Anisotropic energy and electron migration in multichromophore-laden polymers on metal surfaces

James K. Whitesell, Hye Kyung Chang, Marye Anne Fox, Elena Galoppini, Diana M. Watkins, Harold Fox, Bo Hong

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Anisotropic orientation of chromophores on metals and metal oxide surfaces can be attained by self-assembly of oriented dyes bearing appropriate surface recognition functionality. For example, chromophore-laden polymers can be bound to gold either by polymerizing a chosen monomer onto a surface-bound trithiol "seed" or by direct binding a pre-formed organic polymer terminated with a thiol functional group. Efficient light harvesting is accomplished when multiple chromophores are covalently attached to one or more segments of a multiblock copolymer. Photophysical measurements of exciton mobility and of electron transfer efficiency will be described, along with the effect of molecular architecture on the suppression of charge recombination via back electron transfer.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1469-1474
Number of pages6
JournalPure and Applied Chemistry
Issue number7
StatePublished - Jul 1996
Externally publishedYes

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • General Chemistry
  • General Chemical Engineering


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