Melt-growth of 1,1,4,4-tetraphenyl-1,3-butadiene crystals on different substrates

Stefano Mora, Silvia Tavazzi, Peter Spearman

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We exploit the favourable optical and chemical stability of a model organic semiconductor, 1,1,4,4-tetraphenyl-1,3-butadiene, which is highly emissive in the blue spectral region, to explore crystal melt-growth on several substrates. Different polymorphs were obtained with either monocrystalline or fan-like morphology. We demonstrate the relationship between the optical properties and the crystal structure and morphology.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1737-1740
Number of pages4
JournalSynthetic Metals
Issue number19-20
Publication statusPublished - Nov 2012


  • Crystal growth
  • Molecular excitons
  • Surface functionalization
  • Tetraphenylbutadiene
  • UVvisible spectroscopy

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Mechanics of Materials
  • Materials Chemistry
  • Metals and Alloys
  • Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Materials
  • Condensed Matter Physics


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