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Wavelength-Dependent Stereodifferentiation in the Fluorescence Quenching of Asymmetric Naphthalene-Based Dyads by Amines

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posted on 31.03.2005, 00:00 authored by Sergio Abad, Uwe Pischel, Miguel A. Miranda
In the present contribution, wavelength has been used as a tunable parameter to achieve selective control of the photophysics of two novel asymmetric bichromophoric dyads composed of naphthalene units, i.e., 6-methoxynaphthalene (NPX) and 1-methylnaphthalene (NAP) derivatives, with different electronic properties, connected by an amide spacer [(S,S) and (S,R)-NPX-NAP]. As model systems, relevant monochromophoric compounds (NPX-M and NAP-M) have also been investigated. While upon excitation at 325 nm the light energy remained in the NPX moiety, at 290 nm an efficient singlet−singlet energy transfer (ΦSSET of about 97%) from the NAP unit to the NPX chromophore dominated. A remarkable stereodifferentiation was observed in the excited-state quenching by triethylamine via exciplex formation. The results demonstrate that it is possible to control configuration-dependent interactions in the excited state by wavelength tuning. This can be rationalized through intramolecular interactions of π systems leading to modulation of the redox properties.