EP02.13.02 : In Situ Transient Absorption of Intermediates During Molecular Aggregation

4:00 PM–4:15 PM Apr 5, 2018

PCC North, 200 Level, Room 222 BC

Cathy Wong1

1, University of Oregon, Eugene, Oregon, United States

The electronic structure and exciton dynamics of organic molecules can change dramatically upon aggregation. The exciton dynamics of molecules in solution and in thin films of aggregates can be measured using transient absorption spectroscopy, but the exciton dynamics of intermediate aggregation states during thin film formation are typically unknown since measurements cannot be performed quickly enough to collect accurate transient absorption spectra of these species. By increasing the speed of data collection, the exciton dynamics of evolving material systems can be measured. A novel implementation of transient absorption spectroscopy is introduced that can measure transients with up to a 45 ps pump-probe time delay in one shot. The exciton dynamics measured during the solution deposition of a thin film is validated by comparing the initial exciton dynamics of the solution and the final exciton dynamics of the dry film to traditional transient absorption measurements. The exciton dynamics of intermediate aggregation states will be presented for the first time. The information gained using this technique can be used to modify environmental parameters during the film formation process to kinetically trap aggregates with exciton dynamics tailored for a particular application.