Electron transfer (ET) processes of fullerenes (C60/C70) with metal octaethylporphyrins (MOEP) in a polar solvent have been investigated by a nanosecond laser photolysis technique in the visible/near-IR regions. By the selective excitation of C60/C70 using OPO laser light it has been proved that electron transfer takes place from the ground states MOEP to the triplet excited states 3C60*/3C70*. By selective excitation of MOEP the electron transfer processes via 3MOEP* to C60/C70 were also confirmed. In nonpolar toluene the lifetimes of 3C60*/3C70* decreased in the presence of MOEP without evidence for electron and/or energy transfer processes. On adding benzonitrile to toluene the ion-radical formation was increased, suggesting that the triplet exciplexes 3[MOEP(δ+) - C60(δ-)/C70(δ-)] * would be dominant prior to the ion-pair formation in a less-polar solvent. On addition of a viologen dication the electron of the anion radicals of C60/C70 transfers to the viologen dication yielding the viologen radical cation. In the system MOEP-C60/C70-aromatic amine (DTQH), as a second donor having lower oxidation potential than MOEP, the hole shift from the radical cation of MOEP to the aromatic amine was observed. These observations proved that the photosensitized electron-transfer/electron-mediating and photosensitized electron-transfer/hole-shift cycles have been confirmed by the transient absorption spectral method.
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Physics and Astronomy(all)
- Physical and Theoretical Chemistry