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A bifurcated molecular pentad capable of sequential electronic energy transfer and intramolecular charge transfer

Lookup NU author(s): Emeritus Professor Anthony Harriman, Patrycja Stachelek


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An extended molecular array, comprising three distinct types of chromophores and two additional redox-active subunits, that harvests photons over most of the visible spectral range has been synthesized and characterised. The array exhibits a rich variety of electrochemical waves when examined by cyclic voltammetry but assignment can be made on the basis of control compounds and molecular orbital calculations. Stepwise electronic energy transfer occurs along the molecular axis, corresponding to a gradient of excitation energies, to populate the lowest-energy excited state of the ultimate acceptor. The latter species, which absorbs and emits in the far-red region, enters into light-induced charge transfer with a terminal amine group. The array is relatively stable under illumination with white light but degrades slowly via a series of well-defined steps, the first of which is autocatalytic. One of the main attributes of this system is the capability to harvest an unusually high fraction of sunlight while providing protection against exposure to UV light.

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Author(s): Harriman A, Stachelek P, Sutter A, Ziessel R

Publication type: Article

Publication status: Published

Journal: Physical Chemistry Chemical Physics

Year: 2015

Volume: 17

Issue: 39

Pages: 26175-26182

Print publication date: 21/10/2015

Online publication date: 28/08/2015

Acceptance date: 27/08/2015

ISSN (print): 1463-9076

ISSN (electronic): 1463-9084

Publisher: Royal Society of Chemistry


DOI: 10.1039/c5cp03932k

PubMed id: 26381219


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