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Understanding the influence of geometric and electronic structure on the excited state dynamical and photoredox properties of perinone chromophoresIn this work, a series of eight similarly structured perinone chromophores were synthesized and photophysically characterized to elucidate the electronic and structural tunability of their excited state properties, including excited state redox potentials and fluorescence lifetimes/quantum yields. Despite their similar structure, these chromophores exhibited a broad range of visible absorption properties, quantum yields, and excited state lifetimes. In conjunction with static and time-resolved spectroscopies from the ultrafast to nanosecond time regimes, time-dependent computational modeling was used to correlate this behavior to the relationship between non-radiative decay and the energy-gap law. Additionally, the ground and excited state redox potentials were calculated and found to be tunable over a range of 1 V depending on the diamine or anhydride used in their synthesis ( E red * = 0.45–1.55 V; E ox * = −0.88 to −1.67 V), which is difficult to achieve with typical photoredox-active transition metal complexes. These diverse chromophores can be easily prepared, and with their range of photophysical tunability, will be valuable for future use in photofunctional applications.
Accessing the triplet manifold of naphthalene benzimidazole–phenanthroline in rhenium(
i) bichromophoresThe steady-state and ultrafast to supra-nanosecond excited state dynamics of fac -[Re(NBI-phen)(CO) 3 (L)](PF 6 ) (NBI-phen = 16H-benzo[4′,5′]isoquinolino[2′,1′:1,2]imidazo[4,5- f ][1,10]phenanthrolin-16-one) as well as their respective models of the general molecular formula [Re(phen)(CO) 3 (L)](PF 6 ) (L = PPh 3 and CH 3 CN) has been investigated using transient absorption and time-gated photoluminescence spectroscopy. The NBI-phen containing molecules exhibited enhanced visible light absorption with respect to their models and a rapid formation (<6 ns) of the triplet ligand-centred (LC) excited state of the organic ligand, NBI-phen. These triplet states exhibit an extended excited state lifetime that enable the energized molecules to readily engage in triplet–triplet annihilation photochemistry.