Journal of Physical Chemistry B, Vol.114, No.7, 2476-2483, 2010
Hydrogen Bonding Effects on the Reorganization Energy for Photoinduced Charge Separation Reaction between Porphyrin and Quinone Studied by Nanosecond Laser Flash Photolysis
Alcohol concentration dependences of photoinduced charge separation (CS) reaction of zinc tetraphenylporphyrin (ZnTPP) and duroquinone (DQ) were investigated in benzonitrile by a nanosecond laser flash photolysis technique. The photoinduced CS reaction was accelerated by the addition of alcohols, whereas the addition of acetonitrile caused little effect on the CS reactions. The simple theory was developed to calculate an increase in reorganization energies induced by the hydrogen bonding interactions between DQ and alcohols using the chemical equilibrium constants for the hydrogen bonding complexes through the concerted pathway and the stepwise one. The experimental results were analyzed by using the Marcus equation where we took into account the hydrogen bonding effects on the reorganization energy and the reaction free energy for the CS reaction. The observed alcohol concentration dependence of the CS reaction rates was well explained by the formation of the hydrogen bonding complexes through the concerted pathway, demonstrating the increase in the reorganization energy by the hydrogen bonding interactions.