Hydrophobic chromophores in aqueous micellar solution showing large two-photon absorption cross sections

Yanqing Tian, Ching Yi Chen, Yen Ju Cheng, A. Cody Young, Neil M. Tucker, Alex K Y Jen

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Abstract

A series of new hydrophobic two-photon absorbing (2PA) chromophores with varied electron-donating groups in quasi-linear and multibranched structures are synthesized to correlate their structure/photophysical property relationships. The feasibility of using these large two-photon absorption cross-sectional (δ, expressed in GM = 1 ×1050 cm4 s photon1 molecule-1) materials in aqueous solution is also explored. AU four hydrophobic 2PA materials can be encapsulated into micelles generated by dispersing an amphiphilic block copolymer, poly(methacrylic acid)-block-polystyrene (PMAA-b-PS), into water. The micellar nanostructures are characterized using dynamic light scattering, atomic force microscopy, and transmission electron microscopy. After these dyes are incorporated into micelles, they exhibit strong fluorescence in water. It is found that the quantum yield and δ values of these chromophores are strongly dependent on the diameters of the micelles, concentrations of the PMAA-b-PS, and molecular structures of the 2PA chromophores. One of the compounds that has a strong triarylamino donor and a multibranched structure exhibits a large δ value of 2790 GM and high quantum yield (0.56) in micelle-containing water. Although this value is smaller than the original value of 5300 GM in toluene, it is still substantially larger than the values of most water-soluble 2PA materials, which have δ values of less than 100 GM.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1691-1697
Number of pages7
JournalAdvanced Functional Materials
Volume17
Issue number10
DOIs
StatePublished - Jul 9 2007
Externally publishedYes

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Micelles
Chromophores
absorption cross sections
chromophores
micelles
Photons
aqueous solutions
Water
Polystyrenes
photons
Quantum yield
water
polystyrene
acids
Acids
dispersing
Toluene
Dynamic light scattering
block copolymers
Molecular structure

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  • Materials Science(all)
  • Condensed Matter Physics
  • Physics and Astronomy (miscellaneous)

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Hydrophobic chromophores in aqueous micellar solution showing large two-photon absorption cross sections. / Tian, Yanqing; Chen, Ching Yi; Cheng, Yen Ju; Young, A. Cody; Tucker, Neil M.; Jen, Alex K Y.

In: Advanced Functional Materials, Vol. 17, No. 10, 09.07.2007, p. 1691-1697.

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Tian, Yanqing ; Chen, Ching Yi ; Cheng, Yen Ju ; Young, A. Cody ; Tucker, Neil M. ; Jen, Alex K Y. / Hydrophobic chromophores in aqueous micellar solution showing large two-photon absorption cross sections. In: Advanced Functional Materials. 2007 ; Vol. 17, No. 10. pp. 1691-1697.
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