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.
All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes
- Organic Chemistry