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[ASAP] Excitation-Dependent Multiple Fluorescence of a Substituted 2-(2'-Hydroxyphenyl)benzoxazole

[ASAP] Excitation-Dependent Multiple Fluorescence of a Substituted 2-(2'-Hydroxyphenyl)benzoxazole
Quinton J. Meisner, Ali H. Younes, Zhao Yuan, Kesavapillai Sreenath, Joseph J. M. Hurley, Lei Zhu
Excitation-dependent multiple fluorescence of a 2-(2′-hydroxyphenyl)benzoxazole (HBO) derivative (1) is described. Compound 1 contains the structure of a charge-transfer (CT) 4-hydroxyphenylvinylenebipy fluorophore and an excited-state intramolecular proton transfer capable (ESIPT-capable) HBO component that intersect at the hydroxyphenyl moiety. Therefore, both CT and ESIPT pathways, while spatially mostly separated, are available to the excited state of 1. The ESIPT process offers two emissive isomeric structures (enol and keto) of 1 in the excited state, while the susceptibility of 1 to a base adds another option to tune the composite emission color. In addition to the ground-state acid–base equilibrium that can be harnessed for the control of emission color by excitation energy, compound 1 exhibits excitation-dependent emission that is attributed to solvent-affected ground-state structural changes. Therefore, depending on the medium and excitation wavelength, the emission from the enol, keto, and anion forms could occur simultaneously, which are in the color ranges of blue, green, and orange/red, respectively. A composite color of white with CIE coordinates of (0.33, 0.33) can be materialized through judicious choices of medium and excitation wavelength.

Publisher URL: http://dx.doi.org/10.1021/acs.jpca.8b07988

DOI: 10.1021/acs.jpca.8b07988

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