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  1. Porus, M.; Maroni, P.; Bhosale, R.; Sakai, N.; Matile, S.; Borkovec, M. “Zipper and Layer-by-Layer Assemblies of Artificial Photosystems Analyzed by Combining Optical and Piezoelectric Surface Techniques” Langmuir 2011, 27, 7213-7221

Quartz crystal microbalance (QCM) and surface plasmon resonance (SPR) were used to study zipper and layer-by-layer multilayer assemblies of artificial photosystems based on naphthalenediimides (NDIs) attached to an oligophenylethynyl (OPE-NDI) or p-oligophenyl (POP-NDI) backbone in dry and wet state. For the most interesting OPE-NDI zipper, one obtains for the dry film a monolayer thickness of 1.85 nm and a density of 1.58 g/cm3, while the wet film has a larger monolayer thickness of 3.6 nm with a water content of 36%. The dry thickness of a monolayer in OPE-NDI zippers corresponds to about one-half of the length of the OPE scaffold in agreement with the proposed structure of the zipper. The low water content of the OPE-NDI films confirms their compact structure. The dry monolayer thickness of the POP-NDI films of 1.45 nm is smaller than that for the OPE-NDI films, which is probably related to a tilt of the POP scaffolds within the adsorbed layer. The POP-NDI films swell in water much more substantially, suggesting a much more open structure. These features are in excellent agreement with the better photophysical performance of the OPE-NDI assemblies when compared to the POP-NDI films.

DOI: 10.1021/la2007815 

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