Chromophores in Molecular Nanorings: When Is a Ring a Ring?

Patrick Parkinson, Dmitry V Kondratuk, Christopher Menelaou, Juliane Q Gong, Harry L Anderson, Laura M Herz

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    The topology of a conjugated molecule plays a significant role in controlling both the electronic properties and the conformational manifold that the molecule may explore. Fully π-conjugated molecular nanorings are of particular interest, as their lowest electronic transition may be strongly suppressed as a result of symmetry constraints. In contrast, the simple Kasha model predicts an enhancement in the radiative rate for corresponding linear oligomers. Here we investigate such effects in linear and cyclic conjugated molecules containing between 6 and 42 butadiyne-linked porphyrin units (corresponding to 600 C–C bonds) as pure monodisperse oligomers. We demonstrate that as the diameter of the nanorings increases beyond ∼10 nm, its electronic properties tend toward those of a similarly sized linear molecule as a result of excitation localization on a subsegment of the ring. However, significant differences persist in the nature of the emitting dipole polarization even beyond this limit, arising from variations in molecular curvature and conformation.
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)4356-4361
    Number of pages5
    JournalJournal of Physical Chemistry Letters
    Issue number24
    Publication statusPublished - 20 Nov 2015


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