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A family comprising seven arylimido-polyoxometalate (POM) hybrid chromophores (three of which are new), with linear dipolar,C 2vand linear centrosymmetric geometries have been synthesised and studied by electronic absorption spectroscopy, electrochemistry, Z-scans (two photon absorption, TPA) and computation (DFT/TD-DFT). These reveal that POM acceptor units are an effective basis for TPA materials: the centrosymmetric bis-POM chromophores produce significant cross sections (δup to 82 GM) from a single aryl bridge, a similar performance to larger dipolar π-systems combining carbazole or diphenylamino donors with the imido-POM acceptor. DFT/TD-DFT calculations indicate strong communication between POM and organic components is responsible for the linear and non-linear optical behaviour of these compounds, while electrochemical measurements reveal class II mixed valence behaviour resulting from an interplay of through-bond and through-space effects.
31/12/14 → 29/06/16