The effect of intermolecular interactions on the electro- optical properties of porphyrin dendrimers with conjugated dendrons

MJ Frampton, SW Magennis, JN Pillow, PL Burn, Ifor David William Samuel

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Abstract

We have synthesised a new family of dendrimers with stilbene dendrons attached to a porphyrin core via a stilbene unit and compared their properties with a family of dendrimers with the same core and dendrons but with the dendrons attached via a phenyl unit. The oxidation and reduction half potentials of the two dendrimer families were found to be the same and independent of generation indicating that the dendrons were not creating a micro-environment for the core. However, the rate of heterogeneous electron transfer was found to be strongly dependent on link type and generation. The photoluminescence quantum yield (PLQY) of the dendrimers was also found to be strongly dependent on the method of attachment of the core. In solution the dendrimers with the stilbene link between core and dendrons had PLQYs 1.5 times higher than their phenyl counterparts but in the solid state the trend was reversed with the phenyl linked dendrimers generally having a higher PLQY. The difference in properties has been assigned to the comparative openness of the dendrimer architectures and the effect of the dendrons on the shape of the porphyrin core.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)235-242
Number of pages8
JournalJournal of Materials Chemistry
Volume13
Issue number2
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2003

Keywords

  • FREE-BASE
  • ENERGY
  • CORE
  • SINGLET

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