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Recent paper from our lab @ Journal of Luminescence

J-aggregates of thiacyanine dye organized in LB films: Effect of irradiation of light

Syed Arshad Hussain E-mail The Corresponding Author, Dibyendu Dey, S.next term Chakraborty  and D. Bhattacharjee

Journal of Luminescence

Volume 131, Issue 8, August 2011, Pages 1655-1660


In the present communication we report the preparation and characterizations of Langmuir and Langmuir–Blodgett films of a thiacyanine dye N,N′-dioctadecyl thiacyanineperchlorate (NK) mixed with Octadecyl trimethyl ammonium bromide (OTAB). The relationship between the molar ratio of OTAB and NK and the orientation of molecules at the air–water interface was investigated using surface pressure-area per molecule (π–A) isotherm. UV–vis absorption and fluorescence spectroscopic investigations reveal that prominent J-aggregation of NK molecule was observed in the LB films lifted at higher surface pressure. This J-aggregation can be controlled by diluting the NK molecules with OTAB. It was observed that the J-aggregates of NK decayed to monomer and H-aggregates when the NK-LB film was exposed to a monochromatic light of wavelength 460 nm (λmax of J-aggregates).


► Langmuir and Langmuir–Blodgett films of a thiacyanine dye (NK). ► Formation of J-aggregation of NK molecule at higher surface pressures. ► Control of J-aggregates by mixing octadecyl trimethyl ammonium bromide. ► Irradiation of monochromatic light. ► J-aggregates of NK decayed to monomer and H-dimer.

Keywords: Langmuir–Blodgett; π-A isotherm; J-aggregate; Irradiation of light

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