Controlling spin-spin interactions in multispin molecular assemblies is important for developing new approaches to quantum information processing. In this work, a covalent electron donor-acceptor-radical triad is used to probe spin-selective reduction of the stable radical to its diamagnetic anion. The molecule consists of a perylene electron donor chromophore (D) bound to a pyromellitimide acceptor (A), which is, in turn, linked to a stable α,γ-bisdiphenylene-β-phenylallyl radical (R•) to produce D-A-R•. Selective photoexcitation of D within D-A-R• results in ultrafast electron transfer to form the D+•-A-•-R• triradical, where D+•-A-• is a singlet spin-correlated radical pair (SCRP), in which both SCRP spins are uncorrelated relative to the R• spin. Subsequent ultrafast electron transfer within the triradical forms D+•-A-R-, but its yield is controlled by spin statistics of the uncorrelated A-•-R• radical pair, where the initial charge separation yields a 3:1 statistical mixture of D+•-3(A-•-R•) and D+•-1(A-•-R•), and subsequent reduction of R• only occurs in D+•-1(A-•-R•). These findings inform the design of multispin systems to transfer spin coherence between molecules targeting quantum information processing using the agency of SCRPs.
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Colloid and Surface Chemistry