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  1. Photo-induced electron transfer method

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    Wohlgemuth, Roland; Calvin, Melvin

    1984-01-01

    The efficiency of photo-induced electron transfer reactions is increased and the back transfer of electrons in such reactions is greatly reduced when a photo-sensitizer zinc porphyrin-surfactant and an electron donor manganese porphyrin-surfactant are admixed into phospho-lipid membranes. The phospholipids comprising said membranes are selected from phospholipids whose head portions are negatively charged. Said membranes are contacted with an aqueous medium in which an essentially neutral viologen electron acceptor is admixed. Catalysts capable of transfering electrons from reduced viologen electron acceptor to hydrogen to produce elemental hydrogen are also included in the aqueous medium. An oxidizable olefin is also admixed in the phospholipid for the purpose of combining with oxygen that coordinates with oxidized electron donor manganese porphyrin-surfactant.

  2. Photo-induced electron transfer method

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    Wohlgemuth, R.; Calvin, M.

    1984-01-24

    The efficiency of photo-induced electron transfer reactions is increased and the back transfer of electrons in such reactions is greatly reduced when a photo-sensitizer zinc porphyrin-surfactant and an electron donor manganese porphyrin-surfactant are admixed into phospholipid membranes. The phospholipids comprising said membranes are selected from phospholipids whose head portions are negatively charged. Said membranes are contacted with an aqueous medium in which an essentially neutral viologen electron acceptor is admixed. Catalysts capable of transferring electrons from reduced viologen electron acceptor to hydrogen to produce elemental hydrogen are also included in the aqueous medium. An oxidizable olefin is also admixed in the phospholipid for the purpose of combining with oxygen that coordinates with oxidized electron donor manganese porphyrin-surfactant.

  3. Photoinduced electron transfer in ordered polymers

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    Jones, G. II.

    1991-12-01

    Long range photoinduced electron transfer between electron donor and acceptor groups is of considerable current interest in terms of strategies for artificial photosynthesis and studies regarding the redox properties of proteins. As part of an extensive study of long range electron transfer involving biopolymers, we have carried out this year investigations of the assembly of electron transfer agents in a system of model short peptides. Also studied is a polyelectrolyte that can adopt a helical conformation when electrostatically complexed with organic dye counter-ions. The principal interest in these systems has to do with the well ordered secondary structures adopted by peptide polymers, and the capabilities for synthetic modification of peptide side chains and end groups with chromophores or electroactive substituents. The present report gives a brief account of the following elements of work related to photochemical electron transfer themes: (1) the synthesis and photochemical characterization of chromophore-bound peptides and amino acid model compounds based on the amino acids, tryptophan and the spacer residue, alanine (Ala); (2) the study of binding of the cationic organic dye to a peptide electrolyte, for which cooperative dye loading and helix formation is important; and (3) completion of the synthesis of a new series of acridinium chromophores that have rod-like'' arrangements of inked aryl rings for assembly of electron donor-acceptor systems that will exhibit especially long lived charge separation.

  4. Photoinduced electron transfer in a porphyrin dyad

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    Gust, D.; Moore, T.A.; Moore, A.L.; Leggett, L.; Lin, S.; DeGraziano, J.M.; Hermant, R.M.; Nicodem, D.; Craig, P.; Seely, G.R.; Nieman, R.A. )

    1993-07-29

    A prophyrin dyad designed to facilitate vectorial interporphyrin electron transfer has been synthesized and studied using steady-state and time-resolved absorption and emission spectroscopies. The dyad features a zinc tetraaylporphyrin bearing electron-donating substituents linked by an amide bond to a free base porphyrin carrying electron-withdrawing groups. Excitation of the zinc porphyrin moiety in dichloromethane solution is followed by singlet energy transfer to the free base and concurrent electron transfer to the same moiety to yield a charge-separated state. The free base first excited singlet state decays by accepting an electron from the zinc porphyrin to form the same charge-separated state. Similar results are observed in butyronitrile. Transient absorption studies in butyronitrile verify the formation of a short-lived (8 ps) charge-separated state from the porphyrin first excited singlet states. The results support the suggestion that fluorescence quenching in related porphyrin dyads and carotenoid--diporphyrin triads is due to photoinduced electron transfer, rather than some other decay process. 17 refs., 8 refs.

  5. Photoinduced electron transfer in binary blends of conjugated polymers

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    Jenekhe, A.A.; Paor, L.R. de; Chen, X.L.; Tarkka, R.M.

    1996-10-01

    The authors report observations concerning the intermolecular photoinduced electron transfer through blends of n-type/p-type {pi}-conjugated organic polymers. The results of transient absorption spectroscopy, fluorescence quenching analysis, and delocalized radical ion pair generation studies imply that these materials are supramolecular materials.

  6. Photoinduced absolute negative current in a symmetric molecular electronic bridge

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    Prociuk, Alexander; Dunietz, Barry D

    2010-09-28

    The study of current induced by photoradiating a molecular-based device under bias is of fundamental importance to the improvement of photoconductors and photovoltaics. In this technology, electron pumps generate an uphill current that opposes a potential drop and thereby recharges a fuel cell. While the modeled molecular electron pump is completely symmetric, the sign of the photocurrent is solely determined by the existing bias and the nature of photoinduced electronic excitations. The photoradiation induces nonequilibrium population of the electrode-coupled system. The dependence of the photocurrent on electrode coupling, photoradiation field strength, and applied bias are studied at a basic model level.

  7. Photoinduced electron transfer in ordered polymers

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    Jones, G. II.

    1990-10-20

    Photochemical studies on organic polymers or biopolymers (particularly synthetic peptides) that have been modified by covalent attachment (or other means of binding) of organic chromophores and electron transfer agents are described. Specific projects involve are: peptide conjugates bearing electroactive residues such as tryptophan and specifically labeled at the N- or C-terminus of peptide chains; the electrostatic binding of organic dyes to poly-electrolytes (polyacrylates) for which the formation of dimeric aggregates of bound dye that display unusual photophysical and electron transfer properties is important; a study of the binding of dyes and electron transfer agents to the protein mimic,'' polyvinyl-2-pyrrolidinone (PVP), in hydrophobic domains that depend on specific H-bond interaction; and completion of an earlier study having to do with the triplet state properties of charge-transfer (CT) complexes of a high potential quinone and various electron donors (investigation of the properties of triplet (contact) radical-ion pairs). 13 refs., 5 figs., 2 tabs.

  8. Photoinduced Electron Transfer Based Ion Sensing within an Optical Fiber

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    Englich, Florian V.; Foo, Tze Cheung; Richardson, Andrew C.; Ebendorff-Heidepriem, Heike; Sumby, Christopher J.; Monro, Tanya M.

    2011-01-01

    We combine suspended-core microstructured optical fibers with the photoinduced electron transfer (PET) effect to demonstrate a new type of fluorescent optical fiber-dip sensing platform for small volume ion detection. A sensor design based on a simple model PET-fluoroionophore system and small core microstructured optical fiber capable of detecting sodium ions is demonstrated. The performance of the dip sensor operating in a high sodium concentration regime (925 ppm Na+) and for lower sodium concentration environments (18.4 ppm Na+) is explored and future approaches to improving the sensor’s signal stability, sensitivity and selectivity are discussed. PMID:22163712

  9. Photoinduced Electron Transfer in Organic Solar Cells.

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    Song, Peng; Li, Yuanzuo; Ma, Fengcai; Pullerits, Tõnu; Sun, Mengtao

    2016-04-01

    Electron transfer (ET) is the key process in light-driven charge separation reactions in organic solar cells. The current review summarizes the progress in theoretical modelling of ET in these materials. First we give an account of ET, with a description originating from Marcus theory. We systematically go through all the relevant parameters and show how they depend on different material properties, and discuss the consequences such dependencies have for the performance of the devices. Finally, we present a set of visualization methods which have proven to be very useful in analyzing the elementary processes in absorption and charge separation events. Such visualization tools help us to understand the properties of the photochemical and photobiological systems in solar cells. PMID:26853631

  10. Neutral histidine and photoinduced electron transfer in DNA photolyases.

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    Domratcheva, Tatiana

    2011-11-16

    The two major UV-induced DNA lesions, the cyclobutane pyrimidine dimers (CPD) and (6-4) pyrimidine-pyrimidone photoproducts, can be repaired by the light-activated enzymes CPD and (6-4) photolyases, respectively. It is a long-standing question how the two classes of photolyases with alike molecular structure are capable of reversing the two chemically different DNA photoproducts. In both photolyases the repair reaction is initiated by photoinduced electron transfer from the hydroquinone-anion part of the flavin adenine dinucleotide (FADH(-)) cofactor to the photoproduct. Here, the state-of-the-art XMCQDPT2-CASSCF approach was employed to compute the excitation spectra of the respective active site models. It is found that protonation of His365 in the presence of the hydroquinone-anion electron donor causes spontaneous, as opposed to photoinduced, coupled proton and electron transfer to the (6-4) photoproduct. The resulting neutralized biradical, containing the neutral semiquinone and the N3'-protonated (6-4) photoproduct neutral radical, corresponds to the lowest energy electronic ground-state minimum. The high electron affinity of the N3'-protonated (6-4) photoproduct underlines this finding. Thus, it is anticipated that the (6-4) photoproduct repair is assisted by His365 in its neutral form, which is in contrast to the repair mechanisms proposed in the literature. The repair via hydroxyl group transfer assisted by neutral His365 is considered. The repair involves the 5'base radical anion of the (6-4) photoproduct which in terms of electronic structure is similar to the CPD radical anion. A unified model of the CPD and (6-4) photoproduct repair is proposed. PMID:21970417

  11. DNA Intercalated Psoralen Undergoes Efficient Photoinduced Electron Transfer.

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    Fröbel, Sascha; Reiffers, Anna; Torres Ziegenbein, Christian; Gilch, Peter

    2015-04-01

    The interaction of psoralens with DNA has been used for therapeutic and research purposes for decades. Still the photoinduced behavior of psoralens in DNA has never been observed directly. Femtosecond transient absorption spectroscopy is used here to gain direct insight into the photophysics of a DNA-intercalated psoralen (4'-aminomethyl-4,5',8-trimethyl-psoralen (AMT)). Intercalation reduces the excited singlet lifetime of AMT to 4 ps compared with 1400 ps for AMT in water. This singlet quenching prohibits the population of the triplet state that is accessed in free AMT. Instead, a DNA to AMT electron transfer takes place. The resulting radical pair decays primarily via charge recombination with a time constant of 30 ps. The efficient electron transfer observed here reveals a completely new aspect of the psoralen-DNA interaction. PMID:26262984

  12. Final Report: Vibrational Dynamics in Photoinduced Electron Transfer

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    Kenneth G. Spears

    2006-04-19

    The objective of this grant was to understand how molecular vibrational states (geometry distortions) are involved in photoinduced electron transfer rates of molecules. This subject is an important component of understanding how molecular absorbers of light convert that energy into charge separation. This is important because the absorption usually excites molecular vibrations in a new electronic state prior to electron transfer to other molecules or semiconductor nanoparticles, as in some types of solar cells. The speeds of charge separation and charge recombination are key parameters that require experiments such as those in this work to test the rules governing electron transfer rates. Major progress was made on this goal. Some of the molecular structures selected for developing experimental data were bimolecular charge transfer complexes that contained metals of cobalt or vanadium. The experiments used the absorption of an ultrafast pulse of light to directly separate charges onto the two different molecular parts of the complex. The charge recombination then proceeds naturally, and one goal was to measure the speed of this recombination for different types of molecular vibrations. We used picosecond and femtosecond duration pulses with tunable colors at infrared wavelengths to directly observe vibrational states and their different rates of charge recombination (also called electron transfer). We discovered that different contact geometries in the complexes had very different electron transfer rates, and that one geometry had a significant dependence on the amount of vibration in the complex. This is the first and only measurement of such rates, and it allowed us to confirm our interpretation with a number of molecular models and test the sensitivity of electron transfer to vibrational states. This led us to develop a general theory, where we point out how molecular distortions can change the electron transfer rates to be much faster than prior theories

  13. Structural studies of photoinduced intramolecular electron transfer in cyclopentadienylnickelnitrosyl

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    Chen, L.X.; Bowman, M.K.; Wang, Zhiyu; Norris, J.R. |; Montano, P.A. |

    1994-03-01

    A structural study based on EXAFS, FTIR, and optical absorption spectroscopies has been conducted on a photogenerated, metastable state of cyclopentadienylnickelnitrosyl (CpNiNO) produced by a reversible photochemical reaction. The photogenerated, metastable state with distinctively different EXAFS, IR, and optical absorption spectra from those of the ground state molecules was created by irradiating the sample with the 365 nm line of a mercury lamp at 20K . At the same temperature, the reverse reaction was induced by irradiation with the 313 nm line from the mercury lamp. Based on the analysis of the EXAFS data, the photogenerated, metastable state of CpNiNO has undergone considerable nuclear rearrangements compared to its ground state. The nuclear movement is characterized by a 0.12{angstrom} elongation of Ni-N bond and by a bending of Ni-N-O. A shift of the N-O stretching frequency from 1824 to 1387 cm{sup {minus}1} was observed in the photoinduced reaction with 365 nm light, implying that a NO{sup {minus}} like species results from intramolecular electron transfer from Ni to NO. The changes in the absorption spectra for the same reaction showed reduced absorption of the 385 nm band and a newly generated broad band near IR region. Temperature dependence of the Debye-Waller factor of CpNiNO was in good agreement with the diatomic harmonic oscillator for the Ni-N bond, but deviated for the Ni-O and the Ni-C bonds. Based on the structures obtained from EXAFS, ZINDO calculations for both the ground state and the photogenerated, metastable state of CpNiNO reproduced the general features of the observed absorption spectra and qualitatively explained the wavelength dependence of the reaction. The calculated partial charges on each atom in the ground state and the photogenerated, metastable state of CpNiNO are consistent with intramolecular electron transfer upon photoexcitation by 365 nm light.

  14. Photoinduced electron transfer in perylene-TiO2 nanoassemblies.

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    Llansola-Portoles, Manuel J; Bergkamp, Jesse J; Tomlin, John; Moore, Thomas A; Kodis, Gerdenis; Moore, Ana L; Cosa, Gonzalo; Palacios, Rodrigo E

    2013-01-01

    The photosensitization effect of three perylene dye derivatives on titanium dioxide nanoparticles (TiO2 NPs) has been investigated. The dyes used, 1,7-dibromoperylene-3,4,9,10-tetracarboxy dianhydride (1), 1,7-dipyrrolidinylperylene-3,4,9,10-tetracarboxy dianhydride (2) and 1,7-bis(4-tert-butylphenyloxy)perylene-3,4,9,10-tetracarboxy dianhydride (3) have in common bisanhydride groups that convert into TiO2 binding groups upon hydrolysis. The different substituents on the bay position of the dyes enable tuning of their redox properties to yield significantly different driving forces for photoinduced electron transfer (PeT). Recently developed TiO2 NPs having a small average size and a narrow distribution (4 ± 1 nm) are used in this work to prepare the dye-TiO2 systems under study. Whereas successful sensitization was obtained with 1 and 2 as evidenced by steady-state spectral shifts and transient absorption results, no evidence for the attachment of 3 to TiO2 was observed. The comparison of the rates of PeT (kPeT ) for 1- and 2-TiO2 systems studied in this work with those obtained for previously reported analogous systems, having TiO2 NPs covered by a surfactant layer (Hernandez et al. [2012] J. Phys. Chem. B., 117, 4568-4581), indicates that kPeT for the former systems is slower than that for the later. These results are interpreted in terms of the different energy values of the conduction band edge in each system. PMID:23742178

  15. Photoinduced electron transfer reaction in polymer-surfactant aggregates: Photoinduced electron transfer between N,N-dimethylaniline and 7-amino coumarin dyes

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    Chakraborty, Anjan; Seth, Debabrata; Setua, Palash; Sarkar, Nilmoni

    2008-05-28

    Photoinduced electron transfer between coumarin dyes and N,N-dimethylaniline has been investigated by using steady state and picosecond time resolved fluorescence spectroscopy in sodium dodecyl sulphate (SDS) micelles and PVP-polyvinyl pyrrolidone (SDS) polymer-surfactant aggregates. A slower rate of electron transfer is observed in PVP-SDS aggregates than in polymer-free SDS micelles. A Marcus type inversion is observed in the correlation of free energy change in comparison with the electron transfer rate. The careful investigation reveals that C-151 deviates from the normal Marcus inverted region compared to its analogs C-152 and C-481 due to slower rotational relaxation and smaller translational diffusion coefficient.

  16. Photochemistry of compounds adsorbed into cellulose: Effect on environment on photoinduced electron transfer in constringent media

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    Milosavljevic, B. H.; Thomas, J. K.

    1985-02-01

    Photoinduced electron transfer reactions in Ru(bpy) 32+/MV 2+ and Py/Cu(II) donor—acceptor systems have been studied in cellophane polymer film under conditions of various water content. The results obtained are discussed in terms of both the reaction exothermicity and separation between the reactants.

  17. Ultrafast photoinduced electron transfer reactions in supramolecular arrays: Studies of electronic coupling and solvation

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    Wasielewski, M.R.; Wiederrecht, G.P.; Svec, W.A.

    1993-05-01

    Research in our laboratory focuses on developing supramolecular arrays that produce long-lived charge separation by limiting the electronic coupling between the separated charges, and on the role of solvation in determining the rates and energetics of photoinitiated electron transfer reactions. Arrays have been developed that closely mimic the electronic coupling that was observed only for long-lived radical pairs produced in photosynthetic glassy solids. A series of 36 fixed-distance donor-acceptor molecules using porphyrin donors, triptycene spacers, and 9 different acceptors has been prepared; these are used to probe the dependence of photoinduced charge separation rates on free energy of reaction as a function of solvent both in liquid and solid solution. Data were obtained on rates of charge separation in dioxane, MTHF, butyronitrile, toluene, chlorobenzene, and benzonitrile.

  18. Ultrafast photoinduced electron transfer reactions in supramolecular arrays: Studies of electronic coupling and solvation

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    Wasielewski, M.R.; Wiederrecht, G.P.; Svec, W.A.

    1993-01-01

    Research in our laboratory focuses on developing supramolecular arrays that produce long-lived charge separation by limiting the electronic coupling between the separated charges, and on the role of solvation in determining the rates and energetics of photoinitiated electron transfer reactions. Arrays have been developed that closely mimic the electronic coupling that was observed only for long-lived radical pairs produced in photosynthetic glassy solids. A series of 36 fixed-distance donor-acceptor molecules using porphyrin donors, triptycene spacers, and 9 different acceptors has been prepared; these are used to probe the dependence of photoinduced charge separation rates on free energy of reaction as a function of solvent both in liquid and solid solution. Data were obtained on rates of charge separation in dioxane, MTHF, butyronitrile, toluene, chlorobenzene, and benzonitrile.

  19. Design of Polymer Networks Involving a Photoinduced Electronic Transmission Circuit toward Artificial Photosynthesis.

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    Okeyoshi, Kosuke; Kawamura, Ryuzo; Yoshida, Ryo; Osada, Yoshihito

    2016-01-19

    Many strategies have been explored to achieve artificial photosynthesis utilizing mediums such as liposomes and supramolecules. Because the photochemical reaction is composed of multiple functional molecules, the surrounding microenvironment is expected to be rationally integrated as observed during photosynthesis in chloroplasts. In this study, photoinduced electronic transmission surrounding the microenvironment of Ru(bpy)3(2+) in a polymer network was investigated using poly(N-isopropylacrylamide-co-Ru(bpy)3), poly(acrylamide-co-Ru(bpy)3), and Ru(bpy)3-conjugated microtubules. Photoinduced energy conversion was evaluated by investigating the effects of (i) Ru(bpy)3(2+) immobilization, (ii) polymer type, (iii) thermal energy, and (iv) cross-linking. The microenvironment surrounding copolymerized Ru(bpy)3(2+) in poly(N-isopropylacrylamide) suppressed quenching and had a higher radiative process energy than others. This finding is related to the nonradiative process, i.e., photoinduced H2 generation with significantly higher overall quantum efficiency (13%) than for the bulk solution. We envision that useful molecules will be generated by photoinduced electronic transmission in polymer networks, resulting in the development of a wide range of biomimetic functions with applications for a sustainable society. PMID:26735211

  20. Novel zinc phthalocyanine-benzoquinone rigid dyad and its photoinduced electron transfer properties.

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    Lee, C.-H.; Guo, J.; Chen, L. X.; Mandal, B. K.; Chemical Sciences and Engineering Division; Illinois Inst. of Tech.; Northwestern Univ.

    2008-10-10

    While preparing the first structurally rigid zinc phthalocyanine-benzoquinone (ZnPc-BQ) dyad as a model for photoinduced charge separation mimicking natural photosynthesis, a convenient method is developed for in situ generation of a benzoquinone chromophore in the dyad using an iso-butyryl mask. The dyad has no rotamers and possesses a fixed distance between ZnPc and BQ moieties (center-to-center and edge-to-edge distances are 9.40 and 2.14 {angstrom}, respectively). The dyad displays unusual electronic perturbation in the ground state, resulting from the interactions between Pc and BQ, and exhibits photoinduced electron transfer with a lifetime of 40 ps of the charged separated states. The steady-state fluorescence and electrochemical behavior of the dyad are evaluated. This study opens a route to subsequent dyads, triads, and complex architectures of electron donor-acceptor arrays with rigid structures and long charge separation states.

  1. Discrete Chromatic Aberrations Arising from Photoinduced Electron-Photon Interactions in Ultrafast Electron Microscopy.

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    Plemmons, Dayne A; Flannigan, David J

    2016-05-26

    In femtosecond ultrafast electron microscopy (UEM) experiments, the initial excitation period is composed of spatiotemporal overlap of the temporally commensurate pump photon pulse and probe photoelectron packet. Generation of evanescent near-fields at the nanostructure specimens produces a dispersion relation that enables coupling of the photons (ℏω = 2.4 eV, for example) and freely propagating electrons (200 keV, for example) in the near-field. Typically, this manifests as discrete peaks occurring at integer multiples (n) of the photon energy in the low-loss/gain region of electron-energy spectra (i.e., at 200 keV ± nℏω eV). Here, we examine the UEM imaging resolution implications of the strong inelastic near-field interactions between the photons employed in optical excitation and the probe photoelectrons. We find that the additional photoinduced energy dispersion occurring when swift electrons pass through intense evanescent near-fields results in a discrete chromatic aberration that limits the spatial resolving power to several angstroms during the excitation period. PMID:27111530

  2. Quantum Dot–Bridge–Fullerene Heterodimers with Controlled Photoinduced Electron Transfer

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    Cotlet, M.; Xu, Z.

    2011-06-27

    A series of donor-bridge-acceptor systems in the form of core/shell CdSe/ZnS quantum dot-bridge-fullerene heterodimers (see picture) with varying bridge length and varying quantum dot size were self-assembled by a surface-based stepwise method to demonstrate control of the rate and of the magnitude of fluctuations of photoinduced electron transfer at the single-molecule level.

  3. Photoinduced hydrogen evolution using bipyridinium salts as electron carrier

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    Okura, I.; Kaji, N.; Aono, S.; Kita, T.; Yamada, A.

    1985-02-13

    Photochemical redox systems have been proposed for solar energy utilization. The systems including a photosensitizer, an electron donor, and an electron carrier, have been able to evolve hydrogen from water when a suitable catalyst can be applied. The electron carrier employed almost exclusively in these studies is methylviologen except for a few cases. It is desirable to explore other suitable electron carriers. In this paper some bipyridinium salts are described which are more suitable electron carriers than methylviologen. To clarify why hydrogen evolution rates are so high when some bipyridinium salts are used as electron carriers, kinetic studies were carried out by laser flash photolysis. 13 references, 4 figures, 1 table.

  4. Photonic switching of photoinduced electron transfer in a dihydropyrene-porphyrin-fullerene molecular triad.

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    Liddell, Paul A; Kodis, Gerdenis; Andréasson, Joakim; de la Garza, Linda; Bandyopadhyay, Subhajit; Mitchell, Reginald H; Moore, Thomas A; Moore, Ana L; Gust, Devens

    2004-04-21

    Photonic control of photoinduced electron transfer has been demonstrated in a dimethyldihydropyrene (DHP) porphyrin (P) fullerene (C(60)) molecular triad. In the DHP-P-C(60) form of the triad, excitation of the porphyrin moiety is followed by photoinduced electron transfer to give a DHP-P(*)(+)-C(60)(*)(-) charge-separated state, which evolves by a charge shift reaction to DHP(*)(+)-P-C(60)(*)(-). This final state has a lifetime of 2 micros and is formed in an overall yield of 94%. Visible (>or=300 nm) irradiation of the triad leads to photoisomerization of the DHP moiety to the cyclophanediene (CPD). Excitation of the porphyrin moiety of CPD-P-C(60) produces a short-lived (<10 ns) CPD-P(*)(+)-C(60)(*)(-) state, but charge shift to the CPD moiety does not occur, due to the relatively high oxidation potential of the CPD group. Long-lived charge separation is not observed. Irradiation of CPD-P-C(60) with UV (254 nm) light converts the triad back to the DHP form. Thermal interconversion of the DHP and CPD forms is very slow, photochemical cycling is facile, and in the absence of oxygen, many cycles may be performed without substantial degradation. Thus, light is used to switch long-lived photoinduced charge separation on or off. The principles demonstrated by the triad may be useful for the design of molecule-based optoelectronic systems. PMID:15080684

  5. Photoinduced electron transfer processes in homogeneous and microheterogeneous solutions

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    Whitten, D.G.

    1991-10-01

    The focus of the work described in this report is on single electron transfer reactions of excited states which culminate in the formation of stable or metastable even electron species. For the most part the studies have involved even electron organic substrates which are thus converted photochemically to odd electron species and then at some stage reconvert to even electron products. These reactions generally fall into two rather different categories. In one set of studies we have examined reactions in which the metastable reagents generated by single electron transfer quenching of an excited state undergo novel fragmentation reactions, chiefly involving C-C bond cleavage. These reactions often culminate in novel and potentially useful chemical reactions and frequently have the potential for leading to new chemical products otherwise unaffordable by conventional reaction paths. In a rather different investigation we have also studied reactions in which single electron transfer quenching of an excited state is followed by subsequent reactions which lead reversibly to metastable two electron products which, often stable in themselves, can nonetheless be reacted with each other or with other reagents to regenerate the starting materials with release of energy. 66 refs., 9 figs., 1 tab.

  6. Photoinduced Electron Transfer in Ordered Macromolecular Assemblies. Final report for May 1, 1988 - June 30, 2002

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    Jones, G.

    2005-02-11

    The final report describes studies over a 13 year period having to do with photoinduced electron transfer for active chromophores and redox agents, including assembly of the components in water soluble polymers or polypeptides. The findings include observation of long range charge separation and electron transport using laser phototransient spectroscopy. The systems targeted in these studies include peptide assemblies for which helical conformations and aggregation are documented. Oligomeric peptides modified with non-native redox active groups were also selected for investigation. Highly charged polymers or peptides were investigated as host agents that resemble proteins. The overall goal of these investigations focused on the design and characterization of systems capable of artificial photosynthesis.

  7. Dynamics of photoinduced electron transfer from adsorbed molecules into solids

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    Gundlach, L.; Ernstorfer, R.; Willig, F.

    2007-08-01

    Ultrafast interfacial electron transfer from the donor orbital of organic chromophores into empty electronic acceptor states of a semiconductor and of a metal was investigated by two-photon photoemission spectroscopy (2PPE). Experimental tools and procedures have been developed for carrying out wet-chemistry preparation of the molecule/solid interface. The organic chromophore perylene was investigated with several different bridge/anchor groups on TiO2(110). One perylene compound was investigated for comparison on Ag(110). Angle and polarization dependent 2PPE measurements revealed the orientation of the perylene chromophore on the surface as controlled by the adsorption geometry of the respective anchor group on TiO2. UPS measurements gave the position of the HOMO level of the chromophore with respect to the Fermi level of the solid. The donor level of each molecule was found high enough to fulfill the “wide band limit” of heterogeneous electron transfer dynamics. Time constants for heterogeneous electron transfer were extracted from 2PPE transients. A difference by a factor of four was found, 13 fs against 47 fs, when a conjugated bond was exchanged for a saturated bond in the otherwise identical bridge group. The two different contributions to the 2PPE transients arising firstly from the excited state of the chromophore and secondly from the injected electrons were separated by measuring the latter contribution separately in the case of instantaneous interfacial electron transfer realized with catechol as adsorbate. The time scales measured for the electron transfer step and for the subsequent electron escape process from the surface into the bulk of TiO2 showed both good agreement with recent theoretical predictions of other groups for these systems.

  8. Cycloreversion of β-lactams via photoinduced electron transfer.

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    Pérez-Ruiz, Raúl; Sáez, Jose A; Jiménez, M Consuelo; Miranda, Miguel A

    2014-11-14

    The radical anions of β-lactams, photogenerated in the presence of DABCO as an electron donor, undergo cycloreversion via N-C4 bond cleavage, back electron transfer and final C2-C3 bond cleavage, leading to olefins. The involved intermediates are 1,4-radical anions and 1,4-biradicals. The experimental observations are consistent with the results of DFT calculations. PMID:25223340

  9. Photoinduced electron transfer from DABCO to trans-nitrostilbenes

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    Görner, Helmut; Schulte-Frohlinde, Dietrich

    The anion radical of the trans isomers of 4-nitro-, 4,4'-dinitro-, and 4-nitro-4'-methoxystilbene was generated by triplet quenching with 1,4-diazabicyclo[2.2.2]octane (DABCO) in polar solvents at room temperature using laser flash photolysis. Electron transfer and trans → cis photoisomerization are competing processes. The radical ions decay by electron back-transfer yielding the initial ground states.

  10. Theory of ultrafast photoinduced heterogeneous electron transfer: Decay of vibrational coherence into a finite electronic-vibrational quasicontinuum

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    Ramakrishna, S.; Willig, F.; May, V.

    2001-08-01

    Photo-induced electron transfer from a surface attached dye molecule to the band levels of a semiconductor is modeled via an electronic-vibronic quasicontinuum. The description enables one to obtain a fairly accurate expression for the decay of the excited molecular state, including initial vibronic coherences. The model accounts for (a) the effect of a finite band width, (b) variations in reorganization energy and electronic coupling, (c) various energetic positions for the injecting level, (d) different initial vibrational wave packets in the excited state, and (e) two vibrational modes participating in the electron transfer process. Most cases are studied numerically and can be reasonably well understood from the obtained decay expression.

  11. Role of coherence and delocalization in photo-induced electron transfer at organic interfaces.

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    Abramavicius, V; Pranculis, V; Melianas, A; Inganäs, O; Gulbinas, V; Abramavicius, D

    2016-01-01

    Photo-induced charge transfer at molecular heterojunctions has gained particular interest due to the development of organic solar cells (OSC) based on blends of electron donating and accepting materials. While charge transfer between donor and acceptor molecules can be described by Marcus theory, additional carrier delocalization and coherent propagation might play the dominant role. Here, we describe ultrafast charge separation at the interface of a conjugated polymer and an aggregate of the fullerene derivative PCBM using the stochastic Schrödinger equation (SSE) and reveal the complex time evolution of electron transfer, mediated by electronic coherence and delocalization. By fitting the model to ultrafast charge separation experiments, we estimate the extent of electron delocalization and establish the transition from coherent electron propagation to incoherent hopping. Our results indicate that even a relatively weak coupling between PCBM molecules is sufficient to facilitate electron delocalization and efficient charge separation at organic interfaces. PMID:27605035

  12. Role of coherence and delocalization in photo-induced electron transfer at organic interfaces

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    Abramavicius, V.; Pranculis, V.; Melianas, A.; Inganäs, O.; Gulbinas, V.; Abramavicius, D.

    2016-01-01

    Photo-induced charge transfer at molecular heterojunctions has gained particular interest due to the development of organic solar cells (OSC) based on blends of electron donating and accepting materials. While charge transfer between donor and acceptor molecules can be described by Marcus theory, additional carrier delocalization and coherent propagation might play the dominant role. Here, we describe ultrafast charge separation at the interface of a conjugated polymer and an aggregate of the fullerene derivative PCBM using the stochastic Schrödinger equation (SSE) and reveal the complex time evolution of electron transfer, mediated by electronic coherence and delocalization. By fitting the model to ultrafast charge separation experiments, we estimate the extent of electron delocalization and establish the transition from coherent electron propagation to incoherent hopping. Our results indicate that even a relatively weak coupling between PCBM molecules is sufficient to facilitate electron delocalization and efficient charge separation at organic interfaces. PMID:27605035

  13. Photoinduced Electron Transfer to Engineered Surface Traps in CdSe Nanocrystals

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    Califano, Marco; Zhu, Haiming; Yang, Ye; Hyeon-Deuk, Kim; Song, Nianhui; Wang, Youwei; Zhang, Wenqing; Prezhdo, Oleg; Lian, Tianquan

    2014-03-01

    Quantum confined nanomaterials, such as semiconductor nanocrystals (NCs), have emerged in the past decade as a new class of materials for solar energy conversion. An appropriate model for describing photoinduced charge transfer in these systems is, however, still lacking. Recently we observed that the rate of photoinduced electron transfer from CdSe NCs to molecular acceptors increased with decreasing NC size (and increasing driving force) exhibiting a lack of Marcus inverted regime behaviour over an apparent driving force range of 0-1.3 V. Our atomistic semiempirical pseudopotential calculations show that an Auger assisted ET mechanism, in which the transfer of the electron is coupled to the excitation of the hole, can circumvent the unfavourable Frank-Condon overlap (that is a signature of inter- or intra- molecular electron transfer) in the Marcus inverted regime, reproducing our observed ET rates with remarkable accuracy. We conclude that electron transfer from quantum dots differs from electron transfer originating from both molecules and bulk semiconductors. It proceeds via a novel Auger-assisted pathway which we believe is available to most excitonic nanomaterials. This new finding will have a major impact on the design of next generation solar energy harvesting devices.

  14. Photoinduced Electron Accumulation of Titanium Dioxide Nanoparticles Modified Electrodes

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    Miyoshi, Hirokazu; Sakamoto, Kensho; Kurashina, Masaru; Kanezaki, Eiji

    Titanium dioxide (TiO2) nanoparticles (Nps) were prepared by the hydrolysis of titanium tetraisopropoxide (TTIP) in 2-propanol with different water contents (0.5 vol% to 7.2 vol%) at 45 °C. The diameter of the Nps was estimated to be 1.5±0.5 nm (L-TiO2) and 3.0±0.6 nm (S-TiO2) from the onset wavelength in the absorption spectra and by transmission electron microscopy (TEM). A modified Pt electrode with a three-layered sandwich structure was prepared; the outermost and innermost layers were composed of S-TiO2 and L-TiO2, respectively, and the middle layer contained 1, 1'-dimethyl-4,4'-bipyridyl (MV2+)/Nafion®. Irradiation by a 500 W superhigh-pressure mercury lamp produced electrons in the conduction band of TiO2. An anodic current was observed after turning off the light. The mechanism by which anodic current is generated after turning off the radiation involves the reduction of MV2+ to MV+. by photogenerated electrons on the Nps and the diffusion of MV+. in the middle layer. After turning off the irradiation, MV+. transferred an electron to the Pt electrode via holes in the innermost layer or the conduction band of S-TiO2 coincidentally localized on the Pt electrode, resulting in the generation of the anodic current. The generation of MV+. was confirmed by the absorption spectra of MV+.. As a sacrificial reagent, 2-propanol (0.1 M) was used.

  15. Time-domain ab initio studies of photoinduced electron dynamics in nanoscale semiconductors

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    Prezhdo, Oleg

    2010-03-01

    Design of novel materials for energy harvesting and storage requires an understanding of the dynamical response on the nanometer scale. We have developed state-of-the-art non-adiabatic molecular dynamics techniques and implemented them within time-dependent density functional theory in order to model the ultrafast processes in these materials at the atomistic level and in real time. Quantum dots (QD) are quasi-zero dimensional structures with a unique combination of molecular and bulk properties. As a result, QDs exhibit new physical phenomena such as the electron-phonon relaxation bottleneck and carrier multiplication, which have the potential to greatly increase solar cell efficiencies. Photoinduced charge separation across molecular/bulk interfaces drives the dye-sensitized semiconductor solar cell. A subject of active research, it creates many challenges due to the stark differences between the quantum states of molecular and periodic systems, as well as the different sets of theories and experimental tools used by physicists and chemists. Our time-domain atomistic simulations create a detailed picture of these materials. By comparing and contrasting their properties, we provide a unifying description of quantum dynamics on the nanometer scale, resolve several highly debated issues, and generate theoretical guidelines for development of novel systems for energy harvesting and storage. [4pt] [1] O. V. Prezhdo ``Photoinduced dynamics in semiconductor quantum-dots: insights from time-domain ab initio studies'', Acc. Chem. Res., available online.[0pt] [2] O. V. Prezhdo, W. R. Duncan, V. V. Prezhdo, ``Photoinduced electron dynamics at semiconductor interfaces: a time-domain ab initio prospective'', Prog. Surf. Science, 84, 39 (2009).[0pt] [3] O. V. Prezhdo, et al., ``Dynamics of the photoexcited electron at the chromophore-semiconductor interface'', Acc. Chem. Res., 41, 339 (2008).[0pt] [4] W. R. Duncan, O. V. Prezhdo, ``Theoretical studies of photoinduced electron

  16. Photoinduced amplification of phonons localized in a two-dimensional electron gas

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    Epshtein, E.M.

    1995-09-01

    This paper discusses how phonons localized within a two-dimensional electron gas are affected by the presence a strong electromagnetic wave whose electric field vector lies in the plane of the two-dimensional electron gas. A dispersion relation for the phonons is derived under the assumption and the electromagnetic wave affects the phonon subsystem only via the two-dimensional electron gas. When the energy of an electromagnetic wave quantum is large compared to the electron energies, new regimes of electron-phonon interaction become possible (which are forbidden by conservation laws in the absence of the wave), including regimes in which the {open_quotes}attenuation{close_quotes} of the phonons is negative (photoinduced gain). 7 refs.

  17. Photoinduced electron tunneling between randomly dispersed donors and acceptors in frozen glasses and other rigid matrices.

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    Wenger, Oliver S

    2013-07-14

    In fluid solution un-tethered donors and acceptors can diffuse freely, and consequently the donor-acceptor distance is usually not fixed on the timescale of an electron transfer event. When attempting to investigate the influence of driving-force changes or donor-acceptor distance variations on electron transfer rates this can be a problem. In rigid matrices diffusion is suppressed, and it becomes possible to investigate fixed-distance electron transfer. This method represents an attractive alternative to investigate rigid rod-like donor-bridge-acceptor molecules which have to be made in elaborate syntheses. This perspective focuses specifically on the distance dependence of photoinduced electron transfer which occurs via tunneling of charge carriers through rigid matrices over distances between 1 and 33 Å. Some key aspects of the theoretical models commonly used for analyzing kinetic data of electron tunneling through rigid matrices are recapitulated. New findings from this rather mature field of research are emphasized. PMID:23722299

  18. Photoinduced electron transfer from phycoerythrin to colloidal metal semiconductor nanoparticles

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    Kathiravan, A.; Chandramohan, M.; Renganathan, R.; Sekar, S.

    2009-04-01

    Phycoerythrin is a water soluble pigment which absorbs in the visible region at 563 nm. The interaction of phycoerythrin with colloidal metal semiconductors was studied by absorption, FT-IR and fluorescence spectroscopy. Phycoerythrin adsorbed strongly on the surface of TiO 2 nanoparticles, the apparent association constant for the association between colloidal metal-TiO 2 nanoparticles and phycoerythrin was determined from fluorescence quenching data. The free energy change (Δ Get) for electron transfer process has been calculated by applying Rehm-Weller equation.

  19. Photoinduced melting of magnetic order in the correlated electron insulator NdNiO3

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    Caviglia, A. D.; Först, M.; Scherwitzl, R.; Khanna, V.; Bromberger, H.; Mankowsky, R.; Singla, R.; Chuang, Y.-D.; Lee, W. S.; Krupin, O.; Schlotter, W. F.; Turner, J. J.; Dakovski, G. L.; Minitti, M. P.; Robinson, J.; Scagnoli, V.; Wilkins, S. B.; Cavill, S. A.; Gibert, M.; Gariglio, S.; Zubko, P.; Triscone, J.-M.; Hill, J. P.; Dhesi, S. S.; Cavalleri, A.

    2013-12-01

    Using ultrafast resonant soft x-ray diffraction, we demonstrate photoinduced melting of antiferromagnetic order in the correlated electron insulator NdNiO3. Time-dependent analysis of the resonant diffraction spectra allows us to follow the temporal evolution of the charge imbalance between adjacent Ni sites. A direct correlation between the melting of magnetic order and charge rebalancing is found. Furthermore, we demonstrate that the magnetic ordering on the Ni and Nd sites, which are locked together in equilibrium, become decoupled during this nonthermal process.

  20. Measurement of Local Sodium Ion Levels near Micelle Surfaces with Fluorescent Photoinduced-Electron-Transfer Sensors.

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    Uchiyama, Seiichi; Fukatsu, Eiko; McClean, Gareth D; de Silva, A Prasanna

    2016-01-11

    The Na(+) concentration near membranes controls our nerve signals aside from several other crucial bioprocesses. Fluorescent photoinduced electron transfer (PET) sensor molecules target Na(+) ions in nanospaces near micellar membranes with excellent selectivity against H(+). The Na(+) concentration near anionic micelles was found to be higher than that in bulk water by factors of up to 160. Sensor molecules that are not held tightly to the micelle surface only detected a Na(+) amplification factor of 8. These results were strengthened by the employment of control compounds whose PET processes are permanently "on" or "off". PMID:26503173

  1. Fluorescent recognition of Fe3+ ion with photoinduced electron transfer (PET) sensor

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    Fegade, Umesh; Attarde, Sanjay; Kuwar, Anil

    2013-10-01

    We synthesized a fluorescence receptor 2,2-(pyridine-2,6-diylbis(azanediyl))bis(methylene)diphenol (2) and report it as a photoinduced electron transfer (PET) cation sensor that is capable of indicating the presence of Fe3+ ion via a fluorescence signal. It was observed that fluorescence intensity changes and quenched. The association constant (Ka) of receptor (2) with Fe3+ ions was calculated from Benesi-Hildebrand and Scatchard Plot at 1.60 and 1.30 × 104 M-1 respectively.

  2. Photoinduced electron transfer from dialkyl nitroxides to halogenated solvents

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    Chateauneuf, J. ); Lusztyk, J.; Ingold, K.U. )

    1990-02-02

    Laser flash photolysis (LFP) at wavelengths within the charge-transfer absorption present in CCl{sub 4} solutions of 2,2,6,6-tetramethylpiperidine-N-oxyl (TEMPO) yields the oxoammonium chloride of TEMPO, 1 ({lambda}{sub max} = 460 nm), and the trichloromethyl radical in an essentially instantaneous ({le}18 ps) process. The primary photochemical event is an electron transfer from TEMPO to CCl{sub 4}, and this is followed by immediate decomposition of the CCl{sub 4}{sup {sm bullet}{minus}} radical anion to Cl{sup {minus}} and Cl{sub 3}C{sup {sm bullet}}. An independent synthesis of 1 confirmed that the absorption attributed to this species has been correctly assigned. The formation of Cl{sub 3}C{sup {sm bullet}} was inferred by its trapping by molecular oxygen. LFP of TEMPO in other halogenated solvents and of other nitroxides in halogenated solvents has confirmed the generality of these photoreactions.

  3. Photoinduced Electron Transfer between Anionic Corrole and DNA.

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    Wang, Li-Li; Zhang, Lei; Wang, Hui; Zhang, Yang; Huang, Jun-Teng; Zhu, He; Ying, Xiao; Ji, Liang-Nian; Liu, Hai-Yang

    2016-02-01

    The interaction between a water-soluble anionic Ga(III) corrole [Ga(tpfc)(SO3Na)2] and calf thymus DNA (ct-DNA) has been investigated by using femtosecond transient absorption spectroscopy. A significant broadening from 570 to 585 nm of positive absorption band of the blend of Ga(tpfc)(SO3Na)2 and ct-DNA (Ga(tpfc)(SO3Na)2-ctDNA) has been observed from 0.15 to 0.50 ps after photoexcitation of Ga(tpfc)(SO3Na)2 into the Soret band. The control experiment has been performed on the model DNA ([poly(dG-dC)]2) rich in guanine bases, which exhibits a similar spectral broadening, whereas it is absent for [poly(dA-dT)]2 without guanine bases. The molecular orbital calculation shows that HOMO of Ga(tpfc)(SO3Na)2 is lower than that of guanine bases. The results of the electrochemical experiment show the reversible electron transfer (ET) between Ga(tpfc)(SO3Na)2 and guanine bases of ct-DNA is thermodynamically favorable. The dynamical analysis of the transient absorption spectra reveals that an ultrafast forward ET from the guanine bases to Ga(tpfc)(SO3Na)2 occurs within the pulse duration (156 fs), leading to the formation of an intermediate state. The following back ET to the ground state of Ga(tpfc)(SO3Na)2 may be accomplished in 520 fs. PMID:26752116

  4. Photoinduced melting and charge order in quarter-filled organic conductors: Itinerant electron systems with competing interactions

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    Yonemitsu, Kenji; Maeshima, Nobuya; Tanaka, Yasuhiro; Miyashita, Satoshi

    2009-02-01

    Photoinduced charge dynamics in one- and two-dimensional organic conductors are studied theoretically in extended Peierls-Hubbard models. For quasi-one-dimensional (EDO-TTF)2PF6, photoinduced change in the charge order pattern from (0110) to (1010) is accompanied by probe-energy-dependent oscillations of conductivity. This is caused by coexistence of charge order and delocalized electrons. For quasi-two-dimensional α-(BEDT-TTF)2I3 and θ-(BEDT-TTF)2RbZn(SCN)4, photoinduced melting of the horizontal-stripe charge order proceeds easier in the α-type salt than in the θ-type salt. This is because the charge order in the θ-type salt is more strongly stabilized by electron-phonon interactions.

  5. Photoinduced electron transfer in ordered polymers: Progress report, May 1, 1988--December 31, 1988

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    Jones, G. II

    1988-12-31

    Long-range photoinduced electron transfer between potential electron donors and acceptors is of considerable current interest in terms of strategies for artificial photosynthesis and studies regarding the redox properties of proteins. Electron transfer over organized arrays of significant dimension (e.g., 10 nm) may also be important for molecule-based bistable switches or rectifiers. As part of a program of study of long range electron transfer involving biopolymers, we report early investigations of the interaction of the xanthene dye, eosin (EY), with synthetic peptides constructed of the amino acid residues, lysine (Lys), tryptophan (Trp), and tyrosine (Tyr). The principal interest in these systems has to do with the well ordered secondary structures (e.g., ..cap alpha..-helices) adopted by peptide polymers and the capabilities for synthetic modification of peptide side chains and end groups with chromophores or electroactive substituents. Work which is completed or well underway includes synthesis of Trp homopolymer (20-25 Trp amino acid residues) with EY attached specifically at the N-terminus. Model compounds in which the xanthene dye is attached to one or two Trp residues have been prepared along with copolymers of Trp or Tyr and Lys with randomally labeled EY at Lys side chains. Photoinduced electron transfer between variously attached eosin pendants and co-bound Trp units has been studied using fluorescence quenching and laser flash photolysis methods. Also, as a model for events occurring for the synthetic peptides, electron transfer quenching of eosin singlet and triplet excited states by substituted phenols, representative of the pendant groups of Tyr residues has been investigated. The observation of ultra-long-lived contact radical ion pairs which result from the quenching an excited quinone molecule and the photolysis of quinone charge-transfer complexes constitute another theme of continuing research.

  6. Photoinduced 2-way electron transfer in composites of metal nanoclusters and semiconductor quantum dots

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    Mondal, Navendu; Paul, Sneha; Samanta, Anunay

    2016-07-01

    In order to explore the potential of nanocomposites comprising semiconductor quantum dots (QDs) and metal nanoclusters (NCs) in photovoltaic and catalytic applications, the interaction between CdTe QDs and gold NCs, Au10 and Au25, stabilized by histidine, bovine serum albumin (BSA) and glutathione, is studied by an ultrafast transient absorption (TA) technique. Temporal and spectral studies of the transients reveal photoinduced 2-way electron transfer between the two constituents of the nanocomposites, where Au NCs, which generally act as electron donors when used as photosensitizers, perform the role of the efficient electron acceptor. Interestingly, it is found that the electron transfer dynamics in these composites is governed not by the distance of separation of the constituents but by the nature of the surface capping ligands. Despite a large separation between the QDs and NCs in a giant BSA-capped system, a higher electron transfer rate in this composite suggests that unlike other smaller capping agents, which act more like insulators, BSA allows much better electron conduction, as indicated previously.In order to explore the potential of nanocomposites comprising semiconductor quantum dots (QDs) and metal nanoclusters (NCs) in photovoltaic and catalytic applications, the interaction between CdTe QDs and gold NCs, Au10 and Au25, stabilized by histidine, bovine serum albumin (BSA) and glutathione, is studied by an ultrafast transient absorption (TA) technique. Temporal and spectral studies of the transients reveal photoinduced 2-way electron transfer between the two constituents of the nanocomposites, where Au NCs, which generally act as electron donors when used as photosensitizers, perform the role of the efficient electron acceptor. Interestingly, it is found that the electron transfer dynamics in these composites is governed not by the distance of separation of the constituents but by the nature of the surface capping ligands. Despite a large separation

  7. Optically monitoring voltage in neurons by photo-induced electron transfer through molecular wires

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    Miller, Evan W.; Lin, John Y.; Frady, E. Paxon; Steinbach, Paul A.; Kristan, William B.; Tsien, Roger Y.

    2012-01-01

    Fluorescence imaging is an attractive method for monitoring neuronal activity. A key challenge for optically monitoring voltage is development of sensors that can give large and fast responses to changes in transmembrane potential. We now present fluorescent sensors that detect voltage changes in neurons by modulation of photo-induced electron transfer (PeT) from an electron donor through a synthetic molecular wire to a fluorophore. These dyes give bigger responses to voltage than electrochromic dyes, yet have much faster kinetics and much less added capacitance than existing sensors based on hydrophobic anions or voltage-sensitive ion channels. These features enable single-trial detection of synaptic and action potentials in cultured hippocampal neurons and intact leech ganglia. Voltage-dependent PeT should be amenable to much further optimization, but the existing probes are already valuable indicators of neuronal activity. PMID:22308458

  8. Two-semiconductive-component hybrid coordination polymers with controllable photo-induced electron-transfer properties.

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    Liu, Jian-Jun; Chen, Yong; Lin, Mei-Jin; Huang, Chang-Cang; Dai, Wen-Xin

    2016-04-12

    Two semiconductive inorganic-organic hybrid coordination polymers constructed from metal iodide clusters and naphthalene diimide semiconductive components, [Cu2I2(DPNDI)]n () and [PbI2(DPNDI)]n () (DPNDI = N,N'-di-(4-pyridyl)-1,4,5,8-naphthalene diimide), have been synthesized and characterized. Although possessing similar 2D heterostructures, hybrids exhibited different photo-induced electron-transfer properties. Due to the higher HOMO energy level of the [Cu2I2]n chain than that of the [PbI2]n cluster, only hybrid can easily undergo intramolecular electron transfer to form a long-lived charge separated state, which may be applied in artificial photosynthesis. PMID:26985714

  9. Dynamics of Radical Ion Pairs following Photoinduced Electron Transfer in Solvents with Low and Intermediate Polarities.

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    Mentel, Kamila K; Nunes, Rui M D; Serpa, Carlos; Arnaut, Luis G

    2015-06-18

    Fluorescence quenching of p-xylene, naphthalene, or pyrene by fumaronitrile in apolar solvents and in solvents of intermediate polarities leads to weakly fluorescent radical ion pairs. This emission is assigned to ion pairs in close contact on the basis of their solvent polarity dependence, kinetics, and thermodynamics. The temperature-dependence of the intensity and fluorescence emission maxima of ion pairs in methyl acetate reveals that they have decay channels competitive with their thermal equilibration. The results presented in this work are consistent with the direct formation of contact ion pairs in weakly polar solvents and in solvents of intermediate polarities as the result of bimolecular photoinduced electron transfer reactions between aromatic hydrocarbons and nitriles. The implications of these findings in free-energy relationships of electron transfer reactions are discussed. PMID:25588979

  10. Photoinduced Electron Transfer between Psoralens and DNA: Influence of DNA Sequence and Substitution.

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    Fröbel, Sascha; Levi, Lucilla; Ulamec, Sabine M; Gilch, Peter

    2016-05-01

    Psoralens are heterocyclic compounds which are, among other uses, used to treat skin deseases in the framework of PUVA therapy. In the dark, they intercalate into DNA and can form photoadducts with thymines upon UV-A excitation, which harms the affected cells. We have recently discovered that after excitation of intercalated psoralens, an efficient photoinduced electron transfer (PET) from DNA occurs. Here, the PET is studied in detail by means of femtosecond transient absorption spectroscopy. Using DNA samples that contain either only GC or AT base pairs, we show that only guanine donates the electrons. Additionally, the substituent effects on PET are studied relying on three different psoralen derivatives. The substitution alters spectroscopic and electrochemical properties of the psoralens, which are determined by cyclic voltammetry and steady state spectroscopy. These experiments allow us to estimate the PET energetics, which are in line with the measured kinetics. Implications for the applications of psoralens are discussed. PMID:26607751

  11. Structural effects on photoinduced electron transfer in carotenoid-porphyrin-quinone triads

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    Kuciauskas, D.; Liddell, P.A.; Hung, S.C.; Lin, S.; Stone, S.; Seely, G.R.; Moore, A.L.; Moore, T.A.; Gust, D.

    1997-01-16

    meso-Polyarylporphyrins are often used as components of molecules that mimic photosynthetic reaction centers by carrying out photoinduced electron-transfer reactions. Studies of these systems have raised questions concerning the role of alkyl substituents at the `{beta}-pyrrolic` positions on the porphyrin periphery in limiting {pi}-{pi} overlap between the macrocycle and the aryl rings. The degree of overlap affects electronic coupling and, therefore, the rates of electron-transfer reactions. There is also evidence that when the linkages joining porphyrins to electron-acceptor or -donor moieties contain amide bonds, the sense of the amide linkage may strongly affect electron-transfer rate constants. In this study, three carotenoid-porphyrin-quinone molecular triads and various model compounds have been prepared, and electron-transfer has been studied using time-resolved emission and absorption techniques. The results show that steric hindrance due to methyl groups at the {beta}-pyrrolic positions reduces electron-transfer rate constants by a factor of approximately 1/5. In addition, amide-containing donor-acceptor linkages having the nitrogen atom attached to the porphyrin meso-aryl ring demonstrate electron-transfer rate constants approximately 30 times larger than those for similar linkages with the amide reversed, after correction for thermodynamic effects. 52 refs., 7 figs., 2 tabs.

  12. Photoinduced electron transfer between sulfur-containing carboxylic acids and the 4-carboxybenzophenone triplet state in aqueous solution

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    Marciniak, B. A. Mickiewicz Univ., Poznan ); Bobrowski, K.; Hug, G.L. ); Rozwadowski, J. )

    1994-05-05

    The mechanism of photoinduced electron transfer was investigated using laser flash photolysis and steady-state photolysis techniques. Bimolecular rate constants for quenching of the CB triplet state by six sulfur-containing acids, with varying numbers of COO[sup [minus

  13. Nonadiabatic dynamics of photoinduced proton-coupled electron transfer: comparison of explicit and implicit solvent simulations.

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    Auer, Benjamin; Soudackov, Alexander V; Hammes-Schiffer, Sharon

    2012-07-01

    Theoretical approaches for simulating the ultrafast dynamics of photoinduced proton-coupled electron transfer (PCET) reactions in solution are developed and applied to a series of model systems. These processes are simulated by propagating nonadiabatic surface hopping trajectories on electron-proton vibronic surfaces that depend on the solute and solvent nuclear coordinates. The PCET system is represented by a four-state empirical valence bond model, and the solvent is treated either as explicit solvent molecules or as a dielectric continuum, in which case the solvent dynamics is described in terms of two collective solvent coordinates corresponding to the energy gaps associated with electron and proton transfer. The explicit solvent simulations reveal two distinct solvent relaxation time scales, where the faster time scale relaxation corresponds to librational motions of solvent molecules in the first solvation shell, and the slower time scale relaxation corresponds to the bulk solvent dielectric response. The charge transfer dynamics is strongly coupled to both the fast and slow time scale solvent dynamics. The dynamical multistate continuum theory is extended to include the effects of two solvent relaxation time scales, and the resulting coupled generalized Langevin equations depend on parameters that can be extracted from equilibrium molecular dynamics simulations. The implicit and explicit solvent approaches lead to qualitatively similar charge transfer and solvent dynamics for model PCET systems, suggesting that the implicit solvent treatment captures the essential elements of the nonequilibrium solvent dynamics for many systems. A combination of implicit and explicit solvent approaches will enable the investigation of photoinduced PCET processes in a variety of condensed phase systems. PMID:22651684

  14. Photoinduced 2-way electron transfer in composites of metal nanoclusters and semiconductor quantum dots.

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    Mondal, Navendu; Paul, Sneha; Samanta, Anunay

    2016-08-01

    In order to explore the potential of nanocomposites comprising semiconductor quantum dots (QDs) and metal nanoclusters (NCs) in photovoltaic and catalytic applications, the interaction between CdTe QDs and gold NCs, Au10 and Au25, stabilized by histidine, bovine serum albumin (BSA) and glutathione, is studied by an ultrafast transient absorption (TA) technique. Temporal and spectral studies of the transients reveal photoinduced 2-way electron transfer between the two constituents of the nanocomposites, where Au NCs, which generally act as electron donors when used as photosensitizers, perform the role of the efficient electron acceptor. Interestingly, it is found that the electron transfer dynamics in these composites is governed not by the distance of separation of the constituents but by the nature of the surface capping ligands. Despite a large separation between the QDs and NCs in a giant BSA-capped system, a higher electron transfer rate in this composite suggests that unlike other smaller capping agents, which act more like insulators, BSA allows much better electron conduction, as indicated previously. PMID:27396603

  15. Thioamide Quenching of Fluorescent Probes Through Photoinduced Electron Transfer: Mechanistic Studies and Applications

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    Goldberg, Jacob M.; Batjargal, Solongo; Chen, Benson S.; Petersson, E. James

    2014-01-01

    Previously we have shown that thioamides can be incorporated into proteins as minimally perturbing fluorescence- quenching probes to study protein dynamics, folding, and aggregation. Here, we show that the spontaneity of photoinduced electron transfer between a thioamide and an excited fluorophore is governed by the redox potentials of each moiety according to a Rehm-Weller-type model. We have used this model to predict thioamide quenching of various common fluorophores, and we rigorously tested more than a dozen examples. In each case, we found excellent agreement between our theoretical predictions and experimental observations. In this way, we have been able to expand the scope of fluorophores quenched by thioamides to include dyes suitable for microscopy and single molecule studies, including fluorescein, Alexa Fluor 488, BODIPY FL, and rhodamine 6G. We describe the photochemistry of these systems and explore applications that demonstrate the utility of thioamide quenching of fluorescein to studying protein folding and proteolysis. PMID:24266520

  16. Photoinduced electron transfer and fluorescence mechanisms in covalently linked polynuclear aromatic-nucleotide complexes

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    Geacintov, N.E.; Mao, Bing; Zhao, Rushen; Chen, Junxin; Liu, Tong Ming; Ya, Nai-Qi; France, L.L.; Sutherland, J.D.

    1992-04-01

    The fluorescence of polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbon-nucleic acid complexes is quenched by photoinduced electron transfer mechanisms in aqueous solutions at ambient temperatures. These effects are illustrated with the biologically important compound benzo[a]pyrene-7,8-diol-9,10-epoxide (BPDE), a mutagenic and carcinogenic metabolite of the environmental pollutant benzo[a]pyrene, which forms covalent mutagenic lesions with 2{prime}-deoxyguanosine (dG) residues in DNA. The dependence of the fluroescence yeild and fluorescence decay times of the covalent model adduct (+)-trans-BPDE-N{sup 2}-dG as a function of temperature and methanol/water composition are described. Because of the sensitivity of the fluorescence of the pyrenyl residue to the polarity of the microenvironment, the magnitude of the fluorescence yield can be used to distinguish between highly hydrophobic (e.g. intercalation) and other more solvent-exposed BPDE-nucleic acid binding sites.

  17. Photoinduced electron transfer and fluorescence mechanisms in covalently linked polynuclear aromatic-nucleotide complexes

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    Geacintov, N.E.; Mao, Bing; Zhao, Rushen; Chen, Junxin; Liu, Tong Ming; Ya, Nai-Qi . Dept. of Chemistry); France, L.L.; Sutherland, J.D. )

    1992-01-01

    The fluorescence of polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbon-nucleic acid complexes is quenched by photoinduced electron transfer mechanisms in aqueous solutions at ambient temperatures. These effects are illustrated with the biologically important compound benzo(a)pyrene-7,8-diol-9,10-epoxide (BPDE), a mutagenic and carcinogenic metabolite of the environmental pollutant benzo(a)pyrene, which forms covalent mutagenic lesions with 2{prime}-deoxyguanosine (dG) residues in DNA. The dependence of the fluroescence yeild and fluorescence decay times of the covalent model adduct (+)-trans-BPDE-N{sup 2}-dG as a function of temperature and methanol/water composition are described. Because of the sensitivity of the fluorescence of the pyrenyl residue to the polarity of the microenvironment, the magnitude of the fluorescence yield can be used to distinguish between highly hydrophobic (e.g. intercalation) and other more solvent-exposed BPDE-nucleic acid binding sites.

  18. Thioamide quenching of fluorescent probes through photoinduced electron transfer: mechanistic studies and applications.

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    Goldberg, Jacob M; Batjargal, Solongo; Chen, Benson S; Petersson, E James

    2013-12-11

    Previously we have shown that thioamides can be incorporated into proteins as minimally perturbing fluorescence-quenching probes to study protein dynamics, folding, and aggregation. Here, we show that the spontaneity of photoinduced electron transfer between a thioamide and an excited fluorophore is governed by the redox potentials of each moiety according to a Rehm-Weller-type model. We have used this model to predict thioamide quenching of various common fluorophores, and we rigorously tested more than a dozen examples. In each case, we found excellent agreement between our theoretical predictions and experimental observations. In this way, we have been able to expand the scope of fluorophores quenched by thioamides to include dyes suitable for microscopy and single-molecule studies, including fluorescein, Alexa Fluor 488, BODIPY FL, and rhodamine 6G. We describe the photochemistry of these systems and explore applications that demonstrate the utility of thioamide quenching of fluorescein to studying protein folding and proteolysis. PMID:24266520

  19. Photoinduced phase transitions in vanadium dioxide revealed by ultrafast electron diffraction and mid-infrared spectroscopy

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    Tiwari, Kunal; Morrison, Vance; Chatelain, Robert; Hendaoui, Ali; Bruhacs, Andrew; Chaker, Mohamed; Siwick, Bradley

    2015-03-01

    The complex interplay between strong electron-electron correlations and structural distortions is thought to determine the electronic properties of many oxides, but the respective role of these two contributions is often difficult to determine. We report combined radio-frequency compressed ultrafast electron diffraction (RF-UED) and infrared transmissivity experiments in which we directly monitor and separate the lattice and charge density reorganizations associated with the optically induced semiconductor-to-metal phase transition in vanadium dioxide. These studies have uncovered a previously unreported photoinduced transition to a metastable phase retaining the periodic lattice distortion characteristic of the insulating phase, but differing by a reorganization of charge density along the vanadium dimer chains and a transition to metal-like mid IR optical properties. These results demonstrate that UED is able to follow details of both lattice and electronic structural dynamics on the ultrafast timescale. Supported by Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada, the Canada Foundation for Innovation, the Canada Research Chairs program, NSERC PGS-D and CGS-D fellowships, and Fonds de Récherche du Québec-Nature et Technologies.

  20. Role of the bridge in photoinduced electron transfer in porphyrin-fullerene dyads.

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    Pelado, Beatriz; Abou-Chahine, Fawzi; Calbo, Joaquín; Caballero, Rubén; de la Cruz, Pilar; Junquera-Hernández, José M; Ortí, Enrique; Tkachenko, Nikolai V; Langa, Fernando

    2015-04-01

    The role of π-conjugated molecular bridges in through-space and through-bond electron transfer is studied by comparing two porphyrin-fullerene donor-acceptor (D-A) dyads. One dyad, ZnP-Ph-C60 (ZnP = zinc porphyrin), incorporates a phenyl bridge between D and A and behaves very similarly to analogous dyads studied previously. The second dyad, ZnP-EDOTV-C60, introduces an additional 3,4-ethylenedioxythienylvinylene (EDOTV) unit into the conjugated bridge, which increases the distance between D and A, but, at the same time, provides increased electronic communication between them. Two essential outcomes that result from the introduction of the EDOTV unit in the bridge are as follows: 1) faster charge recombination, which indicates enhanced electronic coupling between the charge-separated and ground electronic states; and 2) the disappearance of the intramolecular exciplex, which mediates photoinduced charge separation in the ZnP-Ph-C60 dyad. The latter can be interpreted as a gradual decrease in electronic coupling between locally excited singlet states of D and A when introducing the EDOTV unit into the D-A bridge. PMID:25737468

  1. Photochemical reactions of electron-deficient olefins with N,N,N‧,N‧-tetramethylbenzidine via photoinduced electron-transfer

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    Pan, Yang; Zhao, Junshu; Ji, Yuanyuan; Yan, Lei; Yu, Shuqin

    2006-01-01

    Photoinduced electron transfer reactions of several electron-deficient olefins with N, N, N', N'-tetramethylbenzidine (TMB) in acetonitrile solution have been studied by using laser flash photolysis technique and steady-state fluorescence quenching method. Laser pulse excitation of TMB yields 3TMB* after rapid intersystem crossing from 1TMB*. The triplet which located at 480 nm is found to undergo fast quenching with the electron acceptors fumaronitrile (FN), dimethyl fumarate (DMF), diethyl fumarate (DEF), cinnamonitrile (CN), α-acetoxyacrylonitrile (AAN), crotononitrile (CrN) and 3-methoxyacrylonitrile (MAN). Substituents binding to olefin molecule own different electron-donating/withdrawing powers, which determine the electron-deficient property (π-cloud density) of olefin molecule as well as control the electron transfer rate constant directly. The detection of ion radical intermediates in the photolysis reactions confirms the proposed electron transfer mechanism, as expected from thermodynamics. The quenching rate constants of triplet TMB by these olefins have been determined at 510 nm to avoid the disturbance of formed TMB cation radical around 475 nm. All the kqT values approach or reach to the diffusion-controlled limit. In addition, fluorescence quenching rate constants kqS have been also obtained by calculating with Stern-Volmer equation. A correlation between experimental electron transfer rate constants and free energy changes has been explained by Marcus theory of adiabatic outer-sphere electron transfer. Disharmonic kq values for CN and CrN in endergonic region may be the disturbance of exciplexs formation.

  2. Geometries, Electronic Couplings, and Hole Dissociation Dynamics of Photoinduced Electron-Hole Pairs in Polyhexylthiophene-Fullerene Dyads Rigidly Linked by Oligophenylenes.

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    Miura, Taku; Tao, Ran; Shibata, Sho; Umeyama, Tomokazu; Tachikawa, Takashi; Imahori, Hiroshi; Kobori, Yasuhiro

    2016-05-11

    To shed a light on fundamental molecular functions of photoinduced charge conductions by organic photovoltaic materials, it is important to directly observe molecular geometries of the intermediate charges just after the photoinduced electron-transfer reactions. However, highly inhomogeneous molecular environments at the bulk heteojunction interfaces in the photoactive layers have prevented us from understanding the mechanism of the charge conductions. We have herein investigated orbital geometries, electronic couplings, and hole-dissociation dynamics of photoinduced charge-separated (CS) states in a series of poly(3-hexylthiophene)-fullerene linked dyads bridged by rigid oligo-p-phenylene spacers by using time-resolved EPR spectroscopy. It has been revealed that one-dimensional intramolecular hole-dissociations exothermically take place from localized holes in initial CS states, following bridge-mediated, photoinduced charge-separations via triplet exciton diffusions in the conjugated polymer-backbones. This molecular wire property of the photoinduced charges in solution at room temperature demonstrates the potential utility of the covalently bridged polymer molecules applied for the molecular devices. PMID:27082279

  3. Dynamics and mechanisms of interfacial photoinduced electron transfer processes of third generation photovoltaics and photocatalysis.

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    Bauer, Christophe; Teuscher, Joël; Brauer, Jan C; Punzi, Angela; Marchioro, Arianna; Ghadiri, Elham; De Jonghe, Jelissa; Wielopolski, Mateusz; Banerji, Natalie; Moser, Jacques E

    2011-01-01

    Photoinduced electron transfer (PET) across molecular/bulk interfaces has gained attention only recently and is still poorly understood. These interfaces offer an excellent case study, pertinent to a variety of photovoltaic systems, photo- and electrochemistry, molecular electronics, analytical detection, photography, and quantum confinement devices. They play in particular a key role in the emerging fields of third-generation photovoltaic energy converters and artificial photosynthetic systems aimed at the production of solar fuels, creating a need for a better understanding and theoretical treatment of the dynamics and mechanisms of interfacial PET processes. We aim to achieve a fundamental understanding of these phenomena by designing experiments that can be used to test and alter modern theory and computational modeling. One example illustrating recent investigations into the details of the ultrafast processes that form the basis for photoinduced charge separation at a molecular/bulk interface relevant to dye-sensitized solar cells is briefly presented here: Kinetics of interfacial PET and charge recombination processes were measured by fs and ns transient spectroscopy in a heterogeneous donor-bridge-acceptor (D-B-A) system, where D is a Ru(II)(terpyridyl-PO3)(NCS)3 complex, B an oligo-p-phenylene bridge, and A nanocrystalline TiO2. The forward ET reaction was found to be faster than vibrational relaxation of the vibronic excited state of the donor. Instead, the back ET occurred on the micros time scale and involved fully thermalized species. The D-A distance dependence of the electron transfer rate was studied by varying the number of p-phenylene units contained in the bridge moiety. The remarkably low damping factor beta = 0.16 angstroms(-1) observed for the ultrafast charge injection from the dye excited state into the conduction band of TiO2 is attributed to the coupling of electron tunneling with nonequilibrium vibrations redistributed on the bridge

  4. Transient electronic structure of the photoinduced phase of Pr0.7Ca0.3MnO3 probed with soft x-ray pulses

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    Rini, M.; Zhu, Y.; Wall, S.; Tobey, R. I.; Ehrke, H.; Garl, T.; Freeland, J. W.; Tomioka, Y.; Tokura, Y.; Cavalleri, A.; Schoenlein, R. W.

    2009-04-01

    We use time-resolved x-ray absorption near-edge structure spectroscopy to investigate the electronic dynamics associated with the photoinduced insulator-to-metal phase transition in the colossal magnetoresistive manganite Pr{sub 0.7}Ca{sub 0.3}MnO{sub 3}. Absorption changes at the O K and Mn L edges directly monitor the evolution of the density of unoccupied states in the transient photoinduced phase. We show that the electronic structure of the photoinduced phase is remarkably similar to that of the ferromagnetic metallic phase reached in related manganites upon cooling below the Curie temperature.

  5. Classical molecular dynamics simulation of the photoinduced electron transfer dynamics of plastocyanin.

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    Ungar, L W; Scherer, N F; Voth, G A

    1997-01-01

    Classical molecular dynamics simulations are used to investigate the nuclear motions associated with photoinduced electron transfer in plastocyanin. The blue copper protein is modeled using a molecular mechanics potential; potential parameters for the copper-protein interactions are determined using an x-ray crystallographic structure and absorption and resonance Raman spectra. Molecular dynamics simulations yield a variety of information about the ground (oxidized) and optically excited (charge-transfer) states: 1) The probability distribution of the potential difference between the states, which is used to determine the coordinate and energy displacements, places the states well within the Marcus inverted region. 2) The two-time autocorrelation function of the difference potential in the ground state and the average of the difference potential after instantaneous excitation to the excited state are very similar (confirming linear response in this system); their decay indicates that vibrational relaxation occurs in about 1 ps in both states. 3) The spectral densities of various internal coordinates begin to identify the vibrations that affect the optical transition; the spectral density of the difference potential correlation function should also prove useful in quantum simulations of the back electron transfer. 4) Correlation functions of the protein atomic motions with the difference potential show that the nuclear motions are correlated over a distance of more than 20 A, especially along proposed electron transport paths. Images FIGURE 1 FIGURE 7 PMID:8994588

  6. Electron spectrometer in adjustable triode configuration for photo-induced field emission measurements

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    Bornmann, B.; Mingels, S.; Luetzenkirchen-Hecht, D.; Mueller, G.; Dams, F.; Prommesberger, C.; Schreiner, R.

    2012-01-15

    We have constructed a new ultrahigh vacuum apparatus with a triode configuration for the systematic investigation of photo-induced field emission (PFE) from metallic or semiconducting cathodes. These are exposed to electric fields up to 400 MV/m and laser irradiation by means of hole or mesh gates. Cathodes and gates are in situ exchangeable and adjustable with high precision to ensure a homogeneous extraction of electrons which are partially transmitted to the fixed electron spectrometer. Its hemispherical sector analyzer provides an energy resolution limit of 8 meV. The commissioning of the measurement system has been performed with a tungsten needle. Its temperature showed up in the high-energy tail of the electron spectrum, while its work function was derived from the spectral low-energy part combined with the integral current-voltage curve. First PFE measurements on B-doped Si-tip arrays yielded a small field emission current increase under green laser illumination. A shift and splitting of the energy spectra was observed which revealed different emission regimes as well as the photosensitivity of the cathode due to carrier excitation into the conduction band. For the full exploitation of the PFE system, a tunable laser over a wide eV-range is required.

  7. Rational design of signal-on biosensors by using photoinduced electron transfer between Ag nanoclusters and split G-quadruplex halves-hemin complexes.

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    Zhang, Kai; Wang, Ke; Zhu, Xue; Gao, Yun; Xie, Minhao

    2014-11-25

    Photoinduced electron transfer (PET) between DNA-Ag nanoclusters (AgNCs) and G-quadruplex halves-hemin has been used for building a new sensing platform for the signal-on detection of adenosine and RNA. PMID:25284278

  8. Photoinduced Electron Transfer in the Strong Coupling Regime: Waveguide-Plasmon Polaritons.

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    Zeng, Peng; Cadusch, Jasper; Chakraborty, Debadi; Smith, Trevor A; Roberts, Ann; Sader, John E; Davis, Timothy J; Gómez, Daniel E

    2016-04-13

    Reversible exchange of photons between a material and an optical cavity can lead to the formation of hybrid light-matter states where material properties such as the work function [ Hutchison et al. Adv. Mater. 2013 , 25 , 2481 - 2485 ], chemical reactivity [ Hutchison et al. Angew. Chem., Int. Ed. 2012 , 51 , 1592 - 1596 ], ultrafast energy relaxation [ Salomon et al. Angew. Chem., Int. Ed. 2009 , 48 , 8748 - 8751 ; Gomez et al. J. Phys. Chem. B 2013 , 117 , 4340 - 4346 ], and electrical conductivity [ Orgiu et al. Nat. Mater. 2015 , 14 , 1123 - 1129 ] of matter differ significantly to those of the same material in the absence of strong interactions with the electromagnetic fields. Here we show that strong light-matter coupling between confined photons on a semiconductor waveguide and localized plasmon resonances on metal nanowires modifies the efficiency of the photoinduced charge-transfer rate of plasmonic derived (hot) electrons into accepting states in the semiconductor material. Ultrafast spectroscopy measurements reveal a strong correlation between the amplitude of the transient signals, attributed to electrons residing in the semiconductor and the hybridization of waveguide and plasmon excitations. PMID:26963038

  9. Photoinduced Electron Transfer in the Strong Coupling Regime: Waveguide–Plasmon Polaritons

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    Zeng, Peng; Cadusch, Jasper; Chakraborty, Debadi; Smith, Trevor A.; Roberts, Ann; Sader, John E.; Davis, Timothy J.; Gómez, Daniel E.

    2016-04-01

    Reversible exchange of photons between a material and an optical cavity can lead to the formation of hybrid light--matter states where material properties such as the work function\\cite{Hutchison_AM2013a}, chemical reactivity\\cite{Hutchison_ACIE2012a}, ultra--fast energy relaxation \\cite{Salomon_ACIE2009a,Gomez_TJOPCB2012a} and electrical conductivity\\cite{Orgiu_NM2015a} of matter differ significantly to those of the same material in the absence of strong interactions with the electromagnetic fields. Here we show that strong light--matter coupling between confined photons on a semiconductor waveguide and localised plasmon resonances on metal nanowires modifies the efficiency of the photo--induced charge--transfer rate of plasmonic derived (hot) electrons into accepting states in the semiconductor material. Ultra--fast spectroscopy measurements reveal a strong correlation between the amplitude of the transient signals, attributed to electrons residing in the semiconductor, and the hybridization of waveguide and plasmon excitations.

  10. Tetramethoxybenzene is a Good Building Block for Molecular Wires: Insights from Photoinduced Electron Transfer.

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    Heinz, Luisa G; Yushchenko, Oleksandr; Neuburger, Markus; Vauthey, Eric; Wenger, Oliver S

    2015-06-01

    Two donor bridge-acceptor molecules with terminal triarylamine and Ru(bpy)3(2+) (bpy = 2,2'-bipyridine) redox partners were synthesized and investigated by cyclic voltammetry, optical absorption, luminescence, and transient absorption spectroscopy. The two dyads differ only by the central bridging unit, which was tetramethoxybenzene (tmb) in one case and unsubstituted phenylene (ph) in the other case. Photoirradiation of the Ru(bpy)3(2+) complex of the two dyads triggers intramolecular electron transfer from the triarylamine to the (3)MLCT-excited metal complex, and this process occurs with time constants of 1.5 and 6.8 ns for the tmb- and ph-bridged dyads, respectively. Thermal electron transfer in the reverse direction then leads to disappearance of the photoproduct with a time constant of 10 ns in both dyads. The faster rate of photoinduced charge transfer in the tmb-bridged dyad can be understood in the framework of a hole-tunneling model in which the electron-rich tmb bridge imposes a more shallow barrier than the less electron-rich ph spacer. Until now tmb-based molecular wires have received very little attention, and alkoxy substituents have been mostly used for improving the solubility of oligo-p-phenylene vinylene (OPV) and oligo-p-phenylene ethynylene (OPE) wires. Our study illustrates how four alkoxy-substituents on a phenylene backbone can have a significant influence on the charge-transfer properties of a molecular wire, and this is relevant in the greater context of a future molecular electronics technology. PMID:25974891

  11. Phosphorescent quantum dots/ethidium bromide nanohybrids based on photoinduced electron transfer for DNA detection

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    Bi, Lin; Yu, Yuan-Hua

    2015-04-01

    Mercaptopropionic acid-capped Mn-doped ZnS quantum dots/ethidium bromide (EB) nanohybrids were constructed for photoinduced electron transfer (PIET) and then used as a room-temperature phosphorescence (RTP) probe for DNA detection. EB could quench the RTP of Mn-doped ZnS QDs by PIET, thereby forming Mn-doped ZnS QDs/EB nanohybrids and storing RTP. Meanwhile, EB could be inserted into DNA and EB could be competitively desorbed from the surface of Mn-doped ZnS QDs by DNA, thereby releasing the RTP of Mn-doped ZnS QDs. Based on this mechanism, a RTP sensor for DNA detection was developed. Under optimal conditions, the detection limit for DNA was 0.045 mg L-1, the relative standard deviation was 1.7%, and the method linear ranged from 0.2 to 20 mg L-1. The proposed method was applied to biological fluids, in which satisfactory results were obtained.

  12. Photoinduced electron transfer and geminate recombination in the group head region of micelles

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    Glusac, Ksenija; Goun, Alexei; Fayer, M. D.

    2006-08-07

    A pump-probe spectroscopic study of photoinduced forward electron transfer and geminate recombination between donors and acceptors located in the head group regions of micelles is presented. The hole donor is octadecyl-rhodamine B (ODRB) and the hole acceptor is N,N-dimethyl-aniline (DMA). The experiments are conducted as a function of the DMA concentration in the dodecyltrimethylammonium bromide and tetradecyltrimethylammonium bromide micelles. In spite of the fact that the absorptions of both the ODRB radical and ground state bleach spectrally overlap with the ODRB excited state absorption, a procedure that makes it possible to determine the geminate recombination dynamics is presented. These experiments are the first to measure the dynamics of geminate recombination in micelles, and the experiments have two orders of magnitude better time resolution than previous studies of forward transfer. The experimental data are compared to statistical mechanics theoretical calculations of both the forward transfer and the geminate recombination. The theory includes important aspects of the topology of the micelle and the diffusion of the donor-acceptors in the micelle head group region. A semiquantitative but nonquantitative agreement between theory and experiments is achieved.

  13. Thymidine radical formation via one-electron transfer oxidation photoinduced by pterin: Mechanism and products characterization.

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    Serrano, Mariana P; Vignoni, Mariana; Lorente, Carolina; Vicendo, Patricia; Oliveros, Esther; Thomas, Andrés H

    2016-07-01

    UV-A radiation (320-400nm), recognized as a class I carcinogen, induces damage to the DNA molecule and its components through different mechanisms. Pterin derivatives are involved in various biological functions, including enzymatic processes, and it has been demonstrated that oxidized pterins may act as photosensitizers. In particular, they accumulate in the skin of patients suffering from vitiligo, a chronic depigmentation disorder. We have investigated the ability of pterin (Ptr), the parent compound of oxidized pterins, to photosensitize the degradation of the pyrimidine nucleotide thymidine 5'-monophosphate (dTMP) in aqueous solutions under UV-A irradiation. Although thymine is less reactive than purine nucleobases, our results showed that Ptr is able to photoinduce the degradation of dTMP and that the process is initiated by an electron transfer from the nucleotide to the triplet excited state of Ptr. In the presence of molecular oxygen, the photochemical process leads to the oxidation of dTMP, whereas Ptr is not consumed. In the absence of oxygen, both compounds are consumed to yield a product in which the pterin moiety is covalently linked to the thymine. This compound retains some of the spectroscopic properties of Ptr, such as absorbance in the UV-A region and fluorescence properties. PMID:27154982

  14. Photoinduced Electron Transfer from Various Aniline Derivatives to Graphene Quantum Dots.

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    Ghosh, Tufan; Chatterjee, Swarupa; Prasad, Edamana

    2015-12-10

    The present study utilizes the luminescence nature of the graphene quantum dots (GQDs) to analyze the mechanistic aspects of the photoinduced electron transfer (PET) processes between GQDs and aniline derivatives. A systematic investigation of PET from various aniline derivatives to GQDs has been presented. Solution-processable GQDs have been synthesized from graphene oxide (GO) at 200 °C. The as-synthesized GQDs exhibit a strong green luminescence at 510 nm, upon photoexcitation at 440 nm. Various aniline derivatives (aniline, N-methylaniline, N,N'-dimethylaniline, N-ethylaniline, N,N'-diethylaniline, and N,N'-diphenylaniline) have been utilized as electron donors to probe the PET process. Results from UV-visible absorption and steady-state and time-resolve luminescence spectroscopy suggest that the GQDs interact with the aniline derivatives in the excited state, which results in a significant luminescence quenching of the GQDs. The bimolecular rate constants of the dynamic quenching have been deduced for various donor-acceptor systems, and the values are in the range of (1.06-2.68) × 10(9) M(-1) s(-1). The negative values of the free energy change of the electron transfer process suggest that PET from aniline derivatives to GQDs is feasible and could be responsible for the luminescence quenching. The PET has been confirmed by detecting radical cations for certain aniline derivatives, using a nanosecond laser flash photolysis setup. The present study shows that among the various types of graphene systems, GQDs are better candidates for understanding the mechanism of PET in graphene-based donor-acceptor systems. PMID:26580460

  15. Photoinduced Electron Transfer Elicits a Change in the Static Dielectric Constant of a de Novo Designed Protein.

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    Polizzi, Nicholas F; Eibling, Matthew J; Perez-Aguilar, Jose Manuel; Rawson, Jeff; Lanci, Christopher J; Fry, H Christopher; Beratan, David N; Saven, Jeffery G; Therien, Michael J

    2016-02-24

    We provide a direct measure of the change in effective dielectric constant (εS) within a protein matrix after a photoinduced electron transfer (ET) reaction. A linked donor-bridge-acceptor molecule, PZn-Ph-NDI, consisting of a (porphinato)Zn donor (PZn), a phenyl bridge (Ph), and a naphthalene diimide acceptor (NDI), is shown to be a "meter" to indicate protein dielectric environment. We calibrated PZn-Ph-NDI ET dynamics as a function of solvent dielectric, and computationally de novo designed a protein SCPZnI3 to bind PZn-Ph-NDI in its interior. Mapping the protein ET dynamics onto the calibrated ET catalogue shows that SCPZnI3 undergoes a switch in the effective dielectric constant following photoinduced ET, from εS ≈ 8 to εS ≈ 3. PMID:26840013

  16. Nonadiabatic dynamics of photoinduced proton-coupled electron transfer in a solvated phenol-amine complex.

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    Goyal, Puja; Schwerdtfeger, Christine A; Soudackov, Alexander V; Hammes-Schiffer, Sharon

    2015-02-12

    Photoinduced concerted electron-proton transfer (EPT), denoted photo-EPT, is important for a wide range of energy conversion processes. Transient absorption and Raman spectroscopy experiments on the hydrogen-bonded p-nitrophenylphenol-t-butylamine complex, solvated in 1,2-dichloroethane, suggested that this complex may undergo photo-EPT. The experiments probed two excited electronic states that were interpreted as an intramolecular charge transfer (ICT) state and an EPT state. Herein mixed quantum mechanical/molecular mechanical nonadiabatic surface hopping dynamics is used to investigate the relaxation pathways following photoexcitation. The potential energy surface is generated on the fly with a semiempirical floating occupation molecular orbital complete active space configuration interaction method for the solute molecule and a molecular mechanical force field for the explicit solvent molecules. The free energy curves along the proton transfer coordinate illustrate that proton transfer is thermodynamically and kinetically favorable on the lower-energy excited state but not on the higher-energy excited state, supporting the characterization of these states as EPT and ICT, respectively. The nonadiabatic dynamics simulations indicate that the population decays from the ICT state to the EPT state in ∼100 fs and from the EPT state to the ground state on the slower time scale of ∼1 ps, qualitatively consistent with the experimental measurements. For ∼54% of the trajectories, the proton transfers from the phenol to the amine in ∼400 fs on the EPT state and then transfers back to the phenol rapidly upon decay to the ground state. Thus, these calculations augment the original interpretation of the experimental data by providing evidence of proton transfer on the EPT state prior to decay to the ground state. The fundamental insights obtained from these simulations are also relevant to other photo-EPT processes. PMID:25545667

  17. Solvent polarity effect on photoinduced electron transfer between C{sub 60} and tetramethylbenzidine studied by laser flash photolysis

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    Ito, Osamu; Yoshikawa, Yuko; Watanabe, Akira; Sasaki, Yoshiko

    1995-06-15

    The photoinduced electron transfer between C{sub 60} and N,N,N{prime},N{prime}-tetramethylbenzidine (NTMB) in polar and nonpolar solvents and their mixtures has been investigated by nanosecond laser flash photolysis/transient absorption spectroscopy in the visible and near-IR regions. The transient absorption bands of the C{sub 60} triplet state ({sup T}C{sub 60}*) and the NTMB radical cation were observed in both nonpolar and polar solvents. In polar solvents such as benzonitrile, the reaction rate constants were determined from the decay of {sup T}C{sub 60}* at 740 nm, which were consistent with the rate constants evaluated from the growth of the NTMB radical cation, suggesting that direct electron transfer occurs from ground-state NTMB to {sup T}C{sub 60}*. In nonpolar solvents such as benzene, the NTMB radical cation and C{sub 60} radical anion were produced immediately after the nanosecond laser pulse, simultaneous with the formation of {sup T}C{sub 60}*, indicating that a different electron transfer mechanism exists in nonpolar solvents. In the solvent mixtures, two simultaneous reaction routes are present for both forward and back electron transfer reactions. Pronounced solvent effects found for electron transfer reaction kinetics and rates are characteristic of the photoinduced electron transfer reactions between C{sub 60} and some kinds of aromatic amines. 25 refs., 8 figs., 2 tabs.

  18. Distance-dependent photo-induced electron transport in nanometer-sized junctions

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    Albee, Brian; Liu, Xuejun; Tork Ladani, Faezeh; Dutta, Rajen K.; Potma, Eric O.

    2016-05-01

    We describe photo-induced current experiments observed in nm-sized electro-migrated nano gaps, using surface plasmon polaritons (SPPs) as the source of the optical driving field. For gaps smaller than 5 nm, we observe a stable photo-induced current that is linear with the intensity of the SPP mode, whereas the photo-current in wider gaps shows a highly nonlinear dependence that is reminiscent of field emission. The results are explained by a modified Wentzel-Kramers-Brillouin tunneling model, which reproduces the observed transition from optical rectification to optically driven field emission in the nano junction.

  19. Photoinduced intramolecular charge transfer in an electronically modified flavin derivative: roseoflavin.

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    Karasulu, Bora; Thiel, Walter

    2015-01-22

    The photophysical properties of a push-pull flavin derivative, roseoflavin (RoF), are investigated in different surroundings at the molecular level, with focus on intramolecular charge transfer (ICT). Time-dependent density functional theory (TD-DFT, CAM-B3LYP functional) and DFT-based multireference configuration interaction (DFT/MRCI) are used to compute excited-state energies and one-electron properties of a truncated RoF model, roseolumiflavin (RoLF). Solvent effects are taken into account implicitly by the conductor-like polarizable continuum model and explicitly through a microsolvation scheme. In the gas phase, the calculations predict no crossing between the lowest locally excited (LE) and charge-transfer (CT) states upon twisting the dimethylamine donor group relative to the plane of the isoalloxazine acceptor moiety, whereas this crossing is found to be facile in solution (i.e., in water or benzene). Crossing of the LE and CT states facilitates ICT, which is the main cause of the fluorescence quenching and dual fluorescence character experimentally observed for roseoflavin in solution. The barrier for the ICT process is computed to be lower in water than in benzene, consistent with the enhanced ICT rates observed in more polar solvents. We present a detailed study of the molecular mechanism of the photoinduced ICT process in RoLF. For a typical donor-acceptor chromophore, three such mechanisms are discussed in the literature, which differ in the alignment of the donor and acceptor planes, namely, planar ICT (PICT), perpendicular-twisted ICT (TICT), and wagging ICT (WICT). Our theoretical results suggest that the TICT mechanism is favored in RoLF. PMID:25214319

  20. Highly specific fluorescence detection of T4 polynucleotide kinase activity via photo-induced electron transfer.

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    Tao, Mangjuan; Shi, Zhilu; Cheng, Rui; Zhang, Jing; Li, Baoxin; Jin, Yan

    2015-09-15

    Sensitive and reliable study of the activity of polynucleotide kinase (PNK) and its potential inhibitors is of great importance for biochemical interaction related to DNA phosphorylation as well as development of kinase-targeted drug discovery. To achieve facile and reliable detection of PNK activity, we report here a novel fluorescence method for PNK assay based on a combination of exonuclease cleavage reaction and photo-induced electron transfer (PIET) by using T4 PNK as a model target. The fluorescence of 3'-carboxyfluorescein-labeled DNA probe (FDNA) is effectively quenched by deoxyguanosines at the 5' end of its complementary DNA (cDNA) due to an effective PIET between deoxyguanosines and fluorophore. Whereas FDNA/cDNA hybrid is phosphorylated by PNK and then immediately cleaved by lambda exonuclease (λ exo), fluorescence is greatly restored due to the break of PIET. This homogeneous PNK activity assay does not require a complex design by taking advantage of the quenching ability of deoxyguanosines, making the proposed strategy facile and cost-effective. The activity of PNK can be sensitively detected in the range of 0.005 to 10 U mL(-1) with a detection limit of 2.1×10(-3) U mL(-1). Research on inhibition efficiency of different inhibitors demonstrated that it can be explored to evaluate inhibition capacity of inhibitors. The application for detection of PNK activity in complex matrix achieved satisfactory results. Therefore, this PIET strategy opens a promising avenue for studying T4 PNK activity as well as evaluating PNK inhibitors, which is of great importance for discovering kinase-targeted drugs. PMID:26050629

  1. Experimentation and Theoretic Calculation of a BODIPY Sensor Based on Photoinduced Electron Transfer for Ions Detection

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    Lu, Hua; Zhang, Shushu; Liu, Hanzhuang; Wang, Yanwei; Shen, Zhen; Liu, Chungen; You, Xiaozeng

    2009-12-01

    A boron-dipyrromethene (BODIPY)-based fluorescence probe with a N,N'-(pyridine-2, 6-diylbis(methylene))-dianiline substituent (1) has been prepared by condensation of 2,6-pyridinedicarboxaldehyde with 8-(4-amino)-4,4-difluoro-1,3,5,7-tetramethyl-4-bora-3a,4a-diaza-s-indacene and reduction by NaBH4. The sensing properties of compound 1 toward various metal ions are investigated via fluorometric titration in methanol, which show highly selective fluorescent turn-on response in the presence of Hg2+ over the other metal ions, such as Li+, Na+, K+, Ca2+, Mg2+, Pb2+, Fe2+, Co2+, Ni2+, Cu2+, Zn2+, Cd2+, Ag+, and Mn2+. Computational approach has been carried out to investigate the mechanism why compound 1 provides different fluorescent signal for Hg2+ and other ions. Theoretic calculations of the energy levels show that the quenching of the bright green fluorescence of boradiazaindacene fluorophore is due to the reductive photoinduced electron transfer (PET) from the aniline subunit to the excited state of BODIPY fluorophore. In metal complexes, the frontier molecular orbital energy levels changes greatly. Binding Zn2+ or Cd2+ ion leads to significant decreasing of both the HOMO and LUMO energy levels of the receptor, thus inhibit the reductive PET process, whereas an oxidative PET from the excited state fluorophore to the receptor occurs, vice versa, which also quenches the fluorescence. However, for 1-Hg2+ complex, both the reductive and oxidative PETs are prohibited; therefore, strong fluorescence emission from the fluorophore can be observed experimentally. The agreement of the experimental results and theoretic calculations suggests that our calculation method can be applicable as guidance for the design of new chemosensors for other metal ions.

  2. Enaminones in a multicomponent synthesis of 4-aryldihydropyridines for potential applications in photoinduced intramolecular electron-transfer systems

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    Ibrahim, Maher R; Elnagdi, Mohamed H; John, Elizabeth; Ibrahim, Yehia A

    2012-01-01

    Summary An efficient three component reaction with enaminones, primary amines and aldehydes resulted in easy access to 1,4-dihydropyridines with different substituents at the 1-, 3-, 4- and 5-positions. Microwaves improved the reaction yield, reducing also considerably the reaction time and the amount of solvent used. Chiral primary amines gave chiral 1-substituted-1,4-dihydropyridines. The 4-(1-naphthyl) and 4-(phenanthren-9-yl)dihydropyridine derivatives exhibited an interesting photoluminescence behavior, which suggests their potential application as suitable photoinduced intramolecular electron-transfer systems. PMID:22509215

  3. Photoinduced electron and energy transfer from coumarin 153 to perylenetetracarboxylic diimide in bmimPF6/TX-100/water microemulsions.

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    Wu, Haixia; Wang, Haixia; Xue, Lin; Li, Xiyou

    2011-01-15

    A perylenetetracarboxylic diimide (PDI) compound with an attached hydrophilic polyoxyethylene group at the imide nitrogen position was designed and synthesized. Photoinduced electron and energy transfer between coumarin 153 (C-153) and PDI in a ternary microemulsion with an ionic liquid (bmimPF(6)/TX-100/H(2)O) were investigated by steady state electronic absorption and fluorescence spectroscopy. The results revealed that both PDI and C-153 resided at the interface between the surfactant TX-100 and the ionic liquid bmimPF(6) in the ternary microemulsions. The absorption spectra suggested no interactions between C-153 and PDI in the ground states, but the fluorescence spectra revealed the presence of an efficient electron transfer and a less efficient energy transfer from C-153 to PDI. Moreover, the electron transfer was much more efficient in microemulsions than that in homogeneous conventional organic solvents due to the unique micro-environment of the microemulsion. PMID:20965513

  4. Effect of micellar environment on Marcus correlation curves for photoinduced bimolecular electron transfer reactions

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    Kumbhakar, Manoj; Nath, Sukhendu; Mukherjee, Tulsi; Pal, Haridas

    2005-07-15

    Photoinduced electron transfer (ET) between coumarin dyes and aromatic amine has been investigated in two cationic micelles, namely, cetyltrimethyl ammonium bromide (CTAB) and dodecyltrimethyl ammonium bromide (DTAB), and the results have been compared with those observed earlier in sodium dodecyl sulphate (SDS) and triton-X-100 (TX-100) micelles for similar donor-acceptor pairs. Due to a reasonably high effective concentration of the amines in the micellar Stern layer, the steady-state fluorescence results show significant static quenching. In the time-resolved (TR) measurements with subnanosecond time resolution, contribution from static quenching is avoided. Correlations of the dynamic quenching constants (k{sub q}{sup TR}), as estimated from the TR measurements, show the typical bell-shaped curves with the free-energy changes ({delta}G{sup 0}) of the ET reactions, as predicted by the Marcus outersphere ET theory. Comparing present results with those obtained earlier for similar coumarin-amine systems in SDS and TX-100 micelles, it is seen that the inversion in the present micelles occurs at an exergonicity (-{delta}G{sup 0}>{approx}1.2-1.3 eV) much higher than that observed in SDS and TX-100 micelles (-{delta}G{sup 0}>{approx}0.7 eV), which has been rationalized based on the relative propensities of the ET and solvation rates in different micelles. In CTAB and DTAB micelles, the k{sub q}{sup TR} values are lower than the solvation rates, which result in the full contribution of the solvent reorganization energy ({lambda}{sub s}) towards the activation barrier for the ET reaction. Contrary to this, in SDS and TX-100 micelles, k{sub q}{sup TR} values are either higher or comparable with the solvation rates, causing only a partial contribution of {lambda}{sub s} in these cases. Thus, Marcus inversion in present cationic micelles is inferred to be the true inversion, whereas that in the anionic SDS and neutral TX-100 micelles are understood to be the apparent

  5. Ultrafast Photoinduced Electron Transfer and Charge Stabilization in Donor-Acceptor Dyads Capable of Harvesting Near-Infrared Light.

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    Bandi, Venugopal; Gobeze, Habtom B; D'Souza, Francis

    2015-08-01

    To harvest energy from the near-infrared (near-IR) and infrared (IR) regions of the electromagnetic spectrum, which constitutes nearly 70 % of the solar radiation, there is a great demand for near-IR and IR light-absorbing sensitizers that are capable of undergoing ultrafast photoinduced electron transfer when connected to a suitable electron acceptor. Towards achieving this goal, in the present study, we report multistep syntheses of dyads derived from structurally modified BF2-chelated azadipyrromethene (ADP; to extend absorption and emission into the near-IR region) and fullerene as electron-donor and electron-acceptor entities, respectively. The newly synthesized dyads were fully characterized based on optical absorbance, fluorescence, geometry optimization, and electrochemical studies. The established energy level diagram revealed the possibility of electron transfer either from the singlet excited near-IR sensitizer or singlet excited fullerene. Femtosecond and nanosecond transient absorption studies were performed to gather evidence of excited state electron transfer and to evaluate the kinetics of charge separation and charge recombination processes. These studies revealed the occurrence of ultrafast photoinduced electron transfer leading to charge stabilization in the dyads, and populating the triplet states of ADP, benzanulated-ADP and benzanulated thiophene-ADP in the respective dyads, and triplet state of C60 in the case of BF2 -chelated dipyrromethene derived dyad during charge recombination. The present findings reveal that these sensitizers are suitable for harvesting light energy from the near-IR region of the solar spectrum and for building fast-responding optoelectronic devices operating under near-IR radiation input. PMID:26130432

  6. Photoinduced melting of charge order in a quarter-filled electron system coupled with different types of phonons

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    Yonemitsu, Kenji; Maeshima, Nobuya

    2007-08-01

    Photoinduced melting of charge order is calculated by using the exact many-electron wave function coupled with classically treated phonons in the one-dimensional quarter-filled Hubbard model with Peierls and Holstein types of electron-phonon couplings. The model parameters are taken from recent experiments on (EDO-TTF)2PF6 (EDO-TTF=ethylenedioxy-tetrathiafulvalene) with a (0110) charge order, where transfer integrals are modulated by molecular displacements (bond-coupled phonons) and site energies by molecular deformations (charge-coupled phonons). The charge-transfer photoexcitation from (0110) to (0200) configurations and that from (0110) to (1010) configurations have different energies. The corresponding excited states have different shapes of adiabatic potentials as a function of these two phonon amplitudes. The adiabatic potentials are shown to be useful in understanding differences in the photoinduced charge dynamics and the efficiency of melting, which depend not only on the excitation energy but also on the relative phonon frequency of the bond- and charge-coupled phonons.

  7. Bimolecular photoinduced electron transfer beyond the diffusion limit: the Rehm-Weller experiment revisited with femtosecond time resolution.

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    Rosspeintner, Arnulf; Angulo, Gonzalo; Vauthey, Eric

    2014-02-01

    To access the intrinsic, diffusion free, rate constant of bimolecular photoinduced electron transfer reactions, fluorescence quenching experiments have been performed with 14 donor/acceptor pairs, covering a driving-force range going from 0.6 to 2.4 eV, using steady-state and femtosecond time-resolved emission, and applying a diffusion-reaction model that accounts for the static and transient stages of the quenching for the analysis. The intrinsic electron transfer rate constants are up to 2 orders of magnitude larger than the diffusion rate constant in acetonitrile. Above ∼1.5 eV, a slight decrease of the rate constant is observed, pointing to a much weaker Marcus inverted region than those reported for other types of electron transfer reactions, such as charge recombination. Despite this, the driving force dependence can be rationalized in terms of Marcus theory. PMID:24400958

  8. Electrochemical control over photoinduced electron transfer and trapping in CdSe-CdTe quantum-dot solids.

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    Boehme, Simon C; Walvis, T Ardaan; Infante, Ivan; Grozema, Ferdinand C; Vanmaekelbergh, Daniël; Siebbeles, Laurens D A; Houtepen, Arjan J

    2014-07-22

    Understanding and controlling charge transfer between different kinds of colloidal quantum dots (QDs) is important for devices such as light-emitting diodes and solar cells and for thermoelectric applications. Here we study photoinduced electron transfer between CdTe and CdSe QDs in a QD film. We find that very efficient electron trapping in CdTe QDs obstructs electron transfer to CdSe QDs under most conditions. Only the use of thiol ligands results in somewhat slower electron trapping; in this case the competition between trapping and electron transfer results in a small fraction of electrons being transferred to CdSe. However, we demonstrate that electron trapping can be controlled and even avoided altogether by using the unique combination of electrochemistry and transient absorption spectroscopy. When the Fermi level is raised electrochemically, traps are filled with electrons and electron transfer from CdTe to CdSe QDs occurs with unity efficiency. These results show the great importance of knowing and controlling the Fermi level in QD films and open up the possibility of studying the density of trap states in QD films as well as the systematic investigation of the intrinsic electron transfer rates in donor-acceptor films. PMID:24883930

  9. Steric and Electronic Factors Associated with the Photoinduced Ligand Exchange of Bidentate Ligands Coordinated to Ru(II).

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    Albani, Bryan A; Whittemore, Tyler; Durr, Christopher B; Turro, Claudia

    2015-01-01

    In an effort to create a molecule that can absorb low energy visible or near-infrared light for photochemotherapy (PCT), the new complexes [Ru(biq)2 (dpb)](PF6 )2 (1, biq = 2,2'-biquinoline, dpb = 2,3-bis(2-pyridyl)benzoquinoxaline) and [(biq)2 Ru(dpb)Re(CO)3 Cl](PF6 )2 (2) were synthesized and characterized. Complexes 1 and 2 were compared to [Ru(bpy)2 (dpb)](PF6 )2 (3, bpy = 2,2'-bipyridine) and [Ru(biq)2 (phen)](PF6 )2 (4, phen = 1,10-phenanthroline). Distortions around the metal and biq ligands were used to explain the exchange of one biq ligand in 4 upon irradiation. Complex 1, however, undergoes photoinduced dissociation of the dpb ligand rather than biq under analogous experimental conditions. Complex 3 is not photoactive, providing evidence that the biq ligands are crucial for ligand photodissociation in 1. The crystal structures of 1 and 4 are compared to explain the difference in photochemistry between the complexes. Complex 2 absorbs lower energy light than 1, but is photochemically inert although its crystal structure displays significant distortions. These results indicate that both the excited state electronic structure and steric bulk play key roles in bidentate photoinduced ligand dissociation. The present work also shows that it is possible to stabilize sterically hindered Ru(II) complexes by the addition of another metal, a property that may be useful for other applications. PMID:25403564

  10. Photo-induced reactions from efficient molecular dynamics with electronic transitions using the FIREBALL local-orbital density functional theory formalism

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    Zobač, Vladimír; Lewis, James P.; Abad, Enrique; Mendieta-Moreno, Jesús I.; Hapala, Prokop; Jelínek, Pavel; Ortega, José

    2015-05-01

    The computational simulation of photo-induced processes in large molecular systems is a very challenging problem. Firstly, to properly simulate photo-induced reactions the potential energy surfaces corresponding to excited states must be appropriately accessed; secondly, understanding the mechanisms of these processes requires the exploration of complex configurational spaces and the localization of conical intersections; finally, photo-induced reactions are probability events, that require the simulation of hundreds of trajectories to obtain the statistical information for the analysis of the reaction profiles. Here, we present a detailed description of our implementation of a molecular dynamics with electronic transitions algorithm within the local-orbital density functional theory code FIREBALL, suitable for the computational study of these problems. As an example of the application of this approach, we also report results on the [2 + 2] cycloaddition of ethylene with maleic anhydride and on the [2 + 2] photo-induced polymerization reaction of two C60 molecules. We identify different deactivation channels of the initial electron excitation, depending on the time of the electronic transition from LUMO to HOMO, and the character of the HOMO after the transition.

  11. Photo-induced reactions from efficient molecular dynamics with electronic transitions using the FIREBALL local-orbital density functional theory formalism.

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    Zobač, Vladimír; Lewis, James P; Abad, Enrique; Mendieta-Moreno, Jesús I; Hapala, Prokop; Jelínek, Pavel; Ortega, José

    2015-05-01

    The computational simulation of photo-induced processes in large molecular systems is a very challenging problem. Firstly, to properly simulate photo-induced reactions the potential energy surfaces corresponding to excited states must be appropriately accessed; secondly, understanding the mechanisms of these processes requires the exploration of complex configurational spaces and the localization of conical intersections; finally, photo-induced reactions are probability events, that require the simulation of hundreds of trajectories to obtain the statistical information for the analysis of the reaction profiles. Here, we present a detailed description of our implementation of a molecular dynamics with electronic transitions algorithm within the local-orbital density functional theory code FIREBALL, suitable for the computational study of these problems. As an example of the application of this approach, we also report results on the [2 + 2] cycloaddition of ethylene with maleic anhydride and on the [2 + 2] photo-induced polymerization reaction of two C60 molecules. We identify different deactivation channels of the initial electron excitation, depending on the time of the electronic transition from LUMO to HOMO, and the character of the HOMO after the transition. PMID:25791682

  12. Light-Activated Protein Inhibition through Photoinduced Electron Transfer of a Ruthenium(II)–Cobalt(III) Bimetallic Complex

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    Holbrook, Robert J.; Weinberg, David J.; Peterson, Mark D.; Weiss, Emily A.; Meade, Thomas J.

    2015-01-01

    We describe a mechanism of light activation that initiates protein inhibitory action of a biologically inert Co(III) Schiff base (Co(III)-sb) complex. Photoinduced electron transfer (PET) occurs from a Ru(II) bipyridal complex to a covalently attached Co(III) complex and is gated by conformational changes that occur in tens of nanoseconds. Reduction of the Co(III)-sb by PET initiates displacement of the inert axial imidazole ligands, promoting coordination to active site histidines of α-thrombin. Upon exposure to 455 nm light, the rate of ligand exchange with 4-methylimidazole, a histidine mimic, increases by approximately 5-fold, as observed by NMR spectroscopy. Similarly, the rate of α-thrombin inhibition increases over 5-fold upon irradiation. These results convey a strategy for light activation of inorganic therapeutic agents through PET utilizing redox-active metal centers. PMID:25671465

  13. Effect of laser intensity on the determination of intermolecular electron transfer rate constants—Observation of Marcus inverted region in photoinduced back electron transfer reactions

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    Weng, Yu-Xiang; Chan, Kwok-Chu; Tzeng, Biing-Chiau; Che, Chi-Ming

    1998-10-01

    The light intensity and concentration dependence of the photoproduct yield are investigated in a monophotonic process. The relationship of the photoproduct yield with the laser intensity and the complex concentration for a monophotonic process is derived under laser flash photolysis. The relationship is confirmed experimentally in a monophotonic process, i.e., triplet-triplet transition for a Cu(I) complex Cu6(DMNSN')6 (DMNSN'=4,6-dimethylpyrimidine-2-thiolate). At low light intensity, the relationship can be approximated by a linear inverse square root dependence on the light intensity. Based on this equation, a method is proposed to determine the intrinsic back electron transfer rate constant kETb in photoinduced intermolecular electron transfer reactions, precluding the effect from the diffusional encounter pairs. The Marcus "inverted region" is observed by using the method in photoinduced back electron transfer reactions of [Au2(dppm)2](ClO4)2 (dppm=bis(diphenylphosphino)methane) with a series of substituted pyridinium acceptors.

  14. Visualizing the non-equilibrium dynamics of photoinduced intramolecular electron transfer with femtosecond X-ray pulses

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    Canton, Sophie E.; Kjær, Kasper S.; Vankó, György; van Driel, Tim B.; Adachi, Shin -ichi; Bordage, Amélie; Bressler, Christian; Chabera, Pavel; Christensen, Morten; Dohn, Asmus O.; Galler, Andreas; Gawelda, Wojciech; Gosztola, David; Haldrup, Kristoffer; Harlang, Tobias; Liu, Yizhu; Møller, Klaus B.; Németh, Zoltán; Nozawa, Shunsuke; Pápai, Mátyás; Sato, Tokushi; Sato, Takahiro; Suarez-Alcantara, Karina; Togashi, Tadashi; Tono, Kensuke; Uhlig, Jens; Vithanage, Dimali A.; Wärnmark, Kenneth; Yabashi, Makina; Zhang, Jianxin; Sundström, Villy; Nielsen, Martin M.

    2015-03-02

    Ultrafast photoinduced electron transfer preceding energy equilibration still poses many experimental and conceptual challenges to the optimization of photoconversion since an atomic-scale description has so far been beyond reach. Here we combine femtosecond transient optical absorption spectroscopy with ultrafast X-ray emission spectroscopy and diffuse X-ray scattering at the SACLA facility to track the non-equilibrated electronic and structural dynamics within a bimetallic donor–acceptor complex that contains an optically dark centre. Exploiting the 100-fold increase in temporal resolution as compared with storage ring facilities, these measurements constitute the first X-ray-based visualization of a non-equilibrated intramolecular electron transfer process over large interatomic distances. Thus experimental and theoretical results establish that mediation through electronically excited molecular states is a key mechanistic feature. The present study demonstrates the extensive potential of femtosecond X-ray techniques as diagnostics of non-adiabatic electron transfer processes in synthetic and biological systems, and some directions for future studies, are outlined.

  15. Visualizing the non-equilibrium dynamics of photoinduced intramolecular electron transfer with femtosecond X-ray pulses

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    Canton, Sophie E.; Kjær, Kasper S.; Vankó, György; van Driel, Tim B.; Adachi, Shin -ichi; Bordage, Amélie; Bressler, Christian; Chabera, Pavel; Christensen, Morten; Dohn, Asmus O.; et al

    2015-03-02

    Ultrafast photoinduced electron transfer preceding energy equilibration still poses many experimental and conceptual challenges to the optimization of photoconversion since an atomic-scale description has so far been beyond reach. Here we combine femtosecond transient optical absorption spectroscopy with ultrafast X-ray emission spectroscopy and diffuse X-ray scattering at the SACLA facility to track the non-equilibrated electronic and structural dynamics within a bimetallic donor–acceptor complex that contains an optically dark centre. Exploiting the 100-fold increase in temporal resolution as compared with storage ring facilities, these measurements constitute the first X-ray-based visualization of a non-equilibrated intramolecular electron transfer process over large interatomic distances.more » Thus experimental and theoretical results establish that mediation through electronically excited molecular states is a key mechanistic feature. The present study demonstrates the extensive potential of femtosecond X-ray techniques as diagnostics of non-adiabatic electron transfer processes in synthetic and biological systems, and some directions for future studies, are outlined.« less

  16. Visualizing the non-equilibrium dynamics of photoinduced intramolecular electron transfer with femtosecond X-ray pulses

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    Canton, Sophie E.; Kjær, Kasper S.; Vankó, György; van Driel, Tim B.; Adachi, Shin-ichi; Bordage, Amélie; Bressler, Christian; Chabera, Pavel; Christensen, Morten; Dohn, Asmus O.; Galler, Andreas; Gawelda, Wojciech; Gosztola, David; Haldrup, Kristoffer; Harlang, Tobias; Liu, Yizhu; Møller, Klaus B.; Németh, Zoltán; Nozawa, Shunsuke; Pápai, Mátyás; Sato, Tokushi; Sato, Takahiro; Suarez-Alcantara, Karina; Togashi, Tadashi; Tono, Kensuke; Uhlig, Jens; Vithanage, Dimali A.; Wärnmark, Kenneth; Yabashi, Makina; Zhang, Jianxin; Sundström, Villy; Nielsen, Martin M.

    2015-01-01

    Ultrafast photoinduced electron transfer preceding energy equilibration still poses many experimental and conceptual challenges to the optimization of photoconversion since an atomic-scale description has so far been beyond reach. Here we combine femtosecond transient optical absorption spectroscopy with ultrafast X-ray emission spectroscopy and diffuse X-ray scattering at the SACLA facility to track the non-equilibrated electronic and structural dynamics within a bimetallic donor–acceptor complex that contains an optically dark centre. Exploiting the 100-fold increase in temporal resolution as compared with storage ring facilities, these measurements constitute the first X-ray-based visualization of a non-equilibrated intramolecular electron transfer process over large interatomic distances. Experimental and theoretical results establish that mediation through electronically excited molecular states is a key mechanistic feature. The present study demonstrates the extensive potential of femtosecond X-ray techniques as diagnostics of non-adiabatic electron transfer processes in synthetic and biological systems, and some directions for future studies, are outlined. PMID:25727920

  17. Incorporation of Water-Oxidation Catalysts into Photoinduced Electron Transfer Systems: Toward Solar Fuel Generation via Artificial Photosynthesis

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    Vagnini, Michael Thomas

    A key goal of artificial photosynthesis is to mimic the photochemistry of photosystem II and oxidize water using light energy, with the ultimate aim of using the liberated electrons for reductive, fuel-forming reactions. One of the more recent challenges in the field of solar fuels chemistry is the efficient activation of molecular water-oxidation catalysts with photoinduced electron transfer, an effort that would benefit from detailed knowledge of the energetics and kinetics of each electron transfer step in a light-driven catalytic cycle. The focus of this thesis is the synthesis and photophysical characterization of covalent assemblies comprising a redox-active organic chromophore and the iridium(III)-based water-oxidation catalyst Cp*Ir(ppy)Cl (ppy = 2-phenylpyridine), and the rates and pathways for photogeneration of higher-valence states of the catalyst are determined with femtosecond transient absorption spectroscopy and other time-resolved spectroscopic techniques. In linking the photooxidant perylene-3,4:9,10-bis (dicarboximide) (PDI) to the Ir(III) catalyst, fast photoinduced electron transfer from the metal complex to PDI outcompetes heavy-atom quenching of the dye excited state, and the catalytic integrity of the complex is retained, as determined by electrocatalysis experiments. Long-lived higher-valence states of the catalyst are necessary for the accumulation of oxidizing equivalents for oxygen evolution, and the lifetime of photogenerated Ir(IV) has been extended by over two orders of magnitude by catalyst incorporation into a covalent electron acceptor--chromophore--catalyst triad, in which the dye is perylene-3,4-dicarboximide (PMI). Time resolved X-ray absorption studies of the triad confirm the photogeneration of an Ir(IV) metal center, a species that is too unstable to observe with chemical or electrochemical oxidation methods. This approach to preparing higher-valence states of water-oxidation catalysts has great promise for deducing catalytic

  18. Photoinduced electron transfer occurs between 2-aminopurine and the DNA nucleic acid monophosphates: results from cyclic voltammetry and fluorescence quenching.

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    Narayanan, Madhavan; Kodali, Goutham; Xing, Yangjun; Stanley, Robert J

    2010-08-19

    2-Aminopurine (2AP) is a fluorescent adenine analogue that is useful in part because its substantial fluorescence quantum yield is sensitive to base stacking with native bases in ss- and ds-DNA. However, the degree of quenching is sequence dependent and the mechanism of quenching is still a matter of some debate. Here we show that the most likely quenching mechanism in aqueous solution involves photoinduced electron transfer (PET), as revealed by cyclic voltammetry (CV) performed in aprotic organic solvents. These potentials were used with spectroscopic data to obtain excited-state reduction and oxidation potentials. Stern-Volmer (S-V) experiments using the native base monophosphate nucleotides (NMPs) rGMP, rAMP, rCMP, and dTMP were performed in aqueous solution to obtain quenching rate constants kq. The results suggest that 2AP* can act as either an electron donor or an electron acceptor depending on the particular NMP but that PET proceeds for all NMPs tested. PMID:20734496

  19. Multidimensional treatment of stochastic solvent dynamics in photoinduced proton-coupled electron transfer processes: sequential, concerted, and complex branching mechanisms.

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    Soudackov, Alexander V; Hazra, Anirban; Hammes-Schiffer, Sharon

    2011-10-14

    A theoretical approach for the multidimensional treatment of photoinduced proton-coupled electron transfer (PCET) processes in solution is presented. This methodology is based on the multistate continuum theory with an arbitrary number of diabatic electronic states representing the relevant charge distributions in a general PCET system. The active electrons and transferring proton(s) are treated quantum mechanically, and the electron-proton vibronic free energy surfaces are represented as functions of multiple scalar solvent coordinates corresponding to the single electron and proton transfer reactions involved in the PCET process. A dynamical formulation of the dielectric continuum theory is used to derive a set of coupled generalized Langevin equations of motion describing the time evolution of these collective solvent coordinates. The parameters in the Langevin equations depend on the solvent properties, such as the dielectric constants, relaxation time, and molecular moment of inertia, as well as the solute properties. The dynamics of selected intramolecular nuclear coordinates, such as the proton donor-acceptor distance or a torsional angle within the PCET complex, may also be included in this formulation. A surface hopping method in conjunction with the Langevin equations of motion is used to simulate the nonadiabatic dynamics on the multidimensional electron-proton vibronic free energy surfaces following photoexcitation. This theoretical treatment enables the description of both sequential and concerted mechanisms, as well as more complex processes involving a combination of these mechanisms. The application of this methodology to a series of model systems corresponding to collinear and orthogonal PCET illustrates fundamental aspects of these different mechanisms and elucidates the significance of proton vibrational relaxation and nonequilibrium solvent dynamics. PMID:22010706

  20. Ultrafast photoinduced electron transfer in the micelle and the gel phase of a PEO-PPO-PEO triblock copolymer

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    Mandal, Ujjwal; Ghosh, Subhadip; Dey, Shantanu; Adhikari, Aniruddha; Bhattacharyya, Kankan

    2008-04-28

    Ultrafast photoinduced electron transfer (PET) from N,N-dimethylaniline (DMA) to coumarin dyes is studied in the micelle and the gel phase of a triblock copolymer, (PEO){sub 20}-(PPO){sub 70}-(PEO){sub 20} (Pluronic P123) by picosecond and femtosecond emission spectroscopies. The rate of PET in a P123 micelle and gel is found to be nonexponential and faster than the slow components of solvation dynamics. In a P123 micelle and gel, PET occurs on multiple time scales ranging from a subpicosecond time scale to a few nanoseconds. In the gel phase, the highest rate constant (9.3x10{sup 9} M{sup -1} s{sup -1}) of ET for C152 is about two times higher than that (3.8x10{sup 9} M{sup -1} s{sup -1}) observed in micelle phase. The ultrafast components of electron transfer (ET) exhibits a bell shaped dependence with the free energy change which is similar to the Marcus inversion. Possible reasons for slower PET in P123 micelle compared to other micelles and relative to P123 gel are discussed.

  1. Self-assembly of zincporphyrin dimer and pyromellitimide using two coordination bonds and photoinduced intramolecular electron transfer.

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    Yamada, K.; Imahori, H.; Yoshizawa, E.; Gosztola, D.; Wasielewski, M. R.; Sakata, Y.; Chemistry; Osaka Univ.; Northwestern Univ.

    1999-01-01

    Zincporphyrin dimer-pyromellitimide supramolecule has been designed and assembled using two coordination bonds. Photoinduced charge separation and charge recombination in the supramolecule were observed by picosecond time-resolved transient absorption measurements.

  2. Probing the effect of electron acceptor structure and morphology on charge separation in ZnO/P3HT hybrid photovoltaics using steady-state transient photoinduced absorption.

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    Davis, Robert Jackson; Lloyd, Matthew T.; Ferreira, Summer Rhodes; Lee, Yun-Ju; Hsu, Julia W. P.

    2010-04-01

    Hybrid cells based on ZnO/P3HT heterojunctions have the advantage of better device stability, but suffer poor photovoltaic performance compared to all-organic cells which use PCBM as the electron acceptor. The photovoltaic effect in these hybrid systems is accomplished via photoinduced charge separation at the interface between the absorbing polymer (P3HT) and the electron acceptor (ZnO). Efforts to improve device performance in these hybrid systems have centered on reducing the required diffusion length for P3HT excitons by creating bulk heterojunctions from either ZnO nanoparticles and P3HT or using ZnO precursors which convert in situ to form ZnO networks inside a polymer matrix. In this study, we use transient photoinduced absorption to access the lifetimes of P3HT polarons and excitons in bulk heterojunctions constructed using P3HT and ZnO nanoparticles or ZnO precursors and compare to those in planar ZnO/P3HT devices. Steady-state photoinduced absorption spectra of ZnO/P3HT show characteristic of sub-bandgap transitions associated with the formation of long-lived (msec lifetimes) radical cations (polarons) in P3HT. Similar short-lived polarons (psec lifetimes) are observed by picosecond transient photoinduced absorption in addition to infrared absorption due to excitons. Here we examine the lifetimes of both the excitons and polarons in ZnO:P3HT bulk heterojunctions using both picosecond and millisecond techniques in an effort to understand the effect of the structure and morphology of the electron acceptor on charge separation. We will also compare the relative photoexitation lifetimes, hence charge separation efficiency, for the planar and bulk heterojunction hybrid system to an all-organic P3HT:PCBM system.

  3. Photoinduced Electron Transfer of PAMAM Dendrimer-Zinc(II) Porphyrin Associates at Polarized Liquid|Liquid Interfaces.

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    Nagatani, Hirohisa; Sakae, Hiroki; Torikai, Taishi; Sagara, Takamasa; Imura, Hisanori

    2015-06-01

    The heterogeneous photoinduced electron-transfer reaction of the ion associates between NH2-terminated polyamidoamine (PAMAM) dendrimers and 5,10,15,20-tetrakis(4-sulfonatophenyl)porphyrinato zinc(II) (ZnTPPS(4-)) was studied at the polarized water|1,2-dichloroethane (DCE) interface. The positive photocurrent arising from the photoreduction of ZnTPPS(4-) by a lipophilic quencher, decamethylferrocene, in the interfacial region was significantly enhanced by the ion association with the PAMAM dendrimers. The photocurrent response of the dendrimer-ZnTPPS(4-) associates was dependent on the pH condition and on the generation of dendrimer. A few cationic additives such as polyallylamine and n-octyltrimethyammonium were also examined as alternatives to the PAMAM dendrimer, but the magnitude of the photocurrent enhancement was rather small. The high photoreactivity of the dendrimer-ZnTPPS(4-) associates was interpreted mainly as a result of the high interfacial concentration of photoreactive porphyrin units associated stably with the dendrimer which was preferably adsorbed at the polarized water|DCE interface. The photochemical data observed in the second and fourth generation PAMAM dendrimer systems demonstrated that the higher generation dendrimer which can incorporate a porphyrin molecule more completely in the interior is less efficient for the photocurrent enhancement at the interface. These results indicated that the photoreactivity of ionic reactant at a polarized liquid|liquid interface can readily be modified via ion association with the charged dendrimer. PMID:25989445

  4. A new fluorescence turn-on probe for biothiols based on photoinduced electron transfer and its application in living cells

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    Wang, Jianxi; Zhou, Cheng; Zhang, Jianjian; Zhu, Xinyue; Liu, Xiaoyan; Wang, Qin; Zhang, Haixia

    2016-09-01

    A new biothiol-selective fluorescent probe 1 based on photoinduced electron transfer (PET) mechanism was designed and synthesized. The UV-Vis absorption and fluorescent emission properties of probe 1 towards various analytes were studied in detail. The probe exhibited a large stokes shift (~ 200 nm) after reacted with biothiols and could selectively detect cysteine (Cys) in dimethyl sulfoxide (DMSO)/H2O solution (9:1, v/v, 10 mM phosphate buffer saline, pH 3.5) over glutathione (GSH), homocysteine (Hcy) and other analytes with a detection limit of 0.117 μM. In addition, probe 1 responded well to GSH, Hcy and Cys in the same above solution with pH 5.5 and got the detection limits of 0.151 μM, 0.128 μM and 0.037 μM, respectively. Probe 1 was of very low cytotoxicity and successfully applied for imaging of thiols in living cells.

  5. Significant expansion of fluorescent protein sensing ability through the genetic incorporation of superior photo-induced electron-transfer quenchers.

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    Liu, Xiaohong; Jiang, Li; Li, Jiasong; Wang, Li; Yu, Yang; Zhou, Qing; Lv, Xiaoxuan; Gong, Weimin; Lu, Yi; Wang, Jiangyun

    2014-09-24

    Photo-induced electron transfer (PET) is ubiquitous for photosynthesis and fluorescent sensor design. However, genetically coded PET sensors are underdeveloped, due to the lack of methods to site-specifically install PET probes on proteins. Here we describe a family of acid and Mn(III) turn-on fluorescent protein (FP) sensors, named iLovU, based on PET and the genetic incorporation of superior PET quenchers in the fluorescent flavoprotein iLov. Using the iLovU PET sensors, we monitored the cytoplasmic acidification process, and achieved Mn(III) fluorescence sensing for the first time. The iLovU sensors should be applicable for studying pH changes in living cells, monitoring biogentic Mn(III) in the environment, and screening for efficient manganese peroxidase, which is highly desirable for lignin degradation and biomass conversion. Our work establishes a platform for many more protein PET sensors, facilitates the de novo design of metalloenzymes harboring redox active residues, and expands our ability to probe protein conformational dynamics. PMID:25197956

  6. High-frequency (95 GHz) electron paramagnetic resonance study of the photoinduced charge transfer in conjugated polymer-fullerene composites

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    Ceuster, J. De; Goovaerts, E.; Bouwen, A.; Hummelen, J. C.; Dyakonov, V.

    2001-11-01

    Light-induced electron paramagnetic resonance (LEPR) measurements are reported in composites of poly(2-methoxy-5-(3-,7-dimethyloctyloxy)-1,4-phenylenevinylene) (MDMO-PPV) and [6,6]-phenyl-C61-butyric acid methyl ester (PCBM), a soluble derivative of C60. Under illumination of the sample, two paramagnetic species are formed due to photoinduced charge transfer between conjugated polymer and fullerene. One is the positive polaron P+ on the polymer backbone and the other is the radical anion on the methanofullerene. Using high-frequency (95 GHz) LEPR it was possible to separate these two contributions to the spectrum on the basis of their g factors, and moreover to resolve the g anisotropy for both radicals. The positive polaron on the conjugated polymer chain possesses axial symmetry with g values g||=2.0034(1) and g⊥=2.0024(1). EPR on low doped polymer gave extra proof for the assignment to the positive polaron. The negatively charged methanofullerene has a lower, rhombic symmetry with gx=2.0003(1), gy=2.0001(1), and gz=1.9982(1). Different spin-lattice relaxation of both species gives rise to a rapid passage effect for the positive polaron spectrum.

  7. A new fluorescence turn-on probe for biothiols based on photoinduced electron transfer and its application in living cells.

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    Wang, Jianxi; Zhou, Cheng; Zhang, Jianjian; Zhu, Xinyue; Liu, Xiaoyan; Wang, Qin; Zhang, Haixia

    2016-09-01

    A new biothiol-selective fluorescent probe 1 based on photoinduced electron transfer (PET) mechanism was designed and synthesized. The UV-Vis absorption and fluorescent emission properties of probe 1 towards various analytes were studied in detail. The probe exhibited a large stokes shift (~200nm) after reacted with biothiols and could selectively detect cysteine (Cys) in dimethyl sulfoxide (DMSO)/H2O solution (9:1, v/v, 10mM phosphate buffer saline, pH3.5) over glutathione (GSH), homocysteine (Hcy) and other analytes with a detection limit of 0.117μM. In addition, probe 1 responded well to GSH, Hcy and Cys in the same above solution with pH5.5 and got the detection limits of 0.151μM, 0.128μM and 0.037μM, respectively. Probe 1 was of very low cytotoxicity and successfully applied for imaging of thiols in living cells. PMID:27203232

  8. Efficiencies of photoinduced electron-transfer reactions: Role of the Marcus inverted region in return electron transfer within geminate radical-ion pairs

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    Gould, I.R.; Ege, D.; Moser, J.E.; Farid, S. )

    1990-05-23

    In photoinduced electron-transfer processes the primary step is conversion of the electronic energy of an excited state into chemical energy retained in the form of a redox (geminate radical-ion) pair (A + D {sup hv}{yields} A{sup {sm bullet}{minus}}/D{sup {sm bullet}+}). In polar solvents, separation of the geminate pair occurs with formation of free radical ions in solution. The quantum yields of product formation, from reactions of either the free ions, or of the geminate pair, are often low, however, due to the return electron transfer reaction (A{sup {sm bullet}{minus}}/D{sup {sm bullet}+} {yields} A + D), an energy-wasting step that competes with the useful reactions of the ion pair. The present study was undertaken to investigate the parameters controlling the rates of these return electron transfer reactions. Quantum yields of free radical ion formation were measured for ion pairs formed upon electron-transfer quenching of the first excited singlet states of cyanoanthracenes by simple aromatic hydrocarbon donors in aceonitrile at room temperature. The free-ion yields are determined by the competition between the rates of separation and return electron transfer.

  9. Photoinduced intramolecular electron transfer in a bridged C{sub 60}. (Acceptor)-Aniline (donor) system. Photophysical properties of the first `active` fullerene diad

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    Williams, R.M.; Zwier, J.M.; Verhoeven, J.W.

    1995-04-12

    A covalently functionalized fullerene comprising an electron donating aniline group coupled to the fullerene unit by a saturated heterocyclic bridge is shown to undergo a photoinduced intramolecular electron transfer process that causes quenching of the fluorescence of the adduct and strong decrease triplet population in polar solvents. VIS-absorption, fluorescence and phosphorescence at 77 K, triplet-triplet absorption, time resolved fluorescence and redox potentials of the fullerene adduct are presented. Analysis of the solvent dependence of the energetics of the intramolecular electron transfer is given and is in good agreement with the experimental results. 17 refs., 6 figs., 3 tabs.

  10. An Evaluation of Sensor Performance for Harmful Compounds by Using Photo-Induced Electron Transfer from Photosynthetic Membranes to Electrodes.

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    Kasuno, Megumi; Kimura, Hiroki; Yasutomo, Hisataka; Torimura, Masaki; Murakami, Daisuke; Tsukatani, Yusuke; Hanada, Satoshi; Matsushita, Takayuki; Tao, Hiroaki

    2016-01-01

    Rapid, simple, and low-cost screening procedures are necessary for the detection of harmful compounds in the effluent that flows out of point sources such as industrial outfall. The present study investigated the effects on a novel sensor of harmful compounds such as KCN, phenol, and herbicides such as 3-(3,4-dichlorophenyl)-1,1-dimethylurea (DCMU), 2-chloro-4-ethylamino-6-isopropylamino-1,3,5-triazine (atrazine), and 2-N-tert-butyl-4-N-ethyl-6-methylsulfanyl-1,3,5-triazine-2,4-diamine (terbutryn). The sensor employed an electrode system that incorporated the photocurrent of intra-cytoplasmic membranes (so-called chromatophores) prepared from photosynthetic bacteria and linked using carbon paste electrodes. The amperometric curve (photocurrent-time curve) of photo-induced electron transfer from chromatophores of the purple photosynthetic bacterium Rhodobacter sphaeroides to the electrode via an exogenous electron acceptor was composed of two characteristic phases: an abrupt increase in current immediately after illumination (I₀), and constant current over time (Ic). Compared with other redox compounds, 2,5-dichloro-1,4-benzoquinone (DCBQ) was the most useful exogenous electron acceptor in this system. Photo-reduction of DCBQ exhibited Michaelis-Menten-like kinetics, and reduction rates were dependent on the amount of DCBQ and the photon flux intensity. The Ic decreased in the presence of KCN at concentrations over 0.05 μM (=μmol·dm(-3)). The I₀ decreased following the addition of phenol at concentrations over 20 μM. The Ic was affected by terbutryn at concentrations over 10 μM. In contrast, DCMU and atrazine had no effect on either I₀ or Ic. The utility of this electrode system for the detection of harmful compounds is discussed. PMID:27023553

  11. An Evaluation of Sensor Performance for Harmful Compounds by Using Photo-Induced Electron Transfer from Photosynthetic Membranes to Electrodes

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    Kasuno, Megumi; Kimura, Hiroki; Yasutomo, Hisataka; Torimura, Masaki; Murakami, Daisuke; Tsukatani, Yusuke; Hanada, Satoshi; Matsushita, Takayuki; Tao, Hiroaki

    2016-01-01

    Rapid, simple, and low-cost screening procedures are necessary for the detection of harmful compounds in the effluent that flows out of point sources such as industrial outfall. The present study investigated the effects on a novel sensor of harmful compounds such as KCN, phenol, and herbicides such as 3-(3,4-dichlorophenyl)-1,1-dimethylurea (DCMU), 2-chloro-4-ethylamino-6-isopropylamino-1,3,5-triazine (atrazine), and 2-N-tert-butyl-4-N-ethyl-6-methylsulfanyl-1,3,5-triazine-2,4-diamine (terbutryn). The sensor employed an electrode system that incorporated the photocurrent of intra-cytoplasmic membranes (so-called chromatophores) prepared from photosynthetic bacteria and linked using carbon paste electrodes. The amperometric curve (photocurrent-time curve) of photo-induced electron transfer from chromatophores of the purple photosynthetic bacterium Rhodobacter sphaeroides to the electrode via an exogenous electron acceptor was composed of two characteristic phases: an abrupt increase in current immediately after illumination (I0), and constant current over time (Ic). Compared with other redox compounds, 2,5-dichloro-1,4-benzoquinone (DCBQ) was the most useful exogenous electron acceptor in this system. Photo-reduction of DCBQ exhibited Michaelis-Menten-like kinetics, and reduction rates were dependent on the amount of DCBQ and the photon flux intensity. The Ic decreased in the presence of KCN at concentrations over 0.05 μM (=μmol·dm−3). The I0 decreased following the addition of phenol at concentrations over 20 μM. The Ic was affected by terbutryn at concentrations over 10 μM. In contrast, DCMU and atrazine had no effect on either I0 or Ic. The utility of this electrode system for the detection of harmful compounds is discussed. PMID:27023553

  12. The wavelength dependence of photoinduced hot electron dissociative attachment to methyl bromide adsorbed on gallium arsenide (110)

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    Camillone, N. III; Khan, K.A.; Lasky, P.J.; Wu, L.; Moryl, J.E.; Osgood, R.M. Jr.

    1998-11-01

    The wavelength dependence of photoinduced dissociation of CH{sub 3}Br via dissociative electron attachment (DEA) of {open_quotes}hot{close_quotes} electrons for one monolayer CH{sub 3}Br adsorbed on GaAs(110) has been measured. The cross section for dissociation is found to decrease monotonically by two orders of magnitude as the incident wavelength is varied from 308 to 550 nm. There is an apparent threshold near 490 nm (2.5 eV), well below the gas phase photodissociation threshold near 250 nm (5.0 eV), but in good agreement with a simple estimate based on expected values for the decrease in the photoemission threshold and the lowering of the molecular affinity level upon adsorption of CH{sub 3}Br on a semiconductor surface. The observed threshold is found to move to higher energy as dissociation of the monolayer proceeds. Based on the work of Hasselbrink and co-workers [F. Weik, A. de Meijere, and E. Hasselbrink, J. Chem. Phys. {bold 99}, 682 (1993)], a simple theoretical model is developed which considers the tunneling of hot electrons through the interfacial barrier between the physisorbed CH{sub 3}Br and the GaAs. The results of our theoretical model in conjunction with those of earlier {ital ab initio} calculations [S. Black, R. Friesner, P. H. Lu, and R. M. Osgood, Jr., Surf. Sci. {bold 382}, 154 (1997)] suggest that the adsorbate affinity level is centered at {approximately}0.6 eV above the (adsorbate- modified) vacuum level of the substrate. This value corresponds to a {approximately}1.8 eV stabilization of the negative ion resonance upon adsorption. {copyright} {ital 1998 American Institute of Physics.}

  13. Role of hydrogen atoms in the photoinduced formation of stable electron centers in H-doped 12CaO•7 Al2 O3

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    Sushko, Peter V.; Shluger, Alexander L.; Hayashi, Katsuro; Hirano, Masahiro; Hosono, Hideo

    2006-01-01

    In this work we investigate a variety of chemical and photoinduced processes in which different hydrogenous species including H2 molecules, H- ions, and H0 atoms interact with the bulk of a complex nanoporous oxide 12CaO•7Al2O3 . Our results provide a detailed and consistent explanation of the recently observed phenomenon of photoinduced conversion of the insulating H-doped 12CaO•7Al2O3 to a conductor [K. Hayashi , Nature (London) 419, 462 (2002)]. The formation of a large and thermally stable concentration of electron centers in this process is facilitated by a large concentration (up to 1020cm-3 ) of extraframework O2- naturally present in this material and homogeneously distributed in its bulk. We show that these species are able to split H2 molecules into pairs of H+ and H- ions and convert H0 atoms into H+ and e- promoting the photoinduced conversion process. The similarity of the mechanisms described in this work to those known for low-coordinated sites at MgO surfaces indicates that the formation of electronic centers in oxides interacting with hydrogenous species could be a generic feature.

  14. Vibrational dynamics in photoinduced electron transfer. Progress report, December 1, 1992--November 30, 1993

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    Spears, K.G.

    1993-09-08

    Objective is to perform a new type of measurement for optically excited electron transfer processes that can provide unique experimental insight into the molecular mechanism of electron transfer. Measurements of optically excited electron transfer are done with picosecond infrared (IR) absorption spectroscopy to monitor the vibrational motions of the molecules immediately after electron transfer. Theory and experiment suggest that molecular vibrations and distortions are important controlling elements for electron transfer, and direct information has yet to be obtained on these elements of electron transfer mechanisms. The second period of funding has been dedicated to finishing technique development and performing studies of electron transfer in ion pair systems to identify if vibrational dependent electron transfer rates are present in this system. We have succeeded in measuring, for the first time, electron transfer rates as a function of vibrational state in an ion pair complex in solution. In a different area of electron transfer research we have proposed a new mechanism of solvent gated electron transfer.

  15. Photoinduced electron transfer from semiconductor quantum dots to metal oxide nanoparticles

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    Tvrdy, Kevin; Frantsuzov, Pavel A.; Kamat, Prashant V.

    2011-01-01

    Quantum dot-metal oxide junctions are an integral part of next-generation solar cells, light emitting diodes, and nanostructured electronic arrays. Here we present a comprehensive examination of electron transfer at these junctions, using a series of CdSe quantum dot donors (sizes 2.8, 3.3, 4.0, and 4.2 nm in diameter) and metal oxide nanoparticle acceptors (SnO2, TiO2, and ZnO). Apparent electron transfer rate constants showed strong dependence on change in system free energy, exhibiting a sharp rise at small driving forces followed by a modest rise further away from the characteristic reorganization energy. The observed trend mimics the predicted behavior of electron transfer from a single quantum state to a continuum of electron accepting states, such as those present in the conduction band of a metal oxide nanoparticle. In contrast with dye-sensitized metal oxide electron transfer studies, our systems did not exhibit unthermalized hot-electron injection due to relatively large ratios of electron cooling rate to electron transfer rate. To investigate the implications of these findings in photovoltaic cells, quantum dot-metal oxide working electrodes were constructed in an identical fashion to the films used for the electron transfer portion of the study. Interestingly, the films which exhibited the fastest electron transfer rates (SnO2) were not the same as those which showed the highest photocurrent (TiO2). These findings suggest that, in addition to electron transfer at the quantum dot-metal oxide interface, other electron transfer reactions play key roles in the determination of overall device efficiency. PMID:21149685

  16. Photoinduced diffusion molecular transport

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    Rozenbaum, Viktor M.; Dekhtyar, Marina L.; Lin, Sheng Hsien; Trakhtenberg, Leonid I.

    2016-08-01

    We consider a Brownian photomotor, namely, the directed motion of a nanoparticle in an asymmetric periodic potential under the action of periodic rectangular resonant laser pulses which cause charge redistribution in the particle. Based on the kinetics for the photoinduced electron redistribution between two or three energy levels of the particle, the time dependence of its potential energy is derived and the average directed velocity is calculated in the high-temperature approximation (when the spatial amplitude of potential energy fluctuations is small relative to the thermal energy). The thus developed theory of photoinduced molecular transport appears applicable not only to conventional dichotomous Brownian motors (with only two possible potential profiles) but also to a much wider variety of molecular nanomachines. The distinction between the realistic time dependence of the potential energy and that for a dichotomous process (a step function) is represented in terms of relaxation times (they can differ on the time intervals of the dichotomous process). As shown, a Brownian photomotor has the maximum average directed velocity at (i) large laser pulse intensities (resulting in short relaxation times on laser-on intervals) and (ii) excited state lifetimes long enough to permit efficient photoexcitation but still much shorter than laser-off intervals. A Brownian photomotor with optimized parameters is exemplified by a cylindrically shaped semiconductor nanocluster which moves directly along a polar substrate due to periodically photoinduced dipole moment (caused by the repetitive excited electron transitions to a non-resonant level of the nanocylinder surface impurity).

  17. Dynamics of ultrafast photoinduced heterogeneous electron transfer, implications for recent solar energy conversion scenarios

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    Gundlach, Lars; Burfeindt, Bernd; Mahrt, Jürgen; Willig, Frank

    2012-08-01

    The general case of a heterogeneous electron transfer reaction is realized by ultrafast electron transfer from a photo-excited molecule to a wide continuum of electronic acceptor states. Two different theoretical model calculations addressing the injection dynamics have recently been presented. The first scenario predicts a wide energy distribution for the injected electron via excitations of high-energy vibrational modes in the ionized molecule, whereas the second scenario ascribes the width to thermal fluctuations. We present experimental data at different temperatures and identify the valid injection scenario for perylene/TiO2 systems. The results are discussed in view of recent solar energy conversion scenarios.

  18. Mechanistic studies of photoinduced spin crossover and electron transfer in inorganic complexes.

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    Zhang, Wenkai; Gaffney, Kelly J

    2015-04-21

    Electronic excited-state phenomena provide a compelling intersection of fundamental and applied research interests in the chemical sciences. This holds true for coordination chemistry, where harnessing the strong optical absorption and photocatalytic activity of compounds depends on our ability to control fundamental physical and chemical phenomena associated with the nonadiabatic dynamics of electronic excited states. The central events of excited-state chemistry can critically influence the dynamics of electronic excited states, including internal conversion (transitions between distinct electronic states) and intersystem crossing (transitions between electronic states with different spin multiplicities), events governed by nonadiabatic interactions between electronic states in close proximity to conical intersections, as well as solvation and electron transfer. The diversity of electronic and nuclear dynamics also makes the robust interpretation of experimental measurements challenging. Developments in theory, simulation, and experiment can all help address the interpretation and understanding of chemical dynamics in organometallic and coordination chemistry. Synthesis presents the opportunity to chemically engineer the strength and symmetry of the metal-ligand interactions. This chemical control can be exploited to understand the influence of electronic ground state properties on electronic excited-state dynamics. New time-resolved experimental methods and the insightful exploitation of established methods have an important role in understanding, and ideally controlling, the photophysics and photochemistry of transition metal complexes. Techniques that can disentangle the coupled motion of electrons and nuclear dynamics warrant emphasis. We present a review of electron localization dynamics in charge transfer excited states and the dynamics of photoinitiated spin crossover dynamics. Both electron localization and spin crossover have been investigated by

  19. Photo-induced regeneration of hormones by electron transfer processes: Potential biological and medical consequences

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    Getoff, Nikola; Hartmann, Johannes; Schittl, Heike; Gerschpacher, Marion; Quint, Ruth Maria

    2011-08-01

    Based on the previous results concerning electron transfer processes in biological substances, it was of interest to investigate if hormone transients resulting by e.g. electron emission can be regenerated. The presented results prove for the first time that the hormone transients originating by the electron emission process can be successfully regenerated by the transfer of electrons from a potent electron donor, such as vitamin C (VitC). Investigations were performed using progesterone (PRG), testosterone (TES) and estrone (E1) as representatives of hormones. By irradiation with monochromatic UV light (λ=254 nm) in a media of 40% water and 60% ethanol, the degradation as well as the regeneration of the hormones was studied with each hormone individually and in the mixture with VitC as a function of the absorbed UV dose, using HPLC. Calculated from the obtained initial yields, the determined regeneration of PRG amounted to 52.7%, for TES to 58.6% and for E1 to 90.9%. The consumption of VitC was determined in the same way. The reported results concerning the regeneration of hormones by the transfer of electrons from an electron donor offer a new, promising method for the therapy with hormones. As a consequence of the regeneration of hormones, a decreased formation of carcinogenic metabolites is expected.

  20. Photo-induced electron transfer between a dendritic zinc(II) phthalocyanine and methyl viologen

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    Wang, Yuhua; Chen, Jiangxu; Huang, Lishan; Xie, Shusen; Yang, Hongqin; Peng, Yiru

    2013-01-01

    The intermolecular electron transfer between the carboxylic dendritic zinc(II) phthalocyanines [G1-ZnPc( and G2-ZnPc(] and methyl viologen (MV) is studied by steady-state fluorescence and UV/Vis absorption spectroscopic method. The effect of dendron generation of this series of dendritic phthalocyanines on intermolecular electron transfer is investigated. The results show that the fluorescence emission of these dendritic phthalocyanines could be greatly quenched by MV upon excitation at 610 nm. The Stern-Volmer constant (KSV) of electron transfer is decreased with increasing dendron generations. Our study suggests that these dendritic phthalocyanines are an effective new electron donor and transmission complex and could be used as a potential artificial photosynthesis system.

  1. Efficient photoinduced orthogonal energy and electron transfer reactions via phospholipid membrane-bound donors and acceptors

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    Clapp, P.J.; Armitage, B.; Roosa, P.; O'Brien, D.F. )

    1994-10-05

    A three component, liposome-bound photochemical molecular device (PMD) consisting of energy and electron transfer reactions is described. Bilayer membrane surface-associated dyes, 5,10,15,20-tetrakis[4-(trimethylammonio)-phenyl]-21H,2 3H-porphine tetra-p-tosylate salt and N,N[prime]-bis[(3-trimethylammonio)propyl]thiadicarbocya nine tribromide, are the energy donor and acceptor, respectively, in a blue light stimulated energy transfer reaction along the vesicle surface. The electronically excited cyanine is quenched by electron transfer from the phospholipid membrane bound triphenylbenzyl borate anion, which is located in the lipid bilayer interior. The PMD exhibits sequential reactions following electronic excitation with the novel feature that the steps proceed with orthogonal orientation: energy transfer occurs parallel to the membrane surface, and electron transfer occurs perpendicular to the surface. Photobleaching and fluorescence quenching experiments verify the transfer reactions, and Stern-Volmer analysis was used to estimate the reaction rate constants. At the highest concentrations examined of energy and electron acceptor ca. 60% of the photoexcited porphyrins were quenched by energy transfer to the cyanine. 56 refs., 6 figs., 3 tabs.

  2. Photoinduced Electron Transfer in DNA: Charge Shift Dynamics Between 8-Oxo-Guanine Anion and Adenine.

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    Zhang, Yuyuan; Dood, Jordan; Beckstead, Ashley A; Li, Xi-Bo; Nguyen, Khiem V; Burrows, Cynthia J; Improta, Roberto; Kohler, Bern

    2015-06-18

    Femtosecond time-resolved IR spectroscopy is used to investigate the excited-state dynamics of a dinucleotide containing an 8-oxoguanine anion at the 5'-end and neutral adenine at the 3'-end. UV excitation of the dinucleotide transfers an electron from deprotonated 8-oxoguanine to its π-stacked neighbor adenine in less than 1 ps, generating a neutral 8-oxoguanine radical and an adenine radical anion. These species are identified by the excellent agreement between the experimental and calculated IR difference spectra. The quantum efficiency of this ultrafast charge shift reaction approaches unity. Back electron transfer from the adenine radical anion to the 8-oxguanine neutral radical occurs in 9 ps, or approximately 6 times faster than between the adenine radical anion and the 8-oxoguanine radical cation (Zhang, Y. et al. Proc. Natl. Acad. Sci. U.S.A. 2014, 111, 11612-11617). The large asymmetry in forward and back electron transfer rates is fully rationalized by semiclassical nonadiabatic electron transfer theory. Forward electron transfer is ultrafast because the driving force is nearly equal to the reorganization energy, which is estimated to lie between 1 and 2 eV. Back electron transfer is highly exergonic and takes place much more slowly in the Marcus inverted region. PMID:25660103

  3. Photoinduced Interfacial Electron Injection Dynamics in Dye-Sensitized Solar Cells under Photovoltaic Operating Conditions.

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    Teuscher, Joël; Décoppet, Jean-David; Punzi, Angela; Zakeeruddin, Shaik M; Moser, Jacques-E; Grätzel, Michael

    2012-12-20

    We report a pump-probe spectroscopy study of electron injection rates in dye-sensitized solar cell (DSSC) devices. We examine the case of working devices employing an N719 ruthenium sensitizer and an iodide electrolyte. Electron injection is found to occur mainly on a sub-100 fs time scale, followed by a slower component with a lifetime of 26.9 ps, in accordance with previous reports on model samples. The amplitude of this latter component varies with electrolyte composition from 25 to 9%. The appearance of slower components in the electron injection dynamics may be attributed to an aggregated or weakly bound state of the surface-adsorbed N719 sensitizer. Further measurements are reported varying the cell light bias and load conditions, revealing no influence on electron injection dynamics. No other electron injection event is found to occur up to 1 ns. These results show no evidence for a slowdown of electron injection under working conditions compared to model systems for the electrolytes examined in this study. PMID:26291112

  4. Proton Quantization and Vibrational Relaxation in Nonadiabatic Dynamics of Photoinduced Proton-Coupled Electron Transfer in a Solvated Phenol-Amine Complex.

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    Goyal, Puja; Schwerdtfeger, Christine A; Soudackov, Alexander V; Hammes-Schiffer, Sharon

    2016-03-10

    Nonadiabatic dynamics simulations of photoinduced proton-coupled electron transfer (PCET) in a phenol-amine complex in solution were performed. The electronic potential energy surfaces were generated on-the-fly with a hybrid quantum mechanical/molecular mechanical approach that described the solute with a multiconfigurational method in a bath of explicit solvent molecules. The transferring hydrogen nucleus was represented as a quantum mechanical wave function calculated with grid-based methods, and surface hopping trajectories were propagated on the adiabatic electron-proton vibronic surfaces. Following photoexcitation to the excited S1 electronic state, the overall decay to the ground vibronic state was found to be comprised of relatively fast decay from a lower proton vibrational state of S1 to a highly excited proton vibrational state of the ground S0 electronic state, followed by vibrational relaxation within the S0 state. Proton transfer can occur either on the highly excited proton vibrational states of S0 due to small environmental fluctuations that shift the delocalized vibrational wave functions or on the low-energy proton vibrational states of S1 due to solvent reorganization that alters the asymmetry of the proton potential and reduces the proton transfer barrier. The isotope effect arising from replacing the transferring hydrogen with deuterium is predicted to be negligible because hydrogen and deuterium behave similarly in both types of proton transfer processes. Although an isotope effect could be observed for other systems, in general the absence of an isotope effect does not imply the absence of proton transfer in photoinduced PCET systems. This computational approach is applicable to a wide range of other photoinduced PCET processes. PMID:26812149

  5. Theory of ultrafast photoinduced electron transfer from a bulk semiconductor to a quantum dot

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    Rasmussen, Andrew M. Ramakrishna, S.; Weiss, Emily A.; Seideman, Tamar

    2014-04-14

    This paper describes analytical and numerical results from a model Hamiltonian method applied to electron transfer (ET) from a quasicontinuum (QC) of states to a set of discrete states, with and without a mediating bridge. Analysis of the factors that determine ET dynamics yields guidelines for achieving high-yield electron transfer in these systems, desired for instance for applications in heterogeneous catalysis. These include the choice of parameters of the laser pulse that excites the initial state into a continuum electronic wavepacket and the design of the coupling between the bridge molecule and the donor and acceptor. The vibrational mode on a bridging molecule between donor and acceptor has an influence on the yield of electron transfer via Franck-Condon factors, even in cases where excited vibrational states are only transiently populated. Laser-induced coherence of the initial state as well as energetic overlap is crucial in determining the ET yield from a QC to a discrete state, whereas the ET time is influenced by competing factors from the coupling strength and the coherence properties of the electronic wavepacket.

  6. Photoinduced Electron and Energy Transfer in a Molecular Triad Featuring a Fullerene Redox Mediator.

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    Antoniuk-Pablant, Antaeres; Kodis, Gerdenis; Moore, Ana L; Moore, Thomas A; Gust, Devens

    2016-07-14

    In order to investigate the possibility of a fullerene acting as an electron and/or singlet energy relay between a donor chromophore and an acceptor, a triad consisting of a fullerene (C60) covalently linked to both a porphyrin energy and electron donor (P) and a β-tetracyanoporphyrin energy and electron acceptor (CyP) was synthesized. Steady state and time-resolved spectroscopic investigations show that the porphyrin first excited singlet state donates singlet excitation and an electron to the fullerene and also donates singlet excitation to the CyP. All three processes differ in rate constant by factors of ≤1.3, and all are much faster than the decay of (1)P-C60-CyP by unichromophoric processes. The fullerene excited state accepts an electron from P and donates singlet excitation energy to CyP. The P(•+)-C60(•-)-CyP charge-separated state transfers an electron to CyP to produce a final P(•+)-C60-CyP(•-) state. The same state is formed from P-C60-(1)CyP. Overall, the final charge-separated state is formed with a quantum yield of 85% in benzonitrile, and has a lifetime of 350 ps. Rate constants for formation and quantum yields of all intermediate states were estimated from results for the triad and several model compounds. Interestingly, the intermediate P(•+)-C60(•-)-CyP charge-separated state has a lifetime of 660 ps. It is longer lived than the final state in spite of stronger coupling of the radical ions. This is ascribed to the fact that recombination lies far into the inverted region of the Marcus rate constant vs thermodynamic driving force relationship. PMID:27275648

  7. Photoinduced electron transfer between Fe(III) and adenosine triphosphate-BODIPY conjugates: Application to alkaline-phosphatase-linked immunoassay.

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    Lin, Jia-Hui; Yang, Ya-Chun; Shih, Ya-Chen; Hung, Szu-Ying; Lu, Chi-Yu; Tseng, Wei-Lung

    2016-03-15

    Fluorescent boron dipyrromethene (BODIPY) analogs are often used as sensors for detecting various species because of their relatively high extinction coefficients, outstanding fluorescence quantum yields, photostability, and pH-independent fluorescence. However, there is little-to-no information in the literature that describes the use of BODIPY analogs for detecting alkaline phosphatase (ALP) activity and inhibition. This study discovered that the fluorescence of BODIPY-conjugated adenosine triphosphate (BODIPY-ATP) was quenched by Fe(III) ions through photoinduced electron transfer. The ALP-catalyzed hydrolysis of BODIPY-ATP resulted in the formation of BODIPY-adenosine and phosphate ions. The fluorescence of the generated BODIPY-adenosine was insensitive to the change in the concentration of Fe(III) ions. Thus, the Fe(III)-induced fluorescence quenching of BODIPY-ATP can be paired with its ALP-mediated dephosphorylation to design a turn-on fluorescence probe for ALP sensing. A method detection limit at a signal-to-noise ratio of 3 for ALP was estimated to be 0.02 units/L (~6 pM; 1 ng/mL). This probe was used for the screening of ALP inhibitors, including Na3VO4, imidazole, and arginine. Because ALP is widely used in enzyme-linked immunosorbent assays, the probe was coupled to an ALP-linked immunosorbent assay for the sensitive and selective detection of immunoglobulin G (IgG). The lowest detectable concentration for IgG in this system was 5 ng/mL. Compared with the use of 3,6-fluorescein diphosphate as a signal reporter in an ALP-linked immunosorbent assay, the proposed system provided comparable sensitivity, large linear range, and high stability over temperature and pH changes. PMID:26409025

  8. The kinetic model for slow photoinduced electron transport in the reaction centers of purple bacteria.

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    Serdenko, T V; Barabash, Y M; Knox, P P; Seifullina, N Kh

    2016-12-01

    The present work is related to the investigation of slow kinetics of electron transport in the reaction centers (RCs) of Rhodobacter sphaeroides. Experimental data on the absorption kinetics of aqueous solutions of reaction centers at different modes of photoexcitation are given. It is shown that the kinetics of oxidation and reduction of RCs are well described by the sum of three exponential functions. This allows to suggest a two-level kinetic model for electron transport in the RC as a system of four electron-conformational states which correspond to three balance differential equations combined with state equation. The solution of inverse problem made it possible to obtain the rate constant values in kinetic equations for different times and intensities of exciting light. Analysis of rate constant values in different modes of RC excitation allowed to suggest that two mechanisms of structural changes are involved in RC photo-oxidation. One mechanism leads to the increment of the rate of electron return, another one-to its drop. Structural changes were found out to occur in the RCs under incident light. After light was turned off, the reduction of RCs was determined by the second mechanism. PMID:27271854

  9. The kinetic model for slow photoinduced electron transport in the reaction centers of purple bacteria

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    Serdenko, T. V.; Barabash, Y. M.; Knox, P. P.; Seifullina, N. Kh.

    2016-06-01

    The present work is related to the investigation of slow kinetics of electron transport in the reaction centers (RCs) of Rhodobacter sphaeroides. Experimental data on the absorption kinetics of aqueous solutions of reaction centers at different modes of photoexcitation are given. It is shown that the kinetics of oxidation and reduction of RCs are well described by the sum of three exponential functions. This allows to suggest a two-level kinetic model for electron transport in the RC as a system of four electron-conformational states which correspond to three balance differential equations combined with state equation. The solution of inverse problem made it possible to obtain the rate constant values in kinetic equations for different times and intensities of exciting light. Analysis of rate constant values in different modes of RC excitation allowed to suggest that two mechanisms of structural changes are involved in RC photo-oxidation. One mechanism leads to the increment of the rate of electron return, another one—to its drop. Structural changes were found out to occur in the RCs under incident light. After light was turned off, the reduction of RCs was determined by the second mechanism.

  10. Photoinduced electronic transport in K1-xLixTaO3

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    Sangalli, P.; Giulotto, E.; Rollandi, L.; Calvi, P.; Camagni, P.; Samoggia, G.

    1998-03-01

    Photocurrent and Hall effect measurements were performed on K0.984Li0.016TaO3 and K0.966Li0.034TaO3 single crystals under illumination with 514.5-nm and UV light. The currents observed are carried by electrons, whose mobility does not undergo large variations on cooling across the dipole-glass freezing temperature Tf. The sharp increase of photocurrent occurring in the polar phase is primarily due to enhancement of carrier density. The effect is much larger after field cooling, being accompanied in this case by persistent currents. The present results lead us to conclude that hole traps with vanishing cross section for electron recombination are active below Tf.

  11. Photoinduced Electron and H-atom Transfer Reactions of Xanthone by Laser Flash Photolysis

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    Wang, Jin-ting; Pan, Yang; Zhang, Li-min; Yu, Shu-qin

    2007-08-01

    The property of the lowest excited triplet states of xanthone in acetonitrile was investigated using time-resolved laser flash photolysis at 355 nm. The transient absorption spectra and the quenching rate constants (kq) of the excited xanthone with several amines were determined. Good correlation between lgkq and the driving force of the reactions suggests the electron transfer mechanism, except aniline and 3-nitroaniline (3-NO2-A) which showed energy transfer mechanism. With the appearance of ketyl radical, hydrogen atom transfer also happened between xanthone and dimethyl-p-toluidine, 3,5,N,N-tetramethylaniline, N,N-dimethylaniline, and triethylamine. Therefore, both electron transfer and H-atom transfer occured in these systems. Great discrepancies of kq values were discovered in H-atom abstraction reactions for alcohols and phenols, which can be explained by different abstraction mechanisms. The quenching rate constants between xanthone and alcohols correlate well with the α-C-H bonding energy of alcohols.

  12. Mechanisms of photoinduced electron transfer: Final report, July 1, 1977-September 30, 1987

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    Jones, G. II

    1987-12-01

    Work which has been conducted under Department of Energy sponsorship over the past ten years at Boston University is described. A general theme for projects which are summarized involves photochemically induced electron transfer reactions for organic compounds. Early studies in the series were directed to the development of new mechanisms for driving isomerization processes which store light energy as latent heat. Other investigations were devoted to an understanding of the dynamics of charge separation for photoexcited (charge-transfer) complexes or ion-pairs. Recent studies focused on the development of charge relays such as dithioethers and viologen or pyridinium ions, the electron transfer photochemistry of high potential quinones, and the photophysical properties of organic dyes bound to water-soluble polymers. 9 figs.

  13. Photoinduced electron transfer in porous organic salt crystals impregnated with fullerenes.

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    Hasegawa, Tetsuya; Ohkubo, Kei; Hisaki, Ichiro; Miyata, Mikiji; Tohnai, Norimitsu; Fukuzumi, Shunichi

    2016-06-28

    Porous organic salt (POS) crystals composed of 9-(4-sulfophenyl)anthracene (SPA) and triphenylmethylamine (TPMA) were impregnated with fullerenes (C60 and C70), which were arranged in one dimensional close contact. POS crystals of SPA and TPMA without fullerenes exhibit blue fluorescence due to SPA, whereas the fluorescence was quenched in POS with fullerenes due to electron transfer from the singlet excited state of SPA to fullerenes. PMID:27182038

  14. Photoinduced electron transfer across fixed distances in chlorophyll donor-acceptor molecules

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    Wasielewski, M.R.; Johnson, D.G.; Svec, W.A.

    1987-06-01

    The primary events of photosynthesis are a series of rapid, unidirectional electron transfer events between donors and acceptors that are positioned in the reaction center protein at precise spatial orientations and distances relative to one another. Recent work suggests that electron transfer rates depend on distance and free energy of reaction in porphyrin-quinone models in which the distance and orientation of the donor relative to the acceptor is highly restricted. Spacer molecules were developed which were used to link chlorophyll donors with either chlorophyll or quinone acceptors to produce models in which the donor-acceptor distance is well-defined. Recent theoretical studies and photochemical hole-burning experiments have suggested that the actual primary event of photosynthesis is the production of an intramolecular charge transfer state involving the two bacteriochlorophyll molecules of the special pair dimer. This possibility was explored with symmetric, fixed distance chlorophyll dimer. The chlorophyll macrocycles share a common vinyl group at the 2-position. This linkage serves to increase the degree of electronic coupling between the macrocycles. This dimer exhibits a remarkable decrease in fluorescence quantum yield as the dielectric constant of the medium in which it is dissolved increases. This decrease is accompanied by a proportional decrease in the lowest excited singlet state lifetime as measured by picosecond fluorescence and absorption. 11 refs., 2 figs.

  15. Photo-induced electron detachment of protein polyanions in the VUV range

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    Brunet, Claire; Antoine, Rodolphe; Dugourd, Philippe; Canon, Francis; Nahon, Laurent; Giuliani, Alexandre

    2013-02-14

    Biomolecular polyanions mainly relax by electron emission after UV excitation. Here, we study photodetachment of protein polyanions in the 6-16 eV VUV range by coupling a linear quadrupole ion trap with a synchrotron beamline. Gas-phase VUV action spectra of electrospray-produced multiply deprotonated insulin (5.6 kDa) and myoglobin (16.7 kDa) proteins are reported, which significantly increases the amount of data available on the optical response of proteins in the VUV. The influence of the protein charge and oxidation state upon the electron detachment efficiency is discussed. For small protein such as insulin, it appears that higher charge states produce higher detachment yields. Investigations on oxidized species show that the nature of the groups bearing the negative charges has an influence on the yields. For larger proteins, comparison of two forms of myoglobin clearly indicate that the three-dimensional structure does not impact much on the shape and the magnitude of the photodetachment spectra, in spite of a slight shift for the first electronic excited states.

  16. Photophysical properties and photo-induced intermolecular electron transfer of a novel aryl benzyl ester dendritic axially substituted silicon (IV) phthalocyanine

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    Chen, Xiuqin; Ma, Dongdong; Wang, Xiongwei; Chen, Jianling; Ruan, Youhong; Qi, Yiling; Ye, Qiuhao; Peng, Yiru

    2014-11-01

    The photophysical properties of a novel dendritic phthalocyanine di-{3,5-di-(4-methoxycarbonyl group benzyloxy) benzyloxy) benzyloxy} axially substituted silicon (IV) phthalocyanine (DSiPc) were studied by UV/Vis, steady state and time-resolved spectroscopic methods. The effect of dendritic structure on the photophysical properties and photoinduced intermolecular electron transfer were investigated. The maximum absorption, fluorescence intensity, lifetime and fluorescence quantum yield of DSiPc were greatly sensitized by the dendritic structure on the axially position of silicon (IV) phthalocyanine. The photoinduced intermolecular electron transfer between this novel macromolecule and benzoquinone (BQ) was studied. The results showed that the fluorescence emission of this dendritic phthalocyanine could be quenched by BQ with KSV value of DSiPc is 52.84 dm3 mol-1. The cyclic voltammogram and square wave voltammogram of DSiPc in DMF further evidenced the electron was transfer from DSiPc to BQ from thermodynamics. Therefore, this novel dendritic phthalocyanine was an effective new electron donor and transmission complex could be used as a potential artificial photosynthesis system.

  17. Electron Source in Photoinduced Hydrogen Production on Pt-supported TiO Particles

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    Perkins, Craig L.; Henderson, Michael A.; McCready, David E.; Herman, Gregory S.

    2001-01-18

    Abe et al. illuminated an aqueous suspension of TiO/Pt with a Hg arc lamp and observed H production in the absence of O production. An unspecified elemental analysis excluded carbonaceous contaminants, and the source of the electron donor was concluded to be Ti+ cations. We can suggest at least three more likely (than Ti) sources for their mysterious electron donor: (1)an overlooked inorganic species, (2) Ti, and/or (3)organic impurities. The authors excluded the latter in their paper, but we view this conclusion as suspect given the lack of information on the limits of detection of the carbon assay, and the fact that the choice of argon(thermal conductivity= 41.33 x 10-6 cal cm-2s-1 (C cm-1)-1)3 as a carrier gas in their thermal conductivity detector4 probably precluded the observation of CO (thermal conductivity= 37.61 x 10-6 cal cm-2s-1 (C cm-1)-1)3, which is a common product of organic photochemical oxidations. No mention is made of an analysis for inorganic impurities. It is widely accepted that nanometer scale TiO particles can have significant fractions of undercoordinated Ti sites which can be easily oxidized to Ti, the highest valence of Ti observed in condensed phases. Here we point out that oxidation of Ti to Ti is much more physically realistic than oxidation of Ti to Ti. Removal of a fifth electron from titanium requires {approx}56 eV5.Ti, if it were to be generated in a solid oxide, would extract an electron from the valence band composed mainly of oxygen 2s and 2p states rather than remain in the 5 valence state. This unrealistically high oxidation state seems even more unlikely given the fact that at the room temperatures used in the authors' reactions Ti would have been generated and remained at the surface (at room temperature the diffusion of Ti cations in TiO is minimal), and the fact that the surface Madelung potential is smaller than that of the bulk6.

  18. Coherent control of long-range photoinduced electron transfer by stimulated X-ray Raman processes.

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    Dorfman, Konstantin E; Zhang, Yu; Mukamel, Shaul

    2016-09-01

    We show that X-ray pulses resonant with selected core transitions can manipulate electron transfer (ET) in molecules with ultrafast and atomic selectivity. We present possible protocols for coherently controlling ET dynamics in donor-bridge-acceptor (DBA) systems by stimulated X-ray resonant Raman processes involving various transitions between the D, B, and A sites. Simulations presented for a Ru(II)-Co(III) model complex demonstrate how the shapes, phases and amplitudes of the X-ray pulses can be optimized to create charge on demand at selected atoms, by opening up otherwise blocked ET pathways. PMID:27559082

  19. Generation of Phosphorescent Triplet States via Photoinduced Electron Transfer: Energy and Electron Transfer Dynamics in Pt Porphyrin-Rhodamine B Dyads

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    Mani, Tomoyasu; Niedzwiedzki, Dariusz M.; Vinogradov, Sergei A.

    2012-01-01

    Control over generation and dynamics of excited electronic states is fundamental to their utilization in all areas of technology. We present the first example of multichromophoric systems in which emissive triplet states are generated via a pathway involving photoinduced electron transfer (ET), as opposed to local intrachromophoric processes. In model dyads, PtP-Phn-pRhB+ (1-3, n=1-3), comprising platinum(II) meso-tetraarylporphyrin (PtP) and rhodamine B piperazine derivative (pRhB+), linked by oligo-p-phenylene bridges (Phn), upon selective excitation of pRhB+ at a frequency below that of the lowest allowed transition of PtP, room-temperature T1→S0 phosphorescence of PtP was observed. The pathway leading to the emissive PtP triplet state includes excitation of pRhB+, ET with formation of the singlet radical pair, intersystem crossing within that pair and subsequent radical recombination. Due to the close proximity of the triplet energy levels of PtP and pRhB+, reversible triplet-triplet (TT) energy transfer between these states was observed in dyads 1 and 2. As a result, the phosphorescence of PtP was extended in time by the long decay of the pRhB+ triplet. Observation of ET and TT in the same series of molecules enabled direct comparison of the distance attenuation factors β between these two closely related processes. PMID:22400988

  20. Controlling Photoinduced Electron Transfer Via Defects Self-Organization for Novel Functional Macromolecular Systems

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    Campi, Gaetano; Ciasca, Gabriele; Poccia, Nicola; Ricci, Alessandro; Fratini, Michela; Bianconi, Antonio

    2014-01-01

    The electrons transfer (ET) from an atom or a molecule, donor (D), to another, acceptor (A) is the basis of many fundamental chemical and physical processes. The ET mechanism is controlled by spatial arrangements of donor and acceptors: it’s the particular spatial arrangement and thus the particular distance and the orientation between the electron donors and acceptors that controls the efficiency in charge separation processes in nature. Here, we stress the importance of this concept reviewing how spatial distribution of atomic and molecular self-assembly can determine the quality and physical features of ET process from biology to material science. In this context, we propose novel lab-on-chip techniques to be used to control spatial distribution of molecules at nanoscale. Synchrotron source brightness jointly to focusing optics fabrication allows one nowadays to monitor and visualize structures with sub-micrometric spatial resolution. This can give us a new powerful tool to set up sophisticated X-ray imaging techniques as well as spectroscopic elemental and chemical mapping to investigate the structure-function relationship controlling the spatial arrangement of the molecules at nanoscale. Finally, we report intriguing recent case studies on the possibility to manipulate and control this spatial distribution and material functionality at nanoscale by using X ray illumination.

  1. All-optical photochromic spatial light modulators based on photoinduced electron transfer in rigid matrices

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    Beratan, David N. (Inventor); Perry, Joseph W. (Inventor)

    1991-01-01

    A single material (not a multi-element structure) spatial light modulator may be written to, as well as read out from, using light. The device has tailorable rise and hold times dependent on the composition and concentration of the molecular species used as the active components. The spatial resolution of this device is limited only by light diffraction as in volume holograms. The device may function as a two-dimensional mask (transmission or reflection) or as a three-dimensional volume holographic medium. This device, based on optically-induced electron transfer, is able to perform incoherent to coherent image conversion or wavelength conversion over a wide spectral range (ultraviolet, visible, or near-infrared regions).

  2. ATP binding and aspartate protonation enhance photoinduced electron transfer in plant cryptochrome.

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    Cailliez, Fabien; Müller, Pavel; Gallois, Michaël; de la Lande, Aurélien

    2014-09-17

    Cryptochromes are flavoproteins encountered in most vegetal and animal species. They play a role of blue-light receptors in plants and in invertebrates. The putative resting state of the FAD cofactor in these proteins is its fully oxidized form, FADox. Upon blue-light excitation, the isoalloxazine ring (ISO) may undergo an ultrafast reduction by a nearby tryptophan residue W400. This primary reduction triggers a cascade of electron and proton transfers, ultimately leading to the formation of the FADH° radical. A recent experimental study has shown that the yield of FADH° formation in Arabidopsis cryptochrome can be strongly modulated by ATP binding and by pH, affecting the protonation state of D396 (proton donor to FAD°(-)). Here we provide a detailed molecular analysis of these effects by means of combined classical molecular dynamics simulations and time-dependent density functional theory calculations. When ATP is present and D396 protonated, FAD remains in close contact with W400, thereby enhancing electron transfer (ET) from W400 to ISO*. In contrast, deprotonation of D396 and absence of ATP introduce flexibility to the photoactive site prior to FAD excitation, with the consequence of increased ISO-W400 distance and diminished tunneling rate by almost two orders of magnitude. We show that under these conditions, ET from the adenine moiety of FAD becomes a competitive relaxation pathway. Overall, our data suggest that the observed effects of ATP and pH on the FAD photoreduction find their roots in the earliest stage of the photoreduction process; i.e., ATP binding and the protonation state of D396 determine the preferred pathway of ISO* relaxation. PMID:25157750

  3. Photoinduced phase transitions.

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    Bennemann, K H

    2011-02-23

    Optically induced ultrafast electronic excitations with sufficiently long lifetimes may cause strong effects on phase transitions like structural and nonmetal→metal ones and on supercooling, supersaturation, etc. Examples are the transitions diamond→graphite, graphite→graphene, non-metal→metal, solid→liquid and vapor→liquid, solid. Photoinduced formation of graphene and water condensation of saturated or supersaturated vapor due to increased bonding amongst water molecules are of particular interest. These nonequilibrium transitions are an ultrafast response, on a few hundred fs time scale, to the fast low to large energy electronic excitations. The energy of the photons is converted into electronic energy via electronic excitations changing the cohesive energy. This changes the chemical potential controlling the phase transition. In view of the advances in laser optics photon induced transitions are expected to become an active area in nonequilibrium physics and phase transition dynamics. Conservation laws like energy or angular momentum conservation control the time during which the transitions occur. Since the photon induced effects result from weakening or strengthening of the bonding between the atoms or molecules transitions like solid/liquid, etc can be shifted in both directions. Photoinduced transitions will be discussed from a unified point of view. PMID:21411879

  4. Donor-acceptor graphene-based hybrid materials facilitating photo-induced electron-transfer reactions.

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    Stergiou, Anastasios; Pagona, Georgia; Tagmatarchis, Nikos

    2014-01-01

    Graphene research and in particular the topic of chemical functionalization of graphene has exploded in the last decade. The main aim is to increase the solubility and thereby enhance the processability of the material, which is otherwise insoluble and inapplicable for technological applications when stacked in the form of graphite. To this end, initially, graphite was oxidized under harsh conditions to yield exfoliated graphene oxide sheets that are soluble in aqueous media and amenable to chemical modifications due to the presence of carboxylic acid groups at the edges of the lattice. However, it was obvious that the high-defect framework of graphene oxide cannot be readily utilized in applications that are governed by charge-transfer processes, for example, in solar cells. Alternatively, exfoliated graphene has been applied toward the realization of some donor-acceptor hybrid materials with photo- and/or electro-active components. The main body of research regarding obtaining donor-acceptor hybrid materials based on graphene to facilitate charge-transfer phenomena, which is reviewed here, concerns the incorporation of porphyrins and phthalocyanines onto graphene sheets. Through illustrative schemes, the preparation and most importantly the photophysical properties of such graphene-based ensembles will be described. Important parameters, such as the generation of the charge-separated state upon photoexcitation of the organic electron donor, the lifetimes of the charge-separation and charge-recombination as well as the incident-photon-to-current efficiency value for some donor-acceptor graphene-based hybrids, will be discussed. PMID:25247140

  5. Donor–acceptor graphene-based hybrid materials facilitating photo-induced electron-transfer reactions

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    Stergiou, Anastasios; Pagona, Georgia

    2014-01-01

    Summary Graphene research and in particular the topic of chemical functionalization of graphene has exploded in the last decade. The main aim is to increase the solubility and thereby enhance the processability of the material, which is otherwise insoluble and inapplicable for technological applications when stacked in the form of graphite. To this end, initially, graphite was oxidized under harsh conditions to yield exfoliated graphene oxide sheets that are soluble in aqueous media and amenable to chemical modifications due to the presence of carboxylic acid groups at the edges of the lattice. However, it was obvious that the high-defect framework of graphene oxide cannot be readily utilized in applications that are governed by charge-transfer processes, for example, in solar cells. Alternatively, exfoliated graphene has been applied toward the realization of some donor–acceptor hybrid materials with photo- and/or electro-active components. The main body of research regarding obtaining donor–acceptor hybrid materials based on graphene to facilitate charge-transfer phenomena, which is reviewed here, concerns the incorporation of porphyrins and phthalocyanines onto graphene sheets. Through illustrative schemes, the preparation and most importantly the photophysical properties of such graphene-based ensembles will be described. Important parameters, such as the generation of the charge-separated state upon photoexcitation of the organic electron donor, the lifetimes of the charge-separation and charge-recombination as well as the incident-photon-to-current efficiency value for some donor–acceptor graphene-based hybrids, will be discussed. PMID:25247140

  6. Photoinduced ultrafast interfacial electron transfer probed with two-photon-photoemission

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    Gundlach, Lars; Ernstorfer, Ralph; Willig, Frank

    2007-09-01

    Ultrafast heterogeneous electron transfer (HET) from the excited singlet state of the organic chromophore perylene into the inorganic semiconductor rutile TiO II was investigated with femtosecond time-resolved two-photon photoemission (2PPE). With 2PPE one can address adsorbates at coverages far below a monolayer on single crystal surfaces. With the same chromophore perylene fixed with different anchor and bridge groups at the surface of rutile TiO II(110) the corresponding 2PPE transients revealed the relevant parameters that characterize the contributing processes. Instantaneous optical injection on one hand and slow injection over a long distance on the other hand were realized. Direct optical charge transfer was realized with the chromophore catechol that is known to form a charge transfer complex with Ti atoms on the surface of TiO II. The slow injection cases were realized by inserting rigid molecular bridges. Comparison of the different 2PPE signals with corresponding transient absorption (TA) signals for the identical systems revealed the physical processes and time scales that control the 2PPE transients. On the surface of the single crystals only one long time constant was measured via 2PPE also in the case of a long rigid bridge/anchor group in contrast to a broad distribution of time constants observed for the same molecules anchored in the nm-size cavities of an anatase TiO II film measured via TA. The broad distribution of time constants in the latter measurements can be attributed to different microscopic environments giving rise to different distances between the chromophore and the nearest TiO II wall.

  7. Photo-Induced Phase Transition in an Electron-Lattice Correlated System —Future Role of a Time-Resolved X-ray Measurement for Materials Science—

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    Koshihara, Shin-ya; Adachi, Shin-ichi

    2006-01-01

    The search for materials that show a phase transition triggered by weak external stimulation of light is an important and attractive target for photonic and materials science. We review experimental evidence indicating that photo-injected local excitation can really trigger an electron-lattice coupled cooperative phenomenon called photo-induced phase transition (PIPT). We discuss the dynamical nature of electron (spin)-lattice-coupled changes in π-conjugated polymer crystals, organic transition metal complexes, and organic A2B charge transfer complexes. We also review the development of ultra-fast X-ray technology in collaboration with work in the fields of quantum electronics and synchrotron radiation, which are essential for the promotion of the future study of PIPT.

  8. Applications of photoinduced electron transfer and hydrogen abstraction reactions to chemical and electrochemical conversion processes. Progress report, September 1, 1982-August 1, 1985

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    Whitten, D.G.

    1985-01-01

    The studies carried out have focused on photoinduced electron transfer and hydrogen atom abstraction processes. The main thrust over the past three years has been on a study of light induced electron transfer reactions and in particular on fates of the energy rich radical ions formed in electron transfer quenching of excited states. In particular we have studied these reactions under conditions - light absorbing substrates, quenchers, media - where net chemical conversion is favored over the usual back electron transfer to return to starting materials. The first part of the progress report focuses on our efforts to control reactivity by the use of specific substrates or quenchers which favor net chemical conversion. The second part describes our studies using reaction media - in this case amylose which preferentially complexes hydrophobic molecules in aqueous solution - to alter the rates of primary and secondary photophysical events associated with light induced electron transfer and other photoreactions. Our most extensive investigations of electron transfer reactions have involved the photoreduction of indigo dyes by electron donors. We have found that three representative indigo dyes, thioindigo, N,N'-diacetylindigo and oxalylindigo, all undergo photobleaching reactions with a variety of potential reductance ranging from alcohols to amines, such as triethylamine and N-benzyl-1, 4-dihydronicotinamide. 25 refs.

  9. Factoring the contribution of through-space and through-bond interactions to rates of photoinduced electron transfer in donor- spacer-acceptor molecules using ultrafast transient absorption spectroscopy

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    Gosztola, D.; Wang, Bing; Wasielewski, M.R. |

    1996-06-01

    Contributions from through-space and through-bond interactions to the electronic coupling matrix elements for photoinduced charge separation and recombination in linked donor-spacer-acceptor molecules were studied. The molecules consisted of a 4-piperidinyl-naphthalene-1,8-dicarboximide electron donor and a N-(n-octyl)pyromellitimide electron acceptor attached to the 1,5- and 1,8-positions of either anthracene or dibenzobicyclo(2.2.2)octatriene spacers.

  10. Thermodynamic control over the competitive anchoring of N719 dye on nanocrystalline TiO2 for improving photoinduced electron generation.

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    Lim, Jongchul; Kwon, Young Soo; Park, Sung-Hae; Song, In Young; Choi, Jongmin; Park, Taiho

    2011-12-01

    TiO(2) electrodes, sensitized with the N719 dye at high immersion temperatures during the sensitization process, were found to have large fractions of weakly bound N719 on the electrode surface, which resulted in dye aggregation and decreased device longevity. These disadvantages were ameliorated using a low-temperature stearic acid (SA)-assisted anchoring method described here. The activation energy (ΔE(NS)(++)) and relative fraction of strongly bound N719 were twice as large as the respective values obtained without the use of SA. Slowing of adsorption, both by thermal means and through SA-mediated processes, effectively controlled the binding mode of N719 on the surface of TiO(2). The resulting sensitized electrodes displayed enhanced device longevity and improved generation of photoinduced electrons. PMID:21988282

  11. Ligand structure, conformational dynamics, and excited-state electron delocalization for control of photoinduced electron transfer rates in synthetic donor-bridge-acceptor systems.

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    Meylemans, Heather A; Lei, Chi-Fong; Damrauer, Niels H

    2008-05-19

    Synthesis, ground-, and excited-state properties are reported for two new electron donor-bridge-acceptor (D-B-A) molecules and two new photophysical model complexes. The D-B-A molecules are [Ru(bpy)2(bpy-phi-MV)](PF6)4 (3) and [Ru(tmb)2(bpy-phi-MV)](PF6)4 (4), where bpy is 2,2'-bipyridine, tmb is 4,4',5,5'-tetramethyl-2,2'-bipyridine, MV is methyl viologen, and phi is a phenylene spacer. Their model complexes are [Ru(bpy)2(p-tol-bpy)](PF6)2 (1) and [Ru(tmb)2(p-tol-bpy)](PF6)2 (2), where p-tolyl-bpy is 4-(p-tolyl)-2,2'-bipyridine. Photophysical characterization of 1 and 2 indicates that 2.17 eV and 2.12 eV are stored in their respective (3)MLCT (metal-to-ligand charge transfer) excited state. These values along with electrochemical measurements show that photoinduced electron transfer (D*-B-A-->D (+)-B-A(-)) is favorable in 3 and 4 with DeltaG degrees(ET)=-0.52 eV and -0.62 eV, respectively. The driving force for the reverse process (D(+)-B-A(-) --> D-B-A) is also reported: DeltaG degrees(BET)=-1.7 eV for 3 and -1.5 eV for 4. Transient absorption (TA) spectra for 3 and 4 in 298 K acetonitrile provide evidence that reduced methyl viologen is observable at 50 ps following excitation. Detailed TA kinetics confirm this, and the data are fit to a model to determine both forward (k(ET)) and back (k(BET)) electron transfer rate constants: k(ET)=2.6 x 10(10) s(-1) for 3 and 2.8 x 10(10) s(-1) for 4; k(BET)=0.62 x 10(10) s(-1) for 3 and 1.37 x 10(10) s(-1) for 4. The similar rate constants k ET for 3 and 4 despite a 100 meV driving force (DeltaG degrees(ET)) increase suggests that forward electron transfer in these molecules in room temperature acetonitrile is nearly barrierless as predicted by the Marcus theory. The reduction in electron transfer reorganization energy necessary for this barrierless reactivity is attributed to excited-state electron delocalization in the (3)MLCT excited states of 3 and 4, an effect that is made possible by excited-state conformational

  12. Time Resolved EPR Study on the Photoinduced Long-Range Charge-Separated State in Protein: Electron Tunneling Mediated by Arginine Residue in Human Serum Albumin.

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    Fuki, Masaaki; Murai, Hisao; Tachikawa, Takashi; Kobori, Yasuhiro

    2016-05-19

    To elucidate how local molecular conformations play a role on electronic couplings for the long-range photoinduced charge-separated (CS) states in protein systems, we have analyzed time-resolved electron paramagnetic resonance (TREPR) spectra by polarized laser irradiations of 9,10-anthraquinone-1-sulfonate (AQ1S(-)) bound to human serum albumin (HSA). Analyses of the magnetophotoselection effects on the EPR spectra and a docking simulation clarified the molecular geometry and the electronic coupling of the long-range CS states of AQ1S(•2-)-tryptophan214 radical cation (W214(•+)) separated by 1.2 nm. The ligand of AQ1S(-) has been demonstrated to be bound to the drug site I in HSA. Molecular conformations of the binding region were estimated by the docking simulations, indicating that an arginine218 (R218(+)) residue bound to AQ1S(•2-) mediates the long-range electron-transfer. The energetics of triad states of AQ1S(•2-)-R218(+)-W214(•+) and AQ1S(-)-R218(•)-W214(•+) have been computed on the basis of the density functional molecular orbital calculations, providing the clear evidence for the long-range electronic couplings of the CS states in terms of the superexchange tunneling model through the arginine residue. PMID:27116363

  13. Photoinduced hydrogen-bonding dynamics.

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    Chu, Tian-Shu; Xu, Jinmei

    2016-09-01

    Hydrogen bonding dynamics has received extensive research attention in recent years due to the significant advances in femtolaser spectroscopy experiments and quantum chemistry calculations. Usually, photoexcitation would cause changes in the hydrogen bonding formed through the interaction between hydrogen donor and acceptor molecules on their ground electronic states, and such transient strengthening or weakening of hydrogen bonding could be crucial for the photophysical transformations and the subsequent photochemical reactions that occurred on a time scale from tens of femtosecond to a few nanoseconds. In this article, we review the combined experimental and theoretical studies focusing on the ultrafast electronic and vibrational hydrogen bonding dynamics. Through these studies, new mechanisms and proposals and common rules have been put forward to advance our understanding of the hydrogen bondings dynamics in a variety of important photoinduced phenomena like photosynthesis, dual fluorescence emission, rotational reorientation, excited-state proton transfer and charge transfer processes, chemosensor fluorescence sensing, rearrangements of the hydrogen-bond network including forming and breaking hydrogen bond in water. Graphical Abstract We review the recent advances on exploring the photoinduced hydrogen bonding dynamics in solutions through a joint approach of laser spectroscopy and theoretical calculation. The reviewed studies have put forward a new mechanism, new proposal, and new rule for a variety of photoinduced phenomena such as photosynthesis, dual fluorescence emission, rotational reorientation, excited-state proton transfer and charge transfer, chemosensor fluorescence sensing, and rearrangements of the hydrogen-bond network in water. PMID:27491849

  14. Influences of acid on molecular forms of fluorescein and photoinduced electron transfer in fluorescein-dispersing sol-gel titania films.

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    Nishikiori, Hiromasa; Setiawan, Rudi Agus; Miyashita, Kyohei; Teshima, Katsuya; Fujii, Tsuneo

    2014-01-01

    Fluorescein-dispersing titania gel films were prepared by the acid-catalyzed sol-gel reaction using a titanium alkoxide solution containing fluorescein. The molecular forms of fluorescein in the films, depending on its acid-base equilibria, and the complex formation and photoinduced electron transfer process between the dye and titania surface were investigated by fluorescence and photoelectric measurements. The titanium species were coordinated to the carboxylate and phenolate-like groups of the fluorescein species. The quantum efficiencies of the fluorescence quenching and photoelectric conversion were higher upon excitation of the dianion species interacting with the titania, i.e. the dye-titania complex. This result indicated that the dianion form was the most favorable for formation of the dye-titania complex exhibiting the highest electron transfer efficiency. Using nitric acid as the catalyst, the titania surface bonded to the fluorescein instead of the adsorbed nitrate ion during the steam treatment. The dye-titania complex formation played an important role in the electron injection from the dye to the titania conduction band. PMID:24502447

  15. 10-methylacridine derivatives acting as efficient and stable photocatalysts in reductive dehalogenation of halogenated compounds with sodium borohydride via photoinduced electron transfer

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    Ishikawa, Masashi; Fukuzumi, Shunichi )

    1990-11-21

    10-Methylacridine derivatives, 9,10-dihydro-10-methylacridine (AcrH{sub 2}) and acriflavine (AFH{sup +}), act as efficient and stable photocatalysts in reductive dechlorination of p-chlorobiphenyl (ClBP) as well as dehalogenation of other halogenated compounds with sodium borohydride (NaBH{sub 4}) in a mixture of acetonitrile and H{sub 2}O (9:1 v/v) at 298 K. The reductive dechlorination proceeds via the reduction of ClBP by the singlet excited state ({sup 1}AcrH{sub 2}*) to yield dechlorinated product (biphenyl) and 10-methylacridinium ion (AcrH{sup +}), followed by the facile reduction of AcrH{sup +} with NaBH{sub 4} to regenerate AcrH{sub 2}. The absence of the primary kinetic isotope effect as well as the comparison of the observed rate constants with those predicted by using the Marcus theory of electron transfer indicates that the reduction of halogenated compounds (RX) by the singlet excited state ({sup 1}AcrH{sub 2}*) proceeds via photoinduced electron transfer from {sup 1}AcrH{sub 2}* to RX, which results in the cleavage of C-X bonds.

  16. Sensitive fast electron spectrometer in adjustable triode configuration with pulsed tunable laser for research on photo-induced field emission cathodes

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    Mingels, S. Porshyn, V.; Bornmann, B.; Lützenkirchen-Hecht, D.; Müller, G.

    2015-04-15

    We have completed an ultra-high vacuum system for sensitive fast electron spectroscopy from cold cathodes in triode configuration under high electric fields E (<100 MV/m) and pulsed tunable laser illumination (3.5 ns, 10 Hz, hν = 0.5-5.9 eV, and 0.3-17 mJ). The cathodes are prepared and inserted under clean room conditions and can be precisely 3D-positioned, cooled or heated (77-400 K). Commissioning results with the upgraded system are presented. Field emission measurements with a W tip yielded an energy resolution of 14 meV at 4 eV pass energy and a precise determination of the emitter work function, size, and temperature. Photoemission spectroscopy of short electron bunches from a virgin and laser-ablated S-GaP crystal and quantum efficiency measurements revealed surface states, energy relaxation, and band structure effects. In conclusion, this novel system is ready now for the development and characterization of photo-induced field emission cathodes.

  17. Studies of Photoinduced Electron Transfer (PET) and Energy Migration in a Conjugated Polymer System for Fluorescence “Turn-on” Chemosensor Applications

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    Fan, Li-Juan; Jones, Wayne E.

    2008-01-01

    A series of poly [p-(phenyleneethynylene)-alt-(thienyleneethynylene)] (PPETE) polymers with variable percent loadings of the N, N, N’-trimethylethylenediamino group on the polymer backbone were synthesized and fully characterized. Photophysical studies show that changes in the loading of the amino group receptor on the backbone do not affect the polymer electronic structure in either the ground or excited states. The fluorescence quantum yields were found to be directly related to the loading of the amino groups and can be modeled by a Stern-Volmer type relationship. Photophysical studies related the total quenching efficiency to the inherent rate of photoinduced electron transfer (PET), the lifetime of the exciton, the rate of excitation energy migration along the polymer backbone and the total loading of the receptor on the polymer. The role of the loading dependence on the application of these polymers as fluorescence “turn-on” sensors for toxic metal cations in dilute solution was also studied. Results showed that the fluorescence enhancement upon binding various cations was maintained even when the amino receptor loading along the polymer backbone was reduced. PMID:16610873

  18. Photoinduced reactions of both 2-formyl-2H-azirine and isoxazole: A theoretical study based on electronic structure calculations and nonadiabatic dynamics simulations.

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    Cao, Jun

    2015-06-28

    In the present work, the combined electronic structure calculations and dynamics simulations have been performed to explore photocleavages of 2-formyl-2H-azirine and isoxazole in the gas phase and the subsequent rearrangement reactions. The carbonyl n → π(*) transition induces a cleavage of the C-N single bond of 2-formyl-2H-azirine to yield β-formylvinylnitrene in open-shell singlet state. However, the n → π(*) excitation of the imine chromophore results in a cleavage of the C-C single bond, producing a nitrile ylide intermediate through an internal conversion to the ground state. β-formylvinylnitrene and nitrile ylide with the carbonyl group are easily transformed into 2-formyl-2H-azirine and oxazole, respectively. The N-O bond cleavages on both S1((1)ππ(*)) and S2((1)nNπ(*)) of isoxazole are ultrafast processes, and they give products of 2-formyl-2H-azirine, 3-formylketenimine, HCN + CHCHO, and HCO + CHCHN. Both 2H-azirines and ketenimines were suggested to be formed from the triplet vinylnitrenes by intersystem crossing in the previous studies. However, our calculations show that the singlet β-formylvinylnitrene is responsible for the formation of 2-formyl-2H-azirine and 3-formylketenimine, and the singlet vinylnitrenes can play a key role in the photoinduced reactions of both 2H-azirines and isoxazoles. PMID:26133423

  19. Photoinduced reactions of both 2-formyl-2H-azirine and isoxazole: A theoretical study based on electronic structure calculations and nonadiabatic dynamics simulations

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    Cao, Jun

    2015-06-28

    In the present work, the combined electronic structure calculations and dynamics simulations have been performed to explore photocleavages of 2-formyl-2H-azirine and isoxazole in the gas phase and the subsequent rearrangement reactions. The carbonyl n → π{sup *} transition induces a cleavage of the C—N single bond of 2-formyl-2H-azirine to yield β-formylvinylnitrene in open-shell singlet state. However, the n → π{sup *} excitation of the imine chromophore results in a cleavage of the C—C single bond, producing a nitrile ylide intermediate through an internal conversion to the ground state. β-formylvinylnitrene and nitrile ylide with the carbonyl group are easily transformed into 2-formyl-2H-azirine and oxazole, respectively. The N—O bond cleavages on both S{sub 1}({sup 1}ππ{sup *}) and S{sub 2}({sup 1}n{sub N}π{sup *}) of isoxazole are ultrafast processes, and they give products of 2-formyl-2H-azirine, 3-formylketenimine, HCN + CHCHO, and HCO + CHCHN. Both 2H-azirines and ketenimines were suggested to be formed from the triplet vinylnitrenes by intersystem crossing in the previous studies. However, our calculations show that the singlet β-formylvinylnitrene is responsible for the formation of 2-formyl-2H-azirine and 3-formylketenimine, and the singlet vinylnitrenes can play a key role in the photoinduced reactions of both 2H-azirines and isoxazoles.

  20. Mixed Quantum-Classical Simulations of Transient Absorption Pump-Probe Signals for a Photo-Induced Electron Transfer Reaction Coupled to an Inner-Sphere Vibrational Mode.

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    Martinez, Franz; Hanna, Gabriel

    2016-05-19

    In a previous study (Martinez, F.; Hanna, G. Chem. Phys. Lett. 2013, 573, 77-83), we demonstrated the ability of two approximate solutions of the quantum-classical Liouville equation (QCLE) for qualitatively capturing the electronic dynamics in the pump-probe transient absorption (TA) signal of a model of a condensed phase photoinduced electron transfer reaction whose ground and excited donor states have the same equilibrium geometry. However, the question remained as to the ability of these solutions to treat the more complex situation in which the electronic states are coupled to a low-frequency inner-sphere harmonic vibrational mode (representing an intramolecular mode of the donor-acceptor complex) that shifts their equilibrium geometries with respect to each other and thereby gives rise to signatures of vibrational dynamics in the TA signal. Thus, in this study, we investigated this situation by treating the vibrational mode both quantum mechanically and classically within the context of the approximate Poisson bracket mapping equation (PBME) and forward-backward trajectory solutions (FBTS) of the QCLE. Depending on the definition of the quantum subsystem, both PBME and FBTS are capable of qualitatively capturing several of the main features in the exact TA signal and quantitatively capturing the characteristic time scale of the vibrational dynamics, despite the moderately strong subsystem-bath coupling in this model. Particularly, we found that treating the vibrational mode quantum mechanically using either PBME or FBTS better captures the signatures of the vibrational dynamics, while treating it classically using FBTS better captures the decay in the signal. These findings underscore the utility of the PBME and FBTS approaches for efficiently modeling and interpreting TA signals. PMID:26766568

  1. Photoinduced tellurium precipitation in CdTe

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    Sugai, Shunji

    1991-06-01

    Tellurium precipitation in CdTe is found to be induced by photoirradiation with energy higher than the energy gap at 240 W/sq cm. It is suggested that this photoinduced precipitation is related with the strong electron-phonon interactions, possibly self-trapped excitons. This irreducible tellurium precipitation may cause a serious problem for the life of semiconductor devices.

  2. Photoinduced electron transfer (PET) based label-free aptasensor for platelet-derived growth factor-BB and its logic gate application.

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    Wang, Guangfeng; Zhu, Yanhong; Chen, Ling; Zhang, Xiaojun

    2015-01-15

    Platelet-derived growth factor-BB (PDGF-BB) is often overexpressed in human malignant tumors as an indicator for tumor angiogenesis. Here by the photoinduced electron transfer (PET) between DNA-Ag fluorescent nanoclusters (NCs) and G-quadruplex/hemin complexes, we present a sensitive label-free fluorescent sensor for PDGF-BB. In the presence of PDGF-BB, the specific conjugation with its aptamer induced the conformational change of the duplex-like DNA sequence, releasing the G-quadruplex sequence part. Then in the presence of hemin and K(+), the horseradish peroxidase mimicking DNAzyme (HRP-DNAzyme) was formed. With the electron transfer between the DNA-Ag NCs to the hemin Fe (III) center of HRP-DNAzyme, the PET occurred with a decrease in the fluorescence intensity of the DNA-Ag NCs. The detection performance such as selectivity, linear dynamic range, sensitivity, and the quenching capability of HRP-DNAzyme were estimated. The detection range for PDGF-BB is from 5×10(-13) to 1×10(-8) M and the detection limit is 1×10(-13) M. The experimental results confirmed that the novel fluorescent aptasensor possessed a good sensitivity and high selectivity for PDGF-BB. In addition, the developed probe is nontoxic, label-free only involving one-step hybridization without sophisticated fabrication process. Furthermore, based on this quenching mode occurred by PDGF-BB and hemin, using PDGF-BB and hemin as inputs and the fluorescence signal as an output, a logic gate has been fabricated. PMID:25150781

  3. Polydopamine-embedded Cu(2-x)Se nanoparticles as a sensitive biosensing platform through the coupling of nanometal surface energy transfer and photo-induced electron transfer.

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    Zou, Hong Yan; Gao, Peng Fei; Gao, Ming Xuan; Huang, Cheng Zhi

    2015-06-21

    Full understanding and easy construction of specific biosensing principles is necessary for disease diagnostics and therapeutics in the hope of creating new types of biosensors. Herein, we developed a new conceptual nanobiosensing platform by coupling nanometal surface energy transfer (NSET) and photo-induced electron transfer (PET) with polydopamine-embedded Cu(2-x)Se nanoparticles (Cu(2-x)SeNPs@pDA) and DNA-conjugated fluorescent organic dyes. The new prepared Cu(2-x)SeNPs@pDA has intense and broad localized surface plasmon resonance (LSPR) absorption over UV to near infrared (NIR) wavelengths, with different affinities toward ssDNA versus dsDNA. It also exhibits a high multiplexed fluorescence quenching ability, and thus can act as an acceptor in the energy transfer and electron transfer interactions between Cu(2-x)SeNPs@pDA and fluorescent organic dyes. As a proof of concept, a new biosensing platform has been successfully developed to target biomacromolecules such as DNA and proteins, in which the NSET and PET interactions between Cu(2-x)SeNPs@pDA and three different DNA-conjugated fluorescent dyes have been identified using steady-state and time-resolved fluorescence. A simple mathematical model was further applied to simulate the respective contributions of the coexisting NSET and PET to the total quenching observed for each DNA-conjugated dye in this sensing system. This study highlights the importance of understanding the mechanistic details of NSET and PET coupling processes, and the disclosed coupling mechanism of NSET and PET (NSET©PET) in the systems of Cu(2-x)SeNPs@pDA with wide wavelength range dyes provides new opportunities for sensitive biosensing applications. PMID:25899757

  4. Photo-induced electron transfer between dendritic zinc(II) phthalocyanine bearing carboxylic terminal groups and methyl viologen

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    Wang, Yuhua; Chen, Jiangxu; Huang, Lishan; Xie, Shusen; Yang, Hongqin; Peng, Yiru

    2012-12-01

    The intermolecular electron transfer between carboxylic dendritic zinc(II) phthalocyanine bearing carboxylic terminal groups(G1-ZnPc(COOH)8) and methyl viologens (MV2+) was studied by steady-state fluorescence and UV/Vis spectroscopy. The effect of different concentrations of MV2+ on intermolecular electron transfer was investigated. The results show that the fluorescence emission of this dendritic phthalocyanine could be greatly quenched with an increasing amount of MV2+ upon excitation at 610 nm. Our study suggests that this novel dendritic phthalocyanine is an effective new electron donor and transmission complex and could be used as a potential biosensor conjugated with suitable fluorescence quencher.

  5. Microwave-enhanced photocatalysis on CdS quantum dots - Evidence of acceleration of photoinduced electron transfer

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    Kishimoto, Fuminao; Imai, Takashi; Fujii, Satoshi; Mochizuki, Dai; Maitani, Masato M.; Suzuki, Eiichi; Wada, Yuji

    2015-01-01

    The rate of electron transfer is critical in determining the efficiency of photoenergy conversion systems and is controlled by changing the relative energy gap of components, their geometries, or surroundings. However, the rate of electron transfer has not been controlled by the remote input of an external field without changing the geometries or materials of the systems. We demonstrate here that an applied microwave field can enhance the photocatalytic reduction of bipyridinium ion using CdS quantum dots (QDs) by accelerating electron transfer. Analysis of the time-resolved emission decay profiles of CdS quantum dots immersed in aqueous solutions of bipyridinium exhibited the shortening of their emission lifetimes, because of the accelerated electron transfer from QDs to bipyridinium under microwave irradiation. This discovery leads us to a new methodology using microwaves as an external field to enhance photocatalytic reactions. PMID:26080653

  6. Interference of electron pairs in photoinduced N4,5 - O1O2,3 Auger decay in xenon

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    Žitnik, M.; Bučar, K.; Lablanquie, P.; Penent, F.; Palaudoux, J.; Andric, L.; Hikosaka, Y.; Ito, K.

    2012-11-01

    We observed an interference originating from coincidence detection of two indistinguishable electron pairs emitted upon photoionization of 4d electron in Xe. At 89.9 eV photon impact the energy of photoelectron ejected from 4d5/2 orbital equals energy of Auger electron emitted in decay of 4d3/2 hole into the [5s5p1P] state, and for the same final state the energy of the 4d3/2 photoelectron equals the Auger electron energy in decay of 4d5/2 hole. An angle-integrated coincidence yield as a function of photon energy is measured with the magnetic bottle time-of-flight spectrometer and shows a peak at the expected energy position.

  7. Synthesis, Characterization and Photoinduced Electron Transfer in a Supramolecular Tetrakis(ruthenium (II) phthalocyanine)-perylenediimide Pentad

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    Jiménez, Angel J.; Grimm, Bruno; Gunderson, Victoria; Vagnini, Michael T.; Calderon, Sandra K.; Rodríguez-Morgade, M. S.; Wasielewski, Michael R.; Guldi, Dirk M.; Torres, Tomas

    2011-03-22

    Metal coordination was probed as a versatile approach for designing a novel electron donor/acceptor hybrid [PDIpy4{Ru(CO)Pc}4] (1), in which four pyridines placed at the bay region of a perylenediimides (PDIpy4) coordinate with four ruthenium phthalocyanine units [Ru(CO)Pc]. This structural motif was expected to promote strong electronic coupling between the electron donors and the electron acceptor, a hypothesis that was confirmed in a full-fledged physicochemical investigation focusing on the ground and excited state reactivities. As far as the ground state is concerned, absorption and electrochemical assays indeed reveal a notable redistribution of electron density, that is, from the electron-donating [Ru(CO)Pc] to the electron-accepting PDIpy4. The most important thing to note in this context is that both the [Ru(CO)Pc] oxidation and the PDIpy4 reduction are rendered more difficult in 1 than in the individual building blocks. Likewise, in the excited state, strong electronic communication is the inception for a rapid charge-transfer process in photoexcited 1. Regardless of exciting [Ru(CO)Pc] or PDIpy4, spectral characteristics of the [RuPc] radical cation (broad absorptive features from 425 to 600 nm with a maximum at 575 nm, as well as a band centered at 725 nm) and of the PDI radical anion (780 nm maximum) emerge. The correspondingly formed radical ion pair state lasts for up to several hundred picoseconds in toluene, for example. On the other hand, employing more polar solvents, such as dichloromethane, destabilizes the radical ion pair state.

  8. Photoinduced electron-transfer reactions of poly(pyridine)ruthenium(II) complexes with europium(III/II) cryptates

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    Sabbatini, N.; Dellonte, S.; Bonazzi, A.; Ciano, M.; Balzani, V.

    1986-05-21

    Rate constants for electron-transfer reactions between poly(pyridine)ruthenium(II) (RuL/sub 3//sup 2 +/) excited states and the europium cryptates (Eu contains 2.2.1)/sup 3 +/ and (Eu contains 2.2.1)/sup 2 +/ have been measured in aqueous solution by luminescence quenching techniques. The rate constants for a few electron-transfer back-reactions between the photogenerated RuL/sub 3//sup 3 +/ and (Eu contains 2.2.1)/sup 2 +/ or RuL/sub 3//sup +/ and (Eu contains 2.2.1)/sup 3 +/ species have also been measured by flash photolysis experiments. The results obtained have been elaborated and discussed on the basis of current electron-transfer theories. Comparison of the results obtained with those previously available for the Eu/sub aq//sup 3 +/ and Eu/sub aq//sup 2 +/ ions shows that cryptation decreases the intrinsic barrier and/or increases the adiabaticity coefficient of the electron-transfer reaction. A plot of the rate constants vs. the free energy changes of the electron-transfer processes shows that the data concerning (Eu contains 2.2.1)/sup 3 +/ reduction do not correlate with those concerning (Eu contains 2.2.1)/sup 2 +/ oxidation. Possible reasons for this asymmetric behavior include (i) different shapes of the potential energy wells for (Eu contains 2.2.1)/sup 3 +/ and (Eu contains 2.2.1)/sup 2 +/, (ii) different work terms for the formation of the precursor complex, and (iii) different distances of closest approach of (Eu contains 2.2.1)/sup 3 +/ and (Eu contains 2.2.1)/sup 2 +/ with the hydrophobic RuL/sub 3//sup n+/ reaction partners.

  9. Controlling photoinduced electron transfer from PbS@CdS core@shell quantum dots to metal oxide nanostructured thin films

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    Zhao, H.; Fan, Z.; Liang, H.; Selopal, G. S.; Gonfa, B. A.; Jin, L.; Soudi, A.; Cui, D.; Enrichi, F.; Natile, M. M.; Concina, I.; Ma, D.; Govorov, A. O.; Rosei, F.; Vomiero, A.

    2014-05-01

    N-type metal oxide solar cells sensitized by infrared absorbing PbS quantum dots (QDs) represent a promising alternative to traditional photovoltaic devices. However, colloidal PbS QDs capped with pure organic ligand shells suffer from surface oxidation that affects the long term stability of the cells. Application of a passivating CdS shell guarantees the increased long term stability of PbS QDs, but can negatively affect photoinduced charge transfer from the QD to the oxide and the resulting photoconversion efficiency (PCE). For this reason, the characterization of electron injection rates in these systems is very important, yet has never been reported. Here we investigate the photoelectron transfer rate from PbS@CdS core@shell QDs to wide bandgap semiconducting mesoporous films using photoluminescence (PL) lifetime spectroscopy. The different electron affinity of the oxides (SiO2, TiO2 and SnO2), the core size and the shell thickness allow us to fine tune the electron injection rate by determining the width and height of the energy barrier for tunneling from the core to the oxide. Theoretical modeling using the semi-classical approximation provides an estimate for the escape time of an electron from the QD 1S state, in good agreement with experiments. The results demonstrate the possibility of obtaining fast charge injection in near infrared (NIR) QDs stabilized by an external shell (injection rates in the range of 110-250 ns for TiO2 films and in the range of 100-170 ns for SnO2 films for PbS cores with diameters in the 3-4.2 nm range and shell thickness around 0.3 nm), with the aim of providing viable solutions to the stability issues typical of NIR QDs capped with pure organic ligand shells.N-type metal oxide solar cells sensitized by infrared absorbing PbS quantum dots (QDs) represent a promising alternative to traditional photovoltaic devices. However, colloidal PbS QDs capped with pure organic ligand shells suffer from surface oxidation that affects the

  10. Dimensionality of nanoscale TiO2 determines the mechanism of photoinduced electron injection from a CdSe nanoparticle

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    Tafen, De Nyago; Long, Run; Prezhdo, Oleg V.

    2014-03-10

    Assumptions about electron transfer (ET) mechanisms guide design of catalytic, photovoltaic, and electronic systems. We demonstrate that the mechanism of ET from a CdSe quantum dot (QD) into nanoscale TiO2 depends on TiO2 dimensionality. The injection into a TiO2 QD is adiabatic due to strong donor–acceptor coupling, arising from unsaturated chemical bonds on the QD surface, and low density of acceptor states. In contrast, the injection into a TiO2 nanobelt (NB) is nonadiabatic, because the state density is high, the donor–acceptor coupling is weak, and multiple phonons accommodate changes in the electronic energy. The CdSe adsorbant breaks symmetry of delocalizedmore » TiO2 NB states, relaxing coupling selection rules, and generating more ET channels. Both mechanisms can give efficient ultrafast injection. Furthermore, the dependence on system properties is very different for the two mechanisms, demonstrating that the fundamental principles leading to efficient charge separation depend strongly on the type of nanoscale material.« less

  11. Photoinduced electron transfer from quantum dots to TiO2: elucidating the involvement of excitonic and surface states.

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    Chauhan, Saurabh; Watson, David F

    2016-07-27

    Colloidal semiconductor quantum dots (QDs) exhibit excitonic and surface states, both of which may participate in charge-transfer processes relevant to solar energy conversion. To explore this inherent complexity of the charge-transfer mechanisms of QDs, we used steady-state and time-resolved emission measurements to characterize excited-state electron transfer (ET) from core-only CdSe QDs and core/shell CdSe/ZnS QDs to TiO2 nanoparticles (NPs). Core-only QDs transferred electrons from both excitonic and surface states to TiO2 with rate constants of ET (ket) of approximately (1-3) × 10(8) s(-1) and (4-7) × 10(7) s(-1), respectively. Efficiencies of ET (ηet) from excitonic and surface states were approximately 71-82% and 64-76%, respectively. Thus, trapping of electrons lowered their potential energy but did not greatly affect the efficiency of their transfer to TiO2. Photogenerated holes were transferred from core-only CdSe QDs to adsorbed 3-mercaptopropionic acid (MPA), which linked the QDs to TiO2. We characterized core/shell CdSe/ZnS QDs as alternatives to core-only QDs. The ZnS shell eliminated the undesirable trapping of electrons and transfer of photogenerated holes to MPA. We measured ket of approximately (1-3) × 10(8) s(-1) and ηet of approximately 66-85% for ET from excitonic states of core/shell CdSe/ZnS QDs to TiO2 NPs. The insensitivity of ket to the presence of the ZnS shell may have arisen from increased cross-linking of core/shell QDs to TiO2. Our results highlight the involvement of surface states in excited-state ET processes of core-only QDs and, for the heterostructures reported here, the improved performance of core/shell CdSe/ZnS QDs relative to core-only CdSe QDs. PMID:27401207

  12. Remarkable Dependence of the Final Charge Separation Efficiency on the Donor-Acceptor Interaction in Photoinduced Electron Transfer.

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    Higashino, Tomohiro; Yamada, Tomoki; Yamamoto, Masanori; Furube, Akihiro; Tkachenko, Nikolai V; Miura, Taku; Kobori, Yasuhiro; Jono, Ryota; Yamashita, Koichi; Imahori, Hiroshi

    2016-01-11

    The unprecedented dependence of final charge separation efficiency as a function of donor-acceptor interaction in covalently-linked molecules with a rectilinear rigid oligo-p-xylene bridge has been observed. Optimization of the donor-acceptor electronic coupling remarkably inhibits the undesirable rapid decay of the singlet charge-separated state to the ground state, yielding the final long-lived, triplet charge-separated state with circa 100% efficiency. This finding is extremely useful for the rational design of artificial photosynthesis and organic photovoltaic cells toward efficient solar energy conversion. PMID:26610285

  13. Photoinduced electron transfer through peptide-based self-assembled monolayers chemisorbed on gold electrodes: directing the flow-in and flow-out of electrons through peptide helices.

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    Venanzi, Mariano; Gatto, Emanuela; Caruso, Mario; Porchetta, Alessandro; Formaggio, Fernando; Toniolo, Claudio

    2014-08-21

    Photoinduced electron transfer (PET) experiments have been carried out on peptide self-assembled monolayers (SAM) chemisorbed on a gold substrate. The oligopeptide building block was exclusively formed by C(α)-tetrasubstituted α-aminoisobutyric residues to attain a helical conformation despite the shortness of the peptide chain. Furthermore, it was functionalized at the C-terminus by a pyrene choromophore to enhance the UV photon capture cross-section of the compound and by a lipoic group at the N-terminus for linking to gold substrates. Electron transfer across the peptide SAM has been studied by photocurrent generation experiments in an electrochemical cell employing a gold substrate modified by chemisorption of a peptide SAM as a working electrode and by steady-state and time-resolved fluorescence experiments in solution and on a gold-coated glass. The results show that the electronic flow through the peptide bridge is strongly asymmetric; i.e., PET from the C-terminus to gold is highly favored with respect to PET in the opposite direction. This effect arises from the polarity of the Au-S linkage (Au(δ+)-S(δ-), junction effect) and from the electrostatic field generated by the peptide helix. PMID:24901672

  14. A novel photoinduced electron transfer (PET) primer technique for rapid real-time PCR detection of Cryptosporidium spp

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    Jothikumar, N. Hill, Vincent R.

    2013-06-28

    Highlights: •Uses a single-labeled fluorescent primer for real-time PCR. •The detection sensitivity of PET PCR was comparable to TaqMan PCR. •Melt curve analysis can be performed to confirm target amplicon production. •Conventional PCR primers can be converted to PET PCR primers. -- Abstract: We report the development of a fluorescently labeled oligonucleotide primer that can be used to monitor real-time PCR. The primer has two parts, the 3′-end of the primer is complimentary to the target and a universal 17-mer stem loop at the 5′-end forms a hairpin structure. A fluorescent dye is attached to 5′-end of either the forward or reverse primer. The presence of guanosine residues at the first and second position of the 3′ dangling end effectively quenches the fluorescence due to the photo electron transfer (PET) mechanism. During the synthesis of nucleic acid, the hairpin structure is linearized and the fluorescence of the incorporated primer increases several-fold due to release of the fluorescently labeled tail and the absence of guanosine quenching. As amplicons are synthesized during nucleic acid amplification, the fluorescence increase in the reaction mixture can be measured with commercially available real-time PCR instruments. In addition, a melting procedure can be performed to denature the double-stranded amplicons, thereby generating fluorescence peaks that can differentiate primer dimers and other non-specific amplicons if formed during the reaction. We demonstrated the application of PET-PCR for the rapid detection and quantification of Cryptosporidium parvum DNA. Comparison with a previously published TaqMan® assay demonstrated that the two real-time PCR assays exhibited similar sensitivity for a dynamic range of detection of 6000–0.6 oocysts per reaction. PET PCR primers are simple to design and less-expensive than dual-labeled probe PCR methods, and should be of interest for use by laboratories operating in resource

  15. Photoinduced Anomalous Hall Effects in Weyl Semimetals

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    Chan, Ching-Kit; Lee, Patrick A.; Burch, Kenneth S.; Han, Jung Hoon; Ran, Ying

    We examine theoretically the interplay between chiral photons and chiral electrons in Weyl semimetals. Owing to its monopole nature, a three-dimensional Weyl node is topologically-robust against a circularly polarized light. A driven Weyl system exhibits node shifts in the momentum space, in sharp contrast to the gap opening in a driven two-dimensional Dirac system. We show that the node shift leads to a change of the Chern vector which gives arise to a net photoinduced anomalous Hall conductivity, in the plane perpendicular to the light propagation. We shall describe the basic idea behind this generic photoinduced Hall effect, illustrate it with a concrete microscope model, and estimate its feasibility based on current optical experimental techniques.

  16. A new signal-on method for the detection of protein based on binding-induced strategy and photoinduced electron transfer between Ag nanoclusters and split G-quadruplex-hemin complexes.

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    Zhang, Kai; Wang, Ke; Zhu, Xue; Xie, Minhao

    2015-08-01

    Proteins play important roles in biological and cellular processes. The levels of proteins can be useful biomarkers for cellular events or disease diagnosis, thus the method for sensitive and selective detection of proteins is imperative to proteins express, study, and clinical diagnosis. Herein, we report a "signal-on" platform for the assay of protein based on binding-induced strategy and photoinduced electron transfer between Ag nanoclusters and split G-quadruplex-hemin complexes. By using biotin as the affinity ligand, this simple protocol could sensitively detect streptavidin with a detection limit down to 10 pM. With the use of an antibody as the affinity ligand, a method for homogeneous fluorescence detection of Prostate Specific Antigen (PSA) was also proposed with a detection limit of 10 pM. The one-step and wash-free assay showed good selectivity. Its high sensitivity, acceptable accuracy, and satisfactory versatility of analytes led to various applications in bioanalysis. PMID:26320806

  17. Manipulating photoinduced voltage in metasurface with circularly polarized light.

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    Bai, Qiang

    2015-02-23

    Recently, the concept of metasurface has provided one an unprecedented opportunity and ability to control the light in the deep subwavelength scale. However, so far most efforts are devoted to exploiting the novel scattering properties and applications of metasurface in optics. Here, I theoretically and numerically demonstrate that longitudinal and transverse photoinduced voltages can be simultaneously realized in the proposed metasurface utilizing the magnetic resonance under the normal incidence of circularly polarized light, which may extend the concept and functionality of metasurface into the electronics and may provide a potential scheme to realize a nanoscale tunable voltage source through a nanophotonic roadmap. The signs of longitudinal and transverse photoin-duced voltages can be manipulated by tuning the resonant frequency and the handedness of circularly polarized light, respectively. Analytical formulae of photoinduced voltage are presented based on the theory of symmetry of field. This work may bridge nanophotonics and electronics, expands the capability of metasurface and has many potential applications. PMID:25836566

  18. Characterization of 1-ethyl-3-methylimidazolium bis(trifluoromethylsulfonyl)imide ([Emim][Tf2N])∕TX-100∕cyclohexane ternary microemulsion: investigation of photoinduced electron transfer in this RTIL containing microemulsion.

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    Sarkar, Souravi; Pramanik, Rajib; Ghatak, Chiranjib; Rao, Vishal Govind; Sarkar, Nilmoni

    2011-02-21

    In this study we have characterized a ionic liquid 1-ethyl-3-methylimidazolium bis(trifluoromethyl- sulfonyl)imide containing ternary nonaqueous microemulsion ([Emim][Tf(2)N]∕∕TX-100∕cyclo- hexane). The phase behavior and dynamic light scattering study show that the [Emim][Tf(2)N]∕TX-100∕cyclohexane three component system can form microemulsion with [Emim][Tf(2)N] as polar core at suitable condition. We have investigated photoinduced electron transfer (PET) using dimethyl aniline as electron donor and several Coumarin dyes as electron acceptor molecules at two different R values (R = [ionic liquid]∕[surfactant]) to observe how the dynamics of the PET rate is affected in this type of confined microenvironment compared to that of the PET dynamics in neat ionic liquid and other pure solvent media. The plot of observed k(q) values with the free energy change (ΔG(0)) for electron transfer reaction shows an apparent inversion in the observed rate as predicted by the Marcus theory. PMID:21341859

  19. Characterization of 1-ethyl-3-methylimidazolium bis(trifluoromethylsulfonyl)imide ([Emim][Tf2N])/TX-100/cyclohexane ternary microemulsion: Investigation of photoinduced electron transfer in this RTIL containing microemulsion

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    Sarkar, Souravi; Pramanik, Rajib; Ghatak, Chiranjib; Rao, Vishal Govind; Sarkar, Nilmoni

    2011-02-01

    In this study we have characterized a ionic liquid 1-ethyl-3-methylimidazolium bis(trifluoromethyl- sulfonyl)imide containing ternary nonaqueous microemulsion ([Emim][Tf2N]//TX-100/cyclo- hexane). The phase behavior and dynamic light scattering study show that the [Emim][Tf2N]/TX-100/cyclohexane three component system can form microemulsion with [Emim][Tf2N] as polar core at suitable condition. We have investigated photoinduced electron transfer (PET) using dimethyl aniline as electron donor and several Coumarin dyes as electron acceptor molecules at two different R values (R = [ionic liquid]/[surfactant]) to observe how the dynamics of the PET rate is affected in this type of confined microenvironment compared to that of the PET dynamics in neat ionic liquid and other pure solvent media. The plot of observed kq values with the free energy change (ΔG0) for electron transfer reaction shows an apparent inversion in the observed rate as predicted by the Marcus theory.

  20. Photoinduced charge separation by polymer-bound chromophores

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    Rodgers, M.A.J.

    1991-09-01

    This project has examined the photodynamic behavior of water-soluble polymers that have covalently linked hydrophobic chromophores spaced along the chains. These polymeric systems have been examined for photoinduced charge separation with electron-accepting ions having different total charge. Focus has been on the excited singlet (S{sub 1}) state formed by laser flash absorption. The effects of pH and ionic strength -- factors that govern the conformational nature of the polymer in solution -- have been studied. A second major effort has been to study photoinduced redox processes involving excited states of water-soluble variants of anthracene and acridine. 27 refs., 16 figs., 2 tabs.

  1. Effect of humidity and temperature on photoinduced reactions in cellulose

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    Murtagh, James; Thomas, J. Kerry

    1988-07-01

    Pulsed laser studies and phosphorimetry have been used to investigate the reaction of O 2 and methyl viologen with the triplet excited state of tetramethylbenzidene in cellophane. Small amounts of water markedly affect the photoinduced reactions. In the case of methyl viologen, electron transfer via tunnelling is observed to give reduced methyl viologen.

  2. Photo-induced electron transfer in a diamino-substituted Ru(bpy)3[PF6]2 complex and its application as a triplet photosensitizer for nitric oxide (NO)-activated triplet-triplet annihilation upconversion.

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    Xu, Kejing; Zhao, Jianzhang; Moore, Evan G

    2016-08-01

    A system demonstrating Nitric Oxide (NO) activated Triplet-Triplet Annihilation (TTA) upconversion has been devised, based on a substituted [Ru(II)(bpy)3](PF6)2 complex (bpy = 2,2'-dipyridine) bearing a single 1,2-diaminophenyl moiety as an NO activatable triplet photosensitizer (Ru-1), and 9,10-diphenylanthracene (DPA) as a triplet acceptor/emitter. The excited triplet state of Ru-1 is significantly quenched (ΦT∼ 22%) by a Photoinduced Electron Transfer (PET) reaction, as confirmed by steady state phosphorescence and transient absorption spectroscopy, and hence Ru-1 does not function as a TTA upconversion sensitizer. However, in the presence of NO/O2, the 1,2-diaminophenyl group of Ru-1 is transformed into a benzotriazole. This inhibits PET, and the triplet state quantum yield is increased to ca. 85%, switching on the TTA upconversion process which increases by 10-fold. These processes were studied using a combination of steady state and time-resolved luminescence together with transient absorption spectroscopy on the nanosecond and femtosecond timescales. The energy level of the charge transfer state (CTS) for Ru-1 was also obtained electrochemically, supporting the PET mechanism of triplet state quenching and hence the lack of TTA upconversion with Ru-1. PMID:27387268

  3. Nanoscale chemical imaging by photoinduced force microscopy.

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    Nowak, Derek; Morrison, William; Wickramasinghe, H Kumar; Jahng, Junghoon; Potma, Eric; Wan, Lei; Ruiz, Ricardo; Albrecht, Thomas R; Schmidt, Kristin; Frommer, Jane; Sanders, Daniel P; Park, Sung

    2016-03-01

    Correlating spatial chemical information with the morphology of closely packed nanostructures remains a challenge for the scientific community. For example, supramolecular self-assembly, which provides a powerful and low-cost way to create nanoscale patterns and engineered nanostructures, is not easily interrogated in real space via existing nondestructive techniques based on optics or electrons. A novel scanning probe technique called infrared photoinduced force microscopy (IR PiFM) directly measures the photoinduced polarizability of the sample in the near field by detecting the time-integrated force between the tip and the sample. By imaging at multiple IR wavelengths corresponding to absorption peaks of different chemical species, PiFM has demonstrated the ability to spatially map nm-scale patterns of the individual chemical components of two different types of self-assembled block copolymer films. With chemical-specific nanometer-scale imaging, PiFM provides a powerful new analytical method for deepening our understanding of nanomaterials. PMID:27051870

  4. Nanoscale chemical imaging by photoinduced force microscopy

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    Nowak, Derek; Morrison, William; Wickramasinghe, H. Kumar; Jahng, Junghoon; Potma, Eric; Wan, Lei; Ruiz, Ricardo; Albrecht, Thomas R.; Schmidt, Kristin; Frommer, Jane; Sanders, Daniel P.; Park, Sung

    2016-01-01

    Correlating spatial chemical information with the morphology of closely packed nanostructures remains a challenge for the scientific community. For example, supramolecular self-assembly, which provides a powerful and low-cost way to create nanoscale patterns and engineered nanostructures, is not easily interrogated in real space via existing nondestructive techniques based on optics or electrons. A novel scanning probe technique called infrared photoinduced force microscopy (IR PiFM) directly measures the photoinduced polarizability of the sample in the near field by detecting the time-integrated force between the tip and the sample. By imaging at multiple IR wavelengths corresponding to absorption peaks of different chemical species, PiFM has demonstrated the ability to spatially map nm-scale patterns of the individual chemical components of two different types of self-assembled block copolymer films. With chemical-specific nanometer-scale imaging, PiFM provides a powerful new analytical method for deepening our understanding of nanomaterials. PMID:27051870

  5. Photoinduced Biohydrogen Production from Biomass

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    Amao, Yutaka

    2008-01-01

    Photoinduced biohydrogen production systems, coupling saccharaides biomass such as sucrose, maltose, cellobiose, cellulose, or saccharides mixture hydrolysis by enzymes and glucose dehydrogenase (GDH), and hydrogen production with platinum colloid as a catalyst using the visible light-induced photosensitization of Mg chlorophyll-a (Mg Chl-a) from higher green plant or artificial chlorophyll analog, zinc porphyrin, are introduced. PMID:19325796

  6. Photo-induced isotopic fractionation

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    Miller, Charles E.; Yung, Yuk L.

    2000-12-01

    This paper presents a systematic method for the analysis of photo-induced isotopic fractionation. The physical basis for this fractionation mechanism centers on the fact that isotopic substitution alters the energy levels, molecular symmetries, spin statistical weights and other fundamental molecular properties, producing spectroscopic signatures distinguishable from that of the parent isotopomer. These mass-dependent physical properties are identical to those invoked by Urey to explain stable isotope fractionation in chemical systems subject to thermodynamic equilibrium. Photo-induced isotopic fractionation is a completely general phenomenon and should be observable in virtually all gas phase photochemical systems. Water photo-induced isotopic fractionation has been examined in detail using experimental and theoretical data. These results illustrate the salient features of this fractionation mechanism for molecules possessing continuous UV absorption spectra and unit photodissociation quantum yields. Using the photo-induced isotopic fractionation methodology in conjunction with standard photochemical models, we predict substantial deuterium enrichment of water vapor in the planetary atmospheres of Earth and Mars.

  7. Photoinduced Charge Separation in Molecular Silicon.

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    Zhou, Jiawang; Surampudi, Sravan K; Bragg, Arthur E; Klausen, Rebekka S

    2016-04-25

    Interest in molecular silicon semiconductors arises from the properties shared with bulk silicon like earth abundance and the unique architectures accessible from a structure distinctly different than rigid π-conjugated organic semiconductors. We report ultrafast spectroscopic evidence for direct, photoinduced charge separation in molecular silicon semiconductors that supports the viability of molecular silicon as donor materials in optoelectronic devices. The materials in this study are σ-π hybrids, in which electron-deficient aromatic acceptors flank a σ-conjugated silicon chain. Transient absorption and femtosecond-stimulated Raman spectroscopy (FSRS) techniques revealed signatures consistent with direct, optical charge transfer from the silane chain to the acceptor; these signatures were only observed by probing excited-state structure. Our findings suggest new opportunities for controlling charge separation in molecular electronics. PMID:26919126

  8. Micellar Effects on Photoinduced Electron Transfer in Aqueous Solutions Revisited: Dramatic Enhancement of Cage Escape Yields in Surfactant Ru(II) Diimine Complex/[Ru(NH3)6](2+) Systems.

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    Adams, Rebecca E; Schmehl, Russell H

    2016-08-30

    The effect of cationic micelle incorporation on light induced electron transfer, charge separation and back electron transfer between an aqueous electron donor, [Ru(NH3)6](2+), and a series of Ru(II) diimine complex chromophores/acceptors, is presented. The chromophores have the general formula [(bpy)2Ru(LL)](2+) (LL = bpy; 4-R-4'-methyl-2,2'-bpy, R = pentyl (MC5), terdecyl (MC13), heptadecyl (MC17); 4,4'-di(heptadecyl)-2,2'-bpy (DC17)). Of the five chromophores, the MC13, MC17, and DC17 complexes associate with the added micelle forming surfactant, cetyltrimethylammonium bromide (CTAB). Quenching of the luminescence of the bpy and MC5 complexes by [Ru(NH3)6](2+) is unaffected by addition of surfactant, while rate constants for quenching of the MC13 and MC17 complexes are decreased. Cage escape yields following photoinduced electron transfer to generate [(bpy)2Ru(LL)](+) and [Ru(NH3)6](3+) are approximately 0.1 for all the water-soluble chromophores (excluding DC17) in the absence of added CTAB. In the presence of surfactant, the cage escape yields dramatically increase for the MC13 (0.4) and MC17 (0.6) complexes, while remaining unchanged for [Ru(bpy)3](2+) and the MC5 complex. Back electron transfer of the solvent separated ions is also strongly influenced by the presence of surfactant. For the MC13 and MC17 complexes, back electron transfer rate constants decrease by factors of 270 and 190, respectively. The MC5 complex exhibits two component back electron transfer, with the fast component having a rate constant close to that in the absence of surfactant and a slow component nearly 200 times smaller. Results are interpreted in terms of the partitioning of the 2+ and 1+ forms of the chromophores between aqueous and micellar phases. The extended lifetimes of the radical ions may prove useful in coupling the strong reductants formed to kinetically facile catalysts for reduction of water to hydrogen. PMID:27486891

  9. Dynamical properties of nucleus boundaries in photoinduced structural change

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    Ishida, Kunio; Nasu, Keiichiro

    2014-01-01

    Dynamics of the boundaries of photoinduced nuclei in electron-phonon systems is theoretically studied. By regarding the spatial distribution of the excited electronic state population as a geometric pattern, we applied the multifractal analysis to it and calculated the temporal behavior of the fractal dimension f(α) as a function of the Lipschitz-Hölder exponent α, which is an appropriate method for understanding the cooperative relaxation process of photoexcited states. We found that the incubation period observed in various types of photoinduced cooperative phenomena corresponds to the formation of embryonic nuclei which is driven by nonadiabatic/adiabatic transition between electronic states during the relaxation of the Franck-Condon state.

  10. Applications of photoinduced electron transfer and hydrogen abstraction reactions to chemical and electrochemical conversion processes. Final report, March 1, 1981-February 28, 1984

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    Not Available

    1984-01-01

    Goal has been to study light-driven electron transfer and hydrogen atom abstraction processes with emphasis on reactions giving rise to net chemical or electrochemical conversion. The work focused on studies using substrates excitable with visible light - ranging from metal complexes, porphyrins and metalloporphyrins to dyes and ketones - and quencher-mediators capable of acting as electron donors or acceptors by virtue of having multiple closely spaced redox levels. The work can be conveniently divided into five major areas: Generation and Reaction of Reducing and Oxidizing Radicals and Radical Ions in Photoelectrochemical Cells; Studies of Weitz-type Quenchers Having Stable One-electron Redox Products; Two-electron Oxidative and Reductive Quenching Processes with Weitz-type Systems in Solution and Organized Media; Photoredox Reactions of Indigo Dyes; and Modification of Photochemical Reactivity by Formation of Amylose Inclusion Complexes in Aqueous and Partially Aqueous Solutions.

  11. Applications of photoinduced electron transfer and hydrogen abstraction reactions to chemical and electrochemical conversion processes. Part I. Progress report, March 1, 1981-July 1, 1983

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    Whitten, D.G.

    1983-01-01

    Goal is to study light-driven electron transfer and hydrogen atom abstraction processes with emphasis on reactions giving rise to net chemical or electrochemical conversion. The original proposal focused on studies using substrates excitable with visible light - ranging from metal complexes, porphyrins and metalloporphyrins to dyes and ketones - and quencher-mediators capable of acting as electron donors or acceptors by virtue of having multiple closely spaced redox levels. During the past eighteen months results were obtained in five areas: generation and reaction of reducing and oxidizing radicals and radical ions in photoelectrochemical cells; studies of Weitz-type quenchers having stable one-electron redox products; two-electron oxidative and reductive quenching processes with Weitz-type systems in solution and organized media; photoredox reactions of indigo dyes; and modification of photochemical reactivity by formation of amylose inclusion complexes in aqueous and partially aqueous solutions.

  12. Photo-induced electron transfers to CCl{sub 4} and its degradation mechanism on TiO{sub 2} particles

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    Choi, W.; Hoffmann, M.R.

    1995-12-01

    The photoreductive degradation of CCl{sub 4} in TiO{sub 2} particulate suspensions in the presence of a variety of organic electron donors (alcohols, carboxylic acids, and benzene derivatives) has been examined. CHCl{sub 3}, C{sub 2}Cl{sub 4}, and C{sub 2}Cl{sub 6} are detected as intermediates during photolysis. The rate of CCl{sub 4} dechlorination can be enhanced significantly when alcohols and organic acids are used as electron donors. Kinetic isotope effects and structure-reactivity relationships show that hydrogen-abstraction by hydroxyl radicals plays an important role in the hole-scavenging mechanism. The pH of the TiO{sub 2} suspension influences the rate of CCl{sub 4} reduction either by altering the electrostatic interactions of electron donors on the TiO{sub 2} surface or by changing the reduction potential of the conduction band electron in a Nernstian fashion. Since dissolved oxygen is shown to be nonessential for the complete mineralization of CCl{sub 4}, a mechanism, which involves dichlorocarbene formation through a two-electron transfer, is proposed.

  13. Applications of photoinduced electron transfer and hydrogen abstraction reactions to chemical and electrochemical conversion processes. Progress report, March 1, 1981-September 1, 1982

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    Whitten, D.G.

    1982-01-01

    The major goal of this research as outlined in our proposal is to study light-driven electron transfer and hydrogen atom abstraction processes with a particular emphasis on reactions giving rise to net chemical or electrochemical conversion. During the past eighteen months we have obtained results of some significance in each of the five areas which are discussed individually in the report: (1) generation and reaction of reducing and oxidizing radicals and radical ions in photoelectrochemical cells; (2) studies of Weitz-type quenchers having stable one-electron redox products; (3) two-electron oxidative and reductive quenching processes with Weitz-type systems in solution and organized media; (4) photoredox reactions of indigo dyes; and (5) modification of photochemical reactivity by formation of amylose inclusion complexes in aqueous and partially aqueous solutions.

  14. Dual Site-Controlled and Lysosome-Targeted Intramolecular Charge Transfer-Photoinduced Electron Transfer-Fluorescence Resonance Energy Transfer Fluorescent Probe for Monitoring pH Changes in Living Cells.

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    Dong, Baoli; Song, Xuezhen; Wang, Chao; Kong, Xiuqi; Tang, Yonghe; Lin, Weiying

    2016-04-01

    Acidic pH is a critical physiological factor for controlling the activities and functions of lysosome. Herein, we report a novel dual site-controlled and lysosome-targeted intramolecular charge transfer-photoinduced electron transfer-Fluorescence resonance energy transfer (ICT-PET-FRET) fluorescent probe (CN-pH), which was essentially the combination of a turn-on pH probe (CN-1) and a turn-off pH probe (CN-2) by a nonconjugated linker. Coumarin and naphthalimide fluorophores were selected as donor and acceptor to construct the FRET platform. Hydroxyl group and morpholine were simultaneously employed as the two pH sensing sites and controlled the fluorescence of coumarin and naphthalimide units by ICT and PET, respectively. The sensing mechanism of CN-pH to pH was essentially an integration of ICT, PET, and FRET processes. Meanwhile, the morpholine also can serve as a lysosome-targeted group. By combining the two data analysis approaches of the ratios of the two emission intensities (R) and the reverse ratio R' (R' = 1/R), the fluorescent ratio of CN-pH can show proportional relationship to pH values in a very broad range from pH 4.0 to 8.0 with high sensitivity. The probe has been successfully applied for the fluorescence imaging of the lysosomal pH values, as well as ratiometrically visualizing chloroquine-stimulated changes of intracellular pH in living cells. These features demonstrate that the probe can afford practical application in biological systems. PMID:26987045

  15. Photoinduced 1,2,3,4-tetrahydropyridine ring conversions.

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    Turovska, Baiba; Lund, Henning; Lūsis, Viesturs; Lielpētere, Anna; Liepiņš, Edvards; Beljakovs, Sergejs; Goba, Inguna; Stradiņš, Jānis

    2015-01-01

    Stable heterocyclic hydroperoxide can be easily prepared as a product of fast oxidation of a 1,2,3,4-tetrahydropyridine by (3)O2 if the solution is exposed to sunlight. The driving force for the photoinduced electron transfer is calculated from electrochemical and spectroscopic data. The outcome of the reaction depends on the light intensity and the concentration of O2. In the solid state the heterocyclic hydroperoxide is stable; in solution it is involved in further reactions. PMID:26664638

  16. Photoinduced 1,2,3,4-tetrahydropyridine ring conversions

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    Lund, Henning; Lūsis, Viesturs; Lielpētere, Anna; Liepiņš, Edvards; Beljakovs, Sergejs; Goba, Inguna; Stradiņš, Jānis

    2015-01-01

    Summary Stable heterocyclic hydroperoxide can be easily prepared as a product of fast oxidation of a 1,2,3,4-tetrahydropyridine by 3O2 if the solution is exposed to sunlight. The driving force for the photoinduced electron transfer is calculated from electrochemical and spectroscopic data. The outcome of the reaction depends on the light intensity and the concentration of O2. In the solid state the heterocyclic hydroperoxide is stable; in solution it is involved in further reactions. PMID:26664638

  17. Tuning Optical and Electron Donor Properties by Peripheral Thio-Aryl Substitution of Subphthalocyanine: A New Series of Donor-Acceptor Hybrids for Photoinduced Charge Separation.

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    Kc, Chandra B; Lim, Gary N; D'Souza, Francis

    2016-09-01

    Subphthalocyanine (SubPc), a unique ring-reduced member of the common phthalocyanines family, although known for its higher absorptivity, reveals narrow absorption with peak maxima around 570 nm thus limiting its utility in light-energy-harvesting applications. In the present study, by peripheral thio-aryl substitution of SubPc macrocycle, the spectral properties have been modulated to extend the absorption and emission well into the visible/near-IR region. Additionally, for α-ring-substituted derivatives, facile oxidation of SubPc was witnessed, thus making these derivatives better electron donors. Next, the preparation of donor-acceptor dyads containing the well-known electron acceptor C60 connected to the central boron atom of SubPc was accomplished by making use of the 1,3-dipolar cycloaddition reaction. Control experiments and free-energy calculations using the redox and spectral data suggested that the observed fluorescence quenching of SubPc in these dyads is due to electron transfer. Accordingly, transient spectral studies performed both in polar and nonpolar solvents conclusively proved electron transfer to be the quenching mechanism in these dyads. The measured rate constants by fitting kinetic data revealed efficient charge separation and charge recombination processes, suggesting that these dyads could be useful materials for the construction of light-to-electricity or light-to-fuel production devices. PMID:27515576

  18. Photoinduced electron transfer in a charge-transfer complex formed between corannulene and Li+@C60 by concave-convex π-π interactions.

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    Yamada, Mihoko; Ohkubo, Kei; Shionoya, Mitsuhiko; Fukuzumi, Shunichi

    2014-09-24

    A charge-transfer (CT) complex was formed between corannulene (C20H10) and lithium ion-encapsulated [60]fullerene (Li(+)@C60) with the binding constant KG = 1.9 × 10 M(-1) by concave-convex π-π CT interactions in benzonitrile at 298 K, exhibiting a broad CT absorption extended to the NIR region. Femotosecond laser excitation of the C20H10/Li(+)@C60 CT complex resulted in the singlet charge-separated (CS) state, (1)(C20H10(•+)/Li(+)@C60(•-)), which decayed with the lifetime of 1.4 ns. Nanosecond laser excitation of Li(+)@C60 resulted in intermolecular electron transfer (ET) from C20H10 to the triplet excited state of Li(+)@C60 [(3)(Li(+)@C60)*] to produce the triplet CS state (3)(C20H10(•+)/Li(+)@C60(•-)). The distance between two electron spins in the triplet CS state was estimated to be 10 Å from the zero-field splitting pattern observed by EPR measurements at 4 K. The triplet CS state decayed to the ground state via intramolecular back electron transfer (BET). The CS lifetime was determined to be 240 μs in benzonitrile at 298 K. The temperature dependence of the rate constant of BET afforded the reorganization energy (λ = 1.04 eV) and the electronic coupling term (V = 0.0080 cm(-1)). The long lifetime of triplet CS state results from the spin-forbidden BET process and a small V value. PMID:25166343

  19. First-principles calculation of photo-induced electron transfer rate constants in phthalocyanine-C60 organic photovoltaic materials: Beyond Marcus theory

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    Lee, Myeong H.; Dunietz, Barry D.; Geva, Eitan

    2014-03-01

    Classical Marcus theory is commonly adopted in solvent-mediated charge transfer (CT) process to obtain the CT rate constant, but it can become questionable when the intramolecular vibrational modes dominate the CT process as in OPV devices because Marcus theory treats these modes classically and therefore nuclear tunneling is not accounted for. We present a computational scheme to obtain the electron transfer rate constant beyond classical Marcus theory. Within this approach, the nuclear vibrational modes are treated quantum-mechanically and a short-time approximation is avoided. Ab initio calculations are used to obtain the basic parameters needed for calculating the electron transfer rate constant. We apply our methodology to phthalocyanine(H2PC)-C60 organic photovoltaic system where one C60 acceptor and one or two H2PC donors are included to model the donor-acceptor interface configuration. We obtain the electron transfer and recombination rate constants for all accessible charge transfer (CT) states, from which the CT exciton dynamics is determined by employing a master equation. The role of higher lying excited states in CT exciton dynamics is discussed. This work is pursued as part of the Center for Solar and Thermal Energy Conversion, an Energy Frontier Research Center funded by the US Department of Energy Office of Science, Office of Basic Energy Sciences under 390 Award No. DE-SC0000957.

  20. Dimensionality of nanoscale TiO2 determines the mechanism of photoinduced electron injection from a CdSe nanoparticle

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    Tafen, De Nyago; Long, Run; Prezhdo, Oleg V.

    2014-03-10

    Assumptions about electron transfer (ET) mechanisms guide design of catalytic, photovoltaic, and electronic systems. We demonstrate that the mechanism of ET from a CdSe quantum dot (QD) into nanoscale TiO2 depends on TiO2 dimensionality. The injection into a TiO2 QD is adiabatic due to strong donor–acceptor coupling, arising from unsaturated chemical bonds on the QD surface, and low density of acceptor states. In contrast, the injection into a TiO2 nanobelt (NB) is nonadiabatic, because the state density is high, the donor–acceptor coupling is weak, and multiple phonons accommodate changes in the electronic energy. The CdSe adsorbant breaks symmetry of delocalized TiO2 NB states, relaxing coupling selection rules, and generating more ET channels. Both mechanisms can give efficient ultrafast injection. Furthermore, the dependence on system properties is very different for the two mechanisms, demonstrating that the fundamental principles leading to efficient charge separation depend strongly on the type of nanoscale material.

  1. High-potential perfluorinated phthalocyanine-fullerene dyads for generation of high-energy charge-separated states: formation and photoinduced electron-transfer studies.

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    Das, Sushanta K; Mahler, Andrew; Wilson, Angela K; D'Souza, Francis

    2014-08-25

    High oxidation potential perfluorinated zinc phthalocyanines (ZnF(n)Pcs) are synthesised and their spectroscopic, redox, and light-induced electron-transfer properties investigated systematically by forming donor-acceptor dyads through metal-ligand axial coordination of fullerene (C60) derivatives. Absorption and fluorescence spectral studies reveal efficient binding of the pyridine- (Py) and phenylimidazole-functionalised fullerene (C60Im) derivatives to the zinc centre of the F(n)Pcs. The determined binding constants, K, in o-dichlorobenzene for the 1:1 complexes are in the order of 10(4) to 10(5) M(-1); nearly an order of magnitude higher than that observed for the dyad formed from zinc phthalocyanine (ZnPc) lacking fluorine substituents. The geometry and electronic structure of the dyads are determined by using the B3LYP/6-31G* method. The HOMO and LUMO levels are located on the Pc and C60 entities, respectively; this suggests the formation of ZnF(n)Pc(.+)-C60Im(.-) and ZnF(n)Pc(.+)-C60Py(.-) (n=0, 8 or 16) intra-supramolecular charge-separated states during electron transfer. Electrochemical studies on the ZnPc-C60 dyads enable accurate determination of their oxidation and reduction potentials and the energy of the charge-separated states. The energy of the charge-separated state for dyads composed of ZnF(n)Pc is higher than that of normal ZnPc-C60 dyads and reveals their significance in harvesting higher amounts of light energy. Evidence for charge separation in the dyads is secured from femtosecond transient absorption studies in nonpolar toluene. Kinetic evaluation of the cation and anion radical ion peaks reveals ultrafast charge separation and charge recombination in dyads composed of perfluorinated phthalocyanine and fullerene; this implies their significance in solar-energy harvesting and optoelectronic device building applications. PMID:24850373

  2. Photoinduced electron transfer double fragmentation. An oxygen-mediated radical chain process in the cofragmentation of aminopinacol donors with organic halides

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    Chen, L.; Farahat, M.S.; Gan, H.; Whitten, D.G.; Farid, S. |

    1995-06-14

    We reprot an investigation in which excited states of amino pinacols 1-3 are reacted with the halides CCl{sub 4}, benzyl bromide, and p-cyanobenzyl bromide. Interesting results from this study include the finding that low-to-moderate quantum efficiencies for reaction are observed when the reactions are carried out under degassed conditions, indicating that the halide radical anions must survive long enough within the initial ion pair formed in the quenching step to undergo considerable return electron transfer. More strikingly we find that for certain pinacol-halide combinations reaction in aerared solutions leads to much higher efficiencies, which can be attributed to a chain reaction involving oxygen capture of a primary radical product. 25 refs., 1 fig., 1 tab.

  3. Photoinduced Charge-Carrier Generation in Epitaxial MOF Thin Films: High Efficiency as a Result of an Indirect Electronic Band Gap?

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    Liu, Jinxuan; Zhou, Wencai; Liu, Jianxi; Howard, Ian; Kilibarda, Goran; Schlabach, Sabine; Coupry, Damien; Addicoat, Matthew; Yoneda, Satoru; Tsutsui, Yusuke; Sakurai, Tsuneaki; Seki, Shu; Wang, Zhengbang; Lindemann, Peter; Redel, Engelbert; Heine, Thomas; Wöll, Christof

    2015-06-15

    For inorganic semiconductors crystalline order leads to a band structure which gives rise to drastic differences to the disordered material. An example is the presence of an indirect band gap. For organic semiconductors such effects are typically not considered, since the bands are normally flat, and the band-gap therefore is direct. Herein we show results from electronic structure calculations demonstrating that ordered arrays of porphyrins reveal a small dispersion of occupied and unoccupied bands leading to the formation of a small indirect band gap. We demonstrate herein that such ordered structures can be fabricated by liquid-phase epitaxy and that the corresponding crystalline organic semiconductors exhibit superior photophysical properties, including large charge-carrier mobility and an unusually large charge-carrier generation efficiency. We have fabricated a prototype organic photovoltaic device based on this novel material exhibiting a remarkable efficiency. PMID:25960115

  4. Photo-induced water oxidation at the aqueous GaN (101¯0) interface: Deprotonation kinetics of the first proton-coupled electron-transfer step

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    Ertem, Mehmed Z.; Kharche, Neerav; Batista, Victor S.; Hybertsen, Mark S.; Tully, John C.; Muckerman, James T.

    2015-03-12

    Photoeclectrochemical water splitting plays a key role in a promising path to the carbon-neutral generation of solar fuels. Wurzite GaN and its alloys (e.g., GaN/ZnO and InGaN) are demonstrated photocatalysts for water oxidation, and they can drive the overall water splitting reaction when coupled with co-catalysts for proton reduction. In the present work, we investigate the water oxidation mechanism on the prototypical GaN (101¯0) surface using a combined ab initio molecular dynamics and molecular cluster model approach taking into account the role of water dissociation and hydrogen bonding within the first solvation shell of the hydroxylated surface. The investigation ofmore » free-energy changes for the four proton-coupled electron-transfer (PCET) steps of the water oxidation mechanism shows that the first PCET step for the conversion of –Ga-OH to –Ga-O˙⁻ requires the highest energy input. We further examine the sequential PCETs, with the proton transfer (PT) following the electron transfer (ET), and find that photo-generated holes localize on surface –NH sites is thermodynamically more favorable than –OH sites. However, proton transfer from –OH sites with subsequent localization of holes on oxygen atoms is kinetically favored owing to hydrogen bonding interactions at the GaN (101¯0)–water interface. We find that the deprotonation of surface –OH sites is the limiting factor for the generation of reactive oxyl radical ion intermediates and consequently for water oxidation.« less

  5. Photo-induced water oxidation at the aqueous GaN (101¯0) interface: Deprotonation kinetics of the first proton-coupled electron-transfer step

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    Ertem, Mehmed Z.; Kharche, Neerav; Batista, Victor S.; Hybertsen, Mark S.; Tully, John C.; Muckerman, James T.

    2015-03-12

    Photoeclectrochemical water splitting plays a key role in a promising path to the carbon-neutral generation of solar fuels. Wurzite GaN and its alloys (e.g., GaN/ZnO and InGaN) are demonstrated photocatalysts for water oxidation, and they can drive the overall water splitting reaction when coupled with co-catalysts for proton reduction. In the present work, we investigate the water oxidation mechanism on the prototypical GaN (101¯0) surface using a combined ab initio molecular dynamics and molecular cluster model approach taking into account the role of water dissociation and hydrogen bonding within the first solvation shell of the hydroxylated surface. The investigation of free-energy changes for the four proton-coupled electron-transfer (PCET) steps of the water oxidation mechanism shows that the first PCET step for the conversion of –Ga-OH to –Ga-O˙⁻ requires the highest energy input. We further examine the sequential PCETs, with the proton transfer (PT) following the electron transfer (ET), and find that photo-generated holes localize on surface –NH sites is thermodynamically more favorable than –OH sites. However, proton transfer from –OH sites with subsequent localization of holes on oxygen atoms is kinetically favored owing to hydrogen bonding interactions at the GaN (101¯0)–water interface. We find that the deprotonation of surface –OH sites is the limiting factor for the generation of reactive oxyl radical ion intermediates and consequently for water oxidation.

  6. QSARs for photo-induced toxicity of polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs)

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    Mekenyan, O.; Call, D.; Ankley, G.; Veith, G.

    1994-12-31

    Photo-induced toxicity of polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs) was found to be a result of competing internal and external factors which interact to produce a complex, multilinear relationship between toxicity and chemical structure. The relationship between molecular electronic structure and photo-dynamic effects was studied in both ground and excited states. A measure of the energy required for an electron to be elevated from the highest occupied molecular orbital (HOMO) to the lowest unoccupied molecular orbital (LUMO), or HOMO-LUMO gap, provided a useful ground state index to explain the persistence, light absorption, and eventual photo-induced toxicity of PAHs to Daphnia magna. The derived QSARs clearly distinguished photo-induced toxicity differences between pairs of structurally similar PAHs, such as phenanthrene and anthracene, benzo[a]anthracene and tetracene, etc. Those PAHs exhibiting photo-induced toxicity were consistently within a specific HOMO-LUMO gap range. The relationship between the excited state electronic parameters and toxicity was also studied. Significant correlations were found with the measured energies of singlet and triplet states from spectroscopic data. An investigation of the effect of substituent additions on photo-induced acute toxicity of parent PAHs revealed that alkyl and hydroxy moieties did not significantly reduce the HOMO-LUMO gap of the parent PAHs. Nitro, alkene and chloro substituents cause gap reductions, whereby certain derivatives of parent chemicals that were close to the ``toxic region`` of the electronic gap could become phototoxic with such additions.

  7. Photoinduced molecular reorientation of absorbing liquid crystals

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    Marrucci, L.; Paparo, D.

    1997-08-01

    The phenomenon of photoinduced molecular reorientation of absorbing nematic liquid crystals is analyzed in a macroscopic general framework and with a specific molecular model. The photoinduced torque responsible for the reorientation is shown to describe a transfer of angular momentum from the molecule center-of-mass degrees of freedom to the rotational ones, mediated by molecular friction. As a consequence, a photoinduced stress tensor is predicted to develop together with the torque in the illuminated fluid. A molecular expression of the photoinduced torque is derived with a rigorous procedure, valid both for a pure material and for a dye-liquid-crystal mixture. This torque expression corrects those reported in previous works on the same subject. The photoinduced torque is evaluated analytically in a simple approximate limit.

  8. Photoinduced Electron-Transfer Mechanisms for Radical-Enhanced Photodynamic Therapy Mediated by Water-Soluble Decacationic C70 and C84O2 Fullerene Derivatives

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    Sperandio, Felipe F.; Sharma, Sulbha K.; Wang, Min; Jeon, Seaho; Huang, Ying-Ying; Dai, Tianhong; Nayka, Suhasini; de Sousa, Suzana C.O.M.; Chiang, Long Y.; Hamblin, Michael R.

    2012-01-01

    Fullerenes are promising candidates for photodynamic therapy (PDT). Thus, C70 and novel C84O2 fullerenes were functionalized with and without an additional deca-tertiary ethyleneamino-chain as an electron source, giving rise to two distinct pairs of photosensitizers, the monoadducts LC-17, LC-19 and the bisadducts LC18 and LC-20 to perform PDT in HeLa cells with UVA, blue, green, white and red light. Shorter wavelengths gave more phototoxicity with LC-20 while LC-19 was better at longer wavelengths; the ratio between killing obtained with LC-19 and LC-20 showed an almost perfect linear correlation (R = 0.975) with wavelength. The incorporation of a deca-tertiary amine chain in the C84O2 fullerene gave more PDT killing when excited with shorter wavelengths or in presence of low ascorbate concentration through higher generation of hydroxyl radicals. Photoactivated C84O2 fullerenes induced apoptosis of HeLa cancer cells, together with mitochondrial and lysosomal damage demonstrated by acridine orange and rhodamine 123 fluorescent probes. PMID:23117043

  9. Photoelectric Properties Based on Electric Field Modulation of Photoinduced Electron Transfer Processes in Flavin-Porphyrin Hetero-type Langmuir-Blodgett Films

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    Isoda, Satoru; Hanazato, Yoshio; Ueyama, Satoshi; Nishikawa, Satoshi; Akiyama, Kouich

    2004-05-01

    Metal-insulator-meal devices composed of flavin-porphyrin hetero-type Langmuir-Blodgett films showed highly efficient photoelectric properties mainly attributable to the fast charge separation process at a molecular heterojunction (MHJ) between flavin and porphyrin. The photoelectric properties of the MHJ devices showed different characteristics depending on the redox state of the central metal of porphyrin, i.e., Ru(III) or Ru(II). The rectifying behavior of the photocurrent was observed for the Ru(III)-MHJ device, whereas the Ru(II)-MHJ device did not show the rectifying behavior. We concluded that the rectifying behavior was mainly controlled by the electric field dependence of the charge recombination process. Furthermore, a bell-shaped photocurrent-voltage curve was observed for the Ru(II)-MHJ device. The mechanism underlying the negative resistance might be based on the electric field dependence of the charge shift process in flavin monolayers controlled by the inverted region mechanism of the Marcus electron transfer theory.

  10. Numerical simulation on the dynamics of photoinduced cooperative phenomena in molecular crystals

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    Ishida, Kunio; Nasu, Keiichiro

    2009-09-01

    We develop a new simulation method to study the dynamics of initial nucleation processes of photoinduced structural change of molecular crystals. In order to describe the nonadiabatic transition in each molecule, we employ a model of localized electrons coupled with a fully quantized phonon mode, and the time-dependent Schrödinger equation for the model is numerically solved. By applying a mean-field approximation in solving the Schrödinger equation, the calculation method is quite efficient on parallel computing systems. We show that coherently driven molecular distortion plays an important role in the successive conversion of electronic states which leads to photoinduced cooperative phenomena.

  11. Photoinduced modulation and relaxation characteristics in LaAlO3/SrTiO3 heterointerface

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    Jin, K. X.; Lin, W.; Luo, B. C.; Wu, T.

    2015-01-01

    We report the modulation and relaxation characteristics in the two-dimensional electron gas system at LaAlO3/SrTiO3 heterointerface induced by the ultraviolet light illumination (365 nm). The suppression of Kondo effect at the interface illuminated by the light originates from the light irradiation-induced decoherence effect of localized states. It is interesting to note that the persistent and transient photoinduced effects are simultaneously observed and the photoinduced maximum change values in resistance are 80.8% and 51.4% at T = 20 K, respectively. Moreover, the photoinduced relaxation processes after the irradiation are systematically analyzed using the double exponential model. These results provide the deeper understanding of the photoinduced effect and the experimental evidence of tunable Kondo effect in oxides-based two-dimensional electron gas systems. PMID:25739889

  12. Inactivation of tyrosinase photoinduced by pterin

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    Laura Dantola, M.; Gojanovich, Aldana D.; Thomas, Andres H.

    2012-08-03

    Highlights: Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer Under UV-A radiation, tirosinase is photoinactivated by pterin. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer The mechanism involves an electron transfer-initiated process. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer The photochemical process affects both activities of tyrosinase. -- Abstract: Tyrosinase catalyzes in mammals the first and rate-limiting step in the biosynthesis of the melanin, the main pigment of the skin. Pterins, heterocyclic compounds able to photoinduce oxidation of DNA and its components, accumulate in the skin of patients suffering from vitiligo, a chronic depigmentation disorder in which the protection against UV radiation fails due to the lack of melanin. Aqueous solutions of tyrosinase were exposed to UV-A irradiation (350 nm) in the presence of pterin, the parent compound of oxidized pterins, under different experimental conditions. The enzyme activity in the irradiated solutions was determined by spectrophotometry and HPLC. In this work, we present data that demonstrate unequivocally that the enzyme is photoinactivated by pterin. The mechanism of the photosensitized process involves an electron transfer from tyrosinase to the triplet excited state of pterin, formed after UV-A excitation of pterin. The biological implications of the results are discussed.

  13. Photoinduced Energy Transfer in Artificial Photosynthetic Systems

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    Imahori, H.; Umeyama, T.

    Artificial photosynthesis is a current topic of intensive investigations, both in order to understand the reactions that play a central role in natural photosynthesis as well as to develop highly efficient solar energy conversion systems and molecular optoelectronic devices [1-34]. Artificial photosynthesis is defined as a research field that attempts to mimic the natural process of photosynthesis. Therefore, the outline of natural photosynthesis is described briefly for the better understanding of artificial photosynthesis . Natural photosynthetic system is regarded as one of the most elaborate nanobiological machines [35,36]. It converts solar energy into electrochemical potential or chemical energy, which is prerequisite for the living organisms on the earth. The core function of photosynthesis is a cascade of photoinduced energy and electron transfer between donors and acceptors in the antenna complexes and the reaction center. For instance, in purple photosynthetic bacteria (Rhodopseudomonas acidophila and Rhodopseudomonas palustris) there are two different types of antenna complexes: a core light-harvesting antenna (LH1) and peripheral light-harvesting antenna (LH2) [37-39]. LH1 surrounds the reaction center where charge separation takes place.

  14. The photoinduced polarization in Kapton-H film

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    Quamara, J. K.; Bhardwaj, R. P.; Sharma, B. L.

    1984-12-01

    The photoinduced polarization in Kapton-H thin film has been studied by analysing the isothermal dark decay characteristics of photo- and dark-polarized specimens for different values of the polarizing parameters. The total polarization induced has been found to increase continuously with polarizing temperature but with polarizing field, it approaches a saturation. The behaviour of dark decay currents for photo and dark polarized identical samples changes with operating temperature. The phenomenon is explained in terms of the shift of electrons and hole demarcation levels under variation of temperature and illumination intensity.

  15. Photo-induced and electrooptic properties of (Pb,La)(Zr,Ti)O{sub 3} films

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    Dimos, D.; Warren, W.L.; Tuttle, B.A.

    1993-07-01

    Photo-induced changes in the hysteresis behavior of sol-gel derived Pb(Zr,Ti)O{sub 3} (PZT) and (Pb,La)(Zr,Ti)O{sub 3} (PLZT) films have been characterized. Film photosensitivity has been evaluated with respect to magnitude of effects, time response and spectral dependence. Photo-induced hysteresis changes exhibit a stretched-exponential time dependence, which implies a dispersive mechanism. The spectral dependence is strongly peaked at the band edge ({approximately} 3.4 eV), which indicates that generation of electron-hole pairs in the material is critical. The photo-induced hysteresis changes are reproducible and stable, which indicates that the controlling charge traps are stable. However, improvements in film photosensitivity will be required to develop these materials for optical memory applications.

  16. Improved Photo-Induced Stability in Amorphous Metal-Oxide Based TFTs for Transparent Displays.

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    Koo, Sang-Mo; Ha, Tae-Jun

    2015-10-01

    In this paper, we investigate the origin of photo-induced instability in amorphous metal-oxide based thin-film transistors (oxide-TFTs) by exploring threshold voltage (Vth) shift in transfer characteristics. The combination of photo irradiation and prolonged gate bias stress enhanced the shift in Vth in amorphous hafnium-indium-zinc-oxide (a-HfIZO) TFTs. Such results stem from the extended trapped charges at the localized defect states related to oxygen vacancy which play a role in a screening effect on the electric field induced by gate voltage. We also demonstrate the chemically clean interface in oxide-TFTs by employing oxygen annealing which reduces the density of trap states, thereby resulting in improved photo-induced stability. We believe that this work stimulates the research society of transparent electronics by providing a promising approach to suppress photo-induced instability in metal-oxide TFTs. PMID:26726416

  17. Static and dynamic photoinduced magnetic effects in yttrium-iron garnet lightly doped with barium ions

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    Vorob'eva, N. V. Khalilov, R. Z.

    2012-04-15

    In yttrium-iron garnet lightly doped with barium, direct measurements of the photoinduced changes in magnetostrictive strains disagree with those in magnetostriction constants at 78-100 K. This is attributed to a considerable photoinduced modification of the initial state in this sample due to a redistribution of the charge (during illumination) between cations of the ferromagnetic octahedral sublattice. In the same sample, the temperature dependence of the photoinduced disaccomodation of magnetic permeability characterizing the initial demagnetized state is measured and calculated. A change in the electron mechanism of the phenomenon during the transition to room temperature is shown. The conclusion about the promising prospects for using such samples for remagnetization by light is advanced.

  18. Photoinduced Charge Transport in a BHJ Solar Cell Controlled by an External Electric Field

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    Li, Yongqing; Feng, Yanting; Sun, Mengtao

    2015-01-01

    This study investigated theoretical photoinduced charge transport in a bulk heterojunction (BHJ) solar cell controlled by an external electric field. Our method for visualizing charge difference density identified the excited state properties of photoinduced charge transfer, and the charge transfer excited states were distinguished from local excited states during electronic transitions. Furthermore, the calculated rates for the charge transfer revealed that the charge transfer was strongly influenced by the external electric field. The external electric field accelerated the rate of charge transfer by up to one order when charge recombination was significantly restrained. Our research demonstrated that photoinduced charge transport controlled by an external electric field in a BHJ solar cell is efficient, and the exciton dissociation is not the limiting factor in organic solar cells.Our research should aid in the rational design of a novel conjugated system of organic solar cells. PMID:26353997

  19. Photoinduced toxicity of engineered nanomaterials

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    Jones, Philip Scott

    Engineered nanomaterials including metal, metal oxide and carbon based nanomaterials are extensively used in a wide variety of applications to the extent that their presence in the environment is expected to increase dramatically over the next century. These nanomaterials may be photodegraded by solar radiation and thereby release metal ions into the environment that can produce cytotoxic and genotoxic effects. Photoinduced toxicity experiments are performed exposing human lung epithelial carcinoma cells [H1650] to engineered semiconductor nanoparticles such as CdSe quantum dots and ZnO nanoparticles after exposure to 3, 6, and 9 hours of solar simulated radiation. Cytotoxicity and genotoxicity of the metal ions are evaluated using ZnSO4 and CdCl2 solutions for the MTT assay and Comet assay respectively. The objective of the dissertation is to obtain quantitative information about the environmental transformation of engineered nanomaterials and their mechanism of toxicity. This information is critical for addressing the environmental health and safety risks of engineered nanomaterials to workers, consumers and the environment.

  20. Photoinduced magnetic force between nanostructures

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    Guclu, Caner; Tamma, Venkata Ananth; Wickramasinghe, Hemantha Kumar; Capolino, Filippo

    2015-12-01

    Photoinduced magnetic force between nanostructures, at optical frequencies, is investigated theoretically. Till now optical magnetic effects were not used in scanning probe microscopy because of the vanishing natural magnetism with increasing frequency. On the other hand, artificial magnetism in engineered nanostructures led to the development of measurable optical magnetism. Here two examples of nanoprobes that are able to generate strong magnetic dipolar fields at optical frequency are investigated: first, an ideal magnetically polarizable nanosphere and then a circular cluster of silver nanospheres that has a looplike collective plasmonic resonance equivalent to a magnetic dipole. Magnetic forces are evaluated based on nanostructure polarizabilities, i.e., induced magnetic dipoles, and magnetic-near field evaluations. As an initial assessment on the possibility of a magnetic nanoprobe to detect magnetic forces, we consider two identical magnetically polarizable nanoprobes and observe magnetic forces on the order of piconewtons, thereby bringing it within detection limits of conventional atomic force microscopes at ambient pressure and temperature. The detection of magnetic force is a promising method in studying optical magnetic transitions that can be the basis of innovative spectroscopy applications.

  1. Photoinduced effect in Ga Ge S based thin films

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    Messaddeq, S. H.; Li, M. Siu; Inoue, S.; Ribeiro, S. J. L.; Messaddeq, Y.

    2006-10-01

    Glassy films of Ga 10Ge 25S 65 with 4 μm thickness were deposited on quartz substrates by electron beam evaporation. Photoexpansion (PE) (photoinduced increase in volume) and photobleaching (PB) (blue shift of the bandgap) effects have been examined. The exposed areas have been analyzed using perfilometer and an expansion of 1.7 μm (Δ V/ V ≈ 30%) is observed for composition Ga 10Ge 25S 65 exposed during 180 min and 3 mW/cm 2 power density. The optical absorption edge measured for the film Ge 25Ga 10S 65 above and below the bandgap show that the blue shift of the gap by below bandgap photon illumination is considerable higher (Δ Eg = 440 meV) than Δ Eg induced by above bandgap illumination (Δ Eg = 190 meV). The distribution of the refraction index profile showed a negative change of the refraction index in the irradiated samples (Δ n = -0.6). The morphology was examined using a scanning electron microscopy (SEM). The chemical compositions measured using an energy dispersive analyzer (EDX) indicate an increase of the oxygen atoms into the irradiated area. Using a Lloyd's mirror setup for continuous wave holography it was possible to record holographic gratings using the photoinduced effects that occur in them. Diffraction efficiency up to 25% was achieved for the recorded gratings and atomic force microscopy images are presented.

  2. Photoinduced development of antibacterial materials derived from isosorbide moiety.

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    Lorenzini, Cedric; Haider, Adnan; Kang, Inn-Kyu; Sangermano, Marco; Abbad-Andalloussi, Samir; Mazeran, Pierre-Emmanuel; Lalevée, Jacques; Renard, Estelle; Langlois, Valérie; Versace, Davy-Louis

    2015-03-01

    A straightforward method for immobilizing in situ generated silver nanoparticles on the surface of a photoactivable isosorbide-derived monomer is developed with the objective to design a functional material having antibacterial properties. The photoinduced thiol-ene mechanism involved in these syntheses is described by the electron spin resonance/spin trapping technique. The resulting materials with or without silver nanoparticles (Ag NPs) were used as films or as coatings on glass substrate. The surface of the synthesized materials was characterized by X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy and scanning electron microscopy, and their thermal and mechanical properties were evaluated by dynamic-mechanical thermal tests, differential scanning calorimetry, thermogravimetric analyses, along with pencil hardness, nanoindentation, and scratch resistance tests. The photoinduced formation of Ag NPs is also confirmed by UV spectrophotometry. Finally, a primary investigation demonstrates the antibacterial properties of the isosorbide-derived material against Staphylococcus aureus and Escherichia coli, as well as its cytocompatibility toward NIH 3T3 fibroblastic cells. PMID:25633575

  3. NA-ESMD modeling of photoinduced dynamics in conjugated molecules

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    Nelson, Tammie; Fernandez-Alberti, Sebastian; Chernyak, Vladimir; Roitberg, Adrian; Tretiak, Sergei

    2011-03-01

    The evolution of electronic excitations in optically active molecules can generally be defined by non-adiabatic (NA) dynamics. A number of fundamental and complex processes are associated with NA dynamics. To treat ultrafast excited state dynamics we have developed a non-adiabatic excited state molecular dynamics (NA-ESMD) framework incorporating quantum transitions. Our calculations combine the Collective Electronic Oscillator (CEO) package with the Tully's fewest switches algorithm for surface hopping, and the actual potential energy surfaces of the excited states are used. This method is applied to model the photoinduced dynamics of distyrylbenzene. Our analysis shows intricate details of vibronic relaxation and identifies specific slow and fast nuclear motions that are strongly coupled to the electronic degrees of freedom. Non-adiabatic relaxation of the highly excited mAg state is predicted to occur on a femtosecond timescale at room temperature and on a picosecond timescale at low temperature.

  4. Direct observations of the photoinduced change in dimerization in K-TCNQ

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    Ishikawa, Tadahiko; Hosoda, Ryosuke; Okimoto, Yoichi; Tanaka, Sei'ichi; Onda, Ken; Koshihara, Shinya; Kumai, Reiji

    2016-05-01

    The photoinduced dynamics of a potassium-tetracyanoquinodimethane (K-TCNQ) single crystal in the generalized Peierls phase are evaluated via time-resolved vibrational spectroscopy. The transient reflectivity spectrum of the photoinduced state in the mid-IR range shows a decrease in the height and width of the reflectivity band because of the electron-molecular-vibration-coupled CN stretching mode at approximately 2180 cm-1. This spectral change suggests that the photoexcitation of the charge transfer in TCNQ molecules induces melting of the dimerization of the molecules. From detailed analysis of the spectral evolution, the relaxation time constant from the photoinduced state to the dimerized state is estimated to be approximately 0.6 ps. Even after the recovery of the dimerization, a fluctuation is still observed, probably because of a domain-wall soliton. The fluctuation gradually dissipates with a time constant of approximately 2.3 ps. Direct observation of the dimerization process reveals the true dynamics of the photoinduced cooperative phenomenon within this system.

  5. 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

  6. Photoinduced Oxidative DNA Damage Revealed by an Agarose Gel Nicking Assay: A Biophysical Chemistry Laboratory Experiment

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    Shafirovich, Vladimir; Singh, Carolyn; Geacintov, Nicholas E.

    2003-11-01

    Oxidative damage of DNA molecules associated with electron-transfer reactions is an important phenomenon in living cells, which can lead to mutations and contribute to carcinogenesis and the aging processes. This article describes the design of several simple experiments to explore DNA damage initiated by photoinduced electron-transfer reactions sensitized by the acridine derivative, proflavine (PF). A supercoiled DNA agarose gel nicking assay is employed as a sensitive probe of DNA strand cleavage. A low-cost experimental and computer-interfaced imaging apparatus is described allowing for the digital recording and analysis of the gel electrophoresis results. The first experiment describes the formation of direct strand breaks in double-stranded DNA induced by photoexcitation of the intercalated PF molecules. The second experiment demonstrates that the addition of the well-known electron acceptor, methylviologen, gives rise to a significant enhancement of the photochemical DNA strand cleavage effect. This occurs by an electron transfer step to methylviologen that renders the inital photoinduced charge separation between photoexcited PF and DNA irreversible. The third experiment demonstrates that the action spectrum of the DNA photocleavage matches the absorption spectrum of DNA-bound, intercalated PF molecules, which differs from that of free PF molecules. This result demonstrates that the photoinduced DNA strand cleavage is initiated by intercalated rather than free PF molecules.

  7. Photoinduced mass transport in azo compounds

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    Klismeta, K.; Teteris, J.; Aleksejeva, J.

    2013-12-01

    The photoinduced changes of optical properties in azobenzene containing compound thin films were studied under influence of polarized and non-polarized 532 nm laser light. Under influence of light azo compounds experience trans-cis isomerisation process, that can be observed in the absorbance spectrum of the sample. If the light is linearly polarized, molecules align perpendicularly to the electric field vector and as a result photoinduced dichroism and birefringence is obtained. If a known lateral polarization modulation of the light beam is present, mass transport of the azobenzene containing compound occurs. By measuring the surface relief with a profilometer the direction of mass transport can be determined. The studies of this work show that direct holographic recording of surface relief gratings can be used in optoelectronics, telecommunications and data storage.

  8. Photoinduced Charge and Energy Transfer Processes in Molecular Aggregates

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    John F. Endicott

    2009-10-20

    This project involved the experimental probing of the electronic excited states generated by photoinduced (center-to-center) electron and energy transfer processes in several classes of transition metal donor/acceptor (D/A) complexes. Some of the general properties inferred from these studies should be useful in the design of new systems for energy conversion applications. Pursuit of the project goals has involved the determination of electron transfer efficiencies and the detailed study of variations in the electronic spectra of D/A complexes. This has resulted in the study of some very fundamental issues of photoinduced charge transfer and the identification of some of the constraints on its efficiency. The experimental studies of the competition between the degradative non-radiative unimolecular relaxation of transition metal excited states and their transfer of charge from these excited states to external acceptors have involved a range of techniques such as transient decay kinetics, photoacoustic calorimetry and transient or stationary state spectroscopy. The substrates synthesized for these studies were selected to provide model systems, or series of model systems to probe the validity of models of electronic excited states and their reactivity. The work during the last few years has focused largely, but not exclusively, on the use of emission spectral band shapes to probe the properties of charge transfer (CT) excited states. Bandshape variations are one of the very few approaches for systematically probing electronic excited states and good band shape resolution is necessary in order to gain information about the structural variations that correlate with excited state reactivity. Differences in molecular structure correlate with differences in chemical reactivity, and the variations in emission bandshapes are well known to relate to variations in the molecular structural differences between the excited and ground electronic states. However, it is has been

  9. Nature and mechanism of the photoinduced spin transition in [Fe(PM-BiA){sub 2}(NCS){sub 2}

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    Ichiyanagi, K.; Hebert, J.; Toupet, L.; Cailleau, H.; Collet, E.

    2006-02-01

    We report the investigation of a prototype cooperative photoinduced spin transition in [Fe(PM-BiA){sub 2}(NCS){sub 2}] by x-ray diffraction. The structural rearrangement accompanying the change of an electronic state between the low spin and the photoinduced out-of-equilibrium high spin phases is similar to the one occurring around the phase transition at thermal equilibrium. The cooperative behavior of the light-induced optical hysteresis and light-induced thermal hysteresis phenomena investigated here show a strong similarity with thermal hysteresis around first-order phase transitions, since they are driven by a domain nucleation process.

  10. Photoinduced reorientation phenomena in dyed liquid crystals: recent steps toward a complete understanding of the underlying mechanism

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    Marrucci, Lorenzo

    2002-12-01

    A survey of recent results of experiments aimed at understanding the basic mechanism of the photoinduced reorientation phenomena in dye-doped liquid crystals is presented. In particular, I shall focus on experiments based on the isotopic substitution of hydrogen atoms with deuterium in dye molecules, which have shown an unexpected enhancement of the photoinduced reorientation effect by a factor two. The isotopic substitution also changes the dye excited state lifetime and orientational diffusion times. These results are in good agreement with the model proposed for the effect, and confirm the hypothesis that the active photoexcited state in the photoinduced reorientation phenomena is simply the first-excited singlet electronic state of dye molecules.

  11. Photoinduced charge separation and recombination: The influence of medium on rates and energetics

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    Wasielewski, M. R.; Gaines, G. L.; Oneil, M. P.; Svec, W. A.; Niemczyk, M. P.

    Recent interest in the role of the solvent in electron transfer reactions has focused on ultrafast photoinduced electron transfers, highlighted by investigations into the primary events of bacterial photosynthesis. Rates of photoinduced charge separation proceeding from the lowest excited singlet state in 14 fixed-distance porphyrin triptycene acceptor molecules were measured in 2-methyl tetrahydrofuran glass at 77 K. Analysis of the rate data as a function of free energy of reaction reveals that the ion-pair state of the oxidized donor and reduced acceptor is destabilized in a rigid glass medium by 0.8 eV relative to the ion-pair state energy determined from the sum of the one-electron redox potentials for the donor and acceptor in polar liquids. The measured value of this destabilization energy agrees remarkably well with predictions based on the dielectric continuum model of the solvent. From the maximum of the rate vs free energy profile for photoinduced charge separation, the total reorganization energy of the reaction is 0.6 eV. Analysis of this data shows that the solvent reorganization energy is 0.3 eV, while the internal nuclear reorganization energy of the donor-acceptor molecules is 0.3 eV.

  12. Photoinduced bulk-surface dynamics: time resolved two photon photoemission signals at semiconductor surfaces

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    Ramakrishna, S.; Willig, F.; Knorr, A.

    2004-06-01

    A free particle theory of photoinduced bulk-surface dynamics at semiconductor surfaces is developed wherein relaxation processes arising from electron-electron and electron-phonon scattering are treated phenomenologically. The role played by bulk-surface dynamics in the thermalization and cooling processes of the bulk and the complementary issue of how bulk dynamics influences the surface state occupancy are both studied. Time resolved 2PPE spectra is analysed both in the context of pure bulk as well as combined bulk-surface dynamics and its relation to the time dependent populations in the conduction band and surface states is discussed.

  13. [Photoinduced reduction of NAD(P) in the cells of green sulfur bacteria].

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    Ivanovskiĭ, R N

    1975-01-01

    The spectrum of a photoinduced increase in luminescence of the cells of the gree sulphur bacterium Chlorobium limicola f. thiosulfatophilum, within the range of 400 to 520 nm, was found to correspond to the spectrum of luminescence of NADH in the protein-bound form. Photoinduced reduction of NAD(P) in green bacteria, contrary to purple bacteria, is not susceptible to the action of p-chlorocarbonylcyanide phenlhydrazone which uncouples photophosphorylation. Therefore, in Chlorobium limicola f. thiosulfatophilum, NAD(P) is reduced by direct non-cyclic transport of electrons via the photosynthetic chain. NAD(P)H is utilized mainly in the system of CO2 fixation; the process is inhibited by fluoroacetate, and the inhibition is eliminated by substrates of the cycle of carboxylic acids. PMID:2843

  14. Photoinduced DNA Interstrand Cross-Link Formation by Naphthalene Boronates via a Carbocation.

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    Wang, Yibin; Lin, Zechao; Fan, Heli; Peng, Xiaohua

    2016-07-18

    Most photoinduced DNA cross-link formation by a bifunctional aryl derivative is through a bisquinone methide. DNA cross-linking via a bisarylcarbocation remains a less explored area. We designed and synthesized a series of naphthalene boronates that produce DNA interstrand cross-links via a carbocation upon UV irradiation. A free radical was generated from the naphthalene boronates with 350 nm irradiation and further converted to a carbocation by electron transfer. The activation mechanism was determined using the orthogonal traps, 2,2,6,6-tetramethylpiperidin-1-oxyl (TEMPO) and methoxyamine that react with either the free radical or the carbocation but not both. This represents a novel example of photoinduced DNA cross-link formation via carbocations generated from a bisaryl derivative. This work provides information useful for the design of novel photoactivated DNA cross-linking agents. PMID:27189512

  15. Photoinduced spinodal decomposition in stratifying solutions

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    Bunkin, F. V.; Podgaetskii, V. I.; Semin, V. N.

    1988-01-01

    The effect of photoinduced spinodal decomposition in stratifying solutions is examined with particular reference to experimental results obtained for an aqueous solution of butyl Cellosolve of critical concentration (30.14 percent by mass). At the late stages of spinodal decomposition, the coalescence of similar microheterophase inhomogeneities leads to the formation of small-scale (up to 5 microns) grains of each of the phases, which are then grouped into larger-scale (up to 100 microns) segregations. Such multilevel self-organization of the stratifying phases leads to the formation of a granular-cellular structure. This effect can be used for the quick interruption of chemical reactions in a stratifying solution.

  16. Towards efficient photoinduced charge separation in carbon nanodots and TiO2 composites in the visible region.

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    Sun, Mingye; Qu, Songnan; Ji, Wenyu; Jing, Pengtao; Li, Di; Qin, Li; Cao, Junsheng; Zhang, Hong; Zhao, Jialong; Shen, Dezhen

    2015-03-28

    In this work, photoinduced charge separation behaviors in non-long-chain-molecule-functionalized carbon nanodots (CDs) with visible intrinsic absorption (CDs-V) and TiO2 composites were investigated. Efficient photoinduced electron injection from CDs-V to TiO2 with a rate of 8.8 × 10(8) s(-1) and efficiency of 91% was achieved in the CDs-V/TiO2 composites. The CDs-V/TiO2 composites exhibited excellent photocatalytic activity under visible light irradiation, superior to pure TiO2 and the CDs with the main absorption band in the ultraviolet region and TiO2 composites, which indicated that visible photoinduced electrons and holes in such CDs-V/TiO2 composites could be effectively separated. The incident photon-to-current conversion efficiency (IPCE) results for the CD-sensitized TiO2 solar cells also agreed with efficient photoinduced charge separation between CDs-V and the TiO2 electrode in the visible range. These results demonstrate that non-long-chain-molecule-functionlized CDs with a visible intrinsic absorption band could be appropriate candidates for photosensitizers and offer a new possibility for the development of a well performing CD-based photovoltaic system. PMID:25721932

  17. Origin of the photo-induced changes in hydrogenated amorphous silicon

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    Adler, D.

    1983-07-01

    The electronic properties of hydrogenated amorphous silicon films are discussed in detail. Particular attention is paid to the changes induced by photogeneration of excess free carriers. Previous models which have been proposed to account for such effects are classified and criticized. An alternative explanation, which is based on the unique electronic structure of hydrogenated amorphous silicon, is proposed and analyzed. In this model, no new defects are created by the light, but rather the photo-induced effects follow from a metastable trapping of the excess free carriers at charged spinless defects which are present at equilibrium.

  18. Photoinduced valley-polarized current of layered MoS2 by electric tuning.

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    Yu, Yunjin; Zhou, Yanfeng; Wan, Langhui; Wang, Bin; Xu, Fuming; Wei, Yadong; Wang, Jian

    2016-05-01

    A photoinduced current of a layered MoS2-based transistor is studied from first-principles. Under the illumination of circular polarized light, a valley-polarized current is generated, which can be tuned by the gate voltage. For monolayer MoS2, the valley-polarized spin-up (down) electron current at K ([Formula: see text]) points is induced by the right (left) circular polarized light. The valley polarization is found to reach +1.0 (-1.0) for the valley current that carried such a K ([Formula: see text]) index. For bilayer MoS2, the spin-up (down) current can be induced at both K and [Formula: see text] valleys by the right (left) circular light. In contrast to monolayer MoS2, the photoinduced valley polarization shows asymmetric behavior upon reversal of the gate voltage. Our results show that the valley polarization of the photoinduced current can be modulated by the circular polarized light and the gate voltage. All the results can be well understood using a simple kp model. PMID:27004920

  19. Combined experimental and theoretical study on photoinduced toxicity of an anthraquinone dye intermediate to Daphnia magna.

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    Wang, Ying; Chen, Jingwen; Lin, Jing; Wang, Zhen; Bian, Haitao; Cai, Xiyun; Hao, Ce

    2009-04-01

    The toxicity of chemicals can be enhanced by light through two photochemical pathways: Photomodification to more toxic substances and photosensitization. In the present study, the reactive oxygen species (ROS) mechanism for photoinduced acute toxicity of 1-amino-2,4-dibromoanthraquinone (ADBAQ) to Daphnia magna was clarified by experiment and theoretical calculation. The results of the present study show that ADBAQ exhibited high toxicity to D. magna under simulated solar radiation (SSR), with a median effective concentration of 1.23 +/- 0.19 nM (mean +/- standard deviation). The photomodified ADBAQ (mixtures of ADBAQ and its photoproducts) was less phototoxic than the intact ADBAQ. The SSR-only or ADBAQ-only treatments did not affect the ROS level in D. magna, whereas increased ROS levels were observed in the presence of SSR and ADBAQ. The ROS in vivo were determined by measuring the fluorescence of 2',7'-dichlorofluorescein, which is a useful technique to assess toxicity of chemicals to aquatic organisms. The antioxidants, including vitamin C, vitamin E, and beta-carotene, decreased the photoinduced oxidative damage to D. magna, probably by scavenging ROS. These experimental results demonstrate that photosensitization is the potential mechanism of photoinduced toxicity of ADBAQ to D. magna. Proposed phototoxic pathways of ADBAQ were elucidated by means of time-dependent density functional theory. The theoretical calculation indicates that superoxide anion and singlet oxygen are able to be generated through electron transfer or energy transfer in the photosensitization reactions. PMID:19391687

  20. Phase diagram of the ultrafast photoinduced insulator-metal transition in vanadium dioxide

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    Cocker, T. L.; Titova, L. V.; Fourmaux, S.; Holloway, G.; Bandulet, H.-C.; Brassard, D.; Kieffer, J.-C.; El Khakani, M. A.; Hegmann, F. A.

    2012-04-01

    We use time-resolved terahertz spectroscopy to probe the ultrafast dynamics of the insulator-metal phase transition induced by femtosecond laser pulses in a nanogranular vanadium dioxide (VO2) film. Based on the observed thresholds for characteristic transient terahertz dynamics, a phase diagram of critical pump fluence versus temperature for the insulator-metal phase transition in VO2 is established for the first time over a broad range of temperatures down to 17 K. We find that both Mott and Peierls mechanisms are present in the insulating state and that the photoinduced transition is nonthermal. We propose a critical-threshold model for the ultrafast photoinduced transition based on a critical density of electrons and a critical density of coherently excited phonons necessary for the structural transition to the metallic state. As a result, evidence is found at low temperatures for an intermediate metallic state wherein the Mott state is melted but the Peierls distortion remains intact, consistent with recent theoretical predictions. Finally, the observed terahertz conductivity dynamics above the photoinduced transition threshold reveal nucleation and growth of metallic nanodomains over picosecond time scales.

  1. Photoinduced valley-polarized current of layered MoS2 by electric tuning

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    Yu, Yunjin; Zhou, Yanfeng; Wan, Langhui; Wang, Bin; Xu, Fuming; Wei, Yadong; Wang, Jian

    2016-05-01

    A photoinduced current of a layered MoS2-based transistor is studied from first-principles. Under the illumination of circular polarized light, a valley-polarized current is generated, which can be tuned by the gate voltage. For monolayer MoS2, the valley-polarized spin-up (down) electron current at K ({K}\\prime ) points is induced by the right (left) circular polarized light. The valley polarization is found to reach +1.0 (-1.0) for the valley current that carried such a K ({K}\\prime ) index. For bilayer MoS2, the spin-up (down) current can be induced at both K and {K}\\prime valleys by the right (left) circular light. In contrast to monolayer MoS2, the photoinduced valley polarization shows asymmetric behavior upon reversal of the gate voltage. Our results show that the valley polarization of the photoinduced current can be modulated by the circular polarized light and the gate voltage. All the results can be well understood using a simple kp model.

  2. Infrared-photoinduced-absorption studies in soluble trans-polyacetylene

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    Dorsinville, R.; Tubino, R.; Krimchansky, S.; Alfano, R. R.; Birman, J. L.

    1985-01-01

    The observation of photoinduced excitations in trans-polyacetylene in its liquid form in the frequency range from 2000 to 6000/cm is reported on. These measurements strongly suggest that transpolyacetylene is capable of supporting charged solitons even in solution.

  3. Generalized model for photoinduced surface structure in amorphous thin films.

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    Lu, Chao; Recht, Daniel; Arnold, Craig

    2013-09-01

    We present a generalized model to explain the spatial and temporal evolution of photoinduced surface structure in photosensitive amorphous thin films. The model describes these films as an incompressible viscous fluid driven by a photoinduced pressure originating from dipole rearrangement. This derivation requires only the polarizability, viscosity and surface tension of the system. Using values of these physical parameters, we check the validity of the model by fitting to experimental data of As2S3 and demonstrating good agreement. PMID:25166680

  4. Cobalt(III) tetraaza-macrocyclic complexes as efficient catalyst for photoinduced hydrogen production in water: Theoretical investigation of the electronic structure of the reduced species and mechanistic insight.

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    Gueret, Robin; Castillo, Carmen E; Rebarz, Mateusz; Thomas, Fabrice; Hargrove, Aaron-Albert; Pécaut, Jacques; Sliwa, Michel; Fortage, Jérôme; Collomb, Marie-Noëlle

    2015-11-01

    We recently reported a very efficient homogeneous system for visible-light driven hydrogen production in water based on the cobalt(III) tetraaza-macrocyclic complex [Co(CR)Cl2](+) (1) (CR=2,12-dimethyl-3,7,11,17-tetra-azabicyclo(11.3.1)-heptadeca-1(17),2,11,13,15-pentaene) as a noble metal-free catalyst, with [Ru(II)(bpy)3](2+) (Ru) as photosensitizer and ascorbate/ascorbic acid (HA(-)/H2A) as a sacrificial electron donor and buffer (PhysChemChemPhys 2013, 15, 17544). This catalyst presents the particularity to achieve very high turnover numbers (TONs) (up to 1000) at pH 4.0 at a relative high concentration (0.1mM) generating a large amount of hydrogen and having a long term stability. A similar activity was observed for the aquo derivative [Co(III)(CR)(H2O)2](3+) (2) due to substitution of chloro ligands by water molecule in water. In this work, the geometry and electronic structures of 2 and its analog [Zn(II)(CR)Cl](+) (3) derivative containing the redox innocent Zn(II) metal ion have been investigated by DFT calculations under various oxidation states. We also further studied the photocatalytic activity of this system and evaluated the influence of varying the relative concentration of the different components on the H2-evolving activity. Turnover numbers versus catalyst (TONCat) were found to be dependent on the catalyst concentration with the highest value of 1130 obtained at 0.05 mM. Interestingly, the analogous nickel derivative, [Ni(II)(CR)Cl2] (4), when tested under the same experimental conditions was found to be fully inactive for H2 production. Nanosecond transient absorption spectroscopy measurements have revealed that the first electron-transfer steps of the photocatalytic H2-evolution mechanism with the Ru/cobalt tetraaza/HA(-)/H2A system involve a reductive quenching of the excited state of the photosensitizer by ascorbate (kq=2.5×10(7) M(-1) s(-1)) followed by an electron transfer from the reduced photosensitizer to the catalyst (ket=1.4×10(9) M

  5. Direct laser photo-induced fluorescence determination of bisphenol A.

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    Maroto, Alicia; Kissingou, Prosnick; Diascorn, Alexandre; Benmansour, Badr; Deschamps, Laure; Stephan, Ludovic; Cabon, Jean-Yves; Giamarchi, Philippe

    2011-11-01

    Classical photo-induced fluorescence methods are conducted in two steps: a UV irradiation step in order to form a photo-induced compound followed by its fluorimetric determination. Automated flow injection methods are frequently used for these analyses. In this work, we propose a new method of direct laser photo-induced fluorescence analysis. This new method is based on direct irradiation of the analyte in a fluorimetric cell in order to form a photo-induced fluorescent compound and its direct fluorimetric detection during a short irradiation time. Irradiation is performed with a tuneable Nd:YAG laser to select the optimal excitation wavelength and to improve the specificity. It has been applied to the determination of bisphenol A, an endocrine disrupter compound that may be a potential contaminant for food. Irradiation of bisphenol A at 230 nm produces a photo-induced compound with a much higher fluorescence quantum yield and specific excitation/emission wavelengths. In tap water, the fluorescence of bisphenol A increases linearly versus its concentration and, its determination by direct laser photo-induced fluorescence permits to obtain a low limit of detection of 17 μg L(-1). PMID:21904798

  6. Photoinduced electro-optics measurements of biosilica transformation to cristobalite

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    Fuchs, Ido; Aluma, Yaniv; Ilan, Micha; Kityk, Iwan; Mastai, Yitzhak

    2015-03-15

    In this paper we studied the photoinduced electro optics effects in the thermal transformation process of biosilica to cristobalite, at a relatively low temperature and ambient pressure. This process was characterized by a variety of standards techniques with emphasis on linear electro optic effect measurements. Overall we demonstrated that photoinduced electro optics measurements are very sensitive to the transformation from amorphous structure of silica in the natural sponge samples to laminar string morphology of cristobalite. With this technique we could probe the change in the samples chirality from achiral bio silica to chiral cristobalite structure. Furthermore it is shown that natural biosilica have photoinduced linear electro optics respond indicating the chiral natural of biosilica. - Graphical abstract: The phase transformation of biosilica from marine sponges to Cristobalite under thermal treatment was investigated using photoinduced electro optics measurements. The figure shows the changes of the electro-optic coefficient of cristobalite and biosilica. - Highlights: • We examine phase transformation of biosilica. • We report transition from amorphous biosilica to crystalline Cristobalite. • Biosilica transformation to Cristobalite at temperature of 850 °C. • Biosilica transformation is studied with photoinduced measurements. • We examine changes in the photoinduced linear electro optics properties.

  7. Photoinduced nonadiabatic decay and dissociation dynamics of dimethylnitramine.

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    Zhuang, Xuhui; Wang, Jun; Lan, Zhenggang

    2013-06-13

    Dimethylnitramine (DMNA) is a prototype system used in the investigation of the unimolecular decomposition mechanism of the nitramine-compound family. The photoinduced excited-state nonadiabatic processes and successive unimolecular dissociation of DMNA were investigated by trajectory surface-hopping dynamics at the semiempirical OM2/MRCI level. Two S1/S0 conical intersections (CI01α and CI01β) were found to play essential roles in the nonadiabatic decay dynamics of DMNA. After the S1 → S0 decay, the excess kinetic energy finally results in the cleavage of the N-N bond in the ground electronic state. The two reaction channels through CI01α and CI01β show differences in molecular motions and decay features. The trajectories passing CI01α can hop one or several times, and the intramolecular vibrational energy transfer in the ground state takes place before dissociation, whereas trajectories following the CI01β channel mainly dissociate directly after only one S1 → S0 hop. PMID:23672370

  8. 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.

  9. Photoinduced degradation of organic solar cells with different microstructures

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    Lu, Chun-Xi; Yan, Peng; Wang, Jin-Ze; Liu, Ai-Min; Song, De; Jiang, Chao

    2014-08-01

    An in situ measurement setup is established to investigate the photoinduced degradation effects in a controllable inert gas ambient environment for the two different microstructures of poly(3-hexylthiophene) (P3HT) and [6,6]-phenyl-C61-butyricacid methyl ester (PCBM) bulk-heterojunction organic solar cells. The two devices are fabricated with the solvent vapor drying process followed by a thermal annealing (vapor drying device) and only a normal thermal annealing process (control device), respectively. Their power conversion efficiencies (PCEs) and aging features are compared. Their different degradation behaviors in light absorption are confirmed. In addition, irradiation-induced changes in both nanostructure and surface morphology of the P3HT:PCBM blend films treated with two different fabrication processes are observed through scanning electron microscopy and atomic force microscopy. Aggregated bulbs are observed at the surfaces for control devices after light irradiation for 50 h, while the vapor drying devices exhibit smooth film surfaces, and the corresponding device features are not easy to degrade under the aging measurement. Thus the devices having solvent vapor drying and thermal annealing show better device stabilities than those having only the thermal annealing process.

  10. Theoretical estimation of the rate of photoinduced charge transfer reactions in triphenylamine C60 donor-acceptor conjugate.

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    Martínez, Juan Pablo; Solà, Miquel; Voityuk, Alexander A

    2016-06-01

    Fullerene-based molecular heterojunctions such as the [6,6]-pyrrolidine-C60 donor-acceptor conjugate containing triphenylamine (TPA) are potential materials for high-efficient dye-sensitized solar cells. In this work, we estimate the rate constants for the photoinduced charge separation and charge recombination processes in TPA-C60 using the unrestricted and time-dependent DFT methods. Different schemes are applied to evaluate excited state properties and electron transfer parameters (reorganization energies, electronic couplings, and Gibbs energies). The use of open-shell singlet or triplet states, several density functionals, and continuum solvation models is discussed. Strengths and limitations of the computational approaches are highlighted. The present benchmark study provides an overview of the expected performance of DFT-based methodologies in the description of photoinduced charge transfer reactions in fullerene heterojunctions. © 2016 Wiley Periodicals, Inc. PMID:26992355