Bis(merocyanine) Hetero-Folda-Dimers: Evaluation of Exciton Coupling between Different Types of π-Stacked Chromphores

Eva Kirchner, David Bialas, Frank Würthner

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Exciton coupling between different types of chromophores has been rarely investigated. Herein, a systematic study on the exciton coupling between merocyanine chromophores of different conjugation length with varying excited state energies is presented. In this work well-defined hetero-dimer stacks were obtained upon folding of bis(merocyanine) dyes in nonpolar solvents. They show distinctly different absorption properties in comparison with the spectra of the single chromophores, revealing a significant coupling between the different chromophores. The simulated absorption spectra obtained from time-dependent density functional theory (TD-DFT) calculations are in good agreement with the experimental spectra. Our theoretical analysis based on an extension of Kasha's exciton theory discloses strong coupling between the dyes’ transition dipole moments despite of an excited-state energy difference of 0.60 eV between the chromophores.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)11294-11301
Number of pages8
JournalChemistry - A European Journal
Issue number48
StatePublished - 2019

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Catalysis
  • Organic Chemistry

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