The dynamics of the intramolecular quenching of pyrene singlet (1P) fluorescence by an aromatic amino group in N,N-dimethyl-4-[3-(1-pyrenyl)propyl]aniline (A) have been investigated in a nonpolar, cholesteric liquid crystalline solvent [59.5/15.6/24.9 (w/w/w) cholesteryl oleate/cholesteryl nonanoate/cholesteryl chloride]. The disappearance of the 1P fluorescence is shown to correlate kinetically with the formation of a fluorescent exciplex state. The monoexponential 1P emission decay disfavors the existence of energetically distinct ground-state conformers of A. Employing 1-ethylpyrene as a model compound allows determination of rate constants and activation parameters for the intramolecular 1P quenching process. The small differences in the activation parameters [E6′(cholesteric) = 9.7 ± 1.2 kcal mol-1 and E6′(isotropic) = 7.8 ± 0.3 kcal mol-1; ΔS‡(cholesteric) = 3 ± 3 eu and ΔS‡(isotropic) = -4 ± 1 eu] suggest that cholesteric order has little effect on the quenching efficiency. A mechanistic explanation is advanced.
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