Direct Observation of the Reduction of Aryl Halides by a Photoexcited Perylene Diimide Radical Anion

J Am Chem Soc. 2020 Feb 5;142(5):2204-2207. doi: 10.1021/jacs.9b13027. Epub 2020 Jan 22.


The ability of the doublet excited state of perylene diimide anion radical 2(PDI-•)* to reduce aromatic electron acceptors was probed by picosecond time-resolved transient absorption (TA) spectroscopy. Excitation of PDI-• produces visible TA due to 2(PDI-•)* that decays with τ = 160 ps. Aromatic electron acceptors with varying reduction potential quench 2(PDI-•)* and, in some cases, give a new visible region absorption that is attributed to the products of bimolecular photoinduced electron transfer, 2(PDI-•)* + Ar-X → PDI + Ar-X-•. Stern-Volmer quenching of 2(PDI-•)* accomplished with a series of acceptors provides bimolecular quenching rate constants as a function of acceptor reduction potential. Rehm-Weller analysis of the electron transfer quenching data affords the potential for the (*PDI-•/PDI) electrochemical half-reaction as -1.87 V vs SCE.

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  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't