Enhanced poling efficiency in highly thermal and photostable nonlinear optical chromophores

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Faccini, Mirko and Balakrishnan, Muralidharan and Diemeer, Mart B.J. and Hu, Zhi-Peng and Clays, Koen and Asselberghs, Inge and Leinse, Arne and Driessen, Alfred and Reinhoudt, David N. and Verboom, Willem (2008) Enhanced poling efficiency in highly thermal and photostable nonlinear optical chromophores. Journal of Materials Chemistry, 2008 (18). pp. 2141-2149. ISSN 0959-9428

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Abstract:A series of nonlinear optical chromophores based on the highly thermal and photostable tricyanovinylidenediphenylaminobenzene (TCVDPA) was synthesized and their thermal and optical properties were investigated. Modification of the TCVDPA chromophore with bulky groups provides reduction of dipole–dipole interactions and thus great improvement of the macroscopic electro-optic (EO) response of the polymeric materials obtained by incorporating these derivatives as a guest at high loading in polysulfone. The best result was obtained with chromophore C5, bearing fluorinated aromatic substituents, which shows a doubling of the EO activity at 30 wt% (25 pm/V at 830 nm) compared with the pristine TCVDPA. The bulkier the chromophore, the lower the induced plasticization effect (as much as 50 °C difference on the Tg attenuation). Furthermore, all chromophores in this study possess good processability and exhibit high thermal decomposition temperatures (highest Td = 360 °C).
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Copyright:© 2008 Royal Society of Chemistry
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Official URL:http://dx.doi.org/10.1039/b801728j
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