Photodynamics of the S1 state of some hydroxy- and amino-substituted naphthoquinones and anthraquinones
Photodynamics of the S1 state of the 1,4- and 1,8-disubstituted hydroxyquinones and aminoquinones have been studied in different organic solvents by absorption and fluorescence spectroscopy. The internal conversion process is the major deactivation path for the S1 state. The solvent and temperature dependence and deuterium isotope effect on the fluorescence dynamics suggest that hydrogen stretching vibrations in different intra- and inter-molecular hydrogen bonds are responsible for very fast non-radiative decay processes. Among the intra-molecular hydrogen-bonded molecules studied only the S1 state of 1,8-dihydroxy-9,10-anthraquinone showed the evidence of excited-state intramolecular proton-transfer process. Preliminary observations on the interaction of the S1 state of these quinones with benzene and other aromatic hydrocarbon solvents via the formation of an exciplex have also been reported.