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Published August 21, 1998 | public
Journal Article

Femtosecond dynamics of metalloporphyrins: electron transfer and energy redistribution


Femtosecond-resolved, real-time dynamics of the low-lying excited state ^2Q(π,π^*) of cobalt(II) tetraphenylporphyrin are reported in different solvents of varying polarity and structure. The dependence of the dynamics on the probing wavelength and on the metal and porphyrin substitution was also investigated. The decay in the π system of the porphyrin occurs with a lifetime of 220 fs in benzene, while a second process with a lifetime of 1.8 ps is consistent with a proposed model for intramolecular charge separation: porphyrin a_(2u)(π)→Co(d_z^2). The dynamics of the charge transfer state is influenced by the solvents' polarity and coordination ability.

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© 1998 Elsevier Science B.V. Received 25 May 1998. Available online 16 September 1998. This work was supported by the National Science Foundation (Laboratory for Molecular Sciences).

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