Mesogenic, Luminescence, and Nonlinear Optical Properties of New Bipyrimidine-Based Multifunctional Octupoles

Akdas-Kilig H., Godfroy M., Fillaut J., Donnio B., Heinrich B., Kedziora P., ...More

JOURNAL OF PHYSICAL CHEMISTRY C, vol.119, no.7, pp.3697-3710, 2015 (SCI-Expanded) identifier identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 119 Issue: 7
  • Publication Date: 2015
  • Doi Number: 10.1021/jp511486y
  • Journal Indexes: Science Citation Index Expanded (SCI-EXPANDED), Scopus
  • Page Numbers: pp.3697-3710
  • Yıldız Technical University Affiliated: No


A series of new bipyrimidine-based chromophores have been prepared presenting alkoxystyryl donor groups carrying aliphatic chains in the 3,4, 3,5 or 3,4,5 positions, connected to electron-accepting 2,2'-bipyrimidine cores. Their linear and nonlinear optical properties were investigated as well as their mesomorphic properties by various techniques (light-transmission measurements, polarized-light optical microscopy, and differential scanning calorimetry measurements). Only two derivatives, BPM-3,4-C12 and BPM-3,4-C16, were found to exhibit liquid-crystalline behavior with the formation of lamella-columnar phases and/or hexagonal columnar phases over large temperature ranges. Small-angle X-ray scattering analysis allowed proposing a stacking model inside the mesophase in which the molecules are interdigitated alternatively along their long axis and their short axis to form columns. Dielectric measurements were performed as a function of the temperature, showing the centrosymmetric nature of the mesophases. Large quadratic hyperpolarizabilities have been measured for the individual mesogens in solution by using hyper-Rayleigh scattering. These chromophores exhibit also cubic nonlinear optical properties, revealing relatively large two-photon absorption cross sections. The nonlinear optical properties in the liquid crystalline state of compounds BPM-3,4-C12 and BPM-3,4-C16 have been studied by wide-field second-harmonic generation and two-photon fluorescence microscopy, confirming centrosymmetry for these achiral mesogens and the excellent third-order nonlinearity for multiphoton imaging.