Femtosecond fluorescence anisotropy measurements for a variety of cyclic porphyrin arrays such as ZnIIporphyrin m-trimer and hexamer are reported along with o-dimer and monomer as reference molecules. In the porphyrin arrays, a pair of porphyrin moieties are joined together via triphenyl linkage to ensure cyclic and rigid structures. Anisotropy decay times of the porphyrin arrays can be well described by the Förster incoherent excitation hopping process between the porphyrin units. Exciton coupling strengths of 74 and 264 cm-1 for the m-trimer and hexamer estimated from the observed excitation energy hopping rates are close to those of B800 and B850, respectively, in the LH2 bacterial light-harvesting antenna. Thus, these cyclic porphyrin array systems have proven to be useful in understanding energy migration processes in a relatively weak interaction regime in light of the similarity in overall structures and constituent chromophores to natural light-harvesting arrays.
All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes
- Colloid and Surface Chemistry