Ultrafast dynamics in light-driven molecular rotary motors probed by femtosecond stimulated raman spectroscopy

Hall, Christopher R., Conyard, Jamie, Heisler, Ismael A., Jones, Garth A., Frost, James, Browne, Wesley R., Feringa, Ben L. and Meech, Stephen R. ORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0001-5561-2782 (2017) Ultrafast dynamics in light-driven molecular rotary motors probed by femtosecond stimulated raman spectroscopy. Journal of the American Chemical Society, 139 (21). 7408–7414. ISSN 0002-7863

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Photochemical isomerization in sterically crowded chiral alkenes is the driving force for molecular rotary motors in nanoscale machines. Here the excited state dynamics and structural evolution of the prototypical light driven rotary motor are followed on the ultrafast timescale by femtosecond stimulated Raman spectroscopy (FSRS) and transient absorption (TA). TA reveals a sub 100 fs blue shift and decay of the Franck-Condon bright state arising from relaxation along the reactive potential energy surface. The decay is accompanied by coherently excited vibrational dynamics which survive the excited state structural evolution. The ultrafast Franck-Condon bright state relaxation is to a dark excited state, which FSRS reveals to have a rich spectrum compared to the electronic ground state, with the most intense Raman active modes shifted to significantly lower wavenumber. This is discussed in terms of a reduced bond order of the central bridging bond and overall weakening of bonds in the dark state, which is supported by electronic structure calculations. The observed evolution in the FSRS spectrum is assigned to vibrational cooling accompanied by partitioning of the dark state between the product isomer and the original ground state. Formation of the product isomer is observed in real time by FSRS. It is formed vibrationally hot and cools over several picoseconds, completing the characterization of the light driven half of the photocycle.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: ultrafast dynamics,molecular motor,raman
Faculty \ School: Faculty of Science > School of Chemistry
Faculty of Science
UEA Research Groups: Faculty of Science > Research Groups > Physical and Analytical Chemistry (former - to 2017)
Faculty of Science > Research Groups > Chemistry of Light and Energy
Faculty of Science > Research Groups > Centre for Photonics and Quantum Science
Depositing User: Pure Connector
Date Deposited: 11 May 2017 05:06
Last Modified: 23 Aug 2023 19:30
URI: https://ueaeprints.uea.ac.uk/id/eprint/63477
DOI: 10.1021/jacs.7b03599

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