Face-to-face pacman-type porphyrin-fullerene dyads: Design, synthesis, charge-transfer interactions, and photophysical studies

Francis D'Souza, Eranda Maligaspe, Paul A. Karr, Amy Lea Schumacher, Maya El Ojaimi, Claude P. Gros, Jean Michel Barbe, Kei Ohkubo, Shunichi Fukuzumi

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Abstract

Pacman-type face-to-face zinc-porphyrin-fullerene dyads have been newly synthesized and studied. Owing to the close proximity of the donor and acceptor entities, strong π-π intramolecular interactions between the porphyrin and fullerene entities resulted in modulating the spectral and electrochemical properties of the dyads. New absorption and emission bands that correspond to the charge-transfer interactions were observed in the near-IR region. Time-resolved transient absorption studies revealed efficient photoinduced electron transfer from the singlet excited porphyrin to the fullerene entity. The rate constants for photoinduced electron transfer are analyzed in terms of the Marcus theory of electron transfer, which afforded a large electron coupling matrix element (V= 140 cm-1) for the face-to-face dyads. As a consequence of the large charge-recombination driving force in the Marcus inverted region, a relatively long lifetime of the charge-separated state has been achieved.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)674-681
Number of pages8
JournalChemistry - A European Journal
Volume14
Issue number2
DOIs
StatePublished - 2008

Keywords

  • Charge transfer
  • Electron transfer
  • Fullerenes
  • Photosynthesis
  • Porphyrinoids

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