Resonance Raman spectroscopy of helical porphyrin nanotubes

Benjamin A. Friesen, Christopher C. Rich, Ursula Mazur, Jeanne L. McHale

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We report polarized resonance Raman data of tetrakis(4-sulfonato)phenyl porphyrin (TSPP) aggregates in solution and deposited on Au(111) at wavelengths resonant with the red-shifted (J-band) and blue-shifted (H-band) components of the split Soret (B) band. We also report scanning tunneling microscopy (STM) images which reveal that the aggregate on Au(111) is a nanotube with a 2 nm wall thickness which tends to flatten on the substrate. Relative Raman intensities and their dependence on polarization of the incident and scattered light are found to vary greatly for H- and J-band excitation, revealing a much greater degree of coherence for the J-band, in agreement with the resonance light scattering spectrum. The J-band transition is found to have transition moment components both parallel and perpendicular to the long axis of the nanotube, consistent with a helical nanotube structure. The intensity increase of the Q-band on aggregation and the weak intensity of the H-band in both the absorption and the resonance light scattering spectra are explained by vibronic B-Q coupling, which is permitted in the lowered site symmetry of the aggregate. The resonance Raman data presented here provide insight into the molecular basis for the hierarchal structure of the aggregate.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)16357-16366
Number of pages10
JournalJournal of Physical Chemistry C
Issue number39
StatePublished - Oct 7 2010


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