Dendronized tricyanopyrroline-based chromophores in nonlinear optical active host polymer

Mai Ha Hoang, Myung Hee Kim, Min Ju Cho, Kyung Hwan Kim, Kyu Nam Kim, Jung Il Jin, Dong Hoon Choi

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We synthesized new nonlinear optical (NLO) chromophores containing a 3,5-bis(3,5-bisbenzyloxy-benzyloxy)-benzoate dendron. Tricyanopyrroline (TCP)-based chromophores were designed and prepared by virtue of its strong electron withdrawing property. A soluble polyimide containing 6-({4-[2-(1-allyl-4-cyano-5-dicyanomethy-lene-2-oxo-2,5-dihydro-1H-pyrrol-3-yl) -vinyl]-phenyl}-butyl-amino)-hexanoyl group in the side chain was also prepared as an NLO active host polymer. A benzoate dendron was tethered at two different binding positions of the chromophore to yield two different guest molecules. Thin-film composites of these dendronized chromophores dissolved in the NLO active polyimide host were employed to fabricate the electro-optic (EO) samples. The EO properties of new NLO polyimides containing dendronized chromophores were compared with those of the sample with nondendronized plain chromophores. The effect of a bulky dendron on the EO properties was investigated using an in situ reflection technique.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)5064-5076
Number of pages13
JournalJournal of Polymer Science, Part A: Polymer Chemistry
Issue number15
Publication statusPublished - 2008 Aug 1


  • Dendronized chromophore
  • Host-guest-systems
  • NLO
  • Polyimides
  • Tricyanopyrroline

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Polymers and Plastics
  • Organic Chemistry
  • Materials Chemistry


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