Photophysiochemical studies of d¹⁰ metallophthalocyanines and their interaction with nanoparticles

Chidawanyika, Wadzanai Janet Upenyu (2010) Photophysiochemical studies of d¹⁰ metallophthalocyanines and their interaction with nanoparticles. PhD thesis, Rhodes University.




The syntheses, extensive spectroscopic characterization, photophysical and photochemical studies have been conducted for a variation of d10 metallophthaloycanines (MPcs). Comparisons have been made taking into consideration the nfluence of the central metal ion, solvent properties, substituent type and position. Coordination to heavy central metals i.e. Hg gives enhanced triplet state properties. Low symmetry metallophthalocyanine complexes were similarly haracterized and the influence of nteractions with nanoparticles on their photophysical and photochemical properties determined. The MPcs have been linked and adsorbed or mixed with nanoparticles i.e. hemically functionalized single-walled carbon nanotubes SWCNT) and mercaptocarboxylic acid capped CdTe quantum dots (QDs) and changes in the spectra accounted for with respect to the proposed conjugate structures. Distinct differences ccur for linked and adsorbed or mixed conjugates in the bsorption, infrared (IR) and Raman spectra and for thermal ravimetric decay profiles, suggesting successful formation f covalent bonds (linked) and point to structurally ifferent materials. SWCNT quench MPc fluorescence by a photoinduced electron transfer mediated process to give low fluorescence quantum yields. The QDs were used as energy transfer donors and facilitate energy transfer, through Förster resonance energy transfer (FRET) from the QDs to the MPcs. Improved FRET efficiencies were found for linked MPc-QD conjugates relative to the mixed species. Photophysicochemical properties of MPcs were, in general, improved as a result of interactions with nanoparticles.

Item Type:Thesis (PhD)
Uncontrolled Keywords:Photophysicochemical studies ; Metallophthalocyanines ; Nanoparticles ; Photochemistry ; Electrochemistry
Subjects:Q Science > QD Chemistry
Divisions:Faculty > Faculty of Science > Chemistry
Supervisors:Nyokong, T. (Prof.)
ID Code:1762
Deposited By: Mrs Carol Perold
Deposited On:14 Sep 2010 09:55
Last Modified:06 Jan 2012 16:21
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