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Title: All-solution-based aggregation control in solid-state photon upconverting organic model composites
Authors: Goudarzi, Hossein 
Keivanidis, Panagiotis E. 
Major Field of Science: Engineering and Technology
Field Category: Mechanical Engineering
Keywords: Energy migration;Exciton hopping;Phosphorescence;Photon upconversion;Sensitization;Triplet fusion
Issue Date: 1-Jan-2017
Source: ACS Applied Materials and Interfaces, 2017, vol. 9, no. 1, pp. 845-857
Volume: 9
Issue: 1
Start page: 845
End page: 857
Journal: ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces 
Abstract: Hitherto, great strides have been made in the development of organic systems that exhibit triplet-triplet annihilation-induced photonenergy upconversion (TTA-UC). Yet, the exact role of intermolecular states in solid-state TTA-UC composites remains elusive. Here we perform a comprehensive spectroscopic study in a series of solution-processable solidstate TTA-UC organic composites with increasing segregated phase content for elucidating the impact of aggregate formation in their TTA-UC properties. Six different states of aggregation are reached in composites of the 9,10-diphenylanthracene (DPA) blue emitter mixed with the (2,3,7,8,12,13,17,18-octaethylporphyrinato)platinum(II) sensitizer (PtOEP) in a fixed nominal ratio (2 wt % PtOEP). Fine-tuning of the PtOEP and DPA phase segregation in these composites is achieved with a lowtemperature solution-processing protocol when three different solvents of increasing boiling point are alternatively used and when the binary DPA:PtOEP system is dispersed in the optically inert polystyrene (PS) matrix (PS:DPA:PtOEP). Time-gated (in the nanosecond and microsecond time scales) photoluminescence measurements identify the upper level of PtOEP segregation at which the PtOEP aggregate-based networks favor PtOEP triplet exciton migration toward the PtOEP:DPA interfaces and triplet energy transfer to the DPA triplet manifold. The maximum DPA TTA-UC luminescence intensity is ensured when the bimolecular annihilation constant of PtOEP remains close to γTTA-PtOEP = 1.1 × 10-13 cm3 s-1. Beyond this PtOEP segregation level, the DPA TTA-UC luminescence intensity decreases because of losses caused by the generation of PtOEP delayed fluorescence and DPA phosphorescence in the nanosecond and microsecond time scales, respectively.
ISSN: 1944-8252
DOI: 10.1021/acsami.6b12704
Collaboration : Fondazione Istituto Italiano di Tecnologia
Cyprus University of Technology
Rights: © American Chemical Society
Type: Article
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