Relationships between nonadiabatic bridged intramolecular, electrochemical, and electrical electron-transfer processes

Matthew C. Traub, Bruce S. Brunschwig, Nathan S. Lewis

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Fermi's golden rule is used to develop relationships between rate constants for electron transfer in donor-bridge-acceptor and electrode-bridge-acceptor systems and resistances across metal-bridge-electrode and metal-bridge-tip junctions. Experimental data on electron-transfer rates through alkanethiolate, oligophenylene, and DNA bridges are used to calculate the electronic coupling matrix element per state through these moieties. The formulation is then used to predict the resistance of these bridges between two gold contacts. This approach provides a straightforward method for experimentalists to assess the self-consistency between intramolecular electron-transfer rate constants and low-bias resistances measured for molecularly bridged junctions between two metallic contacts. Reported resistances for alkanethiolate bridges vary by a factor of 20, with predicted resistances falling within this range. However, comparisons between carboxylato and directly linked alkanethiolate bridges suggest differences between the coupling at the interface to either the redox center or the gold electrode in such systems. Calculated resistances for oligophenylene bridges are close to those measured experimentally in a similar oligophenylene system.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)6676-6683
Number of pages8
JournalJournal of Physical Chemistry B
Issue number24
Publication statusPublished - Jun 21 2007

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Physical and Theoretical Chemistry
  • Surfaces, Coatings and Films
  • Materials Chemistry

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