Electron Accumulation on Naphthalene Diimide Photosensitized by [Ru(2,2′-Bipyridine)3]2+

Skaisgirski, Michael and Guo, Xingwei and Wenger, Oliver S.. (2017) Electron Accumulation on Naphthalene Diimide Photosensitized by [Ru(2,2′-Bipyridine)3]2+. Inorganic Chemistry, 56 (5). pp. 2432-2439.

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In a molecular triad comprised of a central naphthalene diimide (NDI) unit flanked by two [Ru(bpy)3]2+ (bpy = 2,2′-bipyridine) sensitizers, NDI2– is formed after irradiation with visible light in deaerated CH3CN in the presence of excess triethylamine. The mechanism for this electron accumulation involves a combination of photoinduced and thermal elementary steps. In a structurally related molecular pentad with two peripheral triarylamine (TAA) electron donors attached covalently to a central [Ru(bpy)3]2+-NDI-[Ru(bpy)3]2+ core but no sacrificial reagents present, photoexcitation only leads to NDI– (and TAA+), whereas NDI2– is unattainable due to rapid electron transfer events counteracting charge accumulation. For solar energy conversion, this finding means that fully integrated systems with covalently linked photosensitizers and catalysts are not necessarily superior to multicomponent systems, because the fully integrated systems can suffer from rapid undesired electron transfer events that impede multielectron reactions on the catalyst.
Faculties and Departments:05 Faculty of Science > Departement Chemie > Chemie > Anorganische Chemie (Wenger)
UniBasel Contributors:Wenger, Oliver and Skaisgirski, Michael and Guo, Xingwei
Item Type:Article, refereed
Article Subtype:Research Article
Publisher:American Chemical Society
Note:Publication type according to Uni Basel Research Database: Journal article
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Last Modified:27 Dec 2017 13:42
Deposited On:27 Dec 2017 13:39

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