Here we report an anionic meso-tetrakis(4-carboxymethylthio-2,3,5,6-tetrafluorophenyl) zinc porphyrin (ZnTF4PPTC4-) to form a supramolecular complex with a cationic lithium endohedral fullerene (Li+@C60). The supramolecular ZnTF4PPTC4-/Li+@C60 complex formed by strong electrostatic attraction with a large binding constant generates a long-lived charge-separated (CS) state with low energy loss by photoinduced electron transfer from ZnTF4PPTC4- to Li+@C60. The anionic fluorinated zinc porphyrin with high oxidation potential reduces the energy loss associated with the charge separation and enhances the energy level of the CS state. The energy level of the CS state determined by electrochemical measurements is at 0.94 eV, which is much higher than that of a similar supramolecular complex using an anionic meso-tetrakis(sulfonatophenyl) zinc porphyrin (ZnTPPS4-) at 0.55 eV. Time-resolved transient absorption spectroscopy demonstrates that ZnTF4PPTC4-/Li+@C60 generates a long-lived CS state with a lifetime of 0.29 ms in a binary solvent of acetonitrile and chlorobenzene. The lifetime of the CS state is comparable to that of ZnTPPS4-/Li+@C60 in benzonitrile.
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Physical and Theoretical Chemistry
- Surfaces, Coatings and Films
- Materials Chemistry