We report the results of time-resolved electron paramagnetic resonance (TREPR) studies of photoinduced charge separation in a series of biomimetic supramolecular compounds dissolved in oriented liquid crystal solvents. The molecules contain a chlorophyll-like (zinc 9-desoxomethylpyropheophorbide a) electron donor, D (ZC), and two electron acceptors with different reduction potentials, i.e., pyromellitimide, A1 (PI), and 1,8:4,5-naphthalenediimide, A2 (NI). The compounds investigated are ZCPI, ZCNI, and ZCPINI, and they have small but well-defined differences of their ion-pair energies. Temperature-dependent TREPR studies on this series of compounds permit the determination of the radical pair energy levels as the solvent reorganization energy increases from the low-temperature crystalline phase, through the soft glass phase, to the nematic phase of the liquid crystal. As the temperature is increased, the radical pair with the lowest energy is the first to exhibit triplet-initiated charge separation as the solvent reorganization energy increases in the liquid crystal. The energy levels of the radical pairs and the solvent reorganization energy are determined by using the known singlet and triplet excited state energy levels of ZC, the electrochemically determined relative energies between the radical ion pairs in polar isotropic solvents, and the TREPR data. All these yield information about the ordering of the radical ion pair energy levels relative to the excited-state energy levels of ZC.
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Colloid and Surface Chemistry