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  1. Charge-displacement analysis via natural orbitals for chemical valence: Charge transfer effects in coordination chemistry

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    Bistoni, Giovanni; Rampino, Sergio; Tarantelli, Francesco; Belpassi, Leonardo

    2015-02-01

    We recently devised a simple scheme for analyzing on quantitative grounds the Dewar-Chatt-Duncanson donation and back-donation in symmetric coordination complexes. Our approach is based on a symmetry decomposition of the so called Charge-Displacement (CD) function quantifying the charge flow, upon formation of a metal (M)-substrate (S) bond, along the M-S interaction axis and provides clear-cut measures of donation and back-donation charges in correlation with experimental observables [G. Bistoni et al., Angew. Chem., Int. Ed. 52, 11599 (2013)]. The symmetry constraints exclude of course from the analysis most systems of interest in coordination chemistry. In this paper, we show how to entirely overcome this limitation by taking advantage of the properties of the natural orbitals for chemical valence [M. Mitoraj and A. Michalak, J. Mol. Model. 13, 347 (2007)]. A general scheme for disentangling donation and back-donation in the CD function of both symmetric and non-symmetric systems is presented and illustrated through applications to M-ethyne (M = Au, Ni and W) coordination bonds, including an explicative study on substrate activation in a model reaction mechanism.

  2. Charge Transfer Reactions

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    Dennerl, Konrad

    2010-12-01

    Charge transfer, or charge exchange, describes a process in which an ion takes one or more electrons from another atom. Investigations of this fundamental process have accompanied atomic physics from its very beginning, and have been extended to astrophysical scenarios already many decades ago. Yet one important aspect of this process, i.e. its high efficiency in generating X-rays, was only revealed in 1996, when comets were discovered as a new class of X-ray sources. This finding has opened up an entirely new field of X-ray studies, with great impact due to the richness of the underlying atomic physics, as the X-rays are not generated by hot electrons, but by ions picking up electrons from cold gas. While comets still represent the best astrophysical laboratory for investigating the physics of charge transfer, various studies have already spotted a variety of other astrophysical locations, within and beyond our solar system, where X-rays may be generated by this process. They range from planetary atmospheres, the heliosphere, the interstellar medium and stars to galaxies and clusters of galaxies, where charge transfer may even be observationally linked to dark matter. This review attempts to put the various aspects of the study of charge transfer reactions into a broader historical context, with special emphasis on X-ray astrophysics, where the discovery of cometary X-ray emission may have stimulated a novel look at our universe.

  3. Opposites Attract: Organic Charge Transfer Salts

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    van de Wouw, Heidi L.; Chamorro, Juan; Quintero, Michael; Klausen, Rebekka S.

    2015-01-01

    A laboratory experiment is described that introduces second-year undergraduate organic chemistry students to organic electronic materials. The discovery of metallic conductivity in the charge transfer salt tetrathiafulvalene tetracyanoquinodimethane (TTF-TCNQ) is a landmark result in the history of organic electronics. The charge transfer…

  4. Mechanochemical Synthesis of Two Polymorphs of the Tetrathiafulvalene-Chloranil Charge Transfer Salt: An Experiment for Organic Chemistry

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    Wixtrom, Alex; Buhler, Jessica; Abdel-Fattah, Tarek

    2014-01-01

    Mechanochemical syntheses avoid or considerably reduce the use of reaction solvents, thus providing green chemistry synthetic alternatives that are both environmentally friendly and economically advantageous. The increased solid-state reactivity generated by mechanical energy imparted to the reactants by grinding or milling can offer alternative…

  5. Mechanochemical Synthesis of Two Polymorphs of the Tetrathiafulvalene-Chloranil Charge Transfer Salt: An Experiment for Organic Chemistry

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    Wixtrom, Alex; Buhler, Jessica; Abdel-Fattah, Tarek

    2014-01-01

    Mechanochemical syntheses avoid or considerably reduce the use of reaction solvents, thus providing green chemistry synthetic alternatives that are both environmentally friendly and economically advantageous. The increased solid-state reactivity generated by mechanical energy imparted to the reactants by grinding or milling can offer alternative

  6. Computational chemistry and aeroassisted orbital transfer vehicles

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    Cooper, D. M.; Jaffe, R. L.; Arnold, J. O.

    1985-01-01

    An analysis of the radiative heating phenomena encountered during a typical aeroassisted orbital transfer vehicle (AOTV) trajectory was made to determine the potential impact of computational chemistry on AOTV design technology. Both equilibrium and nonequilibrium radiation mechanisms were considered. This analysis showed that computational chemistry can be used to predict (1) radiative intensity factors and spectroscopic data; (2) the excitation rates of both atoms and molecules; (3) high-temperature reaction rate constants for metathesis and charge exchange reactions; (4) particle ionization and neutralization rates and cross sections; and (5) spectral line widths.

  7. Charge transferred in brush discharges

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    Talarek, M.; Kacprzyk, R.

    2015-10-01

    Electrostatic discharges from surfaces of plastic materials can be a source of ignition, when appear in explosive atmospheres. Incendivity of electrostatic discharges can be estimated using the transferred charge test. In the case of brush discharges not all the energy stored at the tested sample is released and the effective surface charge density (or surface potential) crater is observed after the discharge. Simplified model, enabling calculation of a charge transferred during electrostatic brush discharge, was presented. Comparison of the results obtained from the simplified model and from direct measurements of transferred charge are presented in the paper.

  8. Charge Transfer Reactions Induce Born-Oppenheimer Breakdown in Surface Chemistry: Applications of Double Resonance Spectroscopy in Molecule-Surface Scattering

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    Wodtke, Alec M.

    2013-06-01

    Atomic and molecular interactions constitute a many-body quantum problem governed fundamentally only by the Coulomb forces between many electrons and nuclei. While simple to state, computers are simply not fast enough to solve this problem by brute force, except for the simplest examples. Combining the Born-Oppenheimer Approximation (BOA) with Density Functional Theory (DFT), however, allows theoretical simulations of extraordinarily complex chemical systems including molecular interactions at solid metal surfaces, the physical basis of surface chemistry. This lecture describes experiments demonstrating the limits of the BOA/DFT approximation as it relates to molecules interacting with solid metal surfaces. One of the most powerful experimental tools at our disposal is a form of double resonance spectroscopy, which allows us to define the quantum state of the molecule both before and after the collision with the surface, providing a complete picture of the resulting energy conversion processes. With such data, we are able to emphasize quantitative measurements that can be directly compared to first principles theories that go beyond the Born-Oppenheimer approximation. One important outcome of this work is the realization that Born-Oppenheimer breakdown can be induced by simple charge transfer reactions that are common in surface chemistry. J. D. White, J. Chen, D. Matsiev, D. J. Auerbach and A. M. Wodtke Nature {433}(7025), 503-505 (2005) Y. H. Huang, C. T. Rettner, D. J. Auerbach and A. M. Wodtke Science {290}(5489), 111-114 (2000) R. Cooper, I. Rahinov, Z. S. Li, D. Matsiev, D. J. Auerbach and A. M. Wodtke Chemical Science {1}(1), 55-61 (2010) J. Larue, T. Schäfer, D. Matsiev, L. Velarde, N. H. Nahler, D. J. Auerbach and A. M. Wodtke PCCP {13}(1), 97-99 (2011).

  9. Catalysis: Quantifying charge transfer

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    James, Trevor E.; Campbell, Charles T.

    2016-02-01

    Improving the design of catalytic materials for clean energy production requires a better understanding of their electronic properties, which remains experimentally challenging. Researchers now quantify the number of electrons transferred from metal nanoparticles to an oxide support as a function of particle size.

  10. Impact of nonadiabatic charge transfer on the rate of redox chemistry of carbon oxides on rutile TiO2 (110) surface

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    Yoon, Yeohoon; Wang, Yanggang; Rousseau, Roger J.; Glezakou, Vassiliki Alexandra

    2015-03-06

    We present the results of a density functional theory (DFT) within the LDA+U approximation on large models of partially reduced TiO2 (110) rutile surface to investigate the nature of charge transfer and the role of non-adiabatic effects on three prototypical redox reactions: (i) O2 adsorption (ii) CO oxidation and (iii) CO2 reduction. Charge-constrained DFT (cDFT) is used to estimate kinetic parameters for a Marcus theory rate law that accounts for adiabatic coupling effects on reaction rates. We find that for O2 adsorption, the coupling between adiabatic states is strong, leading to fast charge transfer rates. The lowest energy structures at high coverage consist of two chemisorbed O2-, one adsorbed at a VO site and the other adsorbed at an adjacent Ti5C site. For CO oxidation, however, all reactions are kinetically hindered on the ground state due to the weak adiabatic coupling at the state crossing, such that one has to overcome two kinetically unfavorable charge transfer events to drive the process (non-adiabatically) on the thermal ground state. The process can be driven by photochemical means but would result in an adsorbed radical [OCOO-] intermediate species. Similarly, CO2 reduction also proceeds via a non-adiabatic charge transfer to form an adsorbed CO2- species followed by a second non-adiabatic charge transfer to produce CO. Our analysis provides important computational guidelines for modeling these types of processes. We thank Z. Dohnalek, M. Hendersen, G. Kimmel, H. Metieu, and N. Petrik for invaluable discussions. This work was supported by the US Department of Energy, Office of Basic Energy Sciences, Division of Chemical Sciences, Geosciences & Biosciences and performed at the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL). PNNL is a multi-program national laboratory operated for DOE by Battelle. Computational resources were provided at W. R. Wiley Environmental Molecular Science Laboratory (EMSL), a national scientific user facility sponsored by the Department of Energy’s Office of Biological and Environmental Research located at PNNL and the National Energy Research Scientific Computing Center (NERSC) at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory.

  11. Contact charge-transfer lasers

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    Dharamsi, A.N.; Tulip, J.

    1981-07-01

    A mechanism for sustaining population inversions in contact charge-transfer complexes in which the ground electronic state is not bound is described. The mechanism relies on picosecond radiationless depletion of the lower laser state. This generates an inversion even when the ground-state potential curve, as plotted against the donor-acceptor distance, is not repulsive vertically below the excited state minimum. Contact charge-transfer lasers would offer high gain, high-energy density, and tunable sources of coherent radiation in the uv and visible. A method for pumping such a laser is examined and applied to the pyrrole-oxygen complex. A rate equation analysis is done and estimates for gain and energy density are presented.

  12. Charge-Transfer Versus Charge-Transfer-Like Excitations Revisited

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    Moore, Barry; Sun, Haitao; Govind, Niranjan; Kowalski, Karol; Autschbach, Jochen

    2015-07-14

    Criteria to assess charge-transfer (CT) and `CT-like' character of electronic excitations are examined. Time-dependent density functional theory (TDDFT) with non-hybrid, hybrid, and tuned long-range corrected (LC) functionals is compared with with coupled-cluster (CC) benchmarks. The test set includes an organic CT complex, two `push-pull' donor-acceptor chromophores, a cyanine dye, and several polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons. Proper CT is easily identified. Excitations with significant density changes upon excitation within regions of close spatial proximity can also be diagnosed. For such excitations, the use of LC functionals in TDDFT sometimes leads to dramatic improvements of the singlet energies, similar to proper CT, which has led to the concept of `CT-like' excitations. However, `CT-like' excitations are not like charge transfer, and the improvements are not obtained for the right reasons. The triplet excitation energies are underestimated for all systems, often severely. For the `CT-like' candidates, when going from a non-hybrid to an LC functional the error in the singlet-triplet (S/T) separation changes from negative to positive, providing error compensation. For the cyanine, the S/T separation is too large with all functionals, leading to the best error compensation for non-hybrid functionals.

  13. Charge transfer in biologically important molecules: Comparison of high-level ab initio and semiempirical methods

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    Vaart, A. van der; Merz, K.M. Jr.

    2000-03-05

    Recent observations in both experimental and theoretical chemistry indicate the importance of charge transfer on the energetics and charge distribution of biomolecular systems. Here the authors present a detailed analysis of hydrogen-bonded complexes to assess the quality of Hartree-Fock (HF) and semiempirical methods in predicting the amount of charge transferred. The authors find that both HF and semiempirical methods systematically overestimate charge transfer when compared to MP2/6-311++G** calculations. Although inclusion of electron correlation is important for a proper assessment of charge transfer, both HG/6-311++G** and AM1 can serve as good approximations to charge transfer in biomolecular systems.

  14. Ultrafast Measurement Confirms Charge Generation through Cold Charge Transfer States

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    Gautam, Bhoj; Younts, Robert; Yan, Liang; Danilov, Evgeny; Ade, Harald; You, Wei; Gundogdu, Kenan

    2015-03-01

    The role of excess energy in generation and extraction of charges through charge transfer (CT) states in polymer solar cells is a subject of debate. There are reports suggesting increase of charge generation yield with excess energy based on ultrafast experiments. On the other hand time delayed collection field measurements shows that excess photon energy has no effect in photovoltaic efficiency. Here we resolved this discrepancy by studying the dynamics of CT excitons and polarons in blends of medium gap copolymers. We found that low-lying charge transfer (CT) excitons can generate charges over a long time period (nanosecond) and contribute photocurrent on the bulk heterojunction devices. By performing resonant CT excitation as well as above gap excitation transient absorption measurements we investigated that the charges are generated more efficiently through low-lying CT states in efficient devices independent of excitation energy. This work is supported by Office of Naval Research Grant N000141310526 P00002.

  15. Room Temperature Multiferroicity of Charge Transfer Crystals.

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    Qin, Wei; Chen, Xiaomin; Li, Huashan; Gong, Maogang; Yuan, Guoliang; Grossman, Jeffrey C; Wuttig, Manfred; Ren, Shenqiang

    2015-09-22

    Room temperature multiferroics has been a frontier research field by manipulating spin-driven ferroelectricity or charge-order-driven magnetism. Charge-transfer crystals based on electron donor and acceptor assembly, exhibiting simultaneous spin ordering, are drawing significant interests for the development of all-organic magnetoelectric multiferroics. Here, we report that a remarkable anisotropic magnetization and room temperature multiferroicity can be achieved through assembly of thiophene donor and fullerene acceptor. The crystal motif directs the dimensional and compositional control of charge-transfer networks that could switch magnetization under external stimuli, thereby opening up an attractive class of all-organic nanoferronics. PMID:26257033

  16. A monolithic SAW-charge transfer device

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    Papanicolaou, N. A.; Lin, H. C.

    1978-01-01

    Surface acoustic waves excited in a Si-SiO2-ZnO layered structure can produce a traveling electric field in the silicon substrate. Charges stored in the traveling potential wells can be transferred at high speed and density and with less complexity. The monolithic structure under investigation for the SAW-charge transfer device consists of a silicon substrate, a thin silicon dioxide insulating layer on top of which a ZnO piezoelectric film is deposited by sputtering. The surface acoustic waves are excited by interdigital transducers. The signal charge is injected into traveling potential wells that travel with the velocity of sound. Conditions for the transfer of the charges by the traveling wells are analyzed. A surface acoustic wave program was used to determine the optimum structure dimensions and transducer configuration which will produce the highest coupling in the excitation of the piezoelectric waves.

  17. Simulations of charge transfer in Electron Multiplying Charge Coupled Devices

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    Bush, N.; Stefanov, K.; Hall, D.; Jordan, D.; Holland, A.

    2014-12-01

    Electron Multiplying Charge Coupled Devices (EMCCDs) are a variant of traditional CCD technology well suited to applications that demand high speed operation in low light conditions. On-chip signal amplification allows the sensor to effectively suppress the noise introduced by readout electronics, permitting sub-electron read noise at MHz pixel rates. The devices have been the subject of many detailed studies concerning their operation, however there has not been a study into the transfer and multiplication process within the EMCCD gain register. Such an investigation has the potential to explain certain observed performance characteristics, as well as inform further optimisations to their operation. In this study, the results from simulation of charge transfer within an EMCCD gain register element are discussed with a specific focus on the implications for serial charge transfer efficiency (CTE). The effects of operating voltage and readout speed are explored in context with typical operating conditions. It is shown that during transfer, a small portion of signal charge may become trapped at the semiconductor-insulator interface that could act to degrade the serial CTE in certain operating conditions.

  18. Ultrafast charge transfer and atomic orbital polarization

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    Deppe, M.; Foehlisch, A.; Hennies, F.; Nagasono, M.; Beye, M.; Sanchez-Portal, D.; Echenique, P. M.; Wurth, W.

    2007-11-07

    The role of orbital polarization for ultrafast charge transfer between an atomic adsorbate and a substrate is explored. Core hole clock spectroscopy with linearly polarized x-ray radiation allows to selectively excite adsorbate resonance states with defined spatial orientation relative to the substrate surface. For c(4x2)S/Ru(0001) the charge transfer times between the sulfur 2s{sup -1}3p*{sup +1} antibonding resonance and the ruthenium substrate have been studied, with the 2s electron excited into the 3p{sub perpendicular}* state along the surface normal and the 3p{sub parallel}* state in the surface plane. The charge transfer times are determined as 0.18{+-}0.07 and 0.84{+-}0.23 fs, respectively. This variation is the direct consequence of the different adsorbate-substrate orbital overlap.

  19. Charge transfer of doubly charged and trebly charged ions with atomic hydrogen at thermal energies

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    Heil, T.G.; Butler, S.E.; Dalgarno, A.

    1983-05-01

    The charge transfer of doubly charged and trebly charged ions of C, N, O, and Ne with atomic hydrogen at thermal energies is studied. Adiabatic potential-energy curves and radial coupling matrix elements are presented. The collision cross sections are calculated after transforming to a diabatic basis. For the trebly charged ions, there exists at least one exit channel into which charge transfer is highly probable. Cross sections for doubly charged ions are sensitive to the energy-level structure of the ionic species.

  20. Charge transfer complexes of certain aromatic polyimides

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    Gordina, T. A.; Kotov, B. V.; Kolninov, O. V.; Pravednikov, A. N.

    1985-01-01

    By electron spectroscopy it was shown that aromatic polyimides containing electron-donor residues of diamines -C6H4-X-C6H-(X=NH, NCH3, NC6H5, O, S, and CH2) form charge transfer complexes with low-molecular-weight electron acceptors. Based on the data obtained, the hypothesis was advanced that the coloration of the polyimides per se is due to the formation of charge transfer complexes between the electron-acceptor imide fragments and the electron-donor residues of the diamines.

  1. Spacecraft Charging in Geostationary Transfer Orbit

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    Parker, L. N.; Minow, J. I.

    2014-12-01

    The 700 km x 5.8 Re orbit of the two Van Allen Probes spacecraft provide a unique opportunity to investigate surface charging in geostationary transfer orbits. We use records from the Helium Oxygen Proton Electron (HOPE) plasma spectrometer to identify candidate surface charging events based on the "ion line" charging signature in the ion records. We summarize the energetic particle environment and the conditions necessary for charging to occur in this environment. We discuss the altitude, duration, and magnitude of events observed in the Van Allen Probes from the beginning of the mission to present time. In addition, we explore what information the dual satellites provide on the spatial and temporal variations in the charging environments.

  2. Spacecraft Charging in Geostationary Transfer Orbit

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    Parker, Linda Neergaard; Minow, Joseph I.

    2014-01-01

    The 700 km x 5.8 Re orbit of the two Van Allen Probes spacecraft provide a unique opportunity to investigate spacecraft charging in geostationary transfer orbits. We use records from the Helium Oxygen Proton Electron (HOPE) plasma spectrometer to identify candidate surface charging events based on the "ion line" charging signature in the ion records. We summarize the energetic particle environment and the conditions necessary for charging to occur in this environment. We discuss the altitude, duration, and magnitude of events observed in the Van Allen Probes from the beginning of the mission to present time. In addition, we explore what information the dual satellites provide on the spatial and temporal variations in the charging environments.

  3. Charge transfer between carbon nanotubes on surfaces.

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    Araujo, Karolline A S; Barboza, Ana P M; Fernandes, Thales F D; Shadmi, Nitzan; Joselevich, Ernesto; Mazzoni, Mario S C; Neves, Bernardo R A

    2015-10-21

    The charge transfer between neighboring single-walled carbon nanotubes (SWNTs) on a silicon oxide surface was investigated as a function of both the SWNT nature (metallic or semiconducting) and the anode/cathode distance using scanning probe techniques. Two main mechanisms were observed: a direct electron tunneling described by the typical Fowler-Nordheim model, and indirect electron transfer (hopping) mediated by functional groups on the supporting surface. Both mechanisms depend on the SWNT nature and on the anode/cathode separation: direct electron tunneling dominates the charge transfer process for metallic SWNTs, especially for large distances, while both mechanisms compete with each other for semiconducting SWNTs, prevailing one over the other depending on the anode/cathode separation. These mechanisms may significantly influence the design and operation of SWNT-based electronic devices. PMID:26381825

  4. Variable Charge Soils: Mineralogy and Chemistry

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    Qafoku, Nik; Van Ranst, Eric; Noble, Andrew; Baert, Geert

    2003-11-01

    Soils rich in particles with amphoteric surface properties in the Oxisols, Ultisols, Alfisols, Spodosols and Andisols orders (1) are considered variable charge soils (2). The term “variable charge” is used to describe organic and inorganic soil constituents with reactive surface groups whose charge varies with pH, ionic concentration and composition of the soil solution. Such groups are the surface carboxyl, phenolic and amino functional groups of organic materials in soils, and surface hydroxyl groups of Fe and Al oxides, allophane and imogolite. The hydroxyl surface groups are also present on edges of some phyllosilicate minerals such as kaolinite, mica, and hydroxyl-interlayered vermiculite. The variable charge is developed on the surface groups as a result of adsorption or desorption of ions that are constituents of the solid phase, i.e., H+, and the adsorption or desorption of solid-unlike ions that are not constituents of the solid. Highly weathered soils usually undergo isoeletric weathering and reach a “zero net charge” stage during their development. They have a slightly acidic to acidic soil solution pH, which is close to either point of zero net charge (PZNC) (3) or point of zero salt effect (PZSE) (3). They are characterized by high abundances of minerals with a point of zero net proton charge (PZNPC) (3) at neutral and slightly basic pHs; the most important being Fe and Al oxides and allophane. Under acidic conditions, the surfaces of these minerals are net positively charged. In contrast, the surfaces of permanent charge phyllosilicates are negatively charged regardless of ambient conditions. Variable charge soils therefore, are heterogeneous charge systems. The coexistence and interactions of oppositely charged surfaces or particles confers a different pattern of physical and chemical behavior on the soil, relatively to a homogeneously charged system of temperate regions. In some variable charge soils (Oxisols and some Ultisols developed on ferromagnesian-rich parent materials) the surfaces of phyllosilicates are coated to a lesser or greater extent by amorphous or crystalline, oppositely charged nanoparticles of Fe and Al oxides. These coatings exhibit a high reactive surface area and help cementing larger particles with one another. As a result of these electrostatic interactions, stable microaggregates that are difficult to disperse are formed in variable charge soils. Most of highly weathered soils have reached the “advanced stage” of Jackson-Sherman weathering sequence that is characterized by the removal of Na, K, Ca, Mg, and Fe(II), the presence of Fe and Al polymers, and very dilute soil solutions with an ionic strength (IS) of less than 1 mmol L-1. The inter-penetration or overlapping of the diffuse double layers on oppositely charged surfaces may occur in these dilute systems. These diffuse layer interactions may affect the magnitude of the effective charge, i.e., the counter-ion charge (4). In addition, salt adsorption, which is defined as the simultaneous adsorption in equivalent amounts of the cation and anion of an electrolyte with no net release of other ions into the soil solution, appears to be a common phenomenon in these soils. They act as cation- and anion-exchangers and as salt-sorbers. The magnitude of salt adsorption depends strongly on initial IS in the soil solution and the presence in appreciable amounts of oppositely charged surfaces. Among the authors that have made illustrious contributions towards a better understanding of these fascinating soil systems are S. Matson, R.K. Schofield, van Olphen, M.E. Sumner, G.W. Thomas, G.P. Gillman, G. Uehara, B.K.G. Theng, K. Wada, N.J. Barrow, J.W. Bowden, R.J. Hunter and G. Sposito. This entry is mainly based on publications by these authors.

  5. Charge transfer reactions in Xe plasma expansion

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    Jiao, C. Q.; Garscadden, A.; Ganguly, B. N.

    2007-04-15

    Charge transfer reactions of fast Xe ions with hydrocarbons including methane (CH{sub 4}), ethene (C{sub 2}H{sub 4}), and propane (C{sub 3}H{sub 8}) are studied by adding these hydrocarbon gases into a cross flowing Xe plasma expansion. Branching ratios and relative reaction rates for the charge transfers of fast Xe{sup +} with each of the three hydrocarbon gases are measured under different rf powers of the inductively coupled Xe discharge. For CH{sub 4}/Xe system, we find that fast Xe{sup +} reacts readily with CH{sub 4} generating CH{sub 4}{sup +} and CH{sub 3}{sup +} in a ratio of 1:0.56, with an estimated rate coefficient of (2.3{+-}0.3)x10{sup -10} cm{sup 3}/s at 75 W rf power which slowly increases to (2.9{+-}0.3)x10{sup -10} cm{sup 3}/s at 250 W (error bars reflect only the uncertainties due to the unknown extent of the ion recombination that follows the charge transfer reaction). These observed charge transfer reactions are made possible by the kinetically excited Xe ions produced by free expansion of the plasma. For the C{sub 2}H{sub 4}/Xe system product ions C{sub 2}H{sub 4}{sup +} and C{sub 2}H{sub 2}{sup +} are observed, and for C{sub 3}H{sub 8}/Xe, C{sub 2}H{sub 4}{sup +} and C{sub 2}H{sub 5}{sup +} and minor product ions including C{sub 2}H{sub 2}{sup +} and C{sub 3}H{sub 7}{sup +} are observed.

  6. Charge-transfer processes in semiconductor colloids

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    Kamat, Prashant V.; Gopidas, K. R.

    1990-04-01

    A picosecond transient absorption spectroscopy technique has been employed to probe the charge transfer processes in Ti02 semiconductor colloids. The trapping of electrons at the TiO surface (Ti4+ sitesY was characterized from the appearance of a broad absorption in the region of 550-750 nm following the 355-nm laser pulse excitation of Ti02 colloids. The lifetime of these trapped charge carriers increased upon incorporation of a hole scavenger in the colloidal semiconductor system. The mechanistic and kinetic details of the charge injection from excited CdS into a large bandgap semiconductor such as AgI and Ti02 have also been inves-' t i ga ted.

  7. Dynamical Treatment of Charge Transfer through Duplex Nucleic Acids Containing Modified Adenines

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    Brancolini, Giorgia; Migliore, Agostino; Corni, Stefano; Fuentes-Cabrera, Miguel; Luque, F. Javier; Di Felice, Rosa

    2014-01-01

    We address the issue of whether chemical alterations of nucleobases are an effective tool to modulate charge transfer through DNA molecules. Our investigation uses a multi-level computational approach based on classical molecular dynamics and quantum chemistry. We find yet another evidence that structural fluctuations are a key factor to determine the electronic structure of double-stranded DNA. We argue that the electronic structure and charge transfer ability of flexible polymers is the result of a complex intertwining of various structural, dynamical and chemical factors. Chemical intuition may be used to design molecular wires, but this is not the sole component in the complex charge transfer mechanism through DNA. PMID:24060008

  8. Molecular Control of Charge Transfer from Organic Semiconductors to ZnO

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    Spalenka, Josef; Paoprasert, Peerasak; Franking, Ryan; Bindl, Dominic; Arnold, Michael; Hamers, Robert; Gopalan, Padma; Evans, Paul

    2010-03-01

    The transfer of charge at organic-inorganic semiconductor interfaces is relevant for a range of applications such as organic light emitting diodes and photovoltaics. We investigate exciton dissociation and charge transfer using a novel probe based on a modified pentacene phototransistor with ZnO nanoparticles at the gate dielectric interface. We observe a large threshold voltage shift (+33 V) upon illumination of samples with ZnO, and no comparably large shift in samples without ZnO. This large threshold voltage shift arises from photoinduced charge transfer at the pentacene-ZnO interface and charge trapping on the nanoparticles. We further find that modifying the ZnO surface with a layer of organic molecules using a carboxylic acid binding chemistry can tune the threshold voltage, and therefore the density of charge transferred to ZnO. The effect of absorbing incident photons with varying energy will also be discussed.

  9. Pattern classification using charge transfer devices

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    1980-01-01

    The feasibility of using charge transfer devices in the classification of multispectral imagery was investigated by evaluating particular devices to determine their suitability in matrix multiplication subsystem of a pattern classifier and by designing a protype of such a system. Particular attention was given to analog-analog correlator devices which consist of two tapped delay lines, chip multipliers, and a summed output. The design for the classifier and a printed circuit layout for the analog boards were completed and the boards were fabricated. A test j:g for the board was built and checkout was begun.

  10. Students' Understanding of the Transfer of Charge between Conductors.

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    Guruswamy, Chitra; And Others

    1997-01-01

    Investigates students' understanding of the transfer of charge between two charged conductors. Findings indicate that a considerable number of students from eighth grade to college in advanced physics courses were unable to predict the transfer of charge correctly from one conductor to another. Discusses implications for instruction. (JRH)

  11. Charge transfer in TATB and HMX under extreme conditions.

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    Zhang, Chaoyang; Ma, Yu; Jiang, Daojian

    2012-11-01

    Charge transfer is usually accompanied by structural changes in materials under different conditions. However, the charge transfer in energetic materials that are subjected to extreme conditions has seldom been explored by researchers. In the work described here, the charge transfer in single molecules and unit cells of the explosives TATB and HMX under high temperatures and high pressures was investigated by performing static and dynamic calculations using three DFT methods, including the PWC functional of LDA, and the BLYP and PBE functionals of GGA. The results showed that negative charge is transferred from the nitro groups of molecular or crystalline TATB and HMX when they are heated. All DFT calculations for the compressed TATB unit cell indicate that, generally, negative charge transfer occurs to its nitro groups as the compression increases. PWC and PBE calculations for crystalline HMX show that negative charge is first transferred to the nitro groups but, as the compression increases, the negative charge is transferred from the nitro groups. However, the BLYP calculations indicated that there was gradual negative charge transfer to the nitro groups of HMX, similar to the case for TATB. The unrelaxed state of the uniformly compressed TATB causes negative charge to be transferred from its nitro groups, in contrast to what is seen in the relaxed state. Charge transfer in TATB is predicted to occur much more easily than in HMX. PMID:22707279

  12. Charge transfer processes: the role of optimized molecular orbitals.

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    Meyer, Benjamin; Domingo, Alex; Krah, Tim; Robert, Vincent

    2014-08-01

    The influence of the molecular orbitals on charge transfer (CT) reactions is analyzed through wave function-based calculations. Characteristic CT processes in the organic radical 2,5-di-tert-butyl-6-oxophenalenoxyl linked with tetrathiafulvalene and the inorganic crystalline material LaMnO3 show that changes in the inner shells must be explicitly taken into account. Such electronic reorganization can lead to a reduction of the CT vertical transition energy up to 66%. A state-specific approach accessible through an adapted CASSCF (complete active space self-consistent field) methodology is capable of reaching good agreement with the experimental spectroscopy of CT processes. A partitioning of the relaxation energy in terms of valence- and inner-shells is offered and sheds light on their relative importance. This work paves the way to the intimate description of redox reactions using quantum chemistry methods. PMID:24781811

  13. Charge transfer reaction laser with preionization means

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    Lauderslager, J. B.; Pacala, T. J. (Inventor)

    1978-01-01

    A helium-nitrogen laser is described in which energy in the visible range is emitted as a result of charge transfer reaction between helium ions and nitrogen molecules. The helium and nitrogen are present in a gas mixture at several atmospheres pressure, with a nitrogen partial pressure on the order of a pair of main discharge electrodes, the gas mixture is preionized to prevent arcing when the discharge pulse is applied. The preionization is achieved by the application of a high voltage across a pair of secondary electrodes which are spaced apart in a direction perpendicular to the spacing direction of the main discharge electrodes and the longitudinal axis of the space in which the gas mixture is contained. Feedback, by means of a pair of appropriately spaced mirrors, is provided, to produce coherent energy pulses at a selected wavelength.

  14. Charge transfer-mediated singlet fission.

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    Monahan, N; Zhu, X-Y

    2015-04-01

    Singlet fission, the splitting of a singlet exciton into two triplet excitons in molecular materials, is interesting not only as a model many-electron problem, but also as a process with potential applications in solar energy conversion. Here we discuss limitations of the conventional four-electron and molecular dimer model in describing singlet fission in crystalline organic semiconductors, such as pentacene and tetracene. We emphasize the need to consider electronic delocalization, which is responsible for the decisive role played by the Mott-Wannier exciton, also called the charge transfer (CT) exciton, in mediating singlet fission. At the strong electronic coupling limit, the initial excitation creates a quantum superposition of singlet, CT, and triplet-pair states, and we present experimental evidence for this interpretation. We also discuss the most recent attempts at translating this mechanistic understanding into design principles for CT state-mediated intramolecular singlet fission in oligomers and polymers. PMID:25648486

  15. Charge Transfer-Mediated Singlet Fission

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    Monahan, N.; Zhu, X.-Y.

    2015-04-01

    Singlet fission, the splitting of a singlet exciton into two triplet excitons in molecular materials, is interesting not only as a model many-electron problem, but also as a process with potential applications in solar energy conversion. Here we discuss limitations of the conventional four-electron and molecular dimer model in describing singlet fission in crystalline organic semiconductors, such as pentacene and tetracene. We emphasize the need to consider electronic delocalization, which is responsible for the decisive role played by the Mott-Wannier exciton, also called the charge transfer (CT) exciton, in mediating singlet fission. At the strong electronic coupling limit, the initial excitation creates a quantum superposition of singlet, CT, and triplet-pair states, and we present experimental evidence for this interpretation. We also discuss the most recent attempts at translating this mechanistic understanding into design principles for CT state-mediated intramolecular singlet fission in oligomers and polymers.

  16. Real-time observation of the charge transfer to solvent dynamics

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    Messina, Fabrizio; Bräm, Olivier; Cannizzo, Andrea; Chergui, Majed

    2013-07-01

    Intermolecular electron-transfer reactions have a crucial role in biology, solution chemistry and electrochemistry. The first step of such reactions is the expulsion of the electron to the solvent, whose mechanism is determined by the structure and dynamical response of the latter. Here we visualize the electron transfer to water using ultrafast fluorescence spectroscopy with polychromatic detection from the ultraviolet to the visible region, upon photo-excitation of the so-called charge transfer to solvent states of aqueous iodide. The initial emission is short lived (~60 fs) and it relaxes to a broad distribution of lower-energy charge transfer to solvent states upon rearrangement of the solvent cage. This distribution reflects the inhomogeneous character of the solvent cage around iodide. Electron ejection occurs from the relaxed charge transfer to solvent states with lifetimes of 100-400 fs that increase with decreasing emission energy.

  17. Photoinduced charge accumulation by metal ion-coupled electron transfer.

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    Bonn, Annabell G; Wenger, Oliver S

    2015-10-01

    An oligotriarylamine (OTA) unit, a Ru(bpy)3(2+) photosensitizer moiety (Ru), and an anthraquinone (AQ) entity were combined to a molecular dyad (Ru-OTA) and a molecular triad (AQ-Ru-OTA). Pulsed laser excitation at 532 nm led to the formation of charge-separated states of the type Ru(-)-OTA(+) and AQ(-)-Ru-OTA(+) with lifetimes of ≤10 ns and 2.4 μs, respectively, in de-aerated CH3CN at 25 °C. Upon addition of Sc(OTf)3, very long-lived photoproducts were observed. Under steady-state irradiation conditions using a flux of (6.74 ± 0.21) × 10(15) photons per second at 450 nm, the formation of twofold oxidized oligotriarylamine (OTA(2+)) was detected in aerated CH3CN containing 0.02 M Sc(3+), as demonstrated unambiguously by comparison with UV-Vis absorption spectra obtained in the course of chemical oxidation with Cu(2+). Photodriven charge accumulation on the OTA unit of Ru-OTA and AQ-Ru-OTA is possible due to the lowering of the O2 reduction potential caused by the interaction of superoxide with the strong Lewis acid Sc(3+). The presence of the anthraquinone unit in AQ-Ru-OTA accelerates the rate-determining reaction step for charge accumulation by a factor of 10 compared to the Ru-OTA dyad. This is attributed to the formation of Sc(3+)-stabilized anthraquinone radical anion intermediates in the triad. Possible mechanistic pathways leading to charge accumulation are discussed. Photodriven charge accumulation is of key importance for solar fuels because their production will have to rely on multi-electron chemistry rather than single-electron reaction steps. Our study is the first to demonstrate that metal ion-coupled electron transfer (MCET) can be exploited to accumulate charges on a given molecular unit using visible light as an energy input. The approach of using a combination of intra- and intermolecular electron transfer reactions which are enabled by MCET is conceptually novel, and the fundamental insights gained from our study are relevant in the greater context of solar energy conversion. PMID:26312416

  18. Delayed thermal fluorescence in some charge-transfer crystals

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    Kozankiewicz, B.; Prochorow, J.

    1984-03-01

    Time-resolved spectra of long-lived emission of tetrachlorophthalic-hexamethylbenzene charge-transfer crystal were measured at different temperatures. The results give a clear evidence for the existence of E-type delayed fluorescence that results from thermal activation of trapped charge-transfer triplet excitone.

  19. Ultrafast probes of charge transfer states in organic photovoltaic materials

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    Pensack, Ryan D.; Asbury, John B.

    2011-10-01

    Recent efforts to develop spectroscopic probes capable of directly examining charge transfer states in organic photovoltaic materials are reviewed. We describe ultrafast solvatochromism assisted vibrational spectroscopy that takes advantage of the sensitivity of vibrational modes to their local molecular environments in order to examine charge transfer states at electron donor/acceptor interfaces. By measuring the formation and subsequent loss of charge transfer states in real time, it is possible to investigate the mechanisms of their formation and to provide insight into how molecular structure affects the rate and efficiency of their dissociation to form separated charges.

  20. Study of charges transferability for use in force fields

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    Maciel, Glauciete S.; Garcia, Edgardo

    2006-03-01

    This Letter examines the topological neighborhood effects on atomic partial charges and their transferability. To determine neighborhood effects, we used Breneman and Wiberg's CHELPG charges calculated at B3LYP/6-31G* theory level and AM1 geometries for a test set of 324 molecules of insecticides, ferroelectric liquid crystals (FLC) and antiinflammatories. The Qcode atomic descriptor was applied to represent topological neighborhood. Calculated molecular dipole moments using averaged charges with various neighbor numbers indicate that partial charges have a strong dependence with the molecular topology. Five or more neighbors are demonstrated to be typically needed for accurate partial charges transferability.

  1. Contributions of charge-density research to medicinal chemistry

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    Dittrich, Birger; Matta, Chrif F.

    2014-01-01

    This article reviews efforts in accurate experimental charge-density studies with relevance to medicinal chemistry. Initially, classical charge-density studies that measure electron density distribution via least-squares refinement of aspherical-atom population parameters are summarized. Next, interaction density is discussed as an idealized situation resembling drugreceptor interactions. Scattering-factor databases play an increasing role in charge-density research, and they can be applied both to small-molecule and macromolecular structures in refinement and analysis; software development facilitates their use. Therefore combining both of these complementary branches of X-ray crystallography is recommended, and examples are given where such a combination already proved useful. On the side of the experiment, new pixel detectors are allowing rapid measurements, thereby enabling both high-throughput small-molecule studies and macromolecular structure determination to higher resolutions. Currently, the most ambitious studies compute intermolecular interaction energies of drugreceptor complexes, and it is recommended that future studies benefit from recent method developments. Selected new developments in theoretical charge-density studies are discussed with emphasis on its symbiotic relation to crystallography. PMID:25485126

  2. Ab initio Determination of Formation Energies and Charge Transfer Levels of Charged Ions in Water

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    Vatti, Anoop Kishore; Todorova, Mira; Neugebauer, Joerg

    The ability to describe the complex atomic and electronic structure of liquid water and hydrated ions on a microscopic level is a key requirement to understand and simulate electro-chemical and biological processes. Identifying theoretical concepts which enable us to achieve an accurate description in a computationally efficient way is thereby of central importance. Aiming to unravel the importance and influence of different contributions on the hydration energy of ions we perform extensive ab-initio molecular dynamics simulations for charged and neutral cations (Zn, Mg) and anions (Cl, Br, I) in water. The structural correlations and electronic properties of the studied ions are analysed and compared to experimental observations. Following an approach inspired by the defect chemistry in semiconductors and aligning the water band edges on an absolute scale allows us to benchmark the calculated formation energies, identify transition states and compare the results to experiment. Based on these results we discuss the performance of various DFT xc-functionals to predict charge transfer levels and photo-emission experiments.

  3. Improved Charge-Transfer Fluorescent Dyes

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    Meador, Michael

    2005-01-01

    Improved charge-transfer fluorescent dyes have been developed for use as molecular probes. These dyes are based on benzofuran nuclei with attached phenyl groups substituted with, variously, electron donors, electron acceptors, or combinations of donors and acceptors. Optionally, these dyes could be incorporated as parts of polymer backbones or as pendant groups or attached to certain surfaces via self-assembly-based methods. These dyes exhibit high fluorescence quantum yields -- ranging from 0.2 to 0.98, depending upon solvents and chemical structures. The wavelengths, quantum yields, intensities, and lifetimes of the fluorescence emitted by these dyes vary with (and, hence, can be used as indicators of) the polarities of solvents in which they are dissolved: In solvents of increasing polarity, fluorescence spectra shift to longer wavelengths, fluorescence quantum yields decrease, and fluorescence lifetimes increase. The wavelengths, quantum yields, intensities, and lifetimes are also expected to be sensitive to viscosities and/or glass-transition temperatures. Some chemical species -- especially amines, amino acids, and metal ions -- quench the fluorescence of these dyes, with consequent reductions in intensities, quantum yields, and lifetimes. As a result, the dyes can be used to detect these species. Another useful characteristic of these dyes is a capability for both two-photon and one-photon absorption. Typically, these dyes absorb single photons in the ultraviolet region of the spectrum (wavelengths < 400 nm) and emit photons in the long-wavelength ultraviolet, visible, and, when dissolved in some solvents, near-infrared regions. In addition, these dyes can be excited by two-photon absorption at near-infrared wavelengths (600 to 800 nm) to produce fluorescence spectra identical to those obtained in response to excitation by single photons at half the corresponding wavelengths (300 to 400 nm). While many prior fluorescent dyes exhibit high quantum yields, solvent-polarity- dependent fluorescence behavior, susceptibility to quenching by certain chemical species, and/or two-photon fluorescence, none of them has the combination of all of these attributes. Because the present dyes do have all of these attributes, they have potential utility as molecular probes in a variety of applications. Examples include (1) monitoring curing and deterioration of polymers; (2) monitoring protein expression; (3) high-throughput screening of drugs; (4) monitoring such chemical species as glucose, amines, amino acids, and metal ions; and (5) photodynamic therapy of cancers and other diseases.

  4. A surface acoustic wave /SAW/ charge transfer imager

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    Papanicolauo, N. A.; Lin, H. C.

    1981-01-01

    An 80 MHz, 2-microsecond surface acoustic wave charge transfer device (SAW-CTD) has been fabricated in which surface acoustic waves are used to create traveling longitudinal electric fields in the silicon substrate and to replace the multiphase clocks of charge coupled devices. The traveling electric fields create potential wells which will carry along charges that may be stored in the wells; the charges may be injected into the wells by light. An optical application is proposed where the SAW-CTD structure is used in place of a conventional interline transfer design.

  5. Transfer of Algebraic and Graphical Thinking between Mathematics and Chemistry

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    Potgieter, Marietjie; Harding, Ansie; Engelbrecht, Johann

    2008-01-01

    Students in undergraduate chemistry courses find, as a rule, topics with a strong mathematical basis difficult to master. In this study we investigate whether such mathematically related problems are due to deficiencies in their mathematics foundation or due to the complexity introduced by transfer of mathematics to a new scientific domain. In the…

  6. Charge transfer reactions in nematic liquid crystals

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    Wiederrecht, G.P.; Wasielewski, M.R.; Galili, T.; Levanon, H.

    1998-07-01

    Ultrafast transient absorption studies of intramolecular photoinduced charge separation and thermal charge recombination were carried out on a molecule consisting of a 4-(N-pyrrolidino)naphthalene-1,8-imide donor (PNI) covalently attached to a pyromellitimide acceptor (PI) dissolved in the liquid crystal 4{prime}-(n-pentyl)-4-cyanobiphenyl (5CB). The temperature dependencies of the charge separation and recombination rates were obtained at temperatures above the nematic-isotropic phase transition of 5CB, where ordered microdomains exist and scattering of visible light by these domains is absent. The authors show that excited state charge separation is dominated by molecular reorientation of 5CB perpendicular to the director within the liquid crystal microdomains. They also show that charge recombination is adiabatic and is controlled by the comparatively slow collective reorientation of the liquid crystal microdomains relative to the orientation of PNI{sup +}-PI{sup {minus}}. They also report the results of time resolved electron paramagnetic resonance (TREPR) studies of photoinduced charge separation in a series of supramolecular compounds dissolved in oriented liquid crystal solvents. These studies permit the determination of the radical pair energy levels as the solvent reorganization energy increases from the low temperature crystalline phase, through the soft glass phase, to the nematic phase of the liquid crystal.

  7. Charge transfer in photoacids observed by stark spectroscopy.

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    Silverman, Lisa N; Spry, D B; Boxer, Steven G; Fayer, M D

    2008-10-16

    The charge redistribution upon photoexcitation is investigated for a series of pyrene photoacids to better understand the driving force behind excited-state proton-transfer processes. The changes in electric dipole for the lowest two electronic transitions ( (1)L b and (1)L a) are measured by Stark spectroscopy, and the magnitudes of charge transfer of the protonated and deprotonated states are compared. For neutral photoacids studied here, the results show that the amount of charge transfer depends more upon the electronic state that is excited than the protonation state. Transitions from the ground state to the (1)L b state result in a much smaller change in electric dipole than transitions to the (1)L a state. Conversely, for the cationic (ammonium) photoacid studied, photoexcitation of a particular electronic state results in much smaller charge transfer for the protonated state than for the deprotonated state. PMID:18798602

  8. Charge transfer and emergent phenomena of oxide heterostructures

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    Chen, Hanghui

    Charge transfer is a common phenomenon at oxide interfaces. We use first-principles calculations to show that via heterostructuring of transition metal oxides, the electronegativity difference between two dissimilar transition metal ions can lead to high level of charge transfer and induce substantial redistribution of electrons and ions. Notable examples include i) enhancing correlation effects and inducing a metal-insulator transition; ii) tailoring magnetic structures and inducing interfacial ferromagnetism; iii) engineering orbital splitting and inducing a non-cuprate single-orbital Fermi surface. Utilizing charge transfer to induce emergent electronic/magnetic/orbital properties at oxide interfaces is a robust approach. Combining charge transfer with quantum confinement and expitaxial strain provides an appealing prospect of engineering electronic structure of artificial oxide heterostructures. This research was supported by National Science Foundation under Grant No. DMR-1120296.

  9. Charge transfer in ion collisions with circular Rydberg atoms

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    Homan, D.M.; Cavagnero, M.J.; Harmin, D.A. )

    1994-09-01

    Recent experimental measurements of charge transfer in ion collisions with circular-state Rydberg atoms (for which [ital m]=[ital l]=[ital n][minus]1) can be qualitatively reproduced using an elementary atomic model consisting of a classical electron in a circular orbit with an arbitrary axis of rotation defined by experiment. Contributions to capture are further separated into one-swap and three-swap charge transfers, revealing the relative importance of a Thomaslike mechanism for charge transfer at ion velocities of 1.00, 1.65, and 2.00 times the velocity of the target electron. The model is extended to estimate charge-transfer cross sections for ions incident on elliptic-state Rydberg atoms of specific eccentricity.

  10. Multiferroicity of carbon-based charge-transfer magnets.

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    Qin, Wei; Gong, Maogang; Chen, Xiaomin; Shastry, Tejas A; Sakidja, Ridwan; Yuan, Guoliang; Hersam, Mark C; Wuttig, Manfred; Ren, Shenqiang

    2015-01-27

    A new type of carbon charge-transfer magnet, consisting of a fullerene acceptor and single-walled carbon nanotube donor, is demonstrated, which exhibits room temperature ferromagnetism and magnetoelectric (ME) coupling. In addition, external stimuli (electric/magnetic/elastic field) and the concentration of a nanocarbon complex enable the tunabilities of the magnetization and ME coupling due to the control of the charge transfer. PMID:25389110

  11. Femtochemistry of Intramolecular Charge and Proton Transfer Reactions in Solution

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    Douhal, Abderrazzak; Sanz, Mikel; Carranza, Maria Angeles; Organero, Juan Angel; Tormo, Laura

    2005-03-17

    We report on the first observation of ultrafast intramolecular charge- and proton-transfer reactions in 4'-dimethylaminoflavonol (DAMF) in solution. Upon femtosecond excitation of a non-planar structure of DMAF in apolar medium, the intramolecular charge transfer (ICT) does not occur, and a slow (2 ps) proton motion takes place. However, in polar solvents, the ICT is very fast (100-200 fs) and the produced structure is stabilized that proton motion takes place in few or tens of ps.

  12. Charge-transfer gap and superexchange interaction in insulating cuprates

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    Ohta, Y.; Tohyama, T.; Maekawa, S. )

    1991-03-04

    A cluster-model analysis is made on the material dependence of the optical charge-transfer gap and antiferromagnetic superexchange interaction of a variety of insulating cuprates. It is shown that the electronic structure of cuprates typically of the charge-transfer type is characterized by the unique energy-level separation that reflects the three dimensionality of the crystal via the long-range Madelung potential; such characteristics are absent in the Mott-Hubbard regime.

  13. Measurement techniques and applications of charge transfer to aerospace research

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    Smith, A.

    1978-01-01

    A technique of developing high-velocity low-intensity neutral gas beams for use in aerospace research problems is described. This technique involves ionization of gaseous species with a mass spectrometer and focusing the resulting primary ion beam into a collision chamber containing a static gas at a known pressure and temperature. Equations are given to show how charge-transfer cross sections are obtained from a total-current measurement technique. Important parameters are defined for the charge-transfer process.

  14. Charge transfer induced activity of graphene for oxygen reduction.

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    Shen, Anli; Xia, Weijun; Zhang, Lipeng; Dou, Shuo; Xia, Zhenhai; Wang, Shuangyin

    2016-05-01

    Tetracyanoethylene (TCNE), with its strong electron-accepting ability, was used to dope graphene as a metal-free electrocatalyst for the oxygen reduction reaction (ORR). The charge transfer process was observed from graphene to TCNE by x-ray photoelectron spectroscopy and Raman characterizations. Our density functional theory calculations found that the charge transfer behavior led to an enhancement of the electrocatalytic activity for the ORR. PMID:27005703

  15. Charge transfer induced activity of graphene for oxygen reduction

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    Shen, Anli; Xia, Weijun; Zhang, Lipeng; Dou, Shuo; Xia, Zhenhai; Wang, Shuangyin

    2016-05-01

    Tetracyanoethylene (TCNE), with its strong electron-accepting ability, was used to dope graphene as a metal-free electrocatalyst for the oxygen reduction reaction (ORR). The charge transfer process was observed from graphene to TCNE by x-ray photoelectron spectroscopy and Raman characterizations. Our density functional theory calculations found that the charge transfer behavior led to an enhancement of the electrocatalytic activity for the ORR.

  16. Charge Transfer and Support Effects in Heterogeneous Catalysis

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    Hervier, Antoine

    2011-12-21

    The kinetic, electronic and spectroscopic properties of two‐dimensional oxide‐supported catalysts were investigated in order to understand the role of charge transfer in catalysis. Pt/TiO{sub 2} nanodiodes were fabricated and used as catalysts for hydrogen oxidation. During the reaction, the current through the diode, as well as its I‐V curve, were monitored, while gas chromatography was used to measure the reaction rate. The current and the turnover rate were found to have the same temperature dependence, indicating that hydrogen oxidation leads to the non‐adiabatic excitation of electrons in Pt. A fraction of these electrons have enough energy to ballistically transport through Pt and overcome the Schottky barrier at the interface with TiO{sub 2}. The yield for this phenomenon is on the order of 10{sup ‐4} electrons per product molecule formed, similar to what has been observed for CO oxidation and for the adsorption of many different molecules. The same Pt/TiO{sub 2} system was used to compare currents in hydrogen oxidation and deuterium oxidation. The current through the diode under deuterium oxidation was found to be greater than under hydrogen oxidation by a factor of three. Weighted by the difference in turnover frequencies for the two isotopes, this would imply a chemicurrent yield 5 times greater for D{sub 2} compared to H{sub 2}, contrary to what is expected given the higher mass of D{sub 2}. Reversible changes in the rectification factor of the diode are observed when switching between D{sub 2} and H{sub 2}. These changes are a likely cause for the differences in current between the two isotopes. In the nanodiode experiments, surface chemistry leads to charge flow, suggesting the possibility of creating charge flow to tune surface chemistry. This was done first by exposing a Pt/Si diode to visible light while using it as a catalyst for H{sub 2} oxidation. Absorption of the light in the Si, combined with the band bending at the interface, gives rise to a steady‐state flow of hot holes to the surface. This leads to a decrease in turnover on the surface, an effect which is enhanced when a reverse bias is applied to the diode. Similar experiments were carried out for CO oxidation. On Pt/Si diodes, the reaction rate was found to increase when a forward bias was applied. When the diode was exposed to visible light and a reverse bias was applied, the rate was instead decreased. This implies that a flow of negative charges to the surface increases turnover, while positive charges decrease it. Charge flow in an oxide supported metal catalyst can be modified even without designing the catalyst as a solid state electronic device. This was done by doping stoichiometric and nonstoichiometric TiO{sub 2} films with F, and using the resulting oxides as supports for Pt films. In the case of stoichiometric TiO{sub 2}, F was found to act as an n‐type dopant, creating a population of filled electronic states just below the conduction band, and dramatically increasing the conductivity of the oxide film. The electrons in those states can transfer to surface O, activating it for reaction with CO, and leading to increased turnover for CO oxidation. This reinforces the hypothesis that CO oxidation is activated by a flow of negative charges to the surface. The same set of catalysts was used for methanol oxidation. The electronic properties of the TiO{sub 2} films again correlated with the turnover rates, but also with selectivity. With stoichiometric TiO{sub 2} as the support, F‐doping caused an increase in selectivity toward the formation of partial oxidation products, formaldehyde and methyl formate, versus the total oxidation product, CO{sub 2}. With non‐stoichiometric TiO{sub 2}, F‐doping had the reverse effect. Ambient Pressure X‐Ray Photoelectron Spectroscopy was used to investigate this F‐doping effect in reaction conditions. In O2 alone, and in CO oxidation conditions, the O1s spectrum showed a high binding energy peak that correlated in intensity with the activity of the different films: for stoichiometric films, the peak decreased in intensity with F‐doping, while for nonstoichiometric films, the opposite was observed. No such changes were visible in the C1s spectrum, confirming the role of O activation in the reaction. This thesis adds to the body of knowledge on the importance of charge transfer at the metal‐oxide interface in shaping the reactivity of heterogeneous catalysts, and provides examples of how this can be the basis for new methods to tune reactivity.

  17. Charge transfer during individual collisions in ice growing by riming

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    Avila, Eldo E.; Caranti, Giorgio M.

    1991-01-01

    The charging of a target by riming in the wind was studied in the temperature range of (-10, -18 C). For each temperature, charge transfers of both signs are observed and, according to the environmental conditions, one of them prevails. The charge is more positive as the liquid water concentration is increased at any particular temperature. It is found that even at the low impact velocities used (5 m/s) there is abundant evidence of fragmentation following the collision.

  18. INTRAMOLECULAR CHARGE AND ENERGY TRANSFER IN MULTICHROMOPHORIC AROMATIC SYSTEMS

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    Edward C. Lim

    2008-09-09

    A concerted experimental and computational study of energy transfer in nucleic acid bases and charge transfer in dialkylaminobenzonitriles, and related electron donor-acceptor molecules, indicate that the ultrafast photoprocesses occur through three-state conical interactions involving an intermediate state of biradical character.

  19. Charge transfer reactions in multiply charged ion-atom collisions. [in interstellar clouds

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    Steigman, G.

    1975-01-01

    Charge-transfer reactions in collisions between highly charged ions and neutral atoms of hydrogen and/or helium may be rapid at thermal energies. If these reactions are rapid, they will suppress highly charged ions in H I regions and guarantee that the observed absorption features from such ions cannot originate in the interstellar gas. A discussion of such charge-transfer reactions is presented and compared with the available experimental data. The possible implications of these reactions for observations of the interstellar medium, H II regions, and planetary nebulae are outlined.

  20. X-ray absorption structural study of a reversible, photoexcited charge-transfer state

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    Chen, L.X.; Bowman, M.K.; Norris, J.R. Univ. of Chicago, IL ); Montano, P.A. )

    1993-05-19

    Electron-transfer reactions can be accompanied by significant nuclear movements. Nuclear motion appears to be especially vital to the reversible, photoinduced charge-transfer chemistry of cyclopentadienylnickel nitrosyl (C[sub 5]H[sub 5]NiNO). Although extended X-ray absorption fine structure (EXAFS) spectroscopy has recorded photoinduced changes in the ligation of myoglobins, similar X-ray studies of electron-transfer chemistry have not been reported. Here we examine reversible, photoinduced structural changes in C[sub 5]H[sub 5]NiNO by EXAFS and propose a mechanism for the electron-transfer chemistry. This work demonstrates that EXAFS can measure distance changes accompanying photoinduced electron transfer to provide new details of the geometry of photoexcited state and suggests that electron transfer occurs in the transient, optically excited states of C[sub 5]H[sub 5]NiNO and C[sub 5]H[sub 5]NiNO[sup CT] as dictated by NO movement that produces either C[sub 5]H[sub 5]NiNO[sup CT] or C[sub 5]H[sub 5]NiNO[sup GS]. 14 refs., 2 figs.

  1. Quenching of Charge Transfer in Nitrobenzene Induced by Vibrational Motion.

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    Zobel, J Patrick; Nogueira, Juan J; González, Leticia

    2015-08-01

    Although nitrobenzene is the smallest nitro-aromatic molecule, the nature of its electronic structure is still unclear. Most notably, the lowest-energy absorption band was assessed in numerous studies providing conflicting results regarding its charge-transfer character. In this study, we employ a combination of molecular dynamics and quantum chemical methods to disentangle the nature of the lowest-energy absorption band of nitrobenzene. Surprisingly, the charge-transfer transition from the benzene moiety to the nitro group is found to be quenched by a flow of charge into the opposite direction induced by vibrational motion. Beyond clarifying the charge-transfer character of nitrobenzene, we show that the widely used approach of analyzing the ground-state minimum-energy geometry provides completely wrong conclusions. PMID:26267195

  2. Charge Transfer Dynamics from Photoexcited Semiconductor Quantum Dots.

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    Zhu, Haiming; Yang, Ye; Wu, Kaifeng; Lian, Tianquan

    2016-05-27

    Understanding photoinduced charge transfer from nanomaterials is essential to the many applications of these materials. This review summarizes recent progress in understanding charge transfer from quantum dots (QDs), an ideal model system for investigating fundamental charge transfer properties of low-dimensional quantum-confined nanomaterials. We first discuss charge transfer from QDs to weakly coupled acceptors within the framework of Marcus nonadiabatic electron transfer (ET) theory, focusing on the dependence of ET rates on reorganization energy, electronic coupling, and driving force. Because of the strong electron-hole interaction, we show that ET from QDs should be described by the Auger-assisted ET model, which is significantly different from ET between molecules or from bulk semiconductor electrodes. For strongly quantum-confined QDs on semiconductor surfaces, the coupling can fall within the strong coupling limit, in which case the donor-acceptor interaction and ET properties can be described by the Newns-Anderson model of chemisorption. We also briefly discuss recent progress in controlling charge transfer properties in quantum-confined nanoheterostructures through wavefunction engineering and multiple exciton dissociation. Finally, we identify a few key areas for further research. PMID:27215815

  3. Coherent ultrafast charge transfer in an organic photovoltaic blend.

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    Falke, Sarah Maria; Rozzi, Carlo Andrea; Brida, Daniele; Maiuri, Margherita; Amato, Michele; Sommer, Ephraim; De Sio, Antonietta; Rubio, Angel; Cerullo, Giulio; Molinari, Elisa; Lienau, Christoph

    2014-05-30

    Blends of conjugated polymers and fullerene derivatives are prototype systems for organic photovoltaic devices. The primary charge-generation mechanism involves a light-induced ultrafast electron transfer from the light-absorbing and electron-donating polymer to the fullerene electron acceptor. Here, we elucidate the initial quantum dynamics of this process. Experimentally, we observed coherent vibrational motion of the fullerene moiety after impulsive optical excitation of the polymer donor. Comparison with first-principle theoretical simulations evidences coherent electron transfer between donor and acceptor and oscillations of the transferred charge with a 25-femtosecond period matching that of the observed vibrational modes. Our results show that coherent vibronic coupling between electronic and nuclear degrees of freedom is of key importance in triggering charge delocalization and transfer in a noncovalently bound reference system. PMID:24876491

  4. IR spectroscopic studies of charge transfer in organic semiconductors

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    Beck, Sebastian; Gerbert, David; Krekeler, Christian; Glaser, Tobias; Pucci, Annemarie

    2014-05-01

    Charge transfer (CT) mechanisms are crucial for device performance in organic electronics, but they are still not understood on a fundamental level. Here we want to show that in situ IR spectroscopy is very well suited to investigate CT effects in organic semiconductors in a qualitative and quantitative way. We study the ambipolar transport material 4,4´-bis(N-carbazolyl)-1,1´-biphenyl (CBP) as matrix and cesium carbonate (Cs2CO3) as n-dopant. To achieve doped layers, both materials were evaporated simultaneously. The system is one of the rare ones for n-doping of organic layers. In the spectra of the doped layers, additional absorption bands appear in the mid IR range. These can be assigned to the negatively charged matrix molecules that indicate electron transfer. The charged molecules exhibit these different absorption bands, as the charge transfer leads to a change in bond length and bond strength of the molecules. Our results very well agree with density functional theory calculations of the vibrational spectra of both, charged and non-charged molecules. By fitting the spectra of the doped layers as a superposition of the vibrational oscillators of neutral and charged species, we were able to quantify the amount of charged matrix molecules and to determine the doping efficiency of the investigated systems. For CBP n-doped with Cs2CO3 a hindrance of the CT due to air exposure could be observed.

  5. Conformational control of benzophenone-sensitized charge transfer in dinucleotides.

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    Merz, Thomas; Wenninger, Matthias; Weinberger, Michael; Riedle, Eberhard; Wagenknecht, Hans-Achim; Schütz, Martin

    2013-11-14

    Charge transfer in DNA cannot be understood without addressing the complex conformational flexibility, which occurs on a wide range of timescales. In order to reduce this complexity four dinucleotide models 1X consisting of benzophenone linked by a phosphodiester to one of the natural nucleosides X = A, G, T, C were studied in water and methanol. The theoretical work focuses on the dynamics and electronic structure of 1G. Predominant conformations in the two solvents were obtained by molecular dynamics simulations. 1G in MeOH adopts mainly an open geometry with a distance of 12–16 Å between the two aromatic parts. In H2O the two parts of 1G form primarily a stacked conformation yielding a distance of 5–6 Å. The low-lying excited states were investigated by electronic structure theory in a QM/MM environment for representative snapshots of the trajectories. Photo-induced intramolecular charge transfer in the S1 state occurs exclusively in the stacked conformation. Ultrafast transient absorption spectroscopy with 1X reveals fast charge transfer from S1 in both solvents with varying yields. Significant charge transfer from the T1 state is only found for the nucleobases with the lowest oxidation potential: in H2O, charge transfer occurs with 3.2 × 10(9) s(-1) for 1A and 6.0 × 10(9) s(-1) for 1G. The reorganization energy remains nearly unchanged going from MeOH to the more polar H2O. The electronic coupling is rather low even for the stacked conformation with H(AB) = 3 meV and explains the moderate charge transfer rates. The solvent controls the conformational distribution and therefore gates the charge transfer due to differences in distance and stacking. PMID:24084688

  6. The study of surface acoustic wave charge transfer device

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    Papanicolaou, N.; Lin, H. C.

    1978-01-01

    A surface acoustic wave-charge transfer device, consisting of an n-type silicon substrate, a thermally grown silicon dioxide layer, and a sputtered film of piezoelectric zinc oxide is proposed as a means of circumventing problems associated with charge-coupled device (CCD) applications in memory, signal processing, and imaging. The proposed device creates traveling longitudinal electric fields in the silicon and replaces the multiphase clocks in CCD's. The traveling electric fields create potential wells which carry along charges stored there. These charges may be injected into the wells by light or by using a p-n junction as in conventional CCD's.

  7. Voltage and frequency dependence of prestin-associated charge transfer

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    Sun, Sean X.; Farrell, Brenda; Chana, Matthew S.; Oster, George; Brownell, William E.; Spector, Alexander A.

    2009-01-01

    Membrane protein prestin is a critical component of the motor complex that generates forces and dimensional changes in cells in response to changes in the cell membrane potential. In its native cochlear outer hair cell, prestin is crucial to the amplification and frequency selectivity of the mammalian ear up to frequencies of tens of kHz. Other cells transfected with prestin acquire voltage-dependent properties similar to those of the native cell. The protein performance is critically dependent on chloride ions, and intrinsic protein charges also play a role. We propose an electro-diffusion model to reveal the frequency and voltage dependence of electric charge transfer by prestin. The movement of the combined charge (i.e., anion and protein charges) across the membrane is described with a Fokker-Planck equation coupled to a kinetic equation that describes the binding of chloride ions to prestin. We found a voltage-and frequency-dependent phase shift between the transferred charge and the applied electric field that determines capacitive and resistive components of the transferred charge. The phase shift monotonically decreases from zero to -90 degree as a function of frequency. The capacitive component as a function of voltage is bell-shaped, and decreases with frequency. The resistive component is bell-shaped for both voltage and frequency. The capacitive and resistive components are similar to experimental measurements of charge transfer at high frequencies. The revealed nature of the transferred charge can help reconcile the high-frequency electrical and mechanical observations associated with prestin, and it is important for further analysis of the structure and function of this protein. PMID:19490917

  8. Charge separation, charge recombination and electron transfer reactions in solutions of fullerene-C 60 and phenothiazines

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    Ghosh, H. N.; Palit, D. K.; Sapre, A. V.; Mittal, J. P.

    1997-02-01

    C 60 forms weak charge transfer complexes with phenothiazine and methyl phenothiazine. Charge separation, charge recombination and ion dissociation reactions were investigated in the solution phase following excitation of the charge transfer band of the complexes with picosecond laser pulses. The formation of the triplet state of C 60 on charge recombination, and electron transfer reactions of the singlet and triplet states of C 60 with phenothiazine to give C 60-· and cation radicals have been investigated. On longer timescales (> 1 μs) back electron transfer between C 60-· and cation radical takes place. The effect of solvent polarity was studied on the charge recombination and back electron transfer reactions.

  9. Ga Nanoparticle/Graphene Platforms: Plasmonic and Charge Transfer Interactions

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    Yi, Congwen; Kim, Tong-Ho; Yang, Yang; Losurdo, Maria; Brown, April S.

    2013-03-01

    Metal nanoparticle (NP) - graphene multifunctional platforms are of great interest for numerous applications, such as sensing and catalysis, and for fundamental studies on charge transfer and light-matter interactions. To understand platform-photon interactions, it is important to articulate the coupling of photon-based excitations, such as the interaction between plasmons in each of the material components, as well as their charge-based interactions dependent upon the energy alignment at the metal/graphene interface. Herein, we use liquid metal Ga nanoparticles, which can be deposited at 300K on graphene, to explore the surface-enhanced Raman spectroscopy modulation induced by the NPs,. The localized charge transfer between Ga NPs and graphene are investigated, and enhancement of the graphene Raman modes is correlated with metal coverage the transfer of electrons from Ga to graphene creating local regions of enhanced electron concentration which modify the electron-phonon interaction in graphene.

  10. Direct experimental characterization of photoemission charge-transfer satellites

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    Weiland, Conan; Rumaiz, Abdul; Woicik, Joseph

    Energy-loss satellites in photoelectron spectroscopy often arise due to different charge-transfer states in condensed matter systems. The specific characterization of these satellites, however, has been controversial, and different theoretical approaches may lead to contradictory characterizations. Here we demonstrate the ability of high energy resonant photoelectron spectroscopy to provide direct experimental evidence of the nature of charge transfer satellites. Analysis of the Ti 1 s core line in SrTiO3 reveals two satellites, located approximately 5 eV and 13 eV lower kinetic energy than the main line. High energy resonant photoelectron spectroscopy reveals that these two peaks originate from ligand 2 p t2 g to metal 3 d t2 g and ligand 2 p eg to metal 3 d eg charge-transfer excitations.

  11. Charge transfer properties of pentacene adsorbed on silver: DFT study

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    N, Rekha T.; Rajkumar, Beulah J. M.

    2015-06-24

    Charge transfer properties of pentacene adsorbed on silver is investigated using DFT methods. Optimized geometry of pentacene after adsorption on silver indicates distortion in hexagonal structure of the ring close to the silver cluster and deviations in co-planarity of carbon atoms due to the variations in bond angles and dihedral angles. Theoretically simulated absorption spectrum has a symmetric surface plasmon resonance peak around 486nm corresponding to the transfer of charge from HOMO-2 to LUMO. Theoretical SERS confirms the process of adsorption, tilted orientation of pentacene on silver surface and the charge transfers reported. Localization of electron density arising from redistribution of electrostatic potential together with a reduced bandgap of pentacene after adsorption on silver suggests its utility in the design of electro active organic semiconducting devices.

  12. Charge transfer properties of pentacene adsorbed on silver: DFT study

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    N, Rekha T.; Rajkumar, Beulah J. M.

    2015-06-01

    Charge transfer properties of pentacene adsorbed on silver is investigated using DFT methods. Optimized geometry of pentacene after adsorption on silver indicates distortion in hexagonal structure of the ring close to the silver cluster and deviations in co-planarity of carbon atoms due to the variations in bond angles and dihedral angles. Theoretically simulated absorption spectrum has a symmetric surface plasmon resonance peak around 486nm corresponding to the transfer of charge from HOMO-2 to LUMO. Theoretical SERS confirms the process of adsorption, tilted orientation of pentacene on silver surface and the charge transfers reported. Localization of electron density arising from redistribution of electrostatic potential together with a reduced bandgap of pentacene after adsorption on silver suggests its utility in the design of electro active organic semiconducting devices.

  13. Identifying characteristics of charge transfer transitions in minerals

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    Mattson, Stephanie M.; Rossman, George R.

    1987-01-01

    Criteria used to identify Fe2+-Fe3+ and Fe2+-Ti4+ intervalence charge transfer absorption bands in electronic spectra are reviewed and compared to the characteristics of unperturbed Fe2+ crystal field bands and those that are intensified by interaction with Fe3+. Band energy is the least definitive diagnostic criterion. Changes in band intensity with temperature are also of limited value. Large widths are the most reliable characteristic of charge transfer bands. New optical absorption spectra are presented for euclase, as well as 80 K spectra of rockbridgeite, babingtonite and lazulite. Comparison of optical spectra to magnetic susceptibility measurements for rockbridgeite and babingtonite provides support for recent theories regarding the effect of magnetic coupling on the variation of charge transfer intensity with temperature.

  14. Intramolecular Charge Transfer States in the Condensed Phase

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    Williams, C. F.; Herbert, J. M.

    2009-06-01

    Time-Dependent Density Functional Theory (TDDFT) with long range corrected functionals can give accurate results for the energies of electronically excited states involving Intramolecular Charge Transfer (ICT) in large molecules. If this is combined with a Molecular Mechanics (MM) representation of the surrounding solvent this technique can be used to interpret the results of condensed phase UV-Vis Spectroscopy. Often the MM region is represented by a set of point charges, however this means that the solvent cannot repolarize to adapt to the new charge distribution as a result of ICT and so the excitation energies to ICT states are overestimated. To solve this problem an algorithm that interfaces TDDFT with the polarizable force-field AMOEBA is presented; the effect of solvation on charge transfer in species such as 4,4'dimethylaminobenzonitrile (DMABN) is discussed. M.A. Rohrdanz, K.M. Martins, and J.M. Herbert, J. Chem. Phys. 130 034107 (2008).

  15. Multiple-charge transfer and trapping in DNA dimers

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    Tornow, Sabine; Zwicknagl, Gertrud; Bulla, Ralf; Anders, Frithjof B.

    2010-11-15

    We investigate the charge transfer characteristics of one and two excess charges in a DNA base-pair dimer using a model Hamiltonian approach. The electron part comprises diagonal and off-diagonal Coulomb matrix elements such a correlated hopping and the bond-bond interaction, which were recently calculated by Starikov [E. B. Starikov, Philos. Mag. Lett. 83, 699 (2003)] for different DNA dimers. The electronic degrees of freedom are coupled to an ohmic or a superohmic bath serving as dissipative environment. We employ the numerical renormalization group method in the nuclear tunneling regime and compare the results to Marcus theory for the thermal activation regime. For realistic parameters, the rate that at least one charge is transferred from the donor to the acceptor in the subspace of two excess electrons significantly exceeds the rate in the single charge sector. Moreover, the dynamics is strongly influenced by the Coulomb matrix elements. We find sequential and pair transfer as well as a regime where both charges remain self-trapped. The transfer rate reaches its maximum when the difference of the on-site and intersite Coulomb matrix element is equal to the reorganization energy which is the case in a guanine/cytosine (GC)-dimer. Charge transfer is completely suppressed for two excess electrons in adenine/thymine (AT)-dimer in an ohmic bath and replaced by damped coherent electron-pair oscillations in a superohmic bath. A finite bond-bond interaction W alters the transfer rate: it increases as function of W when the effective Coulomb repulsion exceeds the reorganization energy (inverted regime) and decreases for smaller Coulomb repulsion.

  16. Multiple-charge transfer and trapping in DNA dimers

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    Tornow, Sabine; Bulla, Ralf; Anders, Frithjof B.; Zwicknagl, Gertrud

    2010-11-01

    We investigate the charge transfer characteristics of one and two excess charges in a DNA base-pair dimer using a model Hamiltonian approach. The electron part comprises diagonal and off-diagonal Coulomb matrix elements such a correlated hopping and the bond-bond interaction, which were recently calculated by Starikov [E. B. Starikov, Philos. Mag. Lett. 83, 699 (2003)10.1080/0950083031000151374] for different DNA dimers. The electronic degrees of freedom are coupled to an ohmic or a superohmic bath serving as dissipative environment. We employ the numerical renormalization group method in the nuclear tunneling regime and compare the results to Marcus theory for the thermal activation regime. For realistic parameters, the rate that at least one charge is transferred from the donor to the acceptor in the subspace of two excess electrons significantly exceeds the rate in the single charge sector. Moreover, the dynamics is strongly influenced by the Coulomb matrix elements. We find sequential and pair transfer as well as a regime where both charges remain self-trapped. The transfer rate reaches its maximum when the difference of the on-site and intersite Coulomb matrix element is equal to the reorganization energy which is the case in a guanine/cytosine (GC)-dimer. Charge transfer is completely suppressed for two excess electrons in adenine/thymine (AT)-dimer in an ohmic bath and replaced by damped coherent electron-pair oscillations in a superohmic bath. A finite bond-bond interaction W alters the transfer rate: it increases as function of W when the effective Coulomb repulsion exceeds the reorganization energy (inverted regime) and decreases for smaller Coulomb repulsion.

  17. Charge localization and charge transfer in the Bebq2 monomer and dimer.

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    Safonov, Andrei A; Bagaturyants, Alexander A

    2014-08-01

    The geometrical structure and electronic properties of bis(10-hydroxybenzo[h]quinolinato)beryllium (Bebq2) molecule and its dimer both in the neutral and in the positively and negatively charged states were studied using quantum-chemical calculations. It is found that the excess charge in the charged systems is localized on one of the hydroxybenzoquinoline ligands. Structural changes in charged Bebq2 are pronounced in the charged ligand and nearly negligible in the neutral ligand. Charge transfer from the charged ligand to a neutral one can proceed either within a single Bebq2 monomer molecule or between the different monomers in the Bebq2 dimer. The corresponding hopping integrals were estimated as half the excitation energy from the ground to the first excited state of either the monomer or the dimer calculated at the avoided crossing point. PMID:25107360

  18. Charge-transfer in quasilinear push-pull polyene chains

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    Anne, Fréderic B.; Purpan, Florent D.; Jacquemin, Denis

    2013-08-01

    We used a TD-DFT approach relying on range-separated hybrids to evaluate the photon induced charge-transfer of substituted polyene oligomers of increasingly long chains. Several exchange-correlation functionals have been considered. Push, pull and push-pull systems containing up to 20 unit cells have been compared. A cooperative, but non additive, impact of the donor and acceptor groups is found. In long oligomers, the changes in the electronic density are mainly located on the central segment and not on the terminal electroactive groups, but the charge-transfer distance remains large, which contrasts with most push-pull compounds.

  19. Bioexcimers as Precursors of Charge Transfer and Reactivity in Photobiology

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    Serrano-Andres, Luis; Merchan, Manuela; Roca-Sanjuan, Daniel; Olaso-Gonzalez, Gloria; Rubio, Mercedes

    2007-11-29

    Accurate CASPT2//CASSCF calculations show that {pi}-stacked interactions in different biochromophores such as DNA nucleobases or porphyrin-quinone pairs yield excimer-like situations which behave as precursors of processes like charge transfer or photoreactivity. Examples are the transfer of charge between a reduced pheophytin and an accepting quinone molecule, process that trigger the sequence of electron transfer phenomena in photosynthetic photosystem II, the electron transfer between adjacent DNA nucleobases in a strand of oligonucleotides, and the photodimerization taking place in cytosine pairs leading to cyclobutanecytosine mutants. These processes take place through nonadiabatic photochemical mechanisms whose evolution is determined by the presence and accessibility of conical intersections and other surface crossings between different electronic states.

  20. Charge separation and energy transfer in carotenopyropheophorbide-quinone triads

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    Liddell, P.A.; Barrett, D.; Makings, L.R.; Pessiki, P.J.; Gust, D.; Moore, T.A.

    1986-08-20

    In natural photosynthesis membranes, chlorophyll molecules serve as the site of the initial photodriven charge separation. In addition, they play a role in subsequent electron-transfer steps, accept singlet excitation energy from carotenoid antenna molecules, and transfer triplet energy to carotenoid acceptors (thereby preventing sensitized singlet oxygen production and subsequent photodamage to the organism). The authors report herein the synthesis and study of chlorophyll-based carotenopyropheophorbide-quinone triad molecules which mimic all of these natural processes.

  1. Modulation of fragmental charge transfer via hydrogen bonds. Direct measurement of electronic contributions.

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    Yerushalmi, Roie; Brandis, Alexander; Rosenbach-Belkin, Varda; Baldridge, Kim K; Scherz, Avigdor

    2006-01-19

    Hydrogen bonds play an important role in an overwhelming variety of fields from biology to surface and supramolecular chemistry. The term "hydrogen bond" refers to a wide range of interactions with various covalent and polar contributions. In particular, hydrogen bonds have an important role in the folding and packing of peptides and nucleic acids. Recent studies also point to the importance of hydrogen bonding in the context of second-shell interactions, in metal binding and selectivity in metalloproteins, and in controlling the dynamics of membrane proteins. In this study, we demonstrate and quantify the modulation of fragmental charge transfer from hydrogen-bonded ligands to a metal center, by employing our recently introduced molecular potentiometer. The molecular details that affect this type of fragmental charge transfer are presented and a path for transferring chemical information is demonstrated. We found that H-bond interactions in the extended positions of axial ligands provide an effective means of modulating the amount of fragmental charge transfer to a metal center, thereby dramatically influencing the electronic properties of the ligand, the binding affinity, and the binding of additional ligands. The magnitude of fragmental charge-transfer modulation induced by a single ligand-solvent H-bond interaction is comparable to those induced by covalent substitution, although H-bond enthalpy is only on the order of several kilojoules per mole. Importantly, we find a significant change in the ligand electronic properties, even for weak C-H...O=C H-bond formation, where the bond enthalpy is substantially lower than for conventional H-bond interactions. The excess fragmental charge transferred to the metal center, deduced from the spectroscopic measurements, correlates well with the computationally determined values. Our findings underscore the importance of second-shell interactions in the active sites of enzymes, beyond the structural and electrostatic importance that is widely recognized today. PMID:16405312

  2. Imaging charge and energy transfer in molecules using free-electron lasers

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    Rudenko, Artem

    2014-05-01

    Charge and energy transfer reactions drive numerous important processes in physics, chemistry and biology, with applications ranging from X-ray astrophysics to artificial photosynthesis and molecular electronics. Experimentally, the central goal in studies of transfer phenomena is to trace the spatial localization of charge at a given time. Because of their element and site sensitivity, ultrafast X-rays provide a promising tool to address this goal. In this talk I will discuss several experiments where free-electron lasers were employed to study charge and energy transfer dynamics in fragmenting molecules. In a first example, we used intense, 70 femtosecond 1.5 keV pulses from the Linac Coherent Light Source (LCLS) to study distance dependence of electron transfer in laser-dissociated methyl iodide molecules. Inducing well-localized positive charge on the heavy iodine atom, we observe signature of electron transition from the separated methyl group up to the distances of 35 atomic units. In a complementary experiment, we studied charge exchange between two partners in a dissociating molecular iodine employing a pump-probe arrangement with two identical 90 eV pulses from the Free-Electron LASer in Hamburg (FLASH). In both cases, the effective spatial range of the electron transfer can be reasonably described by a classical over-the-barrier model developed for ion-atom collisions. Finally, I will discuss a time-resolved measurement on non-local relaxation mechanism based on a long-range energy transfer, the so-called interatomic Coulombic decay. This work was supported by Chemical Sciences, Geosciences, and Biosciences Division, Office of Basic Energy Sciences, Office of Science, US Department of Energy and by the Kansas NSF ``First Award'' program.

  3. Possible charge analogues of spin transfer torques in bulk superconductors

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    Garate, Ion

    2014-03-01

    Spin transfer torques (STT) occur when electric currents travel through inhomogeneously magnetized systems and are important for the motion of magnetic textures such as domain walls. Since superconductors are easy-plane ferromagnets in particle-hole (charge) space, it is natural to ask whether any charge duals of STT phenomena exist therein. We find that the superconducting analogue of the adiabatic STT vanishes in a bulk superconductor with a momentum-independent order parameter, while the superconducting counterpart of the nonadiabatic STT does not vanish. This nonvanishing superconducting torque is induced by heat (rather than charge) currents and acts on the charge (rather than spin) degree of freedom. It can become significant in the vicinity of the superconducting transition temperature, where it generates a net quasiparticle charge and alters the dispersion and linewidth of low-frequency collective modes. This work has been financially supported by Canada's NSERC.

  4. Photodissociation and charge transfer dynamics of negative ions studied with femtosecond photoelectron spectroscopy

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    Zanni, Martin T.

    1999-12-17

    This dissertation presents studies aimed at understanding the potential energy surfaces and dynamics of isolated negative ions, and the effects of solvent on each. Although negative ions play important roles in atmospheric and solution phase chemistry, to a large extent the ground and excited state potential energy surfaces of gas phase negative ions are poorly characterized, and solvent effects even less well understood. In an effort to fill this gap, the author's coworkers and the author have developed a new technique, anion femtosecond photoelectron spectroscopy, and applied it to gas phase photodissociation and charge transfer processes. Studies are presented that (1) characterize the ground and excited states of isolated and clustered anions, (2) monitor the photodissociation dynamics of isolated and clustered anions, and (3) explore the charge-transfer-to-solvent states of atomic iodide clustered with polar and non-polar solvents.

  5. Oxidation and Metal-Insertion in Molybdenite Surfaces: Evaluation of Charge-Transfer Mechanisms and Dynamics

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    Ramana, Chintalapalle V.; Becker, U.; Shutthanandan, V.; Julien, C. M.

    2008-06-05

    Molybdenum sulfide (MoS2), an important representative member of the layered transition-metal dichalcogenides, has been of special importance to the research community of geochemistry, materials and environmental chemistry, and industrial science and technology. Understanding the oxidation behavior and charge-transfer mechanisms in MoS2 is important to gain better insight into the degradation of this mineral in the environment. On the other hand understanding the insertion of metals into molybdenite and evaluation of charge-transfer mechanism and dynamics is quite important to utilize these minerals in technological applications. Furthermore, such a detailed investigation of thermal oxidation behavior and intercalation process will provide a basis to further explore and model the mechanism of adsorption of metal ions on to geomedia. Therefore, the present work was performed to understand the oxidation and intercalation processes of molybdenite surfaces. The results obtained, using a wide variety of analytical techniques, are presented and discussed in this paper.

  6. Primary cells utilize halogen-organic charge transfer complex

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    Gutmann, F.; Hermann, A. M.; Rembaum, A.

    1966-01-01

    Electrochemical cells with solid state components employ charge transfer complexes or donor-acceptor complexes in which the donor component is an organic compound and the acceptor component is a halogen. A minor proportion of graphite added to these composition helps reduce the resistivity.

  7. CORRELATING ELECTRONIC AND VIBRATIONAL MOTIONS IN CHARGE TRANSFER SYSTEMS

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    Khalil, Munira

    2014-06-27

    The goal of this research program was to measure coupled electronic and nuclear motions during photoinduced charge transfer processes in transition metal complexes by developing and using novel femtosecond spectroscopies. The scientific highlights and the resulting scientific publications from the DOE supported work are outlined in the technical report.

  8. Charge transfer emission in oligotriarylamine-triarylborane compounds.

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    Bonn, Annabell G; Wenger, Oliver S

    2015-04-17

    Donor-acceptor compounds exhibiting charge transfer emission are of interest in a variety of different contexts, for example, for nonlinear optical processes and for sensor applications. Recently investigated triarylamine-triarylborane compounds represent an important class of donor-acceptor systems, and we explored to what extent their charge-transfer properties can be further improved by using stronger amine donors and borane acceptors than prior studies. The oligotriarylamine employed here is a much stronger donor than previously used triarylamines containing single nitrogen centers. In order to increase the acceptor strength, the electron-accepting unit was equipped with two (instead of one) dimesitylboron substituents. In our comparative study, six donor-acceptor compounds were synthesized and investigated by cyclic voltammetry and optical spectroscopy. An increase of the donor strength through replacement of an ordinary triarylamine by an oligotriarylamine unit leads to the expected energetic stabilization of charge transfer (CT) excited states, but the emission solvatochromism is not more pronounced. The attempted increase of the acceptor strength by substitution of the acceptor moiety by two (instead of one) dimesitylboron groups leads to a drastic decrease of emission quantum yields. On the basis of these results, our purely experimental study provides fundamental guidelines for the design of new triarylamine-triarylborane donor-acceptor compounds with favorable charge-transfer emission properties. PMID:25843000

  9. Charge transfer between adsorbed cyanide and silver probed by sers

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    Billman, J.; Otto, A.

    1984-03-01

    New experiments on the potential dependence of surface enhanced Raman scattering (SERS) of cyanide adsorbed on silver are presented. Together with former results they support the model of a resonant Raman process by dynamical charge transfer between the substrate and the adsorbate. Further evidence for the assignment of the Raman spectrum to silver-cyanide surface complexes is given.

  10. Enhancing SERS by Means of Supramolecular Charge Transfer

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    Wong, Eric; Flood, Amar; Morales, Alfredo

    2009-01-01

    In a proposed method of sensing small quantities of molecules of interest, surface enhanced Raman scattering (SERS) spectroscopy would be further enhanced by means of intermolecular or supramolecular charge transfer. There is a very large potential market for sensors based on this method for rapid detection of chemical and biological hazards. In SERS, the Raman signals (vibrational spectra) of target molecules become enhanced by factors of the order of 108 when those molecules are in the vicinities of nanostructured substrate surfaces that have been engineered to have plasmon resonances that enhance local electric fields. SERS, as reported in several prior NASA Tech Briefs articles and elsewhere, has remained a research tool and has not yet been developed into a practical technique for sensing of target molecules: this is because the short range (5 to 20 nm) of the field enhancement necessitates engineering of receptor molecules to attract target molecules to the nanostructured substrate surfaces and to enable reliable identification of the target molecules in the presence of interferants. Intermolecular charge-transfer complexes have been used in fluorescence-, photoluminescence-, and electrochemistry-based techniques for sensing target molecules, but, until now, have not been considered for use in SERS-based sensing. The basic idea of the proposed method is to engineer receptor molecules that would be attached to nanostructured SERS substrates and that would interact with the target molecules to form receptor-target supramolecular charge-transfer complexes wherein the charge transfer could be photoexcited.

  11. Infrared Spectroscopy of Charge Transfer Complexes of Purines and Pyrimidines

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    Rathod, Pravinsinh I.; Oza, A. T.

    2011-10-20

    The FTIR spectra of charge transfer complexes of purines and pyrimidines with organic acceptors such as TCNQ, TCNE, DDQ, chloranil and iodine are obtained and studied in the present work. Adenine, guanine, thymine, cytosine and uracil are the purines and pyrimidines which are found as constituent of DNA and RNA. Charge transfer induced hydrogen bonding is concluded on the basis of indirect transitions observed in the infrared range in these CTCs. Some CTCs show gaussian bands revealing delocalization of charge carriers. The CTCs show interband transition in three-dimensions rather than two-dimensions unlike CTCs of amino acids. There is no extended hydrogen bonded network spanning the whole crystal. This leads to indirect transition due to locally deformed lattice furnishing a phonon-assisted transition.

  12. Infrared Spectroscopy of Charge Transfer Complexes of Purines and Pyrimidines

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    Rathod, Pravinsinh I.; Oza, A. T.

    2011-10-01

    The FTIR spectra of charge transfer complexes of purines and pyrimidines with organic acceptors such as TCNQ, TCNE, DDQ, chloranil and iodine are obtained and studied in the present work. Adenine, guanine, thymine, cytosine and uracil are the purines and pyrimidines which are found as constituent of DNA and RNA. Charge transfer induced hydrogen bonding is concluded on the basis of indirect transitions observed in the infrared range in these CTCs. Some CTCs show gaussian bands revealing delocalization of charge carriers. The CTCs show interband transition in three-dimensions rather than two-dimensions unlike CTCs of amino acids. There is no extended hydrogen bonded network spanning the whole crystal. This leads to indirect transition due to locally deformed lattice furnishing a phonon-assisted transition.

  13. Active pixel sensor with intra-pixel charge transfer

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    Fossum, Eric R. (Inventor); Mendis, Sunetra (Inventor); Kemeny, Sabrina E. (Inventor)

    1995-01-01

    An imaging device formed as a monolithic complementary metal oxide semiconductor integrated circuit in an industry standard complementary metal oxide semiconductor process, the integrated circuit including a focal plane array of pixel cells, each one of the cells including a photogate overlying the substrate for accumulating photo-generated charge in an underlying portion of the substrate, a readout circuit including at least an output field effect transistor formed in the substrate, and a charge coupled device section formed on the substrate adjacent the photogate having a sensing node connected to the output transistor and at least one charge coupled device stage for transferring charge from the underlying portion of the substrate to the sensing node.

  14. Active pixel sensor with intra-pixel charge transfer

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    Fossum, Eric R. (Inventor); Mendis, Sunetra (Inventor); Kemeny, Sabrina E. (Inventor)

    2003-01-01

    An imaging device formed as a monolithic complementary metal oxide semiconductor integrated circuit in an industry standard complementary metal oxide semiconductor process, the integrated circuit including a focal plane array of pixel cells, each one of the cells including a photogate overlying the substrate for accumulating photo-generated charge in an underlying portion of the substrate, a readout circuit including at least an output field effect transistor formed in the substrate, and a charge coupled device section formed on the substrate adjacent the photogate having a sensing node connected to the output transistor and at least one charge coupled device stage for transferring charge from the underlying portion of the substrate to the sensing node.

  15. Active pixel sensor with intra-pixel charge transfer

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    Fossum, Eric R. (Inventor); Mendis, Sunetra (Inventor); Kemeny, Sabrina E. (Inventor)

    2004-01-01

    An imaging device formed as a monolithic complementary metal oxide semiconductor integrated circuit in an industry standard complementary metal oxide semiconductor process, the integrated circuit including a focal plane array of pixel cells, each one of the cells including a photogate overlying the substrate for accumulating photo-generated charge in an underlying portion of the substrate, a readout circuit including at least an output field effect transistor formed in the substrate, and a charge coupled device section formed on the substrate adjacent the photogate having a sensing node connected to the output transistor and at least one charge coupled device stage for transferring charge from the underlying portion of the substrate to the sensing node.

  16. Photoinduced charge and energy transfer in molecular wires.

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    Gilbert, Mélina; Albinsson, Bo

    2015-02-21

    Exploring charge and energy transport in donor-bridge-acceptor systems is an important research field which is essential for the fundamental knowledge necessary to develop future applications. These studies help creating valuable knowledge to respond to today's challenges to develop functionalized molecular systems for artificial photosynthesis, photovoltaics or molecular scale electronics. This tutorial review focuses on photo-induced charge/energy transfer in covalently linked donor-bridge-acceptor (D-B-A) systems. Of utmost importance in such systems is to understand how to control signal transmission, i.e. how fast electrons or excitation energy could be transferred between the donor and acceptor and the role played by the bridge (the "molecular wire"). After a brief description of the electron and energy transfer theory, we aim to give a simple yet accurate picture of the complex role played by the bridge to sustain donor-acceptor electronic communication. Special emphasis is put on understanding bridge energetics and conformational dynamics effects on the distance dependence of the donor-acceptor electronic coupling and transfer rates. Several examples of donor-bridge-acceptor systems from the literature are described as a support to the discussion. Finally, porphyrin-based molecular wires are introduced, and the relationship between their electronic structure and photophysical properties is outlined. In strongly conjugated porphyrin systems, limitations of the existing electron transfer theory to interpret the distance dependence of the transfer rates are also discussed. PMID:25212903

  17. Modelling flavoenzymatic charge transfer events: development of catalytic indole deuteration strategies.

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    Murray, Alexander T; Challinor, Jonathan D; Gulácsy, Christina E; Lujan, Cristina; Hatcher, Lauren E; Pudney, Christopher R; Raithby, Paul R; John, Matthew P; Carbery, David R

    2016-04-12

    The formation and chemistry of flavin-indole charge transfer (CT) complexes has been studied using a model cationic flavin. The ability to form a CT complex is sensitive to indole structure as gauged by spectroscopic, kinetics and crystallographic studies. Single crystals of sufficient quality of a flavin-indole CT complex, suitable for X-ray diffraction, have been grown, allowing solid-state structural analysis. When CT complex formation is conducted in d4-methanol, an efficient and synthetically useful C-3 indole deuteration is observed. PMID:27005963

  18. Charge-transfer crystallites as molecular electrical dopants.

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    Méndez, Henry; Heimel, Georg; Winkler, Stefanie; Frisch, Johannes; Opitz, Andreas; Sauer, Katrein; Wegner, Berthold; Oehzelt, Martin; Röthel, Christian; Duhm, Steffen; Többens, Daniel; Koch, Norbert; Salzmann, Ingo

    2015-01-01

    Ground-state integer charge transfer is commonly regarded as the basic mechanism of molecular electrical doping in both, conjugated polymers and oligomers. Here, we demonstrate that fundamentally different processes can occur in the two types of organic semiconductors instead. Using complementary experimental techniques supported by theory, we contrast a polythiophene, where molecular p-doping leads to integer charge transfer reportedly localized to one quaterthiophene backbone segment, to the quaterthiophene oligomer itself. Despite a comparable relative increase in conductivity, we observe only partial charge transfer for the latter. In contrast to the parent polymer, pronounced intermolecular frontier-orbital hybridization of oligomer and dopant in 1:1 mixed-stack co-crystallites leads to the emergence of empty electronic states within the energy gap of the surrounding quaterthiophene matrix. It is their Fermi-Dirac occupation that yields mobile charge carriers and, therefore, the co-crystallites-rather than individual acceptor molecules-should be regarded as the dopants in such systems. PMID:26440403

  19. Charge-transfer crystallites as molecular electrical dopants

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    Méndez, Henry; Heimel, Georg; Winkler, Stefanie; Frisch, Johannes; Opitz, Andreas; Sauer, Katrein; Wegner, Berthold; Oehzelt, Martin; Röthel, Christian; Duhm, Steffen; Többens, Daniel; Koch, Norbert; Salzmann, Ingo

    2015-01-01

    Ground-state integer charge transfer is commonly regarded as the basic mechanism of molecular electrical doping in both, conjugated polymers and oligomers. Here, we demonstrate that fundamentally different processes can occur in the two types of organic semiconductors instead. Using complementary experimental techniques supported by theory, we contrast a polythiophene, where molecular p-doping leads to integer charge transfer reportedly localized to one quaterthiophene backbone segment, to the quaterthiophene oligomer itself. Despite a comparable relative increase in conductivity, we observe only partial charge transfer for the latter. In contrast to the parent polymer, pronounced intermolecular frontier-orbital hybridization of oligomer and dopant in 1:1 mixed-stack co-crystallites leads to the emergence of empty electronic states within the energy gap of the surrounding quaterthiophene matrix. It is their Fermi–Dirac occupation that yields mobile charge carriers and, therefore, the co-crystallites—rather than individual acceptor molecules—should be regarded as the dopants in such systems. PMID:26440403

  20. Role of Double Hydrogen Atom Transfer Reactions in Atmospheric Chemistry.

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    Kumar, Manoj; Sinha, Amitabha; Francisco, Joseph S

    2016-05-17

    Hydrogen atom transfer (HAT) reactions are ubiquitous and play a crucial role in chemistries occurring in the atmosphere, biology, and industry. In the atmosphere, the most common and traditional HAT reaction is that associated with the OH radical abstracting a hydrogen atom from the plethora of organic molecules in the troposphere via R-H + OH → R + H2O. This reaction motif involves a single hydrogen transfer. More recently, in the literature, there is an emerging framework for a new class of HAT reactions that involves double hydrogen transfers. These reactions are broadly classified into four categories: (i) addition, (ii) elimination, (iii) substitution, and (iv) rearrangement. Hydration and dehydration are classic examples of addition and elimination reactions, respectively whereas tautomerization or isomerization belongs to a class of rearrangement reactions. Atmospheric acids and water typically mediate these reactions. Organic and inorganic acids are present in appreciable levels in the atmosphere and are capable of facilitating two-point hydrogen bonding interactions with oxygenates possessing an hydroxyl and/or carbonyl-type functionality. As a result, acids influence the reactivity of oxygenates and, thus, the energetics and kinetics of their HAT-based chemistries. The steric and electronic effects of acids play an important role in determining the efficacy of acid catalysis. Acids that reduce the steric strain of 1:1 substrate···acid complex are generally better catalysts. Among a family of monocarboxylic acids, the electronic effects become important; barrier to the catalyzed reaction correlates strongly with the pKa of the acid. Under acid catalysis, the hydration of carbonyl compounds leads to the barrierless formation of diols, which can serve as seed particles for atmospheric aerosol growth. The hydration of sulfur trioxide, which is the principle mechanism for atmospheric sulfuric acid formation, also becomes barrierless under acid catalysis. Rate calculations suggest that such acid catalysis play a key role in the formation of sulfuric acid in the Earth's stratosphere, Venusian atmosphere, and on heterogeneous surfaces. Over the past few years, theoretical calculations have shown that these acid-mediated double hydrogen atom transfers are important in the chemistry of Earth's atmosphere as well as that of other planets. This Account reviews and puts into perspective some of these atmospheric HAT reactions and their environmental significance. PMID:27074637

  1. Semiempirical and ab initio Calculations of Charged Species Used in the Physical Organic Chemistry Course.

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    Gilliom, Richard D.

    1989-01-01

    Concentrates on the semiempirical methods MINDO/3, MNDO, and AMI available in the program AMPAC from the Quantum Chemistry Program Exchange at Indiana University. Uses charged ions in the teaching of computational chemistry. Finds that semiempirical methods are accurate enough for the general use of the bench chemist. (MVL)

  2. Concepts on charge transfer through naturally vibrating DNA molecule.

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    Abdalla, S; Marzouki, F

    2012-11-01

    Delocalization of charges thorough DNA occurs due to the natural and continuous movements of molecule which stimulates the charge transfer through the molecule. A model is presented showing that the mechanism of electrical conduction occurs mainly by thermally-activated drift motion of holes under control of the localized carriers; where electrons are localized in the conduction band. These localized (stationary-trapped) electrons control the movements of the positive charges and do not play an effective role in the electrical conduction itself. It is found that the localized charge-carriers in the bands have characteristic relaxation times at 5×10(^-2)s, 1.94×10(^-4)s, 5×10(^-7)s, and 2×10(^-11)s respectively which are corresponding to four intrinsic thermal activation energies 0.56eV, 0.33eV, 0.24eV, and 0.05eV respectively. The ac-conductivity of some published data are well fitted with the presented model and the total charge density in DNA molecule is calculated to be n=1.88×10(^19)cm(^-3) at 300K which is corresponding to a linear electron density n=8.66×10(^3)cm(^-1) at 300K. The model shed light on the role of transfer and/or localization of charges through DNA which has multiple applications in medical, nano-technical, bio-sensing and different domains. So, repair DNA by adjusting the charge transport through the molecule is future challenges to new medical applications. PMID:22959134

  3. Coarse-Grained Theory of Biological Charge Transfer with Spatially and Temporally Correlated Noise.

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    Liu, Chaoren; Beratan, David N; Zhang, Peng

    2016-04-21

    System-environment interactions are essential in determining charge-transfer (CT) rates and mechanisms. We developed a computationally accessible method, suitable to simulate CT in flexible molecules (i.e., DNA) with hundreds of sites, where the system-environment interactions are explicitly treated with numerical noise modeling of time-dependent site energies and couplings. The properties of the noise are tunable, providing us a flexible tool to investigate the detailed effects of correlated thermal fluctuations on CT mechanisms. The noise is parametrizable by molecular simulation and quantum calculation results of specific molecular systems, giving us better molecular resolution in simulating the system-environment interactions than sampling fluctuations from generic spectral density functions. The spatially correlated thermal fluctuations among different sites are naturally built-in in our method but are not readily incorporated using approximate spectral densities. Our method has quantitative accuracy in systems with small redox potential differences (chemistry, spatially correlated fluctuations enhance the charge delocalization and charge-transfer rates; however, in a system of units with different site energies, spatial correlations slow the fluctuations to bring units into degeneracy, in turn, slowing the charge-transfer rates. The spatial and temporal correlations of condensed phase medium fluctuations provide another source to control and tune the kinetics and dynamics of charge-transfer systems. PMID:27008541

  4. Relative charge transfer cross section from Rb(4d)

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    Shah, M.H.; Camp, H.A.; Trachy, M.L.; De Paola, B.D.; Flechard, X.; Gearba, M.A.; Nguyen, H.; Bredy, R.; Lundeen, S.R.

    2005-08-15

    Relative charge transfer cross section measurements for the excited state Rb(4d) with 7 keV Na{sup +} is reported. The specific channels reported are Na{sup +}+Rb(4d{sub 5/2}){yields}Na(nl)+Rb{sup +}, where the dominant transfer cross sections channels were nl=3d and 4s. Using a combination of a magneto-optical trap and recoil ion momentum spectroscopy (MOTRIMS methodology), the cross sections were measured relative to the previously studied Na{sup +}+Rb(5s,5p) systems at the same collision energy.

  5. Laboratory Studies of Thermal Energy Charge Transfer of Multiply Charged Ions in Astrophysical Plasmas

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    Kwong, Victor H. S.

    2003-01-01

    The laser ablation/ion storage facility at the UNLV Physics Department has been dedicated to the study of atomic and molecular processes in low temperature plasmas. Our program focuses on the charge transfer (electron capture) of multiply charged ions and neutrals important in astrophysics. The electron transfer reactions with atoms and molecules is crucial to the ionization condition of neutral rich photoionized plasmas. With the successful deployment of the Far Ultraviolet Spectroscopic Explorer (FUSE) and the Chandra X-ray Observatory by NASA high resolution VUV and X-ray emission spectra fiom various astrophysical objects have been collected. These spectra will be analyzed to determine the source of the emission and the chemical and physical environment of the source. The proper interpretation of these spectra will require complete knowledge of all the atomic processes in these plasmas. In a neutral rich environment, charge transfer can be the dominant process. The rate coefficients need to be known accurately. We have also extended our charge transfer measurements to KeV region with a pulsed ion beam. The inclusion of this facility into our current program provides flexibility in extending the measurement to higher energies (KeV) if needed. This flexibility enables us to address issues of immediate interest to the astrophysical community as new observations are made by high resolution space based observatories.

  6. Charge-transfer complexes of phenylephrine with nitrobenzene derivatives

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    El-Mossalamy, E. H.

    2004-04-01

    The molecular charge-transfer complexes of phenylephrine with picric acid and m-dinitrobenzene have been studied and investigated by IR, 1H NMR electronic spectra in organic solvents and buffer solutions, respectively. Simple and selective methods are proposed for the determination of phenylephrine hydrochloride in bulk form and in tablets. The two methods are based on the formation of charge-transfer complexes between drug base as a n-donor (D) and picric acid, m-dinitrobenzene as π-acceptor (A). The products exhibit absorption maxima at 497 and 560 nm in acetonitrile for picric acid and m-dinitrobenzene, respectively. The coloured product exhibits an absorption maximum at 650 nm in dioxane. The sensitive kinetic methods for the determination phynylephrine hydrochloride are described. The method is based upon a kinetic investigation of the oxidation reaction of the drug with alkaline potassium permanganate at room temperature for a fixed time at 20 min.

  7. Charge transfer magnetoexciton formation at vertically coupled quantum dots.

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    Gutirrez, Willian; Marin, Jairo H; Mikhailov, Ilia D

    2012-01-01

    A theoretical investigation is presented on the properties of charge transfer excitons at vertically coupled semiconductor quantum dots in the presence of electric and magnetic fields directed along the growth axis. Such excitons should have two interesting characteristics: an extremely long lifetime and a permanent dipole moment. We show that wave functions and the low-lying energies of charge transfer exciton can be found exactly for a special morphology of quantum dots that provides a parabolic confinement inside the layers. To take into account a difference between confinement potentials of an actual structure and of our exactly solvable model, we use the Galerkin method. The density of energy states is calculated for different InAs/GaAs quantum dots' dimensions, the separation between layers, and the strength of the electric and magnetic fields. A possibility of a formation of a giant dipolar momentum under external electric field is predicted. PMID:23092373

  8. Charge transfer magnetoexciton formation at vertically coupled quantum dots

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    2012-01-01

    A theoretical investigation is presented on the properties of charge transfer excitons at vertically coupled semiconductor quantum dots in the presence of electric and magnetic fields directed along the growth axis. Such excitons should have two interesting characteristics: an extremely long lifetime and a permanent dipole moment. We show that wave functions and the low-lying energies of charge transfer exciton can be found exactly for a special morphology of quantum dots that provides a parabolic confinement inside the layers. To take into account a difference between confinement potentials of an actual structure and of our exactly solvable model, we use the Galerkin method. The density of energy states is calculated for different InAs/GaAs quantum dots’ dimensions, the separation between layers, and the strength of the electric and magnetic fields. A possibility of a formation of a giant dipolar momentum under external electric field is predicted. PMID:23092373

  9. Understanding charge transfer in carbon nanotube-fullerene bulk heterojunctions.

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    Gong, Maogang; Shastry, Tejas A; Cui, Qiannan; Kohlmeyer, Ryan R; Luck, Kyle A; Rowberg, Andrew; Marks, Tobin J; Durstock, Michael F; Zhao, Hui; Hersam, Mark C; Ren, Shenqiang

    2015-04-01

    Semiconducting single-walled carbon nanotube/fullerene bulk heterojunctions exhibit unique optoelectronic properties highly suitable for flexible, efficient, and robust photovoltaics and photodetectors. We investigate charge-transfer dynamics in inverted devices featuring a polyethylenimine-coated ZnO nanowire array infiltrated with these blends and find that trap-assisted recombination dominates transport within the blend and at the active layer/nanowire interface. We find that electrode modifiers suppress this recombination, leading to high performance. PMID:25797180

  10. Charge transfer and atomic-level pressure in metallic glasses

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    Ding, Jun; Cheng, Yongqiang

    2014-02-03

    This paper presents a systematic study on the charge transfer and ionicity in various metallic-glass forming systems, as well as its relationship with other atomic-level structure indicators, using the Bader analysis method and molecular dynamics simulation. It is shown that in a binary or multicomponent system, the chemical effects (when more than one elements present) appear to play a more important role in setting the absolute level of the atomic-level pressure, compared to the topological fluctuation.

  11. Interfacial Charge Transfer States in Condensed Phase Systems.

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    Vandewal, Koen

    2016-05-27

    Intermolecular charge transfer (CT) states at the interface between electron-donating (D) and electron-accepting (A) materials in organic thin films are characterized by absorption and emission bands within the optical gap of the interfacing materials. CT states efficiently generate charge carriers for some D-A combinations, and others show high fluorescence quantum efficiencies. These properties are exploited in organic solar cells, photodetectors, and light-emitting diodes. This review summarizes experimental and theoretical work on the electronic structure and interfacial energy landscape at condensed matter D-A interfaces. Recent findings on photogeneration and recombination of free charge carriers via CT states are discussed, and relations between CT state properties and optoelectronic device parameters are clarified. PMID:26980308

  12. Energy and charge transfer in ionized argon coated water clusters

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    Kočišek, J. E-mail: michal.farnik@jh-inst.cas.cz Lengyel, J.; Fárník, M. E-mail: michal.farnik@jh-inst.cas.cz; Slavíček, P. E-mail: michal.farnik@jh-inst.cas.cz

    2013-12-07

    We investigate the electron ionization of clusters generated in mixed Ar-water expansions. The electron energy dependent ion yields reveal the neutral cluster composition and structure: water clusters fully covered with the Ar solvation shell are formed under certain expansion conditions. The argon atoms shield the embedded (H{sub 2}O){sub n} clusters resulting in the ionization threshold above ≈15 eV for all fragments. The argon atoms also mediate more complex reactions in the clusters: e.g., the charge transfer between Ar{sup +} and water occurs above the threshold; at higher electron energies above ∼28 eV, an excitonic transfer process between Ar{sup +}* and water opens leading to new products Ar{sub n}H{sup +} and (H{sub 2}O){sub n}H{sup +}. On the other hand, the excitonic transfer from the neutral Ar* state at lower energies is not observed although this resonant process was demonstrated previously in a photoionization experiment. Doubly charged fragments (H{sub 2}O){sub n}H{sub 2}{sup 2+} and (H{sub 2}O){sub n}{sup 2+} ions are observed and Intermolecular Coulomb decay (ICD) processes are invoked to explain their thresholds. The Coulomb explosion of the doubly charged cluster formed within the ICD process is prevented by the stabilization effect of the argon solvent.

  13. Surface Charge Transfer Doping of Monolayer Phosphorene via Molecular Adsorption.

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    He, Yuanyuan; Xia, Feifei; Shao, Zhibin; Zhao, Jianwei; Jie, Jiansheng

    2015-12-01

    Monolayer phosphorene has attracted much attention owing to its extraordinary electronic, optical, and structural properties. Rationally tuning the electrical transport characteristics of monolayer phosphorene is essential to its applications in electronic and optoelectronic devices. Herein, we study the electronic transport behaviors of monolayer phosphorene with surface charge transfer doping of electrophilic molecules, including 2,3,5,6-tetrafluoro-7,7,8,8-tetracyanoquinodimethane (F4TCNQ), NO2, and MoO3, using density functional theory combined with the nonequilibrium Green's function formalism. F4TCNQ shows optimal performance in enhancing the p-type conductance of monolayer phosphorene. Static electronic properties indicate that the enhancement is originated from the charge transfer between adsorbed molecule and phosphorene layer. Dynamic transport behaviors demonstrate that additional channels for hole transport in host monolayer phosphorene were generated upon the adsorption of molecule. Our work unveils the great potential of surface charge transfer doping in tuning the electronic properties of monolayer phosphorene and is of significance to its application in high-performance devices. PMID:26545168

  14. Charge Transfer Models of Zinc and Magnesium in Water.

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    Soniat, Marielle; Hartman, Lisa; Rick, Steven W

    2015-04-14

    Quantum mechanical studies point to the importance of polarization and charge transfer (CT) in zinc binding. A new CT force field is used to study these effects in ion-water dimers and in aqueous solution. Quantum mechanics calculations are carried out to determine amounts of CT. Models for zinc and magnesium are parametrized to reproduce solvation structure, hydration free energy, and CT properties. The new models are subjected to energy decomposition, in which the effects of polarization and CT are investigated. The importance of these multibody interactions in the liquid is also considered. We find that, for divalent cations, polarization and charge transfer both strongly affect binding to water. Though polarization increases the internal (self) energy of water and ions, this is more than compensated for by a stronger ion-water interaction energy. The direction of the charge transfer from the water to the cation weakens the ion-water interaction; this increase in energy is counteracted by a decrease in the system energy due to electron delocalization. PMID:26574375

  15. Energy and charge transfer in ionized argon coated water clusters

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    Kočišek, J.; Lengyel, J.; Fárník, M.; Slavíček, P.

    2013-12-01

    We investigate the electron ionization of clusters generated in mixed Ar-water expansions. The electron energy dependent ion yields reveal the neutral cluster composition and structure: water clusters fully covered with the Ar solvation shell are formed under certain expansion conditions. The argon atoms shield the embedded (H2O)n clusters resulting in the ionization threshold above ≈15 eV for all fragments. The argon atoms also mediate more complex reactions in the clusters: e.g., the charge transfer between Ar+ and water occurs above the threshold; at higher electron energies above ˜28 eV, an excitonic transfer process between Ar+* and water opens leading to new products ArnH+ and (H2O)nH+. On the other hand, the excitonic transfer from the neutral Ar* state at lower energies is not observed although this resonant process was demonstrated previously in a photoionization experiment. Doubly charged fragments (H2O)nH_2^{2+} and (H_{2 O})n^{2+} ions are observed and Intermolecular Coulomb decay (ICD) processes are invoked to explain their thresholds. The Coulomb explosion of the doubly charged cluster formed within the ICD process is prevented by the stabilization effect of the argon solvent.

  16. Dissociative electron attachment and charge transfer in condensed matter

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    Bass, Andrew D.; Sanche, Lon

    2003-09-01

    Experiments using energy-selected beams of electrons incident from vacuum upon thin vapour deposited solids show that, as in the gas-phase, scattering cross sections at low energies are dominated by the formation of temporary negative ions (or resonances) and that molecular damage may be effected via dissociative electron attachment (DEA). Recent results also show that charge transfer between anionic states of target molecules and their environment is often crucial in determining cross sections for electron driven processes. Here, we review recent work from our laboratory, in which charge transfer is observed. For rare gas solids, electron exchange between the electron-exciton complex and either a metal substrate or co-adsorbed molecule enhances the desorption of metastable atoms and/or molecular dissociation. We discuss how transient electron capture by surface electron states of a substrate and subsequent electron transfer to a molecular adsorbate enhances the effective cross sections for DEA. We also consider the case of DEA to CF 2Cl 2 condensed on water and ammonia ices, where electron exchange between pre-solvated electron states of ice and transient molecular anions can also increase DEA cross sections. Electron transfer from molecular resonances into pre-solvated electron states of ice is also discussed.

  17. Theory of ultrafast heterogeneous electron transfer: Contributions of direct charge transfer excitations to the absorbance

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    Wang, Luxia; Willig, Frank; May, Volkhard

    2007-04-07

    Absorption spectra related to heterogeneous electron transfer are analyzed with the focus on direct charge transfer transition from the surface attached molecule into the semiconductor band states. The computations are based on a model of reduced dimensionality with a single intramolecular vibrational coordinate but a complete account for the continuum of conduction band states. The applicability of this model to perylene on TiO{sub 2} has been demonstrated in a series of earlier papers. Here, based on a time-dependent formulation, the absorbance is calculated with the inclusion of charge transfer excitations. A broad parameter set inspired by the perylene TiO{sub 2} systems is considered. In particular, the description generalizes the Fano effect to heterogeneous electron transfer reactions. Preliminary simulations of measured spectra are presented for perylene-catechol attached to TiO{sub 2}.

  18. Quantum information transfer between topological and conventional charge qubits

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    Jun, Li; Yan, Zou

    2016-02-01

    We propose a scheme to realize coherent quantum information transfer between topological and conventional charge qubits. We first consider a hybrid system where a quantum dot (QD) is tunnel-coupled to a semiconductor Majorana-hosted nanowire (MNW) via using gated control as a switch, the information encoded in the superposition state of electron empty and occupied state can be transferred to each other through choosing the proper interaction time to make measurements. Then we consider another system including a double QDs and a pair of parallel MNWs, it is shown that the entanglement information transfer can be realized between the two kinds of systems. We also realize long distance quantum information transfer between two quantum dots separated by an MNW, by making use of the nonlocal fermionic level formed with the pared Majorana feimions (MFs) emerging at the two ends of the MNW. Furthermore, we analyze the teleportationlike electron transfer phenomenon predicted by Tewari et al. [Phys. Rev. Lett. 100, 027001 (2008)] in our considered system. Interestingly, we find that this phenomenon exactly corresponds to the case that the information encoded in one QD just returns back to its original place during the dynamical evolution of the combined system from the perspective of quantum state transfer. Project supported by the National Natural Science Foundation of China (Grant No. 11304031).

  19. A new technique for the study of charge transfer in multiply charged ion-ion collisions

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    Shinpaugh, J.L.; Meyer, F.W.; Datz, S.

    1994-12-31

    While large cross sections (>10{sup {minus}16} cm{sup 2}) have been predicted for resonant charge transfer in ion-ion collisions, no experimental data exist for multiply charged systems. A novel technique is being developed at the ORNL ECR facility to allow study of symmetric charge exchange in multiply charged ion-ion collisions using a single ion source. Specific intra-beam charge transfer collisions occurring in a well-defined interaction region labeled by negative high voltage are identified and analyzed by electrostatic analysis in combination with ion time-of-flight coincidence detection of the collision products. Center-of-mass collision energies from 400 to 1000 eV are obtained by varying source and labeling-cell voltages. In addition, by the introduction of a target gas into the high-voltage cell, this labeling-voltage method allows measurement of electron-capture and -loss cross sections for ion-atom collisions. Consequently, higher collision energies can be investigated without the requirement of placing the ECR source on a high-voltage platform.

  20. Oxidation and metal-insertion in molybdenite surfaces: evaluation of charge-transfer mechanisms and dynamics

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    Ramana, CV; Becker, U; Shutthanandan, V; Julien, CM

    2008-01-01

    Molybdenum disulfide (MoS2), a layered transition-metal dichalcogenide, has been of special importance to the research community of geochemistry, materials and environmental chemistry, and geotechnical engineering. Understanding the oxidation behavior and charge-transfer mechanisms in MoS2 is important to gain better insight into the degradation of this mineral in the environment. In addition, understanding the insertion of metals into molybdenite and evaluation of charge-transfer mechanism and dynamics is important to utilize these minerals in technological applications. Furthermore, a detailed investigation of thermal oxidation behavior and metal-insertion will provide a basis to further explore and model the mechanism of adsorption of metal ions onto geomedia. The present work was performed to understand thermal oxidation and metal-insertion processes of molybdenite surfaces. The analysis was performed using atomic force microscopy (AFM), scanning electron microscopy (SEM), transmission electron microscopy (TEM), Rutherford backscattering spectrometry (RBS), and nuclear reaction analysis (NRA). Structural studies using SEM and TEM indicate the local-disordering of the structure as a result of charge-transfer process between the inserted lithium and the molybdenite layer. Selected area electron diffraction measurements indicate the large variations in the diffusivity of lithium confirming that the charge-transfer is different along and perpendicular to the layers in molybdenite. Thermal heating of molybenite surface in air at 400°C induces surface oxidation, which is slow during the first hour of heating and then increases significantly. The SEM results indicate that the crystals formed on the molybdenite surface as a result of thermal oxidation exhibit regular thin-elongated shape. The average size and density of the crystals on the surface is dependent on the time of annealing; smaller size and high density during the first one-hour and significant increase in size associated with a decrease in density with further annealing. PMID:18534025

  1. Photochemistry and charge transfer chemistry of the platinum group elements

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    Eisenberg, R.

    1991-12-01

    Significant progress has been made on the photochemistry and photophysics of platinum group element dithiolate complexes. The specific systems under investigation are square planar complexes of Pt(II) containing a dithiolate chelate and two other donor groups to complete the coordination sphere. The donor groups may be amines, imines, phosphines, phosphites or olefins, and they can be either monodentate or joined together as part of a chelate ring.

  2. Photochemistry and charge transfer chemistry of the platinum group elements

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    Eisenberg, R.

    1992-12-01

    During the past 3 years, progress was made in elucidating the excited state structures of Pt(diimine)(dithiolate) complexes, while more recent efforts focused on the photochemistry of these complexes and electronic structure of other dithiolate systems. A carbonyl-Ir-maleonitrile dithiolate complex is also studied.

  3. Coupled electron-nuclear dynamics: Charge migration and charge transfer initiated near a conical intersection

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    Mendive-Tapia, David; Vacher, Morgane; Bearpark, Michael J.; Robb, Michael A.

    2013-07-28

    Coupled electron-nuclear dynamics, implemented using the Ehrenfest method, has been used to study charge migration with fixed nuclei, together with charge transfer when nuclei are allowed to move. Simulations were initiated at reference geometries of neutral benzene and 2-phenylethylamine (PEA), and at geometries close to potential energy surface crossings in the cations. Cationic eigenstates, and the so-called sudden approximation, involving removal of an electron from a correlated ground-state wavefunction for the neutral species, were used as initial conditions. Charge migration without coupled nuclear motion could be observed if the Ehrenfest simulation, using the sudden approximation, was started near a conical intersection where the states were both strongly coupled and quasi-degenerate. Further, the main features associated with charge migration were still recognizable when the nuclear motion was allowed to couple. In the benzene radical cation, starting from the reference neutral geometry with the sudden approximation, one could observe sub-femtosecond charge migration with a small amplitude, which results from weak interaction with higher electronic states. However, we were able to engineer large amplitude charge migration, with a period between 10 and 100 fs, corresponding to oscillation of the electronic structure between the quinoid and anti-quinoid cationic electronic configurations, by distorting the geometry along the derivative coupling vector from the D{sub 6h} Jahn-Teller crossing to lower symmetry where the states are not degenerate. When the nuclear motion becomes coupled, the period changes only slightly. In PEA, in an Ehrenfest trajectory starting from the D{sub 2} eigenstate and reference geometry, a partial charge transfer occurs after about 12 fs near the first crossing between D{sub 1}, D{sub 2} (N{sup +}-Phenyl, N-Phenyl{sup +}). If the Ehrenfest propagation is started near this point, using the sudden approximation without coupled nuclear motion, one observes an oscillation of the spin density – charge migration – between the N atom and the phenyl ring with a period of 4 fs. When the nuclear motion becomes coupled, this oscillation persists in a damped form, followed by an effective charge transfer after 30 fs.

  4. Coupled electron-nuclear dynamics: Charge migration and charge transfer initiated near a conical intersection

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    Mendive-Tapia, David; Vacher, Morgane; Bearpark, Michael J.; Robb, Michael A.

    2013-07-01

    Coupled electron-nuclear dynamics, implemented using the Ehrenfest method, has been used to study charge migration with fixed nuclei, together with charge transfer when nuclei are allowed to move. Simulations were initiated at reference geometries of neutral benzene and 2-phenylethylamine (PEA), and at geometries close to potential energy surface crossings in the cations. Cationic eigenstates, and the so-called sudden approximation, involving removal of an electron from a correlated ground-state wavefunction for the neutral species, were used as initial conditions. Charge migration without coupled nuclear motion could be observed if the Ehrenfest simulation, using the sudden approximation, was started near a conical intersection where the states were both strongly coupled and quasi-degenerate. Further, the main features associated with charge migration were still recognizable when the nuclear motion was allowed to couple. In the benzene radical cation, starting from the reference neutral geometry with the sudden approximation, one could observe sub-femtosecond charge migration with a small amplitude, which results from weak interaction with higher electronic states. However, we were able to engineer large amplitude charge migration, with a period between 10 and 100 fs, corresponding to oscillation of the electronic structure between the quinoid and anti-quinoid cationic electronic configurations, by distorting the geometry along the derivative coupling vector from the D6h Jahn-Teller crossing to lower symmetry where the states are not degenerate. When the nuclear motion becomes coupled, the period changes only slightly. In PEA, in an Ehrenfest trajectory starting from the D2 eigenstate and reference geometry, a partial charge transfer occurs after about 12 fs near the first crossing between D1, D2 (N+-Phenyl, N-Phenyl+). If the Ehrenfest propagation is started near this point, using the sudden approximation without coupled nuclear motion, one observes an oscillation of the spin density - charge migration - between the N atom and the phenyl ring with a period of 4 fs. When the nuclear motion becomes coupled, this oscillation persists in a damped form, followed by an effective charge transfer after 30 fs.

  5. An Electronic Structure Approach to Charge Transfer and Transport in Molecular Building Blocks for Organic Optoelectronics

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    Hendrickson, Heidi Phillips

    A fundamental understanding of charge separation in organic materials is necessary for the rational design of optoelectronic devices suited for renewable energy applications and requires a combination of theoretical, computational, and experimental methods. Density functional theory (DFT) and time-dependent (TD)DFT are cost effective ab-initio approaches for calculating fundamental properties of large molecular systems, however conventional DFT methods have been known to fail in accurately characterizing frontier orbital gaps and charge transfer states in molecular systems. In this dissertation, these shortcomings are addressed by implementing an optimally-tuned range-separated hybrid (OT-RSH) functional approach within DFT and TDDFT. The first part of this thesis presents the way in which RSH-DFT addresses the shortcomings in conventional DFT. Environmentally-corrected RSH-DFT frontier orbital energies are shown to correspond to thin film measurements for a set of organic semiconducting molecules. Likewise, the improved RSH-TDDFT description of charge transfer excitations is benchmarked using a model ethene dimer and silsesquioxane molecules. In the second part of this thesis, RSH-DFT is applied to chromophore-functionalized silsesquioxanes, which are currently investigated as candidates for building blocks in optoelectronic applications. RSH-DFT provides insight into the nature of absorptive and emissive states in silsesquioxanes. While absorption primarily involves transitions localized on one chromophore, charge transfer between chromophores and between chromophore and silsesquioxane cage have been identified. The RSH-DFT approach, including a protocol accounting for complex environmental effects on charge transfer energies, was tested and validated against experimental measurements. The third part of this thesis addresses quantum transport through nano-scale junctions. The ability to quantify a molecular junction via spectroscopic methods is crucial to their technological design and development. Time dependent perturbation theory, employed by non-equilibrium Green's function formalism, is utilized to study the effect of quantum coherences on electron transport and the effect of symmetry breaking on the electronic spectra of model molecular junctions. The fourth part of this thesis presents the design of a physical chemistry course based on a pedagogical approach called Writing-to-Teach. The nature of inaccuracies expressed in student-generated explanations of quantum chemistry topics, and the ability of a peer review process to engage these inaccuracies, is explored within this context.

  6. Charge transfer efficiency in proton damaged CCD`s

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    Hardy, T.; Murowinski, R.; Deen, M.J.

    1998-04-01

    The authors have performed detailed measurements of the charge transfer efficiency (CTE) in a thinned, backside-illuminated imaging charge-coupled device (CCD). The device had been damaged in three separate sections by proton radiation typical of that which a CCD would receive in space-borne experiments, nuclear imaging, or particle detection. They examined CTE as a function of signal level, temperature, and radiation dose. The dominant factor affecting the CTE in radiation-damaged CCD`s is seen to be trapping by bulk states. They present a simple physical model for trapping as a function of transfer rate, trap concentration, and temperature. They have made calculations using this model and arrived at predictions which closely match the measured results. The CTE was also observed to have a nonlinear dependence on signal level. Using two-dimensional device simulations to examine the distribution of the charge packets in the CCD channel over a range of signal levels, they were able to explain the observed variation.

  7. Super-iron Nanoparticles with Facile Cathodic Charge Transfer

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    M Farmand; D Jiang; B Wang; S Ghosh; D Ramaker; S Licht

    2011-12-31

    Super-irons contain the + 6 valence state of iron. One advantage of this is that it provides a multiple electron opportunity to store additional battery charge. A decrease of particle size from the micrometer to the nanometer domain provides a higher surface area to volume ratio, and opportunity to facilitate charge transfer, and improve the power, voltage and depth of discharge of cathodes made from such salts. However, super-iron salts are fragile, readily reduced to the ferric state, with both heat and contact with water, and little is known of the resultant passivating and non-passivating ferric oxide products. A pathway to decrease the super-iron particle size to the nano-domain is introduced, which overcomes this fragility, and retains the battery capacity advantage of their Fe(VI) valence state. Time and power controlled mechanosynthesis, through less aggressive, dry ball milling, leads to facile charge transfer of super-iron nanoparticles. Ex-situ X-ray Absorption Spectroscopy is used to explore the oxidation state and structure of these iron oxides during discharge and shows the significant change in stability of the ferrate structure to lower oxidation state when the particle size is in the nano-domain.

  8. Relationship between surface chemistry, biofilm structure, and electron transfer in Shewanella anodes.

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    Artyushkova, Kateryna; Cornejo, Jose A; Ista, Linnea K; Babanova, Sofia; Santoro, Carlo; Atanassov, Plamen; Schuler, Andrew J

    2015-01-01

    A better understanding of how anode surface properties affect growth, development, and activity of electrogenic biofilms has great potential to improve the performance of bioelectrochemical systems such as microbial fuel cells. The aim of this paper was to determine how anodes with specific exposed functional groups (-N(CH3)3 (+), -COOH, -OH, and -CH3), created using ω-substituted alkanethiolates self-assembled monolayers attached to gold, affect the surface properties and functional performance of electrogenic Shewanella oneidensis MR-1 biofilms. A combination of spectroscopic, microscopic, and electrochemical techniques was used to evaluate how electrode surface chemistry influences morphological, chemical, and functional properties of S. oneidensis MR-1 biofilms, in an effort to develop improved electrode materials and structures. Positively charged, highly functionalized, hydrophilic surfaces were beneficial for growth of uniform biofilms with the smallest cluster sizes and intercluster diffusion distances, and yielding the most efficient electron transfer. The authors derived these parameters based on 3D morphological features of biofilms that were directly linked to functional properties of the biofilm during growth and that, during polarization, were directly connected to the efficiency of electron transfer to the anode. Our results indicate that substratum chemistry affects not only primary attachment, but subsequent biofilm development and bacterial physiology. PMID:25743616

  9. Highly Twisted Triarylamines for Photoinduced Intramoleculer ChargeTransfer

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    Chudomel, J. M.; Yang, B. Q.; Barnes, M. D.; Achermann, M.; Mague, J. T.; Lahti, P. M.

    2011-08-04

    9-(N,N-Dianisylamino)anthracene (9DAAA), 9-(N,N-dianisylamino)dinaphth([1,2-a:2'-1'-j]-anthracene (9DAAH), and 9,10-bis(N,N-dianisylamino)anthracene (910BAA) were synthesized as highly twisted triarylamines with potential for photoexcited internal charge transfer. Crystallography of 9DAAA shows its dianisylamino group to be twisted nearly perpendicular to its anthracene unit, similar to a report for 910BAA. The solution fluorescence spectra show strong bathochromic shifts for each of the three molecular systems with strongly decreased quantum efficiency in higher polarity solvents. Solution-phase (ensemble) time-resolved photoluminescence measurements show up to 4-fold decreases in fluorescence lifetime in acetonitrile compared to hexane. The combined results are consistent with photoinduced, transient intramolecular charge-transfer from the bis-anisylamine unit to the polycyclic aromatic unit. Computational modeling is in accord with intramolecular transfer of electron density from the bis-anisylamino unit to the anthracene, based on in comparisons of HOMO and LUMO.

  10. Spin-dependent charge transfer state design rules in organic photovoltaics

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    Chang, Wendi; Congreve, Daniel N.; Hontz, Eric; Bahlke, Matthias E.; McMahon, David P.; Reineke, Sebastian; Wu, Tony C.; Bulovi?, Vladimir; van Voorhis, Troy; Baldo, Marc A.

    2015-03-01

    Charge transfer states play a crucial role in organic photovoltaics, mediating both photocurrent generation and recombination losses. In this work, we examine recombination losses as a function of the electron-hole spacing in fluorescent charge transfer states, including direct monitoring of both singlet and triplet charge transfer state dynamics. Here we demonstrate that large donor-acceptor separations minimize back transfer from the charge transfer state to a low-lying triplet exciton drain or the ground state by utilizing external pressure to modulate molecular spacing. The triplet drain quenches triplet charge transfer states that would otherwise be spin protected against recombination, and switches the most efficient origin of the photocurrent from triplet to singlet charge transfer states. Future organic solar cell designs should focus on raising the energy of triplet excitons to better utilize triplet charge transfer mediated photocurrent generation or increasing the donor-acceptor spacing to minimize recombination losses.

  11. Tunable charge transfer properties in metal-phthalocyanine heterojunctions

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    Siles, P. F.; Hahn, T.; Salvan, G.; Knupfer, M.; Zhu, F.; Zahn, D. R. T.; Schmidt, O. G.

    2016-04-01

    Organic materials such as phthalocyanine-based systems present a great potential for organic device applications due to the possibility of integrating films of different organic materials to create organic heterostructures which combine the electrical capabilities of each material. This opens the possibility to precisely engineer and tune new electrical properties. In particular, similar transition metal phthalocyanines demonstrate hybridization and charge transfer properties which could lead to interesting physical phenomena. Although, when considering device dimensions, a better understanding and control of the tuning of the transport properties still remain in the focus of research. Here, by employing conductive atomic force microscopy techniques, we provide an insight about the nanoscale electrical properties and transport mechanisms of MnPc and fluorinated phthalocyanines such as F16CuPc and F16CoPc. We report a transition from typical diode-like transport mechanisms for pure MnPc thin films to space-charge-limited current transport regime (SCLC) for Pc-based heterostructures. The controlled addition of fluorinated phthalocyanine also provides highly uniform and symmetric-polarized transport characteristics with conductance enhancements up to two orders of magnitude depending on the polarization. We present a method to spatially map the mobility of the MnPc/F16CuPc structures with a nanoscale resolution and provide theoretical calculations to support our experimental findings. This well-controlled nanoscale tuning of the electrical properties for metal transition phthalocyanine junctions stands as key step for future phthalocyanine-based electronic devices, where the low dimension charge transfer, mediated by transition metal atoms could be intrinsically linked to a transfer of magnetic moment or spin.Organic materials such as phthalocyanine-based systems present a great potential for organic device applications due to the possibility of integrating films of different organic materials to create organic heterostructures which combine the electrical capabilities of each material. This opens the possibility to precisely engineer and tune new electrical properties. In particular, similar transition metal phthalocyanines demonstrate hybridization and charge transfer properties which could lead to interesting physical phenomena. Although, when considering device dimensions, a better understanding and control of the tuning of the transport properties still remain in the focus of research. Here, by employing conductive atomic force microscopy techniques, we provide an insight about the nanoscale electrical properties and transport mechanisms of MnPc and fluorinated phthalocyanines such as F16CuPc and F16CoPc. We report a transition from typical diode-like transport mechanisms for pure MnPc thin films to space-charge-limited current transport regime (SCLC) for Pc-based heterostructures. The controlled addition of fluorinated phthalocyanine also provides highly uniform and symmetric-polarized transport characteristics with conductance enhancements up to two orders of magnitude depending on the polarization. We present a method to spatially map the mobility of the MnPc/F16CuPc structures with a nanoscale resolution and provide theoretical calculations to support our experimental findings. This well-controlled nanoscale tuning of the electrical properties for metal transition phthalocyanine junctions stands as key step for future phthalocyanine-based electronic devices, where the low dimension charge transfer, mediated by transition metal atoms could be intrinsically linked to a transfer of magnetic moment or spin. Electronic supplementary information (ESI) available. See DOI: 10.1039/c5nr08671j

  12. Charge transfer in proton-hydrogen collisions under Debye plasma

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    Bhattacharya, Arka; Kamali, M. Z. M.; Ghoshal, Arijit; Ratnavelu, K.

    2015-02-15

    The effect of plasma environment on the 1s → nlm charge transfer, for arbitrary n, l, and m, in proton-hydrogen collisions has been investigated within the framework of a distorted wave approximation. The effect of external plasma has been incorporated using Debye screening model of the interacting charge particles. Making use of a simple variationally determined hydrogenic wave function, it has been possible to obtain the scattering amplitude in closed form. A detailed study has been made to investigate the effect of external plasma environment on the differential and total cross sections for electron capture into different angular momentum states for the incident energy in the range of 20–1000 keV. For the unscreened case, our results are in close agreement with some of the most accurate results available in the literature.

  13. Tunable charge transfer properties in metal-phthalocyanine heterojunctions.

    PubMed

    Siles, P F; Hahn, T; Salvan, G; Knupfer, M; Zhu, F; Zahn, D R T; Schmidt, O G

    2016-04-21

    Organic materials such as phthalocyanine-based systems present a great potential for organic device applications due to the possibility of integrating films of different organic materials to create organic heterostructures which combine the electrical capabilities of each material. This opens the possibility to precisely engineer and tune new electrical properties. In particular, similar transition metal phthalocyanines demonstrate hybridization and charge transfer properties which could lead to interesting physical phenomena. Although, when considering device dimensions, a better understanding and control of the tuning of the transport properties still remain in the focus of research. Here, by employing conductive atomic force microscopy techniques, we provide an insight about the nanoscale electrical properties and transport mechanisms of MnPc and fluorinated phthalocyanines such as F16CuPc and F16CoPc. We report a transition from typical diode-like transport mechanisms for pure MnPc thin films to space-charge-limited current transport regime (SCLC) for Pc-based heterostructures. The controlled addition of fluorinated phthalocyanine also provides highly uniform and symmetric-polarized transport characteristics with conductance enhancements up to two orders of magnitude depending on the polarization. We present a method to spatially map the mobility of the MnPc/F16CuPc structures with a nanoscale resolution and provide theoretical calculations to support our experimental findings. This well-controlled nanoscale tuning of the electrical properties for metal transition phthalocyanine junctions stands as key step for future phthalocyanine-based electronic devices, where the low dimension charge transfer, mediated by transition metal atoms could be intrinsically linked to a transfer of magnetic moment or spin. PMID:27049842

  14. Polarization and charge transfer in the hydration of chloride ions.

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    Zhao, Zhen; Rogers, David M; Beck, Thomas L

    2010-01-01

    A theoretical study of the structural and electronic properties of the chloride ion and water molecules in the first hydration shell is presented. The calculations are performed on an ensemble of configurations obtained from molecular dynamics simulations of a single chloride ion in bulk water. The simulations utilize the polarizable AMOEBA force field for trajectory generation and MP2-level calculations are performed to examine the electronic structure properties of the ions and surrounding waters in the external field of more distant waters. The ChelpG method is employed to explore the effective charges and dipoles on the chloride ions and first-shell waters. The quantum theory of atoms in molecules (QTAIM) is further utilized to examine charge transfer from the anion to surrounding water molecules. The clusters extracted from the AMOEBA simulations exhibit high probabilities of anisotropic solvation for chloride ions in bulk water. From the QTAIM analysis, 0.2 elementary charges are transferred from the ion to the first-shell water molecules. The default AMOEBA model overestimates the average dipole moment magnitude of the ion compared to the quantum mechanical value. The average magnitude of the dipole moment of the water molecules in the first shell treated at the MP2-level, with the more distant waters handled with an AMOEBA effective charge model, is 2.67 D. This value is close to the AMOEBA result for first-shell waters (2.72 D) and is slightly reduced from the bulk AMOEBA value (2.78 D). The magnitude of the dipole moment of the water molecules in the first solvation shell is most strongly affected by the local water-water interactions and hydrogen bonds with the second solvation shell, rather than by interactions with the ion. PMID:20078167

  15. Polarization and charge transfer in the hydration of chloride ions

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    Zhao, Zhen; Rogers, David M.; Beck, Thomas L.

    2010-01-01

    A theoretical study of the structural and electronic properties of the chloride ion and water molecules in the first hydration shell is presented. The calculations are performed on an ensemble of configurations obtained from molecular dynamics simulations of a single chloride ion in bulk water. The simulations utilize the polarizable AMOEBA force field for trajectory generation and MP2-level calculations are performed to examine the electronic structure properties of the ions and surrounding waters in the external field of more distant waters. The ChelpG method is employed to explore the effective charges and dipoles on the chloride ions and first-shell waters. The quantum theory of atoms in molecules (QTAIM) is further utilized to examine charge transfer from the anion to surrounding water molecules. The clusters extracted from the AMOEBA simulations exhibit high probabilities of anisotropic solvation for chloride ions in bulk water. From the QTAIM analysis, 0.2 elementary charges are transferred from the ion to the first-shell water molecules. The default AMOEBA model overestimates the average dipole moment magnitude of the ion compared to the quantum mechanical value. The average magnitude of the dipole moment of the water molecules in the first shell treated at the MP2-level, with the more distant waters handled with an AMOEBA effective charge model, is 2.67 D. This value is close to the AMOEBA result for first-shell waters (2.72 D) and is slightly reduced from the bulk AMOEBA value (2.78 D). The magnitude of the dipole moment of the water molecules in the first solvation shell is most strongly affected by the local water-water interactions and hydrogen bonds with the second solvation shell, rather than by interactions with the ion.

  16. Polarization and charge transfer in the hydration of chloride ions

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    Zhao Zhen; Rogers, David M.; Beck, Thomas L.

    2010-01-07

    A theoretical study of the structural and electronic properties of the chloride ion and water molecules in the first hydration shell is presented. The calculations are performed on an ensemble of configurations obtained from molecular dynamics simulations of a single chloride ion in bulk water. The simulations utilize the polarizable AMOEBA force field for trajectory generation and MP2-level calculations are performed to examine the electronic structure properties of the ions and surrounding waters in the external field of more distant waters. The ChelpG method is employed to explore the effective charges and dipoles on the chloride ions and first-shell waters. The quantum theory of atoms in molecules (QTAIM) is further utilized to examine charge transfer from the anion to surrounding water molecules. The clusters extracted from the AMOEBA simulations exhibit high probabilities of anisotropic solvation for chloride ions in bulk water. From the QTAIM analysis, 0.2 elementary charges are transferred from the ion to the first-shell water molecules. The default AMOEBA model overestimates the average dipole moment magnitude of the ion compared to the quantum mechanical value. The average magnitude of the dipole moment of the water molecules in the first shell treated at the MP2-level, with the more distant waters handled with an AMOEBA effective charge model, is 2.67 D. This value is close to the AMOEBA result for first-shell waters (2.72 D) and is slightly reduced from the bulk AMOEBA value (2.78 D). The magnitude of the dipole moment of the water molecules in the first solvation shell is most strongly affected by the local water-water interactions and hydrogen bonds with the second solvation shell, rather than by interactions with the ion.

  17. Charge transfer complexes of some oxazolones with iodine

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    El-Mossalamy, E. H.; Amin, A. S.; Khalil, A. A.

    2002-01-01

    Molecular charge-transfer (CT) complexes of some oxazolone derivatives with σ-electron acceptor iodine have been investigated spectrophotometrically in CH 2Cl 2 at 20 °C. Stability constants of the CT complexes formed were computed and discussed in terms of the donor molecular structure and solvent polarity. The thermodynamic parameters of complex formation were determined and discussed. The solid CT complexes have been synthesized and characterized. It was deduced that the complexes formed are of strong n-σ kind.

  18. Minimal model for charge transfer excitons at the dielectric interface

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    Ono, Shota; Ohno, Kaoru

    2016-03-01

    A theoretical description of the charge transfer (CT) exciton across the donor-acceptor interface without the use of a completely localized hole (or electron) is a challenge in the field of organic solar cells. We calculate the total wave function of the CT exciton by solving an effective two-particle Schrödinger equation for the inhomogeneous dielectric interface. We formulate the magnitude of the CT and construct a minimal model of the CT exciton under the breakdown of inversion symmetry. We demonstrate that both a light hole mass and a hole localization along the normal to the dielectric interface are crucial to yield the CT exciton.

  19. Energy transfer and charge separation kinetics in photosystem I

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    Holzwarth, Alfred R.; Schatz, Gnther; Brock, Helmuth; Bittersmann, Edith

    1993-01-01

    The energy transfer and charge separation kinetics of a photosystem I (PS I) core particle of an antenna size of 100 chlorophyll/P700 has been studied by combined fluorescence and transient absorption kinetics with picosecond resolution. This is the first combined picosecond study of transient absorption and fluorescence carried out on a PS I particle and the results are consistent with each other. The data were analyzed by both global lifetime and global target analysis procedures. In fluorescence major lifetime components were found to be 12 and 36 ps. The shorter-lived one shows a negative amplitude at long wavelengths and is attributed to an energy transfer process between pigments in the main antenna Chl pool and a small long-wavelength Chl pool emitting around 720 nm whereas the longer-lived component is assigned to the overall charge separation lifetime. The lifetimes resolved in transient absorption are 7-8 ps, 33 ps, and [unk]1 ns. The shortest-lived one is assigned to energy transfer between the same pigment pools as observed also in fluorescence kinetics, the middle component of 33 ps to the overall charge separation, and the long-lived component to the lifetime of the oxidized primary donor P700+. The transient absorption data indicate an even faster, but kinetically unresolved energy transfer component in the main Chl pool with a lifetime <3 ps. Several kinetic models were tested on both the fluorescence and the picosecond absorption data by global target analysis procedures. A model where the long-wave pigments are spatially and kinetically connected with the reaction center P700 is favored over a model where P700 is connected more closely with the main Chl pool. Our data show that the charge separation kinetics in these PS I particles is essentially trap limited. The relevance of our data with respect to other time-resolved studies on PS I core particles is discussed, in particular with respect to the nature and function of the long-wave pigments. From the transient absorption data we do not see any evidence for the occurrence of a reduced Chl primary electron acceptor, but we also can not exclude that possibility, provided that reoxidation of that acceptor should occur within a time <40 ps. PMID:19431900

  20. Fragmentation of doubly charged metal-acetamide complexes: Second ionization energies and dissociation chemistries

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    Shi, Tujin; Siu, K. W. Michael; Hopkinson, Alan C.

    2006-09-01

    The dissociation chemistries of [M(L)n]2+ (M = Mg, Ca, Mn, Fe, Co, Ni, Cu, Zn; L = acetamide; n = 2-6) have been examined experimentally by tandem mass spectrometry and theoretically by density functional theory (DFT). At low collision energies, three primary reactions were observed: loss of acetamide to produce [M(L)n-m]2+; inter-ligand proton transfer followed by dissociation to form [M(L - H)(L)n-2]+ and protonated acetamide, [L + H]+; and amide-bond cleavage, producing [M(NH2)(L)n-1]+ and [CH3CO]+. Dissociative electron transfer from acetamide to the metal forming [M(L)n-1]+ and [L]+ was only observed for [Cu(L)2,3]2+ complexes. At higher collision energies, complexes containing deprotonated acetamide [M(L - H)(L)n-2]+ (except for [Cu(L - H)(L)n-2]+) further fragmented by eliminating small molecules (H2O, CH3CN, H2CCO, HNCO) or by acetamide loss to produce [M(L - H)]+; product ions [M(NH2)(L)n-1]+ either eliminated ammonia to produce [M(L - H)(L)n-2]+ by inter-ligand proton transfer from one NH2 group to another one, or lost acetamides to form [M(NH2)]+. Collision-induced dissociations of [M(L - H)]+ yielded three common product ions, [M(CH3)]+, [M(OH)]+, and M+ by elimination of neutral molecules, HNCO, CH3CN, and a neutral radical, (L - H), respectively. Elimination of methane from [M(L - H)]+ was only observed for M = Ca, and elimination of the methyl group occurred for M = Co, Ni, and Zn. Copper complexes exhibited different chemistries; [Cu(L - H)(L)]+ fragmented to either produce [Cu(L)]+ by elimination of (L - H), or [Cu(HNCO)(L)]+ by elimination of CH3; [Cu(HNCO)(L)]+ further fragmented to produce [Cu(L)]+ by elimination of HNCO. DFT calculations show that the gas-phase reactivities of [M(L)n]2+ complexes are closely related to the second ionization energies (IE2) of the metals. For the doubly charged [M(L)n]2+ species, as IE2 increases, fragmentations involving charge separation become more competitive: inter-ligand proton transfer becomes energetically more favorable than dissociation of a neutral ligand, and amide-bond cleavage occurs more readily. For singly charged ions [M(L - H)L]+, for metals with low IE2 values, loss of L has a considerably lower enthalpy than loss of (L - H); however, for metals with higher IE2 values, loss of (L - H), which effectively reduces the oxidation state of the metal, becomes energetically competitive with the loss of L. The enthalpies for eliminating methane and the methyl radical from [M(L - H)]+ (M D Ca, Mg, and Zn) have been calculated and correlate well with the experimental observations.

  1. Charge transfer between acenes and PbS nanocrystals.

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    Dissanayake, D M N M; Hatton, R A; Lutz, T; Curry, R J; Silva, S R P

    2009-05-13

    Organic-inorganic hybrid heterojunctions have potential as the basis for future photovoltaic devices. Herein, we report the results of investigations exploring the possibility of using pentacene and tetracene as photoelectron donors in conjunction with PbS nanocrystals (PbS-NCs). Photoinduced charge transfer was probed using external quantum efficiency measurements on acene:PbS-NC hybrid photovoltaic devices in conjunction with photoluminescence studies of the corresponding bilayer films. It is shown that photoelectron transfer from pentacene to the PbS-NCs is inefficient as compared to that between tetracene and PbS-NCs. The latter case can be rationalized in terms of the energy level alignment at the heterojunction assuming a common vacuum level. However, in the case of pentacene:PbS-NC junctions an interfacial energy level shift must be considered in order to explain the observations. PMID:19420636

  2. Charge transfer between acenes and PbS nanocrystals

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    Dissanayake, D. M. N. M.; Hatton, R. A.; Lutz, T.; Curry, R. J.; Silva, S. R. P.

    2009-05-01

    Organic-inorganic hybrid heterojunctions have potential as the basis for future photovoltaic devices. Herein, we report the results of investigations exploring the possibility of using pentacene and tetracene as photoelectron donors in conjunction with PbS nanocrystals (PbS-NCs). Photoinduced charge transfer was probed using external quantum efficiency measurements on acene:PbS-NC hybrid photovoltaic devices in conjunction with photoluminescence studies of the corresponding bilayer films. It is shown that photoelectron transfer from pentacene to the PbS-NCs is inefficient as compared to that between tetracene and PbS-NCs. The latter case can be rationalized in terms of the energy level alignment at the heterojunction assuming a common vacuum level. However, in the case of pentacene:PbS-NC junctions an interfacial energy level shift must be considered in order to explain the observations.

  3. Charge transfer kinetics from surface plasmon resonance voltammetry.

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    Lu, Jin; Li, Jinghong

    2014-04-15

    On the basis of a quantitative relationship between surface plasmon resonance signal and electrochemical current in the electrochemical surface plasmon resonance (EC-SPR), EC-SPR signal measures the semi-integral of faradaic current. We theoretically discussed the electrode potential and charge transfer kinetics to be determined from surface plasmon resonance voltammetry (or potential sweep EC-SPR) signals for the fully reversible, quasi-reversible, and irreversible redox reactions. The results indicated that the electroanalysis of EC-SPR signal is more straightforward than conventional electrochemical current. Then, we studied two model redox reactions of hexaammineruthenium chloride and 4-nitrotoluene, to obtain half wave potential of quasi-reversible redox reaction, transfer coefficient, and standard rate constant of irreversible redox reaction from EC-SPR signals. PMID:24654883

  4. Photoinduced charge-transfer materials for nonlinear optical applications

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    McBranch, Duncan W.

    2006-10-24

    A method using polyelectrolyte self-assembly for preparing multi-layered organic molecular materials having individual layers which exhibit ultrafast electron and/or energy transfer in a controlled direction occurring over the entire structure. Using a high molecular weight, water-soluble, anionic form of poly-phenylene vinylene, self-assembled films can be formed which show high photoluminescence quantum efficiency (QE). The highest emission QE is achieved using poly(propylene-imine) (PPI) dendrimers as cationic binders. Self-quenching of the luminescence is observed as the solid polymer film thickness is increased and can be reversed by inserting additional spacer layers of transparent polyelectrolytes between each active conjugated layer, such that the QE grows with thickness. A red shift of the luminescence is also observed as additional PPV layers are added. This effect persists as self-quenching is eliminated. Charge transfer superlattices can be formed by additionally incorporating C.sub.60 acceptor layers.

  5. Charge transfer and charge localization in extended radical cations: Investigation of model molecules for peptides

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    Weinkauf, Rainer; Lehrer, Florian

    1998-12-01

    Molecules consisting of a flexible tail and an aromatic chromophore are used as model systems to understand the situation of a single chromophore in a small peptide. Their S0-S1 resonant multiphoton ionization (REMPI) spectra show, that in neutral molecules the tail-chromophore interaction is weak and electronic excitation is localized at the chromophore. For molecules, where the ionization energy of the tail is considerable higher than that of the chromophore, by high resolution REMPI photoelectron spectroscopy we find the charge to be localized on the aromatic chromophore. This scheme also in suitable peptides allows local ionization at the aromatic chromophore. An estimate for various charge positions in peptide chains, however, shows, that for most of the amino acids electron hole positions in the nitrogen and oxygen "lone pair" orbitals of the peptide bond are nearly degenerate. REMPI photoelectron spectra of phenylethylamine, which as a model system contains such two degenerate charge positions, show small energetic shift of the ionization energy but strong geometry changes upon electron removal. This result is interpreted as direct ionization into a mixed charge delocalized state. Consequences for the charge transfer mechanism in peptides are discussed.

  6. Charge Prediction Machine: A tool for inferring precursor charge states of Electron Transfer Dissociation tandem mass spectra

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    Carvalho, Paulo C; Cociorva, Daniel; Wong, Catherine; Carvalho, Maria da Gloria da C; Barbosa, Valmir C; Yates, John R

    2010-01-01

    Electron Transfer Dissociation (ETD) can dissociate highly charged ions. Efficient analysis of ions dissociated with ETD requires accurate determination of charge states for calculation of molecular weight. We created an algorithm to assign the charge state of ions often used for ETD. The program, Charge Prediction Machine (CPM), uses Bayesian decision theory to account for different charge reduction processes encountered in ETD, and can also handle multiplex spectra. CPM correctly assigned charge states to 98% of the 13,097 MS2 spectra from a combined dataset of four experiments. In a comparison between CPM and a competing program, Charger (ThermoFisher), CPM produced half the mistakes. PMID:19203245

  7. Electrical conduction in organic charge transfer complexes under pressure: A theoretical view

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    Singh, Yadunath

    2016-05-01

    We propose a theoretical view of temperature dependent electrical conductivity in organic charge transfer complexes and radical ion salts. Understanding of the basic conduction mechanism under high pressure in these systems is our aim. The mechanism is discussed mainly on the basis of molecular orbital overlap theory, role of charge transfer forces and charge density waves etc.

  8. Electronegativity, charge transfer, crystal field strength, and the point charge model revisited.

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    Tanner, Peter A; Ning, Lixin

    2013-02-21

    Although the optical spectra of LnCl(6)(3-) systems are complex, only two crystal field parameters, B(40) and B(60), are required to model the J-multiplet crystal field splittings in octahedral symmetry. It is found that these parameters exhibit R(-5) and R(-7) dependence, respectively, upon the ionic radius Ln(3+)(VI), but not upon the Ln-Cl distance. More generally, the crystal field strengths of LnX(6) systems (X = Br, Cl, F, O) exhibit linear relationships with ligand electronegativity, charge transfer energy, and fractional ionic character of the Ln-X bond. PMID:23373426

  9. Dual Fluorescence in GFP Chromophore Analogues: Chemical Modulation of Charge Transfer and Proton Transfer Bands.

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    Chatterjee, Tanmay; Mandal, Mrinal; Das, Ananya; Bhattacharyya, Kalishankar; Datta, Ayan; Mandal, Prasun K

    2016-04-14

    Dual fluorescence of GFP chromophore analogues has been observed for the first time. OHIM (o-hydroxy imidazolidinone) shows only a charge transfer (CT) band, CHBDI (p-cyclicamino o-hydroxy benzimidazolidinone) shows a comparable intensity CT and PT (proton transfer) band, and MHBDI (p-methoxy o-hydroxy benzimidazolidinone) shows a higher intensity PT band. It could be shown that the differential optical behavior is not due to conformational variation in the solid or solution phase. Rather, control of the excited state electronic energy level and excited state acidity constant by functional group modification could be shown to be responsible for the differential optical behavior. Chemical modification-induced electronic control over the relative intensity of the charge transfer and proton transfer bands could thus be evidenced. Support from single-crystal X-ray structure, NMR, femtosecond to nanosecond fluorescence decay analysis, and TDDFT-based calculation provided important information and thus helped us understand the photophysics better. PMID:26998908

  10. Is dipole moment a valid descriptor of excited state's charge-transfer character?

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    Petelenz, Piotr; Pac, Barbara

    2013-11-20

    In the ongoing discussion on excited states of the pentacene crystal, dipole moment values have been recently invoked to gauge the CT admixture to excited states of Frenkel parentage in a model cluster. In the present paper, a simple dimer model is used to show that, in general, the dipole moment is not a valid measure of the CT contribution. This finding eliminates some apparent disagreement between the computational results published by different research groups. The implications of our results and other related aspects of cluster-type quantum chemistry calculations are discussed in the context of the standing literature dispute concerning the mechanism of singlet fission in the pentacene crystal, notably the role of charge transfer contributions vs the involvement of an excimer-like doubly excited intermediate (D state). PMID:24138489

  11. Kinetics of charge transfer in DNA containing a mismatch

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    Osakada, Yasuko; Kawai, Kiyohiko; Fujitsuka, Mamoru

    2008-01-01

    Charge transfer (CT) in DNA offers a unique approach for the detection of a single-base mismatch in a DNA molecule. While the single-base mismatch would significantly affect the CT in DNA, the kinetic basis for the drastic decrease in the CT efficiency through DNA containing mismatches still remains unclear. Recently, we determined the rate constants of the CT through the fully matched DNA, and we can now estimate the CT rate constant for a certain fully matched sequence. We assumed that further elucidating of the kinetics in mismatched sequences can lead to the discrimination of the DNA single-base mismatch based on the kinetics. In this study, we investigated the detailed kinetics of the CT through DNA containing mismatches and tried to discriminate a mismatch sequence based on the kinetics of the CT in DNA containing a mismatch. PMID:18757889

  12. HST WFC3/UVIS: charge transfer efficiency monitoring and mitigation

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    Baggett, Sylvia M.; Sosey, Megan L.; Anderson, Jay; Gosmeyer, Catherine; Bourque, Matthew; Bajaj, Varun; Khandrika, Harish G.; Martlin, Catherine; Kozhurina-Platais, Vera; Sabbi, Elena; WFC3 Team

    2016-01-01

    The harsh low-earth orbit environment is known to damage CCD devices and the HST WFC3/UVIS camera is no exception. One consequence of the radiation damage is charge-transfer efficiency (CTE) loss over time. We summarize the level of the CTE losses, the effect on science data, and the pre- and post-observation mitigation options available. Among them is the pixel-based CTE correction, which has been incorporated into the HST automatic data processing pipeline. The pipeline now provides both standard and CTE-corrected data products; observers with older data can re-retrieve their images via the the Mikulski Archive for Space Telescopes (MAST) to obtain the new products.

  13. Experimental study of low-energy charge transfer in nitrogen

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    Smith, A.

    1979-01-01

    Total charge transfer cross sections were obtained for the N2(+)-N2 system with relative translational ion energies between 9 and 441 eV. Data were obtained to examine the dependence of total cross section on ion energy. The effect of ion excitation on the cross sections was studied by varying the electron ionization energy in the mass spectrometer ion source over an electron energy range between 14.5 and 32.1 eV. The dependence of total cross section on the neutralization chamber gas pressure was examined by obtaining data at pressure values from 9.9 to 0.000199 torr. Cross section values obtained were compared with experimental and theoretical results of other investigations.

  14. Charge transfer emission of ytterbium-doped oxyborates.

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    Sablayrolles, J; Jubera, V; Guillen, F; Garcia, A

    2008-03-01

    The ultraviolet spectroscopic properties of trivalent ytterbium have been studied at low temperature in one borate and two oxyborates in the ternary diagram Li(2)O-Y(2)O(3)-B(2)O(3). The UV luminescence was detected in the two ytterbium-doped oxyborates. The evolution of these emissions was studied as a function of the temperature. A determination of the configurational coordinate diagrams based on the Struck and Fonger model is proposed to calculate the position in energy of the charge transfer band afforded by the simulation of spectral distribution of these excitation and emission bands. The strong correlation between the luminescent properties and the environments of the rare earth is pointed out. PMID:17644400

  15. DFT charge transfer of hybrid molecular ferrocene/Si structures

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    Calborean, Adrian; Buimaga-Iarinca, Luiza; Graur, Florin

    2015-05-01

    The electrochemical behavior and electronic properties of redox-active ferrocenes grafted onto semiconductor Si(100) substrate were investigated theoretically by first-principles calculations. Organic molecules were attached via the formation of Si-C covalent bonds through two different linkers: vinyl (direct grafting), and N3(CH2)11 (indirect grafting). Redox energies and the electronic properties relating to different spacers in hybrid ferrocene Fc/Si and ferrocenium Fc+/Si structures were theoretically extracted and compared with experimental cyclic voltametry data. Electronic charge transfers are discussed through the alignment positions of the frontier orbitals of the molecule with respect to the Si substrate gap. Periodic boundary conditions were used to investigate the Si(100) as a slab surface and hybrid Fc/Si structures. The resulting projected density of states (PDOS) were compared with molecular results and discussed in the light of experimental data.

  16. Photoinduced Charge Transfer from Titania to Surface Doping Site

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    Inerbaev, Talgat; Hoefelmeyer, James D.; Kilin, Dmitri S.

    2013-01-01

    We evaluate a theoretical model in which Ru is substituting for Ti at the (100) surface of anatase TiO2. Charge transfer from the photo-excited TiO2 substrate to the catalytic site triggers the photo-catalytic event (such as water oxidation or reduction half-reaction). We perform ab-initio computational modeling of the charge transfer dynamics on the interface of TiO2 nanorod and catalytic site. A slab of TiO2 represents a fragment of TiO2 nanorod in the anatase phase. Titanium to ruthenium replacement is performed in a way to match the symmetry of TiO2 substrate. One molecular layer of adsorbed water is taken into consideration to mimic the experimental conditions. It is found that these adsorbed water molecules saturate dangling surface bonds and drastically affect the electronic properties of systems investigated. The modeling is performed by reduced density matrix method in the basis of Kohn-Sham orbitals. A nano-catalyst modeled through replacement defect contributes energy levels near the bottom of the conduction band of TiO2 nano-structure. An exciton in the nano-rod is dissipating due to interaction with lattice vibrations, treated through non-adiabatic coupling. The electron relaxes to conduction band edge and then to the Ru cite with faster rate than hole relaxes to the Ru cite. These results are of the importance for an optimal design of nano-materials for photo-catalytic water splitting and solar energy harvesting. PMID:23795229

  17. Laser assisted charge transfer in the realm of cold collisions

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    Petrov, Alexander; Makrides, Constantinos; Kotochigova, Svetlana

    2015-05-01

    We study two colliding particles, Ca and Yb+, which can undergo non-radiative charge-exchange transitions from the scattering continuum in the excited A2Σ+ state to the continuum of the ground X2Σ+ state. This reaction can be controlled by linearly-polarized laser radiation of frequency ω, which is in the range of quasi-molecular electronic energy separation. Using the dressed-state picture or the Floquet Ansatz we construct coupled time-independent Schrödinger equations for the interatomic separation R. The mechanism of electromagnetic field control is based on an interplay between intra-molecular couplings and molecule-field interactions. We show that laser field affects the chemical reaction through reversible modification of an effective Hamiltonian via either non-resonant temporal Stark shifts or resonant ``dipolar'' interactions, leading to both transient- and cw-light-induced non-adiabatic charge transfer. We investigate these processes for various collision energies as well as over a wide range of laser intensities and frequencies. Research at Temple University is supported by MURI-ARO (W911NF-14-1-0378) and NSF (No. PHY-1308573) grants.

  18. Correcting for the Temperature Dependence of ACIS Charge Transfer Inefficiency

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    Posson-Brown, Jennifer; Grant, C.; Allen, G.; Plucinsky, P.; Edgar, R.

    2010-02-01

    The spectral resolution of the ACIS CCDs is substantially improved by a charge transfer inefficiency (CTI) correction algorithm included in acis_process_events. However, the behavior of the charge traps that cause CTI is temperature dependent: warmer-than-nominal focal plane temperatures reduce the effectiveness of the correction algorithm. As the insulation on the exterior of the SIM and the ACIS radiator shade have aged, the surfaces around the ACIS focal plane and radiator have become warmer, leading to FP temperatures which are sometimes a few degrees warmer than desired, particularly for observations done at spacecraft pitch angles greater than 140 degrees. The ACIS team successfully reduced average focal plane temperatures by shutting off the detector housing heater in April 2008 and a heater on the SIM was turned off in August 2009 providing additional margin, but many warm observations exist in the archive, and observations done at "tail-Sun" attitudes still often have warm focal plane temperatures. Here we review the temperature dependence of ACIS performance and present a temperature-dependent CTI correction algorithm, which we have implemented as contributed software designed to work with current CALDB products and CIAO tools. We show examples using this software to CTI-correct warm ACIS observations.

  19. Nanoparticle-Mediated Intervalence Charge Transfer: Core-Size Effects.

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    Hu, Peiguang; Chen, Limei; Deming, Christopher P; Kang, Xiongwu; Chen, Shaowei

    2016-01-01

    Two types of platinum nanoparticles (NPs) functionalized with ethynylferrocene were prepared. The subnanometer-sized NPs (Pt10 eFc) showed semiconductor-like characteristics with a bandgap of about 1.0 eV, and the other was metal-like with a core size of about 2 nm (Pt314 eFc) and no significant bandgap. IR spectroscopic measurements showed a clear red-shift of the C≡C and ferrocenyl ring =C-H vibrational energies with increasing particle core size owing to enhanced intraparticle charge delocalization between the particle-bound ferrocenyl moieties. Electrochemical measurements showed two pairs of voltammetric peaks owing to intervalence charge transfer between the ferrocenyl groups on the nanoparticle surface, which was apparently weaker with Pt10 eFc than with Pt314 eFc. Significantly, the former might be markedly enhanced with UV photoirradiation owing to enhanced nanoparticle electronic conductivity, whereas no apparent effects were observed with the latter. PMID:26644066

  20. Metal-Organic Coordination Number Determined Charge Transfer Magnitude

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    Yang, Hung-Hsiang; Chu, Yu-Hsun; Lu, Chun-I.; Yang, Tsung-Han; Yang, Kai-Jheng; Kaun, Chao-Cheng; Hoffmann, Germar; Lin, Minn-Tsong

    2014-03-01

    By the appropriate choice of head groups and molecular ligands, various metal-organic coordination geometries can be engineered. Such metal-organic structures provide different chemical environments for molecules and give us templates to study the charge redistribution within the metal-organic interface. We created various metal-organic bonding environment by growing self-assembly nanostructures of Fe-PTCDA (3,4,9,10-perylene tetracarboxylic dianhydride) chains and networks on a Au(111) surface. Bonding environment dependent frontier molecular orbital energies are acquired by low temperature scanning tunneling microscopy and scanning tunneling spectroscopy. By comparing the frontier energies with the molecular coordination environments, we conclude that the specific coordination affects the magnitude of charge transfer onto each PTCDA in the Fe-PTCDA hybridization system. H.-H. Yang, Y.-H. Chu, C.-I Lu, T.-H. Yang, K.-J. Yang, C.-C. Kaun, G. Hoffmann, and M.-T. Lin, ACS Nano 7, 2814 (2013).

  1. Doping graphene films via chemically mediated charge transfer.

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    Ishikawa, Ryousuke; Bando, Masashi; Morimoto, Yoshitaka; Sandhu, Adarsh

    2011-01-01

    Transparent conductive films (TCFs) are critical components of a myriad of technologies including flat panel displays, light-emitting diodes, and solar cells. Graphene-based TCFs have attracted a lot of attention because of their high electrical conductivity, transparency, and low cost. Carrier doping of graphene would potentially improve the properties of graphene-based TCFs for practical industrial applications. However, controlling the carrier type and concentration of dopants in graphene films is challenging, especially for the synthesis of p-type films. In this article, a new method for doping graphene using the conjugated organic molecule, tetracyanoquinodimethane (TCNQ), is described. Notably, TCNQ is well known as a powerful electron accepter and is expected to favor electron transfer from graphene into TCNQ molecules, thereby leading to p-type doping of graphene films. Small amounts of TCNQ drastically improved the resistivity without degradation of optical transparency. Our carrier doping method based on charge transfer has a huge potential for graphene-based TCFs. PMID:21711624

  2. Doping graphene films via chemically mediated charge transfer

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    Ishikawa, Ryousuke; Bando, Masashi; Morimoto, Yoshitaka; Sandhu, Adarsh

    2011-12-01

    Transparent conductive films (TCFs) are critical components of a myriad of technologies including flat panel displays, light-emitting diodes, and solar cells. Graphene-based TCFs have attracted a lot of attention because of their high electrical conductivity, transparency, and low cost. Carrier doping of graphene would potentially improve the properties of graphene-based TCFs for practical industrial applications. However, controlling the carrier type and concentration of dopants in graphene films is challenging, especially for the synthesis of p-type films. In this article, a new method for doping graphene using the conjugated organic molecule, tetracyanoquinodimethane (TCNQ), is described. Notably, TCNQ is well known as a powerful electron accepter and is expected to favor electron transfer from graphene into TCNQ molecules, thereby leading to p-type doping of graphene films. Small amounts of TCNQ drastically improved the resistivity without degradation of optical transparency. Our carrier doping method based on charge transfer has a huge potential for graphene-based TCFs.

  3. Ab initio study of charge-transfer dynamics in collisions of C{sup 2+} ions with hydrogen chloride

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    Rozsalyi, E.; Vibok, A.; Bene, E.; Halasz, G. J.; Bacchus-Montabonel, M. C.

    2011-05-15

    Ab initio quantum chemistry molecular calculations followed by a semiclassical dynamical treatment in the keV collision energy range have been developed for the study of the charge-transfer process in collisions of C{sup 2+} ions with hydrogen chloride. The mechanism has been investigated in detail in connection with avoided crossings between states involved in the reaction. A simple mechanism driven by a strong nonadiabatic coupling matrix element has been pointed out for this process. A comparative analysis with the halogen fluoride target corresponding to a similar electronic configuration shows a quite different charge-transfer mechanism leading to a very different behavior of the cross sections. Such behavior may be correlated to specific nonadiabatic interactions observed in these collision systems.

  4. Chemically Driven Interfacial Coupling in Charge-Transfer Mediated Functional Superstructures.

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    Xu, Beibei; Li, Huashan; Li, Haoqi; Wilson, Andrew J; Zhang, Lin; Chen, Ke; Willets, Katherine A; Ren, Fei; Grossman, Jeffrey C; Ren, Shenqiang

    2016-04-13

    Organic charge-transfer superstructures are enabling new interfacial electronics, such as organic thermoelectrics, spin-charge converters, and solar cells. These carbon-based materials could also play an important role in spin-based electronics due to their exceptionally long spin lifetime. However, to explore these potentials a coherent design strategy to control interfacial charge-transfer interaction is indispensable. Here we report that the control of organic crystallization and interfacial electron coupling are keys to dictate external stimuli responsive behaviors in organic charge-transfer superstructures. The integrated experimental and computational study reveals the importance of chemically driven interfacial coupling in organic charge-transfer superstructures. Such degree of engineering opens up a new route to develop a new generation of functional charge-transfer materials, enabling important advance in all organic interfacial electronics. PMID:26999430

  5. Laboratory Studies of Thermal Energy Charge Transfer of Silicon and Iron Ions in Astrophysical Plasmas

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    Kwong, Victor H. S.

    1996-01-01

    Charge transfer at electron-volt energies between multiply charged atomic ions and neutral atoms and molecules is of considerable importance in astrophysics, plasma physics, and in particular, fusion plasmas. In the year covered by this report, several major tasks were completed. These include: (1) the re-calibration of the ion gauge to measure the absolute particle densities of H2, He, N2, and CO for our current measurements; (2) the analysis of data for charge transfer reactions of N(exp 2 plus) ion and He, H2, N2, and CO; (3) measurement and data analysis of the charge transfer reaction of (Fe(exp 2 plus) ion and H2; (4) charge transfer measurement of Fe(exp 2 plus) ion and H2; and (5) redesign and modification of the ion detection and data acquisition system for the low energy beam facility (reflection time of flight mass spectrometer) dedicated to the study of state select charge transfer.

  6. An enhanced glucose biosensor using charge transfer techniques.

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    Lee, Seung-Ro; Sawada, Kazuaki; Takao, Hidekuni; Ishida, Makoto

    2008-12-01

    An enhanced glucose biosensor based on a charge transfer technique glucose sensor (CTTGS) is described and demonstrated experimentally. In the proposed CTTGS, which is accumulation method (d-gluconate+H(+)) ion perception system, the quality of output signal with "signal integration cycles" is high. With the proposed CTTGS it is possible to amplify the sensing signals without an external amplifier by using an accumulation cycle. It can be supposed that measurements of small (d-gluconate+H(+)) ion fluctuation are difficult by ion-sensitive field effect transistor (ISFET) because the theoretical maximum sensitivity is only 59 mV/pH and the small output signals are buried in the 1/f noise component of the metal-insulator-semi-conductor field-effect transistor (MISFET). Therefore, the CTTGS has many advantages, such as high sensitivity, high accuracy, high signal-to-noise ratio (SNR), and has been successfully demonstrated using a charge transfer technique. The CTTGS exhibited excellent performance for glucose with a large span (1445 mV) and good reproducibility. Moreover, the CTTGS has good sensitivity in this range of 7.22mV/mM, a lower detection limit of about 0.01 mM/L and an upper detection limit of about 200 mM/L compared with amperometric glucose analysis which has been studied recently. Under optimum conditions, the proposed CTTGS exceeds the performance of the widely used ISFET glucose sensor. The sensitivity of the CTTGS (7.22 mV/mM) was seven times higher than that of the ISFET (1 mV/mM). Furthermore, the sensitivity obtained for human glucose levels was 29.06 mV/mM with a non-linear error of +/-0.27%; the linearity is y=0.0294x+1.8612 and R(2)=0.9999, which is acceptable for clinical application. Real sample analysis is investigated in blood glucose level by our developed CTTGS ISFET system. PMID:18640027

  7. Solvation-Driven Charge Transfer and Localization in Metal Complexes

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    2016-01-01

    Conspectus In any physicochemical process in liquids, the dynamical response of the solvent to the solutes out of equilibrium plays a crucial role in the rates and products: the solvent molecules react to the changes in volume and electron density of the solutes to minimize the free energy of the solution, thus modulating the activation barriers and stabilizing (or destabilizing) intermediate states. In charge transfer (CT) processes in polar solvents, the response of the solvent always assists the formation of charge separation states by stabilizing the energy of the localized charges. A deep understanding of the solvation mechanisms and time scales is therefore essential for a correct description of any photochemical process in dense phase and for designing molecular devices based on photosensitizers with CT excited states. In the last two decades, with the advent of ultrafast time-resolved spectroscopies, microscopic models describing the relevant case of polar solvation (where both the solvent and the solute molecules have a permanent electric dipole and the mutual interaction is mainly dipole–dipole) have dramatically progressed. Regardless of the details of each model, they all assume that the effect of the electrostatic fields of the solvent molecules on the internal electronic dynamics of the solute are perturbative and that the solvent–solute coupling is mainly an electrostatic interaction between the constant permanent dipoles of the solute and the solvent molecules. This well-established picture has proven to quantitatively rationalize spectroscopic effects of environmental and electric dynamics (time-resolved Stokes shifts, inhomogeneous broadening, etc.). However, recent computational and experimental studies, including ours, have shown that further improvement is required. Indeed, in the last years we investigated several molecular complexes exhibiting photoexcited CT states, and we found that the current description of the formation and stabilization of CT states in an important group of molecules such as transition metal complexes is inaccurate. In particular, we proved that the solvent molecules are not just spectators of intramolecular electron density redistribution but significantly modulate it. Our results solicit further development of quantum mechanics computational methods to treat the solute and (at least) the closest solvent molecules including the nonperturbative treatment of the effects of local electrostatics and direct solvent–solute interactions to describe the dynamical changes of the solute excited states during the solvent response. PMID:25902015

  8. Ultrafast charge carrier relaxation and charge transfer processes in CdS/CdTe thin films.

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    Pandit, Bill; Dharmadasa, Ruvini; Dharmadasa, I M; Druffel, Thad; Liu, Jinjun

    2015-07-14

    Ultrafast transient absorption pump-probe spectroscopy (TAPPS) has been employed to investigate charge carrier relaxation in cadmium sulfide/cadmium telluride (CdS/CdTe) nanoparticle (NP)-based thin films and electron transfer (ET) processes between CdTe and CdS. Effects of post-growth annealing treatments to ET processes have been investigated by carrying out TAPPS experiments on three CdS/CdTe samples: as deposited, heat treated, and CdCl2 treated. Clear evidence of ET process in the treated thin films has been observed by comparing transient absorption (TA) spectra of CdS/CdTe thin films to those of CdS and CdTe. Quantitative comparison between ultrafast kinetics at different probe wavelengths unravels the ET processes and enables determination of its rate constants. Implication of the photoinduced dynamics to photovoltaic devices is discussed. PMID:26033446

  9. Quantum ferroelectricity in charge-transfer complex crystals

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    Horiuchi, Sachio; Kobayashi, Kensuke; Kumai, Reiji; Minami, Nao; Kagawa, Fumitaka; Tokura, Yoshinori

    2015-01-01

    Quantum phase transition achieved by fine tuning the continuous phase transition down to zero kelvin is a challenge for solid state science. Critical phenomena distinct from the effects of thermal fluctuations can materialize when the electronic, structural or magnetic long-range order is perturbed by quantum fluctuations between degenerate ground states. Here we have developed chemically pure tetrahalo-p-benzoquinones of n iodine and 4–n bromine substituents (QBr4–nIn, n=0–4) to search for ferroelectric charge-transfer complexes with tetrathiafulvalene (TTF). Among them, TTF–QBr2I2 exhibits a ferroelectric neutral–ionic phase transition, which is continuously controlled over a wide temperature range from near-zero kelvin to room temperature under hydrostatic pressure. Quantum critical behaviour is accompanied by a much larger permittivity than those of other neutral–ionic transition compounds, such as well-known ferroelectric complex of TTF–QCl4 and quantum antiferroelectric of dimethyl–TTF–QBr4. By contrast, TTF–QBr3I complex, another member of this compound family, shows complete suppression of the ferroelectric spin-Peierls-type phase transition. PMID:26076656

  10. Pseudoparticle approach for charge-transferring molecule-surface collisions

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    Marbach, Johannes; Bronold, Franz Xaver; Fehske, Holger

    2012-09-01

    Based on a semiempirical generalized Anderson-Newns model, we construct a pseudoparticle description for electron emission due to deexcitation of metastable molecules at surfaces. The pseudoparticle approach allows us to treat resonant charge-transfer and Auger processes on an equal footing, as it is necessary when both channels are open. This is, for instance, the case when a metastable N2(3Σu+) molecule hits a diamond surface. Using nonequilibrium Green functions and physically motivated approximations to the self-energies of the Dyson equations, we derive a system of rate equations for the probabilities with which the metastable N2(3Σu+) molecule, the molecular ground state N2(1Σg+), and the negative ion N2-(2Πg) can be found in the course of the scattering event. From the rate equations, we also obtain the spectrum of the emitted electron and the secondary electron emission coefficient. Our numerical results indicate the resonant tunneling process undermining the source of the Auger channel, which therefore contributes only a few percent to the secondary electron emission.

  11. Ammonium transporters achieve charge transfer by fragmenting their substrate.

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    Wang, Shihao; Orabi, Esam A; Baday, Sefer; Bernèche, Simon; Lamoureux, Guillaume

    2012-06-27

    Proteins of the Amt/MEP family facilitate ammonium transport across the membranes of plants, fungi, and bacteria and are essential for growth in nitrogen-poor environments. Some are known to facilitate the diffusion of the neutral NH(3), while others, notably in plants, transport the positively charged NH(4)(+). On the basis of the structural data for AmtB from Escherichia coli , we illustrate the mechanism by which proteins from the Amt family can sustain electrogenic transport. Free energy calculations show that NH(4)(+) is stable in the AmtB pore, reaching a binding site from which it can spontaneously transfer a proton to a pore-lining histidine residue (His168). The substrate diffuses down the pore in the form of NH(3), while the excess proton is cotransported through a highly conserved hydrogen-bonded His168-His318 pair. This constitutes a novel permeation mechanism that confers to the histidine dyad an essential mechanistic role that was so far unknown. PMID:22631217

  12. Charge remote fragmentation in electron capture and electron transfer dissociations

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    Li, Xiaojuan; Lin, Cheng; Han, Liang; Costello, Catherine E.; OConnor, Peter B.

    2010-01-01

    Secondary fragmentations of three synthetic peptides (human ?A crystallin peptide 1-11, the deamidated form of human ?B2 crystallin peptide 4-14, and amyloid ? peptide 25-35) were studied in both electron capture dissociation (ECD) and electron transfer dissociation (ETD) mode. In ECD, in addition to c and z ion formations, charge remote fragmentations (CRF) of z ions were abundant, resulting in internal fragment formation or partial/entire side chain losses from amino acids, sometimes several residues away from the backbone cleavage site, and to some extent multiple side chain losses. The internal fragments were observed in peptides with basic residues located in the middle of the sequences, which was different from most tryptic peptides with basic residues located at the C-terminus. These secondary cleavages were initiated by hydrogen abstraction at the ?-, ?-, or ?-position of the amino acid side chain. In comparison, ETD generates fewer CRF fragments than ECD. This secondary cleavage study will facilitate ECD/ETD spectra interpretation, and help de novo sequencing and database searching. PMID:20171118

  13. Charge transfer vibronic transitions in uranyl tetrachloride compounds

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    Liu, Guokui; Deifel, Nicholas P.; Cahill, Christopher L.; Zhurov, Vladimir V.; Pinkerton, A. Alan

    2012-01-01

    The electronic and vibronic interactions of uranyl (UO₂)2+ in three tetrachloride crystals have been investigated with spectroscopic experiments and theoretical modeling. Analysis and simulation of the absorption and photoluminescence spectra have resulted in a quantitative understanding of the charge transfer vibronic transitions of uranyl in the crystals. The spectra obtained at liquid helium temperature consist of extremely narrow zero-phonon lines (ZPL) and vibronic bands. The observed ZPLs are assigned to the first group of the excited states formed by electronic excitation from the 3σ ground state into the fδ,Φ orbitals of uranyl. The Huang–Rhys theory of vibronic coupling is modified successfully for simulating both the absorption and luminescence spectra. It is shown that only vibronic coupling to the axially symmetric stretching mode is Franck–Condon allowed, whereas other modes are involved through coupling with the symmetric stretching mode. The energies of electronic transitions, vibration frequencies of various local modes, and changes in the O=U=O bond length of uranyl in different electronic states and in different coordination geometries are evaluated in empirical simulations of the optical spectra. Multiple uranyl sites derived from the resolution of a superlattice at low temperature are resolved by crystallographic characterization and time- and energy-resolved spectroscopic studies. The present empirical simulation provides insights into fundamental understanding of uranyl electronic interactions and is useful for quantitative characterization of uranyl coordination.

  14. Charge transfer vibronic transitions in uranyl tetrachloride compounds;

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    Liu, G. K.; Deifel, N. P.; Cahill, C. L.

    2012-01-01

    The electronic and vibronic interactions of uranyl (UO{sub 2}){sup 2+} in three tetrachloride crystals have been investigated with spectroscopic experiments and theoretical modeling. Analysis and simulation of the absorption and photoluminescence spectra have resulted in a quantitative understanding of the charge transfer vibronic transitions of uranyl in the crystals. The spectra obtained at liquid helium temperature consist of extremely narrow zero-phonon lines (ZPL) and vibronic bands. The observed ZPLs are assigned to the first group of the excited states formed by electronic excitation from the 3{sigma} ground state into the f{sub {delta}{phi}}, orbitals of uranyl. The Huang-Rhys theory of vibronic coupling is modified successfully for simulating both the absorption and luminescence spectra. It is shown that only vibronic coupling to the axially symmetric stretching mode is Franck-Condon allowed, whereas other modes are involved through coupling with the symmetric stretching mode. The energies of electronic transitions, vibration frequencies of various local modes, and changes in the O=U=O bond length of uranyl in different electronic states and in different coordination geometries are evaluated in empirical simulations of the optical spectra. Multiple uranyl sites derived from the resolution of a superlattice at low temperature are resolved by crystallographic characterization and time- and energy-resolved spectroscopic studies. The present empirical simulation provides insights into fundamental understanding of uranyl electronic interactions and is useful for quantitative characterization of uranyl coordination.

  15. The role of collective motion in the ultrafast charge transfer in van der Waals heterostructures

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    Wang, Han; Bang, Junhyeok; Sun, Yiyang; Liang, Chen; Damien, West; Meunier, Vincent; Zhang, Prof. Shengbai

    2016-01-01

    The success of van der Waals (vdW) heterostructures, made of graphene, metal dichalcogenides, and other layered materials, hinges on the understanding of charge transfer across the interface as the foundation for new device concepts and applications. In contrast to conventional heterostructures, where a strong interfacial coupling is essential to charge transfer, recent experimental findings indicate that vdW heterostructues can exhibit ultra-fast charge transfer despite the weak binding of the heterostructure. Using time-dependent density functional theory molecular dynamics, we identify a strong dynamic coupling between the vdW layers associated with charge transfer. This dynamic coupling results in rapid nonlinear coherent charge oscillations which constitute a purely electronic phenomenon and are shown to be a general feature of vdW heterostructures provided they have a critical minimum dipole coupling. Application to MoS2/WS2 heterostructure yields good agreement with experiment, indicating near complete charge transfer within a timescale of 100 fs.The success of van der Waals heterostructures made of graphene, metal dichalcogenides and other layered materials, hinges on the understanding of charge transfer across the interface as the foundation for new device concepts and applications. In contrast to conventional heterostructures, where a strong interfacial coupling is essential to charge transfer, recent experimental findings indicate that van der Waals heterostructues can exhibit ultrafast charge transfer despite the weak binding of these heterostructures. Here we find, using time-dependent density functional theory molecular dynamics, that the collective motion of excitons at the interface leads to plasma oscillations associated with optical excitation. By constructing a simple model of the van der Waals heterostructure, we show that there exists an unexpected criticality of the oscillations, yielding rapid charge transfer across the interface. Application to the MoS2/WS2 heterostructure yields good agreement with experiments, indicating near complete charge transfer within a timescale of 100 fs.

  16. Bonding and charge transfer in nitrogen-donor uranyl complexes: insights from NEXAFS spectra.

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    Pemmaraju, C D; Copping, Roy; Wang, Shuao; Janousch, Markus; Teat, Simon J; Tyliszcak, Tolek; Canning, Andrew; Shuh, David K; Prendergast, David

    2014-11-01

    We investigate the electronic structure of three newly synthesized nitrogen-donor uranyl complexes [(UO2)(H2bbp)Cl2], [(UO)2(Hbbp)(Py)Cl], and [(UO2)(bbp)(Py)2] using a combination of near-edge X-ray absorption fine structure (NEXAFS) spectroscopy experiments and simulations. The complexes studied feature derivatives of the tunable tridentate N-donor ligand 2,6-bis(2-benzimidazyl)pyridine (bbp) and exhibit discrete chemical differences in uranyl coordination. The sensitivity of the N K-edge X-ray absorption spectrum to local bonding and charge transfer is exploited to systematically investigate the evolution of structural as well as electronic properties across the three complexes. A thorough interpretation of the measured experimental spectra is achieved via ab initio NEXAFS simulations based on the eXcited electron and Core-Hole (XCH) approach and enables the assignment of spectral features to electronic transitions on specific absorbing sites. We find that ligand-uranyl bonding leads to a signature blue shift in the N K-edge absorption onset, resulting from charge displacement toward the uranyl, while changes in the equatorial coordination shell of the uranyl lead to more subtle modulations in the spectral features. Theoretical simulations show that the flexible local chemistry at the nonbinding imidazole-N sites of the bbp ligand is also reflected in the NEXAFS spectra and highlights potential synthesis strategies to improve selectivity. In particular, we find that interactions of the bbp ligand with solvent molecules can lead to changes in ligand-uranyl binding geometry while also modulating the K-edge absorption. Our results suggest that NEXAFS spectroscopy combined with first-principles interpretation can offer insights into the coordination chemistry of analogous functionalized conjugated ligands. PMID:25330350

  17. Wire transfer of charge packets using a CCD-BBD structure for charge-domain signal processing

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    Fossum, Eric R.

    1991-01-01

    A structure for the virtual transfer of charge packets across metal wires is described theoretically and is experimentally verified. The structure is a hybrid of charge-coupled device (CCD) and bucket-brigade device (BBD) elements and permits the topological crossing of charge-domain signals in low power signal processing circuits. A test vehicle consisting of 8-, 32-, and 96-stage delay lines of various geometries implemented in a double-poly, double-metal foundry process is used to characterize the wire-transfer operation. Transfer efficiency ranging between 0.998 and 0.999 is obtained for surface n-channel devices with clock cycle times in the range from 40 ns to 0.3 ms. Transfer efficiency as high as 0.9999 is obtained for buried n-channel devices. Good agreement is found between experiment and simulation.

  18. Influence of surface chemistry and charge on mineral-RNA interactions.

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    Swadling, Jacob B; Suter, James L; Greenwell, H Christopher; Coveney, Peter V

    2013-02-01

    We present the results of large-scale molecular simulations, run over several tens of nanoseconds, of 25-mer sequences of single-stranded ribonucleic acid (RNA) in bulk water and at the surface of three hydrated positively charged MgAl layered double hydroxide (LDH) minerals. The three LDHs differ in surface charge density, through varying the number of isomorphic Al substitutions. Over the course of the simulations, RNA adsorbs tightly to the LDH surface through electrostatic interactions between the charged RNA phosphate groups and the alumina charge sites present in the LDH sheet. The RNA strands arrange parallel to the surface with the base groups aligning normal to the surface and exposed to the bulk aqueous region. This templating effect makes LDH a candidate for amplifying the population of a known RNA sequence from a small number of RNAs. The structure and interactions of RNA at a positively charged, hydroxylated LDH surface were compared with those of RNA at a positively charged calcium montmorillonite surface, allowing us to establish the comparative effect of complexation and water structure at hydroxide and silicate surfaces. The systems were studied by computing radial distribution functions, atom density plots, and radii of gyration, as well as visualization. An observation pertinent to the role of these minerals in prebiotic chemistry is that, for a given charge density on the mineral surface, different genetic sequences of RNA adopt different configurations. PMID:23302032

  19. Electron transfer dissociation of multiply protonated and fixed charge disulfide linked polypeptides

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    Gunawardena, Harsha P.; Gorenstein, Lev; Erickson, David E.; Xia, Yu; McLuckey, Scott A.

    2007-09-01

    Multiply protonated disulfide linked peptides and fixed charged analogs have been subjected to electron transfer ion/ion reactions to examine the role of excess protons in inducing cleavage of the disulfide bond in electron transfer dissociation. Systems in which all of the excess charge was due to fixed charge sites (i.e., quaternary ammonium groups) showed somewhat more disulfide bond cleavage than the fully protonated species. This observation argues against a major role for a mechanism that requires hydrogen transfer to the disulfide bond as a prerequisite for its cleavage. Interestingly, species with mixed cation sites (one or more excess protons and one or more fixed charge side chains) showed lower propensities for disulfide bond cleavage than either the corresponding fully protonated or fully derivatized species. This observation is not likely to be accounted for by direct electron transfer to a Coulomb stabilized disulfide bond because the identities of the charge bearing sites are not expected to play a significant role in the degree of stabilization. The results appear to be best rationalized on the basis of the [`]through bond electron transfer' mechanism of Simons et al., in conjunction with rate limiting intramolecular electron transfer(s) between charge bearing sites. Intramolecular electron transfer between charge sites can play a role in mediating electron movement from the site of initial electron capture to the site from which an electron is transferred to the disulfide anti-bonding orbital.

  20. ARCHITECTURE OF A CHARGE-TRANSFER STATE REGULATING LIGHT HARVESTING IN A PLANT ANTENNA PROTEIN

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    Fleming, Graham; Ahn, Tae Kyu; Avenson, Thomas J.; Ballottari, Matteo; Cheng, Yuan-Chung; Niyogi, Krishna K.; Bassi, Roberto; Fleming, Graham R.

    2008-04-02

    Energy-dependent quenching of excess absorbed light energy (qE) is a vital mechanism for regulating photosynthetic light harvesting in higher plants. All of the physiological characteristics of qE have been positively correlated with charge-transfer between coupled chlorophyll and zeaxanthin molecules in the light-harvesting antenna of photosystem II (PSII). In this work, we present evidence for charge-transfer quenching in all three of the individual minor antenna complexes of PSII (CP29, CP26, and CP24), and we conclude that charge-transfer quenching in CP29 involves a de-localized state of an excitonically coupled chlorophyll dimer. We propose that reversible conformational changes in CP29 can `tune? the electronic coupling between the chlorophylls in this dimer, thereby modulating the energy of the chlorophylls-zeaxanthin charge-transfer state and switching on and off the charge-transfer quenching during qE.

  1. The role of collective motion in the ultrafast charge transfer in van der Waals heterostructures.

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    Wang, Han; Bang, Junhyeok; Sun, Yiyang; Liang, Liangbo; West, Damien; Meunier, Vincent; Zhang, Shengbai

    2016-01-01

    The success of van der Waals heterostructures made of graphene, metal dichalcogenides and other layered materials, hinges on the understanding of charge transfer across the interface as the foundation for new device concepts and applications. In contrast to conventional heterostructures, where a strong interfacial coupling is essential to charge transfer, recent experimental findings indicate that van der Waals heterostructues can exhibit ultrafast charge transfer despite the weak binding of these heterostructures. Here we find, using time-dependent density functional theory molecular dynamics, that the collective motion of excitons at the interface leads to plasma oscillations associated with optical excitation. By constructing a simple model of the van der Waals heterostructure, we show that there exists an unexpected criticality of the oscillations, yielding rapid charge transfer across the interface. Application to the MoS2/WS2 heterostructure yields good agreement with experiments, indicating near complete charge transfer within a timescale of 100 fs. PMID:27160484

  2. The role of collective motion in the ultrafast charge transfer in van der Waals heterostructures

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    Wang, Han; Bang, Junhyeok; Sun, Yiyang; Liang, Liangbo; West, Damien; Meunier, Vincent; Zhang, Shengbai

    2016-01-01

    The success of van der Waals heterostructures made of graphene, metal dichalcogenides and other layered materials, hinges on the understanding of charge transfer across the interface as the foundation for new device concepts and applications. In contrast to conventional heterostructures, where a strong interfacial coupling is essential to charge transfer, recent experimental findings indicate that van der Waals heterostructues can exhibit ultrafast charge transfer despite the weak binding of these heterostructures. Here we find, using time-dependent density functional theory molecular dynamics, that the collective motion of excitons at the interface leads to plasma oscillations associated with optical excitation. By constructing a simple model of the van der Waals heterostructure, we show that there exists an unexpected criticality of the oscillations, yielding rapid charge transfer across the interface. Application to the MoS2/WS2 heterostructure yields good agreement with experiments, indicating near complete charge transfer within a timescale of 100 fs. PMID:27160484

  3. Understanding Charge Transfer Reactions at the Interface of Plasmas in Contact with Liquids

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    Go, David

    2015-09-01

    Plasmas in and in contact with liquids offer a very rich physical and chemical environment where a multitude of species (electrons, ions, neutrals) and physical phenomena (light, electric fields) intersect. With emerging applications in medicine, environmental remediation, and materials synthesis, it has become paramount to understand the many processes occurring at the interface in order to design and optimize new technologies. Perhaps the most important plasma species is the electron, and it thus reasonable to assume it can play a critical role when plasmas are brought in contact with liquids as well. Over the past several years, our group has focused on deciphering the nature of electron transfer from a plasma to liquid and the subsequent chemistry the electrons induce. Our experimental configuration is the plasma equivalent of an electrochemical or electrolytic cell, where the cathode and anode are submerged in an electrolyte solution and current is carried by reduction reactions at the cathode and oxidation reactions at the anode. When the cathode is replaced by a plasma, the circuit is explicitly completed by the injection of plasma electrons into the solution where they stably solvate before inducing reduction reactions. Recently, we have demonstrated the first direct detection of these stably solvated electrons using a novel total internal reflection absorption spectroscopy experiment, resulting in the first measurement of the optical absorption spectrum for plasma-solvated electrons. Further, we have shown that the lifetime of these electrons can be significantly reduced if suitable solution- and plasma-phase scavengers are used to react quickly with these electrons. These results highlight the complexity of the plasma-liquid interface and how charge-transfer processes often compete with other chemistry that occurs at the plasma-liquid interface, such as the dissolution of plasma species into the liquid. This work was supported by the U.S. Army Research Office under Award Number W911NF-14-1-0241.

  4. Charge-transfer excitons at organic semiconductor surfaces and interfaces.

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    Zhu, X-Y; Yang, Q; Muntwiler, M

    2009-11-17

    When a material of low dielectric constant is excited electronically from the absorption of a photon, the Coulomb attraction between the excited electron and the hole gives rise to an atomic H-like quasi-particle called an exciton. The bound electron-hole pair also forms across a material interface, such as the donor/acceptor interface in an organic heterojunction solar cell; the result is a charge-transfer (CT) exciton. On the basis of typical dielectric constants of organic semiconductors and the sizes of conjugated molecules, one can estimate that the binding energy of a CT exciton across a donor/acceptor interface is 1 order of magnitude greater than k(B)T at room temperature (k(B) is the Boltzmann constant and T is the temperature). How can the electron-hole pair escape this Coulomb trap in a successful photovoltaic device? To answer this question, we use a crystalline pentacene thin film as a model system and the ubiquitous image band on the surface as the electron acceptor. We observe, in time-resolved two-photon photoemission, a series of CT excitons with binding energies < or = 0.5 eV below the image band minimum. These CT excitons are essential solutions to the atomic H-like Schrodinger equation with cylindrical symmetry. They are characterized by principal and angular momentum quantum numbers. The binding energy of the lowest lying CT exciton with 1s character is more than 1 order of magnitude higher than k(B)T at room temperature. The CT(1s) exciton is essentially the so-called exciplex and has a very low probability of dissociation. We conclude that hot CT exciton states must be involved in charge separation in organic heterojunction solar cells because (1) in comparison to CT(1s), hot CT excitons are more weakly bound by the Coulomb potential and more easily dissociated, (2) density-of-states of these hot excitons increase with energy in the Coulomb potential, and (3) electronic coupling from a donor exciton to a hot CT exciton across the D/A interface can be higher than that to CT(1s) as expected from energy resonance arguments. We suggest a design principle in organic heterojunction solar cells: there must be strong electronic coupling between molecular excitons in the donor and hot CT excitons across the D/A interface. PMID:19378979

  5. The role of collective motion in the ultrafast charge transfer in van der Waals heterostructures

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    Wang, Han; Bang, Junhyeok; Sun, Yiyang; Liang, Chen; Damien, West; Meunier, Vincent; Zhang, Prof. Shengbai

    2016-01-01

    The success of van der Waals (vdW) heterostructures, made of graphene, metal dichalcogenides, and other layered materials, hinges on the understanding of charge transfer across the interface as the foundation for new device concepts and applications. In contrast to conventional heterostructures, where a strong interfacial coupling is essential to charge transfer, recent experimental findings indicate that vdW heterostructues can exhibit ultra-fast charge transfer despite the weak binding of the heterostructure. Using time-dependent density functional theory molecular dynamics, we identify a strong dynamic coupling between the vdW layers associated with charge transfer. This dynamic coupling results in rapid nonlinear coherent chargemore » oscillations which constitute a purely electronic phenomenon and are shown to be a general feature of vdW heterostructures provided they have a critical minimum dipole coupling. Application to MoS2/WS2 heterostructure yields good agreement with experiment, indicating near complete charge transfer within a timescale of 100 fs.The success of van der Waals heterostructures made of graphene, metal dichalcogenides and other layered materials, hinges on the understanding of charge transfer across the interface as the foundation for new device concepts and applications. In contrast to conventional heterostructures, where a strong interfacial coupling is essential to charge transfer, recent experimental findings indicate that van der Waals heterostructues can exhibit ultrafast charge transfer despite the weak binding of these heterostructures. Here we find, using time-dependent density functional theory molecular dynamics, that the collective motion of excitons at the interface leads to plasma oscillations associated with optical excitation. By constructing a simple model of the van der Waals heterostructure, we show that there exists an unexpected criticality of the oscillations, yielding rapid charge transfer across the interface. Application to the MoS2/WS2 heterostructure yields good agreement with experiments, indicating near complete charge transfer within a timescale of 100 fs.« less

  6. Probing the charge-transfer dynamics in DNA at the single-molecule level.

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    Kawai, Kiyohiko; Matsutani, Eri; Maruyama, Atsushi; Majima, Tetsuro

    2011-10-01

    Photoinduced charge-transfer fluorescence quenching of a fluorescent dye produces the nonemissive charge-separated state, and subsequent charge recombination makes the reaction reversible. While the information available from the photoinduced charge-transfer process provides the basis for monitoring the microenvironment around the fluorescent dyes and such monitoring is particularly important in live-cell imaging and DNA diagnosis, the information obtainable from the charge recombination process is usually overlooked. When looking at fluorescence emitted from each single fluorescent dye, photoinduced charge-transfer, charge-migration, and charge recombination cause a "blinking" of the fluorescence, in which the charge-recombination rate or the lifetime of the charge-separated state (τ) is supposed to be reflected in the duration of the off time during the single-molecule-level fluorescence measurement. Herein, based on our recently developed method for the direct observation of charge migration in DNA, we utilized DNA as a platform for spectroscopic investigations of charge-recombination dynamics for several fluorescent dyes: TAMRA, ATTO 655, and Alexa 532, which are used in single-molecule fluorescence measurements. Charge recombination dynamics were observed by transient absorption measurements, demonstrating that these fluorescent dyes can be used to monitor the charge-separation and charge-recombination events. Fluorescence correlation spectroscopy (FCS) of ATTO 655 modified DNA allowed the successful measurement of the charge-recombination dynamics in DNA at the single-molecule level. Utilizing the injected charge just like a pulse of sound, such as a "ping" in active sonar systems, information about the DNA sequence surrounding the fluorescent dye was read out by measuring the time it takes for the charge to return. PMID:21875061

  7. Electronic State-Resolved Electron-Phonon Coupling in an Organic Charge Transfer Material from Broadband Quantum Beat Spectroscopy.

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    Rury, Aaron S; Sorenson, Shayne; Driscoll, Eric; Dawlaty, Jahan M

    2015-09-17

    The coupling of electron and lattice phonon motion plays a fundamental role in the properties of functional organic charge-transfer materials. In this Letter we extend the use of ultrafast vibrational quantum beat spectroscopy to directly elucidate electron-phonon coupling in an organic charge-transfer material. As a case study, we compare the oscillatory components of the transient reflection (TR) of a broadband probe pulse from single crystals of quinhydrone, a 1:1 cocrystal of hydroquinone and p-benzoquinone, after exciting nonresonant impulsive stimulated Raman scattering and resonant electronic transitions using ultrafast pulses. Spontaneous resonance Raman spectra confirm the assignment of these oscillations as coherent lattice phonon excitations. Fourier transforms of the vibrational quantum beats in our broadband TR measurements allow construction of spectra that we show report the ability of these phonons to directly modulate the electronic structure of quinhydrone. These results demonstrate how coherent ultrafast processes can characterize the complex interplay of charge transfer and lattice motion in materials of fundamental relevance to chemistry, materials sciences, and condensed matter physics. PMID:26722724

  8. Investigation of charge transfer kinetics of Li-Intercalation in LiFePO4

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    Heubner, C.; Schneider, M.; Michaelis, A.

    2015-08-01

    Recent studies point out contradictions between classical Butler-Volmer kinetics and the charge transfer kinetics of lithium intercalation in host materials. In this work the charge transfer kinetics of lithium intercalation in LiFePO4 are investigated using current controlled electrochemical impedance spectroscopy with varying amplitudes. The results point out a significant impact of ohmic and diffusion contributions to the total overpotential which is normally extracted from constant current charging - discharging experiments to determine Tafel-plots, exchange currents and charge transfer coefficients. By the accurate separation of the activation overpotential from the total overpotential the authors are able to show that the charge transfer kinetics of lithium intercalation in LiFePO4 perfectly obey the Butler-Volmer equation.

  9. Photoinduced charge transfer across an organic/contact interface: polaronic state spectroscopy

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    Carver, Austin L.; Fernando, Kasun; Shah, Hemant M.; Kolli, Sowmya; Abeyweera, Buddika; Alphenaar, Bruce W.; Menon, Madhu; Lisenkov, Sergey

    2013-09-01

    Photo-induced charge transfer from an Indium Tin Oxide (ITO) contact into [6,6]-phenyl-C61-butyric acid methyl ester (PC60BM) and [6,6]-phenyl-C71-butyric acid methyl ester (PC70BM) is measured. Charge transfer peaks are observed for a series of excitation energies below the PCBM absorption edge. If charge transfer is blocked using a tunnel barrier or an applied electric field, the peaks disappear. The observed transitions are similar to those predicted by theoretical calculations of the absorption spectra for negatively charged C60 and C70 chains. This observation suggests that charge transfer occurs preferentially at the polaronic transition energies in the PCBM, providing a means for polaronic state spectroscopy.

  10. The role of polarization and charge transfer in the solvation of biomolecules

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    Vaart, A. van der; Merz, K.M. Jr.

    1999-10-06

    The authors demonstrate that charge transfer from the protein to the first solvation layer is a significant contributor to the total solvation interaction energy between water and major cold shock protein A (CspA). Interestingly, polarization and electrostatic interactions are predicted to be less important in protein-water interactions than charge transfer. Charge transfer is most prominent for charge residues, but also occurs between water molecules and the hydrophilic side chains and the carbonyl and amide groups of the main chain. The route of charge transfer is via hydrogen bonds between protein and solvent. These results are consistent with recent NMR and X-ray observations, which show that hydrogen bonding interactions have a significant covalent character as opposed to the traditional purely electrostatic view.

  11. Effect of Interlayer Coupling on Ultrafast Charge Transfer from Semiconducting Molecules to Mono- and Bilayer Graphene

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    Wang, Ti; Liu, Qingfeng; Caraiani, Claudiu; Zhang, Yupeng; Wu, Judy; Chan, Wai-Lun

    2015-07-01

    Graphene is used as flexible electrodes in various optoelectronic devices. In these applications, ultrafast charge transfer from semiconducting light absorbers to graphene can impact the overall device performance. Here, we propose a mechanism in which the charge-transfer rate can be controlled by varying the number of graphene layers and their stacking. Using an organic semiconducting molecule as a light absorber, the charge-transfer rate to graphene is measured by using time-resolved photoemission spectroscopy. Compared to graphite, the charge transfer to monolayer graphene is about 2 times slower. Surprisingly, the charge transfer to A -B -stacked bilayer graphene is slower than that to both monolayer graphene and graphite. This anomalous behavior disappears when the two graphene layers are randomly stacked. The observation is explained by a charge-transfer model that accounts for the band-structure difference in mono- and bilayer graphene, which predicts that the charge-transfer rate depends nonintuitively on both the layer number and stacking of graphene.

  12. Failure of the charge-transfer hypothesis for superconductivity in YBa2Cu3Ox and in La2 - beta Sr beta CuO4

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    Blackstead, Howard A.; Dow, John D.

    1997-05-01

    By extracting the layer-charges in YBa2Cu3Ox as functions of dopant oxygen content x from neutron diffraction data (using the bond-valence-sum method), we show that the charge-transfer hypothesis of high-temperature cuprate-plane superconductivity fails to describe the data. A similar failure occurs for La2-βSrβCuO4 as a function of Sr dopant concentration, and was implicitly predicted (before the charge-transfer hypothesis was enunciated) by self-consistent local-density-approximation calculations of R. V. Kasowski, M.-H. Tsai, J. D. Dow, and M. T. Czyzyk [Physica C 162, 1349 (1989)]. Both failures can be traced to difficulties the hypothesis has with (i) the rules of chemistry which require electronegative dopants such as oxygen to attract electrons, not holes, and (ii) the law of conservation of (neutral) charge in each unit cell.

  13. Reversible Phase Transfer of Nanoparticles Based on Photoswitchable Host–Guest Chemistry

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    2015-01-01

    An azobenzene-containing surfactant was synthesized for the phase transfer of α-cyclodextrin (α-CD)-capped gold nanoparticles between water and toluene phases by host–guest chemistry. With the use of the photoisomerization of azobenzene, the reversible phase transfer of gold nanoparticles was realized by irradiation with UV and visible light. Furthermore, the phase transfer scheme was applied for the quenching of a reaction catalyzed by gold nanoparticles, as well as the recovery and recycling of the gold nanoparticles from aqueous solutions. This work will have significant impact on materials transfer and recovery in catalysis and biotechnological applications. PMID:24524295

  14. Intramolecular charge transfer with fluorazene and N-phenylpyrrole.

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    Druzhinin, Sergey I; Kovalenko, Sergey A; Senyushkina, Tamara A; Demeter, Attila; Zachariasse, Klaas A

    2010-02-01

    The reaction from the initially prepared locally excited (LE) precursor to the intramolecular charge transfer (ICT) state of the planarized fluorazene (FPP) is investigated and compared with its flexible counterpart N-phenylpyrrole (PP). The fluorescence spectra of FPP and PP at 25 degrees C in solvents of different polarity reveal that the onset of a LE --> ICT reaction occurs at lower polarity (tetrahydrofuran, epsilon = 7.39) for FPP than for PP (1,2-dichloroethane, epsilon = 10.4). In accordance with this observation, the ICT reaction enthalpy -DeltaH is larger for FPP than for PP, 16.7 versus 6.7 kJ/mol in ethyl cyanide (EtCN). The larger ICT efficiency of FPP is related to the smaller energy gap between the two lowest excited singlet states DeltaE(S(1),S(2)): 3680 cm(-1) for FPP and 4070 cm(-1) for PP in n-hexane, as would be expected in the context of the PICT model. From picosecond fluorescence decays in EtCN at -45 degrees C it is found that the LE --> ICT reaction rate constant k(a) of FPP is with 9.8 x 10(10) s(-1) considerably larger than that of PP with 3.9 x 10(10) s(-1). From femtosecond transient absorption spectra in acetonitrile (MeCN) at 22 degrees C, an ICT reaction time of 1.6 ps is obtained for FPP, shorter than the 4.0 ps determined for PP. The results show that a perpendicular twist of the pyrrole and phenyl subgroups is not required for an efficient ICT reaction with PP, the planarization of FPP even making this reaction faster. The similarity of the ESA spectra of FPP with those of PP in MeCN, with ICT absorption maxima at 365 nm (FPP) and 370 nm (PP), leads to the conclusion that both ICT states have a planar structure. PMID:20043687

  15. Molecular orbital (SCF-X-α-SW) theory of Fe2+-Mn3+, Fe3+-Mn2+, and Fe3+-Mn3+ charge transfer and magnetic exchange in oxides and silicates

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    Sherman, David M.

    1990-01-01

    Metal-metal charge-transfer and magnetic exchange interactions have important effects on the optical spectra, crystal chemistry, and physics of minerals. Previous molecular orbital calculations have provided insight on the nature of Fe2+-Fe3+ and Fe2+-Ti4+ charge-transfer transitions in oxides and silicates. In this work, spin-unrestricted molecular orbital calculations on (FeMnO10) clusters are used to study the nature of magnetic exchange and electron delocalization (charge transfer) associated with Fe3+-Mn2+, Fe3+-Mn3+, and Fe2+-Mn3+ interactions in oxides and silicates. 

  16. Planarized Intramolecular Charge Transfer: A Concept for Fluorophores with both Large Stokes Shifts and High Fluorescence Quantum Yields.

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    Haberhauer, Gebhard; Gleiter, Rolf; Burkhart, Christoph

    2016-01-01

    Fluorophores were successfully used in several areas of chemistry and biochemistry. For many purposes, however, it is necessary that the fluorescence compound features a high fluorescence quantum yield as well as a large Stokes shift. The latter is, for example, achieved by the use of a twisted intramolecular charge-transfer (TICT) compound, which shows a twisted geometry in the excited state. However, the higher the twisting is, the lower becomes in general the fluorescence quantum yield as the resulting emission from the twisted state is forbidden. In order to escape this dilemma, we propose the model of planarized intramolecular charge-transfer (PLICT) states. These compounds are completely twisted in the ground states and planar in the excited states. By means of quantum chemical calculations (time-dependent (TD)-B3LYP and CC2) and experimental studies, we could demonstrate that 1-aminoindole and its derivatives form photoinduced PLICT states. They show both very large Stokes shifts (ν˜ =9000-13 500 cm(-1) , i.e., λ=100-150 nm) and high fluorescence quantum yields. These characteristics and their easy availability starting from the corresponding indoles, make them very attractive for the use as optical switches in various fields of chemistry as well as biological probes. PMID:26670768

  17. Reptation Quantum Monte Carlo Calculation of Charge Transfer in The Na-Cl Dimer

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    Yao, Yi; Kanai, Yosuke

    2015-03-01

    Reptation Quantum Monte Carlo (QMC) calculations are performed to describe the charge transfer behavior in a NaCl dimer. Influence of fixed node approximation on the charge transfer was examined by obtaining electron density via reputation QMC. We employ Slater-Jastrow wavefunction as the trial wavefunction, and the fermion nodes are obtained from single particle orbitals of Hartree-Fock and Density Functional Theory (DFT) with several exchange-correlation approximations. We will discuss our QMC results together with DFT calculations to give insights into observed dependence of the charge transfer behavior on the fixed-node approximation.

  18. An electron energy-loss study of picene and chrysene based charge transfer salts

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    Müller, Eric; Mahns, Benjamin; Büchner, Bernd; Knupfer, Martin

    2015-05-14

    The electronic excitation spectra of charge transfer compounds built from the hydrocarbons picene and chrysene, and the strong electron acceptors F{sub 4}TCNQ (2,3,5,6-tetrafluoro-7,7,8,8-tetracyanoquinodimethane) and TCNQ (7,7,8,8-tetracyanoquinodimethan) have been investigated using electron energy-loss spectroscopy. The corresponding charge transfer compounds have been prepared by co-evaporation of the pristine constituents. We demonstrate that all investigated combinations support charge transfer, which results in new electronic excitation features at low energy. This might represent a way to synthesize low band gap organic semiconductors.

  19. Decoupling Charge Transfer and Transport at Polymeric Hole Transport Layer in Perovskite Solar Cells.

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    Sin, Dong Hun; Ko, Hyomin; Jo, Sae Byeok; Kim, Min; Bae, Geun Yeol; Cho, Kilwon

    2016-03-16

    Tailoring charge extraction interfaces in perovskite solar cells (PeSCs) critically determines the photovoltaic performance of PeSCs. Here, we investigated the decoupling of two major determinants of the efficient charge extraction, the charge transport and interfacial charge transfer properties at hole transport layers (HTLs). A simple physical tuning of a representative polymeric HTL, poly(3,4-ethylenedioxythiophene):poly(styrenesulfonate), provided a wide range of charge conductivities from 10(-4) to 10(3) S cm(-1) without significant modulations in their energy levels, thereby enabling the decoupling of charge transport and transfer properties at HTLs. The transient photovoltaic response measurement revealed that the facilitation of hole transport through the highly conductive HTL promoted the elongation of charge carrier lifetimes within the PeSCs up to 3 times, leading to enhanced photocurrent extraction and finally 25% higher power conversion efficiency. PMID:26887635

  20. The coordination and atom transfer chemistry of titanium porphyrin complexes

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    Hays, J.A.

    1993-11-05

    Preparation, characterization, and reactivity of ({eta}{sup 2}- alkyne)(meso-tetratolylpoprphrinato)titanium(II) complexes are described, along with inetermetal oxygen atom transfer reactions involving Ti(IV) and Ti(III) porphyrin complexes. The {eta}{sup 2}- alkyne complexes are prepared by reaction of (TTP)TiCl{sub 2} with LiAlH{sub 4} in presence of alkyne. Structure of (OEP)Ti({eta}{sup 2}-Ph-C{triple_bond}C-Ph) (OEP=octaethylporphryin) was determined by XRD. The compounds undergo simple substitution to displace the alkyne and produce doubly substituted complexes. Structure of (TTP)Ti(4-picoline){sub 2} was also determined by XRD. Reaction of (TTP)Ti{double_bond}O with (OEP)Ti-Cl yields intermetal O/Cl exchange, which is a one-electron redox process mediated by O atom transfer. Also a zero-electron redox process mediated by atom transfer is observed when (TTP)TiCl{sub 2} is reacted with (OEP)Ti{double_bond}O.

  1. Site energies and charge transfer rates near pentacene grain boundaries from first-principles calculations

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    Kobayashi, Hajime; Tokita, Yuichi

    2015-03-01

    Charge transfer rates near pentacene grain boundaries are derived by calculating the site energies and transfer integrals of 37 pentacene molecules using first-principles calculations. The site energies decrease considerably near the grain boundaries, and electron traps of up to 300 meV and hole barriers of up to 400 meV are generated. The charge transfer rates across the grain boundaries are found to be reduced by three to five orders of magnitude with a grain boundary gap of 4 because of the reduction in the transfer integrals. The electron traps and hole barriers also reduce the electron and hole transfer rates by factors of up to 10 and 50, respectively. It is essential to take the site energies into consideration to determine charge transport near the grain boundaries. We show that the complex site energy distributions near the grain boundaries can be represented by an equivalent site energy difference, which is a constant for any charge transfer pass. When equivalent site energy differences are obtained for various grain boundary structures by first-principles calculations, the effects of the grain boundaries on the charge transfer rates are introduced exactly into charge transport simulations, such as the kinetic Monte Carlo method.

  2. Electronic and Nuclear Factors in Charge and Excitation Transfer

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    Piotr Piotrowiak

    2004-09-28

    We report the and/or state of several subprojects of our DOE sponsored research on Electronic and Nuclear Factors in Electron and Excitation Transfer: (1) Construction of an ultrafast Ti:sapphire amplifier. (2) Mediation of electronic interactions in host-guest molecules. (3) Theoretical models of electrolytes in weakly polar media. (4) Symmetry effects in intramolecular excitation transfer.

  3. Unveiling the Role of Hot Charge-Transfer States in Molecular Aggregates via Nonadiabatic Dynamics.

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    Fazzi, Daniele; Barbatti, Mario; Thiel, Walter

    2016-04-01

    Exciton dynamics governs energy transfer and charge generation in organic functional materials. We investigate high-energy nonadiabatic excited-state dynamics for a bithiophene dimer to describe time-dependent excitonic effects in molecular aggregates. We show that the lowest excited states are populated on the subpicosecond time scale. These states are localized and unproductive in terms of charge separation. Productive high-energy charge-transfer (CT) states are populated within 50 fs during exciton deactivation, but they are short-lived (∼100 fs) and quickly transfer their population to lower states. Our simulations offer molecular-level insights into ultrafast photoinduced charge separation potentially triggered by hot CT states in solid-state organic materials. Design rules are suggested to increase hot exciton lifetimes, favoring the population of CT states as gateways for direct charge generation. These rules may boost the CT quantum yield by depleting unproductive recombination channels. PMID:26967020

  4. Integer versus Fractional Charge Transfer at Metal(/Insulator)/Organic Interfaces: Cu(/NaCl)/TCNE

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    2015-01-01

    Semilocal and hybrid density functional theory was used to study the charge transfer and the energy-level alignment at a representative interface between an extended metal substrate and an organic adsorbate layer. Upon suppressing electronic coupling between the adsorbate and the substrate by inserting thin, insulating layers of NaCl, the hybrid functional localizes charge. The laterally inhomogeneous charge distribution resulting from this spontaneous breaking of translational symmetry is reflected in observables such as the molecular geometry, the valence and core density of states, and the evolution of the work function with molecular coverage, which we discuss for different growth modes. We found that the amount of charge transfer is determined, to a significant extent, by the ratio of the lateral spacing of the molecules and their distance to the metal. Therefore, charge transfer does not only depend on the electronic structure of the individual components but, just as importantly, on the interface geometry. PMID:25905769

  5. The mechanisms of delayed fluorescence in charge-transfer crystal of tetracyanobenzene-hexamethylbenzene

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    Kozankiewicz, B.; Prochorow, J.

    1989-08-01

    Fluorescence, phosphorescence and delayed fluorescence emission characteristics of tetracyanobenzene-hexamethylbenzene (TCNB-HMB) charge-transfer crystal have been studied in the 1.7-340 K temperature range. Delayed fluorescence, originating from heterogeneous triplet-triplet annihilation indicates the presence of mobile charge-transfer triplet excitons at a temperature as low as 1.7 K. However, the behaviour of triplet excitons in TCNB-HMB crystal is strongly controlled by a very efficient trapping process in the whole temperature range investigated. It was found that thermally activated delayed fluorescence, which is a dominating emission of the crystal at elevated temperatures (>60 K), has a different origin (a different initial state) at different temperatures. These observations were analysed and interpreted in terms of a photokinetic model, which is considered to be typical for charge-transfer crystals with high charge-transfer character of triplet excitons.

  6. Influence of doping on semiconductor nanocrystals mediated charge transfer and photocatalytic organic reaction.

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    Sarkar, Suresh; Guria, Amit K; Pradhan, Narayan

    2013-07-11

    Doped and undoped ZnS semiconductor nanocrystals having different recombination pathways are explored to study the charge transfer reaction between the nanocrystals and the 4-nitrophenol/sodium borohydride redox couple. PMID:23595574

  7. Fostering Analogical Transfer: The Multiple Components Approach to Algebra Word Problem Solving in a Chemistry Context

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    Ngu, Bing Hiong; Yeung, Alexander Seeshing

    2012-01-01

    Holyoak and Koh (1987) and Holyoak (1984) propose four critical tasks for analogical transfer to occur in problem solving. A study was conducted to test this hypothesis by comparing a multiple components (MC) approach against worked examples (WE) in helping students to solve algebra word problems in chemistry classes. The MC approach incorporated…

  8. Charge Transfer Interaction and Hydrogen Bonding between Vitamine K1 and Dihydrovitamine K1

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    Nagahira, Yukio; Matsuki, Kazunori; Fukutome, Hideo

    1981-01-01

    We studied visible and infrared spectra, in particular their temperature dependence, of Vitamine K1 oil dissolving dihydrovitamine K1. Vitamine K1 and dihydrovitamine K1 were found to form charge transfer complexes and hydrogen bonds in the mixture. A co-crystal of Dihydrovitamine K1 and Vitamine K1 with charge transfer interaction and hydrogen bonding was shown to grow in a narrow temperature range near -20°C.

  9. Modeling Charge Transfer in Fullerene Collisions via Real-Time Electron Dynamics

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    Jakowski, Jacek; Irle, Stephan; Morokuma, Keiji; Sumpter, Bobby G

    2012-01-01

    An approach for performing real-time dynamics of electron transfer in a prototype redox reaction that occurs in reactive collisions between neutral and ionic fullerenes is discussed. The quantum dynamical simulations show that the electron transfer occurs within 60 fs directly preceding the collision of the fullerenes, followed by structural changes and relaxation of electron charge. The consequences of real-time electron dynamics are fully elucidated for the far from equilibrium processes of collisions between neutral and multiply charged fullerenes.

  10. Quantum Plasmonics: Optical Monitoring of DNA-Mediated Charge Transfer in Plasmon Rulers.

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    Lerch, Sarah; Reinhard, Björn M

    2016-03-01

    Plasmon coupling between DNA-tethered gold nanoparticles is investigated by correlated single-particle spectroscopy and transmission electron microscopy for interparticle separations between 0.5 and 41 nm. Spectral characterization reveals a weakening of the plasmon coupling due to DNA-mediated charge transfer for separations up to 2.8 nm. Electromagnetic simulations indicate a coherent charge transfer across the DNA. PMID:26789736

  11. Estimitation of Charge-Transfer Resistivity of Pt Cathode on YSZ Electrolyte Using Patterned Electrodes

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    Radhakrishnan, Rajesh; Virkar, Anil V.; Singhal, Subhash C.

    2005-04-01

    YSZ Electrolyte discs with patterned LSM electrodes having different three phase boundary (TPB) lengths but the same electrode-electrolyte interface area, were prepared using photomicrolithography. Impedance spectra for half-cells were obtained under oxygen partial pressures, ranging from 10-3 to 1 atm and temperatures from 650 to 800oC. Area specific charge transfer resistance was found to vary inversely. While the charge transfer resistance is inversely proportional to consistent with the charge transfer reaction occurring mainly at the TPB, at 800oC some transport through LSM also appears to occur. The estimated value of charge transfer resistivity corresponding to the charge transfer reaction occurring at TPB, in air at 800oC is in good agreement with that estimated from actual fuel cell tests using quantitative stereological analysis of LSM-YSZ composite electrodes and were found to decrease with increasing and with increasing temperature. The activation energy for the overall charge transfer reaction was estimated to be ~1.5 eV.

  12. 46 CFR 35.35-35 - Duties of person in charge of transfer-TB/ALL.

    Code of Federal Regulations, 2010 CFR

    2010-10-01

    ... Section 35.35-35 Shipping COAST GUARD, DEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITY TANK VESSELS OPERATIONS Cargo Handling § 35.35-35 Duties of person in charge of transfer—TB/ALL. The person in charge of the transfer of... CFR 156.120 and 156.150....

  13. Time delay and integration detectors using charge transfer devices

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    Mccann, D. H.; White, M. H.; Turly, A. P.

    1981-01-01

    An imaging system comprises a multi-channel matrix array of CCD devices wherein a number of sensor cells (pixels) in each channel are subdivided and operated in discrete intercoupled groups of subarrays with a readout CCD shift register terminating each end of the channels. Clock voltages, applied to the subarrays, selectively cause charge signal flow in each subarray in either direction independent of the other subarrays. By selective application of four phase clock voltages, either one, two or all three of the sections subarray sections cause charge signal flow in one direction, while the remainder cause charge signal flow in the opposite direction. This creates a form of selective electronic exposure control which provides an effective variable time delay and integration of three, six or nine sensor cells or integration stages. The device is constructed on a semiconductor sustrate with a buried channel and is adapted for front surface imaging through transparent doped tin oxide gates.

  14. Charge transfer emission in coumarin 343 sensitized TiO{sub 2} nanoparticle: A direct measurement of back electron transfer

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    Ghosh, H.N.

    1999-11-25

    Electron injection and back electron transfer dynamics in coumarin 343 (C-343) adsorbed on TiO{sub 2} nanoparticles are studied by picosecond transient absorption and time-resolved fluorescence spectroscopy. The direct detection of electrons in the nanoparticles and the parent cation are monitored using picosecond transient absorption spectroscopy, and the corresponding dynamics of the adsorbate are monitored by time-resolved absorption spectra of the cation radical of C-343 in the visible region. When the electron returns from the nanoparticles to the present cation, a low quantum yield red-shifted charge transfer emission is observed. Measuring the charge transfer emission lifetimes by a picosecond time-resolved fluorimeter, the author gets an exact rate of back electron transfer reaction from the nanoparticle to the parent cation.

  15. Incorporation of charge transfer into the explicit polarization fragment method by grand canonical density functional theory

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    Isegawa, Miho; Gao, Jiali; Truhlar, Donald G.

    2011-01-01

    Molecular fragmentation algorithms provide a powerful approach to extending electronic structure methods to very large systems. Here we present a method for including charge transfer between molecular fragments in the explicit polarization (X-Pol) fragment method for calculating potential energy surfaces. In the conventional X-Pol method, the total charge of each fragment is preserved, and charge transfer between fragments is not allowed. The description of charge transfer is made possible by treating each fragment as an open system with respect to the number of electrons. To achieve this, we applied Mermin's finite temperature method to the X-Pol wave function. In the application of this method to X-Pol, the fragments are open systems that partially equilibrate their number of electrons through a quasithermodynamics electron reservoir. The number of electrons in a given fragment can take a fractional value, and the electrons of each fragment obey the Fermi–Dirac distribution. The equilibrium state for the electrons is determined by electronegativity equalization with conservation of the total number of electrons. The amount of charge transfer is controlled by re-interpreting the temperature parameter in the Fermi–Dirac distribution function as a coupling strength parameter. We determined this coupling parameter so as to reproduce the charge transfer energy obtained by block localized energy decomposition analysis. We apply the new method to ten systems, and we show that it can yield reasonable approximations to potential energy profiles, to charge transfer stabilization energies, and to the direction and amount of charge transferred. PMID:21895159

  16. Effect of Intramolecular High-Frequency Vibrational Mode Excitation on Ultrafast Photoinduced Charge Transfer and Charge Recombination Kinetics.

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    Nazarov, Alexey E; Barykov, Vadim Yu; Ivanov, Anatoly I

    2016-03-31

    A model of photoinduced ultrafast charge separation and ensuing charge recombination into the ground state has been developed. The model includes explicit description of the formation and evolution of nonequilibrium state of both the intramolecular vibrations and the surrounding medium. An effect of the high-frequency intramolecular vibrational mode excitation by a pumping pulse on ultrafast charge separation and charge recombination kinetics has been investigated. Simulations, in accord with experiment, have shown that the effect may be both positive (the vibrational mode excitation increases the charge-transfer rate constant) and negative (opposite trend). The effect on charge separation kinetics is predicted to be bigger than that on the charge recombination rate but nevertheless the last is large enough to be observable. The amplitude of both effects falls with decreasing vibrational relaxation time constant, but the effects are expected to be observable up to the time constants as short as 200 fs. Physical interpretation of the effects has been presented. Comparisons with the experimental data have shown that the simulations, in whole, provide results close to that obtained in the experiment. The reasons of the deviations have been discussed. PMID:26953595

  17. 33 CFR 127.301 - Persons in charge of shoreside transfer operations: Qualifications and certification.

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    2011-07-01

    ... LNG may not use the services of any person, as a person in charge of shoreside transfer operations, unless that person— (1) Has at least 48 hours of LNG transfer experience; (2) Knows the hazards of LNG... at the waterfront facility handling LNG....

  18. 33 CFR 127.301 - Persons in charge of shoreside transfer operations: Qualifications and certification.

    Code of Federal Regulations, 2010 CFR

    2010-07-01

    ... LNG may not use the services of any person, as a person in charge of shoreside transfer operations, unless that person— (1) Has at least 48 hours of LNG transfer experience; (2) Knows the hazards of LNG... at the waterfront facility handling LNG....

  19. Gating of single molecule junction conductance by charge transfer complex formation.

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    Vezzoli, Andrea; Grace, Iain; Brooke, Carly; Wang, Kun; Lambert, Colin J; Xu, Bingqian; Nichols, Richard J; Higgins, Simon J

    2015-12-01

    The solid-state structures of organic charge transfer (CT) salts are critical in determining their mode of charge transport, and hence their unusual electrical properties, which range from semiconducting through metallic to superconducting. In contrast, using both theory and experiment, we show here that the conductance of metal |single molecule| metal junctions involving aromatic donor moieties (dialkylterthiophene, dialkylbenzene) increase by over an order of magnitude upon formation of charge transfer (CT) complexes with tetracyanoethylene (TCNE). This enhancement occurs because CT complex formation creates a new resonance in the transmission function, close to the metal contact Fermi energy, that is a signal of room-temperature quantum interference. PMID:26510687

  20. An abnormally slow proton transfer reaction in a simple HBO derivative due to ultrafast intramolecular-charge transfer events.

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    Alarcos, Noemí; Gutierrez, Mario; Liras, Marta; Sánchez, Félix; Douhal, Abderrazzak

    2015-07-01

    We report on the steady-state, picosecond and femtosecond time-resolved studies of a charge and proton transfer dye 6-amino-2-(2'-hydroxyphenyl)benzoxazole (6A-HBO) and its methylated derivative 6-amino-2-(2'-methoxyphenyl)benzoxazole (6A-MBO), in different solvents. With femtosecond resolution and comparison with the photobehaviour of 6A-MBO, we demonstrate for 6A-HBO in solution, the photoproduction of an intramolecular charge-transfer (ICT) process at S1 taking place in ∼140 fs or shorter, followed by solvent relaxation in the charge transferred species. The generated structure (syn-enol charge transfer conformer) experiences an excited-state intramolecular proton-transfer (ESIPT) reaction to produce a keto-type tautomer. This subsequent proton motion occurs in 1.2 ps (n-heptane), 14 ps (DCM) and 35 ps (MeOH). In MeOH, it is assisted by the solvent molecules and occurs through tunneling for which we got a large kinetic isotope effect (KIE) of about 13. For the 6A-DBO (deuterated sample in CD3OD) the global proton-transfer reaction takes place in 200 ps, showing a remarkable slow KIE regime. The slow ESIPT reaction in DCM (14 ps), not through tunnelling as it is not sensitive to OH/OD exchange, has however to overcome an energy barrier using intramolecular as well as solvent coordinates. The rich ESIPT dynamics of 6A-HBO in the used solutions is governed by an ICT reaction, triggered by the amino group, and it is solvent dependent. Thus, the charge injection to a 6A-HBO molecular frame makes the ICT species more stable, and the phenol group less acidic, slowing down the subsequent ESIPT reaction. Our findings bring new insights into the coupling between ICT and ESIPT reactions on the potential-energy surfaces of several barriers. PMID:25870162

  1. Photoinduced partial charge transfer between conjugated polymer and fullerene in solutions

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    Lin, Hongzhen; Weng, Yufeng; Huang, Hongmin; He, Qingguo; Zheng, Min; Bai, Fenglian

    2004-04-01

    Photoinduced charge transfer between a conjugated polymer and C60 and the related processes were investigated in dilute solutions. The substantial fluorescence quenching is correlated with the efficient exciton diffusion within the polymer chains, according to which a sphere-of-action mechanism is proposed. An emissive exciplex was found formed between the conjugated polymer and fullerene in a nonpolar solvent, indicating the occurrence of a photoinduced partial charge transfer process. The low-energy sites in the polymer are believed to play a crucial role in the partial charge transfer. The asymmetry of the exciplex provides a method for evaluating the tendency of photoinduced charge separation between the donor and the acceptor. This method allows screening candidates for photovoltaic applications.

  2. The effects of charge transfer on the aqueous solvation of ions

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    Soniat, Marielle; Rick, Steven W.

    2012-07-28

    Ab initio-based charge partitioning of ionic systems results in ions with non-integer charges. This charge-transfer (CT) effect alters both short- and long-range interactions. Until recently, the effects of CT have been mostly neglected in molecular dynamics (MD) simulations. The method presented in this paper for including charge transfer between ions and water is consistent with ab initio charge partitioning and does not add significant time to the simulation. The ions of sodium, potassium, and chloride are parameterized to reproduce dimer properties and aqueous structures. The average charges of the ions from MD simulations (0.900, 0.919, and -0.775 for Na{sup +}, K{sup +}, and Cl{sup -}, respectively) are consistent with quantum calculations. The hydration free energies calculated for these ions are in agreement with experimental estimates, which shows that the interactions are described accurately. The ions also have diffusion constants in good agreement with experiment. Inclusion of CT results in interesting properties for the waters in the first solvation shell of the ions. For all ions studied, the first shell waters acquire a partial negative charge, due to the difference between water-water and water-ion charge-transfer amounts. CT also reduces asymmetry in the solvation shell of the chloride anion, which could have important consequences for the behavior of chloride near the air-water interface.

  3. Kinetic-energy transfer in highly-charged-ion collisions with carbon

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    Lake, R. E.; Arista, N. R.

    2015-11-01

    We present an accurate theoretical model for the charge dependence of kinetic energy transferred in collisions between slow highly charged ions (HCIs) and the atoms in a carbon solid. The model is in excellent agreement with experimental kinetic-energy-loss data for carbon nanomembrane and thin carbon foil targets. This study fills a notable gap in the literature of charged-particle energy loss in the regime of low incident velocity (vp≲2.188 ×106 m/s) where charge states greatly exceed the equilibrium values.

  4. Direct Observation of Charge Transfer at a MgO(111) Surface

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    Subramanian, A.; Marks, L. D.; Warschkow, O.; Ellis, D. E.

    2004-01-01

    Transmission electron diffraction (TED) combined with direct methods have been used to study the √(3)×√(3)R30° reconstruction on the polar (111) surface of MgO and refine the valence charge distribution. The surface is nonstoichiometric and is terminated by a single magnesium atom. A charge-compensating electron hole is localized in the next oxygen layer and there is a nominal charge transfer from the oxygen atoms to the top magnesium atom. The partial charges that we obtain for the surface atoms are in reasonable agreement with empirical bond-valence estimations.

  5. Ultrafast Charge- and Energy-Transfer Dynamics in Conjugated Polymer: Cadmium Selenide Nanocrystal Blends

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    2014-01-01

    Hybrid nanocrystal–polymer systems are promising candidates for photovoltaic applications, but the processes controlling charge generation are poorly understood. Here, we disentangle the energy- and charge-transfer processes occurring in a model system based on blends of cadmium selenide nanocrystals (CdSe-NC) with poly[2-methoxy-5-(3′,7′-dimethyloctyloxy)-1,4-phenylene vinylene] (MDMO-PPV) using a combination of time-resolved absorption and luminescence measurements. The use of different capping ligands (n-butylamine, oleic acid) as well as thermal annealing allows tuning of the polymer–nanocrystal interaction. We demonstrate that energy transfer from MDMO-PPV to CdSe-NCs is the dominant exciton quenching mechanism in nonannealed blends and occurs on ultrafast time scales (<1 ps). Upon thermal annealing electron transfer becomes competitive with energy transfer, with a transfer rate of 800 fs independent of the choice of the ligand. Interestingly, we find hole transfer to be much less efficient than electron transfer and to extend over several nanoseconds. Our results emphasize the importance of tuning the organic–nanocrystal interaction to achieve efficient charge separation and highlight the unfavorable hole-transfer dynamics in these blends. PMID:24490650

  6. Process techniques of charge transfer time reduction for high speed CMOS image sensors

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    Zhongxiang, Cao; Quanliang, Li; Ye, Han; Qi, Qin; Peng, Feng; Liyuan, Liu; Nanjian, Wu

    2014-11-01

    This paper proposes pixel process techniques to reduce the charge transfer time in high speed CMOS image sensors. These techniques increase the lateral conductivity of the photo-generated carriers in a pinned photodiode (PPD) and the voltage difference between the PPD and the floating diffusion (FD) node by controlling and optimizing the N doping concentration in the PPD and the threshold voltage of the reset transistor, respectively. The techniques shorten the charge transfer time from the PPD diode to the FD node effectively. The proposed process techniques do not need extra masks and do not cause harm to the fill factor. A sub array of 32 × 64 pixels was designed and implemented in the 0.18 μm CIS process with five implantation conditions splitting the N region in the PPD. The simulation and measured results demonstrate that the charge transfer time can be decreased by using the proposed techniques. Comparing the charge transfer time of the pixel with the different implantation conditions of the N region, the charge transfer time of 0.32 μs is achieved and 31% of image lag was reduced by using the proposed process techniques.

  7. Ultrafast holography and transient absorption spectroscopy in charge-transfer polymers

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    McBranch, D.W.; Maniloff, E.S.; Vacar, D.; Heeger, A.J.

    1997-10-01

    Charge-transfer polymers are a new class of nonlinear optical materials which can be used for generating femtosecond holographic gratings. Using semiconducting polymers sensitized with varying concentrations of C{sub 60}, holographic gratings were recorded by individual ultrafast laser pulses; the diffraction efficiency and time decay of the gratings were measured using non-degenerate four-wave mixing. Using a figure of merit for dynamic data processing, the temporal diffraction efficiency, this new class of materials exhibits between two and 12 orders of magnitude higher response than previous reports. The charge transfer range at polymer/C{sub 60} interfaces was further studied using transient absorption spectroscopy. The fact that charge-transfer occurs in the picosecond-time scale in bilayer structures (thickness 200 {angstrom}) implies that diffusion of localized excitations to the interface is not the dominant mechanism; the charge transfer range is a significant fraction of the film thickness. From analysis of the excited state decay curves, we estimate the charge transfer range to be 80 {angstrom} and interpret that range as resulting from quantum delocalization of the photoexcitations.

  8. Electrostatic sensors applied to the measurement of electric charge transfer in gas solids pipelines

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    Woodhead, S. R.; Denham, J. C.; Armour-Chelu, D. I.

    2005-01-01

    This paper describes the development of a number of electric charge sensors. The sensors have been developed specifically to investigate triboelectric charge transfer which takes place between particles and the pipeline wall, when powdered materials are conveyed through a pipeline using air. A number of industrial applications exist for such gas solids pipelines, including pneumatic conveyors, vacuum cleaners and dust extraction systems. The build-up of electric charge on pipelines and powdered materials can lead to electrostatic discharge and so is of interest from a safety viewpoint. The charging of powders can also adversely affect their mechanical handling characteristics and so is of interest to handling equipment engineers. The paper presents the design of the sensors, the design of the electric charge test rig and electric charge measurement test results.

  9. Impact of plasma induced liquid chemistry and charge on bacteria loaded aerosol droplets

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    Rutherford, David; McDowell, David; Mariotti, Davide; Mahony, Charles; Diver, Declan; Potts, Hugh; Bennet, Euan; Maguire, Paul

    2014-10-01

    The introduction of living organisms, such as bacteria, into atmospheric pressure microplasmas offers a unique opportunity to study the local chemical and electrical effects on cell structure and viability. Individual bacteria, each encapsulated in an aerosol droplet, were successfully transmitted through a non-thermal equilibrium RF coaxial plasma, using a custom-design concentric double gas shroud interface and via adjustment of transit times and plasma parameters, we can control cell viability. Plasma electrical characteristics (ne ~ 1013 cm-3), droplet velocity profiles and aspects of plasma-induced droplet chemistry were determined in order to establish the nature of the bacteria in droplet environment. Plasma-exposed viable E coli cells were subsequently cultured and the growth rate curves (lag and exponential phase gradient) used to explore the effect of radical chemistry and electron bombardment on cell stress. The extent and nature of membrane disruption in viable and non-viable cells were investigated through genomic and protein/membrane lipid content estimation. We will also compare our results with simulations of the effect of bacterial presence on plasma induced droplet charging and evaporation. Funding from EPSRC acknowledged (Grants EP/K006088/1 and EP/K006142/1).

  10. Orbital reconstruction through interlayer cation charge imbalance: insights from wave-function-based quantum chemistry calculations

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    Hozoi, Liviu

    A promising route to engineering the electronic properties of quantum materials and devices rests on the idea of orbital reconstruction in multilayered oxide heterostructures. In this context, we identify and discuss in detail one simple, appealing mechanism for tailoring the sequence of d-electron energy levels: interplanar cation charge imbalance (ICCI) along successive metal-oxygen layers. Through interplay with distortions of the ligand cages, it provides a knob for tunning the order of electronic levels in even intrinsically stacked oxides. We analyze in this regard electron spin resonance data for the 214 Sr-iridate oxide compound. While canonical ligand-field theory predicts z-axis g factors smaller than 2 for positive tetragonal distortions as present in Sr214, the experiment indicates values larger than 2. This implies that the iridium d levels are inverted with respect to their normal ordering. State-of-the-art quantum chemistry calculations confirm the level switching in Sr214, whereas we find them to be instead normally ordered in the sister compound Ba214. Given the nonpolar character of the metal-oxygen layers, our findings highlight the tetravalent transition-metal 214 oxides as ideal platforms to explore d-orbital engineering in the context of oxide electronics. The crucial role of internal anisotropic fields related to the environment beyond nearest-neighbor ligands is further highlighted by ab initio quantum chemistry calculations on 3D pyrochlore osmates and iridates.

  11. Modulating the rate of charge transport in a metal-organic framework thin film using host:guest chemistry.

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    Hod, Idan; Farha, Omar K; Hupp, Joseph T

    2016-01-28

    Herein we demonstrate the use of host-guest chemistry to modulate rates of charge transport in metal-organic framework (MOF) films. The kinetics of site-to-site of charge hopping and, in turn, the overall redox conductivity, of a ferrocene-modified MOF can be altered by up to 30-fold by coupling electron exchange to the oxidation-state-dependent formation of inclusion complexes between cyclodextrin and channel-tethered metallocenes. PMID:26666952

  12. Effects of charged lipids on the interaction of cholesteryl ester transfer protein with lipid microemulsions.

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    Rajaram, O V; Sawyer, W H

    1997-01-01

    This study reports the effects of charged lipids on the transfer of cholesterlyl-1 pyrene decanoate (Py-CE) between apolipoprotein-free microemulsion particles mediated by cholesteryl ester transfer protein (CETP). The surface charge characteristics of microemulsion particles composed of cholesteryl oleate and egg yolk phosphatidylcholine were altered by incorporating phosphatidyl-serine, oleate or stearylamine into the phosphatidylcholine that forms the surface monolayer of the particle. The transfer of Py-CE was measured continuously by following the decrease in excimer fluorescence that accompanies the transfer of the probe from donor to acceptor particles [Rajaram, Chan and Sawyer (1994) Biochem. J. 304, 423-430]. The inclusion of 20 mol% phosphatidylserine relative to the phospholipid in the surface monolayer of the emulsion caused a 64% decrease in the first-order rate constant describing the transfer. An increase in ionic strength caused a partial reversal of this effects, indicating that electrostatic factors are only partially responsible for the interaction with lipid. Complete inhibition of transfer was observed when 10 mol% sodium oleate was incorporated into the surface monolayer. The incorporation of stearylamine into the emulsion caused a 32% increase in the transfer rate. The binding of CETP to the different emulsion surfaces was also examined using a surface plasmon resonance biosensor. The presence of negatively charged lipid (phosphatidylserine or oleic acid) decreased the rate of association of CETP with the emulsion without a significant change in the dissociation rate constant. The presence of the positively charged lipid stearylamine increased the rate of association of CETP with the lipid surface. It is concluded that a negative surface charge on the monolayer decreases the rate of transfer by decreasing the affinity of CETP for these particles. PMID:9078257

  13. Chemical Control of Charge Trapping and Charge Transfer Processes at the Organic-Inorganic Interface within Quantum Dot-Organic Complexes

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    Weiss, Emily A.

    2015-11-06

    Within the research program funded through the Early Career Research Award we designed complexes of colloidal semiconductor quantum dots (QDs) and organic molecules in which the interfacial chemistry controls the electronic structure and dynamics of the excitonic state of the QD. The program included two main projects; (1) investigation of the mechanisms by which organic surfactants control the quantum confinement of excitonic charge carriers; and (2) development of models for electron transfer between QDs and adsorbed molecules as a function of interfacial chemistry. This project was extremely successful in that our achievements in those two areas addressed the great majority of questions we outlined in the original proposal and answered questions I did not think to ask in that original proposal. Our work led to the discovery of “exciton delocalizing ligands”, which change the electronic structure of colloidal semiconductor nanocrystals by altering, with small synthetic modifications to their surfaces, their most defining characteristic – the quantum confinement of their excited states. It also led to detailed, quantitative descriptions of how the surface chemistry of a QD dictates, thermodynamically and kinetically, the probability of exchange of electrons between the QD and a small molecule. We used two of the three major techniques in the proposal (transient photoluminescence and transient absorption). Electrogenerated chemiluminescence was also proposed, but was too technically difficult with these systems to be useful. Instead, NMR spectroscopy emerged as a major analytical tool in our studies. With the fundamental advancements we made with this project, we believe that we can design QDs to be the next great class of visible-light photocatalysts.

  14. DNA in a Dissipative Environment: A Charge Transfer Approach

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    Behnia, Sohrab; Fathizadeh, Samira; Akhshani, Afshin

    2015-08-01

    Conductivity properties of DNA molecule is investigated in a simple, chemically specific approach, that is intimately related to the Su-Schrieffer-Heeger (SSH) model. In the SSH model, the non-diagonal matrix element dependent on intersite displacements is considered and there is a coupling between the charge and lattice deformation along DNA helix. In order to study the evolution of the electrical current flowing through DNA in the presence of external electrical field, the electrical current is directly extracted from the dynamical equations. Ranges of electrical field and hopping constant value are estimated using MLE approach. The model is studied by means of I-V characteristic diagrams and the environmental effects is conducted through a phonon bath using different lengths of DNA. The NDR and quasi-Ohmic regions are observed.

  15. Charge transfer and electronic doping in nitrogen-doped graphene

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    Joucken, Frédéric; Tison, Yann; Le Fèvre, Patrick; Tejeda, Antonio; Taleb-Ibrahimi, Amina; Conrad, Edward; Repain, Vincent; Chacon, Cyril; Bellec, Amandine; Girard, Yann; Rousset, Sylvie; Ghijsen, Jacques; Sporken, Robert; Amara, Hakim; Ducastelle, François; Lagoute, Jérôme

    2015-01-01

    Understanding the modification of the graphene’s electronic structure upon doping is crucial for enlarging its potential applications. We present a study of nitrogen-doped graphene samples on SiC(000) combining angle-resolved photoelectron spectroscopy, scanning tunneling microscopy and spectroscopy and X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS). The comparison between tunneling and angle-resolved photoelectron spectra reveals the spatial inhomogeneity of the Dirac energy shift and that a phonon correction has to be applied to the tunneling measurements. XPS data demonstrate the dependence of the N 1s binding energy of graphitic nitrogen on the nitrogen concentration. The measure of the Dirac energy for different nitrogen concentrations reveals that the ratio usually computed between the excess charge brought by the dopants and the dopants’ concentration depends on the latter. This is supported by a tight-binding model considering different values for the potentials on the nitrogen site and on its first neighbors. PMID:26411651

  16. Evaluation of Bulk Charging in Geostationary Transfer Orbit and Earth Escape Trajectories Using the Numit 1-D Charging Model

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    Minow, Joseph I.; Coffey, Victoria N.; Parker, Linda N.; Blackwell, William C., Jr.; Jun, Insoo; Garrett, Henry B.

    2007-01-01

    The NUMIT 1-dimensional bulk charging model is used as a screening to ol for evaluating time-dependent bulk internal or deep dielectric) ch arging of dielectrics exposed to penetrating electron environments. T he code is modified to accept time dependent electron flux time serie s along satellite orbits for the electron environment inputs instead of using the static electron flux environment input originally used b y the code and widely adopted in bulk charging models. Application of the screening technique ts demonstrated for three cases of spacecraf t exposure within the Earth's radiation belts including a geostationa ry transfer orbit and an Earth-Moon transit trajectory for a range of orbit inclinations. Electric fields and charge densities are compute d for dielectric materials with varying electrical properties exposed to relativistic electron environments along the orbits. Our objectiv e is to demonstrate a preliminary application of the time-dependent e nvironments input to the NUMIT code for evaluating charging risks to exposed dielectrics used on spacecraft when exposed to the Earth's ra diation belts. The results demonstrate that the NUMIT electric field values in GTO orbits with multiple encounters with the Earth's radiat ion belts are consistent with previous studies of charging in GTO orb its and that potential threat conditions for electrostatic discharge exist on lunar transit trajectories depending on the electrical proper ties of the materials exposed to the radiation environment.

  17. Engineering the Charge Transfer in all 2D Graphene-Nanoplatelets Heterostructure Photodetectors.

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    Robin, A; Lhuillier, E; Xu, X Z; Ithurria, S; Aubin, H; Ouerghi, A; Dubertret, B

    2016-01-01

    Two dimensional layered (i.e. van der Waals) heterostructures open up great prospects, especially in photodetector applications. In this context, the control of the charge transfer between the constituting layers is of crucial importance. Compared to bulk or 0D system, 2D materials are characterized by a large exciton binding energy (0.1-1 eV) which considerably affects the magnitude of the charge transfer. Here we investigate a model system made from colloidal 2D CdSe nanoplatelets and epitaxial graphene in a phototransistor configuration. We demonstrate that using a heterostructured layered material, we can tune the magnitude and the direction (i.e. electron or hole) of the charge transfer. We further evidence that graphene functionalization by nanocrystals only leads to a limited change in the magnitude of the 1/f noise. These results draw some new directions to design van der Waals heterostructures with enhanced optoelectronic properties. PMID:27143413

  18. Fermi level pinning and the charge transfer contribution to the energy of adsorption at semiconducting surfaces

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    Krukowski, Stanisław; Kempisty, Paweł; Strak, Paweł; Sakowski, Konrad

    2014-01-28

    It is shown that charge transfer, the process analogous to formation of semiconductor p-n junction, contributes significantly to adsorption energy at semiconductor surfaces. For the processes without the charge transfer, such as molecular adsorption of closed shell systems, the adsorption energy is determined by the bonding only. In the case involving charge transfer, such as open shell systems like metal atoms or the dissociating molecules, the energy attains different value for the Fermi level differently pinned. The Density Functional Theory (DFT) simulation of species adsorption at different surfaces, such as SiC(0001) or GaN(0001) confirms these predictions: the molecular adsorption is independent on the coverage, while the dissociative process adsorption energy varies by several electronvolts.

  19. Charge-transfer interactions in a multichromophoric hexaarylbenzene containing pyrene and triarylamines.

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    Lambert, Christoph; Ehbets, Julia; Rausch, Dirk; Steeger, Markus

    2012-07-20

    Two different hexaarylbenzenes with three pyrene and three triarylamine substituents in different positions (trigonal symmetric and asymmetric arrangement) were synthesized, and their charge-transfer states were investigated by optical spectroscopy. In these multichromophoric systems triarylamine acts as the electron donor and pyrene as the electron acceptor. A reference chromophore with only one donor-acceptor pair was also investigated. All these chromophores form charge-transfer states upon photoexcitation which relax with a moderate fluorescence quantum yield to the ground state. The compounds do not differ significantly concerning most of their fluorescence properties, which shows that the fluorescent charge-transfer state is very similar in all chromophores. This observation indicates symmetry breaking for the symmetric chromophore within fluorescence lifetime of several tens of ns. This interpretation was substantiated by fluorescence excitation anisotropy measurements in a sucrose octaacetate matrix. PMID:22731634

  20. Attosecond timing the ultrafast charge-transfer process in atomic collisions

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    Hu, S. X.

    2011-04-15

    By solving the three-dimensional, time-dependent Schroedinger equation, we have demonstrated that the ultrafast charge-transfer process in ion-atom collisions can be mapped out with attosecond extreme uv (xuv) pulses. During the dynamic-charge transfer from the target atom to the projectile ion, the electron coherently populates the two sites of both nuclei, which can be viewed as a 'short-lived' molecular state. A probing attosecond xuv pulse can instantly unleash the delocalized electron from such a ''transient molecule,'' so that the resulting photoelectron may exhibit a ''double-slit'' interference. On the contrary, either reduced or no photoelectron interference will occur if the attosecond xuv pulse strikes well before or after the collision. Therefore, by monitoring the photoelectron interference visibility, one can precisely time the ultrafast charge-transfer process in atomic collisions with time-delayed attosecond xuv pulses.

  1. Topologically protected charge transfer along the edge of a chiral p -wave superconductor

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    Gnezdilov, N. V.; van Heck, B.; Diez, M.; Hutasoit, Jimmy A.; Beenakker, C. W. J.

    2015-09-01

    The Majorana fermions propagating along the edge of a topological superconductor with px+i py pairing deliver a shot noise power of 1/2 ×e2/h per eV of voltage bias. We calculate the full counting statistics of the transferred charge and find that it becomes trinomial in the low-temperature limit, distinct from the binomial statistics of charge-e transfer in a single-mode nanowire or charge-2 e transfer through a normal-superconductor interface. All even-order correlators of current fluctuations have a universal quantized value, insensitive to disorder and decoherence. These electrical signatures are experimentally accessible, because they persist for temperatures and voltages large compared to the Thouless energy.

  2. Charge transfer in strongly correlated systems: An exact diagonalization approach to model Hamiltonians

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    Schppach, Andreas; Gnandt, David; Koslowski, Thorsten

    2014-04-07

    We study charge transfer in bridged di- and triruthenium complexes from a theoretical and computational point of view. Ab initio computations are interpreted from the perspective of a simple empirical Hamiltonian, a chemically specific Mott-Hubbard model of the complexes' ? electron systems. This Hamiltonian is coupled to classical harmonic oscillators mimicking a polarizable dielectric environment. The model can be solved without further approximations in a valence bond picture using the method of exact diagonalization and permits the computation of charge transfer reaction rates in the framework of Marcus' theory. In comparison to the exact solution, the Hartree-Fock mean field theory overestimates both the activation barrier and the magnitude of charge-transfer excitations significantly. For triruthenium complexes, we are able to directly access the interruthenium antiferromagnetic coupling strengths.

  3. Horizontal versus vertical charge and energy transfer in hybrid assemblies of semiconductor nanoparticles

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    Gotesman, Gilad; Guliamov, Rahamim

    2012-01-01

    Summary We studied the photoluminescence and time-resolved photoluminescence from self-assembled bilayers of donor and acceptor nanoparticles (NPs) adsorbed on a quartz substrate through organic linkers. Charge and energy transfer processes within the assemblies were investigated as a function of the length of the dithiolated linker (DT) between the donors and acceptors. We found an unusual linker-length-dependency in the emission of the donors. This dependency may be explained by charge and energy transfer processes in the vertical direction (from the donors to the acceptors) that depend strongly on charge transfer processes occurring in the horizontal plane (within the monolayer of the acceptor), namely, parallel to the substrate. PMID:23019559

  4. Laboratory Studies of Thermal Energy Charge Transfer of Silicon and Iron Ions in Astrophysical Plasmas

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    Kwong, Victor H. S.

    1997-01-01

    The laser ablation/ion storage facility at the UNLV Physics Department is dedicated to the study of atomic processes in low temperature plasmas. Our current program is directed to the study of charge transfer of multiply charged ions and neutrals that are of importance to astrophysics at energies less than 1 eV (about 10(exp 4) K). Specifically, we measure the charge transfer rate coefficient of ions such as N(2+), Si(3+), Si(3+), with helium and Fe(2+) with molecular and atomic hydrogen. All these ions are found in a variety of astrophysical plasmas. Their electron transfer reactions with neutral atoms can affect the ionization equilibrium of the plasma.

  5. Engineering the Charge Transfer in all 2D Graphene-Nanoplatelets Heterostructure Photodetectors

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    Robin, A.; Lhuillier, E.; Xu, X. Z.; Ithurria, S.; Aubin, H.; Ouerghi, A.; Dubertret, B.

    2016-01-01

    Two dimensional layered (i.e. van der Waals) heterostructures open up great prospects, especially in photodetector applications. In this context, the control of the charge transfer between the constituting layers is of crucial importance. Compared to bulk or 0D system, 2D materials are characterized by a large exciton binding energy (0.1–1 eV) which considerably affects the magnitude of the charge transfer. Here we investigate a model system made from colloidal 2D CdSe nanoplatelets and epitaxial graphene in a phototransistor configuration. We demonstrate that using a heterostructured layered material, we can tune the magnitude and the direction (i.e. electron or hole) of the charge transfer. We further evidence that graphene functionalization by nanocrystals only leads to a limited change in the magnitude of the 1/f noise. These results draw some new directions to design van der Waals heterostructures with enhanced optoelectronic properties. PMID:27143413

  6. Charge transfer and momentum exchange in exospheric D-H(+) and H-D(+) collisions

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    Hodges, R. R., Jr.; Breig, E. L.

    1993-01-01

    Mechanisms that control the escape of deuterium from planetary exospheres include the acceleration of D(+) in the polar wind, and the production of suprathermal D atoms through nonthermal collisions. In this paper we examine the effects of neutral-ion interactions involving deuterium and hydrogen on the velocity distribution of neutral D. A two-center scattering approximation is used as the basis for calculations of the differential cross sections for charge transfer and elastic scatter in collision of H with D(+) and of D with H(+) for ionosphere-exosphere collision energies below 10 e V. These data are used to derive temperature dependent rate coefficients for the charge transfer branches of these interactions, and to determine the effects of ion-neutral temperature differences on the rate of generation of suprathermal D through charge transfer and elastic scatter.

  7. Solvent effect on the thermodynamic and spectrophotometric properties of chargetransfer complexesII

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    Chattopadhyay, Sankar P.; Bhowmik, Benoy B.

    The thermodynamic and spectrophotometric properties of the hexamethylbenzeneiodine chargetransfer complex in different donor solvents such as benzene, toluene, xylene ( o-, m-, p-) and mesitylene are found to depend on the solvent. The results show that the oscillator strengths of the chargetransfer bands of the hexamethylbenzeneiodine complex in these donor solvents increase with the heats of formation but these values of oscillator strengths are found comparatively high in comparison with the results observed earlier in inert solvents. The chargetransfer interaction of donor solvents with iodine is responsible for changing both thermodynamic as well as spectrophotometric properties of the hexamethylbenzeneiodine complex. An attempt is made to calculate the thermodynamic and spectrophotometric properties of these complexes free from other interaction.

  8. Charge transfer and mobility enhancement at CdO/SnTe heterointerfaces

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    Nishitani, Junichi; Yu, Kin Man; Walukiewicz, Wladek

    2014-09-29

    We report a study of the effects of charge transfer on electrical properties of CdO/SnTe heterostructures. A series of structures with variable SnTe thicknesses were deposited by RF magnetron sputtering. Because of an extreme type III band offset with the valence band edge of SnTe located at 1.5 eV above the conduction band edge of CdO, a large charge transfer is expected at the interface of the CdO/SnTe heterostructure. The electrical properties of the heterostructures are analyzed using a multilayer charge transport model. The analysis indicates a large 4-fold enhancement of the CdO electron mobility at the interface with SnTe. The mobility enhancement is attributed to reduction of the charge center scattering through neutralization of the donor-like defects responsible for the Fermi level pinning at the CdO/SnTe interface.

  9. Gating of single molecule junction conductance by charge transfer complex formation

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    Vezzoli, Andrea; Grace, Iain; Brooke, Carly; Wang, Kun; Lambert, Colin J.; Xu, Bingqian; Nichols, Richard J.; Higgins, Simon J.

    2015-11-01

    The solid-state structures of organic charge transfer (CT) salts are critical in determining their mode of charge transport, and hence their unusual electrical properties, which range from semiconducting through metallic to superconducting. In contrast, using both theory and experiment, we show here that the conductance of metal |single molecule| metal junctions involving aromatic donor moieties (dialkylterthiophene, dialkylbenzene) increase by over an order of magnitude upon formation of charge transfer (CT) complexes with tetracyanoethylene (TCNE). This enhancement occurs because CT complex formation creates a new resonance in the transmission function, close to the metal contact Fermi energy, that is a signal of room-temperature quantum interference.The solid-state structures of organic charge transfer (CT) salts are critical in determining their mode of charge transport, and hence their unusual electrical properties, which range from semiconducting through metallic to superconducting. In contrast, using both theory and experiment, we show here that the conductance of metal |single molecule| metal junctions involving aromatic donor moieties (dialkylterthiophene, dialkylbenzene) increase by over an order of magnitude upon formation of charge transfer (CT) complexes with tetracyanoethylene (TCNE). This enhancement occurs because CT complex formation creates a new resonance in the transmission function, close to the metal contact Fermi energy, that is a signal of room-temperature quantum interference. Electronic supplementary information (ESI) available: Synthesis of 1c; experimental details of conductance measurements, formation of charge transfer complexes of 1c and 2 in solution; further details of theoretical methods. See DOI: 10.1039/c5nr04420k

  10. Computing intramolecular charge and energy transfer rates using optimal modes

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    Yang, Xunmo; Bittner, Eric R.

    2015-06-01

    In our recent work [X. Yang and E. R. Bittner, J. Phys. Chem. A 118, 5196 (2014)], we showed how to construct a reduced set of nuclear motions that capture the coupling between electronic and nuclear degrees of freedom over the course of an electronic transition. We construct these modes, referred to as "Lanczos modes," by applying a search algorithm to find linear combinations of vibrational normal modes that optimize the electronic/nuclear coupling operator. Here, we analyze the irreducible representations of the dominant contributions of these modes and find that for the cases considered here, these belong to totally symmetric irreducible representations of the donor and acceptor moieties. Upon investigating the molecular geometry changes following the transition, we propose that the electronic transition process can be broken into two steps, in the agreement of Born-Oppenheimer approximation: a fast excitation transfer occurs, facilitated by the "primary Lanczos mode," followed by slow nuclear relaxation on the final electronic diabatic surface.

  11. The origin of delayed fluorescence in charge-transfer crystals: pyromellitic dianhydride-phenanthrene crystal

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    Kozankiewicz, B.

    1987-03-01

    The temperature dependence of emission spectra and their decay parameters for pyromellitic dianhydride-phenanthrene chargetransfer crystals have been investigated between 1.7 and 300 K. It has been established that the delayed fluorescence originates from triplet-triplet annihilation at temperatures between 30 and 60 K. (activation energy 290 ± 20 cm -1) and from thermal activation of triplet excitons to the singlet excitonic band for temperatures higher than 60 K (activation energy 600 ± 30 cm -1). This mechanism may be considered as typical for charge-transfer crystals characterized by intermediate (50-80%) charge-transfer character of triplet excitons.

  12. New light shed on charge transfer in fundamental H+ + H2 collisions.

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    Urbain, X; de Ruette, N; Andrianarijaona, V M; Martin, M F; Menchero, L Fernández; Errea, L F; Méndez, L; Rabadán, I; Pons, B

    2013-11-15

    There is no consensus on the magnitude and shape of the charge transfer cross section in low-energy H+ + H2 collisions, in spite of the fundamental importance of these collisions. Experiments have thus been carried out in the energy range 15≤E≤5000  eV. The measurements invalidate previous recommended data for E≤200  eV and confirm the existence of a local maximum around 45 eV, which was predicted theoretically. Additionally, vibrationally resolved cross sections allow us to investigate the evolution of the underlying charge transfer mechanism as a function of E. PMID:24289684

  13. Investigation of Charge Transfer in Low Energy D2+ + H Collisions using Merged Beams

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    Andrianarijaona, Vola M; Rada, J. J.; Rejoub, Riad A; Havener, Charles C

    2009-01-01

    Synopsis The hydrogen - hydrogen (deuterium) molecular ion is the most fundamental ion-molecule two-electron system. Charge transfer proceeds through dynamically coupled electronic, vibrational and rotational degrees of freedom. Using the ion-atom merged-beams apparatus at Oak Ridge National Laboratory absolute charge transfer cross sections for D2+ + H are measured from keV/u collision energies where the collision is considered "ro-vibrationally frozen" to meV/u energies where collision times are long enough to sample vibrational and rotational modes. The measurements benchmark high energy theory and vibrationally specific adiabatic theory.

  14. High pressure study of charge transfer complexes and radical ion salts: A review

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    Singh, Yadunath

    2016-05-01

    High pressure is an important tool to study of material in respect of variation in interatomic distances, phase transitions and other physical properties. The pressure study of charge transfer complexes and radical ion salts provide us a better understanding about the effect of charge transfer forces, structural changes, formation of new ground states, suppression ofPeierls distortions occurs particularly at low temperatures and the intra-molecular overlapping etc. in these materials. The pressure plays a significant role in bringing superconducting transitions in the organic materials.

  15. Modeling Charge Transfer in Fullerene Collisions via Real-Time Electron Dynamics.

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    Jakowski, Jacek; Irle, Stephan; Sumpter, Bobby G; Morokuma, Keiji

    2012-06-01

    An approach for performing real-time dynamics of electron transfer in a prototype redox reaction that occurs in reactive collisions between neutral and ionic fullerenes is discussed. The quantum dynamical simulations show that the electron transfer occurs within 60 fs directly preceding the collision of the fullerenes, followed by structural changes and relaxation of electron charge. The consequences of real-time electron dynamics are fully elucidated for the far from equilibrium processes of collisions between neutral and multiply charged fullerenes. PMID:26285634

  16. Applicability of Mulliken's formula for photoinduced and intramolecular charge-transfer energies

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    Petsalakis, Ioannis D.; Theodorakopoulos, Giannoula; Buchman, Omri; Baer, Roi

    2015-04-01

    The applicability of Mulliken's theory for photoinduced as well as intramolecular charge-transfer states is examined for several systems of interest by comparing its predictions to TDDFT excitation energies, obtained using functionals appropriate for charge-transfer (CT) states. The results show that it is possible to estimate the energy of the CT state of a donor-acceptor pair on the basis of information on the separate donor and acceptor moieties, along with structural data, within 0.3 eV of TDDFT values. The novelty and usefulness of the proposed method lies mainly in PET applications where the TDDFT determination of the CT state is challenging.

  17. Modeling of charge transfer processes to understand photophysical signatures: The case of Rhodamine 110

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    Savarese, Marika; Raucci, Umberto; Netti, Paolo A.; Adamo, Carlo; Ciofini, Ilaria; Rega, Nadia

    2014-08-01

    Photophysical signatures, namely absorption and emission energies, lifetime and quantum yields, have been computed through TD-DFT approaches and compared with experimental counterparts for the Rhodamine 110 dye in aqueous solution. Thanks to a new protocol of analysis, based on the use of very promising electronic based indices, it has been possible to investigate the interplay between Rhodamine 110 dye's structure, degree of charge transfer upon excitation, and fluorescence signatures. This combined analysis is very promising to support the understanding of charge transfer based mechanisms affecting dyes photophysics.

  18. Enhanced charge transfer by phenyl groups at a rubrene/C{sub 60} interface

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    Mou Weiwei; Hattori, Shinnosuke; Nomura, Ken-ichi; Nakano, Aiichiro; Ohmura, Satoshi; Shimojo, Fuyuki

    2012-05-14

    Exciton dynamics at an interface between an electron donor, rubrene, and a C{sub 60} acceptor is studied by nonadiabatic quantum molecular dynamics simulation. Simulation results reveal an essential role of the phenyl groups in rubrene in increasing the charge-transfer rate by an order-of-magnitude. The atomistic mechanism of the enhanced charge transfer is found to be the amplification of aromatic breathing modes by the phenyl groups, which causes large fluctuations of electronic excitation energies. These findings provide insight into molecular structure design for efficient solar cells, while explaining recent experimental observations.

  19. Interstellar Chemistry Gets More Complex With New Charged-Molecule Discovery

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    2007-07-01

    Astronomers using data from the National Science Foundation's Robert C. Byrd Green Bank Telescope (GBT) have found the largest negatively-charged molecule yet seen in space. The discovery of the third negatively-charged molecule, called an anion, in less than a year and the size of the latest anion will force a drastic revision of theoretical models of interstellar chemistry, the astronomers say. Molecule formation Formation Process of Large, Negatively-Charged Molecule in Interstellar Space CREDIT: Bill Saxton, NRAO/AUI/NSF Click on image for page of graphics and detailed information "This discovery continues to add to the diversity and complexity that is already seen in the chemistry of interstellar space," said Anthony J. Remijan of the National Radio Astronomy Observatory (NRAO). "It also adds to the number of paths available for making the complex organic molecules and other large molecular species that may be precursors to life in the giant clouds from which stars and planets are formed," he added. Two teams of scientists found negatively-charged octatetraynyl, a chain of eight carbon atoms and one hydrogen atom, in the envelope of gas around an old, evolved star and in a cold, dark cloud of molecular gas. In both cases, the molecule had an extra electron, giving it a negative charge. About 130 neutral and about a dozen positively-charged molecules have been discovered in space, but the first negatively-charged molecule was not discovered until late last year. The largest previously-discovered negative ion found in space has six carbon atoms and one hydrogen atom. "Until recently, many theoretical models of how chemical reactions evolve in interstellar space have largely neglected the presence of anions. This can no longer be the case, and this means that there are many more ways to build large organic molecules in cosmic environments than have been explored," said Jan M. Hollis of NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center (GSFC). Ultraviolet light from stars can knock an electron off a molecule, creating a positively-charged ion. Astronomers had thought that molecules would not be able to retain an extra electron, and thus a negative charge, in interstellar space for a significant time. "That obviously is not the case," said Mike McCarthy of the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics. "Anions are surprisingly abundant in these regions." Remijan and his colleagues found the octatetraynyl anions in the envelope of the evolved giant star IRC +10 216, about 550 light-years from Earth in the constellation Leo. They found radio waves emitted at specific frequencies characteristic of the charged molecule by searching archival data from the GBT, the largest fully-steerable radio telescope in the world. Another team from the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics (CfA) found the same characteristic emission when they observed a cold cloud of molecular gas called TMC-1 in the constellation Taurus. These observations also were done with the GBT. In both cases, preceding laboratory experiments by the CfA team showed which radio frequencies actually are emitted by the molecule, and thus told the astronomers what to look for. "It is essential that likely interstellar molecule candidates are first studied in laboratory experiments so that the radio frequencies they can emit are known in advance of an astronomical observation," said Frank Lovas of the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST). Both teams announced their results in the July 20 edition of the Astrophysical Journal Letters. "With three negatively-charged molecules now found in a short period of time, and in very different environments, it appears that many more probably exist. We believe that we can discover more new species using very sensitive and advanced radio telescopes such as the GBT, once they have been characterized in the laboratory," said Sandra Bruenken of the CfA. "Further detailed studies of anions, including astronomical observations, laboratory studies, and theoretical calculations, will allow us to use them to reveal new information about the physical and chemical processes going on in interstellar space," said Martin Cordiner, of Queen's University in Belfast, Northern Ireland. "The GBT continues to take a leading role in discovering, identifying and mapping the distribution of the largest molecules ever found in astronomical environments and will continue to do so for the next several decades," said Phil Jewell of NRAO. In addition to Hollis, Lovas, Cordiner and Jewell, Remijan worked with Tom Millar of Queen's University in Belfast, Northern Ireland, and Andrew Markwick-Kemper of the University of Manchester in the UK. Bruenken worked with McCarthy, Harshal Gupta, Carl Gottlieb, and Patrick Thaddeus, all of the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics. The National Radio Astronomy Observatory is a facility of the National Science Foundation, operated under cooperative agreement by Associated Universities, Inc. Headquartered in Cambridge, Mass., the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics is a joint collaboration between the Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory and the Harvard College Observatory. CfA scientists, organized into six research divisions, study the origin, evolution and ultimate fate of the universe.

  20. Delocalization and dielectric screening of charge transfer states in organic photovoltaic cells

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    Bernardo, B.; Cheyns, D.; Verreet, B.; Schaller, R. D.; Rand, B. P.; Giebink, N. C.

    2014-02-01

    Charge transfer (CT) states at a donor-acceptor heterojunction have a key role in the charge photogeneration process of organic solar cells, however, the mechanism by which these states dissociate efficiently into free carriers remains unclear. Here we explore the nature of these states in small molecule-fullerene bulk heterojunction photovoltaics with varying fullerene fraction and find that the CT energy scales with dielectric constant at high fullerene loading but that there is a threshold C60 crystallite size of ~4 nm below which the spatial extent of these states is reduced. Electroabsorption measurements indicate an increase in CT polarizability when C60 crystallite size exceeds this threshold, and that this change is correlated with increased charge separation yield supported by CT photoluminescence transients. These results support a model of charge separation via delocalized CT states independent of excess heterojunction offset driving energy and indicate that local fullerene crystallinity is critical to the charge separation process.

  1. Crossover from superexchange to hopping as the mechanism for photoinduced charge transfer in DNA hairpin conjugates.

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    Lewis, Frederick D; Zhu, Huihe; Daublain, Pierre; Fiebig, Torsten; Raytchev, Milen; Wang, Qiang; Shafirovich, Vladimir

    2006-01-25

    The mechanism and dynamics of photoinduced charge separation and charge recombination have been investigated in synthetic DNA hairpins possessing donor and acceptor stilbenes separated by one to seven A:T base pairs. The application of femtosecond broadband pump-probe spectroscopy, nanosecond transient absorption spectroscopy, and picosecond fluorescence decay measurements permits detailed analysis of the formation and decay of the stilbene acceptor singlet state and of the charge-separated intermediates. When the donor and acceptor are separated by a single A:T base pair, charge separation occurs via a single-step superexchange mechanism. However, when the donor and acceptor are separated by two or more A:T base pairs, charge separation occurs via a multistep process consisting of hole injection, hole transport, and hole trapping. In such cases, hole arrival at the electron donor is slower than hole injection into the bridging A-tract. Rate constants for charge separation (hole arrival) and charge recombination are dependent upon the donor-acceptor distance; however, the rate constant for hole injection is independent of the donor-acceptor distance. The observation of crossover from a superexchange to a hopping mechanism provides a "missing link" in the analysis of DNA electron transfer and requires reevaluation of the existing literature for photoinduced electron transfer in DNA. PMID:16417368

  2. Structural dynamics of a noncovalent charge transfer complex from femtosecond stimulated Raman spectroscopy.

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    Fujisawa, Tomotsumi; Creelman, Mark; Mathies, Richard A

    2012-09-01

    Femtosecond stimulated Raman spectroscopy is used to examine the structural dynamics of photoinduced charge transfer within a noncovalent electron acceptor/donor complex of pyromellitic dianhydride (PMDA, electron acceptor) and hexamethylbenzene (HMB, electron donor) in ethylacetate and acetonitrile. The evolution of the vibrational spectrum reveals the ultrafast structural changes that occur during the charge separation (Franck-Condon excited state complex → contact ion pair) and the subsequent charge recombination (contact ion pair → ground state complex). The Franck-Condon excited state is shown to have significant charge-separated character because its vibrational spectrum is similar to that of the ion pair. The charge separation rate (2.5 ps in ethylacetate and ∼0.5 ps in acetonitrile) is comparable to solvation dynamics and is unaffected by the perdeuteration of HMB, supporting the dominant role of solvent rearrangement in charge separation. On the other hand, the charge recombination slows by a factor of ∼1.4 when using perdeuterated HMB, indicating that methyl hydrogen motions of HMB mediate the charge recombination process. Resonance Raman enhancement of the HMB vibrations in the complex reveals that the ring stretches of HMB, and especially the C-CH(3) deformations are the primary acceptor modes promoting charge recombination. PMID:22439588

  3. Note: Charge transfer in a hydrated peptide group is determined mainly by its intrinsic hydrogen-bond energetics

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    Mirkin, Noemi G.; Krimm, Samuel

    2014-01-28

    Charge transfer in a hydrogen-bonded N-methylacetamide(H{sub 2}O){sub 3} system is obtained from ωB97X-D/6-31++G** and CHelpG atomic charge calculations of individual peptide-water interactions as well as that of the entire complex. In the latter, the electron transfer to water is 0.19 e, influenced primarily by the hydrogen bonds to the C=O group. The values of such charge transfer are paralleled by the corresponding intrinsic hydrogen-bond energies. These results support the desirability of incorporating charge transfer in molecular mechanics energy functions.

  4. Intramolecular charge transfer photoemission of a silicon-based copolymer containing carbazole and divinylbenzene chromophores. Electron transfer across silicon bridges.

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    Bayda, Malgorzata; Ludwiczak, Monika; Hug, Gordon L; Majchrzak, Mariusz; Marciniec, Bogdan; Marciniak, Bronislaw

    2014-07-01

    A new copolymer consisting of N-isopropylcarbazole/dimethylsilylene bridge/divinylbenzene units was synthesized and characterized. Dual fluorescence was observed in this copolymer in polar solvents. The absence of the second band at the lower transition energy of the two emission maxima in nonpolar solvents and the quantitative correlation of the lower-energy emission band maxima with solvent polarity indicate that the lower-energy emission band arises from an intramolecular charge transfer (ICT) state. A series of model compounds was synthesized to investigate the source of the charge transfer. It was found that the Si-bridged dyad with a single N-isopropylcarbazole and a single divinylbenzene was the minimum structure necessary to observe dual luminescence. The lack of dual luminescence in low-temperature glasses indicates that the ICT requires a conformation change in the copolymer. Analogous behavior in the Si-bridged dyad suggests that the ICT in the copolymer is across the silicon bridge. Results from time-resolved luminescence measurements with picosecond and subnanosecond excitation were used to support the thesis that twisted charge-transfer states are the likely source of the observed dual luminescence. PMID:24901805

  5. Camptothecins guanine interactions: mechanism of charge transfer reaction upon photoactivation

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    Steenkeste, K.; Guiot, E.; Tfibel, F.; Pernot, P.; Mrola, F.; Georges, P.; Fontaine-Aupart, M. P.

    2002-01-01

    The potent activity exhibited by the antitumoral camptothecin (CPT) and its analog irinotecan (CPT-11) is known to be related to a close contact between the drug and the nucleic acid base guanine. This specificity of interaction between these two chromophores was examined by following changes in the photophysical properties of the drug using steady-state as well as time-resolved absorption and fluorescence methods. The observed effects on absorption, fluorescence emission and singlet excited state lifetimes give evidence for the occurrence of a stacking complex formation restricted to the quinoline part of CPT or CPT-11 and the guanine base but also with the adenine base. The triplet excited state properties of the drugs have been also characterized in absence and in presence of guanosine monophosphate and reveal the occurrence of an electron transfer from the guanine base to the drug. Support for this conclusion was obtained from the studies of a set of biological targets of various oxido-reduction potentials, adenosine monophosphate, cytidine, cytosine, tryptophan, tyrosine and phenylalanine. This finding gives an interpretation of the CPT-induced guanine photolesions previously reported in the literature. These data taken together are discussed in connection with the drug activity. The stacking complex CPT/guanine is necessary but not sufficient to explain the role of the chirality and of the lactone structure in the function of the drug. A stereospecific interaction with the enzyme topoisomerase I seems necessary to stabilize the stacking complex. The first experiments using time-resolved fluorescence by two-photon excitation confirms that CPT does not bind to the isolated enzyme.

  6. Projectile charge-state dependence of transfer ionization to single capture ratio in collisions of multiply charged ions with He

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    Montenegro, E.C.; Wong, K.L.; Wu, W.; Richard, P.; Ben-Itzhak, I.; Cocke, C.L.; Moshammer, R.; Giese, J.P.; Wang, Y.D.; Lin, C.D.

    1997-03-01

    The ratios of the cross sections for the processes of transfer ionization (TI) and single capture (SC) were measured for 2 MeV/u Cl{sup 7+,9+,13+,14+,15+} and Ti{sup 15+,18+} projectile ions on He targets. The ratio was determined using a cold He gas target and measuring the coincidences between the projectile and the charge states of the emerging recoil ions. The measured {sigma}{sub TI}/{sigma}{sub SC} ratio shows a strong dependence with the projectile charge state that is well described by calculations based on the independent electron model. A model to take into account the effect of the electron screening of partially dressed projectiles in the target ionization is also presented. {copyright} {ital 1997} {ital The American Physical Society}

  7. Probing Electronic, Structural, and Charge Transfer Properties of Organic Semiconductor/Inorganic Oxide Interfaces Using Field-Effect Transistors

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    Spalenka, Josef Wade

    Interfaces between organic semiconductors and inorganic oxides provide the functionality for devices including field-effect transistors (FETs) and organic photovoltaics. Organic FETs are sensitive to the physical structure and electronic properties of the few molecular layers of material at the interface between the semiconducting channel and the gate dielectric, and provide quantitative information such as the field-effect mobility of charge carriers and the concentration of trapped charge. In this thesis, FET interfaces between organic small-molecule semiconductors and SiO2, and donor/acceptor interfaces between organic small-molecules and the wide bandgap semiconductor ZnO are studied using electrical measurements of field-effect transistor devices. Monolayer-scale films of dihexyl sexithiophene are shown to have higher hole mobility than other monolayer organic semiconductors, and the origin of the high mobility is discussed. Studies of the crystal structure of the monolayer using X-ray structural probes and atomic force microscopy reveal the crystal structure is different in the monolayer regime compared to thicker films and bulk crystals. Progress and remaining challenges are discussed for in situ X-ray diffraction studies of the dynamic changes in the local crystal structure in organic monolayers due to charge carriers generated during the application of electric fields from the gate electrode in working FETs. Studies were conducted of light sensitive organic/inorganic interfaces that are modified with organic molecules grafted to the surface of ZnO nanoparticles and thin films. These interfaces are models for donor/acceptor interfaces in photovoltaics. The process of exciton dissociation at the donor/acceptor interface was sensitive to the insulating or semiconducting molecules grafted to the ZnO, and the photoinduced charge transfer process is measured by the threshold voltage shift of FETs during illumination. Charge transfer between light sensitive donor molecules based on rhenium bipyridine complexes and ZnO thin films was measured using FETs, revealing the role of positive trapped charge in persistent photoconductivity in donor sensitized ZnO. The carboxylic acid attachment chemistry, used to anchor the donor molecules, is demonstrated to enhance the conductivity of ZnO thin films. The mechanism for the enhanced conductivity is linked to the passivation of defects on the surface of the ZnO.

  8. Ionization and charge-transfer: basic data for track structure calculations.

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    Toburen, L H

    1998-12-01

    It is widely accepted that an understanding of the detailed structure of charged particle tracks is essential for interpreting the mechanistic consequences of energy deposition by high linear energy transfer (LET) radiation. The spatial relationship of events along the path of a charged particle, including excitation, ionization, and charge-transfer, govern subsequent chemical, biochemical, and biological reactions that can lead to adverse biologic effects. The determination of spatial patterns of ionization and excitation relies on a broad range of cross-section data relating the interactions of charged particles to the molecular constituents of the absorbing medium. It is important that these data be absolute in magnitude, comprehensive in scope, and reliable if accurate assessment of track structure parameters is to be achieved. Great strides have been made in the development of this database, understanding the underlying theory, and developing analytic models, particularly for interactions involving electrons and protons with atoms and molecules. The database is less comprehensive for interactions involving heavier charged particles, especially those that carry bound electrons, and for interactions in condensed phase media. Although there has been considerable progress in understanding the physical mechanisms for interactions involving fast heavy ions and atomic targets during the past few years, we still lack sufficient understanding to confidently predict cross-sections for these ions with biologically relevant material. In addition, little is known of the interaction cross-sections for heavy charged particles as they near the end of their track, i.e., for low velocity ions where collision theory is less well developed and where the particle's net charge fluctuates owing to electron capture and loss processes. This presentation focuses on the current status of ionization and charge-transfer data. Compilations, reviews, Internet sources, theoretical models, and recent data applicable to track structure calculations are discussed. PMID:10052672

  9. Charge-transfer energy in closed-shell ion-atom interactions. [for H and Li ions in He

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    Alvarez-Rizzatti, M.; Mason, E. A.

    1975-01-01

    The importance of charge-transfer energy in the interactions between closed-shell ions and atoms is investigated. Ab initio calculations on H(plus)-He and Li(plus)-He are used as a guide for the construction of approximate methods for the estimation of the charge-transfer energy for more complicated systems. For many alkali ion-rate gas systems the charge-transfer energy is comparable to the induction energy in the region of the potential minimum, although for doubly charged alkaline-earth ions in rare gases the induction energy always dominates. Surprisingly, an empirical combination of repulsion energy plus asymptotic induction energy plus asymptotic dispersion energy seems to give a fair representation of the total interaction, especially if the repulsion energy is parameterized, despite the omission of any explicit charge-transfer contribution. More refined interaction models should consider the charge-transfer energy contribution.

  10. Charge transfer in a sharply nonuniform electric field mediated by swirling liquid flow with minimal hydraulic resistance

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    Nagorny, V. S.; Smirnovsky, A. A.; Chernyshev, A. S.; Kolodyazhny, D. Yu.

    2015-09-01

    A scheme of a fuel nozzle with "needle-plane" electrode system, the location of which enables one to minimize the imparted hydraulic resistance, is proposed. We consider the processes of charge transfer in a sharply inhomogeneous electric field in order to estimate the amount of charge coming out of the channel. For this purpose, we used the OpenFOAM software package, modified to account for the electrohydrodynamic effects. By using the k-ω SST turbulence model within an axial-symmetrical RANS problem, the vortex liquid flow and charge transfer are calculated. The impact of vorticity degree on the processes of charge transfer is studied. It is found that the charge flowing out of the calculation domain is about 80% of the injected charge. The vorticity degree in the above range of values has little effect on the process of charge transfer.

  11. Hybridization-controlled charge transfer and induced magnetism at correlated oxide interfaces

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    Grisolia, M. N.; Varignon, J.; Sanchez-Santolino, G.; Arora, A.; Valencia, S.; Varela, M.; Abrudan, R.; Weschke, E.; Schierle, E.; Rault, J. E.; Rueff, J.-P.; Barthélémy, A.; Santamaria, J.; Bibes, M.

    2016-05-01

    At interfaces between conventional materials, band bending and alignment are classically controlled by differences in electrochemical potential. Applying this concept to oxides in which interfaces can be polar and cations may adopt a mixed valence has led to the discovery of novel two-dimensional states between simple band insulators such as LaAlO3 and SrTiO3. However, many oxides have a more complex electronic structure, with charge, orbital and/or spin orders arising from strong Coulomb interactions at and between transition metal and oxygen ions. Such electronic correlations offer a rich playground to engineer functional interfaces but their compatibility with the classical band alignment picture remains an open question. Here we show that beyond differences in electron affinities and polar effects, a key parameter determining charge transfer at correlated oxide interfaces is the energy required to alter the covalence of the metal-oxygen bond. Using the perovskite nickelate (RNiO3) family as a template, we probe charge reconstruction at interfaces with gadolinium titanate GdTiO3. X-ray absorption spectroscopy shows that the charge transfer is thwarted by hybridization effects tuned by the rare-earth (R) size. Charge transfer results in an induced ferromagnetic-like state in the nickelate, exemplifying the potential of correlated interfaces to design novel phases. Further, our work clarifies strategies to engineer two-dimensional systems through the control of both doping and covalence.

  12. Ultrafast photoinduced electron transfer reactions in supramolecular arrays: From charge separation and storage to molecular switches

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    Wasielewski, M.R.

    1992-01-01

    Photoinduced charge separation reactions form the basis for energy storage processes in both natural and artificial photosynthesis. Moreover, rapid reversible photoinduced electron transfer reactions are a class of photophysical phenomena that can be exploited to develop schemes for optical switching. Examples from each of these fields are discussed.

  13. Ultrafast photoinduced electron transfer reactions in supramolecular arrays: From charge separation and storage to molecular switches

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    Wasielewski, M.R.

    1992-08-01

    Photoinduced charge separation reactions form the basis for energy storage processes in both natural and artificial photosynthesis. Moreover, rapid reversible photoinduced electron transfer reactions are a class of photophysical phenomena that can be exploited to develop schemes for optical switching. Examples from each of these fields are discussed.

  14. Charge Transfer Pathways in Three Isomers of Naphthalene-Bridged Organic Mixed Valence Compounds.

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    Schmidt, Hauke C; Spulber, Mariana; Neuburger, Markus; Palivan, Cornelia G; Meuwly, Markus; Wenger, Oliver S

    2016-01-15

    Naphthalene was substituted at different positions with two identical triarylamine moieties to result in species which are mixed-valence compounds in their one-electron oxidized forms. They were investigated by cyclic voltammetry, optical absorption, EPR spectroscopy, X-ray crystallography, and DFT calculations. When the two redox-active triarylamine moieties are connected to the 2- and 6-positions of the naphthalene bridge, their electronic communication is significantly stronger than when they are linked to the 1- and 5-positions, and this can be understood on the basis of a simple through-bond charge transfer pathway model. However, this model fails to explain why electronic communication between triarylamine moieties in the 1,5- and 1,8-isomers is similarly strong, indicating that through-space charge transfer pathways play an important role in the latter. In particular, charge transfer in the 1,8-isomer is likely to occur between the triarylamino C atoms in α-position to the naphthalene linker because the respective atoms are only about 3 Å apart from each other, and because they carry significant spin density in the one-electron oxidized forms of triarylamines. This particular through-space charge transfer pathway might be generally important in molecular structures based on the 1,8-disubstituted naphthalene pillaring motif. PMID:26711318

  15. Preparation and characterization of DABCO δ+x-C δ-60( y) charge transfer complex

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    Priyadarsini, K. I.; Mohan, H.; Tyagi, A. K.; Mittal, J. P.

    1994-12-01

    A stable complex of C 60 with an organic donor (tertiary amine, DABCO) has been prepared in the solid state at room temperature. The charge transfer complex, DABCO δ+x-C δ-60( y) is characterised by powder X-ray diffraction and FTIR methods. The complex is soluble in an aqueous medium and shows weak paramagnetic properties.

  16. Molecular orbital (SCF-Xα-SW) theory of metal-metal charge transfer processes in minerals

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    Sherman, David M.

    1987-01-01

    Electronic transitions between the Fe-Fe bonding and Fe-Fe antibonding orbitals results in the optically-induced intervalence charge transfer bands observed in the electronic spectra of mixed valence minerals. Such transitions are predicted to be polarized along the metal-metal bond direction, in agreement with experimental observations.

  17. The synthesis of organic charge transfer hetero-microtubules by crack welding.

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    Kim, J; Chung, J; Hyon, J; Kwon, T; Seo, C; Nam, J; Kang, Y

    2014-09-14

    The strain-induced cracks in organic microtubules composed of an organic charge transfer (CT) complex of 1,2,4,5-tetracyanobenzene (TCNB) and naphthalene were selectively welded via the formation of secondary CT complexes; this process, in turn, led to the formation of organic hetero-microtubules consisting of multiple segments of two organic CT complexes. PMID:25054622

  18. Laboratory Measurements of Charge Transfer on Atomic Hydrogen at Thermal Energies

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    Havener, C. C.; Vane, C. R.; Krause, H. F.; Stancil, P. C.; Mroczkowski, T.; Savin, D. W.

    2002-01-01

    We describe our ongoing program to measure velocity dependent charge transfer (CT) cross sections for selected ions on atomic hydrogen using the ion-aloin merged-beams apparatus at Oak Ridge Natioiial Laboralory. Our focus is on those ions for which CT plays an important role in determining the ionization structure, line emis sion, and thermal structure of observed cosmic photoionized plasmas.

  19. 46 CFR 35.35-35 - Duties of person in charge of transfer-TB/ALL.

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  3. Quantum-Classical Path Integral Simulation of Ferrocene-Ferrocenium Charge Transfer in Liquid Hexane.

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    Walters, Peter L; Makri, Nancy

    2015-12-17

    We employ the quantum-classical path integral methodology to simulate the outer sphere charge-transfer process of the ferrocene-ferrocenium pair in liquid hexane with unprecedented accuracy. Comparison of the simulation results to those obtained by mapping the solvent on an effective harmonic bath demonstrates the accuracy of linear response theory in this system. PMID:26673195

  4. Oxygen-assisted charge transfer between ZnO quantum dots and graphene.

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    Guo, Wenhao; Xu, Shuigang; Wu, Zefei; Wang, Ning; Loy, M M T; Du, Shengwang

    2013-09-23

    Efficient charge transfer between ZnO quantum dots (QDs) and graphene is demonstrated by decorating ZnO QDs on top of graphene, with the assistance of oxygen molecules from the air. The electrical response of the device to UV light is greatly enhanced, and a photoconductive gain of up to 10(7) can be obtained. PMID:23520196

  5. Stark-effect spectroscopy of the heme charge-transfer bands of deoxymyoglobin

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    Franzen, S.; Woodruff, W.H.; Moore, L.J.; Boxer, S.G.

    1999-04-22

    The authors report the Stark spectra of the Soret, Q, and charge-transfer bands of deoxymyoglobin. The data show that band III has charge-transfer character but that the magnitude of the charge displacement is significantly smaller than expected or than what is observed for band I or even the Soret or Q bands. The data also show that symmetry breaking of iron-protoporphyrin IX in myoglobin produces a larger difference dipole moment in the Soret transition when compared to the dimethyl ester of protoporphyrin IX. The results lend further credence to the hypothesis that the electrostatic environment of the heme pocket in myoglobin is important in modifying the properties of the heme transitions, and they provide a basis for quantitative analysis of the static and time-dependent band shifts observed in response to environmental electrostatic perturbations and ligand binding dynamics.

  6. Surface states and photo-induced charge transfer on oxygen-terminated chemical vapor deposition diamond

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    Deferme, W.; Mackova, A.; Haenen, K.; Nesládek, M.

    2011-03-01

    Time-of-Flight (ToF) experiments were carried out to study the electrical transport and charge trapping properties of oxidized freestanding single crystalline (100) CVD diamond crystals. It is shown that the diamond surface and properties of the electrical contacts are of extreme importance, influencing measured charge carrier mobility values. While sputtered Al contacts yield textbook ToF spectra and electron mobilities μe exceeding 1860 cm2/Vs, thermally deposited contacts suffer from enhanced trapping. We propose a model in which the observed polarization effects can be explained by charge transfer to oxygen-related surface states, which interact with surface adsorbates, according to the well-known transfer-doping model.

  7. Photoexcitation of electronic instabilities in one-dimensional charge-transfer systems

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    Rincn, Julin; Al-Hassanieh, K. A.; Feiguin, Adrian E.; Dagotto, Elbio

    2014-10-01

    We investigate the real-time dynamics of photoexcited electronic instabilities in a charge-transfer system model, using the time-dependent density matrix renormalization group method. The model of choice was the quarter-filled one-dimensional extended Peierls-Hubbard Hamiltonian interacting with classical few-cycle electromagnetic radiation. The results show that only one electronic instability drives the main features of the photogenerated time-dependent behavior. Indeed, the photoresponse of the system shows a large enhancement of the 4kF (bond and charge) instability whereas the 2kF state remains largely unaffected. This conclusion holds regardless of the nature of the optical excitations and whether the system is perturbed resonantly or not. Our results suggest potential applications of charge-transfer systems with slow phononic dynamics as optoelectronic switching devices.

  8. Direct detection of photoinduced charge transfer complexes in polymer fullerene blends

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    Behrends, Jan; Sperlich, Andreas; Schnegg, Alexander; Biskup, Till; Teutloff, Christian; Lips, Klaus; Dyakonov, Vladimir; Bittl, Robert

    2012-03-01

    We report transient electron paramagnetic resonance (trEPR) measurements with submicrosecond time resolution performed on a polymer:fullerene blend consisting of poly(3-hexylthiophene) (P3HT) and [6,6]-phenyl C61-butyric acid methyl ester (PCBM) at low temperatures. The trEPR spectrum immediately following photoexcitation reveals signatures of spin-correlated polaron pairs. The pair partners (positive polarons in P3HT and negative polarons in PCBM) can be identified by their characteristic g values. The fact that the polaron pair states exhibit strong non-Boltzmann population unambiguously shows that the constituents of each pair are geminate, i.e., originate from one exciton. We demonstrate that coupled polaron pairs are present even several microseconds after charge transfer and suggest that they embody the intermediate charge transfer complexes that form at the donor/acceptor interface and mediate the conversion from excitons into free charge carriers.

  9. Charge transfer to the ionosphere and to the ground during thunderstorms

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    Mallios, S. A.; Pasko, V. P.

    2011-12-01

    The Global Electric Circuit (GEC) is a circuit that is formed between the Earth's surface, which is a good conductor, and the ionosphere, weakly - ionized plasma at region starting at approximately 80 km altitude [e.g., Rycroft et al., Space Sci. Rev., 137, 83-105, 2008]. It is accepted that thunderstorms are the main generators in the global electric circuit (GEC) [e.g., Williams, Atmospheric Research, 91, 140, 2009; Mareev, Physics Uspekhi, 53, 504, 2010]. For the quantification of the contribution of the thunderstorms in the GEC an efficiency term has been introduced, which is defined as the ratio of the total charge transferred to the ionosphere to the net charge neutralized during the lightning [Mareev et al., GRL, 35, L15810, 2008]. In the current work, we examine the current that is driven to the ionosphere and to the ground before, during and after single negative cloud-to-ground (CG) and intracloud (IC) flashes. A numerical model has been developed, that calculates the quasi-electrostatic fields and the charge that is induced in the atmosphere before the flashes, due to the slow accumulation of the charge in the thundercloud, and after the flashes by taking into account the Maxwellian relaxation of the charges in conducting atmosphere. From these results, the induced charges that are transferred to the ionosphere and to the ground are derived. Using a more realistic profile for modeling the conductivity inside the thundercloud we demonstrate the significance of considering the pre-lightning slow charge accumulation stage, we show that the efficiency depends mainly on the altitudes of the charges inside the thundercloud and their spatial separation, and we show also that the amount of charge that is transferred to the ground is negligible compared to the amount of charge that is transferred to the ionosphere. Finally, we show that typical efficiencies for the pre-lightning phase range between 23-60%, for the negative CG case range between 11-50% and for the IC case range between 20-60% and we compare our results with those published recently by Mareev et al. [GRL, 35, L15810, 2008].

  10. Final Technical Report for the Energy Frontier Research Center Understanding Charge Separation and Transfer at Interfaces in Energy Materials (EFRC:CST)

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    Vanden Bout, David A.

    2015-09-14

    Our EFRC was founded with the vision of creating a broadly collaborative and synergistic program that would lead to major breakthroughs in the molecular-level understanding of the critical interfacial charge separation and charge transfer (CST) processes that underpin the function of candidate materials for organic photovoltaic (OPV) and electrical-energy-storage (EES) applications. Research in these energy contexts shares an imposing challenge: How can we understand charge separation and transfer mechanisms in the presence of immense materials complexity that spans multiple length scales? To address this challenge, our 50-member Center undertook a total of 28 coordinated research projects aimed at unraveling the CST mechanisms that occur at interfaces in these nanostructured materials. This rigorous multi-year study of CST interfaces has greatly illuminated our understanding of early-timescale processes (e.g., exciton generation and dissociation dynamics at OPV heterojunctions; control of Li+-ion charging kinetics by surface chemistry) occurring in the immediate vicinity of interfaces. Program outcomes included: training of 72 graduate student and postdoctoral energy researchers at 5 institutions and spanning 7 academic disciplines in science and engineering; publication of 94 peer-reviewed journal articles; and dissemination of research outcomes via 340 conference, poster and other presentations. Major scientific outcomes included: implementation of a hierarchical strategy for understanding the electronic communication mechanisms and ultimate fate of charge carriers in bulk heterojunction OPV materials; systematic investigation of ion-coupled electron transfer processes in model Li-ion battery electrode/electrolyte systems; and the development and implementation of 14 unique technologies and instrumentation capabilities to aid in probing sub-ensemble charge separation and transfer mechanisms.

  11. Charge-transfer dynamics in multilayered PbS and PbSe quantum dot architectures

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    Xu, F.; Ma, X.; Haughn, C. R.; Doty, M. F.; Cloutier, S. G.

    2014-02-03

    We demonstrate control of the charge transfer process in PbS and PbSe quantum dot assemblies. We first demonstrate efficient charge transfer from donor quantum dots to acceptor quantum dots in a multi-layer PbSe cascade structure. Then, we assemble type-I and type-II heterostructures using both PbS and PbSe quantum dots via careful control of the band alignment. In type-I structures, photo-generated carriers are transferred and localized in the smaller bandgap (acceptor) quantum dots, resulting in a significant luminescence enhancement. In contrast, a significant luminescence quenching and shorter emission lifetime confirms an efficient separation of photo-generated carriers in the type-II architecture.

  12. Charge and Heat Transfer Mechanism in Directly Coupled CdSe-Metal Nanohybrids

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    Augustine, Anju K.; Girijavallabhan, C. P.; Nampoori, V. P. N.; Kailasnath, M.

    2015-10-01

    The charge and heat energy transfer dynamics of directly coupled mixtures of CdSe quantum dots with metal nanoparticles have been studied using thermal lens and photoluminescence (PL) techniques, respectively. The PL of such nanohybrids is found to be quenched dramatically at a particular threshold. Fluorescence decay curves of the Au-CdSe nanohybrids and Ag-CdSe nanohybrids show distinct decay channels with the fastest one associated with transfer of electrons from the CdSe portion to the metal portion. A study on the influence of this charge transfer on the thermal diffusivity with respect to the emission wavelength of quantum dots has been carried out, which could lead to the design of modern photocatalysts and solar cells constructed from nanoscale metal-semiconductor hybrids.

  13. Charge transfer in dissociating iodomethane and fluoromethane molecules ionized by intense femtosecond X-ray pulses.

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    Boll, Rebecca; Erk, Benjamin; Coffee, Ryan; Trippel, Sebastian; Kierspel, Thomas; Bomme, Cédric; Bozek, John D; Burkett, Mitchell; Carron, Sebastian; Ferguson, Ken R; Foucar, Lutz; Küpper, Jochen; Marchenko, Tatiana; Miron, Catalin; Patanen, Minna; Osipov, Timur; Schorb, Sebastian; Simon, Marc; Swiggers, Michelle; Techert, Simone; Ueda, Kiyoshi; Bostedt, Christoph; Rolles, Daniel; Rudenko, Artem

    2016-07-01

    Ultrafast electron transfer in dissociating iodomethane and fluoromethane molecules was studied at the Linac Coherent Light Source free-electron laser using an ultraviolet-pump, X-ray-probe scheme. The results for both molecules are discussed with respect to the nature of their UV excitation and different chemical properties. Signatures of long-distance intramolecular charge transfer are observed for both species, and a quantitative analysis of its distance dependence in iodomethane is carried out for charge states up to I(21+). The reconstructed critical distances for electron transfer are in good agreement with a classical over-the-barrier model and with an earlier experiment employing a near-infrared pump pulse. PMID:27051675

  14. Broadband Tunable Microlasers Based on Controlled Intramolecular Charge-Transfer Process in Organic Supramolecular Microcrystals.

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    Dong, Haiyun; Wei, Yanhui; Zhang, Wei; Wei, Cong; Zhang, Chunhuan; Yao, Jiannian; Zhao, Yong Sheng

    2016-02-01

    Wavelength tunable micro/nanolasers are indispensable components for various photonic devices. Here, we report broadband tunable microlasers built by incorporating a highly polarized organic intramolecular charge-transfer (ICT) compound with a supramolecular host. The spatial confinement of the ICT dye generates an optimized energy level system that favors controlled population distribution between the locally excited (LE) state and the twisted intramolecular charge-transfer (TICT) state, which is beneficial for significantly broadening the tailorable gain region. As a result, we realized a wide tuning of lasing wavelength in the organic supramolecular microcrystals based on temperature-controlled population transfer from the LE to TICT state. The results will provide a useful enlightenment for the rational design of miniaturized lasers with desired performances. PMID:26756966

  15. Charge transfer in dissociating iodomethane and fluoromethane molecules ionized by intense femtosecond X-ray pulses

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    Boll, Rebecca; Erk, Benjamin; Coffee, Ryan; Trippel, Sebastian; Kierspel, Thomas; Bomme, Cédric; Bozek, John D.; Burkett, Mitchell; Carron, Sebastian; Ferguson, Ken R.; Foucar, Lutz; Küpper, Jochen; Marchenko, Tatiana; Miron, Catalin; Patanen, Minna; Osipov, Timur; Schorb, Sebastian; Simon, Marc; Swiggers, Michelle; Techert, Simone; Ueda, Kiyoshi; Bostedt, Christoph; Rolles, Daniel; Rudenko, Artem

    2016-01-01

    Ultrafast electron transfer in dissociating iodomethane and fluoromethane molecules was studied at the Linac Coherent Light Source free-electron laser using an ultraviolet-pump, X-ray-probe scheme. The results for both molecules are discussed with respect to the nature of their UV excitation and different chemical properties. Signatures of long-distance intramolecular charge transfer are observed for both species, and a quantitative analysis of its distance dependence in iodomethane is carried out for charge states up to I21+. The reconstructed critical distances for electron transfer are in good agreement with a classical over-the-barrier model and with an earlier experiment employing a near-infrared pump pulse. PMID:27051675

  16. Electron-lattice interactions strongly renormalize the charge-transfer energy in the spin-chain cuprate Li2CuO2

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    Johnston, Steve; Monney, Claude; Bisogni, Valentina; Zhou, Ke-Jin; Kraus, Roberto; Behr, Günter; Strocov, Vladimir N.; Málek, Jiři; Drechsler, Stefan-Ludwig; Geck, Jochen; Schmitt, Thorsten; van den Brink, Jeroen

    2016-02-01

    Strongly correlated insulators are broadly divided into two classes: Mott-Hubbard insulators, where the insulating gap is driven by the Coulomb repulsion U on the transition-metal cation, and charge-transfer insulators, where the gap is driven by the charge-transfer energy Δ between the cation and the ligand anions. The relative magnitudes of U and Δ determine which class a material belongs to, and subsequently the nature of its low-energy excitations. These energy scales are typically understood through the local chemistry of the active ions. Here we show that the situation is more complex in the low-dimensional charge-transfer insulator Li2CuO2, where Δ has a large non-electronic component. Combining resonant inelastic X-ray scattering with detailed modelling, we determine how the elementary lattice, charge, spin and orbital excitations are entangled in this material. This results in a large lattice-driven renormalization of Δ, which significantly reshapes the fundamental electronic properties of Li2CuO2.

  17. Electron-lattice interactions strongly renormalize the charge-transfer energy in the spin-chain cuprate Li2CuO2

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    Johnston, Steve; Monney, Claude; Bisogni, Valentina; Zhou, Ke-Jin; Kraus, Roberto; Behr, Günter; Strocov, Vladimir N.; Málek, Jiři; Drechsler, Stefan-Ludwig; Geck, Jochen; Schmitt, Thorsten; van den Brink, Jeroen

    2016-01-01

    Strongly correlated insulators are broadly divided into two classes: Mott–Hubbard insulators, where the insulating gap is driven by the Coulomb repulsion U on the transition-metal cation, and charge-transfer insulators, where the gap is driven by the charge-transfer energy Δ between the cation and the ligand anions. The relative magnitudes of U and Δ determine which class a material belongs to, and subsequently the nature of its low-energy excitations. These energy scales are typically understood through the local chemistry of the active ions. Here we show that the situation is more complex in the low-dimensional charge-transfer insulator Li2CuO2, where Δ has a large non-electronic component. Combining resonant inelastic X-ray scattering with detailed modelling, we determine how the elementary lattice, charge, spin and orbital excitations are entangled in this material. This results in a large lattice-driven renormalization of Δ, which significantly reshapes the fundamental electronic properties of Li2CuO2. PMID:26884151

  18. Electron-lattice interactions strongly renormalize the charge-transfer energy in the spin-chain cuprate Li2CuO2.

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    Johnston, Steve; Monney, Claude; Bisogni, Valentina; Zhou, Ke-Jin; Kraus, Roberto; Behr, Günter; Strocov, Vladimir N; Málek, Jiři; Drechsler, Stefan-Ludwig; Geck, Jochen; Schmitt, Thorsten; van den Brink, Jeroen

    2016-01-01

    Strongly correlated insulators are broadly divided into two classes: Mott-Hubbard insulators, where the insulating gap is driven by the Coulomb repulsion U on the transition-metal cation, and charge-transfer insulators, where the gap is driven by the charge-transfer energy Δ between the cation and the ligand anions. The relative magnitudes of U and Δ determine which class a material belongs to, and subsequently the nature of its low-energy excitations. These energy scales are typically understood through the local chemistry of the active ions. Here we show that the situation is more complex in the low-dimensional charge-transfer insulator Li2CuO2, where Δ has a large non-electronic component. Combining resonant inelastic X-ray scattering with detailed modelling, we determine how the elementary lattice, charge, spin and orbital excitations are entangled in this material. This results in a large lattice-driven renormalization of Δ, which significantly reshapes the fundamental electronic properties of Li2CuO2. PMID:26884151

  19. Ground and excited state intramolecular proton transfer controlled intramolecular charge separation and recombination: A new type of charge and proton transfer reaction

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    Nie, Daobo; Bian, Zuqiang; Yu, Anchi; Chen, Zhuqi; Liu, Zhiwei; Huang, Chunhui

    2008-06-01

    A novel ?-diketone 1-(4-(9-carbazol)phenyl)-3-phenyl-1,3-propanedione (CDBM) has been synthesized. When excited at 380 nm, this molecule shows single fluorescence. However, when excited at 338 nm, it shows dual fluorescence. A Al 3+ complex Al(CDBM) 3 has been synthesized to investigate the dual fluorescence of CDBM. It is found that this complex shows single fluorescence under all excitation. This result indicated that the dual fluorescence of CDBM may relate to the intramolecular proton transfer reaction. Based on the experimental and theoretical studies of CDBM, N-(4-cyanophenyl)carbazole (CBN) and Al(CDBM) 3, a "ground and excited state intramolecular proton transfer controlled intramolecular charge separation and recombination" mechanism is proposed to explain the unusual excitation-dependent dual fluorescence of CDBM.

  20. Extraordinary Mechanism of the Diels-Alder Reaction: Investigation of Stereochemistry, Charge Transfer, Charge Polarization, and Biradicaloid Formation.

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    Sexton, Thomas; Kraka, Elfi; Cremer, Dieter

    2016-02-25

    The Diels-Alder reaction between 1,3-butadiene and ethene is investigated from far-out in the entrance channel to the very last step in the exit channel thus passing two bifurcation points and extending the range of the reaction valley studied with URVA (Unified Reaction Valley Approach) by 300% compared to previous studies. For the first time, the pre- and postchemical steps of the reaction are analyzed at the same level of theory as the actual chemical processes utilizing the path curvature and its decomposition into internal coordinate or curvilinear coordinate components. A first smaller charge transfer to the dienophile facilitates the rotation of gauche butadiene into its cis form. The actual chemical processes are initiated by a second larger charge transfer to the dienophile that facilitates pyramidalization of the reacting carbon centers, bond equalization, and biradicaloid formation of the reactants. The transition state is aromatically stabilized and moved by five path units into the entrance channel in line with the Hammond-Leffler postulate. The pseudorotation of the boat form into the halfchair of cyclohexene is analyzed. Predictions are made for the Diels-Alder reaction based on a 11-phase mechanism obtained by the URVA analysis. PMID:26785172

  1. Anomalous charge and negative-charge-transfer insulating state in cuprate chain compound KCuO2

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    Choudhury, D.; Rivero, P.; Meyers, D.; Liu, X.; Cao, Y.; Middey, S.; Whitaker, M. J.; Barraza-Lopez, S.; Freeland, J. W.; Greenblatt, M.; Chakhalian, J.

    2015-11-01

    Using a combination of x-ray absorption spectroscopy (XAS) experiments and first-principles calculations, we demonstrate that insulating KCuO2 contains Cu in an unusually high formal 3+ valence state, and the ligand-to-metal (O-to-Cu) charge-transfer energy is intriguingly negative (Δ ˜-1.5 eV) and has a dominant (˜60 % ) ligand-hole character in the ground state akin to the high Tc cuprate Zhang-Rice state. Unlike most other formal Cu3 + compounds, the Cu 2 p XAS spectra of KCuO2 exhibit pronounced 3 d8 (Cu3 +) multiplet structures, which account for ˜40 % of its ground state wave function. Ab initio calculations elucidate the origin of the band gap in KCuO2 as arising primarily from strong intracluster Cu 3 d -O 2 p hybridizations (tpd); the value of the band gap decreases with a reduced value of tpd. Further, unlike conventional negative-charge-transfer insulators, the band gap in KCuO2 persists even for vanishing values of Coulomb repulsion U , underscoring the importance of single-particle band-structure effects connected to the one-dimensional nature of the compound.

  2. Active pixel sensor having intra-pixel charge transfer with analog-to-digital converter

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    Fossum, Eric R. (Inventor); Mendis, Sunetra K. (Inventor); Pain, Bedabrata (Inventor); Nixon, Robert H. (Inventor); Zhou, Zhimin (Inventor)

    2003-01-01

    An imaging device formed as a monolithic complementary metal oxide semiconductor integrated circuit in an industry standard complementary metal oxide semiconductor process, the integrated circuit including a focal plane array of pixel cells, each one of the cells including a photogate overlying the substrate for accumulating photo-generated charge in an underlying portion of the substrate, a readout circuit including at least an output field effect transistor formed in the substrate, and a charge coupled device section formed on the substrate adjacent the photogate having a sensing node connected to the output transistor and at least one charge coupled device stage for transferring charge from the underlying portion of the substrate to the sensing node and an analog-to-digital converter formed in the substrate connected to the output of the readout circuit.

  3. Active pixel sensor having intra-pixel charge transfer with analog-to-digital converter

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    Fossum, Eric R. (Inventor); Mendis, Sunetra K. (Inventor); Pain, Bedabrata (Inventor); Nixon, Robert H. (Inventor); Zhou, Zhimin (Inventor)

    2000-01-01

    An imaging device formed as a monolithic complementary metal oxide semiconductor Integrated circuit in an industry standard complementary metal oxide semiconductor process, the integrated circuit including a focal plane array of pixel cells, each one of the cells including a photogate overlying the substrate for accumulating photo-generated charge in an underlying portion of the substrate, a readout circuit including at least an output field effect transistor formed in the substrate, and a charge coupled device section formed on the substrate adjacent the photogate having a sensing node connected to the output transistor and at least one charge coupled device stage for transferring charge from the underlying portion of the substrate to the sensing node and an analog-to-digital converter formed in the substrate connected to the output of the readout circuit.

  4. Iodine-polyphenylacetylene charge-transfer complex: an ab initio quantum-chemical assessment

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    Andreocci, M. V.; Bossa, M.; Furlani, A.; Polzonetti, G.; Russo, M. V.

    1991-07-01

    The ab initio MO-LCAO-HF method has been used to calculate the electronic structure of the iodine-polyphenylacetylene charge-transfer complex (PPA?I 2). Two models have been considered for the PPA molecule: a simple one containing two phenyl groups and a more realistic one containing six phenyl groups. The calculations give automatically the charge separation between I 5 and the polymer, and show that the total charge separation can be less than 1 e at short distances. The computed charges at the energy minimum have been succesfully introduced into the curve fitting of the I-3d 5/2 core level spectrum of PPA?I 2 films, giving good agreement between experimental and theoretical results.

  5. Impact of a single base pair substitution on the charge transfer rate along short DNA hairpins.

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    Renaud, Nicolas; Berlin, Yuri A; Ratner, Mark A

    2013-09-10

    Numerical studies of hole migration along short DNA hairpins were performed with a particular emphasis on the variations of the rate and quantum yield of the charge separation process with the location of a single guanine:cytosine (G:C) base pair. Our calculations show that the hole arrival rate increases as the position of the guanine:cytosine base pair shifts from the beginning to the end of the sequence. Although these results are in agreement with recent experimental findings, the mechanism governing the charge migration along these sequences is revisited here. Instead of the phenomenological two-step hopping mechanism via the guanine base, the charge propagation occurs through a delocalization of the hole density along the base pair stack. Furthermore, the variations of the charge transfer with the position of the guanine base are explained by the impact of the base pair substitutions on the delocalized conduction channels. PMID:23980166

  6. Lead methylammonium triiodide perovskite-based solar cells: an interfacial charge-transfer investigation.

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    Xu, Xiaobao; Zhang, Hua; Cao, Kun; Cui, Jin; Lu, Jianfeng; Zeng, Xianwei; Shen, Yan; Wang, Mingkui

    2014-11-01

    This work reports on an investigation into interfacial charge transfer in CH3NH3PbI3 perovskite solar cells by using anatase TiO2 nanocuboids enclosed by active {100} and {001} facets. The devices show 6.0 and 8.0% power conversion efficiency with and without hole-transport material. Transient photovoltage/photocurrent decay and charge extraction, as well as impedance spectroscopy measurements, reveal that carbon materials are effective counter electrodes in perovskite solar cells. The photogenerated charges are observed to be stored in mesoporous TiO2 film under illumination and in the CH3NH3PbI3 layer in the dark. The use of 2,2',7,7'-tetrakis(N,N-di-p-methoxyphenylamine)-9,9-spirobifluorene (spiro-MeOTAD) as a hole-transport material accelerates interfacial charge recombination between the photogenerated electrons and holes. PMID:25213607

  7. Charge Transfer and Triplet States in High Efficiency OPV Materials and Devices

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    Dyakonov, Vladimir

    2013-03-01

    The advantage of using polymers and molecules in electronic devices, such as light-emitting diodes (LED), field-effect transistors (FET) and, more recently, solar cells (SC) is justified by the unique combination of high device performance and processing of the semiconductors used. Power conversion efficiency of nanostructured polymer SC is in the range of 10% on lab scale, making them ready for up-scaling. Efficient charge carrier generation and recombination in SC are strongly related to dissociation of the primary singlet excitons. The dissociation (or charge transfer) process should be very efficient in photovoltaics. The mechanisms governing charge carrier generation, recombination and transport in SC based on the so-called bulk-heterojunctions, i.e. blends of two or more semiconductors with different electron affinities, appear to be very complex, as they imply the presence of the intermediate excited states, neutral and charged ones. Charge transfer states, or polaron pairs, are the intermediate states between free electrons/holes and strongly bound excitons. Interestingly, the mostly efficient OLEDs to date are based on the so-called triplet emitters, which utilize the triplet-triplet annihilation process. In SC, recent investigations indicated that on illumination of the device active layer, not only mobile charges but also triplet states were formed. With respect to triplets, it is unclear how these excited states are generated, via inter-system crossing or via back transfer of the electron from acceptor to donor. Triplet formation may be considered as charge carrier loss channel; however, the fusion of two triplets may lead to a formation of singlet excitons instead. In such case, a generation of charges by utilizing of the so far unused photons will be possible. The fundamental understanding of the processes involving the charge transfer and triplet states and their relation to nanoscale morphology and/or energetics of blends is essential for the optimization of the performance of molecular photovoltaic devices. I will present the state of the art in this field and discuss the mechanisms of polaron pair generation and recombination in the novel low band gap polymer-fullerene blends as well as in high-efficiency SC. This work was financially supported by the German Research Council (DFG) within the SPP1355 Project ``Elementary processes in organic photovoltaics'' under contract DY18/6.

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    2010-07-01

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  9. Effect of Surface Charge on Surface-Initiated Atom Transfer Radical Polymerization from Cellulose Nanocrystals in Aqueous Media.

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    Zoppe, Justin O; Xu, Xingyu; Känel, Cindy; Orsolini, Paola; Siqueira, Gilberto; Tingaut, Philippe; Zimmermann, Tanja; Klok, Harm-Anton

    2016-04-11

    Cellulose nanocrystals (CNCs) with different charge densities were utilized to examine the role of electrostatic interactions on surface-initiated atom transfer radical polymerization (SI-ATRP) in aqueous media. To this end, growth of hydrophilic uncharged poly(N,N-dimethylacrylamide) (PDMAM) brushes was monitored by electrophoresis, (1)H NMR spectroscopy, and dynamic light scattering (DLS). Molecular weight and polydispersity of PDMAM brushes was determined by GPC analysis of hydrolytically cleaved polymers. Initiator and polymer brush grafting densities, and thus, initiator efficiencies were derived from elemental analysis. Higher initiator efficiency of polymer brush growth was observed for CNCs with higher anionic surface sulfate half-ester group density, but at the expense of high polydispersity caused by inefficient deactivation. PDMAM grafts with number-average molecular weights up to 530 kDa and polydispersity indices <1.5 were obtained under highly diluted monomer concentrations. The role of surface chemistry on the growth of neutral polymer brushes from CNCs in water is emphasized and a model of the interfacial region at the onset of polymerization is proposed. The results presented here could have implications for other substrates that present surface charges and for the assumption that the kinetics of Cu-mediated SI-CRP are analogous to those conducted in solution. PMID:26901869

  10. Charge Transfer Dynamics in Complexes of Light-Absorbing CdS Nanorods and Redox Catalysts

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    Wilker, Molly Bea

    The use of photoexcited electrons and holes in semiconductor nanocrystals as reduction and oxidation reagents is an intriguing way of harvesting photon energy to drive chemical reactions. This dissertation describes research efforts to understand the photoexcited charge transfer kinetics in complexes of colloidal CdS nanorods coupled with either a water oxidation or reduction catalyst. The first project focuses on the charge transfer interactions between photoexcited CdS nanorods and a mononuclear water oxidation catalyst derived from the [Ru(bpy)(tpy)Cl]+ parent structure. The second project details the electron transfer kinetics in complexes of CdS nanorods coupled with [FeFe]-hydrogenase, which catalyzes H+ reduction. These complexes photochemically produce H2 with quantum yields of up to 20%. Kinetics of electron transfer from CdS nanorods to hydrogenase play a critical role in the overall photochemical reactivity, as the quantum efficiency of electron transfer defines the upper limit on the quantum yield of H 2 generation. Insights from these time-resolved spectroscopic studies are used to discuss the intricate kinetic pathways involved in photochemical H2 generation and the mechanism for electron transfer from photoexcited nanorods to hydrogenase in photocatalytic complexes.

  11. Suppression of electron transfer to dioxygen by charge transfer and electron transfer complexes in the FAD-dependent reductase component of toluene dioxygenase.

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    Lin, Tzong-Yuan; Werther, Tobias; Jeoung, Jae-Hun; Dobbek, Holger

    2012-11-01

    The three-component toluene dioxygenase system consists of an FAD-containing reductase, a Rieske-type [2Fe-2S] ferredoxin, and a Rieske-type dioxygenase. The task of the FAD-containing reductase is to shuttle electrons from NADH to the ferredoxin, a reaction the enzyme has to catalyze in the presence of dioxygen. We investigated the kinetics of the reductase in the reductive and oxidative half-reaction and detected a stable charge transfer complex between the reduced reductase and NAD(+) at the end of the reductive half-reaction, which is substantially less reactive toward dioxygen than the reduced reductase in the absence of NAD(+). A plausible reason for the low reactivity toward dioxygen is revealed by the crystal structure of the complex between NAD(+) and reduced reductase, which shows that the nicotinamide ring and the protein matrix shield the reactive C4a position of the isoalloxazine ring and force the tricycle into an atypical planar conformation, both factors disfavoring the reaction of the reduced flavin with dioxygen. A rapid electron transfer from the charge transfer complex to electron acceptors further reduces the risk of unwanted side reactions, and the crystal structure of a complex between the reductase and its cognate ferredoxin shows a short distance between the electron-donating and -accepting cofactors. Attraction between the two proteins is likely mediated by opposite charges at one large patch of the complex interface. The stability, specificity, and reactivity of the observed charge transfer and electron transfer complexes are thought to prevent the reaction of reductase(TOL) with dioxygen and thus present a solution toward conflicting requirements. PMID:22992736

  12. Suppression of Electron Transfer to Dioxygen by Charge Transfer and Electron Transfer Complexes in the FAD-dependent Reductase Component of Toluene Dioxygenase*

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    Lin, Tzong-Yuan; Werther, Tobias; Jeoung, Jae-Hun; Dobbek, Holger

    2012-01-01

    The three-component toluene dioxygenase system consists of an FAD-containing reductase, a Rieske-type [2Fe-2S] ferredoxin, and a Rieske-type dioxygenase. The task of the FAD-containing reductase is to shuttle electrons from NADH to the ferredoxin, a reaction the enzyme has to catalyze in the presence of dioxygen. We investigated the kinetics of the reductase in the reductive and oxidative half-reaction and detected a stable charge transfer complex between the reduced reductase and NAD+ at the end of the reductive half-reaction, which is substantially less reactive toward dioxygen than the reduced reductase in the absence of NAD+. A plausible reason for the low reactivity toward dioxygen is revealed by the crystal structure of the complex between NAD+ and reduced reductase, which shows that the nicotinamide ring and the protein matrix shield the reactive C4a position of the isoalloxazine ring and force the tricycle into an atypical planar conformation, both factors disfavoring the reaction of the reduced flavin with dioxygen. A rapid electron transfer from the charge transfer complex to electron acceptors further reduces the risk of unwanted side reactions, and the crystal structure of a complex between the reductase and its cognate ferredoxin shows a short distance between the electron-donating and -accepting cofactors. Attraction between the two proteins is likely mediated by opposite charges at one large patch of the complex interface. The stability, specificity, and reactivity of the observed charge transfer and electron transfer complexes are thought to prevent the reaction of reductaseTOL with dioxygen and thus present a solution toward conflicting requirements. PMID:22992736

  13. Intermolecular electron transfer from intramolecular excitation and coherent acoustic phonon generation in a hydrogen-bonded charge-transfer solid.

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    Rury, Aaron S; Sorenson, Shayne; Dawlaty, Jahan M

    2016-03-14

    Organic materials that produce coherent lattice phonon excitations in response to external stimuli may provide next generation solutions in a wide range of applications. However, for these materials to lead to functional devices in technology, a full understanding of the possible driving forces of coherent lattice phonon generation must be attained. To facilitate the achievement of this goal, we have undertaken an optical spectroscopic study of an organic charge-transfer material formed from the ubiquitous reduction-oxidation pair hydroquinone and p-benzoquinone. Upon pumping this material, known as quinhydrone, on its intermolecular charge transfer resonance as well as an intramolecular resonance of p-benzoquinone, we find sub-cm(-1) oscillations whose dispersion with probe energy resembles that of a coherent acoustic phonon that we argue is coherently excited following changes in the electron density of quinhydrone. Using the dynamical information from these ultrafast pump-probe measurements, we find that the fastest process we can resolve does not change whether we pump quinhydrone at either energy. Electron-phonon coupling from both ultrafast coherent vibrational and steady-state resonance Raman spectroscopies allows us to determine that intramolecular electronic excitation of p-benzoquinone also drives the electron transfer process in quinhydrone. These results demonstrate the wide range of electronic excitations of the parent of molecules found in many functional organic materials that can drive coherent lattice phonon excitations useful for applications in electronics, photonics, and information technology. PMID:26979698

  14. Intermolecular electron transfer from intramolecular excitation and coherent acoustic phonon generation in a hydrogen-bonded charge-transfer solid

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    Rury, Aaron S.; Sorenson, Shayne; Dawlaty, Jahan M.

    2016-03-01

    Organic materials that produce coherent lattice phonon excitations in response to external stimuli may provide next generation solutions in a wide range of applications. However, for these materials to lead to functional devices in technology, a full understanding of the possible driving forces of coherent lattice phonon generation must be attained. To facilitate the achievement of this goal, we have undertaken an optical spectroscopic study of an organic charge-transfer material formed from the ubiquitous reduction-oxidation pair hydroquinone and p-benzoquinone. Upon pumping this material, known as quinhydrone, on its intermolecular charge transfer resonance as well as an intramolecular resonance of p-benzoquinone, we find sub-cm-1 oscillations whose dispersion with probe energy resembles that of a coherent acoustic phonon that we argue is coherently excited following changes in the electron density of quinhydrone. Using the dynamical information from these ultrafast pump-probe measurements, we find that the fastest process we can resolve does not change whether we pump quinhydrone at either energy. Electron-phonon coupling from both ultrafast coherent vibrational and steady-state resonance Raman spectroscopies allows us to determine that intramolecular electronic excitation of p-benzoquinone also drives the electron transfer process in quinhydrone. These results demonstrate the wide range of electronic excitations of the parent of molecules found in many functional organic materials that can drive coherent lattice phonon excitations useful for applications in electronics, photonics, and information technology.

  15. Photodriven heterogeneous charge transfer with transition-metal compounds anchored to TiO2 semiconductor surfaces.

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    Ardo, Shane; Meyer, Gerald J

    2009-01-01

    A critical review of light-driven interfacial charge-transfer reactions of transition-metal compounds anchored to mesoporous, nanocrystalline TiO2 (anatase) thin films is described. The review highlights molecular insights into metal-to-ligand charge transfer (MLCT) excited states, mechanisms of interfacial charge separation, inter- and intra-molecular electron transfer, and interfacial charge-recombination processes that have been garnered through various spectroscopic and electrochemical techniques. The relevance of these processes to optimization of solar-energy-conversion efficiencies is discussed (483 references). PMID:19088971

  16. Site-specific probing of charge transfer dynamics in organic photovoltaics

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    Arion, Tiberiu; Roth, Friedrich; Hussain, Zahid; Eberhardt, Wolfgang

    2015-03-23

    We report the site-specific probing of charge-transfer dynamics in a prototype system for organic photovoltaics (OPVs) by picosecond time-resolved X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy. A layered system consisting of approximately two monolayers of C{sub 60} deposited on top of a thin film of Copper-Phthalocyanine (CuPC) is excited by an optical pump pulse and the induced electronic dynamics are probed with 590 eV X-ray pulses. Charge transfer from the electron donor (CuPC) to the acceptor (C{sub 60}) and subsequent charge carrier dynamics are monitored by recording the time-dependent C 1s core level photoemission spectrum of the system. The arrival of electrons in the C{sub 60} layer is readily observed as a completely reversible, transient shift of the C{sub 60} associated C 1s core level, while the C 1s level of the CuPC remains unchanged. The capability to probe charge transfer and recombination dynamics in OPV assemblies directly in the time domain and from the perspective of well-defined domains is expected to open additional pathways to better understand and optimize the performance of this emerging technology.

  17. Charge and energy transferred from a plasma jet to liquid and dielectric surfaces

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    Mussard, M. Dang Van Sung; Foucher, E.; Rousseau, A.

    2015-10-01

    A key parameter in using plasma jets for biomedical applications is the transferred energy to the living tissues. The objective of this paper is to understand which parameters control the energy transfer from the plasma jet to a liquid or a dielectric surface. The plasma jet is flown with helium and ignited by a 600 Hz ac high voltage (up to 15 kV). Capacitors are connected to two measurement electrodes placed in the plasma source region, and under the sample. Charge and energy transferred are estimated by plotting Lissajous cycles; the number of bullets and the charge probability density function are also calculated. It is shown that the applied voltage and the gap (distance between the end of the tube and the sample) have a dramatic influence on the energy deposition on the sample as well as on the charge probability density function. Surprisingly, both gap distance and voltage have very little influence on the number of bullets reaching the sample per cycle. It is also shown that the conductivity of the liquid sample has almost no influence on the energy deposition and charge probability density function.

  18. Communication: Modeling of concentration dependent water diffusivity in ionic solutions: Role of intermolecular charge transfer.

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    Yao, Yi; Berkowitz, Max L; Kanai, Yosuke

    2015-12-28

    The translational diffusivity of water in solutions of alkali halide salts depends on the identity of ions, exhibiting dramatically different behavior even in solutions of similar salts of NaCl and KCl. The water diffusion coefficient decreases as the salt concentration increases in NaCl. Yet, in KCl solution, it slightly increases and remains above bulk value as salt concentration increases. Previous classical molecular dynamics simulations have failed to describe this important behavior even when polarizable models were used. Here, we show that inclusion of dynamical charge transfer among water molecules produces results in a quantitative agreement with experiments. Our results indicate that the concentration-dependent diffusivity reflects the importance of many-body effects among the water molecules in aqueous ionic solutions. Comparison with quantum mechanical calculations shows that a heterogeneous and extended distribution of charges on water molecules around the ions due to ion-water and also water-water charge transfer plays a very important role in controlling water diffusivity. Explicit inclusion of the charge transfer allows us to model accurately the difference in the concentration-dependent water diffusivity between Na(+) and K(+) ions in simulations, and it is likely to impact modeling of a wide range of systems for medical and technological applications. PMID:26723580

  19. Communication: Modeling of concentration dependent water diffusivity in ionic solutions: Role of intermolecular charge transfer

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    Yao, Yi; Berkowitz, Max L.; Kanai, Yosuke

    2015-12-01

    The translational diffusivity of water in solutions of alkali halide salts depends on the identity of ions, exhibiting dramatically different behavior even in solutions of similar salts of NaCl and KCl. The water diffusion coefficient decreases as the salt concentration increases in NaCl. Yet, in KCl solution, it slightly increases and remains above bulk value as salt concentration increases. Previous classical molecular dynamics simulations have failed to describe this important behavior even when polarizable models were used. Here, we show that inclusion of dynamical charge transfer among water molecules produces results in a quantitative agreement with experiments. Our results indicate that the concentration-dependent diffusivity reflects the importance of many-body effects among the water molecules in aqueous ionic solutions. Comparison with quantum mechanical calculations shows that a heterogeneous and extended distribution of charges on water molecules around the ions due to ion-water and also water-water charge transfer plays a very important role in controlling water diffusivity. Explicit inclusion of the charge transfer allows us to model accurately the difference in the concentration-dependent water diffusivity between Na+ and K+ ions in simulations, and it is likely to impact modeling of a wide range of systems for medical and technological applications.

  20. Charge Transfer Induced Multifunctional Transitions with Sensitive Pressure Manipulation in a Metal-Organic Framework.

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    Yang, Junye; Zhou, Long; Cheng, Jinguang; Hu, Zhiwei; Kuo, Changyang; Pao, Chih-Wen; Jang, Lingyun; Lee, Jyh-Fu; Dai, Jianhong; Zhang, Sijia; Feng, Shaomin; Kong, Panpan; Yuan, Zhen; Yuan, Jie; Uwatoko, Yoshiya; Liu, Tao; Jin, Changqing; Long, Youwen

    2015-07-01

    The metal-organic framework {[Fe(2,2'-bipyridine)(CN)4]2Co(4,4'-bipyridine)}·4H2O (Fe2Co-MOF) with single-chain magnetism undergoes an intermetallic charge transfer that converts the Fe2Co charge/spin configurations from Fe(3+)LS-Co(2+)HS-Fe(3+)LS to Fe(2+)LS-Co(3+)LS-Fe(3+)LS (LS = low spin, HS = high spin) around 220 K under ambient pressure. A series of coherent phase transitions in structure, magnetism, permittivity and ferroelectricity are found to take place accompanying with the charge transfer, making Fe2Co-MOF a unique ferroelectric single-chain magnet at low temperature. Moreover, our detailed measurements of magnetization, dielectric constant, and Raman scattering under high pressures illustrate that the charge transfer as well as the resulting multifunctional transitions can be readily induced to occur at room temperature by applying a tiny external pressure of about 0.5 kbar. The present study thus provides a pressure well-controllable multifunctional material with potential applications in a broad temperature region across room temperature. PMID:26083272

  1. Calculation of rates of exciton dissociation into hot charge-transfer states in model organic photovoltaic interfaces

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    Vázquez, Héctor; Troisi, Alessandro

    2013-11-01

    We investigate the process of exciton dissociation in ordered and disordered model donor/acceptor systems and describe a method to calculate exciton dissociation rates. We consider a one-dimensional system with Frenkel states in the donor material and states where charge transfer has taken place between donor and acceptor. We introduce a Green's function approach to calculate the generation rates of charge-transfer states. For disorder in the Frenkel states we find a clear exponential dependence of charge dissociation rates with exciton-interface distance, with a distance decay constant β that increases linearly with the amount of disorder. Disorder in the parameters that describe (final) charge-transfer states has little effect on the rates. Exciton dissociation invariably leads to partially separated charges. In all cases final states are “hot” charge-transfer states, with electron and hole located far from the interface.

  2. Substituent and Solvent Effects on Excited State Charge Transfer Behavior of Highly Fluorescent Dyes Containing Thiophenylimidazole-Based Aldehydes

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    Santos, Javier; Bu, Xiu R.; Mintz, Eric A.

    2001-01-01

    The excited state charge transfer for a series of highly fluorescent dyes containing thiophenylimidazole moiety was investigated. These systems follow the Twisted Intramolecular Charge Transfer (TICT) model. Dual fluorescence was observed for each substituted dye. X-ray structures analysis reveals a twisted ground state geometry for the donor substituted aryl on the 4 and 5 position at the imidazole ring. The excited state charge transfer was modeled by a linear solvation energy relationship using Taft's pi and Dimroth's E(sub T)(30) as solvent parameters. There is linear relation between the energy of the fluorescence transition and solvent polarity. The degree of stabilization of the excited state charge transfer was found to be consistent with the intramolecular molecular charge transfer. Excited dipole moment was studied by utilizing the solvatochromic shift method.

  3. Charge-Transfer Phase Transition of a Cyanide-Bridged Fe(II) /Fe(III) Coordination Polymer.

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    Zhang, Kuirun; Kang, Soonchul; Yao, Zi-Shuo; Nakamura, Kazusa; Yamamoto, Takashi; Einaga, Yasuaki; Azuma, Nobuaki; Miyazaki, Yuji; Nakano, Motohiro; Kanegawa, Shinji; Sato, Osamu

    2016-05-10

    Heterometallic Prussian blue analogues are known to exhibit thermally induced charge transfer, resulting in switching of optical and magnetic properties. However, charge-transfer phase transitions have not been reported for the simplest FeFe cyanide-bridged systems. A mixed-valence Fe(II) /Fe(III) cyanide-bridged coordination polymer, {[Fe(Tp)(CN)3 ]2 Fe(bpe)⋅5 H2 O}n , which demonstrates a thermally induced charge-transfer phase transition, is described. As a result of the charge transfer during this phase transition, the high-spin state of the whole system does not change to a low-spin state. This result is in contrast to FeCo cyanide-bridged systems that exhibit charge-transfer-induced spin transitions. PMID:27061860

  4. Nonadiabatic dynamics of charge transfer and singlet fission at the pentacene/C60 interface.

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    Akimov, Alexey V; Prezhdo, Oleg V

    2014-01-29

    Charge carrier multiplication in organic heterojunction systems, a process known as singlet fission (SF), holds promise for development of solar cells with enhanced photon-to-electron yields, and therefore it is of substantial fundamental interest. The efficiency of photovoltaic devices based on this principle is determined by complex dynamics involving key electronic states coupled to particular nuclear motions. Extensive experimental and theoretical studies are dedicated to this topic, generating multiple opinions on the nature of such states and motions, their properties, and mechanisms of the competing processes, including electron-phonon relaxation, SF, and charge separation. Using nonadiabatic molecular dynamics, we identify the key steps and mechanisms involved in the SF and subsequent charge separation, and build a comprehensive kinetic scheme that is consistent with the existing experimental and theoretical results. The ensuing model provides time scales that are in excellent agreement with the experimental observations. We demonstrate that SF competes with the traditional photoinduced electron transfer between pentacene and C60. Efficient SF relies on the presence of intermediate dark states within the pentacene subsystem. Having multiexciton and charge transfer character, these states play critical roles in the dynamics, and should be considered explicitly when explaining the entire process from the photoexcitation to the final charge separation. PMID:24397723

  5. Mass transfer within electrostatic precipitators: in-flight adsorption of mercury by charged suspended particulates.

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    Clack, Herek L

    2006-06-01

    Electrostatic precipitation is the dominant method of particulate control used for coal combustion, and varying degrees of mercury capture and transformation have been reported across ESPs. Nevertheless, the fate of gas-phase mercury within an ESP remains poorly understood. The present analysis focuses on the gas-particle mass transfer that occurs within a charged aerosol in an ESP. As a necessary step in gas-phase mercury adsorption or transformation, gas-particle mass transfer-particularly in configurations other than fixed beds-has received far less attention than studies of adsorption kinetics. Our previous analysis showed that only a small fraction of gas-phase mercury entering an ESP is likelyto be adsorbed by collected particulate matter on the plate electrodes. The present simplified analysis provides insight into gas-particle mass transfer within an ESP under two limiting conditions: laminar and turbulent fluid flows. The analysis reveals that during the process of particulate collection, gas-particle mass transfer can be quite high, easily exceeding the mass transfer to ESP plate electrodes in most cases. Decreasing particle size, increasing particle mass loading, and increasing temperature all result in increased gas-particle mass transfer. The analysis predicts significantly greater gas-particle mass transfer in the laminar limitthan in the turbulent limit; however, the differences become negligible under conditions where other factors, such as total mass of suspended particulates, are the controlling mass transfer parameters. Results are compared to selected pilot- and full-scale sorbent injection data. PMID:16786702

  6. Charge transfer excitations from excited state Hartree-Fock subsequent minimization scheme.

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    Theophilou, Iris; Tassi, M; Thanos, S

    2014-04-28

    Photoinduced charge-transfer processes play a key role for novel photovoltaic phenomena and devices. Thus, the development of ab initio methods that allow for an accurate and computationally inexpensive treatment of charge-transfer excitations is a topic that nowadays attracts a lot of scientific attention. In this paper we extend an approach recently introduced for the description of single and double excitations [M. Tassi, I. Theophilou, and S. Thanos, Int. J. Quantum Chem. 113, 690 (2013); M. Tassi, I. Theophilou, and S. Thanos, J. Chem. Phys. 138, 124107 (2013)] to allow for the description of intermolecular charge-transfer excitations. We describe an excitation where an electron is transferred from a donor system to an acceptor one, keeping the excited state orthogonal to the ground state and avoiding variational collapse. These conditions are achieved by decomposing the space spanned by the Hartree-Fock (HF) ground state orbitals into four subspaces: The subspace spanned by the occupied orbitals that are localized in the region of the donor molecule, the corresponding for the acceptor ones and two more subspaces containing the virtual orbitals that are localized in the neighborhood of the donor and the acceptor, respectively. Next, we create a Slater determinant with a hole in the subspace of occupied orbitals of the donor and a particle in the virtual subspace of the acceptor. Subsequently we optimize both the hole and the particle by minimizing the HF energy functional in the corresponding subspaces. Finally, we test our approach by calculating the lowest charge-transfer excitation energies for a set of tetracyanoethylene-hydrocarbon complexes that have been used earlier as a test set for such kind of excitations. PMID:24784248

  7. Charge transfer excitations from excited state Hartree-Fock subsequent minimization scheme

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    Theophilou, Iris; Tassi, M.; Thanos, S.

    2014-04-01

    Photoinduced charge-transfer processes play a key role for novel photovoltaic phenomena and devices. Thus, the development of ab initio methods that allow for an accurate and computationally inexpensive treatment of charge-transfer excitations is a topic that nowadays attracts a lot of scientific attention. In this paper we extend an approach recently introduced for the description of single and double excitations [M. Tassi, I. Theophilou, and S. Thanos, Int. J. Quantum Chem. 113, 690 (2013); M. Tassi, I. Theophilou, and S. Thanos, J. Chem. Phys. 138, 124107 (2013)] to allow for the description of intermolecular charge-transfer excitations. We describe an excitation where an electron is transferred from a donor system to an acceptor one, keeping the excited state orthogonal to the ground state and avoiding variational collapse. These conditions are achieved by decomposing the space spanned by the Hartree-Fock (HF) ground state orbitals into four subspaces: The subspace spanned by the occupied orbitals that are localized in the region of the donor molecule, the corresponding for the acceptor ones and two more subspaces containing the virtual orbitals that are localized in the neighborhood of the donor and the acceptor, respectively. Next, we create a Slater determinant with a hole in the subspace of occupied orbitals of the donor and a particle in the virtual subspace of the acceptor. Subsequently we optimize both the hole and the particle by minimizing the HF energy functional in the corresponding subspaces. Finally, we test our approach by calculating the lowest charge-transfer excitation energies for a set of tetracyanoethylene-hydrocarbon complexes that have been used earlier as a test set for such kind of excitations.

  8. Charge transfer excitations from excited state Hartree-Fock subsequent minimization scheme

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    Theophilou, Iris; Tassi, M.; Thanos, S.

    2014-04-28

    Photoinduced charge-transfer processes play a key role for novel photovoltaic phenomena and devices. Thus, the development of ab initio methods that allow for an accurate and computationally inexpensive treatment of charge-transfer excitations is a topic that nowadays attracts a lot of scientific attention. In this paper we extend an approach recently introduced for the description of single and double excitations [M. Tassi, I. Theophilou, and S. Thanos, Int. J. Quantum Chem. 113, 690 (2013); M. Tassi, I. Theophilou, and S. Thanos, J. Chem. Phys. 138, 124107 (2013)] to allow for the description of intermolecular charge-transfer excitations. We describe an excitation where an electron is transferred from a donor system to an acceptor one, keeping the excited state orthogonal to the ground state and avoiding variational collapse. These conditions are achieved by decomposing the space spanned by the Hartree-Fock (HF) ground state orbitals into four subspaces: The subspace spanned by the occupied orbitals that are localized in the region of the donor molecule, the corresponding for the acceptor ones and two more subspaces containing the virtual orbitals that are localized in the neighborhood of the donor and the acceptor, respectively. Next, we create a Slater determinant with a hole in the subspace of occupied orbitals of the donor and a particle in the virtual subspace of the acceptor. Subsequently we optimize both the hole and the particle by minimizing the HF energy functional in the corresponding subspaces. Finally, we test our approach by calculating the lowest charge-transfer excitation energies for a set of tetracyanoethylene-hydrocarbon complexes that have been used earlier as a test set for such kind of excitations.

  9. Transferability of multipole charge-density parameters: application to very high resolution oligopeptide and protein structures.

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    Jelsch, C; Pichon-Pesme, V; Lecomte, C; Aubry, A

    1998-11-01

    Crystallography at sub-atomic resolution permits the observation and measurement of the non-spherical character of the electron density (parameterized as multipoles) and of the atomic charges. This fine description of the electron density can be extended to structures of lower resolution by applying the notion of transferability of the charge and multipole parameters. A database of such parameters has been built from charge-density analysis of several peptide crystals. The aim of this study is to assess for which X-ray structures the application of transferability is physically meaningful. The charge-density multipole parameters have been transferred and the X-ray structure of a 310 helix octapeptide Ac-Aib2-L-Lys(Bz)-Aib2-L-Lys(Bz)-Aib2-NHMe refined subsequently, for which diffraction data have been collected to a resolution of 0.82 A at a cryogenic temperature of 100 K. The multipoles transfer resulted in a significant improvement of the crystallographic residual factors wR and wR free. The accumulation of electrons in the covalent bonds and oxygen lone pairs is clearly visible in the deformation electron-density maps at its expected value. The refinement of the charges for nine different atom types led to an additional improvement of the R factor and the refined charges are in good agreement with those of the AMBER molecular modelling dictionary. The use of scattering factors calculated from average results of charge-density work gives a negligible shift of the atomic coordinates in the octapeptide but induces a significant change in the temperature factors (DeltaB approximately 0.4 A2). Under the spherical atom approximation, the temperature factors are biased as they partly model the deformation electron density. The transfer of the multipoles thus improves the physical meaning of the thermal-displacement parameters. The contribution to the diffraction of the different components of the electron density has also been analyzed. This analysis indicates that the electron-density peaks are well defined in the dynamic deformation maps when the thermal motion of the atoms is moderate (B typically lower than 4 A2). In this case, a non-truncated Fourier synthesis of the deformation density requires that the diffraction data are available to a resolution better than 0.9 A. PMID:10089507

  10. State-To Dynamics of Photoionization and Charge Transfer Reactions Involving Hydrogen Bromide.

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    Xie, Jinchun

    The selection rules for electric-dipole-allowed photoionization of diatomic molecule are derived. From a single rotational level of neutral molecules, the final rotational levels of the ions can be accessed only when their angular momentum, parity, spin, and other quantum numbers satisfy certain relations concerning photoelectron partial waves. Furthermore, under irreducible tensor treatment photoionization probability is simply expressed by three factors: the geometrical coefficient C^ {k}_{p} the rotational linestrength S^{k}_{p } and the square of the tensor moment < {bf T}^{k} _{p}>. This method makes photoionization and electron impact induced transitions as easy to interpret as the well known multiphoton transition. The photoionization HBr^*(nu,J) + hnu to HBr ^+(^2Pi_{i},nu ^+,J^+) + e^- has been studied experimentally. The HBr^*(nu,J) is prepared in three 5ppi Rydberg states: f ^3Delta_2, g ^3Sigma^-_0 ^+ and F ^1Delta _2 via 2-photon excitation, and the product HBr^+(^2Pi_{i} ,nu^+,J^+ ) is probed in a quantum state specific manner using laser induced fluorescence (LIF). Distributions of the HBr^+ product show very strong parity propensities for the type of transition (+/- )-(mp), and also rotational propensities: Delta J = +/-1.5, +/-0.5 for the type of transition (+/-)-( mp) and Delta J = +/-2.5, +/-1.5, +/-0.5 for (+/-)-( +/-). These results are able to be described by using selection rules and irreducible moment presentation. The charge-transfer reaction DBr^+( ^2Pi_{i},nu^+,J ^+) + HBr to HBr ^+(^2Pi_{i^{ '}},nu^{'+ },J^{'+}) + DBr is studied under thermal conditions in a flowing gas mixture of HBr and DBr. The DBr^+(^2Pi _{i},nu^+,J^+) reagent is prepared by using (2 + 1) resonance enhanced multiphoton ionization and the HBr^+(^2 Pi_{i^{'+} },nu^{'+},J^ {'+}) product is detected using LIF. From the measurements of the molecular density and the populations of both HBr^+ and DBr^+, the absolute rate constants k(i,nu^+to i^', nu^{'+}) are determined for this charge-transfer process. The rate constants for near-resonant charge-transfer are much faster than those for off-resonant charge-transfer. The rotational distribution of the HBr^+ product fits a temperature well in each case. For near-resonant charge-transfer the rotational temperature is slightly hotter than thermal whereas for non-resonant charge-transfer the rotational temperature is much hotter than thermal.

  11. Photoinitiated charge transfer and dissociation in mass-selected metalloorganic complexes

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    Willey, K.F.; Cheng, P.Y.; Pearce, K.D.; Duncan, M.A. )

    1990-06-14

    Metalloorganic ion-molecule complexes of silver and aluminum ions with benzene and acetone molecules are prepared in a supersonic molecular beam with pulsed laser vaporization. Complexes are mass-selected in a reflectron time-of-flight spectrometer and excited with ultraviolet laser radiation in the 385-266-nm region. Aluminum complexes dissociate to produce the isolated metal ion and a neutral organic, while silver complexes undergo dissociative charge transfer, yielding charged organic fragments and neutral metal atoms. The mechanism and energetics of this new photochemistry are discussed.

  12. State-selective charge transfer cross sections for light ion impact of atomic hydrogen

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    Schultz, D. R.; Stancil, P. C.; Havener, C. C.

    2015-01-01

    Owing to the utility of diagnosing plasma properties such as impurity concentration and spatial distribution, and plasma temperature and rotation, by detection of photon emission following capture of electrons from atomic hydrogen to excited states of multiply charged ions, new calculations of state-selective charge transfer involving light ions have been carried out using the atomic orbital close-coupling and the classical trajectory Monte Carlo methods. By comparing these with results of other approaches applicable in a lower impact energy regime, and by benchmarking them using key experimental data, knowledge of the cross sections can be made available across the range parameters needed by fusion plasma diagnostics.

  13. Photoinduced intramolecular charge transfer process of betaine pyridinium: A theoretical spectroscopic study

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    Perrier, Aurélie; Aloïse, Stéphane; Pawlowska, Zuzanna; Sliwa, Michel; Maurel, François; Abe, Jiro

    2011-10-01

    Using Time-Dependent Density Functional Theory and taking into account bulk solvent effects, we investigate the absorption and emission spectra of a betaine pyridinium molecule, the 2-(1-pyridinio) benzimidazolate (SBPa). This molecule exhibits strong photoinduced intramolecular charge transfer (ICT). We have identified two different electronic states involved, respectively, in the strong bathochromic ICT absorption band (S 2) and in the moderate emission band (S 1). The ICT process is analyzed in terms of charge distribution and dipole moment evolutions upon photoexcitation. These results are compared with steady-state spectroscopic measurements.

  14. Mixed regular stack charge-transfer crystals: Fundamental microscopic parameters from optical spectra

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    Painelli, A.; Girlando, A.

    1987-08-01

    Diagrammatic valence bond calculations are applied to the study of the charge-transfer (CT) excitation spectrum and of the electron-molecular vibration (emv) coupling in mixed regular stack CT crystals. The intersite electrostatic interactions are treated by both mean-field and unscreened point-charge potential approaches, obtaining quite similar results. The evaluation of microscopic parameters through optical spectra is critically discussed, and a new method is proposed to estimate the parameters relevant to the long-range Coulomb interaction from the analysis of the emv perturbation on the Raman spectra.

  15. Control over the charge transfer in dye-nanoparticle decorated graphene

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    Bongu, Sudhakara Reddy; Veluthandath, Aneesh V.; Nanda, B. R. K.; Ramaprabhu, Sundara; Bisht, Prem B.

    2016-01-01

    Charge transfer interaction between silver decorated graphene and three differently charged dyes, cationic (rhodamine 6G), neutral (rhodamine B) and anionic (fluorescein 27) has been studied. The ground state association constants have been evaluated and changes in the fluorescence intensity and lifetimes have been obtained in two solvents. Strength of complex-formation has been found to be higher with the cationic molecule in water. In a higher viscosity solvent, the ground state complex formation is restricted. Local field of localized surface plasmons of nanoparticles adsorbed on the graphene sheets leads to enhanced absorption and fluorescence of fluorescein 27.

  16. Reversible Tuning of Interfacial and Intramolecular Charge Transfer in Individual MnPc Molecules.

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    Zhong, Jian-Qiang; Wang, Zhunzhun; Zhang, Jia Lin; Wright, Christopher A; Yuan, Kaidi; Gu, Chengding; Tadich, Anton; Qi, Dongchen; Li, He Xing; Lai, Min; Wu, Kai; Xu, Guo Qin; Hu, Wenping; Li, Zhenyu; Chen, Wei

    2015-12-01

    The reversible selective hydrogenation and dehydrogenation of individual manganese phthalocyanine (MnPc) molecules has been investigated using photoelectron spectroscopy (PES), low-temperature scanning tunneling microscopy (LT-STM), synchrotron-based near edge X-ray absorption fine structure (NEXAFS) measurements, and supported by density functional theory (DFT) calculations. It is shown conclusively that interfacial and intramolecular charge transfer arises during the hydrogenation process. The electronic energetics upon hydrogenation is identified, enabling a greater understanding of interfacial and intramolecular charge transportation in the field of single-molecule electronics. PMID:26528623

  17. Molecular control of photoexcited charge transfer and recombination at a quaterthiophene/zinc oxide interface

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    Mou Weiwei; Nakano, Aiichiro; Ohmura, Satoshi; Shimojo, Fuyuki

    2012-05-14

    Nonadiabatic quantum molecular dynamics simulations are performed to study photoexcited charge transfer (CT) and charge recombination (CR) at an interface between a conjugated oligomer donor, quaterthiophene (QT), and an inorganic acceptor (ZnO). Simulations reveal a detrimental effect of static disorder in QT conformation on the efficiency of hybrid QT/ZnO solar cells due to increased CR. On the contrary, dynamic disorder (i.e., fluctuation of carbon-hydrogen bonds in QT) is essential for high efficiency by assisting CT. The separate controllability of CT and CR at the molecular level has impacts on molecular design for efficient solar cells and explains recent experimental observations.

  18. Aqueous reactive species induced by a surface air discharge: Heterogeneous mass transfer and liquid chemistry pathways.

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    Liu, D X; Liu, Z C; Chen, C; Yang, A J; Li, D; Rong, M Z; Chen, H L; Kong, M G

    2016-01-01

    Plasma-liquid interaction is a critical area of plasma science and a knowledge bottleneck for many promising applications. In this paper, the interaction between a surface air discharge and its downstream sample of deionized water is studied with a system-level computational model, which has previously reached good agreement with experimental results. Our computational results reveal that the plasma-induced aqueous species are mainly H(+), nitrate, nitrite, H2O2 and O3. In addition, various short-lived aqueous species are also induced, regardless whether they are generated in the gas phase first. The production/loss pathways for aqueous species are quantified for an air gap width ranging from 0.1 to 2 cm, of which heterogeneous mass transfer and liquid chemistry are found to play a dominant role. The short-lived reactive oxygen species (ROS) and reactive nitrogen species (RNS) are strongly coupled in liquid-phase reactions: NO3 is an important precursor for short-lived ROS, and in turn OH, O2(-) and HO2 play a crucial role for the production of short-lived RNS. Also, heterogeneous mass transfer depends strongly on the air gap width, resulting in two distinct scenarios separated by a critical air gap of 0.5 cm. The liquid chemistry is significantly different in these two scenarios. PMID:27033381

  19. Aqueous reactive species induced by a surface air discharge: Heterogeneous mass transfer and liquid chemistry pathways

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    Liu, D. X.; Liu, Z. C.; Chen, C.; Yang, A. J.; Li, D.; Rong, M. Z.; Chen, H. L.; Kong, M. G.

    2016-04-01

    Plasma-liquid interaction is a critical area of plasma science and a knowledge bottleneck for many promising applications. In this paper, the interaction between a surface air discharge and its downstream sample of deionized water is studied with a system-level computational model, which has previously reached good agreement with experimental results. Our computational results reveal that the plasma-induced aqueous species are mainly H+, nitrate, nitrite, H2O2 and O3. In addition, various short-lived aqueous species are also induced, regardless whether they are generated in the gas phase first. The production/loss pathways for aqueous species are quantified for an air gap width ranging from 0.1 to 2 cm, of which heterogeneous mass transfer and liquid chemistry are found to play a dominant role. The short-lived reactive oxygen species (ROS) and reactive nitrogen species (RNS) are strongly coupled in liquid-phase reactions: NO3 is an important precursor for short-lived ROS, and in turn OH, O2‑ and HO2 play a crucial role for the production of short-lived RNS. Also, heterogeneous mass transfer depends strongly on the air gap width, resulting in two distinct scenarios separated by a critical air gap of 0.5 cm. The liquid chemistry is significantly different in these two scenarios.

  20. Aqueous reactive species induced by a surface air discharge: Heterogeneous mass transfer and liquid chemistry pathways

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    Liu, D. X.; Liu, Z. C.; Chen, C.; Yang, A. J.; Li, D.; Rong, M. Z.; Chen, H. L.; Kong, M. G.

    2016-01-01

    Plasma-liquid interaction is a critical area of plasma science and a knowledge bottleneck for many promising applications. In this paper, the interaction between a surface air discharge and its downstream sample of deionized water is studied with a system-level computational model, which has previously reached good agreement with experimental results. Our computational results reveal that the plasma-induced aqueous species are mainly H+, nitrate, nitrite, H2O2 and O3. In addition, various short-lived aqueous species are also induced, regardless whether they are generated in the gas phase first. The production/loss pathways for aqueous species are quantified for an air gap width ranging from 0.1 to 2 cm, of which heterogeneous mass transfer and liquid chemistry are found to play a dominant role. The short-lived reactive oxygen species (ROS) and reactive nitrogen species (RNS) are strongly coupled in liquid-phase reactions: NO3 is an important precursor for short-lived ROS, and in turn OH, O2− and HO2 play a crucial role for the production of short-lived RNS. Also, heterogeneous mass transfer depends strongly on the air gap width, resulting in two distinct scenarios separated by a critical air gap of 0.5 cm. The liquid chemistry is significantly different in these two scenarios. PMID:27033381

  1. Charge transfer between a CdSe/CdS quantum rod and a tethered ferrocene molecule

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    Wang, Linwang; Tarafder, Kartick; Surendranath, Yogesh; Olshansky, Jacob; Alivisatos, Paul

    2014-03-01

    Hole transfer between a CdSe/CdS core/shell semiconductor nanorod and a surface-ligated alkyl ferrocene is investigated by a combination of ab initio quantum chemistry calculations and experimental measurements. The calculated driving force for hole transfer corresponds well with electrochemical measurements of nanorods partially ligated by 6-ferrocenylhexanethiolate. The calculations and the experiment suggest that the hole transfer from the valence band maximum to ferrocene is through a direct coherent hopping, not through any intermediate steps, and this hopping is in the Marcus inverted region. The calculated rate of hole transfer is in line with the photoinduced hole transfer rate determined experimentally, and the calculated state energy alignment agrees excellently with the experiments. Together, the calculations suggest that holes may be extracted more efficiently from well-passivated nanocrystals by reducing the energetic driving force for hole transfer, thus minimizing energetic losses. This work was supported by the Director, Office of Science (SC), Basic Energy Science (BES)/Materials Science and Engineering Division (MSED) of the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) under the contract No. DE-AC02-05CH11231.

  2. Four-body charge transfer processes in proton-helium collisions

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    Chowdhury, U.; Harris, A. L.; Peacher, J. L.; Madison, D. H.

    2012-02-01

    Recent advancements in experimental techniques now allow for the study of fully differential cross sections (FDCS) for four-body collisions. The simplest four-body problem is a charged particle collision with a helium atom, in which both atomic electrons change state. This type of collision can result in many different outcomes, such as double excitation, excitation ionization, double ionization, transfer excitation, transfer ionization and double charge transfer. In this paper, we compare absolute experimental proton-helium FDCS for transfer excitation with the fully quantum mechanical 4BTTE (four-body transfer with target excitation) model. This model was previously used to study TTE for proton energies between 25 and 75 keV and reasonable agreement was found with the experimental data for large scattering angles, but not small angles. Since this is a first-order model, which contains contributions from all higher order terms, one would expect improved agreement with increasing energy and the purpose of this work was to look at higher energies. We found that the agreement with the magnitude of the experimental data became worse with increasing energy while the agreement with the shape of the data was reasonably good. Consequently, we conclude that the model contains the physical effects that determine the shape but not the magnitude of the cross section.

  3. Charge-transfer complexes of pyrimidine Schiff bases with aromatic nitro compounds

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    Issa, Yousry M.; El Ansary, A. L.; Sherif, O. E.; Hassib, H. B.

    2011-08-01

    Charge-transfer (CT) complexes of pyrimidine Schiff bases, derived from condensation of 2-aminopyrimidine and substituted benzaldehydes, with some aromatic polynitro compounds were prepared and investigated using IR, UV, visible and 1H NMR spectroscopy. For all solid complexes, the main interaction between the donor and acceptor molecules takes place through the π-π* interaction. Strong and some weak acidic acceptors, in addition interact through proton transfer from the acceptor molecule to the basic centre of the electron donor. Also, an n-π* transition was detected in some complexes.

  4. Ultrafast structural pathway of charge transfer in n,n,n',n'-tetramethylethylenediamine.

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    Cheng, Xinxin; Zhang, Yao; Gao, Yan; Jnsson, Hannes; Weber, Peter M

    2015-03-26

    We have explored the ultrafast molecular structural dynamics associated with charge transfer in N,N,N',N'-tetramethylethylenediamine using Rydberg fingerprint spectroscopy in conjunction with self-interaction corrected density functional theory. Excitation at 239 nm prepares the molecule in the Franck-Condon region of the 3s state with the charge localized on one of the two amine groups. As seen from the time-dependent Rydberg electron binding energies, the pathway of the rapidly ensuing dynamics leads through several structurally distinct conformers with various degrees of charge localization before reaching the fully charge-delocalized structure on a picosecond time scale. At several steps along the reaction path, the transient structures are identified through a comparison of the spectroscopically observed binding energies with computed values. The molecular structure is seen to evolve dynamically from an initially folded conformer to the stretched form that supports charge delocalization before an equilibrium sets in with forward and backward time constants of 1.19 (0.14) and 2.61 (0.31) ps, respectively. A coherent wavepacket motion in the charge-localized state with a period of 270 (17) fs and damping of 430 (260) fs is observed and tentatively assigned to the nitrogen umbrella motion. The damping time constant indicates the rate of the energy flow into other vibrations that are not activated by the optical excitation. PMID:25714009

  5. Measurement of the charge transfer efficiency of electrons clocked on superfluid helium

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    Sabouret, G.; Lyon, S.A.

    2006-06-19

    Electrons floating on the surface of liquid helium are possible qubits for quantum information processing. Varying electric potentials do not modify spin states, which allows their transport on helium using a charge-coupled device (CCD)-like array of underlying gates. This scheme depends on an efficient intergate electron transfer and on the absence of electron traps. We will present a measurement of the charge transfer efficiency (CTE) of electrons clocked back and forth above a short CCD-like structure. The CTE obtained at low clocking frequencies is 0.999 with an electron density of about 4 electrons/{mu}m{sup 2}. We find no evidence for deep electron trapping.

  6. Quantum confinement effects on charge-transfer between PbS quantum dots and 4-mercaptopyridine

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    Fu Xiaoqi; Pan Yi; Lombardi, John R.; Wang Xin

    2011-01-14

    We obtain the surface enhanced Raman spectra of 4-mercaptopyridine on lead sulfide (PbS) quantum dots as a function of nanoparticle size and excitation wavelength. The nanoparticle radii are selected to be less than the exciton Bohr radius of PbS, enabling the observation of quantum confinement effects on the spectrum. We utilize the variation of nontotally symmetric modes of both b{sub 1} and b{sub 2} symmetry as compared to the totally symmetric a{sub 1} modes to measure the degree of charge-transfer between the molecule and quantum dot. We find both size dependent and wavelength dependent resonances in the range of these measurements, and attribute them to charge-transfer resonances which are responsible for the Raman enhancement.

  7. Production and destruction of D/sup -/ by charge transfer in metal vapors

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    Schlachter, A.S.

    1981-06-01

    Experimental studies of D/sup -/ collisions are of interest for basic physics, where experimental results can be used to test theoretical models for charge transfer, and for applications to ion sources for accelerators and for heating magnetically confined plasmas of interest for fusion. The high D/sup -/ yield from charge transfer in a thick cesium-vapor target is consistent with recent cross-section calculations and measurements. Recent theoretical calculations of cross sections in thick alkaline-earth-vapor targets, leading to prediction of a large D/sup -/ yield at low energy, have been partially confirmed in recent measurements, in which a D/sup -/ yield of 50% was observed at a D energy of 500 eV.

  8. Charge-transfer complexes of Cu(II)/HD analogue in sol gel sensors

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    Brinkley, J. F.; Kirkey, M. L.; Marques, A. D. S.; Lin, C. T.

    2003-01-01

    An optically transparent xerogel encapsulating Cu(II) acetate is fabricated to detect mustard gas (HD) analogues via a charge-transfer mechanism. A fast response (color change from sky blue to canary yellow) is observed for the chlorinated sulfide, and is accompanied by an absorption band at 370-420 nm. MO calculations revealed that the chlorinated HD analogue displays a charge-transfer transition extended from sulfur to chlorine atom. A 1:1 complex of Cu(II)/HD analogue is preferred. For a colorimetric sol-gel detector prepared at pH 3, the detection limit of HD analogue is calibrated at 0.03 ?l per 1.5 ml sensor volume.

  9. Multiple-receptor wireless power transfer for magnetic sensors charging on Mars via magnetic resonant coupling

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    Liu, Chunhua; Chau, K. T.; Zhang, Zhen; Qiu, Chun; Lin, Fei; Ching, T. W.

    2015-05-01

    This paper proposes a new idea for magnetic sensors charging on Mars, which aims to effectively transmit energy from Mars Rover to distributed magnetic sensors. The key is to utilize wireless power transfer (WPT) to enable multiple receptors extracting energy from the source via magnetic resonant coupling. Namely, the energy transmitter is located on the Mars Rover, whereas the energy receptor is installed in the magnetic sensor. In order to effectively transfer the power, a resonator is installed between the transmitter and the receptors. Based on the proposed idea, the system topology, operation principle, and simulation results are developed. By performing finite element magnetic field analysis, the output power and efficiency of the proposed WPT system are evaluated. It confirms that the Mars Rover carrying with the energy transmitter is capable of loitering around the resonator, while the magnetic sensors on the receptors can be simultaneously charged according to energy-on-demand.

  10. Combining intra- and intermolecular charge-transfer: a new strategy towards molecular ferromagnets and multiferroics

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    di Maiolo, Francesco; Sissa, Cristina; Painelli, Anna

    2016-01-01

    Organic ferroelectric materials are currently a hot research topic, with mixed stack charge transfer crystals playing a prominent role with their large, electronic-in-origin polarization and the possibility to tune the transition temperature down to the quantum limit and/or to drive the ferroelectric transition via an optical stimulus. By contrast, and in spite of an impressive research effort, organic ferromagnets are rare and characterized by very low transition temperatures. Coexisting magnetic and electric orders in multiferroics offer the possibility to control magnetic (electric) properties by an applied electric (magnetic) field with impressive technological potential. Only few examples of multiferroics are known today, based on inorganics materials. Here we demonstrate that, by decorating mixed stack charge transfer crystals with organic radicals, a new family of robust molecular ferromagnets can be designed, stable up to ambient temperature, and with a clear tendency towards multiferroic behaviour.

  11. Charge transfer complex in diketopyrrolopyrrole polymers and fullerene blends: Implication for organic solar cell efficiency

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    Moghe, D.; Yu, P.; Kanimozhi, C.; Patil, S.; Guha, S.

    2012-02-01

    Copolymers based on diketopyrrolopyrrole (DPP) have recently gained potential in organic photovoltaics. When blended with another acceptor such as PCBM, intermolecular charge transfer occurs which may result in the formation of charge transfer (CT) states. We present here the spectral photocurrent characteristics of two donor-acceptor DPP based copolymers, PDPP-BBT and TDPP-BBT, blended with PCBM to identify the CT states. The spectral photocurrent measured using Fourier-transform photocurrent spectroscopy (FTPS) and monochromatic photocurrent (PC) methods are compared with P3HT:PCBM, where the CT state is well known. PDPP-BBT:PCBM shows a stable CT state while TDPP-BBT does not. Our analysis shows that the larger singlet state energy difference between TDPP-BBT and PCBM along with the lower optical gap of TDPP-BBT obliterates the formation of a midgap CT state resulting in an enhanced photovoltaic efficiency over PDPP-BBT:PCBM.

  12. Charge-transfer dynamics in azobenzene alkanethiolate self-assembled monolayers on gold

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    Gahl, Cornelius; Schmidt, Roland; Brete, Daniel; Paarmann, Stephanie; Weinelt, Martin

    2016-01-01

    We have studied the charge-transfer dynamics in azobenzene-functionalized alkanethiolate self-assembled monolayers. We compare the core-hole-clock technique, i.e., resonant vs. non-resonant contributions in the azobenzene autoionization of the Cls-π* core exciton, with the lifetime of a molecular resonance determined by two-photon photoemission spectroscopy using femtosecond laser pulses. Both techniques yield comparable charge-transfer times of 80 ± 20 fs for a linker consisting of three CH2 groups and one oxygen unit. Thus the quenching of the excitation is about one order of magnitude faster than the time required for the trans to cis isomerization of the azobenzene photoswitch in solution.

  13. Combining intra- and intermolecular charge-transfer: a new strategy towards molecular ferromagnets and multiferroics

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    Di Maiolo, Francesco; Sissa, Cristina; Painelli, Anna

    2016-01-01

    Organic ferroelectric materials are currently a hot research topic, with mixed stack charge transfer crystals playing a prominent role with their large, electronic-in-origin polarization and the possibility to tune the transition temperature down to the quantum limit and/or to drive the ferroelectric transition via an optical stimulus. By contrast, and in spite of an impressive research effort, organic ferromagnets are rare and characterized by very low transition temperatures. Coexisting magnetic and electric orders in multiferroics offer the possibility to control magnetic (electric) properties by an applied electric (magnetic) field with impressive technological potential. Only few examples of multiferroics are known today, based on inorganics materials. Here we demonstrate that, by decorating mixed stack charge transfer crystals with organic radicals, a new family of robust molecular ferromagnets can be designed, stable up to ambient temperature, and with a clear tendency towards multiferroic behaviour. PMID:26790963

  14. Synthesis and spectroscopic studies of the charge transfer complexes of 2- and 3-aminopyridine

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    Mostafa, Adel; Bazzi, Hassan S.

    2009-09-01

    The interactions of the electron donors 2-aminopyridine (2APY) and 3-aminopyridine (3APY) with the π-acceptors tetracyanoethylene (TCNE), 2,3-dichloro-5,6-dicyano-p-benzoquinone (DDQ), 2-chloro-1,3,5-trinitrobenzene (picryl chloride, PC), and 2,3,5,6-tetrachloro-1,4-benzoquinone (chloranil) were studied spectrophotometrically in chloroform at room temperature. The electronic and infrared spectra of the formed molecular charge transfer (CT) complexes were recorded. Photometric titration showed that the stoichiometries of the reactions were fixed and depended on the nature of both the donor and the acceptor. The molecular structures of the CT-complexes were, however, independent of the position of the amino group on the pyridine ring and were formulated as [(APY)(TCNE)], [(APY)(DDQ)], [(APY)(PC)], and [(APY) (chloranil)]. The formation constants ( KCT), charge transfer energy ( ECT) and molar extinction coefficients ( ɛCT) of the formed CT-complexes were obtained.

  15. Structural charge transfer in the aluminophosphate molecular sieves by diffuse reflectance spectroscopy

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    Zanjanchi, M. A.; Rashidi, M. K.

    1999-05-01

    Influence of water adsorption in AlPO-5, SAPO-5, AlPO-11 and SAPO-11 has been studied with UV diffuse reflectance spectroscopy. The observed UV absorption spectra in the as-synthesized, template free and hydrated materials are related to the charge transfer processes between aluminum and oxygen atoms of the aluminophosphate and water molecules. As-synthesised materials show two distinct and well-defined bands at about 220 and 260-280 nm correlated to framework aluminum and organic templates, respectively. Upon calcination, the band of occluded template disappears and the band assigned to the framework aluminum shifts at about 240 nm. When the calcined samples are completely hydrated, broadening of the aluminum charge transfer band is observed. This is due to coordination of water molecules to the part of the framework aluminum. Broadening occurs more in AlPO-5 possibly because of higher water capacity and homogenity with respect to SAPO-5.

  16. Intermediate vibronic coupling in charge transfer states: comprehensive calculation of electronic excitations in sexithiophene crystal.

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    Stradomska, Anna; Kulig, Waldemar; Slawik, Michał; Petelenz, Piotr

    2011-06-14

    A comprehensive theory of linear vibronic coupling in a coupled manifold of Frenkel and charge-transfer states in an infinite molecular crystal is presented and applied for sexithiophene. The approach, valid in the intermediate-coupling regime, includes up to three-particle terms of the Philpott expansion, with the vibronic wavefunctions represented in the Lang-Firsov basis. As a stringent test, the scheme is used to reproduce the complete set of available sexithiophene absorption and electroabsorption spectra within a unified theoretical framework. The input is based primarily on independent calculations and to some extent on independent experiments, with explicit fitting contained within the limits set by the estimated inherent errors of a priori parameter estimates. Reasonably good quantitative agreement with experimental spectra is achieved. The results resolve some existing interpretational ambiguities and expose some peculiarities of electric field effect on vibronic eigenstates of Frenkel parentage, highlighting the role of charge-transfer interactions. PMID:21682523

  17. Double charge transfer in low-energy H{sup +}+H{sup -} collisions

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    Mezei, J. Zs.; Stenrup, M.; Elander, N.; Larson, A.

    2010-07-15

    The cross section for double charge transfer between H{sup +} and H{sup -} at low collision energies (E{<=}90 eV) is calculated using a many-state molecular close-coupling model. The wave function is expanded in a diabatic representation of the seven lowest {sup 1{Sigma}}{sub g}{sup +} and the six lowest {sup 1{Sigma}}{sub u}{sup +} states of the hydrogen molecule. The calculated cross section shows clear oscillations as a function of the collision energy, similar to those observed experimentally. However, the magnitude of the calculated cross section is larger than found in experiments. Also, the cross section for double charge transfer in collisions between D{sup +} and H{sup -} is calculated.

  18. Combining intra- and intermolecular charge-transfer: a new strategy towards molecular ferromagnets and multiferroics.

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    Di Maiolo, Francesco; Sissa, Cristina; Painelli, Anna

    2016-01-01

    Organic ferroelectric materials are currently a hot research topic, with mixed stack charge transfer crystals playing a prominent role with their large, electronic-in-origin polarization and the possibility to tune the transition temperature down to the quantum limit and/or to drive the ferroelectric transition via an optical stimulus. By contrast, and in spite of an impressive research effort, organic ferromagnets are rare and characterized by very low transition temperatures. Coexisting magnetic and electric orders in multiferroics offer the possibility to control magnetic (electric) properties by an applied electric (magnetic) field with impressive technological potential. Only few examples of multiferroics are known today, based on inorganics materials. Here we demonstrate that, by decorating mixed stack charge transfer crystals with organic radicals, a new family of robust molecular ferromagnets can be designed, stable up to ambient temperature, and with a clear tendency towards multiferroic behaviour. PMID:26790963

  19. Cross sections for charge transfer between mercury ions and other metals

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    Vroom, D. A.; Rutherford, J. A.

    1977-01-01

    Cross sections for charge transfer between several ions and metals of interest to the NASA electro propulsion program have been measured. Specifically, the ions considered were Hg(+), Xe(+) and Cs(+) and the metals Mo, Fe, Al, Ti, Ta, and C. Measurements were made in the energy regime from 1 to 5,000 eV. In general, the cross sections for charge transfer were found to be less than 10 to the minus 15 power sq cm for most processes over the total energy range. Exceptions are Hg(+) in collision with Ti and Ta. The results obtained for each reaction are given in both graphical and numerical form in the text. For quick reference, the data at several ion velocities are condensed into one table given in the summary.

  20. Primary Side Power Flow Control of Wireless Power Transfer for Electric Vehicle Charging

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    Miller, John M; Onar, Omer C; Chinthavali, Madhu Sudhan

    2015-01-01

    Various noncontacting methods of plug-in electric vehicle charging are either under development or now deployed as aftermarket options in the light-duty automotive market. Wireless power transfer (WPT) is now the accepted term for wireless charging and is used synonymously for inductive power transfer and magnetic resonance coupling. WPT technology is in its infancy; standardization is lacking, especially on interoperability, center frequency selection, magnetic fringe field suppression, and the methods employed for power flow regulation. This paper proposes a new analysis concept for power flow in WPT in which the primary provides frequency selection and the tuned secondary, with its resemblance to a power transmission network having a reactive power voltage control, is analyzed as a transmission network. Analysis is supported with experimental data taken from Oak Ridge National Laboratory s WPT apparatus. This paper also provides an experimental evidence for frequency selection, fringe field assessment, and the need for low-latency communications in the feedback path.

  1. Resonant and nonresonant hyper-Rayleigh scattering of charge-transfer chromophores

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    Wang, C. H.; Woodford, J. N.; Zhang, C.; Dalton, L. R.

    2001-04-01

    The first molecular hyperpolarizabilities (?) of a series of charge-transfer nonlinear optical (NLO) chromophores are measured with the hyper-Rayleigh scattering (HRS) technique using two excitation wavelengths at 1064 and 1907 nm. The 1907 nm wavelength is the longest excitation wavelength used for the HRS experiment. For some of these chromophores, ? values in excess of 100010-30 esu at 1907 nm are obtained, and due to two-photon enhancement, even greater ? values are found with the 1064 nm excitation. Chromophores with such large hyperpolarizability are expected to have potential applications in practical electro-optical devices. The dispersion of ? is analyzed using a two-vibronic-state model developed previously in our laboratory. The study shows that it is necessary to consider the vibronic structure of the chromophore in the excited state in order to account for the behavior of the first molecular hyperpolarizability of the charge-transfer NLO chromophores.

  2. Isotope effect in charge-transfer collisions of H with He{sup +}

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    Loreau, J.; Dalgarno, A.; Ryabchenko, S.

    2011-11-15

    We present a theoretical study of the isotope effect arising from the replacement of H by T in the charge-transfer collision H(n=2) + He{sup +}(1s) at low energy. Using a quasimolecular approach and a time-dependent wave-packet method, we compute the cross sections for the reaction including the effects of the nonadiabatic radial and rotational couplings. For H(2s) + He{sup +}(1s) collisions, we find a strong isotope effect at energies below 1 eV/amu for both singlet and triplet states. We find a much smaller isotopic dependence of the cross section for H(2p) + He{sup +}(1s) collisions in triplet states, and no isotope effect in singlet states. We explain the isotope effect on the basis of the potential energy curves and the nonadiabatic couplings, and we evaluate the importance of the isotope effect on the charge-transfer rate coefficients.

  3. Symmetry-Breaking Charge Transfer of Visible Light Absorbing Systems: Zinc Dipyrrins

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    2015-01-01

    Zinc dipyrrin complexes with two identical dipyrrin ligands absorb strongly at 450–550 nm and exhibit high fluorescence quantum yields in nonpolar solvents (e.g., 0.16–0.66 in cyclohexane) and weak to nonexistent emission in polar solvents (i.e., <10–3, in acetonitrile). The low quantum efficiencies in polar solvents are attributed to the formation of a nonemissive symmetry-breaking charge transfer (SBCT) state, which is not formed in nonpolar solvents. Analysis using ultrafast spectroscopy shows that in polar solvents the singlet excited state relaxes to the SBCT state in 1.0–5.5 ps and then decays via recombination to the triplet or ground states in 0.9–3.3 ns. In the weakly polar solvent toluene, the equilibrium between a localized excited state and the charge transfer state is established in 11–22 ps. PMID:25270268

  4. Characterization of aerosol transport in a recoil transfer chamber for heavy element chemistry

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    Lopez Morales, Gabriel; Tereshatov, Evgeny; Folden, Charles

    2014-09-01

    Heavy elements (HE) are elements with Z >103 that can be synthesized via target material bombardment by accelerated charged particles. Production and investigation of properties of new elements result in understanding of upper limit of Periodic Table of Elements. Study of chemical behavior of HE is usually based on comparison with their light homologue properties. Such experiments require transportation of elements of interest from a target chamber to a radiochemical laboratory within several seconds. Aerosol transport is a widely known way to transfer non-volatile elements in on-line experiments. This particular project is devoted to design, characterization and optimization of aerosol transport for implementation in future experiments at Cyclotron Institute, Texas A&M University. Different types of aerosol generators and particle parameters such as: size distribution, concentration and charge have been considered. Results showing procedure development will be presented. *Funded by DOE and NSF-REU Program.

  5. Interfaces between strongly correlated oxides: controlling charge transfer and induced magnetism by hybridization

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    Bibes, Manuel

    At interfaces between conventional materials, band bending and alignment are controlled by differences in electrochemical potential. Applying this concept to oxides in which interfaces can be polar and cations may adopt a mixed valence has led to the discovery of novel two-dimensional states between simple band insulators such as LaAlO3 and SrTiO3. However, many oxides have a more complex electronic structure, with charge, orbital and/or spin orders arising from correlations between transition metal and oxygen ions. Strong correlations thus offer a rich playground to engineer functional interfaces but their compatibility with the classical band alignment picture remains an open question. In this talk we will show that beyond differences in electron affinities and polar effects, a key parameter determining charge transfer at correlated oxide interfaces is the energy required to alter the covalence of the metal-oxygen bond. Using the perovskite nickelate (RNiO3) family as a template, we have probed charge reconstruction at interfaces with gadolinium titanate GdTiO3 using soft X-ray absorption spectroscopy and hard X-ray photoemission spectroscopy. We show that the charge transfer is thwarted by hybridization effects tuned by the rare-earth (R) size. Charge transfer results in an induced ferromagnetic-like state in the nickelate (observed by XMCD), exemplifying the potential of correlated interfaces to design novel phases. Further, our work clarifies strategies to engineer two-dimensional systems through the control of both doping and covalence. Work supported by ERC CoG MINT #615759.

  6. The Effects of Charge Transfer Inefficiency (CTI) on Galaxy Shape Measurements

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    Rhodes, Jason; Leauthaud, Alexie; Stoughton, Chris; Massey, Richard; Dawson, Kyle; Kolbe, William; Roe, Natalie

    2010-04-01

    We examine the effects of charge transfer inefficiency (CTI) during CCD readout on the demanding galaxy shape measurements required by studies of weak gravitational lensing. We simulate a CCD readout with CTI such as that caused by charged particle radiation damage in space-based detectors. We verify our simulations on real data from fully depleted p-channel CCDs that have been deliberately irradiated in a laboratory. We show that only charge traps with time constants of the same order as the time between row transfers during readout affect galaxy shape measurements. We simulate deep astronomical images and the process of CCD readout, characterizing the effects of CTI on various galaxy populations. Our code and methods are general and can be applied to any CCDs, once the density and characteristic release times of their charge trap species are known. We baseline our study around p-channel CCDs that have been shown to have charge transfer efficiency up to an order of magnitude better than several models of n-channel CCDs designed for space applications. We predict that for galaxies furthest from the readout registers, bias in the measurement of galaxy shapes, Δe, will increase at a rate of (2.65 ± 0.02) × 10-4 yr-1 at L2 for accumulated radiation exposure averaged over the solar cycle. If uncorrected, this will consume the entire shape measurement error budget of a dark energy mission surveying the entire extragalactic sky within about 4 yr of accumulated radiation damage. However, software mitigation techniques demonstrated elsewhere can reduce this by a factor of ~10, bringing the effect well below mission requirements. This conclusion is valid only for the p-channel CCDs we have modeled; CCDs with higher CTI will fare worse and may not meet the requirements of future dark energy missions. We also discuss additional ways in which hardware could be designed to further minimize the impact of CTI.

  7. Investigation of charge transfer in Au nanoparticle-ZnO nanosheet composite photocatalysts.

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    Sung, Yu-Hsiang; Frolov, Vadim D; Pimenov, Sergei M; Wu, Jih-Jen

    2012-11-14

    Ohmic contact formation at the interface of the Au nanoparticle (NP)-ZnO nanosheet (NS), which facilitates photoelectron transfer from ZnO NSs to Au NPs, is determined by scanning Kelvin microscopy for the first time. Reduction of charge recombination in the ZnO NSs confirmed by the quench of green band emission results in the enhancement of photocatalytic activity of the Au NP-ZnO NS composite. PMID:23032872

  8. Charge transfer mobility of naphthodithiophenediimide derivative: Normal-mode and bond length relaxation analysis

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    Liu, Xiaoyan; Liu, Yujuan; Zheng, Yujun

    2016-02-01

    In this letter, the charge transfer mobility of naphthalenediimide (NDTI) derivative is investigated. By employing the normal-mode analysis and bond length relaxation analysis, the influences of chemical elements on reorganization energies and intermolecular electronic couplings are investigated in NDTI derivative. The results show that the introduction of atom O would decrease reorganization energy in hole-hopping process and increase electronic coupling. This analysis encourages the molecular and material design in organic semiconductors.

  9. Prominent Charge-Transfer State at α-Sexithiophene/C60 Interface

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    Takahashi, Yousuke; Yonezawa, Kouhei; Kamioka, Hayato; Yasuda, Takeshi; Han, Liyuan; Moritomo, Yutaka

    2013-06-01

    We performed femtosecond time-resolved spectroscopy in α-sexithiophene (6T)/C60 bilayer and mixed films. We observed sharp and intense photoinduced absorption (PIA) at 1.2 eV and ascribed it to the charge-transfer (CT) state. The spectral features are interpreted in terms of homogenous molecular stacking at 6T/C60 interface and quantum confinement effect in 6T.

  10. Controlling the charge transfer in phenylene-bridged borylene-amine pi-conjugated systems.

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    Proń, Agnieszka; Zhou, Gang; Norouzi-Arasi, Hassan; Baumgarten, Martin; Müllen, Klaus

    2009-08-20

    Novel boron-nitrogen-containing pi-conjugated compounds 3,3'- and 4,4'-((2,4,6-triisopropylphenyl)borylene)bis(N,N-diarylbenzenamine) (1-2), m- and p-phenylene bridged to the boron center, respectively, have been synthesized and characterized. Optical studies by means of UV-vis absorption and emission measurements as well as DFT calculations reveal a different charge transfer behavior between the para series and the meta series at ground and excited states. PMID:19719198

  11. Charge-transfer interactions in tris-donor-tris-acceptor hexaarylbenzene redox chromophores.

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    Steeger, Markus; Lambert, Christoph

    2012-09-17

    Symmetric- and asymmetric hexaarylbenzenes (HABs), each substituted with three electron-donor triarylamine redox centers and three electron-acceptor triarylborane redox centers, were synthesized by cobalt-catalyzed cyclotrimerization, thereby forming compounds with six- and four donor-acceptor interactions, respectively. The electrochemical- and photophysical properties of these systems were investigated by cyclovoltammetry (CV), as well as by absorption- and fluorescence spectroscopy, and compared to a HAB that only contained one neighboring donor-acceptor pair. CV measurements of the asymmetric HAB show three oxidation peaks and three reduction peaks, whose peak-separation is greatly influenced by the conducting salt, owing to ion-pairing and shielding effects. Consequently, the peak-separations cannot be interpreted in terms of the electronic couplings in the generated mixed-valence species. Transient-absorption spectra, fluorescence-solvatochromism, and absorption spectra show that charge-transfer states from the amine- to the boron centers are generated after optical excitation. The electronic donor-acceptor interactions are weak because the charge transfer has to occur predominantly through space. Moreover, the excitation energy of the localized excited charge-transfer states can be redistributed between the aryl substituents of these multidimensional chromophores within the fluorescence lifetime (about 60 ns). This result was confirmed by steady-state fluorescence-anisotropy measurements, which further indicated symmetry-breaking in the superficially symmetric HAB. Adding fluoride ions causes the boron centers to lose their accepting ability owing to complexation. Consequently, the charge-transfer character in the donor-acceptor chromophores vanishes, as observed in both the absorption- and fluorescence spectra. However, the ability of the boron center as a fluoride sensor is strongly influenced by the moisture content of the solvent, possibly owing to the formation of hydrogen-bonding interactions between water molecules and the fluoride anions. PMID:22887589

  12. Imidazole as a parent π-conjugated backbone in charge-transfer chromophores

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    Kulhánek, Jiří

    2012-01-01

    Summary Research activities in the field of imidazole-derived push–pull systems featuring intramolecular charge transfer (ICT) are reviewed. Design, synthetic pathways, linear and nonlinear optical properties, electrochemistry, structure–property relationships, and the prospective application of such D-π-A organic materials are described. This review focuses on Y-shaped imidazoles, bi- and diimidazoles, benzimidazoles, bis(benzimidazoles), imidazole-4,5-dicarbonitriles, and imidazole-derived chromophores chemically bound to a polymer chain. PMID:22423270

  13. Modulation transfer function measuring of charge-coupled devices using laser speckle

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    Liu, Minghua; Zhen, Wenlong; Liang, Yinzhong; Yu, Mozhi; He, Ping'an; Cheng, Changjun

    1996-10-01

    Based on the statistical properties of laser speckle, the response for laser speckle passing through a linear shift- invariant system is studied. This paper presents a method for testing the modulation transfer function (MTF) of charge-coupled devices below the Nyquist frequency. A new scattering microcrystalline glass material generates laser speckle. The instrument is designed and test results show that this technique is a variable MTF measurement approach. The difference of the results of each test is within 0.03.

  14. Imidazole as a parent π-conjugated backbone in charge-transfer chromophores.

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    Kulhánek, Jiří; Bureš, Filip

    2012-01-01

    Research activities in the field of imidazole-derived push-pull systems featuring intramolecular charge transfer (ICT) are reviewed. Design, synthetic pathways, linear and nonlinear optical properties, electrochemistry, structure-property relationships, and the prospective application of such D-π-A organic materials are described. This review focuses on Y-shaped imidazoles, bi- and diimidazoles, benzimidazoles, bis(benzimidazoles), imidazole-4,5-dicarbonitriles, and imidazole-derived chromophores chemically bound to a polymer chain. PMID:22423270

  15. Charge-transfer excitations steer the Davydov splitting and mediate singlet exciton fission in pentacene.

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    Beljonne, D; Yamagata, H; Brédas, J L; Spano, F C; Olivier, Y

    2013-05-31

    Quantum-chemical calculations are combined to a model Frenkel-Holstein Hamiltonian to assess the nature of the lowest electronic excitations in the pentacene crystal. We show that an admixture of charge-transfer excitations into the lowest singlet excited states form the origin of the Davydov splitting and mediate instantaneous singlet exciton fission by direct optical excitation of coherently coupled single and double exciton states, in agreement with recent experiments. PMID:23767738

  16. Charge-Transfer Excitations Steer the Davydov Splitting and Mediate Singlet Exciton Fission in Pentacene

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    Beljonne, D.; Yamagata, H.; Brédas, J. L.; Spano, F. C.; Olivier, Y.

    2013-05-01

    Quantum-chemical calculations are combined to a model Frenkel-Holstein Hamiltonian to assess the nature of the lowest electronic excitations in the pentacene crystal. We show that an admixture of charge-transfer excitations into the lowest singlet excited states form the origin of the Davydov splitting and mediate instantaneous singlet exciton fission by direct optical excitation of coherently coupled single and double exciton states, in agreement with recent experiments.

  17. Radiative charge-transfer lifetime of the excited state of (NaCa)+

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    Makarov, Oleg P.; Côté, R.; Michels, H.; Smith, W. W.

    2003-04-01

    New experiments were proposed recently to investigate the regime of cold atomic and molecular ion-atom collision processes in a special hybrid neutral-atom ion trap under high-vacuum conditions. We study the collisional cooling of laser precooled Ca+ ions by ultracold Na atoms. Modeling this process requires knowledge of the radiative lifetime of the excited singlet A 1Σ+ state of the (NaCa)+ molecular system. We calculate the rate coefficient for radiative charge transfer using a semiclassical approach. The dipole radial matrix elements between the ground and the excited states, and the potential curves were calculated using complete active space self-consistent field and Möller-Plesset second-order perturbation theory with an extended Gaussian basis, 6-311+G (3df). The semiclassical charge-transfer rate coefficient was averaged over a thermal Maxwellian distribution. In addition, we also present elastic collision cross sections and the spin-exchange cross section. The rate coefficient for charge transfer was found to be 2.3×10-16 cm3/sec, while those for the elastic and spin-exchange cross sections were found to be several orders of magnitude higher (1.1×10-8 cm3/sec and 2.3×10-9 cm3/sec, respectively). This confirms our assumption that the milli-Kelvin regime of collisional cooling of calcium ions by sodium atoms is favorable with the respect to low loss of calcium ions due to the charge transfer.

  18. Strongly Dichroic Organic Films via Controlled Assembly of Modular Aromatic Charge-Transfer Liquid Crystals.

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    B, Ariana Gray; Tran, Cheryl; Sechrist, Riley; Reczek, Joseph J

    2015-10-01

    The formation of highly anisotropic organic thin films based on the designed self-assembly of mixed-stack liquid crystals is reported. A series of alkoxyanthracene donors is combined in a modular fashion with a naphthalenediimide acceptor to generate new charge-transfer columnar liquid crystals. Materials characterization and molecular modeling provides insight into structure-function relationships in these organic materials that lead to the striking bulk dichroic properties of certain molecular assemblies. PMID:26375256

  19. Ultrafast interfacial charge transfer dynamics in dye-sensitized and quantum dot solar cell

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    Ghosh, Hirendra N.

    2013-02-01

    Dye sensitized solar cell (DSSC) appeared to be one of the good discovery for the solution of energy problem. We have been involved in studying ultrafast interfacial electron transfer dynamics in DSSC using femtosecond laser spectroscopy. However it has been realized that it is very difficult to design and develop higher efficient one, due to thermodynamic limitation. Again in DSSC most of the absorbed photon energy is lost as heat within the cell, which apart from decreasing the efficiency also destabilizes the device. It has been realized that quantum dot solar cell (QDSC) are the best bet where the sensitizer dye molecules can be replaced by suitable quantum dot (QD) materials in solar cell. The quantum-confinement effect in semiconductors modifies their electronic structure, which is a very important aspect of these materials. For photovoltaic applications, a long-lived charge separation remains one of the most essential criteria. One of the problems in using QDs for photovoltaic applications is their fast charge recombination caused by nonradiative Auger processes, which occur predominantly at lower particle sizes due to an increase in the Coulomb interaction between electrons and holes. Various approaches, such as the use of metal-semiconductor composites, semiconductor-polymer composite, and semiconductor core-shell heterostructures, have been attempted to minimize the fast recombination between electrons and holes. To make higher efficient solar devices it has been realised that it is very important to understand charge carrier and electron transfer dynamics in QD and QD sensitized semiconductor nanostructured materials. In the present talk, we are going to discuss on recent works on ultrafast electron transfer dynamics in dye-sensitized TiO2 nanoparticles/film [1-12] and charge (electron/hole) transfer dynamics in quantum dot core-shell nano-structured materials [13-17].

  20. Computational models of an inductive power transfer system for electric vehicle battery charge

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    Anele, A. O.; Hamam, Y.; Chassagne, L.; Linares, J.; Alayli, Y.; Djouani, K.

    2015-09-01

    One of the issues to be solved for electric vehicles (EVs) to become a success is the technical solution of its charging system. In this paper, computational models of an inductive power transfer (IPT) system for EV battery charge are presented. Based on the fundamental principles behind IPT systems, 3 kW single phase and 22 kW three phase IPT systems for Renault ZOE are designed in MATLAB/Simulink. The results obtained based on the technical specifications of the lithium-ion battery and charger type of Renault ZOE show that the models are able to provide the total voltage required by the battery. Also, considering the charging time for each IPT model, they are capable of delivering the electricity needed to power the ZOE. In conclusion, this study shows that the designed computational IPT models may be employed as a support structure needed to effectively power any viable EV.

  1. Charge Transfer in Collisions between Diatomic Molecular Ions and Atomic Hydrogen Using Merged Beams

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    Andrianarijaona, V. M.; Draganic, Ilija N; Seely, D. G.; Havener, Charles C

    2011-01-01

    A merged-beams technique is used to measure charge transfer (CT) cross sections for the (O2+,D) and (CO+,D) systems from 2 keV/u to 20 eV/u, which covers a wide range of energy: high energies where the collision is ro-vibrationally frozen to low energies where ro-vibrational modes become important. At high energies where the differences in the Q-values of the CT process can be neglected, the cross sections all converge to (7.5 0.5) x 10-16 cm2 at 2 keV/u and are consistent with a H2+ + H calculation which assumes the ro-vibrational modes are frozen. Toward lower velocities, (O2+,D) and (CO+,D) have consistently similar cross sections, as one might expect from the comparison of their characteristic vibrational time, but diverge below 60eV/u. In contrast, previously reported merged-beams measurements for (D2+,H), a system with fewer electrons on the molecular core, no electronic excited states and with relatively less charge transfer channels, shows a decreasing cross section toward lower energies. These different trends are compared to merged-beams measurements of charge transfer for several 4+ atomic ions that have a different number of electrons on the core.

  2. Charge transfer in collisions between diatomic molecular ions and atomic hydrogen using merged beams

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    Andrianarijaona, V. M.; Draganic, I. N.; Havener, C. C.; Seely, D. G.

    2011-12-15

    A merged-beam technique is used to measure charge transfer (CT) cross sections for the (O{sub 2}{sup +},D) and (CO{sup +},D) systems over a wide range of collision energy from 20 eV/u to 2 keV/u. At the higher energies where the collision is rovibrationally frozen and the differences in the Q values of the CT process can be neglected, the cross sections all converge to (7.5{+-}0.5)x10{sup -16} cm{sup 2} at 2 keV/u and are consistent with a rovibrational frozen (H{sub 2}{sup +},H) calculation. Toward lower velocities, (O{sub 2}{sup +},D) and (CO{sup +},D) have consistently similar cross sections but diverge below 60 eV/u. In contrast, previously reported merged-beam measurements for (D{sub 2}{sup +},H), a system with fewer electrons on the molecular core, no electronic excited states, and relatively fewer charge transfer channels, shows a decreasing cross section toward lower energies. These different trends are compared to previous merged-beam measurements of charge transfer with H for several atomic 4+ ions (Si{sup 4+}, Ne{sup 4+}, N{sup 4+}, and C{sup 4+}) which have a variety of electrons on the core.

  3. Development of highly accurate approximate scheme for computing the charge transfer integral.

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    Pershin, Anton; Szalay, Péter G

    2015-08-21

    The charge transfer integral is a key parameter required by various theoretical models to describe charge transport properties, e.g., in organic semiconductors. The accuracy of this important property depends on several factors, which include the level of electronic structure theory and internal simplifications of the applied formalism. The goal of this paper is to identify the performance of various approximate approaches of the latter category, while using the high level equation-of-motion coupled cluster theory for the electronic structure. The calculations have been performed on the ethylene dimer as one of the simplest model systems. By studying different spatial perturbations, it was shown that while both energy split in dimer and fragment charge difference methods are equivalent with the exact formulation for symmetrical displacements, they are less efficient when describing transfer integral along the asymmetric alteration coordinate. Since the "exact" scheme was found computationally expensive, we examine the possibility to obtain the asymmetric fluctuation of the transfer integral by a Taylor expansion along the coordinate space. By exploring the efficiency of this novel approach, we show that the Taylor expansion scheme represents an attractive alternative to the "exact" calculations due to a substantial reduction of computational costs, when a considerably large region of the potential energy surface is of interest. Moreover, we show that the Taylor expansion scheme, irrespective of the dimer symmetry, is very accurate for the entire range of geometry fluctuations that cover the space the molecule accesses at room temperature. PMID:26298117

  4. NIR and MIR charge transfer plasmons in wire-bridged antennas (Presentation Recording)

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    Zhang, Yue; Wen, Fangfang; Gottheim, Samuel; King, Nicholas S.; Zhang, Yu; Nordlander, Peter; Halas, Naomi J.

    2015-09-01

    We investigate optical properties of wire-bridged plasmonic nanoantennas. Here we found two spectral features: a dipolar plasmon in the visible and a Charge Transfer Plasmon (CTP) in the infrared. The CTP depends sensitively on the conductance of the junction wire, offering a controllable way for tuning the plasmon resonance to the desired wavelength regime via junction geometries. Here we use single-particle dark field spectroscopy from UV, visible to IR to identify plasmonic modes in different spectrum regimes. The simulations using Finite-difference time-domain (FDTD) method are in good agreement with experiment: Increasing the junction wire width and concurrently the junction conductance blue shifts resonance positions, and simultaneously modifies scattering strengths, the linewidth of CTP and dipolar plasmon. We notice that CTP in a much longer wavelength regime and preserving a narrow line width, an important implication for designing IR plasmons with a high quality factor for enhanced spectroscopy and sensing applications. We also extend the CTP to the IR regime by increasing the wire length to create IR plasmon while keeping the line width of the resonance. Our work offers a way for studying the charge transfer properties in plasmonic nanostructures. Not only it adds another degree in understanding the charge transfer properties in plasmonic nanostructures but also offers an optical platform for studying molecules transport at optical frequencies and related applications.

  5. Effect of geometrical orientation on the charge transfer energetics of supramolecular (tetraphenyl)-porphyrin/fullerens dyads

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    Olguin, Marco; Zope, Rajendra; Baruah, Tunna

    2013-03-01

    We present our study of several low lying charge-transfer (CT) excitation energies for a widely used donor-acceptor system composed of a porphyrin-fullerene pair. The dyad systems consist of C60 and C70 acceptor systems coupled to tetraphenyl-porphyrin (TPP) and tetraphenyl-(zinc)porphyrin (ZnTPP) donor systems in a co-facial orientation. We find that replacing C60 by C70 in a given dyad may increase the lowest charge transfer excitation energy by about 0.27 eV, whereas varying the donor in these complexes had marginal effect on the lowest charge transfer excitation energy. Additionally, we examined the effect of geometrical orientation on the CT energy by calculating several CT excited state energies for an end-on orientation of the porphyrin-fullerene dyads. The CT excitation energies are larger for the end-on orientation in comparison to the co-facial orientation by 0.6 eV - 0.75 eV. The difference is attributed to a reduced exciton binding energy in going from the co-facial to the end-on orientation. Supported by Office of Basic Energy Sciences of the US Department of Energy.

  6. Importance of Correctly Describing Charge-Transfer Excitations for Understanding the Chemical Effect in SERS

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    Moore, Justin E.; Morton, Seth M.; Jensen, Lasse

    2012-09-06

    The enhancement mechanism due to the molecule-surface chemical coupling in surface-enhanced Raman scattering (SERS) is governed to a large extent by the energy difference between the highest occupied molecular orbital (HOMO) of the metal and the lowest unoccupied molecular orbital (LUMO) of the molecule. Here, we investigate the importance of correctly describing charge-transfer excitations, using time dependent density functional theory (TDDFT), when calculating the chemical coupling in SERS. It is well-known that TDDFT, using traditional functionals, underestimates the position of charge-transfer excitations. Here, we show that this leads to a significant overestimation of the chemical coupling mechanism in SERS. Significantly smaller enhancements are found using long-range corrected (LC) functionals as compared with a traditional generalized gradient approximation (GGA) and hybrid functionals. Enhancement factors are found to be smaller than 530 and typically less than 50. Our results show that it is essential to correctly describe charge-transfer excitations for predicting the chemical enhancement in SERS.

  7. Charge Transfer-Induced Molecular Hole Doping into Thin Film of Metal-Organic Frameworks.

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    Lee, Deok Yeon; Kim, Eun-Kyung; Shrestha, Nabeen K; Boukhvalov, Danil W; Lee, Joong Kee; Han, Sung-Hwan

    2015-08-26

    Despite the highly porous nature with significantly large surface area, metal-organic frameworks (MOFs) can be hardly used in electronic and optoelectronic devices due to their extremely poor electrical conductivity. Therefore, the study of MOF thin films that require electron transport or conductivity in combination with the everlasting porosity is highly desirable. In the present work, thin films of Co3(NDC)3DMF4 MOFs with improved electronic conductivity are synthesized using layer-by-layer and doctor blade coating techniques followed by iodine doping. The as-prepared and doped films are characterized using FE-SEM, EDX, UV/visible spectroscopy, XPS, current-voltage measurement, photoluminescence spectroscopy, cyclic voltammetry, and incident photon to current efficiency measurements. In addition, the electronic and semiconductor properties of the MOF films are characterized using Hall Effect measurement, which reveals that, in contrast to the insulator behavior of the as-prepared MOFs, the iodine doped MOFs behave as a p-type semiconductor. This is caused by charge transfer-induced hole doping into the frameworks. The observed charge transfer-induced hole doping phenomenon is also confirmed by calculating the densities of states of the as-prepared and iodine doped MOFs based on density functional theory. Photoluminescence spectroscopy demonstrates an efficient interfacial charge transfer between TiO2 and iodine doped MOFs, which can be applied to harvest solar radiations. PMID:26226050

  8. Observation of vibrationally resolved charge transfer in H + +H2 at ECM=20 eV

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    Niedner, G.; Noll, M.; Toennies, J. P.; Schlier, Ch.

    1987-09-01

    The doubly differential cross sections for both the scattered protons and H atoms have been measured at ELAB=30 eV (ECM=20 eV) from θLAB=0° to 12° (θCM=0° to 18°) for the reactions H++H2(v=0)→H++H2(vf) and →H+H+2(vf) . The energy resolution is sufficient to resolve final vibrational states in both channels. The comparison of both the angular and energy loss distributions for the two product channels provides the first clear experimental evidence of a two-step charge transfer mechanism: Vibrational excitation on the lower H++H2 surface is followed by charge transfer in the outgoing collision for only those H2 molecules which are excited vibrationally high enough (vf≥4) to overcome the endoergic barrier (ΔE=1.83 eV). The final vibrational distributions of H+2 appear to be very similar to those of H2 for vf≥4 indicating that for the angular range observed the charge transfer probability is the same for all vibrational states with vf≥4. The comparison with classical trajectory surface hopping (TSH) calculations points to some disagreement which probably can be attributed to the potential surface used.

  9. A study of different modes of charge transfer to ground in upward lightning

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    Zhou, Helin; Rakov, Vladimir A.; Diendorfer, Gerhard; Thottappillil, Rajeev; Pichler, Hannes; Mair, Martin

    2015-04-01

    We examined simultaneous measurements of currents and close electric field changes, as well as high-speed video images, associated with pulses superimposed on the initial continuous current (ICC pulses) and M-components following return strokes in upward flashes initiated from the Gaisberg Tower in Austria. For tower-initiated lightning, upward leaders often create multiple branches below the cloud base that can facilitate initiation of transients at relatively low heights along the grounded channel carrying ICC of some tens to hundreds of amperes. In this situation, a conducting channel is present, which is necessary for the M-component mode of charge transfer to ground, but the excitation wave (leader), after entering the channel, cannot form a long-front downward M-wave, because of the relatively short distance between the entry (junction) point and the strike-object top. Clearly, two parallel channels, one previously existing and the other newly formed (or rejuvenated) are involved in the charge transfer, and there is a common channel section between the junction point and the strike object. We use the term "mixed mode of charge transfer to ground", to indicate that in the case of low junction point the "classical" M-component mode is not possible, even though a conducting channel to ground (an attribute of the M-component mode) is present. The mixed mode scenario is also applicable to impulsive processes during continuing currents following return strokes in upward lightning.

  10. Charge-transfer interactions between TCNQ and silver clusters Ag20 and Ag13.

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    Chen, Jing; Zhang, Hanyu; Liu, Xianhu; Yuan, Chengqian; Jia, Meiye; Luo, Zhixun; Yao, Jiannian

    2016-03-01

    Interactions between tetracyanoquinodimethane (TCNQ) and two typical silver clusters Ag13 and Ag20 are studied by first-principles DFT calculations. Charge transfer (CT) from silver clusters to TCNQ molecules initiates the Ag-N bond formation at selective sites resulting in the formation of different isomers of Ag13-TCNQ and Ag20-TCNQ complexes. We show here a comprehensive spectroscopic analysis for the two CT complexes on the basis of Raman and infrared activities. Furthermore, frontier molecular orbital (FMO) and natural bond orbital (NBO) analysis of the complexes provides a vivid illustration of electron cloud overlap and interactions. The behavior of TCNQ adsorbed on the tetrahedral Ag20 cluster was even found in good agreement with the experimental measurement of TCNQ molecules on a single-crystal Ag(111) surface. This study not only endeavors to clarify the charge-transfer interactions of TCNQ with silver, but also presents a finding of enhanced charge transfer between Ag13 and TCNQ indicating potential for candidate building blocks of granular materials. PMID:26888771

  11. Photoelectrochemical Water Splitting System-A Study of Interfacial Charge Transfer with Scanning Electrochemical Microscopy.

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    Zhang, Bingyan; Zhang, Xiaofan; Xiao, Xin; Shen, Yan

    2016-01-27

    Fast charge transfer kinetics at the photoelectrode/electrolyte interface is critical for efficient photoelectrochemical (PEC) water splitting system. Thus, far, a measurement of kinetics constants for such processes is limited. In this study, scanning electrochemical microscopy (SECM) is employed to investigate the charge transfer kinetics at the photoelectrode/electrolyte interface in the feedback mode in order to simulate the oxygen evolution process in PEC system. The popular photocatalysts BiVO4 and Mo doped BiVO4 (labeled as Mo:BiVO4) are selected as photoanodes and the common redox couple [Fe(CN)6](3-)/[Fe(CN)6](4-) as molecular probe. SECM characterization can directly reveal the surface catalytic reaction kinetics constant of 9.30 × 10(7) mol(-1) cm(3) s(-1) for the BiVO4. Furthermore, we find that after excitation, the ratio of rate constant for photogenerated hole to electron via Mo:BiVO4 reacting with mediator at the electrode/electrolyte interface is about 30 times larger than that of BiVO4. This suggests that introduction of Mo(6+) ion into BiVO4 can possibly facilitate solar to oxygen evolution (hole involved process) and suppress the interfacial back reaction (electron involved process) at photoanode/electrolyte interface. Therefore, the SECM measurement allows us to make a comprehensive analysis of interfacial charge transfer kinetics in PEC system. PMID:26720831

  12. Structure and electronic spectra of purine-methyl viologen charge transfer complexes.

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    Jalilov, Almaz S; Patwardhan, Sameer; Singh, Arunoday; Simeon, Tomekia; Sarjeant, Amy A; Schatz, George C; Lewis, Frederick D

    2014-01-01

    The structure and properties of the electron donor-acceptor complexes formed between methyl viologen and purine nucleosides and nucleotides in water and the solid state have been investigated using a combination of experimental and theoretical methods. Solution studies were performed using UV-vis and (1)H NMR spectroscopy. Theoretical calculations were performed within the framework of density functional theory (DFT). Energy decomposition analysis indicates that dispersion and induction (charge-transfer) interactions dominate the total binding energy, whereas electrostatic interactions are largely repulsive. The appearance of charge transfer bands in the absorption spectra of the complexes are well-described by time-dependent DFT and are further explained in terms of the redox properties of purine monomers and solvation effects. Crystal structures are reported for complexes of methyl viologen with the purines 2'-deoxyguanosine 3'-monophosphate (DAD'DAD' type) and 7-deazaguanosine (DAD'ADAD' type). Comparison of the structures determined in the solid state and by theoretical methods in solution provides valuable insights into the nature of charge-transfer interactions involving purine bases as electron donors. PMID:24294996

  13. Development of highly accurate approximate scheme for computing the charge transfer integral

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    Pershin, Anton; Szalay, Pter G.

    2015-08-01

    The charge transfer integral is a key parameter required by various theoretical models to describe charge transport properties, e.g., in organic semiconductors. The accuracy of this important property depends on several factors, which include the level of electronic structure theory and internal simplifications of the applied formalism. The goal of this paper is to identify the performance of various approximate approaches of the latter category, while using the high level equation-of-motion coupled cluster theory for the electronic structure. The calculations have been performed on the ethylene dimer as one of the simplest model systems. By studying different spatial perturbations, it was shown that while both energy split in dimer and fragment charge difference methods are equivalent with the exact formulation for symmetrical displacements, they are less efficient when describing transfer integral along the asymmetric alteration coordinate. Since the "exact" scheme was found computationally expensive, we examine the possibility to obtain the asymmetric fluctuation of the transfer integral by a Taylor expansion along the coordinate space. By exploring the efficiency of this novel approach, we show that the Taylor expansion scheme represents an attractive alternative to the "exact" calculations due to a substantial reduction of computational costs, when a considerably large region of the potential energy surface is of interest. Moreover, we show that the Taylor expansion scheme, irrespective of the dimer symmetry, is very accurate for the entire range of geometry fluctuations that cover the space the molecule accesses at room temperature.

  14. Semilocal and hybrid density embedding calculations of ground-state charge-transfer complexes.

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    Laricchia, S; Fabiano, E; Della Sala, F

    2013-03-28

    We apply the frozen density embedding method, using a full relaxation of embedded densities through a freeze-and-thaw procedure, to study the electronic structure of several benchmark ground-state charge-transfer complexes, in order to assess the merits and limitations of the approach for this class of systems. The calculations are performed using both semilocal and hybrid exchange-correlation (XC) functionals. The results show that embedding calculations using semilocal XC functionals yield rather large deviations with respect to the corresponding supermolecular calculations. Due to a large error cancellation effect, however, they can often provide a relatively good description of the electronic structure of charge-transfer complexes, in contrast to supermolecular calculations performed at the same level of theory. On the contrary, when hybrid XC functionals are employed, both embedding and supermolecular calculations agree very well with each other and with the reference benchmark results. In conclusion, for the study of ground-state charge-transfer complexes via embedding calculations hybrid XC functionals are the method of choice due to their higher reliability and superior performance. PMID:23556714

  15. Ab initio calculation of H+He{sup +} charge-transfer cross sections for plasma physics

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    Loreau, J.; Vaeck, N.; Lauvergnat, D.; Desouter-Lecomte, M.

    2010-07-15

    The charge-transfer in low-energy (0.25 to 150 eV/amu) H(nl)+He{sup +}(1s) collisions is investigated using a quasimolecular approach for the n=2,3 as well as the first two n=4 singlet states. The diabatic potential energy curves of the HeH{sup +} molecular ion are obtained from the adiabatic potential energy curves and the nonadiabatic radial coupling matrix elements using a two-by-two diabatization method, and a time-dependent wave-packet approach is used to calculate the state-to-state cross sections. We find a strong dependence of the charge-transfer cross section on the principal and orbital quantum numbers n and l of the initial or final state. We estimate the effect of the nonadiabatic rotational couplings, which is found to be important even at energies below 1 eV/amu. However, the effect is small on the total cross sections at energies below 10 eV/amu. We observe that to calculate charge-transfer cross sections in an n manifold, it is only necessary to include states with n{sup '{<=}}n, and we discuss the limitations of our approach as the number of states increases.

  16. Tuning the entanglement between orbital reconstruction and charge transfer at a film surface.

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    Cui, B; Song, C; Li, F; Wang, G Y; Mao, H J; Peng, J J; Zeng, F; Pan, F

    2014-01-01

    The interplay between orbital, charge, spin, and lattice degrees of freedom is at the core of correlated oxides. This is extensively studied at the interface of heterostructures constituted of two-layer or multilayer oxide films. Here, we demonstrate the interactions between orbital reconstruction and charge transfer in the surface regime of ultrathin (La,Sr)MnO3, which is a model system of correlated oxides. The interactions are manipulated in a quantitative manner by surface symmetry-breaking and epitaxial strain, both tensile and compressive. The established charge transfer, accompanied by the formation of oxygen vacancies, provides a conceptually novel vision for the long-term problem of manganites--the severe surface/interface magnetization and conductivity deterioration. The oxygen vacancies are then purposefully tuned by cooling oxygen pressure, markedly improving the performances of differently strained films. Our findings offer a broad opportunity to tailor and benefit from the entanglements between orbit, charge, spin, and lattice at the surface of oxide films. PMID:24569650

  17. Raman Spectroscopy of Charge Transfer Interactions Between Single Wall Carbon Nanotubes and [FeFe] Hydrogenase

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    Blackburn, J. L. Svedruzic, D.; McDonald, T. J.; Kim, Y. H.; King, P. W.; Heben, M. J.

    2008-01-01

    We report a Raman spectroscopy study of charge transfer interactions in complexes formed by single-walled carbon nanotubes (SWNTs) and [FeFe] hydrogenase I (CaHydI) from Clostridium acetobutylicum. The choice of Raman excitation wavelength and sample preparation conditions allows differences to be observed for complexes involving metallic (m) and semiconducting (s) species. Adsorbed CaHydI can reversibly inject electronic charge into the LUMOs of s-SWNTs, while charge can be injected and removed from m-SWNTs at lower potentials just above the Fermi energy. Time-dependent enzymatic assays demonstrated that the reduced and oxidized forms of CaHydI are deactivated by oxygen, but at rates that varied by an order of magnitude. The time evolution of the oxidative decay of the CaHydI activity reveals different time constants when complexed with m-SWNTs and s-SWNTs. The correlation of enzymatic assays with time-dependent Raman spectroscopy provides a novel method by which the charge transfer interactions may be investigated in the various SWNT-CaHydI complexes. Surprisingly, an oxidized form of CaHydI is apparently more resistant to oxygen deactivation when complexed to m-SWNTs rather than s-SWNTs.

  18. Charge constrained density functional molecular dynamics for simulation of condensed phase electron transfer reactions

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    Oberhofer, Harald; Blumberger, Jochen

    2009-08-14

    We present a plane-wave basis set implementation of charge constrained density functional molecular dynamics (CDFT-MD) for simulation of electron transfer reactions in condensed phase systems. Following the earlier work of Wu and Van Voorhis [Phys. Rev. A 72, 024502 (2005)], the density functional is minimized under the constraint that the charge difference between donor and acceptor is equal to a given value. The classical ion dynamics is propagated on the Born-Oppenheimer surface of the charge constrained state. We investigate the dependence of the constrained energy and of the energy gap on the definition of the charge and present expressions for the constraint forces. The method is applied to the Ru{sup 2+}-Ru{sup 3+} electron self-exchange reaction in aqueous solution. Sampling the vertical energy gap along CDFT-MD trajectories and correcting for finite size effects, a reorganization free energy of 1.6 eV is obtained. This is 0.1-0.2 eV lower than a previous estimate based on a continuum model for solvation. The smaller value for the reorganization free energy can be explained by the fact that the Ru-O distances of the divalent and trivalent Ru hexahydrates are predicted to be more similar in the electron transfer complex than for the separated aqua ions.

  19. Inhomogeneous charge transfer within monolayer zinc phthalocyanine absorbed on TiO{sub 2}(110)

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    Yu Shun; Ahmadi, Sareh; Adibi, Pooya Tabib Zadeh; Chow, Winnie; Goethelid, Mats; Sun, Chenghua; Pietzsch, Annette

    2012-04-21

    The d-orbital contribution from the transition metal centers of phthalocyanine brings difficulties to understand the role of the organic ligands and their molecular frontier orbitals when it adsorbs on oxide surfaces. Here we use zinc phthalocyanine (ZnPc)/TiO{sub 2}(110) as a model system where the zinc d-orbitals are located deep below the organic orbitals leaving room for a detailed study of the interaction between the organic ligand and the substrate. A charge depletion from the highest occupied molecular orbital is observed, and a consequent shift of N1s and C1s to higher binding energy in photoelectron spectroscopy (PES). A detailed comparison of peak shifts in PES and near-edge X-ray absorption fine structure spectroscopy illustrates a slightly uneven charge distribution within the molecular plane and an inhomogeneous charge transfer screening between the center and periphery of the organic ligand: faster in the periphery and slower at the center, which is different from other metal phthalocyanine, e.g., FePc/TiO{sub 2}. Our results indicate that the metal center can substantially influence the electronic properties of the organic ligand at the interface by introducing an additional charge transfer channel to the inner molecular part.

  20. UV-Induced Charge Transfer States in DNA Promote Sequence Selective Self-Repair.

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    Bucher, Dominik Benjamin; Kufner, Corinna Lucia; Schlueter, Alexander; Carell, Thomas; Zinth, Wolfgang

    2016-01-13

    Absorption of UV-radiation in nucleotides initiates a number of photophysical and photochemical processes, which may finally cause DNA damage. One major decay channel of photoexcited DNA leads to reactive charge transfer states. This study shows that these states trigger self-repair of DNA photolesions. The experiments were performed by UV spectroscopy and HPLC on different single and double stranded oligonucleotides containing a cyclobutane pyrimidine dimer (CPD) lesion. In a first experiment we show that photoexcitation of adenine adjacent to a CPD has no influence on this lesion. However, excitation of a guanine (G) adenine (A) sequence leads to reformation of the intact thymine (T) bases. The involvement of two bases for the repair points to a long-living charge transfer state between G and A to be responsible for the repair. The negatively charged A radical anion donates an electron to the CPD, inducing ring splitting and repair. In contrast, a TA sequence, having an inverted charge distribution (T radical anion, A radical cation), is not able to repair the CPD lesion. The investigations show that the presence of an adjacent radical ion is not sufficient for repair. More likely it is the driving power represented by the oxidation potential of the radical ion, which controls the repair. Thus, repair capacities are strongly sequence-dependent, creating DNA regions with different tendencies of self-repair. This self-healing activity represents the simplest sequence-dependent DNA repair system. PMID:26651219

  1. Bidirectional "ping-pong" energy transfer and 3000-fold lifetime enhancement in a Re(I) charge transfer complex.

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    Yarnell, James E; Deaton, Joseph C; McCusker, Catherine E; Castellano, Felix N

    2011-08-15

    The synthesis and photophysics of a new Re(I)-carbonyl diimine complex, Re(PNI-phen)(CO)(3)Cl, where the PNI-phen is N-(1,10-phenanthroline)-4-(1-piperidinyl)naphthalene-1,8-dicarboximide is reported. The metal-to-ligand charge transfer (MLCT) emission lifetime was increased approximately 3000-fold at room temperature with respect to that of the model complex [Re(phen)(CO)(3)Cl] as a result of thermal equilibrium between the emissive (3)MLCT state and a long-lived triplet ligand-centered ((3)LC) state on the PNI chromophore. This represents the longest excited state lifetime (τ = 651 μs) that has ever been observed for a Re(I)-based CT photoluminescence at room temperature. The energy transfer processes and the associated rate constants leading to the establishment of the excited state equilibrium were elucidated by a powerful combination of three techniques (transient visible and infrared (IR) absorption and photoluminescence), each applied from ultrafast to the micro/milliseconds time scale. The MLCT excited state was monitored by transient IR using CO vibrations through time intervals where the corresponding signals obtained in conventional visible transient absorption were completely obscured by overlap with strong transients originating from the pendant PNI chromophore. Following initial excitation of the (1)LC state on the PNI chromophore, energy is transferred to form the MLCT state with a time constant of 45 ps, a value confirmed in all three measurement domains within experimental error. Although transient spectroscopy confirms the production of the (3)MLCT state on ultrafast time scales, Förster resonance energy transfer calculations using the spectral properties of the two chromophores support initial singlet transfer from (1)PNI* to produce the (1)MLCT state by the agreement with the experimentally observed energy transfer time constant and efficiency. Intersystem crossing from the (1)MLCT to the (3)MLCT excited state is believed to be extremely fast and was not resolved with the current experiments. Finally, triplet energy was transferred from the (3)MLCT to the PNI-centered (3)LC state in less than 15 ns, ultimately achieving equilibrium between the two excited states. Subsequent relaxation to the ground state occurred via emission resulting from thermal population of the (3)MLCT state with a resultant lifetime of 651 μs. The title chromophore represents an interesting example of "ping-pong" energy transfer wherein photon excitation first migrates away from the initially prepared (1)PNI* excited state and then ultimately returns to this moiety as a long-lived excited triplet which disposes of its energy by equilibrating with the photoluminescent Re(I) MLCT excited state. PMID:21761837

  2. Ligand Binding to Distinct Sites on Nanocrystals Affecting Energy and Charge Transfer.

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    Li, Xin; Slyker, Lydia W; Nichols, Valerie M; Pau, George Shu Heng; Bardeen, Christopher J; Tang, Ming L

    2015-05-01

    Hybrid optoelectronic devices are attractive because they offer the promise of low-cost, roll-to-roll fabrication. Despite this, energy transfer between organic and inorganic interfaces is not well understood. Device engineering on this class of solution-processed materials generally focuses on replacing the long insulating ligands with short ones. Here, we show that energy and charge transfer between an inorganic nanocrystal (NC) donor and organic molecular acceptor is acutely sensitive to the chemical moiety linking the two species. Our results reveal that the CdS NCs have distinct binding sites for different chemical species because only resonance energy transfer (RET) is observed for the carboxylic-acid-functionalized ligand, while both RET and charge transfer are observed for the amine-functionalized ligand. We observe that the equilibrium constant for this static quenching term increases with decreasing particle size. This finding offers a new approach in the design of hybrid thin films for devices and NC probes based on RET used for imaging, sensing, signal transduction, and photon management. PMID:26263338

  3. Studies of Photosynthetic Energy and Charge Transfer by Two-dimensional Fourier transform electronic spectroscopy

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    Ogilvie, Jennifer

    2010-03-01

    Two-dimensional (2D) Fourier transform electronic spectroscopy has recently emerged as a powerful tool for the study of energy transfer in complex condensed-phase systems. Its experimental implementation is challenging but can be greatly simplified by implementing a pump-probe geometry, where the two phase-stable collinear pump pulses are created with an acousto-optic pulse-shaper. This approach also allows the use of a continuum probe pulse, expanding the available frequency range of the detection axis and allowing studies of energy transfer and electronic coupling over a broad range of frequencies. We discuss several benefits of 2D electronic spectroscopy and present 2D data on the D1-D2 reaction center complex of Photosystem II from spinach. We discuss the ability of 2D spectroscopy to distinguish between current models of energy and charge transfer in this system.

  4. Dynamic structural effects and ultrafast biomolecular kinetics in photoinduced charge transfer reactions

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    Hupp, J.T.

    1992-01-01

    During the first budget significant progress was made in three areas: (1) assessment of dynamic structural effects accompanying charge transfer, (2) electrochemical assessment of site-to-site electronic coupling in simple inorganic systems, and (3) direct observation of intramolecular electron transfer kinetics in mixed-valence systems. In area 1 the most significant finding was that Franck-Condon parameters for electron transfer (i.e. normal coordinate displacements, vibrational frequencies, and single-mode vibrational reorganizational energy components) could be obtained for weakly interacting (ion-paired) redox systems (J.Phys.Chem., 1991, 95, 10535). Studies in area 3 have yielded results in both the ultrafast (femtosecond/picosecond) time regime (J.Phys.Chem. 1991, 95, 5712) and the intermediate (microsecond/millisecond) time regime (J.Am.Chem. Soc., submitted).

  5. Transient negative photoconductance in a charge transfer double quantum well under optical intersubband excitation

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    Rfenacht, M.; Tsujino, S.; Sakaki, H.

    1998-06-01

    Recently, it was shown that an electron-hole radiative recombination is induced by a mid-infrared light exciting an intersubband transition in a charge transfer double quantum well (CTDQW). This recombination was attributed to an upstream transfer of electrons from an electron-rich well to a hole-rich well. In this study, we investigated the electrical response of a CTDQW under intersubband optical excitation, and found that a positive photocurrent, opposite in sign and proportional to the applied electric field, accompanies the intersubband-transition-induced luminescence (ITIL) signal. A negative photocurrent component was also observed and attributed to heating processes. This work brings a further evidence of the ITIL process and shows that an important proportion of the carriers are consumed by the transfer of electrons.

  6. Charge-transfer nature in luminescence of YNbO4:Bi blue phosphor

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    Shin, Sang Hoon; Jeon, Duk Young; Suh, Kyung Soo

    2001-12-01

    Bismuth doped yttrium niobate (YNbO4:Bi) is a potential blue phosphor for field emission displays application. It is observed after introducing Bi ions that cathodoluminescence efficiency of YNbO4:Bi becomes lower than that of YNbO4. From the calculations of critical distance (RC) of energy transfer and Huang-Rhys parameter (SHR) of YNbO4:Bi, it is found that the energy transfer by a dipolar-type interaction is unlikely compared with that of a short-range interaction possible in the luminescence of YNbO4:Bi. Thus, it is believed that the luminescence property of YNbO4:Bi is mainly affected by the host lattice YNbO4 having self-luminescent NbO43- complex. By time-resolved spectroscopy, it is found that luminescence characteristics of activator Bi3+ in YNbO4:Bi shows a charge-transfer behavior.

  7. Organic Chemistry Students' Ideas about Nucleophiles and Electrophiles: The Role of Charges and Mechanisms

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    Anzovino, Mary E.; Bretz, Stacey Lowery

    2015-01-01

    Organic chemistry students struggle with reaction mechanisms and the electron-pushing formalism (EPF) used by practicing organic chemists. Faculty have identified an understanding of nucleophiles and electrophiles as one conceptual prerequisite to mastery of the EPF, but little is known about organic chemistry students' knowledge of nucleophiles…

  8. Investigation of ground state charge transfer complex between paracetamol and p-chloranil through DFT and UV-visible studies

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    Shukla, Madhulata; Srivastava, Nitin; Saha, Satyen

    2012-08-01

    The present report deals with the theoretical investigation on ground state structure and charge transfer (CT) transitions in paracetamol (PA)/p-chloranil (CA) complex using Density Functional Theory (DFT) and Time Dependent Density Functional Theory (TD-DFT) method. It is found that Cdbnd O bond length of p-chloranil increases on complexation with paracetamol along with considerable amount of charge transfer from PA to CA. TD-DFT calculations have been performed to analyse the observed UV-visible spectrum of PA-CA charge transferred complex. Interestingly, in addition to expected CT transition, a weak symmetry relieved π-π* transition in the chloranil is also observed.

  9. Probing and Exploiting the Interplay between Nuclear and Electronic Motion in Charge Transfer Processes.

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    Delor, Milan; Sazanovich, Igor V; Towrie, Michael; Weinstein, Julia A

    2015-04-21

    The Born-Oppenheimer approximation refers to the assumption that the nuclear and electronic wave functions describing a molecular system evolve and can be determined independently. It is now well-known that this approximation often breaks down and that nuclear-electronic (vibronic) coupling contributes greatly to the ultrafast photophysics and photochemistry observed in many systems ranging from simple molecules to biological organisms. In order to probe vibronic coupling in a time-dependent manner, one must use spectroscopic tools capable of correlating the motions of electrons and nuclei on an ultrafast time scale. Recent developments in nonlinear multidimensional electronic and vibrational spectroscopies allow monitoring both electronic and structural factors with unprecedented time and spatial resolution. In this Account, we present recent studies from our group that make use of different variants of frequency-domain transient two-dimensional infrared (T-2DIR) spectroscopy, a pulse sequence combining electronic and vibrational excitations in the form of a UV-visible pump, a narrowband (12 cm(-1)) IR pump, and a broadband (400 cm(-1)) IR probe. In the first example, T-2DIR is used to directly compare vibrational dynamics in the ground and relaxed electronic excited states of Re(Cl)(CO)3(4,4'-diethylester-2,2'-bipyridine) and Ru(4,4'-diethylester-2,2'-bipyridine)2(NCS)2, prototypical charge transfer complexes used in photocatalytic CO2 reduction and electron injection in dye-sensitized solar cells. The experiments show that intramolecular vibrational redistribution (IVR) and vibrational energy transfer (VET) are up to an order of magnitude faster in the triplet charge transfer excited state than in the ground state. These results show the influence of electronic arrangement on vibrational coupling patterns, with direct implications for vibronic coupling mechanisms in charge transfer excited states. In the second example, we show unambiguously that electronic and vibrational movement are coupled in a donor-bridge-acceptor complex based on a Pt(II) trans-acetylide design motif. Time-resolved IR (TRIR) spectroscopy reveals that the rate of electron transfer (ET) is highly dependent on the amount of excess energy localized on the bridge following electronic excitation. Using an adaptation of T-2DIR, we are able to selectively perturb bridge-localized vibrational modes during charge separation, resulting in the donor-acceptor charge separation pathway being completely switched off, with all excess energy redirected toward the formation of a long-lived intraligand triplet state. A series of control experiments reveal that this effect is mode specific: it is only when the high-frequency bridging C≡C stretching mode is pumped that radical changes in photoproduct yields are observed. These experiments therefore suggest that one may perturb electronic movement by stimulating structural motion along the reaction coordinate using IR light. These studies add to a growing body of evidence suggesting that controlling the pathways and efficiency of charge transfer may be achieved through synthetic and perturbative approaches aiming to modulate vibronic coupling. Achieving such control would represent a breakthrough for charge transfer-based applications such as solar energy conversion and molecular electronics. PMID:25789559

  10. Communication: CDFT-CI couplings can be unreliable when there is fractional charge transfer

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    Mavros, Michael G.; Van Voorhis, Troy

    2015-12-01

    Constrained density functional theory with configuration interaction (CDFT-CI) is a useful, low-cost tool for the computational prediction of electronic couplings between pseudo-diabatic constrained electronic states. Such couplings are of paramount importance in electron transfer theory and transition state theory, among other areas of chemistry. Unfortunately, CDFT-CI occasionally fails significantly, predicting a coupling that does not decay exponentially with distance and/or overestimating the expected coupling by an order of magnitude or more. In this communication, we show that the eigenvalues of the difference density matrix between the two constrained states can be used as an a priori metric to determine when CDFT-CI are likely to be reliable: when the eigenvalues are near 0 or ±1, transfer of a whole electron is occurring, and CDFT-CI can be trusted. We demonstrate the utility of this metric with several illustrative examples.

  11. Electronic and vibronic properties of a discotic liquid-crystal and its charge transfer complex

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    Haverkate, Lucas A.; Mulder, Fokko M.; Zbiri, Mohamed Johnson, Mark R.; Carter, Elizabeth; Kotlewski, Arek; Picken, S.

    2014-01-07

    Discotic liquid crystalline (DLC) charge transfer (CT) complexes combine visible light absorption and rapid charge transfer characteristics, being favorable properties for photovoltaic (PV) applications. We present a detailed study of the electronic and vibrational properties of the prototypic 1:1 mixture of discotic 2,3,6,7,10,11-hexakishexyloxytriphenylene (HAT6) and 2,4,7-trinitro-9-fluorenone (TNF). It is shown that intermolecular charge transfer occurs in the ground state of the complex: a charge delocalization of about 10{sup −2} electron from the HAT6 core to TNF is deduced from both Raman and our previous NMR measurements [L. A. Haverkate, M. Zbiri, M. R. Johnson, B. Deme, H. J. M. de Groot, F. Lefeber, A. Kotlewski, S. J. Picken, F. M. Mulder, and G. J. Kearley, J. Phys. Chem. B 116, 13098 (2012)], implying the presence of permanent dipoles at the donor-acceptor interface. A combined analysis of density functional theory calculations, resonant Raman and UV-VIS absorption measurements indicate that fast relaxation occurs in the UV region due to intramolecular vibronic coupling of HAT6 quinoidal modes with lower lying electronic states. Relatively slower relaxation in the visible region the excited CT-band of the complex is also indicated, which likely involves motions of the TNF nitro groups. The fast quinoidal relaxation process in the hot UV band of HAT6 relates to pseudo-Jahn-Teller interactions in a single benzene unit, suggesting that the underlying vibronic coupling mechanism can be generic for polyaromatic hydrocarbons. Both the presence of ground state CT dipoles and relatively slow relaxation processes in the excited CT band can be relevant concerning the design of DLC based organic PV systems.

  12. Electronic and vibronic properties of a discotic liquid-crystal and its charge transfer complex.

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    Haverkate, Lucas A; Zbiri, Mohamed; Johnson, Mark R; Carter, Elizabeth; Kotlewski, Arek; Picken, S; Mulder, Fokko M; Kearley, Gordon J

    2014-01-01

    Discotic liquid crystalline (DLC) charge transfer (CT) complexes combine visible light absorption and rapid charge transfer characteristics, being favorable properties for photovoltaic (PV) applications. We present a detailed study of the electronic and vibrational properties of the prototypic 1:1 mixture of discotic 2,3,6,7,10,11-hexakishexyloxytriphenylene (HAT6) and 2,4,7-trinitro-9-fluorenone (TNF). It is shown that intermolecular charge transfer occurs in the ground state of the complex: a charge delocalization of about 10(-2) electron from the HAT6 core to TNF is deduced from both Raman and our previous NMR measurements [L. A. Haverkate, M. Zbiri, M. R. Johnson, B. Deme, H. J. M. de Groot, F. Lefeber, A. Kotlewski, S. J. Picken, F. M. Mulder, and G. J. Kearley, J. Phys. Chem. B 116, 13098 (2012)], implying the presence of permanent dipoles at the donor-acceptor interface. A combined analysis of density functional theory calculations, resonant Raman and UV-VIS absorption measurements indicate that fast relaxation occurs in the UV region due to intramolecular vibronic coupling of HAT6 quinoidal modes with lower lying electronic states. Relatively slower relaxation in the visible region the excited CT-band of the complex is also indicated, which likely involves motions of the TNF nitro groups. The fast quinoidal relaxation process in the hot UV band of HAT6 relates to pseudo-Jahn-Teller interactions in a single benzene unit, suggesting that the underlying vibronic coupling mechanism can be generic for polyaromatic hydrocarbons. Both the presence of ground state CT dipoles and relatively slow relaxation processes in the excited CT band can be relevant concerning the design of DLC based organic PV systems. PMID:24410238

  13. Molecular orbital (SCF-Xα-SW) theory of metal-metal charge transfer processes in minerals - II. Application to Fe2+ --> Ti4+ charge transfer transitions in oxides and silicates

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    Sherman, David M.

    1987-01-01

    A molecular orbital description, based on Xα-Scattered wave calculations on a (FeTiO10)14− cluster, is given for Fe2+ → Ti4+ charge transfer transitions in minerals. The calculated energy for the lowest Fe2+ → Ti4+ metal-metal charge transfer transition is 18040 cm−1 in reasonable agreement with energies observed in the optical spectra of Fe-Ti oxides and silicates. As in the case of Fe2+ → Fe3+ charge transfer in mixed-valence iron oxides and silicates, Fe2+ → Ti4+ charge transfer is associated with Fe-Ti bonding across shared polyhedral edges. Such bonding results from the overlap of the Fe(t 2g ) and Ti(t 2g ) 3d orbitals.

  14. Competitive charge transfer reactions in small [Mg(H2O)N]2+ clusters

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    Barran, P. E.; Walker, N. R.; Stace, A. J.

    2000-04-01

    Production of stable hydrated magnesium complexes of the general form [Mg(H2O)N]2+ (where 2⩽N⩽24) has been possible using the pick-up technique. Observations of ion intensities as a function of N together with data from collision induced dissociation processes (for ions in the range 3⩽N⩽10), indicates the existence of a closed solvation shell for N=6 to which additional water molecules are strongly bound. Collision-induced charge transfer in ions of all sizes yields solvated magnesium hydroxide ions Mg+OH(H2O)N-M-2 accompanied by the loss of a hydronium ion, H3O+, and M water molecules. For N=3, 4, and 5, the above process is seen to be in competition with charge transfer to unprotonated water, and clusters of the general form Mg(H2O)N-M+ are detected, where M now represents the total number of water molecules lost. These two separate loss channels are interpreted as being due to the presence of different structural (or transient) forms of those cluster ions where N⩽6. One structure corresponds to a highly symmetrical arrangement of the water molecules bonded directly to the magnesium dication, and is responsible for the formation of Mg(H2O)N-M+ ions by charge transfer. In the second type of structure, at least one water molecule moves to an outer solvation shell, but remains hydrogen bonded to a molecule in the first shell. In this latter configuration, it is suggested that the formation of a salt-bridge structure may lower the barrier to proton transfer and lead to the loss of a hydronium ion.

  15. Mass transfer within electrostatic precipitators: in-flight adsorption of mercury by charged suspended particulates

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    Herek L. Clack

    2006-06-01

    Electrostatic precipitation is the dominant method of particulate control used for coal combustion, and varying degrees of mercury capture and transformation have been reported across ESPs. Nevertheless, the fate of gas-phase mercury within an ESP remains poorly understood. The present analysis focuses on the gas-particle mass transfer that occurs within a charged aerosol in an ESP. As a necessary step in gas-phase mercury adsorption or transformation, gas-particle mass transfer - particularly in configurations other than fixed beds - has received far less attention than studies of adsorption kinetics. Our previous analysis showed that only a small fraction of gas-phase mercury entering an ESP is likely to be adsorbed by collected particulate matter on the plate electrodes. The present simplified analysis provides insight into gas-particle mass transfer within an ESP under two limiting conditions: laminar and turbulent fluid flows. The analysis reveals that during the process of particulate collection, gas-particle mass transfer can be quite high, easily exceeding the mass transfer to ESP plate electrodes in most cases. Decreasing particle size, increasing particle mass loading, and increasing temperature all result in increased gas-particle mass transfer. The analysis predicts significantly greater gas-particle mass transfer in the laminar limit than in the turbulent limit; however, the differences become negligible under conditions where other factors, such as total mass of suspended particulates, are the controlling mass transfer parameters. Results are compared to selected pilot- and full-scale sorbent injection data. 41 refs., 5 figs.

  16. Melting of Pb Charge Glass and Simultaneous Pb-Cr Charge Transfer in PbCrO3 as the Origin of Volume Collapse.

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    Yu, Runze; Hojo, Hajime; Watanuki, Tetsu; Mizumaki, Masaichiro; Mizokawa, Takashi; Oka, Kengo; Kim, Hyunjeong; Machida, Akihiko; Sakaki, Kouji; Nakamura, Yumiko; Agui, Akane; Mori, Daisuke; Inaguma, Yoshiyuki; Schlipf, Martin; Rushchanskii, Konstantin Z; Ležaić, Marjana; Matsuda, Masaaki; Ma, Jie; Calder, Stuart; Isobe, Masahiko; Ikuhara, Yuichi; Azuma, Masaki

    2015-10-01

    A metal to insulator transition in integer or half integer charge systems can be regarded as crystallization of charges. The insulating state tends to have a glassy nature when randomness or geometrical frustration exists. We report that the charge glass state is realized in a perovskite compound PbCrO3, which has been known for almost 50 years, without any obvious inhomogeneity or triangular arrangement in the charge system. PbCrO3 has a valence state of Pb(2+)(0.5)Pb(4+)(0.5)Cr(3+)O3 with Pb(2+)-Pb(4+) correlation length of three lattice-spacings at ambient condition. A pressure induced melting of charge glass and simultaneous Pb-Cr charge transfer causes an insulator to metal transition and ∼10% volume collapse. PMID:26374486

  17. Theoretical study of the hydrated Gd3+ ion: structure, dynamics, and charge transfer.

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    Clavaguéra, Carine; Calvo, Florent; Dognon, Jean-Pierre

    2006-02-21

    The dynamical processes taking place in the first coordination shells of the gadolinium (III) ion are important for improving the contrast agent efficiency in magnetic-resonance imaging. An extensive study of the gadolinium (III) ion solvated by a water cluster is reported, based on molecular dynamics simulations. The AMOEBA force field [P. Y. Ren and J. W. Ponder, J. Phys. Chem. B 107, 5933 (2003)] that includes many-body polarization effects is used to describe the interactions among water molecules, and is extended here to treat the interactions between them and the gadolinium ion. In this purpose accurate ab initio calculations have been performed on Gd(3+)-H(2)O for extracting the relevant parameters. Structural data of the first two coordination shells and some dynamical properties such as the water exchange rate between the first and second coordination shells are compared to available experimental results. We also investigate the charge transfer processes between the ion and its solvent, using a fluctuating charges model fitted to reproduce electronic structure calculations on [Gd(H(2)O)(n)](3+) complexes, with n ranging from 1 to 8. Charge transfer is seen to be significant (about one electron) and correlated with the instantaneous coordination of the ion. PMID:16497055

  18. Theoretical study of the hydrated Gd3+ ion: Structure, dynamics, and charge transfer

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    Clavaguéra, Carine; Calvo, Florent; Dognon, Jean-Pierre

    2006-02-01

    The dynamical processes taking place in the first coordination shells of the gadolinium (III) ion are important for improving the contrast agent efficiency in magnetic-resonance imaging. An extensive study of the gadolinium (III) ion solvated by a water cluster is reported, based on molecular dynamics simulations. The AMOEBA force field [P. Y. Ren and J. W. Ponder, J. Phys. Chem. B 107, 5933 (2003)] that includes many-body polarization effects is used to describe the interactions among water molecules, and is extended here to treat the interactions between them and the gadolinium ion. In this purpose accurate ab initio calculations have been performed on Gd3+-H2O for extracting the relevant parameters. Structural data of the first two coordination shells and some dynamical properties such as the water exchange rate between the first and second coordination shells are compared to available experimental results. We also investigate the charge transfer processes between the ion and its solvent, using a fluctuating charges model fitted to reproduce electronic structure calculations on [Gd(H2O)n]3+ complexes, with n ranging from 1 to 8. Charge transfer is seen to be significant (about one electron) and correlated with the instantaneous coordination of the ion.

  19. Trifluoromethylmetallate anions as components of molecular charge transfer salts and superconductors.

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    Schlueter, J. A.

    1998-10-14

    Whereas polymeric and common inorganic anions frequently deprive the synthetic chemist of a chance to modify a charge transfer salt's structure through anion alterations, discrete organometallic anions provide a vast opportunity to probe the structure/property correlations of a material through rational synthetic methods. We have recently undertaken a research effort aimed at the crystallization of conducting charge transfer salts which possess modifiable, organometallic anions as the charge compensating entities. This research has been richly rewarded with the discovery of a new family of bis(ethylenedithio) tetrathiafulvalene (BEDT-TTF or ET) based molecular superconductors. Herein is presented a summary of over twenty {kappa}(ET){sub 2}M(CF{sub 3}){sub 4}(1,1,2-trihaloethane) (M = Cu, Ag, Au) superconducting salts. Three new related salts are also reported: (ET){sub 2} [trans-Ag(CF{sub 3}),(CN){sub 2}], {kappa}{sub L}(BEDT-TSF){sub 2}Ag(CF{sub 3}){sub 4}(TCE), and {kappa}{sub L}(ET){sub 2}Ag(CF{sub 3}){sub 3}Cl(TCE).

  20. Charge-transfer-based Gas Sensing Using Atomic-layer MoS2

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    Cho, Byungjin; Hahm, Myung Gwan; Choi, Minseok; Yoon, Jongwon; Kim, Ah Ra; Lee, Young-Joo; Park, Sung-Gyu; Kwon, Jung-Dae; Kim, Chang Su; Song, Myungkwan; Jeong, Yongsoo; Nam, Kee-Seok; Lee, Sangchul; Yoo, Tae Jin; Kang, Chang Goo; Lee, Byoung Hun; Ko, Heung Cho; Ajayan, Pulickel M.; Kim, Dong-Ho

    2015-01-01

    Two-dimensional (2D) molybdenum disulphide (MoS2) atomic layers have a strong potential to be used as 2D electronic sensor components. However, intrinsic synthesis challenges have made this task difficult. In addition, the detection mechanisms for gas molecules are not fully understood. Here, we report a high-performance gas sensor constructed using atomic-layered MoS2 synthesised by chemical vapour deposition (CVD). A highly sensitive and selective gas sensor based on the CVD-synthesised MoS2 was developed. In situ photoluminescence characterisation revealed the charge transfer mechanism between the gas molecules and MoS2, which was validated by theoretical calculations. First-principles density functional theory calculations indicated that NO2 and NH3 molecules have negative adsorption energies (i.e., the adsorption processes are exothermic). Thus, NO2 and NH3 molecules are likely to adsorb onto the surface of the MoS2. The in situ PL characterisation of the changes in the peaks corresponding to charged trions and neutral excitons via gas adsorption processes was used to elucidate the mechanisms of charge transfer between the MoS2 and the gas molecules.

  1. Asymmetric topological interfaces and charge transfer in epitaxial Bi2 Se3 /II-VI superlattices

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    Chen, Zhiyi; Zhao, Lukasf; Korzhovska, Inna; Garcia, Thor; Tamargo, Maria; Krusin-Elbaum, Lia; Park, Kyungwha

    Access to charge transport through Dirac surface states in topological insulators (TIs) can be challenging due to their intermixing with the bulk or with non-topological subsurface two-dimensional electron gas (2DEG) quantum well states. Formed by bending of bulk electronic bands near the surface, 2DEG states arise via charge transfer to the topological surfaces, so the choice of layers abutting these surfaces is critical. Here we report molecular beam epitaxial growth of Bi2Se3/ZnxCd1-xSe superlattices that support only one topological surface channel per TI layer. The topological nature of conducting channels is evidenced by π-Berry phase and by the two-dimensional weak antilocalization. Both density functional theory calculations and transport measurements suggest that a single topological Dirac cone per TI layer arises from the asymmetry between the Se-terminated and Zn-terminated interfaces of ZnxCd1-xSe with Bi2Se3. Our findings suggest that topological transport could be controlled by adjusting charge transfer from non-topological spacers in hybrid structures. Supported by NSF-DMR-1420634, NSF-DMR-1312483, DOD-W911NF-13-1-0159, NSF DMR-1206354 and computer resources from SDSC under DMR060009N and VT ARC.

  2. Charge-transfer-based gas sensing using atomic-layer MoS2.

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    Cho, Byungjin; Hahm, Myung Gwan; Choi, Minseok; Yoon, Jongwon; Kim, Ah Ra; Lee, Young-Joo; Park, Sung-Gyu; Kwon, Jung-Dae; Kim, Chang Su; Song, Myungkwan; Jeong, Yongsoo; Nam, Kee-Seok; Lee, Sangchul; Yoo, Tae Jin; Kang, Chang Goo; Lee, Byoung Hun; Ko, Heung Cho; Ajayan, Pulickel M; Kim, Dong-Ho

    2015-01-01

    Two-dimensional (2D) molybdenum disulphide (MoS2) atomic layers have a strong potential to be used as 2D electronic sensor components. However, intrinsic synthesis challenges have made this task difficult. In addition, the detection mechanisms for gas molecules are not fully understood. Here, we report a high-performance gas sensor constructed using atomic-layered MoS2 synthesised by chemical vapour deposition (CVD). A highly sensitive and selective gas sensor based on the CVD-synthesised MoS2 was developed. In situ photoluminescence characterisation revealed the charge transfer mechanism between the gas molecules and MoS2, which was validated by theoretical calculations. First-principles density functional theory calculations indicated that NO2 and NH3 molecules have negative adsorption energies (i.e., the adsorption processes are exothermic). Thus, NO2 and NH3 molecules are likely to adsorb onto the surface of the MoS2. The in situ PL characterisation of the changes in the peaks corresponding to charged trions and neutral excitons via gas adsorption processes was used to elucidate the mechanisms of charge transfer between the MoS2 and the gas molecules. PMID:25623472

  3. Atomic-Scale Perspective of Ultrafast Charge Transfer at a Dye-Semiconductor Interface.

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    Siefermann, Katrin R; Pemmaraju, Chaitanya D; Neppl, Stefan; Shavorskiy, Andrey; Cordones, Amy A; Vura-Weis, Josh; Slaughter, Daniel S; Sturm, Felix P; Weise, Fabian; Bluhm, Hendrik; Strader, Matthew L; Cho, Hana; Lin, Ming-Fu; Bacellar, Camila; Khurmi, Champak; Guo, Jinghua; Coslovich, Giacomo; Robinson, Joseph S; Kaindl, Robert A; Schoenlein, Robert W; Belkacem, Ali; Neumark, Daniel M; Leone, Stephen R; Nordlund, Dennis; Ogasawara, Hirohito; Krupin, Oleg; Turner, Joshua J; Schlotter, William F; Holmes, Michael R; Messerschmidt, Marc; Minitti, Michael P; Gul, Sheraz; Zhang, Jin Z; Huse, Nils; Prendergast, David; Gessner, Oliver

    2014-08-01

    Understanding interfacial charge-transfer processes on the atomic level is crucial to support the rational design of energy-challenge relevant systems such as solar cells, batteries, and photocatalysts. A femtosecond time-resolved core-level photoelectron spectroscopy study is performed that probes the electronic structure of the interface between ruthenium-based N3 dye molecules and ZnO nanocrystals within the first picosecond after photoexcitation and from the unique perspective of the Ru reporter atom at the center of the dye. A transient chemical shift of the Ru 3d inner-shell photolines by (2.3 ± 0.2) eV to higher binding energies is observed 500 fs after photoexcitation of the dye. The experimental results are interpreted with the aid of ab initio calculations using constrained density functional theory. Strong indications for the formation of an interfacial charge-transfer state are presented, providing direct insight into a transient electronic configuration that may limit the efficiency of photoinduced free charge-carrier generation. PMID:26277975

  4. Charge-transfer-based Gas Sensing Using Atomic-layer MoS2

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    Cho, Byungjin; Hahm, Myung Gwan; Choi, Minseok; Yoon, Jongwon; Kim, Ah Ra; Lee, Young-Joo; Park, Sung-Gyu; Kwon, Jung-Dae; Kim, Chang Su; Song, Myungkwan; Jeong, Yongsoo; Nam, Kee-Seok; Lee, Sangchul; Yoo, Tae Jin; Kang, Chang Goo; Lee, Byoung Hun; Ko, Heung Cho; Ajayan, Pulickel M.; Kim, Dong-Ho

    2015-01-01

    Two-dimensional (2D) molybdenum disulphide (MoS2) atomic layers have a strong potential to be used as 2D electronic sensor components. However, intrinsic synthesis challenges have made this task difficult. In addition, the detection mechanisms for gas molecules are not fully understood. Here, we report a high-performance gas sensor constructed using atomic-layered MoS2 synthesised by chemical vapour deposition (CVD). A highly sensitive and selective gas sensor based on the CVD-synthesised MoS2 was developed. In situ photoluminescence characterisation revealed the charge transfer mechanism between the gas molecules and MoS2, which was validated by theoretical calculations. First-principles density functional theory calculations indicated that NO2 and NH3 molecules have negative adsorption energies (i.e., the adsorption processes are exothermic). Thus, NO2 and NH3 molecules are likely to adsorb onto the surface of the MoS2. The in situ PL characterisation of the changes in the peaks corresponding to charged trions and neutral excitons via gas adsorption processes was used to elucidate the mechanisms of charge transfer between the MoS2 and the gas molecules. PMID:25623472

  5. Ionic Charge Transfer Complex Induced Visible Light Harvesting and Photocharge Generation in Perovskite.

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    Ng, Tsz-Wai; Thachoth Chandran, Hrisheekesh; Chan, Chiu-Yee; Lo, Ming-Fai; Lee, Chun-Sing

    2015-09-16

    Organometal trihalide perovskite has recently emerged as a new class of promising material for high efficiency solar cells applications. While excess ions in perovskites are recently getting a great deal of attention, there is so far no clear understanding on both their formation and relating ions interaction to the photocharge generation in perovskite. Herein, we showed that tremendous ions indeed form during the initial stage of perovskite formation when the organic methylammonium halide (MAXa, Xa=Br and I) meets the inorganic PbXb2 (Xb=Cl, Br, I). The strong charge exchanges between the Pb2+ cations and Xa- anions result in formation of ionic charge transfer complexes (iCTC). MAXa parties induce empty valence electronic states within the forbidden bandgap of PbXb2. The strong surface dipole provide sufficient driving force for sub-bandgap electron transition with energy identical to the optical bandgap of forming perovskites. Evidences from XPS/UPS and photoluminescence studies showed that the light absorption, exciton dissociation, and photocharge generation of the perovskites are closely related to the strong ionic charge transfer interactions between Pb2+ and Xa- ions in the perovskite lattices. Our results shed light on mechanisms of light harvesting and subsequent free carrier generation in perovskites. PMID:26305717

  6. I. Energy and charge transfer at nanocrystalline silicon interfaces. II. Reactions of porous silicon with ketones

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    Harper, Theresa Francine

    Since the discovery of luminescent porous Si in 1990, there has been a great deal of research devoted towards device applications of the material. However, there is relatively little understanding of the chemical and photophysical interactions of porous Si with small molecules. This information has important implications for device research as chemical interactions can cause changes in the material's properties. Device design would additionally be aided by knowing the location of the porous Si band edges. The photoluminescence of porous Si is about 5% externally efficient and can be tuned to have an emission maximum from 500 nm to 900 nm. The emission has a FWHM of about 200 nm which is due to the large size range of silicon nanocrystallites that contribute to the spectrum. In the presence of other chemical species, non-radiative pathways are opened up which decrease the external emission. These interfacial interactions are the focus of this research and efforts have centered upon three of these: charge transfer, energy transfer, and reactions with ketones. Metallocenes can be used to quench the photoluminescence of porous Si by either charge or energy transfer mechanisms. By employing Fe-, Ru-, and Os-metallocenes, both the oxidation potential and the triplet energy of the quencher can be varied. Through calculation of quenching rates, quenching differences in frozen media, and identification of cationic species, it has been determined that Ru- and Os-metallocenes quench via a charge transfer process, whereas Fe-metallocenes can quench by either charge or energy transfer. The rates of quenching for these molecules can be used to set the valence band edge of porous Si. Another interaction studied is that of quinones with porous Si. Many quinones react with the surface of the material to give a p-hydroxylphenoxy substituted surface and alter the photophysical properties of porous Si. The mechanism by which this reaction occurs is still under investigation, but at least one pathway involves reaction with the surface hydrides of the porous Si. The reaction rate is increased upon irradiation or in polar solvent. Derivatization of the surface alters the effect that adsorbates have on the photoluminescence of the material. Hydride-terminated porous Si is only slightly quenched by water vapor and to a much larger degree by benzene vapor. Upon derivatization, the effect is reversed. Last, the interaction of enolizable ketones with porous Si was investigated. This may represent the first example of Si-C bond formation at the porous Si surface without the use of organometallic reagents and/or inert atmosphere techniques.

  7. Single Molecule Spectroelectrochemistry of Interfacial Charge Transfer Dynamics In Hybrid Organic Solar Cell

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    Pan, Shanlin

    2014-11-16

    Our research under support of this DOE grant is focused on applied and fundamental aspects of model organic solar cell systems. Major accomplishments are: 1) we developed a spectroelectorchemistry technique of single molecule single nanoparticle method to study charge transfer between conjugated polymers and semiconductor at the single molecule level. The fluorescence of individual fluorescent polymers at semiconductor surfaces was shown to exhibit blinking behavior compared to molecules on glass substrates. Single molecule fluorescence excitation anisotropy measurements showed the conformation of the polymer molecules did not differ appreciably between glass and semiconductor substrates. The similarities in molecular conformation suggest that the observed differences in blinking activity are due to charge transfer between fluorescent polymer and semiconductor, which provides additional pathways between states of high and low fluorescence quantum efficiency. Similar spectroelectrochemistry work has been done for small organic dyes for understand their charge transfer dynamics on various substrates and electrochemical environments; 2) We developed a method of transferring semiconductor nanoparticles (NPs) and graphene oxide (GO) nanosheets into organic solvent for a potential electron acceptor in bulk heterojunction organic solar cells which employed polymer semiconductor as the electron donor. Electron transfer from the polymer semiconductor to semiconductor and GO in solutions and thin films was established through fluorescence spectroscopy and electroluminescence measurements. Solar cells containing these materials were constructed and evaluated using transient absorption spectroscopy and dynamic fluorescence techniques to understand the charge carrier generation and recombination events; 3) We invented a spectroelectorchemistry technique using light scattering and electroluminescence for rapid size determination and studying electrochemistry of single NPs in an electrochemical cell. For example, we are able to use this technique to track electroluminescence of single Au NPs, and the electrodeposition of individual Ag NPs in-situ. These metallic NPs are useful to enhance light harvesting in organic photovoltaic systems. The scattering at the surface of an indium tin oxide (ITO) working electrode was measured during a potential sweep. Utilizing Mie scattering theory and high resolution scanning electron microscopy (SEM), the scattering data were used to calculate current-potential curves depicting the electrodeposition of individual Ag NPs. The oxidation of individual presynthesized and electrodeposited Ag NPs was also investigated using fluorescence and DFS microscopies. Our work has produced 1 US provisional patent, 15 published manuscripts, 1 submitted and two additional in-writing manuscripts. 5 graduate students, 1 postdoctoral student, 1 visiting professor, and two undergraduate students have received research training in the area of electrochemistry and optical spectroscopy under support of this award.

  8. Ultrafast Charge Transfer of a Valence Double Hole in Glycine Driven Exclusively by Nuclear Motion

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    Li, Zheng; Vendrell, Oriol; Santra, Robin

    2015-10-01

    We explore theoretically the ultrafast transfer of a double electron hole between the functional groups of glycine after K -shell ionization and subsequent Auger decay. Although a large energy gap of about 15 eV initially exists between the two electronic states involved and coherent electronic dynamics play no role in the hole transfer, we find that the double hole is transferred within 3 to 4 fs between both functional ends of the glycine molecule driven solely by specific nuclear displacements and non-Born-Oppenheimer effects. The nuclear displacements along specific vibrational modes are of the order of 15% of a typical chemical bond between carbon, oxygen, and nitrogen atoms and about 30% for bonds involving hydrogen atoms. The time required for the hole transfer corresponds to less than half a vibrational period of the involved nuclear modes. This finding challenges the common wisdom that nuclear dynamics of the molecular skeleton are unimportant for charge transfer processes at the few-femtosecond time scale and shows that they can even play a prominent role. It also indicates that in x-ray imaging experiments, in which ionization is unavoidable, valence electron redistribution caused by nuclear dynamics might be much faster than previously anticipated. Thus, non-Born-Oppenheimer effects may affect the apparent electron densities extracted from such measurements.

  9. Ultrafast Charge Transfer of a Valence Double Hole in Glycine Driven Exclusively by Nuclear Motion.

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    Li, Zheng; Vendrell, Oriol; Santra, Robin

    2015-10-01

    We explore theoretically the ultrafast transfer of a double electron hole between the functional groups of glycine after K-shell ionization and subsequent Auger decay. Although a large energy gap of about 15 eV initially exists between the two electronic states involved and coherent electronic dynamics play no role in the hole transfer, we find that the double hole is transferred within 3 to 4 fs between both functional ends of the glycine molecule driven solely by specific nuclear displacements and non-Born-Oppenheimer effects. The nuclear displacements along specific vibrational modes are of the order of 15% of a typical chemical bond between carbon, oxygen, and nitrogen atoms and about 30% for bonds involving hydrogen atoms. The time required for the hole transfer corresponds to less than half a vibrational period of the involved nuclear modes. This finding challenges the common wisdom that nuclear dynamics of the molecular skeleton are unimportant for charge transfer processes at the few-femtosecond time scale and shows that they can even play a prominent role. It also indicates that in x-ray imaging experiments, in which ionization is unavoidable, valence electron redistribution caused by nuclear dynamics might be much faster than previously anticipated. Thus, non-Born-Oppenheimer effects may affect the apparent electron densities extracted from such measurements. PMID:26551809

  10. Temperature dependence of the electric field modulation of electron-transfer rates. Charge recombination in photosynthetic reaction centers

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    Franzen, S.; Boxer, S.G. )

    1993-06-10

    The rates of electron-transfer reactions can be systematically varied by application of external electric fields. The electric field effect on the charge recombination rate constant of the state P[sup +]Q[sub A][sup [minus

  11. Complexation of polyaniline and graphene for efficient counter electrodes in dye-sensitized solar cells: Enhanced charge transfer ability

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    He, Benlin; Tang, Qunwei; Wang, Min; Ma, Chunqing; Yuan, Shuangshuang

    2014-06-01

    With an aim of significantly enhancing charge-transfer ability of counter electrodes and therefore photovoltaic performances of dye-sensitized solar cells (DSSCs), here we pioneerly report the complexation of polyaniline (PANi) and graphene as well as their employment as counter electrodes (CEs) in efficient DSSCs. Owing to the covalent bond between PANi (N atoms) and graphene (C atoms), charge transfer kinetics is dramatically elevated, which can be confirmed by the enhancement on electrocatalytic activity toward triiodides and a decrease in charge-transfer resistance. A power conversion efficiency of 7.70% is determined from DSSC using PANi-8 wt‰ graphene complex CE in comparison with 6.40% from pure PANi CE-based DSSC. The high conversion efficiency, facile charge-transfer in combination with simple preparation, relatively low cost, and scalability demonstrates the potential use of PANi-graphene complexes in robust DSSCs.

  12. Solvent effects on charge-transfer intensities and heats of formation of chloranil complexes with aromatic hydrocarbons

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    Bhowmik, Benoy B.; Bhattacharyya, Amar

    The spectrophotometric and thermodynamic properties of the charge-transfer complexes of chloranil with aromatic hydrocarbons such as benzene, toluene, xylenes ( o-, m- and p-) and mesitylene have been studied in n-heptane solvent to make a correlation between the charge-transfer intensities and the heats of formation of the complexes. The results disagree with M ULLIKEN's predictionthe charge-transfer intensities decrease with increase of heats of formation. An attempt has been made to calculate the thermodynamic as well as spectrophotometric properties of these complexes free from the influence of chloranilsolvent interaction and the results thus obtained show a good correlation between the charge-transfer intensities and the heats of formation of the complexes.

  13. Assessing carbon-based anodes for lithium-ion batteries: a universal description of charge-transfer binding.

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    Liu, Yuanyue; Wang, Y Morris; Yakobson, Boris I; Wood, Brandon C

    2014-07-11

    Many key performance characteristics of carbon-based lithium-ion battery anodes are largely determined by the strength of binding between lithium (Li) and sp(2) carbon (C), which can vary significantly with subtle changes in substrate structure, chemistry, and morphology. Here, we use density functional theory calculations to investigate the interactions of Li with a wide variety of sp(2) C substrates, including pristine, defective, and strained graphene, planar C clusters, nanotubes, C edges, and multilayer stacks. In almost all cases, we find a universal linear relation between the Li-C binding energy and the work required to fill previously unoccupied electronic states within the substrate. This suggests that Li capacity is predominantly determined by two key factors-namely, intrinsic quantum capacitance limitations and the absolute placement of the Fermi level. This simple descriptor allows for straightforward prediction of the Li-C binding energy and related battery characteristics in candidate C materials based solely on the substrate electronic structure. It further suggests specific guidelines for designing more effective C-based anodes. The method should be broadly applicable to charge-transfer adsorption on planar substrates, and provides a phenomenological connection to established principles in supercapacitor and catalyst design. PMID:25062244

  14. Charge transfer and partial pinning at the contacts as the origin of a double dip in the transfer characteristics of graphene-based field-effect transistors

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    Di Bartolomeo, Antonio; Giubileo, Filippo; Santandrea, Salvatore; Romeo, Francesco; Citro, Roberta; Schroeder, Thomas; Lupina, Grzegorz

    2011-07-01

    We discuss the origin of an additional dip other than the charge neutrality point observed in the transfer characteristics of graphene-based field-effect transistors with a Si/SiO2 substrate used as the back-gate. The double dip is proved to arise from charge transfer between the graphene and the metal electrodes, while charge storage at the graphene/SiO2 interface can make it more evident. Considering a different Fermi energy from the neutrality point along the channel and partial charge pinning at the contacts, we propose a model which explains all the features observed in the gate voltage loops. We finally show that the double dip enhanced hysteresis in the transfer characteristics can be exploited to realize graphene-based memory devices.

  15. Chemistry control and corrosion mitigation of heat transfer salts for the fluoride salt reactor (FHR)

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    Kelleher, B. C.; Sellers, S. R.; Anderson, M. H.; Sridharan, K.; Scheele, R. D.

    2012-07-01

    The Molten Salt Reactor Experiment (MSRE) was a prototype nuclear reactor which operated from 1965 to 1969 at Oak Ridge National Laboratory. The MSRE used liquid fluoride salts as a heat transfer fluid and solvent for fluoride based {sup 235}U and {sup 233}U fuel. Extensive research was performed in order to optimize the removal of oxide and metal impurities from the reactor's heat transfer salt, 2LiF-BeF{sub 2} (FLiBe). This was done by sparging a mixture of anhydrous hydrofluoric acid and hydrogen gas through the FLiBe at elevated temperatures. The hydrofluoric acid reacted with oxides and hydroxides, fluorinating them while simultaneously releasing water vapor. Metal impurities such as iron and chromium were reduced by hydrogen gas and filtered out of the salt. By removing these impurities, the corrosion of reactor components was minimized. The Univ. of Wisconsin - Madison is currently researching a new chemical purification process for fluoride salts that make use of a less dangerous cleaning gas, nitrogen trifluoride. Nitrogen trifluoride has been predicted as a superior fluorinating agent for fluoride salts. These purified salts will subsequently be used for static and loop corrosion tests on a variety of reactor materials to ensure materials compatibility for the new FHR designs. Demonstration of chemistry control methodologies along with potential reduction in corrosion is essential for the use of a fluoride salts in a next generator nuclear reactor system. (authors)

  16. How well can charge transfer inefficiency be corrected? A parameter sensitivity study for iterative correction

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    Israel, Holger; Massey, Richard; Prod'homme, Thibaut; Cropper, Mark; Cordes, Oliver; Gow, Jason; Kohley, Ralf; Marggraf, Ole; Niemi, Sami; Rhodes, Jason; Short, Alex; Verhoeve, Peter

    2015-10-01

    Radiation damage to space-based charge-coupled device detectors creates defects which result in an increasing charge transfer inefficiency (CTI) that causes spurious image trailing. Most of the trailing can be corrected during post-processing, by modelling the charge trapping and moving electrons back to where they belong. However, such correction is not perfect - and damage is continuing to accumulate in orbit. To aid future development, we quantify the limitations of current approaches, and determine where imperfect knowledge of model parameters most degrades measurements of photometry and morphology. As a concrete application, we simulate 1.5 × 109 `worst-case' galaxy and 1.5 × 108 star images to test the performance of the Euclid visual instrument detectors. There are two separable challenges. If the model used to correct CTI is perfectly the same as that used to add CTI, 99.68 per cent of spurious ellipticity is corrected in our setup. This is because readout noise is not subject to CTI, but gets overcorrected during correction. Secondly, if we assume the first issue to be solved, knowledge of the charge trap density within Δρ/ρ = (0.0272 ± 0.0005) per cent and the characteristic release time of the dominant species to be known within Δτ/τ = (0.0400 ± 0.0004) per cent will be required. This work presents the next level of definition of in-orbit CTI calibration procedures for Euclid.

  17. Photophysics and charge transfer in donor-acceptor triblock copolymer photovoltaic materials

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    Schwarz, Kyra N.; Jones, David J.; Smith, Trevor A.; Ghiggino, Kenneth P.

    2014-10-01

    Efficient conversion of solar energy to electricity in low-cost organic photovoltaic (OPV) devices requires the complex interplay between multiple processes and components over various length and time scales. Optimizing device morphology to ensure efficient exciton diffusion and charge transport as well as ensuring efficient charge photogeneration is necessary to achieve optimum performance in new materials. The conjugated polymer electron donor PFM (poly(9,9-diocetyluorene-co-bis-N,N-(4-methylphenyl)-bis-N,N-phenyl-1,4-phenylenediamine)) and electron acceptor F8BT (poly[(9,9-di-n-octyluorenyl-2,7-diyl)-alt-(benzo[2,1,3]thiadiazol-4,8-diyl)), comprise the novel triblock copolymer PFM-F8BT-PFM. This copolymer is designed to phase separate on the 20-30 nm scale, a domain size ideal for maximizing exciton collection at the donor-acceptor interface. Using steady-state and ultrafast spectroscopic characterization including high repetition rate transient absorption spectroscopy, the dynamics of charge and energy transfer of the component polymers and the triblock co-polymer have been investigated. The results demonstrate that for the homopolymers solvent dependent exciton transport processes dominate, while in the triblock copolymer solutions transient spectroscopy provides evidence for interfacial charge separation.

  18. Energy transfer through a multi-layer liner for shaped charges

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    Skolnick, Saul; Goodman, Albert

    1985-01-01

    This invention relates to the determination of parameters for selecting materials for use as liners in shaped charges to transfer the greatest amount of energy to the explosive jet. Multi-layer liners constructed of metal in shaped charges for oil well perforators or other applications are selected in accordance with the invention to maximize the penetrating effect of the explosive jet by reference to four parameters: (1) Adjusting the explosive charge to liner mass ratio to achieve a balance between the amount of explosive used in a shaped charge and the areal density of the liner material; (2) Adjusting the ductility of each layer of a multi-layer liner to enhance the formation of a longer energy jet; (3) Buffering the intermediate layers of a multi-layer liner by varying the properties of each layer, e.g., composition, thickness, ductility, acoustic impedance and areal density, to protect the final inside layer of high density material from shattering upon impact of the explosive force and, instead, flow smoothly into a jet; and (4) Adjusting the impedance of the layers in a liner to enhance the transmission and reduce the reflection of explosive energy across the interface between layers.

  19. Forster Resonance Energy Transfer and Conformational Stability of Proteins: An Advanced Biophysical Module for Physical Chemistry Students

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    Sanchez, Katheryn M.; Schlamadinger, Diana E.; Gable, Jonathan E.; Kim, Judy E.

    2008-01-01

    Protein folding is an exploding area of research in biophysics and physical chemistry. Here, we describe the integration of several techniques, including absorption spectroscopy, fluorescence spectroscopy, and Forster resonance energy transfer (FRET) measurements, to probe important topics in protein folding. Cytochrome c is used as a model…

  20. Proton and charge transfer reactions dynamics of a hydroxyflavone derivative in a polar solvent and in a cyclodextrin nanocavity

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    Sanz, M.; Organero, J. A.; Douhal, A.

    2007-09-01

    In this work, we report on the observation of ultrafast intramolecular charge- and proton-transfer reactions of 4'-dimethylaminoflavonol (DMAF) in N, N-dimethyl formamide and in γ-cyclodextrin (γ-CD) solution. Upon femtosecond excitation an intramolecular charge transfer (ICT) reaction takes place to produce an ICT structure in ˜200 fs. This structure may undergo a proton transfer reaction to generate a zwitterionic (Z) form in 2-3 ps, or relaxes in its potential energy well, to later equilibrate with that of Z in hundreds of ps. Addition of γ-CD does not significantly affect the fast dynamics of the formed anion. The fs-emission signals of the parent molecule, 3-hydroxyflavone, indicate that the dimethyl amino group in DMAF enhances the rate constant of intermolecular proton-transfer and intramolecular charge-transfer reactions.

  1. Quantitative femtosecond charge transfer dynamics at organic/electrode interfaces studied by core-hole clock spectroscopy.

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    Cao, Liang; Gao, Xing-Yu; Wee, Andrew T S; Qi, Dong-Chen

    2014-12-10

    Organic semiconductor materials have important applications in organic electronics and other novel hybrid devices. In these devices, the transport of charge carriers across the interfaces between organic molecules and electrodes plays an important role in determining the device performance. Charge transfer dynamics at the organic/electrode interface usually occurs at the several femtoseconds timescale, and quantitative charge transfer dynamics data can been inferred using synchrotron-based core-hole clock (CHC) spectroscopy. In this research news, we have reviewed recent progress in the applications of CHC spectroscopy on the quantitative characterization of charge transfer dynamics at organic/electrode interfaces. By examining charge transfer dynamics at different types of interface, from weakly interacting van der Waals-type interfaces to interfaces with strong covalent bonds, we discuss a few factors that have been found to affect the charge transfer dynamics. We also review the application of CHC spectroscopy to quantify through-bonds and through-space charge transport in organic molecules. PMID:24692009

  2. Visualizing interfacial charge transfer in dye sensitized nanoparticles using x-ray transient absorption spectroscopy.

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    Zhang, X. Y.; Smolentsev, G.; Guo, J.; Attenkofer, K.; Kurtz, C.; Jennings, G.; Lockard, J. V.; Stickrath, A. B.; Chen, L. X.

    2011-01-01

    A molecular level understanding of the structural reorganization accompanying interfacial electron transfer is important for rational design of solar cells. Here we have applied XTA (X-ray transient absorption) spectroscopy to study transient structures in a heterogeneous interfacial system mimicking the charge separation process in dye-sensitized solar cell (DSSC) with Ru(dcbpy){sub 2}(NCS){sub 2} (RuN3) dye adsorbed to TiO{sub 2} nanoparticle surfaces. The results show that the average Ru-NCS bond length reduces by 0.06 {angstrom}, whereas the average Ru-N(dcbpy) bond length remains nearly unchanged after the electron injection. The differences in bond-order change and steric hindrance between two types of ligands are attributed to their structural response in the charge separation. This study extends the application of XTA into optically opaque hybrid interfacial systems relevant to the solar energy conversion.

  3. Charge Transfer Dynamics between Carbon Nanotubes and Hybrid Organic Metal Halide Perovskite Films.

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    Schulz, Philip; Dowgiallo, Anne-Marie; Yang, Mengjin; Zhu, Kai; Blackburn, Jeffrey L; Berry, Joseph J

    2016-02-01

    In spite of the rapid rise of metal organic halide perovskites for next-generation solar cells, little quantitative information on the electronic structure of interfaces of these materials is available. The present study characterizes the electronic structure of interfaces between semiconducting single walled carbon nanotube (SWCNT) contacts and a prototypical methylammonium lead iodide (MAPbI3) absorber layer. Using photoemission spectroscopy we provide quantitative values for the energy levels at the interface and observe the formation of an interfacial dipole between SWCNTs and perovskite. This process can be ascribed to electron donation from the MAPbI3 to the adjacent SWCNT making the nanotube film n-type at the interface and inducing band bending throughout the SWCNT layer. We then use transient absorbance spectroscopy to correlate this electronic alignment with rapid and efficient photoexcited charge transfer. The results indicate that SWCNT transport and contact layers facilitate rapid charge extraction and suggest avenues for enhancing device performance. PMID:26757105

  4. Compton scattering and charge transfer in Er substituted DyAl2

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    Ahuja, B. L.; Mohammad, F. M.; Mohammed, S. F.; Sahariya, Jagrati; Mund, H. S.; Heda, N. L.

    2015-02-01

    A unique applicability of Compton spectroscopy in probing the electronic states of rare earth aluminides using high energy (662 keV) γ-rays is reported. We have measured first-ever Compton profiles of Dy1-xErxAl2 (x=0, 0.2) using 20Ci 137Cs Compton spectrometer. The charge reorganization in Dy1-xErxAl2 (x=0, 0.2), on the formation of compound, has been discussed using the valence band Compton profile data. The experimental Compton profile data unambiguously establish charge transfer from Al to Dy (Dy and Er) on formation of x=0.0 (0.2) compound, which is in tune with spin polarized relativistic Korringa-Kohn-Rostoker (SPR-KKR) calculations. A reasonable agreement between SPR-KKR based Compton profiles and the experimental data show applicability of the Green function method in predicting the electronic properties of rare earth compounds.

  5. Unraveling the Mechanism of Photoinduced Charge Transfer in Carotenoid-Porphyrin-C60 Molecular Triad.

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    Manna, Arun K; Balamurugan, D; Cheung, Margaret S; Dunietz, Barry D

    2015-04-01

    Photoinduced charge transfer (CT) plays a central role in biologically significant systems and in applications that harvest solar energy. We investigate the relationship of CT kinetics and conformation in a molecular triad. The triad, consisting of carotenoid, porphyrin, and fullerene is structurally flexible and able to acquire significantly varied conformations under ambient conditions. With an integrated approach of quantum calculations and molecular dynamics simulations, we compute the rate of CT at two distinctive conformations. The linearly extended conformation, in which the donor (carotenoid) and the acceptor (fullerene) are separated by nearly 50 Å, enables charge separation through a sequential CT process. A representative bent conformation that is entropically dominant, however, attenuates the CT, although the donor and the acceptor are spatially closer. Our computed rate of CT at the linear conformation is in good agreement with measured values. Our work provides unique fundamental understanding of the photoinduced CT process in the molecular triad. PMID:26262978

  6. Thermal and Quantum Peierls Transitions in Organic Charge-Transfer Salts

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    Bewick, Sharon; Soos, Zoltan

    2006-03-01

    The choice of donors (D) and acceptors (A) governs the charge-transfer ρ in organic CT salts with mixed one-dimensional DADA stacks. Strong D and A yield ρ ˜ 0.9 stacks of radical ions with thermally accessible spin and charge degrees of freedom whose Peierls transition can be described by a Hubbard model with site energies. The same microscopic model describes CT salts with smaller and variable ρ ˜ 0.5 in which neutral-ionic and/or Peierls transitions occur in the ground electronic state. Quantum transitions are driven by volume changes, with negligible thermal population of excite states. CT salts with thermal or quantum Peierls transitions are identified. Conflicting magnetic, vibrational and structural data in several CT salts are resolved in terms of mobile spin solitons, a dimerized ground state and a Peierls transition beyond the crystal's thermal stability.

  7. Charge transfer excitons at ZnMgO/P3HT heterojunctions: Relation to photovoltaic performance

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    Eyer, M.; Sadofev, S.; Puls, J.; Blumstengel, S.

    2015-11-01

    Formation of hybrid charge transfer excitons (HCTE), i.e., coulombically bound charge pairs residing at inorganic/organic interfaces is verified in prototypical ZnMgO/poly(3-hexylthiophene) (P3HT) planar heterojunctions. Radiative recombination of HCTE generates electroluminescence (EL) in the near infrared spectral region. Via the Mg content, the energy offset ΔEI O between the ZnMgO conduction band minimum and the P3HT highest occupied molecular orbital is systematically tuned. Both, the EL emission maximum as well as the open circuit voltage VOC, scale linearly with ΔEI O , showing the clear correlation between the HCTE transition energy and the VOC at inorganic/organic semiconductor heterojunctions.

  8. Surface charge transfer properties of high-performance Ag-decorated ZnO photocatalysts

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    Lu, Yongchun; Lin, Yanhong; Wang, Dejun; Wang, Lingling; Xie, Tengfeng; Jiang, Tengfei

    2011-08-01

    Silver-decorated ZnO (Ag/ZnO) chain-like nanoparticle aggregates were prepared by a facile nonaqueous sol-gel method. The influence of Ag decoration on the surface photo-induced charge transfer behaviour of ZnO was investigated by means of surface photovoltage spectroscopy, electric field-induced surface photovoltage spectroscopy and transient photovoltage techniques. The photovoltage spectra revealed that an electronic interaction between Ag and ZnO formed. Ag acted as electron acceptors and effectively inhibited the charge recombination in ZnO with UV light illumination, while under the illumination of visible light a redshift was observed due to the appearance of a plasmon-induced band resulting from the formation of Ag nanoparticle clusters. These were responsible for the significant enhancement in the photocatalytic activity of the Ag/ZnO sample. The results also suggested that the high-performance visible light photocatalytic activity could be manipulated by external biases.

  9. Layer-dependent surface potential of phosphorene and anisotropic/layer-dependent charge transfer in phosphorene-gold hybrid systems

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    Xu, Renjing; Yang, Jiong; Zhu, Yi; Yan, Han; Pei, Jiajie; Myint, Ye Win; Zhang, Shuang; Lu, Yuerui

    2015-12-01

    The surface potential and the efficiency of interfacial charge transfer are extremely important for designing future semiconductor devices based on the emerging two-dimensional (2D) phosphorene. Here, we directly measured the strong layer-dependent surface potential of mono- and few-layered phosphorene on gold, which is consistent with the reported theoretical prediction. At the same time, we used an optical way photoluminescence (PL) spectroscopy to probe charge transfer in the phosphorene-gold hybrid system. We firstly observed highly anisotropic and layer-dependent PL quenching in the phosphorene-gold hybrid system, which is attributed to the highly anisotropic/layer-dependent interfacial charge transfer.The surface potential and the efficiency of interfacial charge transfer are extremely important for designing future semiconductor devices based on the emerging two-dimensional (2D) phosphorene. Here, we directly measured the strong layer-dependent surface potential of mono- and few-layered phosphorene on gold, which is consistent with the reported theoretical prediction. At the same time, we used an optical way photoluminescence (PL) spectroscopy to probe charge transfer in the phosphorene-gold hybrid system. We firstly observed highly anisotropic and layer-dependent PL quenching in the phosphorene-gold hybrid system, which is attributed to the highly anisotropic/layer-dependent interfacial charge transfer. Electronic supplementary information (ESI) available: Details of theoretical calculation methods, more experimental measurement results and data analysis. See DOI: 10.1039/c5nr04366b

  10. Engineering interfacial photo-induced charge transfer based on nanobamboo array architecture for efficient solar-to-chemical energy conversion.

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    Wang, Xiaotian; Liow, Chihao; Bisht, Ankit; Liu, Xinfeng; Sum, Tze Chien; Chen, Xiaodong; Li, Shuzhou

    2015-04-01

    Engineering interfacial photo-induced charge transfer for highly synergistic photocatalysis is successfully realized based on nanobamboo array architecture. Programmable assemblies of various components and heterogeneous interfaces, and, in turn, engineering of the energy band structure along the charge transport pathways, play a critical role in generating excellent synergistic effects of multiple components for promoting photocatalytic efficiency. PMID:25704499

  11. Charge transfer fluorescence and 34 nm exciton diffusion length in polymers with electron acceptor end traps

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    Zaikowski, Lori; Mauro, Gina; Bird, Matthew; Karten, Brianne; Asaoka, Sadayuki; Wu, Qin; Cook, Andrew R.; Miller, John R.

    2014-12-22

    Photoexcitation of conjugated poly-2,7-(9,9-dihexylfluorene) polyfluorenes with naphthylimide (NI) and anthraquinone (AQ) electron-acceptor end traps produces excitons that form charge transfer states at the end traps. Intramolecular singlet exciton transport to end traps was examined by steady state fluorescence for polyfluorenes of 17 to 127 repeat units in chloroform, dimethylformamide (DMF), tetrahydrofuran (THF), and p-xylene. End traps capture excitons and form charge transfer (CT) states at all polymer lengths and in all solvents. The CT nature of the end-trapped states is confirmed by their fluorescence spectra, solvent and trap group dependence and DFT descriptions. Quantum yields of CT fluorescence are as large as 46%. This strong CT emission is understood in terms of intensity borrowing. Energies of the CT states from onsets of the fluorescence spectra give the depths of the traps which vary with solvent polarity. For NI end traps the trap depths are 0.06 (p-xylene), 0.13 (THF) and 0.19 eV (CHCl3). For AQ, CT fluorescence could be observed only in p-xylene where the trap depth is 0.27 eV. Quantum yields, emission energies, charge transfer energies, solvent reorganization and vibrational energies were calculated. Fluorescence measurements on chains >100 repeat units indicate that end traps capture ~50% of the excitons, and that the exciton diffusion length LD =34 nm, which is much larger than diffusion lengths reported in polymer films or than previously known for diffusion along isolated chains. As a result, the efficiency of exciton capture depends on chain length, but not on trap depth, solvent polarity or which trap group is present.

  12. Charge transfer fluorescence and 34 nm exciton diffusion length in polymers with electron acceptor end traps

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    Zaikowski, Lori; Mauro, Gina; Bird, Matthew; Karten, Brianne; Asaoka, Sadayuki; Wu, Qin; Cook, Andrew R.; Miller, John R.

    2014-12-22

    Photoexcitation of conjugated poly-2,7-(9,9-dihexylfluorene) polyfluorenes with naphthylimide (NI) and anthraquinone (AQ) electron-acceptor end traps produces excitons that form charge transfer states at the end traps. Intramolecular singlet exciton transport to end traps was examined by steady state fluorescence for polyfluorenes of 17 to 127 repeat units in chloroform, dimethylformamide (DMF), tetrahydrofuran (THF), and p-xylene. End traps capture excitons and form charge transfer (CT) states at all polymer lengths and in all solvents. The CT nature of the end-trapped states is confirmed by their fluorescence spectra, solvent and trap group dependence and DFT descriptions. Quantum yields of CT fluorescence are asmore » large as 46%. This strong CT emission is understood in terms of intensity borrowing. Energies of the CT states from onsets of the fluorescence spectra give the depths of the traps which vary with solvent polarity. For NI end traps the trap depths are 0.06 (p-xylene), 0.13 (THF) and 0.19 eV (CHCl3). For AQ, CT fluorescence could be observed only in p-xylene where the trap depth is 0.27 eV. Quantum yields, emission energies, charge transfer energies, solvent reorganization and vibrational energies were calculated. Fluorescence measurements on chains >100 repeat units indicate that end traps capture ~50% of the excitons, and that the exciton diffusion length LD =34 nm, which is much larger than diffusion lengths reported in polymer films or than previously known for diffusion along isolated chains. As a result, the efficiency of exciton capture depends on chain length, but not on trap depth, solvent polarity or which trap group is present.« less

  13. Interfacial electronic charge transfer and density of states in short period Cu/Cr multilayers

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    Bello, A.F.; Van Buuren, T.; Kepesis, J.E.; Barbee, T.W., Jr.

    1998-04-01

    Nanometer period metallic multilayers are ideal structures to investigate electronic phenomena at interfaces between metal films since interfacial atoms comprise a large atomic fraction of the samples. The multilayers studied were fabricated by magnetron sputtering and consist of bilayers from 1.9 mn to 3.3 mn. X-ray diffraction, cross-section TEM and plan-view TEM show the Cu layers to have a BCC structure Cu in contrast to its equilibrium FCC structure. The electronic structure of the Cu and the Cr layers in several samples of thin Cu/Cr multilayers were studied using x-ray absorption spectroscopy (XAS). Total electron yield was measured and used to study the white lines at the Cu L{sub 2} and L{sub 3} absorption edges. The white lines at the Cu absorption edges are strongly related to the unoccupied d-orbitals and are used to calculate the amount of charge transfer between the Cr and Cu atoms in interfaces. Analysis of the Cu white lines show a charge transfer of 0.026 electrons/interfacial Cu atom to the interfacial Cr atoms. In the Cu XAS spectra we also observe a van Hove singularity between the L{sub 2} and L{sub 3} absorption edges as expected from the structural analysis. The absorption spectra are compared to partial density of states obtained from a full-potential linear muffin-tin orbital calculation. The calculations confirm the presence of charge transfer and indicate that it is localized to the first two interfacial layers in both Cu and Cr.

  14. Charge Transfer Fluorescence and 34 nm Exciton Diffusion Length in Polymers with Electron Acceptor End Traps.

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    Zaikowski, Lori; Mauro, Gina; Bird, Matthew; Karten, Brianne; Asaoka, Sadayuki; Wu, Qin; Cook, Andrew R; Miller, John R

    2015-06-18

    Photoexcitation of conjugated poly-2,7-(9,9-dihexylfluorene) polyfluorenes with naphthylimide (NI) and anthraquinone (AQ) electron-acceptor end traps produces excitons that form charge transfer states at the end traps. Intramolecular singlet exciton transport to end traps was examined by steady state fluorescence for polyfluorenes of 17-127 repeat units in chloroform, dimethylformamide (DMF), tetrahydrofuran (THF), and p-xylene. End traps capture excitons and form charge transfer (CT) states at all polymer lengths and in all solvents. The CT nature of the end-trapped states is confirmed by their fluorescence spectra, solvent and trap group dependence, and DFT descriptions. Quantum yields of CT fluorescence are as large as 46%. This strong CT emission is understood in terms of intensity borrowing. Energies of the CT states from onsets of the fluorescence spectra give the depths of the traps which vary with solvent polarity. For NI end traps, the trap depths are 0.06 (p-xylene), 0.13 (THF), and 0.19 eV (CHCl3). For AQ, CT fluorescence could be observed only in p-xylene where the trap depth is 0.27 eV. Quantum yields, emission energies, charge transfer energies, solvent reorganization, and vibrational energies were calculated. Fluorescence measurements on chains >100 repeat units indicate that end traps capture ∼50% of the excitons, and that the exciton diffusion length is LD = 34 nm, which is much larger than diffusion lengths reported in polymer films or than previously known for diffusion along isolated chains. The efficiency of exciton capture depends on chain length but not on trap depth, solvent polarity, or which trap group is present. PMID:25531034

  15. Theoretical Investigation of OCN(-) Charge Transfer Complexes in Condensed Phase Media: Spectroscopic Properties in Amorphous Ice

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    Park, Jin-Young; Woon, David E.

    2004-01-01

    Density functional theory (DFT) calculations of cyanate (OCN(-)) charge-transfer complexes were performed to model the "XCN" feature observed in interstellar icy grain mantles. OCN(-) charge-transfer complexes were formed from precursor combinations of HNCO or HOCN with either NH3 or H2O. Three different solvation strategies for realistically modeling the ice matrix environment were explored, including (1) continuum solvation, (2) pure DFT cluster calculations, and (3) an ONIOM DFT/PM3 cluster calculation. The model complexes were evaluated by their ability to reproduce seven spectroscopic measurements associated with XCN: the band origin of the OCN(-) asymmetric stretching mode, shifts in that frequency due to isotopic substitutions of C, N, O, and H, plus two weak features. The continuum solvent field method produced results consistent with some of the experimental data but failed to account for other behavior due to its limited capacity to describe molecular interactions with solvent. DFT cluster calculations successfully reproduced the available spectroscopic measurements very well. In particular, the deuterium shift showed excellent agreement in complexes where OCN(-) was fully solvated. Detailed studies of representative complexes including from two to twelve water molecules allowed the exploration of various possible solvation structures and provided insights into solvation trends. Moreover, complexes arising from cyanic or isocyanic acid in pure water suggested an alternative mechanism for the formation of OCN(-) charge-transfer complexes without the need for a strong base such as NH3 to be present. An extended ONIOM (B3LYP/PM3) cluster calculation was also performed to assess the impact of a more realistic environment on HNCO dissociation in pure water.

  16. Polarization anisotropy of charge transfer absorption and emission of aligned polymer:fullerene blend films

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    Vandewal, Koen; Tvingstedt, Kristofer; Inganäs, Olle

    2012-07-01

    An improved understanding of the electronic structure of interfacial charge transfer (CT) states is of importance due to their crucial role in charge carrier generation and recombination in organic donor-acceptor (DA) solar cells. DA combinations with a small difference between the energy of the CT state (ECT) and energy of the donor exciton (ED*) are of special interest since energy losses due to electron transfer are minimized, resulting in an optimized open-circuit voltage. In that case, the CT state can be considered as a resonance mixture, containing character of a fully ionic state (D+A-) and of the local polymer excited state (D*A). We show that the D*A contribution to the overall CT state wave function can be determined by measurements of the polarization anisotropy of CT absorption and emission of polymer:fullerene blends with aligned polymer chains. We study two donor polymers, P3HT and TQ1, blended with fullerene acceptors with different ionization potentials, allowing variation of the ED*-ECT difference. We find that, upon decreasing ED*-ECT, the local excitonic D*A character of the CT state increases, resulting in a decreased fraction of charge transferred and an increased transition dipole moment. For typical polymer:fullerene systems, this effect is expected to become detrimental for device performance if ED*-ECT<0.1 eV. This however, depends on the electronic coupling between D*A and D+A-, which we experimentally estimate to be ˜6 meV for the TQ1:PCBM system.

  17. EV Charging Through Wireless Power Transfer: Analysis of Efficiency Optimization and Technology Trends

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    Miller, John M; Rakouth, Heri; Suh, In-Soo

    2012-01-01

    This paper is aimed at reviewing the technology trends for wireless power transfer (WPT) for electric vehicles (EV). It also analyzes the factors affecting its efficiency and describes the techniques currently used for its optimization. The review of the technology trends encompasses both stationary and moving vehicle charging systems. The study of the stationary vehicle charging technology is based on current implementations and on-going developments at WiTricity and Oak Ridge National Lab (ORNL). The moving vehicle charging technology is primarily described through the results achieved by the Korean Advanced Institute of Technology (KAIST) along with on-going efforts at Stanford University. The factors affecting the efficiency are determined through the analysis of the equivalent circuit of magnetic resonant coupling. The air gap between both transmitting and receiving coils along with the magnetic field distribution and the relative impedance mismatch between the related circuits are the primary factors affecting the WPT efficiency. Currently the industry is looking at an air gap of 25 cm or below. To control the magnetic field distribution, Kaist has recently developed the Shaped Magnetic Field In Resonance (SMFIR) technology that uses conveniently shaped ferrite material to provide low reluctance path. The efficiency can be further increased by means of impedance matching. As a result, Delphi's implementation of the WiTricity's technology exhibits a WPT efficiency above 90% for stationary charging while KAIST has demonstrated a maximum efficiency of 83% for moving vehicle with its On Line Vehicle (OLEV) project. This study is restricted to near-field applications (short and mid-range) and does not address long-range technology such as microwave power transfer that has low efficiency as it is based on radiating electromagnetic waves. This paper exemplifies Delphi's work in powertrain electrification as part of its innovation for the real world program geared toward a safer, greener and more connected driving. Moreover, it draws from and adds to Dr. Andrew Brown Jr.'s SAE books 'Active Safety and the Mobility Industry', 'Connectivity and Mobility Industry', and 'Green Technologies and the Mobility Industry'. Magnetic resonant coupling is the foundation of modern wireless power transfer. Its efficiency can be controlled through impedance matching and magnetic field shaping. Current implementations use one or both of these control methods and enable both stationary and mobile charging with typical efficiency within the 80% and 90% range for an air gap up to 25 cm.

  18. Interfacial charge transfer behavior of conducting polymers as contact electrode for semiconductor devices

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    Kawakita, Jin; Fujikawa, Yuki; Nagata, Takahiro; Chikyow, Toyohiro

    2016-04-01

    As an alternative contact electrode material to metals, which is necessary for downsized semiconductor devices in 10 nm processes, an intrinsically conducting polymer was studied in terms of its interfacial charge-transfer behavior with an inorganic semiconductor. Polypyrrole as the conducting polymer was formed using an electrochemical technique on an oxide semiconductor and its electronic properties were evaluated using scanning probe microscopy. The experimental results showed that an ohmic contact was observed dynamically at local positions, although a Schottky barrier was expected in the static electronic state over the measurement area. From this research, the conducting polymer was found to be promising as a contact electrode.

  19. Reply to Comment on Four-body charge transfer processes in proton helium collisions

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    Chowdhury, U.; Harris, A. L.; Peacher, J. L.; Madison, D. H.

    2013-01-01

    Houamer and Popov have performed a first Born approximation calculation (FBA) for TTE (charge transfer with target excitation) for 300 keV proton-helium collisions. Their results are in reasonable agreement with the absolute measurements of Schffler (2006 PhD thesis, University of Frankfurt am Main) whereas our FBA results yielded the shape of the experimental data reasonably well (except for small scattering angles) but with a magnitude that was a factor of 144 larger than experiment. Consequently, Houamer and Popov conclude that our results must have huge numerical errors. We have extensively tested our codes and we do not find any evidence to support this claim.

  20. Solid State Rechargeable Organic Batteries Based on Polymer Composites of Charge-transfer Materials

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    Gupta, R. K.; Srivastava, N.; Singh, R. A.

    2004-04-01

    Solid-state galvanic cells based on charge-transfer complexes have been extensively used. However, the low mechanical strengths of these materials have restricted their applications. To overcome this problem, the polymer composite of these materials have been prepared and used in fabrication of solid-state batteries. The pressed pellet of these materials has been used as cathode in contact with zinc as anode metal. The electrochemical characterization of these cells such as open-circuit voltages, short-circuit currents, their time and temperature dependence and rechargeability of these cells have been studied. The impedance analyses have been done to understand the nature of the electrode reaction.

  1. Ab-initio molecular treatment of the symmetric Mg2+-Mg charge transfer process

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    Amami, M.; Moussa, A.; Zaidi, A.; Lahmar, S.; Bacchus-Montabonel, M. C.

    2016-02-01

    Potential energy curves of the MgMg2+ molecular system in the lowest electronic states as well as radial and rotational couplings between these states are obtained from ab-initio calculations at the CASSCF/MRCI level of theory using large basis sets. These data are used to investigate, via the semi-classical molecular close coupling method, the single symmetric charge transfer processes of Mg2+-Mg collisions in the [1.0-650] keV laboratory energy range. Total and partial cross sections for the expected capture channels are calculated and compared with the available experimental and theoretical results.

  2. Molecular distortion and charge transfer effects in ZnPc/Cu(111)

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    Amin, B.; Nazir, S.; Schwingenschlögl, U.

    2013-01-01

    The adsorption geometry and electronic properties of a zinc-phthalocyanine molecule on a Cu(111) substrate are studied by density functional theory. In agreement with experiment, we find remarkable distortions of the molecule, mainly as the central Zn atom tends towards the substrate to minimize the Zn-Cu distance. As a consequence, the Zn-N chemical bonding and energy levels of the molecule are significantly modified. However, charge transfer induces metallic states on the molecule and therefore is more important for the ZnPc/Cu(111) system than the structural distortions.

  3. Two-dimensional femtosecond optical spectroscopy of trapping dynamics in a charge-transfer process

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    Keß, Martin; Engel, Volker

    2016-04-01

    We study charge-transfer dynamics monitored by two-dimensional (2D) optical spectroscopy. The often used model consisting of two coupled diabatic electronic states in a single reaction coordinate is used to demonstrate the relation between the vibronic dynamics and the 2D-spectra. Within the employed wave-function approach, dissipation is included via a quantum-jump algorithm with explicit treatment of dephasing. States with long lifetimes which decay slowly due to the interaction with the environment are identified. Using filtered Fourier transforms, energy and time resolved information about the dissipative system dynamics can be obtained.

  4. Thin films and surface patterning with BEDT-TTF based charge transfer salts.

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    Wang, H. H.; Han, C. Y.; Noh, D.-Y.; Shin, K.-S.; Willing, G. A.; Geiser, U.

    2002-08-21

    Densely covered (ET)X{sub 2} thin films can be selectively electrodeposited on gold electrodes. The insulating (ET)X{sub 2} films are converted to (ET){sub 2}X conductive films through a novel conproportionation reaction. Both ET and ET salt patterns can be prepared with the PDMS stamping technique with use of an ET derivative with a dodecanethiol chain for surface derivatization. These solution procedures open up the possibility to prepare conductive and superconductive charge-transfer salt thin films as well as patterns.

  5. Charge-transfer photodissociation of adsorbed molecules via electron image states

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    Jensen, E. T.

    2008-01-28

    The 248 and 193 nm photodissociations of submonolayer quantities of CH{sub 3}Br and CH{sub 3}I adsorbed on thin layers of n-hexane indicate that the dissociation is caused by dissociative electron attachment from subvacuum level photoelectrons created in the copper substrate. The characteristics of this photodissociation-translation energy distributions and coverage dependences show that the dissociation is mediated by an image potential state which temporarily traps the photoelectrons near the n-hexane-vacuum interface, and then the charge transfers from this image state to the affinity level of a coadsorbed halomethane which then dissociates.

  6. Examination of charge transfer in Au/YSZ for high-temperature optical gas sensing

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    Baltrus, John P.; Ohodnicki, Paul R.

    2014-01-01

    Au-nanoparticle incorporated oxide thin film materials demonstrate significant promise as functionalsensor materials for high temperature optical gas sensing in severe environments relevant for fossil andnuclear based power generation. The Au/yttria-stabilized zirconia (YSZ) system has been extensivelystudied in the literature and serves as a model system for fundamental investigations that seek to betterunderstand the mechanistic origin of the plasmonic gas sensing response. In this work, X-ray photoelec-tron spectroscopy techniques are applied to Au/YSZ films in an attempt to provide further experimentalevidence for a proposed sensing mechanism involving a change in free carrier density of Au nanoparticles due to charge transfer.

  7. Laser-induced charge transfer in the HeH/sup 2 +/ quasimolecule

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    Errea, L.F.; Mendez, L.; Riera, A.

    1983-11-01

    In a recent publication, the charge transfer cross section for He/sup 2 +/+H(ls) collisions through photon-assisted 2psigma--3dsigma transitions was calculated; this calculation, however, contained several errors whose quantitative--even qualitative effect on the results is not obvious. We present a correct evaluation of this laser-induced cross section, which turns out to be larger, and present a maximum for longer wavelengths, than the values previously reported. In addition, we have checked the applicability of perturbation theory, of the stationary phase, uniform and Landau--Zener approximations, and the importance of potentially competitive photon-assisted reactions.

  8. Formation of charge-transfer-complex in organic:metal oxides systems

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    Wu, S. P.; Kang, Y.; Liu, T. L.; Jin, Z. H.; Jiang, N.; Lu, Z. H.

    2013-04-01

    It is found that composite systems consisting of 4,4'-bis(carbazol-9-yl)biphenyl (CBP) and molybdenum trioxide (MoO3) form an IR absorption band around 847 nm. It is also found that the vibrational modes of the CBP, as measured by Fourier Transform Infrared Spectroscopy, are quenched upon the formation of charge-transfer-complex (CTC) between CBP and MoO3. By examining several sets of organic:metal oxides systems, we discovered that the IR absorption band of the CTCs follow two distinct mechanisms depending on the nature and location of the HOMOs in the organic molecules.

  9. High pressure induced charge transfer in 3d-4f bimetallic photomagnetic materials.

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    Wu, Lai-Chin; Nielsen, Morten Bormann; Bremholm, Martin; Madsen, Solveig Røgild; Overgaard, Jacob; Newville, Matt; Chen, Yu-Sheng; Iversen, Bo Brummerstedt

    2015-05-25

    Pressure-induced crystal color change of photo-magnetic materials [Ln(DMF)4(H2O)3(μ-CN)M(CN)5]·H2O, Ln = Y, M = Fe (1), Ln = Y, M = Co (2), Ln = Nd, M = Fe (3) (DMF = N,N-dimethyl formamide) are investigated using variable pressure X-ray Absorption Near-Edge Structure (XANES) spectroscopy and X-ray diffraction. For 1 the effect is caused by ligand-to-metal charge transfer (LMCT) on the iron site. PMID:25925160

  10. Correlation between charge transfer exciton recombination and photocurrent in polymer/fullerene solar cells

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    Hallermann, Markus; Da Como, Enrico; Feldmann, Jochen; Izquierdo, Marta; Filippone, Salvatore; Martin, Nazario; Juechter, Sabrina; Hauff, Elizabeth von

    2010-07-12

    We correlate carrier recombination via charge transfer excitons (CTEs) with the short circuit current, J{sub sc}, in polymer/fullerene solar cells. Near infrared photoluminescence spectroscopy of CTE in three blends differing for the fullerene acceptor, gives unique insights into solar cell characteristics. The energetic position of the CTE is directly correlated with the open-circuit voltage, V{sub oc}, and more important J{sub sc} decreases with increasing CTE emission intensity. CTE emission intensity is discussed from the perspective of blend morphology. The work points out the fundamental role of CTE recombination and how optical spectroscopy can be used to derive information on solar cell performances.

  11. Scale-model charge-transfer technique for measuring enhancement factors

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    Kositsky, J.; Nanevicz, J. E.

    1991-01-01

    Determination of aircraft electric field enhancement factors is crucial when using airborne field mill (ABFM) systems to accurately measure electric fields aloft. SRI used the scale model charge transfer technique to determine enhancement factors of several canonical shapes and a scale model Learjet 36A. The measured values for the canonical shapes agreed with known analytic solutions within about 6 percent. The laboratory determined enhancement factors for the aircraft were compared with those derived from in-flight data gathered by a Learjet 36A outfitted with eight field mills. The values agreed to within experimental error (approx. 15 percent).

  12. Metallization and charge-transfer gap closure of transition-metal iodides under pressure

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    Chen, A. Li-Chung

    1993-05-01

    It is shown with resistivity and near-IR absorption measurements that NiI{sub 2}, CoI{sub 2}, and FeI{sub 2} metallize under pressure by closure of the charge-transfer energy gap at pressures of 17, 10, and 23 GPa, respectively, which is close to the antiferromagnetic-diamagnetic transition in NiI{sub 2} and CoI{sub 2}. Thus, the magnetic transitions probably are caused by the metallization; in NiI{sub 2} and CoI{sub 2}, the insulator-metal transitions are first order. Moessbauer and XRD data were also collected. Figs, 46 refs.

  13. Study of charge transfer complexes of menadione (vitamin K3) with a series of anilines.

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    Pal, Purnendu; Saha, Avijit; Mukherjee, Asok K; Mukherjee, Dulal C

    2004-01-01

    Menadione (vitamin K(3)) has been shown to form charge transfer complexes with N,N-dimethyl aniline, N,N-dimethyl p-toluidine and N,N-dimethyl m-toluidine in CCl(4) medium. The CT transition energies are well correlated with the ionisation potentials of the anilines. The formation constants of the complexes have been determined at a number of temperatures from which the enthalpies and entropies of formation have been obtained. The formation constants exhibit a very good linear free energy relationship (Hammett) at all the temperatures studied. PMID:14670474

  14. Nanohydration of uracil: emergence of three-dimensional structures and proton-induced charge transfer.

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    Bacchus-Montabonel, Marie-Christine; Calvo, Florent

    2015-04-21

    Stepwise hydration of uracil has been theoretically revisited using different methods ranging from classical force fields to quantum chemical approaches. Hydration initially begins within the uracil plane but proceeds at four molecules into three-dimensional configurations or even water clusters next to the nucleobase. The relative stability between the various structures is significantly affected by zero-point energy and finite temperature (entropy) effects and also gives rise to markedly different responses to an excitation by an impinging high-energy proton. In particular, charge transfer to the molecular complex is dramatically altered in collisions toward the coating cluster but barely modified for peripheral hydration patterns. PMID:25793649

  15. On the charge transfer between single-walled carbon nanotubes and graphene

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    Rao, Rahul Pierce, Neal; Dasgupta, Archi

    2014-08-18

    It is important to understand the electronic interaction between single-walled carbon nanotubes (SWNTs) and graphene in order to use them efficiently in multifunctional hybrid devices. Here, we deposited SWNT bundles on graphene-covered copper and SiO{sub 2} substrates by chemical vapor deposition and investigated the charge transfer between them by Raman spectroscopy. Our results revealed that, on both copper and SiO{sub 2} substrates, graphene donates electrons to the SWNTs, resulting in p-type doped graphene and n-type doped SWNTs.

  16. Mapping charge transfers between quantum levels using noncontact atomic force microscopy

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    Borowik, ?.; Kusiaku, K.; Deresmes, D.; Thron, D.; Diesinger, H.; Mlin, T.; Nguyen-Tran, T.; Roca I Cabarrocas, P.

    2010-08-01

    We demonstrate the possibility to map nanoscale charge transfers between quantum electronic levels at room temperature, using noncontact atomic force microscopy and Kelvin force microscopy in a regime of weak electromechanical coupling. A two-level system is studied, consisting of degenerately doped silicon nanocrystals on silicon substrates, with size in the 2-50 nm range, in which the energy spacing is tuned by the nanocrystal quantum confinement over a ?1eV range. The nanocrystal ionization is found to follow an energy compensation mechanism driven by quantum confinement, in quantitative agreement with parametrized tight-binding calculations of its band structure.

  17. Superconductivity beyond the dimer model in 2D organic charge transfer salts

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    Altmeyer, Michaela; Guterding, Daniel; Jeschke, Harald O.; Valenti, Roser

    2015-03-01

    We present a theoretical investigation of BEDT-TTF charge transfer salts containing κ-type layers. Using ab-initio density functional theory we construct realistic models with unprecedented accuracy for a broad variety of materials. We analyze the pairing symmetry and strength within random phase approximation spin fluctuation theory and interpret our findings microscopically in a tight-binding analysis. In particular we show that the minimal model for this class of materials needs to describe all BEDT-TTF molecules independently and give an example where the customary dimer model breaks down. Research funded within DFG TR 49.

  18. Charge transfer in time-dependent density-functional theory via spin-symmetry breaking

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    Fuks, Johanna I.; Maitra, Neepa T.

    2011-04-15

    Long-range charge-transfer excitations pose a major challenge for time-dependent density-functional approximations. We show that spin-symmetry breaking offers a simple solution for molecules composed of open-shell fragments, yielding accurate excitations at large separations when the acceptor effectively contains one active electron. Unrestricted exact-exchange and self-interaction-corrected functionals are performed on one-dimensional models and on the real LiH molecule within the pseudopotential approximation to demonstrate our results.

  19. Photoinduced charge transfer between fullerenes and TiO{sub 2} semiconductor colloids

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    Kamat, P.V.; Bedja, I.; Hotchandani, S.

    1994-10-01

    A photocatalytic method has been presented to carry out one-electron reduction of C{sub 60} and C{sub 70} in 50/50 (v/v) benzene/ethanol. The fullerene reduction was carried out in colloidal TiO{sub 2} suspension using UV excitation. The charge transfer between the excited TiO{sub 2} semiconductor colloid and fullerene molecule occurs with a quantum efficiency of 13% for C{sub 70} and 24% for C{sub 60}. Laser flash photolysis measurements have been carried out to elucidate the mechanism of photocatalytic reduction.

  20. Estimation of instantaneous heat transfer coefficients for a direct-injection stratified-charge rotary engine

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    Lee, C. M.; Addy, H. E.; Bond, T. H.; Chun, K. S.; Lu, C. Y.

    1987-01-01

    The main objective of this report was to derive equations to estimate heat transfer coefficients in both the combustion chamber and coolant pasage of a rotary engine. This was accomplished by making detailed temperature and pressure measurements in a direct-injection stratified-charge rotary engine under a range of conditions. For each sppecific measurement point, the local physical properties of the fluids were calculated. Then an empirical correlation of the coefficients was derived by using a multiple regression program. This correlation expresses the Nusselt number as a function of the Prandtl number and Reynolds number.

  1. Charge Density Quantification of Polyelectrolyte Polysaccharides by Conductometric Titration: An Analytical Chemistry Experiment

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    Farris, Stefano; Mora, Luigi; Capretti, Giorgio; Piergiovanni, Luciano

    2012-01-01

    An easy analytical method for determination of the charge density of polyelectrolytes, including polysaccharides and other biopolymers, is presented. The basic principles of conductometric titration, which is used in the pulp and paper industry as well as in colloid and interface science, were adapted to quantify the charge densities of a

  2. Charge Density Quantification of Polyelectrolyte Polysaccharides by Conductometric Titration: An Analytical Chemistry Experiment

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    Farris, Stefano; Mora, Luigi; Capretti, Giorgio; Piergiovanni, Luciano

    2012-01-01

    An easy analytical method for determination of the charge density of polyelectrolytes, including polysaccharides and other biopolymers, is presented. The basic principles of conductometric titration, which is used in the pulp and paper industry as well as in colloid and interface science, were adapted to quantify the charge densities of a…

  3. Projectile charge state effects on electron emission in transfer ionization processes

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    Zhang, R. T.; Zhu, X. L.; Feng, W. T.; Guo, D. L.; Gao, Y.; Qian, D. B.; Li, B.; Yan, S. C.; Xu, S.; Zhang, P.; Ma, X.

    2015-07-01

    Electron emissions in transfer ionization processes were studied for 75 keV u-1 He2+, and 80 keV u-1 Ne8+on He collisions, using the well-developed reaction microscope techniques. Momentum distributions in the scattering plane, doubly differential distributions as a function of longitudinal momentum and emission angles of the ejected electrons were obtained. An apparent enhancement of electrons distributed around the projectile in the scattering plane was found for the Ne8+ incident case. Furthermore, we report the ratio of doubly differential distributions at the emission angle of 0° between these two transfer ionization processes, in which an abrupt rise is found at and above the electron capture to the continuum peak. This rise qualitatively agrees with the prediction within the framework of Dettmann’s theory. We conclude that this kind of enhancement was caused by the charge state effect of the projectile.

  4. Intramolecular charge transfer, solvatochromism and hyperpolarizability of compounds bearing ethenylene or ethynylene bridges

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    Carlotti, B.; Flamini, R.; Kikaš, I.; Mazzucato, U.; Spalletti, A.

    2012-10-01

    Emission or both absorption/emission solvatochromic effects induced by intramolecular charge transfer (ICT) have been used to determine the excited-state dipole moments of the locally excited μe(LE) and the polar-solvent induced μe(ICT) states and the first hyperpolarizability parameter βCT of six asymmetric distyrylbenzene analogues, two 9,10-(diarylethynyl)anthracene derivatives and two 2,7-(diarylethynyl)fluorene analogues. The change in dipole moment under excitation (Δμeg) was also evaluated by theoretical calculations and compared with experimental data. All compounds display more or less remarkable positive solvatochromism which leads to relatively high hyperpolarizabilities and makes them interesting candidates for applications associated with photoinduced ICT. The structural effect on the transfer is also briefly discussed and related to the relaxation properties (previously investigated) of these compounds.

  5. 46 CFR 153.957 - Persons in charge of transferring liquid cargo in bulk or cleaning cargo tanks.

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    2010-10-01

    ... charge of the transfer or the cleaning under Subpart C of 33 CFR part 155; (3) When cargo regulated under... or cleaning cargo tanks. 153.957 Section 153.957 Shipping COAST GUARD, DEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND... transferring liquid cargo in bulk or cleaning cargo tanks. (a) The owner and operator of the vessel, and his...

  6. Bidirectional diffusion of ammonium and sodium cations in forward osmosis: role of membrane active layer surface chemistry and charge.

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    Lu, Xinglin; Boo, Chanhee; Ma, Jun; Elimelech, Menachem

    2014-12-16

    Systematic fundamental understanding of mass transport in osmosis-driven membrane processes is important for further development of this emerging technology. In this work, we investigate the role of membrane surface chemistry and charge on bidirectional solute diffusion in forward osmosis (FO). In particular, bidirectional diffusion of ammonium (NH4(+)) and sodium (Na(+)) is examined using FO membranes with different materials and surface charge characteristics. Using an ammonium bicarbonate (NH4HCO3) draw solution, we observe dramatically enhanced cation fluxes with sodium chloride feed solution compared to that with deionized water feed solution for thin-film composite (TFC) FO membrane. However, the bidirectional diffusion of cations does not change, regardless of the type of feed solution, for cellulose triacetate (CTA) FO membrane. We relate this phenomenon to the membrane fixed surface charge by employing different feed solution pH to foster different protonation conditions for the carboxyl groups on the TFC membrane surface. Membrane surface modification is also carried out with the TFC membrane using ethylenediamine to alter carboxyl groups into amine groups. The modified TFC membrane, with less negatively charged groups, exhibits a significant decrease in the bidirectional diffusion of cations under the same conditions employed with the pristine TFC membrane. Based on our experimental observations, we propose Donnan dialysis as a mechanism responsible for enhanced bidirectional diffusion of cations in TFC membranes. PMID:25418020

  7. Molecular structure and charge transfer contributions to nonlinear optical property of 2-Methyl-4-nitroaniline: A DFT study

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    Jasmine, G. Femina; Amalanathan, M.; Roy, S. Dawn Dharma

    2016-05-01

    The Charge transfer contributions to the second-order nonlinear optical properties of 2-Methyl-4-nitroaniline have been performed by means of DFT computation. The vibrational contribution studies of 2-Methyl-4-nitroaniline have also been performed using FTIR, FT-Raman analysis. More support on the experimental findings were added from the quantum chemical studies performed with DFT (B3LYP) method using 6-311++G(d,p)basis sets. Natural bond orbital analysis confirms the presence of intramolecular charge transfer and the hydrogen bonding interaction. The HOMO and LUMO analysis reveals the possibility of charge transfer within the molecule. The first order hyperpolarizability (α0) and related properties (β,α0 and Δα) of 2-Methyl-4-nitroaniline were calculated. In addition, molecular electrostatic potential (MEP), charge analysis also were investigated using theoretical calculations.

  8. Inelastic vibrational processes in charge transfers between H/D and molecular ions

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    Heczko, Sarah L.; Bacani, Kieffer G.; Strom, Richard A.; Andrianarijaona, Vola M.; Seely, David G.; Havener, Charles C.

    2014-03-01

    Charge transfer on molecule proceeds through dynamically coupled electronic, vibrational, and rotational degrees of freedom. The inelastic vibrational processes, which go along with the reaction, can be experimentally investigated by using H/D systems, which do not allow multi-electron capture. Using the upgraded ion-atom merged-beams apparatus at Oak Ridge National Laboratory, absolute direct charge transfer cross sections for H2+, D2+, CO+, O2+, and H3+ are measured from keV/u collision energies where the collision is considered ``ro-vibrationally frozen'' to few eV/u energies where collision times are long enough to sample vibrational modes. The measurements presented here benchmark high energy theory and vibrationally specific adiabatic theory (V. M. Andrianarijaona et al., Phys. Rev. A 84, 062716, 2011). Research supported by the NASA Solar & Heliospheric Physics Program NNH07ZDA001N, the Office of Fusion Energy Sciences and Division of Chemical Sciences, Geosciences, and Biosciences, the Office of Basic Energy Sciences of the US Department of Energy. VA et al. is supported by the National Science Foundation through Grant No. PHY-106887.

  9. Label-Free Acetylcholine Image Sensor Based on Charge Transfer Technology for Biological Phenomenon Tracking

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    Takenaga, Shoko; Tamai, Yui; Okumura, Koichi; Ishida, Makoto; Sawada, Kazuaki

    2012-02-01

    A 32 ×32 charge-transfer enzyme-type acetylcholine (ACh) image sensor array was produced for label-free tracking of images of ACh distribution and its performance in repeatable measurements without enzyme deactivation was examined. The proposed sensor was based on a charge-transfer-type pH image sensor, which was modified using an enzyme membrane (acetylcholine esterase, AChE) for each pixel. The ACh image sensor detected hydrogen ions generated by the ACh-AChE reaction. A polyion complex membrane composed of poly(L-lysine) and poly(4-styrenesulfonate) was used to immobilize the enzyme on the sensor. The improved uniformity and adhesion of the polyion complex membrane were evaluated in this study. As a result, temporal and spatial fluctuations of the ACh image sensor were successfully minimized using this approach. The sensitivity of the sensor was 4.2 mV/mM, and its detection limit was 20 µM. In five repeated measurements, the repeatability was 8.8%.

  10. Spectrophotometric and electrical studies of charge-transfer complexes of sodium flucloxacillin with pi-acceptors.

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    Refat, Moamen S; El-Didamony, Akram M

    2006-11-01

    The present study is interested to develop a simple, rapid and accurate spectrophotometric method for determination of sodium flucloxacillin (fluc) in pure form and pharmaceutical formulations. The charge-transfer (CT) interactions between sodium flucloxacillin as electron donor and chloranilic acid (CLA), dichloroquinone 4-chloroimide (DCQ), 2,3-dichloro-5,6-dicyano-p-benzoquinone (DDQ) and 7,7,8,8 tetracyano-p-quinodimethane (TCNQ), as pi-electron acceptors have been investigated spectrophotometrically. Different variables affecting the reaction were studied and optimized. Under the optimum conditions, linear relationships with good correlation coefficients (0.9979-0.9995) were found between the absorbance and the concentration of the drug in the range 16-880 microg ml(-1). The proposed methods were applied successfully to the determination of the examined drug either in pure or pharmaceutical dosage forms with good accuracy and precision. The formation of the CT-complexes and the sites of interaction were confirmed by elemental analysis CHN, UV-vis, IR, (1)H NMR and mass spectra techniques. Based on Job's method of continuous variation plots, the obtained results indicate the formation of 1:1 charge-transfer complexes with the general formula [(fluc)(acceptor)]. Statistical analysis of the obtained results showed no significant difference between the proposed method and official method. PMID:16527531

  11. Ligand-ligand charge-transfer excited states of Os(II) complexes

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    Perkins, T.A.; Schanze, K.S. ); Pourreau, D.B.; Netzel, T.L. )

    1989-06-01

    This paper examines the photophysics of metal-to-ligand charge-transfer (MLCT) and ligand-to-ligand charge-transfer (LLCT) excited states in a series of ((bpy){sub 2}Os{sup II}(CO)L){sup 2+} (Os-L) complexes. For each of the complexes studied, the d{pi}(Os) {yields} {pi}*(bpy) absorption band is the lowest energy transition that is apparent. For L = pyridine and benzonitrile, only long-lived, highly luminescent MLCT states are observed. However, when L = an electron-donor aminobenzonitrile (ABN) species (DMABN, TMABN, or CMI; see text), MLCT emission is quenched and in < 30 ps LLCT excited states are formed, *((bpy{sup {sm bullet}{minus}})-(bpy)OS{sup II}(CO)ABN{sup {sm bullet}+}){sup 2+}. The observed, weight-average radiationless decays of the LLCT excited states in acetonitrile and dichloromethane follow the squence Os-DMABN < Os-TMABN < Os-CMI in each solvent, and the calculated energies of the LLCT states for these complexes are in inverse order to the decay rates as expected if an energy gap law is followed. Finally, multiexponential relaxations of the LLCT states are pronounced in the nonpolar solvent dichloromethane. The dependence of these relaxations on the concentration of added electrolyte suggests that they may be due to ion-pair structure and dynamics.

  12. Mixed-valence correlations in charge-transferring atom-surface collisions

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    Pamperin, M.; Bronold, F. X.; Fehske, H.

    2015-10-01

    Motivated by experimental evidence (He and Yarmoff 2010 Phys. Rev. Lett. 105 176806) for a mixed-valence state to occur in the neutralization of strontium ions on gold surfaces we analyze this type of charge-transferring atom-surface collision from a many-body theoretical point of view using quantum-kinetic equations together with a pseudo-particle representation for the electronic configurations of the atomic projectile. Particular attention is paid to the temperature dependence of the neutralization probability which—experimentally—seems to signal mixed-valence-type correlations affecting the charge-transfer between the gold surface and the strontium projectile. We also investigate the neutralization of magnesium ions on a gold surface which shows no evidence for a mixed-valence state. Whereas for magnesium excellent agreement between theory and experiment could be obtained, for strontium we could not reproduce the experimental data. Our results indicate mixed-valence correlations to be in principle present, but for the model mimicking most closely the experimental situation they are not strong enough to affect the neutralization process quantitatively.

  13. Charge-transfer complexes of sulfamethoxazole drug with different classes of acceptors

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    Refat, Moamen S.; El-Korashy, Sabry A.; El-Deen, Ibrahim M.; El-Sayed, Shaima M.

    2010-09-01

    The charge-transfer complexes of the donor sulfamethoxazole (SZ) with iodine (I 2), 2,3-dichloro-5,6-dicyano-1,4-benzoquinone (DDQ), p-chloranil (CHL) and picric acid (PA) have been studied spectrophotometrically in chloroform or methanol at room temperature using absorption spectrophotometer. The results indicate that formation of CT-complexes in case of four acceptors. The stoichiometry of the complexes was found to be 1:1 ratio by molar ratio method between donor and acceptor with maximum absorption bands (CT band). The data are discussed in terms of formation constant ( KCT), molar extinction coefficient ( ɛCT), standard free energy (Δ G°), oscillator strength (ƒ), transition dipole moment ( μ), resonance energy ( RN) and ionization potential ( ID). The results indicate that the formation constant ( KCT) for the complexes were shown to be dependent upon the nature of electron acceptor, donor and polarity of solvents which were used. IR, 1H NMR, mass spectra, UV-Vis techniques, elemental analyses (CHN) and TG-DTG investigation were used to characterize the four sulfamethoxazole charge-transfer complexes.

  14. Ultrafast spin exchange-coupling torque via photo-excited charge-transfer processes

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    Ma, X.; Fang, F.; Li, Q.; Zhu, J.; Yang, Y.; Wu, Y. Z.; Zhao, H. B.; Lüpke, G.

    2015-01-01

    Optical control of spin is of central importance in the research of ultrafast spintronic devices utilizing spin dynamics at short time scales. Recently developed optical approaches such as ultrafast demagnetization, spin-transfer and spin-orbit torques open new pathways to manipulate spin through its interaction with photon, orbit, charge or phonon. However, these processes are limited by either the long thermal recovery time or the low-temperature requirement. Here we experimentally demonstrate ultrafast coherent spin precession via optical charge-transfer processes in the exchange-coupled Fe/CoO system at room temperature. The efficiency of spin precession excitation is significantly higher and the recovery time of the exchange-coupling torque is much shorter than for the demagnetization procedure, which is desirable for fast switching. The exchange coupling is a key issue in spin valves and tunnelling junctions, and hence our findings will help promote the development of exchange-coupled device concepts for ultrafast coherent spin manipulation. PMID:26508587

  15. Observation of excited state charge transfer with fs/ps-CARS

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    Blom, Alex Jason

    2009-08-01

    Excited state charge transfer processes are studied using the fs/ps-CARS probe technique. This probe allows for multiplexed detection of Raman active vibrational modes. Systems studied include Michler's Ketone, Coumarin 120, 4-dimethylamino-4{prime}-nitrostilbene, and several others. The vibrational spectrum of the para di-substituted benzophenone Michler's Ketone in the first excited singlet state is studied for the first time. It is found that there are several vibrational modes indicative of structural changes of the excited molecule. A combined experimental and theoretical approach is used to study the simplest 7-amino-4-methylcoumarin, Coumarin 120. Vibrations observed in FTIR and spontaneous Raman spectra are assigned using density functional calculations and a continuum solvation model is used to predict how observed modes are affected upon inclusion of a solvent. The low frequency modes of the excited state charge transfer species 4-dimethylamino-4{prime}-nitrostilbene are studied in acetonitrile. Results are compared to previous work on this molecule in the fingerprint region. Finally, several partially completed projects and their implications are discussed. These include the two photon absorption of Coumarin 120, nanoconfinement in cyclodextrin cavities and sensitization of titania nanoparticles.

  16. Quantitative Probes of Electron-Phonon Coupling in an Organic Charge-Transfer Material

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    Rury, Aaron; Sorenson, Shayne; Driscoll, Eric; Dawlaty, Jahan

    While organic charge transfer (CT) materials may provide alternatives to inorganic materials in electronics and photonics applications, properties central to applications remain understudied in these organic materials. Specifically, electron-phonon coupling plays a pivotal role in electronic applications yet this coupling in CT materials remains difficult to directly characterize. To better understand the suitability of organic CT materials for electronic applications, we have devised an experimental technique that can directly assess electron-phonon coupling in a model organic CT material. Upon non-resonant interaction with an ultrafast laser pulse, we show that coherent excitation of Raman-active lattice vibrations of quinhydrone, a 1:1 co-crystal of the hydroquinone and p-benzoquinone, modulates the energies of electronic transitions probed by a white light pulse. Using a well-established theoretical framework of vibrational quantum beat spectra across the probe bandwidth, we quantitatively extract the parameters describing these electronic transitions to characterize electron-phonon coupling in this material. In conjunction with temperature-dependent resonance Raman measurements, we assess the hypothesis that several sharp transitions in the near-IR correspond to previously unknown excitonic states of this material. These results and their interpretation set the foundation for further elucidation of the one of the most important parameters in the application of organic charge-transfer materials to electronics and photonics.

  17. Primary Side Power Flow Control of Wireless Power Transfer for Electric Vehicle Charging

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    Miller, John M; Onar, Omer C; Chinthavali, Madhu Sudhan

    2015-01-01

    Various noncontacting methods of plug-in electric vehicle charging are either under development or now deployed as aftermarket options in the light-duty automotive market. Wireless power transfer (WPT) is now the accepted term for wireless charging and is used synonymously for inductive power transfer and magnetic resonance coupling. WPT technology is in its infancy; standardization is lacking, especially on interoperability, center frequency selection, magnetic fringe field suppression, and the methods employed for power flow regulation. This paper proposes a new analysis concept for power flow in WPT in which the primary provides frequency selection and the tuned secondary, with its resemblancemore » to a power transmission network having a reactive power voltage control, is analyzed as a transmission network. Analysis is supported with experimental data taken from Oak Ridge National Laboratory s WPT apparatus. This paper also provides an experimental evidence for frequency selection, fringe field assessment, and the need for low-latency communications in the feedback path.« less

  18. Ultrafast spin exchange-coupling torque via photo-excited charge-transfer processes

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    Ma, X.; Fang, F.; Li, Q.; Zhu, J.; Yang, Y.; Wu, Y. Z.; Zhao, H. B.; Lüpke, G.

    2015-10-28

    In this study, optical control of spin is of central importance in the research of ultrafast spintronic devices utilizing spin dynamics at short time scales. Recently developed optical approaches such as ultrafast demagnetization, spin-transfer and spin-orbit torques open new pathways to manipulate spin through its interaction with photon, orbit, charge or phonon. However, these processes are limited by either the long thermal recovery time or the low-temperature requirement. Here we experimentally demonstrate ultrafast coherent spin precession via optical charge-transfer processes in the exchange-coupled Fe/CoO system at room temperature. The efficiency of spin precession excitation is significantly higher and the recovery time of the exchange-coupling torque is much shorter than for the demagnetization procedure, which is desirable for fast switching. The exchange coupling is a key issue in spin valves and tunnelling junctions, and hence our findings will help promote the development of exchange-coupled device concepts for ultrafast coherent spin manipulation.

  19. Ultrafast spin exchange-coupling torque via photo-excited charge-transfer processes

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    Ma, X.; Fang, F.; Li, Q.; Zhu, J.; Yang, Y.; Wu, Y. Z.; Zhao, H. B.; Lüpke, G.

    2015-10-28

    In this study, optical control of spin is of central importance in the research of ultrafast spintronic devices utilizing spin dynamics at short time scales. Recently developed optical approaches such as ultrafast demagnetization, spin-transfer and spin-orbit torques open new pathways to manipulate spin through its interaction with photon, orbit, charge or phonon. However, these processes are limited by either the long thermal recovery time or the low-temperature requirement. Here we experimentally demonstrate ultrafast coherent spin precession via optical charge-transfer processes in the exchange-coupled Fe/CoO system at room temperature. The efficiency of spin precession excitation is significantly higher and the recoverymore » time of the exchange-coupling torque is much shorter than for the demagnetization procedure, which is desirable for fast switching. The exchange coupling is a key issue in spin valves and tunnelling junctions, and hence our findings will help promote the development of exchange-coupled device concepts for ultrafast coherent spin manipulation.« less

  20. Utilizing Metal to Ligand Charge Transfer States of MM Quadruply Bonded Complexes for Photovoltaic Applications

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    Lewis, Sharlene A.; Brown-Xu, Samantha E.; Chisholm, Malcolm H.; Epstein, Arthur J.

    2013-06-01

    In this contribution, we report two examples of our efforts to develop MM quadruply bonded complexes for photovoltaic applications. In the first example, evidence, based on femtosecond transient absorption and time resolved infrared spectroscopy, is presented for photoinduced charge transfer from the Mo_{2}δ orbital of the quadruply bonded molecule trans-Mo_{2}(TiPB)_{2}BTh)_{2}, where TiPB = 2,4,6-triisopropyl benzoate and BTh = 2,2'-bithienylcarboxylate, to di-n-octyl perylene diimide and di-n-hexylheptyl perylene diimide in thin films and solutions of the mixtures. In the second example, the structural and photophysical properties of the new compounds trans-M_{2}(TiPB)_{2}(L)_{2} and trans-M_{2}(TiPB)_{2}(L')_{2}, where M=Mo or W and L and L' are triphenylamine-cyanoacrylate ligands are presented. These ligands promote intense metal to ligand charge transfer transitions that span the range 550 to 1100 nm. The excited states have been studied by transient absorption and time resolved infrared spectroscopy