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Photoinduced Relaxation Processes in Self-Assembled Nanostructures: Multiporphyrin Complexes and Composites “CdSе/ZnS Quantum Dot-Porphyrin”

Eduard I. Zenkevich,a@ and Christian von Borczyskowskib


aNational Technical University of Belarus, Minsk 220013, Belarus

bInstitute of Physics, Chemnitz University of Technology, Chemnitz, 09107, Germany


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Here, we discuss self-assembled multicomponent organic/inorganic nanostructures. Self-assembled multiporphyrin triads were formed via non-covalent interactions of meso-phenyl bridged ZnOEP chemical dimer, (ZnOEP)2Ph, with dipyridyl substituted tetrapyrrole extra-ligand. In tetrads, the dimer (ZnOEP)2Ph is covalently linked via 5-mesoposition to additional electron acceptors (quinone Q, pyromellitimide Pim). Using steady-state, time-resolved fluorescent and pump-probe results, main relaxation pathways have been elucidated: competing energy migration and photoinduced electron transfer (PET) in normal triads within ≤1.4 ps; very fast (within ∼700 fs) PET in porphyrin triads containing pentafluorinated porphyrin remaining still efficient at 77-120 K; a bridge-dimer mediated long-range (rDA=18-24 Å) superexchange PET “extra-ligand→Q or Pim” in tetrads. Self-assembly of nanostructures from semiconductor CdSе/ZnS quantum dots (QD) and tetra-meso-pyridyl- substituted porphyrins is also based on extra-ligation interactions and results in a strong quenching of QD photoluminescence (PL). At the same molar ratios x =[H2P(m-Pyr)4]/[QD], the quenching is more effective for small QDs than for larger ones. From experimental Stern-Volmer PL quenching plots
I0/I(x) and the quantum mechanical calculations for the electron wave functions it follows that the specificity of the exciton non-radiative decay in “QD-porphyrin” nanocomposites is due to the manifestation of inductive and mesomeric effects leading to the charge tunnelling through ZnS barrier in quantum confinement conditions.

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