Structures and electronic states of photoexcited states in a system of two nitroxide radicals linked to fullerene studied by two-dimensional pulsed nutation and time-resolved electron paramagnetic resonance spectroscopy

Y. Ohba, M. Nishimura, N. Mizuochi, S. Yamauchi

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Abstract

Magnetic properties of fulleropyrrolidine adducts with two stable nitroxide radicals (2,2,6,6-tetramethylpiperidine-1-oxyl, TEMPO) were studied in toluene solution by continuous-wave time-resolved (TR) and pulsed electron paramagnetic resonance (EPR) spectroscopy in the ground and photoexcited states. Four isomers of the bisadduct, trans-1, trans-2, trans-3, and equatorial forms, having the second pyrrolidine ring at different [6-6] bonds were synthesized. In the ground states, the exchange interaction between two TEMPOs is so small that the spin state of the bisadduct is a doublet in nature. By means of spectral simulations of the EPR spectra in frozen solution at 70 K, the upper limit of the exchange interaction was estimated to be 5 MHz for the trans-1 and trans-2 and 10 MHz for the trans-3 and equatorial isomers. The simulation was also made to determine relative positions of the two TEMPO groups with respect to the pyrrolidine ring. Photoexcited states of the bisadducts with excitation of the 532 nm laser pulse were studied in frozen toluene solution at 5-100 K by using two-dimensional (2-D) pulsed nutation EPR and TREPR. The spin multiplicity of the excited state was determined by the nutation frequency. All of the four bisadducts showed strong exchange couplings between two TEMPOs and fullerene triplet 3C60*, resulting in the generation of the excited quintet and triplet states. The excited triplet states have been observed and assigned for the first time in strongly coupled triplet-radical systems. The zero-field splittings of the quintet state determined from the 2-D nutation EPR spectra were analyzed as the sum of the spinspin interactions among the three paramagnetic centers, two TEMPOs and 3C60*. On the basis of these analyses, the spin distribution on the 3C 60* part and the geometry of two TEMPOs are discussed.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)117-134
Number of pages18
JournalApplied Magnetic Resonance
Volume26
Issue number1-2
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2004 Jan 1

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Atomic and Molecular Physics, and Optics

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