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We describe in this Account the preparation of RuL(3) complexes and their significance as biomimetic models for the photosynthetic reation center. Their preparation from simple or more complicated bypyridine ligands L and their photophysical data, especially their stability, are reported. Biomimetic models involving three concepts of the interaction of(More)
Two photochromic spirodihydroindolizine/betaine systems for tethering to peptides and proteins via a maleimide function have been prepared. The absorption spectra of the betaines are in the red region of the visible spectrum and in the near-IR spectral domain, which are suitable energies of light for future in vivo applications. The half-times of(More)
A new photochromic family of tetrahydroazepinoisoquinolines (THAI) 4a-i has been prepared. It undergoes light-induced ring opening from spiro compounds 4 to betaines 3 that decolorize in a very fast cyclizing reaction. Depending on substitution of the precursors 1 and 6, the photochromic styryltetrahydroindolizines (THI) 5k-q are formed in a periselective(More)
New molecules incorporating a uracil nucleic base and a dihydroindolizine (DHI) unit linked via spacer arms, i.e., uracil-spyrodihydroindolizine (4), were synthesised as models for light sensitive systems for nucleic acid labelling. The uracil-DHI (4) undergoes easy photocoloration to the uracil-betaine (5) generating the UV-detectable species. Preliminary(More)
A series of Ru-(II) polypyridyl complexes, containing carboxylic-and sulphonic 'anchor' groups, were synthesized as sensitizers for nanocrystalline TiO 2. Depending on number and type of ligands the sensitizers are divided into three classes: tris-homoleptic complexes 1a–d, tris-heteroleptic complexes 2a–d and bis-complexes 3a–f. The compounds were(More)
We have synthesized a prototype of a photochromic styrylquinolyl-dihydroindolizine (DHI), which forms a highly coloured and fluorescent betaine upon irradiation with lambda<400 nm. Embedding this photochromic DHI in a thin polymethyl methacrylate (PMMA) film permits the non-destructive readout via fluorescence at low temperature (77 K). Thus, either a(More)
A novel Ru(II) complex possessing two sequentially linked viologen units, Ru-V(1)-V(2)(6+), was synthesized and characterized. Upon excitation of the Ru(II) unit (lambda(exc) = 532 nm, fwhm approximately 10 ns), a long-lived charge-separated (CS) state is observed (tau = 1.7 micros) by transient absorption spectroscopy. Unlike Ru(bpy)(3)(2+), which cleaves(More)