An analytical treatment of spin-correlated radical pair EPR spectra for the general case of weakly coupled spins is presented. In contrast to the multiparametric computer simulation of these spin-polarized EPR spectra, the analytical treatment reveals the relationship and rules that clarify the physical interpretation of the spectra. The analytical treatment developed here is applied to an analysis of the spin-polarization pattern of time-resolved EPR spectra of TiO2 nanoparticles, recorded with the light-modulation technique. It is shown that the experimental spectra are satisfactorily fitted within the model of spin-correlated radical pairs for which the So and To or T+ and T- levels are initially populated. Only a weak dipole-dipole interaction is required for spectral fitting. Computer simulation of the spectra allows for a determination of the range of distances between the trapped electron within the TiO2 particle and the trapped hole on the surface of the particle.
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Physical and Theoretical Chemistry
- Surfaces, Coatings and Films
- Materials Chemistry