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Long-Range Observation of Exciplex Formation and Decay Mediated by One-Dimensional Bridges

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Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)13952-13961
Number of pages10
JournalJournal of Physical Chemistry C
Volume121
Issue number25
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 29 Jun 2017
Publication typeA1 Journal article-refereed

Abstract

We report herein unprecedented long-range observation of both formation and decay of the exciplex state in donor (D)-bridge (B)-acceptor (A) linked systems. Zinc porphyrins (ZnP) as a donor were tethered to single-walled carbon nanotube (SWNT) as an acceptor through oligo(p-phenylene)s (ZnP-phn-SWNT) or oligo(p-xylene)s (ZnP-xyn-1-ph1-SWNT) with systematically varied lengths (n = 1-5) to address the issue. Exponential dependencies of rate constants for the exciplex formation (kFEX) and decay (kDEX) on the edge-to-edge separation distance between ZnP and SWNT through the bridges were unambiguously derived from time-resolved spectroscopies. Distance dependencies (i.e., attenuation factor, β) of kFEX and kDEX in ZnP-phn-SWNT were found to be considerably small (β = 0.10 for kFEX and 0.12 Å-1 for kDEX) compared to those for charge separation and recombination (0.2-0.8 Å-1) in D-B-A systems with the same oligo(p-phenylene) bridges. The small β values may be associated with the exciplex state with mixed characters of charge-transfer and excited states. In parallel, the substantially nonconjugated bridge of oligo(p-xylene)s exhibited larger attenuation values (β = 0.12 for kFEX and 0.14 Å-1 for kDEX). These results provide deep insight into the unique photodynamics of electronically strongly coupled D-B-A systems involving exciplex.