Tuning the solid-state emission of the analogous GFP chromophore by varying alkyl chains in the imidazolinone ring
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- Shen, X., Huang, G., Li, K. et al. Sci. China Chem. (2013) 56: 1197. doi:10.1007/s11426-013-4913-x
New analogues of green fluorescent protein (GFP) chromophore mGFP-Cn (n = 1, 3, 5, 11) with alkyl chains of different lengths in the imidazolinone rings were synthesized and their crystal structures were determined. These GFP-like chromophores are all emissive in the solid state. And the solid-state emission quantum yields of increase by extending the lengths of alkyl chains, owing to the fact that the intermolecular pi-pi interactions are significantly weakened based on their crystal structures.