Blue-violet photoluminescence of 4-isopropyl-pyridine hydroxide crystals

Evgenia Vaganova*, Ellen Wachtel, Gregory Leitus, David Danovich, Inna Popov, Faina Dubnikova, Shlomo Yitzchaik

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There is continuing interest in determining essential structural features of polymer gels, which display photoelectric and/or thermoelectric behavior. One such gel is the blend, poly(4-vinylpyridine-co-butyl methacrylate)/poly(4- vinylpyridine), dissolved in liquid pyridine. Following extended aeration of a three-component mixture, which serves as a model for the gel side chain interactions, crystallization of a new molecule, 4-isopropylpyridine hydroxide (IPPOH), occurs. X-ray diffraction, DFT modeling, and spectroscopy were used to determine the structural, electronic, and luminescent properties of the crystal. The crystal structure reveals molecules forming head-to-tail, hydrogen-bonded chains without base stacking or marked interchain interaction. The molecular chains are characterized by moderately long-lived, blue-violet luminescence excited in the near-UV. Because these photoluminescent properties resemble those of the gel from which the crystals are derived, we may posit similar structural features in the gel for which direct structural analysis is not available.

Original languageAmerican English
Pages (from-to)3061-3067
Number of pages7
JournalJournal of Physical Chemistry A
Issue number17
StatePublished - 1 May 2014


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