Enhanced thermal stability and electro-optic activity from fluorene-based nonlinear optical chromophores

Fenggang Liu, Canwen Yu, Gangzhi Qin, Meishan Peng, Ziwei Wang, Ziheng Li, Shuangke Wu, Chunlin Li, Maolin Zhang

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Two series of nonlinear optical chromophores G1–G4 and J1-J4 based on diethylaminophenyl or julolidinyl-based donor and tricyanovinyldihydrofuran acceptor have been synthesized. Compared to the unmodified isophorone bridge of chromophore G1 and J1, the bridges of chromophores G2/J2 and G3-G4/J3-J4 were modified with tert-butyldimethylsilyl (TBDMS) groups and fluorene group, respectively. In addition, we introduced bulky tert-butyldiphenylsilyl (TBDPS) groups to the donor of chromophore G4 and J4 to further increase poling efficiency. The results show that the chromophores G3-G4/J3-J4 modified with fluorene groups on the bridge have higher stability and larger electro-optic coefficient than chromophores G1-G2 and J1-J2. Electro-optical films doped with chromophore G1-G4 and J1-J4 have been poled to give r33 values of 69, 96, 118, 133, 143, 201, 240 and 261 pm/V at 1.31 μm, respectively. All these provide valuable insight into understanding of the impact of an isolation group on the performance of chromophores.
Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)108751
JournalDyes and Pigments
StatePublished - Aug 8 2020

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KAUST Repository Item: Exported on 2020-10-01
Acknowledgements: We gratefully acknowledge the financial support of the National Natural Science Foundation of China (No. 21805049) and Guangzhou Municipal Science and Technology Project (No.201904010176) for the financial support.


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