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Condensed Matter Physics

2009

Ultrafast Solvation

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Charge Transfer Assisted By Collective H-Bonding Network Dynamics, Omar F. Mohammed, Christina M. Othon, Oh-Hoon Kwon, Ahmed H. Zewail Jul 2009

Charge Transfer Assisted By Collective H-Bonding Network Dynamics, Omar F. Mohammed, Christina M. Othon, Oh-Hoon Kwon, Ahmed H. Zewail

Christina M Othon

Although there have been numerous studies of solvation, the role of solvent specific and collective interactions, especially for charge-transfer processes, remains difficult to unravel. Here, we report, using femtosecond fluorescence up-conversion and steady-state spectroscopic measurements, studies of well-designed single-sited formylperylene (FPe) in binary solvents. One of the solvents (methanol, MOH) can selectively hydrogen (H) bond to the carbonyl (C=O) site, while the other (acetonitrile, ACN) cannot, but both have similar polarity ( for MOH and for ACN). The results reveal that ultrafast charge transfer from the perylene unit to the carbonyl group of FPe is facilitated by site-specific H-bonding interactions ...