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Alternating Donor-Acceptor Indigo-Cyclopentadithiophene Copolymers: Competition between Excited State Conformational Relaxation, Energy Transfer and Excited State Proton Transfer

Abstract

A comprehensive characterization of the electronic excited states of an alternating donor-acceptor Indigo-[didodecyl-cyclopentadithiophene] copolymer (IndC12CPDT) together with a model compound (with one indigo unit and two C12CPDT units) was undertaken. The two chromophoric units of the copolymer, indigo and C12CPDT, were independently investigated. The study encompasses qualitative absorption, fluorescence, phosphorescence emission and transient singlet-singlet and triplet-singlet difference spectra, together with quantitative measurements of quantum yields and lifetimes. The excited state dynamics of the monomeric model compound and copolymer was investigated in solution and in the solid state. Namely the competition of conformation relaxation processes with energy transfer/migration between the didodecyl-cyclopentadithiophene moiety (donor) and indigo (acceptor) units, together with the occurrence of fast excited state proton transfer (ESPT, from the N-H to the C=O group of indigo units). Our results demonstrate that ESPT and intrachain energy transfer are competitive processes in the IndC12CPDT copolymer excited state both in solution and in the solid state while conformational relaxation was found to be absent.

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The article was received on 21 Sep 2017, accepted on 25 Nov 2017 and first published on 30 Nov 2017


Article type: Research Article
DOI: 10.1039/C7QM00439G
Citation: Mater. Chem. Front., 2017, Accepted Manuscript
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    Alternating Donor-Acceptor Indigo-Cyclopentadithiophene Copolymers: Competition between Excited State Conformational Relaxation, Energy Transfer and Excited State Proton Transfer

    J. M. Pina, M. Alnady , A. Eckert, U. Scherf and J. S. Seixas de Melo, Mater. Chem. Front., 2017, Accepted Manuscript , DOI: 10.1039/C7QM00439G

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