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Molecular Ordering in Monolayers of an Alkyl-Substituted Perylene-Bisimide Dye by Attenuated Total Reflectance Ultraviolet–Visible Spectroscopy

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Abstract:

Surface-relative orientational parameters were determined for monolayer films of N, N′-ditridecylperylenetetracarboxylic dianhydridediimide (C13-PTCDI) in terms of the relative electronic transition dipole strengths, providing a three-dimensional view of the absorption dipole distribution. In order to obtain a macroscopically ordered film, C13-PTCDI was deposited by (1) horizontal Lang-muir–Blodgett (LB) transfer onto methyl- and phenyl-silanized glass, and (2) vapor deposition onto oriented films of poly(tetrafluoroethylene) (PTFE) on glass. Films of LB-deposited C13-PTCDI were found to be completely isotropic prior to annealing. After annealing, these films remained isotropic in the plane of the substrate while the out-of-plane anisotropy was significantly enhanced. In contrast, films of C13-PTCDI vapor deposited onto oriented poly(tetrafluoroethylene) (PTFE)-modified substrates yielded films with a high degree of both in- and out-of-plane anisotropy. Atomic force microscopy (AFM) images of both the LB- and vapor-deposited films show substantial differences in film morphology and long-range order. These results demonstrate that molecular orientation in C13-PTCDI films can be controlled by varying substrate surface chemistry and post-deposition processing.

Keywords: ATR; ATTENUATED TOTAL REFLECTION; MOLECULAR ORIENTATION; PERYLENE

Document Type: Research Article

DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1366/000370205774430918

Affiliations: 1: Department of Chemistry, University of Arizona, Tucson, Arizona 85721 2: Department of Chemistry, University of Arizona, Tucson, Arizona 85721; Department Optical Sciences Center, University of Arizona, Tucson, Arizona 85721

Publication date: October 1, 2005

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