Journal of porphyrins and phthalocyanines vol:5 issue:8 pages:633-644
The fluorescence quenching of a Zn(II) porphyrin Linked to Cu(I)catenates relative to a model compound without Cu(I) was attributed to energy transfer from the Zn(II) porphyrin to the metal-to-ligand charge transfer (MLCT) state of the Cu(I)(phenanthroline), center at the core of the molecules. The similarity of the fluorescence spectra and fluorescence decays of a Zn(II) porphyrin linked to an Au(III) porphyrin, a Zn(II) porphyrin or a benzoate moiety through the catenate framework suggested that no fluorescence quenching by electron transfer to the Au(III) porphyrin occurred and that the copper(I) (phenanthroline)2 center acts as an energy sink. The value of the critical distance for Forster type energy transfer, determined from spectral data is compatible with the observed rate constants for energy transfer and dimensions of the macrocycle. The multi-exponential nature of the fluorescence decay is attributed to the presence of different slowly interconverting conformations of the macrocycle to which the porphyrins are attached. Copyright (C) 2001 John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.