Tuning the Photophysical Properties of anti-B18H22: Efficient Intersystem Crossing between Excited Singlet and Triplet States in New 4,4′-(HS)2-anti-B18H20.
journal contributionposted on 19.08.2013 by Vicenta Saurí, Josep M. Oliva, Drahomír Hnyk, Jonathan Bould, Jakub Braborec, Manuela Merchán, Pavel Kubát, Ivana Císařová, Kamil Lang, Michael G. S. Londesborough
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The tuning of the photophysical properties of the highly fluorescent boron hydride cluster anti-B18H22 (1), by straightforward chemical substitution to produce 4,4′-(HS)2-anti-B18H20 (2), facilitates intersystem crossing from excited singlet states to a triplet manifold. This subsequently enhances O2(1Δg) singlet oxygen production from a quantum yield of ΦΔ ∼ 0.008 in 1 to 0.59 in 2. This paper describes the synthesis and full structural characterization of the new compound 4,4′-(HS)2-anti-B18H20 (2) and uses UV–vis spectroscopy coupled with density functional theory (DFT) and ab initio computational studies to delineate and explain its photophysical properties.