In this communication, we demonstrate a new approach to sensitization of Ru-polypyridine complexes by using semiconductor nanocrystal quantum dots (NQDs). When mixed in solution, the complexes functionalized by carboxylic groups adsorb onto the surface of the NQDs. Excitation of NQDs by 400 nm light leads to fast, 5 ps hole transfer from the photoexcited NQDs to the surface-adsorbed complexes. This result indicates that Ru complexes can be sensitized by CdSe NQDs, which opens interesting opportunities for designing new types of photocatalytic materials for solar energy conversion applications. These materials will take advantage of broad size-controlled absorption spectra and large extinction coefficients of NQDs as well as the unique property of NQDs to respond to absorption of a single photon by producing multiple electron-hole pairs.
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- Colloid and Surface Chemistry