Electrochemistry and electrogenerated chemiluminescence of unique organic chromophores and organic nanoparticles

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Suk, Jung Don

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Electrogenerated chemiluminescence (ECL) studies were performed on several interesting compounds. A series of BODIPY derivatives was examined to understand the structural effects on the electrochemical, spectroscopic, and ECL behavior. Stable electrochemistry and high fluorescence in the green to the red regions were observed. PB, MCPB, DCPB and PM580 produced intense ECL, strong enough to be seen with the naked eye in a lighted room. Unlike MCPB and DCPB, PB produced the multiple ECL peaks. Totally blocked BODIPY compound showed the improvement of fluorescence and ECL quantum yield due to the stability of radicals. Strong signal of EPR data during the oxidative electrolysis was obtained by simultaneous electrochemical-electron paramagnetic resonance technique with home-made cell. Several new antrhacene derivatives such as a variety of 2- and 4-fold anthracene-functionalized tetraarylbimesityls and a series of 9-naphthylanthracene based dimer and trimer were studied. They showed one wave on the oxidation and reduction because of a sequence, two or more electron transfers during the annihilation of the radical ions. Depended on the structure, some of them exhibited excimer formation on ECL spectra. Azide-BTA compound which consists of two triphenylamine and 2,1,3-benzothiadiazole groups at the ends bridged by a fluorene moiety was synthesized and examined. The compound is a newly synthesized D-A-[pi]-A-D molecule which had reversibility upon electrochemical oxidation and reduction, and also showed intense red fluorescence and stable red ECL emission. Using a simple reprecipitation method, well-dispersed and spherical organic nanoparticles of Azide-BTA and 9-naphthylanthracene based dimer were prepared in an aqueous solution. Controlling the preparation condition, the size of nanoparticles can be minimized to 15 nm. Especially we prepared the organic nanoparticles of 9-naphthylanthracene based dimer dispersed in organic solvent, MeCN, one of the preferred solvents for electrochemical studies and ECL.




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