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Complexation Enhanced Excited-State Deactivation by Lithium Ion Coordination to a Borondipyrromethene (Bodipy) Donor-Bridge-Acceptor Dyad

Lookup NU author(s): Professor Andrew Benniston


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A donor-acceptor dyad was prepared comprised of a boron-dipyrromethene (Bodipy) chromophore as the acceptor and a dimethylamino moiety as the donor. The two groups are separated by a 2,2'-biphenol moiety. The excited state of the Bodipy is efficiently quenched by electron transfer involving donation from the dimethyl amino group. The rate constant for forward electron transfer in DMF was measured to be ca. 2 x 10(10) s(-1). The charge recombination process is ultra-fast. Titration of aliquots of LiClO4 to a DMF solution of the dyad resulted in alterations to the absorption spectrum associated with the 2,2'-biphenol unit. Changes were modelled as Li+ ions bound to the oxygen atoms of the 2,2'-biphenol to produce 1: 1 (Li+/ligand) and 2: 1 (Li+/ligand) complexes. The rate constant for excited state quenching is enhanced upon lithium ion binding.

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Author(s): Benniston AC, Yang SJ, Lemmetyinen H, Tkachenko NV

Publication type: Article

Publication status: Published

Journal: European Journal of Organic Chemistry

Year: 2013

Volume: 2013

Issue: 30

Pages: 6859-6869

Print publication date: 04/09/2013

ISSN (print): 1434-193X

ISSN (electronic): 1099-0690

Publisher: Wiley - VCH Verlag GmbH & Co. KGaA


DOI: 10.1002/ejoc.201300867


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EP/G04094X/1Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC)