Anion Photoelectron Spectroscopy of Rubrene: Molecular Insights into Singlet Fission Energetics

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Abstract

Rubrene (C42H28, RUB) has been seen to be attractive as a promising building block for organic semiconductors. By means of gas-phase anion photoelectron spectroscopy, the adiabatic electron affinity for RUB molecules is determined to be 1.48 ± 0.03 eV, and the S0-T1 and S0-S1 transition energies of RUB are evaluated to be 1.16 ± 0.05 and 2.42 ± 0.05 eV, showing the possibility of singlet fission in terms of energy. The photoelectron spectra indicate that the vibronic coupling in RUB is similar in the neutral electronic states of S0, T1, and S1. Quantum chemistry calculation results demonstrate that the vibronic coupling in these states originates from their similarly restricted structural displacement upon photoexcitation. Molecular insights into energetics suggest the important role of a charge transfer state in singlet fission.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)20680-20686
Number of pages7
JournalJournal of Physical Chemistry C
Volume121
Issue number38
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2017 Sep 28

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ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Materials
  • Energy(all)
  • Physical and Theoretical Chemistry
  • Surfaces, Coatings and Films

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