Preferential photostructural modification of heteroleptic titanium alkoxides for molecular assembly

J. D. Musgraves, Jr G. Potter, Robin M. Sewell, Timothy J. Boyle

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The response of a mononuclear, heteroleptic titanium alkoxide [(OPy)2Ti(4MP)2, where OPy = pyridinecarbinol; NC5H4(CH2O) and 4MP = 4-mercaptophenol; OC6H4(SH)] to ultraviolet (UV) irradiation in dilute solution and in solid-state samples has been measured. Vibrational spectroscopy [Fourier transform infrared (FTIR) absorption and Raman scattering] was used to monitor changes in molecular structure upon exposure to 337.1- and 365-nm light. Assignment of spectral features to vibrational modes of the molecule was aided by a normal-mode analysis of the energy-minimized molecular structure within a density-functional theory framework. Photoinduced decreases in peak areas were observed in both FTIR spectra of the precursor solutions and Raman data collected from solution-cast films of the precursor material. These changes were associated with vibrational modes localized at the 4MP ligands. Conversely, no significant modification of vibrational structure associated with the OPy moiety was observed under the excitation conditions examined. In a related study, thin films of the precursor were cast, sampled, and irradiated with UV light in scintillation vials under hydrated air (40% relative humidity) and dry Ar to evaluate the influence of local atmospheric composition on the photoresponse. An increase in the magnitude of photoinduced vibrational changes was observed in the moist-air environment, again associated primarily with the 4MP ligand. The results support an interpretation of these structural changes in terms of a preferential enhancement of hydrolysis at the 4MP site under these conditions. These findings are discussed in the context of an optically driven molecular assembly strategy based on the photoinitiation of intermolecular bonding at selected sites about the metal center.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1694-1700
Number of pages7
JournalJournal of Materials Research
Issue number6
StatePublished - Jun 1 2007

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Materials Science(all)
  • Condensed Matter Physics
  • Mechanics of Materials
  • Mechanical Engineering


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