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Computational Insight to Improve the Thermal Isomerisation Performance of Overcrowded Alkene-Based Molecular Motors through Structural Redesign
Linköping University, Department of Physics, Chemistry and Biology, Bioinformatics. Linköping University, Faculty of Science & Engineering.
Linköping University, Department of Physics, Chemistry and Biology. Linköping University, Faculty of Science & Engineering.
Linköping University, Department of Physics, Chemistry and Biology, Bioinformatics. Linköping University, Faculty of Science & Engineering.
2016 (English)In: ChemPhysChem, ISSN 1439-4235, E-ISSN 1439-7641, Vol. 17, no 21, 3399-3408 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Synthetic overcrowded alkene-based molecular motors achieve 360° unidirectional rotary motion of one motor half (rotator) relative to the other (stator) through sequential photochemical and thermal isomerisation steps. In order to facilitate and expand the use of these motors for various applications, it is important to investigate ways to increase the rates and efficiencies of the reactions governing the rotary motion. Here, we use computational methods to explore whether the thermal isomerisation performance of some of the fastest available motors of this type can be further improved by reducing the sizes of the motor halves. Presenting three new redesigned motors that combine an indanylidene rotator with a cyclohexadiene, pyran or thiopyran stator, we first use multiconfigurational quantum chemical methods to verify that the photoisomerisations of these motors sustain unidirectional rotary motion. Then, by performing density functional calculations, we identify both stepwise and concerted mechanisms for the thermal isomerisations of the motors and show that the rate-determining free-energy barriers of these processes are up to 25 kJ mol−1 smaller than those of the original motors. Furthermore, the thermal isomerisations of the redesigned motors proceed in fewer steps. Altogether, the results suggest that the redesigned motors are useful templates for improving the thermal isomerisation performance of existing overcrowded alkene-based motors.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Wiley-Blackwell Publishing Inc., 2016. Vol. 17, no 21, 3399-3408 p.
Keyword [en]
Density functional calculations, isomerisation, molecular motors, rotary rates, stepwise versus concerted mechanisms
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Theoretical Chemistry Materials Chemistry Chemical Engineering
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URN: urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-132609DOI: 10.1002/cphc.201600766PubMedID: 27550708OAI: oai:DiVA.org:liu-132609DiVA: diva2:1047068
Available from: 2016-11-16 Created: 2016-11-16 Last updated: 2016-11-22Bibliographically approved
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1. Computational Design of Molecular Motors and Excited-State Studies of Organic Chromophores
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Computational Design of Molecular Motors and Excited-State Studies of Organic Chromophores
2016 (English)Doctoral thesis, comprehensive summary (Other academic)
Abstract [en]

This thesis presents computational quantum chemical studies of molecular motors and excited electronic states of organic chromophores.

The first and major part of the thesis is concerned with the design of light-driven rotary molecular motors. These are molecules that absorb light energy and convert it into 360° unidirectional rotary motion around a double bond connecting two molecular halves. In order to facilitate potential applications of molecular motors in nanotechnology, such as in molecular transport or in development of materials with photo-controllable properties, it is critical to optimize the rates and efficiencies of the chemical reactions that produce the rotary motion. To this end, computational methods are in this thesis used to study two different classes of molecular motors.

The first class encompasses the sterically overcrowded alkenes developed by Ben Feringa, co-recipient of the 2016 Nobel Prize in Chemistry. The rotary cycles of these motors involve two photoisomerization and two thermal isomerization steps, where the latter are the ones that limit the attainable rotational frequencies. In the thesis, several new motors of this type are proposed by identifying steric, electronic and conformational approaches to accelerate the thermal isomerizations. The second class contains motors that incorporate a protonated Schiff base and are capable to achieve higher photoisomerization rates than overcrowded alkene-based motors. In the thesis, a new motor of this type is proposed that produces unidirectional rotary motion by means of two photochemical steps alone. Also, this motor lacks both a stereocenter and helical motifs, which are key features of almost all synthetic rotary motors developed to date.

The second part of the thesis focuses on the design and assessment of composite computational procedures for modeling excited electronic states of organic chromophores. In particular, emphasis is put on developing procedures that facilitate the calculations of accurate 0−0 excitation energies of such compounds in a cost-effective way by combining quantum chemical methods with different accuracies.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Linköping: Linköping University Electronic Press, 2016. 64 p.
Series
Linköping Studies in Science and Technology. Dissertations, ISSN 0345-7524 ; 1794
National Category
Theoretical Chemistry Organic Chemistry Chemical Sciences
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-132611 (URN)10.3384/diss.diva-132611 (DOI)9789176856741 (Print) (ISBN)
Public defence
2016-12-15, Schrödinger (E324), Fysikhuset, Campus Valla, Linköping, 13:15 (English)
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Available from: 2016-11-16 Created: 2016-11-16 Last updated: 2016-11-17Bibliographically approved

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