Molecular versus excitonic disorder in individual artificial light-harvesting systemsKriete, B., Bondarenko, A. S., Alessandri, R., Patmanidis, I., Krasnikov, V. V., Jansen, T. L. C., Marrink, S. J., Knoester, J. & Pshenichnikov, M. S., 21-Oct-2020, In : Journal of the American Chemical Society. 142, 42, p. 18073-18085 13 p., jacs.0c07392.
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Natural light-harvesting antennae employ a dense array of chromophores to optimize energy transport via the formation of delocalized excited states (excitons), which are critically sensitive to spatio-energetic variations of the molecular structure. Identifying the origin and impact of such variations is highly desirable for understanding and predicting functional properties yet hard to achieve due to averaging of many overlapping responses from individual systems. Here, we overcome this problem by measuring the heterogeneity of synthetic analogues of natural antennae-self-assembled molecular nanotubes-by two complementary approaches: single-nanotube photoluminescence spectroscopy and ultrafast 2D correlation. We demonstrate remarkable homogeneity of the nanotube ensemble and reveal that ultrafast (∼50 fs) modulation of the exciton frequencies governs spectral broadening. Using multiscale exciton modeling, we show that the dominance of homogeneous broadening at the exciton level results from exchange narrowing of strong static disorder found for individual molecules within the nanotube. The detailed characterization of static and dynamic disorder at the exciton as well as the molecular level presented here opens new avenues in analyzing and predicting dynamic exciton properties, such as excitation energy transport.
|Number of pages||13|
|Journal||Journal of the American Chemical Society|
|Early online date||26-Sep-2020|
|Publication status||Published - 21-Oct-2020|