Synthesis, structural, and photophysical studies of π-fused acenaphtho[1,2-d]imidazole-based excited-state intramolecular proton transfer molecules

Sivaraman Somasundaram, Eswaran Kamaraj, Su Jin Hwang, Sooyoung Jung, Moon Gun Choi, Sanghyuk Park

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Orange-red fluorescent molecules are promising materials for use in a new generation of displays, light sources, and chemosensors because conventional red-emitters have lower fluorescence quantum efficiencies. In this work, a set of orange-emitting fused imidazole series 2-(7-(4-fluorophenyl)-7H-acenaphtho[1,2-d]imidazol-8-yl)phenol (AHPI-F), 2-(7-(4-chlorophenyl)-7H-acenaphtho[1,2-d]imidazol-8-yl)phenol (AHPI-Cl), and 2-(7-(4-bromophenyl)-7H-acenaphtho[1,2-d]imidazol-8-yl)phenol (AHPI-Br) have been synthesized via multicomponent reaction method with high yield. Synthesized molecules were fully characterized by 1H NMR, 13C NMR, GC-Mass, UV–vis. absorption, PL, and TGA-DSC. The compounds AHPI-F, AHPI-Cl, AHPI-Br showed large Stokes' shifted emission due to excited-state intramolecular proton transfer (ESIPT) process, and they effectively formed large single crystals. The crystal structure of each compound was identified by X-ray crystallographic analysis. To elucidate the photophysical properties of the molecule, theoretical calculation were performed by density functional theory (DFT) with B3LYP 6-31G(d,p) basis sets using the identified molecular conformations from X-ray analysis. Calculated electronic properties including HOMO-LUMO levels were compared with the experimental results. As a result of ESIPT process, extended conjugation length through acenaphto[1,2-d]imidazole, and charge transfer characteristics by the introduction of halogen atoms, all of the materials showed orange ESIPT emission with no spatial overlap between absorption (λmax,abs = 325 nm) and emission (λmax,ems = 578 nm).

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)43-49
Number of pages7
JournalJournal of Molecular Structure
Publication statusPublished - 2017 Jun 5


All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Analytical Chemistry
  • Spectroscopy
  • Organic Chemistry
  • Inorganic Chemistry

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