Abstract The excited-state photophysical behavior of a spiral perylene bisimide (PBI) folda-octamer (F8) tethered to an oligophenylene-ethynylene scaffold is comprehensively investigated. Solvent-dependent UV/Vis and fluorescence studies reveal that the degree of folding in this foldamer is extremely sensitive to the solvent, thus giving rise to an extended conformation in CHCl3 and a folded helical aggregate in methylcyclohexane (MCH). The exciton-deactivation dynamics are largely governed by the supramolecular structure of F8. Femtosecond transient absorption (TA) in the near-infrared region indicates a photoinduced electron-transfer process from the backbone to the PBI core in the extended conformation, whereas excitation power- and polarization-dependent TA measurements combined with computational modeling showed that excitation energy transfer between the unit PBI chromophores is the major deactivation pathway in the folded counterpart. Switching by Stacking: Solvent-induced folding of an oligophenylene-ethynylene-tethered perylene bisimide (PBI) folda-octamer is found to play an important role in controlling its exciton deactivation pathways. Excitation energy-transfer and photoinduced electron-transfer processes are found to occur in a nearly switchable manner depending on the supramolecular conformation of the foldamer.
All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes
- Atomic and Molecular Physics, and Optics
- Physical and Theoretical Chemistry