Modeling of photoinduced relaxation pathways in conjugated polymers

Sergei Tretiak

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Prediction and understanding of photoinduced processes in molecular- and nano-materials is fundamental to a myriad of technological applications, ranging from sensing, imaging, solar energy harvesting, to future optoelectronic devices. This talk will overview several applications of recently developed excited state molecular dynamics framework incorporating non-adiabatic quantum transitions studying ultrafast dynamics and exciton transport in several conjugated molecular systems. Our calculations rely on the use of the Collective Electronic Oscillator (CEO) package accounting for many-body effects and actual potential energy surfaces of the excited states combined with the Tully's fewest switches algorithm for surface hopping probing non-adiabatic processes. Our analysis shows intricate details of photoinduced vibronic relaxation and identifies the conformational degrees of freedom leading to ultrafast dynamics and energy transfer. This theoretical modeling allows us to understand and to potentially manipulate energy transfer pathways in molecular materials suitable for solar energy conversion.

Original languageEnglish
JournalACS National Meeting Book of Abstracts
Publication statusPublished - 2011
Externally publishedYes
Event242nd ACS National Meeting and Exposition - Denver, CO, United States
Duration: 28 Aug 20111 Sep 2011


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