Order of magnitude effects of thiazole regioisomerism on the near-IR two-photon cross-sections of dipolar chromophores

Karin Schmidt, Amalia Leclercq, Egbert Zojer, Pa Dreyia V. Lawson, Sei Hum Jang, Stephen Barlow, Alex K.Y. Jen, Seth R. Marder, Jean Luc Bredas

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We have investigated computationally the two-photon absorption (2PA) properties of donor-acceptor dipolar chromophores the conjugated backbones of which contain two five-membered heterocyclic groups which may be electron-rich (thiophene-2,5-diyl) and/or electron-deficient (thiazole-2,5-diyl). Quantum-chemica, calculations (INDO/MRDCI/S-tensor and Sum-Over-State calculations based on DFT-optimized geometries) indicate that the two-photon cross-sections into the lowest two excited states S1 and S 2 can be turned by more than an order of magnitude by varying the nature, order, and, in the case of thiazole, orientation of the heterocycles. Going from one thiazole regioisomer to the other has the strongest impact on the 2PA spectra and can even invert the ratio between the 2PA cross-section of S1 and S2. An essential-state analysis reveals that different channels dominate 2PA into S1 and S2. The sensitivity of 2PA into S1 towards the orientation of the thiazole ring stems from a local modulation on the thiazole ring of the change in state dipole moment upon excitation to S1, Δμ01, whereas the dominant essential parameter through which the thiazole orientation affects 2PA into S2 is the transition dipóle moment between S1 and S2, μ12.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)794-801
Number of pages8
JournalAdvanced Functional Materials
Issue number5
StatePublished - Mar 11 2008
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Materials
  • General Chemistry
  • Condensed Matter Physics
  • General Materials Science
  • Electrochemistry
  • Biomaterials


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