van der Waals-induced chromatic shifts in hydrogen-bonded two-dimensional porphyrin arrays on boron nitride

Korolkov, Vladimir V. and Svatek, Simon A. and Summerfield, Alex and Kerfoot, James and Yang, Lixu and Taniguchi, Takashi and Watanabe, Kenji and Champness, Neil R. and Besley, Nicholas A. and Beton, Peter H. (2015) van der Waals-induced chromatic shifts in hydrogen-bonded two-dimensional porphyrin arrays on boron nitride. ACS Nano, 9 (10). pp. 10347-10355. ISSN 1936-086X

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Abstract

The fluorescence of a two-dimensional supramolecular network of 5,10,15,20-tetrakis(4-carboxylphenyl)porphyrin (TCPP) adsorbed on hexagonal boron nitride (hBN) is red shifted due to, primarily, adsorbate–substrate van der Waals interactions. TCPP is deposited from solution on hBN and forms faceted islands with typical dimensions of 100 nm and either square or hexagonal symmetry. The molecular arrangement is stabilized by in-plane hydrogen bonding as determined by a combination of molecular resolution atomic force microscopy performed under ambient conditions and density functional theory; a similar structure is observed on MoS2 and graphite. The fluorescence spectra of submonolayers of TCPP on hBN are red-shifted by ∼30 nm due to the distortion of the molecule arising from van der Waals interactions, in agreement with time-dependent density functional theory calculations. Fluorescence intensity variations are observed due to coherent partial reflections at the hBN interface, implying that such hybrid structures have potential in photonic applications.

Item Type: Article
Keywords: boron nitride, fluorescence, molybdenum disulfide, atomic force microscopy, porphyrin
Schools/Departments: University of Nottingham UK Campus > Faculty of Science > School of Chemistry
University of Nottingham UK Campus > Faculty of Science > School of Physics and Astronomy
Identification Number: https://doi.org/10.1021/acsnano.5b04443
Depositing User: Hatton, Mrs Kirsty
Date Deposited: 15 Feb 2016 14:04
Last Modified: 14 Sep 2016 15:26
URI: http://eprints.nottingham.ac.uk/id/eprint/31706

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