Excimer formation dynamics of intramolecular π-stacked perylenediimides probed by single-molecule fluorescence spectroscopy

Hyejin Yoo, Jaesung Yang, Andrew Yousef, Michael R. Wasielewski, Dongho Kim

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π-Stacked perylenedlimldes (PDIs) have strong electronic communication between the individual molecules and show great promise as organic electronic materials for applications In field effect transistors, photovoltaics, and liquid crystal displays, To gain further insight into the relationship between conformational behaviors and electronic structures of π-stacked PDIs, we have investigated changes in the excimer-like state of cofacial PDI ollgomers that result from π-stacklng In real time by monitoring the single-molecule fluorescence intensity and lifetime trajectories In a PMMA polymer matrix, The fluorescence intensity and lifetime of π-stacked perylenediimides are sensitive to the degree of π -orbital interactions among PDI units, which is strongly associated with molecular conformations in the polymer matrix. Furthermore, our results can be applied to probe the conformational motions of biomolecules such as proteins.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)3939-3944
Number of pages6
JournalJournal of the American Chemical Society
Issue number11
Publication statusPublished - Mar 24 2010


ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Catalysis
  • Chemistry(all)
  • Biochemistry
  • Colloid and Surface Chemistry

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