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  • Fine-Tuning Plasmon-Molecule Interactions in Gold-BODIPY Nanocomposites: The Role of Chemical Structure and Noncovalent Interactions.

Fine-Tuning Plasmon-Molecule Interactions in Gold-BODIPY Nanocomposites: The Role of Chemical Structure and Noncovalent Interactions.

ChemPlusChem (2020-10-16)
P P Praveen Kumar, Atikur Rahman, Tanmay Goswami, Hirendra N Ghosh, Prakash P Neelakandan
ABSTRACT

Strong coupling between localized surface plasmons and molecular absorptions leads to remarkable changes in the photophysical properties of dye-loaded metal nanoparticles. Here, we report supramolecular nanocomposites consisting of BODIPY, tryptophan, and gold nanoparticles, and investigate the effect of structural variations on their photophysical properties. Our results indicate that the photostability and photosensitization properties of the nanocomposites depend on the chemical composition of the BODIPY molecules. The singlet oxygen quantum yield of the nanocomposites NC1 (BODIPY, B1 bearing a single methyl group) and NC3 (BODIPY, B3 with 5 methyl and 2 iodo groups) were 0.46 and 0.42, respectively, which were significantly higher compared to their individual components. Ultrafast spectroscopy studies revealed that the migration of photoexcited BODIPY electrons to the plasmonic photoexcitation allowed electron transfer into the singlet oxygen states, thereby leading to efficient generation of singlet oxygen.

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1,3-Diphenylisobenzofuran, 97%
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