Optical electron transfer processes. The dependence of intervalence line shape and transition energy on chromophore concentration

Robert L. Blackbourn, Joseph T Hupp

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Optical electron transfer in the mixed-valence cation of biferrocenylacetylene (BF+) has been examined in CD2Cl2 solvent. The intervalence absorption line shape is relatively narrow at both low and high chromophore concentrations, but broader at intermediate concentrations. The transition energy for metal-to-metal charge transfer increases from ≈4440 cm-1 at infinite dilution to 5995 cm-1 for 3.8 mM BF+. Related effects exist due to added electrolyte. Neither the electrolyte nor chromophore concentration effects are expected from a simple reading of electron transfer theories. Nevertheless, both phenomena can be understood and within the context of theory upon careful consideration of the effects of ion-pairing (and tripling) equilibria upon electron-transfer energetics.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)399-405
Number of pages7
JournalChemical Physics Letters
Issue number6
Publication statusPublished - Sep 23 1988


ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Physical and Theoretical Chemistry
  • Spectroscopy
  • Condensed Matter Physics
  • Atomic and Molecular Physics, and Optics
  • Surfaces and Interfaces

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