Carotenoid and pheophytin on semiconductor surface: Self-assembly and photoinduced electron transfer

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Self-assembling of a carotenoid and pheophytin a into a supramolecular system was observed on the surface of nanocrystalline TiO2, and the photoinduced electron-transfer reactions within the system were studied by means of femtosecond transient absorption and laser flash photolysis techniques. Excitation of the pheophytin moiety results in ultrafast electron transfer from carotenoid to the excited pheophytin, creating a long-lived charge-separated state. Two decay pathways of the formed pheophytin a anion radical are proposed. The first is a direct back electron recombination forming a carotenoid triplet state on the nanosecond time scale, while the other is suggested to occur via electron injection to the TiO2 nanoparticle. These results demonstrate that a self-assembled carotenoid-pheophytin system leads to an efficient reductive quenching of the pheophytin moiety, suggesting that a similar mechanism can operate also in natural photosynthetic systems. Moreover, the formation of a long-lived charge-separated state indicates that such self-assembling strategy may be also considered for novel dye-sensitized solar cell constructions and other artificial systems aiming to mimic the electron-transfer chain in natural photosynthesis.


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  • Atom and Molecular Physics and Optics
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)3066-3067
JournalJournal of the American Chemical Society
Issue number10
Publication statusPublished - 2004
Publication categoryResearch

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The information about affiliations in this record was updated in December 2015. The record was previously connected to the following departments: Chemical Physics (S) (011001060), Department of Chemistry (011001220)