Oxidation of a Molecule by the Biexcitonic State of a CdS Quantum Dot

Shichen Lian, Joseph A. Christensen, Mohamad S. Kodaimati, Cameron R. Rogers, Michael R. Wasielewski, Emily A. Weiss*

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This paper describes spectroscopic evidence for the photoinduced transfer of a hole from the biexcitonic state of a CdS quantum dot (QD) to a phenothiazine (PTZ) molecular acceptor, covalently linked to the QD through phenyldithiocarbamate (PTC), with power-dependent yields of 8-21%. Visible and near-infrared transient absorption spectroscopy (TA) data suggest that the mechanisms of hole extraction include direct hole transfer from the QD's valence band to PTZ in 2.4 ± 0.2 ps, or trapping of holes at the QD surface in ∼1 ps, followed by sequential hole transfer to PTZ. Both of these mechanisms potentially out-compete Auger recombination of biexcitonic states, which occurs within these QDs in 20 ± 1 ps. These results suggest that the PTC linkage will be useful for extracting multiple holes from a QD photosensitizer or solo photocatalyst to drive multistep oxidation reactions.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)5923-5930
Number of pages8
JournalJournal of Physical Chemistry C
Issue number10
StatePublished - Mar 14 2019

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Materials
  • General Energy
  • Physical and Theoretical Chemistry
  • Surfaces, Coatings and Films


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