Morphology-controlled self-assembled nanostructures of a porphyrin derivative and their photoelectrochemical properties

Jinhua Cai, Jingxia Wang, Dongliang Tian, Jiangen Huang, Lei Jiang

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We have shown that various porphyrin-containing nanostructures can be facilely synthesized by varying the assembly solvent or the temperature in the oil medium, which effectively modulates the evaporation rate and assembly rate of the porphyrin molecules. A dichloromethane solution of 5-(4- (ethylcarboxypropoxy)phenyl)-10,15,20-tri(naphthyl) porphyrin Zn (CTNP-Zn) was injected into a volume of poor solvent and subsequently mixed with a microinjector. The mixture was cast onto the ITO substrate and then left undisturbed to stabilize the nanostructure under different temperature. After the solvent evaporation, diverse CTNP-Zn based nanostructures, including ring-shaped, honey-comb structured, rice-shaped, hollow spherical, urn-shaped, etc., were successfully assembled depending on the solvent composition or the evaporation temperature. The nanostructures have been characterized by electronic absorption, scanning electron microscopy (SEM) and photoelectric conversion techniques. The internal structures of the nanostructures are described by XRD. It is of great significance for the further extending the applications in optic devices.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)4063-4068
Number of pages6
JournalRSC Advances
Issue number8
Publication statusPublished - 2014
Externally publishedYes

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