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Ground and excited states of bis‐4‐methoxybenzyl‐substituted diketopyrrolopyrroles: Spectroscopic and electrochemical studies

DOI: 10.1002/cplu.201900286 DOI Help

Authors: Alanna S. Murphy (University of Nottingham) , C. Elizabeth Killalea (University of Nottingham) , Joshua Humphreys (University of Nottingham) , Paul A. Hume (University of Nottingham; Victoria University of Wellington) , Matthew J. Cliffe (University of Nottingham) , Glen J. Murray (University of Nottingham) , E. Stephen Davies (University of Nottingham) , William Lewis (University of NottinghamThe University of Sydney) , David B. Amabilino (University of Nottingham)
Co-authored by industrial partner: No

Type: Journal Paper
Journal: Chempluschem , VOL 138

State: Published (Approved)
Published: July 2019

Abstract: A series of symmetrically bis‐4‐methoxybenzyl (4MB) N‐substituted 1,4‐diketopyrrolo[3,4‐c]pyrrole (DPP) derivatives have been synthesized. The 4MB unit makes the DPP core soluble, and shows subtle modification of up to 0.2 eV in ground and excited states of the core when compared with related alkyl derivatives. Absorption and emission spectroscopy, as well as electrochemical and computational methods have been employed to prove the importance of the peripheral aryl units on the donor/ acceptor properties of the molecules. The 4MB products are highly fluorescent (quantum yields approaching 100 % in solution), with a unique distribution of frontier states shown by spectroelectrochemistry. The solid‐state fluorescence correlates with the X‐ray crystal structures of the compounds, a Stokes shift of approximately 80 nm is seen for two of the compounds. The frontier energy levels show that this subtle substitutional change could be of future use in molecular energy level tailoring in these, and related, materials for organic (opto)electronics.

Journal Keywords: crystal engineering; dyes; electrochemistry; photophysics; π-conjugated molecules

Subject Areas: Chemistry


Instruments: I19-Small Molecule Single Crystal Diffraction