Photochemical dynamics of indolylmaleimide derivatives

Tatsuhiro Murakami, Manabu Nakazono, Alexey Kondorskiy, Toshimasa Ishida, Shinkoh Nanbu

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On-the-fly nonadiabatic ab initio molecular dynamics simulations have been carried out for three anionic species of indolylmaleimides (3-(1H-3-indolyl)-2, 5-dihydro-1H-2,5-pyrroledione, IM) to clarify the mechanisms of photochemical reactions. The results are obtained for (i) a monovalent anion with a deprotonated indole NH group (IM-′), (ii) a monovalent anion with a deprotonated maleimide NH group (IM-′′) and (iii) a divalent anion with doubly deprotonated indole and the maleimide NH groups (IM2-). Quantum chemical calculations are treated at the three state averaged complete-active space self-consistent field level for 6 electrons in 5 orbitals with the cc-pVDZ basis set (CAS (6, 5) SCF/cc-pVDZ). Molecular dynamics simulations are performed with electronically nonadiabatic transitions included using the Zhu-Nakamura version of the trajectory surface hopping (ZN-TSH) method. It is found that the nonadiabatic transitions occur accompanied by the stretching and shrinking motions of the N(7)-C(8) bond in the case of IM -′ and the C(11)-N(12) bond in IM2- rather than the twisting motion of the dihedral angle. We also found that the ultrafast S 2 → S1 nonadiabatic transitions occur through the conical intersection (CoIn) right after photoexcitation to S2 in IM-′ and IM2-. Furthermore, the S1 → S0 nonadiabatic transitions are found to take place in IM -′. It is concluded that IM2- would mainly contribute to the photoemission, because the S1 ← S0 and S2 ← S0 transitions of IM -′′ are dipole-forbidden transitions and, moreover, IM2- is found to be the only species to stay in the S1 state without non-radiative decay.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)11546-11555
Number of pages10
JournalPhysical Chemistry Chemical Physics
Issue number32
Publication statusPublished - Aug 28 2012

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Physics and Astronomy(all)
  • Physical and Theoretical Chemistry


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