Photoinduced electron transfer through hydrogen bonds in a rod-like donor-acceptor molecule: A time-resolved EPR study

Manuela Jakob, Alexander Berg, Eli Stavitski, Erin T. Chernick, Emily A. Weiss, Michael R. Wasielewski, Haim Levanon

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Light-driven multi-step intramolecular electron transfer in a rod-like triad, in which two of the three redox components are linked by three hydrogen bonds, was studied by time-resolved electron paramagnetic resonance (TREPR) and optical spectroscopies. One part of the molecule consists of a p-methoxyaniline primary electron donor (MeOAn) covalently linked to a 4-aminonaphthalene-1, 8-dicarboximide (6ANI) chromophoric electron acceptor (MeOAn-6ANI). The unsubstituted dicarboximide of 6ANI serves as one half of a hydrogen bonding receptor pair. The other half of the receptor pair consists of a melamine linked to a naphthalene-1,8:4,5-bis(dicarboximide) (NI) secondary electron acceptor (MEL-NI). TREPR spectroscopy is used to probe the electronic interaction between the radicals within the photogenerated, spin-correlated radical ion pair MeOAn{radical dot}+-6ANI/MEL-NI{radical dot}-. The results are compared to those obtained in earlier studies in which MeOAn-6ANI is covalently linked to NI through a 2,5-dimethylphenyl group (MeOAn-6ANI-Ph-NI). We show that the electronic coupling between the oxidized donor and reduced acceptor in the hydrogen-bonded radical ion pair MeOAn{radical dot}+-6ANI/MEL-NI{radical dot}- is very similar to that of MeOAn{radical dot}+-6ANI-Ph-NI{radical dot}-.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)63-71
Number of pages9
JournalChemical Physics
Issue number1 SPEC. ISS.
Publication statusPublished - May 9 2006



  • Electron paramagnetic resonance
  • Electron transfer
  • Photochemistry
  • Radical pairs

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Physics and Astronomy(all)
  • Physical and Theoretical Chemistry

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