Very large electro-optic responses in H-bonded heteroaromatic films grown by physical vapour deposition

Antonio Facchetti, Elisabetta Annoni, Luca Beverina, Marika Morone, Peiwang Zhu, Tobin J. Marks, Giorgio A. Pagani

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The growth of H-bonded heteroaromatic films, which exhibited electo-optic responses, was investigated. The physical vapor deposition (PVD) method was used for the growth of the films, which were thermally stable, from heteroaromatic based chromophore assemblies. It was observed that the films grown by PVD exhibited good optical quality and microstructural regularity. supramolecular acentricity was also achieved without electric field poling, enforced by biomimetic heterocycle-hydroxycarbonyl head-to-tail hydrogen bonding. The results show that the films have the potential for application in electro-optic devices.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)910-917
Number of pages8
JournalNature materials
Issue number12
Publication statusPublished - Dec 2004


ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Chemistry(all)
  • Materials Science(all)
  • Condensed Matter Physics
  • Mechanics of Materials
  • Mechanical Engineering

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