Time domain energy dispersive X-ray absorption spectroscopy provides a powerful probe of changes in molecular structure that occur during photoinduced electron transfer reactions. In this study a diporphyrin model for electron transfer within modified heme proteins is examined using this technique. Transient optical absorption experiments show that photoinduced electron transfer from the lowest excited triplet state of a Zn porphyrin attached at a fixed 25 Å distance by means of a long spacer molecule to an Fe(III) porphyrin occurs with a 6 ms time constant at 77 K. Time domain X-ray absorption measurements are consistent with transient reduction of Fe(III) to Fe(II) that is accompanied by substantial weakening of the bond between the Fe atom and a pyridine molecule ligated to it. Coupling of ligand loss to reduction of Fe(III) to Fe(II) provides a means of stabilizing the reduced intermediate.
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Physical and Theoretical Chemistry
- Surfaces, Coatings and Films
- Materials Chemistry