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Inorg Chem. 2013 Aug 19;52(16):9266-74. doi: 10.1021/ic4004559. Epub 2013 Jul 26.

Tuning the photophysical properties of anti-B18H22: efficient intersystem crossing between excited singlet and triplet states in new 4,4'-(HS)2-anti-B18H20.

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Institute of Inorganic Chemistry of the AS CR, v.v.i., 250 68 Husinec-Řež, Czech Republic.


The tuning of the photophysical properties of the highly fluorescent boron hydride cluster anti-B18H22 (1), by straightforward chemical substitution to produce 4,4'-(HS)2-anti-B18H20 (2), facilitates intersystem crossing from excited singlet states to a triplet manifold. This subsequently enhances O2((1)Δg) singlet oxygen production from a quantum yield of ΦΔ ∼ 0.008 in 1 to 0.59 in 2. This paper describes the synthesis and full structural characterization of the new compound 4,4'-(HS)2-anti-B18H20 (2) and uses UV-vis spectroscopy coupled with density functional theory (DFT) and ab initio computational studies to delineate and explain its photophysical properties.


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