Synergetic Role of Conformational Flexibility and Electronic Coupling for Quantitative Intramolecular Singlet Fission

Shunta Nakamura, Hayato Sakai, Hiroki Nagashima, Masaaki Fuki, Kakeru Onishi, Ramsha Khan, Yasuhiro Kobori, Nikolai V. Tkachenko, Taku Hasobe

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Abstract

We present a novel design concept of molecular dimers for quantitative individual triplet yield (φT) through intramolecular singlet fission. We synthesized a series of tetracene (Tc) dimers bridged by different phenylene-based linkers, focusing on the conformational flexibility in addition to the electronic coupling. In transient absorption measurements, a 4,4′-biphenyl-bridged Tc dimer with weaker electronic coupling and larger conformational flexibility exhibited the quantitative φT: 196 ± 12% at high excitation energy. Moreover, decoupled spins associated with conformational change were directly characterized by time-resolved electron paramagnetic resonance. Strong interplay of the geometry change and electronic localization was revealed on the triplet pair dissociation through magnitudes of spin-spin exchange couplings. Thus, a synergetic role of conformational flexibility and electronic coupling in quantitative φT was clarified.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)18287-18296
Number of pages10
JournalJournal of Physical Chemistry C
Volume125
Issue number33
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2021 Aug 26

ASJC Scopus subject areas

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

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