Using the theory of solvatochromism, the difference in the excited-state (μe) and ground-state (μg) dipole moments was determined from Lippert–Mataga, Bakhshiev, Kawski–Chamma–Viallet, and McRae equations for three 1,2-diazines (pyrrolo-pyridazine derivatives). All of these equations are based on the variation of Stokes shift with solvent's relative permittivity and refractive index. Further, the change in dipole moment value (Δμ) was also calculated using the variation of Stokes shift with the molecular-microscopic empirical solvent polarity parameter. Theoretical μg values were evaluated by quantum chemical calculations using the DFT method by adopting B3LYP/6-31G* level of theory (Gaussian 03) and using the AM1 method (Chem3D Ultra 8.0). It was observed that, dipole moments of diazines in the excited-state (μe) were greater than the corresponding ground-state values (μg), indicating a substantial redistribution of the π-electron densities in a more polar excited-state. Also, with the increase in the polarity of the solvent, the fluorescence emission peak undergoes a red-shift, confirming a π→π* transition.
Journal of Molecular Liquids, 2013, Vol 181, p. 97-104