Supramolecular adducts formed by a commercial porphyrin derivative and silver nanoparticles have been obtained using exclusively light as an external trigger that is able to promote the formation of the plasmonic nanostructures. In particular, a water-soluble porphyrin, i.e. tetrakis(4-carboxyphenyl)porphyrin, has been used. It has been thoroughly characterized by means of UV-vis and fluorescence spectroscopy in order to explain its peculiar behavior when illumined with visible photons. Herein we demonstrate that, by means of light illumination, it is possible to tune the porphyrin aggregation state. Furthermore, when the monomeric form of the organic macrocycle is induced and a controlled amount of AgNO3 is simultaneously dissolved, it is possible to promote the formation of silver nanostructures using visible light. The proposed approach allowed porphyrin derivatives/Ag nanoparticles hybrid nanostructures to be obtained without using a chemical reducing agent: the porphyrin derivative simultaneously acts as reducing agent when irradiated by visible light and as a capping agent for the silver nanostructures. The organic/inorganic adduct was characterized by means of steady-state fluorescence that highlights a strong energetic or electronic communication between the two species. XRD and SEM investigations evidence that silver nanoparticles are formed without using any reducing agent.

Visible light promoted porphyrin-based metal-organic adduct

Pagano R.;Ottolini M.;Marzo F.;Lovergine N.;Bettini S.;Giancane G.;Valli L.
2020

Abstract

Supramolecular adducts formed by a commercial porphyrin derivative and silver nanoparticles have been obtained using exclusively light as an external trigger that is able to promote the formation of the plasmonic nanostructures. In particular, a water-soluble porphyrin, i.e. tetrakis(4-carboxyphenyl)porphyrin, has been used. It has been thoroughly characterized by means of UV-vis and fluorescence spectroscopy in order to explain its peculiar behavior when illumined with visible photons. Herein we demonstrate that, by means of light illumination, it is possible to tune the porphyrin aggregation state. Furthermore, when the monomeric form of the organic macrocycle is induced and a controlled amount of AgNO3 is simultaneously dissolved, it is possible to promote the formation of silver nanostructures using visible light. The proposed approach allowed porphyrin derivatives/Ag nanoparticles hybrid nanostructures to be obtained without using a chemical reducing agent: the porphyrin derivative simultaneously acts as reducing agent when irradiated by visible light and as a capping agent for the silver nanostructures. The organic/inorganic adduct was characterized by means of steady-state fluorescence that highlights a strong energetic or electronic communication between the two species. XRD and SEM investigations evidence that silver nanoparticles are formed without using any reducing agent.
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