Dynamic Electron Polarization Lasting More Than 10 μs by Hybridizing Porphyrin and TEMPO with Flexible Linkers

Koki Nishimura, Reiya Yabuki, Tomoyuki Hamachi, Nobuo Kimizuka, Kenichiro Tateishi, Tomohiro Uesaka, Nobuhiro Yanai

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Dynamic electron polarization (DEP), induced by quenching of photoexcited species by stable radicals, can hyperpolarize electron spins in solution at room temperature. Recently, development of technologies based on electron spin polarization such as dynamic nuclear polarization (DNP) has been progressing, where it is important to design molecules that achieve long-lasting DEP in addition to high DEP. Hybridization by linking dyes and radicals is a promising approach for efficient DEP, but strong interactions between neighboring dyes and radicals often result in the rapid decay of DEP. In this study, we introduce a flexible linker into the hybrid system of porphyrin and TEMPO to achieve both efficient DEP and long-lasting DEP. The structural flexibility of the linker switches the interaction between the radical and the triplet, which promotes the DEP process by bringing the radical and the triplet into close proximity, while avoiding abrupt relaxation due to strong interactions. As a result, the new hybridized system exhibits a larger DEP than the unlinked system, while at the same time achieving a DEP lasting more than 10 μs.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1219-1228
Number of pages10
JournalJournal of Physical Chemistry B
Issue number5
Publication statusPublished - Feb 9 2023

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Physical and Theoretical Chemistry
  • Surfaces, Coatings and Films
  • Materials Chemistry


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