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Aggregation of an n-π∗ Molecule Induces Fluorescence Turn-on
- Aggregation of an n-π∗ Molecule Induces Fluorescence Turn-on
- Jhun B.H.; Yi S.Y.; Jeong D.; Cho J.; Park S.Y.; You Y.
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- Journal of Physical Chemistry C
- vol. 121, no. 21, pp. 11907 - 11914
- American Chemical Society
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- Although n-π∗ molecules can serve as electroluminescent materials because of the harvesting of singlet and triplet excitons through El-Sayed-rule-allowed reverse intersystem crossing, the weak fluorescence emissions of such molecules have prevented applications into devices. We have discovered a 1 order of magnitude enhancement of the fluorescence of a prototypical n-π∗ fluorophore, 7-phenylcoumarin (PC), upon aggregation. We performed a mechanistic study consisting of structural, photophysical, and quantum chemical investigations, and found that the aggregation positioned the fluorescent electronic state below the nonemissive triplet n-π∗ transition state. Our studies, for the first time, demonstrate intramolecular geometry and intermolecular arrangements in the solid state to be significant factors in the photoluminescence quantum yields of n-π∗ fluorophores. © 2017 American Chemical Society.
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