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Tuning the excited-state dynamics of GFP-inspired imidazolone derivatives

Dobrikov, Georgi
Perez, Robert
Dimitrov, Vladimir
Nikolov, Peter
Published in The journal of physical chemistry. A. 2010, vol. 114, p. 10-20
Abstract The excited-state dynamics of five derivatives of the GFP-chromophore, which differ by the position and nature of their substituents, has been investigated in solvents of various viscosity and polarity and in rigid media using femtosecond-resolved spectroscopy. In polar solvents of low viscosity, like acetonitrile or methanol, the fluorescence decays of all compounds are multiexponential, with average lifetimes of the order of a few picoseconds, whereas in rigid matrices (polymer films and low temperature glasses), they are single exponential with lifetimes of the order of a few nanoseconds and fluorescence quantum yields close to unity. Global analysis of the fluorescence decays recorded at several wavelengths and of the transient absorption spectra reveals the presence of several excited-state populations with slightly different fluorescence and absorption spectra and with distinct lifetimes. These populations are attributed to the existence of multiple ground-state conformers. From the analysis of the dependence of the excited-state dynamics on the solvent and on the nature of the substituents, it follows that the nonradiative deactivation of all these excited chromophores involves an intramolecular coordinate with large amplitude motion. However, depending on the solvent and substituent, additional channels, namely, inter- and intramolecular hydrogen bond assisted nonradiative deactivation, are operative. This allows tuning of the excited-state lifetime of the chromophore. Finally, an ultrafast photoinduced intramolecular charge transfer is observed in polar solvents with one derivative bearing a dimethylaminophenyl substituent.
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PETKOVA, Irina Doynova et al. Tuning the excited-state dynamics of GFP-inspired imidazolone derivatives. In: The journal of physical chemistry. A, 2010, vol. 114, p. 10-20. doi: 10.1021/jp903900b https://archive-ouverte.unige.ch/unige:4850

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