Control of electron transfer rates in liquid crystalline media

Mark Lilichenko, Dmitry Matyushov

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The solvent reorganization energy of electron-transfer reactions is calculated for a solvent undergoing a structural phase transition from the isotropic to nematic phase. The calculation is based on the response function of the solvent polarization fluctuations obtained from Monte Carlo simulations of a model fluid of hard dipolar spherocylinders in a range of densities covering both the isotropic and nematic phases. The reorganization energy shows a significant anisotropy with respect to the orientation of the donor-acceptor complex relative to the nematic director in the nematic phase. A possibility to control electron-transfer rates arising from solvation anisotropy is discussed.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1937-1940
Number of pages4
JournalJournal of Physical Chemistry B
Issue number9
StatePublished - Mar 6 2003

ASJC Scopus subject areas

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


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