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Photophysics of Soret-Excited Tetrapyrroles in Solution. II. Effects of Perdeuteration, Substituent Nature and Position, and Macrocycle Structure and Conformation in Zinc(II) Porphyrins

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posted on 25.09.2008, 00:00 by Xia Liu, Umakanta Tripathy, Sheshanath V. Bhosale, Steven J. Langford, Ronald P. Steer
The steady-state absorption, fluorescence, and excitation spectra and upper excited-state temporal fluorescence decay profiles of 11 tetrapyrroles in several fluid solvents are presented and analyzed to ascertain the factors that control their S2 population decay times. The S2 lifetimes, which vary by more than 2 orders of magnitude, are controlled exclusively by their rates of radiationless decay. The only important electronic relaxation path is S2−S1 internal conversion, the efficiency of which is near 1.0 in all compounds studied (except CdTPP where it is 0.69). The rate of S1 population rise equals the rate of S2 population decay in all cases. Among the compounds studied, only MgTPP exhibits S2−S1 decay behavior that corresponds to the weak coupling limit of radiationless transition theory; all zinc metalloporphyrins exhibit intermediate to strong coupling. Perdeuteration of ZnTPP produces no significant change in the rate of S2 decay or in the quantum yield of S2−S0 fluorescence, indicating that in-plane C−C and C−N vibrations are the accepting modes in S1 with the largest Franck−Condon factors. The initial vibrational energy content of the S2 states (0 < Evib < 3500 cm−1 over the range of compounds) plays no significant role in determining their overall population decay rates in solution. The S2 population decay rates of these tetrapyrroles are controlled by two factors: the Franck−Condon factor, which is inversely proportional to the exponent of the S2−S1 electronic energy spacing and the S2−S1 coupling energy. The S2−S1 electronic energy spacing is determined in solution by the difference in the polarizabilities of the S2 and S1 states and can be controlled by varying the polarizability of the solvent. The S2−S1 coupling energy is influenced by the nature, location, and effect of the substituents, with β-alkyl substitution and reduction of symmetry in the tetrapyrrolefor example by loss of planarityincreasing the interstate coupling energy.

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