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Investigating interfacial electron transfer in dye-sensitized NiO using vibrational spectroscopy

Black, Fiona A.; Clark, Charlotte A.; Summers, Gareth H.; Clark, Ian P.; Towrie, Michael; Penfold, Thomas J.; George, Michael W.; Gibson, Elizabeth A.

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Fiona A. Black

Gareth H. Summers

Ian P. Clark

Michael Towrie

Thomas J. Penfold

Elizabeth A. Gibson


Understanding what influences the formation and lifetime of charge-separated states is key to developing photoelectrochemical devices. This paper describes the use of time-resolved infrared absorption spectroscopy (TRIR) to determine the structure and lifetime of the intermediates formed on photoexcitation of two organic donor–π–acceptor dyes adsorbed to the surface of NiO. The donor and π-linker of both dyes is triphenylamine and thiophene but the acceptors differ, maleonitrile (1) and bodipy (2). Despite their structural similarities, dye 1 outperforms 2 significantly in devices. Strong transient bands in the fingerprint region (1 and 2) and nitrile region (2300–2000 cm−1) for 1 enabled us to monitor the structure of the excited states in solution or adsorbed on NiO (in the absence and presence of electrolyte) and the corresponding kinetics, which are on a ps–ns timescale. The results are consistent with rapid (

Journal Article Type Article
Acceptance Date Feb 22, 2017
Publication Date Feb 22, 2017
Deposit Date Sep 11, 2017
Publicly Available Date Sep 11, 2017
Journal Physical Chemistry Chemical Physics
Print ISSN 1463-9076
Electronic ISSN 1463-9084
Publisher Royal Society of Chemistry
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 19
Issue 11
Pages 7877-7885
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Additional Information : This document is Similarity Check deposited; : Supplementary Information; : Elizabeth A. Gibson (ORCID); : The PCCP Owner Societies have an exclusive publication licence for this journal; OPEN ACCESS: This article is freely available. This article is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 Unported Licence (CC BY 3.0); : Single-blind; : Received 17 August 2016; Accepted 22 February 2017; Accepted Manuscript published 22 February 2017; Advance Article published 6 March 2017; Version of Record published 15 March 2017


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