Optical, fluorescent, and (photo)conductive properties of high-performance functionalized pentacene and anthradithiophene derivatives

Andrew D. Platt, Jonathan Day, Sankar Subramanian, John E. Anthony, Oksana Ostroverkhova

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The optical, fluorescent, and photoconductive properties of solution-processable functionalized pentacene and anthradithiophene (ADT) derivatives are presented. Considerable fluorescence quantum yields of ∼70-75% and ∼40-50% were observed in several ADT derivatives in toluene solutions and in thin films, respectively. No electric field-induced fluorescence quenching was observed in films at applied electric fields of up to at least 2×105 V/cm. Strong temperature dependence of fluorescence quantum yields was observed in all ADT films but not solutions, which emphasizes importance of intermolecular interactions in these materials. All films exhibited fast charge carrier photogeneration upon 100 fs 400 nm excitation and power-law decay dynamics of the transient photocurrent over many orders of magnitude in time. In solution-deposited ADT thin films, effective charge carrier mobilities calculated from the space-charge-limited currents reached ∼0.1 cm2/V·s. In the same films, bulk photoconductive gains of up to 130 were observed at 532 nm continuous wave excitation with light intensity of 0.58 mW/cm2 at the applied electric field of 4×104 V/cm.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)14006-14014
Number of pages9
JournalJournal of Physical Chemistry C
Issue number31
StatePublished - Aug 6 2009

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Materials
  • Energy (all)
  • Physical and Theoretical Chemistry
  • Surfaces, Coatings and Films


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