Electronic energy transfer in a subphthalocyanine – Zn porphyrin dimer studied by linear and nonlinear ultrafast spectroscopy

Bressan, Giovanni ORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0001-7801-8495, Cammidge, Andrew ORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0001-7912-4310, Jones, Garth, Heisler, Ismael, Gonzalez-Lucas, Daniel, Remiro Buenamanana, Sonia and Meech, Stephen ORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0001-5561-2782 (2019) Electronic energy transfer in a subphthalocyanine – Zn porphyrin dimer studied by linear and nonlinear ultrafast spectroscopy. Journal of Physical Chemistry A, 123 (27). pp. 5724-5733. ISSN 0022-3654

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The efficient harvesting and transport of visible light by electronic energy transfer (EET) is critical to solar energy conversion in both nature and molecular electronics. In this work we study EET in a synthetic dyad comprising a visible absorbing subphthalocyanine (SubPc) donor and Zn Tetraphenyl Porphyrin (ZnTPP) acceptor. Energy transfer is probed by steady state spectroscopy, ultrafast transient absorption and two-dimensional electronic spectroscopy. Steady state and time resolved experiments point to only weak electronic coupling between the components of the dimer. The weak coupling supports energy transfer from the SubPc to the zinc porphyrin in 7 ps, which itself subsequently undergoes intersystem crossing to populate the triplet state. The rate of the forward energy transfer is discussed in terms of the structure of the dimer, which is calculated by density functional theory. There is evidence of back energy transfer from the ZnTPP on the hundreds of picoseconds time scale. Sub picosecond spectral diffusion was also observed and characterised, but does not influence the picosecond energy transfer.

Item Type: Article
Faculty \ School: Faculty of Science > School of Chemistry
UEA Research Groups: Faculty of Science > Research Groups > Chemistry of Materials and Catalysis
Faculty of Science > Research Groups > Chemistry of Light and Energy
Faculty of Science > Research Groups > Centre for Photonics and Quantum Science
Depositing User: LivePure Connector
Date Deposited: 01 Jul 2019 07:30
Last Modified: 09 Feb 2023 13:46
URI: https://ueaeprints.uea.ac.uk/id/eprint/71579
DOI: 10.1021/acs.jpca.9b04398

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