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Materials Research

versión impresa ISSN 1516-1439

Mat. Res. v.6 n.3 São Carlos abr./jun. 2003

http://dx.doi.org/10.1590/S1516-14392003000300007 

Modeling of alkynes: synthesis and theoretical properties

 

 

Renato RossetoI; José Celso TorresI; Jordan Del NeroII*

IInstituto de Química, UNICAMP, 13083-970 Campinas - SP, Brazil
IIDepartamento de Física, Universidade Federal do Pará, 66075-110 Belém - PA, Brazil

 

 


ABSTRACT

In this paper we present the synthesis and simulation of alkynes derivatives. Semiempirical calculations were carried out for the ground and first excited states, including the spectroscopic properties of the absorption and emission (fluorescence and phosphorescence) spectra by INDO/S-CI and DNdM-INDO/S-CI methods with geometries fully optimized by PM3/CI. The fact that the theoretical spectra are in accord with the experimental absorption spectra gives us a new possible approach on how structure modifications could affect the non-linear optical properties of alkynes.

Keywords: alkynes, synthesis,semiempirical/ci methods, theoretical absorption and emission spectra, experimental absorption spectra


 

 

1. Introduction

Alkynes have been identified as a promising way to prepare novel molecular, polymer carbon allotropes and carbon-rich nanoarchitecture with unusual structural, electronic and optical properties1-4.

The use of the carbon-carbon triple bond as a linking unit between aromatic rings allows access to relatively rigid and simple scaffoldings that can be further elaborated by incorporating a wide range of pendant functionalities on the aromatic rings, which can promote electronic modifications and induced electronic delocalization in the compound4.

Juxtaposition of the alkyne entity and substituents appears to be interesting in several aspects: (a) two or more metal centers could be held in the same molecule5,6 for cooperative effect in catalysis; (b) metal organic polymers could be derived from organometallic complexes containing these ligands7; (c) bridged dinuclear complexes could serve as models for the investigation of metal-metal interactions8 or the complexes may serve as nonlinear optical materials9.

Our objective in this work is to understand, by theoretical and experimental methods, the changes in the electronic properties of aromatic alkynes (electronically symmetric or asymmetric) containing different substituents on the benzene rings in para position. Diphenylacetylene (I) was taken as the reference and the other alkynes studied were grouped according to the nature of the substituent on the aromatic rings: electron donating groups (II and V), electron acceptor group (III), electron donor and acceptor group (IV). C6H4N (pyridil) was used in place of the phenyl rings in alkynes VI and VII, and 1,3-diphenylbutadiyne (VIII) was studied to evaluate the extension of conjugated chain.

 

2. Methodology

All reactions were carried out under dry argon using standard Schlenk techniques. Solvents (diethylamine and triethylamine) were dried and distilled prior to use. Diphenylacetylene, phenylacetylene, 4-iodoaniline, 1-iodo-4-nitrobenzene, 4-iodoanisole, and 4-bromopyridine hydrochloride were purchased from Aldrich Chemical Co send were used without further purification, and bis(triphenylphosphine)palladium(II) dichloride [PdCl2(PPh3)2] and cuprous iodide (CuI) were purchased from Strem Chemical, Inc.

UV-Vis spectra were obtained from CH2Cl2 and hexane solutions, in a 1 cm path length quartz cuvette, on a HP8452 spectrometer. Infrared spectra were recorded using NaCl cell in nujol on a Bomem MB-Series FT-IR spectrometer.

All compounds (I-VIII) were prepared and characterized as previously described10-13and the following is a typical example:

Alkyne II (para-aminodiphenylacetylene). To a mixture of 4-iodoaniline (0.97 g, 5 mmol) and phenylacetylene (0.65 ml, 6 mmol) was added [PdCl2(PPh3)2] (170 mg, 5% mol) and CuI (47 mg, 5% mol) in 30 ml a deaerated solution of triethylamine. The reaction mixture was stirred at room temperature for 6 h under Ar and the solvent was then removed under reduced pressure. The residue was purified by chromatography on silica using hexane: CH2Cl2 (4:1) as eluent. The compound was obtained as white needles, yield: 70%.

For each of the structures of Table 1, the geometry was completely optimized using the PM3/CI14 (Parametric Method 3 with configuration interaction). All the PM3/CI calculations were carried out with the MOPAC program15. After the determination of the optimized geometry, the absorption spectrum of each molecule was simulated by the INDO/S-CI (Intermediate Neglect of Differential Overlap/Spectroscopic - Configuration Interaction)16-19, with parameters chosen to give the best description of the UV-NIS-Visible optical transitions20-23 and approximately 250 configurations were investigated for each molecule, including singlet and doublet states. In order to obtain the fluorescence and phosphorescence spectra, the ZINDO package was modified considering the geometry of the first excited states (singlet and triplet) in the description of the emission. This approach is referred herein as DNdM-INDO/S-CI calculation, and we have taken account from the first 10-UMOs (Unoccupied Molecular Orbitals) to the last 10-OMOs (Occupied Molecular Orbitals) and adopted the Mattaga-Nishimoto g's.

 

 

3. Results and Discussion

The UV-visible spectra of compounds I-VIII obtain in CH2Cl2 (Fig. 1) and hexane (Fig. 2) were very similar. In all cases absorption bands (e @ 2.104 l/mol.cm) were observed in the 250-400 nm range.

 

 

 

 

Considering alkyne I as the reference, a red shift of this band was observed in the spectra of II, III, IV and V, which was associated to the increasing electronic delocalization in the compound (see discussion below). In II and V (electron-donor groups) the shift was smaller than III (two groups NO2, electron-withdrawing). The biggest shift was observed for V due to an increase in the p-delocalization between two different substituents (NO2 and OCH3) in backbone of alkyne.

The use of a moiety C5H4N in place of a C6H5 group, VI, did not lead to significant changes in the UV-vis spectrum when compared with I, thus indicating that the pyridil group does not have any influence in the alkyne electronic delocalization. The largest spectroscopical changes were observed for VII (which contains two pyridil groups) and VIII (containing an extended chain).

Theoretical absorption spectra (TAS) for all alkynes investigated in this work are shown in Fig. 3 for comparison. The simulations were performed using the ZINDO program. These spectra were obtained by describing each of the principal transitions using a suitably weighted Gaussian function normalised to the calculated oscillator strengths and the curves presented were obtained from gaussian functions weighted (and normalized) by the oscillator strengths (o.s.). The geometry obtained shows a backbone conformation and the most stable structures were found to be essentially planar.

 

 

The presence of the p-NH2 (II) results in a very similar behavior on TAS. However two NO2 groups (III) lead to a » 40nm red shift in the main band and all bands composed by HOMO to LUMO (|H ® L>) transition. For alkyne IV (Fig. 2(IV) and Table 2(IV)) a red 60 nm shift in the H ® L> by the inclusion of composition NO2 and OCH3. Two OCH3 groups (V) represent almost the same original band of alkyne without pair donor-acceptor. The inclusions of Nitrogen atom in the phenyl ring (VII and VIII) don't change the composition and position of the first absorption band. Another case is the alkyne with 2 triple bonds between phenyl rings (VIII). In this case it is possible follow two propositions: (a) a red shift in the first |H ® L> transition and (b) the inclusion of deep transitions as principal transitions, e.g., |H-1 ® L+6> transition for VIII and in the same region for I is |H ® L+1> at region of 200 nm. Details of the transitions are presented in Table 2.

 

 

We have carried out the DNdM-INDO/S-CI calculations to simulate the emission (fluorescence and phosphorescence) spectra (theoretical emission spectra (=TES)) of alkynes. We follow the same TAS procedure and these spectra were obtained by broadening each of these principal transitions by a suitably weighted gaussian function normalized to the calculated oscillator strengths and the results are showed in Fig. 4 and Fig. 5. In all cases a significant Stokes shift is predicted. This scale effect (red shift for TES compared with TAS) was found mainly because the charge rearrangements of the molecules in the excited states.

 

 

 

 

Table III presents the dipole moment values of the molecules studied. The unusually large values, predicted for the triplet excited state dipoles of molecules II and IVcan be understood in terms of the conformation differences for these alkynes. Note that for the ground state, the backbone geometries of these molecules presented only small modifications and it is shown in Tables 4 and 5.

 

 

 

 

 

 

4. Summary

Design of new materials is important to understand their physical and electronic properties and the alkynes molecules belong to this category. In this contribution, we have employed a quantum chemistry methodology (DNdM-INDO/S-CI, INDO/S-CI and PM3-CI) to simulate the ground and the first excited states (singlet and triplet) of a series substituted diphenylacetylene molecules (I-VII) and a dyine (VIII). The last alkyne studied (VIII) gives us some insight of behavior of the inclusion different number of triple bonds between the phenyl rings and a more complete investigation in this direct is in progress. The results presented show us the possibility of improve the properties of alkynes by chemical modifications that combine: (a) increase in the unsaturation and (b) modification of the acceptor/donor properties of the susbtituents.

 

Acknowledgments

We thank the Brazilian agencies FAPESP, CAPES and CNPq for financial support.

 

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Received: October 18, 2002
Revised: March 11, 2003
Trabalho apresentado no 1º Congresso da Sociedade Brasileira em Materiais, Rio de Janeiro, Julho de 2002.

 

 

*e-mail: jordan@ufpa.br