A photoactive porphyrin-based periodic mesoporous organosilica thin film

Yan Li, Florian Auras, Florian Löbermann, Markus Döblinger, Jörg Schuster, Laurence Peter, Dirk Trauner, Thomas Bein

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A novel optoelectroactive system based on an oriented periodic mesoporous organosilica (PMO) film has been developed. A tetra-substituted porphyrin silsesquioxane was designed as a precursor, and the porphyrin macrocycles were covalently incorporated into the organosilica framework without adding additional silica sources, using an evaporation-induced self-assembly process. The synthesized PMO film has a face-centered orthorhombic porous structure with a 15 nm pore diameter. This large pore size enables the inclusion of electron-conducting species such as [6,6]-phenyl C61 butyric acid methyl ester in the periodic mesopores. Optoelectronic measurements on the resulting interpenetrating donor-acceptor systems demonstrate the light-induced charge generation capability and hole-conducting property of the novel porphyrin-based PMO film, indicating the potential of PMO materials as a basis for optoelectroactive systems.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)18513-18519
Number of pages7
JournalJournal of the American Chemical Society
Issue number49
Publication statusPublished - 11 Dec 2013


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