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A combined study based on experiment and molecular dynamics: perylene tetracarboxylate intercalated in a layered double hydroxide matrix

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This paper describes a combined experimental and theoretical simulation investigation on the photophysical properties, thermolysis, and orientation of 3,4,9,10-perylene tetracarboxylate (PTCB) intercalated Mg–Al-layered double hydroxide (PTCB/Mg–Al-LDH). UV-vis absorption and fluorescence spectroscopy show the existence of PTCB aggregates within the gallery of LDH, indicative of H-type (blue-shifted absorption band) and J-type dimers (red-shifted absorption band). In situhigh-temperature X-ray diffraction (HT-XRD), thermogravimetry and differential thermal analysis (TG-DTA) and elemental analysis were used to study the thermal decomposition properties of PTCB/Mg–Al-LDH, and it was found that the decomposition temperature of the intercalated PTCB is lower than its pristine form (460 vs 565 °C), indicating that the strong π–π interaction among PTCB was weakened by the positively charged LDH host layers. Molecular dynamics (MD) calculations were employed to simulate the molecular arrangement and aggregation behavior of intercalated PTCB in the gallery of Mg–Al-LDH. The simulation results show that the intercalated PTCB anions exhibit a tendency from tilted to vertical orientation with respect to the layers as the interlayer water content increases, furthermore, the H and J-type dimer species are most likely populated under low and high hydration conditions, respectively. Moreover, the distribution of interlayer water molecules are also discussed.

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The article was received on 14 Apr 2009, accepted on 01 Jul 2009 and first published on 14 Aug 2009


Article type: Paper
DOI: 10.1039/B907366C
Citation: Phys. Chem. Chem. Phys., 2009,11, 9200-9209
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    A combined study based on experiment and molecular dynamics: perylene tetracarboxylate intercalated in a layered double hydroxide matrix

    D. Yan, J. Lu, M. Wei, J. Ma, D. G. Evans and X. Duan, Phys. Chem. Chem. Phys., 2009, 11, 9200
    DOI: 10.1039/B907366C

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