Photoinduced Electron Transfer in a Porphyrin-Fullerene Dyad at a Liquid Interface

Jihad Sissaoui, Alexander Efimov, Tatu Kumpulainen, Eric Vauthey

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The excited-state properties of an amphiphilic porphyrin-fullerene dyad and of its porphyrin analogue adsorbed at the dodecane/water interface are investigated by using surface second-harmonic generation. Although the porphyrin is formally centrosymmetric, the second-harmonic spectra of both compounds are dominated by the intense Soret band of the porphyrin. Polarization-selective measurements and molecular dynamics simulations suggest an angle of about 45° between the donor-acceptor axis and the interfacial plane, with the porphyrin interacting mostly with the nonpolar phase. Time-resolved measurements reveal a marked concentration dependence of the dynamics of both compounds upon Q-band excitation, indicating the occurrence of intermolecular quenching processes. The significant differences in dynamics and spectra between the dyad and the porphyrin analogue are explained by a self-quenching of the excited dyad via an intermolecular electron transfer.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)4723-4730
Number of pages8
JournalJournal of Physical Chemistry B
Issue number25
Publication statusPublished - 30 Jun 2022
Publication typeA1 Journal article-refereed

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  • Publication forum level 1

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Physical and Theoretical Chemistry
  • Surfaces, Coatings and Films
  • Materials Chemistry


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