Vinyl spacers—tuning electron transfer through fluorene-based molecular wires

Mateusz Wielopolski, Jose Santos, Beatriz M. Illescas, Alejandro Ortiz, Braulio Insuasty, Thilo Bauer, Tim Clark, Dirk M. Guldi, Nazario Martin

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Rigid and soluble electron donor–acceptor conjugates (3 and 11) that combine π-extended tetrathiafulvalene (exTTF) as an electron donor and C60 as an electron acceptor have been synthesized using oligo-vinylfluorene (oFV) linkers to connect the electroactive entities. Fluorescence and transient absorption measurements confirm that light-induced excitation induces charge-transfer reactions over distances of 28 Å in THF. The incorporation of vinylene spacers into oligofluorene molecular wires has been shown both experimentally and theoretically to improve the charge-transfer features significantly to give a β value of 0.075 ± 0.001 Å−1. Enhanced π-conjugation caused by higher orbital overlap is responsible for this trend.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)765-771
JournalEnergy & Environmental Science
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 2011


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