Excited State Proton Transfer of Quinone Cyanine 9: Implications on the Origin of Super-Photoacidity

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Quinone cyanine 9 (QCy9) is one of the strongest photoacids known to date. The origin of "super"-photoacidity was investigated via time-resolved fluorescence (TF) with high time resolution to accurately resolve the ultrafast dynamics of the excited-state proton transfer (ESPT) to solvent. The ESPT of QCy9 in water is found to proceed fully by two ultrafast time constants of 40 fs (65 %) and 200 fs (35 %). More importantly, the initially created base form of QCy9 in the excited state undergoes a significant dynamic red shift of over 2700 cm(-1) by solvation. We suggest that the entirely ultrafast reaction rate and the massive solvation of the conjugate base could make QCy9 a particularly strong photoacid. Quantum chemical calculations show that structural diversity leads to the nonexponential behavior of the ESPT dynamics.
Publisher
WILEY-V C H VERLAG GMBH
Issue Date
2021-03
Language
English
Article Type
Article
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CHEMPHOTOCHEM, v.5, no.3, pp.245 - 252

ISSN
2367-0932
DOI
10.1002/cptc.202000254
URI
http://hdl.handle.net/10203/282220
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CH-Journal Papers(저널논문)
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