The effect of photon flux on the yield and lifetime of charge separation over the extreme components of a D-Ir-A triad, where D is a triphenyl amine electron donor, A is a naphthalene bis(imide) electron acceptor and Ir is an Ir9 bis(terpyridine) complex, has been investigated. In usual laboratory conditions, with nanosecond and picosecond laser pulses in the 4-8 mJ range, biphotonic processes take place. Biphotonic products and their evolution can introduce complications in reaction mechanisms and their interpretation but can also drastically reduce the yield and the lifetime of the charge-separated state. In the present case, after discussion of several possible mechanisms, the process detrimental to charge separation is ascribed to absorption of a photon by the photogenerated charge-separated state D+-Ir-A-.
- Charge separation
- Electron transfer
- Two-photon absorption
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Atomic and Molecular Physics, and Optics