Quantum Coherence Enhances Electron Transfer Rates to Two Equivalent Electron Acceptors

Brian T. Phelan, Jinyuan Zhang, Guan Jhih Huang, Yi-Lin Wu, Mehdi Zarea, Ryan M. Young*, Michael R. Wasielewski

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When a molecular electron donor interacts with multiple electron acceptors, quantum coherence can enhance the electron transfer (ET) rate. Here we report photodriven ET rates in a pair of donor-acceptor (D-A) compounds that link one anthracene (An) donor to one or two equivalent 1,4-benzoquinone (BQ) acceptors. Subpicosecond ET from the lowest excited singlet state of An to two BQs is about 2.4 times faster than ET to one BQ at room temperature, but about 5 times faster at cryogenic temperatures. This factor of 2 increase results from a transition from ET to one of two acceptors at room temperature to ET to a superposition state of the two acceptors with correlated system-bath fluctuations at low temperature.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)12236-12239
Number of pages4
JournalJournal of the American Chemical Society
Issue number31
StatePublished - Aug 7 2019

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Chemistry
  • Biochemistry
  • Catalysis
  • Colloid and Surface Chemistry


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