Photoinduced electron transfer between chlorophylls (a/b) and fullerenes (C60/C70) studied by laser flash photolysis

Mohamed E. El-Khouly, Yasuyuki Araki, Mamoru Fujitsuka, Akira Watanabe, Osamu Ito

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Photoinduced electron-transfer processes in the systems of chlorophylls (Chl) (chlorophyll-a [Chl-a] and chlorophyll-b) and fullerenes (C60/C70) in both polar and non-polar solvents have been investigated with nanosecond laser photolysis technique, observing the transient spectra in the visible/near-IR regions. By the excitation of Chl in benzonitrile (BN) it has been proved that electron transfer takes place from the triplet excited states of Chl to the ground states of C60/C70. By the excitation of C70 in BN electron transfer takes place from the ground states of Chl to the triplet excited state of C70. In both Chl the rate constants and quantum yields for the electron-transfer processes are as high as those of zinc porphyrins and zinc phthalocyanines, indicating that the long alkyl chains of Chl play no role in retarding the electron transfer. The rate constant for the electron-mediating process from the radical anion of C70 to octylviologen dication yielding the octylviologen radical cation was evaluated. The back electron-transfer process from the viologen radical cation to the radical cation of Chl-a takes place in a longer time-scale, indicating that a photosensitized electron-transfer/electron-mediating cycle is achieved.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)22-30
Number of pages9
JournalPhotochemistry and Photobiology
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 2001 Jul 1

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Biochemistry
  • Physical and Theoretical Chemistry


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