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Size- and solvent-dependent kinetics for cis-trans isomerization in donor-acceptor systems
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Science and Technology, Chemistry, Department of Photochemistry and Molecular Science.
2009 (English)In: Spectrochimica Acta Part A - Molecular and Biomolecular Spectroscopy, ISSN 1386-1425, Vol. 72, no 5, 1014-1019 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

We have investigated, using time-resolved and steady-state optical spectroscopy, the cis-trans isomerization dynamics in a series of charge transfer. donor-acceptor compounds. The number of donor (dithiafulvene) and acceptor (p-nitrophenyl) moieties as well as their spatial arrangement around a central ethynylethene core has been varied in a systematic way, All compounds in the series are weakly fluorescent. We show that the fluorescence spectrum red-shifts within a few picoseconds, a shift which occurs concurrently with a blue-shift of the transient absorption spectrum. The kinetics following the initial relaxation are in all cases multi-exponential, and the time constants correlate with molecular size and solvent viscosity. We interpret the data as a result of conformational change where the conjugation through the central double bond is broken upon excitation into the charge-transfer transition, and the time for rotation around this bond is dependent on the molecular interactions between solute and solvent. (C) 2009 Elsevier B.V. All Fights reserved.

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2009. Vol. 72, no 5, 1014-1019 p.
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Charge transfer, Isomerization, Solvent dependence, Time-resolved emission and transient absorption spectroscopy
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Chemical Sciences
URN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-129127DOI: 10.1016/j.saa.2008.12.029ISI: 000264992000017OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-129127DiVA: diva2:337696
Available from: 2010-08-09 Created: 2010-08-05 Last updated: 2010-08-09Bibliographically approved

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