Robert E. Overfield, Avigdor Scherz, Kenneth J. Kaufmann, Michael R Wasielewski

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The title cyclophanes are dimers of methyl mesopyropheophorbide a that are connected by two covalent linkages. Insertion of zero, one, or two magnesium ions in the cyclophane provides a series of compounds that are useful in exploring artificial photosynthesis. In contrast to recently studied cofacial proporphyrins, the macrocycles of these dimers have orthogonal transition moments. This precludes strong interaction in spite of their close distance. The ground-state absorbance and emission spectra of the dimetalated and nometalated cyclophanes are similar to those of the corresponding monomers but show small red shifts, broadening, and hypochromism of the lowest energy ( pi yields pi *) transition. Difference spectra for absorbance of the excited state are presented for the monomers and the monometalated cyclophane. A weak vibronic coupling mechanism is proposed to account for the absorbance band broadening and is indicated by the circular dichroism observed.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)4256-4260
Number of pages5
JournalJournal of the American Chemical Society
Issue number13
Publication statusPublished - Jan 1 1983

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  • Chemistry(all)

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