Excited States of the Phthalimide Chromophore and Their Exciton Couplings: A Tool for Stereochemical Assignments
Journal article, 1998

The electronically excited states of the phthalimide chromophore have been studied by means of linear dichroism (LD) of samples partially oriented in poly(vinyl alcohol) films, magnetic circular dichroism (MCD), and circular dichroism (CD) spectroscopy. On the basis of the LD measurements, the low-energy tail (340-320 nm) of the first absorption band is assigned to an out-of-plane polarized pi-->pi* transition (I). At higher energy, the electronic spectrum is resolved into contributions from five pi-->pi* transitions: II(300 nm, long-axis polarized), III (275 nm, short-axis polarized), IV (235 nm, short-axis polarized), V (220 nm, long-axis polarized), and VI (similar to 210 nm, short-axis polarized). The results from semiempirical (INDO/S-CI) and ab initio (CIS/6-31+G(d)) MO calculations compare well with the proposed assignments of the excited states. Degenerate exciton interaction between electric-dipole-allowed transitions of two phthalimide chromophores is observed in the electronic absorption spectra of the achiral bis-phthalimides 2a-c and in the CD spectrum of the chiral bis-phthalimide 3a. For the latter compound, the solid-state geometry has been determined by X-ray diffraction analysis. Good agreement between experimental and computed CD spectra confirms that the coupled-oscillator exciton model provides the basis for a reliable nonempirical method for the assignment of absolute configuration for this class of compounds. Nondegenerate exciton coupling between phthalimide and benzoate or phenyl chromophores is born out in the CD spectra of homochiral molecules 3c and 3d with the rigid cyclohexane skeleton. Finally, the exciton coupling method is used to make stereochemical assignments for the acyclic, conformationally flexible derivatives 4a-c and 5b.


J. Gawronski

F. Kazmierczak

K. Gawronska

U. Rychlewska

Bengt Nordén

Department of Physical Chemistry

Anders Holmén

Department of Physical Chemistry

Journal of the American Chemical Society

0002-7863 (ISSN) 1520-5126 (eISSN)

Vol. 120 46 12083-12091

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