Radiative and nonradiative electron transfer in contact radical-ion pairs

Ian R. Gould, Dimitri Noukakis, Luis Gomez-Jahn, Ralph H. Young, Joshua L. Goodman, Samir Farid

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The relationship between radiative and nonradiative electron transfer is explored for return electron transfer processes in the contact radical-ion pairs formed by excitation of ground state CT complexes. Using a conventional nonadiabatic theory of electron transfer, absolute rate constants for nonradiative return electron transfer, varying over more than two orders of magnitude, can be predicted from information obtained from analyses of the corresponding radiative processes. The effects of solvent polarity, driving force and molecular dimension on the rates of nonradiative return electron transfer are studied.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)439-456
Number of pages18
JournalChemical Physics
Issue number2-3
StatePublished - Oct 15 1993
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Physics and Astronomy
  • Physical and Theoretical Chemistry


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