PAPER: Two-photon photosensitized production of singlet oxygen: Sensitizers with phenylene-ethynylene-based chromophores

McIlroy, S. P.; Cló, E.; Nikolajsen, L.; Frederiksen, P. K.; Nielsen, C. B.; Mikkelsen, K. V.; Gothelf, K. V.; Ogilby, P. R.

J. Org. Chem. 2005, 70, 1134–1146, doi: 10.1021/jo0482099

Department of Chemistry, University of Aarhus, DK-8000 Arhus, Denmark.


[reaction: see text] Singlet molecular oxygen (a(1)Delta(g)) has been produced and optically monitored in time-resolved experiments upon nonlinear two-photon excitation of photosensitizers that contain triple bonds as an integral part of the chromophore. Both experiments and ab initio computations indicate that the photophysical properties of alkyne-containing sensitizers are similar to those in the alkene-containing analogues. Most importantly, however, in comparison to the analogue that contains double bonds, the sensitizer containing alkyne moieties is more stable against singlet-oxygen-mediated photooxygenation reactions. This increased stability can be advantageous, particularly with respect to two-photon singlet oxygen imaging experiments in which data are collected over comparatively long time periods.

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