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Effect of hydrogen-bonding on the excited-state reactivity of fullerene derivatives and its impact on the control of the emission polarisation from photopolic single crystals

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Abstract

The kinetics of the irreversible photoinduced switch in polarisation (p) observed in single crystals of a fullerene derivative possessing hydrogen-bonding barbiturate units were investigated using confocal fluorescence microscopy. In the samples investigated, it was found that the maximum luminescence polarisation (p = 0.78) is obtained for an orientation of ca. 60° from the long axis of the crystal. Upon irradiation at 385 nm, the maximum luminescence polarisation undergoes a rotation of ca. 70° with respect to the initial orientation and reaches a new value of p = 0.40. The results indicate that the process is not dependent on the orientation of the incident polarised excitation beam and that it is not accompanied by a noticeable change in the photophysical properties of the crystal. Based on these observations, a mechanism is proposed in which photoinduced dimerisation occurs from the lowest energy emissive excimer-like state that acts as a sink for the excitation energy.

Graphical abstract: Effect of hydrogen-bonding on the excited-state reactivity of fullerene derivatives and its impact on the control of the emission polarisation from photopolic single crystals

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Submitted
17 Feb 2012
Accepted
16 Apr 2012
First published
15 May 2012

Phys. Chem. Chem. Phys., 2012,14, 8859-8865
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Paper

Effect of hydrogen-bonding on the excited-state reactivity of fullerene derivatives and its impact on the control of the emission polarisation from photopolic single crystals

G. Raffy, D. Ray, C. Chu, A. Del Guerzo and D. M. Bassani, Phys. Chem. Chem. Phys., 2012, 14, 8859
DOI: 10.1039/C2CP40504K

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