Fluorescence of crystalline 4-(dimethylamino)benzonitrile. Absence of dual fluorescence and observation of single-exponential fluorescence decays

Attila Demeter, Klaas A. Zachariasse

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The fluorescence spectrum of crystals grown from newly synthesized 4-(dimethylamino)benzonitrile (DMABN), measured from 25 down to -112°C, consists of a single emission band originating from a locally excited (LE) state. The fluorescence decay of the DMABN crystals is single exponential at all temperatures investigated. These results show that intramolecular charge transfer (ICT) does not occur in crystalline DMABN. The additional red-shifted emission bands and multiexponential fluorescence decays previously reported for DMABN crystals are attributed to a minor amount of the impurity 4-(dimethylamino)benzaldehyde, the synthetic precursor of commercial DMABN.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)699-703
Number of pages5
JournalChemical Physics Letters
Issue number5-6
Publication statusPublished - Oct 28 2003


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  • Physics and Astronomy(all)
  • Physical and Theoretical Chemistry

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