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New insight into the photophysics and reactivity of trigonal and tetrahedral arylboron compounds

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Santos, Willy G. ; Pina, Joao ; Burrows, Hugh D. ; Forbes, Malcolm D. E. ; Cardoso, Daniel R.
Total Authors: 5
Document type: Journal article
Source: PHOTOCHEMICAL & PHOTOBIOLOGICAL SCIENCES; v. 15, n. 9, p. 1124-1137, 2016.
Web of Science Citations: 6

The photophysics and reactivity of two tetraphenylborate salts and triphenylborane have been studied using ultrafast transient absorption, steady-state fluorescence, electron paramagnetic resonance with spin trapping, and DFT calculations. The singlet excited state of tetraarylborates exhibit extended pi-orbital coupling between two adjacent aryl groups. The maximum fluorescence band, as well as the transient absorption bands centered at 560 nm (tau = 1.05 ns) and 680 nm (tau = 4.35 ns) are influenced by solvent viscosity and polarity, indicative of a twisted intramolecular charge transfer (TICT) state. Orbital contour plots of the HOMO and LUMO orbitals of the tetraarylboron compounds support the existence of electron delocalization between two aryl groups in the LUMO. This TICT-state and aryl-aryl electron extension is not observed for the trigonal arylboron compound, in which excited pi-orbital coupling only occurs between the boron atom and one aryl group, which restricts the twist motion of the aryl-boron bond. The excited triplet state is deactivated primarily through aryl-boron bond cleavage, yielding aryl and diphenylboryl radicals. In the presence of oxygen, this photochemistry results in phenoxyl and diphenylboroxyl radicals, as confirmed by EPR spectroscopy of spin trapped radical adducts. The TICT transition and radical generation is not expected for BoDIPY molecules where the rotational vibration of the B-aryl bond is rigid, restricting changes in the geometric structure. In this sense, this work contributes to the development of new BoDIPY derivatives where the TICT transition may be observed for aryl ligands with free rotational vibrations in the BoDIPY structure. (AU)

FAPESP's process: 11/51555-7 - Bread and meat for the future
Grantee:Daniel Rodrigues Cardoso
Support type: Regular Research Grants
FAPESP's process: 09/54040-8 - Acquisition of a high-resolution Orbitrap mass spectrometer for the discovery and structural analysis of biologically active compounds: applications in proteomics, biomarkers, synthesis, isolation, and characterization of natural products, studies of redox systems in food and enzymatic synthesis
Grantee:Emanuel Carrilho
Support type: Multi-user Equipment Program
FAPESP's process: 15/13756-1 - Photochemistry and Excited-states dynamics of Tetraarylborates and Tetraarylborate-pyridinium complexes
Grantee:Willy Glen Santos
Support type: Scholarships abroad - Research Internship - Post-doctor
FAPESP's process: 12/19823-4 - Phototransients of organoboranes generated by photolysis and flavin sensitization
Grantee:Willy Glen Santos
Support type: Scholarships in Brazil - Post-Doctorate