The binding of a tetracationic porphyrin to a highly charged polymer like poly(sodium vinylsulfonate) has been investigated over a wide pH range and under various experimental conditions. We present evidence that, depending on the pH, the high electrostatic field exerted by the polymer stabilizes the diprotonated form of the free base porphyrin at unusual pH values or otherwise causes the formation of H-type aggregates. In particular, at a low polymer concentration, lowering the pH at first allows the formation of the diacid species then it determines its reorganization in close-packed J-type aggregates. The employment of various metallo-derivatives of the title porphyrin enables a better insight into the nature of all the detected species. Copyright © 2013 WILEY-VCH Verlag GmbH & Co. KGaA, Weinheim.
Unusual stepwise protonation and J-Aggregation of meso-tetrakis(N- methylpyridinium-4-yl)porphine on binding poly(sodium vinylsulfonate) / Castriciano, Maria Angela; Samperi, Mario; Camiolo, Salvatore; Romeo, Andrea; MONSU' SCOLARO, Luigi. - In: CHEMISTRY-A EUROPEAN JOURNAL. - ISSN 0947-6539. - 19:36(2013), pp. 12161-12168. [10.1002/chem.201300450]