Under ultraviolet light, this tetracene derivative dissolving in dichloromethane looks like a lick of flame engulfing the inside of a cuvette. The molecule comes from the lab bench of Maciej Majdecki, a postdoc at the Institute of Organic Chemistry of the Polish Academy of Sciences whose research focuses on developing new organic electronic materials. Majdecki is working to make acene molecules that efficiently undergo singlet fission, an ultrafast photophysical electronic process that is crucial to organic photovoltaic devices and quantum information science. He uses his precisely crafted acenes as models to explore the photophysical interactions between multiple chromophores in solid-state materials.
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