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Boosting the stimulated emission properties of host:guest polymer blends by disruption of exciton transport by Juan Cabanillas (Thurs, 21 July)

We would like to invite you to our next ICMAB Invited Seminar by Juan Cabanillas Gonzalez from IMDEA Nanociencia, Madrid

Anna May
18 July 2022

The seminar will take place at the Sala d'Actes Carles Miravitlles and online.

Boosting the stimulated emission properties of host:guest polymer blends by disruption of exciton transport

by Juan Cabanillas Gonzalez from IMDEA Nanociencia, Madrid

Thursday, 21 July 2022
ICMAB-Sala d'Actes Carles Miravitlles and Online by Zoom. Register here to attend


Conjugated polymer blends coupled by Förster resonance energy transfer (FRET) have been widely exploited to achieve optically-pumped lasers operating at very low pumping thresholds. Among the plaid of conjugated polymers and molecules exploited for optical gain, fluorene-based polymers are considered front-runners, based on their high photoluminescence quantum yields, large optical gain coefficients and their processability assets in films of high optical quality. Two archetypes of polymers with these properties are poly(9,9-dioctyl-fluorene) (PFO) and its green-emitting relative Poly(9,9-dioctylfluorene-alt-benzothiadiazole) (F8BT) which work as excellent FRET-coupled blends but unexpectedly do not exhibit stimulated emission. In this talk we will shed light into the optical gain limiting factors of these blends.

Upon investigating a series of polyfluorenes bearing different chain length or chain twists, we reveal improvements on the stimulated emission properties by harnessing exciton annihilation. We ascribe these effects to disruption of exciton transport, reducing the yield of charge-transfer states and associated photoinduced absorption losses.  


Juan Cabanillas-Gonzalez graduated in Physics at Universidade de Santiago de Compostela in 1999. He got a PhD in Physics from Imperial College London working with photophysics of conjugated polymers with Prof. Donal Bradley. In 2003 he started a post-doctoral stage at Politecnico di Milano with Prof. Guglielmo Lanzani. In 2009 he was appointed Ramon y Cajal fellow at IMDEA Nanociencia (Madrid). Since then he leads his own group at IMDEA Nanociencia.


  • Host Exciton Confinement for Enhanced Förster-Transfer-Blend Gain Media Yielding Highly Efficient Yellow-Green Lasers, Zhang, Q.; Liu, J.; Wei, Q.;  Guo, X.;  Xu, Y.;  Xia, R.;  Xie, L.;  Qian, Y.;  Sun, C.;  Lüer, L.;  Cabanillas-Gonzalez, J.;  Bradley, D. D. C.; Huang, W., Advanced Functional Materials 2018, 28 (17), 1705824.
  • Simultaneously Enhancing Photoluminescence Quantum Efficiency and Optical Gain of Polyfluorene via Backbone Intercalation of 2,5-Dimethyl-1,4-Phenylene, Zhang, Q.; Wu, Y.; Lian, S.;  Gao, J.;  Zhang, S.;  Hai, G.;  Sun, C.;  Li, X.;  Xia, R.;  Cabanillas-Gonzalez, J.; Mo, Y., Advanced Optical Materials 2020, 8 (12), 2000187.
  • Concurrent Optical Gain Optimization and Electrical Tuning in Novel Oligomer:Polymer Blends with Yellow-Green Laser Emission, Zhang, Q.; Wei, Q.; Guo, X.;  Hai, G.;  Sun, H.;  Li, J.;  Xia, R.;  Qian, Y.;  Casado, S.;  Castro-Smirnov, J. R.; Cabanillas-Gonzalez, J., Advanced Science 2019, 6 (1), 1801455.
  • Boosting the Stimulated Emission Properties of Host:Guest Polymer Blends by Inserting Chain Twists in the Host Polymer, Chen Sun, Lubing Bai, Jinyi Lin, Wei Huang, Juan Carlos Roldao, Johannes Gierschner, Andres Burgos-Caminal, Olivia Borrell-Grueiro, Wojciech Gawelda, Luis Bañares, Juan Cabanillas-González, submitted


Hosted by Mariano Campoy-Quiles, NANOPTO group, ICMAB-CSIC

Register here to attend by Zoom.

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