Artificial photosynthetic reaction center with a coumarin-based antenna system

Vikas Garg, Gerdenis Kodis, Paul A. Liddell, Yuichi Terazono, Thomas Moore, Ana Moore, Devens Gust

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In photosynthesis, sunlight is absorbed mainly by antenna chromophores that transfer singlet excitation energy to reaction centers for conversion to useful electrochemical energy. Antennas may likewise be useful in artificial photosynthetic systems that use sunlight to make fuels or electricity. Here, we report the synthesis and spectroscopic properties of a molecular hexad comprising two porphyrin moieties and four coumarin antenna chromophores, all organized by a central hexaphenylbenzene core. Light absorbed by any of the coumarins is transferred to a porphyrin on the 1-10 ps time scale, depending on the site of initial excitation. The quantum yield of singlet energy transfer is 1.0. The energy transfer rate constants are consistent with transfer by the Förster dipole-dipole mechanism. A pyridyl-bearing fullerene moiety self-assembles to the form of the hexad containing zinc porphyrins to yield an antenna-reaction center complex. In the resulting heptad, energy transfer to the porphyrins is followed by photoinduced electron transfer to the fullerene with a time constant of 3 ps. The resulting P•+-C60 •- charge-separated state is formed with an overall quantum yield of 1.0 and decays with a time constant of 230 ps in 1,2-difluorobenzene as the solvent.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)11299-11308
Number of pages10
JournalJournal of Physical Chemistry B
Issue number38
StatePublished - Sep 26 2013

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Physical and Theoretical Chemistry
  • Surfaces, Coatings and Films
  • Materials Chemistry


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