Loss channels in triplet-triplet annihilation photon upconversion: importance of annihilator singlet and triplet surface shapes
Artikel i vetenskaplig tidskrift, 2017

Triplet-triplet annihilation photon upconversion (TTA-UC) can, through a number of energy transfer processes, efficiently combine two low frequency photons into one photon of higher frequency. TTA-UC systems consist of one absorbing species (the sensitizer) and one emitting species (the annihilator). Herein, we show that the structurally similar annihilators, 9,10-diphenylanthracene (DPA, 1), 9-(4-phenylethynyl)10-phenylanthracene (2) and 9,10-bis(phenylethynyl) anthracene (BPEA, 3) have very different upconversion efficiencies, 15.2 +/- 2.8%, 15.9 +/- 1.3% and 1.6 +/- 0.8%, respectively (of a maximum of 50%). We show that these results can be understood in terms of a loss channel, previously unaccounted for, originating from the difference between the BPEA singlet and triplet surface shapes. The difference between the two surfaces results in a fraction of the triplet state population having geometries not energetically capable of forming the first singlet excited state. This is supported by TD-DFT calculations of the annihilator excited state surfaces as a function of phenyl group rotation. We thereby highlight that the commonly used "spin-statistical factor'' should be used with caution when explaining TTA-efficiencies. Furthermore, we show that the precious metal free zinc octaethylporphyrin (ZnOEP) can be used for efficient sensitization and that the upconversion quantum yield is maximized when sensitizer-annihilator spectral overlap is minimized (ZnOEP with 2).


Victor Gray

Chalmers, Kemi och kemiteknik, Tillämpad kemi

Ambra Dreos

Chalmers, Kemi och kemiteknik, Tillämpad kemi

Paul Erhart

Chalmers, Fysik, Material- och ytteori

Bo Albinsson

Chalmers, Kemi och kemiteknik, Kemi och biokemi

Kasper Moth-Poulsen

Chalmers, Kemi och kemiteknik, Tillämpad kemi

Maria Abrahamsson

Chalmers, Kemi och kemiteknik, Kemi och biokemi

Physical Chemistry Chemical Physics

1463-9076 (ISSN) 1463-9084 (eISSN)

Vol. 19 17 10931-10939


Nanovetenskap och nanoteknik



Fysikalisk kemi

Atom- och molekylfysik och optik



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