DOI: 10.1002/ange.202311387 ISSN:

77% Photothermal Conversion in Blatter‐Type Diradicals: Photophysics and Photodynamic Applications

Yu Ji, Sergio Moles Quintero, Yasi Dai, Jose M. Marín Beloqui, Hanjun Zhang, Qian Zhan, Fanxi Sun, Dongsheng Wang, Xiangkun Li, Zhiyi Wang, Xinggui Gu, Fabrizia Negri, Juan Casado, Yonghao Zheng
  • General Medicine

Diradicals based on the Blatter units and connected by acetylene and alkene spacers have been prepared. All the molecules show sizably large diradical character and low energy singlet‐triplet energy gaps. Their photo‐physical properties concerning their lowest energy excited state have been studied in detail by steady‐state and time‐resolved absorption spectroscopy. We have fully identified the main optical absorption band and full absence of emission from the lowest energy excited state. A computational study has been also carried out that has helped to identify the presence of a conical intersection between the lowest energy excited state and the ground state which produces a highly efficient light‐to‐heat conversion of the absorbed radiation. Furthermore, an outstanding photo‐thermal conversion near 80% has been confirmed, close to the highest in the diradicaloid field. For the first time, stable diradicals are applied to photo‐thermal therapy of tumor cells with good stability and satisfactory performance at near‐infrared region.

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