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Elucidating the Solution-Phase Structure and Behavior of 8-Hydroxyquinoline Zinc in DMSO

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The solution-phase structure and electronic relaxation dynamics of zinc bis-8-hydroxyquinoline [Zn(8HQ)2] in dimethyl sulfoxide (DMSO) were examined using a broad array of spectroscopic techniques, complimented by ab initio calculations of molecular structure. The ground-state structure was determined using extended X-ray absorption fine structure (EXAFS) data collected on the Zn K-edge and diffusion ordered spectroscopy (DOSY) NMR. The complex was found to be monomeric and octahedral, with two bidentate 8-hydroxyquinolate ligands and two DMSO molecules coordinated to the zinc through oxygen atoms. Electronic relaxation dynamics were examined with ultrafast transient absorption spectroscopy and complementary density functional calculations. Electronic relaxation was observed to proceed through both singlet and triplet pathways. This solution-phase data provides a deeper physical understanding of the behavior of this molecule, which has a variety of uses such as sensing, OLEDs, and biological applications.