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Ultrafast charge transfer dynamics in supramolecular Pt(ii) donor–bridge–acceptor assemblies: the effect of vibronic coupling

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Thanks to major advances in laser technologies, recent investigations of the ultrafast coupling of nuclear and electronic degrees of freedom (vibronic coupling) have revealed that such coupling plays a crucial role in a wide range of photoinduced reactions in condensed phase supramolecular systems. This paper investigates several new donor–bridge–acceptor charge-transfer molecular assemblies built on a trans-Pt(II) acetylide core. We also investigate how targeted vibrational excitation with low-energy IR light post electronic excitation can perturb vibronic coupling and affect the efficiency of electron transfer (ET) in solution phase. We compare and contrast properties of a range of donor–bridge–acceptor Pt(II) trans-acetylide assemblies, where IR excitation of bridge vibrations during UV-initiated charge separation in some cases alters the yields of light-induced product states. We show that branching to multiple product states from a transition state with appropriate energetics is the most rigid condition for the type of vibronic control we demonstrate in our study.

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The article was received on 08 Jun 2015, accepted on 26 Jun 2015 and first published on 02 Oct 2015

Article type: Paper
DOI: 10.1039/C5FD00103J
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Faraday Discuss., 2015,185, 69-86

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    Ultrafast charge transfer dynamics in supramolecular Pt(II) donor–bridge–acceptor assemblies: the effect of vibronic coupling

    P. A. Scattergood, M. Delor, I. V. Sazanovich, M. Towrie and J. A. Weinstein, Faraday Discuss., 2015, 185, 69
    DOI: 10.1039/C5FD00103J

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