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Push−Pull Bithienyl Chromophore with an Unusual Transverse Path of Conjugation

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posted on 08.02.2007, 00:00 by Rocío Ponce Ortiz, Reyes Malavé Osuna, Víctor Hernández, Juan T. López Navarrete, Barbara Vercelli, Gianni Zotti, Víktor V. Sumerin, Elizabeth S. Balenkova, Valentine G. Nenajdenko
The synthesis, structure, and electronic properties of a novel cross-conjugated 10H-bisthienodithiocin-10-dicyanoethylene are reported. The X-ray single-crystal structure of the compound reveals a nonplanar conformation. The FT-IR and FT-Raman spectra of the compound show a great resemblance, which is a spectroscopic observation common to many push−pull systems. The UV−vis spectrum in CHCl3 displays a strong absorption at 370 nm accompanied by a shoulder at 430 nm so that the optical gap is 2.88 eV. On the other hand, the electrochemical gap amounts to 2.38 V. DFT and TDDFT quantum chemical calculations, at the B3LYP/6-31G** level, have been also performed to (i) determine the minimum-energy molecular structure, (ii) gain knowledge about the equilibrium atomic charges distribution, the topologies, and absolute energies of the frontier molecular orbitals around the gap and about the molecular vibrations which give rise to the most outstanding Raman bands experimentally evidenced, and (iii) to analyze the nature of the vertical one-electron excitations associated to the strongest UV−vis absorptions.