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Ultrafast twisting dynamics of thioflavin-T: spectroscopy of the twisted intramolecular charge-transfer state.

Chemphyschem : a European journal of chemical physics and physical chemistry (2014-09-25)
Rajib Ghosh, Dipak K Palit
ABSTRACT

Understanding the excited-state properties of thioflavin-T (ThT) has been of immense importance, because of its efficient amyloid-sensing ability related to neurodegenerative disorders. The excited-state dynamics of ThT is studied by using sub-pico- and nanosecond time-resolved transient absorption techniques as well as density functional theory (DFT)/time-dependent DFT calculations. Barrierless twisting around the central C-C bond between two aromatic moieties is the dominant process that contributes to the ultrafast dynamics of the S1 state. The spectroscopic properties of the intramolecular charge-transfer state are characterized for the first time. The energetics of the S0 and S1 states has also been correlated with the experimentally observed spectroscopic parameters and structural dynamics. A longer-lived transient state populated with a very low yield has been characterized as the triplet state.

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