Energy transfer between chlorophyll derivatives in silica mesostructured films and photocurrent generation

Hiroyasu Furukawa, Natsuka Inoue, Tadashi Watanabe, Kazuyuki Kuroda

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    Layered silica/surfactant mesostructured thin films containing chlorophyllous pigments [C13 2-demethoxycarbonyl-pheophytin b (pyroPheo b) or zinc C 13 2-demethoxycarbonyl-chlorophyll b (Zn-pyroChl b)] have been prepared on an indium tin oxide (ITO) electrode grafted with a chlorophyll derivative possessing a triethoxysilyl group (copper C13 2-demethoxycarbonyl-chlorophyllide a 3-triethoxysilyl propylamide, Cu-APTES-Chl a) to achieve effective light harvesting and successive photocurrent generation by the mesostructured films. The incorporation of pyroPheo b and Zn-pyroChl b in the mesostructured film resulted in 1.2- and 1.6-fold increases of the photocurrent density, respectively, as compared to the case of an antenna pigment-free film also grafted to a surface-modified ITO electrode. The difference action spectra, between the electrodes with and without the antenna pigments, coincided well with the absorption spectra of the immobilized pigments. Because direct electron injection from the antenna pigments in the mesostructured films to the ITO electrode was scarcely observed, the energy transfer from the antenna pigments to Cu-APTES-Chla plays an important role for the increase in photocurrent density. The usefulness of the mesostructured films as model systems is discussed in relation to the photosynthetic primary processes of higher plants.

    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)3992-3997
    Number of pages6
    JournalLangmuir
    Volume21
    Issue number9
    DOIs
    Publication statusPublished - 2005 Apr 26

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    Silicon Dioxide
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    energy transfer
    Silica
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    Derivatives
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    Tin oxides
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    Energy transfer between chlorophyll derivatives in silica mesostructured films and photocurrent generation. / Furukawa, Hiroyasu; Inoue, Natsuka; Watanabe, Tadashi; Kuroda, Kazuyuki.

    In: Langmuir, Vol. 21, No. 9, 26.04.2005, p. 3992-3997.

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    Furukawa, Hiroyasu ; Inoue, Natsuka ; Watanabe, Tadashi ; Kuroda, Kazuyuki. / Energy transfer between chlorophyll derivatives in silica mesostructured films and photocurrent generation. In: Langmuir. 2005 ; Vol. 21, No. 9. pp. 3992-3997.
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