Symmetry-Dependent Intramolecular Charge Transfer Dynamics of Pyrene Derivatives Investigated by Two-Photon Excitation

Sangsu Lee, Dongho Kim

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Intramolecular charge transfer (ICT) processes in two-photon (TP) allowed states were investigated using three pyrene derivatives N1, N2C, and N2T, which have different molecular symmetry depending on the number and position of N,N-dimethylaniline donating substituents. On the basis of steady-state and nondegenerate two-photon absorption measurements, we investigated femtosecond transient absorption (TA) spectra by one-photon (OPE) and two-photon excitation (TPE). In the analysis of TA spectra, we discovered that the transfer rate from locally excited state to the ICT state by TPE is slower than that by OPE, indicating that the energy barrier between the TP and ICT states is higher than that between the one-photon (OP) allowed and ICT states. Furthermore, we demonstrated that ICT dynamics in a TP state are affected by molecular symmetry through the disappearance of stimulated emission from the locally excited state in the TA spectra of N2T obtained by TPE. We believe that our findings will provide fundamental information for a better understanding of excited-state ICT dynamics. (Figure Presented).

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)9217-9223
Number of pages7
JournalJournal of Physical Chemistry A
Issue number46
Publication statusPublished - 2016 Nov 23

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Funding Information:
This work was supported by Global Research Laboratory (2013K1A1A2A02050183) through the National Research Foundation of Korea (NRF) funded by the Ministry of Science, ICT (Information and Communication Technologies) and Future Planning. The quantum calculations were performed using the supercomputing resources of the Korea Institute of Science and Technology Information (KISTI). We also give special thanks to Prof. J. S. Kim at Korea University for providing us the samples studied in this work.

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© 2016 American Chemical Society.

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  • Physical and Theoretical Chemistry


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