Chemical Physics Letters, Vol.715, 222-230, 2019
First theoretical probe for efficient enhancement of nonlinear optical properties of quinacridone based compounds through various modifications
In this study, first attempt has been made for theoretical designing of quinacridone (QA) dye and new QA-based compounds (QA-1 to QA-9) were proposed by installing auxiliary donors (dimethylvinyl, methoxy, and N,N-dimethylamine), donor (diphenylamine) and acceptors (cyanoacrylic acid, CN and NO2) segments into fixed pi-bridge QA. DFT and TDDFT calculations with B3LYP/6-31G(d,p) and CAM-B3LYP/6-31G(d,p) functional were used to shed light on the promising structure, charge transport and NLO properties. Introduction of auxiliary donors/donor and acceptor successfully modified the structure which led to superior NLO properties. An eye-catching NLO response was observed in all designed compounds. Interestingly, QA-9 exhibits appealingly large enhancement in NLO properties through ICT process with < alpha > and beta(tot) computed to be 716.02 (a.u) and 128082.15 (a.u) respectively. UV-Vis results indicates the QA-9 most red shifted among all studied compounds with lambda(max) = 489.02 nm. QA-1 to QA-9 showed narrow HOMO-LUMO energy gap as compared to QA which results in enhanced NLO response. NBO analysis confirms the formation of charge separation state in QA-1 to QA-9 due to successful migration of electrons from auxiliary donors/donor to acceptors via pi-bridge. The present research evokes the scientific interest regarding the development of QA based tempting NLO compounds that can be beneficial in modern hi-tech applications.