Previous research in organic electro-optics has shown dramatic increases in the hyperpolarizablity of NLO chromophores. However, this large microscopic activity has not been translated to the macroscopic domain. The polymeric electro-optic (E-O) materials continue to lack the high noncentrosymmetric order of the poled chromophores within the matrix necessary for high E-O response (r33
). This deficiency of order represents one major obstacle that must be overcome before E-O device commercialization can be achieved. This lack of order is partially due to the large dipole moments of high μβ chromophores, which cause the chromophores to align in a centrosymmetric fashion through intermolecular electrostatic interactions. However, quantum calculations show that when the aspect ratio between the width and length of the chromophore system is adjusted to be greater than 1.4:1 by adding bulky side groups around the center of the chromophore, it would prevent side on pairing of the chromophores. This would cause a decrease in the large areas of centrosymmetric aggregation and thus allow for easier poling of the system. Here we report the synthesis of a nanoscale NLO architecture in which dendritic moieties have been incorporated around the center of the chromophore to give a three dimensional structure in order to achieve the 1.4:1 aspect ratio and maximize the macroscopic order of the system.