Time-resolved structural dynamics of extended π-electron porphyrin nanoring

Giovanni Bressan, Martin D. Peeks, Harry L. Anderson, Stephen R. Meech, Ismael A. Heisler

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Molecular structure design inspired by naturally occurring light harvesting systems has been intensely pursued over the last couple of decades. Interesting new structures include the π- conjugated porphyrin nanorings, which show promising features such as ultrafast excited-state delocalization, leading to suppressed radiative rates, superradiance with increasing temperature
and energy transfer times comparable to their natural counterparts. An mportant question to be addressed in such systems is the role and time scale of structural motions and how they affect excited-state delocalization. Here it is shown that porphyrin nanorings which are not rigidified by a template are
structurally heterogeneous in the ground state and evolve dynamically on a tens of picoseconds timescale. In the excited state a structural relaxation of the
porphyrin nanorings is observed, on a picosecond timescale. Furthermore ultrafast excitation delocalization is observed, by anisotropy measurements, being insensitive to structural motions of the nanorings.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)27222-27229
Number of pages8
JournalThe Journal of Physical Chemistry C
Issue number44
Early online date15 Oct 2019
Publication statusPublished - 7 Nov 2019

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