Near-infrared-to-visible photon upconversion enabled by conjugated porphyrinic sensitizers under low-power noncoherent illumination

Jean-Hubert Olivier, Yusong Bai, Hyounsoo Uh, Hyejin Yoo, Michael J. Therien, Felix N. Castellano

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We report four supermolecular chromophores based on (porphinato)zinc(II) (PZn) and (polypyridyl)metal units bridged via ethyne connectivity (Pyr1RuPZn2, Pyr1RuPZnRuPyr1, Pyr1RuPZn2RuPyr1, and OsPZn2Os) that fulfill critical sensitizer requirements for NIR-to-vis triplet-triplet annihilation upconversion (TTA-UC) photochemistry. These NIR sensitizers feature: (i) broad, high oscillator strength NIR absorptivity (700 nm < λmax(NIR) < 770 nm; 6 × 104 M-1 cm-1 < extinction coefficient (λmax(NIR)) < 1.6 × 105 M-1 cm-1; 820 cm-1 < fwhm < 1700 cm-1); (ii) substantial intersystem crossing quantum yields; (iii) long, microsecond time scale T1 state lifetimes; and (iv) triplet states that are energetically poised for exergonic energy transfer to the molecular annihilator (rubrene). Using low-power noncoherent illumination at power densities (1-10 mW cm-2) similar to that of terrestrial solar photon illumination conditions, we demonstrate that Pyr1RuPZn2, Pyr1RuPZn2RuPyr1, and Pyr1RuPZnRuPyr1 sensitizers can be used in combination with the rubrene acceptor/annihilator to achieve TTA-UC: these studies represent the first examples whereby a low-power noncoherent NIR light source drives NIR-to-visible upconverted fluorescence centered in a spectral window within the bandgap of amorphous silicon.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)5642-5649
Number of pages8
JournalJournal of Physical Chemistry A
Issue number22
StatePublished - Jun 4 2015
Externally publishedYes


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