27 February 2006 Single molecule electron transfer process of ruthenium complexes
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Abstract
Transition metal complexes such as ruthenium complexes, having metal-to-ligand charge transfer (MLCT) states, are extensively used in solar energy conversion and electron transfer in biological systems and at interfaces. The dynamics of metal-to-ligand charge transfer and subsequent intermolecular, intramolecular, and interfacial electron transfer processes can be highly complex and inhomogeneous, especially when molecules are involved in interactions and perturbations from heterogeneous local environments and gated by conformation fluctuations. We have employed single-molecule spectroscopy, a powerful approach for studying inhomogeneous systems, to study the electron transfer dynamics of ruthenium complexes. We have applied a range of statistical analysis methods to reveal nonclassical photon emission behaviors of single ruthenium complexes, e.g., photon antibunching and photophysical ground-state recovering dynamics on a microsecond time-scale. The use of photon antibunching to measure phosphorescence lifetimes and single-molecule electron transfer dynamics at room temperature is demonstrated, which is a novel way of probing ground state regeneration in back electron transfer processes.
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Dehong Hu, Dehong Hu, Peter Lu, Peter Lu, } "Single molecule electron transfer process of ruthenium complexes", Proc. SPIE 6092, Ultrasensitive and Single-Molecule Detection Technologies, 609207 (27 February 2006); doi: 10.1117/12.638845; https://doi.org/10.1117/12.638845
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