2 results for Armaroli, N

  • A supramolecular porphyrin-ferrocene-fullerene triad

    Lyons, DM; Mohanraj, J; Accorsi, G; Armaroli, N; Boyd, Peter (2011)

    Journal article
    The University of Auckland Library

    A ferrocene (Fc) functionalized bis-porphyrin molecule has been synthesized as a host for fullerenes. The porphyrin used in these studies was prepared using a mixed boronic acid Suzuki reaction, which gives A(2)BC type porphyrins in high yield. The bis-porphyrin was characterized through H-1 NMR spectroscopy, high-resolution mass spectroscopy and analyzed via molecular modeling studies. Complexation experiments with fullerenes utilizing both UV-visible and fluorescence spectroscopy demonstrated formation of strong complexes for the bis-porphyrin. A short-lived charge transfer luminescent state is detected for the fullerene adducts. Owing to the tight coupling of the fullerene and porphyrin partners, the host-appended Fc moiety does not show a direct role in the pattern of photoinduced processes upon excitation of either chromophores, but causes blue-shift of the NIR CT luminescence compared to previously investigated systems without appended fragments. Instead, the active role of Fc in photoinduced processes is observed for the guest molecules alone, where photoinduced energy transfer from the porphyrin to the ferrocene occurs.

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  • Calix[4]arene Linked Bis-porphyrin Hosts for Fullerenes: Binding Strength, Solvation Effects and Porphyrin-Fullerene Charge Transfer Bands

    Hosseini, A; Taylor, S; Accorsi, G; Armaroli, N; Reed, CA; Boyd, Peter (2006-12-13)

    Journal article
    The University of Auckland Library

    A calix[4]arene scaffolding has been used to construct bisporphyrin (“jaws” porphyrin) hosts for supramolecular binding of fullerene guests. Fullerene affinities were optimized by varying the nature of the covalent linkage of the porphyrins to the calixarenes. Binding constants for C60 and C70 in toluene were explored as a function of substituents at the periphery of the porphyrin, and 3,5-di-tert-butylphenyl groups gave rise to the highest fullerene affinities (26 000 M-1 for C60). The origin of this high fullerene affinity has been traced to differential solvation effects rather than to electronic effects. Studies of binding constants as a function of solvent (toluene < benzonitrile < dichloromethane cyclohexane) correlate inversely with fullerene solubility, indicating that desolvation of the fullerene is a major factor determining the magnitude of binding constants. The energetics of fullerene binding have been determined in terms of ΔH and ΔS and are consistent with an enthalpy-driven, solvation-dependent process. A direct relationship between supramolecular binding of a fullerene guest to a bisporphyrin host and the appearance of a broad NIR absorption band have been established. The energy of this band moves in a predictable manner as a function of the electronic structure of the porphyrin, thereby establishing its origin in porphyrin-to-fullerene charge transfer.

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