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A comprehensive theoretical investigation of intramolecular proton transfer in the excited states for some newly-designed diphenylethylene derivatives bearing 2-(2-hydroxy-phenyl)-benzotriazole part.

College of Chemistry and Chemical Engineering, Chongqing University, Chongqing 400044, China.
Journal of Fluorescence (Impact Factor: 1.79). 03/2011; 21(4):1721-8. DOI: 10.1007/s10895-011-0867-6
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ABSTRACT This article presents a comprehensive theoretical investigation of excited state intramolecular proton transfer (ESIPT) for some newly-designed diphenylethylene derivatives containing 2-(2-hydroxy-phenyl)-benzotriazole moiety with various substituted groups. The calculation shows the structural parameters and Mulliken charges of phototautomers enol (E) and keto (K) of these compounds exhibit no or tiny changes from S(0) to S(1). The calculated results suggest that HOMO and LUMO + 1 of the compounds displays excellent overlapping nature, and thus the absorption and emission could be from the electron transition of HOMO→LUMO + 1. The electron density distribution in the frontier orbital of E and K are influenced remarkably by various substituted groups in S(0) and S(1) states. Electron density distribution deficiency in 2-(2-hydroxy-phenyl)-benzotriazole part is observed in L + 1 for these derivatives. The calculation also suggests the potential energy curves of ESIPT are shown to be a strong relationship with electron donor-acceptor groups. The absorption spectra, normal emission spectra and ESIPT spectra of the derivatives were also calculated.

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