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Nonradiative Decay Channels for a Structurally-Distorted, Monostrapped BODIPY Derivative

Lookup NU author(s): Dr Dumitru Sirbu, Joshua Karlsson, Emeritus Professor Anthony Harriman



This is the authors' accepted manuscript of an article that has been published in its final definitive form by American Chemical Society, 2018.

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© 2018 American Chemical Society. A boron dipyrromethene (BODIPY) derivative has been synthesized whereby a phenoxyl ring attached at the 3-position is bound through the oxygen atom to the boron center. This compound is structurally distorted, with the molecular surface being curved, and undergoes further geometrical perturbation at the excited singlet state level. Fluorescence is readily observed in solution at ambient temperature, with the quantum yield rising with increasing viscosity of the surrounding solvent. Dual-exponential decay kinetics are observed, corresponding to E-type delayed fluorescence. In solution, the emission yield falls with increasing temperature, but the opposite situation is found for the same compound dispersed in an amorphous sugar. These results are considered in terms of two radiationless decay channels. A viscosity-dependent avenue allows the fluorophore to function as a conventional fluorescent rotor for tracking changes in local rheology. A temperature-dependent channel leads to trapping within a new conformation, which is weakly coupled to the ground state but is able to repopulate the emitting state on a relatively slow time scale. Analysis of the experimental data allows estimation of some of the key kinetic parameters as a function of temperature.

Publication metadata

Author(s): Sirbu D, Karlsson JKG, Harriman A

Publication type: Article

Publication status: Published

Journal: Journal of Physical Chemistry A

Year: 2018

Volume: 122

Issue: 47

Pages: 9160-9170

Print publication date: 29/11/2018

Online publication date: 09/11/2018

Acceptance date: 09/11/2018

Date deposited: 21/01/2019

ISSN (print): 1089-5639

ISSN (electronic): 1520-5215

Publisher: American Chemical Society


DOI: 10.1021/acs.jpca.8b07840


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