Push–Pull-Type Polychlorotriphenylmethyl Radicals: New Two-Photon Absorbers and Dyes for Generation of Photo-Charges

Xiaojin Wu, Jun Oh Kim, Samara Medina, Francisco J. Ramírez, Paula Mayorga Burrezo, Shaofei Wu, Zheng Long Lim, Christoph Lambert, Juan Casado, Dongho Kim, Jishan Wu

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Tri(4-iodo-2,3,5,6-tetrachlorophenyl)methane (2) is reported as a general building block for the synthesis of various π-conjugated polychlorotriphenylmethyl (PTM) radicals. Three push–pull-type triphenylamine-substituted PTM radicals with different substitution patterns were prepared and all exhibited intense inter-valence charge-transfer bands and large two-photon absorption (TPA) cross sections. Moreover, increase of solvent polarity also resulted in improved TPA response. The charge-transfer character of the relevant excited states provoked the efficient photo-generation of charges, anions in the PTM and cations in the amine arms, driven by the amphoteric redox character and the small coupling between donor and acceptor.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)7698-7702
Number of pages5
JournalChemistry - A European Journal
Issue number32
Publication statusPublished - 2017 Jun 7

Bibliographical note

Funding Information:
J.W. acknowledges financial support from the MOE Tier 3 programme (MOE2014-T3-1-004). This work at Yonsei University 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. Work at the University of Málaga is supported by MINECO project reference CTQ2015-69391-P.

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© 2017 Wiley-VCH Verlag GmbH & Co. KGaA, Weinheim

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Catalysis
  • Organic Chemistry


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