Hupfer, Maximilian L.;
in: Langmuir (2019) 2587
The supramolecular structure essentially determines the properties of organic thin films. In this work, we systematically investigate the influence of the chromophore on the supramolecular structure formation at air−water interfaces by means of the Langmuir−Blodgett technique. Therefore, we focus on the recently introduced class of double-anchor Tshaped amphiphilic dyes, namely, 4-hydroxy-thiazole chromophores that are centrally equipped with an amphiphilicityinducing hexanoic acid. The thiazoles contain hydrophilic subphase-anchor groups in the 2-position (4-N,N-dimethylaminophenyl (Am), 2-pyridyl (Py), and 4-nitrophenyl (Ni)), whereas the chromophores are systematically extended in the 5-position with various substituents. The combination of the Langmuir technique with online fluorescence measurements revealed that the π−π interactions that are pronounced in the case of 4-methoxybiphenyl derivatives yield the most distinct supramolecular structures. Whereas in the case of Py and Ni derivatives ordered J-type supramolecular structures in microdomains are formed, the Am derivative forms ordered supramolecular structures that are more homogeneous, which are, however, not stabilized by J-type dipolar interactions. Because of the synergetic π−π and dipolar stabilizations, the Ni derivative bearing the 4-methoxybiphenyl unit forms exceptionally stable quasi-two-dimensional Langmuir monolayers reaching very high surface pressures beyond 60 mN/m without any sign of disturbance of the Langmuir monolayer.