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Alcoholic Solvent-Mediated Excited-State Proton Transfer Dynamics of a Novel Dihydroxynaphthalene Dye

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posted on 2023-09-19, 03:33 authored by Gi Rim Han, Eunhak Lim, Jooyeon Kang, Doyk Hwang, Jiyoung Heo, Seong Keun Kim, Jong Woo Lee
The excited-state proton transfer (ESPT) reaction is an important primary photochemical process because it is closely related to photophysical properties. Although ESPT research in aqueous solutions is predominant, alcoholic solvent-mediated ESPT studies are also significant in terms of photoacid–based reactions. Especially, the research for dihydroxynaphthalenes (DHNs) has been largely neglected due to the challenging data interpretation of two hydroxyl groups. A novel fluorescent dye, resveratrone, synthesized by light irradiation of resveratrol, which is famous for its antioxidant properties, can be regarded as a type of DHN, and it has distinctive optical properties, including high quantum yield, a large two-photon absorption coefficient, a large Stokes shift, and very high biocompatibility. In this study, we investigate the overall kinetics of the optical properties of resveratrone and find evidence for alcoholic solvent-mediated ESPT involvement in the radiative properties of resveratrone with a large Stokes shift. Our investigation provides an opportunity to revisit the overlooked photophysical properties of intriguing photoacid behavior and the large Stokes shift of the dihydroxynaphthalene dye.