Photoeffects in thin film chromophore-quencher assemblies: variations in the light absorber

Joseph T. Hupp, Thomas J. Meyer*

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The abilities of a variety of inorganic and organic compounds to act as electron transfer quenchable light absorbers in thin polymeric films have been examined. The compounds, each of which contains a primary amine, were chemically bound in precast chlorosulfonated polystyrene films by sulfonamide bond formation. Visible photolysis of the films in the presence of an oxidative quencher and a reductive scavenger leads to a sustained photocurrent response from 14 of the 18 compounds studied. Differences in the photocurrent output as the chromophore is changed can be explained qualitatively based on a kinetic model whose key steps are optical excitation of the absorber followed by excited state electron transfer.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)419-433
Number of pages15
JournalJournal of Photochemistry and Photobiology, A: Chemistry
Issue number2-3
StatePublished - Aug 1989

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Chemistry(all)
  • Chemical Engineering(all)
  • Physics and Astronomy(all)


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