Spin-dependent intramolecular electron transfer is revealed in the ReI(CO)3(py)(bpy-Ph)-perylenediimide radical anion (ReI-bpy-PDI-•) dyad, a prototype model system for artificial photosynthesis. Quantum chemical calculations and ultrafast transient absorption spectroscopy experiments demonstrate that selective photoexcitation of ReI-bpy results in electron transfer from PDI-• to ReI-bpy, forming two distinct charge-shifted states. One is an overall doublet whose return to the ground state is spin-allowed. The other, high-spin quartet state, persists for 67 ns due to spin-forbidden back-electron transfer, constituting a more than thousandfold lifetime improvement compared to the low-spin state. Exploiting this spin dependency holds promise for artificial photosynthetic systems requiring long-lived reduced states to perform multi-electron chemistry.
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Colloid and Surface Chemistry