A comprehensive understanding of the factors governing the efficiency of metallophthalocyanine-based photothermal sensitizers requires the knowledge of their excited-state dynamics. This can only be properly gained when the nature and energy of the excited states (often spectroscopically silent) lying between the photogenerated state and the ground state are known. Here the excited state deactivation mechanism of two very promising metallophthalocyanine-based photothermal sensitizers, NiPc(OBu)8 and NiNc(OBu)8, is reviewed. It is shown that time dependent density functional theory (TDDFT) methods are capable to provide reliable information on the nature and energies of the low-lying excited states along the relaxation pathways. TDDFT calculations and ultrafast experiments consistently show that benzoannulation of the Pc ring modifies the photodeactivation mechanism of the photogenerated S1(π, π∗) state by inducing substantial changes in the relative energies of the excited states lying between the S1(π, π∗) state and the ground state.
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