Jump to main content
Jump to site search

Issue 15, 2018
Previous Article Next Article

Vapor-deposited organic glasses exhibit enhanced stability against photodegradation

Author affiliations

Abstract

Photochemically stable solids are in demand for applications in organic electronics. Previous work has established the importance of the molecular packing environment by demonstrating that different crystal polymorphs of the same compound react at different rates when illuminated. Here we show, for the first time, that different amorphous packing arrangements of the same compound photodegrade at different rates. For these experiments, we utilize the ability of physical vapor deposition to prepare glasses with an unprecedented range of densities and kinetic stabilities. Indomethacin, a pharmaceutical molecule that can undergo photodecarboxylation when irradiated by UV light, is studied as a model system. Photodegradation is assessed through light-induced changes in the mass of glassy thin films due to the loss of CO2, as measured by a quartz crystal microbalance (QCM). Glasses prepared by physical vapor deposition degraded more slowly under UV illumination than did the liquid-cooled glass, with the difference as large as a factor of 2. Resistance to photodegradation correlated with glass density, with the vapor-deposited glasses being up to 1.3% more dense than the liquid-cooled glass. High density glasses apparently limit the local structural changes required for photodegradation.

Graphical abstract: Vapor-deposited organic glasses exhibit enhanced stability against photodegradation

Back to tab navigation

Publication details

The article was received on 25 Jan 2018, accepted on 25 Mar 2018 and first published on 26 Mar 2018


Article type: Paper
DOI: 10.1039/C8SM00183A
Citation: Soft Matter, 2018,14, 2827-2834
  •   Request permissions

    Vapor-deposited organic glasses exhibit enhanced stability against photodegradation

    Y. Qiu, S. S. Dalal and M. D. Ediger, Soft Matter, 2018, 14, 2827
    DOI: 10.1039/C8SM00183A

Search articles by author

Spotlight

Advertisements