Volker Settels

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Aggregates of functionalized polycyclic aromatic molecules like perylene derivatives differ in important optoelectronic properties such as absorption and emission spectra or exciton diffusion lengths. Although those differences are well known, it is not fully understood if they are caused by variations in the geometrical orientation of the molecules within(More)
Quantum chemical protocols explaining the crystal structures and the visible light absorption properties of 3,4:9,10-perylene tetracarboxylic acid bisimide (PBI) derivates are proposed. Dispersion-corrected density functional theory has provided an intermolecular potential energy of PBI dimers showing several energetically low-lying minima, which(More)
The reliability of linear response approaches such as time-dependent Hartree-Fock (TD-HF) and time-dependent density functional theory (TD-DFT) for the prediction of the excited state properties of 3,4;9,10-tetracarboxylic-perylene-bisimide (PBI) aggregates is investigated. A dimer model of PBI is investigated as a function of a torsional motion of the(More)
Femtosecond time-resolved experiments demonstrate that the photoexcited state of perylene tetracarboxylic acid bisimide (PBI) aggregates in solution decays nonradiatively on a time-scale of 215 fs. High-level electronic structure calculations on dimers point toward the importance of an excited state intermolecular geometry distortion along a reaction(More)
We present a model for the relaxation dynamics in perylene bisimide dimers, which is based on ab initio electronic structure and quantum dynamics calculations including effects of dissipation. The excited-state dynamics proceeds via a mixing of electronic states of local Frenkel and charge-transfer characters, which becomes effective upon a small distortion(More)
The exciton diffusion length (LD) is a key parameter for the efficiency of organic optoelectronic devices. Its limitation to the nm length scale causes the need of complex bulk-heterojunction solar cells incorporating difficulties in long-term stability and reproducibility. A comprehensive model providing an atomistic understanding of processes that limit(More)
The docosahedral metallacarboranes 4,4-(PMe(2)Ph)2-4,1,6-closo-PtC(2)B(10)H(12), 4,4-(PMe(2)Ph)2-4,1,10-closo-PtC(2)B(10)H(12), and [N(PPh(3))2][4,4-cod-4,1,10-closo-RhC(2)B(10)H(12)] were prepared by reduction/metalation of either 1,2-closo-C(2)B(10)H(12) or 1,12-closo-C(2)B(10)H(12). All three species were fully characterized, with a particular point of(More)
The linear and nonlinear optical response of molecular hetero-dimers and their composing perylene units is explored with fluorometry, steady-state and transient absorption, and coherent two-dimensional electronic spectroscopy. Supported by a Förster theory approach and ab initio calculations, we disclose the photoinduced dynamics comprising excitonic(More)
To tune the efficiency of organic semiconductor devices it is important to understand limiting factors as trapping mechanisms for excitons or charges. An understanding of such mechanisms deserves an accurate description of the involved electronical states in the given environment. In this study, we investigate how a polarizable surrounding influences the(More)