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Self assembling of porphyrin-fullerene dyads in the Langmuir and Langmuir-Blodgett films: Formation as well as spectral, electrochemical and vectorial electron transfer studies

Marczak, Renata and Noworyta, Krzysztof and Nowakowski, Robert and Kutner, Wlodzimierz and Desbat, Bernard and Araki, Yasuyuki and Ito, Osamu and Gadde, Suresh and Zandler, Melvin E. and D'Souza, Francis (2007) Self assembling of porphyrin-fullerene dyads in the Langmuir and Langmuir-Blodgett films: Formation as well as spectral, electrochemical and vectorial electron transfer studies. JOURNAL OF NANOSCIENCE AND NANOTECHNOLOGY, 7 (4-5). pp. 1455-1471.

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Abstract

Donor-acceptor dyads of water-soluble Zn porphyrins and C-60 bearing either pyridine or imidazole ligand were self assembled via axial coordination in Langmuir and Langmuir-Blodgett (LB) films. Compression and surface potential versus area per molecule isotherms as well as ellipsometry and BAM measurements showed that molecules were aggregated in all Langmuir films before compression. The area per molecule in the absence of aggregation was determined by linear extrapolation of the area at the zero surface pressure to infinite adduct dilution. Comparison of the extrapolated and theoretically calculated areas, being dependent on the composition of the subphase solution, indicated that dyads were oriented with their porphyrin macrocycles in plane of the air-solution interface. Calculated by molecular modeling thickness of the Langmuir films was in accord with that determined by ellipsometry. The Langmuir films were transferred, by using the LB technique, onto different solid substrates for spectroscopic, microscopic, electroanalytical, and photochemical characterization. From the IR spectroscopy investigations it followed that the porphyrin macrocycle of the dyad was either nearly parallel or tilted with respect to the substrate plane. Molecularly modeled pseudo-hexagonal packing and thickness of the LB films were in accord with that imaged by STM and determined by ellipsometry, respectively. The electrochemical redox states of the dyads were established by performing simultaneous cyclic voltammetry and piezoelectric microgravimetry measurements of the LB films on Au-quartz electrodes. Both steady-state and time-resolved emission studies of the zinc porphyrin-fullerene LB films revealed efficient quenching of the singlet-excited Zn porphyrin. Based on the free-energy calculations and dyad orientation in the film, this quenching was attributed to vectorial electron transfer within the dyad.

Item Type:Article
Uncontrolled Keywords:donor-acceptor supramolecular dyads; [60]fullerene imidazole adducts; [60]fullerene pyridine adducts; Langmuir and Langmuir-Blodgett fullerene films; soluble zinc porphyrins; vectorial electron transfer
Subjects:Material Science > Functional and hybrid materials
Analytical Science > Microscopy and probe methods
Material Science > Nanofabrication processes and tools
ID Code:2809
Deposited By:Farnush Anwar
Deposited On:13 Jan 2009 15:59
Last Modified:10 Feb 2009 14:40

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