Energy transfer effect of hybrid organic rubrene nanorod with CdSe/ZnS quantum dots: Application to optical waveguiding modulators

Woo Sung Moon, Eun Hei Cho, Ju Bok Lee, Sumin Jeon, Jeongyong Kim, Kwang Sup Lee, Jinsoo Joo

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Organic rubrene (5,6,11,12-tetraphenyltetracene) nanorods (NRs) were fabricated through the physical vapor transport method for the study of active fluorescence optical waveguiding and its modulation. The functionalized CdSe/ZnS quantum dots (QDs) with blue and green emissions were partially attached to the surface of the rubrene NR. Using a high resolution laser confocal microscope (LCM), the nanoscale photoluminescence (PL) intensity of the pristine rubrene portion of the hybrid NR/QDs was observed to be considerably enhanced after it was attached with blue (or green) QDs. The nanoscale optical waveguiding characteristics of the hybrid NR/QDs were investigated in terms of the output LCM PL spectra as a function of propagation distance. We observed more efficient optical waveguiding characteristics from the hybrid rubrene NR/blue-QDs than from the pristine NR and the hybrid rubrene NR/green-QDs. These results can be analyzed in terms of the higher Förster resonance energy transfer efficiency for hybrid rubrene NR/blue-QDs system. The results and analysis were supported by a drastic decrease of exciton lifetime of QDs in the hybrid region as measured by time-resolved PL decay curves.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)285-292
Number of pages8
JournalSynthetic Metals
Publication statusPublished - 2014 Dec

Bibliographical note

Funding Information:
This work was supported by the National Research Foundation (NRF) grant funded by the Korean government, Ministry of Science, ICT & Future Planning (MSIP) (No. 2012R1A2A2A01045102 ).

Publisher Copyright:
© 2014 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.


  • Energy transfer
  • Nanorod
  • Optical waveguiding
  • Quantum dots
  • Rubrene

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Materials
  • Condensed Matter Physics
  • Mechanics of Materials
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Metals and Alloys
  • Materials Chemistry


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