Synthesis and unprecedented electro-optic response properties of twisted π-system chromophores

Hu Kang, Antonio Facchetti, Hua Jiang, Peiwang Zhu, Tobin J. Marks*

*Corresponding author for this work

Research output: Contribution to journalConference articlepeer-review


A series of unconventional twisted intramolecular charge-transfer (TICT) chromophores was designed and synthesized. These chromophores exhibit ultra-large first hyperpolarizabilities. The structural characteristic that promotes this unusual nonlinear optical response is a sterochemically enforced reduction of the D-π-A conjugation that enforces zwitterionic behavior in the ground state and provides a low-energy, large-oscillator strength intramolecular excitation feature. The consequence is that molecules with relatively small numbers of π-electrons exhibit responses far larger than those of traditional planar π-conjugated chromophores. At 1907 nm, non-resonant μβ values as high as -466,000 × 10-48 esu are observed.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article numberV4.5/FF4.5
Pages (from-to)131-136
Number of pages6
JournalMaterials Research Society Symposium Proceedings
StatePublished - Jan 1 2005
Event2005 Materials Research Society Spring Meeting - San Francisco, CA, United States
Duration: Mar 29 2005Mar 31 2005

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Materials Science(all)
  • Condensed Matter Physics
  • Mechanics of Materials
  • Mechanical Engineering


Dive into the research topics of 'Synthesis and unprecedented electro-optic response properties of twisted π-system chromophores'. Together they form a unique fingerprint.

Cite this