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Optical, photoluminescent, and photoconductive properties of functionalized anthradithiophene and benzothiophene derivatives
Author(s): Whitney E. B. Shepherd; Andrew D. Platt; Garrett Banton; Marsha A. Loth; John E. Anthony; Oksana Ostroverkhova
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Paper Abstract

We present optical, photoluminescent (PL), and photoconductive properties of functionalized anthradithiophene (ADT) and benzothiophene (BTBTB) derivatives and their composites. Solution-deposited ADT films exhibit charge carrier mobilities of over 1.5 cm2/Vs, high PL quantum yields, and high photoconductivity at room temperature. We show molecular arrangement and intermolecular interactions significantly contribute to the (opto)electronic properties of thin films of these pi-stacked materials. In addition, these properties can be effectively manipulated through the addition of guest molecules to a host material. In particular, exciton and charge carrier dynamics can be varied using a competition between photoinduced charge and energy transfer in a guest-host system. To better understand these processes at a molecular level, we apply single-molecule fluorescence spectroscopy (SMFS) to probe the effects of intermolecular interactions on the molecular properties. Specifically, we demonstrate that ADT molecules exhibit high enough quantum yields and photostability to be imaged on a single-molecule level at room temperature. Moreover, we show that stability of single ADT molecules immobilized in a solid-state matrix are comparable to those of the best fluorophores utilized in SMFS.

Paper Details

Date Published: 1 March 2010
PDF: 9 pages
Proc. SPIE 7599, Organic Photonic Materials and Devices XII, 75990R (1 March 2010); doi: 10.1117/12.841597
Show Author Affiliations
Whitney E. B. Shepherd, Oregon State Univ. (United States)
Andrew D. Platt, Oregon State Univ. (United States)
Garrett Banton, Oregon State Univ. (United States)
Marsha A. Loth, Univ. of Kentucky (United States)
John E. Anthony, Univ. of Kentucky (United States)
Oksana Ostroverkhova, Oregon State Univ. (United States)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 7599:
Organic Photonic Materials and Devices XII
Robert L. Nelson; François Kajzar; Toshikuni Kaino, Editor(s)

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