Trans-azobenzene dissolved in different liquid hydrocarbons absorbs fluorescence arising from all acceptors previously used in Fluorescence Detected Magnetic Resonance (FDMR) and Optically Detected ESR (OD ESR) spectroscopy making optical detection impossible. In this report a new acceptor, rubrene, having sufficient quantum yield of fluorescence in the red band 550-620 nm, has been proven successful. OD ESR spectra of the radical-ion pair trans-azobenzene+/rubrene- were detected in liquid squalane (2,6,10,15,19,23-hexamethyl-tetracosane) solution in the temperature range 294-243 K. The experimental isotropic hyperfine splittings of the radical cation of trans-azobenzene (aN=1.4 mT) have been compared with those from MNDO/INDO calculations and with those of earlier work using freon matrix studies.
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Atomic and Molecular Physics, and Optics