J. Phys. I France
Volume 6, Numéro 12, December 1996
Page(s) 2151 - 2158
DOI: 10.1051/jp1:1996211
J. Phys. I France 6 (1996) 2151-2158

Photoinduced Electron Transfer Between Conjugated Polymers and a Homologous Series of TCNQ Derivatives

Alan J. Heeger1, Fred Wudl1, N. Serdar Sariciftci1, Rene. A. J. Janssen2 and Nazario Martin3

1  Institute for Polymers and Organic Solids, University of California, Santa Barbara, CA 93106, USA
2  Laboratory of Organic Chemistry, Eindhoven University of Technology, P.O. Box 513, 5600 MB Eindhoven, The Netherlands
3  Departamento Quimica I, Universidad Complutense, 29040 Madrid, Spain

(Received 15 March 1996, accepted 1 July 1996)

The results of photoinduced absorption (PIA) and photoluminescence studies of the photoinduced electron transfer reactions from conjugated polymer donors onto a series of acceptors based on TCNQ and benzoquinone derivatives containing fused aromatic rings are summarized. The results are compared to the well-defined photoinduced electron transfer demonstrated from conjugated polymer donors onto buckminsterfullerene, C 60. For the TCNQ derivatives, the efficiency of the electron transfer process correlates with the reduction potential of the acceptors. However, photoinduced electron transfer was not observed in the case of the benzoquinone derivatives, although their electrochemical reduction potentials are similar to C 60.

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