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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 across molecular bridges: electron- and hole-transfer superexchange pathways.

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    Natali, Mirco; Campagna, Sebastiano; Scandola, Franco

    2014-06-21

    Photoinduced electron transfer plays key roles in many areas of chemistry. Superexchange is an effective model to rationalize photoinduced electron transfer, particularly when molecular bridges between donor and acceptor subunits are present. In this tutorial review we discuss, within a superexchange framework, the complex role played by the bridge, with an emphasis on differences between thermal and photoinduced electron transfer, oxidative and reductive photoinduced processes, charge separation and charge recombination. Modular bridges are also considered, with specific attention to the distance dependence of donor-acceptor electronic coupling and electron transfer rate constants. The possibility of transition, depending on the bridge energetics, from coherent donor-acceptor electron transfer to incoherent charge injection and hopping through the bridge is also discussed. Finally, conceptual analogies between bridge effects in photoinduced electron transfer and optical intervalence transfer are outlined. Selected experimental examples, instrumental to illustration of the principles, are discussed.

  5. Photo-induced electron-transfer reactions in heterogeneous media

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    Yang, J. M.

    1981-11-01

    The conversion of solar energy into chemical energy was pursued by two approaches. One is the photo-induced electron transfer reactions in heterogeneous media, and the other is the photo-decomposition of water with liquid-junction solar cells. Photo-induced electron-transfer reactions in heterogeneous media with colloidal silica or poly-acrylate were studied by flash photolysis. In an effort to illustrate that small band-gap semiconductors can be protected from photo-corrosion through surface modification, the surface of polycrystalline ZnO was chemically coated with zinc phthalocyanine and the electron-transfer process across the coated ZnO-electrolyte interface was studied by photo-electrochemical techniques.

  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. Ultrafast Photoinduced Electron Transfer from Peroxide Dianion.

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    Anderson, Bryce L; Maher, Andrew G; Nava, Matthew; Lopez, Nazario; Cummins, Christopher C; Nocera, Daniel G

    2015-06-18

    The encapsulation of peroxide dianion by hexacarboxamide cryptand provides a platform for the study of electron transfer of isolated peroxide anion. Photoinitiated electron transfer (ET) between freely diffusing Ru(bpy)3(2+) and the peroxide dianion occurs with a rate constant of 2.0 × 10(10) M(-1) s(-1). A competing electron transfer quenching pathway is observed within an ion pair. Picosecond transient spectroscopy furnishes a rate constant of 1.1 × 10(10) s(-1) for this first-order process. A driving force dependence for the ET rate within the ion pair using a series of Ru(bpy)3(2+) derivatives allows for the electronic coupling and reorganization energies to be assessed. The ET reaction is nonadiabatic and dominated by a large inner-sphere reorganization energy, in accordance with that expected for the change in bond distance accompanying the conversion of peroxide dianion to superoxide anion.

  8. 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.

  9. Distance dependence in photo-induced intramolecular electron transfer

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    Larsson, Sven; Volosov, Andrey

    1986-09-01

    The distance dependence of the rate of photo-induced electron transfer reactions is studied. A quantum mechanical method CNDO/S is applied to a series of molecules recently investigated by Hush et al. experimentally. The calculations show a large interaction through the saturated bridge which connects the two chromophores. The electronic matrix element HAB decreases a factor 10 in about 4 Å. There is also a decrease of the rate due to less exothermicity for the longer molecule. The results are in fair agreement with the experimental results.

  10. Photoinduced electron transfer in ordered polymers

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    Jones, G. II.

    1993-01-01

    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 cationic organic dyes to a peptide electrolyte, for which cooperative dye loading and helix formation is important; (3) the completion of work on a new series of acridinium chromophores that have rod-like'' arrangements of linked aryl rings for assembly of electron donor-acceptor systems that exhibit long lived charge separation; and (4) use of the modified form of the peptide, poly-L-histidine, as a template for sulfide oxidation.

  11. Photoinduced electron transfer between benzyloxy dendrimer phthalocyanine and benzoquinone

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    Zhang, Tiantian; Ma, Dongdong; Pan, Sujuan; Wu, Shijun; Jiang, Yufeng; Zeng, Di; Yang, Hongqin; Peng, Yiru

    2016-10-01

    Photo-induced electron transfer (PET) is an important and fundamental process in natural photosynthesis. To mimic such interesting PET process, a suitable donor and acceptor couple were properly chosen. Dendrimer phthalocyanines and their derivatives have emerged as promising materials for artificial photosynthesis systems. In this paper, the electron transfer between the light harvest dendrimer phthalocyanine (donor) and the 1,4-benzoquinone (acceptor) was studied by UV/Vis and fluorescence spectroscopic methods. It was found that fluorescence of phthalocyanine was quenched by benzoquinone (BQ) via excited state electron transfer, from the phthalocyanine to the BQ upon excitation at 610 nm. The Stern-Volmer constant (KSV) of electron transfer was calculated. Our study suggests that this dendritic phthalocyanine is an effective new electron donor and transmission complex and could be used as a potential artificial photosynthesis system.

  12. 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.

  13. Photoinduced Electron Transfer Process Visualized on Single Silver Nanoparticles.

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    Lei, Gang; Gao, Peng Fei; Yang, Tong; Zhou, Jun; Zhang, Hong Zhi; Sun, Shan Shan; Gao, Ming Xuan; Huang, Cheng Zhi

    2017-02-28

    Understanding the photoinduced electron transfer (PET) mechanism is vital to improving the photoelectric conversion efficiency for solar energy materials and photosensitization systems. Herein, we visually demonstrate the PET process by real-time monitoring the photoinduced chemical transformation of p-aminothiophenol (p-ATP), an important SERS signal molecule, to 4,4'-dimercaptoazobenzene on single silver nanoparticles (AgNPs) with a localized surface plasmon resonance (LSPR) spectroscopy coupled dark-field microscopy. The bidirectional LSPR scattering spectral shifts bathochromically at first and hypsochromically then, which are caused by the electron transfer delay of p-ATP, disclose the PET path from p-ATP to O2 through AgNPs during the reaction, and enable us to digitalize the corresponding electron loss and gain on the surface of AgNP at different time periods. This visualized PET process could provide a simple and efficient approach to explore the nature of PET and help to interpret the SERS mechanism in terms of p-ATP.

  14. DNA Intercalated Psoralen Undergoes Efficient Photoinduced Electron Transfer.

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

    2015-04-02

    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.

  15. Electron Donor-Acceptor Quenching and Photoinduced Electron Transfer for Coumarin Dyes.

    DTIC Science & Technology

    1983-10-31

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  16. Photoinduced Bimolecular Electron Transfer from Cyano Anions in Ionic Liquids.

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    Wu, Boning; Liang, Min; Maroncelli, Mark; Castner, Edward W

    2015-11-19

    Ionic liquids with electron-donating anions are used to investigate rates and mechanisms of photoinduced bimolecular electron transfer to the photoexcited acceptor 9,10-dicyanoanthracene (9,10-DCNA). The set of five cyano anion ILs studied comprises the 1-ethyl-3-methylimidazolium cation paired with each of these five anions: selenocyanate, thiocyanate, dicyanamide, tricyanomethanide, and tetracyanoborate. Measurements with these anions dilute in acetonitrile and 1-ethyl-3-methylimidazolium bis(trifluoromethylsulfonyl)amide show that the selenocyanate and tricyanomethanide anions are strong quenchers of the 9,10-DCNA fluorescence, thiocyanate is a moderately strong quencher, dicyanamide is a weak quencher, and no quenching is observed for tetracyanoborate. Quenching rates are obtained from both time-resolved fluorescence transients and time-integrated spectra. Application of a Smoluchowski diffusion-and-reaction model showed that the complex kinetics observed can be fit using only two adjustable parameters, D and V0, where D is the relative diffusion coefficient between donor and acceptor and V0 is the value of the electronic coupling at donor-acceptor contact.

  17. Ultrafast photoinduced electron transfer in viologen-linked BODIPY dyes.

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    Frath, Denis; Yarnell, James E; Ulrich, Gilles; Castellano, Felix N; Ziessel, Raymond

    2013-10-07

    New boron-dipyrromethene (BODIPY) dyes linked to viologen are prepared and their photophysical and electrochemical properties are investigated. Both synthesized molecules have similar electronic absorption spectra with the absorption maximum localized at 517 and 501 nm for dye 1 and dye 2, respectively. They exhibit well-defined redox behavior, highlighting the presence of BODIPY and viologen subunits, with little perturbation of the redox potential of both subunits with respect to the parent compounds. Both dyes are heavily quenched by photoinduced electron transfer from the BODIPY to the viologen subunit. The transient absorption technique demonstrates that dye 2 forms the viologen radical within a timeframe of 7.1 ps, and that the charge-separated species has a lifetime of 59 ps. Sustained irradiation of dye 2 in the presence of a tertiary amine allows for the accumulation of BODIPY-methyl-4,4'-bipyridinium (BODIPY-MV(+)), as observed by its characteristic absorption at 396 and 603 nm. However, dye 2 does not generate catalytic amounts of hydrogen under standard conditions. Copyright © 2013 WILEY‐VCH Verlag GmbH & Co. KGaA, Weinheim.

  18. Synthetic control over photoinduced electron transfer in phosphorescence zinc sensors.

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    Woo, Hana; Cho, Somin; Han, Yejee; Chae, Weon-Sik; Ahn, Dae-Ro; You, Youngmin; Nam, Wonwoo

    2013-03-27

    Despite the promising photofunctionalities, phosphorescent probes have been examined only to a limited extent, and the molecular features that provide convenient handles for controlling the phosphorescence response have yet to be identified. We synthesized a series of phosphorescence zinc sensors based on a cyclometalated heteroleptic Ir(III) complex. The sensor construct includes two anionic cyclometalating ligands and a neutral diimine ligand that tethers a di(2-picolyl)amine (DPA) zinc receptor. A series of cyclometalating ligands with a range of electron densities and band gap energies were used to create phosphorescence sensors. The sensor series was characterized by variable-temperature steady-state and transient photoluminescence spectroscopy studies, electrochemical measurements, and quantum chemical calculations based on time-dependent density functional theory. The studies demonstrated that the suppression of nonradiative photoinduced electron transfer (PeT) from DPA to the photoexcited Ir(IV) species provided the underlying mechanism that governed the phosphorescent response to zinc ions. Importantly, the Coulombic barrier, which was located on either the cyclometalating ligand or the diimine ligand, negligibly influenced the PeT process. Phosphorescence modulation by PeT strictly obeyed the Rehm-Weller principle, and the process occurred in the Marcus-normal region. These findings provide important guidelines for improving sensing performance; an efficient phosphorescence sensor should include a cyclometalating ligand with a wide band gap energy and a deep oxidation potential. Finally, the actions of the sensor were demonstrated by visualizing the intracellular zinc ion distribution in HeLa cells using a confocal laser scanning microscope and a photoluminescence lifetime imaging microscope.

  19. Hetero-cycloreversions mediated by photoinduced electron transfer.

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

    2014-04-15

    Discovered more than eight decades ago, the Diels-Alder (DA) cycloaddition (CA) remains one of the most versatile tools in synthetic organic chemistry. Hetero-DA processes are powerful methods for the synthesis of densely functionalized six-membered heterocycles, ubiquitous substructures found in natural products and bioactive compounds. These reactions frequently employ azadienes and oxadienes, but only a few groups have reported DA processes with thiadienes. The electron transfer (ET) version of the DA reaction, though less investigated, has emerged as a subject of increasing interest. In the last two decades, researchers have paid closer attention to radical ionic hetero-cycloreversions, mainly in connection with their possible involvement in the repair of pyrimidine(6-4)pyrimidone photolesions in DNA by photolyases. In biological systems, these reactions likely occur through a reductive photosensitization mechanism. In addition, photooxidation can lead to cycloreversion (CR) reactions, and researchers can exploit this strategy for DNA repair therapies. In this Account, we discuss electron-transfer (ET) mediated hetero-CR reactions. We focus on the oxidative and reductive ET splitting of oxetanes, azetidines, and thietanes. Photoinduced electron transfer facilitates the splitting of a variety of four-membered heterocycles. In this context, researchers have commonly examined oxetanes, both experimentally and theoretically. Although a few studies have reported the cycloreversion of azetidines and thietanes carried out under electron transfer conditions, the number of examples remains limited. In general, the cleavage of the ionized four-membered rings appears to occur via a nonconcerted two-step mechanism. The trapping of the intermediate 1,4-radical ions and transient absorption spectroscopy data support this hypothesis, and it explains the observed loss of stereochemistry in the products. In the initial step, either C-C or C-X bond breaking may occur, and the

  20. Revising Intramolecular Photoinduced Electron Transfer (PET) from First-Principles.

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    Escudero, Daniel

    2016-09-20

    Photoinduced electron transfer (PET) plays relevant roles in many areas of chemistry, including charge separation processes in photovoltaics, natural and artificial photosynthesis, and photoluminescence sensors and switches. As in many other photochemical scenarios, the structural and energetic factors play relevant roles in determining the rates and efficiencies of PET and its competitive photodeactivation processes. Particularly, in the field of fluorescent sensors and switches, intramolecular PET is believed (in many cases without compelling experimental proof) to be responsible of the quench of fluorescence. There is an increasing experimental interest in fluorophore's molecular design and on achieving optimal excitation/emission spectra, excitation coefficients, and fluorescence quantum yields (importantly for bioimaging purposes), but less efforts are devoted to fundamental mechanistic studies. In this Account, I revise the origins of the fluorescence quenching in some of these systems with state-of-the-art quantum chemical tools. These studies go beyond the common strategy of analyzing frontier orbital energy diagrams and performing PET thermodynamics calculations. Instead, the potential energy surfaces (PESs) of the lowest-lying excited states are explored with time-dependent density functional theory (TD-DFT) and complete active space self-consistent field (CASSCF) calculations and the radiative and nonradiative decay rates from the involved excited states are computed from first-principles using a thermal vibration correlation function formalism. With such a strategy, this work reveals the real origins of the fluorescence quenching, herein entitled as dark-state quenching. Dark states (those that do not absorb or emit light) are often elusive to experiments and thus, computational investigations can provide novel insights into the actual photodeactivation mechanisms. The success of the dark-state quenching mechanism is demonstrated for a wide variety of

  1. Photoinduced bimolecular electron transfer kinetics in small unilamellar vesicles

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    Choudhury, Sharmistha Dutta; Kumbhakar, Manoj; Nath, Sukhendu; Pal, Haridas

    2007-11-21

    Photoinduced electron transfer (ET) from N,N-dimethylaniline to some coumarin derivatives has been studied in small unilamellar vesicles (SUVs) of the phospholipid, DL-{alpha}-dimyristoyl-phosphatidylcholine, using steady-state and time-resolved fluorescence quenching, both below and above the phase transition temperature of the vesicles. The primary interest was to examine whether Marcus inversion [H. Sumi and R. A. Marcus, J. Chem. Phys. 84, 4894 (1986)] could be observed for the present ET systems in these organized assemblies. The influence of the topology of SUVs on the photophysical properties of the reactants and consequently on their ET kinetics has also been investigated. Absorption and fluorescence spectral data of the coumarins in SUVs and the variation of their fluorescence decays with temperature indicate that the dyes are localized in the bilayer of the SUVs. Time-resolved area normalized emission spectra analysis, however, reveals that the dyes are distributed in two different microenvironments in the SUVs, which we attribute to the two leaflets of the bilayer, one toward bulk water and the other toward the inner water pool. The microenvironments in the two leaflets are, however, not indicated to be that significantly different. Time-resolved anisotropy decays were biexponential for all the dyes in SUVs, and this has been interpreted in terms of the compound motion model according to which the dye molecules can experience a fast wobbling-in-cone type of motion as well as a slow overall rotating motion of the cone containing the molecule. The expected bimolecular diffusion-controlled rates in SUVs, as estimated by comparing the microviscosities in SUVs (determined from rotational correlation times) and that in acetonitrile solution, are much slower than the observed fluorescence quenching rates, suggesting that reactant diffusion (translational) does not play any role in the quenching kinetics in the present systems. Accordingly, clear inversions are

  2. Distance dependence in photoinduced intramolecular electron transfer. Additional remarks and calculations

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    Larsson, Sven; Volosov, Andrey

    1987-12-01

    Rate constants for photoinduced intramolecular electron transfer are calculated for four of the molecules studied by Hush et al. The electronic factor is obtained in quantum chemical calculations using the CNDO/S method. The results agree reasonably well with experiments for the forward reaction. Possible reasons for the disagreement for the charge recombination process are offered.

  3. 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.

  4. Photoinduced electron transfer from rail to rung within a self-assembled oligomeric porphyrin ladder

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    She, Chunxing; Lee, Suk Joong; McGarrah, James E.; Vura-Weis, Josh; Wasielewski, Michael; Chen, Hanning; Schatz, George C.; Ratner, Mark A.; Hupp, Joseph T.

    2010-01-01

    Photoinduced electron transfer in a self-assembled supramolecular ladder structure comprising oligomeric porphyrin rails and ligated dipyridyltetrazine rungs was characterized by transient absorption spectroscopy and transient direct current photoconductivity to be mainly from an oligomer (rail) to the center of a terminal tetrazine (rung), with the remaining hole being delocalized on the oligomer and subsequent charge recombination in 0.19 ns.

  5. Photoinduced electron transfer reactions of ruthenium(II)-complexes containing amino acid with quinones.

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    Eswaran, Rajkumar; Kalayar, Swarnalatha; Paulpandian, Muthu Mareeswaran; Seenivasan, Rajagopal

    2014-05-01

    With the aim of mimicking, at basic level the photoinduced electron transfer process in the reaction center of photosystem II, ruthenium(II)-polypyridyl complexes, carrying amino acids were synthesized and studied their photoinduced electron transfer reactions with quinones by steady state and time resolved measurements. The reaction of quinones with excited state of ruthenium(II)-complexes, I-V in acetonitrile has been studied by luminescence quenching technique and the rate constant, k(q), values are close to the diffusion controlled rate. The detection of the semiquinone anion radical in this system using time-resolved transient absorption spectroscopy confirms the electron transfer nature of the reaction. The semiclassical theory of electron transfer has been successfully applied to the photoluminescence quenching of Ru(II)-complexes with quinones.

  6. 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.

  7. 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.

  8. 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.

  9. 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.

  10. 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.

  11. Magnetic resonance studies of photo-induced electron transfer reactions

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    van Willigen, H.

    1992-11-01

    Fourier Transform Electron Paramagnetic Resonance (FT EPR) is useful in study of photochemical reactions: a microwave pulse rotates the electron spin magnetization vector from z (magnetic field) into xy plane ([pi]/2 pulse); the time evolution of magnetization in xy plane, the free induction decay (FID), is sampled. Fourier transform of FID gives the frequency domain EPR spectrum of the free radicals, and the method is ideal for time-resolved studies of free radicals produced by pulsed-laser excitation. Investigations of electron transfer reactions focused on porphyrin (donor) - quinone (acceptor) systems. First, two hydrogen abstraction reactions were studied with FT EPR: photoreduction of acetone with 2-propanol, yielding the acetone ketyl radical, and the reaction of 2-propanol with t-butoxy radicals. Then, the FT EPR study of benzoquinone or duroquinone anion radicals generated by pulsed-laser induced electron transfer from zinc tetraphenylporphyrin (ZnTPP) or tetrasulfonated Zn(TPP), was carried out in homogeneous solution, micellar solutions, and silica gel. Finally, FT EPR was used to study electron transfer quenching of triplet C[sub 60] by electron donors.

  12. Photoinduced electron transfer in rigidly linked dimethoxynapthalene-N-methylpyridinium donor-acceptor molecules

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    Clayton, Andrew H. A.; Ghiggino, Kenneth P.; Wilson, Gerard J.; Keyte, Peter J.; Paddon-Row, Michael N.

    1992-07-01

    Photoinduced electron transfer (ET) is studied in a series of novel molecules containing a dimethoxynaphthalene (DMN) donor and either a pyridine (P) or N-methylpyridinium (P-Me +) acceptor covalently linked via a rigid nonbornalogous bridge ( n sigma bonds in length). ET rates of the order of 10 10 s -1 were measured for the DMN- n-P-Me + series ( n = 4, 6), while no appreciable ET was observed for the DMN- n-P compounds. Electronic and nuclear factors are discussed and the results rationalized in terms of Marcus—Hush and non-adiabatic ET theories.

  13. 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.

  14. 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

  15. 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.

  16. 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.

  17. Molecular Ion Formation by Photoinduced Electron Transfer at the Tetracyanoquinodimethane/Au(111) Interface.

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    Gerbert, David; Tegeder, Petra

    2017-10-05

    Optically induced processes in organic materials are essential for light harvesting, switching, and sensor technologies. Here we studied the electronic properties of the tetracyanoquinodimethane(TCNQ)/Au(111) interface by using two-photon photoemission spectroscopy. For this interface we demonstrated the lack of charge-transfer interactions, but we found a significant increase in the sample work function due to UV-light illumination, while the electronic structure of the TCNQ-derived states remain unaffected. Thereby the work function of the interface can be tuned over a wide range via the photon dose. We assigned this to a photoinduced metal-to-molecule electron transfer creating negative ions. The electrons are bound by a small potential barrier. Thus thermal activation reverses the process resulting in the original work function value. The presented photoinduced charge transfer at the TCNQ/Au(111) interface can be used for continuous work function tuning across the substrate's work function, which can be applied in device-adapted hole-injection layers or organic UV-light sensors.

  18. Application of Degenerately Doped Metal Oxides in the Study of Photoinduced Interfacial Electron Transfer.

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    Farnum, Byron H; Morseth, Zachary A; Brennaman, M Kyle; Papanikolas, John M; Meyer, Thomas J

    2015-06-18

    Degenerately doped In2O3:Sn semiconductor nanoparticles (nanoITO) have been used to study the photoinduced interfacial electron-transfer reactivity of surface-bound [Ru(II)(bpy)2(4,4'-(PO3H2)2-bpy)](2+) (RuP(2+)) molecules as a function of driving force over a range of 1.8 eV. The metallic properties of the ITO nanoparticles, present within an interconnected mesoporous film, allowed for the driving force to be tuned by controlling their Fermi level with an external bias while their optical transparency allowed for transient absorption spectroscopy to be used to monitor electron-transfer kinetics. Photoinduced electron transfer from excited-state -RuP(2+*) molecules to nanoITO was found to be dependent on applied bias and competitive with nonradiative energy transfer to nanoITO. Back electron transfer from nanoITO to oxidized -RuP(3+) was also dependent on the applied bias but without complication from inter- or intraparticle electron diffusion in the oxide nanoparticles. Analysis of the electron injection kinetics as a function of driving force using Marcus-Gerischer theory resulted in an experimental estimate of the reorganization energy for the excited-state -RuP(3+/2+*) redox couple of λ* = 0.83 eV and an electronic coupling matrix element, arising from electronic wave function overlap between the donor orbital in the molecule and the acceptor orbital(s) in the nanoITO electrode, of Hab = 20-45 cm(-1). Similar analysis of the back electron-transfer kinetics yielded λ = 0.56 eV for the ground-state -RuP(3+/2+) redox couple and Hab = 2-4 cm(-1). The use of these wide band gap, degenerately doped materials provides a unique experimental approach for investigating single-site electron transfer at the surface of oxide nanoparticles.

  19. Molecular orbital assistance in the design of intramolecular and photoinduced electron transfer systems

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    Petsalakis, Ioannis D.; Theodorakopoulos, Giannoula

    2012-02-01

    A theoretical approach is described for the design of donor-acceptor intramolecular charge transfer (ICT) systems and for photoinduced electron transfer (PET) hybrids of fullerene, based on orbital level diagrams of the separate donor and acceptor moieties. Minimization of the HOMO-LUMO (highest occupied-lowest unoccupied orbital) gap in ICT systems, translates to a requirement for near degeneracy of the HOMO of the donor and LUMO of the acceptor, determined separately for the two moieties by density functional theory calculations. Similarly, near degeneracy of the LUMO of the donor and LUMO of the acceptor moieties would indicate the possibility of PET in the combined hybrid.

  20. Modification of Fluorescent Photoinduced Electron Transfer (PET) Sensors/Switches To Produce Molecular Photo-Ionic Triode Action**

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    Huxley, Allen J M; Schroeder, Marc; Nimal Gunaratne, H Q; Prasanna de Silva, A

    2014-01-01

    The fluorophore-spacer1-receptor1-spacer2-receptor2 system (where receptor2 alone is photoredox-inactive) shows ionically tunable proton-induced fluorescence off-on switching, which is reminiscent of thermionic triode behavior. This also represents a new extension to modular switch systems based on photoinduced electron transfer (PET) towards the emulation of analogue electronic devices. PMID:24574178

  1. Photoinduced intramolecular electron transfer in a 2,7-diaminofluorene chromophore decorated with two benzophenone subunits.

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    Jin, Ming; Malval, Jean-Pierre; Morlet-Savary, Fabrice; Chaumeil, Hélène; Defoin, Albert; Batat, Pinar; Jonusauskas, Gediminas

    2009-04-21

    An extensive photophysical analysis of a 2,7-bis-(N-4-methoxyphenyl-N-phenylamino)fluorene derivative covalently linked with two benzophenone moieties is presented. A systematic comparison with a model chromophore without benzophenone was performed. For both chromophores, the electronic properties of the ground states are completely equivalent indicating that benzophenone subunits do not exhibit any electronic interaction with the diaminofluorene core. However, at the singlet excited state, the presence of benzophenones induces the occurrence of additional non-radiative de-excitation pathways. Even the intersystem crossing rate is significantly increased with respect to that of the model one. A photoinduced intramolecular electron transfer (PIET) from diaminofluorene to benzophenone subunits is proposed as the most efficient quenching process. At low polar solvent, the emission of an exciplex confirms the PIET process and the occurrence of a partial charge separation between donor and acceptor parts.

  2. Real-time simulations of photoinduced coherent charge transfer and proton-coupled electron transfer.

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    Eisenmayer, Thomas J; Buda, Francesco

    2014-10-20

    Photoinduced electron transfer (ET) and proton-coupled electron transfer (PCET) are fundamental processes in natural phenomena, most noticeably in photosynthesis. Time-resolved spectroscopic evidence of coherent oscillatory behavior associated with these processes has been reported both in complex biological environments, as well as in biomimetic models for artificial photosynthesis. Here, we consider a few biomimetic models to investigate these processes in real-time simulations based on ab initio molecular dynamics and Ehrenfest dynamics. This allows for a detailed analysis on how photon-to-charge conversion is promoted by a coupling of the electronic excitation with specific vibrational modes and with proton displacements. The ET process shows a characteristic coherence that is linked to the nuclear motion at the interface between donor and acceptor. We also show real-time evidence of PCET in a benzimidazole-phenol redox relay. © 2014 WILEY-VCH Verlag GmbH & Co. KGaA, Weinheim.

  3. Photoinduced electron transfer interaction of anthraquinones with aniline quenchers: Influence of methyl substitution in aniline donors

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    Sivakumar, V.; Ponnamma, Deepalekshmi; Hussein, Yasser H. A.

    2017-02-01

    Photoinduced electron transfer between triplet state of 9,10-anthraquinone (AQ) and its two derivatives: 2-chloro-9,10-anthraquinone (CAQ) and sodium anthraquinone-2-sulfonate (AQS) and ground state aniline (AN) and its dimethyl substitutions: 2,3-dimethylaniline (2,3-DMA), 2,6-dimethylaniline (2,6-DMA), 3,5-dimethylaniline (3,5-DMA) and N,N-dimethylaniline (N,N-DMA) is studied using nanosecond laser flash photolysis at room temperature. Detection of radical bands of quinone anions and aniline cations along with their formation and/or decay kinetics are used to confirm the electron transfer (ET) process. In MeCN medium, AN quenches the triplet state of CAQ (CAQT) but not the triplets AQT or AQST. However in aqueous medium, AN quenches AQST and forms radical ion pair. All the DMAs can react through ET with all the triplet quinones at different degrees of efficiency in MeCN medium. Noticeably, the ring substituted DMAs are less efficient in electron donation to AQT or AQST while the N,N-DMA shows high efficiency in donating electron to all triplet quinones in MeCN medium. Charge distribution of donor molecules, in MeCN medium is calculated using density functional theory (DFT), and shows an enhancement of electron density of the ring of N,N-DMA, making it an ideal electron donor for ET studies compared to other DMAs. This systematic selection and usage of anilines with electrochemically tunable quinones can be viewed as a working model of donor-acceptor system that can be utilized in photoinduced ET applications.

  4. 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.

  5. 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

  6. Inter-Fullerene Electronic Coupling Controls the Efficiency of Photoinduced Charge Generation in Organic Bulk Heterojunctions

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    Larson, Bryon W.; Reid, Obadiah G.; Coffey, David C.; Avdoshenko, Stanislav M.; Popov, Alexey A.; Boltalina, Olga V.; Strauss, Steven H.; Kopidakis, Nikos; Rumbles, Garry

    2016-09-26

    Photoinduced charge generation (PCG) dynamics are notoriously difficult to correlate with specific molecular properties in device relevant polymer:fullerene organic photovoltaic blend films due to the highly complex nature of the solid state blend morphology. Here, this study uses six judiciously selected trifluoromethylfullerenes blended with the prototypical polymer poly(3-hexylthiophene) and measure the PCG dynamics in 50 fs-500 ns time scales with time-resolved microwave conductivity and femtosecond transient absorption spectroscopy. The isomeric purity and thorough chemical characterization of the fullerenes used in this study allow for a detailed correlation between molecular properties, driving force, local intermolecular electronic coupling and, ultimately, the efficiency of PCG yield. The findings show that the molecular design of the fullerene not only determines inter-fullerene electronic coupling, but also influences the decay dynamics of free holes in the donor phase even when the polymer microstructure remains unchanged.

  7. Configuration-Dependent Photoinduced Electron Transfer in Diastereomeric Naphthalene-Amino-Naphthalene Triads.

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    Nuin, Edurne; Sastre, German; Pischel, Uwe; Andreu, Inmaculada; Miranda, Miguel A

    2015-09-07

    Novel diastereomeric triads containing two naphthalene chromophores have been designed in which an electron-donating amine moiety is covalently integrated into the connecting bridge. Photophysical studies (steady-state and time-resolved fluorescence) in solvents of different polarity have been performed. A remarkable stereodifferentiation in the intramolecular fluorescence quenching was found in acetonitrile. Laser flash photolysis gave rise to naphthalene-derived radical cations, which were also quenched by the amine with an even higher degree of stereodifferentiation. The results are in agreement with thermodynamic estimations and indicate that photoinduced electron transfer (PET) is the main quenching pathway. Furthermore, theoretical calculations have allowed us to explain the experimentally observed stereodifferentiation in PET quenching.

  8. Photoinduced field-assisted electron emission from dielectric-coated electrodes into gases

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    Josepson, R.; Laan, M.; Aarik, J.; Kasikov, A.

    2008-07-01

    A photoinduced non-self-sustained discharge in a point-plane gap at near-atmospheric pressures in nitrogen and nitrogen-oxygen mixture was studied. Molybdenum and platinum points were coated with thin layers of MgO and TiO2 of different thicknesses. Static current-voltage characteristics were recorded at different intensities of triggering light, layer thickness and gas pressure. The common regularities of current-voltage characteristics were independent of the electrode/coating combinations used. The studies showed that the field-assisted two-step model of emission describes the experimental findings. The electron emission is controlled by Schottky and Fowler-Nordheim mechanisms at the metal-dielectric interface and by a recombination of positive ions with 'hot' and free electrons near the dielectric-gas interface.

  9. Photoinduced transition between conventional and topological insulators in two-dimensional electronic systems.

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    Inoue, Jun-Ichi; Tanaka, Akihiro

    2010-07-02

    Manipulating the topological properties of insulators, encoded in invariants such as the Chern number and its generalizations, is now a major issue for realizing novel charge or spin responses in electron systems. We propose that a simple optical means, subjecting to a driving laser field with circular polarization, can be fruitfully incorporated to this end. Taking as a prototypical example the two-band insulator first considered by Haldane, we show how the electron system can be tuned through phases associated with different Chern numbers as the laser intensity is adiabatically swept, i.e., a photoinduced analog of the quantum Hall plateau transition. The implications of our findings include the possibility of laser tuning a conventional insulator into a quantum spin Hall system.

  10. Effect of temperature, energy gap, and distortion of potential surfaces on photoinduced intramolecular electron transfer

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    Islampour, R.; Alden, R.G.; Wu, G.Y.C.; Lin, S.H. )

    1993-07-01

    We report the quantitative examination of the effect of distortion of potential energy surfaces and the temperature effect on photoinduced intramolecular electron transfer (PIET) as a function of electronic energy gap. The results demonstrate the importance of distorted oscillators in determining the dependence of the rate of PIET on the energy gap. This phenomenon may in some cases lead to misinterpretations of experimental data, when undistorted oscillators are assumed to be involved in the PIET process. The condition for observing the linear (rather than parabolic) dependence of the ET rate will be determined using the multimode model. The inclusion of multivibrational modes in the nuclear factors results in energy gap behavior, which is markedly different from the single mode case. Finally, a comparison between PIET and internal conversion is discussed. 25 refs., 5 figs., 3 tabs.

  11. Photoinduced nanobubble-driven superfast diffusion of nanoparticles imaged by 4D electron microscopy

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    Fu, Xuewen; Chen, Bin; Tang, Jau; Zewail, Ahmed H.

    2017-01-01

    Dynamics of active or propulsive Brownian particles in nonequilibrium status have recently attracted great interest in many fields including artificial micro/nanoscopic motors and biological entities. Understanding of their dynamics can provide insight into the statistical properties of physical and biological systems far from equilibrium. We report the translational dynamics of photon-activated gold nanoparticles (NPs) in water imaged by liquid-cell four-dimensional electron microscopy (4D-EM) with high spatiotemporal resolution. Under excitation of femtosecond laser pulses, we observed that those NPs exhibit superfast diffusive translation with a diffusion constant four to five orders of magnitude greater than that in the absence of laser excitation. The measured diffusion constant follows a power-law dependence on the laser fluence and a linear increase with the laser repetition rate, respectively. This superfast diffusion of the NPs is induced by a strong random driving force arising from the photoinduced steam nanobubbles (NBs) near the NP surface. In contrast, the NPs exhibit a superfast ballistic translation at a short time scale down to nanoseconds. Combining with a physical model simulation, this study reveals a photoinduced NB propulsion mechanism for propulsive motion, providing physical insights into better design of light-activated artificial micro/nanomotors. The liquid-cell 4D-EM also provides the potential of studying other numerical dynamical behaviors in their native environments. PMID:28875170

  12. Directional photoinduced electron transfer in paraquat silicate thin films containing entrapped ruthenium(II)-tris(bathophenanthroline-disulfonate).

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    Trammell, Scott A; Tsoi, Stanislav; Martin, Brett; Melde, Brian J; Moore, Martin M; Dressick, Walter J

    2011-10-28

    We have demonstrated directional photoinduced electron transfer in paraquat silicate thin films containing entrapped ruthenium(II)-tris(bathophenanthroline-disulfonate (RuBPS). The films were made by electrochemically-induced hydrolysis of a silane analogue of paraquat with ruthenium(II)-tris(bathophenanthroline-disulfonate as its ion pair.

  13. Photo-induced electronic properties in single quantum well system: effect of excitonic lifetime

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    Patwari, Jayita; Ghadi, Hemant; Sardar, Samim; Singhal, Jashan; Tongbram, Binita; Shyamal, Sanjib; Bhattacharya, Chinmoy; Chakrabarti, Subhananda; Pal, Samir Kumar

    2017-01-01

    In the present study, we have established a correlation between the photo-induced electronic phenomena and excited state lifetime of the photo generated carriers in double barrier Al0.3Ga0.7As\\GaAs quantum well (QW) structures. The excited state lifetime was measured experimentally by picosecond time resolved photoluminescence spectroscopy for two samples with different well widths (5.3 nm and 16.5 nm). The faster nonradiative decay time of the narrower well can be attributed to the facile escape of electrons from well to barrier due to lower associated energy compared to that of the thicker well which resembles the simulated results of the energy level distribution. The proposed mechanism of carrier escape is further proven from the higher value of unconventional excitonic capacitance value in the thicker well, measured by impedance spectroscopy. The dependence of photo-induced capacitance on well thickness is explained by the lifetime of the excited carriers in this study. Dependence of the photo-generated capacitance (C) on externally applied bias voltage (V) was also studied to quantitatively establish a proportional relation between the carrier holding capacity of the well and the excitonic lifetime. The higher accumulation of charge and lower ground state energy of the thicker well is evident from the higher tunnelling current found for the same in the photocurrent (I) versus voltage (V) measurement. Thus the escape of electrons from the well to barrier is the key factor affecting the photo generated charge accumulation and its holding capacity which in turn influences the device performances.

  14. Real Time Quantification of Ultrafast Photoinduced Bimolecular Electron Transfer Rate: Direct Probing of the Transient Intermediate.

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    Mukherjee, Puspal; Biswas, Somnath; Sen, Pratik

    2015-08-27

    Fluorescence quenching studies through steady-state and time-resolved measurements are inadequate to quantify the bimolecular electron transfer rate in bulk homogeneous solution due to constraints from diffusion. To nullify the effect of diffusion, direct evaluation of the rate of formation of a transient intermediate produced upon the electron transfer is essential. Methyl viologen, a well-known electron acceptor, produces a radical cation after accepting an electron, which has a characteristic strong and broad absorption band centered at 600 nm. Hence it is a good choice to evaluate the rate of photoinduced electron transfer reaction employing femtosecond broadband transient absorption spectroscopy. The time constant of the aforementioned process between pyrene and methyl viologen in methanol has been estimated to be 2.5 ± 0.4 ps using the same technique. The time constant for the backward reaction was found to be 14 ± 1 ps. These values did not change with variation of concentration of quencher, i.e., methyl viologen. Hence, we can infer that diffusion has no contribution in the estimation of rate constants. However, on changing the solvent from methanol to ethanol, the time constant of the electron transfer reaction has been found to increase and has accounted for the change in solvent reorganization energy.

  15. Enhancing Photoinduced Electron Transfer Efficiency of Fluorescent pH-Probes with Halogenated Phenols

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    2014-01-01

    Photoinduced electron transfer (PET), which causes pH-dependent quenching of fluorescent dyes, is more effectively introduced by phenolic groups than by amino groups which have been much more commonly used so far. That is demonstrated by fluorescence measurements involving several classes of fluorophores. Electrochemical measurements show that PET in several amino-modified dyes is thermodynamically favorable, even though it was not experimentally found, underlining the importance of kinetic aspects to the process. Consequently, the attachment of phenolic groups allows for fast and simple preparation of a wide selection of fluorescent pH-probes with tailor-made spectral properties, sensitive ranges, and individual advantages, so that a large number of applications can be realized. Fluorophores carrying phenolic groups may also be used for sensing analytes other than pH or molecular switching and signaling. PMID:25126834

  16. Effect of monomer diffusion on photoinduced shrinkage in photopolymer layers determined by electronic speckle pattern interferometry

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    Moothanchery, Mohesh; Pramanik, Manojit; Toal, Vincent; Naydenova, Izabela

    2017-03-01

    The aim of this study is to determine the effect of monomer diffusion on the photoinduced shrinkage profile in acrylamide based photopolymer layers during holographic recording. Using phase shifting electronic speckle pattern interferometry the displacement at each pixel in the image of the layer is measured. The complete displacement profile of the layer was obtained using phase shifting technique. We observed a reduction in shrinkage as a result of monomer diffusion from unexposed regions of holographic exposure. As a result of diffusion the maximum shrinkage was reduced by 26 % from 7.18μm to 5.28μm in a photopolymer layer of thickness160 +/- 3 μm after 84 seconds of recording.

  17. Photoinduced electron transfer in a protein-surfactant complex: probing the interaction of SDS with BSA.

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

    2006-08-24

    Photoinduced fluorescence quenching electron transfer from N,N-dimethyl aniline to different 7-amino coumarin dyes has been investigated in sodium dodecyl sulfate (SDS) micelles and in bovine serum albumin (BSA)-SDS protein-surfactant complexes using steady state and picosecond time resolved fluorescence spectroscopy. The electron transfer rate has been found to be slower in BSA-SDS protein-surfactant complexes compared to that in SDS micelles. This observation has been explained with the help of the "necklace-and-bead" structure formed by the protein-surfactant complex due to coiling of protein molecules around the micelles. In the correlation of free energy change to the fluorescence quenching electron transfer rate, we have observed that coumarin 151 deviates from the normal Marcus region, showing retardation in the electron transfer rate at higher negative free energy region. We endeavored to establish that the retardation in the fluorescence quenching electron transfer rate for coumarin 151 at higher free energy region is a result of slower rotational relaxation and slower translational diffusion of coumarin 151 (C-151) compared to its analogues coumarin 152 and coumarin 481 in micelles and in protein-surfactant complexes. The slower rotational relaxation and translational diffusion of C-151 are supposed to be arising from the different location of coumarin 151 compared to coumarin 152 and coumarin 481.

  18. 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.

  19. Photoinduced electron transfer in layer-by-layer thin solid films containing cobalt oxide nanosheets, porphyrin, and methyl viologen.

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    Sasai, R; Kato, Y; Soontornchaiyakul, W; Usami, H; Masumori, A; Norimatsu, W; Fujimura, T; Takagi, S

    2017-02-15

    The well-known layer-by-layer (LbL) method can be used to prepare solid thin films with a controlled electron transfer direction by appropriately stacking metal oxide nanosheets and functional organic ions. In this study, we prepared thin solid films consisting of cobalt oxide nanosheets (CoNSs) as the electron transfer medium, α,β,γ,δ-tetrakis(1-methylpyridinium-4-yl)porphyrin (TMPyP) as the electron donor, and 1,1'-dimethyl-4,4'-bipyridinium or methyl viologen (MV) as the electron acceptor. We investigated the photoinduced electron transfer phenomenon in these films by irradiating them with 450 nm light. Irradiating the LbL thin solid films prepared with the CoNS/TMPyP/CoNS/MV/CoNS sequence under reduced pressure led to the production of a one-electron reduction compound of MV. Hence, photoinduced electron transfer from TMPyP to MV bound to CoNSs occurred in these LbL thin solid films. However, the conduction band of CoNSs, as determined by the photoabsorption spectral and photoelectrochemical measurements, was much higher than the lowest unoccupied molecular orbital level of TMPyP. Our findings indicate that the observed equipotential photoinduced electron transfer was caused by the metallic electron conductivity of CoNSs, which show a unique charge arrangement of Co(3+) and Co(4+). Moreover, it was also found that the observed photoinduced charge separation state has a longer life-time (>5 h) under the reduced conditions.

  20. pH Dependence of Photoinduced Electron Transfer with [Ru(TAP)3](2).

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    Troian-Gautier, Ludovic; Mugeniwabagara, Epiphanie; Fusaro, Luca; Moucheron, Cécile; Kirsch-De Mesmaeker, Andrée; Luhmer, Michel

    2017-02-20

    The quenching of the excited state of [Ru(TAP)3](2+) (TAP = 1,4,5,8-tetraazaphenanthrene) by guanosine-5'-monophosphate (GMP), N-acetyltyrosine (N-Ac-Tyr), and hydroquinone (H2Q) has been studied in aqueous solution over a wide range of pH values including, for the first time, strongly acidic media. This quenching by electron transfer was examined by steady-state (1)H photochemically induced dynamic nuclear polarization (photo-CIDNP) as well as by more conventional techniques, among which are pulsed laser-induced transient absorption and emission experiments. A deeper knowledge of the photochemical behavior of [Ru(TAP)3](2+) has been gained thanks to the combined use of these two approaches, photo-CIDNP and electronic spectroscopies, highlighting their complementarity. In contrast to what was believed, it is found that the protonated excited state of [Ru(TAP)3](2+) may give rise to an electron transfer with N-Ac-Tyr and H2Q. Such a photoinduced electron transfer does not occur with protonated GMP, however. (1)H photo-CIDNP experiments are expected to be particularly promising for characterization of the reductive quenching of excited-state ruthenium(II) polypyridyl complexes comprising several nonequivalent protonation sites.

  1. A femtosecond study of photoinduced electron transfer from dimethylaniline to coumarin dyes in a cetyltrimethylammonium bromide micelle

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    Ghosh, Subhadip; Sahu, Kalyanasis; Mondal, Sudip Kumar; Sen, Pratik; Bhattacharyya, Kankan

    2006-08-07

    Ultrafast photoinduced electron transfer (PET) from N,N-dimethylaniline to coumarin dyes in cetyltrimethylammonium bromide (CTAB) micelle is studied using femtosecond upconversion spectroscopy. The rate of PET in a CTAB micelle is found to be highly nonexponential with components much faster ({approx}10 ps) than the slow components of solvation dynamics. The ultrafast components of electron transfer exhibits a bell-shaped dependence on the free energy change which is similar to the Marcus inversion.

  2. Photoinduced electron-transfer chemistry of the bielectrophoric N-phthaloyl derivatives of the amino acids tyrosine, histidine and tryptophan

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    Neudörfl, Jörg; de Kiff, Alan

    2011-01-01

    Summary The photochemistry of phthalimide derivatives of the electron-rich amino acids tyrosine, histidine and tryptophan 8–10 was studied with respect to photoinduced electron-transfer (PET) induced decarboxylation and Norrish II bond cleavage. Whereas exclusive photodecarboxylation of the tyrosine substrate 8 was observed, the histidine compound 9 resulted in a mixture of histamine and preferential Norrish cleavage. The tryptophan derivative 10 is photochemically inert and shows preferential decarboxylation only when induced by intermolecular PET. PMID:21647325

  3. On the effect of the nature of the bridge on oxidative or reductive photoinduced electron transfer in donor-bridge-acceptor systems.

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    Arrigo, Antonino; Santoro, Antonio; Indelli, Maria Teresa; Natali, Mirco; Scandola, Franco; Campagna, Sebastiano

    2014-01-21

    Photoinduced electron transfer is a topical issue in chemistry. In multicomponent donor-bridge-acceptor systems, electron transfer is usually discussed within the frame of superexchange theory, which takes into account electronic coupling mediated by virtual states involving bridge orbitals. However, the schematization used for superexchange in thermal electron transfer processes is not suitable to immediately understand some intriguing aspects of photoinduced charge separation and recombination processes, which are only uncovered by analyzing the virtual states involved in forward and backward excited-state electron transfer. In particular, for oxidative photoinduced electron transfer, a low-energy virtual state which cannot mediate the forward charge separation can efficiently mediate charge recombination via the hole-transfer superexchange route, whereas for reductive photoinduced electron transfer, a low-energy virtual state which cannot mediate the forward process can efficiently mediate charge recombination via electron-transfer superexchange. As a consequence, to obtain long-lived charge-separated states upon oxidative photoinduced electron transfer in donor-bridge-acceptor systems it is preferable to avoid easy-to-oxidize bridges, whereas easy-to-reduce bridges should better be avoided in reductive photoinduced charge separation. These considerations, exemplified by the analysis of some literature cases, can be useful hints for the design of long-lived charge-separated states.

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

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    Bornmann, B; Mingels, S; Dams, F; Prommesberger, C; Schreiner, R; Lützenkirchen-Hecht, D; Müller, G

    2012-01-01

    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.

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

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

    2012-01-01

    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.

  6. 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

  7. 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.

  8. Bimolecular Photoinduced Electron Transfer in Static Quenching Regime: Illustration of Marcus Inversion in Micelle.

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    Mukherjee, Puspal; Das, Aritra; Sengupta, Arunava; Sen, Pratik

    2017-02-23

    Ultrafast bimolecular photoinduced electron transfer (PET) between six coumarin dyes and four viologen molecules in the stern layer of sodium dodecyl sulfate micelle have been studied using femtosecond broadband transient absorption spectroscopy and femtosecond fluorescence up-conversion spectroscopy over a broad reaction exergonicity (ΔG(0)). Emanating the formation of radical cation intermediates of viologen molecules using the transient absorption and the fast decay component of coumarins using the fluorescence up-conversion studies the forward bimolecular electron transfer rate (ket) have been measured with high accuracy. The relationship of ket with ΔG(0) found to follow a Marcus type bell-shaped dependence with an inversion at -1.10 eV. In this report, we have studied PET reaction using ultrafast spectroscopy at the quencher concentration where static quenching regime prevails. Moreover, the incompetency of Stern-Volmer experiments in studying ultrafast PET has been revealed. In contrary to previous claims, here we found that the ket is lower for lower lifetime coumarins, indicating that static, nonstationary and stationary regime of quenching have the minimal role to play to in the bimolecular electron transfer process. By far, this report is believed to be the most efficient and immaculate way of approaching Marcus inverted region problem in the case of bimolecular PET and settles the long-lasting debate of whether the same can be observed in micellar systems.

  9. Blue bottle light: lecture demonstrations of homogeneous and heterogeneous photo-induced electron transfer reactions.

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    Mills, Andrew; Lawrie, Katherine; McFarlane, Michael

    2009-03-01

    The classic, non-photochemical blue bottle experiment involves the reaction of methylene blue (MB) with deprotonated glucose, to form a bleached form of the dye, leuco-methylene blue (LMB), and subsequent colour recovery by shaking with air. This reaction is a popular demonstrator of key principles in kinetics and reaction mechanisms. Here it is modified so as to highlight features of homogenous and heterogeneous photoinduced electron transfer (PET) (Pure Appl. Chem., 2007, 79, 293-465) reactions, i.e.blue bottle light experiments. The homogeneous blue bottle light experiment uses methylene blue, MB, as the photo-sensitizer and triethanolamine as the sacrificial electron donor. Visible light irradiation of this system leads to its rapid bleaching, followed by the ready restoration of its original colour upon shaking away from the light source. The heterogeneous blue bottle light experiment uses titania as the photo-sensitizer, MB as a redox indicator and glucose as the sacrificial electron donor. UVA light irradiation of this system leads to the rapid bleaching of the MB and the gradual restoration of its original colour with shaking and standing. The latter 'dark' step can be made facile and more demonstrator-friendly by using platinised titania particles. These two photochemical versions of the blue bottle experiment are used to explore the factors which underpin homogeneous and heterogeneous PET reactions and provide useful demonstrations of homogeneous and heterogeneous photochemistry.

  10. Photo-induced electron-transfer processes in (anthracene-) quinquethiophene-fullerene diads and triads

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    Knorr, S.; Grupp, A.; Mehring, M.; Grube, G.; Effenberger, F.

    1999-02-01

    We have investigated novel model systems for photo-induced intramolecular electron-transfer processes. The molecules presented here are of the structure T5-C60 or A-T5-C60, i.e., fullerene C60 is used as acceptor, and quinquethiophene (T5) or anthracene (A) can act as a donor. From theoretical considerations we learn that a charge transfer should occur after excitation of the quinquethiophene or anthracene part, whereby an energy transfer is still not excluded. Optical absorption spectra show the electronic independence of the fullerene from the substituent and hint at isolated molecules in solutions. After laser-flash excitation of frozen solutions of the molecules, we used pulsed electron spin resonance (ESR) to detect the radical signals of the charge-separated state. In both the diad and the triad, we observe at low temperatures a free induction decay (FID) and a broad spin-echo spectrum with the same lifetime of 1-2 μs. The signals can be assigned to the C60- anion (FID) and the T5+cation (spin echo) by the g factor and the linewidth.

  11. Influence of donor-acceptor distance variation on photoinduced electron and proton transfer in rhenium(I)-phenol dyads.

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    Kuss-Petermann, Martin; Wolf, Hilke; Stalke, Dietmar; Wenger, Oliver S

    2012-08-01

    A homologous series of four molecules in which a phenol unit is linked covalently to a rhenium(I) tricarbonyl diimine photooxidant via a variable number of p-xylene spacers (n = 0-3) was synthesized and investigated. The species with a single p-xylene spacer was structurally characterized to get some benchmark distances. Photoexcitation of the metal complex in the shortest dyad (n = 0) triggers release of the phenolic proton to the acetonitrile/water solvent mixture; a H/D kinetic isotope effect (KIE) of 2.0 ± 0.4 is associated with this process. Thus, the shortest dyad basically acts like a photoacid. The next two longer dyads (n = 1, 2) exhibit intramolecular photoinduced phenol-to-rhenium electron transfer in the rate-determining excited-state deactivation step, and there is no significant KIE in this case. For the dyad with n = 1, transient absorption spectroscopy provided evidence for release of the phenolic proton to the solvent upon oxidation of the phenol by intramolecular photoinduced electron transfer. Subsequent thermal charge recombination is associated with a H/D KIE of 3.6 ± 0.4 and therefore is likely to involve proton motion in the rate-determining reaction step. Thus, some of the longer dyads (n = 1, 2) exhibit photoinduced proton-coupled electron transfer (PCET), albeit in a stepwise (electron transfer followed by proton transfer) rather than concerted manner. Our study demonstrates that electronically strongly coupled donor-acceptor systems may exhibit significantly different photoinduced PCET chemistry than electronically weakly coupled donor-bridge-acceptor molecules.

  12. Photoinduced electron transfer in ruthenium(II)/Tin(IV) multiporphyrin arrays.

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    Indelli, M Teresa; Chiorboli, Claudio; Ghirotti, Marco; Orlandi, Michele; Scandola, Franco; Kim, Hyun Jung; Kim, Hee-Joon

    2010-11-18

    The photophysical behavior of a series of heterometallic arrays made of a central Sn(IV) porphyrin connected, respectively, to two (SnRu(2)), four (SnRu(4)), or six (SnRu(6)) ruthenium porphyrin units has been studied in dichloromethane. Two different motifs connect the ruthenium porphyrin units to central tin porphyrin core, axial coordination via ditopic bridging ligands and/or coordination to peripheral pyridyl groups of the central porphyrin ring. A remarkable number of electron transfer processes (photoinduced charge separation and recombination processes) have been time-resolved using a combination of emission spectroscopy and fast (nanosecond) and ultrafast (femtosecond) absorption techniques. In these systems both types of molecular components can be selectively populated by light absorption. In all the arrays, the local excited states of these units (the tin porphyrin singlet excited state and the ruthenium porphyrin triplet state) are quenched by electron transfer leading to a charge-separated state where the ruthenium porphyrin unit is oxidized and the tin porphyrin unit is reduced. For each array, the two forward electron transfer processes, as well as the charge recombination process leading back to the ground state, have been kinetically resolved. The rate constants obey standard free-energy correlations with the forward processes lying in the normal free-energy regime and the back reactions in the Marcus inverted region. The comparison between the trimeric (SnRu(2)) and pentameric (SnRu(4)) arrays shows that all the electron transfer processes are faster in the latter than in the former system. This can be rationalized in terms of differences in electronic factors (due to the different connecting motifs) and driving force. In less polar solvents, such as toluene, the energy of the charge-separated states is substantially lifted, leading to a switch (from electron transfer to triplet energy transfer) in the deactivation mechanism of the excited

  13. 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.

  14. 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

    2016-05-04

    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. © 2016 WILEY-VCH Verlag GmbH & Co. KGaA, Weinheim.

  15. Ultrafast photoinduced charge transfer in pi-conjugated electron systems: Effects of structure, delocalization, and energetics (Conference Presentation)

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    Schanze, Kirk S.; Jones, Austin; Gish, Melissa; Zeman, Charles J.; Alsam, Amani A.; Aly, Shawkat M.; Papanikolas, John M.; Mohammed, Omar F.

    2016-09-01

    Photoinduced charge transfer is a key step in the mechanism of charge generation in organic solar cells. Charge transfer typically occurs from a photoexcited conjugated polymer donor to an electron acceptor. In an effort to better understand the primary events in solar cells, we have investigated photoinduced charge transfer in model donor-acceptor systems consisting of pi-conjugated oligomer donors that are covalently linked to diimide electron acceptors. These studies utilized oligo(thiophene), oligo(phenylene ethynylene) and oligo(fluorene) pi-conjugated systems with lengths varying from 4 to 12 repeat units linked to naphthalene diimide electron acceptors. Excitation with 100 femtosecond pulses at wavelengths correspoinding to the conjugated oligomer absorption band(s) leads to rapid photoinduced charge transfer to produce a charge separated state, (oligomer+)-(NDI-), which subsequently decays on timescales ranging from 100 ps to 5 ns. The dynamics of the forward and reverse electron transfer reactions depend strongly on the structure and length of the pi-conjugated oligomers, with the fastest rates occurring for oligo(thiophene)s, and considerably slower rates for oligo(phenylene ethynylene)s. The talk will discuss the structure-property relationships and energetic correlations that control the dynamics of charge separation and recombination.

  16. 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.

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

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

    2006-08-01

    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.

  18. 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.

  19. Catalytic photoinduced electron transport across a lipid bilayer mediated by a membrane-soluble electron relay.

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    Limburg, B; Bouwman, E; Bonnet, S

    2015-12-14

    Unidirectional photocatalytic electron transfer from a hydrophilic electron donor encapsulated in the interior of a liposome, to a hydrophilic electron acceptor on the other side of the membrane, has been achieved using the simple membrane-soluble electron relay 1-methoxy-N-methylphenazinium (MMP(+)). The total amount of photoproduct (>140 nmol) exceeds the number of moles of MMP(+) present (125 nmol), thus showing that the transport of electrons is catalytic.

  20. A photoinduced electron transfer-based nanoprobe as a marker of acidic organelles in mammalian cells.

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    Marín, María J; Galindo, Francisco; Thomas, Paul; Wileman, Tom; Russell, David A

    2013-07-01

    Photoinduced electron transfer (PET)-based molecular probes have been successfully used for the intracellular imaging of the pH of acidic organelles. In this study, we describe the synthesis and characterization of a novel PET-based pH nanoprobe and its biological application for the signaling of acidic organelles in mammalian cells. A fluorescent ligand sensitive to pH via the PET mechanism that incorporates a thiolated moiety was synthesized and used to stabilize gold nanoparticles (2.4 ± 0.6 nm), yielding a PET-based nanoprobe. The PET nanoprobe was unambiguously characterized by transmission electron microscopy, proton nuclear magnetic resonance, Fourier transform infrared, ultraviolet-visible absorption, and steady-state/time-resolved fluorescence spectroscopies which confirmed the functionalization of the gold nanoparticles with the PET-based ligand. Following a classic PET behavior, the fluorescence emission of the PET-based nanoprobe was quenched in alkaline conditions and enhanced in an acidic environment. The PET-based nanoprobe was used for the intracellular imaging of acidic environments within Chinese hamster ovary cells by confocal laser scanning microscopy. The internalization of the nanoparticles by the cells was confirmed by confocal fluorescence images and also by recording the fluorescence emission spectra of the intracellular PET-based nanoprobe from within the cells. Co-localization experiments using a marker of acidic organelles, LysoTracker Red DND-99, and a marker of autophagosomes, GFP-LC3, confirm that the PET-based nanoprobe acts as marker of acidic organelles and autophagosomes within mammalian cells.

  1. Vectorially photoinduced electron-transfer processes across water-in-oil interfaces of microemulsions

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    Willner, I.; Otvos, J.W.; Calvin, M.

    1980-07-01

    Artificial photosynthetic devices are potential fuel sources. The basic idea in the design of such devices is a photosensitized electron-transfer that yields chemical species capable of reducing and oxidizing water to hydrogen and oxygen. A fundamental difficulty in effecting this transfer is the thermodynamically favored back reactions of the intermediary redox species. An interfacial model composed of a water-in-oil microemulsion is suggested to provide the separation of these redox species, thereby preventing back-reactions. This model is designed to accomplish the photodecomposition of water in two separate water-in-oil microemulsions coupled by a redox reaction. Phase-transfer of one of the redox products from the water-in-oil interface to the continuous organic phase is the principle by which separation is achieved. The oxidation and reduction sites of the general model have been constructed. One system includes the photosensitized oxidation of a donor, EDTA, solubilized in the water pool, benzylnicotinamide acts as a primary acceptor that mediates by the phase transfer principle the reduction of a secondary acceptor, dimethylamino-azobenzene, solubilized in the continuous organic phase. In system two, involving the photosensitized reduction of methyl viologen, by tris(2,2'bipyridine)Ru(2+), thioophenol is used as the donor and its oxidation product is phase transferred to the continuous organic phase. The photoinduced processes accomplished in the two systems proceed along an uphill gradient of free energy. Two water soluble zinc-porphyrins can substitute for the Ru(2+) complex in the second system. As the two Zn-porphyrins are oppositely charged, the effect of electrostatic interactions on the quantum yields of viologen reduction could be evaluated. The results suggest that the surface charge of the wateroil interface strongly influences the efficiency of electron-transfer.

  2. 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.

  3. Photoinduced electron transfer and persistent spectral hole-burning in natural emerald.

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    Riesen, Hans

    2011-06-02

    Wavelength-selective excited-state lifetime measurements and absorption, luminescence, and hole-burning spectra of a natural African emerald crystal are reported. The (2)E excited-state lifetime displays an extreme wavelength dependence, varying from 190 to 37 μs within 1.8 nm of the R(1)-line. Overall, the excited state is strongly quenched, in comparison to laboratory-created emerald (τ=1.3 ms), with an average quenching rate of ∼6 × 10(3) s(-1) at 2.5 K. This quenching is attributed to photoinduced electron transfer caused by a relatively high concentration of Fe(2+) ions. The forward electron-transfer rate, k(f), from the nearest possible Fe(2+) sites at around 5 Å is estimated to be ∼20 × 10(3) s(-1) at 2.5 K. The photoreductive quenching of the excited Cr(3+) ions by Fe(2+) is followed by rapid electron back-transfer in the ground state upon deactivation. The exchange interaction based quenching can be modeled by assuming a random quencher distribution within the possible Fe(2+) sites with the forward electron-transfer rate, k(f), given as a function of acceptor-donor separation R by exp[(R(f)-R)/a(f)]; R(f) and a(f) values of 13.5 and 2.7 Å are obtained at 2.5 K. The electron transfer/back-transfer reorganizes the local crystal lattice, occasionally leading to a minor variation of the short-range structure around the Cr(3+) ions. This provides a mechanism for spectral hole-burning for which a moderately high quantum efficiency of about ∼0.005% is observed. Spectral holes are subject to spontaneous hole-filling and spectral diffusion, and both effects can be quantified within the standard two-level systems for non-photochemical hole-burning. Importantly, the absorbance increases on both sides of broad spectral holes, and isosbestic points are observed, in accord with the expected distribution of the "photoproduct" in a non-photochemical hole-burning process. © 2011 American Chemical Society

  4. 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.

  5. 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.

  6. Characterization of photo-induced electron and hole transfer in a porphyrin based ambipolar organic molecule with cascade energy levels

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    Wang, Tianyang; Weerasinghe, Krishanthi C.; Sun, Haiya; Li, Ping'an; Liu, Dongzhi; Li, Wei; Hu, Wenping; Zhou, Xueqin; Wang, Lichang

    2017-08-01

    A porphyrin based ambipolar organic molecule consisting of styrene based triphenylamine derivative (MTPA) as electron donor, s-triazine group (TRC) as electron acceptor 1 and metal-free tetraphenyl porphyrin (HTPP) as electron acceptor 2 was synthesized and characterized using computational methods and electrochemical and spectroscopic measurements. The kinetics analysis indicates that the photo-induced charge-separated states, MTPA.+-TRC-HTPP.-, were generated by sequential electron transfers from MTPA to TRC then to HTPP and/or a direct hole transfer from HTPP to MTPA. In toluene, the charge-separated states were formed with 54% through electron transfer and 46% through hole transfer once MTPA moiety was excited. However, in dichloromethane, they were formed with 75% through electron transfer and 25% through hole transfer. Furthermore, more charge-separated species were generated in dichloromethane than in toluene.

  7. Redox Modulation of Flavin and Tyrosine Determines Photoinduced Proton-coupled Electron Transfer and Photoactivation of BLUF Photoreceptors

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    Mathes, Tilo; van Stokkum, Ivo H. M.; Stierl, Manuela; Kennis, John T. M.

    2012-01-01

    Photoinduced electron transfer in biological systems, especially in proteins, is a highly intriguing matter. Its mechanistic details cannot be addressed by structural data obtained by crystallography alone because this provides only static information on a given redox system. In combination with transient spectroscopy and site-directed manipulation of the protein, however, a dynamic molecular picture of the ET process may be obtained. In BLUF (blue light sensors using FAD) photoreceptors, proton-coupled electron transfer between a tyrosine and the flavin cofactor is the key reaction to switch from a dark-adapted to a light-adapted state, which corresponds to the biological signaling state. Particularly puzzling is the fact that, although the various naturally occurring BLUF domains show little difference in the amino acid composition of the flavin binding pocket, the reaction rates of the forward reaction differ quite largely from a few ps up to several hundred ps. In this study, we modified the redox potential of the flavin/tyrosine redox pair by site-directed mutagenesis close to the flavin C2 carbonyl and fluorination of the tyrosine, respectively. We provide information on how changes in the redox potential of either reaction partner significantly influence photoinduced proton-coupled electron transfer. The altered redox potentials allowed us furthermore to experimentally describe an excited state charge transfer intermediately prior to electron transfer in the BLUF photocycle. Additionally, we show that the electron transfer rate directly correlates with the quantum yield of signaling state formation. PMID:22833672

  8. Acceleration of Long-Range Photoinduced Electron Transfer through DNA by Hydroxyquinolines as Artificial Base Pairs.

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    Bätzner, Effi; Liang, Yu; Schweigert, Caroline; Unterreiner, Andreas-Neil; Wagenknecht, Hans-Achim

    2015-06-08

    The C-nucleoside based on the hydroxyquinoline ligand (Hq) is complementary to itself and forms stable Hq-Hq pairs in double-stranded DNA. These artificial Hq-Hq pairs may serve as artificial electron carriers for long-range photoinduced electron transfer in DNA, as elucidated by a combination of gel electrophoretic analysis of irradiated samples and time-resolved transient absorption spectroscopy. For this study, the Hq-Hq pair was combined with a DNA-based donor-acceptor system consisting of 6-N,N-dimethylaminopyrene conjugated to 2'-deoxyuridine as photoinducible electron donor, and methyl viologen attached to the 2'-position of uridine as electron acceptor. The Hq radical anion was identified in the time-resolved measurements and strand cleavage products support its role as an intermediate charge carrier. Hence, the Hq-Hq pair significantly enhances the electron hopping capability of DNA compared to natural DNA bases over long distances while keeping the self-assembly properties as the most attractive feature of DNA as a supramolecular architecture. © 2015 WILEY-VCH Verlag GmbH & Co. KGaA, Weinheim.

  9. Vibronic quantized tunneling controlled photoinduced electron transfer in an organic solar cell subjected to an external electric field.

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    Song, Peng; Zhou, Qiao; Li, Yuanzuo; Ma, Fengcai; Sun, Mengtao

    2017-06-21

    In this work, vibration-resolved photoinduced electron transfer of an organic conjugated DA system subjected to an external electric field was theoretically investigated. The ground and excited state vibrational relaxation energies were quantitatively characterized. The effective high frequency, ω(eff), could be estimated from the variation in energy of the excited-state equilibrium geometries of acceptor and donor sites as well as the analysis of the vibrational modes upon electron transfer. For a PCDTBT:PC70BM blend in an external electric field, the vibronic modes affected the charge separation process differently from the charge recombination process. The simulated results indicated that the vibrational quantum tunneling effect facilitated the charge recombination process to a large extent. Thus, for electron transfer reactions, considering the vibrational excitation influence and perturbed nucleus-electron interactions is essential. These results provide a feasible way to enhance the efficiency in yielding the electron transfer process products.

  10. Ligand-controlled rates of photoinduced electron transfer in hybrid CdSe nanocrystal/poly(viologen) films.

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    Tagliazucchi, Mario; Tice, Daniel B; Sweeney, Christina M; Morris-Cohen, Adam J; Weiss, Emily A

    2011-12-27

    This paper describes a study of the rates of photoinduced electron transfer (PET) from CdSe quantum dots (QDs) to poly(viologen) within thin films, as a function of the length of the ligands passivating the QDs. Ultrafast (<10 ps), quantitative PET occurs from CdSe QDs coated with HS-(CH(2))(n)-COOH for n = 1, 2, 5, and 7 to viologen units. The observed decrease in the magnitude of the PET rate constant with n is weaker than that expected from the decay of the electron tunneling probability across extended all-trans mercaptocarboxylic acids but well-described by electron tunneling across a collapsed ligand shell. The PET rate constants for films with n = 10 and 15 are much slower than those expected based on the trend for n = 1-7; this deviation is ascribed to the formation of bundles of ligands on the surface of the QD that make the tunneling process prohibitively slow by limiting access of the viologen units to the surfaces of the QDs. This study highlights the importance of molecular-level morphology of donor and acceptor materials in determining the rate and yield of interfacial photoinduced electron transfer in thin films.

  11. Effect of viscosity on photoinduced electron transfer reaction: An observation of the Marcus inverted region in homogeneous solvents

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    Saini, Rajesh Kumar; Kuchlyan, Jagannath; Sarkar, Nilmoni

    2016-09-01

    The viscosity effect of homogeneous solvents on the dynamics of photoinduced electron transfer (PET) reaction among the coumarins and N,N-dimethylaniline (DMA) is investigated using steady-state and time-resolved fluorescence spectroscopy. A bell shape Marcus inversion in the ET rates has been detected in the plot of ET rate constant (kq) with free energy change (ΔG0) in viscous solvents decanol and EG, but it is not observed in DMSO like low viscous solvent. We have also reported that there is no complex formation between the coumarin dye and DMA molecule by using fluorescence correlation spectroscopy.

  12. Decatungstate acid improves the photo-induced electron lifetime and retards the recombination in dye sensitized solar cells.

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    Li, Liang; Yang, Yulin; Fan, Ruiqing; Liu, Jian; Jiang, Yanxia; Yang, Bin; Cao, Wenwu

    2016-10-14

    Decatungstate acid (DA) was utilized to modify TiO2 in the photoanode of dye sensitized solar cells. The photo-induced electron lifetime was evidently improved and the recombination was greatly inhibited. DA can introduce levels of impurities and lower the Fermi level through a doping effect and thus increase the photocurrent. Moreover, the improved charge carrier density can be found through external electric field surface photovoltage and Mott-Schottky plots. A 22.94% enhancement in photocurrent was achieved with little degradation in photovoltage, leading to a 10.28% increase in optic-to-electric power conversion efficiency.

  13. Interaction of fluorescence dyes with 5-fluorouracil: A photoinduced electron transfer study in bulk and biologically relevant water

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    Kuchlyan, Jagannath; Banik, Debasis; Kundu, Niloy; Roy, Arpita; Sarkar, Nilmoni

    2014-10-01

    The interactions of widely used chemotherapeutic drug, 5-fluorouracil (5FU) with coumarin dyes have been investigated for the first time using steady-state and time-resolved fluorescence spectroscopic measurements. The fluorescence quenching along with the decrease in lifetimes of excited state of coumarin derivatives with gradual addition of 5FU is explained by photoinduced electron transfer (PET) mechanism. Our studies were performed in bulk water and confined water of AOT (aerosol OT) reverse micelle to investigate the effect of confinement on PET dynamics. The feasibility of PET reaction for coumarin-5FU systems is investigated calculating the standard free energy changes using the Rehm-Weller equation.

  14. Comparative dissociation of peptide polyanions by electron impact and photo-induced electron detachment.

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    Larraillet, Vincent; Vorobyev, Aleksey; Brunet, Claire; Lemoine, Jérôme; Tsybin, Yury O; Antoine, Rodolphe; Dugourd, Philippe

    2010-04-01

    We compare product-ion mass spectra produced by electron detachment dissociation (EDD) and electron photodetachment dissociation (EPD) of multi-deprotonated peptides on a Fourier transform and a linear ion trap mass spectrometer, respectively. Both methods, EDD and EPD, involve the electron emission-induced formation of a radical oxidized species from a multi-deprotonated precursor peptide. Product-ion mass spectra display mainly fragment ions resulting from backbone cleavages of C(alpha)-C bond ruptures yielding a and x ions. Fragment ions originating from N-C(alpha) backbone bond cleavages are also observed, in particular by EPD. Although EDD and EPD methods involve the generation of a charge-reduced radical anion intermediate by electron emission, the product ion abundance distributions are drastically different. Both processes seem to be triggered by the location and the recombination of radicals (both neutral and cation radicals). Therefore, EPD product ions are predominantly formed near tryptophan and histidine residues, whereas in EDD the negative charge solvation sites on the backbone seem to be the most favorable for the nearby bond dissociation. 2010. Published by Elsevier Inc.

  15. 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.

  16. 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

  17. 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

    2015-08-03

    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. © 2015 WILEY-VCH Verlag GmbH & Co. KGaA, Weinheim.

  18. Coronenetetraimide-centered cruciform pentamers containing multiporphyrin units: synthesis and sequential photoinduced energy- and electron-transfer dynamics.

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    Hasobe, Taku; Ida, Koichi; Sakai, Hayato; Ohkubo, Kei; Fukuzumi, Shunichi

    2015-07-27

    A series of coronenetetraimide (CorTIm)-centered cruciform pentamers containing multiporphyrin units, in which four porphyrin units are covalently linked to a CorTIm core through benzyl linkages, were designed and synthesized to investigate their structural, spectroscopic, and electrochemical properties as well as photoinduced electron- and energy-transfer dynamics. These systems afforded the first synthetic case of coroneneimide derivatives covalently linked with dye molecules. The steady-state absorption and electrochemical results indicate that a CorTIm and four porphyrin units were successfully characterized by the corresponding reference monomers. In contrast, the steady-state fluorescence measurements demonstrated that strong fluorescence quenching relative to the corresponding monomer units was observed in these pentamers. Nanosecond laser flash photolysis measurements revealed the occurrence of intermolecular electron transfer from triplet excited state of zinc porphyrins to CorTIm. Femtosecond laser-induced transient absorption measurements for excitation of the CorTIm unit clearly demonstrate the sequential photoinduced energy and electron transfer between CorTIm and porphyrins, that is, occurrence of the initial energy transfer from CorTIm (energy donor) to porphyrins (energy acceptor) and subsequent electron transfer from porphyrins (electron donor) to CorTIm (electron acceptor) in these pentamers, whereas only the electron-transfer process from porphyrins to CorTIm was observed when we mainly excite porphyrin units. Finally, construction of high-order supramolecular patterning of these pentamers was performed by utilizing self-assembly and physical dewetting during the evaporation of solvent. © 2015 WILEY-VCH Verlag GmbH & Co. KGaA, Weinheim.

  19. Fluorescent Photoinduced Electron Transfer (PET) Logic Gates for Acidity (pH) and Redox Potential (pE).

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    Magri, David C; Johnson, Alex D; Spiteri, Jake C

    2017-03-01

    This mini-review highlights the photophysical properties of fluorescent molecular logic gates responsive to acids and oxidants, particularly those developed in our laboratory the past few years. The review pays tribute to earlier developments that lay the foundation for this emerging class of molecules. The logic gates incorporate design concepts based on photoinduced electron transfer from the cross-fertilization of the fluorophore-spacer-receptor and fluorophore-spacer-electron-donor formats. The molecular logic gates explored in detail consist of anthracene and/or naphthalimide fluorophores, while the receptor and electron-donor are typically alkyl amines and ferrocene, respectively. This emerging class of molecule has numerous probable uses, most notably, in corrosion science, geochemistry, molecular cell biology and biomedical diagnostics.

  20. 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.

  1. Solvent-control of photoinduced electron transfer via hydrogen bonding in a molecular triad made of a dinuclear chromophore subunit

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    Arrigo, Antonino; Nastasi, Francesco; La Ganga, Giuseppina; Puntoriero, Fausto; Zappalà, Gabriella; Licciardello, Antonino; Cavazzini, Marco; Quici, Silvio; Campagna, Sebastiano

    2017-09-01

    We have prepared a molecular triad containing a triphenylamine as the electron donor D subunit, an anthraquinone derivative as the acceptor A group, and a dinuclear Ru(II) species (P-P) based on terpyridine-like ligands as light-harvesting subunit, so that a linearly arranged D-(P-P)-A molecular triad is obtained. In acetonitrile solution containing 1% (in volume) of methanol, photoinduced oxidative electron transfer occurs in 380 ps, with formation of the D-(P-P)+-A- charge-separated (CS) state. However, although formation of the fully-developed D+-(P-P)-A- state is favored by about 0.23 eV, such species is not formed since charge recombination within D-(P-P)+-A- appears to be faster.

  2. 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.; ...

    2015-02-11

    In this paper, 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,more » the rate of α-thrombin inhibition increases over 5-fold upon irradiation. Finally, these results convey a strategy for light activation of inorganic therapeutic agents through PET utilizing redox-active metal centers.« less

  3. Research of a highly selective fluorescent chemosensor for aluminum(III) ions based on photoinduced electron transfer

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    Zhou, Di; Sun, Changyan; Chen, Chao; Cui, Xiaoning; Li, Wenjun

    2015-01-01

    A highly selective fluorescent chemosensor for aluminum(III) ions, N,N‧-bis(2-hydroxy-1-naphthaldehyde)-l,2-phenylenediamine (H2L) was synthesized and characterized. When aluminum(III) ions are added to H2L solution in DMF, the solution exhibits two remarkably enhanced emissions at 517 and 540 nm, which could not be observed with other metal ions. The results of 1H NMR titration, MALDI-TOF-MS and DFT studies indicate that H2L and aluminum(III) ions form a 1:1 complex. The association constant Ka was determined to be 2.67 × 106 and the limit of detection (LOD) was calculated to be 10-6 M. The sensing mechanism can be explained by the photoinduced electron transfer (PET).

  4. 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

  5. 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.

    2015-02-11

    In this paper, 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. Finally, these results convey a strategy for light activation of inorganic therapeutic agents through PET utilizing redox-active metal centers.

  6. 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.

  7. 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

    2015-05-08

    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.

  8. 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; ...

    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

  9. Photoinduced formation of reactive oxygen species and electrons from metal oxide-silica nanocomposite: An EPR spin-trapping study

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    Zhao, Hongxia; Chen, Xiuying; Li, Xintong; Shen, Chen; Qu, Baocheng; Gao, Jingsuo; Chen, Jingwen; Quan, Xie

    2017-09-01

    Metal oxide nanocomposites with photocatalytic activity have the potential for many applications in environmental remediation and biomedicine. In this study, we investigated the formation and stabilization of electrons/holes from three metal oxide-silica nanocomposites (CuO-SiO2, Fe2O3-SiO2 and ZnO-SiO2) under irradiation by electron paramagnetic resonance (EPR) technology. The characteristic EPR signals with g = 2.00070-2.00105, ΔHp-p = 2.17-2.37 G were determined, which corresponded to lattice-trapped electrons. Moreover, the generation of active species from CuO-SiO2, Fe2O3-SiO2 and ZnO-SiO2 in aqueous solution under irradiation was also systematically studied. The results showed that all the three nanocomposites could generate hydroxyl radical, singlet oxygen and electron. CuO-SiO2 was more effective than Fe2O3-SiO2 and ZnO-SiO2 in producing hydroxyl radical and electrons, while ZnO-SiO2 was the most efficient in generating singlet oxygen. In addition, CuO-SiO2 exhibited most obviously photocatalytic activity toward degradation of bisphenol A, followed by Fe2O3-SiO2 and ZnO-SiO2. These findings will provide vital insights into photocatalytic mechanisms and potentially photoinduced toxicity of metal oxide-silica nanocomposites.

  10. 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.

  11. 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

  12. 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

  13. BODIPY-based fluorescent thermometer as a lysosome-targetable probe: how the oligo(ethylene glycols) compete photoinduced electron transfer.

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    Wang, Hua; Wu, Yongquan; Shi, Yanlin; Tao, Pan; Fan, Xing; Su, Xinyan; Kuang, Gui-Chao

    2015-02-16

    A novel BODIPY-based fluorescent thermometer, which shows a lysosome-targeting property, was successfully prepared. Due to the electron-donating ability of the oligo(ethylene glycols), the photoinduced electron-transfer pathway from morpholine to BODIPY dye is blocked. The fluorescence of the thermometer quenched by intramolecular rotation at room temperature was progressively enhanced during heating due to the increased microviscosity around the fluorophore.

  14. Magnetic field effect corroborated with docking study to explore photoinduced electron transfer in drug-protein interaction.

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    Chakraborty, Brotati; Roy, Atanu Singha; Dasgupta, Swagata; Basu, Samita

    2010-12-30

    Conventional spectroscopic tools such as absorption, fluorescence, and circular dichroism spectroscopy used in the study of photoinduced drug-protein interactions can yield useful information about ground-state and excited-state phenomena. However, photoinduced electron transfer (PET) may be a possible phenomenon in the drug-protein interaction, which may go unnoticed if only conventional spectroscopic observations are taken into account. Laser flash photolysis coupled with an external magnetic field can be utilized to confirm the occurrence of PET and authenticate the spin states of the radicals/radical ions formed. In the study of interaction of the model protein human serum albumin (HSA) with acridine derivatives, acridine yellow (AY) and proflavin (PF(+)), conventional spectroscopic tools along with docking study have been used to decipher the binding mechanism, and laser flash photolysis technique with an associated magnetic field (MF) has been used to explore PET. The results of fluorescence study indicate that fluorescence resonance energy transfer takes place from the protein to the acridine-based drugs. Docking study unveils the crucial role of Ser 232 residue of HSA in explaining the differential behavior of the two drugs towards the model protein. Laser flash photolysis experiments help to identify the radicals/radical ions formed in the due course of PET (PF(•), AY(•-), TrpH(•+), Trp(•)), and the application of an external MF has been used to characterize their initial spin-state. Owing to its distance dependence, MF effect gives an idea about the proximity of the radicals/radical ions during interaction in the system and also helps to elucidate the reaction mechanisms. A prominent MF effect is observed in homogeneous buffer medium owing to the pseudoconfinement of the radicals/radical ions provided by the complex structure of the protein.

  15. Hydrogen-bond mediated photoinduced electron-transfer: novel dimethylaniline-anthracene ensembles formed via Watson-Crick base-pairing.

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    Sessler, J. L.; Sathiosatham, M.; Brown, C. T.; Rhodes, T. A.; Wiederrecht, G. P.; Chemistry; Univ. of Texas; Univ. of Rochester

    2001-04-25

    The synthesis of a new, noncovalent anthracene-dimethylaniline dyad (ensemble I) held together via guanosine-cytidine Watson-Crick base-pairing interactions is reported. Upon excitation at 420 nm, photoinduced electron-transfer from the dimethylaniline donor to the singlet excited state of the anthracene acceptor occurs, as inferred from a combination of time-resolved fluorescence quenching and transient absorption measurements. In toluene at room temperature, the rate constants for photoinduced intraensemble electron-transfer and subsequent back-electron-transfer (charge recombination) are k{sub CS} = (3.5 {+-} 0.03) x 10{sup 10} s{sup -1} and k{sub CR} = (1.42 {+-} 0.03) x 10{sup 9} s{sup -1}, respectively.

  16. Fixed distance photoinduced electron transfer between Fe and Zn porphyrins encapsulated within the Zn HKUST-1 metal organic framework.

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    Larsen, Randy W; Wojtas, Lukasz

    2015-02-21

    An attractive strategy for the development of photocatalytic metal organic framework (MOF) materials is to co-encapsulate a photoactive electron donor with a catalytic electron acceptor within the MOF. Here we report the co-encapsulation of both Zn(ii) tetrakis(tetra 4-sulphonatophenyl)porphyrin (Zn4SP) and Fe(iii) tetrakis(tetra 4-sulphonatophenyl)porphyrin (Fe4SP) into an HKUST-1 (Zn) MOF and demonstrate photoinduced electron transfer (ET) between the co-encapsulated guest. Photo-excitation of the Zn4SP results in fixed-distance inter-molecular ET between the encapsulated (3)Zn4SP and the Fe(iii)4SP as evident by the reduction in the encapsulated (3)Zn4SP lifetime from 890 μs (kobs = 1.1 × 10(3) s(-1)) to 83 μs (kobs = 1.2 × 10(4) s(-1)) in the presence of Fe4SP giving a kET ∼ 1.1 × 10(4) s(-1). The data are consistent with ET taking place between encapsulated porphyrins that are two cages apart in distance with a reorganizational energy of ∼1.65 eV, β = 1.25 and ΔG° = -0.97 eV (within a semi-classical Marcus theory framework).

  17. Free-Energy-Gap Law for Ultrafast Charge Recombination of Ion Pairs Formed by Intramolecular Photoinduced Electron Transfer.

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    Nazarov, Alexey E; Malykhin, Roman; Ivanov, Anatoly I

    2017-01-26

    In this article, regularities of ultrafast charge recombination (CR) kinetics in photoinduced intramolecular electron transfer in polar solvents are studied. The kinetics of charge separation and ensuing ultrafast CR are simulated within the framework of the multichannel stochastic model. This model accounts for the reorganization of both the solvent and a number of intramolecular high-frequency vibrational modes. The solvent relaxation is described in terms of two relaxation modes. For ultrafast CR, the free-energy-gap law strongly depends on the parameters: the electronic coupling, reorganization energy of intramolecular high-frequency vibrational modes, and the vibrational and solvent relaxation times. The semilog dependence of the CR rate constant on the free-energy gap varies from a parabolic shape to a nearly linear one with increasing the electronic coupling and decreasing the vibrational relaxation time. The dynamic solvent effect in CR is predicted to be large in the area of strong exergonicity and small in the area of weak exergonicity. This regularity is opposite to that observed for the thermal reactions.

  18. Photoinduced intramolecular charge transfer in push-pull polyenes: effects of solvation, electron-donor group, and polyenic chain length.

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    Akemann, Walther; Laage, Damien; Plaza, Pascal; Martin, Monique M; Blanchard-Desce, Mireille

    2008-01-17

    Subpicosecond absorption spectroscopy is used to characterize the primary photoinduced processes in a class of push-pull polyenes bearing a julolidine end group as the electron donor and a diethylthiobarbituric acid end group as the electron acceptor. The excited-state decay time and relaxation pathway have been studied for four polyenes of increasing chain length (n = 2-5 double bonds) in aprotic solvents of different solvation time, polarity, and viscosity. Intramolecular charge transfer (ICT) leading to a transient state of cyanine-like structure (fully conjugated with no bond length alternation) is observed in all polar solvents at a solvent dependent rate, but the reaction is not observed in cyclohexane, a nonpolar solvent. In polar solvents, the reaction time increases with the average solvation time but remains slightly larger, except in the viscous solvent triacetin. These facts are interpreted as an indication that both solvent reorganization and internal restructuring are involved in the ICT-state formation. The observed photodynamics resemble those we previously found for another class of polyenes bearing a dibutylaniline group as the donor, including a similar charge-transfer rate in spite of the larger electron donor character of the julolidine group. This observation brings further support to the proposal that an intramolecular coordinate is involved in the charge-transfer reaction, possibly a torsional motion of the donor end group. On the other hand, relaxation of the ICT state leads to cis-trans isomerization or crossing to the triplet state, depending on the length of the polyenic chain. In dioxane, tetrahydrofuran, and triacetin, the ICT state of the shorter chains (n = 2, 3) relaxes to the isomer with a viscosity-dependent rate, while that of the longer ones (n = 4, 5) leads to the triplet state with a viscosity-independent rate, as expected. In acetonitrile, the ICT-state lifetime is generally much shorter. A change from photoisomerization to

  19. Ab initio characterization of electron transfer coupling in photoinduced systems: generalized Mulliken-Hush with configuration-interaction singles.

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    Chen, Hung-Cheng; Hsu, Chao-Ping

    2005-12-29

    To calculate electronic couplings for photoinduced electron transfer (ET) reactions, we propose and test the use of ab initio quantum chemistry calculation for excited states with the generalized Mulliken-Hush (GMH) method. Configuration-interaction singles (CIS) is proposed to model the locally excited (LE) and charge-transfer (CT) states. When the CT state couples with other high lying LE states, affecting coupling values, the image charge approximation (ICA), as a simple solvent model, can lower the energy of the CT state and decouple the undesired high-lying local excitations. We found that coupling strength is weakly dependent on many details of the solvent model, indicating the validity of the Condon approximation. Therefore, a trustworthy value can be obtained via this CIS-GMH scheme, with ICA used as a tool to improve and monitor the quality of the results. Systems we tested included a series of rigid, sigma-linked donor-bridge-acceptor compounds where "through-bond" coupling has been previously investigated, and a pair of molecules where "through-space" coupling was experimentally demonstrated. The calculated results agree well with experimentally inferred values in the coupling magnitudes (for both systems studied) and in the exponential distance dependence (for the through-bond series). Our results indicate that this new scheme can properly account for ET coupling arising from both through-bond and through-space mechanisms.

  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. Photoinduced electron transfer reactions by SmI2 in THF: luminescence quenching studies and mechanistic investigations.

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    Prasad, Edamana; Knettle, Brian W; Flowers, Robert A

    2005-05-06

    Photoluminescence quenching studies of SmI2 in dry THF were carried out in the presence of five different classes of compounds: ketone, alkyl chloride, nitrile, alkene and imine. The free energy change (DeltaG0) of the photoinduced electron transfer (PET) reactions was calculated from the redox potentials of the donor (SmI2) and acceptors. The bimolecular quenching constants (k(q)) derived from the Stern-Volmer experiments parallel the free energy changes of the PET processes. The observed quenching constants were compared with the theoretically derived electron transfer rate constants (k(et)) from Marcus theory and found to be in good agreement when a value of lambda = 167 kJ mol(-1) (40 kcal mol(-1)) was used for the reorganization energy of the system. A careful comparison of the excited state dynamics of SmII in the solid state to the results obtained in solution (THF) provides new insight in to the excited states of SmII in THF. The activation parameters determined for the PET reactions in SmI2/1-chlorobutane system are consistent with a less ordered transition state and high degree of bond reorganization in the activated complex compared to similar ground state reactions. Irradiation studies clearly show that SmI2 acts as a better reductant in the excited state and provides an alternative pathway for rate enhancement in known and novel functional group reductions.

  2. Photoinduced electron transfer between 2-methylanthraquinone and triethylamine in an ionic liquid: time-resolved EPR and transient absorption spectroscopy study.

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    Zhu, Guanglai; Wang, Yu; Fu, Haiying; Xu, Xinsheng; Cui, Zhifeng; Ji, Xuehan; Wu, Guozhong

    2015-02-25

    Photoinduced electron transfer between 2-methylanthraquinone (MeAQ) and triethylamine (TEA) in a room-temperature ionic liquid, 1-butyl-3-methylimidazolium hexafluorophosphate ([bmim][PF6]), was investigated by comparing the time-resolved electron paramagnetic resonance (TR-EPR) spectroscopy and the transient absorption spectroscopy. The results of TR-EPR spectroscopy, in which MeAQ was 8 mmol L(-1) and TEA was 150 mmol L(-1), indicated that the transient radical would exist longer time in [bmim][PF6] than in acetonitrile. At the delay time of 8 μs after laser excitation, the TR-EPR signal transformed from an emissive peak into an absorptive peak when the experiment was performed in [bmim][PF6]. The results of the transient absorption spectroscopy, in which MeAQ was 0.1 mmol L(-1) and TEA was 2.2 mmol L(-1), showed that the efficiency and the rate of the photoinduced electron transfer reaction in [bmim][PF6] were obviously lower than that in acetonitrile. It was concluded that various factors, such as concentration, viscosity and local structural transformation of the solution, have an influence on the process of photoinduced electron transfer in [bmim][PF6]. Copyright © 2014 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.

  3. Photoinduced electron transfer between 2-methylanthraquinone and triethylamine in an ionic liquid: Time-resolved EPR and transient absorption spectroscopy study

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    Zhu, Guanglai; Wang, Yu; Fu, Haiying; Xu, Xinsheng; Cui, Zhifeng; Ji, Xuehan; Wu, Guozhong

    2015-02-01

    Photoinduced electron transfer between 2-methylanthraquinone (MeAQ) and triethylamine (TEA) in a room-temperature ionic liquid, 1-butyl-3-methylimidazolium hexafluorophosphate ([bmim][PF6]), was investigated by comparing the time-resolved electron paramagnetic resonance (TR-EPR) spectroscopy and the transient absorption spectroscopy. The results of TR-EPR spectroscopy, in which MeAQ was 8 mmol L-1 and TEA was 150 mmol L-1, indicated that the transient radical would exist longer time in [bmim][PF6] than in acetonitrile. At the delay time of 8 μs after laser excitation, the TR-EPR signal transformed from an emissive peak into an absorptive peak when the experiment was performed in [bmim][PF6]. The results of the transient absorption spectroscopy, in which MeAQ was 0.1 mmol L-1 and TEA was 2.2 mmol L-1, showed that the efficiency and the rate of the photoinduced electron transfer reaction in [bmim][PF6] were obviously lower than that in acetonitrile. It was concluded that various factors, such as concentration, viscosity and local structural transformation of the solution, have an influence on the process of photoinduced electron transfer in [bmim][PF6].

  4. Photo-induced electron transfer in intact cells of Rubrivivax gelatinosus mutants deleted in the RC-bound tetraheme cytochrome: insight into evolution of photosynthetic electron transport.

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    Verméglio, André; Nagashima, Sakiko; Alric, Jean; Arnoux, Pascal; Nagashima, Kenji V P

    2012-05-01

    Deletion of two of the major electron carriers, the reaction center-bound tetrahemic cytochrome and the HiPIP, involved in the light-induced cyclic electron transfer pathway of the purple photosynthetic bacterium, Rubrivivax gelatinosus, significantly impairs its anaerobic photosynthetic growth. Analysis on the light-induced absorption changes of the intact cells of the mutants shows, however, a relatively efficient photo-induced cyclic electron transfer. For the single mutant lacking the reaction center-bound cytochrome, we present evidence that the electron carrier connecting the reaction center and the cytochrome bc(1) complex is the High Potential Iron-sulfur Protein. In the double mutant lacking both the reaction center-bound cytochrome and the High Potential Iron-sulfur Protein, this connection is achieved by the high potential cytochrome c(8). Under anaerobic conditions, the halftime of re-reduction of the photo-oxidized primary donor by these electron donors is 3 to 4 times faster than the back reaction between P(+) and the reduced primary quinone acceptor. This explains the photosynthetic growth of these two mutants. The results are discussed in terms of evolution of the type II RCs and their secondary electron donors. Copyright © 2012 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.

  5. 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.

  6. 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.

  7. Ru-TAP complexes and DNA: from photo-induced electron transfer to gene photo-silencing in living cells.

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    Marcélis, Lionel; Moucheron, Cécile; Kirsch-De Mesmaeker, Andrée

    2013-07-28

    In this review, examples of applications of the photo-induced electron transfer (PET) process between photo-oxidizing Ru-TAP (TAP = 1,4,5,8-tetraazaphenanthrene) complexes and DNA or oligodeoxynucleotides (ODNs) are discussed. Applications using a free Ru-TAP complex (not chemically anchored to an ODN) are first considered. In this case, the PET gives rise to the production of an irreversible adduct of the Ru complex on a guanine (G) base, with formation of a covalent bond. After absorption of a second photon, this adduct can generate a bi-adduct, whereby the same complex binds to a second G moiety. These bi-adduct formations are responsible for photo-cross-linking between two strands of a duplex, each containing a G base, or between two G moieties of a single strand such as a telomeric sequence, as demonstrated by polyacrylamide gel electrophoresis analyses or mass spectrometry. Scanning force microscopy also allows the detection of such photobridgings with plasmid DNA. Other applications, for example with Ru-ODN, i.e. ODN with chemically anchored Ru-TAP complexes, are also discussed. It is shown that such Ru-ODN probes containing a G base in their own sequences are capable of photo-cross-linking selectively with their targeted complementary sequences, and, in the absence of such targets, they self-photo-inhibit. Such processes are applied successfully in gene photo-silencing of human papillomavirus cancer cells.

  8. 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.

  9. 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

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

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

    2011-01-04

    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 (SnO(2), TiO(2), 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 (SnO(2)) were not the same as those which showed the highest photocurrent (TiO(2)). 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.

  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. Photoinduced Electron Transfer within Supramolecular Donor-Acceptor Peptide Nanostructures under Aqueous Conditions.

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    Sanders, Allix M; Magnanelli, Timothy J; Bragg, Arthur E; Tovar, John D

    2016-03-16

    We report the synthesis, self-assembly, and electron transfer capabilities of peptide-based electron donor-acceptor molecules and supramolecular nanostructures. These modified peptides contain π-conjugated oligothiophene electron donor cores that are peripherally substituted with naphthalene diimide electron acceptors installed via imidation of site-specific lysine residues. These molecules self-assemble into one-dimensional nanostructures in aqueous media, as shown through steady-state absorption, photoluminescence, and circular dichroism spectra, as well as transmission electron microscopy. Excitation of the oligothiophene donor moieties results in electron transfer to the acceptor units, ultimately creating polar, charge-separated states that persist for over a nanosecond as observed with transient absorption spectroscopy. This study demonstrates how transient electric fields can be engineered into aqueous nanomaterials of biomedical relevance through external, temporally controlled photonic inputs.

  13. 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

  14. Photoinduced bimolecular electron transfer from aromatic amines to pentafluorophenyl porphyrin combined with ultrafast charge recombination persistence with Marcus inverted region.

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    Venkatesh, Yeduru; Munisamy, Venkatesan; Ramakrishna, Bheerappagari; Kumar, Pippara Hemant; Mandal, Haraprasad; Bangal, Prakriti Ranjan

    2017-02-15

    The dynamics of photoinduced bimolecular reductive electron transfer between meso-tetrakis(pentafluorophenyl)porphyrin (H2F20TPP), an acceptor (A), and five aromatic amines (donor (D)) with varying oxidation potentials (aniline (AN), N-methylaniline (MAN), N-ethylaniline (EAN), N,N-dimethylaniline (DMAN) and N,N-diethylaniline (DEAN)) in dichloromethane (DCM) as a solvent as well as in neat donor solvents were investigated by employing nanosecond to femtosecond time-resolved fluorescence spectroscopy and femtosecond time-resolved transient absorption spectroscopy upon S2 excitation of H2F20TPP. Systematic studies of time-resolved fluorescence quenching dependent on the donor concentration in the concentration range of 0.01-2 M and finally in neat donor solvents broadly enabled us to determine the electron transfer dynamics in three regimes of electron transfer: stationary or diffusion-controlled electron transfer, non-stationary electron transfer and intrinsic or ultrafast electron transfer. Depending upon the electron-donating ability of the studied donors, intrinsic electron transfer was found to occur in the time domain of ∼1-9 ps and diffusion-controlled ET dynamics was observed in the time domain of 200-500 ps, whereas the maximum limit of non-stationary electron transfer could be observed in the time domain of 15-50 ps. Femtosecond transient absorption studies together with global and target analysis helped to identify the spectral signature of the (H2F20TPP˙(-)) radical anion as the product of ET. To the best of our knowledge, this is the first ever evidence that shows the spectra of an anion as the product of ET for any porphyrin-based electron transfer dynamics. However, transient absorption measurements confirm that intrinsic ET occurs in the Qy state, whereas diffusion-controlled ET occurs in the hot Qx as well as in the thermal equilibrium Qx state. The most remarkable fact derived from the measurements of transient absorption was that the rate of

  15. 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.

  16. Cationic dye-sensitized degradation of sodium hyaluronate through photoinduced electron transfer in the upper excited state.

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    Kojima, M; Takahashi, K; Nakamura, K

    2001-09-01

    The formation of ground-state complexes of methylene blue (MB) and thionine (TN) with sodium hyaluronate (NaHA) was clearly observed by means of absorption spectra in aqueous solution. Irradiation of the complexes using 313 nm light caused significant degradation of NaHA under oxygen and argon. However, the use of visible light over 400 nm, which gives the lowest excited singlet state of the cationic dyes, caused no degradation. MB and TN were more efficient sensitizers for the degradation of NaHA than rose bengal (RB), although RB is a more efficient singlet oxygen (1O2) sensitizer than the cationic dyes. Under similar conditions the polysaccharides with carboxyl groups, such as alginic acid and polygalacturonic acid, also photodecomposed. However, the polysaccharides without carboxyl groups, such as pullulan and methyl cellulose, did not. The irradiation of the polysaccharides in the presence of powdered titanium dioxide as a photocatalyst to generate the hydroxyl radical (.OH) in aerated aqueous solution caused the fragmentation of all the polymers. It was confirmed that methyl viologen, an electron-accepting sensitizer, formed a charge-transfer complex with NaHA, the irradiation of which caused the efficient degradation of NaHA. In the presence of beta- and gamma-cyclodextrins the MB- and TN-sensitized photodegradation of NaHA was markedly suppressed. This was probably due to the formation of the inclusion complexes comprising the cationic dyes and the cyclodextrins. On the basis of the results obtained we propose that the cationic dye-sensitized degradation of NaHA involves a photoinduced electron-transfer process between the upper excited dyes and the ground-state NaHA and that .OH and 1O2 do not participate in the degradation.

  17. Self-amplified photo-induced gap quenching in a correlated electron material

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    Mathias, S.; Eich, S.; Urbancic, J.; Michael, S.; Carr, A. V.; Emmerich, S.; Stange, A.; Popmintchev, T.; Rohwer, T.; Wiesenmayer, M.; Ruffing, A.; Jakobs, S.; Hellmann, S.; Matyba, P.; Chen, C.; Kipp, L.; Bauer, M.; Kapteyn, H. C.; Schneider, H. C.; Rossnagel, K.; Murnane, M. M.; Aeschlimann, M.

    2016-01-01

    Capturing the dynamic electronic band structure of a correlated material presents a powerful capability for uncovering the complex couplings between the electronic and structural degrees of freedom. When combined with ultrafast laser excitation, new phases of matter can result, since far-from-equilibrium excited states are instantaneously populated. Here, we elucidate a general relation between ultrafast non-equilibrium electron dynamics and the size of the characteristic energy gap in a correlated electron material. We show that carrier multiplication via impact ionization can be one of the most important processes in a gapped material, and that the speed of carrier multiplication critically depends on the size of the energy gap. In the case of the charge-density wave material 1T-TiSe2, our data indicate that carrier multiplication and gap dynamics mutually amplify each other, which explains—on a microscopic level—the extremely fast response of this material to ultrafast optical excitation. PMID:27698341

  18. Self-amplified photo-induced gap quenching in a correlated electron material.

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    Mathias, S; Eich, S; Urbancic, J; Michael, S; Carr, A V; Emmerich, S; Stange, A; Popmintchev, T; Rohwer, T; Wiesenmayer, M; Ruffing, A; Jakobs, S; Hellmann, S; Matyba, P; Chen, C; Kipp, L; Bauer, M; Kapteyn, H C; Schneider, H C; Rossnagel, K; Murnane, M M; Aeschlimann, M

    2016-10-04

    Capturing the dynamic electronic band structure of a correlated material presents a powerful capability for uncovering the complex couplings between the electronic and structural degrees of freedom. When combined with ultrafast laser excitation, new phases of matter can result, since far-from-equilibrium excited states are instantaneously populated. Here, we elucidate a general relation between ultrafast non-equilibrium electron dynamics and the size of the characteristic energy gap in a correlated electron material. We show that carrier multiplication via impact ionization can be one of the most important processes in a gapped material, and that the speed of carrier multiplication critically depends on the size of the energy gap. In the case of the charge-density wave material 1T-TiSe2, our data indicate that carrier multiplication and gap dynamics mutually amplify each other, which explains-on a microscopic level-the extremely fast response of this material to ultrafast optical excitation.

  19. Self-amplified photo-induced gap quenching in a correlated electron material

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    Mathias, S.; Eich, S.; Urbancic, J.; Michael, S.; Carr, A. V.; Emmerich, S.; Stange, A.; Popmintchev, T.; Rohwer, T.; Wiesenmayer, M.; Ruffing, A.; Jakobs, S.; Hellmann, S.; Matyba, P.; Chen, C.; Kipp, L.; Bauer, M.; Kapteyn, H. C.; Schneider, H. C.; Rossnagel, K.; Murnane, M. M.; Aeschlimann, M.

    2016-10-01

    Capturing the dynamic electronic band structure of a correlated material presents a powerful capability for uncovering the complex couplings between the electronic and structural degrees of freedom. When combined with ultrafast laser excitation, new phases of matter can result, since far-from-equilibrium excited states are instantaneously populated. Here, we elucidate a general relation between ultrafast non-equilibrium electron dynamics and the size of the characteristic energy gap in a correlated electron material. We show that carrier multiplication via impact ionization can be one of the most important processes in a gapped material, and that the speed of carrier multiplication critically depends on the size of the energy gap. In the case of the charge-density wave material 1T-TiSe2, our data indicate that carrier multiplication and gap dynamics mutually amplify each other, which explains--on a microscopic level--the extremely fast response of this material to ultrafast optical excitation.

  20. Exploring Autoionization and Photoinduced Proton-Coupled Electron Transfer Pathways of Phenol in Aqueous Solution.

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    Oliver, Thomas A A; Zhang, Yuyuan; Roy, Anirban; Ashfold, Michael N R; Bradforth, Stephen E

    2015-10-15

    The excited state dynamics of phenol in water have been investigated using transient absorption spectroscopy. Solvated electrons and vibrationally cold phenoxyl radicals are observed upon 200 and 267 nm excitation, but with formation time scales that differ by more than 4 orders of magnitude. The impact of these findings is assessed in terms of the relative importance of autoionization versus proton-coupled electron transfer mechanisms in this computationally tractable model system.

  1. 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).

  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.

  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.

  4. Interplay between barrier width and height in electron tunneling: photoinduced electron transfer in porphyrin-based donor-bridge-acceptor systems.

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    Pettersson, Karin; Wiberg, Joanna; Ljungdahl, Thomas; Mårtensson, Jerker; Albinsson, Bo

    2006-01-12

    The rate of electron tunneling in molecular donor-bridge-acceptor (D-B-A) systems is determined both by the tunneling barrier width and height, that is, both by the distance between the donor and acceptor as well as by the energy gap between the donor and bridge moieties. These factors are therefore important to control when designing functional electron transfer systems, such as constructs for photovoltaics, artificial photosynthesis, and molecular scale electronics. In this paper we have investigated a set of D-B-A systems in which the distance and the energy difference between the donor and bridge states (DeltaEDB) are systematically varied. Zinc(II) and gold(III) porphyrins were chosen as electron donor and acceptor because of their suitable driving force for photoinduced electron transfer (-0.9 eV in butyronitrile) and well-characterized photophysics. We have previously shown, in accordance with the superexchange mechanism for electron transfer, that the electron transfer rate is proportional to the inverse of DeltaEDB in a series of zinc/gold porphyrin D-B-A systems with bridges of constant edge to edge distance (19.6 A) and varying DeltaEDB (3900-17 600 cm(-1)). Here, we use the same donor and acceptor but the bridge is shortened or extended giving a set of oligo-p-phenyleneethynylene bridges (OPE) with four different edge to edge distances ranging from 12.7 to 33.4 A. These two sets of D-B-A systems-ZnP-RB-AuP+ and ZnP-nB-AuP+-have one bridge in common, and hence, for the first time both the distance and DeltaEDB dependence of electron transfer can be studied simultaneously in a systematic way.

  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 transfer and solvation in iodide-doped acetonitrile clusters.

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    Ehrler, Oli T; Griffin, Graham B; Young, Ryan M; Neumark, Daniel M

    2009-04-02

    We have used ultrafast time-resolved photoelectron imaging to measure charge transfer dynamics in iodide-doped acetonitrile clusters I(-)(CH(3)CN)(n) with n = 5-10. Strong modulations of vertical detachment energies were observed following charge transfer from the halide, allowing interpretation of the ongoing dynamics. We observe a sharp drop in the vertical detachment energy (VDE) within 300-400 fs, followed by a biexponential increase that is complete by approximately 10 ps. Comparison to theory suggests that the iodide is internally solvated and that photodetachment results in formation of a diffuse electron cloud in a confined cavity. We interpret the initial drop in VDE as a combination of expansion of the cavity and localization of the excess electron on one or two solvent molecules. The subsequent increase in VDE is attributed to a combination of the I atom leaving the cavity and rearrangement of the acetonitrile molecules to solvate the electron. The n = 5-8 clusters then show a drop in VDE of around 50 meV on a much longer time scale. The long-time VDEs are consistent with those of (CH(3)CN)(n)(-) clusters with internally solvated electrons. Although the excited-state created by the pump pulse decays by emission of a slow electron, no such decay is seen by 200 ps.

  7. Photoinduced direct electron transfer from InSe to GaSe semiconductor nanoparticles.

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    Tu, Haohua; Kelley, David F

    2006-01-01

    Direct electron transfer from InSe nanoparticles to GaSe nanoparticles in mixed solution-phase aggregates has been found to occur upon photoexcitation. Mixed aggregates exhibit a strong charge-transfer absorption band at an energy slightly higher than the InSe band gap. Photoexcitation of this band results in a polarized transient absorption spectrum and transient absorption kinetics characteristic of InSe valence-band holes and GaSe conduction-band electrons. The kinetics indicate that charge separation persists for at least several hundred picoseconds.

  8. Time-Resolved Electron Paramagnetic Resonance Study of Photoinduced Electron Transfer in Pd Porphyrin-Quinone and Zn Porphyrin-Quinone Dyads with a Cyclohexylene Spacer.

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    Perchanova, Maya; Kurreck, Harry; Berg, Alexander

    2015-07-23

    Peculiarities of the light induced intramolecular electron transfer processes in two ensembles where Pd porphyrin and Zn porphyrin donors with similar peripheral substituents are covalently linked via cyclohexylene spacer with a quinone acceptor, were studied by time-resolved electron paramagnetic resonance spectroscopy in different phases of the magnetically oriented nematic liquid crystal E-7. In the photoexcited PdP-Q the net absorptive signal was observed and ascribed to the thermally equilibrated spectrum of (3)*(PdP(•+)-Q(•-)). In ZnP-Q photoinduced intramolecular electron transfer was also found. It was demonstrated that the multiplet spectrum of the charge-separated state (3)*(ZnP(•+)-Q(•-)) consists of two signals with different widths and decay times. The signals were assigned to two spin-polarized triplets of the radical pairs formed in "stretched" and "folded" ensemble conformers, corresponding to different configurations of the cyclohexylene spacer. These findings were discussed in terms of differences in the properties of the porphyrin metal cores, macrocycle peripheral substituents and geometry of the donor-acceptor cyclohexylene spacer.

  9. 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.

  10. Photoinduced electron transfer, improved nonlinear optical properties and photocurrent generation in polyaniline-graphite oxide hybrid

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    Remyamol, T.; Gopinath, Pramod; John, Honey

    2014-09-01

    Synergetic improvement in the optical limiting behaviour, as well as in the photocurrent generation, is observed when polyaniline is hybridized with graphite oxide (GO) by a simple in situ polymerization method. The noncovalent functionalization of polyaniline by GO is mainly by π-π interactions, hence the electronic structure of GO is maintained and crystallinity is restored in the hybrid. The hybrid material is fully characterized and the effect of the proportion of GO in the hybrid for the improvement in properties as compared to polyaniline is also studied. The nonlinear optical properties of the hybrid are studied by open aperture Z scan technique at 532 nm, in the nanosecond excitation domain. The photocurrent measurements of the films made by spin coating are also reported. The photoluminescence of polyaniline is significantly quenched in the hybrid, indicating light induced charge separation and electron transfer from polyaniline to GO, thereby improving the photocurrent generation and optical limiting behaviour.

  11. ESR spectroscopy of the C60 cation produced by photoinduced electron transfer

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    Dunsch; Ziegs; Siedschlag; Mattay

    2000-10-02

    In this study the existence of the C60 cation produced by photochemically induced electron transfer in the presence of different sensitising molecules is proved for the first time by using ESR spectroscopy. It is demonstrated for triphenylpyryliumtetrafluoroborate (TPP) by this spectroscopic method that the electron transfer from C60 to TPP occurs without an application of a cosensitiser. Furthermore it is shown that the addition of alcohols causes a new radical in the system C60/TPP. The stationary concentration of the C60 cation diminishes even in the presence of a cosensitiser to such a low concentration that it is not detectable by ESR spectrosopy. The spectroscopic study of the sensitiser/C60 system is also extended to the reaction products.

  12. Ultrafast photo-induced electron-transfer from coumarin dyes adsorbed on semiconductor nanoclusters surfaces

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    Castner, E.W. Jr.; Murakoshi, Kei; Yanagida, Shozo

    1997-12-31

    Photosensitizers adsorbed directly on semiconductor surfaces provide the basis for solar photoelectrochemical devices. Semiconductor nanoclusters in solution allow for simple preparation of the photosensitized surface, with very large surface area. To optimize the efficiency of the photoelectrochemical cycle, one must know the rates of forward and reverse electron-transfer from the excited state dye to the semiconductor conduction band. We present measurements of the ultrafast forward electron-transfer rates for three coumarin dyes (Coumarins 343, D-1421, and D-126) bound by the carboxylic acid group to the metal cationic sites of TiO{sub 2} and ZnO semiconductor nanocluster surfaces. These rates are obtained directly from the ultrafast fluorescence dynamics, measured using the femotosecond upconversion technique. Coumarins 343 and D-1421 on TiO{sub 2} nanoclusters in aqueous solution display very rapid forward electron-transfer with rate constants exceeding 10{sup 13} s{sup -1}. Substantially slower rates are observed for the same coumarin TiO{sub 2} systems in methanol solution.

  13. 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.

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

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

    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.

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

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

    2013-02-01

    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. 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

    2016-01-01

    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

  17. 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

    2016-09-06

    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.

  18. 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.

  19. 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.

  20. Excited State Dynamics of Protonated Phenylalanine and Tyrosine: Photo-Induced Reactions Following Electronic Excitation.

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    Féraud, Géraldine; Broquier, Michel; Dedonder, Claude; Jouvet, Christophe; Grégoire, Gilles; Soorkia, Satchin

    2015-06-11

    The electronic spectroscopy and the electronic excited state properties of cold protonated phenylalanine and protonated tyrosine have been revisited on a large spectral domain and interpreted by comparison with ab initio calculations. The protonated species are stored in a cryogenically cooled Paul trap, maintained at ∼10 K, and the parent and all the photofragment ions are mass-analyzed in a time-of-flight mass spectrometer, which allows detecting the ionic species with an improved mass resolution compared to what is routinely achieved with a quadrupole mass spectrometer. These new results emphasize the competition around the band origin between two proton transfer reactions from the ammonium group toward either the aromatic chromophore or the carboxylic acid group. These reactions are initiated by the coupling of the locally excited ππ* state with higher charge transfer states, the positions and coupling of which depend on the conformation of the protonated molecules. Each of these reaction processes gives rise to specific fragmentation channels that supports the conformer selectivity observed in the photofragmentation spectra of protonated tyrosine and phenylalanine.

  1. Photoinduced electron-transfer from imidazole derivative to nano-semiconductors.

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    Karunakaran, C; Jayabharathi, J; Jayamoorthy, K; Devi, K Brindha

    2012-04-01

    Bioactive imidazole derivative absorbs in the UV region at 305 nm. The interaction of imidazole derivative with nanoparticulate WO3, Fe2O3, Fe3O4, CuO, ZrO2 and Al2O3 has been studied by UV-visible absorption, FT-IR and fluorescence spectroscopies. The imidazole derivative adsorbs strongly on the surfaces of nanosemiconductor, the apparent binding constants for the association between nanomaterials and imidazole derivative have been determined from the fluorescence quenching. In the case of nanocrystalline insulator, fluorescence quenching through electron transfer from the excited state of the imidazole derivative to alumina is not possible. However, a possible mechanism for the quenching of fluorescence by the insulator is energy transfer, that is, energy transferred from the organic molecule to the alumina lattice. Based on Forster's non-radiation energy transfer theory, the distance between the imidazole derivative and nanoparticles (r0∼2.00 nm) as well as the critical energy transfer distance (R0∼1.70 nm) has been calculated. The interaction between the imidazole derivative and nanosurfaces occurs through static quenching mechanism. The free energy change (ΔGet) for electron transfer process has been calculated by applying Rehm-Weller equation. Copyright © 2012 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.

  2. Photoinduced multi-electron transfer in the Dn-A system consisting of multi-phthalocyanines linked to one carbon nanotube.

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    Zhang, Xian-Fu; Cui, Xiaofeng; Liu, Qiang; Zhang, Fushi

    2009-05-14

    A Dn-A model in which a carbon nanotube (nanoscaled electron acceptor A) is attached with a number of electron donors (Dn), i.e. amino phthalocyanines, was employed to reveal the different nature of photoinduced electron transfer (PeT) in the nanoscaled model from that of a usual one-to-one linked D-A system, which is known to form the single-charge separation state D*+-A*-via well-studied single-electron transfer. For the Dn-A system, however, a one-step multi-electron transfer from multi donors to the same acceptor occurs simultaneously to generate a long-lived multiple-charge separation state Dn*+-A*n- (n>1), which is desirable for efficiently mimicking PSII in photosynthesis.

  3. 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).

  4. Photoinduced biphasic hydrogen evolution: decamethylosmocene as a light-driven electron donor.

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    Ge, Peiyu; Olaya, Astrid J; Scanlon, Micheál D; Hatay Patir, Imren; Vrubel, Heron; Girault, Hubert H

    2013-07-22

    Excitation of the weak electron donor decamethylosmocene on illumination with white light produces an excited-state species capable of reducing organically solubilized protons under biphasic conditions. Insight into the mechanism and kinetics of light-driven biphasic hydrogen evolution are obtained by analysis with gas chromatography, cyclic voltammetry, and UV/Vis and (1)H NMR spectroscopy. Formation of decamethylosmocenium hydride, which occurs prior to hydrogen evolution, is a rapid step relative to hydrogen release and takes place independently of light activation. Remarkably, hydride formation occurs with greater efficiency (ca. 90% conversion) under biphasic conditions than when the reaction is carried out in an acidified single organic phase (ca. 20% conversion). Cyclic voltammetry studies reveal that decamethylosmocene has a higher proton affinity than either decamethylferrocene or osmocene.

  5. 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.

  6. 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

  7. Electron donor-acceptor quenching and photoinduced electron transfer for coumarin dyes. Technical report, 1 January-31 October 1982

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    Jones, G. II; Griffin, S.F.; Choi, C.; Bergmark, W.R.

    1983-10-31

    The fluorescence of 7-aminocoumarins is quenched by a variety of organic electron donors or acceptors in acetonitrile. In general, donors with half-wave oxidation potentials less positive than 1.0 V vs SCE and acceptors with reduction potentials less negative than -1.5 V vs SCE are candidates for diffusion limited quenching of coumarin singlet states. Profiles of quenching rates are consistent with calculated free energies for electron transfer between excited coumarins and donors or acceptors. In flash photolysis experiments electron transfer for several dyes and quenchers (e.g., methyl viologen) is demonstrated. Relatively low yields of net electron transfer are consistently obtained due to inefficient ionic photodissociation via singlet quenching or a low yield of more photoactive coumarin triplets. Electrochemical properties of the coumarins have been investigated by cyclic voltammetry with the indications of reversible oxidation and irreversible reduction as important processes.

  8. Axially Substituted Silicon Phthalocyanine as Electron Donor in a Dyad and Triad with Azafullerene as Electron Acceptor for Photoinduced Charge Separation.

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    Rotas, Georgios; Martín-Gomis, Luis; Ohkubo, Kei; Fernández-Lázaro, Fernando; Fukuzumi, Shunichi; Tagmatarchis, Nikos; Sastre-Santos, Ángela

    2016-10-10

    The synthesis of a donor-acceptor silicon phthalocyanine (SiPc)-azafullerene (C59 N) dyad 1 and of the first acceptor-donor-acceptor C59 N-SiPc-C59 N dumbbell triad 2 was accomplished. The two C59 N-based materials were comprehensively characterized with the aid of NMR spectroscopy, MALDI-MS as well as DFT calculations and their redox and photophysical properties were evaluated with CV and steady-state and time-resolved absorption and photoluminescence spectroscopy measurements. Notably, femtosecond transient absorption spectroscopy assays revealed that both dyad 1 and triad 2 undergo, after selective photoexcitation of the SiPc moiety, photoinduced electron transfer from the singlet excited state of the SiPc moiety to the azafullerene counterpart to produce the charge-separated state, with lifetimes of 660 ps, in the case of dyad 1, and 810 ps, in the case of triad 2. The current results are expected to have significant implications en route to the design of advanced C59 N-based donor-acceptor systems targeting energy conversion applications. © 2016 WILEY-VCH Verlag GmbH & Co. KGaA, Weinheim.

  9. Multifractal analysis of photoinduced cooperative phenomena

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    Ishida, Kunio; Nasu, Keiichiro

    2008-01-01

    We study the multifractal properties of the geometrical patterns which appear in the initial processes of photoinduced structural change. Employing a model of localized electrons coupled with a single-phonon mode, we calculate the Lipschitz-Hölder exponent α and singularity spectrum f(α) on the distribution of excited electronic states and molecular distortion by using the box-counting method, and discuss the temporal behavior of photoinduced domains.

  10. Photoinduced electron transfer in an imidazolium ionic liquid and in its binary mixtures with water, methanol, and 2-propanol: appearance of Marcus-type of inversion.

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    Sarkar, Souravi; Mandal, Sarthak; Ghatak, Chiranjib; Rao, Vishal Govind; Ghosh, Surajit; Sarkar, Nilmoni

    2012-02-02

    The photoinduced electron transfer (PET) reaction has been investigated in a room temperature imidazolium ionic liquid (RTIL), 1-ethyl-3-methylimidazolium ethyl sulfate ([Emim][EtSO(4)]) and also in [Emim][EtSO(4)]-co-solvents mixtures from N,N-dimethyl aniline (DMA) to different Coumarin dyes using steady state and time-resolved fluorescence quenching measurements. We have used water and methanol and 2-propanol as the cosolvents of RTILs for the PET study. On going from neat ionic liquid to the RTIL-co-solvents mixtures the electron transfer rate has been largely enhanced. In neat RTIL as well as in [Emim][EtSO(4)]-co-solvents mixtures, a Marcus type of inversion in the PET rate have been observed.

  11. An attempt at a product vibrational analysis of a photo-induced chemical reaction by means of time-resolved (e, 2e) electron momentum spectroscopy

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    Yamazaki, M.; Nakazawa, H.; Zhu, C. Y.; Takahashi, M.

    2015-09-01

    We report on a new attempt at an analysis of the vibrational state distributions in the products of a photo-induced chemical reaction. The experiment was performed by using time- resolved electron momentum spectroscopy (TR-EMS) for the products produced by the three- body photodissociation dynamics of the deuterated acetone molecule at 195 nm. It has been found from a comparison between the experiment and associated theoretical calculations that future TR-EMS measurements with improved statistics could be useful for the vibrational analysis of reaction products, in cases when effects of molecular vibration on their electron momentum densities are large enough so as to be noticeable in the binding energy spectra.

  12. Micellar control over tautomerization and photo-induced electron transfer of Lumichrome in the presence of aliphatic and aromatic amines: a transient absorption study

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    Sengupta, Chaitrali; Sarangi, Manas Kumar; Sau, Abhishek; Basu, Samita

    2017-03-01

    Lumichrome (Lc), a molecule consisting of a trinuclear alloxazine moiety is our present subject of interest. This molecule is subjected to tautomerization in the presence of pyridine, acetic acid, etc, through the formation of an eight-membered ring. In our present contribution, we have attempted to analyze the influence of the presence of an aliphatic amine, triethylamine (TEA) and an aromatic amine, N,N-dimethylaniline (DMA) in the double proton transfer step of the tautomerization as well as the photo-induced electron transfer (PET) from those amines to Lc. We have studied these phenomena within micelles, anionic and neutral, to observe the effect of confinement. Through our experiments, it could be stated that along with tautomerization and proton transfer, there is also evidence of PET in triplet excited state.

  13. Fluoride anion sensing mechanism of 2-ureido-4[1H]-pyrimidinone quadruple hydrogen-bonded supramolecular assembly: photoinduced electron transfer and partial configuration change.

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    Chen, Jun-Sheng; Zhou, Pan-Wang; Li, Guang-Yue; Chu, Tian-Shu; He, Guo-Zhong

    2013-05-02

    The fluoride anion sensing mechanism of 6-methyl-5-(9-methylene-anthracene)-(2-butylureido-4[1H]-pyrimidinone) (AnUP) has been investigated using the DFT/TDDFT method. The theoretical results indicate that the proton of the N3-H3 group in pyrimidine moiety is captured by the added fluoride anion and then deprotonated. The calculated vertical excitation energies of AnUP-dimer and its deprotonated form agree well with the experimental results. The molecular orbital analysis demonstrates that the first excited state (S1) of AnUP-dimer is a local excited state with a π-π* transition, whereas for the deprotonated form, S1 is a completely charge-separation state and is responsible for the photoinduced electron transfer (PET) process. The PET process from anthracene to the pyrimidine moiety leads to the fluorescence quenching.

  14. Photoinduced intercomponent excited-state decays in a molecular dyad made of a dinuclear rhenium(I) chromophore and a fullerene electron acceptor unit.

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    Nastasi, Francesco; Puntoriero, Fausto; Natali, Mirco; Mba, Miriam; Maggini, Michele; Mussini, Patrizia; Panigati, Monica; Campagna, Sebastiano

    2015-05-01

    A novel molecular dyad, 1, made of a dinuclear {[Re2(μ-X)2(CO)6(μ-pyridazine)]} component covalently-linked to a fullerene unit by a carbocyclic molecular bridge has been prepared and its redox, spectroscopic, and photophysical properties - including pump-probe transient absorption spectroscopy in the visible and near-infrared region - have been investigated, along with those of its model species. Photoinduced, intercomponent electron transfer occurs in 1 from the thermally-equilibrated, triplet metal/ligand-to-ligand charge-transfer ((3)MLLCT) state of the dinuclear rhenium(I) subunit to the fullerene acceptor, with a time constant of about 100 ps. The so-formed triplet charge-separated state recombines in a few nanoseconds by a spin-selective process yielding, rather than the ground state, the locally-excited, triplet fullerene state, which finally decays to the ground state by intersystem crossing in about 290 ns.

  15. 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

    2011-12-06

    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.

  16. Influence of the environment on photoinduced electron transfer: comparison between organized monolayers at the air-water interface and monolayer assemblies on glass.

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    Sandez-Macho, I; Gonzalez-López, J; Suarez-Varela, A; Möbius, D

    2005-12-01

    Photoinduced electron transfer (PET) has been investigated in organized monolayers at the air-water interface and in monolayer assemblies on glass in an effort to evaluate the influence of solvent reorganization and molecular dynamics on PET. The donor monolayer contained an amphiphilic thiacyanine dye, and the electron acceptors were methyl viologen and dioctadecyl viologen, respectively. The distance dependence is described here by a hard disk model, where an acceptor molecule within a disk with a radius rDA around the excited donor molecule quenches the donor fluorescence due to electron transfer. Acceptor molecules outside the disk are considered ineffective. The critical radius rDA is larger in monolayer assemblies on glass (rDA = 1.97 nm) than at the air-water interface (rDA = 1.15 nm) as evaluated from steady-state fluorescence quenching. This large difference indicates that the time between thermal collisions generating and destroying the energetic match required for electron tunneling from the excited donor molecule to the acceptor is quite different in the two systems that are compared.

  17. Engaging Copper(III) Corrole as an Electron Acceptor: Photoinduced Charge Separation in Zinc Porphyrin-Copper Corrole Donor-Acceptor Conjugates.

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    Ngo, Thien H; Zieba, David; Webre, Whitney A; Lim, Gary N; Karr, Paul A; Kord, Scheghajegh; Jin, Shangbin; Ariga, Katsuhiko; Galli, Marzia; Goldup, Steve; Hill, Jonathan P; D'Souza, Francis

    2016-01-22

    An electron-deficient copper(III) corrole was utilized for the construction of donor-acceptor conjugates with zinc(II) porphyrin (ZnP) as a singlet excited state electron donor, and the occurrence of photoinduced charge separation was demonstrated by using transient pump-probe spectroscopic techniques. In these conjugates, the number of copper corrole units was varied from 1 to 2 or 4 units while maintaining a single ZnP entity to observe the effect of corrole multiplicity in facilitating the charge-separation process. The conjugates and control compounds were electrochemically and spectroelectrochemically characterized. Computational studies revealed ground state geometries of the compounds and the electron-deficient nature of the copper(III) corrole. An energy level diagram was established to predict the photochemical events by using optical, emission, electrochemical, and computational data. The occurrence of charge separation from singlet excited zinc porphyrin and charge recombination to yield directly the ground state species were evident from the diagram. Femtosecond transient absorption spectroscopy studies provided spectral evidence of charge separation in the form of the zinc porphyrin radical cation and copper(II) corrole species as products. Rates of charge separation in the conjugates were found to be of the order of 10(10)  s(-1) and increased with increasing multiplicity of copper(III) corrole entities. The present study demonstrates the importance of copper(III) corrole as an electron acceptor in building model photosynthetic systems.

  18. Influence of π-conjugation structural changes on intramolecular charge transfer and photoinduced electron transfer in donor-π-acceptor dyads.

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    Kim, So-Yoen; Cho, Yang-Jin; Lee, Ah-Rang; Son, Ho-Jin; Han, Won-Sik; Cho, Dae Won; Kang, Sang Ook

    2016-12-21

    The influence of π-conjugation structural changes on photoinduced electron transfer (PET) and intramolecular charge transfer (ICT) processes in π-conjugated donor (D)-acceptor (A) dyads (D-π-A) was investigated. Three types of D-π-A dyads were prepared through the modification of the structure of their π-conjugated linker, including D-π-A (1) and D-πtw-A (2) having a twisted π-conjugation, and D-π-Si-π-A (3) with a π-conjugation severed by a Si-atom. In these dyads, carbazole (Cz) and oxadiazole (Oz) moieties act as an electron donor and acceptor, respectively. The emission maxima of dyads 1 and 3 red-shifted with the increase in polarity, which could be attributed to the ICT process. The fluorescence lifetimes of dyads 1 and 3 were 2.64 and 4.29 ns in CH2Cl2, respectively. In contrast, dyad 2 showed dual emission at 350 and 470 nm in CH2Cl2. The emission of dyad 2 at 380 nm corresponded to the monomer fluorescence in the locally excited state. Moreover, the emission at 470 nm increased simultaneously with the diminishing of the fluorescence at 380 nm. This emission band can be assigned as the intramolecular exciplex emission, and showed a strong solvatochromic shift. The low emission quantum yield (<3%) of dyad 2 is due to the PET process. In dyad 2, the cationic and anionic radical species generated by the PET process were confirmed by femtosecond transient absorption (fs-TA) spectroscopy. Upon photoexcitation at 290 or 340 nm, the A or D moieties can be selectively excited. Upon excitation at 290 nm, the acceptor moiety can be excited to the (1)A* state, thus the photoinduced hole transfer (PHT) takes place from (1)A* to D through the HOMO levels within a few picoseconds. On the other hand, when the donor moiety is excited at 340 nm, the PET process occurs from (1)D* to A. Based on the fs-TA studies, it was found that the dynamics and mechanisms for the electron (or charge) transfer were strongly affected by the variation of the π-conjugation of the

  19. 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.

  20. Energetic comparison between photoinduced electron-transfer reactions from NADH model compounds to organic and inorganic oxidants and hydride-transfer reactions from NADH model compounds to p-benzoquinone derivatives

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    Fukuzumi, S.; Koumitsu, S.; Hironaka, K.; Tanaka, T.

    1987-01-21

    Kinetic studies on photoinduced electron-transfer reactions from dihydropyridine compounds (PyH/sub 2/) as being NADH model compounds to organic and inorganic oxidants and hydride-transfer reactions from PyH/sub 2/ to p-benzoquinone derivatives (Q) in the absence and presence of Mg/sup 2 +/ ion are reported by determining over 150 rate constants. These results, combined with the values of Gibbs energy change of the photoinduced electron-transfer reactions as well as those of each step of the hydride-transfer reactions as being the e/sup -/-H/sup +/-e/sup -/ sequence, which are determined independently, revealed that the rate constants of the photoinduced electron-transfer reactions obey the Rehm-Weller-Gibbs energy relationship and that the activation barrier of the hydride-transfer reactions from PyH/sub 2/ to Q is dependent solely on the Gibbs energy changes of the initial electron transfer from PyH/sub 2/ to Q and the following proton transfer from PyH/sub 2//sup .+/ to Q/sup .-/ and thus independent of the Gibbs energy change of the final electron transfer from PyH/sup ./ to QH/sup ./. The retarding effect of Mg/sup 2 +/ ion observed on the photoinduced electron transfer and hydride-transfer reactions of PyH/sub 2/ is ascribed to the positive shifts of the redox potentials of the ground and excited states of PyH/sub 2/ due to the complex formation with Mg/sup 2 +/ ion.

  1. Photodissociation and ab initio studies of Mg+(NH3)n, n=1-4: Electronic structure and photoinduced reaction

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    Yoshida, Shinji; Daigoku, Kota; Okai, Nobuhiro; Takahata, Akihiro; Sabu, Akiyoshi; Hashimoto, Kenro; Fuke, Kiyokazu

    2002-11-01

    Photodissociation spectra of Mg+(NH3)n (n=1-4) cluster ions are examined in the wavelength region of 240-1200 nm. From the comparison with the results of ab initio calculations for the structure and the excitation energies of these clusters, the observed absorption bands are assigned to the transitions derived from the 2P-2S transition of Mg+ ion. The extensive redshift of the observed spectra is ascribed to the formation of a one-center ion-pair state. In the photolysis of Mg+NH3, NH3+ and Mg+NH2 ions are produced via photoinduced charge transfer and intracluster reaction processes, respectively, in addition to the Mg+ ion generated by the evaporation of ammonia molecules. For n=2, both the intracluster reaction and evaporation are dominant decay processes, while the evaporation is the sole photodissociation channel for larger clusters. The branching fractions of these processes are found to depend strongly on the solvation number n and also on the photolysis wavelength. The energetics and the dynamics of the dissociation processes are discussed in relation to the redox reaction of metal ions.

  2. 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

    2015-04-01

    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.

  3. 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.

  4. Donor-Acceptor Interaction Determines the Mechanism of Photoinduced Electron Injection from Graphene Quantum Dots into TiO2: π-Stacking Supersedes Covalent Bonding.

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    Long, Run; Casanova, David; Fang, Wei-Hai; Prezhdo, Oleg V

    2017-02-22

    Interfacial electron transfer (ET) constitutes the key step in conversion of solar energy into electricity and fuels. Required for fast and efficient charge separation, strong donor-acceptor interaction is typically achieved through covalent chemical bonding and leads to fast, adiabatic ET. Focusing on interfaces of pyrene, coronene, and a graphene quantum dot (GQD) with TiO2, we demonstrate the opposite situation: covalent bonding leads to weak coupling and nonadiabatic (NA) ET, while through-space π-electron interaction produces adiabatic ET. Using real-time time-dependent density functional theory combined with NA molecular dynamics, we simulate photoinduced ET into TiO2 from flat and vertically placed molecules and GQD containing commonly used carboxylic acid linkers. Both arrangements can be achieved experimentally with GQDs and other two-dimensional materials, such as MoS2. The weak through-bond donor-acceptor coupling is attributed to the π-electron withdrawing properties of the carboxylic acid group. The calculated ET time scales are in excellent agreement with pump-probe optical experiments. The simulations show that the ET proceeds faster than energy relaxation. The electron couples to a broad spectrum of vibrational modes, ranging from 100 cm(-1) large-scale motions to 1600 cm(-1) C-C stretches. Compared to graphene/TiO2 heterojunctions, the molecule/TiO2 and GQD/TiO2 systems exhibit energy gaps, allowing for longer-lived excited states and hot electron injection, facilitating charge separation and higher voltage. The reported state-of-the-art simulations generate a detailed time-domain, atomistic description of the interfacial charge and energy transfer and relaxation processes, and demonstrate that the fundamental principles leading to efficient charge separation in nanoscale materials depend strongly and often unexpectedly on the type of donor-acceptor interaction. Understanding these principles is critical to the development of highly efficient

  5. 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

    2014-06-21

    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.

  6. Potency of photoinduced electron transfer and antioxidant efficacy of pyrrole and pyridine based Cu(II)-Schiff complexes while binding with CT-DNA.

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    Koley Seth, Banabithi; Ray, Aurkie; Saha, Arpita; Saha, Partha; Basu, Samita

    2014-03-05

    Here we report a systematic and comparative study to define a correlation between the structure and function of a series of simple, biologically active small inorganic Schiff base copper complexes for the occurrence of charge transfer phenomenon in calf thymus DNA (CT-DNA) using transient absorption spectroscopy corroborated with magnetic field effect. Four copper(II) Schiff base complexes with differently substituted heterocyclic ligands with antioxidant activity have been used. The binding constants of the order of ∼ 10(4) support the moderate binding affinity of the complexes towards CT-DNA. The methyl-substituted pyrrole complex shows maximum binding affinity (Kb: 8.33 × 10(4)) compared to others. The occurrence of photoinduced electron transfer (PET) from CT-DNA to pyrrole containing complexes has been confirmed by identifying the corresponding transient radical ions whereas the extent of PET with pyridine substituted complexes is too small to be observed. The increase of the yield of radical ions in presence of magnetic field depicts that the initial spin correlation in geminate radical ion pair is triplet. The difference between experimental and calculated B½ values, the measure of hyperfine interactions (HFI) present in the system, arises due to hole hopping through intrastrand and interstrand DNA bases. The unsubstituted pyrrole complexes cleave DNA much more than the methyl-substituted one. Therefore, the probability of intrastrand superexchange increases with methyl-substituted complexes, that reduces the rate of hole hopping and hence the B½ value.

  7. 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.

  8. 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

    2015-06-01

    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(1ππ*) and S2(1nNπ*) 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.

  9. Design and synthesis of a library of BODIPY-based environmental polarity sensors utilizing photoinduced electron-transfer-controlled fluorescence ON/OFF switching.

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    Sunahara, Hisato; Urano, Yasuteru; Kojima, Hirotatsu; Nagano, Tetsuo

    2007-05-02

    We systematically examined the mechanism of the solvent polarity dependence of the fluorescence ON/OFF threshold of the BODIPY (boron dipyrromethene) fluorophore and the role of photoinduced electron transfer (PeT). In a series of BODIPY derivatives with variously substituted benzene moieties at the 8-position, the oxidation potential of the benzene moiety became more positive and the reduction potential of the BODIPY fluorophore became more negative as the solvent polarity was decreased; consequently, the free energy change of PeT from the benzene moiety becomes larger in a more nonpolar environment. Utilizing this finding, we designed and synthesized a library of probes in which the threshold of fluorescence ON/OFF switching corresponds to different levels of solvent polarity. These environment-sensitive probes were used to examine bovine serum albumin (BSA) and living cells. The polarity at the surface of albumin was concluded to be similar to that of acetone, while the polarity of the internal membranes of HeLa cells was similar to that of dichloromethane.

  10. Photoinduced Electron Transfer and Fluorophore Motion as a Probe of the Conformational Dynamics of Membrane Proteins: Application to the Influenza A M2 Proton Channel

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    Rogers, Julie M. G.; Polishchuk, Alexei L.; Guo, Lin; Wang, Jun; DeGrado, William F.; Gai, Feng

    2011-01-01

    The structure and function of the Influenza A M2 proton channel have been the subject of intensive investigations in recent years because of its critical role in the life cycle of the Influenza virus. Using a truncated version of the M2 proton channel (i.e., M2TM) as a model, here we show that fluctuations in the fluorescence intensity of a dye reporter that arise from both fluorescence quenching via the mechanism of photoinduced electron transfer (PET) by an adjacent tryptophan (Trp) residue and local motions of the dye molecule can be used to probe the conformational dynamics of membrane proteins. Specifically, we find that the dynamics of the conformational transition between the N-terminally-open and C-terminally-open states of the M2TM channel occur on a timescale of about 500 μs and that binding of either amantadine or rimantadine does not inhibit the pH-induced structural equilibrium of the channel. These results are consistent with the direct occluding mechanism of inhibition which suggests that the antiviral drugs act by sterically occluding the channel pore. PMID:21401044

  11. Novel intramolecular photoinduced electron transfer-based probe for the Human Ether-a-go-go-Related Gene (hERG) potassium channel.

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    Liu, Zhenzhen; Zhou, Yubin; Du, Lupei; Li, Minyong

    2015-12-21

    Drug induced long QT syndrome is a high risk event in clinic, which mainly results from their high affinity to the Human Ether-a-go-go-Related Gene (hERG) potassium channel. Therefore, evaluation of the drug's inhibitory activity against the hERG potassium channel is a required step in drug discovery and development. In this study, we developed a series of novel conformation-mediated intramolecular photoinduced electron transfer fluorogenic probes for the hERG potassium channel. After careful evaluation, probes N4 and N6 showed good activity and may have a promising application in the cell-based hERG potassium channel inhibitory activity assay, as well as potential hERG-associated cardiotoxicity evaluation. Compared with other assay methods, such as patch clamp assay, radio-ligand competitive binding assay, fluorescence polarization and potential-sensitive fluorescent probes, this method is convenient and can also selectively measure the inhibitory activity in the native state of the hERG potassium channel. Meanwhile, these probes can also be used for hERG potassium channel imaging without complex washing steps.

  12. 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.

  13. Selective fluorescence sensing of Cu(II) and Zn(II) using a simple Schiff base ligand: Naked eye detection and elucidation of photoinduced electron transfer (PET) mechanism

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    Ganguly, Aniruddha; Ghosh, Soumen; Kar, Samiran; Guchhait, Nikhil

    2015-05-01

    A simple Schiff base compound 2-((cyclohexylmethylimino)-methyl)-naphthalen-1-ol (2CMIMN1O) has been synthesized and characterized by 1H NMR, 13C NMR and FT-IR spectroscopic techniques. A significantly low emission yield of the compound has been rationalized in anticipation with photo-induced electron transfer (PET) from the imine receptor moiety to the naphthalene fluorophore unit. Consequently, an evaluation of the transition metal ion-induced modification of the fluorophore-receptor communication reveals the promising prospect of the title compound to function as a chemosensor for Cu2+ and Zn2+ ions selectively, through remarkable fluorescence enhancement as well as visual changes. While perturbation of the PET process has been argued to be the plausible mechanism behind the fluorescence enhancement, the selectivity for these two metal ions has been interpreted on the grounds of an appreciably strong binding interaction. Particularly notable aspects regarding the chemosensory activity of the compound is its ability to detect the aforesaid transition metal ions down to the level of micromolar concentration (detection limit being 2.74 and 2.27 ppm respectively), along with a simple and efficient synthetic procedure.

  14. Molecular analysis by electron microscopy of the removal of psoralen-photoinduced DNA cross-links in normal and Fanconi's anemia fibroblasts

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    Rousset, S.; Nocentini, S.; Revet, B.; Moustacchi, E. )

    1990-04-15

    The induction and fate of psoralen-photoinduced DNA interstrand cross-links in the genome of Fanconi's anemia (FA) fibroblasts of complementation groups A and B, and of normal human fibroblasts, were investigated by quantitative analysis of totally denatured DNA fragments visualized by electron microscopy. 8-Methoxypsoralen (5 x 10(-5) M) interstrand cross-links were induced as a function of the near ultraviolet light dose. With time of postexposure incubation, a fraction of interstrand cross-links disappeared in all cell lines. However, 24 h after treatment, this removal was significantly lower in the two FA group A cell lines examined (34-39%) than in the FA group B and normal cell lines (43-53 and 47-57%, respectively). These data indicate that FA cells are at least able to recognize and incise interstrand cross-links, as normal cells do, although group A cells seem somewhat hampered in this process. This is in accord with data obtained on the same cell lines using another biochemical assay. Since the fate of cross-links in FA constituted a controversial matter, it is important to stress that two different methodologies applied to genetically well defined cell lines led to the same conclusions.

  15. Quencher-Free Fluorescence Method for the Detection of Mercury(II) Based on Polymerase-Aided Photoinduced Electron Transfer Strategy

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    Liu, Haisheng; Ma, Linbin; Ma, Changbei; Du, Junyan; Wang, Meilan; Wang, Kemin

    2016-01-01

    A new quencher-free Hg2+ ion assay method was developed based on polymerase-assisted photoinduced electron transfer (PIET). In this approach, a probe is designed with a mercury ion recognition sequence (MRS) that is composed of two T-rich functional areas separated by a spacer of random bases at the 3′-end, and a sequence of stacked cytosines at the 5′-end, to which a fluorescein (FAM) is attached. Upon addition of Hg2+ ions into this sensing system, the MRS folds into a hairpin structure at the 3′-end with Hg2+-mediated base pairs. In the presence of DNA polymerase, it will catalyze the extension reaction, resulting in the formation of stacked guanines, which will instantly quench the fluorescence of FAM through PIET. Under optimal conditions, the limit of detection for Hg2+ ions was estimated to be 5 nM which is higher than the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) standard limit. In addition, no labeling with a quencher was requiring, and the present method is fairly simple, fast and low cost. It is expected that this cost-effective fluorescence method might hold considerable potential in the detection of Hg2+ ions in real biological and environmental samples. PMID:27869723

  16. A photo-induced electron transfer study of an organic dye anchored on the surfaces of TiO2 nanotubes and nanoparticles.

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    Ziółek, Marcin; Tacchini, Ignacio; Martínez, M Teresa; Yang, Xichuan; Sun, Licheng; Douhal, Abderrazzak

    2011-03-07

    We report on femtosecond-nanosecond (fs-ns) studies of the triphenylamine organic dye (TPC1) interacting with titania nanoparticles of different sizes, nanotubes and nanorods. We used time-resolved emission and absorption spectroscopy to measure the photoinduced dynamics of forward and back electron transfer processes taking place in TPC1-titania complexes in acetonitrile (ACN) and dichloromethane (DCM) solutions. We observed that the electron injection from the dye to titania occurs in a multi-exponential way with the main contribution of 100 fs from the hot excited charge-transfer state of anchored TPC1. This process competes with the relaxation of the excited state, mainly governed by solvation, that takes place with average time constants of 400 fs in ACN and 1.3 ps in DCM solutions. A minor contribution to the electron injection process takes place with longer time constants of about 1-10 ps from the relaxed excited state of TPC1. The latter times and their contribution do not depend on the size of the nanoparticles, but are substantially smaller in the case of nanotubes (1-3 ps), probably due to the caging effect. The contribution is also smaller in DCM than in ACN. The efficient back recombination takes place also in a multi-exponential way with times of 1 ps, 15 ps and 1 ns, and only 20-30% of the initial injected electrons in the conduction band are left within the first 1 ns after excitation. The faster recombination rates are suggested due to those originating from the free electrons in the conduction band of titania or the electrons in the shallow trap states, while the slower recombination is due to the electrons in the deep trap states. The results reported here should be relevant to a better understanding of the photobehaviour of an organic dye with promising potential for use in solar cells. They should also help to determine the important factors that limit the efficiency of solar cells based on the triphenylamine-based dyes for solar energy

  17. 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. Copyright © 2014 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.

  18. Photoinduced electron transfer of platinum(II) bipyridine diacetylides linked by triphenylamine- and naphthaleneimide-derivatives and their application to photoelectric conversion systems.

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    Suzuki, Shuichi; Matsumoto, Yuma; Tsubamoto, Mai; Sugimura, Ryoji; Kozaki, Masatoshi; Kimoto, Kenshi; Iwamura, Munetaka; Nozaki, Koichi; Senju, Naoki; Uragami, Chiasa; Hashimoto, Hideki; Muramatsu, Yohei; Konno, Akinori; Okada, Keiji

    2013-06-07

    The recently reported efficient charge-separated system based on bipyridine-diacetylide platinum(ii) complexes was applied to photoelectric conversion systems herein, based on the design and synthesis of two triads: MTA-Pt-NDISAc (3, MTA: dimethoxytriphenylamine, Pt: platinum(ii) complex, NDISAc: thioacetate derivative linked to naphthalenediimide) and MTA-Pt-MNICOOH (4, MNICOOH: naphthaleneimide-4-carboxylic acid). The charge-separated (CS) states of triads 3 and 5 (MOM-protected 4) were effectively generated by photo-induced electron transfer in both THF and toluene, although the rate of formation of the CS state from 5 was relatively slow in toluene. The lifetimes of these CS states were determined to be 730 ns in toluene and 61 ns (70%) and 170 ns (30%) as a double exponential decay in THF for 3, and 600 ns in toluene and 170 ns in THF for 5. The acetylthio group of triad 3 was exploited in the preparation of a self-assembled monolayer (SAM) on a gold surface. Photocurrent was detected upon irradiation of an electrochemical cell comprising Au/3/Na ascorbate/Pt, which was ascribed to the platinum(ii) complex based on the action spectrum. The carboxylic acid group of triad 4 facilitated adsorption on the TiO2 surface, and a dye-sensitized solar cell constructed based on FTO/TiO2/4/electrolyte (LiI-I2)/Pt exhibited a poor energy conversion efficiency (η = 0.20%) based on the incident photon-to-current conversion efficiency spectrum and the I-V curve. This poor efficiency may be derived from the bent molecular shape of 4, or may be due to a possible high energy barrier in the electron injection process through the adsorption site.

  19. Temperature independence of the photoinduced electron injection in dye-sensitized TiO2 rationalized by ab initio time-domain density functional theory.

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    Duncan, Walter R; Prezhdo, Oleg V

    2008-07-30

    Time-domain density functional theory simulations resolve the apparent conflict between the central role that thermal fluctuations play in the photoinduced chromophore-TiO 2 electron transfer (ET) in dye-sensitized semiconductor solar cells [J. Am. Chem. Soc. 2005, 127, 18234; Isr. J. Chem. 2003, 42, 213] and the temperature independence of the ET rate [e.g., Annu. Rev. Phys. Chem. 2005, 56, 119]. The study, performed on the alizarin-TiO 2 interface at a range of temperatures, demonstrates that the ET dynamics, both adiabatic and nonadiabatic (NA), are dependent on the temperature, but only slightly. The adiabatic rate increases with temperature because a fluctuation toward a transition state (TS) becomes more likely. A classical TS theory analysis of the adiabatic ET gives a Gibbs energy of activation that is equal to k B T at approximately 50 K, and a prefactor that corresponds to multiple ET pathways. The NA rate increases as a result of changes in the distribution of photoexcited-state energies and, hence, in the density of accessible TiO 2 levels, as expressed in the Fermi Golden Rule. In the system under investigation, the photoexcited state lies close to the bottom of the TiO 2 conduction band (CB), and the chromophore-semiconductor coupling is strong, resulting in primarily adiabatic ET. By extrapolating the simulation results to chromophores with excited states deeper inside the CB and weaker donor-acceptor coupling, we conclude that the interfacial ET is essentially independent of temperature, even though thermal ionic motions create a widespread of initial conditions, determine the distribution of injected electron energy, and drive both adiabatic and NA ET.

  20. [Photoinduced electron transfer between [Ru(bpy)3]2+ and copper(II) ion in composite films mediated by DNA].

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    Jiang, Zhen-shen; Chen, Min-jian; Li, Hong

    2013-09-01

    An orange-red [Ru(bpy)3]2+ -DNA-CU2 composite film (bpy = 2,2'-bipyridine) was fabricated on an indium-tin (ITO) surface based on electrostatic interactions among [Ru(bpy)3]2+, DNA and Cu2+ by using self-standing cast methods. The photoinduced electron transfer (PET) properties of the resultant composite film mediated by DNA were studied by means of steady-state and time-resolved fluorescence spectroscopy, UV-visible absorption spectroscopy, fluorescence microscopic imaging and scan electron microscopy. The [Ru(bpy)3]2+ -DNA-Cu2+ composite film with molar ratio of 10:20:1 shows an obvious absorption band (450 nm) and an intense emission peak (lamda(em) = 595 nm), whose emission exhibits a single-exponential decay with tau = 188.6 ns and is quenched by Cu2+ via DNA-mediated PET mechanism, indicating that the quenching constant is 6.94 x 10(3) L x mol(-1) and quenching rate constant is 3.80 x 10(10) L x mol(-1) x s(-1). The increasing molar ratio of Cu2+ in composite films (10-fold) leads to an 11 nm blue-shift of the emission peak, which is dramatically weakened by Cu2+ via a static quenching mechanism. In addition, compared with the emission quenching of DNA-[Ru(bpy)2 (tatp)]2+ (tatp = 1, 4, 8, 9-tetra-aza-triphenylene) tuned by Cu2+, which is present either in solutions or in composite films, Cu2+ only quenches the emission of [Ru(bpy)3]2+ bound to DNA via an electrostatic interaction mode in composite films.

  1. 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

  2. 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.

  3. Magnetic resonance studies of photo-induced electron transfer reactions. Final report, June 1, 1990--May 31, 1993

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    van Willigen, H.

    1992-11-01

    Fourier Transform Electron Paramagnetic Resonance (FT EPR) is useful in study of photochemical reactions: a microwave pulse rotates the electron spin magnetization vector from z (magnetic field) into xy plane ({pi}/2 pulse); the time evolution of magnetization in xy plane, the free induction decay (FID), is sampled. Fourier transform of FID gives the frequency domain EPR spectrum of the free radicals, and the method is ideal for time-resolved studies of free radicals produced by pulsed-laser excitation. Investigations of electron transfer reactions focused on porphyrin (donor) - quinone (acceptor) systems. First, two hydrogen abstraction reactions were studied with FT EPR: photoreduction of acetone with 2-propanol, yielding the acetone ketyl radical, and the reaction of 2-propanol with t-butoxy radicals. Then, the FT EPR study of benzoquinone or duroquinone anion radicals generated by pulsed-laser induced electron transfer from zinc tetraphenylporphyrin (ZnTPP) or tetrasulfonated Zn(TPP), was carried out in homogeneous solution, micellar solutions, and silica gel. Finally, FT EPR was used to study electron transfer quenching of triplet C{sub 60} by electron donors.

  4. An efficient carbonyl-alkene metathesis of bicyclic oxetanes: photoinduced electron transfer reduction of the Paternò-Büchi adducts from 2,3-dihydrofuran and aromatic aldehydes.

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    Pérez-Ruiz, Raúl; Miranda, Miguel A; Alle, Ronald; Meerholz, Klaus; Griesbeck, Axel G

    2006-01-01

    The bicyclic oxetanes and resulting from photocycloaddition of aromatic aldehydes to 2,3-dihydrofuran, were efficiently cleaved by means of electron-transfer reduction, photoinduced by the electronically excited reductants 1-methoxynaphthalene (MN) and 2,7-dimethoxynaphthalene (DMN) in acetonitrile. The fluorescence quenching rates of DMN/MN by and were determined by static methods, the triplet quenching rates were determined by means of laser flash photolysis (LFP). The product analysis established a "photo-photo metathesis" where both cycloaddition and cycloreversion processes are induced by photochemical processes.

  5. Ultrafast charge-transfer-to-solvent dynamics of iodide in tetrahydrofuran. 2. Photoinduced electron transfer to counterions in solution.

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    Bragg, Arthur E; Schwartz, Benjamin J

    2008-04-24

    The excited states of atomic anions in liquids are bound only by the polarization of the surrounding solvent. Thus, the electron-detachment process following excitation to one of these solvent-bound states, known as charge-transfer-to-solvent (CTTS) states, provides a useful probe of solvent structure and dynamics. These transitions and subsequent relaxation dynamics also are influenced by other factors that alter the solution environment local to the CTTS anion, including the presence of cosolutes, cosolvents, and other ions. In this paper, we examine the ultrafast CTTS dynamics of iodide in liquid tetrahydrofuran (THF) with a particular focus on how the solvent dynamics and the CTTS electron-ejection process are altered in the presence of various counterions. In weakly polar solvents such as THF, iodide salts can be strongly ion-paired in solution; the steady-state UV-visible absorption spectroscopy of various iodide salts in liquid THF indicates that the degree of ion-pairing changes from strong to weak to none as the counterion is switched from Na+ to tetrabutylammonium (t-BA+) to crown-ether-complexed Na+, respectively. In our ultrafast experiments, we have excited the I- CTTS transition of these various iodide salts at 263 nm and probed the dynamics of the CTTS-detached electrons throughout the visible and near-IR. In the previous paper of this series (Bragg, A. E.; Schwartz, B. J. J. Phys. Chem. B 2008, 112, 483-494), we found that for "counterion-free" I- (obtained by complexing Na+ with a crown ether) the CTTS electrons were ejected approximately 6 nm from their partner iodine atoms, the result of significant nonadiabatic coupling between the CTTS excited state and extended electronic states supported by the naturally existing solvent cavities in liquid THF, which also serve as pre-existing electron traps. In contrast, for the highly ion-paired NaI/THF system, we find that approximately 90% of the CTTS electrons are "captured" by a nearby Na+ to form (Na

  6. Modeling the current-voltage characteristics of thin-film silicon solar cells based on photo-induced electron transfer processes.

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    Isoda, Satoru

    2013-12-01

    Power conversion efficiency of p-i-n type macrocrystalline silicon (µc-Si:H) solar cells has been analyzed in terms of sequential processes of photo-induced electron transfer. The effect of the excitonic state on the charged carrier generation has been studied compared to a conventional scheme in which only charged carriers are taken into account for the operation of the solar cells. A numerical model has been developed to calculate current-voltage characteristics of solar cells on the basis of two types of charged carrier generation processes (exciton process and charged carrier process). The light trapping effect due to a textured back surface reflector (BSR) was embedded in the numerical model by using the effective medium theory in combination with the matrix method in the field of the electromagnetic theory of light. As an application of this modeling, it was found that the reported data of the power conversion efficiency were not explained by the conventional charged carrier process model and that the combined model of the charged carrier process with the exciton process well explains the performance of the p-i-n type μc-Si:H solar cells. In this way, the typical power conversion efficiencies were estimated to be 10.5% for the device (i-layer thickness: 1.8 μm) with the BSR (period: 600 nm; height: 250 nm) and 8.6% for the device with the flat reflector under the condition that the fractions of the exciton process and charged carrier process were 60% and 40%, respectively.

  7. Direct observation of hole shift and characterization of spin states in radical ion pairs generated from photoinduced electron transfer of (phenothiazine)(n)-anthraquinone (n = 1, 3) dyads.

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    Karimata, Ayumu; Suzuki, Shuichi; Kozaki, Masatoshi; Kimoto, Kenshi; Nozaki, Koichi; Matsushita, Hironori; Ikeda, Noriaki; Akiyama, Kimio; Kosumi, Daisuke; Hashimoto, Hideki; Okada, Keiji

    2014-11-26

    Photoinduced intramolecular electron transfer of dyad PTZ3-PTZ2-PTZ1-B-AQ consisting of phenothiazine trimer (PTZ3-PTZ2-PTZ1), bicyclo[2.2.2]octane (B), and anthraquinone (AQ) was investigated. After excitation (∼20 ps) of the AQ moiety in THF, a metastable radical ion pair (RIP) PTZ3-PTZ2-PTZ1(+)-B-AQ(-) appeared at ∼620 nm. From 500 ps to 6 ns the spectrum changed to a new absorption (∼950 nm), which was assigned to the hole-shifted stable RIP state PTZ3-PTZ2(+)-PTZ1-B-AQ(-). The time constant of the hole-shift process was determined to be 6.0 ns. The hole-shifted RIP state had a lifetime (τ) of 250 ns and was characterized by spin-polarized signals as a spin-correlated radical pair (SCRP) by means of time-resolved ESR. These results were compared with those for the phenothiazine monomer analog PTZ-B-AQ, which also produced the RIP state PTZ(+)-B-AQ(-) with τ = 1.9 μs. Time-resolved ESR showed an all emission signal pattern showing the triplet mechanism of PTZ-B-(3)AQ* → (3)[PTZ(+)-B-AQ(-)]. The origin of the difference in the lifetimes between the trimer and the monomer RIP states was discussed from various points of view, including free energy difference in the RIP states, reorganization energy difference in the charge recombination process, and the spin-state difference. Of these, the spin-state difference effect provided the most reasonable explanation.

  8. Visible-Light-Irradiated Graphitic Carbon Nitride Photocatalyzed Diels-Alder Reactions with Dioxygen as Sustainable Mediator for Photoinduced Electrons.

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    Zhao, Yubao; Antonietti, Markus

    2017-08-01

    Photocatalytic Diels-Alder (D-A) reactions with electron rich olefins are realized by graphitic carbon nitride (g-C3 N4 ) under visible-light irradiation and aerobic conditions. This heterogeneous photoredox reaction system is highly efficient, and the apparent quantum yield reaches a remarkable value of 47 % for the model reaction. Dioxygen plays a critical role as electron mediator, which is distinct from the previous reports in the homogeneous Ru(II) complex photoredox system. Moreover, the reaction intermediate vinylcyclobutane is captured and monitored during the reaction, serving as a direct evidence for the proposed reaction mechanism. The cycloaddition process is thereby determined to be the combination of direct [4+2] cycloaddition and [2+2] cycloaddition followed by photocatalytic rearrangement of the vinylcyclobutane intermediate. © 2017 Wiley-VCH Verlag GmbH & Co. KGaA, Weinheim.

  9. Photoinduced electron donor/acceptor processes in colloidal II-VI semiconductor quantum dots and nitroxide free radicals

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    Dutta, Poulami

    Electron transfer (ET) processes are one of the most researched topics for applications ranging from energy conversion to catalysis. An exciting variation is utilizing colloidal semiconductor nanostructures to explore such processes. Semiconductor quantum dots (QDs) are emerging as a novel class of light harvesting, emitting and charge-separation materials for applications such as solar energy conversion. Detailed knowledge of the quantitative dissociation of the photogenerated excitons and the interfacial charge- (electron/hole) transfer is essential for optimization of the overall efficiency of many such applications. Organic free radicals are the attractive counterparts for studying ET to/from QDs because these undergo single-electron transfer steps in reversible fashion. Nitroxides are an exciting class of stable organic free radicals, which have recently been demonstrated to be efficient as redox mediators in dye-sensitized solar cells, making them even more interesting for the aforementioned studies. This dissertation investigates the interaction between nitroxide free radicals TEMPO (2,2,6,6-tetramethylpiperidine-1-oxyl), 4-amino-TEMPO (4-amino- 2,2,6,6-tetramethylpiperidine-1-oxyl) and II-VI semiconductor (CdSe and CdTe) QDs. The nature of interaction in these hybrids has been examined through ground-state UV-Vis absorbance, steady state and time-resolved photoluminescence (PL) spectroscopy, transient absorbance, upconversion photoluminescence spectroscopy and electron paramagnetic resonance (EPR). The detailed analysis of the PL quenching indicates that the intrinsic charge transfer is ultrafast however, the overall quenching is still limited by the lower binding capacities and slower diffusion related kinetics. Careful analysis of the time resolved PL decay kinetics reveal that the decay rate constants are distributed and that the trap states are involved in the overall quenching process. The ultrafast hole transfer from CdSe QDs to 4-Amino TEMPO observed

  10. Diffusion-facilitated direct determination of intrinsic parameters for rapid photoinduced bimolecular electron-transfer reactions in nonpolar solvents.

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    Scully, Andrew D; Ohtaka, Hiroyasu; Takezaki, Makoto; Tominaga, Toshihiro

    2015-03-26

    Bimolecular fluorescence-quenching reactions involving electron-transfer between electronically excited 5,10,15,20-tetraphenyl-21H,23H-porphine (TPP*) and 1,4-benzoquinone (BQ) or 1,4-naphthoquinone (NQ) were investigated using a set of alkane solvents that enabled the rapid reaction kinetics to be probed over a wide viscosity range, while minimizing changes in other relevant solvent parameters. Relative diffusion coefficients and reaction distances were recovered directly from analysis of fluorescence decay curves measured on a nanosecond time scale. The electron transfer from TPP* to BQ requires reactant contact, consistent with tightly associated exciplex formation in these nonpolar solvents. In contrast, electron transfer from TPP* to NQ displays a clear distance dependence, indicative of reaction via a much looser noncontact exciplex. This difference is attributed to the greater steric hindrance associated with contact between the TPP*/NQ pair. The diffusion coefficients recovered from fluorescence decay curve analysis are markedly smaller than the corresponding measured bulk relative diffusion coefficients. Classical hydrodynamics theory was found to provide a satisfactory resolution of this apparent discrepancy. The calculated hydrodynamic radii of TPP and NQ correlate very well with the van der Waals values. The hydrodynamic radius obtained for BQ is a factor of 6 times smaller than the van der Waals value, indicative of a possible tight cofacial geometry in the (TPP(+)/BQ(-))* exciplex. The present work demonstrates the utility of a straightforward methodology, based on widely available instrumentation and data analysis, that is broadly applicable for direct determination of kinetic parameter values for a wide variety of rapid bimolecular fluorescence quenching reactions in fluid solution.

  11. 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

  12. 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

  13. On the participation of photoinduced N-H bond fission in aqueous adenine at 266 and 220 nm: a combined ultrafast transient electronic and vibrational absorption spectroscopy study.

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    Roberts, Gareth M; Marroux, Hugo J B; Grubb, Michael P; Ashfold, Michael N R; Orr-Ewing, Andrew J

    2014-11-26

    A combination of ultrafast transient electronic absorption spectroscopy (TEAS) and transient vibrational absorption spectroscopy (TVAS) is used to investigate whether photoinduced N–H bond fission, mediated by a dissociative 1πσ(*) state, is active in aqueous adenine (Ade) at 266 and 220 nm. In order to isolate UV/visible and IR spectral signatures of the adeninyl radical (Ade[-H]), formed as a result of N–H bond fission, TEAS and TVAS are performed on Ade in D2O under basic conditions (pD = 12.5), which forms Ade[-H](-) anions via deprotonation at the N7 or N9 sites of Ade's 7H and 9H tautomers. At 220 nm we observe one-photon detachment of an electron from Ade[-H](-), which generates solvated electrons (eaq(-)) together with Ade[-H] radicals, with clear signatures in both TEAS and TVAS. Additional wavelength dependent TEAS measurements between 240–260 nm identify a threshold of 4.9 ± 0.1 eV (∼250 nm) for this photodetachment process in D2O. Analogous TEAS experiments on aqueous Ade at pD = 7.4 generate a similar photoproduct signal together with eaq(-) after excitation at 266 and 220 nm. These eaq(-) are born from ionization of Ade, together with Ade(+) cations, which are indistinguishable from Ade[-H] radicals in TEAS. Ade(+) and Ade[-H] are found to have different signatures in TVAS and we verify that the pD = 7.4 photoproduct signal observed in TEAS following 220 nm excitation is solely due to Ade(+) cations. Based on these observations, we conclude that: (i) N–H bond fission in aqueous Ade is inactive at wavelengths ≥220 nm; and (ii) if such a channel exists in aqueous solution, its threshold is strongly blue-shifted relative to the onset of the same process in gas phase 9H-Ade (≤233 nm). In addition, we extract excited state lifetimes and vibrational cooling dynamics for 9H-Ade and Ade[-H](-). In both cases, excited state lifetimes of <500 fs are identified, while vibrational cooling occurs within a time frame of 4–5 ps. In contrast, 7H

  14. 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.

  15. Photoinduced Single- and Multiple- Electron Dynamics Processes Enhanced by Quantum Confinement in Lead Halide Perovskite Quantum Dots.

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    Vogel, Dayton Jon; Kryjevski, Andrei; Inerbaev, Talgat M; Kilin, Dmitri S

    2017-03-21

    Methyl-ammonium lead iodide perovskite (MAPbI3) is a promising material for photovoltaic devices. A modification of the MAPbI3 into confined nanostructures is expected to further increase efficiency of solar energy conversion. Photo-excited dynamic processes in a MAPbI3 quantum dot (QD) have been modeled by many-body perturbation theory and nonadiabatic dynamics. A photoexcitation is followed by either exciton cooling (EC), its radiative (RR) or non-radiative recombination (NRR), or multi-exciton generation (MEG) processes. Computed times of these processes fall in the order of MEG < EC < RR < NRR, where MEG is in the order of a few femtoseconds, EC at the picosecond range while RR and NRR are in the order of nanoseconds. Computed timescales indicate which electronic transition pathways can contribute to increase in charge collection efficiency. Simulated mechanism relaxation rates show that quantum confinement promotes MEG in MAPbI3 QDs.

  16. Photoinduced electron transfer pathways in hydrogen-evolving reduced graphene oxide-boosted hybrid nano-bio catalyst.

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    Wang, Peng; Dimitrijevic, Nada M; Chang, Angela Y; Schaller, Richard D; Liu, Yuzi; Rajh, Tijana; Rozhkova, Elena A

    2014-08-26

    Photocatalytic production of clean hydrogen fuels using water and sunlight has attracted remarkable attention due to the increasing global energy demand. Natural and synthetic dyes can be utilized to sensitize semiconductors for solar energy transformation using visible light. In this study, reduced graphene oxide (rGO) and a membrane protein bacteriorhodopsin (bR) were employed as building modules to harness visible light by a Pt/TiO2 nanocatalyst. Introduction of the rGO boosts the nano-bio catalyst performance that results in hydrogen production rates of approximately 11.24 mmol of H2 (μmol protein)(-1) h(-1). Photoelectrochemical measurements show a 9-fold increase in photocurrent density when TiO2 electrodes were modified with rGO and bR. Electron paramagnetic resonance and transient absorption spectroscopy demonstrate an interfacial charge transfer from the photoexcited rGO to the semiconductor under visible light.

  17. Photoinduced Single- and Multiple-Electron Dynamics Processes Enhanced by Quantum Confinement in Lead Halide Perovskite Quantum Dots

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    Vogel, Dayton J.; Kryjevski, Andrei; Inerbaev, Talgat; ...

    2017-03-21

    Methylammonium lead iodide perovskite (MAPbI3) is a promising material for photovoltaic devices. A modification of MAPbI3 into confined nanostructures is expected to further increase efficiency of solar energy conversion. Photoexcited dynamic processes in a MAPbI3 quantum dot (QD) have been modeled by many-body perturbation theory and nonadiabatic dynamics. A photoexcitation is followed by either exciton cooling (EC), its radiative (RR) or nonradiative recombination (NRR), or multiexciton generation (MEG) processes. Computed times of these processes fall in the order of MEG < EC < RR < NRR, where MEG is on the order of a few femtoseconds, EC is in themore » picosecond range, while RR and NRR are on the order of nanoseconds. Computed time scales indicate which electronic transition pathways can contribute to increase in charge collection efficiency. Simulated mechanisms of relaxation and their rates show that quantum confinement promotes MEG in MAPbI3 QDs.« less

  18. How good is the generalized Langevin equation to describe the dynamics of photo-induced electron transfer in fluid solution?

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    Angulo, Gonzalo; Jedrak, Jakub; Ochab-Marcinek, Anna; Pasitsuparoad, Pakorn; Radzewicz, Czesław; Wnuk, Paweł; Rosspeintner, Arnulf

    2017-06-01

    The dynamics of unimolecular photo-triggered reactions can be strongly affected by the surrounding medium for which a large number of theoretical descriptions have been used in the past. An accurate description of these reactions requires knowing the potential energy surface and the friction felt by the reactants. Most of these theories start from the Langevin equation to derive the dynamics, but there are few examples comparing it with experiments. Here we explore the applicability of a Generalized Langevin Equation (GLE) with an arbitrary potential and a non-Markovian friction. To this end, we have performed broadband fluorescence measurements with sub-picosecond time resolution of a covalently linked organic electron donor-acceptor system in solvents of changing viscosity and dielectric permittivity. In order to establish the free energy surface (FES) of the reaction, we resort to stationary electronic spectroscopy. On the other hand, the dynamics of a non-reacting substance, Coumarin 153, provide the calibrating tool for the non-Markovian friction over the FES, which is assumed to be solute independent. A simpler and computationally faster approach uses the Generalized Smoluchowski Equation (GSE), which can be derived from the GLE for pure harmonic potentials. Both approaches reproduce the measurements in most of the solvents reasonably well. At long times, some differences arise from the errors inherited from the analysis of the stationary solvatochromism and at short times from the excess excitation energy. However, whenever the dynamics become slow, the GSE shows larger deviations than the GLE, the results of which always agree qualitatively with the measured dynamics, regardless of the solvent viscosity or dielectric properties. The method applied here can be used to predict the dynamics of any other reacting system, given the FES parameters and solvent dynamics are provided. Thus no fitting parameters enter the GLE simulations, within the applicability

  19. How good is the generalized Langevin equation to describe the dynamics of photo-induced electron transfer in fluid solution?

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    Angulo, Gonzalo; Jedrak, Jakub; Ochab-Marcinek, Anna; Pasitsuparoad, Pakorn; Radzewicz, Czesław; Wnuk, Paweł; Rosspeintner, Arnulf

    2017-06-28

    The dynamics of unimolecular photo-triggered reactions can be strongly affected by the surrounding medium for which a large number of theoretical descriptions have been used in the past. An accurate description of these reactions requires knowing the potential energy surface and the friction felt by the reactants. Most of these theories start from the Langevin equation to derive the dynamics, but there are few examples comparing it with experiments. Here we explore the applicability of a Generalized Langevin Equation (GLE) with an arbitrary potential and a non-Markovian friction. To this end, we have performed broadband fluorescence measurements with sub-picosecond time resolution of a covalently linked organic electron donor-acceptor system in solvents of changing viscosity and dielectric permittivity. In order to establish the free energy surface (FES) of the reaction, we resort to stationary electronic spectroscopy. On the other hand, the dynamics of a non-reacting substance, Coumarin 153, provide the calibrating tool for the non-Markovian friction over the FES, which is assumed to be solute independent. A simpler and computationally faster approach uses the Generalized Smoluchowski Equation (GSE), which can be derived from the GLE for pure harmonic potentials. Both approaches reproduce the measurements in most of the solvents reasonably well. At long times, some differences arise from the errors inherited from the analysis of the stationary solvatochromism and at short times from the excess excitation energy. However, whenever the dynamics become slow, the GSE shows larger deviations than the GLE, the results of which always agree qualitatively with the measured dynamics, regardless of the solvent viscosity or dielectric properties. The method applied here can be used to predict the dynamics of any other reacting system, given the FES parameters and solvent dynamics are provided. Thus no fitting parameters enter the GLE simulations, within the applicability

  20. Modulation of ultrafast photoinduced electron transfer in H-bonding environment: PET from aniline to coumarin 153 in the presence of an inert co-solvent cyclohexane.

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    Barman, Nabajeet; Hossen, Tousif; Mondal, Koushik; Sahu, Kalyanasis

    2015-12-28

    Despite intensive research, the role of the H-bonding environment on ultrafast PET remains illusive. For example, coumarin 153 (C153) undergoes ultrafast photoinduced electron transfer (PET) in electron-donating solvents, in both aniline (AN) and N,N-dimethylaniline (DMA), despite their very different H-bonding abilities. Thus, donor-acceptor (AN-C153) H-bonding may have only a minor role in PET (Yoshihara and co-workers, J. Phys. Chem. A, 1998, 102, 3089). However, donor-acceptor H-bonding may be somehow less effective in the neat H-bonding environment but could become dominant in the presence of an inert solvent (Phys. Chem. Chem. Phys., 2014, 16, 6159). We successfully applied and tested the proposal here. The nature of PET modulation of C153 in the presence of a passive component cyclohexane is found to be very different for aniline and DMA. Upon addition of cyclohexane to DMA, the PET process gradually becomes retarded but in the case of AN, the PET rate was indeed found to be accelerated at some intermediate composition (mole fraction of aniline, XAN∼ 0.74) compared to that of neat aniline. It is intuitive that cyclohexane may replace some of the donors (AN or DMA) from the vicinity of the acceptor and, thus, should disfavour PET. However, in the hydrogen bonding environment using molecular dynamics simulation, for the first time, we show that the average number of aniline molecules orienting their N-H group in the proximity of the C=O group of C153 is actually higher at the intermediate mole fraction (0.74) of aniline in a mixture rather than in neat aniline. This small but finite excess of C153-AN H-bonding already present in the ground state may possibly account for the anomalous effect. The TD-DFT calculations presented here showed that the intermolecular H-bonding between C153 and AN strengthens from 21.1 kJ mol(-1) in the ground state to 33.0 kJ mol(-1) in the excited state and, consequently, H-bonding may assist PET according to the Zhao and Han

  1. Non-equivalent conformations of D-amino acid oxidase dimer from porcine kidney between the two subunits. Molecular dynamics simulation and photoinduced electron transfer.

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    Nueangaudom, Arthit; Lugsanangarm, Kiattisak; Pianwanit, Somsak; Kokpol, Sirirat; Nunthaboot, Nadtanet; Tanaka, Fumio

    2014-02-07

    The structural difference between two subunits of D-amino acid oxidase dimer from porcine kidney was studied by molecular dynamics simulation (MDS) and rate of photoinduced electron transfer (ET) from aromatic amino acids as tyrosines (Tyr) and tryptophanes (Trp) to the excited isoalloxazine (Iso*). The donor-acceptor distances (Rc) between isoalloxazine (Iso) and the donors were shortest in Tyr224 (0.74 nm) in Sub A at 10 °C (Sub A10), in Tyr224 (0.79 nm) in Sub B at 10 °C (Sub B10), in Tyr228 (0.85 nm) in Sub A at 30 °C (Sub A30), and in Tyr224 (0.72 nm) in Sub B at 30 °C (Sub B30). The Rcs were mostly shorter in the dimer than those in the monomer. Hydrogen bonding (H-bond) pairs between Iso and surrounding amino acids varied with the subunit and temperature. O2 of the Iso ring formed an H-bond exclusively with Thr317OG1 (side chain) in both Sub A10 and Sub A30, while it formed with Gly315N (peptide), Leu316N and Thr317N in Sub B10 and Sub B30. N3H of Iso formed an H-bond with Leu51O (peptide) in Sub A10 and Sub A30, but not in Sub B10 and Sub B30. Electron affinity of Iso* was appreciably lower in Sub A10 compared to Sub B10, while it was opposite at 30 °C. ET rate to Iso* was fastest from Tyr224 in Sub A10, while it was fastest from Tyr314 in Sub B10. The ET rate was fastest from Tyr314 in Sub A30, while it was fastest from Tyr224 in Sub B30. The greater ET rates in the dimer as compared to those in the monomer were elucidated with shorter Rc in the dimer as compared to the monomer. The static dielectric constants inside the subunits and the static dielectric constant between Iso and Tyr224 or Tyr228 were not different appreciably. A few water molecules and sometimes an amino acid were located between Iso and Tyr224, which may be the reason why the dielectric constant of the entire subunits did not differ from that between Iso and Tyr224.

  2. 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.

  3. Study of photoinduced energy and electron transfer in alpha-terthienyl-bovine serum albumin conjugates: a laser flash photolysis study.

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    Boch, R; Mohtat, N; Lear, Y; Arnason, J T; Durst, T; Scaiano, J C

    1996-07-01

    The photochemistry of alpha-terthienyl (alpha-T) has been examined in bovine serum albumin (BSA). Freely associated and covalently conjugated alpha-T chromophores show similar behavior toward nonpolar quenchers such as oxygen and benzoquinone but show significant differences in the case of quenching by methyl viologen, a watersoluble cationic electron acceptor; in this case, triplet quenching reveals two distinct alpha-T populations, attributed to chromophores in sites showing very different accessibility from the aqueous phase. Rate constants for triplet quenching in BSA are generally slower than those observed in homogeneous solution for free alpha-T. For example, in the case of oxygen, the rate constant is about one order of magnitude smaller when alpha-T is associated or conjugated with the protein compared with alpha-T in solution. While triplet yields for alpha-T are essentially the same in solution and in the protein environment, the yield of detectable singlet oxygen is substantially reduced in the protein. This is attributed to a geminate reaction within the protein involving singlet oxygen trapping in the vicinity of the generation site.

  4. 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

    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-limited environments. Published by Elsevier Inc.

  5. Photoinduced Multicomponent Reactions.

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    Garbarino, Silvia; Ravelli, Davide; Protti, Stefano; Basso, Andrea

    2016-12-12

    The combination of multicomponent approaches with light-driven processes opens up new scenarios in the area of synthetic organic chemistry, where the need for sustainable, atom- and energy-efficient reactions is increasingly urgent. Photoinduced multicomponent reactions are still in their infancy, but significant developments in this area are expected in the near future.

  6. 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

  7. Femtosecond studies of photoinduced electron dynamics in colloidal quantum-confined II-VI semiconductor nanoparticles: CdS, CdSe and CdZnS

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    Roberti, Trevor

    A variety of synthetic and spectroscopic techniques have been applied to elucidate photoinduced charge carrier processes in II-VI semiconductor quantum dots. These semiconductor nanoparticles exhibit both size-dependent optical tuning due to the quantum-confinement effect and power-dependent absorption, bleach and emission characteristics. Although the tunable-absorption has been well characterized, the subsequent trapping and recombination processes are still under much investigation and are the subject of this dissertation. Particles with vastly differing surfaces, sizes, energetics and solvents have been characterized using various spectroscopic techniques in unison. The primary technique was transient femtosecond near-IR absorption, which was used to characterize charge carrier processes on the subpicosecond and picosecond time scales. UV-visible spectroscopy was used to characterize the size of the particles. Static fluorescence measurements were used to characterize the surface of the particles and the relative amount of radiative recombination. Nanosecond fluorescence measurements were also used to assist in the assignment of the fast, power-dependent near-IR absorption decay. The research reported here makes two fundamental contributions to the photophysics of semiconductor nanoparticles. First, the power-dependent, few picosecond decay process has primarily been assigned to electron-hole recombination via exciton-exciton annihilation. As the power increases, higher order, Auger processes may also arise. The exciton-exciton annihilation mechanism was primarily deduced based on power-dependent fluorescence measurements which exhibited the formation of short-lived exciton fluorescence at high powers. Secondly, many nanoparticle properties and environments were varied in order to better understand the observed picosecond processes and the effect of variations on these processes. The systems studied ranged from aqueous acidic and basic quantum dots of differing

  8. Proton-Coupled Electron-Transfer Processes in Ultrafast Time Domain: Evidence for Effects of Hydrogen-Bond Stabilization on Photoinduced Electron Transfer.

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    Dey, Ananta; Dana, Jayanta; Aute, Sunil; Maity, Partha; Das, Amitava; Ghosh, Hirendra N

    2017-03-08

    The proton-coupled electron-transfer (PCET) reaction is investigated for a newly synthesized imidazole-anthraquinone biomimetic model with a photoactive Ru(II) -polypyridyl moiety that is covalently coupled to the imidazole fragment. Intramolecular H-bonding interactions between imidazole and anthraquinone moieties favor the PCET process; this can be correlated to an appreciable positive shift in the one-electron reduction potential of the coordinated anthraquinone moiety functionalized with the imidazole fragment. This can also be attributed to the low luminescence quantum yield of the Ru(II) -polypyridyl complex used. The dynamics of the intramolecular electron-transfer (ET) and PCET processes are studied by using femtosecond transient absorption spectroscopy. The steady-state spectroscopic studies and the results of the time-resolved absorption studies confirm that H-bonded water molecules play a major role in both ET and PCET dynamics as a proton relay in the excited state. The electron-transfer process is followed by a change in the H-bonding equilibrium between AQ and imidazole in acetonitrile solvent, and protonation of AQ(.-) by water leads to PCET in the presence of water. A slower forward and backward electron-transfer rate is observed in the presence of D2 O compared with that in H2 O. These results provide further experimental support for a detailed understanding of the PCET process.

  9. Quantum pattern formation dynamics of photoinduced nucleation

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    Ishida, Kunio; Nasu, Keiichiro

    2008-06-01

    We study the dynamics of quantum pattern formation processes in molecular crystals which is concomitant with photoinduced nucleation. Since the nucleation process in coherent regime is driven by the nonadiabatic transition in each molecule followed by the propagation of phonons, it is necessary to take into account the quantum nature of both electrons and phonons in order to pursue the dynamics of the system. Therefore, we employ a model of localized electrons coupled with a quantized phonon mode and solve the time-dependent Schrödinger equation numerically. We found that there is a minimal size of clusters of excited molecules which triggers the photoinduced nucleation process; i.e., nucleation does not take place unless sufficient photoexcitation energy is concentrated within a narrow area of the system. We show that this result means that the spatial distribution of photoexcited molecules plays an important role in the nonlinearity of the dynamics and also in the optical properties observed in experiments. We calculate the conversion ratio, the rate of cluster formation, and correlation functions to reveal the dynamical properties of the pattern formation process; the initial dynamics of the photoinduced structural change is discussed from the viewpoint of pattern formation.

  10. Efficient Photoinduced Energy and Electron Transfer in Zn(II) -Porphyrin/Fullerene Dyads with Interchromophoric Distances up to 2.6 nm and No Wire-like Connectivity.

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    Mohanraj, John; Barbieri, Andrea; Armaroli, Nicola; Vizuete, María; Langa, Fernando; Delavaux-Nicot, Béatrice; Vartanian, Maida; Iehl, Julien; Hahn, Uwe; Nierengarten, Jean-François

    2017-07-06

    The dyads 1-3 made of an alkynylated Zn(II) -porphyrin and a bis-methanofullerene derivative connected through a copper-catalyzed azide-alkyne cycloaddition have been synthesized. The porphyrin and fullerene chromophores are separated through a bridge made of a bismethanofullerene tether linked to different spacers conjugated to the porphyrin moiety [i.e., m-phenylene (1), p-phenylene (2), di-p-phenylene-ethynylene (3)]. Compounds 1-3 exhibit relatively rigid structures with an interchromophoric separation of 1.7, 2.0, and 2.6 nm, respectively, and no face-to-face or direct through-bond conjugation. The photophysical properties of compounds 1-3 have been investigated in toluene and benzonitrile with steady-state and time-resolved techniques as well as model calculations on the Förster energy transfer. Excited-state interchromophoric electronic interactions are observed with a distinct solvent and distance dependence. The latter effect is evidenced in benzonitrile, where compounds 1 and 2 exhibit a photoinduced electron transfer in the Marcus-inverted region, with charge-separated (CS) states living for 0.44 and 0.59 μs, respectively, whereas compound 3 only undergoes energy transfer, as in apolar toluene. The quantum yield of the charge separation (φCS ) of compounds 1 and 2 in benzonitrile is ≥0.75. It is therefore demonstrated that photoinduced energy and electron transfers in porphyrin-fullerene systems with long interchromophoric distances may efficiently occur also when the bridge does not provide a wire-like conjugation and proceed through the triplet states of the chromophoric moieties. © 2017 Wiley-VCH Verlag GmbH & Co. KGaA, Weinheim.

  11. Excited-state electronic coupling and photoinduced multiple electron transfer in two related ligand-bridged hexanuclear mixed-valence compounds.

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    Pfennig, Brian W; Mordas, Carolyn J; McCloskey, Alex; Lockard, Jenny V; Salmon, Patty M; Cohen, Jamie L; Watson, David F; Bocarsly, Andrew B

    2002-08-26

    The synthesis, characterization, electrochemical, photophysical, and photochemical properties of two hexanuclear mixed-valence compounds are reported. Each supramolecular species consists of two cyano-bridged [(NC)(5)Fe(II)-CN-Pt(IV)(NH(3))(3)L-NC-Fe(II)(CN)(5)] triads that are linked to each other through a Pt(IV)-L-Pt(IV) bridge, where L = 4,4'-dipyridyl (bpy) or 3,3'-dimethyl-4,4'-dipyridyl (dmb). The major difference between the two compounds is the electronic nature of the bridging ligand between the two Pt atoms. Both species exhibit a broad Fe(II) --> Pt(IV) intervalent (IT) absorption band at 421 nm with an oscillator strength that is approximately four times that for [(NC)(5)Fe(II)-CN-Pt(IV)(NH(3))(5)] and twice that for [(NC)(5)Fe(II)-CN-Pt(IV)(NH(3))(4)-NC-Fe(II)(CN)(5)].(4-) When L = bpy, the resonance Raman spectrum obtained by irradiating the IT band at 488 nm exhibits several dipyridyl ring modes at 1604, 1291, and 1234 cm(-1) which are not present in the spectrum when L = dmb. In addition, femtosecond pump-probe spectroscopy performed at 400 nm yields a transient bleach of the IT absorption band with a single exponential decay of 3.5 ps for L = bpy, compared with only 1.8 ps for L = dmb and 2.1 ps for [(NC)(5)Fe(II)-CN-Pt(IV)(NH(3))(4)-NC-Fe(II)(CN)(5)].(4-) Last, prolonged irradiation of the complexes at 488 nm leads to the formation of 4 equiv of ferricyanide with a quantum efficiency of 0.0014 for L = bpy and 0.0011 for L = dmb. The transient absorption, resonance Raman, and photochemical data suggest that the degree of excited electronic coupling in these compounds is tunable by changing the electronic nature of the Pt-L-Pt bridging ligand.

  12. 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.

  13. 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.

  14. A Crucial Role of Rh Substituent Ion in Photoinduced Internal Electron Transfer and Enhanced Photocatalytic Activity of CdS-Ti(5.2-x)/6 Rhx /2 O2 Nanohybrids.

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    Lee, Jang Mee; Jin, Hyung Bin; Kim, In Young; Jo, Yun Kyung; Hwang, Jung-Wook; Wang, Kang-Kyun; Kim, Min Gyu; Kim, Yong-Rok; Hwang, Seong-Ju

    2015-11-18

    The photocatalytic activity and photostability of CdS quantum dot (QD) can be remarkably enhanced by hybridization with Rh-substituted layered titanate nanosheet even at very low Rh substitution rate (<1%). Mesoporous CdS-Ti(5.2-x)/6 Rhx/2O2 nanohybrids are synthesized by a self-assembly of exfoliated Ti(5.2-x)/6 Rhx/2O2 nanosheets with CdS QDs. The partial substitution of Rh(3+)/Rh(4+) ions for Ti(4+) ions in layered titanate is quite effective in enhancing an electronic coupling between hybridized CdS and titanate components via the formation of interband Rh 4d states. A crucial role of Rh substituent ion in the internal electron transfer is obviously evidenced from in situ X-ray absorption spectroscopy showing the elongation of (RhO) bond under visible light irradiation. This is the first spectroscopic evidence for the important role of substituent ion in the photoinduced electron transfer of hybrid-type photocatalyst. The CdS-Ti(5.2-x)/6 Rhx/2O2 nanohybrids show much higher photocatalytic activity for H2 production and better photostability than do CdS and unsubstituted CdS-TiO2 nanohybrid. This result is ascribable to the enhancement of visible light absorptivity, the depression of electron-hole recombination, and the enhanced hole curing of CdS upon Rh substitution. The present study underscores that the hybridization with composition-controlled inorganic nanosheet provides a novel efficient methodology to optimize the photo-related functionalities of semiconductor nanocrystal. © 2015 WILEY-VCH Verlag GmbH & Co. KGaA, Weinheim.

  15. 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

  16. Photoinduced (WO4)3--La3+ center in PbWO4: Electron spin resonance and thermally stimulated luminescence study

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    Laguta, V. V.; Martini, M.; Meinardi, F.; Vedda, A.; Hofstaetter, A.; Meyer, B. K.; Nikl, M.; Mihóková, E.; Rosa, J.; Usuki, Y.

    2000-10-01

    The localization of electrons at W6+ sites perturbed by lanthanum in PbWO4 is studied by electron spin resonance (ESR) and thermally stimulated luminescence (TSL) measurements. The (WO4)3--La3+ centers are created at the W6+ sites close to La3+ in two different ways: (i) direct trapping of electrons from the conduction band under ultraviolet or x-ray irradiation at T=60 K (ii) retrapping of electrons freed from unperturbed (WO4)3- centers after irradiation at T<40 K followed by heating up to T around 60 K. Electron transfer from La3+-perturbed to unperturbed W6+ sites stimulated by red light illumination is also observed. The proposed mechanism of electron localization at one of four equivalent tungstate ions close to La3+ is based on the pseudo-Jahn-Teller effect, which gives rise to a rhombic distortion of (WO4)3- complex. At T~95-98 K the (WO4)3--La3+ centers are thermally ionized giving rise to a TSL glow peak due to the recombination of detrapped electrons with localized holes. The emission spectrum of the TSL features one band peaking at 2.8 eV. The temperature dependence of both TSL and ESR intensity is analyzed in the frame of a general order recombination model. The thermal ionization energy of (WO4)3--La3+ centers has been calculated to be approximately 0.27 eV.

  17. 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.

  18. Bidirectional Photoinduced Electron Transfer in Ruthenium(II)-tris-Bipyridyl Modified PpcA, a Multi-Heme c-type Cytochrome from Geobacter sulfurreducens

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    Kokhan, Oleksandr; Ponomarenko, Nina S.; Pokkuluri, Phani R.; Schiffer, Marianne; Mulfort, Karen L.; Tiede, David M.

    2015-06-18

    PpcA, a tri-heme cytochrome c7 from Geobacter sulfurreducens was investigated as a model for photosensitizer-initiated electron transfer within a multi-heme "molecular wire" protein architecture. E. coli expression of PpcA was found to be tolerant of cysteine site-directed mutagenesis, demonstrated by the successful expression of natively folded proteins bearing cysteine mutations at a series of sites selected to vary characteristically with respect to the three -CXXCH- heme binding domains. A preliminary survey of 5 selected mutants found that the introduced cysteines can be readily covalently linked to a Ru(II)-(2,2'-bpy)2(4-bromomethyl-4’-methyl-2,2'-bpy) photosensitizer (where bpy = bipyridine), and that the linked constructs support both photo-oxidative and photo-reductive quenching of the photosensitizer excited-state, depending upon the initial heme redox state. For photo-oxidative electron transfer, apparent heme reduction risetimes were found to vary from 7 x 10-12 s to 5 x 10-8 s, depending upon the site of photosensitizer linking. The excited-state electron transfers are about 103-fold faster than any previously reported photosensitizer-redox protein covalently linked construct. Preliminary conformational analysis using molecular dynamics simulations shows that rates for electron transfer track both the distance and pathways for electron transfer. Two mutants with the fastest charge transfer rates, A23C and K29C, showed a significant role of specific paths for electron transfer. While K29C labeled mutant was expected to have approximately 0.8Å greater donor-acceptor distance, it showed 20-fold faster charge separation rate. Clear evidence for inter-heme electron transfer within the multi-heme protein is not detected within the lifetimes of the charge separated states. These results demonstrate an opportunity to develop multi-heme c-cytochromes for investigation of electron transfer in protein "molecular wires" and to serve as frameworks for

  19. Photoinduced electron transfer involving eosin-tryptophan conjugates. Long-lived radical pair states for systems incorporating aromatic amino acid side chains

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    Jones, G. II; Farahat, C.W.; Oh, C. )

    1994-07-14

    The electron-transfer photochemistry of the covalent derivatives of the dye eosin, in which the xanthene dye is covalently attached to the amino acid L-tryptophan via the thiohydantoin derivative, the tryptophan dipeptide, and an ethyl ester derivative, has been investigated. The singlet excited state of the dye is significantly quenched on attachment of the aromatic amino acid residue. Dye triplet states are also intercepted through intramolecular interaction of excited dye and amino acid pendants. Flash photolysis experiments verify that this interaction involves electron transfer from the indole side chains of tryptophan. Rate constants for electron transfer are discussed in terms of the distance relationships for the eosin chromophore and aromatic redox sites on peptide derivatives, the pathway for [sigma]-[pi] through-bond interaction between redox sites, and the multiplicity and state of protonation for electron-transfer intermediates. Selected electron-transfer photoreactions were studied under conditions of binding of the peptide derivatives in a high molecular weight, water-soluble, globular polymer, poly(vinyl-2-pyrrolidinone). 28 refs., 4 figs., 1 tab.

  20. Photocatalytic activation of pyridine for addition reactions: an unconventional reaction feature between a photo-induced hole and electron on TiO2.

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    Ma, Dongge; Yan, Yan; Ji, Hongwei; Chen, Chuncheng; Zhao, Jincai

    2015-12-21

    TiO2 photocatalysis can be performed for the addition of pyridines to vinylarenes in an anti-Markovnikov manner. Seven examples with considerable yields (56-91%) and selectivity were demonstrated. A comparative survey of the involved process through ESR revealed a novel concerted two electron transfer pathway for these photocatalytic bimolecular addition reactions.

  1. Origin of the photoinduced current of strongly correlated YMnO3 ferroelectric epitaxial films

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    Miura, Kohei; Zhang, Lejun; Kiriya, Daisuke; Ashida, Atsushi; Yoshimura, Takeshi; Fujimura, Norifumi

    2017-10-01

    We have studied the photoinduced carrier generation and the carrier emission resulting in a photoinduced current using strongly correlated YMnO3 ferroelectric thin films. The unipolar material YMnO3 is suitable for studying the effect of the ferroelectric polarization on the photoinduced current. A clear relationship between the direction of the polarization and the photoinduced current was recognized using (0001)YMnO3 epitaxial films. The current switching corresponding to the polarization switching is also observed under white light illumination. To study the origin of the photoinduced current that originated from the photoinduced carrier generation, the light energy dependence of the photoinduced current was investigated. A small peak at 1.75 eV and a broad peak at around 2.5 eV are observed at room temperature. The peak at 1.75 eV corresponds to the optical absorption at 1.7 eV generated by the electron transition between the Mn 3d (xy,x2 - y2) (e2g state)/O 2p hybridized band and upper Mn 3d (3z 2 ‑ r 2) (a1g state) orbital. The broad peak of the photoinduced current corresponds to the broad photoluminescence excitation spectrum at around 2.5 eV, which is never observed in absorption measurement but reported as the hidden optical channel. The origin of the photoinduced current of YMnO3 is discussed in relation to the carrier generation and the emission processes.

  2. Role of the inner-sphere reorganization in the photoinduced electron transfer reaction of Ru(II) complexes containing imine C=N or Azo N=N double bonds in the ligands

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    Maruyama, Mutsuhiro; Kaizu, Youkoh

    1995-04-20

    Photoinduced oxidative and reductive electron transfer (ET) reactions of excited Ru(imin){sub 3}{sup 2+} (imin = 2-(N-methylformimidoyl)pyridine), Ru(imin){sub 2}(CN){sub 2}, and Ru(azpy){sub 3}{sup 2+} (azpy = 2-(phenylazo)pyridine), where imin and azpy contain imine C=N and azo N=N double bonds, respectively, with organic quenchers were investigated in acetonitrile solutions, and their {Delta}G dependencies of the quenching rate constants (k{sub q}) were compared with those of Ru(bpy){sub 3}{sup 2+} (bpy = 2,2`-bipyridine) and Ru(L){sub 2}(CN){sub 2} complexes where L = 4,4`- or 5,5`-dmbpy (dmbpy = dimethyl-2,2`-bipyridine) and phen (phen = 1,10-phenanthroline). The oxidative quenching rate constants of Ru(imin){sub 3}{sup 2+} and Ru(imin){sub 2}(CN){sub 2} are smaller than those of the corresponding bpy, dmbpy, and phen complexes at the same {Delta}G value in the normal region. However, the {Delta}G dependencies of the reductive quenching rate constants of Ru(imin){sub 3}{sup 2+} and Ru(azpy){sub 3}{sup 2+} coincide with that of the corresponding bpy complex. The inner-sphere reorganization ({lambda}{sub in}) caused by the deformation of the C=N bond of imin is considered to be the main reason for the disadvantage of ET in the normal region of the oxidative ET reactions of excited Ru(imin){sub 3}{sup 2+} and Ru(imin){sub 2}(CN){sub 2}. 44 refs., 6 figs., 6 tabs.

  3. Multistep photoinduced electron transfer in a de Novo helix bundle: Multimer self-assembly of peptide chains including a chromophore special pair

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    Jones, G. II; Vullev, V.; Braswell, E.H.; Zhu, D.

    2000-01-19

    The importance of protein aggregation in providing environments for charge transport is now well established in natural systems that include the helix bundle that facilitates the light-induced proton pump in bacteriorhodopsin, as well as the membrane protein matrix that houses the reaction center of photosynthetic bacteria. In the present article, the authors describe a de novo 24-residue peptide having propensity for a high order of self-assembly. Moreover, the synthetic protein is capable of multistep electron-transfer involving an electrostatic docking agent. Other feature of the prevailing arrangement include an orientation for peptide chains that allows organization of N-terminal pyrene chromophores as dimers. Photooxidation of the self-assembled peptide bundle using methyl viologen (MV{sup 2+}) as electron acceptor is followed by charge migration to a remote site on the peptide provided by a tryptophan moiety.

  4. Theoretical characterization of photoinduced electron transfer in rigidly linked donor-acceptor molecules: the fragment charge difference and the generalized Mulliken-Hush schemes

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    Lee, Sheng-Jui; Chen, Hung-Cheng; You, Zhi-Qiang; Liu, Kuan-Lin; Chow, Tahsin J.; Chen, I.-Chia; Hsu, Chao-Ping

    2010-10-01

    We calculate the electron transfer (ET) rates for a series of heptacyclo[6.6.0.02,6.03,13.014,11.05,9.010,14]-tetradecane (HCTD) linked donor-acceptor molecules. The electronic coupling factor was calculated by the fragment charge difference (FCD) [19] and the generalized Mulliken-Hush (GMH) schemes [20]. We found that the FCD is less prone to problems commonly seen in the GMH scheme, especially when the coupling values are small. For a 3-state case where the charge transfer (CT) state is coupled with two different locally excited (LE) states, we tested with the 3-state approach for the GMH scheme [30], and found that it works well with the FCD scheme. A simplified direct diagonalization based on Rust's 3-state scheme was also proposed and tested. This simplified scheme does not require a manual assignment of the states, and it yields coupling values that are largely similar to those from the full Rust's approach. The overall electron transfer (ET) coupling rates were also calculated.

  5. 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.

  6. Control over photoinduced energy and electron transfer in supramolecular polyads of covalently linked azaBODIPY-bisporphyrin 'molecular clip' hosting fullerene.

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    D'Souza, Francis; Amin, Anu N; El-Khouly, Mohamed E; Subbaiyan, Navaneetha K; Zandler, Melvin E; Fukuzumi, Shunichi

    2012-01-11

    A 'molecular clip' featuring a near-IR emitting fluorophore, BF(2)-chelated tetraarylazadipyrromethane (aza-BODIPY) covalently linked to two porphyrins (MP, M = 2H or Zn) has been newly synthesized to host a three-dimensional electron acceptor fullerene via a 'two-point' metal-ligand axial coordination. Efficient singlet-singlet excitation transfer from (1)ZnP* to aza-BODIPY was witnessed in the dyad and triad in nonpolar and less polar solvents, such as toluene and o-dichlorobenzene, however, in polar solvents, additional electron transfer occurred along with energy transfer. A supramolecular tetrad was formed by assembling bis-pyridine functionalized fullerene via a 'two-point' metal-ligand axial coordination, and the resulted complex was characterized by optical absorption and emission, computational, and electrochemical methods. Electron transfer from photoexcited zinc porphyrin to C(60) is witnessed in the supramolecular tetrad from the femtosecond transient absorption spectral studies. Further, the supramolecular polyads (triad or tetrad) were utilized to build photoelectrochemical cells to check their ability to convert light into electricity by fabricating FTO/SnO(2)/polyad electrodes. The presence of azaBODIPY and fullerene entities of the tetrad improved the overall light energy conversion efficiency. An incident photon-to-current conversion efficiency of up to 17% has been achieved for the tetrad modified electrode.

  7. Photoinduced electron and energy transfer and pH-induced modulation of the photophysical properties in homo- and heterobimetallic complexes of ruthenium(II) and rhodium(III) based on a heteroditopic phenanthroline-terpyridine bridge.

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    Maity, Dinesh; Bhaumik, Chanchal; Karmakar, Srikanta; Baitalik, Sujoy

    2013-07-15

    Homo- and heterobimetallic complexes of compositions [(bpy)2Ru(II)(phen-Hbzim-tpy)Ru(II)(tpy/tpy-PhCH3/H2pbbzim)](4+) and [(bpy)2Ru(II)(phen-Hbzim-tpy)Rh(III)(tpy-PhCH3/H2pbbzim)](5+), where phen-Hbzim-tpy = 2-[4-(2,6-dipyridin-2-ylpyridin-4-yl)phenyl]-1H-imidazole[4,5-f][1,10]phenanthroline, bpy = 2,2'-bipyridine, tpy = 2,2':6',2"-terpyridine, tpy-PhCH3 = 4'-(4-methylphenyl)-2,2':6',2"-terpyridine, and H2pbbzim = 2,6-bis(benzimidazol-2-yl)pyridine, have been synthesized and characterized by elemental analyses, electrospray ionization mass spectrometry, and (1)H NMR spectroscopy. The absorption spectra, redox behavior, and luminescence properties of these bimetallic complexes have been thoroughly investigated and compared with those of monometallic [(bpy)2Ru(II)(phen-Hbzim-tpy)](2+) and [(tpy-PhCH3)Rh(III)(tpy-Hbzim-phen)](3+) model compounds. The electrochemistry of the complexes shows a reversible Ru(II/III) oxidation in the anodic region and an irreversible Rh(III/I) reduction and several ligand-based reductions in the cathodic region. Steady-state and time-resolved luminescence data at room temperature show that an efficient intramolecular electronic energy transfer from the metal-to-ligand charge-transfer (MLCT) excited state of the [(bpy)2Ru(II)(phen-Hbzim-tpy)] chromophore to the MLCT state of the tpy-containing chromophore [(phen-Hbzim-tpy)Ru(II)(tpy/tpy-PhCH3/H2pbbzim)] occurs in all three unsymmetrical homobimetallic complexes. On the other hand, for both heterometallic dyads, an efficient intramolecular photoinduced electron transfer from the excited ruthenium moiety to the rhodium-based unit takes place. The rate constants for the energy- and electron-transfer processes have been determined by time-resolved emission spectroscopy. The influence of the pH on the absorption, steady-state, and time-resolved emission properties of complexes has been thoroughly investigated. The absorption titration data were used to determine the ground-state pK values

  8. Photoinduced and thermal stress in silicon microcantilevers

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    Datskos, Panos G.; Rajic, Slobodan; Datskou, Irene

    1998-10-01

    The photogeneration of free charge carriers in a semiconductor gives rise to mechanical strain. We measured the deflection of silicon microcantilevers resulting from photoinduced stress. The excess charge carriers responsible for the photoinduced stress, were produced via photon irradiation from a diode laser with wavelength λ=780 nm. For Si microcantilevers, the photoinduced stress is of opposite direction and about four times larger than the stress resulting from only thermal excitation. In this letter we report on our study of the photoinduced stress in silicon microcantilevers and discuss their temporal and photometric response.

  9. 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.

  10. Photoinduced electron-transfer reactions of 2(3H)-furanones and bis(benzofuranones). Spectral and kinetic behavior of radicals and radical cations

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    Davis, H.F.; Lohray, B.B.; Gopidas, K.R.; Kumar, C.V.; Das, P.K.; George, M.V.

    1985-10-04

    The spectral and kinetic behaviors of radical cations produced under efficient electron-transfer quenching of 1,4-dicyanonaphthalene or 9,10-dicyanoanthracene singlet by a number of 2(3H)-furanones and bis(benzo-furanones) have been examined by nanosecond laser flash photolysis (337.1 and 425 nm). The efficiencies of net electron transfer in the course of quenching processes are moderately high (0.2-0.6) in acetonitrile. The radical cations from bis(benzofuranones) several 2(3H)-furanones containing a benzyl group at the 3-position undergo fragmentation to benzofuranoxy and furanoxy radicals (+ benzyl or benzofuranoyl carbocations) with rate constants of 0.3 x 10W s . The long-lived furanoxy radicals, independently generated via hydrogen abstraction by tert-butoxy radicals from 2(5H)-furanones and 3-phenyl-2(3H)-benzofuranone, as well as via direct photolysis of 3-benzoyl-3,5-diphenyl-2(3H)-furanone, are characterized by sharply structured absorption spectra and relatively slow second-order decay kinetics (6-8 x 10Y M s in 1:2 benzene-di-tert butyl peroxide, v/v). 28 references, 7 figures, 3 tables.

  11. Structural basis for the temperature-induced transition of D-amino acid oxidase from pig kidney revealed by molecular dynamic simulation and photo-induced electron transfer.

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    Nueangaudom, Arthit; Lugsanangarm, Kiattisak; Pianwanit, Somsak; Kokpol, Sirirat; Nunthaboot, Nadtanet; Tanaka, Fumio

    2012-02-28

    The structural basis for the temperature-induced transition in the D-amino acid oxidase (DAAO) monomer from pig kidney was studied by means of molecular dynamic simulations (MDS). The center to center (Rc) distances between the isoalloxazine ring (Iso) and all aromatic amino acids (Trp and Tyr) were calculated at 10 °C and 30 °C. Rc was shortest in Tyr224 (0.82 and 0.88 nm at 10 and 30 °C, respectively), and then in Tyr228. Hydrogen bonding (H-bond) formed between the Iso N1 and Gly315 N (peptide), between the Iso N3H and Leu51 O (peptide) and between the Iso N5 and Ala49 N (peptide) at 10 °C, whilst no H-bond was formed at the Iso N1 and Iso N3H at 30 °C. The H-bond of Iso O4 with Leu51 N (peptide) at 10 °C switched to that with Ala49 N (peptide) at 30 °C. The reported fluorescence lifetimes (228 and 182 ps at 10 and 30 °C, respectively) of DAAO were analyzed with Kakitani and Mataga (KM) ET theory. The calculated fluorescence lifetimes displayed an excellent agreement with the observed lifetimes. The ET rate was fastest from Tyr224 to the excited Iso (Iso*) at 10 °C and from Tyr314 at 30 °C, despite the fact that the Rc was shortest between Iso and Tyr224 at both temperatures. This was explained by the electrostatic energy in the protein. The differences in the observed fluorescence lifetimes at 10 and 30 °C were ascribed to the differences in electron affinity of the Iso* at both temperatures, in which the free energies of the electron affinity of Iso* at 10 and 30 °C were -8.69 eV and -8.51 eV respectively. The other physical quantities related to ET did not differ appreciably at both temperatures. The electron affinities at both temperatures were calculated with a semi-empirical molecular orbital method (MO) of PM6. Mean calculated electron affinities over 100 snapshots with 0.1 ps intervals were -7.69 eV at 10 °C and -7.59 eV at 30 °C. The difference in the calculated electron affinities, -0.11 eV, was close to the observed difference in the

  12. A mixed quantum-classical Liouville study of the population dynamics in a model photo-induced condensed phase electron transfer reaction

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    Rekik, Najeh; Freedman, Holly; Hanna, Gabriel; Hsieh, Chang-Yu

    2013-04-14

    We apply two approximate solutions of the quantum-classical Liouville equation (QCLE) in the mapping representation to the simulation of the laser-induced response of a quantum subsystem coupled to a classical environment. These solutions, known as the Poisson Bracket Mapping Equation (PBME) and the Forward-Backward (FB) trajectory solutions, involve simple algorithms in which the dynamics of both the quantum and classical degrees of freedom are described in terms of continuous variables, as opposed to standard surface-hopping solutions in which the classical degrees of freedom hop between potential energy surfaces dictated by the discrete adiabatic state of the quantum subsystem. The validity of these QCLE-based solutions is tested on a non-trivial electron transfer model involving more than two quantum states, a time-dependent Hamiltonian, strong subsystem-bath coupling, and an initial energy shift between the donor and acceptor states that depends on the strength of the subsystem-bath coupling. In particular, we calculate the time-dependent population of the photoexcited donor state in response to an ultrafast, on-resonance pump pulse in a three-state model of an electron transfer complex that is coupled asymmetrically to a bath of harmonic oscillators through the optically dark acceptor state. Within this approach, the three-state electron transfer complex is treated quantum mechanically, while the bath oscillators are treated classically. When compared to the more accurate QCLE-based surface-hopping solution and to the numerically exact quantum results, we find that the PBME solution is not capable of qualitatively capturing the population dynamics, whereas the FB solution is. However, when the subsystem-bath coupling is decreased (which also decreases the initial energy shift between the donor and acceptor states) or the initial shift is removed altogether, both the PBME and FB results agree better with the QCLE-based surface-hopping results. These findings

  13. A mixed quantum-classical Liouville study of the population dynamics in a model photo-induced condensed phase electron transfer reaction.

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    Rekik, Najeh; Hsieh, Chang-Yu; Freedman, Holly; Hanna, Gabriel

    2013-04-14

    We apply two approximate solutions of the quantum-classical Liouville equation (QCLE) in the mapping representation to the simulation of the laser-induced response of a quantum subsystem coupled to a classical environment. These solutions, known as the Poisson Bracket Mapping Equation (PBME) and the Forward-Backward (FB) trajectory solutions, involve simple algorithms in which the dynamics of both the quantum and classical degrees of freedom are described in terms of continuous variables, as opposed to standard surface-hopping solutions in which the classical degrees of freedom hop between potential energy surfaces dictated by the discrete adiabatic state of the quantum subsystem. The validity of these QCLE-based solutions is tested on a non-trivial electron transfer model involving more than two quantum states, a time-dependent Hamiltonian, strong subsystem-bath coupling, and an initial energy shift between the donor and acceptor states that depends on the strength of the subsystem-bath coupling. In particular, we calculate the time-dependent population of the photoexcited donor state in response to an ultrafast, on-resonance pump pulse in a three-state model of an electron transfer complex that is coupled asymmetrically to a bath of harmonic oscillators through the optically dark acceptor state. Within this approach, the three-state electron transfer complex is treated quantum mechanically, while the bath oscillators are treated classically. When compared to the more accurate QCLE-based surface-hopping solution and to the numerically exact quantum results, we find that the PBME solution is not capable of qualitatively capturing the population dynamics, whereas the FB solution is. However, when the subsystem-bath coupling is decreased (which also decreases the initial energy shift between the donor and acceptor states) or the initial shift is removed altogether, both the PBME and FB results agree better with the QCLE-based surface-hopping results. These findings

  14. 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.; ...

    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

  15. Photoinduced electron detachment and proton transfer: the proposal for alternative path of formation of triplet states of guanine (G) and cytosine (C) pair.

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    Gu, Jiande; Wang, Jing; Leszczynski, Jerzy

    2015-02-12

    A viable pathway is proposed for the formation of the triplet state of the GC Watson-Crick base pair. It includes the following steps: (a) a low-energy electron is captured by cytosine in the GC pair, forming the cytosine base-centered radical anion GC(-•); and (b) photoradiation with energy around 5 eV initiates the electron detachment from either cytosine (in the gas phase) or guanine (in aqueous solutions). This triggers interbase proton transfer from G to C, creating the triplet state of the GC pair. Double proton transfer involving the triplet state of GC pair leads to the formation of less stable tautomer G(N2-H)(•)C(O2H)(•). Tautomerization is accomplished through a double proton transfer process in which one proton at the N3 of C(H)(•) migrates to the N1 of G(-H)(•); meanwhile, the proton at the N2 of G transfers to the O2 of C. This process is energetically viable; the corresponding activation energy is around 12-13 kcal/mol. The base-pairing energy of the triplet is found to be ∼3-5 kcal/mol smaller than that of the singlet state. Thus, the formation of the triplet state GC pair in DNA double strand only slightly weakens its stability. The obtained highly reactive radicals are expected to cause serious damage in the DNA involved in biochemical processes, such as DNA replication where radicals are exposed in the single strands.

  16. 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.

  17. 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

  18. Obstruction of Photoinduced Electron Transfer from Excited Porphyrin to Graphene Oxide: A Fluorescence Turn-On Sensing Platform for Iron (III) Ions

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    Liu, Zhong De; Zhao, Heng Xin; Huang, Cheng Zhi

    2012-01-01

    A comparative reaserch of the assembly of different porphyrin molecules on graphene oxide (GO) and reduced graphene oxide (RGO) was carried out, respectively. Despite the cationic porphyrin molecules can be assembled onto the surfaces of graphene sheets, including GO and RGO, to form complexes through electrostatic and π-π stacking interactions, the more obvious fluorescence quenching and the larger red-shift of the Soret band of porphyrin molecule in RGO-bound states were observed than those in GO-bound states, due to the differenc of molecular flattening in degree. Further, more interesting finding was that the complexes formed between cationic porphyrin and GO, rather than RGO sheets, can facilitate the incorporation of iron (III) ions into the porphyrin moieties, due to the presence of the oxygen-contained groups at the basal plane of GO sheets served as auxiliary coordination units, which can high-efficiently obstruct the electron transfer from excited porphyrin to GO sheets and result in the occurrence of fluorescence restoration. Thus, a fluorescence sensing platform has been developed for iron (III) ions detection in this contribution by using the porphyrin/GO nanohybrids as an optical probe, and our present one exhibited rapid and sensitive responses and high selectivity toward iron (III) ions. PMID:23251366

  19. Role of Hydrogen Bonding in Photoinduced Electron-Proton Transfer from Phenols to a Polypyridine Ru Complex with a Proton-Accepting Ligand

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    Lymar, Sergei V.; Ertem, Mehmed Z.; Lewandowska-Andralojc, Anna; ...

    2017-08-09

    Electron-proton transfer, EPT, from phenols to a triplet MLCT-excited Ru polypyridine complex containing an uncoordinated nitrogen site, 1(T), can be described by a kinetic model that accounts for the H-bonding of 1(T) to phenol, 1(T) to solvent, and phenol to solvent. The latter plays a major role in the kinetic solvent effect and commonly precludes simultaneous determination of the EPT rate constant and 1(T)-phenol H-bonding constant. A number of these quantities previously reported for similar systems are shown to be in error due to an inconsistent data analysis. In conclusion, control experiments replacing either 1(T) by its structural isomer withmore » a sterically screened nitrogen site or phenol by its H-bonding surrogate, trifluoroethanol, and the observation of negative activation enthalpies for the overall reactions between 1(T) and phenols lend support to the proposed model and provide evidence for the formation of a precursor H-bonded complex between the reactants, which is a prerequisite for EPT.« less

  20. Role of Hydrogen Bonding in Photoinduced Electron-Proton Transfer from Phenols to a Polypyridine Ru Complex with a Proton-Accepting Ligand.

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    Lymar, Sergei V; Ertem, Mehmed Z; Lewandowska-Andralojc, Anna; Polyansky, Dmitry E

    2017-09-07

    Electron-proton transfer (EPT) from phenols to a triplet metal-to-ligand charge transfer (MLCT)-excited Ru polypyridine complex containing an uncoordinated nitrogen site, 1(T), can be described by a kinetic model that accounts for the H-bonding of 1(T) to phenol, 1(T) to solvent, and phenol to solvent. The latter plays a major role in the kinetic solvent effect and commonly precludes simultaneous determination of the EPT rate constant and 1(T)-phenol H-bonding constant. A number of these quantities previously reported for similar systems are shown to be in error due to inconsistent data analysis. Control experiments replacing either 1(T) by its structural isomer with a sterically screened nitrogen site or phenol by its H-bonding surrogate, trifluoroethanol, and the observation of negative activation enthalpies for the overall reactions between 1(T) and phenols lend support to the proposed model and provide evidence for the formation of a precursor H-bonded complex between the reactants, which is a prerequisite for EPT.

  1. Increase in the coordination number of a cobalt porphyrin after photo-induced interfacial electron transfer into nanocrystalline TiO2.

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    Achey, Darren; Ardo, Shane; Meyer, Gerald J

    2012-09-17

    Spectroscopic, electrochemical, and kinetic data provide compelling evidence for a coordination number increase initiated by interfacial electron transfer. Light excitation of Co(I)(meso-5,10,15,20-tetrakis(4-carboxyphenyl)porphyrin) anchored to a nanocrystalline TiO(2) thin film, abbreviated Co(I)P/TiO(2), immersed in an acetonitrile:pyridine electrolyte resulted in rapid excited state injection, k(inj) > 10(8) s(-1), to yield Co(II)P/TiO(2)(e(-)), followed by axial coordination of pyridine to the Co(II)P and hence an increase in coordination number from four to five. The formal oxidation state and coordination environment of the Co metalloporphyrin on TiO(2) were assigned through comparative studies in fluid solution as well as by comparisons to previously reported data. The kinetics for pyridine coordination were successfully modeled with a pseudo-first order kinetic model that yielded a second-order rate constant of k(+py) = 2 × 10(8) M(-1) s(-1). Spectro-electrochemical measurements showed that pyridine coordination resulted in a ∼200 mV negative shift in the Co(II/I) reduction potential, E°(Co(II/I)/TiO(2)) = -0.72 V and E°(Co(II/I)(py)/TiO(2)) = -0.85 V vs NHE. With some assumptions, this indicated an equilibrium formation constant K(f) = 400 M(-1) for the Co(II)P(py)/TiO(2) compound. The kinetics for charge recombination were non-exponential under all conditions studied, but were successfully modeled by the Kohlrausch-Williams-Watts (KWW) function with observed rate constants that decreased by about a factor of 100 when pyridine was present. The possible mechanisms for charge recombination are discussed.

  2. Photo-induced Defects in Semiconductors

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    Redfield, David; Bube, Richard H.

    2006-03-01

    1. Introduction: metastable defects; 2. III-V compounds: DX2 and EL2 centers; 3. Other crystalline materials; 4. Hydrogenated amorphous silicon: properties of defects; 5. Hydrogenated amorphous silicon: photo-induced defect kinetics and processes; 6. Other amorphous semiconductors; 7. Photo-induced defect effects in devices; References; Index.

  3. 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.

  4. 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.

  5. 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

  6. Photoinduced formation of thiols in human hair.

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    Fedorkova, M V; Brandt, N N; Chikishev, A Yu; Smolina, N V; Balabushevich, N G; Gusev, S A; Lipatova, V A; Botchey, V M; Dobretsov, G E; Mikhalchik, E V

    2016-11-01

    Raman, scanning electron, and optical microscopy of hair and spectrophotometry of soluble hair proteins are used to study the effect of UV-vis radiation on white hair. The samples of a healthy subject are irradiated using a mercury lamp and compared with non-irradiated (control) hair. The cuticle damage with partial exfoliation is revealed with the aid of SEM and optical microscopy of semifine sections. Gel filtration chromatography shows that the molecular weight of soluble proteins ranges from 5 to 7kDa. Absorption spectroscopy proves an increase in amount of thiols in a heavier fraction of the soluble proteins of irradiated samples under study. Raman data indicate a decrease in the amount of SS and CS bonds in cystines and an increase in the amount of SH bonds due to irradiation. Such changes are more pronounced in peripheral regions of hair. Conformational changes of hair keratins presumably related to the cleavage of disulfide bonds, follow from variations in amide I and low-frequency Raman bands. An increase in the content of thiols in proteins revealed by both photometric data on soluble proteins and Raman microspectroscopy of hair cuts can be used to develop a protocol of the analysis of photoinduced hair modification.

  7. Exothermic rate restrictions in long-range photoinduced charge separations in rigid media.

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    Gomes, Paulo J S; Serpa, Carlos; Nunes, Rui M D; Arnaut, Luis G; Formosinho, Sebastião J

    2010-03-04

    Glycerol/methanol (9:1) mixtures at 255 K behave as rigid media for photoinduced electron transfers that take place within a few hundred nanoseconds. This media also provides enough polarity and plasticity to accommodate charge separations with reaction free energies ranging from +3 to -34 kcal/mol. The distance dependence of the electron transfer rates from electronically excited aromatic hydrocarbons to nitriles in this medium is accurately described by an exponential decay constant of 1.65 per angstrom. These photoinduced electron transfers display, for the first time in charge separations between independent electron donors and acceptors, a free-energy relationship with a maximum rate followed by a decrease in the rate for more exothermic reactions. According to this free-energy relationship, Franck-Condon factors are maximized at DeltaG(0) approximately -15 kcal/mol. It is suggested that the inverted region observed for these first-order photoinduced charge separations originates from a slower increase of their reorganization energies with DeltaG(0) than that of the analogous second-order photoinduced charge separations, for which inverted regions have never been clearly observed.

  8. Long-lived photoinduced charge separation for solar cell applications in supramolecular complexes of multi-metalloporphyrins and fullerenes.

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    Fukuzumi, Shunichi; Ohkubo, Kei

    2013-12-07

    Monomers, dimers, trimers, dendrimers and oligomers of metalloporphyrins form supramolecular complexes with fullerene derivatives via electrostatic interactions, π-π interactions and coordination bonds. Photoexcitation of the supramolecular complexes resulted in photoinduced electron transfer from the porphyrin moiety to the fullerene moiety to produce the charge-separated states as revealed by laser flash photolysis measurements. The rate constants of photoinduced charge separation and charge recombination in supramolecular complexes of multi-metalloporphyrins and fullerenes were also determined by laser flash photolysis measurements and the results depending on the number of porphyrins in the supramolecular complexes are discussed in terms of efficiency of photoinduced energy transfer and charge separation as well as the lifetimes of charge-separated states. The photoelectrochemical performances of solar cells composed of supramolecular complexes of monomers, dimers, dendrimers and oligomers of metalloporphyrins with fullerenes are compared in relation to the rate constants of photoinduced charge separation and charge recombination.

  9. Photoinduced color centers creation in superionic crystals RbAg 4 I 5

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    Kovaleva, N.; Boris, A.; Bredikhin, S.; Awano, T.

    1995-12-01

    A new phenomenon of a reversible photoinduced coloration caused by light irradiation is discovered and investigated in superionic RbAg 4 I 5 crystals. The reversible photoinduced absorption is found to be a result of irradiation by light with wavelengths in the region from 420 nm to 450 nm. The proposed mechanism of the discovered effect is associated with ambipolar diffusion of screened by mobile ions optically excited electronic carriers. The processes of color centers creation in superionic crystals RbAg 4 I 5 due to additive coloring in iodine vapours, ionic implantation and ?-ray irradiation are considered.

  10. 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.

  11. 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

  12. 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.

  13. 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.

  14. 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.

  15. 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.

  16. 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

    2015-03-09

    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.

  17. Millisecond Photoinduced Absorption Studies of Pyridine-Based Copolymer Films

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    Coplin, K. A.; Clark, D. T.; Jessen, S. W.; Epstein, A. J.; Fu, D.-K.; Swager, T. M.

    1997-03-01

    We present a study of the photoexcited states in copolymers of poly(p-pyridyl vinylene) and poly(p-phenylene vinylene) (PPyVPR_iV) with sidegroups R_1=C_12H_25 or R_2=COOC_12H_25 attached at the 2 and 5 positions of the phenyl ring. Previous studies discussed the millisecond photoinduced absorption (ms PA) characteristics of PPyVPR_iV powders(S.W. Jessen et al.), Synth. Met., in press.. In particular, triplet-triplet (T-T) transitions were observed at 1.6 eV for both materials. Additional polaron signatures were also observed in both the electronic ( ~ 0.85 eV) and infrared (1100 - 1600 cm-1) regions of the photoinduced spectrum. We compare these powder results with ms PA features for film morphologies of both the copolymers. We observe a weaker ( ~ 10X) T-T^* transition for copolymer films cast from xylene solution indicating a reduction in triplet exciton production as compared to powder samples. These results are contrasted with the behavior we reported(S.W. Jessen et al.), to be published. earlier for film and powder samples of the parent polymer poly(p-pyridyl vinylene).

  18. 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.

  19. 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

  20. 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.

  1. Nature and mechanism of the photoinduced spin transition in [Fe(PM-BiA )2 (NCS )2

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    Ichiyanagi, K.; Hebert, J.; Toupet, L.; Cailleau, H.; Guionneau, P.; Létard, J.-F.; Collet, E.

    2006-02-01

    We report the investigation of a prototype cooperative photoinduced spin transition in [Fe(PM-BiA)2(NCS)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.

  2. A comparative study of large magnetic field effect on the radical pair generated by the photo-induced electron transfer from indoles to 2,4,6-triphenyl pyrylium tetrafluoroborate and its thia-analogue in aqueous SDS micellar medium*1

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    Halder, Mintu

    2004-08-01

    The effect of external magnetic field on the spin evolution of the radical pair (RP) generated by photo-induced electron transfer from indoles to 2,4,6-triphenyl pyrylium tetrafluoroborate and its thia-anologue for ring-sulfur in aqueous SDS micellar medium has been investigated. The transient signal observed at 555 nm at low fields was found to consist of a fast rise followed by decay; at high fields, an additional slow growth at the intermediate time delay was observed. The observed decay was explained in terms of a kinetic scheme involving multiple channels for radical formation. The yield of escape radicals increases gradually with increase of the field and ultimately reaches saturation. At low fields the magnetic field dependence of the escape yield is ascribed to competition between HFI and Zeeman effect and at higher fields, to the relaxation mechanism induced by anisotropic HFI [ δ( hfi)]. Saturation in MFE is observed at high fields which is a consequence of the competition between the spin-re-phasing process and the fast escape process.

  3. Photo-induced defects and photoconductivity in amorphous silicon

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    Okamoto, H.; Kida, H.; Hamakawa, Y.

    1984-02-01

    An essential connection between photo-induced defects and photoconductivity in amorphous silicon is discussed within the framework of Street's defect creation model. The excitation intensity dependence and doping level dependence of the photo-induced defect density and photoconductivity are derived on the basis of simple rate equation analysis, and compared with experimental data.

  4. The nature of photoinduced phase transition and metastable states in vanadium dioxide

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    Tao, Zhensheng; Zhou, Faran; Han, Tzong-Ru T.; Torres, David; Wang, Tongyu; Sepulveda, Nelson; Chang, Kiseok; Young, Margaret; Lunt, Richard R.; Ruan, Chong-Yu

    2016-12-01

    Photoinduced threshold switching processes that lead to bistability and the formation of metastable phases in photoinduced phase transition of VO2 are elucidated through ultrafast electron diffraction and diffusive scattering techniques with varying excitation wavelengths. We uncover two distinct regimes of the dynamical phase change: a nearly instantaneous crossover into an intermediate state and its decay led by lattice instabilities over 10 ps timescales. The structure of this intermediate state is identified to be monoclinic, but more akin to M2 rather than M1 based on structure refinements. The extinction of all major monoclinic features within just a few picoseconds at the above-threshold-level (~20%) photoexcitations and the distinct dynamics in diffusive scattering that represents medium-range atomic fluctuations at two photon wavelengths strongly suggest a density-driven and nonthermal pathway for the initial process of the photoinduced phase transition. These results highlight the critical roles of electron correlations and lattice instabilities in driving and controlling phase transformations far from equilibrium.

  5. The photoinduced dynamics of X[M(dmit)2]2 salts

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    Ishikawa, Tadahiko; Hayes, Stuart A.; Miller, R. J. Dwayne; Hada, Masaki; Koshihara, Shinya

    2017-03-01

    We review our work on the photoinduced dynamics of X[M(dmit)2]2 salts in the charge-separated (CS) phase from the viewpoints of both electronic structural change and lattice or molecular structural change. The driving force for the CS phase formation is a strong correlation among the charge distribution, orbital energies, and the molecular structure; this is in contrast to frequently studied charge-ordered systems such as EDOTTF2PF6, whose formation is mainly driven by the intersite Coulomb repulsion. Despite the localized nature of the structural component, the cooperativity inherent to the crystal is likely to play an important role in photoinduced phenomena. In this review, we summarize the results obtained by a series of optical pump-probe experiments on this class of materials. We have also recently extended these studies using ultrafast electron diffraction to follow the nuclear motion in one of these systems. Such information is crucial for a full understanding of the photoinduced phenomena and it is anticipated that combining the results of the optical and diffraction studies will lead to more fruitful insight than either technique can offer in isolation.

  6. Photocatalysis and photoinduced hydrophilicity of WO3 thin films with underlying Pt nanoparticles.

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    Miyauchi, Masahiro

    2008-11-07

    The photocatalytic oxidation and photoinduced hydrophilicity of thin tungsten trioxide (WO(3)) films coupled with platinum (Pt) nanoparticles were investigated. WO(3) films with underlying Pt nanoparticles (WO(3)/Pt/substrate) and those with overlying Pt nanoparticles (Pt/WO(3)/substrate) were synthesized by sputtering and sol-gel methods. Between these films, underlying Pt nanoparticles greatly enhanced the photocatalytic oxidation activity of WO(3) without decreasing the photoinduced hydrophilic conversion. However, overlying Pt nanoparticles deteriorated the hydrophilicity of WO(3) because the Pt nanoparticle surface was hydrophobic. The enhanced photocatalytic reaction by the Pt nanoparticles was attributed to the multi-electron reduction in Pt, which is caused by the injected electrons from the conduction band of WO(3). The relationship between photocatalytic activity and thin film structure, including the size of Pt nanoparticles, the thickness and porosity of the WO(3) layer, were investigated. Consequently, the optimum structure for high performance in both photocatalysis and photoinduced hydrophilicity was WO(3) (50 nm)/Pt(1.5 nm)/substrate, and this film exhibited a significant self-cleaning property even under visible light irradiation.

  7. The nature of photoinduced phase transition and metastable states in vanadium dioxide

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    Tao, Zhensheng; Zhou, Faran; Han, Tzong-Ru T.; Torres, David; Wang, Tongyu; Sepulveda, Nelson; Chang, Kiseok; Young, Margaret; Lunt, Richard R.; Ruan, Chong-Yu

    2016-01-01

    Photoinduced threshold switching processes that lead to bistability and the formation of metastable phases in photoinduced phase transition of VO2 are elucidated through ultrafast electron diffraction and diffusive scattering techniques with varying excitation wavelengths. We uncover two distinct regimes of the dynamical phase change: a nearly instantaneous crossover into an intermediate state and its decay led by lattice instabilities over 10 ps timescales. The structure of this intermediate state is identified to be monoclinic, but more akin to M2 rather than M1 based on structure refinements. The extinction of all major monoclinic features within just a few picoseconds at the above-threshold-level (~20%) photoexcitations and the distinct dynamics in diffusive scattering that represents medium-range atomic fluctuations at two photon wavelengths strongly suggest a density-driven and nonthermal pathway for the initial process of the photoinduced phase transition. These results highlight the critical roles of electron correlations and lattice instabilities in driving and controlling phase transformations far from equilibrium. PMID:27982066

  8. Supramolecular photomagnetic materials: photoinduced dimerization of ferrocene-based polychlorotriphenylmethyl radicals.

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    Ratera, Imma; Ruiz-Molina, Daniel; Vidal-Gancedo, José; Novoa, Juan J; Wurst, Klaus; Letard, Jean-François; Rovira, Concepció; Veciana, Jaume

    2004-02-06

    New ferrocenyl Schiff-base polychlorotriphenylmethyl radicals have been synthesized and characterized. The imino group of one such radical undergoes an irreversible trans to cis structural isomerization induced by light. Such photoinduced isomerization has been monitored by UV/Vis and ESR spectroscopy and also monitored by HPLC. ESR frozen solution experiments at low temperature revealed that the cis isomer dimerizes, showing a strong antiferromagnetic interaction. Although numerous photochromic supramolecular systems have been described, such a photoinduced self-assembly process represents the first example of a one-way photoswitchable magnetic system in which a conversion between a doublet and a singlet ground state species is promoted by a photoinduced dimerization process driven by the formation of hydrogen bonds. DFT calculations on the minimized structure and on the rotational barriers have been performed to establish the origin of such behavior. The effect of the substituents and the media polarity on the photoisomerization of this imine chromophore have also been studied. It has been observed that the efficiency of the process is markedly dependent on the presence and characteristics of electron-donor and electron-acceptor substituents of the ferrocenyl Schiff-base polychlorotriphenylmethyl radicals as well as on the polarity of the solvent.

  9. The nature of photoinduced phase transition and metastable states in vanadium dioxide

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    Tao, Zhensheng; Zhou, Faran; Han, Tzong-Ru T.; ...

    2016-12-16

    Photoinduced threshold switching processes that lead to bistability and the formation of metastable phases in photoinduced phase transition of VO2 are elucidated through ultrafast electron diffraction and diffusive scattering techniques with varying excitation wavelengths. We uncover two distinct regimes of the dynamical phase change: a nearly instantaneous crossover into an intermediate state and its decay led by lattice instabilities over 10 ps timescales. The structure of this intermediate state is identified to be monoclinic, but more akin to M2 rather than M1 based on structure refinements. The extinction of all major monoclinic features within just a few picoseconds at themore » above-threshold-level (~20%) photoexcitations and the distinct dynamics in diffusive scattering that represents medium-range atomic fluctuations at two photon wavelengths strongly suggest a density-driven and nonthermal pathway for the initial process of the photoinduced phase transition. These results highlight the critical roles of electron correlations and lattice instabilities in driving and controlling phase transformations far from equilibrium.« less

  10. The nature of photoinduced phase transition and metastable states in vanadium dioxide

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    Tao, Zhensheng; Zhou, Faran; Han, Tzong-Ru T.; Torres, David; Wang, Tongyu; Sepulveda, Nelson; Chang, Kiseok; Young, Margaret; Lunt, Richard R.; Ruan, Chong-Yu

    2016-12-16

    Photoinduced threshold switching processes that lead to bistability and the formation of metastable phases in photoinduced phase transition of VO2 are elucidated through ultrafast electron diffraction and diffusive scattering techniques with varying excitation wavelengths. We uncover two distinct regimes of the dynamical phase change: a nearly instantaneous crossover into an intermediate state and its decay led by lattice instabilities over 10 ps timescales. The structure of this intermediate state is identified to be monoclinic, but more akin to M2 rather than M1 based on structure refinements. The extinction of all major monoclinic features within just a few picoseconds at the above-threshold-level (~20%) photoexcitations and the distinct dynamics in diffusive scattering that represents medium-range atomic fluctuations at two photon wavelengths strongly suggest a density-driven and nonthermal pathway for the initial process of the photoinduced phase transition. These results highlight the critical roles of electron correlations and lattice instabilities in driving and controlling phase transformations far from equilibrium.

  11. A chemical-bond approach to doping, compensation and photo-induced degradation in amorphous silicon

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    Mueller, Gerhard; Kalbitzer, S.; Mannsperger, H.

    A model for the generalization of the doping theories of Street and Robertson is proposed. The basic idea is that during deposition of an Si:H film, a chemical equilibrium is established, relating the density of dangling-bond defects near mid-gap to the densities of electrons and holes in the conduction and valence band states. The appropriate chemical reaction formalism was developed. It is shown that the model allows doping, compensation, and photo-induced degradation to be treated within a single and unifying approach. The model can easily explain the existence of a low defect density in fully compensated material. By reducing the model to the intrinsic reactions (I-III), the bias-induced effects in p-i-n junctions and the photo-induced degradation in Si:H films are explained.

  12. Photoinduced small polarons bound to hydrogen defects in rutile TiO2

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    Hupfer, A.; Vines, L.; Monakhov, E. V.; Svensson, B. G.; Herklotz, F.

    2017-08-01

    Photoinduced absorption in rutile TiO2 has been studied by means of Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy. It is shown that near-band-gap illumination results in a charge-state transition of a hydrogen defect with an O-H stretch mode at 3500 cm-1, as evidenced by the appearance of an anticorrelated vibrational mode with a blueshift of ˜1.3 cm-1 . The charge-state transition is accompanied by a broad near-infrared absorption band with maximum intensity at ˜7000 cm-1 . Our data on both the photoinduced vibrational mode and the near-infrared absorption can be conclusively explained in the framework of a model of small electron polarons bound to a Ti atom adjacent to the O-H group of the hydrogen defect.

  13. Photoinduced heterostructure in a vanadium dioxide film

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    Semenov, A. L.

    2017-02-01

    A photoinduced semiconductor-metal phase transition that occurs in a surface layer of vanadium dioxide film on an aluminum substrate within the time Δ t < 1 ps has been studied theoretically. A nonthermal mechanism of the development of instability has been considered. It has been shown that a heterophase structure containing metallic and semiconductor layers is formed in the VO2 film. The phase transition time τ has been calculated as a function of the distance z from the film surface. Comparison with the experiment has been carried out.

  14. 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.

  15. Photoinduced Force Mapping of Plasmonic Nanostructures.

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    Tumkur, Thejaswi U; Yang, Xiao; Cerjan, Benjamin; Halas, Naomi J; Nordlander, Peter; Thomann, Isabell

    2016-12-14

    The ability to image the optical near-fields of nanoscale structures, map their morphology, and concurrently obtain spectroscopic information, all with high spatiotemporal resolution, is a highly sought-after technique in nanophotonics. As a step toward this goal, we demonstrate the mapping of electromagnetic forces between a nanoscale tip and an optically excited sample consisting of plasmonic nanostructures with an imaging platform based on atomic force microscopy. We present the first detailed joint experimental-theoretical study of this type of photoinduced force microscopy. We show that the enhancement of near-field optical forces in gold disk dimers and nanorods follows the expected plasmonic field enhancements with strong polarization sensitivity. We then introduce a new way to evaluate optically induced tip-sample forces by simulating realistic geometries of the tip and sample. We decompose the calculated forces into in-plane and out-of-plane components and compare the calculated and measured force enhancements in the fabricated plasmonic structures. Finally, we show the usefulness of photoinduced force mapping for characterizing the heterogeneity of near-field enhancements in precisely e-beam fabricated nominally alike nanostructures - a capability of widespread interest for precise nanomanufacturing, SERS, and photocatalysis applications.

  16. 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.

  17. Investigating plausible mechanisms for the photo-induced partial unfolding of a globular protein

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    Parker, James E.

    Two hypotheses are proposed to explain the photo-induced unfolding of β-lactoglobulin (BLG) that occurs when non-covalently bound to a dye molecule, meso-tetrakis (p-sulfonatophenyl) porphyrin (TSPP), and illuminated by a laser in the post-Tanford transition configuration. The first involves a photo-induced electron transfer from the porphyrin to the protein. The second involves the production of kynurenine by singlet oxygen that is generated during photo-excitation of the porphyrin. To evaluate these hypotheses, a series of computational and experimental results have been combined to establish the physical state of the BLG-TSPP complex and to estimate the likelihood of a post-irradiation event to initiate the partial unfolding. Determining the binding site location is crucial to establish the position of the photo-induced events and the likely end-product. A study of the vibronic state of the BLG-TSPP complex using resonant Raman and absorption spectroscopy coupled with density functional theory (DFT) and docking simulations is used to estimate the location of the binding site. Once the binding site is found, molecular dynamics simulations of the post-irradiation event relaxations in the protein are used to estimate the resulting secondary structure. This structure is compared to experimental estimates of the secondary structure of the unfolded protein to determine which hypothesis is the most likely mechanism to explain the unfolding.

  18. Fourth-order perturbative model for photoinduced internal conversion processes.

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    Molesky, Brian P; Moran, Andrew M

    2013-12-27

    Essential to the functionality of numerous biological and synthetic molecular systems is the ability to rapidly convert electronic excitation energy into heat. Such internal conversion (IC) transitions often cannot be described by traditional second-order kinetic theories because of time-coincident electronic and nuclear relaxation processes. Here, we present a perturbative fourth-order phenomenological model for photoinduced IC that incorporates effects associated with finite laser bandwidths and nonequilibrium nuclear motions. Specialized knowledge of first-principles computational methods is not required, and many parameters can be obtained with standard spectroscopic measurements. The model is applied to the IC processes that precede electrocyclic ring-opening in α-terpinene. It is shown that the primary factor governing the shape of the population decay profile (Gaussian versus exponential) is the rate at which the wavepacket approaches the geometry corresponding to degeneracy between the excited states. Other parameters such as the displacement in the promoting mode and the thermal fluctuation amplitudes affect the sensitivity of the IC dynamics to motion of the wavepacket but do not alter the basic physical picture. Finally, we suggest a wavepacket representation of the IC process to visualize correlations between population-transfer dynamics and the amount of energy transferred from the system to the bath.

  19. Convergent synthesis and photoinduced processes in multi-chromophoric rotaxanes.

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    Megiatto, Jackson D; Li, Ke; Schuster, David I; Palkar, Amit; Herranz, M Ángeles; Echegoyen, Luis; Abwandner, Silke; de Miguel, Gustavo; Guldi, Dirk M

    2010-11-18

    A series of [2]rotaxane materials, in which [60]fullerene is linked to a macrocycle and ferrocene (Fc) moieties are placed at the termini of a thread, both of which possess a central Cu(I)-1,10-phenanthroline [Cu(phen)(2)](+) complex, were synthesized by self-assembly using Sauvage metal template methodology. Two types of threads were constructed, one with terminal ester linkages, and a second with terminal 1,2,3-triazole linkages derived from Cu(I)-catalyzed "click" 1,3-cycloaddition reactions. Model compounds lacking the fullerene moiety were prepared in an analogous manner. The ability of the interlocked Fc-[Cu(phen)(2)](+)-C(60) hybrids to undergo electron transfer upon photoexcitation in benzonitrile, dichloromethane, and ortho-dichlorobenzene was investigated by means of time-resolved fluorescence and transient absorption spectroscopy, using excitation wavelengths directed at the fullerene and [Cu(phen)(2)](+) subunits. The energies of the electronic excited states and charge separated (CS) states that might be formed upon photoexcitation were determined from spectroscopic and electrochemical data. These studies showed that MLCT excited states of the copper complex in the fullerenerotaxanes were quenched by electron transfer to the fullerene in benzonitrile, resulting in charge separated states with oxidized copper and reduced fullerene moieties, (Fc)(2)-[Cu(phen)(2)](2+)-C(60)(•-). Even though electron transfer from Fc to the oxidized copper complex is predicted to be exergonic by 0.16 to 0.20 eV, no unequivocal evidence in support of such a process was obtained. The conclusion that Fc plays no role in the photoinduced processes in our systems rests on the lack of enhancement of the lifetime of the charge separated state, as measured by decay of C(60)(•-) at ∼1000 nm, since one-electron oxidized Fc is very difficult to detect spectroscopically in the 500-800 nm spectral region.

  20. QM/MM nonadiabatic dynamics simulations on photoinduced Wolff rearrangements of 1,2,3-thiadiazole

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    Liu, Xiang-Yang; Fang, Ye-Guang; Xie, Bin-Bin; Fang, Wei-Hai; Cui, Ganglong

    2017-06-01

    The photoinduced rearrangement reaction mechanism of 1,2,3-thiadiazole remains experimentally elusive. Two possible mechanisms have been proposed to date. The first is a stepwise mechanism via a thiocarbene intermediate; the second is an excited-state concerted rearrangement mechanism. Herein we have adopted both the electronic structure calculations and nonadiabatic dynamics simulations to study the photoinduced rearrangement reactions of 1,2,3-thiadiazole in the S2, S1, and S0 states in solution. On the basis of QM(CASPT2)/MM [quantum mechanics(complete active space self-consistent field second-order perturbation theory)/molecular mechanics] calculations, we have found that (1) the thiocarbene intermediate is not stable; thus, the stepwise mechanism should be unfavorable; (2) the excited-state decay from the S2 via S1 to S0 state is ultrafast and completed within ca. 200 fs; therefore, both the S2 and S1 states should not have a long enough time for the excited-state rearrangements. Instead, we have computationally proposed a modified photoinduced rearrangement mechanism. Upon irradiation, the S2 state is first populated (114.0 kcal/mol), followed by an ultrafast S2 → S1 → S0 excited-state decay along the S-N bond fission, which eventually leads to a very "hot" intermediate with the S-N bond broken (18.3 kcal/mol). Then, thermal rearrangements to thioketene, thiirene, and ethynethiol occur in a concerted asynchronous way. This mechanistic scenario has been verified by full-dimensional trajectory-based nonadiabatic dynamics simulations at the QM(CASPT2)/MM level. Finally, our present computational work provides experimentally interesting mechanistic insights into the photoinduced rearrangement reactions of cyclic and acyclic diazo compounds.

  1. Effect of the addition of a fused donor-acceptor ligand on a Ru(II) complex: synthesis, characterization, and photoinduced electron transfer reactions of [Ru(TTF-dppz)2(Aqphen)]2+.

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    Dupont, Nathalie; Ran, Ying-Fen; Jia, Hong-Peng; Grilj, Jakob; Ding, Jie; Liu, Shi-Xia; Decurtins, Silvio; Hauser, Andreas

    2011-04-18

    The synthesis and the photophysical properties of the complex [Ru(TTF-dppz)(2)(Aqphen)](2+) (TTF = tetrathiafulvalene, dppz = dipyrido-[3,2-a:2',3'-c]phenazine, Aqphen = anthraquinone fused to phenanthroline via a pyrazine bridge) are described. In this molecular triad excitation into the metal-ligand charge transfer bands results in the creation of a long-lived charge separated state with TTF acting as electron donor and anthraquinone as terminal acceptor. The lifetime of the charge-separated state is 400 ns in dichloromethane at room temperature. A mechanism for the charge separation involving an intermediate charge-separated state is proposed based on transient absorption spectroscopy.

  2. 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

  3. Ruthenium(II) coordination chemistry of a fused donor-acceptor ligand: synthesis, characterization, and photoinduced electron-transfer reactions of [{Ru(bpy)2}(n)(TTF-ppb)](PF6)(2n) (n = 1, 2).

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    Goze, Christine; Dupont, Nathalie; Beitler, Elvira; Leiggener, Claudia; Jia, Hongpeng; Monbaron, Philippe; Liu, Shi-Xia; Neels, Antonia; Hauser, Andreas; Decurtins, Silvio

    2008-12-01

    A pi-extended, redox-active bridging ligand 4',5'-bis(propylthio)tetrathiafulvenyl[i]dipyrido[2,3-a:3',2'-c]phenazine (L) was prepared via direct Schiff-base condensation of the corresponding diamine-tetrathiafulvalene (TTF) precursor with 4,7-phenanthroline-5,6-dione. Reactions of L with [Ru(bpy)(2)Cl(2)] afforded its stable mono- and dinuclear ruthenium(II) complexes 1 and 2. They have been fully characterized, and their photophysical and electrochemical properties are reported together with those of [Ru(bpy)(2)(ppb)](2+) and [Ru(bpy)(2)(mu-ppb)Ru(bpy)(2)](4+) (ppb = dipyrido[2,3-a:3',2'-c]phenazine) for comparison. In all cases, the first excited state corresponds to an intramolecular TTF --> ppb charge-transfer state. Both ruthenium(II) complexes show two strong and well-separated metal-to-ligand charge-transfer (MLCT) absorption bands, whereas the (3)MLCT luminescence is strongly quenched via electron transfer from the TTF subunit. Clearly, the transient absorption spectra illustrate the role of the TTF fragment as an electron donor, which induces a triplet intraligand charge-transfer state ((3)ILCT) with lifetimes of approximately 200 and 50 ns for mono- and dinuclear ruthenium(II) complexes, respectively.

  4. Photoinduced Fusion of Lipid Bilayer Membranes.

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    Suzuki, Yui; Nagai, Ken H; Zinchenko, Anatoly; Hamada, Tsutomu

    2017-03-14

    We have developed a novel system for photocontrol of the fusion of lipid vesicles through the use of a photosensitive surfactant containing an azobenzene moiety (AzoTAB). Real-time microscopic observations clarified a change in both the surface area and internal volume of vesicles during fusion. We also determined the optimal cholesterol concentrations and temperature for inducing fusion. The mechanism of fusion can be attributed to a change in membrane tension, which is caused by the solubilization of lipids through the isomerization of AzoTAB. We used a micropipet technique to estimate membrane tension and discuss the mechanism of fusion in terms of membrane elastic energy. The obtained results regarding this novel photoinduced fusion could lead to a better understanding of the mechanism of membrane fusion in living cells and may also see wider applications, such as in drug delivery and biomimetic material design.

  5. Plasmon Enhancement of Photoinduced Resistivity Changes in Bi1-xCaxMnO3 Thin Films

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    Smolyaninova, Vera; Talanova, E.; Kolagani, Rajeswari; Yong, G.; Kennedy, R.; Steger, M.; Wall, K.

    2007-03-01

    Doped rare-earth manganese oxides (manganites) exhibit a wide variety of physical phenomena due to complex interplay of electronic, magnetic, orbital, and structural degrees of freedom and their sensitivity to external fields. A photoinduced insulator to conductor transition in charge-ordered manganites is especially interesting from the point of view of creating photonic devices. Thin films of Bi0.4Ca0.6MnO3 exhibit large photoinduced resistivity changes associated with melting of the charge ordering by visible light [1]. We have found a considerable increase of the photoinduced resistivity changes in the Bi0.4Ca0.6MnO3 thin film after depositing metal nanoparticles on the surface. This increase can be explained by enhancement of local electromagnetic field in the vicinity of the gold nanoparticle due to the plasmon resonance. The changes in lifetime of the photoinduced state will be reported, and the possible origin of these effects will be discussed. [1] V. N. Smolyaninova at al., Appl. Phys. Lett. 86, 071922 (2005).

  6. Photoinduced decomposition of trichloroethylene in soil components

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    Tao, T.; Yang, J.J.; Maciel, G.E.

    1999-01-01

    The photoinduced decomposition of trichloroethylene adsorbed on Ca-montmorillonite by long-wavelength UV irradiation has been studied in a quartz tube open to air or through which air or oxygen is passed. Solid-sample and liquid-solution NMR techniques were used to identify apparent products or intermediates of the photodecomposition. Dichloroacetic acid was identified as a major organic product/intermediate; substantial amounts of pentachloroethane and trichloroacetic acid were also identified. The formation of CO{sub 2} was characterized quantitatively by wet chemical analysis. About 40% and 57%, respectively, of the total carbon of trichloroethylene was converted to carbon dioxide in air and O{sub 2} environments over a period of 16 days. Phosgene and HCl were also detected. The photodecomposition of trichloroethylene adsorbed on whole soil, on Zn{sup 2+}-exchanged and Cu{sup 2+}-exchanged montmorillonites, on kaolinite, and on silica gel was also examined in less detail; qualitatively, the conversion of trichloroethylene to dichloroacetic acid in a 48-h period occurred with the following order of decreasing efficiencies: Zn{sup 2+}-montmorillonite > silica gel > kaolinite > Ca{sup 2+}-montmorillonite > whole soil > Cu{sup 2+}-montmorillonite. These results show that the photoinduced decomposition of adsorbed trichloroethylene occurs on a variety of adsorbents, generating products and intermediates that are similar to what have been reported previously for TiO{sub 2}-based photodecomposition but with much longer time scales. These conversions can, therefore, be expected to occur in sunlight at the air-soil interface.

  7. A novel planarization method based on photoinduced confined chemical etching.

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    Fang, Qiuyan; Zhou, Jian-Zhang; Zhan, Dongping; Shi, Kang; Tian, Zhao-Wu; Tian, Zhong-Qun

    2013-07-21

    A photoinduced confined chemical etching system based on TiO2 nanotube arrays is developed for the planarization of the copper surface, which is proved to be a prospective stress-free chemical planarization method for metals and semiconductors.

  8. Review of the photo-induced toxicity of environmental contaminants.

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    Roberts, Aaron P; Alloy, Matthew M; Oris, James T

    2017-01-01

    Solar radiation is a vital component of ecosystem function. However, sunlight can also interact with certain xenobiotic compounds in a phenomenon known as photo-induced, photo-enhanced, photo-activated, or photo-toxicity. This phenomenon broadly refers to an interaction between a chemical and sunlight resulting in increased toxicity. Because most aquatic ecosystems receive some amount of sunlight, co-exposure to xenobiotic chemicals and solar radiation is likely to occur in the environment, and photo-induced toxicity may be an important factor impacting aquatic ecosystems. However, photo-induced toxicity is not likely to be relevant in all aquatic systems or exposure scenarios due to variation in important ecological factors as well as physiological adaptations of the species that reside there. Here, we provide an updated review of the state of the science of photo-induced toxicity in aquatic ecosystems.

  9. Photoinduced nanocomposites—creation, modification, linear and nonlinear optical properties

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    Bityurin, N.; Alexandrov, A.; Afanasiev, A.; Agareva, N.; Pikulin, A.; Sapogova, N.; Soustov, L.; Salomatina, E.; Gorshkova, E.; Tsverova, N.; Smirnova, L.

    2013-07-01

    UV irradiation of materials consisting of a polymer matrix that possesses precursors of noble metals followed by annealing results in creation of metal nanoparticles within the irradiated domains. Such photoinduced nanocomposites are promising for photonics applications due to the strong alteration of their optical properties compared to initial nonirradiated materials. We report our results on the synthesis and investigation of two kinds of these materials: (a) Photoinduced Au nanocomposites based on PMMA matrices, including bulk materials prepared by means of the polymerization technique;

  10. 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.

  11. Electric Field Dependence of Photo-Induced Field Emission Current.

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    Egert, Charles Michael

    We have measured the photo-induced field emission current from a tungsten field emitter as a function of electric field. These experiments were performed with a retardation energy analyzer to measure total current and a 127(DEGREES) cylindrical differential energy analyzer to measure the energy resolved PFE current. The results of these experiments are compared with a simple theory of PFE, developed by Schwartz and Schaich, which is an extension of field emission theory including the surface photoeffect, but assuming constant photoexcitation matrix elements. Our experimental results disagree with this theory in two ways: First, for high fields and photon energy (electrons emitted above the field emission barrier maximum) theory predicts a larger increase in PFE current than is observed experimentally. Second, we have also confirmed the existence of a field dependent oscillatory component of the PFE current emitted from the W(110) surface with photon energies of 2.7 eV and 3.5 eV. The simple theory described here, as well as more sophisticated calculations, have been unable to explain this oscillatory feature. We have also reported, for the first time, the field dependence of the energy resolved PFE current measured with a 127(DEGREES) cylindrical energy analyzer. These preliminary results show evidence of the oscillatory component previously only observed in the total PFE current.

  12. Photoinduced absorption in disubstituted polyacetylenes: Comparison of theory with experiments

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    Sony, Priya; Shukla, Alok

    2005-04-01

    In a recently performed experiment, [Korovyanko Phys. Rev. B 67, 035114 (2003)] have measured the photoinduced absorption (PA) spectrum of phenyl-disubstituted polyacetylenes (PDPA’s) from the 1Bu and 2Ag excited states. In the 1Bu PA spectrum they identified two main features, namely, PA1 and PA2, while in the 2Ag spectrum they identified only one feature called PAg . In this paper we present a theoretical study of the 1Bu and 2Ag PA spectra of oligo-PDPA’s using the correlated-electron Pariser-Parr-Pople model and various configuration interaction methodologies. We compare the calculated spectra with the experiments, as well as with the calculated spectra of polyenes of the same conjugation lengths. The calculated spectra are in good agreement with the experiments. Based upon our calculations, we identify PA1 as the mAg state and PAg as the nBu state of the polymer. Regarding the PA2 feature, we present our speculations. Additionally, it is argued that the nature of the excited states contributing to the 2Ag -PA spectra of oligo-PDPA’s is qualitatively different from those contributing to the spectra of polyenes.

  13. 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.

  14. Photoinduced charge transfer involving a MoMo quadruply bonded complex to a perylene diimide.

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    Alberding, Brian G; Brown-Xu, Samantha E; Chisholm, Malcolm H; Epstein, Arthur J; Gustafson, Terry L; Lewis, Sharlene A; Min, Yong

    2013-04-21

    Evidence, based on femtosecond transient absorption and time resolved infrared spectroscopy, is presented for photoinduced charge transfer from the Mo2δ orbital of the quadruply bonded molecule trans-Mo2(T(i)PB)2(BTh)2, where T(i)PB = 2,4,6-triisopropyl benzoate and BTh = 2,2'-bithienylcarboxylate, to di-n-octyl perylene diimide and di-n-hexylheptyl perylene diimide in thin films and solutions of the mixtures. The films show a long-lived charge separated state while slow back electron transfer, τBET ~ 500 ps, occurs in solution.

  15. Photoinduced Reconfiguration Cycle in a Molecular Adsorbate Layer Studied by Femtosecond Inner-Shell Photoelectron Spectroscopy

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    Dachraoui, H.; Michelswirth, M.; Bartz, P.; Pfeiffer, W.; Heinzmann, U.; Siffalovic, P.; Schaefer, C.; Schnatwinkel, B.; Mattay, J.; Drescher, M.

    2011-03-11

    A time-resolved study of core-level chemical shifts in a monolayer of aromatic molecules reveals complex photoinduced reaction dynamics. The combination of electron spectroscopy for chemical analysis and ultrashort pulse excitation in the extreme ultraviolet allows performing time-correlated 4d-core-level spectroscopy of iodine atoms that probe the local chemical environment in the adsorbate molecule. The selectivity of the method unveils metastable molecular configurations that appear about 50 ps after the excitation and are efficiently quenched back to the ground state.

  16. Fourier transform infrared spectrum of the radical cation of beta-carotene photoinduced in photosystem II.

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    Noguchi, T; Mitsuka, T; Inoue, Y

    1994-12-19

    A Fourier-transform infrared (FTIR) spectrum of the radical cation of beta-carotene photoinduced in photosystem II (PSII) membranes was obtained at 80K under oxidizing conditions, by utilizing the light-induced FTIR difference technique. Formation of the beta-carotene cation was monitored with the electronic absorption band at 993 nm. An FTIR spectrum of a chemically-generated beta-carotene cation in chloroform was also measured and compared with the spectrum of PSII. Since the FTIR bands of carotenoid cation have characteristic features with strong intensities, they can be useful markers in studying the reaction of carotenoid in PSII.

  17. Primary ultrafast events preceding the photoinduced proton transfer from pyranine to water

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    Tran-Thi, T.-H.; Gustavsson, T.; Prayer, C.; Pommeret, S.; Hynes, James T.

    2000-10-01

    Femtosecond fluorescence and absorption spectroscopies are used to probe the early events of the photoinduced proton transfer (PT) from pyranine to water. The process is found to involve two ultrafast steps (300 fs and 2.5 ps) which precede the relatively slow (87 ps) PT step. From the comparative study of the properties of the excited acid and its conjugate anion in various aqueous and alcoholic media, these ultrafast steps are identified as the solvation dynamics of the locally excited (LE) state of the acid and its subsequent relaxation to an intermediate electronic state, whose nature is discussed.

  18. Tuning of photoinduced energy transfer in a bichromophoric coumarin supermolecule by cation binding

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    Valeur, B.; Pouget, J.; Bourson, J.; Kaschke, M.; Ernsting, N.P.

    1992-08-06

    This paper discussed tuning of photoinduced electronic energy transfer in two coumarins linked by a pentakis (ethylene oxide) spacer by Pb{sup 2+} binding in acetonitrile and propylene carbonate. The ligand:metal ratio is observed to be 1:1 in acetonitrile with a significant increase in efficiency and rate of energy transfer as compared to propylene carbonate, which has a ratio of 1:3. This may be due to a different complex structure in the two solvents. 12 refs., 10 figs., 1 tab.

  19. Model of photo-induced neutral-ionic phase transition in organic charge-transfer salts

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    Yartsev, V. M.

    1998-01-01

    One-dimensional donor-acceptor mixed chains are modeled by a periodic DADA tetramer. Electron coupling to intramolecular vibrations are taken into account explicitly. Generalized adiabatic potentials are calculated for the cases of regular and dimerized stacks which are characteristic, respectively, of quasi-neutral (N) and quasi-ionic (I) phases of a tetrathiafulvalene-chloranil compound. A sharp difference in life-times of photo-induced I-states in the N-phase and N-states in the I-phase is discussed within the periodic DADA tetramer model.

  20. Photoinduced stiffening and photoplastic effect of ZnS individual nanobelt in nanoindentation

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    Zheng, X. J.; Yu, G. C.; Chen, Y. Q.; Mao, S. X.; Zhang, T.

    2010-11-15

    The photoinduced stiffening (PIS) and photoplastic effect (PPE) of ZnS individual nanobelt (NB) were observed by using a nanoindenter in conjunction with an incident ultraviolet (UV) light source system. The results show that the elastic modulus and hardness of ZnS individual NB under UV illumination are at least 32% and 20% larger than those in darkness. The mechanisms of PIS and PPE are interpreted by the increase in electronic strain and Peierls barrier due to the photogeneration of free carriers in ZnS individual NB. The research may offer useful guidelines to the application of optoelectronic devices based on individual nanostructures.

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

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

    2011-10-01

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

  2. Photoinduced cytotoxicity by a platinum diimine complex employing magnetite-silica nanocomposites as delivery vehicles.

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    Zhang, Zhigang; Li, Haisha; Dai, Ruihui; Chai, Aiyun

    2015-10-01

    Tartaric acid-modified core-shell magnetite-silica nanocomposites were prepared by a sol-gel method, and characterized by X-ray diffraction, Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy, transmission electron microscopy and dynamic light scattering. Then the nanocomposites were employed as carriers of a photoactive platinum diimine complex. Photoinduced cytotoxicity by the photosensitizer-loaded nanocomposites in different human carcinoma cells has been studied by cell viability assay. The results suggest that the as-synthesized nanocomposites have good stability in water, and the cytotoxicity induced by the platinum diimine complex in red light can be significantly enhanced when the photosensitizer is loaded with the magnetic nanocomposites.

  3. POLARON DYNAMICS. Long-lived photoinduced polaron formation in conjugated polyelectrolyte-fullerene assemblies.

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    Huber, Rachel C; Ferreira, Amy S; Thompson, Robert; Kilbride, Daniel; Knutson, Nicholas S; Devi, Lekshmi Sudha; Toso, Daniel B; Challa, J Reddy; Zhou, Z Hong; Rubin, Yves; Schwartz, Benjamin J; Tolbert, Sarah H

    2015-06-19

    The efficiency of biological photosynthesis results from the exquisite organization of photoactive elements that promote rapid movement of charge carriers out of a critical recombination range. If synthetic organic photovoltaic materials could mimic this assembly, charge separation and collection could be markedly enhanced. We show that micelle-forming cationic semiconducting polymers can coassemble in water with cationic fullerene derivatives to create photoinduced electron-transfer cascades that lead to exceptionally long-lived polarons. The stability of the polarons depends on the organization of the polymer-fullerene assembly. Properly designed assemblies can produce separated polaronic charges that are stable for days or weeks in aqueous solution.

  4. Photo-induced conductance fluctuations in mesoscopic Ge/Si systems with quantum dots

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    Stepina, N. P.; Dvurechenskii, A. V.; Nikiforov, A. I.; Moers, J.; Gruetzmacher, D.

    2014-08-20

    We study the evolution of electron transport in strongly localized mesoscopic system with quantum dots under small photon flux. Exploring devices with narrow transport channels lead to the observation of giant fluctuations of the photoconductance, which is attributed to the strong dependence of hopping current on the filling of dots by holes. In our experiments, single-photon mode operation is indicated by the linear dependence of the frequency of photo-induced fluctuations on the light intensity and the step-like response of conductance on the pulse excitation. The effect of the light wavelength, measurement temperature, size of the conductive channel on the device efficiency are considered.

  5. Photoinduced adsorption of hydrogen and methane on gamma-alumina. the photoinduced chesorluminescence (PhICL) effect.

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    Andreev, N S; Emeline, A V; Polikhova, S V; Ryabchuk, V K; Serpone, N

    2004-01-06

    Adsorption of hydrogen and methane on a preirradiated surface of gamma-Al2O3 produces an afterglow, which has been described as a photoinduced chesorluminescence (PhICL), whose spectral features identify with the intrinsic photoluminescence of alumina. The emission spectrum consists of at least four overlapping single emission bands. For methane adsorption, the PhICL phenomenon is seen only if the solid is preirradiated in the presence of oxygen. Emission decay kinetics of the PhICL effect for gamma-Al2O3 reveal two wavelength regimes: a short wavelength regime at lambda = 300-370 nm (decay time tau = 1.1 +/- 0.2 s; signal width = 2.8 s), and a longer wavelength regime at lambda = 380-700 nm (decay time tau = 2.1 +/- 0.1 s; signal width = 4.3 s). A model is proposed in which there exist two different emission centers and, thus, two different pathways for emission decay. In the first, emission originates with electron trapping by such deep energy traps as anion vacancies {e- + Va --> F+ + hv1} to yield electron F-type color centers, whereas in the second, emission originates from electron/trapped hole recombination {e- + Os*- --> Os2- + hv2}. The first common step of the pathways is homolytic dissociative chemisorption of hydrogen and methane upon interaction with surface-active hole centers Os*-, produced upon preirradiation of alumina, to give atomic hydrogen H* and methyl radicals CH3*. Thermoprogrammed desorption spectra of photoadsorbed or postsorbed oxygen show that adsorbed oxygen interacts with atomic hydrogen and methyl radicals. The products of thermodesorption were H2O for hydrogen and H2O, CO2, and CH3CH3 for methane. The Solonitsyn memory effect coefficient was also evaluated for oxygen photoadsorption.

  6. Tailored heterojunctions for efficient thin-film organic solar cells: a photoinduced absorption study

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    Schueppel, R.; Schmidt, K.; Uhrich, C.; Schulze, K.; Wynands, D.; Brédas, J. L.; Maennig, B.; Pfeiffer, M.; Leo, K.; Brier, E.; Reinold, E.; Bu, H.-B.; Baeuerle, P.

    2007-09-01

    Recently, we have demonstrated an open circuit voltage of 1.0V and a power conversion efficiency of 3.4% in thin film solar cells, utilizing a new acceptor-substituted oligothiophene with an optical gap of 1.77 eV as donor and C 60 as acceptor. Stimulated by this result, we systematically study the energy and electron transfer processes taking place at the oligothiophene:fullerene heterojunction along a homologous series of these oligothiophenes. The heterojunction is modified by tuning the HOMO level using different oligothiophene chain lengths, while the LUMO level is essentially fixed by the choice of the acceptor-type end-groups (dicyanovinyl) attached to the oligothiophene. We study electron transfer at the heterojunction to C 60 using photoinduced absorption. The observed transitions are unambiguously identified by TD-DFT calculations. With increasing the effective energy gap of the donor-acceptor pair, charge carrier dissociation following the photoinduced electron transfer is eventually replaced by recombination into the triplet state, which alters the photovoltaic operation conditions. Therefore, the optimum open-circuit voltage of a solar cell is a trade-off between an efficient charge separation at the interface and a maximized effective gap. We conclude that values between 1.0 and 1.1 V for the open-circuit voltage in our solar cell devices present an optimum, as higher voltages were only achieved with concomitant losses in charge separation efficiency.

  7. Ultrafast dynamics during the photoinduced phase transition in VO2

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    Wegkamp, Daniel; Stähler, Julia

    2015-12-01

    The phase transition of VO2 from a monoclinic insulator to a rutile metal, which occurs thermally at TC = 340 K, can also be driven by strong photoexcitation. The ultrafast dynamics during this photoinduced phase transition (PIPT) have attracted great scientific attention for decades, as this approach promises to answer the question of whether the insulator-to-metal (IMT) transition is caused by electronic or crystallographic processes through disentanglement of the different contributions in the time domain. We review our recent results achieved by femtosecond time-resolved photoelectron, optical, and coherent phonon spectroscopy and discuss them within the framework of a selection of latest, complementary studies of the ultrafast PIPT in VO2. We show that the population change of electrons and holes caused by photoexcitation launches a highly non-equilibrium plasma phase characterized by enhanced screening due to quasi-free carriers and followed by two branches of non-equilibrium dynamics: (i) an instantaneous (within the time resolution) collapse of the insulating gap that precedes charge carrier relaxation and significant ionic motion and (ii) an instantaneous lattice potential symmetry change that represents the onset of the crystallographic phase transition through ionic motion on longer timescales. We discuss the interconnection between these two non-thermal pathways with particular focus on the meaning of the critical fluence of the PIPT in different types of experiments. Based on this, we conclude that the PIPT threshold identified in optical experiments is most probably determined by the excitation density required to drive the lattice potential change rather than the IMT. These considerations suggest that the IMT can be driven by weaker excitation, predicting a transiently metallic, monoclinic state of VO2 that is not stabilized by the non-thermal structural transition and, thus, decays on ultrafast timescales.

  8. Oxygen radicals photo-induced by ferric nitrilotriacetate complex.

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    Tsuchiya, Koichiro; Akai, Kaori; Tokumura, Akira; Abe, Shinji; Tamaki, Toshiaki; Takiguchi, Yoshiharu; Fukuzawa, Kenji

    2005-08-30

    This study examined the photo-induced generation of reactive oxygen species (ROS) by the carcinogenic iron(III)-NTA complex. Iron(III)-NTA complex (1:1) has three conformations (type (a) in acidic conditions of pH 1-6, type (n) in neutral conditions of pH 3-9, and type (b) in basic conditions of pH 7-10) with two pK(a) values (pK(a1) approximately 4, pK(a2) approximately 8). The iron(III)-NTA complex was reduced to iron(II) under cool-white fluorescent light without the presence of any reducing agent, and the reduction rates of the three conformations of iron(III)-NTA were in the order type (a)>type (n)>type (b) as reported previously (Akai K. et al., Free Radic. Res. 38, 951-962, 2004). ROS generation was investigated by electron paramagnetic resonance (EPR) spectroscopy with a spin-trapping technique. Apparent EPR signals attributed to PBN/*(13)CH(3) and PBN/*OCH(3) spin adducts were observed after incubation of the iron(III)-NTA complex was mixed with alpha-phenyl-tert-butylnitrone (PBN) and (13)C-DMSO in an aerobic condition. The addition of catalase effectively attenuated the PBN adducts, but superoxide dismutase enhanced them. Taken together, these results indicate that the iron(III)-NTA complex is spontaneously reduced to the iron(II)-NTA complex by light under acidic to neutral pH, and in turn transfers an electron to molecular oxygen to form ROS.

  9. Native vs photoinduced chemiluminescence in dimethoate determination.

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    Catalá-Icardo, M; López-Paz, J L; Choves-Barón, C; Peña-Bádena, A

    2012-01-13

    The determination of dimethoate using either its native chemiluminescent (CL) properties or its photoinduced chemiluminescence obtained by irradiation with a 15 W low-pressure mercury lamp was studied. Thereby, two flow injection systems (FIA) with and without irradiation were exhaustively optimized and their analytical characteristics studied. Better sensitivity and selectivity was found in absence of irradiation, due to the enhancing effect of hexadecylpyridinium chloride (HPC), which acted as a sensitizer. In the developed FIA-CL system, the alkaline hydrolysis of dimethoate with NaOH was performed on-line in presence of HPC. The oxidation of the product of hydrolysis with Ce(IV) in hydrochloric medium induced chemiluminescence. The method provided a limit of detection of only 0.05 ng mL(-1) without any pre-treatment. However, the combination with solid phase extraction allowed the removal of some potential interferents as well as the preconcentration of the pesticide. Finally, the developed method was successfully applied to natural waters with recoveries between 95 and 108%.

  10. Photoinduced chemiluminescence determination of carbamate pesticides.

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    Catalá-Icardo, M; Meseguer-Lloret, S; Torres-Cartas, S

    2016-05-11

    A liquid chromatography method with post-column photoinduced chemiluminescence (PICL) detection is proposed for the simultaneous determination of eight carbamate pesticides, namely aldicarb, butocarboxim, ethiofencarb, methomyl, methiocarb, thiodicarb, thiofanox and thiophanate-methyl. After chromatographic separation, quinine (sensitizer) was incorporated and the flow passed through an UV lamp (67 s of irradiation time) to obtain the photoproducts, which reacted with acidic Ce(iv) and provided a CL emission. The PICL method showed great selectivity for carbamate pesticides containing sulphur in their chemical structure. A solid-phase extraction process increased sensitivity (LODs ranging from 0.06 to 0.27 ng mL(-1)) and allowed the carbamate pesticides in surface and ground water samples to be determined, with recoveries in the range 87-110% (except for thiophanate-methyl, whose recoveries were between 60 and 75%). The intra- and inter-day precision was evaluated, with RSD ranging from 1.1 to 7.5% and from 2.6 to 12.3%, respectively. A discussion about the PICL mechanism is also included.

  11. Perovskites for Photovoltaics in the Spotlight: Photoinduced Physical Changes and Their Implications.

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    Gottesman, Ronen; Zaban, Arie

    2016-02-16

    Organic-inorganic halide perovskites are in consensus to revolutionize the field of photovoltaics and optoelectronic devices due to their superior optical and electronic properties which are unprecedented in comparison to those of other solution processed semiconductors. These hybrid materials are used as light absorbers and also as charge carriers which makes them very versatile to be implemented and studied in a multitude of fields. Traditionally, the working paradigm in solar cells and optoelectronic devices' characterization has been that the properties of photovoltaic materials remain stable following illumination of varying times and intensities. However, recently there has been a growing number of reports on prolonged illumination-dependent physical changes in perovskite films and perovskite based devices. The changes are reversible and range from structural transformations and differences in optical characteristics, to an increase in optoelectronic properties and physical parameters. In this Account, we review the physical changes in three reported model systems which display changes under prolonged illumination of light intensities of ∼0.01-1 sun. The three systems are (i) a free-standing perovskite film on a glass substrate, (ii) a symmetrical system with nonselective electrical contacts, and (iii) a working perovskite solar cell (either a planar or a porous structure). We examine each model system and discuss its photoinduced physical changes and conclude with the implications on future experimentation design, data analysis, and characterization that involve organic-inorganic halide perovskites illumination. Since hybrid perovskites are considered to be mixed ionic-electronic conductors in nature, ions that migrate in the perovskite under electrical fields can influence its properties. Therefore, an important distinction is made between photoinduced effects and photo and electric field induced effects. Thus, photoinduced effects are designated as

  12. Linear and Nonlinear Optical Spectroscopy at the Nanoscale with Photoinduced Force Microscopy.

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    Jahng, Junghoon; Fishman, Dmitry A; Park, Sung; Nowak, Derek B; Morrison, Will A; Wickramasinghe, H Kumar; Potma, Eric O

    2015-10-20

    The enormous advances made in nanotechnology have also intensified the need for tools that can characterize newly synthesized nanoaterials with high sensitivity and with high spatial resolution. Many existing tools with nanoscopic resolution or better, including scanning electron microscopy (SEM), atomic force microscopy (AFM), and scanning tunneling microscopy (STM) methods, can generate highly detailed maps of nanoscopic structures. However, while these approaches provide great views of the morphological properties of nanomaterials, it has proven more challenging to derive chemical information from the corresponding images. To address this issue, attempts have been made to dress existing nanoscopy methods with spectroscopic sensitivity. A powerful approach in this direction is the combination of scan probe techniques with optical illumination, which aims to marry the nanoscopic resolution provided by a sharp tip with the chemical selectivity provided by optical spectroscopy. Examples of this approach include existing techniques such as scattering-type scanning near-field optical microscopy and tip-enhanced Raman spectroscopy. A new and emerging technique in this direction is photoinduced force microscopy (PiFM), which enables spectroscopic probing of materials with a spatial resolution well under 10 nm. In PiFM, the sample is optically excited and the response of the material is probed directly in the near-field by reading out the time-integrated force between the tip and the sample. Because the magnitude of the force is dependent on the photoinduced polarization in the sample, PiFM exhibits spectroscopic sensitivity. The photoinduced forces measured in PiFM are spatially confined on the nanometer scale, which translates into a very high spatial resolution even under ambient conditions. The PiFM approach is compatible with a wide range optical excitation frequencies, from the visible to the mid-infrared, enabling nanoscale imaging contrast based on either

  13. Photo-induced Low Temperature Structural Transition in the "114" YbaFe4O7 oxide

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    Duffort, V.; Caignaert, Vincent; Pralong, V.; ...

    2013-11-11

    Synchrotron irradiation of the oxide YBaFe4O7.0 below 190 K converts the low temperature monoclinic structure to a higher symmetry tetragonal form analogous to the room temperature structure. This photo-induced metastable tetragonal form is stable even in the absence of irradiation over the range 4-60 K, however, above 60 K the photo-transition is reversible. These structural phenomena are correlated to the magnetic behaviour of this system, suggesting possible spin-lattice coupling. Lastly, a scenario explaining the low temperature photo-induced transition is proposed, based on the different distributions of the valence electrons in the iron sub-lattice of the monoclinic and tetragonal phases.

  14. Enhanced emission and photoconductivity due to photo-induced charge transfer from Au nanoislands to ZnO

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    Wu, Shang-Hsuan; Chan, Ching-Hsiang; Liang, Ching-Tarng; Chien, Ching-Hang; Yaseen, Mohammad Tariq; Chang, Yia-Chung

    2016-01-25

    We report systematic studies based on photoluminescence, Hall, and photoconductivity measurements together with theoretical modeling in order to identify mechanisms for the photo-induced charge transfer effects in ZnO thin film incorporated with the Au nano-islands (AuNIs). Significant enhancement of near band edge emission and improvement in conductivity of ZnO/AuNIs samples after illumination are observed, which are attributed to the photo-induced hot electrons in Au which are then transferred into the conduction band of ZnO as long as the excitation energy is higher than the offset between the ZnO conduction-band minimum and Au Fermi level. Our experimental results are consistent with the general features predicted by first principles calculations.

  15. Photo-induced foveal injury after viewing a solar eclipse.

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    Källmark, Fredrik P; Ygge, Jan

    2005-10-01

    To study the injury to and possible recovery of the visual function and foveal morphology in patients with photo-induced foveal injury due to watching the solar eclipse of August 11th, 1999 in Stockholm, Sweden. Fifteen patients, all of whom viewed the solar eclipse, were followed for 1 year, during which their visual symptoms were recorded and visual acuity (VA) was tested, and ophthalmoscopy and scanning laser ophthalmoscopy were performed. Photo-induced foveal injury gave rise to subjective visual disturbances, reduced VA and morphological changes in the fovea. Central scotomas could still be seen in all patients 1 year after the foveal injury. Photo-induced foveal injury gave rise to subjective visual disturbances, reduced VA and morphological changes in the fovea. Scanning laser ophthalmoscopy offers the possibility of detailed examination of small retinal lesions, which can sometimes be difficult to localize with ophthalmoscopy.

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

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

    2015-03-01

    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.

  17. Photoinduced structural changes to protein kinase A

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    Rozinek, Sarah C.; Thomas, Robert J.; Brancaleon, Lorenzo

    2014-03-01

    The importance of porphyrins in organisms is underscored by the ubiquitous biological and biochemical functions that are mediated by these compounds and by their potential biomedical and biotechnological applications. Protoporphyrin IX (PPIX) is the precursor to heme and has biomedical applications such as its use as a photosensitizer in phototherapy and photodetection of cancer. Among other applications, our group has demonstrated that low-irradiance exposure to laser irradiation of PPIX, Fe-PPIX, or meso-tetrakis (4-sulfonatophenyl) porphyrin (TSPP) non-covalently docked to a protein causes conformational changes in the polypeptide. Such approach can have remarkable consequences in the study of protein structure/function relationship and can be used to prompt non-native protein properties. Therefore we have investigated protein kinase A (PKA), a more relevant protein model towards the photo-treatment of cancer. PKA's enzymatic functions are regulated by the presence of cyclic adenosine monophosphate for intracellular signal transduction involved in, among other things, stimulation of transcription, tumorigenesis in Carney complex and migration of breast carcinoma cells. Since phosphorylation is a necessary step in some cancers and inflammatory diseases, inhibiting the protein kinase, and therefore phosphorylation, may serve to treat these diseases. Changes in absorption, steady-state fluorescence, and fluorescence lifetime indicate: 1) both TSPP and PPIX non-covalently bind to PKA where they maintain photoreactivity; 2) absorptive photoproduct formation occurs only when PKA is bound to TSPP and irradiated; and 3) PKA undergoes secondary structural changes after irradiation with either porphyrin bound. These photoinduced changes could affect the protein's enzymatic and signaling capabilities.

  18. Quantitative analysis of sideband coupling in photoinduced force microscopy

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    Jahng, Junghoon; Kim, Bongsu; Lee, Eun Seong; Potma, Eric Olaf

    2016-11-01

    We present a theoretical and experimental analysis of the cantilever motions detected in photoinduced force microscopy (PiFM) using the sideband coupling detection scheme. In sideband coupling, the cantilever dynamics are probed at a combination frequency of a fundamental mechanical eigenmode and the modulation frequency of the laser beam. Using this detection mode, we develop a method for reconstructing the modulated photoinduced force gradient from experimental parameters in a quantitative manner. We show evidence, both theoretically and experimentally, that the sideband coupling detection mode provides PiFM images with superior contrast compared to images obtained when detecting the cantilever motions directly at the laser modulation frequency.

  19. Photo-induced chaos in the Briggs-Rauscher reaction

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    Okazaki, Noriaki; Hanazaki, Ichiro

    1998-07-01

    Discovery of the photo-induced chaos in the Briggs-Rauscher system is reported. The chaotic oscillations were observed between the large- and the small-amplitude simple oscillatory states existent in low and high light intensity regions, respectively. Period-doubling sequence from the large-amplitude oscillations to the chaos was observed. Deterministic nature of the chaos was confirmed by the next-amplitude return map. The stretching and folding mechanism of the trajectories was revealed through the three-dimensional attractor reconstructed via the singular value decomposition method. The chemical origin of the photoinduced chaos is discussed based on the photoautocatalysis of HIO2.

  20. Photoinduced axial ligation and deligation dynamics of nonplanar nickel dodecaarylporphyrins.

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    Retsek, Jennifer L; Drain, Charles Michael; Kirmaier, Christine; Nurco, Daniel J; Medforth, Craig J; Smith, Kevin M; Sazanovich, Igor V; Chirvony, Vladimir S; Fajer, Jack; Holten, Dewey

    2003-08-13

    The ground- and excited-state metal-ligand dynamics of nonplanar nickel(II) 2,3,5,7,8,10,12,13,15,17,18,20-dodecaphenylporphyrin (NiDPP) and two fluorinated analogues (NiF(20)DPP and NiF(28)DPP) have been investigated using static and time-resolved absorption spectroscopy in toluene and in ligating media that differ in basicity, aromaticity, and steric encumbrance. Because of the electronic and steric consequences of nonplanarity, NiDPP does not bind axial ligands in the ground state, but metal coordination does occur after photoexcitation with multistep dynamics that depend on the properties of the ligand. Following the structural relaxations that occur in all nickel porphyrins within approximately 10 ps, ligand binding to photoexcited NiDPP is progressively longer in pyridine, piperidine, and 3,5-lutidine (25-100 ps) but does not occur at all in 2,6-lutidine in which the ligating nitrogen is sterically encumbered. The transient intermediate that is formed, which nominally could be either a five- or six-coordinate species, also has a ligand-dependent lifetime (200-550 ps). Decay of this intermediate occurs partially via ligand release to re-form the uncoordinated species, in competition with binding of the second axial ligand and/or conformational/electronic relaxations (of a six-coordinate intermediate) to give the ground state of the bis-ligated photoproduct. The finding that the photoproduct channel principally depends on ligand characteristics along with the time-evolving spectra suggests that the transient intermediate may involve a five-coordinate species. In contrast to NiDPP, the fluorinated analogues NiF(20)DPP and NiF(28)DPP do coordinate axial ligands in the ground state but eject them after photoexcitation. Collectively, these results demonstrate the sensitivity with which the electronic and structural characteristics of the macrocycle, substituents, and solvent (ligands) can govern the photophysical and photochemical properties of nonplanar porphyrins

  1. Photoinduced fluorescence enhancement in CdSe /ZnS quantum dot monolayers: Influence of substrate

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    Uematsu, Takafumi; Maenosono, Shinya; Yamaguchi, Yukio

    2006-07-01

    Photoinduced fluorescence enhancement (PFE) of CdSe /ZnS core/shell quantum dot (QD) films on SiOx substrates was investigated. The fluorescence intensity of the QD film on SiO1.9 was greatly enhanced by continuous irradiation in vacuum, while the same QD film on SiO0.6 showed a small enhancement of the fluorescence intensity. After irradiation, the rate of fluorescence decay of the QD film on SiO0.6 was smaller than that of the QD film on SiO1.9. Our results suggest that the origin of PFE derives from the photoejection of electrons into the substrate, and that the oxygen-excess-related defects work as trap sites for the electrons.

  2. Hole-lattice coupling and photoinduced insulator-metal transition in VO2

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    Yuan, Xun; Zhang, Wenqing; Zhang, Peihong

    2013-07-01

    Photoinduced insulator-metal transition in VO2 and the related transient and multi-time-scale structural dynamics upon photoexcitation are explained within a unified framework. Holes created by photoexcitation weaken the V-V bonds and eventually break V-V dimers in the M1 phase of VO2 when the laser fluence reaches a critical value. The breaking of the V-V bonds in turn leads to an immediate electronic phase transition from an insulating to a metallic state while the crystal lattice remains monoclinic in shape. The coupling between excited electrons and the 6.0-THz phonon mode is found to be responsible for the observed zigzag motion of V atoms upon photoexcitation and is consistent with coherent phonon experiments.

  3. Photo-induced charge-transfer processes in fullerene-containing dyad and triad molecules

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    Knorr, S.; Grupp, A.; Mehring, M.; Grube, G.; Effenberger, F.

    1999-09-01

    We report on pulsed electron-spin-resonance (ESR) investigations of novel model systems for photo-induced electron-transfer processes. The schematic structures of the molecules are T5-C60 and A-T5-C60, i.e., the fullerene C60 is used as the acceptor, and quinquethiophene (T5) or anthracene (A) act as a donor. In frozen solutions of both the dyad and triad, we find rather long-lived radical signals (lifetime ≈2 μs) after laser-pulse excitation. The observed signals can be assigned by the g factor and the linewidth to the anion C60- and the cation T5+. We have examined the influence of the solvent polarity (toluene or benzonitrile) and of the excitation wavelength (355 nm or 532 nm) on the efficiency of the charge transfer.

  4. Measurements of Photo-induced Changes in Conjugated Polymers

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    Seager, C. H.; Sinclair, M. B.; Mc Branch, D.; Heeger, A. J.; Baker, G. L.

    1991-01-01

    We have used the highly sensitive technique of Photothermal Deflection Spectroscopy (PDS) to measure changes in the infrared absorption spectra of MEHPPV, P3HT and Polydiacetylene-4BCMU induced by pumping these polymers with light above the {pi} - {pi}* transition energy. In contrast to previous chopped light transmission measurements of these effects, the PDS technique can directly measure the buildup or decay of the absorption coefficient, {alpha}, on the time scale of second to days. In the case of MEHPPV we observe that the time scale of seconds to days. In the case of MEHPPV we observe that above-gap light causes the appearance of a broad infrared peak in {alpha}, which continues to grow-in hours after the pump light is first applied. For this polymer the general shape of the absorption spectra in the unpumped state mimics the photo-induced changes, suggesting that remnant photo-induced states determine the maximum transparency observed under normal experimental conditions. For P3HT and to a lesser extent, MEHPPV, we also observe irreversible photo-induced absorption components which we tentatively identify with photo-induced oxidation of the polymer matrix.

  5. Linewidths of photoinduced L x rays of uranium

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    Hoszowska, J.; Dousse, J.-Cl.; Rhême, Ch.

    1994-07-01

    High-resolution measurements of the photoinduced L x-ray spectrum of metallic uranium were performed with a transmission-type bent-crystal spectrometer. Linewidths of 32 L x-ray emission lines were extracted. Nonlifetime broadening effects, such as multiple-vacancy configuration states and multiplet splitting, that influence the line profiles are discussed.

  6. Linewidths of photoinduced [ital L] x rays of uranium

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    Hoszowska, J.; Dousse, J.; Rheme, C. )

    1994-07-01

    High-resolution measurements of the photoinduced [ital L] x-ray spectrum of metallic uranium were performed with a transmission-type bent-crystal spectrometer. Linewidths of 32 [ital L] x-ray emission lines were extracted. Nonlifetime broadening effects, such as multiple-vacancy configuration states and multiplet splitting, that influence the line profiles are discussed.

  7. Photoinduced enhancement in the luminescence of hydrophilic quantum dots coated with photocleavable ligands.

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    Impellizzeri, Stefania; McCaughan, Bridgeen; Callan, John F; Raymo, Françisco M

    2012-02-01

    In search of strategies to photoactivate the luminescence of semiconductor quantum dots, we devised a synthetic approach to attach photocleavable 2-nitrobenzyl groups to CdSe-ZnS core-shell quantum dots coated with hydrophilic polymeric ligands. The emission intensity of the resulting nanostructured constructs increases by more than 60% with the photolysis of the 2-nitrobenzyl appendages. Indeed, the photoinduced separation of the organic chromophores from the inorganic nanoparticles suppresses an electron-transfer pathway from the latter to the former and is mostly responsible for the luminescence enhancement. However, the thiol groups anchoring the polymeric envelope to the ZnS shell also contribute to the photoinduced emission increase. Presumably, their photooxidation eliminates defects on the nanoparticle surface and promotes the radiative deactivation of the excited quantum dots. This effect is fully reversible but its magnitude is only a fraction of the change caused by the photocleavage of the 2-nitrobenzyl groups. In addition, these particular quantum dots can cross the membrane of model cells and their luminescence increases by ~80% after the intracellular photocleavage of the 2-nitrobenzyl quenchers. Thus, photoswitchable luminescent constructs with biocompatible character can be assembled combining the established photochemistry of the 2-nitrobenzyl photocage with the outstanding photophysical properties of semiconductor quantum dots and the hydrophilic character of appropriate polymeric ligands. © 2012 American Chemical Society

  8. Photo-induced halide redistribution in organic–inorganic perovskite films

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    deQuilettes, Dane W.; Zhang, Wei; Burlakov, Victor M.; ...

    2016-05-24

    Organic-inorganic perovskites such as CH3NH3PbI3 are promising materials for a variety of optoelectronic applications, with certified power conversion efficiencies in solar cells already exceeding 21%. Nevertheless, state-of-the-art films still contain performance-limiting non-radiative recombination sites and exhibit a range of complex dynamic phenomena under illumination that remain poorly understood. Here we use a unique combination of confocal photoluminescence (PL) microscopy and chemical imaging to correlate the local changes in photophysics with composition in CH3NH3PbI3 films under illumination. We demonstrate that the photo-induced 'brightening' of the perovskite PL can be attributed to an order-of-magnitude reduction in trap state density. By imaging themore » same regions with time-of-flight secondary-ion-mass spectrometry, we correlate this photobrightening with a net migration of iodine. In conclusion, our work provides visual evidence for photo-induced halide migration in triiodide perovskites and reveals the complex interplay between charge carrier populations, electronic traps and mobile halides that collectively impact optoelectronic performance.« less

  9. Photo-induced halide redistribution in organic–inorganic perovskite films

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    deQuilettes, Dane W.; Zhang, Wei; Burlakov, Victor M.; Graham, Daniel J.; Leijtens, Tomas; Osherov, Anna; Bulovic, Vladimir; Snaith, Henry J.; Ginger, David S.; Stranks, Samuel D.

    2016-05-24

    Organic-inorganic perovskites such as CH3NH3PbI3 are promising materials for a variety of optoelectronic applications, with certified power conversion efficiencies in solar cells already exceeding 21%. Nevertheless, state-of-the-art films still contain performance-limiting non-radiative recombination sites and exhibit a range of complex dynamic phenomena under illumination that remain poorly understood. Here we use a unique combination of confocal photoluminescence (PL) microscopy and chemical imaging to correlate the local changes in photophysics with composition in CH3NH3PbI3 films under illumination. We demonstrate that the photo-induced 'brightening' of the perovskite PL can be attributed to an order-of-magnitude reduction in trap state density. By imaging the same regions with time-of-flight secondary-ion-mass spectrometry, we correlate this photobrightening with a net migration of iodine. In conclusion, our work provides visual evidence for photo-induced halide migration in triiodide perovskites and reveals the complex interplay between charge carrier populations, electronic traps and mobile halides that collectively impact optoelectronic performance.

  10. Direct experimental evidence for photoinduced strong-coupling polarons in organolead halide perovskite nanoparticles

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    Zheng, Kaibo; Abdellah, Mohamed; Zhu, Qiushi; Kong, Qingyu; Jennings, Guy; Kurtz, Charles A.; Messing, Maria E.; Niu, Yuran; Gosztola, David J.; Al-Marri, Mohammed J.; Zhang, Xiaoyi; Pullerits, Tonu; Canton, Sophie E.

    2016-10-28

    Echoing the roaring success of their bulk coun-terparts, nano-objects built from organolead halide perov-skites (OLHP) present bright prospects for surpassing the performances of their conventional organic and inorganic analogues in photodriven technologies. Unraveling the pho-toinduced charge dynamics is essential for optimizing OLHP optoelectronic functionalities. However, mapping the carri-er-lattice interactions remains challenging, owing to their manifestations on multiple length scales and time scales. By correlating ultrafast time-resolved optical and X-ray absorp-tion measurements, this work reveals the photoinduced formation of strong-coupling polarons in CH3NH3PbBr3 nanoparticles. Such polarons originate from the self-trapping of electrons in the net Coulombic field caused by the dis-placed inorganic nuclei and the oriented organic cations. The transient structural change detected at the Pb L3 X-ray ab-sorption edge is well captured by a distortion with average bond elongation in the [PbBr6]2- motif. As a result, general implications for designing novel OLHP nanomaterials targeting the active utilization of these quasi-particles are outlined.

  11. Photo-induced halide redistribution in organic–inorganic perovskite films

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    deQuilettes, Dane W.; Zhang, Wei; Burlakov, Victor M.; Graham, Daniel J.; Leijtens, Tomas; Osherov, Anna; Bulović, Vladimir; Snaith, Henry J.; Ginger, David S.; Stranks, Samuel D.

    2016-01-01

    Organic–inorganic perovskites such as CH3NH3PbI3 are promising materials for a variety of optoelectronic applications, with certified power conversion efficiencies in solar cells already exceeding 21%. Nevertheless, state-of-the-art films still contain performance-limiting non-radiative recombination sites and exhibit a range of complex dynamic phenomena under illumination that remain poorly understood. Here we use a unique combination of confocal photoluminescence (PL) microscopy and chemical imaging to correlate the local changes in photophysics with composition in CH3NH3PbI3 films under illumination. We demonstrate that the photo-induced ‘brightening' of the perovskite PL can be attributed to an order-of-magnitude reduction in trap state density. By imaging the same regions with time-of-flight secondary-ion-mass spectrometry, we correlate this photobrightening with a net migration of iodine. Our work provides visual evidence for photo-induced halide migration in triiodide perovskites and reveals the complex interplay between charge carrier populations, electronic traps and mobile halides that collectively impact optoelectronic performance. PMID:27216703

  12. Photo-induced halide redistribution in organic-inorganic perovskite films.

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    deQuilettes, Dane W; Zhang, Wei; Burlakov, Victor M; Graham, Daniel J; Leijtens, Tomas; Osherov, Anna; Bulović, Vladimir; Snaith, Henry J; Ginger, David S; Stranks, Samuel D

    2016-05-24

    Organic-inorganic perovskites such as CH3NH3PbI3 are promising materials for a variety of optoelectronic applications, with certified power conversion efficiencies in solar cells already exceeding 21%. Nevertheless, state-of-the-art films still contain performance-limiting non-radiative recombination sites and exhibit a range of complex dynamic phenomena under illumination that remain poorly understood. Here we use a unique combination of confocal photoluminescence (PL) microscopy and chemical imaging to correlate the local changes in photophysics with composition in CH3NH3PbI3 films under illumination. We demonstrate that the photo-induced 'brightening' of the perovskite PL can be attributed to an order-of-magnitude reduction in trap state density. By imaging the same regions with time-of-flight secondary-ion-mass spectrometry, we correlate this photobrightening with a net migration of iodine. Our work provides visual evidence for photo-induced halide migration in triiodide perovskites and reveals the complex interplay between charge carrier populations, electronic traps and mobile halides that collectively impact optoelectronic performance.

  13. Photo-induced halide redistribution in organic-inorganic perovskite films

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    Dequilettes, Dane W.; Zhang, Wei; Burlakov, Victor M.; Graham, Daniel J.; Leijtens, Tomas; Osherov, Anna; Bulović, Vladimir; Snaith, Henry J.; Ginger, David S.; Stranks, Samuel D.

    2016-05-01

    Organic-inorganic perovskites such as CH3NH3PbI3 are promising materials for a variety of optoelectronic applications, with certified power conversion efficiencies in solar cells already exceeding 21%. Nevertheless, state-of-the-art films still contain performance-limiting non-radiative recombination sites and exhibit a range of complex dynamic phenomena under illumination that remain poorly understood. Here we use a unique combination of confocal photoluminescence (PL) microscopy and chemical imaging to correlate the local changes in photophysics with composition in CH3NH3PbI3 films under illumination. We demonstrate that the photo-induced `brightening' of the perovskite PL can be attributed to an order-of-magnitude reduction in trap state density. By imaging the same regions with time-of-flight secondary-ion-mass spectrometry, we correlate this photobrightening with a net migration of iodine. Our work provides visual evidence for photo-induced halide migration in triiodide perovskites and reveals the complex interplay between charge carrier populations, electronic traps and mobile halides that collectively impact optoelectronic performance.

  14. Direct experimental evidence for photoinduced strong-coupling polarons in organolead halide perovskite nanoparticles

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    Zheng, Kaibo; Qatar Univ., Doha; Abdellah, Mohamed; ...

    2016-10-28

    Echoing the roaring success of their bulk coun-terparts, nano-objects built from organolead halide perov-skites (OLHP) present bright prospects for surpassing the performances of their conventional organic and inorganic analogues in photodriven technologies. Unraveling the pho-toinduced charge dynamics is essential for optimizing OLHP optoelectronic functionalities. However, mapping the carri-er-lattice interactions remains challenging, owing to their manifestations on multiple length scales and time scales. By correlating ultrafast time-resolved optical and X-ray absorp-tion measurements, this work reveals the photoinduced formation of strong-coupling polarons in CH3NH3PbBr3 nanoparticles. Such polarons originate from the self-trapping of electrons in the net Coulombic field caused by the dis-placedmore » inorganic nuclei and the oriented organic cations. The transient structural change detected at the Pb L3 X-ray ab-sorption edge is well captured by a distortion with average bond elongation in the [PbBr6]2- motif. As a result, general implications for designing novel OLHP nanomaterials targeting the active utilization of these quasi-particles are outlined.« less

  15. Optimizing organic photovoltaics using tailored heterojunctions: A photoinduced absorption study of oligothiophenes with low band gaps

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    Schueppel, R.; Schmidt, K.; Uhrich, C.; Schulze, K.; Wynands, D.; Brédas, J. L.; Brier, E.; Reinold, E.; Bu, H.-B.; Baeuerle, P.; Maennig, B.; Pfeiffer, M.; Leo, K.

    2008-02-01

    A power conversion efficiency of 3.4% with an open-circuit voltage of 1V was recently demonstrated in a thin film solar cell utilizing fullerene C60 as acceptor and a new acceptor-substituted oligothiophene with an optical gap of 1.77eV as donor [K. Schulze , Adv. Mater. (Weinheim, Ger.) 18, 2872 (2006)]. This prompted us to systematically study the energy- and electron transfer processes at the oligothiophene:fullerene heterojunction for a homologous series of these oligothiophenes. Cyclic voltammetry and ultraviolet photoelectron spectroscopy data show that the heterojunction is modified due to tuning of the highest occupied molecular orbital energy for different oligothiophene chain lengths, while the lowest unoccupied molecular orbital energy remains essentially fixed due to the presence of electron-withdrawing end groups (dicyanovinyl) attached to the oligothiophene. Use of photoinduced absorption (PA) allows the study of the electron transfer process at the heterojunction to C60 . Quantum-chemical calculations performed at the density functional theory and/or time-dependent density functional theory level and cation absorption spectra of diluted DCVnT provide an unambiguous identification of the transitions observed in the PA spectra. Upon increasing the effective energy gap of the donor-acceptor pair by increasing the ionization energy of the donor, photoinduced electron transfer is eventually replaced with energy transfer, which alters the photovoltaic operation conditions. The optimum open-circuit voltage of a solar cell is thus a trade-off between efficient charge separation at the interface and maximized effective gap. It appears that the open-circuit voltages of 1.0-1.1V in our solar cell devices have reached an optimum since higher voltages result in a loss in charge separation efficiency.

  16. Ultrafast Transient Absorption Spectroscopy Investigation of Photoinduced Dynamics in POLY(3-HEXYLTHIOPHENE)-BLOCK-OLIGO(ANTHRACENE-9,10-DIYL)

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    Strain, Jacob; Rathnayake, Hemali; Liu, Jinjun

    2017-06-01

    Semiconducting polymer nanostructures featuring bulk heterojunction (BHJ) architecture are promising light harvesters in photovoltaic (PV) devices because they allow control of individual domain sizes, internal structure and ordering, as well as well-defined contact between the electron donor and acceptor. Power conversion efficiency (PCE) of PV devices strongly depends on photoinduced dynamics. Understanding and optimizing photoinduced charge transfer processes in BHJ's hence help improve the performance of PV devices and increase their PCE in particular. We have investigated the photoinduced dynamics of a block polymer containing moieties of poly-3-hexylthiophene (P3HT) and polyanthracene (PANT) in solution and in solid state with femtosecond transient absorption (TA) spectroscopy. The dynamics of the polymer PANT alone are also studied as a control. The TA spectra of PANT includes a strong excited state absorption centered at 610 (nm) along with a stimulated emission signal stretching past the detection limit into the UV region which is absent in the monomer's spectra in the detection window. The block polymer's TA spectra strongly resembles that of P3HT but a noticeable positive pull on P3HT's stimulated emission signal residing at 575-620 (nm) is indicative of the excited state absorption of PANT in the adjacent spectral region. The doubling of the lifetime exciton delocalization on the block polymer versus P3HT alone have alluded that the lifetime of P3HT is extended by the covalent addition of PANT. The current spectroscopic investigation represents an interesting example of photoinduced processes in systems with complex energy level structure. Studies of dependence of change generation and separation on composition, dimension, and morphology of the heterojunctions are in process.

  17. Identification of electronic transitions in polyacetylene by acoustic phonon spectroscopy

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    Kanner, G.S. |; Lanzani, G.; Vardeny, Z.V.

    1994-04-01

    We have found that a strain-induced oscillation in the decay of the picosecond photoinduced absorption of polyacetylene (CH){sub x} can be used to identify the allowed and forbidden electronic transitions in that polymer.

  18. Nonlinear optical phenomena: Spectral dependence of absorption photoinduced in a Bi12TiO20 crystal by 532-nm laser pulses

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    Tolstik, A. L.; Matusevich, A. Yu; Kisteneva, M. G.; Shandarov, S. M.; Itkin, S. I.; Mandel', A. E.; Kargin, Yu F.; Kulchin, Yu N.; Romashko, R. V.

    2007-11-01

    The spectral dependences of absorption photoinduced in a pure bismuth titanium oxide crystal by 532-nm laser pulses are studied. It is shown that optical absorption in the crystal in the range from 492 to 840 nm increases with increasing exposure. The photoinduced absorption relaxes in the dark for more than 60 hours. A model of photoinduced absorption is proposed which assumes the population of two trap centres with the normal energy distribution law for the concentrations of electrons photoexcited from donors to the conduction band. This model well describes the spectral dependences of photoinduced absorption by using the average ionisation energies of the traps E1 = 1.60 eV and E2 = 2.57 eV. The model is used to estimate the increase in the photorefractive sensitivity of a bismuth titanium oxide crystal in the near IR region, which was earlier observed after exposing the crystal to visible radiation. It is predicted that the speed of response of dynamic holography devices based on BTO crystals exposed to green light can be increased.

  19. Photoinduced "stick-slip" on superhydrophilic semiconductor surfaces.

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    Denison, Kieth R; Boxall, Colin

    2007-04-10

    Transparent mesoporous TiO2 (M-TiO2) thin films were prepared on quartz via a reverse micelle, sol-gel, spin-coating technique. Films were characterized by atomic force microscopy (AFM) and Raman and UV-vis spectroscopies and were found to be mostly anatase with low surface roughness (Rt approximately 5 nm). The time dependence of film photoinduced superhydrophilicity (PISH) was measured by observation of the spreading of a sessile water drop using a new, continuous measurement technique wherein the drop was first applied to the semiconductor surface and then was filmed while it and the underlying substrate were illuminated by 315 nm ultraband gap light. Results obtained at 100% relative humidity (RH) at 293 K showed that drops on M-TiO2 surfaces exhibited a photoinduced "stick-slip" behavior, the first time such an effect has been observed. The thermodynamic driving force for this photoinduced stick-slip was the departure of the system from capillary equilibrium as, with increasing illumination time, the concentration of surface Ti-OH groups increased and the equilibrium contact angle of the drop, theta0, decreased. A simple theoretical description of photoinduced stick-slip is derived and is used to calculate a value of the potential energy barrier associated with surface inhomogeneities that oppose onset of movement of the triple line, U = 6.63 x 10(-6) J m(-1). This is the first time that U has been quantified for a surface with photoinduced superhydrophilicity. Triple line retreat measurements on an evaporating drop on M-TiO2 in the dark, RH = 60%, T = 293 K, gave a value of U = 9.4 x 10(-6) J m(-1), indicating that U decreases upon UV illumination and that U in the light is primarily associated with inhomogeneities that are unaffected by an increase in the surface Ti-OH population, such as the physical roughness of the surface. In the dark evaporation experiment, the drop was found to retreat with an areal velocity of 1.48 x 10(-8) m2 s(-1). However, under UV

  20. Surface-hopping modeling of photoinduced relaxation dynamics on coupled potential-energy surfaces

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    Müller, Uwe; Stock, Gerhard

    1997-10-01

    A mixed quantum-classical description of nonadiabatic photoreactions such as internal conversion and electron transfer is outlined. In particular the validity and limitations of Tully's surface-hopping (SH) model [J. Chem. Phys. 93, 1061 (1990)] is investigated in the case of photoinduced relaxation processes which are triggered by a multidimensional conical intersection (or avoided crossing) of two potential-energy surfaces. Detailed numerical studies are presented, adopting (i) a three-mode model of the S2→S1 internal-conversion process in pyrazine, (ii) a multimode model of ultrafast intramolecular electron-transfer, (iii) a model exhibiting nonadiabatic photoisomerization dynamics, and (iv) various spin-boson-type models with an Ohmic bath for the description of electron-transfer in solution. The SH simulations are compared to exact quantum-mechanical calculations as well as to results obtained by an alternative mixed quantum-classical description, that is, the self-consistent classical-path method. In all cases, the SH data are shown to reproduce the quantum results at least qualitatively; in some cases the SH results are in quantitative agreement with the complex electronic and vibrational relaxation dynamics exhibited by the quantum calculations. Depending on the physical situation under consideration, either the SH or the self-consistent classical-path method was found to be superior. The characteristic features of a mixed quantum-classical description of photoinduced bound-state dynamics (e.g., the start of the trajectories on a diabatic electronic potential-energy surface, high chance of a trajectory undergoing multiple electronic transitions) as well as the specific problems of the SH approach are discussed in some detail. In particular, the focus is on the ability of a method to account for the branching of trajectories, to correctly describe the electronic phase coherence and the vibrational motion on coupled potential-energy surfaces, and to obey

  1. Direct and real time probe of photoinduced structure transition in colossal magnetoresistive material

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    Li, Junjie; Wang, Xuan; Zhou, Haidong; Zhou, Jun; Cao, Jianming; Cheng, J. G.

    2016-07-25

    We report a direct and real time measurement of photoinduced structure phase transition in single crystal La{sub 0.84}Sr{sub 0.16}MnO{sub 3} using femtosecond electron diffraction. The melting of orthorhombic lattice ordering under femtosecond optical excitation is found involving two distinct processes with different time scales, an initial fast melting of orthorhombic phase in about 4 ps and a subsequent slower transformation in 90 ps and longer timescales. The fast process is designated as the initial melting of orthorhombic phase induced by the Mn-O bond change that is most likely driven by the quenching of the dynamic Jahn-Teller distortion following the photo-excitation. The slow process is attributed to the growing of newly formed structure domain from the photo-excited sites to the neighboring non-excited orthorhombic sites.

  2. SiO2 coating of silver nanoparticles by photoinduced chemical vapor deposition.

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    Boies, Adam M; Roberts, Jeffrey T; Girshick, Steven L; Zhang, Bin; Nakamura, Toshitaka; Mochizuki, Amane

    2009-07-22

    Gas-phase silver nanoparticles were coated with silicon dioxide (SiO2) by photoinduced chemical vapor deposition (photo-CVD). Silver nanoparticles, produced by inert gas condensation, and a SiO2 precursor, tetraethylorthosilicate (TEOS), were exposed to vacuum ultraviolet (VUV) radiation at atmospheric pressure and varying temperatures. The VUV photons dissociate the TEOS precursor, initiating a chemical reaction that forms SiO2 coatings on the particle surfaces. Coating thicknesses were measured for a variety of operation parameters using tandem differential mobility analysis and transmission electron microscopy. The chemical composition of the particle coatings was analyzed using energy dispersive x-ray spectrometry and Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy. The highest purity films were produced at 300-400 degrees C with low flow rates of additional oxygen. The photo-CVD coating technique was shown to effectively coat nanoparticles and limit core particle agglomeration at concentrations up to 10(7) particles cm(-3).

  3. Direct and real time probe of photoinduced structure transition in colossal magnetoresistive material

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    Li, Junjie; Wang, Xuan; Zhou, Haidong; ...

    2016-07-29

    Here, we report a direct and real time measurement of photoinduced structure phase transition in single crystal La0.84Sr0.16MnO3 using femtosecond electron diffraction. The melting of orthorhombic lattice ordering under femtosecond optical excitation is found involving two distinct processes with different time scales, an initial fast melting of orthorhombic phase in about 4 ps and a subsequent slower transformation in 90 ps and longer timescales. Furthermore, the fast process is designated as the initial melting of orthorhombic phase induced by the Mn-O bond change that is most likely driven by the quenching of the dynamic Jahn-Teller distortion following the photo-excitation. Wemore » attribute the slow process to the growing of newly formed structure domain from the photo-excited sites to the neighboring non-excited orthorhombic sites.« less

  4. Evidence for Photoinduced Insulator-to-Metal transition in B-phase vanadium dioxide

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    Lourembam, James; Srivastava, Amar; La-o-vorakiat, Chan; Cheng, Liang; Venkatesan, T.; Chia, Elbert E. M.

    2016-01-01

    Ultrafast optical studies have been performed on epitaxial films of the novel B-phase of vanadium dioxide using temperature-dependent optical pump-probe technique. Signature of temperature-driven metal-to-insulator transition was distinctly observed in the ultrafast dynamics — the insulating phase showed two characteristic electronic relaxation times while the metallic phase showed only one. Beyond a threshold value of the pump fluence, the insulating state collapses into a ‘metallic-like’ phase which can be further subdivided into two regimes according to the lengths of the fast characteristic time. The first regime can be explained by lattice heating due to the optical pump; the other cannot be accounted by simple lattice heating effects alone, and thus offers evidence for a true photoinduced phase transition. PMID:27157532

  5. TDDFT-MD Study on Dynamics in Photoinduced Ring Opening of Benzene

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    Tateyama, Yoshitaka; Miyamoto, Yoshiyuki; Oyama, Norihisa; Ohno, Takahisa

    2004-03-01

    Coupled dynamics of ions and electrons in the excited states of molecular and solid benzene is investigated on the femtosecond scale by the efficient simulation scheme recently developed for the time-dependent density functional theory. Within the π arrow π excitations, any out-of-plane motion of ions is not induced in the molecular system basically. In the solid, however, we found that large swing of the C-H bonds and subsequent twist of the carbon ring takes place, leading to sp^3-like bonding of carbon ions. This swing-to-twist motion presents a plausible mechanism underlying the photoinduced ring opening in solid benzene experimentally observed under pressure. This research is partially supported by ACT-JST, and also by FSIS and Special Coordination Funds of Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology of Japanese Government.

  6. Photo-induced persistent inversion of germanium in a 200-nm-deep surface region

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    Prokscha, T.; Chow, K. H.; Stilp, E.; Suter, A.; Luetkens, H.; Morenzoni, E.; Nieuwenhuys, G. J.; Salman, Z.; Scheuermann, R.

    2013-01-01

    The controlled manipulation of the charge carrier concentration in nanometer thin layers is the basis of current semiconductor technology and of fundamental importance for device applications. Here we show that it is possible to induce a persistent inversion from n- to p-type in a 200-nm-thick surface layer of a germanium wafer by illumination with white and blue light. We induce the inversion with a half-life of ~12 hours at a temperature of 220 K which disappears above 280 K. The photo-induced inversion is absent for a sample with a 20-nm-thick gold capping layer providing a Schottky barrier at the interface. This indicates that charge accumulation at the surface is essential to explain the observed inversion. The contactless change of carrier concentration is potentially interesting for device applications in opto-electronics where the gate electrode and gate oxide could be replaced by the semiconductor surface. PMID:23995307

  7. Photo-induced persistent inversion of germanium in a 200-nm-deep surface region.

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    Prokscha, T; Chow, K H; Stilp, E; Suter, A; Luetkens, H; Morenzoni, E; Nieuwenhuys, G J; Salman, Z; Scheuermann, R

    2013-01-01

    The controlled manipulation of the charge carrier concentration in nanometer thin layers is the basis of current semiconductor technology and of fundamental importance for device applications. Here we show that it is possible to induce a persistent inversion from n- to p-type in a 200-nm-thick surface layer of a germanium wafer by illumination with white and blue light. We induce the inversion with a half-life of ~12 hours at a temperature of 220 K which disappears above 280 K. The photo-induced inversion is absent for a sample with a 20-nm-thick gold capping layer providing a Schottky barrier at the interface. This indicates that charge accumulation at the surface is essential to explain the observed inversion. The contactless change of carrier concentration is potentially interesting for device applications in opto-electronics where the gate electrode and gate oxide could be replaced by the semiconductor surface.

  8. Direct and real time probe of photoinduced structure transition in colossal magnetoresistive material

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    Li, Junjie; Wang, Xuan; Zhou, Haidong; Zhou, Jun; Cheng, J. G.; Cao, Jianming

    2016-07-01

    We report a direct and real time measurement of photoinduced structure phase transition in single crystal La0.84Sr0.16MnO3 using femtosecond electron diffraction. The melting of orthorhombic lattice ordering under femtosecond optical excitation is found involving two distinct processes with different time scales, an initial fast melting of orthorhombic phase in about 4 ps and a subsequent slower transformation in 90 ps and longer timescales. The fast process is designated as the initial melting of orthorhombic phase induced by the Mn-O bond change that is most likely driven by the quenching of the dynamic Jahn-Teller distortion following the photo-excitation. The slow process is attributed to the growing of newly formed structure domain from the photo-excited sites to the neighboring non-excited orthorhombic sites.

  9. Unraveling Photoinduced Spin Dynamics in the Topological Insulator Bi(2)Se(3).

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    Wang, M C; Qiao, S; Jiang, Z; Luo, S N; Qi, J

    2016-01-22

    We report on a time-resolved ultrafast optical spectroscopy study of the topological insulator Bi_{2}Se_{3}. We unravel that a net spin polarization cannot only be generated using circularly polarized light via interband transitions between topological surface states (SSs), but also via transitions between SSs and bulk states. Our experiment demonstrates that tuning photon energy or temperature can essentially allow for photoexcitation of spin-polarized electrons to unoccupied topological SSs with two distinct spin relaxation times (∼25 and ∼300  fs), depending on the coupling between SSs and bulk states. The intrinsic mechanism leading to such distinctive spin dynamics is the scattering in SSs and bulk states which is dominated by E_{g}^{2} and A_{1g}^{1} phonon modes, respectively. These findings are suggestive of novel ways to manipulate the photoinduced coherent spins in topological insulators.

  10. Surface modification of ultra high molecular weight polyethylene fibers via the sequential photoinduced graft polymerization

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    Li, Zhi; Zhang, Wei; Wang, Xinwei; Mai, Yongyi; Zhang, Yumei

    2011-06-01

    In this study, a sequential photoinduced graft polymerization process was proposed to improve the poor interfacial bonding property of ultra high molecular weight polyethylene (UHMWPE) fibers. The polymerization was initiated by dormant semipinacol (SP) groups and carried out in a thin liquid layer. Methacrylic acid (MAA) and acryl amide (AM) were grafted stepwise onto the surface of UHMWPE fibers. Attenuated total reflectance infrared spectroscopy (ATR-IR) and thermo gravimetric analysis (TGA) confirmed the grafting. The analysis result of pyrolysis-gas chromatography/mass spectrometry (Py-GC/MS) indicated the structure of grafted chains. Scanning electron microscopy (SEM) images and atomic force microscopy (AFM) images revealed the apparent morphology changing, and the grafted layers were observed. Interfacial shear stress (IFSS) test of the modified fibers showed an extensively improved interfacial bonding property. The active groups grafted onto the fibers would supply enough anchor points for the chemical bonding with various resins or further reactions.

  11. Direct and real time probe of photoinduced structure transition in colossal magnetoresistive material

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    Li, Junjie; Wang, Xuan; Zhou, Haidong; Zhou, Jun; Cheng, J. G.; Cao, Jianming

    2016-07-29

    Here, we report a direct and real time measurement of photoinduced structure phase transition in single crystal La0.84Sr0.16MnO3 using femtosecond electron diffraction. The melting of orthorhombic lattice ordering under femtosecond optical excitation is found involving two distinct processes with different time scales, an initial fast melting of orthorhombic phase in about 4 ps and a subsequent slower transformation in 90 ps and longer timescales. Furthermore, the fast process is designated as the initial melting of orthorhombic phase induced by the Mn-O bond change that is most likely driven by the quenching of the dynamic Jahn-Teller distortion following the photo-excitation. We attribute the slow process to the growing of newly formed structure domain from the photo-excited sites to the neighboring non-excited orthorhombic sites.

  12. Direct and real time probe of photoinduced structure transition in colossal magnetoresistive material

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    Li, Junjie; Wang, Xuan; Zhou, Haidong; Zhou, Jun; Cheng, J. G.; Cao, Jianming

    2016-07-29

    Here, we report a direct and real time measurement of photoinduced structure phase transition in single crystal La0.84Sr0.16MnO3 using femtosecond electron diffraction. The melting of orthorhombic lattice ordering under femtosecond optical excitation is found involving two distinct processes with different time scales, an initial fast melting of orthorhombic phase in about 4 ps and a subsequent slower transformation in 90 ps and longer timescales. Furthermore, the fast process is designated as the initial melting of orthorhombic phase induced by the Mn-O bond change that is most likely driven by the quenching of the dynamic Jahn-Teller distortion following the photo-excitation. We attribute the slow process to the growing of newly formed structure domain from the photo-excited sites to the neighboring non-excited orthorhombic sites.

  13. Direct visualization of photoinduced glassy dynamics on the amorphous silicon carbide surface by STM movies

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    Nguyen, Duc; Nienhaus, Lea; Haasch, Richard T.; Lyding, Joseph; Gruebele, Martin

    2015-03-01

    Glassy dynamics can be controlled by light irradiation. Sub- and above-bandgap irradiation cause numerous phenomena in glasses including photorelaxation, photoexpansion, photodarkening and pohtoinduced fluidity. We used scanning tunneling microscopy to study surface glassy dynamics of amorphous silicon carbide irradiated with above- bandgap 532 nm light. Surface clusters of ~ 4-5 glass forming unit in diameter hop mostly in a two-state fashion, both without and with irradiation. Upon irradiation, the average surface hopping activity increases by a factor of 3. A very long (~1 day) movie of individual clusters with varying laser power density provides direct evidence for photoinduced enhanced hopping on the glass surfaces. We propose two mechanisms: heating and electronic for the photoenhanced surface dynamics.

  14. The time of a photoinduced spin-Peierls phase transition

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    Semenov, A. L.

    2015-02-15

    The time τ of the spin-Peierls phase transition is analyzed theoretically as a function of the duration τ{sub p} of the exciting light pulse and the average number x{sub 0} of absorbed photons per magnetic ion after the transmission of the pulse. It is shown that the phase transition occurs at x{sub 0} > x{sub c}. The critical value x{sub c} is determined as a function of the duration τ{sub p} of the light pulse. A photoinduced variation in the optical reflection coefficient R is calculated as a function of time t. The results of calculation are compared with experimental data on ultrafast photoinduced melting of the low-temperature spin-Peierls phase into potassium tetracyanoquinodimethan (K-TCNQ)

  15. [Photo-induced processes and reaction dynamics in bacteriorhodopsin].

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    Terpugov, E L; Degtyareva, O V

    2015-01-01

    In this review we have focused on the advances madein observing the photo-induced response in bacteriorhodopsin and understanding the mechanisms of retinal-protein interactions which are still obscure. We discuss our recent data obtained on the wild type of bacteriorhodopsin and model compounds. This paper presents our new spectroscopic data on amino acids obtained using FT-IR emission spectroscopy. Based on the characteristics of the structure and optical properties of glycine and L-lysine that simulate a photo-induced behaviour of an opsin under natural conditions we tried to find an answer to one of the most important questions concerning the role of protein in the primary processes in bacteriorhodopsin.

  16. Photoinduced translational molecular mobility in solid nanostructured azo dye films

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    Ezhov, A A; Kozenkov, V M; Magnitskii, Sergey A; Nagorskii, Nikolay M; Panov, Vladimir I

    2011-11-30

    A new mechanism controlling the molecular motion in thin azo-containing films during a photoinduced change in the surface nanorelief is found. It is shown experimentally that exposure of a solid AD-1 azo dye, deposited on a glass substrate, to incoherent linearly polarised light leads to formation of nanostructures with a characteristic size of 200 nm, which are similar to droplets of melt of this dye on the same substrate. It is shown that photoinduced mass transport in a solid AD-1 azo dye film can be explained by the mobility of molecules related to their trans-cis-photoisomerisation, which leads to film softening with subsequent formation of spherical protrusions under surface tension forces.

  17. Heterodyne technique in photoinduced force microscopy with photothermal effect

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    Yamanishi, J.; Naitoh, Y.; Li, Y. J.; Sugawara, Y.

    2017-03-01

    The heterodyne technique is used to detect short-range forces. Using the heterodyne technique, we demonstrate photoinduced force microscopy (PiFM) imaging and z-spectroscopy without the artifact of photothermal vibration. The rejection ratio was at least 99.975% under a high-scattering condition. In addition, the heterodyne technique employs the optimal amplitude at the first resonance frequency of the cantilever to detect the photoinduced force sensitively. According to our calculation, the optimal ratio of the amplitude to the distance between the dipole of the tip and that of the sample is 0.4448. The heterodyne technique can be employed to perform PiFM without the artifact by using the optimal amplitude.

  18. Modeling photoinduced fluorescence enhancement in semiconductor nanocrystal arrays

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    Maenosono, Shinya

    2003-07-01

    Photoinduced fluorescence enhancement (PFE) in semiconductor nanocrystal (NC) arrays is modeled based on the rate equations for ground-state, excited-state and photoionized NCs in the array. The photoionization process is broken down into fast and slow ionization processes, which are expected to relate to blinking and darkening phenomena, respectively. Consequently, PFE behavior is found to change drastically, as it depends on both the intrinsic properties of NCs, and on external conditions, such as surface-capping molecules and atmosphere.

  19. Photoinduced changes in the Raman spectra of germanosilicate optical fibres

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    Vasil'ev, Sergei A; Dianov, Evgenii M; Koltashev, V V; Mashinsky, V M; Medvedkov, O I; Plotnichenko, V G; Pyrkov, Yu N; Sazhin, O D; Frolov, A A; Marchenko, V M

    1998-04-30

    An investigation was made of changes in the Raman spectra of germanosilicate optical fibres as a result of UV irradiation. The photoinduced changes in the spectra were of the same nature for all types of irradiation used. These changes increased with increase in the radiation dose and in the GeO{sub 2} concentration in the fibre core and were evidence of a structural modification of glass. (nonlinear optical phenomena and devices)

  20. Vicinal Difluoroalkylation and Aminosulfonylation of Alkynes under Photoinduced Conditions.

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    Xiang, Yuanchao; Li, Yuewen; Kuang, Yunyan; Wu, Jie

    2017-01-23

    A photoinduced vicinal difluoroalkylation and aminosulfonylation of alkynes under photocatalysis was realized. The combination of ethyl 2-bromo-2,2-difluoroacetate, alkynes, and DABCO⋅(SO2 )2 with hydrazines, catalyzed by 9-mes-10-methyl acridinium perchlorate in the presence of visible light, afforded (E)-ethyl 2,2-difluoro-4-aryl-4-sulfamoylbut-3-enoates in good yields with high stereoselectivity. This four-component reaction proceeds through radical addition with the insertion of sulfur dioxide.

  1. Photoinduced charge separation in indole water clusters

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    Sobolewski, Andrzej L.; Domcke, Wolfgang

    2000-10-01

    Ab initio (RHF, MP2, CASSCF and CASPT2) calculations in the ground and the lowest excited singlet states have been performed for indole-water clusters. The calculations reveal a remarkable role of the lowest 1πσ∗ state in the photochemistry of these systems: indole in the 1πσ∗ state ejects an electron into the aqueous environment, leading to the formation of a charge-separated state. The computational results indicate that indole-water clusters are good models for the investigation of the mechanistic details of the electron solvation process occurring upon UV photoexcitation of indole and tryptophan in liquid water.

  2. Photoinduced reduction and pattern preservation of giant surface potential on tris(8-hydroxyquinolinato) aluminum(III) thin films

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    Ozasa, Kazunari; Nemoto, Shigeyuki; Isoshima, Takashi; Ito, Eisuke; Maeda, Mizuo; Hara, Masahiko

    2008-12-01

    The characteristics and mechanisms of photoinduced reduction in giant surface potential (gSP) on tris(8-hydroxyquinolinato) aluminum(III) (Alq3) thin films were investigated and discussed from the results of the reduction dependences on exposure time/intensity and the preservation of photopatterned gSP. The reduction dependences are explained well with numerical-model calculation of surface potential reduction due to the drift of photoexcited carriers assuming the Poole-Frenkel formula for electron mobility. The preservation of patterned gSPs suggests the existence of deep traps involved in the carrier-drift mechanism.

  3. Photoinduced Hydrodefluorination Mechanisms of Perfluorooctanoic Acid by the SiC/Graphene Catalyst.

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    Huang, Dahong; Yin, Lifeng; Niu, Junfeng

    2016-06-07

    Cleavage of the strong carbon-fluorine bonds is critical for elimination of perfluorooctanoic acid (PFOA) from the environment. In this work, we investigated the decomposition of PFOA with the SiC/graphene catalyst under UV light irradiation. The decomposition rate constant (k) with SiC/graphene was 0.096 h(-1), 2.2 times higher than that with commercial nano-TiO2. Surface fluorination on SiC/graphene was analyzed by X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS), revealing the conversions of Si-H bonds into Si-F bonds. A different route was found to generate the reactive Si-H bonds on SiC/graphene, substituting for silylium (R3Si(+)) to activate C-F bonds. During the activation process, photogenerated electrons on SiC transfer rapidly to perfluoroalkyl groups by the medium of graphene, further reducing the electron cloud density of C-F bonds to promote the activation. The hydrogen-containing hydrodefluorination intermediates including (CF3(CF2)2CFH, CF3(CF2)3CH2, CF3(CF2)4CH2, and CF3(CF2)4CFHCOOH) were detected to verify the hydrodefluorination process. The photoinduced hydrodefluorination mechanisms of PFOA can be consequently inferred as follows: (1) fluorine atoms in perfluoroalkyl groups were replaced by hydrogen atoms due to the nucleophilic substitution reaction via the Si-H/C-F redistribution, and (2) generation of CH2 carbene from the hydrogen-containing perfluoroalkyl groups and the C-C bonds scission by the Photo-Kolbe decarboxylation reaction under UV light excitation. This photoinduced hydrodefluorination provides insight into the photocatalytic decomposition of perfluorocarboxylic acids (PFCAs) in an aqueous environment.

  4. Photoinduced Dynamics and Toxicity of a Cancer Drug in Proximity of Inorganic Nanoparticles under Visible Light.

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    Chaudhuri, Siddhi; Sardar, Samim; Bagchi, Damayanti; Dutta, Shreyasi; Debnath, Sushanta; Saha, Partha; Lemmens, Peter; Pal, Samir Kumar

    2016-01-18

    Drug sensitization with various inorganic nanoparticles (NPs) has proved to be a promising and an emergent concept in the field of nanomedicine. Rose bengal (RB), a notable photosensitizer, triggers the formation of reactive oxygen species under green-light irradiation, and consequently, it induces cytotoxicity and cell death. In the present study, the effect of photoinduced dynamics of RB upon complexation with semiconductor zinc oxide NPs is explored. To accomplish this, we successfully synthesized nanohybrids of RB with ZnO NPs with a particle size of 24 nm and optically characterized them. The uniform size and integrity of the particles were confirmed by high-resolution transmission electron microscopy. UV/Vis absorption and steady-state fluorescence studies reveal the formation of the nanohybrids. ultrafast picosecond-resolved fluorescence studies of RB-ZnO nanohybrids demonstrate an efficient electron transfer from the photoexcited drug to the semiconductor NPs. Picosecond-resolved Förster resonance energy transfer from ZnO NPs to RB unravel the proximity of the drug to the semiconductor at the molecular level. The photoinduced ROS formation was monitored using a dichlorofluorescin oxidation assay, which is a conventional oxidative stress indicator. It is observed that the ROS generation under green light illumination is greater at low concentrations of RB-ZnO nanohybrids compared with free RB. Substantial photodynamic activity of the nanohybrids in bacterial and fungal cell lines validated the in vitro toxicity results. Furthermore, the cytotoxic effect of the nanohybrids in HeLa cells, which was monitored by MTT assay, is also noteworthy.

  5. Plasmonic, excitonic and exciton-plasmonic photoinduced nanocomposites

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    Bityurin, N.; Ermolaev, N.; Smirnov, A. A.; Afanasiev, A.; Agareva, N.; Koryukina, T.; Bredikhin, V.; Kamensky, V.; Pikulin, A.; Sapogova, N.

    2016-03-01

    UV irradiation of materials consisting of a polymer matrix that possesses precursors of different kinds can result in creation of nanoparticles within the irradiated domains. Such photoinduced nanocomposites are promising for photonic applications due to the strong alteration of their optical properties compared to initial non-irradiated materials. We report our results on the synthesis and investigation of plasmonic, excitonic and exciton-plasmonic photoinduced nanocomposites. Plasmonic nanocomposites contain metal nanoparticles of noble metals with a pronounced plasmon resonance. Excitonic nanocomposites possess semiconductor nanoclusters (quantum dots). We consider the CdS-Au pair because the luminescent band of CdS nanoparticles enters the plasmon resonance band of gold nanoparticles. The obtaining of such particles within the same composite materials is promising for the creation of media with exciton-plasmon resonance. We demonstrate that it is possible to choose appropriate precursor species to obtain the initially transparent poly(methyl methacrylate) (PMMA) films containing both types of these molecules either separately or together. Proper irradiation of these materials by a light-emitting diode operating at the wavelength of 365 nm provides material alteration demonstrating light-induced optical absorption and photoluminescent properties typical for the corresponding nanoparticles. Thus, an exciton-plasmonic photoinduced nanocomposite is obtained. It is important that here we use the precursors that are different from those usually employed.

  6. On the mechanism of photoinduced refractive index changes in phosphosilicate glass

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    Larionov, Yu V; Sokolov, V O; Plotnichenko, V G

    2010-05-26

    The photoinduced growth of the refractive index of phosphosilicate glass during Bragg grating inscription and the thermal decay of the grating have a number of unusual features. The observed index variations are interpreted in terms of a new model for photoinduced glass network rearrangement. The model assumes the formation of photoinduced voids (nanopores) in the glass network near point defects. The nanopores may migrate through the network via bond switching when the network is in a 'soft' state. The photoinduced variations in network density lead to index variations. (fibres)

  7. Direct characterization of photoinduced lattice dynamics in BaFe2As2

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    Gerber, S.; Kim, K. W.; Zhang, Y.; ...

    2015-06-08

    Ultrafast light pulses can modify electronic properties of quantum materials by perturbing the underlying, intertwined degrees of freedom. In particular, iron-based superconductors exhibit a strong coupling among electronic nematic fluctuations, spins and the lattice, serving as a playground for ultrafast manipulation. Here we use time-resolved X-ray scattering to measure the lattice dynamics of photoexcited BaFe2As2. On optical excitation, no signature of an ultrafast change of the crystal symmetry is observed, but the lattice oscillates rapidly in time due to the coherent excitation of an A1g mode that modulates the Fe–As–Fe bond angle. We directly quantify the coherent lattice dynamics andmore » show that even a small photoinduced lattice distortion can induce notable changes in the electronic and magnetic properties. Our analysis implies that transient structural modification can be an effective tool for manipulating the electronic properties of multi-orbital systems, where electronic instabilities are sensitive to the orbital character of bands.« less

  8. Direct characterization of photoinduced lattice dynamics in BaFe2As2

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    Gerber, S.; Kim, K. W.; Zhang, Y.; Zhu, D.; Plonka, N.; Yi, M.; Dakovski, G. L.; Leuenberger, D.; Kirchmann, P.S.; Moore, R. G.; Chollet, M.; Glownia, J. M.; Feng, Y.; Lee, J.-S.; Mehta, A.; Kemper, A. F.; Wolf, T.; Chuang, Y.-D.; Hussain, Z.; Kao, C.-C.; Moritz, B.; Shen, Z.-X.; Devereaux, T. P.; Lee, W.-S.

    2015-01-01

    Ultrafast light pulses can modify electronic properties of quantum materials by perturbing the underlying, intertwined degrees of freedom. In particular, iron-based superconductors exhibit a strong coupling among electronic nematic fluctuations, spins and the lattice, serving as a playground for ultrafast manipulation. Here we use time-resolved X-ray scattering to measure the lattice dynamics of photoexcited BaFe2As2. On optical excitation, no signature of an ultrafast change of the crystal symmetry is observed, but the lattice oscillates rapidly in time due to the coherent excitation of an A1g mode that modulates the Fe–As–Fe bond angle. We directly quantify the coherent lattice dynamics and show that even a small photoinduced lattice distortion can induce notable changes in the electronic and magnetic properties. Our analysis implies that transient structural modification can be an effective tool for manipulating the electronic properties of multi-orbital systems, where electronic instabilities are sensitive to the orbital character of bands. PMID:26051704

  9. Looking at Photoinduced Charge Transfer Processes in the IR: Answers to Several Long-Standing Questions.

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    Dereka, Bogdan; Koch, Marius; Vauthey, Eric

    2017-02-21

    Because of its crucial role in many areas of science and technology, photoinduced electron transfer is the most investigated photochemical reaction. Despite this, several important questions remain open. We present recent efforts to answer some of them, which concern both inter- and intramolecular processes. The decisive factor that allowed these issues to be successfully addressed was the use of time-resolved infrared (TRIR) spectroscopy. Many different transient species, such as tight and loose ion pairs (TIPs and LIPs) and exciplexes, have been invoked to explain the dynamics of intermolecular photoinduced charge separation reactions (i.e., electron transfer between two neutral species) and the production of free ions. However, their structures are essentially unknown, and their exact roles in the reaction mechanism are unclear. Indeed, the commonly used transient electronic absorption spectroscopy does not give much structural insight and cannot clearly distinguish ion pairs from free ions, at least in the visible region. Unambiguous spectral signatures of TIPs, LIPs, and exciplexes could be observed in the IR using electron donor/acceptor (D/A) pairs with adequate vibrational marker modes. The ability to spectrally distinguish these intermediates allowed their dynamics to be disentangled and their roles to be determined. Structural information could be obtained using polarization-resolved TRIR spectroscopy. Our investigations reveal that moderately to highly exergonic reactions result in the formation of both TIPs and LIPs. TIPs are not only generated upon direct charge-transfer excitation of DA complexes, as usually assumed, but are also formed upon static quenching with reactant pairs at distances and orientations enabling charge separation without diffusion. On the other hand, dynamic quenching produces primarily LIPs. In the case of highly exergonic reactions, strong indirect evidence for the generation of ion pairs in an electronic excited state was found

  10. Photo-Induced Effect on Bacterial Cells

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    El Batanouny, M. H.; Amin, Rehab M.; Naga, M. I.; Ibrahim, M. K.

    2010-04-01

    Bacterial resistance against antibiotics is an increasing problem in medicine. This stimulates study of other bactericidal regimens, one of which is photodynamic therapy (PDT), which involves the killing of bacterial species by low power laser light (LLL) in the presence of photosensitizing agent. It has already been shown that, various gram- negative and gram-positive bacteria can be killed by photodynamic therapy in vitro, using exogenous sensitizers. The mechanisms of laser action on bacteria are not adequately understood. Here, PDT on H. pylori, as an example of gram negative bacteria was studied. The ultra structure changes of the organism after PDT were examined under electron microscope. Neither Irradiation with laser without sensitizer nor sensitizing without laser has any lethal effect on bacterial cells. However, the successful lethal photosensitization was achieved by applying certain laser dose with the corresponding concentration of the photosensitizer. On the other hand, PDT has no significant effect on the genomic DNA of the cells.

  11. Photo-induced polymerization of polyaniline

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    Barros, R.A. de; Azevedo, W.M. de; Aguiar, F.M. de

    2003-03-15

    A straightforward route to prepare polyaniline is presented in which photons and metallic ions replace conventional oxidants to promote polymerization of aniline monomer. The photopolymerization methods yield a composite material that has been characterized by its UV, visible and Raman spectroscopic analysis and by scanning electron microscopy and X-ray microanalysis as well. Intriguing forms of silver wires embedded in polyaniline are observed, typically of 1 {mu}m wide and up to 100 {mu}m long. It is shown that the morphology of the resulting conducting polymer strongly depends on the excitation wavelength, while a globular morphology is found for the UV synthesis and a fibrillar one is found for visible light excitation.

  12. Photo-induced oxidative damage to dissolved free amino acids by the photosensitizer polycyclic musk tonalide: Transformation kinetics and mechanisms.

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    Fang, Hansun; Gao, Yanpeng; Wang, Honghong; Yin, Hongliang; Li, Guiying; An, Taicheng

    2017-05-15

    Residue from the polycyclic musks (PCMs) in household and personal care products may harm human beings through skin exposure. To understand the health effects of PCMs when exposed to sunlight at molecular level, both experimental and computational methods were employed to investigate the photosensitized oxidation performance of 19 natural amino acids, the most basic unit of life. Results showed that a typical PCM, tonalide, acts as a photosensitizer to significantly increase photo-induced oxidative damage to amino acids. Both common and exceptional transformation pathways occurred during the photosensitization damage of amino acids. Experimental tests further identified the different mechanisms involved. The common transformation pathway occurred through the electron transfer from α amino-group of amino acids, accompanying with the formation of O2(•-). This pathway was controlled by the electronic density of N atom in α amino-group. The exceptional transformation pathway was identified only for five amino acids, mainly due to the reactions with reactive oxygen species, e.g. (1)O2 and excited triplet state molecules. Additionally, tonalide photo-induced transformation products could further accelerate the photosensitization of all amino acids with the common pathway. This study may support the protection of human health, and suggests the possible need to further restrict polycyclic musks use. Copyright © 2017 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.

  13. FeS2 quantum dots sensitized nanostructured TiO2 solar cell: photoelectrochemical and photoinduced absorption spectroscopy studies

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    Bedja, I.

    2011-09-01

    Thin films of nanostructured TiO2 have been modified with FeS2 (pyrite) nano-particles by a low temperature chemical reaction of iron pentacarbonyl with sulfur in xylene. Quantum size effects are manifested by the observation of a blue shift in both absorption and photocurrent action spectra. PIA (Photoinduced absorption spectroscopy), where the excitation is provided by a square-wave modulated (on/off) monochromatic light emitting diode, is a multipurpose tool in the study of dye-sensitized solar cells. Here, PIA is used to study quantum-dot modified TiO2 nanostructured electrodes. The PIA spectra obtained give evidence for long-lived photoinduced charge separation: electrons are injected into the metal oxide and holes are left behind in the FeS2 quantum dot. Time-resolved PIA shows that recombination between electrons and holes occurs on a millisecond timescale. The Incident-Photon-to-Current Efficiency of about 23 % was obtained at 400 nm excitation. The performances of TiO2 electrodes modified with FeS2 are relatively low, which is explained by the presence of FeS2 phases other than the photoactive pyrite phase, as follows from the XRD spectrum.

  14. Photoswitchable stable charge-distributed states in a new cobalt complex exhibiting photo-induced valence tautomerism.

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    Slota, Michael; Blankenhorn, Marian; Heintze, Eric; Vu, Minh; Hübner, Ralph; Bogani, Lapo

    2015-01-01

    We report the synthesis and magnetic and photomagnetic behaviour of a novel valence tautomeric cobalt complex, [Co(3,5-dbbq)2(μ-bpym)] (1) (3,5-dbbq = 3,5-di-tert-butyl-1,2-benzoquinone and μ-bpym = 2,2'-bipyrimidine). The synthesis is performed by reacting Co2(CO)8 and μ-bpym in the presence of the ligand 3,5-dbbq in a mixed solvent under inert atmosphere. The magnetic behavior clearly shows the presence of electron transfer from the catecholate ligand to the cobalt center, producing valence tautomers of [Co(II)(SQ)2] with a transition temperature (T1/2) of 215 K. Photomagnetic studies, performed via both SQUID magnetometry and X-band electron paramagnetic resonance, show the clear presence of photoinduced valence tautomerism, at temperatures considerably higher than previous systems. A metastable charge distribution is observed, strengthening previous investigations on the character of mixed valence ligands. Entropy-driven valence tautomeric interconversion is observed, and drives the transition to the most stable charge distribution. The complex has the ability to coordinate and can be used as a photoswitchable building block, with the photomagnetic characterisation evidencing a metastable state lifetime of the photo-induced valence tautomeric process of ca. 2.9 × 10(4) s below 20 K. The observed yields are higher than ones in similar systems, showing that tiny changes in the molecular structures may have a huge impact.

  15. Photoinduced surface reactions on TiO{sub 2} and SrTiO{sub 3} films: Photocatalytic oxidation and photoinduced hydrophilicity

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    Miyauchi, Masahiro; Nakajima, Akira; Fujishima, Akira; Hashimoto, Kazuhito; Watanabe, Toshiya

    2000-01-01

    In the present study, the authors have evaluated photocatalytic activities and photoinduced wettabilities for TiO{sub 2} and SrTiO{sub 3} films. Although both types of films had almost the same photocatalytic oxidation activity, photoinduced wettabilities of these films showed different phenomena. The photoinduced hydrophilicity peculiar to TiO{sub 2} is not caused by the photocatalytic oxidation of organic compounds adsorbed on the surface. The highly hydrophilic surface of TiO{sub 2} is ascribed to photogenerated Ti{sup 3+} defect sites that are favorable for dissociative water absorption. The yield of this photoinduced hydrophilic reaction is not clear at the present time. It is noted that this reaction involves a surface structural change, which should not require a high quantum efficiency as compared to conventional photocatalytic oxidation.

  16. Persistent photoinduced modifications in the phase-separated states of L a2 -2 xS r1 +2 xM n2O7

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    Sun, Kai; Sun, Shuaishuai; Li, Xingyuan; Li, Zhongwen; Zhang, Ruixin; Wei, Linlin; Guo, Cong; Zheng, Dingguo; Tian, Huanfang; Yang, Huaixin; Li, Jianqi

    2016-11-01

    Reentrant charge-ordering transition (RCOT) in the bilayered perovskite manganite L a2 -2 xS r1 +2 xM n2O7 can yield observable changes in both the structural and physical properties associated with phase separation. Our recent measurements show that laser illumination can result in persistent modifications of both the resistance and microstructure in the phase-separated (PS) states. Measurements of photoinduced effects on an x =0.6 sample reveal a persistent increase of the resistance by as much as 40%. Low-temperature laser in situ transmission electron microscope observations clearly show that in situ laser irradiation can modify the PS nature and strengthen the charge-ordered state. We attribute these photoinduced phenomena to the optical modulation of the hole concentration in the Mn O2 layers and the alteration of the local Mn orbital configurations in the PS states.

  17. Photo-induced Low Temperature Structural Transition in the "114" YbaFe4O7 oxide

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    Duffort, V.; Caignaert, Vincent; Pralong, V.; Raveau, B.; Suchomel, M. R.; Mitchell, J. F.

    2013-11-11

    Synchrotron irradiation of the oxide YBaFe4O7.0 below 190 K converts the low temperature monoclinic structure to a higher symmetry tetragonal form analogous to the room temperature structure. This photo-induced metastable tetragonal form is stable even in the absence of irradiation over the range 4-60 K, however, above 60 K the photo-transition is reversible. These structural phenomena are correlated to the magnetic behaviour of this system, suggesting possible spin-lattice coupling. Lastly, a scenario explaining the low temperature photo-induced transition is proposed, based on the different distributions of the valence electrons in the iron sub-lattice of the monoclinic and tetragonal phases.

  18. Photo-Induced Assembly of a Luminescent Tetraruthenium Square.

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    Laramée-Milette, Baptiste; Nastasi, Francesco; Puntoriero, Fausto; Campagna, Sebastiano; Hanan, Garry S

    2017-09-18

    Self-assembly is a powerful synthetic tool that has led to the development of one-, two- and three-dimensional architectures. From MOFs to molecular flasks, self-assembled materials have proven to be of great interest to the scientific community. Here we describe a strategy for the construction and de-construction of a supramolecular structure through unprecedented photo-induced assembly and dis-assembly. The combination of two approaches, a [n×1]-directional bonding strategy and a ligand photo-dissociation strategy, allows the photo-induced assembly of a polypyridyl Ru(II) precursor into a discrete molecular square. Diffusion-ordered NMR spectroscopy confirmed the synthesis of a higher volume species, while the identity of the species was established by high-resolution mass spectrometry and single-crystal X-ray diffraction studies. The self-assembled square is not obtained by classical thermal techniques in similar conditions, but is obtained only by light-irradiation. The tetraruthenium square has an excited-state lifetime (135 ns), 40 times that of its mononuclear precursor and its luminescence quantum yield (1.0 %) is three orders of magnitude higher. These remarkable luminescence properties are closely related to the relatively rigid square structure of the tetraruthenium assembly, as suggested by slow radiationless decay and transient absorption spectroscopy. The results described herein are a rare example of photo-induced assembly and dis-assembly processes, and can open the way to a new avenue in supramolecular chemistry, leading to the preparation of structurally organized supermolecules by photochemical techniques. © 2017 Wiley-VCH Verlag GmbH & Co. KGaA, Weinheim.

  19. Photoinduced ordering and anchoring properties of azo-dye films.

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    Kiselev, Alexei D; Chigrinov, Vladimir; Huang, Dan Ding

    2005-12-01

    We study both theoretically and experimentally the anchoring properties of photoaligning azo-dye films in contact with a nematic liquid crystal depending on the photoinduced ordering of azo-dye molecules. In the mean field approximation, we found that the bare surface anchoring energy depends linearly on the azo-dye order parameter and the azimuthal anchoring strength decays to zero in the limit of vanishing photoinduced ordering. From the absorption dichroism spectra measured in azo-dye films that are prepared from an azo-dye derivative with polymerizable terminal groups we obtain the dependence of the dichroic ratio on the irradiation dose. We also measure the polar and azimuthal anchoring strengths in nematic liquid crystal (NLC) cells aligned by the azo-dye films and derive the anchoring strengths as functions of the dichroic ratio, which is proportional to the photoinduced order parameter. Although linear fitting of the experimental data for both anchoring strengths gives reasonable results, it, predicts vanishing of the azimuthal anchoring strength at some nonzero value of the azo-dye order parameter, in contradiction with theory. By using a simple phenomenological model we show that this discrepancy can be attributed to the difference between the surface and bulk order parameters in the films. The measured polar anchoring energy is found to be an order of magnitude higher than the azimuthal strength. Our theory suggests that the quadrupole term of the spherical harmonics expansion for the azo-dye-NLC intermolecular potential might be of importance for the understanding of this difference.

  20. Optical control of plasmonic grating transmission by photoinduced anisotropy

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    Palto, Sergey P.; Draginda, Yulia A.; Artemov, Vladimir V.; Gorkunov, Maxim V.

    2017-07-01

    Light transmission through subwavelength silver slit gratings coated with Langmuir-Blodgett films of an azo-dye compound was studied. While the coating was found to dramatically enhance the TM-polarized grating transmittance, it also enabled its low-intensity optical control: the photoinduced alignment of the azo-dye molecules yielded a significant (˜ 40 nm) shift of the extraordinary transmission peaks to shorter or longer wavelengths depending on the orientation of the induced optical axis with respect to the gratings.

  1. Photo-induced transmittance in copper selenide nanowires

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    Statkutė, G.; Mikulskas, I.; Jagminas, A.; Tomašiūnas, R.

    2008-01-01

    Photo-induced transmission was investigated in Cu 1.7Se nanowires electrochemically deposited in alumina matrix pores with a central channel of the diameters of 12, 15 and 60 nm by means of the degenerate picosecond pump-probe technique at 1.064 μm wavelength. Resonant excitation intensity dependencies were interpreted. Absorption saturation was ascertained as a result of the drain of acceptor shallow centers. The estimated absorption cross-section was 10 -12 cm 2, saturation intensity - was 1-10 mJ cm -2.

  2. Photoinduced underwater superoleophobicity of TiO2 thin films.

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    Sawai, Yusuke; Nishimoto, Shunsuke; Kameshima, Yoshikazu; Fujii, Eiji; Miyake, Michihiro

    2013-06-11

    The photoinduced wettabilities of water, n-hexadecane, dodecane, and n-heptane on a flat TiO2 surface prepared by a sol-gel method-based coating were investigated. An amphiphilic surface produced by UV irradiation exhibited underwater superoleophobicity with an extremely high static oil contact angle (CA) of over 160°. The TiO2 surface almost completely repelled the oil droplet in water. A robust TiO2 surface with no fragile nanomicrostructure was fabricated on a Ti mesh with a pore size of approximately 150 μm. The fabricated mesh was found to be applicable as an oil/water separation filter.

  3. Photo-induced nonlinear absorption in carbon nanostructures

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    Zatrudina, Rimma Sh.; Gribkov, Vladislav Yu.

    2017-05-01

    Photoinduced nonlinear absorption of new carbon nanoparticles - astralenes and two types of carbon nanoclusters was investigated. The nonlinear absorption of aqueous suspensions of astralenes and solutions of carbon nanoclusters was studied by the method of z-scanning with Nd3+ -glass laser (wavelength λ = 1064 nm) in Q-switching regimes. A numerical model of the propagation of the laser pulse in a medium with reverse saturable absorption was created. Relaxation time of the first exited state and the ratio of absorption cross-sections of the first exited and ground states for the researched types of carbon nanoparticles were determined by the numerical simulation.

  4. Photoinduced switching to metallic states in the two-dimensional organic Mott insulator dimethylphenazine-tetrafluorotetracyanoquinodimethane with anisotropic molecular stacks

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    Matsuzaki, Hiroyuki; Ohkura, Masa-aki; Ishige, Yu; Nogami, Yoshio; Okamoto, Hiroshi

    2015-06-01

    A photoinduced phase transition was investigated in an organic charge-transfer (CT) complex M2P -TCNQ F4 , [M2P : 5,10-dihydro-5,10-dimethylphenazine, donor (D) molecule; TCNQ F4 : 2,3,5,6-tetrafluoro-7,7,8,8-tetracyanoquinodimethane, acceptor (A) molecule] by means of femtosecond pump-probe reflection spectroscopy. This is an ionic compound and has a peculiar two-dimensional (2D) molecular arrangement; the same A (or D) molecules arrange along the [100] direction, and A and D molecules alternately arrange along the [111] direction. It results in a strongly anisotropic two-dimensional electronic structure. This compound shows a structural and magnetic phase transition at 122 K below which the two neighboring molecules are dimerized along both the [100] and [111] directions. We demonstrate that two kinds of photoinduced phase transitions occur by irradiation of a femtosecond laser pulse; in the high-temperature lattice-uniform phase, a quasi-one-dimensional (1D) metallic state along the AA(DD) stack is generated, and in the low-temperature lattice-dimerized phase, a quasi-2D metallic state is initially produced and molecular dimerizations are subsequently released. Mixed-stack CT compounds consisting of DA stacks are generally insulators or semiconductors in the ground state. Here, such a dynamical metallization in the DA stack is demonstrated. The release of the dimerizations drives several kinds of coherent oscillations which play an important role in the stabilization of the lattice-dimerized phase. The mechanisms of those photoinduced phase transitions are discussed in terms of the magnitudes of the anisotropic bandwidths and molecular dimerizations along two different directions of the molecular stacks.

  5. The photo-induced reaction of digermane with the Si(100)(2 × 1):D surface

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    Isobe, Chiharu; Cho, Hee-Chuen; Crowell, John E.

    1993-09-01

    Photo-induced surface reactions brought about by photolysis of adsorbed digermane on the Si(100)(2 × 1):D surface have been investigated under ultrahigh vacuum conditions using Auger electron spectroscopy and temperature programmed desorption. On the monodeuterated Si(100)(2 × 1):D surface, no spontaneous thermal reaction of digermane is observed, due to the termination of the dangling bonds with D atoms. Molecular Ge 2H 6, weakly adsorbed on Si(100)(2 × 1):D at 120 K, dissociates upon UV irradiation, leading to the incorporation of Ge atoms and the adsorption of H atoms on the surface. The appearance of a new low temperature α desorption state for hydrogen (deuterium) desorption near 580 K is further evidence for Ge deposition and the photo-induced decomposition of physi-adsorbed Ge 2H 6. The observation of α-HD and α-D 2 desorption indicates that the photoreaction intermediate inserts into the surface Si-D bond to produce a Ge-D bond. Studies of the thermal reaction of Ge 2H 6 with partially deuterated (Θ D < 1.0) Si(100) surfaces model the chemistry expected for a germyl radical intermediate, and illustrate that the germyl radical does not give rise to the observed surface photochemistry. The enhanced production of Ge trihydride (deuteride) species with increasing UV exposure, as measured by the GeH xD 4- x desorption yield, coupled with the observation of Ge-D bond formation, reveals that the photo-induced Ge 2H 6 surface reaction is dominated by an insertion reaction into surface hydride (deuteride) bonds by the photo-generated species germylene.

  6. Reversible photo-induced trap formation in mixed-halide hybrid perovskites for photovoltaics† †Electronic supplementary information (ESI) available: Experimental details, PL, PDS spectra and XRD patterns. See DOI: 10.1039/c4sc03141e Click here for additional data file.

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    Hoke, Eric T.; Slotcavage, Daniel J.; Dohner, Emma R.; Bowring, Andrea R.

    2015-01-01

    We report on reversible, light-induced transformations in (CH3NH3)Pb(BrxI1–x)3. Photoluminescence (PL) spectra of these perovskites develop a new, red-shifted peak at 1.68 eV that grows in intensity under constant, 1-sun illumination in less than a minute. This is accompanied by an increase in sub-bandgap absorption at ∼1.7 eV, indicating the formation of luminescent trap states. Light soaking causes a splitting of X-ray diffraction (XRD) peaks, suggesting segregation into two crystalline phases. Surprisingly, these photo-induced changes are fully reversible; the XRD patterns and the PL and absorption spectra revert to their initial states after the materials are left for a few minutes in the dark. We speculate that photoexcitation may cause halide segregation into iodide-rich minority and bromide-enriched majority domains, the former acting as a recombination center trap. This instability may limit achievable voltages from some mixed-halide perovskite solar cells and could have implications for the photostability of halide perovskites used in optoelectronics. PMID:28706629

  7. Photoinduced dipoles and charge pairs in condensed phase. Progress report, November 14, 1993--November 15, 1994

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    1994-12-31

    Efforts during the past year centered on expanding the understanding of the photocurrent transients produced by photoinduced dipoles in solution. In addition to exploring intramolecular charge transfer in a molecule which exhibits a giant dipole, the authors began an intensive look at intermolecular electron transfer between photoexcited electron donors and acceptors. The three projects which are farthest along are described in abstract form in the paragraphs which follow. The first makes use of the generous gift from Dr. Michael Wasielewski (Argonne National Laboratory) of a carefully constructed molecular triad which exemplifies artificial photosynthesis. Measurements reveal that the triad possesses a substantial ground state dipole moment as well as the long-lived charge separation which was expected for the excited state. The second and third abstracts describe the quantification of fractional charge transfer in excited state complexes (exciplexes). All exciplexes are not the same and the authors found that the fractional electron transfer increases with reaction exoergicity. The first and second abstracts describe work which is nearly ready to be submitted. The third outlines the mechanistically fascinating story of how one donor replaces another in an excited state complex. Their tentative conclusion is that the mechanism depends on reaction exoergicity.

  8. Time-domain ab initio modeling of photoinduced dynamics at nanoscale interfaces.

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    Wang, Linjun; Long, Run; Prezhdo, Oleg V

    2015-04-01

    Nonequilibrium processes involving electronic and vibrational degrees of freedom in nanoscale materials are under active experimental investigation. Corresponding theoretical studies are much scarcer. The review starts with the basics of time-dependent density functional theory, recent developments in nonadiabatic molecular dynamics, and the fusion of the two techniques. Ab initio simulations of this kind allow us to directly mimic a great variety of time-resolved experiments performed with pump-probe laser spectroscopies. The focus is on the ultrafast photoinduced charge and exciton dynamics at interfaces formed by two complementary materials. We consider purely inorganic materials, inorganic-organic hybrids, and all organic interfaces, involving bulk semiconductors, metallic and semiconducting nanoclusters, graphene, carbon nanotubes, fullerenes, polymers, molecular crystals, molecules, and solvent. The detailed atomistic insights available from time-domain ab initio studies provide a unique description and a comprehensive understanding of the competition between electron transfer, thermal relaxation, energy transfer, and charge recombination processes. These advances now make it possible to directly guide the development of organic and hybrid solar cells, as well as photocatalytic, electronic, spintronic, and other devices relying on complex interfacial dynamics.

  9. Time-Domain Ab Initio Modeling of Photoinduced Dynamics at Nanoscale Interfaces

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    Wang, Linjun; Long, Run; Prezhdo, Oleg V.

    2015-04-01

    Nonequilibrium processes involving electronic and vibrational degrees of freedom in nanoscale materials are under active experimental investigation. Corresponding theoretical studies are much scarcer. The review starts with the basics of time-dependent density functional theory, recent developments in nonadiabatic molecular dynamics, and the fusion of the two techniques. Ab initio simulations of this kind allow us to directly mimic a great variety of time-resolved experiments performed with pump-probe laser spectroscopies. The focus is on the ultrafast photoinduced charge and exciton dynamics at interfaces formed by two complementary materials. We consider purely inorganic materials, inorganic-organic hybrids, and all organic interfaces, involving bulk semiconductors, metallic and semiconducting nanoclusters, graphene, carbon nanotubes, fullerenes, polymers, molecular crystals, molecules, and solvent. The detailed atomistic insights available from time-domain ab initio studies provide a unique description and a comprehensive understanding of the competition between electron transfer, thermal relaxation, energy transfer, and charge recombination processes. These advances now make it possible to directly guide the development of organic and hybrid solar cells, as well as photocatalytic, electronic, spintronic, and other devices relying on complex interfacial dynamics.

  10. Nonadiabatic quantum molecular dynamics with hopping. III. Photoinduced excitation and relaxation of organic molecules

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    Fischer, M.; Handt, J.; Schmidt, R.

    2014-07-01

    Photoinduced excitation and relaxation of organic molecules (C2H4 and CH2NH2+) are investigated by means of nonadiabatic quantum molecular dynamics with hopping (NA-QMD-H), developed recently [Fischer, Handt, and Schmidt, paper I of this series, Phys. Rev. A 90, 012525 (2014), 10.1103/PhysRevA.90.012525]. This method is first applied to molecules assumed to be initially ad hoc excited to an electronic surface. Special attention is drawn to elaborate the role of electron-nuclear correlations, i.e., of quantum effects in the nuclear dynamics. It is found that they are essential for a realistic description of the long-time behavior of the electronic relaxation process, but only of minor importance to portray the short-time scenario of the nuclear dynamics. Migration of a hydrogen atom, however, is identified as a quantum effect in the nuclear motion. Results obtained with explicit inclusion of an fs-laser field are presented as well. It is shown that the laser-induced excitation process generally leads to qualitatively different gross features of the relaxation dynamics, as compared to the field-free case. Nevertheless, the nuclear wave packet contains all subtleties of the cis-trans isomerization mechanism as observed without a laser field.

  11. Effects of molecular symmetry on quantum reaction dynamics: novel aspects of photoinduced nonadiabatic dynamics.

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    Al-Jabour, Salih; Leibscher, Monika

    2015-01-15

    Nonadiabatic coupling terms (NACTs) between different electronic states lead to fast radiationless decay in photoexcited molecules. Using molecular symmetry, i.e., symmetry with respect to permutation of identical nuclei and inversion of the molecule in space, the irreducible representations of the NACTs can be determined with a combination of molecular symmetry arguments and quantization rules. Here, we extend these symmetry rules for electronic states and coupling elements and demonstrate the importance of molecular symmetry for nonadiabatic nuclear dynamics. As an example, we consider the NACTs related to the torsion around the CN bond in C5H4NH. We present the results of quantum dynamical simulations of the photoinduced large amplitude torsion on three coupled electronic states and show how the interference between wavepackets leads to radiationless decay, which depends on the symmetry of the NACTs. Moreover, we show that the nuclear spin of the system determines the symmetry of the initial nuclear wave function and thus influences the torsional dynamics. This may open new possibilities for nuclear spin selective laser control of nuclear dynamics.

  12. Design of a Molecular Memory Device: The Electron Transfer Shift Register Memory

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    Beratan, D.

    1993-01-01

    A molecular shift register memory at the molecular level is described. The memory elements consist of molecules can exit in either an oxidized or reduced state and the bits are shifted between the cells with photoinduced electron transfer reactions.

  13. Design of a Molecular Memory Device: The Electron Transfer Shift Register Memory

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    Beratan, D.

    1993-01-01

    A molecular shift register memory at the molecular level is described. The memory elements consist of molecules can exit in either an oxidized or reduced state and the bits are shifted between the cells with photoinduced electron transfer reactions.

  14. Dynamics of photoinduced reactions at oxide surfaces

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    Al-Shamery, K.

    1996-11-01

    This report summarizes our work on UV-laser induced desorption of small molecules and atoms from transition metal oxides. The systems presented serve as examples for a simple photochemical reaction, the fission of the molecule surface bond. State resolved detection methods were used to record the final state distributions of the desorbing neutral molecules. Detailed results on the systems NO/NiO(1 1 1) and CO/Cr2O3(0 0 0 1) are presented. The experiments include investigations on stereodynamic aspects like the angular distributions of the desorbing molecules and, in the case of CO desorption, the rotational alignment with respect to the surface normal. Large desorption cross sections of (6±1) ṡ 10-17 cm2 for NO and (3.5±1) ṡ 10-17 cm2 for CO have been found for the desorption at 6.4 eV. The wavelength dependence indicates that the primary excitation step is substrate induced. The final state distributions show a high degree of translational, rotational and vibrational excitation and are clearly nonthermal of origin. The results are consistent with the formation of a negative ion intermediate state of the adsorbate. This observation is supported from a comparison to former results on NO/NiO(1 0 0) for which extensive ab initio calculations including electronically excited states exist. A spin state dependence of the vibrational excitation of NO could only be observed for NO/NiO(1 1 1) and is absent for NO/NiO(1 0 0). We attribute this observation to a spin state dependent coupling of the desorbing molecule to the surface in case the spin lattice orientation of the surface shows a preferential orientation. In the (1 1 1) plane the spin orientation is parallel within neighbour nickel ions while it is alternating in the (1 0 0) plane. For both systems studied the velocity component parallel to the surface is constant leading to a strong peaking along the surface normal for the fast molecules. The change from a preferred helicopter rotation (angular momentum

  15. Ultrafast spectroscopy of the solvent dependence of electron transfer in a perylenebisimide dimer.

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    Holman, Michael W; Yan, Ping; Adams, David M; Westenhoff, Sebastian; Silva, Carlos

    2005-09-29

    We investigate the photoinduced intramolecular electron-transfer (IET) behavior of a perylenebisimide dimer in a variety of solvents using femtosecond transient absorption spectroscopy. Overlapping photoinduced absorptions and stimulated emission give rise to complicated traces, but they are well fit with a simple kinetic model. IET rates were found to depend heavily on solvent dielectric constant. Good quantitative agreement with rates derived from fluorescence quantum yield and time-resolved fluorescence measurements was found for forward electron transfer and charge recombination rates.

  16. Photo-induced oxidation of Sb(III) on goethite.

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    Fan, Jian-Xin; Wang, Yu-Jun; Fan, Ting-Ting; Cui, Xiao-Dan; Zhou, Dong-Mei

    2014-01-01

    Goethite widely exists in soils and sediments, and plays a very important role in the environmental fate of toxic metal(loid)s. In the present study, photo-induced oxidation of antimonite [Sb(III)] on goethite was investigated with kinetic measurements and X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS) techniques. Effects of environmental factors including solution pH, the content of goethite as well as humic acid on the photo-induced oxidation of antimonite were tested. The results indicated that no oxidation of antimonite occurred in goethite suspension in the dark, but significant amounts of antimonite were transformed to antimonate when the suspension was exposed to light. Ferrous ions were found in the solution during the antimonite oxidation process, and its concentration decreased with increasing solution pH, which strongly affected the oxidation rate of antimonite. The initial solution pH has great impact on Sb oxidation. After 2h illumination, the highest oxidation rate was found at pH 3, while the initial oxidation rate was even higher at pH 9. In conclusion, the antimonite can be adsorbed and oxidized on goethite irradiated with light, which will greatly reduce its environmental risk. Copyright © 2013 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.

  17. Photoinduced Birefringence in Azo-Dye Doped Polyurethane

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    Aleksejeva, J.; Gerbreders, A.; Reinfelde, M.; Teteris, J.

    2011-01-01

    In this report we describe a photoinduced birefringence in disperse red (DR1) azo-dye doped polyurethane films. DR1 dye molecules in these films are chemically bound with the polyurethane polymer's main chain. Under laser radiation the DR1 molecules experience the isomerization process; as a result, the dipole moment of such a molecule changes and they align in the presence of electric field. Photo-birefringence was induced by linearly polarized laser radiation (532 nm, 448 nm, 375 nm and 632.8 nm) in the films with various concentrations of DR1 dye. The photo-induced birefringence (PIBR) Δn was measured at 634 nm wavelength, and its dependences on the pumping beam wavelength and intensity were evaluated. The Δn relaxation was studied both in the dark and under light illumi-nation. In DR1-doped polyurethane films the holographic recording was performed using laser light radiation (532 nm). The profile of surface relief grating (SRG) was studied using AFM. The relationship between SRG formation and PIBR is discussed.

  18. Photoinduced Kondo effect in CeZn3P3

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    Kitagawa, J.; Kitajima, D.; Shimokawa, K.; Takaki, H.

    2016-01-01

    The Kondo effect, which originates from the screening of a localized magnetic moment by a spin-spin interaction, is widely observed in nonartificial magnetic materials, artificial quantum dots, and carbon nanotubes. In devices based on quantum dots or carbon nanotubes that target quantum information applications, the Kondo effect can be tuned by a gate voltage, a magnetic field, or light. However, the manipulation of the Kondo effect in nonartificial materials has not been thoroughly studied; in particular, the artificial creation of the Kondo effect remains unexplored. Per this subject study, however, a route for the optical creation of the Kondo effect in the nonartificial material p -type semiconductor CeZn3P3 is presented. The Kondo effect emerges under visible-light illumination of the material by a continuous-wave laser diode and is ultimately revealed by photoinduced electrical resistivity, which clearly exhibits a logarithmic temperature dependency. By contrast, a La-based compound (LaZn3P3 ) displays only normal metallic behavior under similar illumination. The photoinduced Kondo effect, which occurs at higher temperatures when compared with the Kondo effect in artificial systems, provides a potential range of operation for not only quantum information/computation devices but also for operation of magneto-optic devices, thereby expanding the range of device applications based on the Kondo effect.

  19. Imaging of photoinduced tautomerism in single porphyrin molecules

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    Jäger, Regina; Chizhik, Anna M.; Chizhik, Alexey I.; Mack, Hans-Georg; Lyubimtsev, Alexey; Hanack, Michael; Meixner, Alfred J.

    2011-10-01

    In this work we present our new experimental and theoretical results upon investigations of the photoinduced tautomerism processes of single metal-free porphyrin-type molecules. During tautomerization a molecule changes its structure, therefore the excitation transition dipole moment (TDM) of the molecule changes its orientation. Using confocal microscopy in combination with azimuthally and radially polarized laser beams we are able to determine the orientation of the TDM as well as the orientation of a single molecule itself. In the case of tautomerism we are able to visualize this process and even the involved isomers separately. The study first focuses on two symmetrical compounds: a phthalocyanine and a porphyrin. Additionally, differences of the single molecules embedded in a polymer matrix or just spin-coated on a glass cover slide and under nitrogen flow are investigated. In the latter case we observe a higher frequency of the change of the TDM orientation. The experimental studies are supplemented by quantum chemical calculations. Variations of the molecular substituents, the environment and excitation wavelength can give new insights into the excited-state tautomerism process of a single molecule. We also introduce some suggestions for future experiments to support the understanding of the photoinduced tautomerism.

  20. Overview of photo-induced therapy for ATP production

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    Abdalla, Mohamed; Nagy, A.; Ye, W. N.; Mussivand, T.

    2012-10-01

    The purpose of this report is to provide a review of the effects of low-power photo-induced therapy using lasers of different device parameters such as intensity, wavelength, lasing mechanism (i.e., pulsed or continuous) on the production of Adenosine triphosphate (ATP) in mammalian cells. This is a very important research topic as it is suggested in literature that there might be a relationship between the ATP levels and specific diseases. It has been shown that the ATP production was enhanced at wavelengths ranging between 600 nm and 1000 nm (also known as the optical window), in particular at 600nm, 632.8nm, 635nm, 650nm, and 904nm. However, certain experiments showed that the effectiveness of the photo-induced therapy was also dependent on the dosage and the duration of the supplied light. We present the research conclusions drawn from the experiments reported within the last decade, and provide a list of potential medical treatment(s) for patients using visible and near infrared (NIR) light.

  1. Photo-induced reduction of flavin mononucleotide in aqueous solutions

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    Song, S.-H.; Dick, B.; Penzkofer, A.

    2007-01-01

    The photo-induced reduction of flavin mononucleotide (FMN) in aqueous solutions is studied by absorption spectra measurement under aerobic and anaerobic conditions. Samples without exogenous reducing agent and with the exogenous reducing agents ethylene-diamine-tetraacetic acid (EDTA) and dithiothreitol (DTT) are investigated. Under anaerobic conditions the photo-induced reduction with and without reducing agents is irreversible. Under aerobic conditions the photo-reduction without added reducing agent is small compared to the photo-degradation, and the photo-reduction of FMN by the reducing agents is reversible (re-oxidation in the dark). During photo-excitation of FMN the dissolved oxygen is consumed by singlet oxygen formation and subsequent chemical reaction. After light switch-off slow re-oxidation (slow absorption recovery) occurs due to air in-diffusion from surface. EDTA degradation by FMN excitation leads to oxygen scavenging. The quantum efficiencies of photo-reduction under aerobic and anaerobic conditions are determined. The re-oxidation of reduced FMN under aerobic conditions and due to air injection is investigated.

  2. Model for photoinduced bending of slender molecular crystals.

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    Nath, Naba K; Pejov, Ljupčo; Nichols, Shane M; Hu, Chunhua; Saleh, Na'il; Kahr, Bart; Naumov, Panče

    2014-02-19

    The growing realization that photoinduced bending of slender photoreactive single crystals is surprisingly common has inspired researchers to control crystal motility for actuation. However, new mechanically responsive crystals are reported at a greater rate than their quantitative photophysical characterization; a quantitative identification of measurable parameters and molecular-scale factors that determine the mechanical response has yet to be established. Herein, a simple mathematical description of the quasi-static and time-dependent photoinduced bending of macroscopic single crystals is provided. This kinetic model goes beyond the approximate treatment of a bending crystal as a simple composite bilayer. It includes alternative pathways for excited-state decay and provides a more accurate description of the bending by accounting for the spatial gradient in the product/reactant ratio. A new crystal form (space group P21/n) of the photoresponsive azo-dye Disperse Red 1 (DR1) is analyzed within the constraints of the aforementioned model. The crystal bending kinetics depends on intrinsic factors (crystal size) and external factors (excitation time, direction, and intensity).

  3. Photoinduced giant magnetic polarons in EuTe

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    Henriques, A. B.; Naupa, A. R.; Usachev, P. A.; Pavlov, V. V.; Rappl, P. H. O.; Abramof, E.

    2017-01-01

    Photoinduced magnetic polarons in EuTe, with a magnetic moment of several hundred Bohr magnetons, were investigated as a function of pump intensity and temperature by pump-probe Faraday rotation. The quantum efficiency for optical generation of magnetic polarons is found to be 0.09. The pump-intensity dependence of the photoinduced Faraday rotation shows a sublinear increase, from which we deduce that the population of photoexcited polarons is limited by a maximum value of 4.5 ×1015cm-3 . This is four orders of magnitude less than the concentration of polarons that would completely fill the crystal, which suggests that the photoexcited polarons are anchored by defects. In addition to the generation of polarons, at high pump densities the modulated pump light also causes a small alternating heating of the illuminated region. The temperature dependence of the polaron magnetic moment is well described by the Curie-Weiss law. Above 100 K, polarons are thermally quenched with an activation energy of 11 meV.

  4. Temperature Dependence of the Photoinduced Dynamics on the Cleaved Surface of BaV10O15

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    Nogami, Ayaka; Kanzaki, Tatsuya; Furuhashi, Asuka; Katsufuji, Takuro

    2013-03-01

    The temperature dependence of the photoinduced dynamics by the irradiation of a femtosecond laser pulse was studied for the cleaved surface of BaV10O15, which shows V trimerization with orbital ordering at Tc=123 K. For T>Tc, the photoinduced reflectivity change exhibits oscillation with time, indicating that a photoinduced state propagates with time in the crystal. For Tphotoinduced phase. The different photoinduced dynamics above and below Tc can be attributed to the absence or existence of V trimerization with orbital ordering. We also found that the absolute values of the photoinduced reflectivity change are several times larger on the cleaved surface than those on the polished surface, indicating that remnant stress on the polished surface affects the photoinduced dynamics.

  5. Kinetics of photoinduced anisotropy in bacteriorhodopsin film under two pumping beams.

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    Han, Junhe; Yao, Baoli; Gao, Peng; Chen, Liju; Wang, Yingli; Lei, Ming

    2008-07-20

    Photoinduced anisotropy in bacteriorhodopsin (BR) film arises from the selective bleaching of BR molecules to linearly polarized light. The kinetics of photoinduced anisotropy excited by single and two pumping beams are investigated theoretically and experimentally. Compared with a single pumping beam (650 nm), which produces comparatively small photoinduced anisotropy, dual-wavelength linearly polarized pumping beams (650 and 405 nm) can obviously change the photoinduced anisotropy. When the polarization orientation of the 405 nm pumping beam is perpendicular to that of the 650 nm pumping beam, the peak and steady values of the photoinduced anisotropy kinetic curves are remarkably enhanced. But when the two pumping beams have parallel polarization orientation, the peak and steady values are restrained. At a fixed intensity of the 650 nm pumping beam, there exists an optimal intensity for the 405 nm pumping beam to maximize the value of the photoinduced anisotropy. The photoinduced transmittance of the polarizer-BR-analyzer system is modulated by the polarization angle of the 405 nm pumping beam in an approximate-cosine form.

  6. Single molecule manipulation at low temperature and laser scanning tunnelling photo-induced processes analysis through time-resolved studies.

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    Riedel, Damien

    2010-07-07

    This paper describes, firstly, the statistical analysis used to determine the processes that occur during the manipulation of a single molecule through electronically induced excitations with a low temperature (5 K) scanning tunnelling microscope (STM). Various molecular operation examples are described and the ability to probe the ensuing molecular manipulation dynamics is discussed within the excitation context. It is, in particular, shown that such studies can reveal reversible manipulation for tuning dynamics through variation of the excitation energy. Secondly, the photo-induced process arising from the irradiation of the STM junction is also studied through feedback loop dynamics analysis, allowing us to distinguish between photo-thermally and photo-electronically induced signals. © 2010 IOP Publishing Ltd

  7. Probing of local structures of thermal and photoinduced phases in rubidium manganese hexacyanoferrate by resonant Raman spectroscopy.

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    Fukaya, Ryo; Asahara, Akifumi; Ishige, Shun; Nakajima, Makoto; Tokoro, Hiroko; Ohkoshi, Shin-ichi; Suemoto, Tohru

    2013-08-28

    Resonant couplings of the electronic states and the stretching vibrations of CN(-) ligands, which bridges metal ions, is investigated by resonance Raman spectroscopy for Rb(0.94)Mn[Fe(CN)6](0.98)·0.2H2O. Large excitation wavelength dependences over one order of magnitude were found for Raman peaks corresponding to different valence pairs of metal ions in the excitation wavelength range between 350 and 632 nm. In the thermal low-temperature phase, the CN(-) stretching modes due to the low-temperature-phase configuration (Fe(2+)-Mn(3+)) and the phase-boundary configuration (Fe(3+)-Mn(3+)) are coupled to the Fe(2+)-to-Mn(3+) intervalence transfer band and Jahn-Teller distorted Mn(3+) d-d transition band, respectively. In the photoinduced low-temperature phase, the Fe(3+)-Mn(3+) mode shows strong resonant enhancement with the CN(-)-to-Fe(3+) charge-transfer band, which exists in the high-temperature phase with a cubic structure. From these resonance behaviors, we conclude that the local lattice symmetry of the photoinduced phase is cubic in contrast with the tetragonal symmetry in the thermal low-temperature phase.

  8. Type II guanine oxidation photoinduced by the antibacterial fluoroquinolone Rufloxacin in isolated DNA and in 2'-deoxyguanosine.

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    Belvedere, Alessandra; Boscá, Francisco; Catalfo, Alfio; Cuquerella, Maria C; de Guidi, Guido; Miranda, Miguel A

    2002-09-01

    The role played by type I (radical) and type II (singlet oxygen) mechanisms in the Rufloxacin (RFX)-photoinduced production of 8-hydroxy-2'-deoxyguanosine in DNA has been evaluated. This fluoroquinolone drug has been shown to be able to photoinduce increased levels of some DNA base oxidation products, such as 8-OH-dGuo, that are indicative of mutagenic and carcinogenic events, with probable implications in aging processes. The relative weight of the two photosensitization mechanisms was obtained via determination of two different photoproducts of 2'-deoxyguanosine (dGuo), which are diagnostic of the two different pathways, namely, (4R)- and (4S)-4,8-dihydro-4-hydroxy-8-oxo-2'-deoxyguanosine and 2,2-diamino-4-[(2-deoxy-beta-D-erythro-pentofuranosyl)amino]-2,5-dihydrooxazol-5-one. The observed predominance of type II reaction is in agreement with the fact that the triplet state of RFX is able to transfer with high efficiency its energy to molecular oxygen, giving rise to singlet oxygen. Photophysical measurements suggest that hydrated electrons produced by Rufloxacin photoionization react with dGuo, Thd, and DNA, whereas these biomolecules quench the RFX triplet state with low efficiency. Static quenching of Rufloxacin fluorescence indicates an interaction of this drug both with DNA and with dGuo. On the basis of these experimental data, Rufloxacin photosensitization of DNA is proposed to occur by a type II mechanism.

  9. Photo-induced anisotropy in ZnO/PVA nanocomposites prepared by modified electrochemical method in PMA matrix

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    Yanchuk, O. M.; Ebothé, J.; El-Naggar, A. M.; Albassam, A.; Tsurkova, L. V.; Marchuk, O. V.; Lakshminarayana, G.; Tkaczyk, S.; Kityk, I. V.; Fedorchuk, A. O.; Vykhryst, O. M.; Urubkov, I. V.

    2017-02-01

    Substantial photo-induced optical anisotropy was discovered in ZnO/PVA nanocomposites under the influence of external bicolor laser illumination. Zinc oxide nanoparticles were synthesized by electrolysis of a sodium chloride aqueous medium including poly-methacrylic acid (PMA) in a cell system having a soluble zinc anode. The structural analysis of the ZnO powder samples has been carried out by X-Ray Diffractometry (XRD) and Scanning Electron Microscopy (SEM). The polyvinyl alcohol (PVA) embedded ZnO films obtained from the powder samples possess larger grain sizes than those in powder form. The films were prepared from the same polymer matrix but elaborated with two different PVA contents which are respectively 15% and 30%. The photoinduced anisotropy was identified by using two bicolor Er: glass laser beams incident at different angles. Substantial influence of the technological processes on the embedded nanoparticle sizes and related birefringence was explored. The process of laser induced anisotropy shows an occurrence of birefringence saturation.

  10. Photo-induced effects on self-organized TiO2 nanotube arrays: the influence of surface morphology.

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    Kontos, A G; Kontos, A I; Tsoukleris, D S; Likodimos, V; Kunze, J; Schmuki, P; Falaras, P

    2009-01-28

    Self-organized TiO(2) nanotubes with packed, vertically aligned morphology and different lateral characteristics were grown on Ti metal substrates by controlled electrochemical anodization in phosphate/HF and ethylene glycol/HF electrolytes. The wetting, photo-induced superhydrophilicity, and photocatalytic activity of the nanotubular materials were investigated under ultraviolet irradiation. The photoactivity of the TiO(2) nanotube arrays was analysed in terms of their morphological characteristics that were determined by means of scanning electron microscopy and atomic force microscopy in conjunction with geometrical modelling. The wetting and the UV-induced superhydrophilicity could be accordingly modelled by the Cassie-Baxter mode arising from the large scale roughness of the nanotubular arrays in combination with the Wenzel mode due to the small scale roughness induced by ridges at the outer tube surface. The photocatalytic activity of the TiO(2) nanotube arrays was further found to correlate quantitatively with the variation of the geometric roughness factor, verifying the strong impact of morphology on the photo-induced properties of the vertically oriented TiO(2) tubular architecture.

  11. U-shaped temperature dependence of rate constant of intramolecular photoinduced charge separation in zinc-porphyrin-bridge-quinone compounds.

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    Kichigina, Anna O; Ionkin, Vladimir N; Ivanov, Anatoly I

    2013-06-20

    The multichannel stochastic point transition model of photoinduced electron transfer from both a vibrationally unrelaxed and a relaxed states involving the vibrational relaxation in donor-acceptor pairs has been elaborated. The U-shaped temperature dependencies of the rate constants of the intramolecular photoinduced charge separation from both the vibrationally unrelaxed and the relaxed states observed in Zn-porphyrin-bridge-quinone compounds in 2-methyltetrahydrofuran solvent have been reproduced in the framework of the proposed model that accounts for the temperature dependencies of the charge separation free energy gap and the medium reorganization energy. This modeling has allowed uncovering the mechanism of such a variation of the rate constant with the temperature. In the high temperature region, 310-125 K, the charge separation proceeds in the solvent controlled regime and its rate constant decreases with decreasing the temperature mirroring the temperature dependence of the medium relaxation rate. Further lowering the temperature leads to a rise of the reaction free energy gap so that it becomes larger than the medium reorganization energy. In this region the dynamic solvent effect is strongly suppressed and the charge separation rate constant becomes independent from the solvent relaxation rate. Although the medium relaxation rate continues to decrease with decreasing the temperature, the charge separation rate constant starts to rise because the reaction proceeds in the barrierless region.

  12. Photoinduced Reversible Structural Transformations in Free-Standing CH3NH3PbI3 Perovskite Films.

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    Gottesman, Ronen; Gouda, Laxman; Kalanoor, Basanth S; Haltzi, Eynav; Tirosh, Shay; Rosh-Hodesh, Eli; Tischler, Yaakov; Zaban, Arie; Quarti, Claudio; Mosconi, Edoardo; De Angelis, Filippo

    2015-06-18

    In the pursuit to better understand the mechanisms of perovskite solar cells we performed Raman and photoluminescence measurements of free-standing CH3NH3PbI3 films, comparing dark with working conditions. The films, grown on a glass substrate and sealed by a thin glass coverslip, were measured subsequent to dark and white-light pretreatments. The extremely slow changes we observe in both the Raman and photoluminescence cannot be regarded as electronic processes, which are much faster. Thus, the most probable explanation is of slow photoinduced structural changes. The CH3NH3PbI3 transformation between the dark and the light structures is reversible, with faster rates for the changes under illumination. The results seem to clarify several common observations associated with solar cell mechanisms, like performance improvement under light soaking. More important is the call for solar-cell-related investigation of CH3NH3PbI3 to take the photoinduced structural changes into consideration when measuring and interpreting the results.

  13. Photoinduced coherent acoustic phonon dynamics inside Mott insulator Sr2IrO4 films observed by femtosecond X-ray pulses

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    Zhang, Bing-Bing; Liu, Jian; Wei, Xu; Sun, Da-Rui; Jia, Quan-Jie; Li, Yuelin; Tao, Ye

    2017-04-01

    We investigate the transient photoexcited lattice dynamics in a layered perovskite Mott insulator Sr2IrO4 film by femtosecond X-ray diffraction using a laser plasma-based X-ray source. The ultrafast structural dynamics of Sr2IrO4 thin films are determined by observing the shift and broadening of (0012) Bragg diffraction after excitation by 1.5 eV and 3.0 eV pump photons for films with different thicknesses. The observed transient lattice response can be well interpreted as a distinct three-step dynamics due to the propagation of coherent acoustic phonons generated by photoinduced quasiparticles (QPs). Employing a normalized phonon propagation model, we found that the photoinduced angular shifts of the Bragg peak collapse into a universal curve after introducing normalized coordinates to account for different thicknesses and pump photon energies, pinpointing the origin of the lattice distortion and its early evolution. In addition, a transient photocurrent measurement indicates that the photoinduced QPs are charge neutral excitons. Mapping the phonon propagation and correlating its dynamics with the QP by ultrafast X-ray diffraction (UXRD) establish a powerful way to study electron-phonon coupling and uncover the exotic physics in strongly correlated systems under nonequilibrium conditions.

  14. Role of conical intersections in molecular spectroscopy and photoinduced chemical dynamics.

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    Domcke, Wolfgang; Yarkony, David R

    2012-01-01

    This review describes how conical intersections affect measured molecular spectra and simple photofragmentation processes. We consider excitations that result in electron ejection, that is, photoionization or photodetachment, as well as photoinduced H-atom elimination. Section 1 presents a brief overview of the history of conical intersections and their rise from an arcane theoretical concept to a major paradigm in nonadiabatic chemistry. In Section 2, the generic properties of conical intersections are discussed, as well as their characterization with modern electronic-structure methods. Section 3 briefly discusses computational tools used to compute the nuclear motion involving conical intersections. Section 4 describes how the ideas of Sections 2 and 3 are combined to simulate molecular spectra impacted by conical intersections. Section 5 describes selected recent experimental and computational studies of photoelectron, photodetachment, and photofragment spectra. Rather than providing an encyclopedic bibliography of the previous and current literature, we illustrate significant problems currently being addressed and describe what can be accomplished with current computational techniques and how these results are achieved. Section 6 suggests future directions in this field.

  15. Effect of initial solution pH on photo-induced reductive decomposition of perfluorooctanoic acid.

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    Qu, Yan; Zhang, Chao-Jie; Chen, Pei; Zhou, Qi; Zhang, Wei-Xian

    2014-07-01

    The effects of initial solution pH on the decomposition of perfluorooctanoic acid (PFOA) with hydrated electrons as reductant were investigated. The reductive decomposition of PFOA depends strongly on the solution pH. In the pH range of 5.0-10.0, the decomposition and defluorination rates of PFOA increased with the increase of the initial solution pH. The rate constant was 0.0295 min(-1) at pH 10.0, which was more than 49.0 times higher than that at pH 5.0. Higher pH also inhibits the generation of toxic intermediates during the PFOA decomposition. For example, the short-chain PFCAs reached a lower maximum concentration in shorter reaction time as pH increasing. The peak areas of accumulated fluorinated and iodinated hydrocarbons detected by GC/MS under acidic conditions were nearly 10-100 times more than those under alkaline conditions. In short, alkaline conditions were more favorable for photo-induced reduction of PFOA as high pH promoted the decomposition of PFOA and inhibited the accumulation of intermediate products. The concentration of hydrated electron, detected by laser flash photolysis, increased with the increase of the initial pH. This was the main reason why the decomposition of PFOA in the UV-KI system depended strongly on the initial pH. Copyright © 2014 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.

  16. Photoinduced Br Desorption from CsBr Thin Films Grown on Cu(100)

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    Halliday, Matthew T.; Joly, Alan G.; Hess, Wayne P.; Shluger, AL

    2015-10-22

    Thin films of CsBr deposited onto metals such as copper are potential photocathode materials for light sources and other applications. We investigate desorption dynamics of Br atoms from CsBr films grown on insulator (KBr, LiF) and metal (Cu) substrates induced by sub-bandgap 6.4 eV laser pulses. The experimental results demonstrate that the peak kinetic energy of Br atoms desorbed from CsBr/Cu films is much lower than that for the hyperthermal desorption from CsBr/LiF films. Kelvin probe measurements indicate negative charge at the surface following Br desorption from CsBr/Cu films. Our ab initio calculations of excitons at CsBr surfaces demonstrate that this behavior can be explained by an exciton model of desorption including electron trapping at the CsBr surface. Trapped negative charges reduce the energy of surface excitons available for Br desorption. We examine the electron-trapping characteristics of low-coordinated sites at the surface, in particular, divacancies and kink sites. We also provide a model of cation desorption caused by Franck-Hertz excitation of F centers at the surface in the course of irradiation of CsBr/Cu films. These results provide new insights into the mechanisms of photoinduced structural evolution of alkali halide films on metal substrates and activation of metal photocathodes coated with CsBr.

  17. Role of Conical Intersections in Molecular Spectroscopy and Photoinduced Chemical Dynamics

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    Domcke, Wolfgang; Yarkony, David R.

    2012-05-01

    This review describes how conical intersections affect measured molecular spectra and simple photofragmentation processes. We consider excitations that result in electron ejection, that is, photoionization or photodetachment, as well as photoinduced H-atom elimination. Section 1 presents a brief overview of the history of conical intersections and their rise from an arcane theoretical concept to a major paradigm in nonadiabatic chemistry. In Section 2, the generic properties of conical intersections are discussed, as well as their characterization with modern electronic-structure methods. Section 3 briefly discusses computational tools used to compute the nuclear motion involving conical intersections. Section 4 describes how the ideas of Sections 2 and 3 are combined to simulate molecular spectra impacted by conical intersections. Section 5 describes selected recent experimental and computational studies of photoelectron, photodetachment, and photofragment spectra. Rather than providing an encyclopedic bibliography of the previous and current literature, we illustrate significant problems currently being addressed and describe what can be accomplished with current computational techniques and how these results are achieved. Section 6 suggests future directions in this field.

  18. Nitroxides as redox probes of melanins: dark-induced and photoinduced changes in redox equilibria

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    Sarna, T.; Korytowski, W.; Sealy, R.C.

    1985-05-15

    The interaction of nitroxide free radicals and their reduced products (hydroxylamines) with synthetic and natural melanins has been studied. Electron spin resonance spectroscopy was used to measure changes in radical concentration in the dark and during irradiation with visible or uv light. Some reduction of nitroxide occurs in the dark, and is reversible: the nitroxide can be completely regenerated by the one-electron oxidant ferricyanide. The kinetics of the process depend strongly on radical charge and pH. For positively charged nitroxides the rate is much faster than for either neutral or anionic radicals. At pH 10 the rate is about 20 times faster than at pH 5. Oxidation of hydroxylamine also can occur so that a redox equilibrium is established. The equilibrium constant has been estimated for the reaction between a nitroxide and melanin from autoxidation of 3,4-dihydroxyphenylalanine. Results are also dependent upon the type of melanin used and chemical modification (oxidation or reduction) of the melanin. Redox equilibria are altered during irradiation with either visible or uv light. Rapid oxidation of hydroxylamine to nitroxide is apparent, together with a slower reduction of nitroxide. Action spectra for these processes are related to those for melanin radical production and oxygen consumption in nitroxide-free melanin systems. Reduction of nitroxide is inhibited by oxygen, suggesting a competition between nitroxide and oxygen for photoinduced reducing equivalents.

  19. Side chain variations on a series of dicyanovinyl-terthiophenes: a photoinduced absorption study.

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    Ziehlke, Hannah; Fitzner, Roland; Koerner, Christian; Gresser, Roland; Reinold, Egon; Bäuerle, Peter; Leo, Karl; Riede, Moritz K

    2011-08-04

    We characterize a series of dicyanovinyl-terthiophenes with different alkyl side chains. Variations of side chain substitution patterns and length mainly affect the morphology of the evaporated thin films, which in turn sensitively influences properties like absorption, energy levels, and thin film roughness. To investigate changes in transfer processes between electron donor (D) and acceptor (A) molecules due to side chain variations, we use photoinduced absorption spectroscopy (PIA). PIA probes the long-living photoexcited species at the D-A interface: triplet excitons, cations, and anions. For a blend layer of dicyanovinyl-terthiophene and the electron acceptor fullerene C(60), an energy transfer via the singlet and triplet manifold of C(60) occurs. The recombination dynamics of the triplet excitons reveal two components that differ in their lifetime and generation rate by 1 order of magnitude. By comparing the dynamics of triplet excitons in neat and blend layers, we estimate the energy transfer efficiency in dependence of the type of side chain. The compound with methyl side chains shows remarkable properties regarding thin film absorption, surface roughness, and energy transfer efficiency, which we attribute to the specific nanomorphology of the thin film.

  20. Enhanced Rates of Photoinduced Molecular Orientation in a Series of Molecular Glassy Thin Films.

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    Snell, Kristen E; Hou, Renjie; Ishow, Eléna; Lagugné-Labarthet, François

    2015-07-07

    Photoinduced orientation in a series of molecular glasses made of small push-pull azo derivatives is dynamically investigated for the first time. Birefringence measurements at 632.8 nm are conducted with a temporal resolution of 100 ms to probe the fast rate of the azo orientation induced under polarized light and its temporal stability over several consecutive cycles. To better evaluate the influence of the azo chemical substituents and their electronic properties on the orientation of the whole molecule, a series of push-pull azo derivatives involving a triphenylaminoazo core substituted with distinct electron-withdrawing moieties is studied. All resulting thin films are probed using polarization modulation infrared spectroscopy that yields dynamical linear dichroism measurements during a cycle of orientation followed by relaxation. We show here in particular that the orientation rates of small molecule-based azo materials are systematically increased up to 7-fold compared to those of a reference polymer counterpart. For specific compounds, the percentage of remnant orientation is also higher, which makes these materials of great interest and promising alternatives to azobenzene-containing polymers for a variety of applications requiring a fast response and absolute control over the molecular weight.

  1. Photoinduced currents in pristine and ion irradiated kapton-H polyimide

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    Sharma, Anu Sridharbabu, Y. Quamara, J. K.

    2014-10-15

    The photoinduced currents in pristine and ion irradiated kapton-H polyimide have been investigated for different applied electric fields at 200°C. Particularly the effect of illumination intensity on the maximum current obtained as a result of photoinduced polarization has been studied. Samples were irradiated by using PELLETRON facility, IUAC, New Delhi. The photo-carrier charge generation depends directly on intensity of illumination. The samples irradiated at higher fluence show a decrease in the peak current with intensity of illumination. The secondary radiation induced crystallinity (SRIC) is responsible for the increase in maximum photoinduced currents generated with intensity of illumination.

  2. Photoinduced ferrimagnetic systems in Prussian blue analogues C(I)xCo4[Fe(CN)6]y (C(I) = alkali cation). 4. Characterization of the ferrimagnetism of the photoinduced metastable state in Rb1.8Co4[Fe(CN)6]3.3-13H2O by K edges X-ray magnetic circular dichroism.

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    Champion, G; Escax, V; Cartier Dit Moulin, C; Bleuzen, A; Villain, F; Baudelet, F; Dartyge, E; Verdaguer, M

    2001-12-19

    In Part 2 of this work, the electronic and local structure of the photoinduced metastable magnetic state of the Prussian blue analogue Rb1.8Co4[Fe(CN)6]3.3-13H2O were characterized. To determine directly the relative orientation of the magnetic moments of Co(II) and Fe(III) ions in the metastable state, and the nature of the exchange interaction between them, we performed X-ray magnetic circular dichroism (XMCD) experiments at the cobalt and iron K edges. We present the first direct experimental evidence of the antiferromagnetic interaction between the cobalt and the iron ions, leading to the ferrimagnetism of the photoinduced metastable state.

  3. Biotinylated Platinum(II) Ferrocenylterpyridine Complexes for Targeted Photoinduced Cytotoxicity.

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    Mitra, Koushambi; Shettar, Abhijith; Kondaiah, Paturu; Chakravarty, Akhil R

    2016-06-06

    Biotinylated platinum(II) ferrocenylterpyridine (Fc-tpy) complexes [Pt(Fc-tpy)(L(1))]Cl (1) and [Pt(Fc-tpy)(L(2))]Cl (2), where HL(1) and HL(2) are biotin-containing ligands, were prepared, and their targeted photoinduced cytotoxic effect in cancer cells over normal cells was studied. A nonbiotinylated complex, [Pt(Fc-tpy)(L(3))]Cl (3), was prepared as a control to study the role of the biotin moiety in cellular uptake properties of the complexes. Three platinum(II) phenylterpyridine (Ph-tpy) complexes, viz., [Pt(Ph-tpy)(L(1))]Cl (4), [Pt(Ph-tpy)(L(2))]Cl (5), and [Pt(Ph-tpy)(L(3))]Cl (6), were synthesized and explored to understand the role of a metal-bound Fc-tpy ligand over Ph-tpy as a photoinitiator. The Fc-tpy complexes displayed an intense absorption band near 640 nm, which was absent in their Ph-tpy analogues. The Fc-tpy complexes (1 mM in 0.1 M TBAP) showed an irreversible cyclic voltammetric anodic response of the Fc/Fc(+) couple near 0.25 V. The Fc-tpy complexes displayed photodegradation in red light of 647 nm involving the formation of a ferrocenium ion (Fc(+)) and reactive oxygen species (ROS). Photoinduced release of the biotinylated ligands was observed from spectral measurements, and this possibly led to the controlled generation of an active platinum(II) species, which binds to the calf-thymus DNA used for this study. The biotinylated photoactive Fc-tpy complexes showed significant photoinduced cytotoxicity, giving a IC50 value of ∼7 μM in visible light of 400-700 nm with selective uptake in BT474 cancer cells over HBL-100 normal cells. Furthermore, ferrocenyl complexes resulted in light-induced ROS-mediated apoptosis, as indicated by DCFDA, annexin V/FITC staining, and sub-G1 DNA content determined by fluorescent activated cell sorting analysis. The phenyl analogues 4 and 5 were photostable, served as DNA intercalators, and demonstrated selective cytotoxicity in the cancer cells, giving IC50 values of ∼4 μM.

  4. Supramolecular electron transfer by anion binding.

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    Fukuzumi, Shunichi; Ohkubo, Kei; D'Souza, Francis; Sessler, Jonathan L

    2012-10-11

    Anion binding has emerged as an attractive strategy to construct supramolecular electron donor-acceptor complexes. In recent years, the level of sophistication in the design of these systems has advanced to the point where it is possible to create ensembles that mimic key aspects of the photoinduced electron-transfer events operative in the photosynthetic reaction centre. Although anion binding is a reversible process, kinetic studies on anion binding and dissociation processes, as well as photoinduced electron-transfer and back electron-transfer reactions in supramolecular electron donor-acceptor complexes formed by anion binding, have revealed that photoinduced electron transfer and back electron transfer occur at time scales much faster than those associated with anion binding and dissociation. This difference in rates ensures that the linkage between electron donor and acceptor moieties is maintained over the course of most forward and back electron-transfer processes. A particular example of this principle is illustrated by electron-transfer ensembles based on tetrathiafulvalene calix[4]pyrroles (TTF-C4Ps). In these ensembles, the TTF-C4Ps act as donors, transferring electrons to various electron acceptors after anion binding. Competition with non-redox active substrates is also observed. Anion binding to the pyrrole amine groups of an oxoporphyrinogen unit within various supramolecular complexes formed with fullerenes also results in acceleration of the photoinduced electron-transfer process but deceleration of the back electron transfer; again, this is ascribed to favourable structural and electronic changes. Anion binding also plays a role in stabilizing supramolecular complexes between sulphonated tetraphenylporphyrin anions ([MTPPS](4-): M = H(2) and Zn) and a lithium ion encapsulated C(60) (Li(+)@C(60)); the resulting ensemble produces long-lived charge-separated states upon photoexcitation of the porphyrins.

  5. Photo-induced reflectivity in the mid and far infrared

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    Haar, P.; Harrington, K.J.; Schwettman, H.A.

    1995-12-31

    Interest in switching FEL beams has motivated studies of photo-induced reflectivity in the mid and far infrared. We are particularly interested in Ge{sup 4}, GaAs, and Si{sup 5}, materials that can be pumped with a visible or near-IR conventional laser and which together cover the wavelengths from 3-100{mu}m. We have made quantitative measurements to determine the induced reflectivity, carrier lifetime, and transient absorption of these materials at several wavelengths across this range using a variety of pump laser wavelengths and pulse lengths. These measurements allow us to determine the feasibility of single pulse selection and cavity dumping with our FELs at high repetition rates.

  6. Photoinduced surface voltage mapping study for large perovskite single crystals

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    Liu, Xiaojing; Liu, Yucheng; Gao, Fei; Yang, Zhou; Liu, Shengzhong Frank

    2016-05-01

    Using a series of illumination sources, including white light (tungsten-halogen lamp), 445-nm, 532-nm, 635-nm, and 730-nm lasers, the surface photovoltage (SPV) images were mapped for centimeter-sized CH3NH3PbX3 (X = Cl, Br, I) perovskite single crystals using Kelvin probe force microscopy. The significant SPV signals were observed to be wavelength-dependent. We attribute the appreciable SPV to the built-in electric field in the space charge region. This study shines light into the understanding of photoinduced charge generation and separation processes at nanoscale to help advance the development of perovskite solar cells, optoelectronics, laser, photodetector, and light-emitting diode (LED).

  7. Preparation of diarylethene copolymers and their photoinduced refractive index change

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    Cho, S. Y.; Yoo, M.; Shin, H.-W.; Ahn, K.-H.; Kim, Y.-R.; Kim, E.

    2003-01-01

    Diarylethene copolymers were synthesized from 1-(6 '-vinyl-2 '-methylbenzo[ b]thiophene-3 '-yl)-2-(2 ''-methylbenzo [ b]thiophene-3 ''-yl)hexafluorocyclopentene (VMBTF6) and 1-[6 '-(4 '''-vinylbenzoyl)-2 '-methylbenzo[ b]thiophene-3 '-yl]-2-(2 ''-methylbenzo[ b]thiophene-3 ''-yl)hexafluorocyclopentene (VBMBTF6) via living free radical techniques using stable TEMPO derivatives. The diarylethene content was controlled by the feed ratio of diarylethene derivatives and styrene. Transparent photochromic polymer films were prepared from the diarylethene copolymers with narrow molecular weight dispersion (PD˜1.3) by spin coating method. Photoinduced refractive index changes (Δ nTE) of the polymer films, with 25 mol% of diaryethene content, accompanied by the photochromic change were determined as 0.0009 and 0.0030 for poly(styrene- ran -VMBTF6) and poly(styrene- ran-VBMBTF6), respectively.

  8. Photoinduced Acrylate Polymerization: Unexpected Reduction in Chain Branching.

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    Wenn, Benjamin; Reekmans, Gunter; Adriaensens, Peter; Junkers, Thomas

    2015-08-01

    The branching stemming from midchain radical formation in n-butyl acrylate polymerization is investigated via melt-state (13) C NMR measurements. The dependence of the degree of branching (DB) on the monomer conversion of the system is examined for photoinduced polymerizations, revealing a steady increase in branching with conversion. For polymerization at moderate light intensities, an increase in branching from 0.03% to 0.37% is observed for polymerizations at 60 °C, which is fivefold below the level of branching observed in thermally initiated polymerizations under otherwise identical reaction conditions. The reason for this overall reduction in branching remains momentarily unclear; yet, a strong dependence of branching on light intensity is observed. While polymerization under a 1 W LED lamp results at almost full monomer conversion in branching degrees of 0.22%, polymerization under a 400 W lamp yields 1.81% of chain branches.

  9. Photoinduced Magnetization in a Thin Fe-CN-Co Film.

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    Huh, Y. D.; Talham, D. R.; Park, J.-H.; Meisel, M. W.

    2004-03-01

    We have studied the photoinduced magnetization of a new low dimensional system, a thin film of a Prussian blue derivative, Rb_jCo_k[Fe(CN)_6]_l. This film was synthesized by the sequential depositions of Rb^+/Co^2+ and [Fe(CN)_6]^3- ions on the surface of a templated Fe-CN-Co monolayer. In this novel 2D system, high spin states of the Fe and Co spins interact antiferromagnetically and experience long range ordering below 20 K. The spins form domains that exhibit behavior consistent with a cluster spin-glass description. Upon illumination with light, the population of the high spin states increases, resulting in a rapid increase of the magnetization of the film and a modification of the cluster spin-glass properties.

  10. Photoinduced surface voltage mapping study for large perovskite single crystals

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    Liu, Xiaojing; Liu, Yucheng; Gao, Fei; Yang, Zhou; Liu, Shengzhong

    2016-05-02

    Using a series of illumination sources, including white light (tungsten-halogen lamp), 445-nm, 532-nm, 635-nm, and 730-nm lasers, the surface photovoltage (SPV) images were mapped for centimeter-sized CH{sub 3}NH{sub 3}PbX{sub 3} (X = Cl, Br, I) perovskite single crystals using Kelvin probe force microscopy. The significant SPV signals were observed to be wavelength-dependent. We attribute the appreciable SPV to the built-in electric field in the space charge region. This study shines light into the understanding of photoinduced charge generation and separation processes at nanoscale to help advance the development of perovskite solar cells, optoelectronics, laser, photodetector, and light-emitting diode (LED).

  11. Method for characterizing bulk recombination using photoinduced absorption

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    Wilson, Nora M.; Sandén, Simon; Sandberg, Oskar J.; Österbacka, Ronald

    2017-03-01

    The influence of reaction order and trap-assisted recombination on continuous-wave photoinduced absorption measurements is clarified through analytical calculations and numerical simulations. The results reveal the characteristic influence of different trap distributions and enable distinguishing between shallow exponential and Gaussian distributions and systems dominated by direct recombination by analyzing the temperature dependence of the in-phase and quadrature signals. The identifying features are the intensity dependence of the in-phase at high intensity, P A I ∝ I γ HI , and the frequency dependence of the quadrature at low frequency, P A Q ∝ ω γ LF . For direct recombination, γHI and γLF are temperature independent, and for an exponential distribution, they depend on the characteristic energy Ech as γ HI = 1 / ( 1 + E ch / k T ) and γ LF = k T / E ch , while a Gaussian distribution shows γHI and γLF as functions of I and ω, respectively.

  12. Photoinduced blinking in a solid-state quantum system

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    Berhane, Amanuel M.; Bradac, Carlo; Aharonovich, Igor

    2017-07-01

    Solid-state single-photon emitters (SPEs) are one of the prime components of many quantum nanophotonics devices. In this work, we report on an unusual, photoinduced blinking phenomenon of SPEs in gallium nitride. This is shown to be due to the modification in the transition kinetics of the emitter, via the introduction of additional laser-activated states. We investigate and characterize the blinking effect on the brightness of the source and the statistics of the emitted photons. Combining second-order correlation and fluorescence trajectory measurements, we determine the photodynamics of the trap states and characterize power-dependent decay rates and characteristic "off"-time blinking. Our work sheds light into understanding solid-state quantum system dynamics and, specifically, power-induced blinking phenomena in SPEs.

  13. The photoinduced E → Z isomerization of bisazobenzenes: a surface hopping molecular dynamics study.

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    Floss, Gereon; Saalfrank, Peter

    2015-05-21

    The photoinduced E → Z isomerization of azobenzene is a prototypical example of molecular switching. On the way toward rigid molecular rods such as those for opto-mechanical applications, multiazobenzene structures have been suggested in which several switching units are linked together within the same molecule (Bléger et al., J. Phys. Chem. B 2011, 115, 9930-9940). Large differences in the switching efficiency of multiazobenzenes have been observed, depending on whether the switching units are electronically decoupled or not. In this paper we study, on a time-resolved molecular level, the E→ Z isomerization of the simplest multiazobenzene, bisazobenzene (BAB). Two isomers (ortho- and para-BAB), differing only in the connectivity of two azo groups on a shared phenyl ring will be considered.To do so, nonadiabatic semiclassical dynamics after photoexcitation of the isomers are studied by employing an "on-the-fly", fewest switches surface hopping approach. States and couplings are calculated by Configuration Interaction (CI) based on a semiempirical (AM1) Hamiltonian (Persico and co-workers, Chem. Eur. J. 2004, 10, 2327-2341). In the case of para-BAB, computed quantum yields for photoswitching are drastically reduced compared to pristine azobenzene, due to electronic coupling of both switching units. A reason for this (apart from altered absorption spectra and reduced photochromicity) is the drastically reduced lifetimes of electronically excited states which are transiently populated. In contrast for meta-connected species, electronic subsystems are largely decoupled, and computed quantum yields are slightly higher than that for pristine azobenzene because of new isomerization channels. In this case we can also distinguish between single- and double-switch events and we find a cooperative effect: The isomerization of a single azo group is facilitated if the other azo group is already in the Z-configuration.

  14. Luminescence and photoinduced absorption in ytterbium-doped optical fibres

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    Rybaltovsky, A A; Aleshkina, S S; Likhachev, M E; Bubnov, M M; Umnikov, A A; Yashkov, M V; Gur'yanov, Aleksei N; Dianov, Evgenii M

    2011-12-31

    Photochemical reactions induced in the glass network of an ytterbium-doped fibre core by IR laser pumping and UV irradiation have been investigated by analysing absorption and luminescence spectra. We have performed comparative studies of the photoinduced absorption and luminescence spectra of fibre preforms differing in core glass composition: Al{sub 2}O{sub 3} : SiO{sub 2}, Al{sub 2}O{sub 3} : Yb{sub 2}O{sub 3} : SiO{sub 2}, and P{sub 2}O{sub 5} : Yb{sub 2}O{sub 3} : SiO{sub 2}. The UV absorption spectra of unirradiated preform core samples show strong bands peaking at 5.1 and 6.5 eV, whose excitation plays a key role in photoinduced colour centre generation in the glass network. 'Direct' UV excitation of the 5.1- and 6.5-eV absorption bands at 244 and 193 nm leads to the reduction of some of the Yb{sup 3+} ions to Yb{sup 2+}. The photodarkening of ytterbium-doped fibres by IR pumping is shown to result from oxygen hole centre generation. A phenomenological model is proposed for the IR-pumping-induced photodarkening of ytterbium-doped fibres. The model predicts that colour centre generation in the core glass network and the associated absorption in the visible range result from a cooperative effect involving simultaneous excitation of a cluster composed of several closely spaced Yb{sup 3+} ions.

  15. Photo-induced transformations in 2,2':5',2''-terthiophene thin films on silver.

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    Alaverdyan, Yury; Johansson, Patrik; Käll, Mikael

    2006-03-28

    We report on transient photo-induced structural changes of 2,2':5',2''-terthiophene (3T) adsorbed on silver nanoparticles. Surface-enhanced Raman scattering (SERS) data show that the film thickness predetermines the eventual course of these changes. In particular, for high molecular concentrations (thick adsorbate layers), illumination leads to a photoinduced polymerization of the 3T film. For thin layers ( approximately monolayer coverage), the photoinduced spectral evolution is qualitatively different. We interpret the latter process as a cleavage of the terthiophene molecule, resulting in isolated thiophene units. Calculations of excitation energies for 3T + 3Ag+ and 1T + Ag+ revealed visible transitions, while calculated Raman frequencies indicated 1T as a possible photoproduct. As no photoinduced transformations are observed for 3T in the solid or solution phases, it is likely that the processes reported here originate in surface-enhanced charge-transfer between the Ag-surface and the organic adsorbate.

  16. Photoinduced properties of nanocrystalline TiO2-anatase coating on Ti-based bone implants.

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    Lorenzetti, Martina; Biglino, Daniele; Novak, Saša; Kobe, Spomenka

    2014-04-01

    The paper reports on the photoinduced properties of hydrothermally treated (HT) titanium used for bone implants. The anatase coatings composed of 30-100nm anatase crystals exhibited high photocatalytic activity and good photo-induced wettability, reaching a superhydrophilic state, despite the larger crystal dimensions than the previously reported optimal ones. These properties are due to a suitable combination of surface texture, roughness, thickness, crystal morphology and particle size, which allowed the two independent photo-induced phenomena to occur simultaneously. The results on caffeine degradation by photocatalysis and the prolonged effect (up to two weeks) of photo-induced wettability in dark suggested a possible applicability of the HT anatase coatings as bacteria-repelling surfaces for body implants, in favor of a better osseointegration in vivo.

  17. Alternating photoinduced mass transport triggered by light polarization in azobenzene containing sol-gel films

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    Fabbri, F.; Lassailly, Y.; Lahlil, K.; Boilot, J. P.; Peretti, J.

    2010-02-01

    Combined shear-force and near-field optical microscopies are used for real-time monitoring of the formation of photoinduced surface relief gratings in photochromic thin films containing azobenzene derivatives. The correlated optical and topographical images provide evidence that the direction of the photoinduced matter migration is defined by the light polarization pattern and that, for a given light intensity pattern, modulating the polarization between two orthogonal states gives rise to alternating mass transport.

  18. Irradiance and Temperature Dependence of Photo-Induced Orientation in Two Azobenzene-Based Polymers

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    1998-06-23

    and Almeria Natansohn* Department of Chemistry, Queen’s University, Kingston, Ontario, K7L 3N6 Paul Rochon Department of Physics, Royal Military...1. IRRADIANCE AND TEMPERATURE DEPENDENCE OF PHOTO-INDUCED ORIENTATION IN TWO AZOBENZENE-BASED POLYMERS Dennis Hore and Almeria Natansohn...IRRADIANCE AND TEMPERATURE DEPENDENCE OF PHOTO-INDUCED ORIENTATION IN TWO AZOBENZENE-BASED POLYMERS Dennis Hore and Almeria Natansohn Department of

  19. Photoinduced hydroxyl radical and photocatalytic activity of samarium-doped TiO(2) nanocrystalline.

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    Xiao, Qi; Si, Zhichun; Zhang, Jiang; Xiao, Chong; Tan, Xiaoke

    2008-01-15

    Sm(3+)-doped TiO(2) nanocrystalline has been prepared by sol-gel auto-combustion technique and characterized by X-ray diffraction (XRD), Brunauer-Emmett-Teller (BET) method, and also UV-vis diffuse reflectance spectroscopy (DRS). These Sm(3+)-doped TiO(2) samples were tested for methylene blue (MB) decomposition and *OH radical formation. The analysis of *OH radical formation on the sample surface under UV irradiation was performed by fluorescence technique with using terephthalic acid, which readily reacted with *OH radical to produce highly fluorescent product, 2-hydroxyterephthalic acid. It was observed that the presence of Sm(3+) ion as a dopant significantly enhanced the photocatalytic activity for MB degradation under UV light irradiation because both the larger specific surface area and the greater the formation rate of *OH radical were simultaneously obtained for Sm(3+)-doped TiO(2) nanocrystalline. The adsorption experimental demonstrated that Sm(3+)-TiO(2) had a higher MB adsorption capacity than undoped TiO(2) and the adsorption capacity of MB increased with the increase of samarium ion content. The results also indicated that the greater the formation rate of *OH radical was, the higher photocatalytic activity was achieved. In this study, the optimum amount of Sm(3+) doping was 0.5 mol%, at which the recombination of photo-induced electrons and holes could be effectively inhibited, the highest formation rate of *OH radicals was, and thereby the highest photocatalytic activity was achieved.

  20. Direct Observation of Photoinduced Charge Separation in Ruthenium Complex/Ni(OH)2 Nanoparticle Hybrid

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    Tang, Yu; Pattengale, Brian; Ludwig, John; Atifi, Abderrahman; Zinovev, Alexander V.; Dong, Bin; Kong, Qingyu; Zuo, Xiaobing; Zhang, Xiaoyi; Huang, Jier

    2015-12-01

    Ni(OH)2 have emerged as important functional materials for solar fuel conversion because of their potential as cost-effective bifunctional catalysts for both hydrogen and oxygen evolution reactions. However, their roles as photocatalysts in the photoinduced charge separation (CS) reactions remain unexplored. In this paper, we investigate the CS dynamics of a newly designed hybrid catalyst by integrating a Ru complex with Ni(OH)2 nanoparticles (NPs). Using time resolved X-ray absorption spectroscopy (XTA), we directly observed the formation of the reduced Ni metal site (~60 ps), unambiguously demonstrating CS process in the hybrid through ultrafast electron transfer from Ru complex to Ni(OH)2 NPs. Compared to the ultrafast CS process, the charge recombination in the hybrid is ultraslow (≫50 ns). These results not only suggest the possibility of developing Ni(OH)2 as solar fuel catalysts, but also represent the first time direct observation of efficient CS in a hybrid catalyst using XTA.

  1. Direct Observation of Photoinduced Charge Separation in Ruthenium Complex/Ni(OH)2 Nanoparticle Hybrid

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    Tang, Yu; Pattengale, Brian A.; Ludwig, John M.; ...

    2015-12-17

    We report that Ni(OH)2 have emerged as important functional materials for solar fuel conversion because of their potential as cost-effective bifunctional catalysts for both hydrogen and oxygen evolution reactions. However, their roles as photocatalysts in the photoinduced charge separation (CS) reactions remain unexplored. In this paper, we investigate the CS dynamics of a newly designed hybrid catalyst by integrating a Ru complex with Ni(OH)2 nanoparticles (NPs). Using time resolved X-ray absorption spectroscopy (XTA), we directly observed the formation of the reduced Ni metal site (~60 ps), unambiguously demonstrating CS process in the hybrid through ultrafast electron transfer from Ru complexmore » to Ni(OH)2 NPs. Compared to the ultrafast CS process, the charge recombination in the hybrid is ultraslow (>>50 ns). These results not only suggest the possibility of developing Ni(OH)2 as solar fuel catalysts, but also represent the first time direct observation of efficient CS in a hybrid catalyst using XTA.« less

  2. pH Dependent Photoinduced Effects of Protoporphyrin IX to Human Serum Albumin

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    Rozinek, Sarah; Palos-Chavez, Jorge; Brancaleon, Lorenzo

    2011-03-01

    Irradiation of the non-covalent complex between protoporphyrin IX (PPIX) and β -lactoglobulin (Blg), causes a modest unfolding of the protein localized to Trp19. That binding site is affected by pH of the solution. At physiological pH, PPIX is known to bind HSA in hydrophobic binding sites. However, no evidence is presented for the binding behavior of PPIX to HSA in non-physological pH confirmations, nor on the effects of irradiation on the bound system at any pH. The combination of spectroscopic data and molecular simulations suggests that distinct PPIX-compatible binding sites become available at each confirmation of HSA at pH 7.4, and 9 while the pH 3 conformation is unfavorable for binding. Photoinduced mechanisms produce changes in the ligand as well as the protein but they do not appear to be dependent on the presence of O2 in solution. Therefore, the mechanism is not mediated by the formation of singlet oxygen and is likely the result of electron transfer between the porphyrin and amino acid residues.

  3. Direct Observation of Photoinduced Charge Separation in Ruthenium Complex/Ni(OH)2 Nanoparticle Hybrid

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    Tang, Yu; Pattengale, Brian; Ludwig, John; Atifi, Abderrahman; Zinovev, Alexander V.; Dong, Bin; Kong, Qingyu; Zuo, Xiaobing; Zhang, Xiaoyi; Huang, Jier

    2015-01-01

    Ni(OH)2 have emerged as important functional materials for solar fuel conversion because of their potential as cost-effective bifunctional catalysts for both hydrogen and oxygen evolution reactions. However, their roles as photocatalysts in the photoinduced charge separation (CS) reactions remain unexplored. In this paper, we investigate the CS dynamics of a newly designed hybrid catalyst by integrating a Ru complex with Ni(OH)2 nanoparticles (NPs). Using time resolved X-ray absorption spectroscopy (XTA), we directly observed the formation of the reduced Ni metal site (~60 ps), unambiguously demonstrating CS process in the hybrid through ultrafast electron transfer from Ru complex to Ni(OH)2 NPs. Compared to the ultrafast CS process, the charge recombination in the hybrid is ultraslow (≫50 ns). These results not only suggest the possibility of developing Ni(OH)2 as solar fuel catalysts, but also represent the first time direct observation of efficient CS in a hybrid catalyst using XTA. PMID:26673578

  4. Photoinduced charge separation at polymer-fullerene interfaces of BHJ solar cells (Conference Presentation)

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    Poluektov, Oleg G.; Niklas, Jens; Mardis, Kristy

    2016-09-01

    While photovoltaic cells are highly promising man-made devices for direct solar energy utilization, a number of fundamental questions about how the organic bulk heterojunction cell enables efficient long-lived and long-range charge separation remain unanswered. These questions were address by employing an advanced suite of EPR spectroscopy in combination with DFT calculations to study mechanism of charge separation at the polymer-fullerene interfaces of photo-active BHJ. Observed charge delocalization in BHJ upon photoinduced ET is analogous to that in organic donor-acceptor material. This is an efficient mechanism of charge stabilization in photosynthetic assemblies. Time-resolved EPR spectra show a strong polarization pattern for all polymer-fullerene blends under study, which is caused by non-Boltzmann population of the electron spin energy levels in the radical pairs. The first observation of this phenomenon was reported in natural and artificial photosynthetic assemblies, and comparison with these systems allows us to better understand charge separation processes in OPVs. The spectral analysis presented here, in combination with DFT calculations, shows that CS processes in OPV materials are similar to that in organic photosynthetic systems. This work was supported by the U.S. Department of Energy, Office of Basic Energy Sciences, Division of Chemical Sciences, Geosciences, and Biosciences, under Contract DE-AC02-06CH11357 at Argonne National Laboratory.

  5. Mode of photo-induced toxic action of PAH in fish

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    Weinstein, J.E.; Oris, J.T.; Taylor, D.H.

    1995-12-31

    Juvenile fathead minnows (Pimephales promelas) were exposed to 0, 6, and 12 {micro}g/L fluoranthene in the presence of ultraviolet (US) light for 6, 12, 24, 48 and 96 hours. Ultrastructural pathology of the secondary gill lamellae was examined using transmission electron microscopy. Following 12 hours of exposure to 12 {micro}g/L fluoranthene and UV light, epithelial cells appeared highly vacuolated and swollen. Following 48 hours, additional morphological alterations in epithelial cells included multivesiculated blebbing of the plasma membrane into intercellular gaps, numerous cytolysosomes, myelinoid bodies, and enlarged lysosomes with lipid-like contents. The staining characteristics of these cytoplasmic inclusions were consistent with that of phospholipid autodigestion. In addition, an inflammatory-type reaction occurred in the secondary lamellae following 24 hours of exposure. This reaction was characterized by large areas of intercellular edema, which produced a lifting of the epithelium, and the occasional presence of macrophages and granulocytes within the edematous areas and the lamellar blood sinuses. No morphological changes were observed in chloride cells, mucous cells, or pillar cells. In those fish exposed to 6 {micro}g/L fluoranthene and UV light, a similar progression compared to 12 {micro}g/L exposure of epithelial cell damage and inflammatory-type reaction was evident beginning at 24 hours of exposure. The results of this study suggest that the mode of action of photo-induced fluoranthene toxicity in fish is respiratory stress.

  6. Unravelling the mechanism of photoinduced charge transfer processes in lead iodide perovskite solar cells

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    Marchioro, Arianna; Teuscher, Joël; Friedrich, Dennis; Kunst, Marinus; van de Krol, Roel; Moehl, Thomas; Grätzel, Michael; Moser, Jacques-E.

    2014-03-01

    Lead halide perovskites have recently been used as light absorbers in hybrid organic-inorganic solid-state solar cells, with efficiencies as high as 15% and open-circuit voltages of 1 V. However, a detailed explanation of the mechanisms of operation within this photovoltaic system is still lacking. Here, we investigate the photoinduced charge transfer processes at the surface of the perovskite using time-resolved techniques. Transient laser spectroscopy and microwave photoconductivity measurements were applied to TiO2 and Al2O3 mesoporous films impregnated with CH3NH3PbI3 perovskite and the organic hole-transporting material spiro-OMeTAD. We show that primary charge separation occurs at both junctions, with TiO2 and the hole-transporting material, simultaneously, with ultrafast electron and hole injection taking place from the photoexcited perovskite over similar timescales. Charge recombination is shown to be significantly slower on TiO2 than on Al2O3 films.

  7. Highly efficient photoinduced desorption of N{sub 2}O and CO from porous silicon

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    Toker, Gil; Sagi, Roey; Bar-Nachum, Shay; Asscher, Micha

    2013-01-28

    Photoinduced desorption (PID) of N{sub 2}O and CO from porous silicon (PSi) samples is reported. Both adsorbates exhibit unusually large cross sections for PID at 193 nm, up to 10{sup -15} cm{sup 2}, 2-3 orders of magnitude larger than the literature values for similar processes on flat Si. Under this UV irradiation, N{sub 2}O molecules undergo photodissociation (a competing process leading to surface oxidation) with a cross section that is 2 orders of magnitude smaller than photodesorption. In the case of CO desorption is the exclusive photodepletion mechanism. PID efficiency decreases with increasing CO coverage suggesting PID hindrance by interactions among the desorbing CO molecules leading to re-adsorption at higher coverage. The wavelength and fluence dependence measurements exclude the possibility of laser induced thermal desorption for both adsorbates. The proposed mechanism for this phenomenon is desorption induced by hot electron transfer from the substrate to the adsorbate. Enhanced lifetime of transient negative adsorbate due to stabilization by localized holes on PSi nanotips can explain the observed abnormally large PID efficiency on top of porous silicon.

  8. Photo-kinetics of photoinduced transformation reaction of methylene green with titanium trichloride in different solvents

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    Nadeem, Syed Muhammad Saqib; Saeed, Rehana

    2017-08-01

    The photo-kinetics of photoinduced transformation reaction of methylene green and titanium trichloride was investigated in water and different aqueous-alcoholic solvents. The reaction is pseudo-first order, dependent only on the concentration of titanium trichloride at fixed concentration of methylene green. The effect of water and aqueous-alcoholic solvents was studied in the acidic range from 4 to 7. It was observed that the quantum yield (φ) of reaction increased with increase in polarity of the solvent. The quantum yield (φ) was high in acidic condition and decreased with further increase in acidity. The quantum yield (φ) increased sharply with increase in concentration of titanium trichloride while it almost remained unaffected by change in concentration of methylene green. The addition of ions increased the quantum yield (φ) of reaction. The increase in temperature decreased the rate and quantum yield (φ) of reaction. An electron transfer mechanism for the reaction has been proposed in accordance with the kinetics of reaction. The absence of any reaction intermediate was confirmed by spectroscopic investigations. Activation energy ( E a) was calculated by Arrhenius relation. Thermodynamic parameters such as activation energy ( E a), enthalpy change (Δ H), free energy change (Δ G) and entropy change (Δ S) were also evaluated.

  9. Photoinduced Absorption of the Monomer Derivative of a Polyphenylene Vinylene Segmented Block Copolymer

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    Gedelian, Cynthia; Coplin, Kim; Epstein, Arthur

    2002-10-01

    Conducting polymers are an exciting development in the fields of both physics and chemistry. They have the potential to revolutionize the electronics industry by allowing for the creation of flexible and/or transparent circuits and LED's in many applications. We present the millisecond photoinduced absorption (PA) spectrum of a methoxy-substituted monomer derivative of poly (p-phenylene vinylene) (PPV) in the near-infrared to visible region (1.1 eV to 2.5 eV). A prominent PA peak was found near 2.1 eV when the sample was excited with both 2.7 eV and ultraviolet pump energies. We also report temperature, frequency, and intensity dependence studies of the 2.1 eV PA peak. Our results indicate exciton formation consistent with previous studies of the monomer [1] and similar studies of the related segmented block copolymer [2]. [1] E. Kyllo, et al., Synth. Met. 116, 189 (2001). [2] D. Clark, et al., Bull. Am. Phys. Soc. 46, 9 (2001).

  10. Frontier orbital symmetry control of intermolecular electron transfer. Final report, September 15, 1988--December 31, 1994

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    Stevens, B.

    1997-07-01

    This report discusses the following topics: the recovery of intermolecular transfer parameters from fluorescence quenching in liquids; photoinduced intramolecular electron transfer in flexible donor/space/acceptor systems containing an extended unsaturated spacer; electron transfer sensitized reaction; the recovery of solute and fractal dimensions from electron transfer quenching data; and frontier orbital symmetry control of back electron transfer.

  11. Self-assembly of semiconductor organogelator nanowires for photoinduced charge separation.

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    Wicklein, André; Ghosh, Suhrit; Sommer, Michael; Würthner, Frank; Thelakkat, Mukundan

    2009-05-26

    We investigated an innovative concept of general validity based on an organogel/polymer system to generate donor-acceptor nanostructures suitable for charge generation and charge transport. An electron conducting (acceptor) perylene bisimide organogelator forms nanowires in suitable solvents during gelation process. This phenomenon was utilized for its self-assembly in an amorphous hole conducting (donor) polymer matrix to realize an interpenetrating donor-acceptor interface with inherent morphological stability. The self-assembly and interface generation were carried out either stepwise or in a single-step. Morphology of the donor-acceptor network in thin films obtained via both routes were studied by a combination of scanning electron microscopy and atomic force microscopy. Additionally, photoinduced charge separation and charge transport in these systems were tested in organic solar cells. Fabrication steps of multilayer organogel/polymer photovoltaic devices were optimized with respect to morphology and surface roughness by introducing additional smoothening layers and charge injection/blocking layers. An inverted cell geometry was used here in which electrons are collected at the bottom electrode and holes at the top electrode. The simultaneous preparation of the interface exhibits almost 3-fold improvement in device characteristics compared to the successive method. The device characteristics under AM1.5 spectral conditions and 100 mW/cm(2) for the simultaneous preparation route are short circuit current J(sc) = 0.28 mA cm(-2), open circuit voltage V(OC) = 390 mV, fill factor FF = 38%, and a power conversion efficiency eta = 0.041%.

  12. Synthesis and Characterization of a Novel Borazine-Type UV Photo-Induced Polymerization of Ceramic Precursors.

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    Wei, Dan; Chen, Lixin; Xu, Tingting; He, Weiqi; Wang, Yi

    2016-06-21

    A preceramic polymer of B,B',B''-(dimethyl)ethyl-acrylate-silyloxyethyl-borazine was synthesized by three steps from a molecular single-source precursor and characterized by Fourier transform infrared (FTIR) and nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR) spectrometry. Six-member borazine rings and acrylate groups were effectively introduced into the preceramic polymer to activate UV photo-induced polymerization. Photo-Differential Scanning Calorimetry (Photo-DSC) and real-time FTIR techniques were adapted to investigate the photo-polymerization process. The results revealed that the borazine derivative exhibited dramatic activity by UV polymerization, the double-bond conversion of which reached a maximum in 40 s. Furthermore, the properties of the pyrogenetic products were studied by scanning electron microscopy (SEM) and X-ray diffraction (XRD), which proved the ceramic annealed at 1100 °C retained the amorphous phase.

  13. Reversible modulated mid-infrared absorption of Ag/TiO{sub 2} by photoinduced interfacial charge transfer

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    Xu, S. C. E-mail: ghli@issp.ac.cn; Li, L.; Pan, S. S.; Luo, Y. Y.; Zhang, Y. X.; Li, G. H. E-mail: ghli@issp.ac.cn

    2014-10-06

    An enhanced mid-infrared absorption in Ag nanoparticles-decorated TiO{sub 2} microflowers was reported. It was found that the mid-infrared absorption of the Ag/TiO{sub 2} complex depends strongly on the content and size of Ag nanoparticles, the higher the Ag nanoparticles content, the stronger the infrared absorption. The average reflectivity in the entire mid-infrared region of the microflowers drops from 57.6% to 10.5% after Ag nanoparticles decoration. Reversible modulated mid-infrared absorption properties were found in the Ag/TiO{sub 2} complexes upon alternative illumination of visible and UV light due to the photoinduced interfacial electron transfer between TiO{sub 2} semiconductor and Ag nanoparticles.

  14. Intramolecular photoinduced proton transfer in 2-(2‧-hydroxyphenyl)benzazole family: A TD-DFT quantum chemical study

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    Roohi, Hossein; Mohtamedifar, Nafiseh; Hejazi, Fahemeh

    2014-11-01

    In this work, intramolecular photoinduced proton transfer in 2-(2‧-hydroxyphenyl)benzazole family (HBO, HBI and HBT) was investigated using TD-DFT calculations at PBE1PBE/6-311++G(2d,2p) level of theory. The potential energy surfaces were employed to explore the proton transfer reactions in both states. In contrast to the ground state, photoexcitation from S0 state to S1 one encourages the operation of the excited-state intramolecular proton transfer process. Structural parameters, H-bonding energy, absorption and emission bands, vertical excitation and emission energies, oscillator strength, fluorescence rate constant, dipole moment, atomic charges and electron density at critical points were calculated. Molecular orbital analysis shows that vertical S0 → S1 transition in the studied molecules corresponds essentially to the excitation from HOMO (π) to LUMO (π∗). Our calculated results are in good agreement with the experimental observations.

  15. Visualization of Photo-induced Doping patterns in Graphene/Boron Nitride Heterostructures via Scanning Tunneling Microscopy

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    Velasco, Jairo, Jr.; Ju, Long; Wong, Dillon; Lee, Juwon; Kahn, Salman; Tsai, Hsin-Zon; Germany, Chad; Taniguchi, Takashi; Watanabe, Kenji; Zettl, Alex; Wang, Feng; Crommie, Mike

    2015-03-01

    Photo-induced doping in graphene-boron nitride (G/BN) heterostructures enables flexible and repeatable writing and erasing of charge doping in graphene using optical irradiation. So far, however, this phenomenon has been explored using spatially averaging probes such as electron transport, and there have been no local studies into the underlying microscopic behavior. Here we report a combined scanning tunneling microscopy (STM) and optoelectronic measurement scheme that has been utilized to investigate the microscopic mechanisms at work in this process. We will discuss the latest experimental progress towards the visualization of light-induced charge doping patterns on G/BN heterostructures via STM. J.V.J. acknowledges support from the UC President's Postdoctoral Fellowship.

  16. Determination of the structural features of a long-lived electron-transfer state of 9-mesityl-10-methylacridinium ion.

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    Hoshino, Manabu; Uekusa, Hidehiro; Tomita, Ayana; Koshihara, Shin-ya; Sato, Tokushi; Nozawa, Shunsuke; Adachi, Shin-ichi; Ohkubo, Kei; Kotani, Hiroaki; Fukuzumi, Shunichi

    2012-03-14

    Extensive efforts have been devoted to developing electron donor-acceptor systems that mimic the utilization of solar energy that occurs in photosynthesis. X-ray crystallographic analysis shows how absorbed photon energy is stabilized in those compounds by structural changes upon photoinduced electron transfer (ET). In this study, structural changes of a simple electron donor-acceptor dyad, 9-mesityl-10-methylacridinium cation (Acr(+)-Mes), upon photoinduced ET were directly observed by laser pump and X-ray probe crystallographic analysis. The N-methyl group in Acr(+) was bent, and a weak electrostatic interaction between Mes and a counteranion in the crystal (ClO(4)) was generated by photoinduced ET. These structural changes correspond to reduction and oxidation due to photoinduced ET and directly elucidate the mechanism in Acr(+)-Mes for mimicking photosynthesis efficiently.

  17. Time-resolved EPR identifies unexpected electron transfer in cryptochrome**

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    Biskup, Till; Hitomi, Kenichi; Getzoff, Elizabeth D.; Krapf, Sebastian; Koslowski, Thorsten; Schleicher, Erik

    2012-01-01

    Tuning photoinduced electron transfer: Subtle differences in local sequence and conformation can produce diversity and specificity in electron transfer (ET) in proteins, despite high structural conservation of redox partners. For individual ET steps, distance is not necessarily the decisive parameter; orientation and solvent accessibility of ET partners, and therefore, stabilization of charge-separated states contribute substantially. PMID:22086606

  18. Direct characterization of photoinduced lattice dynamics in BaFe2As2

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    Gerber, S.; Kim, K. W.; Zhang, Y.; Zhu, D.; Plonka, N.; Yi, M.; Dakovski, G. L.; Leuenberger, D.; Kirchmann, P.S.; Moore, R. G.; Chollet, M.; Glownia, J. M.; Feng, Y.; Lee, J.-S.; Mehta, A.; Kemper, A. F.; Wolf, T.; Chuang, Y.-D.; Hussain, Z.; Kao, C.-C.; Moritz, B.; Shen, Z.-X.; Devereaux, T. P.; Lee, W.-S.

    2015-06-08

    Ultrafast light pulses can modify electronic properties of quantum materials by perturbing the underlying, intertwined degrees of freedom. In particular, iron-based superconductors exhibit a strong coupling among electronic nematic fluctuations, spins and the lattice, serving as a playground for ultrafast manipulation. Here we use time-resolved X-ray scattering to measure the lattice dynamics of photoexcited BaFe2As2. On optical excitation, no signature of an ultrafast change of the crystal symmetry is observed, but the lattice oscillates rapidly in time due to the coherent excitation of an A1g mode that modulates the Fe–As–Fe bond angle. We directly quantify the coherent lattice dynamics and show that even a small photoinduced lattice distortion can induce notable changes in the electronic and magnetic properties. Our analysis implies that transient structural modification can be an effective tool for manipulating the electronic properties of multi-orbital systems, where electronic instabilities are sensitive to the orbital character of bands.

  19. Surface photovoltage phase spectra for analysing the photoinduced charge transfer kinetics of novel BiOBr/Bi2S3 heterojunction films

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    Jia, Huimin; He, Weiwei; Xiang, Yong; Zheng, Zhi

    2017-01-01

    The rational design of high performance hetero-structure photovoltaic devices requires full understanding of the photoinduced charge transfer mechanism and kinetics at the interface of heterojunctions. In this paper, p-BiOBr/n-Bi2S3 heterojunction have been designed and in-situ fabricated by a facile ion exchange method between BiOBr and thioacetamide (TAA). The degree of transformation of BiOBr to Bi2S3 was controlled through the adjustment of exposure time of BiOBr/FTO substrate to thioacetamide (TAA) aqueous solution. The morphologies of BiOBr and BiOBr/Bi2S3 heterojunctions films were examined by X-ray diffraction (XRD), scanning electron microscope (SEM) and high resolution transmission electron microscopy (HRTEM). The presence of Bi2S3 was further validated through energy dispersive X-ray spectroscopy (EDS). Assisted by the surface photovoltage (SPV) and transient photovoltage (TPV) technique, the photoinduced charge transfer kinetics on BiOBr nanosheet and BiOBr/Bi2S3 interface were systematically investigated. It was found that the BiOBr/Bi2S3 nanosheet array heterojunctions were more efficient in facilitating the separation of photoinduced charge carriers than pure BiOBr film, which attributable to the stronger photo absorption and better photogenerated charge carrier separation and transport efficiency. This solution-based process directly on FTO offers the promise for low-cost, large-area application of the manufacturing of the third generation thin-film photovoltaic devices.

  20. Photoinduced charge recombination in dipolar D-A-A photonic liquid crystal polymorphs.

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    Mazza, Mercedes M A; Yamazaki, Shiori; Mai, Dieu X; Padgaonkar, Suyog; Peurifoy, Samuel; Goncalves, Ariane; Wu, Yi-Lin; Hu, Qiaoyu; Scott, Amy M

    2017-02-08

    A hexylalkoxy dipolar D-A-A molecule [7-(4-N,N-(bis(4-hexyloxyphenyl)amino)phenyl)-2,1,3-(benzothia-diazol-4-yl)methylene]propane-dinitrile, (C6-TPA-BT-CN) has been synthesized and the photophysics studied via femtosecond transient absorption spectroscopy (FsTA) in toluene and in amorphous and liquid crystalline spherulite thin films. Two spherulite macromolecular crystalline phases (banded, and non-banded) were observed through concentration dependent, solution processing techniques and are birefringent with a negative sign of elongation. A dramatic change in the electronic absorption from blue in amorphous films to green in spherulites was observed, and the molecular orientation was determined through the combined analysis of polarized light microscopy, X-ray diffraction, and scanning electron microscopy. FsTA was performed on amorphous films and show complex charge recombination dynamics, and a Stark effect, characterized from the combined TPA+˙ and [BT-CN]-˙ spectroscopic signatures at 450 nm and 510 nm and identified through spectroelectrochemistry. Radical cation dynamics of TPA+˙ was observed selectively at 750 nm with >503.3 ps (18%) recombination kinetics resulting in a rather significant yield of free charge carriers in amorphous films and consistent with previous reports on energetically disordered blend films. However, photoexcitation on large, non-banded spherulites areas (>250 μm) reveal average monoexponential charge recombination lifetimes of 169.2 ps from delocalized states similar to those observed in amorphous films and are 5× longer-lived than previous reports [Chang et al., J. Am. Chem. Soc., 2013, 135, 8790] of a related methyl-DPAT-BT-CN whose amorphous thin films were prepared through vapor deposition. Thus, the correlation between the microstructure of the blend film and the photoinduced radical pair dynamics described here is critical for developing a fundamental understanding of how dipolar states contribute to the charge carrier

  1. Photoinduced isomerization of lycopene and application to tomato cultivation.

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    Heymann, Thomas; Raeke, Julia; Glomb, Marcus A

    2013-11-20

    The present study aimed to investigate if growth conditions have an impact on the isomeric composition of lycopene in tomatoes. First a model system for photoinduced isomerization was established. Tomato extracts were irradiated with a halogen lamp, whose wavelength spectrum is close to the spectrum of daylight and thus mimics field-grown cultivation. Different optical filters were interposed between lamp and samples to simulate greenhouse conditions. 5-cis-Lycopene was formed preferentially while the concentration of 7-cis-lycopene decreased in field-grown model systems. The change of isomerization in greenhouse model systems led to a significantly different ratio. Consequently 5-cis- and 7-cis-lycopene were identified as potent markers for the differentiation of various lighting conditions during cultivation. This result was verified in biological samples. Authentic field-grown tomatoes (var. Lycopersicon esculentum Mill. var. commune L. H. Bailey "Harzfeuer") showed a significantly higher content of 5-cis-lycopene 5.90 ± 0.45% compared to tomatoes of the same variety grown under electric lighting 4.11 ± 0.10%. Additionally, the ratio of 7-cis-lycopene was significantly lower under field-grown conditions.

  2. Photoinduced Giant Dielectric Constant in Lead Halide Perovskite Solar Cells.

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    Juarez-Perez, Emilio J; Sanchez, Rafael S; Badia, Laura; Garcia-Belmonte, Germá; Kang, Yong Soo; Mora-Sero, Ivan; Bisquert, Juan

    2014-07-03

    Organic-inorganic lead trihalide perovskites have emerged as an outstanding photovoltaic material that demonstrated a high 17.9% conversion efficiency of sunlight to electricity in a short time. We have found a giant dielectric constant (GDC) phenomenon in these materials consisting on a low frequency dielectric constant in the dark of the order of ε0 = 1000. We also found an unprecedented behavior in which ε0 further increases under illumination or by charge injection at applied bias. We observe that ε0 increases nearly linearly with the illumination intensity up to an additional factor 1000 under 1 sun. Measurement of a variety of samples of different morphologies, compositions, and different types of contacts shows that the GDC is an intrinsic property of MAPbX3 (MA = CH3NH3(+)). We hypothesize that the large dielectric response is induced by structural fluctuations. Photoinduced carriers modify the local unit cell equilibrium and change the polarizability, assisted by the freedom of rotation of MA. The study opens a way for the understanding of a key aspect of the photovoltaic operation of high efficiency perovskite solar cells.

  3. Theoretical approach to photoinduced inhomogeneous anisotropy in bacteriorhodopsin films.

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    Acebal, P; Carretero, L; Blaya, S; Murciano, A; Fimia, A

    2007-07-01

    The aim of this work was to perform a complete study of the dynamic and steady-state photoinduced processes of thick bacteriorhodopsin (bR) films, taking into account all the physical parameters and the coupling of rate equations with the energy transfer equation. The theoretical approach was compared with experimental data, and good concordance was found between both sets of data. The theoretical approach shows that the values of the rate constants for solid bR films are about two or three orders of magnitude lower than those observed in solution. It can also be noted that the temperature change during the experiment had a great influence on the final values of transmittance and, consequently, on the inhomogeneous distribution along the coordinate of light propagation. The study shows that, depending on the intensity and wavelength of the pump beam, we can obtain a very inhomogeneous profile of the population densities, which implies an inhomogeneous profile of the birefringence and dichroism. Therefore, this must be taken into account in the applications described for this system.

  4. Origin of photo-induced transmitting oscillations in chalcogenide glasses.

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    Tao, HaiZheng; Yang, ZhiYong; Lucas, Pierre

    2009-09-28

    Light-induced oscillatory behaviors of transmission in chalcogenide glasses are investigated using a continuous wave tunable Ti-sapphire laser. It is shown that phase change, thermal fluctuation, nonlinear index change and periodic self focusing are not at the origin of light-induced oscillatory transmittance in chalcogenide glasses. Instead, results indicate that the interference of transmitting and reflecting light is at the origin of the oscillatory behaviors of transmitted light. Just like the principle of Fabry-Pérot interferometer, these interferences result in a periodic change in transmission as the related interferential beams get in and out of phase. However, this transmitting oscillatory behavior can be registered by the detector only when the change of optical path length difference initiated by photo-induced effects is slower enough compared with the corresponding response time of the detector. Several photo-structural effects contribute to that phenomenon including photo-expansion, photo-darkening, and permanent self focusing. It appears that fluctuations of the light source intensity induce a wide distribution of the oscillatory periods.

  5. Ultrafast investigation of photoinduced charge transfer in aminoanthraquinone pharmaceutical product

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    Zhang, Song; Sun, Simei; Zhou, Miaomiao; Wang, Lian; Zhang, Bing

    2017-02-01

    We investigated the mechanism of intramolecular charge transfer and the following radiationless dynamics of the excited states of 1-aminoanthraquinone using steady state and time-resolved absorption spectroscopy combined with quantum chemical calculations. Following photoexcitation with 460 nm, conformational relaxation via twisting of the amino group, charge transfer and the intersystem crossing (ISC) processes have been established to be the major relaxation pathways responsible for the ultrafast nonradiative of the excited S1 state. Intramolecular proton transfer, which could be induced by intramolecular hydrogen bonding is inspected and excluded. Time-dependent density functional theory (TDDFT) calculations reveal the change of the dipole moments of the S0 and S1 states along the twisted coordinate of the amino group, indicating the mechanism of twisted intra-molecular charge transfer (TICT). The timescale of TICT is measured to be 5 ps due to the conformational relaxation and a barrier on the S1 potential surface. The ISC from the S1 state to the triplet manifold is a main deactivation pathway with the decay time of 28 ps. Our results observed here have yield a physically intuitive and complete picture of the photoinduced charge transfer and radiationless dynamics in anthraquinone pharmaceutial products.

  6. Photoinduced Magnetism in Nanoparticles of Prussian Blue Derivatives

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    Anderson, N. E.; Park, J.-H.; Meisel, M. W.; Frye, F.; Talham, D. R.

    2006-03-01

    Nanoparticles of the Prussian blue family are of great interest due to the possibility for applications in magnetic memory, biosensing, and magnetic filtering. Nanoparticles also serve to better investigate fascinating phenomena, such as the anisotropic photomagnetic properties seen in thin films of Prussian blue derivatives. Here, we present results on RbjCok[Fe(CN)6]l.nH2O Prussian blue analog nanoparticles, which exhibit photoinduced magnetism. The nanoparticles are synthesized in a controlled manner, which allows for particle growth in the range of 5-50 nm. Early experiments show that upon irradiation with light at 5 K for a period of 2 hours, the final magnetization increases on the order of 10-100% compared to the initial dark state value. This increase is comparable in magnitude with the results reported for bulk materials. The change in magnetization is also accompanied by an increase in Tc. Furthermore, the effect of the dispersing agent on the photomagnetism, the size effect on characteristic magnetic properties, and ac susceptibility data will be presented. J.-H. Park, E. Cizm'ar, M. W. Meisel, Y. D. Huh, F. Frye, S. Lane, and D. R. Talham, Appl. Phys. Lett. 85, 3797 (2004).

  7. Photoinduced force microscopy: A technique for hyperspectral nanochemical mapping

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    Murdick, Ryan A.; Morrison, William; Nowak, Derek; Albrecht, Thomas R.; Jahng, Junghoon; Park, Sung

    2017-08-01

    Advances in nanotechnology have intensified the need for tools that can characterize newly synthesized nanomaterials. A variety of techniques has recently been shown which combines atomic force microscopy (AFM) with optical illumination including tip-enhanced Raman spectroscopy (TERS), scattering-type scanning near-field optical microscopy (sSNOM), and photothermal induced resonance microscopy (PTIR). To varying degrees, these existing techniques enable optical spectroscopy with the nanoscale spatial resolution inherent to AFM, thereby providing nanochemical interrogation of a specimen. Here we discuss photoinduced force microscopy (PiFM), a recently developed technique for nanoscale optical spectroscopy that exploits image forces acting between an AFM tip and sample to detect wavelength-dependent polarization within the sample to generate absorption spectra. This approach enables ∼10 nm spatial resolution with spectra that show correlation with macroscopic optical absorption spectra. Unlike other techniques, PiFM achieves this high resolution with virtually no constraints on sample or substrate properties. The applicability of PiFM to a variety of archetypal systems is reported here, highlighting the potential of PiFM as a useful tool for a wide variety of industrial and academic investigations, including semiconducting nanoparticles, nanocellulose, block copolymers, and low dimensional systems, as well as chemical and morphological mixing at interfaces.

  8. Diel variations in photoinduced oxidation of Hg0 in freshwater.

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    Garcia, Edenise; Poulain, Alexandre J; Amyot, Marc; Ariya, Parisa A

    2005-05-01

    Experiments have been conducted to determine diel variations in photoinduced Hg0 oxidation in lake water under natural Hg0(aq) concentrations. Pseudo-first-order rates of photooxidation (k') were calculated for water freshly collected in a Canadian Shield lake, Lake Croche (45 degrees 56' N, 74 degrees 00' W), at different periods of the day and subsequently incubated in the dark. Hg0 oxidation rates ranged from 0.02 to 0.07 h(-1), increasing from sunrise to noon and then decreasing throughout the remainder of the day. These changes paralleled those in sunlight intensity integrated over 1 h preceding water collection, and suggested that the water freshly collected in daylight was rich in photochemically produced Hg0 oxidants. It was also estimated that under intense solar radiation, even if oxidation rates reached a peak, reduction of Hg(II) was the prevalent redox process. Inversely, Hg0 oxidation overcame DGM production during the night or at periods of weaker light intensity. Overall, these findings explain the decreases in the DGM pool generally observed overnight. They also support previous reports that, during summer days, volatilization of Hg0 from water represent an important step in the Hg cycle in freshwater systems.

  9. Ultrafast investigation of photoinduced charge transfer in aminoanthraquinone pharmaceutical product

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    Zhang, Song; Sun, Simei; Zhou, Miaomiao; Wang, Lian; Zhang, Bing

    2017-01-01

    We investigated the mechanism of intramolecular charge transfer and the following radiationless dynamics of the excited states of 1-aminoanthraquinone using steady state and time-resolved absorption spectroscopy combined with quantum chemical calculations. Following photoexcitation with 460 nm, conformational relaxation via twisting of the amino group, charge transfer and the intersystem crossing (ISC) processes have been established to be the major relaxation pathways responsible for the ultrafast nonradiative of the excited S1 state. Intramolecular proton transfer, which could be induced by intramolecular hydrogen bonding is inspected and excluded. Time-dependent density functional theory (TDDFT) calculations reveal the change of the dipole moments of the S0 and S1 states along the twisted coordinate of the amino group, indicating the mechanism of twisted intra-molecular charge transfer (TICT). The timescale of TICT is measured to be 5 ps due to the conformational relaxation and a barrier on the S1 potential surface. The ISC from the S1 state to the triplet manifold is a main deactivation pathway with the decay time of 28 ps. Our results observed here have yield a physically intuitive and complete picture of the photoinduced charge transfer and radiationless dynamics in anthraquinone pharmaceutial products. PMID:28233835

  10. Photo-induced chemical reaction of trans-resveratrol.

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    Zhao, Yue; Shi, Meng; Ye, Jian-Hui; Zheng, Xin-Qiang; Lu, Jian-Liang; Liang, Yue-Rong

    2015-03-15

    Photo-induced chemical reaction of trans-resveratrol has been studied. UV B, liquid state and sufficient exposure time are essential conditions to the photochemical change of trans-resveratrol. Three principal compounds, cis-resveratrol, 2,4,6-phenanthrenetriol and 2-(4-hydroxyphenyl)-5,6-benzofurandione, were successively generated in the reaction solution of trans-resveratrol (0.25 mM, 100% ethanol) under 100 μW cm(-2) UV B radiation for 4h. cis-Resveratrol, originated from isomerization of trans-resveratrol, resulted in 2,4,6-phenanthrenetriol through photocyclisation reaction meanwhile loss of 2 H. 2,4,6-Phenanthrenetriol played a role of photosensitizer producing singlet oxygen in the reaction pathway. The singlet oxygen triggered [4+2] cycloaddition reaction of trans-resveratrol, and then resulted in the generation of 2-(4-hydroxyphenyl)-5,6-benzofurandione through photorearrangement and oxidation reaction. The singlet oxygen reaction was closely related to the substrate concentration of trans-resveratrol in solution. Copyright © 2014 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.

  11. Photoinduced superhydrophilicity: a kinetic study of time dependent photoinduced contact angle changes on TiO2 surfaces.

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    Foran, Philip S; Boxall, Colin; Denison, Kieth R

    2012-12-21

    Transparent TiO(2) thin films were prepared on quartz substrates via a reverse micelle, sol-gel, spin-coating technique. The time dependence of the TiO(2) film photoinduced superhydrophilicity (PISH) was measured by goniometric observation of the contact angle, θ, of sessile water drops at the film surfaces. In these measurements, the TiO(2) substrate was illuminated by 315 nm light and drops were sequentially applied at a range of illumination times. Using a model for the wetting of heterogeneous surfaces derived by Israelachvili and Gee, these measurements were used to calculate the time dependence of f(2), the fractional surface coverage of the TiO(2) surface by adventitious contaminating organics (Israelachvili, J. N.; Gee, M. L. Contact angles on chemically heterogeneous surfaces. Langmuir 1989, 5, 288). Extending this model to include a Langmuir-Hinshelwood based kinetic analysis of f(2) as a function of time allowed for calculation of an expected value for θ immediately prior to illumination, that is, at illumination time t = 0. Such expected values of θ at t = 0 were calculated using two possible values of θ(1), the contact angle on a pristine unilluminated homogeneous TiO(2) surface: (i) θ(1) = 4° as suggested by, inter alia, Zubkov et al. (Zubkov, T.; Stahl, D.; Thompson, T. L.; Panayotov, D.; Diwald, O.; Yates, J. T. Ultraviolet Light-Induced Hydrophilicity Effect on TiO(2)(110)(1 × 1). Dominant Role of the Photooxidation of Adsorbed Hydrocarbons Causing Wetting by Water Droplets. J. Phys. Chem. B2005, 109, 15454); and (ii) where θ(1) = 25°, as suggested by Fujishima et al., representative of a more hydrophobic homogeneous TiO(2) surface that reconstructs upon exposure to ultraband gap illumination into a hydrophilic surface where θ(1) → 0° (Fujishima, A.; Zhang, X.; Tryk, D. A. TiO(2) photocatalysis and related surface phenomena Surf. Sci. Rep.2008, 63, 515). Analysis of data from our experiments and from selected literature sources

  12. PREFACE: Second International Conference on Photo-Induced Phase Transitions; Cooperative, non-linear and functional properties (PIPT'05)

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    Buron, Marylise; Collet, Eric

    2005-01-01

    This issue is a collection of papers presented at the 2nd International Conference on Photo-Induced Phase Transitions; Cooperative, non-linear and functional properties (PIPT'05), which was held in Rennes (France) on 24-28 May 2005 and chaired by Hervé Cailleau and Tadeusz Luty. The first PIPT conference was organized by Professor Keiichiro Nasu in Tsukuba, Japan, in 2001. During 5 days, PIPT'05 provided an interdisciplinary forum for research communications between solid state physicists, photophysicists, photochemists and photobiologists, as well as material scientists. Scientists came from all around the world (Europe, Japan, USA, Canada, ...). The fascinating scientific challenge of the possibility of triggering physical properties of a material by light excitation was at the heart of the exchange of ideas between scientists of the different fields. The topics of the conference were about light-induced phenomena in functional materials, nano-particles and devices, photo-induced structural, magnetic and/or electronic phase transitions, photo-induced gauge type phase transitions, photo-induced cooperative molecular switching and chemical reactions in solids, dynamics of out-of-equilibrium processes, light-driven non-thermal processes such as coherent phonons, shock waves, surface melting and femtomagnetism, precursor phenomena, coherent, co-operative and non-linear processes in excited states and new investigations by light, x-ray and electron probes. As you will see, the collection of papers presented here cover many of the fields mentioned above. The PIPT conferences, encompassing different areas of light-induced phenomena are also meant to bridge the gap between experimentalists and theoreticians, and to promote communication between scientists working on different continents. The present conference was attended by 148 participants from 17 countries, with the total number of 87 presentations (16 invited, 27 contributed talks and 44 posters). It is encouraging

  13. Simultaneous photoinduced generation of Fe(2+) and H2O2 in rivers: An indicator for photo-Fenton reaction.

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    Mostofa, Khan M G; Sakugawa, Hiroshi

    2016-09-01

    The photo-Fenton reaction is a key source of the highly reactive hydroxyl radical (HO) that is produced by the reaction of simultaneous photo-induced generation of Fe(2)(+)-dissolved organic matter (DOM) with H2O2 in sunlit surface waters as well as in the treatment of organic pollutants in the advanced oxidation processes (AOPs). Concentrations of both H2O2 and Fe(2)(+)-DOM were dependent on time and total solar intensity flux, and their levels were highest in the diurnal samples collected at noon compared with the samples collected during the period before sunrise and after sunset. H2O2 and Fe(2)(+)-DOM concentrations during monthly readings were also found higher in comparison with the diurnal samples, shortly before sunrise or after sunset. A π-electron bonding system is formed between Fe and the functional groups in DOM (Fe-DOM), through electron donation from the functional groups of DOM to an empty d-orbital of Fe. The π-electron is loosely bound and is highly susceptible to a rapid excitation upon light exposure that will provide better understanding of the formation of aqueous electrons, superoxide radical anions, H2O2 and finally, photo-Fenton reactions, too. Our results imply that simultaneous generation of H2O2 and Fe(2)(+)-DOM upon sunlight exposure during the daytime is most likely to be the key photo-Fenton reaction pathway, taking place in surface waters.

  14. Retardation of the orientation relaxation of azo-dye doped amorphous polymers upon photoinduced isomerization

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    Chan, S. W.; Quatela, A.; Casalboni, M.; Nunzi, J.-M.

    2006-08-01

    The orientation relaxation upon photo-induced isomerization of azo-dyes was studied. All-optical poling (AOP) and photo-induced birefringence, which are based on the mechanism of angular selective photo-isomerization, were employed to manipulate the angular distribution of azo-dyes (Disperse-red 1) doped in three different amorphous polymers: (poly(methyl methacrylate) PMMA, poly(carbonate) PC and poly(sulfone) PSU), with different glass transition temperature (T g). In the case of AOP, quasi-permanent macroscopic second-order nonlinear optical susceptibility χ (2) was inscribed in the dye-doped centro-symmetric polymer systems, while in the case of photo-induced birefringence, quasi-permanent birefringence Δn was inscribed in the dye-doped isotropic polymer systems. Relaxation of χ (2) and Δn were monitored upon different duration of AOP and photo-induced birefringence preparation. Experimental results show that azo-dye orientation relaxation follows the duration of the photo-nduced isomerization process: the longer the photo-induced isomerization process, the slower the relaxation of the inscribed χ (2) and Δn. In addition, retardation of the orientation relaxation does not follow a simple relation with hardness (T g) of the polymer host. Causes of the orientation relaxation retardation are discussed.

  15. Preparation and photo-induced charge transfer of the composites based on 3D structural CdS nanocrystals and MEH-PPV

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    Deng, Dan; Shi, Minmin; Chen, Fei; Chen, Lin; Jiang, Xiaoxia; Chen, Hongzheng

    2010-05-15

    We report the synthesis of 3D structural CdS nanocrystals by a simple biomolecule-assisted hydrothermal process. The CdS nanocrystals are composed of many branched nanorods with the diameter of about 50 nm, and the length of about 250 nm. The phase and crystallographic properties are characterized by scanning electron microscopy (SEM), transmission electron microscopy (TEM), and X-ray diffractometry (XRD). The composites based on CdS nanocrystals and poly[2-methoxy-5-(2-ethylhexyloxy-p-phenylenevinylene)] (MEH-PPV) have been prepared by spin-coating of the mixture in the common solvent. The optical properties of the composites are investigated using ultraviolet-visible (UV-Vis) absorption and photoluminescence (PL) spectroscopies. A significant fluorescence quenching of MEH-PPV in the composites is observed at high CdS nanocrystals/MEH-PPV ratios, indicating that the photo-induced charge transfer occurred due to the energy level offset between the donor MEH-PPV and the acceptor CdS nanocrystals. The obvious photovoltaic behavior of the solar cell made from this composite further demonstrates the mentioned photo-induced charge transfer process. (author)

  16. Enhancement of Photoinduced Charge-Order Melting via Anisotropy Control by Double-Pulse Excitation in Perovskite Manganites: Pr_{0.6}Ca_{0.4}MnO_{3}.

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    Yada, H; Ijiri, Y; Uemura, H; Tomioka, Y; Okamoto, H

    2016-02-19

    To control the efficiency of photoinduced charge-order melting in perovskite manganites, we performed femtosecond pump-probe spectroscopy using double-pulse excitation on Pr_{0.6}Ca_{0.4}MnO_{3}. The results revealed that the transfer of the spectral weight from the near-infrared to infrared region by the second pump pulse is considerably enhanced by the first pump pulse and that the suppression of crystal anisotropy, that is, the decrease of long-range lattice deformations due to the charge order by the first pump pulse is a key factor to enhance the charge-order melting. This double-pulse excitation method can be applied to various photoinduced transitions in complex materials with electronic and structural instabilities.

  17. The mid-infrared signature of photo-induced defects in the quasi-one-dimensional mixed-valence solid [Pt II(en) 2][Pt IV(en) 2Cl 2][ClO 4] 4

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    Donohoe, R. J.; Ekberg, S. A.; Tait, C. D.; Swanson, B. I.

    1989-07-01

    The observation of photo-induced absorption features immediately to the red of the band edge in the halogen-bridged mixed-valence linear chain {[Pt II(en) 2][Pt(en) 2Cl 2][ClO 4]} x (S. Kurita, M. Haruki & K. Miyagawa, J. Phys. Soc. Japan, submitted for publication) has led to the prediction of an associated absorption in the mid-infrared. We have detected this band via difference IR spectroscopic measurements and verified that it tracks the red region absorptions in rate of growth upon photolysis, saturation and in recycling upon warming the sample to room temperature. Based on theoretical predictions, we tentatively assign the mid-IR feature to absorption due to a photo-induced electron polaronic defect.

  18. Photo-induced Doping in GaN Epilayers with Graphene Quantum Dots

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    Lin, T. N.; Inciong, M. R.; Santiago, S. R. M. S.; Yeh, T. W.; Yang, W. Y.; Yuan, C. T.; Shen, J. L.; Kuo, H. C.; Chiu, C. H.

    2016-01-01

    We demonstrate a new doping scheme where photo-induced carriers from graphene quantum dots (GQDs) can be injected into GaN and greatly enhance photoluminescence (PL) in GaN epilayers. An 8.3-fold enhancement of PL in GaN is observed after the doping. On the basis of time-resolved PL studies, the PL enhancement is attributed to the carrier transfer from GQDs to GaN. Such a carrier transfer process is caused by the work function difference between GQDs and GaN, which is verified by Kelvin probe measurements. We have also observed that photocurrent in GaN can be enhanced by 23-fold due to photo-induced doping with GQDs. The improved optical and transport properties from photo-induced doping are promising for applications in GaN-based optoelectronic devices. PMID:26987403

  19. Recent advances in photoinduced donor/acceptor copolymerization

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    Jönsson, S.; Viswanathan, K.; Hoyle, C. E.; Clark, S. C.; Miller, C.; Morel, F.; Decker, C.

    1999-05-01

    Photoinitiated free radical polymerization of donor (D)/acceptor (A) type monomers has gained considerable interest due to the possibility to efficiently photopolymerize non-acrylate based systems. Furthermore, this photoinduced alternating copolymerization can be accomplished without the presence of a conventional free radical generating photoinitiator. In the past, we have shown that the structural influences in the direct photolysis of N-Alkyl and N-Arylmaleimides as well as their corresponding ground state charge transfer complexes (CTC) with suitable donors have carefully been investigated. For certain combinations of A and D type monomers, a direct photolysis of the ground state complex or the excitation of the acceptor, followed by the formation of an exciplex, has been shown to initiate the copolymerization. Herein, we show that the main route of initiation is based on inter or intra molecular H-abstraction from an excited state maleimide, whereby no exciplex formation takes place. H-abstraction will predominantly take place in systems where easily abstractable hydrogens are present. Our laser flash photolysis investigation, ESR [1] (A. Hiroshi, I. Takasi, T. Nosi, Macromol. Chem. 190 (1989) 2821) and phosphorescence emissions [2,3] (K.S. Chen, T. Foster, J.K.S. Wan, J. Phys. Chem. 84 (1980) 2473; C.J. Seliskar, S.P. McGlynn, J. Chem. Phys. 55 (1971) 4337) studies show that triplet excited states of N-alkyl substituted maleimides (RMI), which are well known strong precursors for direct H-abstractions from aliphatic ethers and secondary alcohols, are formed upon excitation. Rates of copolymerization and degrees of conversion for copolymerization of maleimide/vinyl ether pairs in air and nitrogen have been measured as a function of hydrogen abstractability of the excited triplet state MI as well as the influence of concentration and hydrogen donating effect of the hydrogen donor.

  20. Metallocyclodextrins as building blocks in noncovalent assemblies of photoactive units for the study of photoinduced intercomponent processes.

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    Haider, J M; Chavarot, M; Weidner, S; Sadler, I; Williams, R M; De Cola, L; Pikramenou, Z

    2001-07-30

    Cyclodextrin cups have been employed to build supramolecular systems consisting of metal and organic photoactive/redox-active components; the photoinduced communication between redox-active units assembled in water via noncovalent interactions is established. The functionalization of a beta-cyclodextrin with a terpyridine unit, ttp-beta-CD, is achieved by protection of all but one of the hydroxyl groups by methylation and attachment of the ttp unit on the free primary hydroxyl group. The metalloreceptors [(beta-CD-ttp)Ru(ttp)][PF(6)](2), [(beta-CD-ttp)Ru(tpy)][PF(6)](2), and [Ru(beta-CD-ttp)(2)][PF(6)](2) are synthesized and fully characterized. The [(beta-CD-ttp)Ru(ttp)][PF(6)](2) metalloreceptor exhibits luminescence in water, centered at 640 nm, from the (3)MLCT state with a lifetime of 1.9 ns and a quantum yield of Phi = 4.1 x 10(-)(5). Addition of redox-active quinone guests AQS, AQC, and BQ to an aqueous solution of [(beta-CD-ttp)Ru(ttp)](2+) results in quenching of the luminescence up to 40%, 20%, and 25%, respectively. Measurement of the binding strength indicates that, in saturation conditions, 85% for AQS and 77% for AQC are bound. The luminescence quenching is attributed to an intercomponent electron transfer from the appended ruthenium center to the quinone guest inside the cavity. Control experiments demonstrate no bimolecular quenching at these conditions. A photoactive osmium metalloguest, [Os(biptpy)(tpy)][PF(6)], is designed with a biphenyl hydrophobic tail for insertion in the cyclodextrin cavity. The complex is luminescent at room temperature with an emission band maximum at 730 nm and a lifetime of 116 ns. The osmium(III) species are formed for the study of photoinduced electron transfer upon their assembly with the ruthenium cyclodextrin, [(beta-CD-ttp)Ru(ttp)](2+). Time-resolved spectroscopy studies show a short component of 10 ps, attributed to electron transfer from Ru(II) to Os(III) giving an electron transfer rate 9.5 x 10(9) s(-)(1).