Ultrafast Broadband Transient Absorption and Circular Dichroism Reveal Relaxation of a Chiral Copolymer

Mirko Scholz, Marius Morgenroth, Min Ju Cho, Dong Hoon Choi, Kawon Oum, Thomas Lenzer

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We present a study of the photoinduced dynamics of the chiral polyfluorene-phenylene copolymer PFPh in THF and in cholesteric thin films. After photoexcitation at 370 nm in THF, ultraviolet-visible-near-infrared (UV-vis-NIR) transient absorption spectra show fast subpicosecond to picosecond intrachain migration of singlet excitons, solvation dynamics, and an exciton lifetime of 410 ps. The PFPh thin film features also interchain singlet exciton migration and exhibits shorter (2.1 and 240 ps) and longer lifetime components (2800 ps, interchain recombination). Furthermore, a setup for ultrafast UV-vis broadband transient circular dichroism (TrCD) spectroscopy has been developed. Fast supramolecular relaxation processes are observed, which are linked to changes in the anisotropic polarizability and pitch length of the cholesteric film. Such combined ultrafast transient CD and absorption experiments hold promise to reveal not only details of relaxation processes in supramolecular arrangements but also structural rearrangements of chiral molecular systems featuring CD signals in the UV-vis region.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)5160-5166
Number of pages7
JournalJournal of Physical Chemistry Letters
Issue number17
Publication statusPublished - 2019 Sept 5

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Materials Science(all)
  • Physical and Theoretical Chemistry


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