Semiconductor Physics, Quantum Electronics & Optoelectronics, 26 (4), P. 457-462 (2023).

Influence of gold nanostructures on excited state intramolecular proton transfer in multidomain HTTH dye

I.I. Hudzenko 1, A.M. Lopatynskyi 1,2 , V.I. Chegel 1,2*

11 V. Lashkaryov Institute of Semiconductor Physics, National Academy of Sciences of Ukraine,
41, prosp. Nauky, 03680 Kyiv, Ukraine,
2Institute of High Technologies, Taras Shevchenko National University of Kyiv,
64/13 Volodymyrska str., 01601 Kyiv, Ukraine
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Abstract. Organic multidomain dyes exhibiting excited state intramolecular proton transfer (ESIPT) are known due to large Stokes shifts and dependence of their luminescence spectral characteristics on the properties of the environment. In this work, influence of gold nanostructures on the spectral characteristics of a “polycarbonate matrix – gold nanostructures – HTTH” system was studied using thiazole dye HTTH as an example. A hypothesis about the possibility of plasmon resonance energy transfer (PRET) between the HTTH molecules in different states, namely the ground state (enol form) and the state after proton transfer (keto form), mediated by gold nanostructures was experimentally tested. Presence of gold nanostructures in the vicinity of HTTH molecules was found to lead to the changes in the ratio of the luminescence peak intensities for the enol and keto form of these molecules. This phenomenon opens up the possibility of additional regulation of the spectral characteristics and may evidence the PRET effect in the systems containing ESIPT-exhibiting dyes and plasmonic nanostructures. The obtained results improve our understanding of the physical processes in the systems similar to the studied one and imply new practical applications of them such as fabrication of organic light-emitting diodes, sensors, super-resolution microscopy tools and ultraviolet-to-visible radiation convertors.

Keywords: excited state intramolecular proton transfer, gold nanostructures, luminescence, plasmon resonance energy transfer.

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