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J Phys Chem A. 2013 May 16;117(19):3909-17. doi: 10.1021/jp312029e. Epub 2013 May 1.

Exciplex formation in blended spin-cast films of fluorene-linked dyes and bisphthalimide quenchers.

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  • 1Functional Materials Division, Materials and Manufacturing Directorate, Air Force Research Laboratory, Wright-Patterson AFB, Ohio 45433-7750, USA.


Spin-cast films of dyes (donor-π-donor, donor-π-acceptor, and acceptor-π-acceptor type, where the donor is Ph2N-, the acceptor is 2-benzothiazoyl, and the π-linker is 9,9-diethylfluorene) blended with nonconjugated bisphthalimides were prepared. Upon visible-light excitation of the dyes, quenching of the excited state occurs by exciplex formation between dye and bisphthalimide molecules or, in some cases, by excimer formation or aggregation-induced emission between two dye molecules. The extent of exciplex formation is dependent on the driving force, which can be calculated using the energy difference between the lowest unoccupied molecular orbitals (LUMOs) of the dyes and bisphthalimides. The results show that complete exciplex formation occurs when this driving force is greater than 0.57 eV whereas partial exciplex formation occurs when the driving force is between 0.28 and 0.57 eV. The exciplex emission energies can also be predicted by calculating the difference between the LUMO level of the bisphthalimide and the highest occupied molecular orbital (HOMO) of the dye. These calculated values, which were obtained from the electrochemically determined energy levels, showed good agreement with the observed emission energies. The exciplex lifetimes were found to be significantly longer than the lifetimes of the lone dyes. These exciplexes formed from nonlinked donors and acceptors in the solid state might have potential uses in nonlinear photonics.

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