P. A. Liddell, J. P. Sumida, A. N. Macpherson, L. Noss, G. R. Seely, K. N. Clark, Ana Moore, Thomas Moore, D. Gust

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Abstract Porphyrin‐C60 dyads in which the two chromophores are linked by a bicyclic bridge have been synthesized using the Diels‐Alder reaction. The porphyin singlet lifetimes of both the zinc (Pzn‐C60) and free base (P‐C60) dyads, determined by time‐resolved fluorescence measurements, are ≦17 ps in toluene. This substantial quenching is due to singlet‐singlet energy transfer to C60 The lifetime of Pzn‐1C60 is ‐5 ps in toluene, whereas the singlet lifetime of an appropriate C60 model compound is 1.2 ns. This quenching is attributed to electron transfer to yield Pznbull;+‐C60bull;‐. In toluene, P‐1C60 is unquenched; the lack of electron transfer is due to unfavorable thermodynamics. In this solvent, a transient state with an absorption maximum at 700 ran and a lifetime of‐10 μs was detected using transient absorption methods. This state was quenched by oxygen, and is assigned to the C60 triplet. In the more polar benzonitrile, P‐1C60 underoes photoinduced electron transfer to give P+‐C60bull;‐. The electron transfer rate constant is −2 × 1011 s−1.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)537-541
Number of pages5
JournalPhotochemistry and photobiology
Issue number6
StatePublished - Dec 1994

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Biochemistry
  • Physical and Theoretical Chemistry


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