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Solvent-dependent Photo-induced Dynamics in a Non-rigidly Linked Zinc Phthalocyanine-Perylenediimide Dyad Probed by Ultrafast Spectroscopy

Abstract

In this work, we characterize the energy and electron transfer kinetics of a zinc phthalocyanine-perylenediimide dyad (ZnPc-PDI) in various solvents using steady-state and tunable narrowband pump-probe spectroscopy. We fit the ultrafast data with global analysis techniques and find that upon excitation of the PDI moiety, (pump pulse at 540 nm) the excitation energy transfer (EET) rate to the ZnPc moiety displays a solvent sensitivity that we attribute to changes in relative equilibrium moiety orientation. We rationalized these observation by considering the nature of the non-rigid bridge used to link the two moieties as well as the degenerate nature of the Q band transitions in the ZnPc species. When we tuned the pulse in resonant with the ZnPc moiety (685 nm) we directly photo-induce an electron-transfer process back to the PDI. Employing the same global analysis, we find that the dynamics of the ultrafast electron transfer (ET) are completely kinetically controlled according to the Bixon-Jortner model of barrierless solvent-controlled curve crossing, while the recombination to reform the ground state is well-described by the static energetic picture according to Marcus theory.

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The article was received on 03 Apr 2017, accepted on 07 Jul 2017 and first published on 10 Jul 2017


Article type: Paper
DOI: 10.1039/C7CP02143G
Citation: Phys. Chem. Chem. Phys., 2017, Accepted Manuscript
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    Solvent-dependent Photo-induced Dynamics in a Non-rigidly Linked Zinc Phthalocyanine-Perylenediimide Dyad Probed by Ultrafast Spectroscopy

    B. Kudisch, M. Maiuri, V. M. Blas-Ferrando, J. Ortiz, A. Sastre-Santos and G. Scholes, Phys. Chem. Chem. Phys., 2017, Accepted Manuscript , DOI: 10.1039/C7CP02143G

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