfer (CT) effect in weakly interacting organic semiconductor mixtures. The donor-acceptor pair diindenoperylene (DIP) and N,N'-bis(2-ethylhexyl)-1,7-dicyanoperylene-3,4/9,10-bis(dicarboxyimide) (PDIR-CN2) has been chosen as a model system. A wide range of experimental methods was used in order to characterize the structural, optical, electronic, and device properties of the intermolecular interactions. By detailed analysis, we demonstrate that the partial CT in this weakly interacting mixture does not have a strong effect on the ground state and does not generate a hybrid orbital. We also find a strong CT transition in light absorption as well as in photo- and electroluminescence. By using different layer sequences and compositions, we are able to distinguish electronic coupling in-plane vs out-of-plane and, thus, characterize the anisotropy of the CT state. Finally, we discuss the impact of CT exciton generation on charge-carrier transport and on the efficiency of photovoltaic devices.

  12. Next Generation Highly Conducting Organic Films Using Novel Donor-Acceptor Molecules for Opto-electronic Applications

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    2010-06-01

    endorsement or approval of the use thereof. Destroy this report when it is no longer needed. Do not return it to the originator . Army...PVK: Poly(9-vinylcarbazole); and PHFPC: Poly(9,9-N-dihexyl-2,7- fluorene -alt-9- phenyl-3,6-carbazole...PC/TCNQ complexes, poly(9,9-N-dihexyl-2,7- fluorene -alt-9- phenyl-3,6-carbazole (PHFPC)/TCNQ, and poly(9-vinylcarbazole) (PVK)/TCNQ complexes. A

  13. Magnetically modulated electroluminescence from hybrid organic/inorganic light-emitting diodes based on electron donor-acceptor exciplex blends

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    Pang, Zhiyong; Baniya, Sangita; Zhang, Chuang; Sun, Dali; Vardeny, Z. Valy

    2016-03-01

    We report room temperature magnetically modulated electroluminescence from a hybrid organic/inorganic light-emitting diode (h-OLED), in which an inorganic magnetic tunnel junction (MTJ) with large room temperature magnetoresistance is coupled to an N,N,N ',N '-Tetrakis(4-methoxyphenyl)benzidine (MeO-TPD): tris-[3-(3-pyridyl)mesityl]borane (3TPYMB) [D-A] based OLED that shows thermally activated delayed luminescence. The exciplex-based OLED provides two spin-mixing channels: upper energy channel of polaron pairs and lower energy channel of exciplexes. In operation, the large resistance mismatch between the MTJ and OLED components is suppressed due to the non-linear I-V characteristic of the OLED. This leads to enhanced giant magneto-electroluminescence (MEL) at room temperature. We measured MEL of ~ 75% at ambient conditions. Supported by SAMSUNG Global Research Outreach (GRO) program, and also by the NSF-Material Science & Engineering Center (MRSEC) program at the University of Utah (DMR-1121252).

  14. Electron interaction in matter

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    Dance, W. E.; Rainwater, W. J.; Rester, D. H.

    1969-01-01

    Data on the scattering of 1-MeV electrons in aluminum for the case of non-normal incidence, electron-bremsstrahlung cross-sections in thin targets, and the production of bremstrahlung by electron interaction in thick targets, are presented both in tabular and graphic form. These results may interest physicists and radiologists.

  15. A High-Energy Charge-Separated State of 1.70 eV from a High-Potential Donor-Acceptor Dyad: A Catalyst for Energy-Demanding Photochemical Reactions.

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    Lim, Gary N; Obondi, Christopher O; D'Souza, Francis

    2016-09-12

    A high potential donor-acceptor dyad composed of zinc porphyrin bearing three meso-pentafluorophenyl substituents covalently linked to C60 , as a novel dyad capable of generating charge-separated states of high energy (potential) has been developed. The calculated energy of the charge-separated state was found to be 1.70 eV, the highest reported for a covalently linked porphyrin-fullerene dyad. Intramolecular photoinduced electron transfer leading to charge-separated states of appreciable lifetimes in polar and nonpolar solvents has been established from studies involving femto- to nanosecond transient absorption techniques. The high energy stored in the form of charge-separated states along with its persistence of about 50-60 ns makes this dyad a potential electron-transporting catalyst to carry out energy-demanding photochemical reactions. This type of high-energy harvesting dyad is expected to open new research in the areas of artificial photosynthesis especially producing energy (potential) demanding light-to-fuel products. © 2016 WILEY-VCH Verlag GmbH & Co. KGaA, Weinheim.

  16. Beyond Donor-Acceptor (D-A) Approach: Structure-Optoelectronic Properties-Organic Photovoltaic Performance Correlation in New D-A1 -D-A2 Low-Bandgap Conjugated Polymers.

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    Chochos, Christos L; Drakopoulou, Sofia; Katsouras, Athanasios; Squeo, Benedetta M; Sprau, Christian; Colsmann, Alexander; Gregoriou, Vasilis G; Cando, Alex-Palma; Allard, Sybille; Scherf, Ullrich; Gasparini, Nicola; Kazerouni, Negar; Ameri, Tayebeh; Brabec, Christoph J; Avgeropoulos, Apostolos

    2017-04-01

    Low-bandgap near-infrared polymers are usually synthesized using the common donor-acceptor (D-A) approach. However, recently polymer chemists are introducing more complex chemical concepts for better fine tuning of their optoelectronic properties. Usually these studies are limited to one or two polymer examples in each case study so far, though. In this study, the dependence of optoelectronic and macroscopic (device performance) properties in a series of six new D-A1 -D-A2 low bandgap semiconducting polymers is reported for the first time. Correlation between the chemical structure of single-component polymer films and their optoelectronic properties has been achieved in terms of absorption maxima, optical bandgap, ionization potential, and electron affinity. Preliminary organic photovoltaic results based on blends of the D-A1 -D-A2 polymers as the electron donor mixed with the fullerene derivative [6,6]-phenyl-C71 -butyric acid methyl ester demonstrate power conversion efficiencies close to 4% with short-circuit current densities (J sc ) of around 11 mA cm(-2) , high fill factors up to 0.70, and high open-circuit voltages (V oc s) of 0.70 V. All the devices are fabricated in an inverted architecture with the photoactive layer processed in air with doctor blade technique, showing the compatibility with roll-to-roll large-scale manufacturing processes.

  17. A novel D2-A-D1-A-D2-type donor-acceptor conjugated small molecule based on a benzo[1,2-b:4,5-b‧]dithiophene core for solution processed organic photovoltaic cells

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    Yu, Junting; Zhu, Weiguo; Tan, Hua; Peng, Qing

    2017-01-01

    A novel D2-A-D1-A-D2-type donor-acceptor conjugated small molecule (DTPA-Q-BDT-Q-DTPA) with a benzo[1,2-b:4,5-b‧]dithiophene (BDT) core and two D2-A arms has been synthesized and employed as electron donor for organic solar cells. Solution-processed organic photovoltaic (OPV) devices were fabricated with a configuration of ITO/PEDOT:PSS/DTPA-Q-BDT-Q-DTPA:[6,6]-phenyl-C61-butyric acid methyl ester (PC61BM)/LiF/Al. A power conversion efficiency (PCE) of 1.22% with an open-circuit voltage (VOC) of 0.64 V, a short-circuit current (JSC) of 6.10 mA cm-2, and a fill factor (FF) of 31.0% was achieved. The PCE is 2.9 times higher than that in the other devices using D2-A-type small molecule TPA-Q-TPA as donor.

  18. Contact effects on electronic transport in donor-bridge-acceptor complexes interacting with a thermal bath.

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    Volkovich, Roie; Peskin, Uri

    2006-12-28

    A model for electron transfer in donor-bridge-acceptor complexes with electronic coupling to nuclear bridge modes is studied using the Redfield formulation. We demonstrate that the transport mechanism through the molecular bridge is controlled by the location of the electronic-nuclear coupling term along the bridge. As the electronic-nuclear coupling term is shifted from the donor/acceptor-bridge contact sites into the bridge, the mechanism changes from kinetic transport (incoherent, thermally activated, and bridge-length independent) to coherent tunneling oscillations. This study joins earlier works aiming to explore the factors which control the mechanism of electronic transport through molecular bridges and molecular wires.

  19. Furan-based diketopyrrolopyrrole chromophores: Tuning the spectroscopic, electrochemical and aggregation-induced fluorescent properties with various intramolecular donor-acceptor spacers

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    Tao, Tao; Chen, Liang; Cao, Hui; Chen, Min-Dong; Huang, Wei

    2017-09-01

    A family of furan-based diketopyrrolopyrrole chromophores, which comprise different donor or acceptor spacers, was synthesized by classic Suzuki-Miyaura reactions between dibrominated diketopyrrolopyrrole intermediate and five substituted aromatic boronic acids. They have the same π-extended unit and different pyridyl, thienyl and triarylamino tails with various intramolecular donor-acceptor spacers. Furthermore, absorption and emission spectral studies reveal that all dyes show extraordinarily large molar absorption coefficients (εmax = 22 400-120 000 L mol-1 cm-1) and high luminescence quantum yields (Φs = 27-88%). Moreover, the TGA studies indicate that the triarylamino-extended compounds have excellent thermal stabilities. A systematical investigation has been carried out, including energy gap correlation among optical, electrochemical and computational data. All the targeted chromophores exhibit potential applications in luminescent materials and optoelectronic devices.

  20. Device fabrication of insoluble donor-acceptor-donor structured molecule by pulsed laser deposition: a comparative study using different laser source

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    Swathi, S. K.; Rao, Arun D.; Ranjith, K.; Kumar, Rajneesh; Ramakrishna, S. A.; Ramamurthy, Praveen C.

    2013-06-01

    Many of the conducting polymers though having good material property are not solution processable. Hence an alternate method of fabrication of film by pulsed laser deposition, was explored in this work. PDTCPA, a donor- acceptor- donor type of polymer having absorption from 900 nm to 300 nm was deposited by both UV and IR laser to understand the effect of deposition parameters on the film quality. It was observed that the laser ablation of PDTCPA doesn't alter its chemical structure hence retaining the chemical integrity of the polymer. Microscopic studies of the ablated film shows that the IR laser ablated films were particulate in nature while UV laser ablated films are deposited as smooth continuous layer. The morphology of the film influences its electrical characteristics as current- voltage characteristic of these films shows that films deposited by UV laser are p rectifying while those by IR laser are more of resistor in nature.

  1. Influence of donor-acceptor layer sequence on photoresponsive organic field-effect transistors based on palladium phthalocyanine and C60

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    Chen, Deqiang; Yao, Bo; Fan, Guoying; Lv, Wenli; Gao, Pengjie; Zhou, Maoqing; Peng, Yingquan

    2013-04-01

    Photoresponsive organic field-effect transistors (PhotOFETs) based on palladium phthalocyanine (PdPc) and C60 were fabricated with different donor-acceptor layer sequences. Both planar heterojunction devices fabricated exhibit better performance under illumination than the single PdPc device. PhotOFETs with the structure SiO2/C60/PdPc/Au exhibit a higher photosensitivity and photoresponsivity than that with the structure SiO2/PdPc/C60/Au. The origin for this is largely the high mobility of C60 and the well-matched LUMO levels of PdPc and C60. The maximum photosensitivity of the SiO2/C60/PdPc/Au device is 8 × 103, and the photoresponsivity is approximately 28 times that of the single component PdPc device.

  2. Reaction of Donor-Acceptor Cyclobutanes with Indoles: A General Protocol for the Formal Total Synthesis of (±)-Strychnine and the Total Synthesis of (±)-Akuammicine.

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    Feng, Liang-Wen; Ren, Hai; Xiong, Hu; Wang, Pan; Wang, Lijia; Tang, Yong

    2017-03-06

    A ligand-promoted catalytic [4+2] annulation reaction using indole derivatives and donor-acceptor (D-A) cyclobutanes is reported, thus providing an efficient and atom-economical access to versatile cyclohexa-fused indolines with excellent levels of diastereoselectivity and a broad substrate scope. In the presence of a chiral SaBOX ligand, excellent enantioselectivity was realized with up to 94 % ee. This novel synthetic method is applied as a general protocol for the total synthesis of (±)-akuammicine and the formal total synthesis of (±)-strychnine from the same common-core scaffold. © 2017 Wiley-VCH Verlag GmbH & Co. KGaA, Weinheim.

  3. Organocatalytically Generated Donor-Acceptor Cyclopropanes in Domino Reactions. One-Step Enantioselective Synthesis of Pyrrolo[1,2-a]quinolines.

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    Sanchez-Diez, Eduardo; Vesga, Diana L; Reyes, Efraim; Uria, Uxue; Carrillo, Luisa; Vicario, Jose L

    2016-03-18

    An easy and straightforward procedure has been developed for the synthesis of highly enantioenriched pyrrolo[1,2-a]quinolines through a one-pot process that comprises a domino cyclopropane ring opening/aza-Michael/aldol reaction followed by acid-promoted lactamization. The key feature of the synthetic approach relies on the ability of conveniently functionalized cyclopropaneacetaldehydes to undergo organocatalytic activation by a chiral secondary amine that enables the catalytic generation of a donor-acceptor cyclopropane. This intermediate has the potential to undergo a ring opening that generates an electrophilic α,β-unsaturated iminium ion that subsequently reacts through the already mentioned domino sequence and in which stereochemical information is very efficiently transferred from the amine catalyst to the final products. Moreover, one of the alkoxycarbonyl moieties can be easily removed by standard hydrolysis/decarboxylation, providing access to the target adducts as single stereoisomers.

  4. Photon upconversion in supramolecular gel matrixes: spontaneous accumulation of light-harvesting donor-acceptor arrays in nanofibers and acquired air stability.

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    Duan, Pengfei; Yanai, Nobuhiro; Nagatomi, Hisanori; Kimizuka, Nobuo

    2015-02-11

    Efficient triplet-triplet annihilation (TTA)-based photon upconversion (UC) is achieved in supramolecular organogel matrixes. Intense UC emission was observed from donor (sensitizer)-acceptor (emitter) pairs in organogels even under air-saturated condition, which solved a major problem: deactivation of excited triplet states and TTA-UC by molecular oxygen. These unique TTA-UC molecular systems were formed by spontaneous accumulation of donor and acceptor molecules in the gel nanofibers which are stabilized by developed hydrogen bond networks. These molecules preorganized in nanofibers showed efficient transfer and migration of triplet energy, as revealed by a series of spectroscopic, microscopic, and rheological characterizations. Surprisingly, the donor and acceptor molecules incorporated in nanofibers are significantly protected from the quenching action of dissolved molecular oxygen, indicating very low solubility of oxygen to nanofibers. In addition, efficient TTA-UC is achieved even under excitation power lower than the solar irradiance. These observations clearly unveil the adaptive feature of host gel nanofiber networks that allows efficient and cooperative inclusion of donor-acceptor molecules while maintaining their structural integrity. As evidence, thermally induced reversible assembly/disassembly of supramolecular gel networks lead to reversible modulation of the UC emission intensity. Moreover, the air-stable TTA-UC in supramolecular gel nanofibers was generally observed for a wide combination of donor-acceptor pairs which enabled near IR-to-yellow, red-to-cyan, green-to-blue, and blue-to-UV wavelength conversions. These findings provide a new perspective of air-stable TTA-UC molecular systems; spontaneous and adaptive accumulation of donor and acceptor molecules in oxygen-blocking, self-assembled nanomatrixes. The oxygen-barrier property of l-glutamate-derived organogel nanofibers has been unveiled for the first time, which could find many

  5. Electronically Enhanced Classroom Interaction.

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    Draper, Stephen; Cargill, Julie; Cutts, Quintin

    A design rationale for introducing electronic equipment (a group response system) for student interaction in lecture theaters is presented, linking the instructional design to theory. The effectiveness of the equipment for learning depends mostly on what pedagogic method is employed. Various alternative types are introduced, including: assessment;…

  6. Electronically Enhanced Classroom Interaction.

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    Draper, Stephen; Cargill, Julie; Cutts, Quintin

    A design rationale for introducing electronic equipment (a group response system) for student interaction in lecture theaters is presented, linking the instructional design to theory. The effectiveness of the equipment for learning depends mostly on what pedagogic method is employed. Various alternative types are introduced, including: assessment;…

  7. A double-leg donor-acceptor molecular elevator: new insight into controlling the distance of two platforms.

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    Zhang, Zhi-Jun; Han, Min; Zhang, Heng-Yi; Liu, Yu

    2013-04-05

    A double-leg elevator with an electron-rich anthracene moiety at the platformlike component and an electron-deficient naphthalenediimide unit in the middle of a double-leg riglike component was prepared through "click chemistry", in which the reversible elevator movement between different levels could be controlled upon the addition of base and acid.

  8. Electron Interactions in Graphene

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    Kim, Philip

    2011-03-01

    Electrons confined in two dimensions (2D) can exhibit strongly correlated states. Recent experimental discovery of integer and fractional quantum Hall effect in graphene amplified interest in correlated 2D electronic systems, owning to presence of the unusual topological phase associated with zero effective mass of charge carriers. In this talk, we will discuss the role of the many-body effects due to the electron-electron interaction in graphene manifested in electron transport phenomena. In particular, we will discuss the nature unusual spontaneous symmetry breaking Landau levels graphene under the extreme quantum condition, the appearance of unique low density insulating states and fractional quantum Hall states. Employing extremely high quality samples obtained by suspending graphene and graphene on atomically flat defect free insulating substrate such as hexa-bron nitride, we now investigate various broken symmetry states under high magnetic field. The nature of these broken symmetry state can be explained generally considering underlying SU(4) symmetry in the single particle level of the Landau levels.

  9. Push-pull macrocycles: donor-acceptor compounds with paired linearly conjugated or cross-conjugated pathways.

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    Leu, Wade C W; Fritz, Amanda E; Digianantonio, Katherine M; Hartley, C Scott

    2012-03-02

    Two-dimensional π-systems are of current interest in the design of functional organic molecules, exhibiting unique behavior for applications in organic electronics, single-molecule devices, and sensing. Here we describe the synthesis and characterization of "push-pull macrocycles": electron-rich and electron-poor moieties linked by a pair of (matched) conjugated bridges. We have developed a two-component macrocyclization strategy that allows these structures to be synthesized with efficiencies comparable to acyclic donor-bridge-acceptor systems. Compounds with both cross-conjugated (m-phenylene) and linearly conjugated (2,5-thiophene) bridges have been prepared. As expected, the compounds undergo excitation to locally excited states followed by fluorescence from charge-transfer states. The m-phenylene-based systems exhibit slower charge-recombination rates presumably due to reduced electronic coupling through the cross-conjugated bridges. Interestingly, pairing the linearly conjugated 2,5-thiophene bridges also slows charge recombination. DFT calculations of frontier molecular orbitals show that the direct HOMO-LUMO transition is polarized orthogonal to the axis of charge transfer for these symmetrical macrocyclic architectures, reducing the electronic coupling. We believe the push-pull macrocycle design may be useful in engineering functional frontier molecular orbital symmetries.

  10. Tuning the donor-acceptor strength of low-bandgap platinum-acetylide polymers for near-infrared photovoltaic applications.

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    Qin, Chuanjiang; Fu, Yingying; Chui, Chung-Hin; Kan, Chi-Wai; Xie, Zhiyuan; Wang, Lixiang; Wong, Wai-Yeung

    2011-09-15

    Two near-infrared (NIR) absorbing metallopolyynes of platinum (P1 and P2) functionalized with a weakly electron-donating fluorene unit and two strong electron acceptors (viz. benzo[1,2-c:4,5-c']bis([1,2,5]thiadiazole) and [1,2,5]thiadiazolo[3,4-i]dibenzo[a,c]phenazine) were synthesized and applied for NIR photovoltaic applications. With these designed weak donor-strong acceptor electronic traits, these metallopolymers possess narrow bandgaps of 1.54 and 1.65 eV and a low HOMO level of about 5.50 eV, thus inducing a power conversion efficiency up to 1% for bulk heterojunction solar cells at the NIR wavelength.

  11. Improved Exciton Dissociation at Semiconducting Polymer:ZnO Donor:Acceptor Interfaces via Nitrogen Doping of ZnO

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    Musselman, Kevin P; Albert-Seifried, Sebastian; Hoye, Robert L Z; Sadhanala, Aditya; Muñoz-Rojas, David; MacManus-Driscoll, Judith L; Friend, Richard H

    2014-01-01

    Exciton dissociation at the zinc oxide/poly(3-hexylthiophene) (ZnO/P3HT) interface as a function of nitrogen doping of the zinc oxide, which decreases the electron concentration from approximately 1019 cm−3 to 1017 cm−3, is reported. Exciton dissociation and device photocurrent are strongly improved with nitrogen doping. This improved dissociation of excitons in the conjugated polymer is found to result from enhanced light-induced de-trapping of electrons from the surface of the nitrogen-doped ZnO. The ability to improve the surface properties of ZnO by introducing a simple nitrogen dopant has general applicability. PMID:25520604

  12. A comprehensive study of the optoelectronic properties of donor-acceptor based derivatives of 1,3,4-oxadiazole

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    Joshi, Ankita; Ramachandran, C. N.

    2017-07-01

    A variety of 1,3,4-oxadiazole derivatives based on electron- donor pyrrole and -acceptor nitro groups are modelled. Various isomers of pyrole-oxadiazole-nitro unit and its dimer linked to substituted and unsubstituted phenyl group are studied using the dispersion corrected density functional theoretical method. The electron density distribution in frontier orbitals of the phenyl-spacer compounds bearing amino and phenylamino groups indicates the possibility of intramolecular charge transfer. The isomers of phenyl-spacer compounds absorb in visible region of electromagnetic spectrum. The compounds show high values of light harvesting efficiency, despite the weak anchoring nature of nitro groups.

  13. A p-Type Quantum Dot/Organic Donor:Acceptor Solar-Cell Structure for Extended Spectral Response

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    Chen, Hsiang-Yu; Hou, Jianhui; Dayal, Smita; Huo, Lijun; Kopidakis, Nikos; Beard, Matthew C.; Luther, Joseph M.

    2011-06-21

    A coupled PbS quantum dot film and a PSBTBT:PCBM bulk heterojunction layer contribute comparable photocurrent in a new stacked solar-cell architecture with sensitivity in the near infrared and an efficiency >4%. With a focus on the energy level alignment between components, time-resolved microwave photoconductivity is used to elucidate the charge transport pathways for electrons and holes.

  14. Efficiency improvement of new Tetrathienoacene-based dyes by enhancing donor, acceptor and bridge units, a theoretical study

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    Tavangar, Zahra; Zareie, Nazanin

    2016-10-01

    A series of metal free Tetrathienoacene-based (TTA-based) organic dyes are designed and investigated as sensitizers for application in dye sensitized solar cells (DSSCs). Density function theory and time dependent density function theory calculations were performed on these dyes at vacuum and orthodichlorobenzene as the solvent. Effects of changing π-conjugation bridges and different functional groups in acceptor and donor units were investigated. UV-Vis absorption spectra were simulated to show the wavelength shifting and absorption properties. Inserting nitro and acyl chloride functional groups in acceptor and NH2 in donor units leads to the reduction of HOMO-LUMO gap by lowering the lowest unoccupied molecular orbital (LUMO) energy level and raising the highest occupied molecular orbital (HOMO) energy level and the increase in effective parameters in DSSC' efficiency. The results show that changing spacer units from thiophene to furan has a great effect on electronic structure and absorption spectra. Investigation of the electron distributions of frontier orbitals shows the HOMO and LUMO localization in donor and acceptor, respectively. Some key parameters that were studied here include light harvesting efficiency, free energy of electron injection and open circuit photo-voltage.

  15. Efficiency improvement of new Tetrathienoacene-based dyes by enhancing donor, acceptor and bridge units, a theoretical study.

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    Tavangar, Zahra; Zareie, Nazanin

    2016-10-05

    A series of metal free Tetrathienoacene-based (TTA-based) organic dyes are designed and investigated as sensitizers for application in dye sensitized solar cells (DSSCs). Density function theory and time dependent density function theory calculations were performed on these dyes at vacuum and orthodichlorobenzene as the solvent. Effects of changing π-conjugation bridges and different functional groups in acceptor and donor units were investigated. UV-Vis absorption spectra were simulated to show the wavelength shifting and absorption properties. Inserting nitro and acyl chloride functional groups in acceptor and NH2 in donor units leads to the reduction of HOMO-LUMO gap by lowering the lowest unoccupied molecular orbital (LUMO) energy level and raising the highest occupied molecular orbital (HOMO) energy level and the increase in effective parameters in DSSC' efficiency. The results show that changing spacer units from thiophene to furan has a great effect on electronic structure and absorption spectra. Investigation of the electron distributions of frontier orbitals shows the HOMO and LUMO localization in donor and acceptor, respectively. Some key parameters that were studied here include light harvesting efficiency, free energy of electron injection and open circuit photo-voltage.

  16. Stark effect of intrinsic and extrinsic charge-transfer excitons in a linear donor-acceptor stack: anthracene-pyromellitic dianhydride.

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    Weiser, Gerhard; Elschner, Andreas

    2009-06-25

    Anthracene-PMDA single crystals display at 2K about 70 meV below a well-known intrinsic charge-transfer exciton three narrow absorption lines, which are attributed to CT excitons bound to defects of a few 10(-5) concentration. All excitons respond very sensitively to electric fields along the molecular stack because of the large dipole moment, about 2 eA, of an ionized donor-acceptor pair, but only intrinsic excitons observe an optical selection rule. Although the triclinic unit cell contains only one pair of molecules, excitons appear in field-modulated spectra as near-degenerate doublets of different parity with very small splitting. The line shape of the EA spectra and selection rules with respect to the polarization of light and orientation of the field are consistent with the inversion symmetry of the lattice and the molecules. The simple crystal structure enables identification of the defects that are responsible for extrinsic excitons. Symmetry consideration based on translation invariance lead to a new interpretation of intrinsic excitons as true crystal states with charge transfer from the donor to the acceptor sublattice.

  17. Nonlinear response properties of ultralarge hyperpolarizability twisted pi-system donor-acceptor chromophores. Dramatic environmental effects on response.

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    Brown, Eric C; Marks, Tobin J; Ratner, Mark A

    2008-01-10

    State-average complete active space self-consistent field (SA-CASSCF) calculations are performed on the energetically lowest two electronic states of a novel alkyl-substituted 4-quinopyran twisted pi-system electro-optic chromophore. In the gas phase, the ground-state electronic configuration is diradicaloid (D), and the first excited state is zwitterionic (Z). When an external dipolar field is applied to simulate polar solvation, the relative energies of D and Z are dramatically perturbed. At sufficient field strengths, the relative ordering of the states is inverted so that Z becomes the ground state. As the energy difference between the D and Z states falls, the magnitudes of the longitudinal static polarizability (alpha) and hyperpolarizability (beta) increase appreciably--in certain cases, by 2 orders of magnitude. These computational results are interpreted and supported by qualitative state correlation diagrams constructed from qualitative molecular orbital theory and are in agreement with recent experimental results on twisted pi-system electro-optic chromophores (Kang, H. et al. J. Am. Chem. Soc. 2007, 129, 3267). The computational results also suggest that changing the environmental polarity is a promising strategy for tuning alpha and beta in such types of chromophores, which experimentally exhibit large nonlinear optical response.

  18. "Hot or cold": how do charge transfer states at the donor-acceptor interface of an organic solar cell dissociate?

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    Bässler, Heinz; Köhler, Anna

    2015-11-21

    Electron transfer from an excited donor to an acceptor in an organic solar cell (OSC) is an exothermic process, determined by the difference in the electronegativities of donor and acceptor. It has been suggested that the associated excess energy facilitates the escape of the initially generated electron-hole pair from their mutual coulomb well. Recent photocurrent excitation spectroscopy on conjugated polymer/PCBM cells challenged this view. In this perspective we shall briefly outline the strengths and weaknesses of relevant experimental approaches and concepts. We shall enforce the notion that the charge separating state is a vibrationally cold charge transfer (CT) state. It can easily dissociate provided that (i) there is electrostatic screening at the interface and (ii) the charge carriers are delocalized, e.g. if the donor is a well ordered conjugated polymer. Both effects diminish the coulomb attraction and assure that the in-built electric field existing in the OSC under short current condition is already sufficient to separate most the CT states. The remaining CT excitations relax towards tail states of the disorder controlled density of states distribution, such as excimer forming states, that are more tightly bound and have longer lifetimes.

  19. Excited singlet (S1) state interactions of calixarenes with chloroalkanes: A combination of concerted and stepwise dissociative electron transfer mechanism

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    Mohanty, J.; Pal, H.; Nayak, S. K.; Chattopadhyay, S.; Sapre, A. V.

    2002-12-01

    Both steady-state and time-resolved studies in acetonitrile (ACN) solutions show that the excited singlet (S1) states of calixarenes (CX) undergo quenching by chloroalkanes (CA). It has been revealed by characterizing the Cl ions in the photolyzed CX-CA systems in ACN solutions that the quenching occurs due to dissociative electron transfer (DET) mechanism, whereby a C-Cl bond of the CAs undergoes dissociation on acceptance of an electron from excited CX. The bimolecular quenching constants (kq) in the present systems were correlated with the free energy changes for the concerted DET reactions based on a suitable DET theory. Such a correlation results in the recovery of an intramolecular reorganization energy, which is substantially lower to account for the C-Cl bond dissociation energy of the CAs. Comparing present results with those of an another donor-acceptor system (e.g., biphenyldiol-CA systems) where a concerted DET mechanism is applicable, it is inferred that in CX-CA systems both concerted and stepwise DET mechanisms operate simultaneously. It is proposed that the interaction of excited CXs with encaged CAs follows the stepwise mechanism whereas that with the out of cage CAs follows the concerted mechanism.

  20. Magnetism and electronic structure of triplet binuclear niobium complexes in inorganic glasses, organic ligand environment, and polymers

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    Rakhimov, R. R.; Arrington, S. A.; Jackson, E. M.; Hwang, J. S.; Prokof'ev, A. I.; Alexandrov, I. A.; Aleksandrov, A. I.

    2005-05-01

    We investigated paramagnetic properties of binuclear niobium complexes Nb-O-Nb with two nonequivalent Nb4+ ions in lithium-niobium phosphate glasses (LNPG), in the environment of catechol/ortho-quinone ligands and in polyethylene. Experimental electron paramagnetic resonance spectrum analysis revealed nonequivalent distribution of the charge and electron spin density between two Nb atoms. Mechanochemical interaction of LNPG with an organic donor-acceptor mixture catechol/ortho-quinone followed by organic solvent extraction leads to the formation of a new binuclear complex with catechol/ortho-quinone ligands. This complex can be further incorporated into polyethylene matrix to form the complex with properties close to the complex in LNPG.

  1. Fluorescence Properties of Diphenylthiazolo[4,5-b]pyrazines Tuned by Donor-Acceptor Substituent Effects.

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    Nakagawa, Tatsuki; Yamaji, Minoru; Maki, Shojiro; Niwa, Haruki; Hirano, Takashi

    2015-01-01

    Fluorescence properties of 2,6- and 2,5-diphenylthiazolo[4,5-b]pyrazine (TPy) derivatives having an electron-donating substituent (methoxy and dimethylamino) on the 6- and 5-phenyl groups were studied. It was found that 2,6-diphenyl derivatives fluoresce more efficiently than 2,5-diphenyl derivatives. Furthermore, a 2,6-diphenyl derivative having an additional cyano group on the 2-phenyl ring was an excellent fluorophore showing a wide solvatochromism with great fluorescence yields. Based on the obtained spectroscopic data and mechanistic explanations concerning the substituent effects on the fluorescence properties, useful information on designing new TPy fluorophores is provided. © 2015 The American Society of Photobiology.

  2. Design and synthesis of triazolyl-donor/acceptor unnatural nucleosides and oligonucleotide probes containing triazolyl-phenanthrene nucleoside.

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    Bag, Subhendu Sekhar; Talukdar, Sangita; Das, Suman Kalyan

    2014-09-08

    In the context of abasic DNA or DNA duplex stabilization, several unnatural nucleosidic/non-nucleosidic base surrogates have been reported. Toward this end, we have designed and synthesized triazolyl-aromatic donor chomophores as unnatural nucleoside analogs. These modifications display markedly higher thermal stabilization of abasic DNA duplex in comparison to the stabilization offered by other nucleoside/non-nucleoside base surrogates reported in the literature. The same oligonucleotide probe containing triazolylphenanthrene nucleotide also offers very good stability of the self-pair duplex via π-π stacking interaction and hetero-pair duplex via charge transfer interaction when paired against triazolyl acceptor aromatic nucleoside. Moreover, the probe in the reverse sequence containing triazolylphenanthrene nucleotide has shown FRET efficiency in a chimeric DNA duplex. The triazolyl nucleotides would expectedly show stability toward exonuclease activity. This unit describes protocols for chemical synthesis of unnatural triazolyl nucleosides and one oligonucleotide probe. The unit also provides a summary of various thermal and photophysical applications of triazolylphenantherene-containing oligonucleotides. Copyright © 2014 John Wiley & Sons, Inc.

  3. The impact of long-range electron-hole interaction on the charge separation yield of molecular photocells

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    Nemati Aram, Tahereh; Ernzerhof, Matthias; Asgari, Asghar; Mayou, Didier

    2017-01-01

    We discuss the effects of charge carrier interaction and recombination on the operation of molecular photocells. Molecular photocells are devices where the energy conversion process takes place in a single molecular donor-acceptor complex attached to electrodes. Our investigation is based on the quantum scattering theory, in particular on the Lippmann-Schwinger equation; this minimizes the complexity of the problem while providing useful and non-trivial insight into the mechanism governing photocell operation. In this study, both exciton pair creation and dissociation are treated in the energy domain, and therefore there is access to detailed spectral information, which can be used as a framework to interpret the charge separation yield. We demonstrate that the charge carrier separation is a complex process that is affected by different parameters, such as the strength of the electron-hole interaction and the non-radiative recombination rate. Our analysis helps to optimize the charge separation process and the energy transfer in organic solar cells and in molecular photocells.

  4. Base pair sensitivity and enhanced ON/OFF ratios of DNA-binding: donor-acceptor-donor fluorophores.

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    Wilson, James N; Wigenius, Jens; Pitter, Demar R G; Qiu, Yanhua; Abrahamsson, Maria; Westerlund, Fredrik

    2013-10-10

    The photophysical properties of two recently reported live cell compatible, DNA-binding dyes, 4,6-bis(4-(4-methylpiperazin-1-yl)phenyl)pyrimidin-2-ol, 1, and [1,3-bis[4-(4-methylpiperazin-1-yl)phenyl]-1,3-propandioato-κO, κO']difluoroboron, 2, are characterized. Both dyes are quenched in aqueous solutions, while binding to sequences containing only AT pairs enhances the emission. Binding of the dyes to sequences containing only GC pairs does not produce a significant emission enhancement, and for sequences containing both AT and GC base pairs, emission is dependent on the length of the AT pair tracts. Through emission lifetime measurements and analysis of the dye redox potentials, photoinduced electron transfer with GC pairs is implicated as a quenching mechanism. Binding of the dyes to AT-rich regions is accompanied by bathochromic shifts of 26 and 30 nm, respectively. Excitation at longer wavelengths thus increases the ON/OFF ratio of the bound probes significantly and provides improved contrast ratios in solution as well as in fluorescence microscopy of living cells.

  5. Effect of Donor-Acceptor Coupling on TICT Dynamics in the Excited States of Two Dimethylamine Substituted Chalcones.

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    Ghosh, Rajib; Palit, Dipak K

    2015-11-12

    Significant effect of coupling between the electron donor and acceptor groups in intramolecular charge transfer (ICT) dynamics has been demonstrated by comparing the photophysical properties of two isomeric N,N-dimethylaminochalcone derivatives (namely, DMAC-A and DMAC-B). In the case of the DMAC-B molecule, the distance between the donor (N,N-dimethylaniline or DMA) and the acceptor (carbonyl) groups is larger by one ethylene unit as compared to that in the case of DMAC-A. The excited singlet (S1) states of both the isomers have strong ICT character but their photophysical properties are remarkably different. In polar solvents, fluorescence quantum yields (and the lifetimes of the S1 state) of DMAC-A are more than 2 orders of magnitude lower (and shorter) than those of DMAC-B. Remarkable differences in the photophysical properties of these two isomers arise due to occurrence of the ultrafast twisting of the DMA group (or the TICT process) during the course of deactivation of the S1 state of the DMAC-A molecule, but not in the case of DMAC-B. In the later case, because of the presence of a large energy barrier along the twisting coordinate(s), TICT is not a feasible process, and hence, the S1 state of DMAC-B has the planar ICT structure. In the DMAC-A molecule, the strength of coupling between the donor and acceptor groups is relatively stronger because of a shorter distance between these groups. Femtosecond transient absorption spectroscopic measurements and DFT/TDDFT calculations have been adopted to establish the above aspects of the relaxation dynamics of the S1 states of these two isomeric chalcones.

  6. Study of proteinous and micellar microenvironment using donor acceptor charge transfer fluorosensor N,N-dimethylaminonaphthyl-(acrylo)-nitrile

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    Singh, Rupashree Balia; Mahanta, Subrata; Guchhait, Nikhil

    2009-06-01

    Interaction of charge transfer fluorophore N,N-dimethylaminonaphthyl-(acrylo)-nitrile (DMANAN) with globular proteins Human Serum Albumin (HSA) and Bovine Serum Albumin (BSA) brings forth a marked change in the position and intensity of band maxima both in case of absorption and fluorescence spectra. Spectroscopic approach has been elaborately implemented to explore the binding phenomena of the probe with HSA and BSA and it is found that the extent of binding of the probe to both serum albumins is similar in nature. Steady state fluorescence anisotropy values, fluorescence quenching study using acrylamide quencher and Red Edge Excitation Shift (REES) help in drawing reliable conclusions regarding the location of the probe molecule within the hydrophobic cavity of the proteins. An increase in fluorescence lifetime of the probe molecule solubilized in both the proteinous media also indicate that the probe is located at the motionally restricted environment inside the hydrophobic cavity of proteins and hence non-radiative channels are less operative than in the bulk water. Similarly, the variation of position and intensity of the emission maxima of DMANAN solubilized in micellar medium of Sodium Dodecyl Sulphate (SDS) also predicts well the critical micellar concentration (CMC) and polarity of micellar microenvironment.

  7. Ordered fibrillar morphology of donor-acceptor conjugated copolymers at multiple scales via blending with flexible polymers and solvent vapor annealing: insight into photophysics and mechanism.

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    Wang, Haiyang; Liu, Jiangang; Xu, Yaozhuo; Yu, Xinhong; Xing, Rubo; Han, Yanchun

    2014-01-28

    The ordered, aligned fibrillar morphology at multiple scales of a donor-acceptor (D-A) conjugated copolymer of 3,6-bis-(thiophen-2-yl)-N,N'-bis(2-octyl-1-dodecyl)-1,4-dioxo-pyrrolo[3,4-c]pyrrole and thieno[3,2-b]thiophene (PDBT-TT) was prepared via blending with flexible polymers (PS13.7k, PDBT-TT/PS = 1/10 w/w) followed by chloroform (CF) solvent vapor annealing (SVA) for 24 h. The aligned fibrillar bundles were of about 500 nm width, consisting of parallel aligned nanofibrils of ab. 10 nm width. It was found that the direction of backbones in nanofibrils was parallel to the long axis of nanofibrils, which implied an intense intra-chain conjugation associated with extended backbones and J-aggregation of PDBT-TT. This ordered morphology corresponded to the characteristic photophysical features of (i) red-shifted absorption arising from J-aggregation, (ii) larger Davydov splitting, (iii) the prevailing absorbance of J-aggregation over H-aggregation in its UV-Vis spectrum and (iv) more red-shifted max photoluminescence emission, compared with the films prepared via the other methods. By investigating the Raman spectra and XRD profiles, it is proposed that the origin of the best morphological and photophysical order is the combination of blending and SVA. The limited and "flexible" space formed due to phase separation between PDBT-TT and PS facilitated the motion of rigid PDBT-TT chains and promoted their stacking order as templates, and CF vapor assisted the conformational transition of chains to more "coil-like" to help them reorganize in a thermodynamic stable way.

  8. Density functional theory approach to gold-ligand interactions: Separating true effects from artifacts

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    Koppen, Jessica V.; Szczęśniak, Małgorzata M.; Hapka, Michał; Modrzejewski, Marcin; Chałasiński, Grzegorz

    2014-06-28

    Donor-acceptor interactions are notoriously difficult and unpredictable for conventional density functional theory (DFT) methodologies. This work presents a reliable computational treatment of gold-ligand interactions of the donor-acceptor type within DFT. These interactions require a proper account of the ionization potential of the electron donor and electron affinity of the electron acceptor. This is accomplished in the Generalized Kohn Sham framework that allows one to relate these properties to the frontier orbitals in DFT via the tuning of range-separated functionals. A donor and an acceptor typically require different tuning schemes. This poses a problem when the binding energies are calculated using the supermolecular method. A two-parameter tuning for the monomer properties ensures that a common functional, optimal for both the donor and the acceptor, is found. A reliable DFT approach for these interactions also takes into account the dispersion contribution. The approach is validated using the water dimer and the (HAuPH{sub 3}){sub 2} aurophilic complex. Binding energies are computed for Au{sub 4} interacting with the following ligands: SCN{sup −}, benzenethiol, benzenethiolate anion, pyridine, and trimethylphosphine. The results agree for the right reasons with coupled-cluster reference values.

  9. Phase transitions and photoinduced transformations at high pressure in the molecular donor-acceptor fullerene complex (Cd(dedtc){sub 2}){sub 2} · C{sub 60}

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    Meletov, K. P.; Konarev, D. V.; Tolstikova, A. O.

    2015-06-15

    The Raman spectra of crystals of C{sub 60} fullerene-cadmium diethyldithiocarbamate molecular donor-acceptor complexes (Cd(dedtc){sub 2}){sub 2} · C{sub 60} were measured at pressures of up to 17 GPa, and the crystal lattice parameters of these complexes were determined at pressures of up to 6 GPa. An increase in pressure up to ∼2 GPa leads to changes in the Raman spectra, which are manifested by splitting of the intramolecular H{sub g}(1)-H{sub g}(8) phonon modes and by softening of the A{sub g}(2) mode of the C{sub 60} molecule. A further increase in pressure up to 17 GPa does not induce significant new changes to the Raman spectra, while a decrease is accompanied by the reverse transformation at a pressure of about 2 GPa. The pressure dependence of the lattice parameters also exhibits a reversible feature at 2 GPa related to a jumplike decrease in compressibility. All these data are indicative of a phase transition in the vicinity of 2 GPa related to the formation of covalent bonds between C{sub 60} molecules and, probably, the appearance of C{sub 120} dimers in fullerene layers. It was also found that, in the pressure interval from 2 to 6.3 GPa, the Raman spectra of complexes exhibit photoinduced transformations under prolonged exposure to laser radiation with a wavelength of λ = 532 nm and power density up to 5000 W/cm{sup 2}. These changes are manifested by splitting and softening of the A{sub g}(2) mode and resemble analogous changes accompanying the photopolymerization of C{sub 60} fullerene. The intensity of new bands exhibits exponential growth with increasing exposure time. The photopolymer yield depends on both the laser radiation power and external pressure. The A{sub g}(2) mode splitting under irradiation can be related to the formation of photo-oligomers with various numbers of intermolecular covalent bonds per C{sub 60} molecule.

  10. A multistage ab initio quantum wavepacket dynamics formalism for electronic structure and dynamics in open systems

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    Pacheco, Alexander B.; Iyengar, Srinivasan S.

    2010-07-01

    We propose a multistage quantum wavepacket dynamical treatment for the study of delocalized electronic systems as well as electron transport through donor-bridge-acceptor systems such as those found in molecular-wire/electrode networks. The full donor-bridge-acceptor system is treated through a rigorous partitioning scheme that utilizes judiciously placed offsetting absorbing and emitting boundary conditions. These facilitate a computationally efficient and potentially accurate treatment of the long-range coupling interactions between the bridge and donor/acceptor systems and the associated open system boundary conditions. Time-independent forms of the associated, partitioned equations are also derived. In the time-independent form corresponding to the bridge system, coupling to donor and acceptor, that is long-range interactions, is completely accounted. For the time-dependent study, the quantum dynamics of the electronic flux through the bridge-donor/acceptor interface is constructed using an accurate and efficient representation of the discretized quantum-mechanical free-propagator. A model for an electrode-molecular wire-electrode system is used to test the accuracy of the scheme proposed. Transmission probability is obtained directly from the probability density of the electronic flux in the acceptor region. Conductivity through the molecular wire is computed using a wavepacket flux correlation function.

  11. Understanding the charge transport and polarities in organic donor-acceptor mixed-stack crystals: molecular insights from the super-exchange couplings.

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    Geng, Hua; Zheng, Xiaoyan; Shuai, Zhigang; Zhu, Lingyun; Yi, Yuanping

    2015-02-25

    Charge transport and polarity in organic D-A mixed-stack crystals are examined in terms of super-exchange electronic couplings. When the super-exchange coupling is dominated by the interaction between donor HOMO and acceptor LUMO, ambipolar transport is achieved. Otherwise, involvement of other bridge orbitals can lead to unbalanced, even to unipolar transport in a special case that the HOMO-LUMO interaction vanishes.

  12. Electron-excited molecule interactions

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    Christophorou, L.G. Tennessee Univ., Knoxville, TN . Dept. of Physics)

    1991-01-01

    In this paper the limited but significant knowledge to date on electron scattering from vibrationally/rotationally excited molecules and electron scattering from and electron impact ionization of electronically excited molecules is briefly summarized and discussed. The profound effects of the internal energy content of a molecule on its electron attachment properties are highlighted focusing in particular on electron attachment to vibrationally/rotationally and to electronically excited molecules. The limited knowledge to date on electron-excited molecule interactions clearly shows that the cross sections for certain electron-molecule collision processes can be very different from those involving ground state molecules. For example, optically enhanced electron attachment studies have shown that electron attachment to electronically excited molecules can occur with cross sections 10{sup 6} to 10{sup 7} times larger compared to ground state molecules. The study of electron-excited molecule interactions offers many experimental and theoretical challenges and opportunities and is both of fundamental and technological significance. 54 refs., 15 figs.

  13. Electron-electron interaction in ballistic electron beams

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    Müller, F.; Lengeler, B.; Schäpers, Th.; Appenzeller, J.; Förster, A.; Klocke, Th.; Lüth, H.

    1995-02-01

    The transport of ballistic electrons emitted and detected by adjacent point contacts in a two-dimensional electron gas (2DEG) in the system GaAs/AlxGa1-xAs was measured at 1.2 K as a function of the emitter current. Hot carriers with a surplus energy up to 15 meV above the Fermi level were generated by the current flow. It is shown that electron-electron scattering is the main limitation for the quasiparticle lifetime. The experimental data for the ballistic electron propagation from emitter to detector are explained without free parameters by a theory developed by Chaplik and by Giuliani and Quinn. In addition, it is shown that crossing ballistic electron beams in a 2DEG interact with one another, if one of the beams contains hot electrons in the zone of interaction. Experiments on the influence of impurities on the mean free path of ballistic electrons should be done with currents as low as 10 nA. Otherwise, the mean free path contains a contribution from electron-electron scattering. Electron-electron interaction of hot carriers is a serious basic limitation for future devices based on the transport of electrons in the mesoscopic transport regime.

  14. Low-valent group-13 chemistry. Theoretical investigation of the structures and relative stabilities of donor-acceptor complexes R(3)E[bond]E'R' and their isomers R(2)E[bond]E'RR'.

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    Timoshkin, Alexey Y; Frenking, Gernot

    2002-06-19

    The results of quantum chemical calculations at the gradient-corrected density functional theory (DFT) level with the B3LYP functional of the donor-acceptor complexes R(3)E[bond]E'R' and their isomers R(2)E[bond]E'RR', where E, E' = B[bond]Tl and R, R' = H, Cl, or CH(3), are reported. The theoretically predicted energy differences between the donor-acceptor form R(3)E[bond]E'R' and the classical isomer R(2)E[bond]E'RR' and the bond dissociation energies of the E[bond]E' bonds are given. The results are discussed in order to show which factors stabilize the isomers R(3)E[bond]E'R'. There is no simple correlation of the nature of the group-13 elements E, E' and the substituents R, R' with the stability of the complexes. The isomers R(3)E[bond]'R' come stabilized by pi donor groups R', while the substituents R may either be sigma- or pi-bonded groups. Calculations of Cl(3)B[bond]BR' [R' = Cl, cyclopentadienyl (Cp), or Cp*] indicate that the Cp* group has a particularly strong effect on the complex form. The calculations show that the experimentally known complex Cl(3)B[bond]BCp* is the strongest bonded donor-acceptor complex of main-group elements that has been synthesized until now. The theoretically predicted B[bond]B bond energy is D(o) = 50.6 kcal/mol. However, the calculations indicate that it should also be possible to isolate donor-acceptor complexes R(3)E[bond]E'R' where R' is a sigma-bonded bulky substituent. Possible candidates that are suggested for synthetic work are the borane complexes (C(6)F(5))(3)B[bond]E'R' and (t)Bu(3)B[bond]E'R' (E' = Al[bond]Tl) and the alane complexes Cl(3)Al[bond]E'R' (E' = Ga[bond]Tl).

  15. Multi-Spin Interactions and Dynamics in Model Systems for Organic Molecular Materials

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    Gardner, Daniel M.

    This thesis presents results from the application of electron paramagnetic resonance (EPR) techniques to study the spin-spin interactions of novel organic compounds possessing one or more unpaired electron spins. The first two chapters focus on the use of steady-state techniques to probe the interaction of a single unpaired electron with its surrounding environment. The second part of this thesis expands on these studies by employing transient techniques to analyze and control the spin-spin interactions and dynamics of systems which undergo photoinduced charge separation to generate multiple unpaired electrons. In Chapter 2 a series of novel trifluoromethylated perylene and naphthalene imide and diimide compounds are chemically reduced to yield their respective radical anions. EPR spectroscopy at both X-band and W-band fields allows for characterization of the hyperfine coupling constants and g-tensors which are important for studying their role as intermediates in electron transfer reactions. In Chapter 3 continuous-wave electron-nuclear double resonance (ENDOR) spectroscopy is employed to study the sharing of an unpaired electron across oligomers of naphthalene-1,8:4,5-bis(dicarboximide) in several novel geometries. Transient EPR techniques are introduced in Chapter 4 to measure the spin-spin interactions in photogenerated radical pairs in a series of electron donor-acceptor systems designed to mimic the photosynthetic reaction center. Measurement of the dipolar interaction at X-band fields allows for the determination of the radical pair distance, while the enhanced spectral resolution at W-band fields allows for analysis of the anisotropy of the g-tensors thereby allowing for the determination of the geometry of the radical pair. In Chapter 5 a novel U-shaped electron donor-acceptor-radical system is introduced in which use of a xanthene spacer results in negligible magnetic exchange interactions between the acceptor radical anion and the appended stable

  16. Impact of donor-acceptor functionalization on the properties of linearly π-conjugated oligomers: establishing quantitative relationships for the substituent and substituent cooperative effect based on quantum chemical calculations.

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    Varkey, Elizabeth C; Hutter, Jürg; Limacher, Peter A; Lüthi, Hans P

    2013-12-20

    To understand better the impact of donor-acceptor substitution on the properties of linearly π-conjugated compounds, we performed a computational study on a series of variably substituted trans-polyacetylenes, polyynes, and polythiophenes. The focus of this work is on how rapidly the impact of a given substituent or a given combination of substituents vanishes along the π-conjugated chain. The response of the structural (bond-length alternation, rotational barrier) and molecular properties ((hyper)polarizability, chemical shift) to substitution is analyzed using different protocols, including a superposition model for the evaluation of the cooperative effect of substituents in homo- and heterosubstituted oligomers. With the exception of the (hyper)polarizability, the impact of donor-acceptor substitution is found to vanish following an exponential. The rate of decay of the substituent impact is found to be characteristic for each backbone, whereas the choice of substituent determines the absolute value of the respective property. The combination of substituents is shown to determine whether the substituent cooperative effect on a property is of an enhancing or damping nature. The rate of decay of the cooperative effect on most properties, including the (hyper)polarizability, is also found to follow an exponential law.

  17. Energy transfer from pyridine molecules towards europium cations contained in sub 5-nm Eu2O3 nanoparticles: Can a particle be an efficient multiple donor-acceptor system?

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    Truillet, C.; Lux, F.; Brichart, T.; Lu, G. W.; Gong, Q. H.; Perriat, P.; Martini, M.; Tillement, O.

    2013-09-01

    Sensitized Eu2O3 nanoparticles coated by polysiloxane have been prepared using a polyol method. Further grafting of pyridine molecules on particles surface enhances 400-times the emission of the Eu3+ cations. The sensitizing effect of the pyridine molecules that transfer a part of their excitation towards Eu3+ has been studied by systematic excitation and emission measurements. All of the de-excitation pathway rates involved in the emission processes of these nanoparticles were determined. In particular, the transfer efficiency which was found independent of the number of sensitizers per particle is equal to 0.13 ± 0.01, a value quite satisfying taking into account that the donors and the acceptors are separated by a polysiloxane spacer of 0.4 nm. Furthermore this multiple donor-acceptor system has been modeled in order to deduce the average transfer efficiency as a function of the single donor-acceptor transfer rate. The theoretical modeling is in complete coherence with the experiments performed on a series of samples varying the thickness of the polysiloxane shell, i.e., the spacing distance between the donors and the acceptors. All these results illustrate the interest of using such structures in applications requiring ultrasensitive detection.

  18. Mechanism of Photon-Gated Persistent Spectral Hole-Burning in Metal-Tetrabenzoporphyrin/Halomethane Systems: Donor-Acceptor Electron Transfer.

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    1987-02-17

    for TZT. These spectral features lie in a region which is easily obtained with a cw single-frequency Cde laser . This, together with the high molar...T1 with a single laser pulse, making this method a convenient way of measuring the triplet lifetimes. The k value was estimated from the width of the...Attempts to produce a measurable one-color hole using these conditions were unsuccessful. Thus, the overall PHB efficiency of these materials is high enough

  19. Pellet interaction with runaway electrons

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    James, A. N.; Hollmann, E. M.; Yu, J.H.; Austin, M. E.; Commaux, Nicolas JC; Evans, T.E.; Humphrey, D. A.; Jernigan, T. C.; Parks, P. B.; Putvinski, S.; Strait, E. J.; Tynan, G. R.; Wesley, J. C.

    2011-01-01

    We describe results from recent experiments studying interaction of solid polystyrene pellets with a runaway electron current channel generated after cryogenic argon pellet rapid shutdown of DIII-D. Fast camera imaging shows the pellet trajectory and continuum emission from the subsequent explosion, with geometric calibration providing detailed explosion analysis and runaway energy. Electron cyclotron emission also occurs, associated with knock-on electrons broken free from the pellet by RE which then accelerate and runaway, and also with a short lived hot plasma blown off the pellet surface. In addition, we compare heating and explosion times from observations and a model of pellet heating and breakdown by runaway interaction. (C) 2011 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved

  20. Selective supramolecular fullerene-porphyrin interactions and switching in surface-confined C60-Ce(TPP)2 dyads.

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    Vijayaraghavan, Saranyan; Écija, David; Auwärter, Willi; Joshi, Sushobhan; Seufert, Knud; Seitsonen, Ari P; Tashiro, Kentaro; Barth, Johannes V

    2012-08-08

    The control of organic molecules, supramolecular complexes and donor-acceptor systems at interfaces is a key issue in the development of novel hybrid architectures for regulation of charge-carrier transport pathways in nanoelectronics or organic photovoltaics. However, at present little is known regarding the intricate features of stacked molecular nanostructures stabilized by noncovalent interactions. Here we explore at the single molecule level the geometry and electronic properties of model donor-acceptor dyads stabilized by van der Waals interactions on a single crystal Ag(111) support. Our combined scanning tunneling microscopy/spectroscopy (STM/STS) and first-principles computational modeling study reveals site-selective positioning of C(60) molecules on Ce(TPP)(2) porphyrin double-decker arrays with the fullerene centered on the π-system of the top bowl-shaped tetrapyrrole macrocycle. Three specific orientations of the C(60) cage in the van der Waals complex are identified that can be reversibly switched by STM manipulation protocols. Each configuration presents a distinct conductivity, which accounts for a tristable molecular switch and the tunability of the intradyad coupling. In addition, STS data evidence electronic decoupling of the hovering C(60) units from the metal substrate, a prerequisite for photophysical applications.

  1. Electron spin from self interaction

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    Spavieri, G. |

    1992-06-01

    The author explores the possibility that the electron self-interaction is the origin of the spin and of the radiative effects of QED. The electron is conceived as a charged, massless, point particle with a quantum or stochastic, internal motion about its center of mass and bound by a self-interaction potential. The hydrodynamic equations of motion describing the electron in its center of mass frame are related to non-Markovian stochastic equations recently used to derive the Schroedinger equation. By averaging over this stochastic internal motion and identifying the energy with the rest mass energy, the angular momentum exhibits properties characteristic of spin. The electromagnetic self-interactions added to the Hamiltonian of the particle correct the g factor to yield the anomalous value (g{minus}2)/2 {approx} 1159.7(2.3) X 10{sup {minus}6} in agreement with experiment. Calculations of other {open_quotes}radiative{close_quotes} effects including the Lamb shift are presented. The results obtained are finite and suggest that the QED corrections attributed to radiative effects could be obtained classically, i.e., without second quantization and renormalization, by complementing the Dirac theory with this self-interaction mechanism. The g factor dependence on the external magnetic field of this and other spin models is compared with that of QED, showing that these theories can be tested by the present precision measurements of the g factor. 33 refs., 2 tabs.

  2. Interaction of Humic Acids with Organic Toxicants

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    Tchaikovskaya, O. N.; Yudina, N. V.; Maltseva, E. V.; Nechaev, L. V.; Svetlichnyi, V. A.

    2016-08-01

    Interaction of humic acids with polyaromatic hydrocarbons (PAH) (naphthalene and anthracene) and triazole series fungicides (cyproconazole (CC) and tebuconazole (TC)) is investigated by the method of fluorescence quenching depending on the concentration of substances in solutions and their structural features. Humic acids were modified by mechanochemical activation in a planetary mill. The complex character of intermolecular interactions between PAH and fungicides with humic acids, including donor-acceptor and hydrophobic binding, is established. Thermodynamically stable conformations of biocide molecules were estimated using ChemOffice CS Chem3D 8.0 by methods of molecular mechanics (MM2) and molecular dynamics. Biocide molecules with pH 7 are in energetically favorable position when the benzene and triazole rings are almost parallel to each other. After acidification of solutions to pH 4.5, the CC molecule retains the geometry for which donor-acceptor interactions are possible: the benzene ring in the molecule represents the electron donor, and triazole is the acceptor. In this case, the electron density in CC is redistributed easier, which is explained by a smaller number of carbon atoms between the triazole and benzene rings, unlike TC. As a result, the TC triazole ring is protonated to a greater degree, acquiring a positive charge, and enters into donoracceptor interactions with humic acid (HA) samples. The above-indicated bond types allow HA to participate actively in sorption processes and to provide their interaction with biocides and PAH and hence, to act as detoxifying agents for recultivation of the polluted environment.

  3. Mapping the influence of molecular structure on rates of electron transfer using direct measurements of the electron spin-spin exchange interaction.

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    Lukas, Aaron S; Bushard, Patrick J; Weiss, Emily A; Wasielewski, Michael R

    2003-04-02

    The spin-spin exchange interaction, 2J, in a radical ion pair produced by a photoinduced electron transfer reaction can provide a direct measure of the electronic coupling matrix element, V, for the subsequent charge recombination reaction. We have developed a series of dyad and triad donor-acceptor molecules in which 2J is measured directly as a function of incremental changes in their structures. In the dyads the chromophoric electron donors 4-(N-pyrrolidinyl)- and 4-(N-piperidinyl)naphthalene-1,8-dicarboximide, 5ANI and 6ANI, respectively, and a naphthalene-1,8:4,5-bis(dicarboximide) (NI) acceptor are linked to the meta positions of a phenyl spacer to yield 5ANI-Ph-NI and 6ANI-Ph-NI. In the triads the same structure is used, except that the piperidine in 6ANI is replaced by a piperazine in which a para-X-phenyl, where X = H, F, Cl, MeO, and Me(2)N, is attached to the N' nitrogen to form a para-X-aniline (XAn) donor to give XAn-6ANI-Ph-NI. Photoexcitation yields the respective 5ANI(+)-Ph-NI(-), 6ANI(+)-Ph-NI(-), and XAn(+)-6ANI-Ph-NI(-) singlet radical ion pair states, which undergo subsequent radical pair intersystem crossing followed by charge recombination to yield (3)NI. The radical ion pair distances within the dyads are about 11-12 A, whereas those in the triads are about approximately 16-19 A. The degree of delocalization of charge (and spin) density onto the aniline, and therefore the average distance between the radical ion pairs, is modulated by the para substituent. The (3)NI yields monitored spectroscopically exhibit resonances as a function of magnetic field, which directly yield 2J for the radical ion pairs. A plot of ln 2J versus r(DA), the distance between the centroids of the spin distributions of the two radicals that comprise the pair, yields a slope of -0.5 +/- 0.1. Since both 2J and k(CR), the rate of radical ion pair recombination, are directly proportional to V(2), the observed distance dependence of 2J shows directly that the recombination

  4. Electron interactions with polar molecules

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    Garrett, W.R.

    1981-01-01

    A description is given of a number of the features of discrete and continuous spectra of electrons interacting with polar molecules. Attention is focused on the extent to which theoretical predictions concerning cross sections, resonances, and bound states are strongly influenced by the various approximations that are so ubiquitous in the treatment of such problems. Similarly, threshold scattering and photodetachment processes are examined for the case of weakly bound dipole states whose higher members overlap the continuum.

  5. Anomalous free electron laser interaction

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    Einat, M.; Jerby, E.; Kesar, A.

    2002-05-01

    Free electron lasers (FELs) are considered, typically, as fast wave devices. The normal FEL interaction satisfies the tuning condition ω≅( kz+ kW) Vz , where ω and kz are the em-wave angular frequency and longitudinal wave number, respectively, Vz is the electron axial speed, and kW is the wiggler periodicity. This paper presents an anomalous FEL interaction, which may occur in slow-wave FELs (i.e. loaded by dielectric or periodic structures). The anomalous FEL effect presented here satisfies the tuning condition ω≅( kz- kW) Vz , and it resembles the anomalous effect in slow-wave cyclotron resonance masers. A necessary condition for the anomalous interaction is ω/ kz< Vz (i.e., the em-wave phase velocity should be slower than the electron beam). The paper presents a preliminary experimental result demonstrating the anomalous FEL effect in a stripline dielectric-loaded FEL experiment. A linear Pierce equation is applied to describe both the anomalous and normal FELs in the same framework. The paper is concluded with a conceptual discussion.

  6. Post-polymerization C-H Borylation of Donor-Acceptor Materials Gives Highly Efficient Solid State Near-Infrared Emitters for Near-IR-OLEDs and Effective Biological Imaging.

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    Crossley, Daniel L; Urbano, Laura; Neumann, Robert; Bourke, Struan; Jones, Jennifer; Dailey, Lea Ann; Green, Mark; Humphries, Martin J; King, Simon M; Turner, Michael L; Ingleson, Michael J

    2017-08-30

    Post-polymerization modification of the donor-acceptor polymer, poly(9,9-dioctylfluorene-alt-benzothiadiazole), PF8-BT, by electrophilic C-H borylation is a simple method to introduce controllable quantities of near-infrared (near-IR) emitting chromophore units into the backbone of a conjugated polymer. The highly stable borylated unit possesses a significantly lower LUMO energy than the pristine polymer resulting in a reduction in the band gap of the polymer by up to 0.63 eV and a red shift in emission of more than 150 nm. Extensively borylated polymers absorb strongly in the deep red/near-IR and are highly emissive in the near-IR region of the spectrum in solution and solid state. Photoluminescence quantum yield (PLQY) values are extremely high in the solid state for materials with emission maxima ≥ 700 nm with PLQY values of 44% at 700 nm and 11% at 757 nm for PF8-BT with different borylation levels. This high brightness enables efficient solution processed near-IR emitting OLEDs to be fabricated and highly emissive borylated polymer loaded conjugated polymer nanoparticles (CPNPs) to be prepared. The latter are bright, photostable, low toxicity bioimaging agents that in phantom mouse studies show higher signal to background ratios for emission at 820 nm than the ubiquitous near-IR emissive bioimaging agent indocyanine green. This methodology represents a general approach for the post-polymerization functionalization of donor-acceptor polymers to reduce the band gap as confirmed by the C-H borylation of poly((9,9-dioctylfluorene)-2,7-diyl-alt-[4,7-bis(3-hexylthien-5-yl)-2,1,3-benzothiadiazole]-2c,2cc-diyl) (PF8TBT) resulting in a red shift in emission of >150 nm, thereby shifting the emission maximum to 810 nm.

  7. Weakly Interacting Disordered Electron Systems

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    Ekuma, C. E.; Terletska, H.; Yang, S.; Tam, K.-M.; Vidhyadhiraja, N. S.; Moreno, J.; Jarrell, M.

    2015-03-01

    We report on the interplay of interactions and disorder within the typical medium dynamical cluster approximation using the Anderson-Hubbard model. By the systematical incorporation of non-local spatial correlations and the diagonal disorder on an equal footing, we study the initial effects of electron interactions (U) in one (1D), two (2D), and three (3D) dimensions. Treating the interacting non-local cluster self-energy (Σc(SOPT) [ cal G ~ ] (i , j ≠ i)) up to U2 order in the perturbation expansion, we obtain the ground-state phase diagram in 3D for the disorder induced paramagnetic metal to insulator transition in the presence of weak interactions. We find that the critical disorder strength (Wc), required to localize all states, increases with increasing U; implying that the metallic phase is stabilized by interactions. In 2D, our results agree with previous findings on the destruction of the insulating phase by U, while in 1D, we find strong competition between both phases. This work is supported by the NSF EPSCoR EPS-1003897. Supercomputer support is provided by LONI and HPC@LSU.

  8. Synthesis, spectral behaviour and photophysics of donor-acceptor kind of chalcones: Excited state intramolecular charge transfer and fluorescence quenching studies

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    Pannipara, Mehboobali; Asiri, Abdullah M.; Alamry, Khalid A.; Arshad, Muhammad N.; El-Daly, Samy A.

    2015-02-01

    The spectral and photophysical properties of two chalcones containing electron donating and accepting groups with intramolecular charge transfer characteristics were synthesized and characterized by 1H NMR, 13C NMR and X-ray crystallography. Both compounds show very strong solvent polarity dependent changes in their photophysical characteristics, namely, remarkable red shift in the emission spectra with increasing solvent polarity, large change in Stokes shift, significant reduction in the fluorescence quantum yield; indicating that the fluorescence states of these compounds are of intramolecular charge transfer (ICT) character. The solvent effect on the photophysical parameters such as singlet absorption, molar absorptivity, oscillator strength, dipole moment, fluorescence spectra, and fluorescence quantum yield of both compounds have been investigated comprehensively. For both dyes, Lippert-Mataga and Reichardt's correlations were used to estimate the difference between the excited and ground state dipole moments (Δμ). The interactions of dyes with colloidal silver nanoparticles (Ag NPs) were also studied in ethanol using steady state fluorescence quenching measurements. The fluorescence quenching data reveal that dynamic quenching and energy transfer play a major role in the fluorescence quenching of dyes by Ag NPs.

  9. Molecular aggregation of naphthalimide organic semiconductors assisted by amphiphilic and lipophilic interactions: a joint theoretical and experimental study.

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    Arrechea-Marcos, I; de Echegaray, P; Mancheño, M J; Ruiz Delgado, M C; Ramos, M M; Quintana, J A; Villalvilla, J M; Díaz-García, M A; López Navarrete, J T; Ponce Ortiz, R; Segura, J L

    2017-02-22

    Amphiphilic and lipophilic donor-acceptor naphthalimide-oligothiophene assemblies exhibiting almost identical intramolecular properties, but differing in their intermolecular interactions, have been synthesized. Here we analyze the effect of replacing the normally used lipophilic alkyl chains with hydrophilic ones in directing molecular aggregation from an antiparallel to a parallel stacking. This different molecular packing of the amphiphilic, NIP-3TAmphi, and lipophilic, NIP-3TLipo, systems is assessed by electronic spectroscopies, scanning electronic microscopy and DFT quantum-chemical calculations. Theoretical calculations indicate that the presence of amphiphilic interactions promotes a face-to-face parallel arrangement of neighbor molecules, which induces improved electronic coupling and therefore enhances the charge transport ability and photoconducting properties of this type of materials. Time of flight and photoconducting measurements are used to determine the impact of the amphiphilic and lipophilic interactions on their possible performance in optoelectronic devices.

  10. Interactive Electronic Technical Manuals (IETMs) Annotated Bibliography

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    2002-10-22

    Copyright 2002, Carnegie Mellon University October 2002 1 Interactive Electronic Technical Manuals (IETMs) Annotated Bibliography... Interactive Electronic Technical Manuals (IETMs). It focuses especially on natural language dialog and speech recognition for use in tutoring, training...DATES COVERED 00-00-2002 to 00-00-2002 4. TITLE AND SUBTITLE Interactive Electronic Technical Manuals (IETMs) Annotated Biblioigraphy 5a

  11. Electron-electron Interactions in Highly Doped Heterojunction

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    Bukhenskyy, K. V.; Dubois, A. B.; Gordova, T. V.; Kucheryavyy, S. I.; Mashnina, S. N.; Safoshkin, A. S.

    We report results from calculations of temperature-dependent intra and intersubband electron-electron scattering rates in two subbands in a two-dimentional (2D) quantum structure in Random Phase Approximations (RPA). Electron-electron interactions in a single highly doped heterojunction are considered taking into account both intra- and intersubband transitions. Expressions are derived for the time of electron-electron interaction, matrix elements of the full screening potential and dynamic dielectric function in a 2D electron system with the fine structure of the energy spectrum, and for the electron density spatial distribution. The theoretical dependences provide a good description of the experimental times of Landau levels collisional broadening.

  12. Halogen bonding in fluorine: experimental charge density study on intermolecular F···F and F···S donor-acceptor contacts.

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    Pavan, Mysore S; Durga Prasad, Karothu; Row, T N Guru

    2013-09-04

    The enigmatic type II C-F···F-C and C-F···S-C interactions in pentafluorophenyl 2,2'-bithiazole are shown to be realistic "σ-hole" interactions based on high resolution X-ray charge density analysis.

  13. A comparative Raman study of the interaction of electron donor and acceptor molecules with graphene prepared by different methods

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    Subrahmanyam, K. S.; Voggu, Rakesh; Govindaraj, A.; Rao, C. N. R.

    2009-04-01

    Interaction of tetrathiafulvalene (TTF) and tetracyanoethylene (TCNE) with few-layer graphene samples prepared by the exfoliation of graphite oxide (EG), conversion of nanodiamond (DG) and arc-evaporation of graphite in hydrogen (HG) has been investigated by Raman spectroscopy to understand the role of the graphene surface. The position and full-width at half maximum of the Raman G-band are affected on interaction with TTF and TCNE and the effect is highest with EG and least with HG. The effect of TTF and TCNE on the 2D-band is also maximum with EG. The magnitude of interaction between the donor/acceptor molecules varies in the same order as the surface areas of the graphenes.

  14. Interactive Video for the Electronics Age.

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    Ulmer, Dale

    1986-01-01

    Describes an interactive electronics training system, created by the College of San Mateo in cooperation with the Wisconsin Foundation for Vocational, Technical, and Adult Education which teaches the following courses: DC Electronics, Semiconductor Devices, and Digital Electronics. Other examples of interactive video are cited. (CT)

  15. New dual donor-acceptor (2D-π-2A) porphyrin sensitizers for stable and cost-effective dye-sensitized solar cells.

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    Ambre, Ram B; Chang, Gao-Fong; Zanwar, Manoj R; Yao, Ching-Fa; Diau, Eric Wei-Guang; Hung, Chen-Hsiung

    2013-09-01

    A series of porphyrin sensitizers that featured two electron-donating groups and dual anchoring groups that were connected through a porphine π-bridging unit have been synthesized and successfully applied in dye-sensitized solar cells (DSSCs). The presence of electron-donating groups had a significant influence on their spectroscopic, electrochemical, and photovoltaic properties. Overall, the dual anchoring groups gave tunable electronic properties and stronger attachment to TiO2 . These new dyes were readily synthesized in a minimum number of steps in gram-scale quantities. Optical and electrochemical data confirmed the advantages of these dyes for use as sensitizers in DSSCs. Porphyrins with electron-donating amino moieties provided improved charge separation and better charge-injection efficiencies for the studied dual-push-pull dyes. Attenuated total reflectance-Fourier-transform infrared (ATR-FTIR) and X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy of the porphyrin dyes on TiO2 suggest that both p-carboxyphenyl groups are attached onto TiO2, thereby resulting in strong attachment. Among these dyes, cis-Zn2BC2A, with two electron-donating 3,6-ditertbutyl-phenyl-carbazole groups and dual-anchoring p-carboxyphenyl groups, showed the highest efficiency of 4.07 %, with J(SC)=9.81 mA cm(-2), V(OC)=0.63 V, and FF=66 %. Our results also indicated a better photostability of the studied dual-anchored sensitizers compared to their mono-anchored analogues under identical conditions. These results provide insight into the developments of a new generation of high-efficiency and thermally stable porphyrin sensitizers.

  16. Understanding the Influence of the Electronic Structure on the Crystal Structure of a TTF-PTM Radical Dyad.

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

    2016-12-29

    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.

  17. Model system-bath Hamiltonian and nonadiabatic rate constants for proton-coupled electron transfer at electrode-solution interfaces.

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    Navrotskaya, Irina; Soudackov, Alexander V; Hammes-Schiffer, Sharon

    2008-06-28

    An extension of the Anderson-Newns-Schmickler model for electrochemical proton-coupled electron transfer (PCET) is presented. This model describes reactions in which electron transfer between a solute complex in solution and an electrode is coupled to proton transfer within the solute complex. The model Hamiltonian is derived in a basis of electron-proton vibronic states defined within a double adiabatic approximation for the electrons, transferring proton, and bath modes. The interaction term responsible for electronic transitions between the solute complex and the electrode depends on the proton donor-acceptor vibrational mode within the solute complex. This model Hamiltonian is used to derive the anodic and cathodic rate constants for nonadiabatic electrochemical PCET. The derivation is based on the master equations for the reduced density matrix of the electron-proton subsystem, which includes the electrons of the solute complex and the electrode, as well as the transferring proton. The rate constant expressions differ from analogous expressions for electrochemical electron transfer because of the summation over electron-proton vibronic states and the dependence of the couplings on the proton donor-acceptor vibrational motion. These differences lead to additional contributions to the total reorganization energy, an additional exponential temperature-dependent prefactor, and a temperature-dependent term in the effective activation energy that has different signs for the anodic and cathodic processes. This model can be generalized to describe both nonadiabatic and adiabatic electrochemical PCET reactions and provides the framework for the inclusion of additional effects, such as the breaking and forming of other chemical bonds.

  18. The influence of the relative position of the thiophene and pyrrole rings in donor-acceptor thienylpyrrolyl-benzothiazole derivatives. A photophysical and theoretical investigation.

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    Pina, João; Seixas de Melo, J Sérgio; Batista, Rosa M F; Costa, Susana P G; Raposo, M Manuela M

    2010-09-07

    A detailed spectroscopic and photophysical study has been carried out on a series of heterocyclic compounds-known to display nonlinear optical properties-consisting on a electron donating thienylpyrrolyl pi-conjugated system functionalized with an electron acceptor benzothiazole moiety. The absorption, emission and triplet-triplet absorption together with all relevant quantum yields (fluorescence, intersystem crossing and internal conversion), excited state lifetimes and the overall set of deactivation rate constants (k(F), k(IC) and k(ISC)) were obtained in solution at room (293 K) and low (77 K) temperature. The optimized ground-state molecular geometries for the compounds together with the prediction of the lowest vertical one-electron excitation energy and the relevant molecular orbital contours for the compounds were also determined using density functional theory (DFT) at the B3LYP/3-21G* level. The experimental results showed that the photophysical properties are influenced by the relative position of the pyrrole and thiophene relative to the benzothiazole group.

  19. Exfoliation and supramolecular functionalization of graphene with an electron donor perylenediimide derivative.

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    Martín-Gomis, Luis; Karousis, Nikos; Fernández-Lázaro, Fernando; Petsalakis, Ioannis D; Ohkubo, Kei; Fukuzumi, Shunichi; Tagmatarchis, Nikos; Sastre-Santos, Ángela

    2017-02-06

    The liquid exfoliation of graphite to few layered graphene sheets together with the non-covalent supramolecular functionalization of exfoliated graphene by the synthesized N,N'-di(2-ethylhexyl)-1-(N''''-methylpiperazin-N'''-yl)perylene-3,4,9,10-tetracarboxydiimide (Pip-PDI) is reported. The aromatic Pip-PDI has the ability to non-covalently interact with the exfoliated graphene sheets, stabilizing them and preventing their reassembly. On the other hand, the presence of the piperazine moiety on the bay position of the PDI core makes it an ideal electron donor, nicely coupled with the electron accepting exfoliated graphene, hence, forming a novel donor-acceptor nanoensemble, which was characterized by complementary spectroscopic and microscopy techniques. Theoretical calculations predicted the absence of a meaningful charge-separated state within the Pip-PDI/graphene ensemble, which was also proven by time-resolved fluorescence and transient absorption measurements.

  20. Novel donor-acceptor polymer containing 4,7-bis(thiophen-2-yl)benzo[c][1,2,5]thiadiazole for polymer solar cells with power conversion efficiency of 6.21%.

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    Han, Liangliang; Bao, Xichang; Hu, Tong; Du, Zhengkun; Chen, Weichao; Zhu, Dangqiang; Liu, Qian; Sun, Mingliang; Yang, Renqiang

    2014-06-01

    In order to improve the solution processability of 4,7-bis(thiophen-2-yl)benzo[c][1,2,5]thiadiazole (DTBT)-based polymers, novel donor-acceptor polymer PTOBDTDTBT containing DTBT and benzo[1,2-b:4,5-b']dithiophene (BDT) with conjugated side chain is designed and synthesized with narrow band gap 1.67 eV and low lying HOMO energy level -5.4 eV. The blend film of PTOBDTDTBT and PC71 BM exhibits uniform and smooth film with root-mean-square (RMS) surface roughness 1.15 nm because of the excellent solubility of PTOBDTDTBT when six octyloxy side chains are introduced. The hole mobility of the blend film is measured to be 4.4 × 10(-5) cm(2) V(-1) s(-1) by the space-charge-limited current (SCLC) model. The optimized polymer solar cells (PSCs) based on PTOBDTDTBT/PC71 BM exhibits an improved PCE of 6.21% with Voc = 0.80 V, Jsc = 11.94 mA cm(-2) and FF = 65.10%, one of the highest PCE in DTBT containing polymers. © 2014 WILEY-VCH Verlag GmbH & Co. KGaA, Weinheim.

  1. Model of multistep electron transfer in a single-mode polar medium

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    Feskov, S. V.; Yudanov, V. V.

    2017-09-01

    A mathematical model of multistep photoinduced electron transfer (PET) in a polar medium with a single relaxation time (Debye solvent) is developed. The model includes the polarization nonequilibrity formed in the vicinity of the donor-acceptor molecular system at the initial steps of photoreaction and its influence on the subsequent steps of PET. It is established that the results from numerical simulation of transient luminescence spectra of photoexcited donor-acceptor complexes (DAC) conform to calculated data obtained on the basis of the familiar experimental technique used to measure the relaxation function of solvent polarization in the vicinity of DAC in the picosecond and subpicosecond ranges.

  2. Characterization and investigation of benzyl carbenium ion and carbanion ion-diradical intermediates with 3,5-disubstiuted pi--donors/acceptors

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    Perrotta, Raffaele Romano

    High-spin magnetic materials have been based on monomeric units that contain metals. Far less research has been done to develop and characterize alternative high-spin building blocks consisting of mostly organic subunits. To date, there exists a small class of known high-spin organomagnetic building blocks. These organic building blocks are comprised of neutral intermediates such as diradicals, nitrenes, and carbenes. The work presented in this text will show that a novel class of high-spin intermediates also exists that derives from ionic rather than neutral intermediates. Previous density functional theory (DFT) computations by Winter and Falvey identified a number of ion-diradicals that have favorable triplet ground states. For instance, the 3,5-bis(dimethylamino)benzyl carbenium ion, and 2-(3,5-dinitrophenyl)-1,3-dithiane carbanion, have singlet-triplet energy gaps (DeltaESTs) of +1.9 and +0.3 kcal/mol, respectively. Ion-diradicals are based on a general framework whereby either an electron deficient or electron rich exocyclic center is attached to a benzene ring that contains two pi-electron withdrawing or donating groups meta with respects to this site. The objective of chapter 2 is to identify the electronic spin state of the 3,5-bis(dimethylamino)benzyl carbenium ion. We have shown that this carbenium ion can be generated from C-O bond heterolysis of 3,5-bis(dimethylamino)benzyl esters and alcohols when photolyzed in polar protic solvents (e.g. methanol, 2-propanol, 2,2,2-trifluoroethanol). Our product studies show that indeed the 3,5-bis(dimethylamino)benzyl ethers are formed from this process, however an unexpected reduction product (3,5-bis(dimethylamino)toluene) is also observed. The reduction product here aptly demonstrates how an ion-diradical could be generated. Formal one electron transfer from a NMe 2 group to the exocyclic benzylic carbenium ion center, creates a triplet cation diradical (ion-diradical) intermediate, which eventually leads to the

  3. Computational materials design for efficient red luminescence: InGaN codoped with Eu and the donor-acceptor pair of Mg and O

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    Masago, Akira; Uemoto, Mitsuharu; Fukushima, Tetsuya; Sato, Kazunori; Katayama-Yoshida, Hiroshi

    2017-02-01

    We propose that InGaN is superior to GaN as a host material for GaN-based red-light-emitting diodes (LEDs). In our previous paper, we proposed that codoping of Eu and a Mg and O pair generates an efficiently luminescent center in GaN. This is caused by the quantum confinement of the quantum dot constructions generated by the codoping method. The present report illustrates that InGaN allows the expansion of such electronic structures throughout the crystal owing to spontaneous phase decomposition. This can be used for self-organized fabrication and self-regenerated products.

  4. Lowest excited states and optical absorption spectra of donor-acceptor copolymers for organic photovoltaics: a new picture emerging from tuned long-range corrected density functionals.

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    Pandey, Laxman; Doiron, Curtis; Sears, John S; Brédas, Jean-Luc

    2012-11-07

    Polymers with low optical gaps are of importance to the organic photovoltaics community due to their potential for harnessing a large portion of the solar energy spectrum. The combination along their backbones of electron-rich and electron-deficient fragments contributes to the presence of low-lying excited states that are expected to display significant charge-transfer character. While conventional hybrid functionals are known to provide unsatisfactory results for charge-transfer excitations at the time-dependent DFT level, long-range corrected (LRC) functionals have been reported to give improved descriptions in a number of systems. Here, we use such LRC functionals, considering both tuned and default range-separation parameters, to characterize the absorption spectra of low-optical-gap systems of interest. Our results indicate that tuned LRC functionals lead to simulated optical-absorption properties in good agreement with experimental data. Importantly, the lowest-lying excited states (excitons) are shown to present a much more localized nature than initially anticipated.

  5. A Comparative PCET Study of a Donor-Acceptor Pair Linked by Ionized and Non-ionized Asymmetric Hydrogen-Bonded Interfaces

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    Young, Elizabeth R.; Rosenthal, Joel; Hodgkiss, Justin M.

    2012-01-01

    A Zn(II) porphyrin-amidinium is the excited state electron donor (D) to a naphthalene diimide acceptor (A) appended with either a carboxylate or sulfonate functionality. The two-point hydrogen bond (---[H+]---) formed between the amidinium and carboxylate or sulfonate establishes a proton-coupled electron transfer (PCET) pathway for charge transfer. The two D---[H+]---A assemblies differ only by the proton configuration within the hydrogen bonding interface. Specifically, the amidinium transfers a proton to the carboxylate to form a non-ionized amidine-carboxylic acid two-point hydrogen network whereas the amidinium maintains both protons when bound to the sulfonate functionality forming an ionized amidinium-sulfonate two-point hydrogen network. These two interface configurations within the dyads thus allow for a direct comparison of PCET kinetics for the same donor and acceptor juxtaposed by an ionized and non-ionized hydrogen-bonded interface. Analysis of PCET kinetics ascertained from transient absorption and transient emission spectroscopy reveal that the ionized interface is more strongly impacted by the local solvent environment, thus establishing that the initial static configuration of the proton interface is a critical determinant to the kinetics of PCET. PMID:19489645

  6. Fused donor-acceptor ligands in RuII chemistry: synthesis, electrochemistry and spectroscopy of [Ru(bpy)3-n(TTF-dppz)n](PF6)2.

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    Goze, Christine; Leiggener, Claudia; Liu, Shi-Xia; Sanguinet, Lionel; Levillain, Eric; Hauser, Andreas; Decurtins, Silvio

    2007-07-16

    Three ruthenium(II) polypyridine complexes of general formula [Ru(bpy)(3-n)(TTF-dppz)n](PF6)2 (n=1-3, bpy=2,2'-bipyridine), with one, two or three redox-active TTF-dppz (4',5'-bis(propylthio)tetrathiafulvenyl[i]dipyrido[3,2-a:2',3'-c]phenazine) ligands, were synthesised and fully characterised. Their electrochemical and photophysical properties are reported together with those of the reference compounds [Ru(bpy)3](PF6)2, [Ru(dppz)3](PF6)2 and [Ru(bpy)2(dppz)](PF6)2 and the free TTF-dppz ligand. All three complexes show intraligand charge-transfer (ILCT) fluorescence of the TTF-dppz ligand. Remarkably, the complex with n=1 exhibits luminescence from the Ru(2+)-->dppz metal-to-ligand charge-transfer ((3)MLCT) state, whereas for the other two complexes, a radiationless pathway via electron transfer from a second TTF-dppz ligand quenches the (3)MLCT luminescence. The TTF fragments as electron donors thus induce a ligand-to-ligand charge-separated (LLCS) state of the form TTF-dppz- -Ru(2+)-dppz-TTF(+). The lifetime of this LLCS state is approximately 2.3 micros, which is four orders of magnitude longer than that of 0.4 ns for the ILCT state, because recombination of charges on two different ligands is substantially slower.

  7. Enhanced photoelectrochemical performance of rutile TiO{sub 2} by Sb-N donor-acceptor coincorporation from first principles calculations

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    Niu Mang; Xu Wenjie; Shao Xiaohong; Cheng Daojian

    2011-11-14

    An effective non-metal (N) and non-transition metal (Sb) passivated co-doping approach is proposed to improve the photoelectochemical performance of rutile TiO{sub 2} for water-splitting by using first-principles calculations. It is found that the band edges of N + Sb co-doped TiO{sub 2} match with the redox potentials of water, and a narrow band gap (2.0 eV) is achieved for enhanced visible light absorption. The compensated donor (Sb) and acceptor (N) pairs could prevent the recombination of photo-generated electron-hole pairs. In addition, the N + Sb defect pairs tend to bind with each other, which could enhance the stability and N concentration of the system.

  8. Donor-acceptor random copolyesters containing perylenebisimide (PBI) and oligo(p-phenylene vinylene) (OPV) by melt condensation polymerization: energy transfer studies.

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    Nisha, S Kumari; Asha, S K

    2013-10-31

    Novel copolyesters consisting of oligo(p-phenylene vinylene) (OPV) as donor (D) and perylenebisimide (PBI) as acceptor (A) were synthesized by melt polycondensation. Photoinduced energy transfer and photoinduced charge separation in these polyesters were studied in solution as well as in the solid state. Selective excitation of OPV moiety resulted in the energy transfer with >90% efficiency from OPV to PBI chromophore in the solution state. The direct excitation of PBI in the D-A copolyester resulted in reduced fluorescence emission of acceptor, indicating electron transfer between the D and A moieties. The effect of distance between donor and acceptor on the energy transfer efficiency from donor to acceptor was studied. Compared to a physical mixture of D and A polyesters alone, the energy transfer was 4 times more efficient in the D-A copolyester, highlighting the influence of covalently linking D and A in a single polymer chain. A strong fluorescence quenching (∼ 100%) of both chromophores in solid state indicated an efficient photoinduced charge transfer after photoexcitation of either D or A. Thus, OPV-PBI main chain copolyester is an excellent system for the study of energy- and electron-transfer processes in organic semiconductor. Reactive blend of D/A copolyester was also prepared by the transesterification reaction between D and A alone copolyesters. The energy transfer efficiency from D to A moiety upon selective excitation of D chromophore in the D/A copolyester blend was ∼4 times higher compared to a physical mixture of D and A alone copolyesters, which gave direct proof for the transesterification reaction in polyester/polyester reactive blending.

  9. One-Pot Synthesis, Spectroscopic and Physicochemical Studies of Quinoline Based Blue Emitting Donor-Acceptor Chromophores with Their Biological Application.

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    Asiri, Abdullah M; Khan, Salman A; Al-Thaqafya, Saad H

    2015-09-01

    Blue emitting cyano substituted isoquinoline dyes were synthesized by one-pot multicomponent reactions (MCRs) of aldehydes, malononitrile, 6-methoxy-1,2,3,4-tetrahydro-naphthalin-1-one and ammonium acetate. Results obtained from spectroscopic (FT-IR, (1)H-NMR, (13)C-NMR, EI-MS) and elemental analysis of synthesized compounds was in good agreement with their chemical structures. UV-vis and fluorescence spectroscopy measurements proved that all compounds are good absorbent and fluorescent. Fluorescence polarity study demonstrated that these compounds were sensitive to the polarity of the microenvironment provided by different solvents. In addition, spectroscopic and physicochemical parameters, including electronic absorption, excitation coefficient, stokes shift, oscillator strength, transition dipole moment and fluorescence quantum yield were investigated in order to explore the analytical potential of synthesized compounds. The anti-bacterial activity of these compounds were first studied in vitro by the disk diffusion assay against two Gram-positive and two Gram-negative bacteria then the minimum inhibitory concentration (MIC) was determined with the reference of standard drug chloramphenicol. The results displayed that compound 3 was better inhibitors of both types of the bacteria (Gram-positive and Gram-negative) than chloramphenicol. Graphical Abstract ᅟ.

  10. Improvement of intramolecular charge transfer within a donor-acceptor blend by doping novel synthesized benzothiadiazole small molecules in solid state

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    Dinçalp, Haluk; Murat, Gözde; İçli, Sıddık

    2014-07-01

    Three electron-deficient small molecules based on 2,1,3-benzothiadiazole (BTD) units namely, 4,7-bis(3-methoxyphenyl)-2,1,3-benzothiadiazole (BT1), (3-{7-[3-(dimethylamino)phenyl]-2,1,3-benzothiadiazole-4-yl}phenyl)dimethylamine (BT2) and 3,3‧-(2,1,3-benzothiadiazole-4,7-dyl)dianiline (BT3) were synthesized and their photophysical properties were investigated systematically to understand their potential usage in ternary organic solar cells (OSCs) as additive material to enhance the cell efficiency. All these molecules show broad absorption bands in 350-750 nm on glass substrate and their optical band gaps were calculated to be around 2.50-2.80 eV. BTD fluorescence dynamics were measured in polymer:BT1:fullerene blends with varying emission wavelengths of active layer. Fluorescence emission and time resolved measurements indicated photoinduced energy shift from BT1 dye to fullerene and also from polymer to BT1 dye upon excitation of the active layer.

  11. Charge Photogeneration (CPG) in Low-Band-Gap (LBG) Donor-Acceptor (D-A) Copolymers: Higher Efficiency in LBG Polymer-Fullerene Solar Cells

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    Aryanpour, Karan; Mazumdar, Sumit

    2014-03-01

    LBG copolymers (bandgap ~ 1.5 eV) of alternating D-A moieties have attracted substantial interest in photovoltaics. Power conversion efficiency over 10% has been reported for tandem LBG copolymer-fullerene solar cells. Understanding CPG in pristine LBG copolymers is a key step towards higher efficiency in LBG copolymer-fullerene solar cells. We present correlated-electron calculations within the Pariser-Parr-Pople model for excited states in LBG copolymers thieno[3,4-b]thiophene/benzodithiophene (PTB7) and poly[2,7-(5,5-bis-(3,7-dimethyloctyl)-5H-dithieno[3,2-b:2',3'-d]pyran)-alt-4,7-(5,6-difluoro-2,1,3-benzothia diazole)] (PDTP-DFBT). The goals are to understand ground state absorption, electroabsorption, and most importantly photoinduced absorptions in experiments. Of interest is the possible role of triplet excitons within the LBG donor domains in the CPG of LBG copolymers. Experiments present evidence on the high energy excited states as possible triplet-triplet (TT) combinations. While TT states in ``ordinary'' commonplace polymers may not play significant roles in photoinduced charge-transfer, they can possibly provide additional paths to CPG in the LBG copolymers other than the optical exciton and states close to it. Supported by NSF Grant No. CHE-1151475.

  12. Synthesis of a rigid ball-and-chain donor-acceptor system through Diels-Alder functionalization of buckminsterfullerene (C[sub 60])

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    Khan, S.I.; Rubin, Y. ); Oliver, A.M.; Paddon-Row, M.N. )

    1993-06-02

    Encouraged by our recent results in the functionalization of C[sub 60] through Diels-Alder reactions, we sought to develop a novel type of derivative of C[sub 60] by creating ball-and-chain systems, in which the C[sub 60] unit and another functional group, G, are attached to a rigid polycyclic chain or bridge. These systems should provide unprecedented insight into a variety of long-range intramolecular processes between C[sub 60] and G, including energy and electron transfer, and would complement the corresponding intermolecular processes studied so far. We are pleased to report the synthesis of our first ball-and-chain molecule in which the chain comprises a rigid polynorbornyl-bicyclo[2.2.0]hexyl bridge which has been used extensively by the UNSW group in the construction of several donor-bridge-acceptor systems. The key feature of the present work is the Diels-Alder reaction between C[sub 60] and a novel bridge diene affording the ball-and-chain adduct. 18 refs., 1 fig.

  13. Electron-wall Interaction in Hall Thrusters

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    Y. Raitses; D. Staack; M. Keidar; N.J. Fisch

    2005-02-11

    Electron-wall interaction effects in Hall thrusters are studied through measurements of the plasma response to variations of the thruster channel width and the discharge voltage. The discharge voltage threshold is shown to separate two thruster regimes. Below this threshold, the electron energy gain is constant in the acceleration region and therefore, secondary electron emission (SEE) from the channel walls is insufficient to enhance electron energy losses at the channel walls. Above this voltage threshold, the maximum electron temperature saturates.

  14. Structural characterisation of [Pt(NH 3) 4] 2[W(CN) 8][NO 3]·2H 2O donor-acceptor complex

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    Sieklucka, B.; Łasocha, W.; Proniewicz, L. M.; Podgajny, R.; Schenk, H.

    2000-03-01

    The bimetallic [Pt(NH 3) 4] 2[W(CN) 8][NO 3]·2H 2O is characterised by single-crystal X-ray diffraction [S.G. P2 1/ m(11), a=8.0418(7), b=19.122(2), c=9.0812(6) Å, Z=2]. All platinum centres have the square-plane D4h geometry with average dimensions Pt(1)-N 2.042(2) and Pt(2)-N 2.037(10) Å. The octacyanotungstate anion has the square-antiprismatic D4d configuration with average dimensions W(1)-C 2.164(13), C-N 1.140(12), W(1)-N 3.303(5) Å. The structure exhibits two different mutual orientations of Pt versus W units resulting in Pt(2)-W(1), W(1) ∗ separations of 4.77(2), 4.55(2) ∗ and Pt(1)-W(1) of 6.331(8) Å. A centrosymmetric structure reveals groups of two distinct columns: the first is formed by intercalated NO 3- between parallel [Pt(1)(NH 3) 4] 2+ planes and the second consists of [W(CN) 8] 3- interlayered by, parallel to square faces of W-antiprisms, [Pt(2)(NH 3) 4] 2+. The structure is stabilised through a three-dimensional hydrogen bond network via nitrogen atoms of cyanide ligands, hydrogen atoms of NH 3 ligands, water molecules and oxygen atoms of NO 3- counteranions. The vibrational pattern and the range of ν(CN) frequencies attributable to the electronic environment of W(V) and W(IV) are consistent with the ground state Pt(II)↔W(V) charge transfer.

  15. Long-Range π-Conjugation in Phenothiazine-containing Donor-Acceptor Dyes for Application in Dye-Sensitized Solar Cells.

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    Antony, Mini P; Moehl, Thomas; Wielopolski, Mateusz; Moser, Jacques-E; Nair, Shantikumar; Yu, Yong-Jae; Kim, Jong-Hyung; Kay, Kwang-Yol; Jung, Young-Sam; Yoon, Kyung Byung; Grätzel, Carole; Zakeeruddin, Shaik M; Grätzel, Michael

    2015-11-01

    Four organic donor-π-bridge-acceptor dyes containing phenothiazine as a spacer and cyanoacrylic acid as an acceptor were synthesized and tested as sensitizers in dye-sensitized solar cells (DSCs). The influence of iodide- and cobalt-based redox electrolytes on the photovoltaic device performance was investigated. In these new dyes, systematic π-conjugation was extended by inserting one or two phenothiazine moieties and investigated within the context of the resulting photoinduced charge-transfer properties. A detailed investigation, including transient absorption spectroscopy and quantum chemical methods, provided important information on the role of extended π-conjugation on the photophysical properties and photovoltaic device performance. Overall, the results showed that the extension of π-conjugation by one phenothiazine unit resulted in the best device performance owing to reduced recombination rates, whereas extension by two phenothiazine units reduced dye adsorption on TiO2 probably owing to the increase in molecular size. The performance of the dyes in DSCs was found to be a complex interaction between dye structure and size.

  16. Facile Access to Twisted Intramolecular Charge-Transfer Fluorogens Bearing Highly Pretwisted Donor-Acceptor Systems Together with Readily Fine-Tuned Charge-Transfer Characters.

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    Luo, Yanju; Wang, Yan; Chen, Shiqi; Wang, Ning; Qi, Yige; Zhang, Xiaogen; Yang, Minghui; Huang, Yan; Li, Ming; Yu, Junsheng; Luo, Daibing; Lu, Zhiyun

    2017-05-01

    Twisted intramolecular charge-transfer (TICT) fluorogens bearing highly pretwisted geometries and readily-fine-tuned charge-transfer characters are quite promising sensor and electroluminescence (EL) materials. In this study, by using 4-aryloxy-1,8-naphthalimide derivatives as the molecular framework, it is demonstrated for the first time that a CO bond could serve as the central bond to construct new TICT D-A systems. Photophysical and quantum chemical studies confirm that rotation around central CO bonds is responsible for the formation of a stable TICT state in these compounds. More importantly, owing to the structural adjustability of the aryl moiety and the strong steric interactions between the naphthalimide and the aryl ring systems, these compounds can display readily-fine-tuned TICT characters, hence exhibiting an adjustable solvent polarity threshold for aggregation-induced emission (AIE) activity, and could be AIE-active even in less-polar toluene and nonpolar cyclohexane. Furthermore, these compounds could possess highly-pretwisted ground-state geometries, hence could show good EL performance. The findings reveal a facile but effective molecular constructive strategy for versatile, high-performance optoelectronic TICT compounds. © 2017 WILEY-VCH Verlag GmbH & Co. KGaA, Weinheim.

  17. Effects of various halogen anions and cations of alkali metals on energetics of excess charge recombination in stilbene donor-acceptor capped DNA hairpins.

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    Voityuk, Alexander A; Siriwong, Khatcharin; Berlin, Yuri A

    2011-09-21

    DNA hairpin conjugates with a stilbenedicarboxamide (Sa) hole donor and a stilbenediether (Sd) hole acceptor are considered as model systems for studying charge recombination (CR) of excess charges in DNA. Using the method of thermodynamic integration, we estimated the relative free energies of this process in hairpins with three adenine:thymine pairs between Sa and Sd surrounded by 1 M aqueous solutions of ionic compounds M(+)Cl(-) (M = Li, Na, K) and Na(+)X(-) (X = F, Cl, Br, I). The values of this quantity were calculated with respect to the free energy for the same hairpin in the 1 M NaCl aqueous solution. Based on the results obtained, we conclude that halogen anions have no significant influence on the rate of the CR reaction. By contrast, cations of other alkali metals can considerably change the potential barrier of the process, thus affecting the reaction rate. Different results obtained for cations and anions were attributed to the fundamental distinction in the electrostatic interactions of M(+) and X(-) species with negatively charged phosphate groups of the hairpin. In addition, our results show that the relative free energy of CR is larger for cations that are able to be closer to Sd and Sa structural units. The latter correlation suggests that the replacement of Na(+) by cations of other alkali metals enables one to change the CR rate modifying it in either direction.

  18. Polarization Energies at Organic-Organic Interfaces: Impact on the Charge Separation Barrier at Donor-Acceptor Interfaces in Organic Solar Cells.

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    Ryno, Sean M; Fu, Yao-Tsung; Risko, Chad; Brédas, Jean-Luc

    2016-06-22

    We probe the energetic landscape at a model pentacene/fullerene (C60) interface to investigate the interactions between positive and negative charges, which are critical to the processes of charge separation and recombination in organic solar cells. Using a polarizable force field, we find that polarization energy, i.e., the stabilization a charge feels due to its environment, is larger at the interface than in the bulk for both a positive and a negative charge. The combination of the charge being more stabilized at the interface and the Coulomb attraction between the charges results in a barrier to charge separation at the pentacene/C60 interface that can be in excess of 0.7 eV for static configurations of the donor and acceptor locations. However, the impact of molecular motions, i.e., the dynamics, at the interface at room temperature results in a distribution of polarization energies and in charge separation barriers that can be significantly reduced. The dynamic nature of the interface is thus critical, with the polarization energy distributions indicating that sites along the interface shift in time between favorable and unfavorable configurations for charge separation.

  19. Experimental insights on the electron transfer and energy transfer processes between Ce{sup 3+}-Yb{sup 3+} and Ce{sup 3+}-Tb{sup 3+} in borate glass

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    Sontakke, Atul D. Katayama, Yumiko; Tanabe, Setsuhisa; Ueda, Jumpei; Dorenbos, Pieter

    2015-03-30

    A facile method to describe the electron transfer and energy transfer processes among lanthanide ions is presented based on the temperature dependent donor luminescence decay kinetics. The electron transfer process in Ce{sup 3+}-Yb{sup 3+} exhibits a steady rise with temperature, whereas the Ce{sup 3+}-Tb{sup 3+} energy transfer remains nearly unaffected. This feature has been investigated using the rate equation modeling and a methodology for the quantitative estimation of interaction parameters is presented. Moreover, the overall consequences of electron transfer and energy transfer process on donor-acceptor luminescence behavior, quantum efficiency, and donor luminescence decay kinetics are discussed in borate glass host. The results in this study propose a straight forward approach to distinguish the electron transfer and energy transfer processes between lanthanide ions in dielectric hosts, which is highly advantageous in view of the recent developments on lanthanide doped materials for spectral conversion, persistent luminescence, and related applications.

  20. Explorers of the Universe: Interactive Electronic Network

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    Alvarez, Marino C.; Burks, Geoffrey; Busby, Michael R.; Cannon, Tiffani; Sotoohi, Goli; Wade, Montanez

    2000-01-01

    This paper details how the Interactive Electronic Network is being utilized by secondary and postsecondary students, and their teachers and professors, to facilitate learning and understanding. The Interactive Electronic Network is couched within the Explorers of the Universe web site in a restricted portion entitled Gateway.

  1. Photoinduced electron transfer across molecular bridges: electron- and hole-transfer superexchange pathways.

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    Natali, Mirco; Campagna, Sebastiano; Scandola, Franco

    2014-06-21

    Photoinduced electron transfer plays key roles in many areas of chemistry. Superexchange is an effective model to rationalize photoinduced electron transfer, particularly when molecular bridges between donor and acceptor subunits are present. In this tutorial review we discuss, within a superexchange framework, the complex role played by the bridge, with an emphasis on differences between thermal and photoinduced electron transfer, oxidative and reductive photoinduced processes, charge separation and charge recombination. Modular bridges are also considered, with specific attention to the distance dependence of donor-acceptor electronic coupling and electron transfer rate constants. The possibility of transition, depending on the bridge energetics, from coherent donor-acceptor electron transfer to incoherent charge injection and hopping through the bridge is also discussed. Finally, conceptual analogies between bridge effects in photoinduced electron transfer and optical intervalence transfer are outlined. Selected experimental examples, instrumental to illustration of the principles, are discussed.

  2. Electron-phonon interactions from first principles

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    Giustino, Feliciano

    2017-01-01

    This article reviews the theory of electron-phonon interactions in solids from the point of view of ab initio calculations. While the electron-phonon interaction has been studied for almost a century, predictive nonempirical calculations have become feasible only during the past two decades. Today it is possible to calculate from first principles many materials properties related to the electron-phonon interaction, including the critical temperature of conventional superconductors, the carrier mobility in semiconductors, the temperature dependence of optical spectra in direct and indirect-gap semiconductors, the relaxation rates of photoexcited carriers, the electron mass renormalization in angle-resolved photoelectron spectra, and the nonadiabatic corrections to phonon dispersion relations. In this article a review of the theoretical and computational framework underlying modern electron-phonon calculations from first principles as well as landmark investigations of the electron-phonon interaction in real materials is given. The first part of the article summarizes the elementary theory of electron-phonon interactions and their calculations based on density-functional theory. The second part discusses a general field-theoretic formulation of the electron-phonon problem and establishes the connection with practical first-principles calculations. The third part reviews a number of recent investigations of electron-phonon interactions in the areas of vibrational spectroscopy, photoelectron spectroscopy, optical spectroscopy, transport, and superconductivity.

  3. REFLECTIONS ON THE TWO-STATE ELECTRON TRANSFER MODEL.

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    Brunschwig, B.S.

    2000-01-12

    There is general agreement that the two most important factors determining electron transfer rates in solution are the degree of electronic interaction between the donor and acceptor sites, and the changes in the nuclear configurations of the donor, acceptor, and surrounding medium that occur upon the gain or loss of an electron Ll-51. The electronic interaction of the sites will be very weak, and the electron transfer slow, when the sites are far apart or their interaction is symmetry or spin forbidden. Since electron motion is much faster than nuclear motion, energy conservation requires that, prior to the actual electron transfer, the nuclear configurations of the reactants and the surrounding medium adjust from their equilibrium values to a configuration (generally) intermediate between that of the reactants and products. In the case of electron transfer between , two metal complexes in a polar solvent, the nuclear configuration changes involve adjustments in the metal-ligand and intraligand bond lengths and angles, and changes in the orientations of the surrounding solvent molecules. In common with ordinary chemical reactions, an electron transfer reaction can then be described in terms of the motion of the system on an energy surface from the reactant equilibrium configuration (initial state) to the product equilibrium configuration (final state) via the activated complex (transition state) configuration.

  4. Splitting of type-I (N-B, P-Al) and type-II (N-Al, N-Ga) donor-acceptor pair spectra in 3C-SiC

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    Sun, J. W.; Ivanov, I. G.; Juillaguet, S.; Camassel, J.

    2011-05-01

    Discrete series of lines have been observed for many years in donor-acceptor pair (DAP) spectra in 3C-SiC. In this work, the splitting of both type-I (N-B, P-Al) and type-II (N-Al, N-Ga) DAP spectra in 3C-SiC has been systematically investigated by considering the multipole terms. For type-I spectra, in which either N or B substitutes on C sites or P and Al replace Si, the splitting energy of the substructure for a given shell is almost the same for both pairs. For type-II spectra, in which N is on the C site while Al and Ga acceptors replace Si, we find that, when compared with literature data, the splitting energy for a given shell is almost independent of the identity of the acceptor. For both type-I and type-II spectra, this splitting energy can be successfully explained by the octupole term V3 alone with k3 = -2 × 105 Å4 meV. Comparing the experimental donor and acceptor binding energies with the values calculated by the effective-mass model, this suggests that the shallow donor (N,P) ions can be treated as point charges while the charge distribution of the acceptor ions (Al,Ga,B) is distorted in accord with the Td point group symmetry, resulting in a considerable value for k3. This gives a reasonable explanation for the observed splitting energies for both type-I and type-II DAP spectra.

  5. Donor-acceptor stacking arrangements in bulk and thin-film high-mobility conjugated polymers characterized using molecular modelling and MAS and surface-enhanced solid-state NMR spectroscopy.

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    Chaudhari, Sachin R; Griffin, John M; Broch, Katharina; Lesage, Anne; Lemaur, Vincent; Dudenko, Dmytro; Olivier, Yoann; Sirringhaus, Henning; Emsley, Lyndon; Grey, Clare P

    2017-04-01

    Conjugated polymers show promising properties as cheap, sustainable and solution-processable semiconductors. A key challenge in the development of these materials is to determine the polymer chain structure, conformation and packing in both the bulk polymer and in thin films typically used in devices. However, many characterisation techniques are unable to provide atomic-level structural information owing to the presence of disorder. Here, we use molecular modelling, magic-angle spinning (MAS) and dynamic nuclear polarisation surface-enhanced NMR spectroscopy (DNP SENS) to characterise the polymer backbone group conformations and packing arrangement in the high-mobility donor-acceptor copolymer diketopyrrolo-pyrrole-dithienylthieno[3,2-b]thiophene (DPP-DTT). Using conventional (1)H and (13)C solid-state MAS NMR coupled with density functional theory calculations and molecular dynamics simulations, we find that the bulk polymer adopts a highly planar backbone conformation with a laterally-shifted donor-on-acceptor stacking arrangement. DNP SENS enables acquisition of (13)C NMR data for polymer films, where sensitivity is limiting owing to small sample volumes. The DNP signal enhancement enables a two-dimensional (1)H-(13)C HETCOR spectrum to be recorded for a drop-cast polymer film, and a (13)C CPMAS NMR spectrum to be recorded for a spin-coated thin-film with a thickness of only 400 nm. The results show that the same planar backbone structure and intermolecular stacking arrangement is preserved in the films following solution processing and annealing, thereby rationalizing the favourable device properties of DPP-DTT, and providing a protocol for the study of other thin film materials.

  6. Nonadiabatic rate constants for proton transfer and proton-coupled electron transfer reactions in solution: Effects of quadratic term in the vibronic coupling expansion

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    Soudackov, Alexander V.; Hammes-Schiffer, Sharon

    2015-11-21

    Rate constant expressions for vibronically nonadiabatic proton transfer and proton-coupled electron transfer reactions are presented and analyzed. The regimes covered include electronically adiabatic and nonadiabatic reactions, as well as high-frequency and low-frequency proton donor-acceptor vibrational modes. These rate constants differ from previous rate constants derived with the cumulant expansion approach in that the logarithmic expansion of the vibronic coupling in terms of the proton donor-acceptor distance includes a quadratic as well as a linear term. The analysis illustrates that inclusion of this quadratic term in the framework of the cumulant expansion framework may significantly impact the rate constants at high temperatures for proton transfer interfaces with soft proton donor-acceptor modes that are associated with small force constants and weak hydrogen bonds. The effects of the quadratic term may also become significant in these regimes when using the vibronic coupling expansion in conjunction with a thermal averaging procedure for calculating the rate constant. In this case, however, the expansion of the coupling can be avoided entirely by calculating the couplings explicitly for the range of proton donor-acceptor distances sampled. The effects of the quadratic term for weak hydrogen-bonding systems are less significant for more physically realistic models that prevent the sampling of unphysical short proton donor-acceptor distances. Additionally, the rigorous relation between the cumulant expansion and thermal averaging approaches is clarified. In particular, the cumulant expansion rate constant includes effects from dynamical interference between the proton donor-acceptor and solvent motions and becomes equivalent to the thermally averaged rate constant when these dynamical effects are neglected. This analysis identifies the regimes in which each rate constant expression is valid and thus will be important for future applications to proton

  7. Nonadiabatic rate constants for proton transfer and proton-coupled electron transfer reactions in solution: Effects of quadratic term in the vibronic coupling expansion

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    Soudackov, Alexander V.; Hammes-Schiffer, Sharon

    2015-01-01

    Rate constant expressions for vibronically nonadiabatic proton transfer and proton-coupled electron transfer reactions are presented and analyzed. The regimes covered include electronically adiabatic and nonadiabatic reactions, as well as high-frequency and low-frequency proton donor-acceptor vibrational modes. These rate constants differ from previous rate constants derived with the cumulant expansion approach in that the logarithmic expansion of the vibronic coupling in terms of the proton donor-acceptor distance includes a quadratic as well as a linear term. The analysis illustrates that inclusion of this quadratic term in the framework of the cumulant expansion framework may significantly impact the rate constants at high temperatures for proton transfer interfaces with soft proton donor-acceptor modes that are associated with small force constants and weak hydrogen bonds. The effects of the quadratic term may also become significant in these regimes when using the vibronic coupling expansion in conjunction with a thermal averaging procedure for calculating the rate constant. In this case, however, the expansion of the coupling can be avoided entirely by calculating the couplings explicitly for the range of proton donor-acceptor distances sampled. The effects of the quadratic term for weak hydrogen-bonding systems are less significant for more physically realistic models that prevent the sampling of unphysical short proton donor-acceptor distances. Additionally, the rigorous relation between the cumulant expansion and thermal averaging approaches is clarified. In particular, the cumulant expansion rate constant includes effects from dynamical interference between the proton donor-acceptor and solvent motions and becomes equivalent to the thermally averaged rate constant when these dynamical effects are neglected. This analysis identifies the regimes in which each rate constant expression is valid and thus will be important for future applications to proton

  8. Efficient electronic communication between two identical ferrocene centers in a hydrogen-bonded dimer.

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    Sun, Hao; Steeb, Jennifer; Kaifer, Angel E

    2006-03-08

    A novel ferrocene derivative that contains a donor-donor-acceptor-acceptor (DDAA) hydrogen bonding motif forms highly stable, noncovalent dimers in chloroform and dichloromethane solutions. Its voltammetric behavior and the observation of an intervalence charge-transfer band reveal that the two equivalent ferrocene centers in the hydrogen-bonded dimer exhibit a surprisingly efficient level of electronic communication.

  9. Photoinduced Electron Transfer from Various Aniline Derivatives to Graphene Quantum Dots.

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    Ghosh, Tufan; Chatterjee, Swarupa; Prasad, Edamana

    2015-12-10

    The present study utilizes the luminescence nature of the graphene quantum dots (GQDs) to analyze the mechanistic aspects of the photoinduced electron transfer (PET) processes between GQDs and aniline derivatives. A systematic investigation of PET from various aniline derivatives to GQDs has been presented. Solution-processable GQDs have been synthesized from graphene oxide (GO) at 200 °C. The as-synthesized GQDs exhibit a strong green luminescence at 510 nm, upon photoexcitation at 440 nm. Various aniline derivatives (aniline, N-methylaniline, N,N'-dimethylaniline, N-ethylaniline, N,N'-diethylaniline, and N,N'-diphenylaniline) have been utilized as electron donors to probe the PET process. Results from UV-visible absorption and steady-state and time-resolve luminescence spectroscopy suggest that the GQDs interact with the aniline derivatives in the excited state, which results in a significant luminescence quenching of the GQDs. The bimolecular rate constants of the dynamic quenching have been deduced for various donor-acceptor systems, and the values are in the range of (1.06-2.68) × 10(9) M(-1) s(-1). The negative values of the free energy change of the electron transfer process suggest that PET from aniline derivatives to GQDs is feasible and could be responsible for the luminescence quenching. The PET has been confirmed by detecting radical cations for certain aniline derivatives, using a nanosecond laser flash photolysis setup. The present study shows that among the various types of graphene systems, GQDs are better candidates for understanding the mechanism of PET in graphene-based donor-acceptor systems.

  10. Electron-Vector Potential Interaction Hamiltonian

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    Ritchie, B

    2003-03-27

    The authors investigate an ambiguity inherent in the definition of the vector potential used in electron-electromagnetic field interactions. Two cases, Zeeman effect and Compton scattering, are studied.

  11. Photon-Electron Interaction and Condense Beams

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    Chattopadhyay, S.

    1998-11-01

    We discuss beams of charged particles and radiation from multiple perspectives. These include fundamental acceleration and radiation mechanisms, underlying electron-photon interaction, various classical and quantum phase-space concepts and fluctuational interpretations.

  12. The Electron Transport Chain: An Interactive Simulation

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    Romero, Chris; Choun, James

    2014-01-01

    This activity provides students an interactive demonstration of the electron transport chain and chemiosmosis during aerobic respiration. Students use simple, everyday objects as hydrogen ions and electrons and play the roles of the various proteins embedded in the inner mitochondrial membrane to show how this specific process in cellular…

  13. The Electron Transport Chain: An Interactive Simulation

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    Romero, Chris; Choun, James

    2014-01-01

    This activity provides students an interactive demonstration of the electron transport chain and chemiosmosis during aerobic respiration. Students use simple, everyday objects as hydrogen ions and electrons and play the roles of the various proteins embedded in the inner mitochondrial membrane to show how this specific process in cellular…

  14. Electron Interactions With C3F8

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    Christophorou, L. G.; Olthoff, J. K.

    1998-09-01

    To aid the many and diverse applications for which perfluoropropane (C3F8) is suited, we critically evaluate and synthesize existing knowledge on electron scattering and electron energy-loss processes for the C3F8 molecule, and provide recommendations for the most reliable data. We also draw attention to electron-interaction data that are not presently available, but are needed for modeling the behavior of C3F8 in practical uses, especially plasma processing.

  15. Electronic Documentation and Nurse-Patient Interaction.

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    Gaudet, Cynthia A

    2016-01-01

    This author explored the culture of nurse-patient interactions associated with electronic bedside documentation. Data were collected through passive participant observation, audiotaping of nurse-patient interactions, and interviews with nurses. Nurses acknowledged that they need to share their attention between the patient and the computer. They stated that prioritizing patients' needs while completing the required electronic documentation was demanding. Stationary computers challenged the logistics of the exchange. Understanding the adaptation of caregiving necessitated by bedside electronic documentation will have a positive impact on developing systems that interface seamlessly with nurses' workflow and encourage patients' active participation in their care.

  16. Theoretical Study on the Dual Behavior of XeO3 and XeF4 toward Aromatic Rings: Lone Pair-π versus Aerogen-π Interactions.

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    Bauzá, Antonio; Frontera, Antonio

    2015-12-01

    In this study, several lone pair-π and aerogen-π complexes between XeO3 and XeF4 and aromatic rings with different electronic natures (benzene, trifluorobenzene, and hexafluorobenzene) are optimized at the RI-MP2/aug-cc-pVTZ level of theory. All complexes are characterized as true minima by frequency analysis calculations. The donor/acceptor role of the ring in the complexes is analyzed using the natural bond orbital computational tool, showing a remarkable contribution of orbital interactions to the global stabilization of the aerogen-π complexes. Finally, Bader's AIM analysis of several complexes is performed to further characterize the lone pair-π and aerogen-π interactions.

  17. Electron correlation by polarization of interacting densities

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    Whitten, Jerry L.

    2017-02-01

    Coulomb interactions that occur in electronic structure calculations are correlated by allowing basis function components of the interacting densities to polarize dynamically, thereby reducing the magnitude of the interaction. Exchange integrals of molecular orbitals are not correlated. The modified Coulomb interactions are used in single-determinant or configuration interaction calculations. The objective is to account for dynamical correlation effects without explicitly introducing higher spherical harmonic functions into the molecular orbital basis. Molecular orbital densities are decomposed into a distribution of spherical components that conserve the charge and each of the interacting components is considered as a two-electron wavefunction embedded in the system acted on by an average field Hamiltonian plus r12-1. A method of avoiding redundancy is described. Applications to atoms, negative ions, and molecules representing different types of bonding and spin states are discussed.

  18. The effect of electron-electron interaction induced dephasing on electronic transport in graphene nanoribbons

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    Kahnoj, Sina Soleimani; Touski, Shoeib Babaee; Pourfath, Mahdi E-mail: pourfath@iue.tuwien.ac.at

    2014-09-08

    The effect of dephasing induced by electron-electron interaction on electronic transport in graphene nanoribbons is theoretically investigated. In the presence of disorder in graphene nanoribbons, wavefunction of electrons can set up standing waves along the channel and the conductance exponentially decreases with the ribbon's length. Employing the non-equilibrium Green's function formalism along with an accurate model for describing the dephasing induced by electron-electron interaction, we show that this kind of interaction prevents localization and transport of electrons remains in the diffusive regime where the conductance is inversely proportional to the ribbon's length.

  19. Acceleration of electrons by inverse free electron laser interaction

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    Musumeci, Pietro

    Laser accelerators hold the promise to constitute the future of particle accelerators. The Inverse Free Electron Laser accelerator is one of the most efficient schemes to transfer energy from very high power lasers to electron beams. This scheme uses an undulator magnet to couple the transverse electromagnetic waves to the electron motion. In this dissertation we discuss the theoretical background of the Inverse Free Electron Laser interaction and we present the simulation tool developed to study and design an Inverse Free Electron Laser accelerator. The main object of the dissertation is the discussion of the Inverse Free Electron Laser experiment at the Neptune Laboratory at UCLA where we observed an energy gain in excess of 20 MeV. In this experiment, a 14.5 MeV electron beam is injected in an undulator strongly tapered in period and field amplitude. The IFEL driver is a CO2 10.6 mum laser with power larger than 400 GW. The Rayleigh range of the laser, ˜1.8 cm, is much shorter than the undulator length so that the interaction is diffraction dominated. A few per cent of the injected particles are trapped in a stable accelerating bucket. Electron with energies up to 35 MeV are measured in a magnetic spectrometer. Experimental results on the dependence of the acceleration on injection energy, laser focus position, and laser power are discussed. Three-dimensional simulations, in good agreement with the measured electron energy spectrum, indicate that most of the acceleration occurs in the first 25 cm of the undulator, corresponding to an energy gradient larger than 70 MeV/m. The measured energy spectrum also indicates that higher harmonic Inverse Free Electron Laser interaction is taking place in the second section of the undulator. The possibility of coupling the laser wave and the electron beam on a different spectral line of the undulator radiation adds a new degree of flexibility in the design of Inverse Free Electron Laser interaction schemes and this novel

  20. Tunable electronic interactions between anions and perylenediimide.

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    Goodson, Flynt S; Panda, Dillip K; Ray, Shuvasree; Mitra, Atanu; Guha, Samit; Saha, Sourav

    2013-08-07

    Over the past decade anion-π interaction has emerged as a new paradigm of supramolecular chemistry of anions. Taking advantage of the electronic nature of anion-π interaction, we have expanded its boundaries to charge-transfer (CT) and formal electron transfer (ET) events by adjusting the electron-donating and accepting abilities of anions and π-acids, respectively. To establish that ET, CT, and anion-π interactions could take place between different anions and π-acids as long as their electronic and structural properties are conducive, herein, we introduce 3,4,9,10-perylenediimide (PDI-1) that selectively undergoes thermal ET from strong Lewis basic hydroxide and fluoride anions, but remains electronically and optically silent to poor Lewis basic anions, as ET and CT events are turned OFF. These interactions have been fully characterized by UV/Vis, NMR, and EPR spectroscopies. These results demonstrate the generality of anion-induced ET events in aprotic solvents and further refute a notion that strong Lewis basic hydroxide and fluoride ions can only trigger nucleophilic attack to form covalent bonds instead of acting as sacrificial electron donors to π-acids under appropriate conditions.

  1. Chirally-sensitive electron-molecule interactions

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    Dreiling, J. M.; Gay, T. J.

    2015-09-01

    All molecular forms of life have chemically-specific handedness. However, the origin of these asymmetries is not understood. A possible explanation was suggested by Vester and Ulbricht immediately following the discovery of parity violation in 1957: chiral beta radiation in cosmic rays may have preferentially destroyed one enantiomeric form of various biological precursors. In the experiments reported here, we observed chiral specificity in two electron- molecule interactions: quasi-elastic scattering and dissociative electron attachment. Using low- energy longitudinally spin-polarized (chiral) electrons as substitutes for beta rays, we found that chiral bromocamphor molecules exhibited both a transmission and dissociative electron attachment rate that depended on their handedness for a given direction of incident electron spin. Consequently, these results, especially those with dissociative electron attachment, connect the universal chiral asymmetry of the weak force with a molecular breakup process, thereby demonstrating the viability of the Vester-Ulbricht hypothesis.

  2. Photoinduced electron transfer interaction of anthraquinones with aniline quenchers: Influence of methyl substitution in aniline donors

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    Sivakumar, V.; Ponnamma, Deepalekshmi; Hussein, Yasser H. A.

    2017-02-01

    Photoinduced electron transfer between triplet state of 9,10-anthraquinone (AQ) and its two derivatives: 2-chloro-9,10-anthraquinone (CAQ) and sodium anthraquinone-2-sulfonate (AQS) and ground state aniline (AN) and its dimethyl substitutions: 2,3-dimethylaniline (2,3-DMA), 2,6-dimethylaniline (2,6-DMA), 3,5-dimethylaniline (3,5-DMA) and N,N-dimethylaniline (N,N-DMA) is studied using nanosecond laser flash photolysis at room temperature. Detection of radical bands of quinone anions and aniline cations along with their formation and/or decay kinetics are used to confirm the electron transfer (ET) process. In MeCN medium, AN quenches the triplet state of CAQ (CAQT) but not the triplets AQT or AQST. However in aqueous medium, AN quenches AQST and forms radical ion pair. All the DMAs can react through ET with all the triplet quinones at different degrees of efficiency in MeCN medium. Noticeably, the ring substituted DMAs are less efficient in electron donation to AQT or AQST while the N,N-DMA shows high efficiency in donating electron to all triplet quinones in MeCN medium. Charge distribution of donor molecules, in MeCN medium is calculated using density functional theory (DFT), and shows an enhancement of electron density of the ring of N,N-DMA, making it an ideal electron donor for ET studies compared to other DMAs. This systematic selection and usage of anilines with electrochemically tunable quinones can be viewed as a working model of donor-acceptor system that can be utilized in photoinduced ET applications.

  3. Axial interaction free-electron laser

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    Carlsten, B.E.

    1997-09-02

    Electron orbits from a helical axial wiggler in an axial guide field are absolutely unstable as power is extracted from the particles. For off-axis beams an axial FEL mechanism exists when the axial electric field in a TM mode is wiggled to interact with the axial velocity of the electrons that form the beam. The interaction strength is comparable to that for helical FELs and is insensitive to beam orbit errors. The orbits for this mechanism are extremely stable in the absence of space charge and lead to high extraction efficiencies without particle phasing incoherence or interception. This interaction mechanism is suitable for use with intense annular electron beams for high power generation at microwave frequencies. 5 figs.

  4. Axial interaction free-electron laser

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    Carlsten, Bruce E.

    1997-01-01

    Electron orbits from a helical axial wiggler in an axial guide field are absolutely unstable as power is extracted from the particles. For off-axis beams an axial FEL mechanism exists when the axial electric field in a TM mode is wiggled to interact with the axial velocity of the electrons that form the beam. The interaction strength is comparable to that for helical FELs and is insensitive to beam orbit errors. The orbits for this mechanism are extremely stable in the absence of space charge and lead to high extraction efficiencies without particle phasing incoherence or interception. This interaction mechanism is suitable for use with intense annular electron beams for high power generation at microwave frequencies.

  5. Atropisomerism about aryl-Csp(3) bonds: the electronic and steric influence of ortho-substituents on conformational exchange in cannabidiol and linderatin derivatives.

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    Berber, Hatice; Lameiras, Pedro; Denhez, Clément; Antheaume, Cyril; Clayden, Jonathan

    2014-07-03

    Terpenylation reactions of substituted phenols were used to prepare cannabidiol and linderatin derivatives, and their structure and conformational behavior in solution were investigated by NMR and, for some representative examples, by DFT. VT-NMR spectra and DFT calculations were used to determine the activation energies of the conformational change arising from restricted rotation about the aryl-Csp(3) bond that lead to two unequally populated rotameric epimers. The NBO calculation was applied to explain the electronic stabilization of one conformer over another by donor-acceptor charge transfer interactions. Conformational control arises from a combination of stereoelectronic and steric effects between substituents in close contact with each other on the two rings of the endocyclic epoxide atropisomers. This study represents the first exploration of the stereoelectronic origins of atropisomerism around C(sp(2))-C(sp(3)) single bonds through theoretical calculations.

  6. Deciphering Noncovalent Interactions Accompanying 7,7,8,8-Tetracyanoquinodimethane Encapsulation within Biphene[n]arenes: Nucleus-Independent Chemical Shifts Approach.

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    Lande, Dipali N; Rao, Soniya S; Gejji, Shridhar P

    2016-07-18

    Binding of novel biphene[n]arene hosts to antiaromatic 7,7,8,8-tetracyanoquinodimethane (TCNQ) are investigated by DFT. Biphene[4]arene favors the inclusion complex through noncovalent interactions, such as hydrogen bonding, π-π stacking, C-H⋅⋅⋅π, and C-H⋅⋅⋅H-C dihydrogen bonding. Donor-acceptor complexation renders aromatic character to the guest through charge transfer. The formation of TCNQ anionic radicals through supramolecular π stacking significantly influences its chemical and photophysical behavior. Electron density reorganization consequent to encapsulation of TCNQ reflects in the shift of characteristic vibrations in the IR spectra. The accompanying aromaticities arising from the induced ring currents are analyzed by employing nucleus-independent chemical shifts based profiles. © 2016 WILEY-VCH Verlag GmbH & Co. KGaA, Weinheim.

  7. Relaxation of orbitals and electron-electron interaction in crystals

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    Volkov, B. A.; Sharov, S. V.

    1991-08-01

    The atomic orbital relaxation effect associated with the intraatomic Coulomb interaction between valence electrons is analyzed. A 1D crystal with a pseudopotential in the form of a delta-function set is considered. The true magnitude is determined by the Hubbard matrix element and the overlapping integral, its sign coinciding with the sign for the amplitude of one-particle interatomic transitions. Several properties of the Hamiltonian are discussed.

  8. Spectroscopic and DFT-based computational studies on the molecular electronic structural characteristics and the third-order nonlinear property of an organic NLO crystal: (E)-N‧-(4-chlorobenzylidene)-4-methylbenzenesulfonohydrazide

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    Sasikala, V.; Sajan, D.; Joseph, Lynnette; Balaji, J.; Prabu, S.; Srinivasan, P.

    2017-04-01

    Single crystals of (E)-N‧-(4-chlorobenzylidene)-4-methylbenzenesulfonohydrazide (CBMBSH) have been grown by slow evaporation crystal growth method. The structure stabilizing intramolecular donor-acceptor interactions and the presence of the Nsbnd H⋯O, Csbnd H⋯O and Csbnd H⋯C(π) hydrogen bonds in the crystal were confirmed by vibrational spectroscopic and DFT methods. The linear optical absorption characteristics of the solvent phase of CBMBSH were investigated using UV-Vis-NIR spectroscopic and TD-DFT approaches. The 2PA assisted RSA nonlinear absorption and the optical limiting properties of CBMBSH were studied using the open-aperture Z-scan method. The topological characteristics of the electron density have been determined using the quantum theory of atoms in molecules method.

  9. Effect of electron-electron interaction on hot ballistic electron beams

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    Schäpers, Th.; Krüger, M.; Appenzeller, J.; Förster, A.; Lengeler, B.; Lüth, H.

    1995-06-01

    Electron-electron scattering of ballistic electrons in a two-dimensional electron gas was studied as a function of the electron excess energy above the Fermi energy and of temperature. At low temperatures of 1.4 K it is found that for excess energies of approximately 30% of the Fermi energy the electrons in a ballistic electron beam are already scattered significantly due to electron-electron interaction. A very good agreement between our experimental data and theory was found, when the measured data were compared with numerical calculations based on a theory of Giuliani and Quinn [Phys. Rev. B 26, 4421 (1982)], while the agreement was only poor for the analytical approximation of the electron-electron scattering rate.

  10. Plasma Interaction with Electron-Emitting Surfaces

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    Campanell, Michael

    2014-09-01

    Electron emission from surfaces occurs in many plasma systems. Several types including secondary, thermionic and photon-induced emissions are intense under certain conditions. Understanding the effects of emission on the sheaths that govern plasma-surface interaction is important. This dissertation predicts some emitting sheath phenomena that were not reported in past studies. For example, most previous theoretical models assumed that an emitting sheath potential is always negative and that ions always accelerate into the wall. We show when the emission is intense that the sheath potential can become positive, fundamentally changing how the plasma and wall interact. In this inverse sheath state, ions are repelled, suggesting for instance that (a) no presheath exists in the plasma interior, (b) emitting walls could be used in applications to stop sputtering. Another topic considered is the transit of emitted electrons across the plasma to other surfaces, which is possible in low collisionality plasma systems. When transit occurs, the flux balance is a complex global problem where the sheaths at opposite surfaces are coupled through their exchange of emitted electrons. We also show that secondary emission can trigger a variety of sheath instability phenomena that change the state of the plasma-wall system or cause oscillations preventing steady state. Lastly, we analyze a mechanism where emitted electrons return to the same surface and knock out secondaries, which return and knock out more secondaries, etc., feedback amplifying the emission intensity. The four phenomena will be analyzed theoretically and verified with particle-in-cell simulations: (a) inverse sheath, (b) sheath coupling via transiting electrons, (c) sheath instabilities, (d) returning electron amplification. Consequences of these processes on the sheath potentials, wall heating, loss rate of charge, and cross field transport (near-wall conductivity) are discussed throughout. Possible implications are

  11. Non-diffracting multi-electron vortex beams balancing their electron-electron interactions.

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    Mutzafi, Maor; Kaminer, Ido; Harari, Gal; Segev, Mordechai

    2017-09-21

    The wave-like nature of electrons has been known for almost a century, but only in recent years has the ability to shape the wavefunction of EBeams (Electron-Beams) become experimentally accessible. Various EBeam wavefunctions have been demonstrated, such as vortex, self-accelerating, Bessel EBeams etc. However, none has attempted to manipulate multi-electron beams, because the repulsion between electrons rapidly alters the beam shape. Here, we show how interference effects of the quantum wavefunction describing multiple electrons can be used to exactly balance both the repulsion and diffraction-broadening. We propose non-diffracting wavepackets of multiple electrons, which can also carry orbital angular momentum. Such wavefunction shaping facilitates the use of multi-electron beams in electron microscopy with higher current without compromising on spatial resolution. Simulating the quantum evolution in three-dimensions and time, we show that imprinting such wavefunctions on electron pulses leads to shape-preserving multi-electrons ultrashort pulses. Our scheme applies to any beams of charged particles, such as protons and ion beams.Vortex electron beams are generated using single electrons but their low beam-density is a limitation in electron microscopy. Here the authors propose a scheme for the realization of non-diffracting electron beams by shaping wavepackets of multiple electrons and including electron-electron interactions.

  12. Superconductivity: from Electron Interaction to Nuclear Superfluidity

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    Pines, David

    I present an expanded version of a talk given at the Urbana symposium that celebrated the fiftieth anniversary of the publication of the microscopic theory of superconductivity by Bardeen, Cooper, and Schrieffer — BCS. I recall at some length, the work with my Ph.D. mentor, David Bohm, and my postdoctoral mentor, John Bardeen, on electron interaction in metals during the period 1948-55 that helped pave the way for BCS, describe the immediate impact of BCS on a small segment of the Princeton physics community in the early spring of 1957, and discuss the extent to which the Bardeen-Pines-Frohlich effective electron-electron interaction provided a criterion for superconductivity in the periodic system. I describe my lectures on BCS at Niels Bohr's Institute of Theoretical Physics in June 1957 that led to the proposal of nuclear superfluidity, discuss nuclear and cosmic superfluids briefly, and close with a tribute to John Bardeen, whose birth centennial we celebrated in 2008, and who was my mentor, close colleague, and dear friend.

  13. Nonadiabatic rate constants for proton transfer and proton-coupled electron transfer reactions in solution: Effects of quadratic term in the vibronic coupling expansion

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    Soudackov, Alexander; Hammes-Schiffer, Sharon

    2015-11-17

    Rate constant expressions for vibronically nonadiabatic proton transfer and proton-coupled electron transfer reactions are presented and analyzed. The regimes covered include electronically adiabatic and nonadiabatic reactions, as well as high-frequency and low-frequency regimes for the proton donor-acceptor vibrational mode. These rate constants differ from previous rate constants derived with the cumulant expansion approach in that the logarithmic expansion of the vibronic coupling in terms of the proton donor-acceptor distance includes a quadratic as well as a linear term. The analysis illustrates that inclusion of this quadratic term does not significantly impact the rate constants derived using the cumulant expansion approach in any of the regimes studied. The effects of the quadratic term may become significant when using the vibronic coupling expansion in conjunction with a thermal averaging procedure for calculating the rate constant, however, particularly at high temperatures and for proton transfer interfaces with extremely soft proton donor-acceptor modes that are associated with extraordinarily weak hydrogen bonds. Even with the thermal averaging procedure, the effects of the quadratic term for weak hydrogen-bonding systems are less significant for more physically realistic models that prevent the sampling of unphysical short proton donor-acceptor distances, and the expansion of the coupling can be avoided entirely by calculating the couplings explicitly for the range of proton donor-acceptor distances. This analysis identifies the regimes in which each rate constant expression is valid and thus will be important for future applications to proton transfer and proton-coupled electron transfer in chemical and biological processes. We are grateful for support from National Institutes of Health Grant GM056207 (applications to enzymes) and the Center for Molecular Electrocatalysis, an Energy Frontier Research Center funded by the U.S. Department of Energy

  14. Site-directed deep electronic tunneling through a molecular network

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    Caspary, Maytal; Peskin, Uri

    2005-10-15

    Electronic tunneling in a complex molecular network of N(>2) donor/acceptor sites, connected by molecular bridges, is analyzed. The 'deep' tunneling dynamics is formulated using a recursive perturbation expansion, yielding a McConnell-type reduced N-level model Hamiltonian. Applications to models of molecular junctions demonstrate that the donor-bridge contact parameters can be tuned in order to control the tunneling dynamics and particularly to direct the tunneling pathway to either one of the various acceptors.

  15. [Significance of quantum chemical interactions for medicinal science and design of β-secretase inhibitors].

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    Hamada, Yoshio

    2013-01-01

    This review discusses the importance of quantum chemical interactions in biomolecules for medicinal science and their relevance to the author's β-secretase (BACE1) inhibitor drug discovery research. Although molecular mechanics/dynamics (MM/MD) methods are available in many in silico design tools used for drug discovery, they cannot accurately evaluate quantum effects between biomolecules and drugs. The key roles of biomolecular quantum chemical interactions in drug discovery are discussed using the arginine side chain as an example. Arginine is recognized as a charged amino acid in commonly used drug design software, unlike other amino acids with π-electron orbitals, such as phenylalanine, tyrosine, and tryptophan. Quantum chemical interactions via the arginine side chain are crucial for molecular recognition, and are found in many X-ray crystal structures, such as protein-protein, protein homodimer, RNA aptamer-protein, and enzyme-inhibitor complexes. This review describes the essential role of quantum chemical interactions via the arginine side chain in the mechanism of BACE1 inhibition, and proposes an "electron donor/acceptor bioisostere" concept for medicinal science based on quantum chemical interactions. Several potent BACE1 inhibitors, as well as the first peptides with BACE1 inhibiting activity were designed and synthesized based on studies of quantum chemical interactions via arginine side chain and the "electron donor bioisostere" concept.

  16. Interaction of electron neutrino with LSD detector

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    Ryazhskaya, O. G.; Semenov, S. V.

    2016-06-01

    The interaction of electron neutrino flux, originating in the rotational collapse mechanism on the first stage of Supernova burst, with the LSD detector components, such as 56Fe (a large amount of this metal is included in as shielding material) and liquid scintillator barNnH2n+2, is being investigated. Both charged and neutral channels of neutrino reaction with 12barN and 56Fe are considered. Experimental data, giving the possibility to extract information for nuclear matrix elements calculation are used. The number of signals, produced in LSD by the neutrino pulse of Supernova 1987A is determined. The obtained results are in good agreement with experimental data.

  17. Revealing electronic open quantum systems with subsystem TDDFT.

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    Krishtal, Alisa; Pavanello, Michele

    2016-03-28

    Open quantum systems (OQSs) are perhaps the most realistic systems one can approach through simulations. In recent years, describing OQSs with Density Functional Theory (DFT) has been a prominent avenue of research with most approaches based on a density matrix partitioning in conjunction with an ad-hoc description of system-bath interactions. We propose a different theoretical approach to OQSs based on partitioning of the electron density. Employing the machinery of subsystem DFT (and its time-dependent extension), we provide a novel way of isolating and analyzing the various terms contributing to the coupling between the system and the surrounding bath. To illustrate the theory, we provide numerical simulations on a toy system (a molecular dimer) and on a condensed phase system (solvated excimer). The simulations show that non-Markovian dynamics in the electronic system-bath interactions are important in chemical applications. For instance, we show that the superexchange mechanism of transport in donor-bridge-acceptor systems is a non-Markovian interaction between the donor-acceptor (OQS) with the bridge (bath) which is fully characterized by real-time subsystem time-dependent DFT.

  18. Contrasting Behavior of the Z Bonds in X-Z···Y Weak Interactions: Z = Main Group Elements Versus the Transition Metals.

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    Joy, Jyothish; Jemmis, Eluvathingal D

    2017-02-06

    In contrast to the increasing family of weak intermolecular interactions in main-group compounds (X-Z···Y, Z = main-group elements), an analysis of the Cambridge Structural Database indicates that electron-saturated (18-electron) transition-metal complexes show reluctance toward weak M bond formation (X-M···Y, M = transition metal). In particular, weak M bonds involving electron-saturated (18-electron) complexes of transition metals with partially filled d-orbitals are not found. We propose that the nature of valence electron density distribution in transition-metal complexes is the primary reason for this reluctance. A survey of the interaction of selected electron-saturated transition-metal complexes with electron-rich molecules (Y) demonstrates the following: shielding the possible σ-hole on the metal center by the core electron density in 3d series, and enhanced electronegativity and relativistic effects in 4d and 5d series, hinders the formation of the M bond. A balance in all the destabilizing effects has been found in the 4d series due to its moderate polarizability and primogenic repulsion from inner core d-electrons. A changeover in the donor-acceptor nature of the metal center toward different types of incoming molecules is also unveiled here. The present study confirms the possibility of M bond as a new supramolecular force in designing the crystal structures of electron-saturated transition-metal complexes by invoking extreme ligand conditions.

  19. Metastable and spin-polarized states in electron systems with localized electron-electron interaction

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    Sablikov, Vladimir A.; Shchamkhalova, Bagun S.

    2014-05-01

    We study the formation of spontaneous spin polarization in inhomogeneous electron systems with pair interaction localized in a small region that is not separated by a barrier from surrounding gas of non-interacting electrons. Such a system is interesting as a minimal model of a quantum point contact in which the electron-electron interaction is strong in a small constriction coupled to electron reservoirs without barriers. Based on the analysis of the grand potential within the self-consistent field approximation, we find that the formation of the polarized state strongly differs from the Bloch or Stoner transition in homogeneous interacting systems. The main difference is that a metastable state appears in the critical point in addition to the globally stable state, so that when the interaction parameter exceeds a critical value, two states coexist. One state has spin polarization and the other is unpolarized. Another feature is that the spin polarization increases continuously with the interaction parameter and has a square-root singularity in the critical point. We study the critical conditions and the grand potentials of the polarized and unpolarized states for one-dimensional and two-dimensional models in the case of extremely small size of the interaction region.

  20. Interacting Flatland Electrons Never Stop Surprising

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    Shayegan, Mansour

    2015-03-01

    I will present the highlights of several new magneto-transport experiments that probe the physics of interacting two-dimensional (2D) electrons (or holes) at high magnetic fields and low temperatures. These include: (1) observation of rare fractional quantum Hall states at even-denominator (1/2) filling factor in 2D hole systems at an unusual crossing of the two lowest Landau levels; (2) tuning and measuring the shape and anisotropy of the composite fermion (CF) Fermi contours, and (3) data suggesting that CFs themselves can be interacting and form their own fractional quantum Hall and Wigner solid states. I will also discuss a bilayer experiment where the CFs in one layer are used to probe an electron Wigner solid in the other layer. (Work done in collaboration with Yang Liu, D. Kamburov, M.A. Mueed, S. Hasdemir, I. Jo, H. Deng, L.N. Pfeiffer, K.W. West, and K.W. Baldwin. Supported by the NSF, DOE, Keck, and Moore Foundations.)

  1. Electron Solvation in Liquid Ammonia: Lithium, Sodium, Magnesium, and Calcium as Electron Sources.

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    Chaban, Vitaly V; Prezhdo, Oleg V

    2016-03-10

    A free electron in solution, known as a solvated electron, is the smallest possible anion. Alkali and alkaline earth atoms serve as electron donors in solvents that mediate outer-sphere electron transfer. We report herein ab initio molecular dynamics simulations of lithium, sodium, magnesium, and calcium in liquid ammonia at 250 K. By analyzing the electronic properties and the ionic and solvation structures and dynamics, we systematically characterize these metals as electron donors and ammonia molecules as electron acceptors. We show that the solvated metal strongly modifies the properties of its solvation shells and that the observed effect is metal-specific. Specifically, the radius and charge exhibit major impacts. The single solvated electron present in the alkali metal systems is distributed more uniformly among the solvent molecules of each metal's two solvation shells. In contrast, alkaline earth metals favor a less uniform distribution of the electron density. Alkali and alkaline earth atoms are coordinated by four and six NH3 molecules, respectively. The smaller atoms, Li and Mg, are stronger electron donors than Na and Ca. This result is surprising, as smaller atoms in a column of the periodic table have higher ionization potentials. However, it can be explained by stronger electron donor-acceptor interactions between the smaller atoms and the solvent molecules. The structure of the first solvation shell is sharpest for Mg, which has a large charge and a small radius. Solvation is weakest for Na, which has a small charge and a large radius. Weak solvation leads to rapid dynamics, as reflected in the diffusion coefficients of NH3 molecules of the first two solvation shells and the Na atom. The properties of the solvated electrons established in the present study are important for radiation chemistry, synthetic chemistry, condensed-matter charge transfer, and energy sources.

  2. Manifestation of nonlocal electron-electron interaction in graphene

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    Ulstrup, Søren; Schüler, Malte; Bianchi, Marco; Fromm, Felix; Raidel, Christian; Seyller, Thomas; Wehling, Tim; Hofmann, Philip

    2016-08-01

    Graphene is an ideal platform to study many-body effects due to its semimetallic character and the possibility to dope it over a wide range. Here we study the width of graphene's occupied π band as a function of doping using angle-resolved photoemission. Upon increasing electron doping, we observe the expected shift of the band to higher binding energies. However, this shift is not rigid and the bottom of the band moves less than the Dirac point. We show that the observed shift cannot be accounted for by single-particle effects and local self-energies alone, but that nonlocal many-body effects, in particular exchange interactions, must be taken into account.

  3. Born-Oppenheimer Dynamics, Electronic Friction, and the Inclusion of Electron-Electron Interactions

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    Dou, Wenjie; Miao, Gaohan; Subotnik, Joseph E.

    2017-07-01

    We present a universal expression for the electronic friction as felt by a set of classical nuclear degrees of freedom (DOFs) coupled to a manifold of quantum electronic DOFs; no assumptions are made regarding the nature of the electronic Hamiltonian and electron-electron repulsions are allowed. Our derivation is based on a quantum-classical Liouville equation for the coupled electronic-nuclear motion, followed by an adiabatic approximation whereby electronic transitions are assumed to equilibrate faster than nuclear movement. The resulting form of friction is completely general, but does reduce to previously published expressions for the quadratic Hamiltonian (i.e., Hamiltonians without electronic correlation). At equilibrium, the second fluctuation-dissipation theorem is satisfied and the frictional matrix is symmetric. To demonstrate the importance of electron-electron correlation, we study electronic friction within the Anderson-Holstein model, where a proper treatment of electron-electron interactions shows signatures of a Kondo resonance and a mean-field treatment is completely inadequate.

  4. Constraining nonstandard neutrino interactions with electrons

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    Forero, D. V.; Guzzo, M. M.

    2011-07-01

    We update the phenomenological constraints of the nonstandard neutrino interactions (NSNI) with electrons including in the analysis, for the first time, data from LAMPF, Krasnoyarsk, and the latest Texono observations. We assume that NSNI modify the cross section of elastic scattering of (anti)neutrinos off electrons, using reactor and accelerator data, and the cross section of the electron-positron annihilation, using the four LEP experiments, in particular, new data from DELPHI. We find more restrictive allowed regions for the NSNI parameters: -0.11<ɛeeeR<0.05 and -0.02<ɛeeeL<0.09 (90% C.L.). We also recalculate the parameters of tauonic flavor obtaining -0.35<ɛττeR<0.50 and -0.51<ɛττeL<0.34 (90% C.L.). Although more severe than the limits already present in the literature, our results indicate that NSNI are allowed by the present data as a subleading effect, and the standard electroweak model continues consistent with the experimental panorama at 90% C.L. Further improvement on this picture will deserve a lot of engagement of upcoming experiments.

  5. Chiral Sensitivity in Electron-Molecule Interactions

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    Dreiling, Joan

    2015-09-01

    All molecular forms of life possess a chiral asymmetry, with amino acids and sugars found respectively in L- and D-enantiomers only. The primordial origin of this enantiomeric excess is unknown. One possible explanation is given by the Vester- Ulbricht hypothesis, which suggests that left-handed electrons present in beta-radiation, produced by parity-violating weak decays, interacted with biological precursors and preferentially destroyed one of the two enantiomers. Experimental tests of this idea have thus far yielded inconclusive results. We show direct evidence for chirally-dependent bond breaking through a dissociative electron attachment (DEA) reaction when spin-polarized electrons are incident on gas-phase chiral molecules. This provides unambiguous evidence for a well-defined, chirally-sensitive destructive molecular process and, as such, circumstantial evidence for the Vester-Ulbricht hypothesis. I will also present the results of our systematic study of the DEA asymmetry for different chiral halocamphor molecules. Three halocamphor molecules were investigated: 3-bromocamphor (C10H15BrO), 3-iodocamphor(C10H15IO), and 10-iodocamphor. The DEA asymmetries collected for bromocamphor and iodocamphor are qualitatively different, suggesting that the atomic number of the heaviest atom in the molecule plays a crucial role in the asymmetric interactions. The DEA asymmetry data for 3- and 10-iodocamphor have the same qualitative behavior, but the 10-iodocamphor asymmetry is about twice as large at the lowest energies investigated, so the location of the heavy atom in the camphor molecule also affects the asymmetries. This work was performed at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. This project is funded by NSF Grant PHY-1206067.

  6. Synthesis of the donor acceptor ligand 2-(4-dimethylaminobenzylidene)-4,5-bis(diphenylphosphino)-4-cyclopenten-1,3-dione (dbpcd) and X-ray diffraction structure of the platinum(II) compound PtCl2(dbpcd) 1.5CH2Cl2

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    Atim, Silvia; Wang, Xiaoping; Richmond, Michael G.

    2010-01-01

    The synthesis of the donor acceptor ligand 2-(4-dimethylaminobenzylidene)-4,5-bis(diphenylphosphino)-4-cyclopenten-1,3-dione (dbpcd) from the Knoevenagel condensation of 4-(dimethylamino)benzaldehyde with 4,5-bis(diphenylphosphino)-4-cyclopenten-1,3-dione (bpcd) is reported. This new ligand reacts with PtCl2(cod) to afford the platinum(II) complex PtCl2(dbpcd) in high yield. The dbpcd ligand and PtCl2(dbpcd) have been isolated and characterized by IR and NMR spectroscopies, cyclic voltammetry, MO calculations at the extended H ckel level, and X-ray diffraction analysis in the case of PtCl2(dbpcd).

  7. Study of electron-positron interactions

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    Abashian, A.; Gotow, K.; Philonen, L.

    1990-09-15

    For the past seven years, this group has been interested in the study of tests of the Standard Model of Electroweak interactions. The program has centered about the AMY experiment which examines the nature of the final state products in electron-positron collisions in the center of mass energy range near 60 GeV. Results of these measurements have shown a remarkable consistency with the predictions of the minimal model of 3 quark and lepton generations and single charged and neutral intermediate bosons. No new particles or excited states have been observed nor has any evidence for departures in cross sections or angular asymmetries from expectations been observed. These conclusions have been even more firmly established by the higher energy results from the LEP and SLC colliders at center of mass energies of about 90 GeV. Our focus is shifting to the neutrino as a probe to electroweak interactions. The relative merit of attempting to observe neutrinos from point sources versus observing neutrinos generally is not easy to predict. The improved ability to interpret is offset by the probably episodic nature of the emission and irreproducibility of the results. In this phase of development, it is best to be sensitive to both sources of neutrinos. As a second phase of our program at Virginia Tech, we are studying the feasibility of detecting cosmic ray neutrinos in a proposed experiment which we have called NOVA. the results of the test setup will be instrumental in developing an optimum design. A third program we are involved in is the MEGA experiment at Los Alamos, an experiment to place a limit on the rate of muon decay to electron plus photon which is forbidden by the Standard Model.

  8. Coulomb-tail effect of electron-electron interaction on nonsequential double ionization

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    Zhou, Yueming; Huang, Cheng; Lu, Peixiang

    2011-08-01

    With the classical ensemble model, we investigate the manifestations of the Coulomb tail of electron-electron interaction in nonsequential double ionization by comparing the results from the short-range electron-electron interaction with those from the Coulombic electron-electron interaction. At the intensity below the recollision threshold, the two-electron momentum distributions in the direction parallel to the laser polarization show an anticorrelated behavior for the Coulombic electron-electron interaction while a correlated behavior for the short-range interaction, which indicates the responsibility of the Coulomb tail of the electron-electron interaction for the experimentally observed anticorrelated emission [Y. Liu, S. Tschuch, A. Rudenko, M. Durr, M. Siegel, U. Morgner, R. Moshammer, and J. Ullrich, Phys. Rev. Lett.PRLTAO0031-900710.1103/PhysRevLett.101.053001 101, 053001 (2008)]. In the transverse direction, for the Coulombic electron-electron interaction, the two electrons exhibit no effect of repulsion at an intensity below the recollision threshold while a strong repulsion effect at an intensity above the threshold, which becomes weaker as the laser intensity further increases. Back analysis shows that the role of the Coulomb tail of electron-electron interaction leads asymmetric energy sharing (AES) to be prevalent at recollision. This AES results in the two electrons leaving the ion at different times or with different initial momenta, which is responsible for the anticorrelated behavior in the parallel direction and the intensity-dependent repulsion effect in the transverse direction.

  9. Coulomb-tail effect of electron-electron interaction on nonsequential double ionization

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    Zhou Yueming; Huang Cheng; Lu Peixiang

    2011-08-15

    With the classical ensemble model, we investigate the manifestations of the Coulomb tail of electron-electron interaction in nonsequential double ionization by comparing the results from the short-range electron-electron interaction with those from the Coulombic electron-electron interaction. At the intensity below the recollision threshold, the two-electron momentum distributions in the direction parallel to the laser polarization show an anticorrelated behavior for the Coulombic electron-electron interaction while a correlated behavior for the short-range interaction, which indicates the responsibility of the Coulomb tail of the electron-electron interaction for the experimentally observed anticorrelated emission [Y. Liu, S. Tschuch, A. Rudenko, M. Durr, M. Siegel, U. Morgner, R. Moshammer, and J. Ullrich, Phys. Rev. Lett. 101, 053001 (2008)]. In the transverse direction, for the Coulombic electron-electron interaction, the two electrons exhibit no effect of repulsion at an intensity below the recollision threshold while a strong repulsion effect at an intensity above the threshold, which becomes weaker as the laser intensity further increases. Back analysis shows that the role of the Coulomb tail of electron-electron interaction leads asymmetric energy sharing (AES) to be prevalent at recollision. This AES results in the two electrons leaving the ion at different times or with different initial momenta, which is responsible for the anticorrelated behavior in the parallel direction and the intensity-dependent repulsion effect in the transverse direction.

  10. Electronic coupling between Watson-Crick pairs for hole transfer and transport in desoxyribonucleic acid

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    Voityuk, Alexander A.; Jortner, Joshua; Bixon, M.; Rösch, Notker

    2001-04-01

    Electronic matrix elements for hole transfer between Watson-Crick pairs in desoxyribonucleic acid (DNA) of regular structure, calculated at the Hartree-Fock level, are compared with the corresponding intrastrand and interstrand matrix elements estimated for models comprised of just two nucleobases. The hole transfer matrix element of the GAG trimer duplex is calculated to be larger than that of the GTG duplex. "Through-space" interaction between two guanines in the trimer duplexes is comparable with the coupling through an intervening Watson-Crick pair. The gross features of bridge specificity and directional asymmetry of the electronic matrix elements for hole transfer between purine nucleobases in superstructures of dimer and trimer duplexes have been discussed on the basis of the quantum chemical calculations. These results have also been analyzed with a semiempirical superexchange model for the electronic coupling in DNA duplexes of donor (nuclobases)-acceptor, which incorporates adjacent base-base electronic couplings and empirical energy gaps corrected for solvation effects; this perturbation-theory-based model interpretation allows a theoretical evaluation of experimental observables, i.e., the absolute values of donor-acceptor electronic couplings, their distance dependence, and the reduction factors for the intrastrand hole hopping or trapping rates upon increasing the size of the nucleobases bridge. The quantum chemical results point towards some limitations of the perturbation-theory-based modeling.

  11. Controlling Non-Covalent Interactions to Modulate the Dispersion of Fullerenes in Polymer Nanocomposites

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    Sumpter, Bobby G

    2011-01-01

    Polymer nanocomposites (PNCs) are materials based on a class of filled plastics that contain relatively small amounts of nanoparticles, which can impart improved structural, mechanical, and thermal properties relative to the neat polymer. However, the homogeneous dispersion of the nanoparticles into a polymer matrix is critical and an impeding factor for the controlled enhancement of PNC properties. In this work, we provide new insight into the importance of polymer chain connectivity and nanoparticle shape and curvature on the formation of noncovalent electron donor-acceptor (EDA) interactions between polymers and nanoparticles. This is accomplished by experimentally monitoring the dispersion of nanoparticles in copolymers containing varying amounts of functional moieties that can form noncovalent interactions with carbon nanoparticles with corroboration through density functional calculations. The results show that the presence of a minority of interacting functional groups within a polymer chain leads to an optimum interaction between the polymer and fullerene. Density functional theory calculations that identify the binding energy and geometry of the interaction between the functional monomers and fullerenes correspond very well with the experimental results. Moreover, comparison of these results to similar studies with single-walled carbon nanotubes (SWNT) indicate a distinct difference in the ability of EDA interactions to improve the dispersion of fullerenes relative to their impact on SWNT. Thus, the polymer chain connectivity, the polymer chain conformation, and size and shape of the nanoparticle modulate the formation of intermolecular interactions and directly impact the dispersion of the resultant nanocomposite.

  12. Geminate electron-hole recombination in organic photovoltaic cells. A semi-empirical theory

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    Wojcik, Mariusz; Nowak, Artur; Seki, Kazuhiko

    2017-02-01

    We propose a semi-empirical theory which describes the geminate electron-hole separation probability in both homogeneous systems and donor-acceptor heterojunction systems applicable in organic photovoltaics. The theory is based on the results of extensive simulation calculations, which were carried out using various lattice models of the medium and different charge-carrier hopping mechanisms, over the parameter ranges typical for organic solar cells. It is found that the electron-hole separation probability can be conveniently described in terms of measurable parameters by a formula whose functional form is derived from the existing recombination theories, and which contains only one empirical parameter. For homogeneous systems, this parameter is determined by the structure of the medium and only weakly depends on the charge-carrier hopping mechanism. In the case of donor-acceptor heterojunction systems, this empirical parameter shows a simple power-law dependence on the product of the dielectric constant and inter-molecular contact distance. We also study the effect of heterojunction structure on the electron-hole separation probability and show that this probability decreases with increasing roughness of the heterojunction. By analyzing the simulation results obtained for systems under the influence of an external electric field, we find that the field effect on the electron-hole separation probability in donor-acceptor heterojunction systems is weaker than in homogeneous systems. We also describe this field effect by a convenient empirical formula.

  13. Geminate electron-hole recombination in organic photovoltaic cells. A semi-empirical theory.

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    Wojcik, Mariusz; Nowak, Artur; Seki, Kazuhiko

    2017-02-07

    We propose a semi-empirical theory which describes the geminate electron-hole separation probability in both homogeneous systems and donor-acceptor heterojunction systems applicable in organic photovoltaics. The theory is based on the results of extensive simulation calculations, which were carried out using various lattice models of the medium and different charge-carrier hopping mechanisms, over the parameter ranges typical for organic solar cells. It is found that the electron-hole separation probability can be conveniently described in terms of measurable parameters by a formula whose functional form is derived from the existing recombination theories, and which contains only one empirical parameter. For homogeneous systems, this parameter is determined by the structure of the medium and only weakly depends on the charge-carrier hopping mechanism. In the case of donor-acceptor heterojunction systems, this empirical parameter shows a simple power-law dependence on the product of the dielectric constant and inter-molecular contact distance. We also study the effect of heterojunction structure on the electron-hole separation probability and show that this probability decreases with increasing roughness of the heterojunction. By analyzing the simulation results obtained for systems under the influence of an external electric field, we find that the field effect on the electron-hole separation probability in donor-acceptor heterojunction systems is weaker than in homogeneous systems. We also describe this field effect by a convenient empirical formula.

  14. Limits to Electron Beam Emittance from Stochastic Coulomb Interactions

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    Coleman-Smith, Christopher; Padmore, Howard A.; Wan, Weishi

    2008-08-22

    Dense electron beams can now be generated on an ultrafast timescale using laser driven photo-cathodes and these are used for a range of applications from ultrafast electron defraction to free electron lasers. Here we determine a lower bound to the emittance of an electron beam limited by fundamental stochastic Coulomb interactions.

  15. Study of electron and neutrino interactions

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    Abashian, A.

    1997-03-18

    This is the final report for the DOE-sponsored experimental particle physics program at Virginia Tech to study the properties of the Standard Model of strong and electroweak interactions. This contract (DE-AS05-80ER10713) covers the period from August 1, 1980 to January 31, 1993. Task B of this contract, headed by Professor Alexander Abashian, is described in this final report. This program has been pursued on many fronts by the researchers-in a search for axions at SLAC, in electron-positron collisions in the AMY experiment at the TRISTAN collider in Japan, in measurements of muon decay properties in the MEGA and RHO experiments at the LAMPF accelerator, in a detailed analysis of scattering effects in the purported observation of a 17 keV neutrino at Oxford, in a search for a disoriented chiral condensate with the MiniMax experiment at Fermilab, and in an R&D program on resistive plate counters that could find use in low-cost high-quality charged particle detection at low rates.

  16. Two-electron atom with a screened interaction

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    Downing, C. A.

    2017-02-01

    We present analytical solutions to a quantum-mechanical three-body problem in three dimensions, which describes a heliumlike two-electron atom. Similarly to Hooke's atom, the Coulombic electron-nucleus interaction potentials are replaced by harmonic potentials. The electron-electron interaction potential is taken to be both screened (decaying faster than the inverse of the interparticle separation) and regularized (in the limit of zero separation). We reveal the exactly solvable few-electron ground state, which explicitly includes electron correlation, for certain values of the harmonic containment.

  17. Electron Tunneling in Lithium Ammonia Solutions Probed by Frequency-Dependent Electron-Spin Relaxation Studies

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    Maeda, Kiminori; Lodge, Matthew T.J.; Harmer, Jeffrey; Freed, Jack H.; Edwards, Peter P.

    2012-01-01

    Electron transfer or quantum tunneling dynamics for excess or solvated electrons in dilute lithium-ammonia solutions have been studied by pulse electron paramagnetic resonance (EPR) spectroscopy at both X- (9.7 GHz) and W-band (94 GHz) frequencies. The electron spin-lattice (T1) and spin-spin (T2) relaxation data indicate an extremely fast transfer or quantum tunneling rate of the solvated electron in these solutions which serves to modulate the hyperfine (Fermi-contact) interaction with nitrogen nuclei in the solvation shells of ammonia molecules surrounding the localized, solvated electron. The donor and acceptor states of the solvated electron in these solutions are the initial and final electron solvation sites found before, and after, the transfer or tunneling process. To interpret and model our electron spin relaxation data from the two observation EPR frequencies requires a consideration of a multi-exponential correlation function. The electron transfer or tunneling process that we monitor through the correlation time of the nitrogen Fermi-contact interaction has a time scale of (1–10)×10−12 s over a temperature range 230–290K in our most dilute solution of lithium in ammonia. Two types of electron-solvent interaction mechanisms are proposed to account for our experimental findings. The dominant electron spin relaxation mechanism results from an electron tunneling process characterized by a variable donor-acceptor distance or range (consistent with such a rapidly fluctuating liquid structure) in which the solvent shell that ultimately accepts the transferring electron is formed from random, thermal fluctuations of the liquid structure in, and around, a natural hole or Bjerrum-like defect vacancy in the liquid. Following transfer and capture of the tunneling electron, further solvent-cage relaxation with a timescale of ca. 10−13 s results in a minor contribution to the electron spin relaxation times. This investigation illustrates the great potential

  18. Electron tunneling in lithium-ammonia solutions probed by frequency-dependent electron spin relaxation studies.

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    Maeda, Kiminori; Lodge, Matthew T J; Harmer, Jeffrey; Freed, Jack H; Edwards, Peter P

    2012-06-06

    Electron transfer or quantum tunneling dynamics for excess or solvated electrons in dilute lithium-ammonia solutions have been studied by pulse electron paramagnetic resonance (EPR) spectroscopy at both X- (9.7 GHz) and W-band (94 GHz) frequencies. The electron spin-lattice (T(1)) and spin-spin (T(2)) relaxation data indicate an extremely fast transfer or quantum tunneling rate of the solvated electron in these solutions which serves to modulate the hyperfine (Fermi-contact) interaction with nitrogen nuclei in the solvation shells of ammonia molecules surrounding the localized, solvated electron. The donor and acceptor states of the solvated electron in these solutions are the initial and final electron solvation sites found before, and after, the transfer or tunneling process. To interpret and model our electron spin relaxation data from the two observation EPR frequencies requires a consideration of a multiexponential correlation function. The electron transfer or tunneling process that we monitor through the correlation time of the nitrogen Fermi-contact interaction has a time scale of (1-10) × 10(-12) s over a temperature range 230-290 K in our most dilute solution of lithium in ammonia. Two types of electron-solvent interaction mechanisms are proposed to account for our experimental findings. The dominant electron spin relaxation mechanism results from an electron tunneling process characterized by a variable donor-acceptor distance or range (consistent with such a rapidly fluctuating liquid structure) in which the solvent shell that ultimately accepts the transferring electron is formed from random, thermal fluctuations of the liquid structure in, and around, a natural hole or Bjerrum-like defect vacancy in the liquid. Following transfer and capture of the tunneling electron, further solvent-cage relaxation with a time scale of ∼10(-13) s results in a minor contribution to the electron spin relaxation times. This investigation illustrates the great

  19. Characterization of π-stacking interactions between aromatic amino acids and quercetagetin

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    Akher, Farideh Badichi; Ebrahimi, Ali; Mostafavi, Najmeh

    2017-01-01

    In the present study, the π-stacking interactions between quercetagetin (QUE), which is one of the most representative flavonol compounds with biological and chemical activities, and some aromatic amino acid (AA) residues has been investigated by the quantum mechanical calculations. The trend in the absolute value of stacking interaction energy |ΔE| with respect to AAs is HIS > PHE > TYR > TPR. The results show that the sum of donor-acceptor interaction energy between AAs and QUE (∑E2) and the sum of electron densities ρ calculated at BCPs and CCPs between the rings (∑ρBCPs and ∑ρCCP) can be useful descriptors for prediction of the ΔE values of the complexes. The Osbnd H bond dissociation enthalpy (BDE) slightly decreases by the π-stacking interaction, which confirms the positive effect of that interaction on the antioxidant activity of QUE. A reverse trend is observed for BDE when is compared with the |ΔE| values. A reliable relationship is also observed between the Muliken spin density (MSD) distributions of the radical species and the most convenient Osbnd H bond dissociations. In addition, reactivity is in good correlation with the antioxidant activity of the complexes.

  20. Convergent Flows: Humanities Scholars and Their Interactions with Electronic Texts

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    Sukovic, Suzana

    2008-01-01

    This article reports research findings related to converging formats, media, practices, and ideas in the process of academics' interaction with electronic texts during a research project. The findings are part of the results of a study that explored interactions of scholars in literary and historical studies with electronic texts as primary…