Time-resolved optical spectroscopies reveal multielectron transfer from the biexcitonic state of a CdS quantum dot to an adsorbed tetracationic compound cyclobis(4,4′-(1,4-phenylene) bipyridin-1-ium-1,4-phenylene-bis(methylene)) (ExBox4+) to form both the ExBox3+• and the doubly reduced ExBox2(+•) states from a single laser pulse. Electron transfer in the single-exciton regime occurs in 1 ps. At higher excitation powers the second electron transfer takes ∼5 ps, which leads to a mixture of redox states of the acceptor ligand. The doubly reduced ExBox2(+•) state has a lifetime of ∼10 ns, while CdS+•:ExBox3+• recombines with multiple time constants, the longest of which is ∼300 μs. The long-lived charge separation and ability to accumulate multiple charges on ExBox4+ demonstrate the potential of the CdS:ExBox4+ complex to serve as a platform for two-electron photocatalysis.
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Colloid and Surface Chemistry