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Excited-state dynamics and efficient triplet formation in phenylthiophene compounds

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Abstract

Ultrafast transient absorption spectroscopy monitors the solution-phase dynamics of 2-phenylthiophene (PT), 2-methyl-5-phenylthiophene (MPT), and 2,4-dimethyl-5-phenylthiophene (DMPT) following excitation to the first singlet excited state. Rapid spectral evolution indicates that structural relaxation on the S1 potential energy surface occurs within ∼100 fs, whereas the picosecond-scale kinetics reveal efficient intersystem crossing to the triplet manifold of states. The rate of intersystem crossing is significantly faster for DMPT (21.6 ± 1.0 ps) than for PT (102 ± 5 ps) and MPT (132 ± 3 ps). The measurements provide new limits on the timescale for a competing isomerization reaction in which the phenyl group changes position on the thiophene ring. The role of methyl substitution in driving the intersystem crossing is discussed.

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The article was received on 15 Nov 2011, accepted on 15 Dec 2011 and first published on 15 Dec 2011


Article type: Paper
DOI: 10.1039/C2CP23602H
Citation: Phys. Chem. Chem. Phys., 2012,14, 6211-6218
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    Excited-state dynamics and efficient triplet formation in phenylthiophene compounds

    I. L. Zheldakov, J. M. Wasylenko and C. G. Elles, Phys. Chem. Chem. Phys., 2012, 14, 6211
    DOI: 10.1039/C2CP23602H

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