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Synthesis and Characterization of Novel Dinuclear Ruthenium Complexes Covalently Linked to Ru(II) Trisbipyridine: an Approach to Mimics of the Donor Side of PS II
Stockholm University, Faculty of Science, Department of Organic Chemistry.
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URN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-23621OAI: diva2:193538
Part of urn:nbn:se:su:diva-411Available from: 2005-03-21 Created: 2005-03-21 Last updated: 2010-01-13Bibliographically approved
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1. Synthesis and Photoinduced Electron Transfer of Donor-Sensitizer-Acceptor Systems
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Synthesis and Photoinduced Electron Transfer of Donor-Sensitizer-Acceptor Systems
2005 (English)Doctoral thesis, comprehensive summary (Other academic)
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Artificial systems involving water oxidation and solar cells are promising ways for the conversion of solar energy into fuels and electricity. These systems usually consist of a photosensitizer, an electron donor and / or an electron acceptor. This thesis deals with the synthesis and photoinduced electron transfer of several donor-sensitizer-acceptor supramolecular systems.

The first part of this thesis describes the synthesis and properties of two novel dinuclear ruthenium complexes as electron donors to mimic the donor side reaction of Photosystem II. These two Ru2 complexes were then covalently linked to ruthenium trisbipyridine and the properties of the resulting trinuclear complexes were studied by cyclic voltammetry and transient absorption spectroscopy.

The second part presents the synthesis and photoinduced electron transfer of covalently linked donor-sensitizer supramolecular systems in the presence of TiO2 as electron acceptors. Electron donors are tyrosine, phenol and their derivatives, and dinuclear ruthenium complexes. Intramolecular electron transfer from the donor to the oxidized sensitizer was observed by transient absorption spectroscopy after light excitation of the Ru(bpy)32+ moiety. The potential applications of Ru2-based electron donors in artificial systems for water oxidation and solar cells are discussed.

In the final part, the photoinduced interfacial electron transfer in the systems based on carotenoids and TiO2 is studied. Carotenoids are shown to act as both sensitizers and electron donors, which could be used in artificial systems to mimic the electron transfer chain in natural photosynthesis.

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Stockholm: Institutionen för organisk kemi, 2005. 53 p.
Artificial photosynthesis, Dye-sensitized solar cells, Electron donors, Dinuclear ruthenium complexes, Electron transfer
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Organic Chemistry
urn:nbn:se:su:diva-411 (URN)91-7155-034-8 (ISBN)
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2005-04-20, Magnélisalen, Kemiska övningslaboratoriet, Svante Arrhenius väg 12 A, Stockholm, 10:00
Available from: 2005-03-21 Created: 2005-03-21Bibliographically approved

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