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Charge on the move: How electron-transfer dynamics depend on molecular conformation

Lookup NU author(s): Professor Andrew Benniston, Emeritus Professor Anthony Harriman


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This tutorial review illustrates the many facets whereby the molecular conformation helps to control the rates of through-bond electron transfer. A brief introduction to Marcus theory is given, highlighting the importance of the coupling element and the super-exchange mechanism, before considering the reasons why the coupling element might depend on the molecular geometry. The methods currently available for determination of both the coupling element and the geometry are reviewed and various examples are given for systems where the structure controls the degree of electronic coupling along the molecular axis. The role of the "bridge" connecting the donor and acceptor is emphasized. © The Royal Society of Chemistry 2006.

Publication metadata

Author(s): Benniston AC, Harriman A

Publication type: Review

Publication status: Published

Journal: Chemical Society Reviews

Year: 2006

Volume: 35

Issue: 2

Pages: 169-179

Print publication date: 01/01/2006

ISSN (print): 0306-0012

ISSN (electronic): 1460-4744


DOI: 10.1039/b503169a

PubMed id: 16444298