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Themed collection Papers celebrating the birthday and achievements of Professor Michael Wasielewski

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Activating intramolecular singlet exciton fission by altering π-bridge flexibility in perylene diimide trimers for organic solar cells

We show via time resolved spectroscopy that triplet formation proceeds via intersystem crossing in a rigid-bridged perylene diimide trimer and via efficient and fast intramolecular singlet exciton fission in the analogous flexible-bridged trimer.

Graphical abstract: Activating intramolecular singlet exciton fission by altering π-bridge flexibility in perylene diimide trimers for organic solar cells
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Driving high quantum yield NIR emission through proquinoidal linkage motifs in conjugated supermolecular arrays

Incorporation of proquinoidal BTD building blocks into conjugated porphyrin oligomers minimizes the extent of excited-state structural relaxation relative to the ground-state conformation, elucidating new classes of impressive NIR fluorophores.

Graphical abstract: Driving high quantum yield NIR emission through proquinoidal linkage motifs in conjugated supermolecular arrays
From the themed collection: 2020 Chemical Science HOT Article Collection
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Detection of magnetic field effects by confocal microscopy

Confocal microscopy is showcased as a powerful technique for the measurement of spatiotemporally-resolved magnetic field effects in both solutions and single crystals.

Graphical abstract: Detection of magnetic field effects by confocal microscopy
From the themed collection: 2020 Chemical Science HOT Article Collection
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Photophysical implications of ring fusion, linker length, and twisting angle in a series of perylenediimide–thienoacene dimers

Ring fusion and conjugated bridge length dependent exciton dynamics and electronic coupling in a series of perylenediimide dimers with acceptor–donor–acceptor arrangement are investigated by ultrafast optical spectroscopy and TDDFT calculations.

Graphical abstract: Photophysical implications of ring fusion, linker length, and twisting angle in a series of perylenediimide–thienoacene dimers
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Mutation effects on charge transport through the p58c iron–sulfur protein

Functional electron transfer between the [Fe4S4] cluster and the nucleic acid is impacted by a Y345C mutation in the p58c subunit of human primase.

Graphical abstract: Mutation effects on charge transport through the p58c iron–sulfur protein
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Anomalous chemically induced electron spin polarization in proton-coupled electron transfer reactions: insight into radical pair dynamics

Time-resolved electron paramagnetic resonance (TREPR) spectroscopy has been used to study the proton coupled electron transfer (PCET) reaction between a Ruthenium complex (Ru(bpz)(bpy)2) and several substituted hydroquinones (HQ).

Graphical abstract: Anomalous chemically induced electron spin polarization in proton-coupled electron transfer reactions: insight into radical pair dynamics
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TIPS-pentacene triplet exciton generation on PbS quantum dots results from indirect sensitization

Many fundamental questions remain in the elucidation of energy migration mechanisms across the interface between semiconductor nanomaterials and molecular chromophores.

Graphical abstract: TIPS-pentacene triplet exciton generation on PbS quantum dots results from indirect sensitization
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Outer-sphere effects on ligand-field excited-state dynamics: solvent dependence of high-spin to low-spin conversion in [Fe(bpy)3]2+

Time-resolved spectroscopic measurements of ground-state recovery for [Fe(bpy)3]2+ reveal that the solvent can induce an outer-sphere reorganization energy effect on excited-state dynamics involving metal-centered ligand-field electronic states.

Graphical abstract: Outer-sphere effects on ligand-field excited-state dynamics: solvent dependence of high-spin to low-spin conversion in [Fe(bpy)3]2+
From the themed collection: 2020 Chemical Science HOT Article Collection
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Proton-coupled electron transfer across benzimidazole bridges in bioinspired proton wires

Experimental and theoretical methods characterize the thermodynamics of electrochemically driven proton-coupled electron transfer processes in bioinspired constructs involving multiple proton translocations over Grotthus-type proton wires.

Graphical abstract: Proton-coupled electron transfer across benzimidazole bridges in bioinspired proton wires
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Excited-state proton-coupled electron transfer within ion pairs

Electrostatic ion pairs provide a general method to study excited-state proton-coupled electron transfer. A PTaETb mechanism is identified for the ES-PCET oxidation of salicylate within photoexcited cationic ruthenium–salicylate ion pairs.

Graphical abstract: Excited-state proton-coupled electron transfer within ion pairs
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Electron spin polarization generated by transport of singlet and quintet multiexcitons to spin-correlated triplet pairs during singlet fissions

Singlet fission (SF) is expected to exceed the Shockley–Queisser theoretical limit of efficiency of organic solar cells.

Graphical abstract: Electron spin polarization generated by transport of singlet and quintet multiexcitons to spin-correlated triplet pairs during singlet fissions
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Optical monitoring of polymerizations in droplets with high temporal dynamic range

Two complementary measurements, fluorescence polarization anisotropy and aggregation-induced emission, allow for in situ optical monitoring of polymerization reaction progress in droplets across varying temporal regimes of the reaction.

Graphical abstract: Optical monitoring of polymerizations in droplets with high temporal dynamic range
From the themed collection: 2020 Chemical Science HOT Article Collection
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Open-circuit-voltage shift of over 0.5 V in organic photovoltaic cells induced by a minor structural difference in alkyl substituents

The cause of a large shift in open-circuit voltage induced by a minor difference in end-alkyl groups of p-type small molecules is examined via X-ray diffraction and computation, revealing a critical impact of molecular packing.

Graphical abstract: Open-circuit-voltage shift of over 0.5 V in organic photovoltaic cells induced by a minor structural difference in alkyl substituents
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Concerted proton-electron transfer oxidation of phenols and hydrocarbons by a high-valent nickel complex

A high-valent nickel(III) compound performs fast concerted proton–electron transfer on O–H and C–H bonds. Thermodynamic analysis suggests that the oxidizing power of the compound and the formation of a strong ligand O–H bond lead to high reactivity.

Graphical abstract: Concerted proton-electron transfer oxidation of phenols and hydrocarbons by a high-valent nickel complex
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The origin of the solvent dependence of fluorescence quantum yields in dipolar merocyanine dyes

An increasing activation energy barrier to a conical intersection was identified as the reason for higher fluorescence lifetimes and quantum yields for merocyanines in polar solvents.

Graphical abstract: The origin of the solvent dependence of fluorescence quantum yields in dipolar merocyanine dyes
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Facile synthesis of fluorescent hetero[8]circulene analogues with tunable solubilities and optical properties

Highly twisted quasi-aza[8]circulene and planar triazaoxa[8]circulene have been prepared, which exhibited intriguing optical properties.

Graphical abstract: Facile synthesis of fluorescent hetero[8]circulene analogues with tunable solubilities and optical properties
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Subphthalocyanine–tetracyanobuta-1,3-diene–aniline conjugates: stereoisomerism and photophysical properties

We report the stereoisomerism and physicochemical properties of two novel electron donor–acceptor conjugates based on subphthalocyanines decorated at their peripheral, or peripheral/axial positions with multiple tetracyanobutadiene–aniline moieties.

Graphical abstract: Subphthalocyanine–tetracyanobuta-1,3-diene–aniline conjugates: stereoisomerism and photophysical properties
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Michael Wasielewski is a pivotal figure in artificial photosynthesis, molecular self-assembly, photochemistry, organic magnetism, and spintronics. These papers from colleagues and collaborators, all of them friends, celebrate Mike’s science and vision.

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