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  1. Facile Interfacial Electron Transfer of Hemoglobin

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    Chunhai Fan

    2005-12-01

    Full Text Available Abstract: We herein describe a method of depositing hemoglobin (Hb and sulfonated polyaniline (SPAN on GC electrodes that facilitate interfacial protein electron transfer. Well-defined, reproducible, chemically reversible peaks of Hb and SPAN can be obtained in our experiments. We also observed enhanced peroxidase activity of Hb in SPAN films. These results clearly showed that SPAN worked as molecular wires and effectively exchanged electrons between Hb and electrodes.Mediated by Conjugated Polymers

  2. Theory of plasmon enhanced interfacial electron transfer

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    Wang, Luxia; May, Volkhard

    2015-04-01

    A particular attempt to improve the efficiency of a dye sensitized solar cell is it's decoration with metal nano-particles (MNP). The MNP-plasmon induced enhancement of the local field enlarges the photoexcitation of the dyes and a subsequent improvement of the charge separation efficiency may result. In a recent work (2014 J. Phys. Chem. C 118 2812) we presented a theory of plasmon enhanced interfacial electron transfer for perylene attached to a TiO2 surface and placed in the proximity of a spherical MNP. These earlier studies are generalized here to the coupling of to up to four MNPs and to the use of somewhat altered molecular parameters. If the MNPs are placed close to each other strong hybridization of plasmon excitations appears and a broad resonance to which molecular excitations are coupled is formed. To investigate this situation the whole charge injection dynamics is described in the framework of the density matrix theory. The approach accounts for optical excitation of the dye coupled to the MNPs and considers subsequent electron injection into the rutile TiO2-cluster. Using a tight-binding model for the TiO2-system with about 105 atoms the electron motion in the cluster is described. We again consider short optical excitation which causes an intermediate steady state with a time-independent overall probability to have the electron injected into the cluster. This probability is used to introduce an enhancement factor which rates the influence of the MNP. Values larger than 500 are obtained.

  3. Probing Inhomogeneous Vibrational Reorganization Energy Barriers of Interfacial Electron Transfer

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    Pan, Duohai; Hu, Dehong; Lu, H. Peter

    2005-09-01

    We report an atomic force microscopy (AFM) and confocal Raman microscopy study on the interfacial electron transfer of a dye-sensitization system, alizarin adsorbed upon TiO2 nanoparticles. Resonance Raman and absorption spectral analyses revealed the distribution of the mode-specific vibrational reorganization energies encompassing different local sites (~250 nm spatial resolution), suggesting spatially inhomogeneous vibrational reorganization energy and different Franck-Condon coupling factors of the interfacial electron transfer. We found that the total vibrational reorganization energy was inhomogeneous from site to site, and specifically, the mode-specific analyses indicated that the energy distributions were inhomogeneous for bridging normal modes and homogeneous for nonbridging normal modes, especially for modes far away from the alizarin- TiO2 coupling hydroxyl modes. Our results demonstrate a significant step forward in characterizing site-specific inhomogeneous interfacial charge transfer dynamics.

  4. Interfacial Electron Transfer into Functionalized Crystalline Polyoxotitanate Nanoclusters

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    Snoeberger, Robert C.; Young, Karin J.; Tang, Jiji; Allen, Laura J.; Crabtree, Robert H.; Brudvig, Gary W.; Coppens, Philip; Batista, Victor S.; Jason B. Benedict

    2012-01-01

    Interfacial electron transfer (IET) between a chromophore and a semi-conductor nanoparticle is one of the key processes in a dye sensitized solar cell. Theoretical simulations of the electron transfer in polyoxotitanate nanoclusters Ti17O24(OPri)20 (Ti17) functionalized with four para-nitrophenyl acetylacetone (NPA-H) adsorbates, of which the atomic structure has been fully established by X-ray diffraction measurements, are presented. Complementary experimental information showing IET has bee...

  5. Nanoscale and single-molecule interfacial electron transfer

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    Hansen, Allan Glargaard; Wackerbarth, Hainer

    2003-01-01

    Electrochemical science and technology in the 21st century have reached high levels of sophistication. A fundamental quantum mechanical theoretical frame for interfacial electrochemical electron transfer (ET) was introduced by Revaz Dogonadze. This frame has remained for four decades as a basis for comprehensive later theoretical work and data interpretation in many areas of chemistry, electrochemistry, and biology. We discuss here some new areas of theoretical electrochemical ET science, with focus on nanoscale electrochemical and bioelectrochemical sciences. Particular attention is given to in situ scanning tunneling microscopy (STM) and single-electron tunneling (SET, or Coulomb blockade) in electrochemical. systems directly in aqueous electrolyte solution and at room temperature. We illustrate the new theoretical formalism and its perspectives by recent cases of electrochemical SET, negative differential resistance patterns, and by ET dynamics of organized assemblies of biological macromolecules, such as redox metalloproteins and oligonucleotides on single-crystal Au(III)-electrode surfaces.

  6. The microwave-look into the photo electrode: What can we learn about interfacial electron transfer?

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    By combining photo-electrochemical and photo-induced microwave conductivity measurements, information on potential dependent minority charge carrier accumulation, on interfacial minority carrier concentration and on interfacial charge transfer rates can be obtained. It suggests a correlation between electron transfer processes and accumulated charge carriers dominated by non-equilibrium conditions. This is inconsistent with the general assumptions leading to the classical Marcus-Gerischer electron transfer at electrodes, conceived for weak interaction, quasi-equilibrium and absence of polarisability effects. It is considered only to be applicable in special situations. A non-linear interfacial electron transfer theory, the properties of which are outlined, will on the other hand open the potential for new phenomena. They include faster (stimulated), and cooperative electron transfer. The latter, which is excluded by the classical theory, requires non linear dynamic feedback polarisability, which will have to be developed on the basis of structural-electronic considerations for semiconductor interfaces to become highly catalytic

  7. Effect of size quantization on interfacial electron transfer dynamics in TiO{sub 2} nanoparticles

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    Ghosh, Hirendra N. [Radiation and Photochemistry Division, Bhabha Atomic Research Centre, Trombay, Mumbai (India); Max-Born Institute for Nonlinear and Short Pulse Spectroscopy, Berlin (Germany)

    2008-07-01

    Interfacial electron transfer dynamics was carried out in alizarin sensitized TiO{sub 2} nanoparticles with quantum size using femtosecond transient absorption (TA) spectroscopy. The TiO{sub 2} nanoparticles have been synthesized by arrested precipitation method. Electron injection dynamics were found to be multi-exponential with time constants of 100 fs, 17 ps and 50 ps. This observation was explained on the basis discreteness of the conduction band levels due to finite size effect. The back electron transfer (BET) dynamics found to be very slow as compared to the bulk system. The result gives us direct proof of non-adiabatic electron transfer reaction in a strong binding dye like alizarin.

  8. Interfacial electron transfer dynamics of ru(II)-polypy6ridine sensitized TiO2

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    Jakubikova, Elena [Los Alamos National Laboratory; Martin, Richard L [Los Alamos National Laboratory; Batista, Enrique R [Los Alamos National Laboratory; Snoeberger, Robert C [YALE UNIV.; Batista, Victor S [YALE UNIV.

    2009-01-01

    Quantum dynamics simulations combined with density functional theory calculations are applied to study interfacial electron transfer (IET) from pyridine-4-phosphonic acid, [Ru(tpy)(tpy(PO{sub 3}H{sub 2}))]{sup 2+} and [Ru(tpy)(bpy)(H{sub 2}O)-Ru(tpy)(tpy(PO{sub 3}H{sub 2}))]{sup 4+} into the (101) surface of anatase TiO{sub 2}. IET rate from pyridine-4-phosphonic acid attached to the nanoparticle in bidentate mode ({tau} {approx} 100 fs) is an order of magnitude faster than the IET rate of the adsorbate attached in the monodentate mode ({tau} {approx} 1 ps). Upon excitation with visible light, [Ru(tpy)(tpy(PO{sub 3}H{sub 2}))]{sup 2+} attached to TiO{sub 2} in bidentate binding mode will undergo IET with the rate of {approx} 1-10 ps, which is competitive with the excited state decay into the ground state. The probability of electron injection from [Ru(tpy)(bpy)(H{sub 2}O)-Ru(tpy)(tpy(PO{sub 3}H{sub 2}))]{sup 4+} is rather low, as the excitation with visible light localizes the excited electron in the tpy-tpy bridge, which does not have favorable coupling with the TiO{sub 2} nanoparticle. The results are relevant to better understanding of the adsorbate features important for promoting efficient interfacial electron transfer into the semiconductor.

  9. Interfacial electrochemical electron transfer in biology – Towards the level of the single molecule

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    Zhang, Jingdong; Chi, Qijin

    2012-01-01

    Physical electrochemistry has undergone a remarkable evolution over the last few decades, integrating advanced techniques and theory from solid state and surface physics. Single-crystal electrode surfaces have been a core notion, opening for scanning tunnelling microscopy directly in aqueous electrolyte (in situ STM). Interfacial electrochemistry of metalloproteins is presently going through a similar transition. Electrochemical surfaces with thiol-based promoter molecular monolayers (SAMs) as biomolecular electrochemical environments and the biomolecules themselves have been mapped with unprecedented resolution, opening a new area of single-molecule bioelectrochemistry. We consider first in situ STM of small redox molecules, followed by in situ STM of thiol-based SAMs as molecular views of bioelectrochemical environments. We then address electron transfer metalloproteins, and multi-centre metalloenzymes including applied single-biomolecular perspectives based on metalloprotein/metallic nanoparticle hybrids.

  10. Ultrafast interfacial electron transfer from the excited state of anchored molecules into a semiconductor

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    Gundlach, L.; Ernstorfer, R.; Willig, F.

    Ultrafast heterogeneous electron transfer (HET) from the excited singlet state of the large organic chromophore perylene into the inorganic semiconductor rutile TiO 2 was investigated with femtosecond time-resolved two-photon photoemission (TR-2PPE). The strength of the electronic interaction between the chromophore and the semiconductor was varied by inserting different anchor/bridge groups that functioned either as electronic wire or electronic tunnelling barrier. Both anchor groups, i.e. carboxylic and phosphonic acid, formed strong chemical bonds at the TiO 2 surface. The perylene chromophore with the different anchor/bridge groups was adsorbed from solution in a dedicated ultra-high-vacuum (UHV) chamber. The adsorption geometry of the chromophore perylene was determined from angle and polarization dependent two-photon photoemission (2PPE) signals and was found to be very different for the two different anchor/bridge groups. The measured adsorption geometries are compatible with recent DFT (density functional theory) calculations by P. Persson and co-workers [M. Nilsing, S. Lunell, P. Persson, L. Ojamäe, Phosphonic acid adsorption at the TiO 2 anatase (1 0 1) surface investigated by periodic hybrid HF-DFT computations, Surf. Sci. 582 (2005) 49-60]. Two different processes contributed to the TR-2PPE transients, firstly electron transfer from the chromophore to the electronic acceptor states on the surface and secondly escape of the electrons from the surface into the bulk of the semiconductor. The latter escape process was measured separately by making the interfacial electron injection process instantaneous when the chromophore catechol was employed in place of the perylene compounds. The thus measured electron escape behavior was governed by the same time constants that have recently been predicted by Prezhdo and coworkers from time dependent DFT calculations [W.R. Duncan, W.M. Stier, O.V. Prezhdo, Ab initio nonadiabatic molecular dynamics of the ultrafast electron injection across the Alizarin-TiO 2 interface, J. Am. Chem. Soc. 127 (2005) 7941-7951]. The HET times derived from the 2PPE transients showed very good agreement with HET times measured via transient absorption (TA) on anatase TiO 2 layers. The measured energy distribution of the 2PPE signals for the injected electrons suggests that a high density of electronic acceptor states is operative in both systems and is spread over an at least 1 eV wide energy range. The acceptor states are tentatively identified with surface states created through the formation of chemical bonds between the anchor groups of the organic molecules and surface atoms of the semiconductor.

  11. Linker dependence of interfacial electron transfer rates in Fe(II)-polypyridine sensitized solar cells

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    Bowman, David N.; Mukherjee, Sriparna; Barnes, Lyndsay J.; Jakubikova, Elena

    2015-04-01

    Dye-sensitized solar cells (DSSCs) convert solar energy to electricity employing dye molecules attached to a semiconductor surface. Some of the most efficient DSSCs use Ru-based chromophores. Fe-based dyes represent a cheaper and more environmentally friendly alternative to these expensive and toxic dyes. The photoactive state of Fe-based chromophores responsible for charge-separation at the dye-semiconductor interface is, however, deactivated on a sub-picosecond time scale via the intersystem crossing (ISC) into a manifold of low-lying photo-inactive quintet states. Therefore, development of Fe-based dyes capable of fast interfacial electron transfer (IET) leading to efficient charge separation on a time scale competitive with the ISC events is important. This work investigates how linker groups anchoring a prototypical Fe-based dye [Fe(bpy-L)2(CN)2] (bpy = 2,2?-bipyridine, L = linker group) onto the TiO2 semiconductor surface influence the IET rates in the dye–semiconductor assemblies. Linker groups investigated include carboxylic acid, phosphonic acid, hydroxamate, catechol, and acetylacetonate. We employ time-dependent density functional theory (TD-DFT) to obtain absorption spectra of [Fe(bpy-L)2(CN)2] with each linker, and quantum dynamics simulations to investigate the IET rates between the dye and the (101) TiO2 anatase surface. For all attachments, TD-DFT calculations show similar absorption spectra with two main bands corresponding to the metal-to-ligand charge transfer transitions. The quantum dynamics simulations predict that the utilization of the hydroxamate linker instead of the commonly used carboxylic acid linker will lead to a more efficient IET and better photon-to-current conversion efficiencies in Fe(II)-polypyridine sensitized solar cells.

  12. Gold nanoparticle assisted assembly of a heme protein for enhancement of long-range interfacial electron transfer

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    Jensen, Palle Skovhus; Chi, Qijin

    2007-01-01

    Interfacial electron transfer (ET) of biological macromolecules such as metalloproteins is the key process in bioelectrochemistry, enzymatic electrocatalysis, artificial ET chains, single-molecule electronic amplification and rectification, and other phenomena associated with the area of bioelectronics. A key challenge in molecular bioelectronics is to improve the efficiency of long-range charge transfer. The present work shows that this can be achieved by nanoparticle (NP) assisted assembly of cytochrome c (cyt c) on macroscopic single-crystalline electrode surfaces. We present the synthesis and characterization of water-soluble gold nanoparticles (AuNPs) with core diameter 3-4 nm and their application for the enhancement of long-range interfacial ET of a heme protein. Gold nanoparticles were electrostatically conjugated with cyt c to form nanoparticle-protein hybrid ET systems with well-defined stoichiometry. The systems were investigated in homogeneous solution and at liquid/solid interface. Conjugation ofcyt c results in a small but consistent broadening of the nanoparticle plasmon band. This phenomenon can be explained in terms of long-range electronic interactions between the gold nanoparticle and the protein molecule. When the nanoparticle-protein conjugates are assembled on Au(111) surfaces, long-range interfacial ET across a physical distance of over 50 A via the nanoparticle becomes feasible. Moreover, significant enhancement of the interfacial ET rate by more than an order of magnitude compared with that of cyt c in the absence of AuNPs is observed. AuNPs appear to serve as excellent ET relays, most likely by facilitating the electronic coupling between the protein redox center and the electrode surface.

  13. Ab initio modeling of Fe(ii) adsorption and interfacial electron transfer at goethite (?-FeOOH) surfaces.

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    Alexandrov, Vitaly; Rosso, Kevin M

    2015-05-27

    Goethite (?-FeOOH) surfaces represent one of the most ubiquitous redox-active interfaces in the environment, playing an important role in biogeochemical metal cycling and contaminant residence in the subsurface. Fe(ii)-catalyzed recrystallization of goethite is a fundamental process in this context, but the proposed Fe(ii)aq-Fe(iii)goethite electron and iron atom exchange mechanism of recrystallization remains poorly understood at the atomic level. We examine the adsorption of aqueous Fe(ii) and subsequent interfacial electron transfer (ET) between adsorbed Fe(ii) and structural Fe(iii) at the (110) and (021) goethite surfaces using density functional theory calculations including Hubbard U corrections (DFT + U) aided by ab initio molecular dynamics simulations. We investigate various surface sites for the adsorption of Fe(2+)(H2O)6 in different coordination environments. Calculated energies for adsorbed complexes at both surfaces favor monodentate complexes with reduced 4- and 5-fold coordination over higher-dentate structures and 6-fold coordination. The hydrolysis of H2O ligands is observed for some pre-ET adsorbed Fe(ii) configurations. ET from the adsorbed Fe(ii) into the goethite lattice is calculated to be energetically uphill always, but simultaneous proton transfer from H2O ligands of the adsorbed complexes to the surface oxygen species stabilizes post-ET states. We find that surface defects such as oxygen vacancies near the adsorption site also can stabilize post-ET states, enabling the Fe(ii)aq-Fe(iii)goethite interfacial electron transfer reaction implied from experiments to proceed. PMID:25968615

  14. Adsorption and interfacial electron transfer of Saccharomyces cerevisiae yeast cytochrome c monolayers on Au(111) electrodes

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    Hansen, Allan Glargaard; Boisen, Anja

    2003-01-01

    We have studied the adsorption and electron-transfer dynamics of Saccharomyces cerevisiae (yeast) iso-1-cytochrome c adsorbed on Au(111) electrodes in aqueous phosphate buffer media. This cytochrome possesses a thiol group close to the protein surface (Cys102) suitable for linking the protein to gold without drastic protein unfolding. A comprehensive approach, based on linear sweep and differential pulse voltammetry, capacitance measurements, X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS), in situ scanning tunneling microscopy (STM), and microcantilever sensor (MCS) techniques has been used. The voltammetric data display a thiol reductive desorption signal corresponding to close to monolayer coverage. Reductive desorption is also reflected in a capacitance peak. Voltammetric signals from the heme group in both native and partially denatured states could also be detected. XPS shows clear Au-S bond formation, but this observation is not conclusive for aqueous buffer conditions, as the protein is extensively unfolded under ultrahigh vacuum conditions needed for XPS. In situ STM discloses clear sub-monolayer coverage to molecular resolution. Imaging is robust in a 0.2 V electrochemical potential range negative of the equilibrium potential of YCC, where the protein is electrochemically functional. The MCS data show tensile differential stress signals when YCC is adsorbed on a gold-coated MCS, with distinguishable adsorption phases in the time range from

  15. Adsorption and Interfacial Electron Transfer of Saccharomyces Cerevisiae : Yeast Cytochrome c Monolayers on Au(111) Electrodes

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    Andersen, Jens Enevold Thanulov

    2003-01-01

    We have studied the adsorption and electron-transfer dynamics of Saccharomyces cerevisiae (yeast) iso-l-cytochrome c adsorbed on Au(lll) electrodes in aqueous phosphate buffer media. This cytochrome possesses a thiol group dos e to the protein surface (Cysl02) suitable for linking the protein to gold without drastic protein unfolding. A comprehensive approach, based on linear sweep and differential pulse voltammetry, capacitance measurements, X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS) , in situscanning tunneling microscopy (STM), and microcantilever sensor (MCS) techniques has been used. The voltammetric data display a thiol reductive desorption signal corresponding to dase to monolayer coverage. Reductive desorption is also reflected in a capacitance peak. Voltammetric signals from the heme group in both native and partially denatured states could also be detected. XPS shows dear Au -S band formation, but this observation is not condusive for aqueous buffer conditions, as the protein is extensively unfolded under ultrahigh vacuum conditions needed for XPS. In situ STM disdoses de ar sub-monolayer coverage to molecular resolution. Imaging is robust in a 0.2 V electrochemical potential range negative ofthe equilibrium potential of YCC, where the protein is electrochemically functional. The MCS data show tensile differential stress signals when YCC is adsorbed on a gold-coate d MCS, with distinguishable adsorption phases in the time range from <102 s to several thousand seconds. Comprehensive approaches to the mapping of adsorbed functional redox metalloproteins toward the single-molecule level, such as in the present study, will be important in the construction of nanoscale devices for multifarious biological and environmental screening.

  16. Photosensitization of nanoparticulate TiO2 using a Re(I)-polypyridyl complex: studies on interfacial electron transfer in the ultrafast time domain.

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    Kar, Prasenjit; Banerjee, Tanmay; Verma, Sandeep; Sen, Anik; Das, Amitava; Ganguly, Bishwajit; Ghosh, Hirendra N

    2012-06-14

    We have synthesized a new photoactive rhenium(i)-complex having a pendant catechol functionality [Re(CO)(3)Cl(L)] (1) (L is 4-[2-(4'-methyl-2,2'-bipyridinyl-4-yl)vinyl]benzene-1,2-diol) for studying the dynamics of the interfacial electron transfer between nanoparticulate TiO(2) and the photoexcited states of this Re(i)-complex using femtosecond transient absorption spectroscopy. Our steady state absorption studies revealed that complex 1 can bind strongly to TiO(2) surfaces through the catechol functionality with the formation of a charge transfer (CT) complex, which has been confirmed by the appearance of a new red-shifted CT band. The longer wavelength absorption band for 1, bound to TiO(2) through the proposed catecholate functionality, could also be explained based on the DFT calculations. Dynamics of the interfacial electron transfer between 1 and TiO(2) nanoparticles was investigated by studying kinetics at various wavelengths in the visible and near infrared regions. Electron injection into the conduction band of the nanoparticulate TiO(2) was confirmed by detection of the conduction band electron in TiO(2) ([e(-)](TiO(2)(CB))) and the cation radical of the adsorbed dye (1?(+)) in real time as monitored by transient absorption spectroscopy. A single exponential and pulse-width limited (<100 fs) electron injection was observed. Back electron transfer dynamics was determined by monitoring the decay kinetics of 1?(+) and . PMID:22549294

  17. Interfacial Electrochemical Electron Transfer Processes in Bacterial Biofilm Environments on Au(111)

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    Hu, Yifan; Zhang, Jingdong

    2010-01-01

    We have studied Streptococcus mutans (S. mutans) biolilm growth and growth inhibition on Au(111)-surfaces using atomic force microscopy (AFM) and interfacial electrochemistry of a number of redox probe molecules. AFM of the biofilm growth and growth inhibition on both mica and Au(111)-surfaces was followed by sampling at given times, drying the samples naturally, and imaging. The electrochemical investigations were based on single-crystal Au(111)-electrode surfaces to exclude polycrystallinity as a cause of inhomogeneous voltammetric broadening on the biofilm covered electrode surfaces. The redox couples were chosen for their positive ([Ru(NH3)(6)](3+2+), [Co(terpy)(2)](3+/2+), terpy = 2,2',2 ''-terpyridine) or negative ([Fe(CN)(6)](3-/4-), [IrCl6](3-)/(4-)) electrostatic charge, [Co(NH3)(6)](3+2+) and [Co(phen)(3)](3+2+) (phen = 1,10-phenanthroline) were other inhibition factors investigated. The positively and negatively charged redox probe couples displayed antagonistic inhibition and voltammetric patterns. [Ru(NH3)(6)](3+2+) and the homologous compound [Co(NH3)(6)](3+/2+) were the only probe compounds to effect growth inhibition. On the other hand, cyclic voltammetry (CV) of both [Ru(NH3)(6)](3+2+) (positively charged, biofilm growth inhibitor) and [Co(terpy)(2)](3+2+) (positively charged, no biofilm growth inhibition) displayed fully reversible CV on biofilm covered electrodes, almost indistinguishable from CV at bare Au(111)-electrode surfaces. In comparison, CVs of [Fe(CN)(6)](3-/4-) and [IrCl6](3-/4-) (both negatively charged and no growth inhibition) were distorted from planar diffusion behavior on bare Au(111)-electrode surfaces toward spherical diffusion behavior on S. mutans biofilm covered Au(111)-electrode surfaces. DNAase teatment of the biofilm covered Au(111)-electrode surface partly restores planar diffusion CV of [Fe(CN)(6)](3-/4-) and [IrCl6](3-/4-). This is reflected in a decrease of the growth rate and the appearance of molecular-scale structures near the bacterial edges as imaged by AFM after DNAase treatment. A rationale for the different voltammetric behavior of positively and negatively charged redox probe molecules based on electrostatic properties of the local surface environment is offered.

  18. Dye-controlled interfacial electron transfer for high-current indium tin oxide photocathodes.

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    Huang, Zhongjie; He, Mingfu; Yu, Mingzhe; Click, Kevin; Beauchamp, Damian; Wu, Yiying

    2015-06-01

    Efficient sensitized photocathodes are highly desired for solar fuels and tandem solar cells, yet the development is hindered by the scarcity of suitable p-type semiconductors. The generation of high cathodic photocurrents by sensitizing a degenerate n-type semiconductor (tin-doped indium oxide; ITO) is reported. The sensitized mesoporous ITO electrodes deliver cathodic photocurrents of up to 5.96±0.19?mA?cm(-2) , which are close to the highest record in conventional p-type sensitized photocathodes. This is realized by the rational selection of dyes with appropriate energy alignments with ITO. The energy level alignment between the highest occupied molecular orbital of the sensitizer and the conduction band of ITO is crucial for efficient hole injection. Transient absorption spectroscopy studies demonstrate that the cathodic photocurrent results from reduction of the photoexcited sensitizer by free electrons in ITO. Our results reveal a new perspective toward the selection of electrode materials for sensitized photocathodes. PMID:25907357

  19. Interfacial heat transfer - State of the art

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    Interfacial heat exchanges control the interfacial mass exchange rate, depend on the interfacial area, and are tied to the prediction of thermal nonequilibrium. The nature of the problem usually requires the formulation of mechanistic laws and precludes the general use of universal correlations. This is partly due to the fact that the length scale controlling the interfacial exchanges varies widely from one situation to another and has a strong influence on the exchange coefficients. Within the framework of the ''two-fluid models'', the exchanges occurring at the interfaces are explicitly taken into consideration by the jump condition linking the volumetric mass exchange (evaporation) rate between the phases, to the interfacial energy transfer rates

  20. Autonomous control of interfacial electron transfer and the activation of DNA machines by an oscillatory pH system.

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    Qi, Xiu-Juan; Lu, Chun-Hua; Liu, Xiaoqing; Shimron, Simcha; Yang, Huang-Hao; Willner, Itamar

    2013-10-01

    An oscillatory pH system is implemented to drive oscillatory pH-switchable DNA machines and to control pH-stimulated electron transfer at electrode surfaces. The oscillatory pH system drives the autonomous opening and closure of DNA tweezers and activates a DNA pendulum by the pH-stimulated formation and dissociation of i-motif structures. Also, a sequence-programmed nucleic acid monolayer-functionalized electrode undergoes autonomous oscillatory pH transitions between random coil and i-motif configurations, leading to the control of electron transfer at electrode surfaces. PMID:23988015

  1. Interfacial spin and heat transfer between metals and magnetic insulators

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    Bender, Scott A.; Tserkovnyak, Yaroslav

    2015-04-01

    We study the role of thermal magnons in spin and heat transport across a normal-metal/insulating-ferromagnet interface, which is beyond an elastic electronic spin transfer. Using an interfacial exchange Hamiltonian, which couples spins of itinerant and localized orbitals, we calculate spin and energy currents for an arbitrary interfacial temperature difference and misalignment of spin accumulation in the normal metal relative to the ferromagnetic order. The magnonic contribution to spin current leads to a temperature-dependent torque on the magnetic order parameter; reciprocally, the coherent precession of the magnetization pumps spin current into the normal metal, the magnitude of which is affected by the presence of thermal magnons.

  2. Interfacial hydration, dynamics and electron transfer: multi-scale ET modeling of the transient [myoglobin, cytochrome b5] complex.

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    Keinan, Shahar; Nocek, Judith M; Hoffman, Brian M; Beratan, David N

    2012-10-28

    Formation of a transient [myoglobin (Mb), cytochrome b(5) (cyt b(5))] complex is required for the reductive repair of inactive ferri-Mb to its functional ferro-Mb state. The [Mb, cyt b(5)] complex exhibits dynamic docking (DD), with its cyt b(5) partner in rapid exchange at multiple sites on the Mb surface. A triple mutant (Mb(3M)) was designed as part of efforts to shift the electron-transfer process to the simple docking (SD) regime, in which reactive binding occurs at a restricted, reactive region on the Mb surface that dominates the docked ensemble. An electrostatically-guided brownian dynamics (BD) docking protocol was used to generate an initial ensemble of reactive configurations of the complex between unrelaxed partners. This ensemble samples a broad and diverse array of heme-heme distances and orientations. These configurations seeded all-atom constrained molecular dynamics simulations (MD) to generate relaxed complexes for the calculation of electron tunneling matrix elements (T(DA)) through tunneling-pathway analysis. This procedure for generating an ensemble of relaxed complexes combines the ability of BD calculations to sample the large variety of available conformations and interprotein distances, with the ability of MD to generate the atomic level information, especially regarding the structure of water molecules at the protein-protein interface, that defines electron-tunneling pathways. We used the calculated T(DA) values to compute ET rates for the [Mb(wt), cyt b(5)] complex and for the complex with a mutant that has a binding free energy strengthened by three D/E ? K charge-reversal mutations, [Mb(3M), cyt b(5)]. The calculated rate constants are in agreement with the measured values, and the mutant complex ensemble has many more geometries with higher T(DA) values than does the wild-type Mb complex. Interestingly, water plays a double role in this electron-transfer system, lowering the tunneling barrier as well as inducing protein interface remodeling that screens the repulsion between the negatively-charged propionates of the two hemes. PMID:22955681

  3. Approach to Interfacial and Intramolecular Electron Transfer of the Diheme Protein Cytochrome c(4) Assembled on Au(111) Surfaces

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    Chi, Qijin; Zhang, Jingdong

    2010-01-01

    Intramolecular electron transfer (ET) between metal centers is a core feature of large protein complexes in photosynthesis, respiration, and redox enzyme catalysis. The number of microscopic redox potentials and ET rate constants is, however, prohibitive for experimental cooperative ET mapping, but two-center proteins are simple enough to offer complete communication networks. At the same time, multicenter redox proteins operate in membrane environments where conformational dynamics may lead to gated ET features different from conditions in homogeneous solution. The bacterial respiratory diheme protein Pseudomonas stutzeri cytochrome c(4) has been a target for intramolecular, interheme ET. We report here voltammetric and in situ scanning tunneling microscopy (STM) data for P. stutzeri cyt c(4) at single-crystal, atomically planar Au(111)-electrode surfaces modified by variable-length omega-mercapto-alkanoic carboxylic acids. As evidenced by in situ STM, the strongly dipolar protein is immobilized in a close to vertical orientation at this surface with the positively charged high-potential heme domain adjacent to the electrode. This orientation gives asymmetric voltammograms with two one-ET peaks in the cathodic direction and a single two-ET peak in the anodic direction. Intramolecular, interheme ET with high, 8,000-30,000 s(-1), rate constants is notably an essential part of this mechanism. The high rate constants are in striking contrast to ET reactions of P. stutzeri cyt c4 with small reaction partners in homogeneous solution for which kinetic analysis clearly testifies to electrostatic cooperative effects but no intramolecular, interheme ET higher than 0.1-10 s(-1). This difference suggests a strong gating feature of the process. On the basis of the three-dimensional structure of P. stutzeri cyt c(4), gating is understandable due to the through-space, hydrogen-bonded electronic contact between the heme propionates which is highly sensitive to environmental configurational fluctuations.

  4. Interfacial area and interfacial transfer in two-phase systems. DOE final report

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    Ishii, Mamoru; Hibiki, T.; Revankar, S.T.; Kim, S.; Le Corre, J.M.

    2002-07-01

    In the two-fluid model, the field equations are expressed by the six conservation equations consisting of mass, momentum and energy equations for each phase. The existence of the interfacial transfer terms is one of the most important characteristics of the two-fluid model formulation. The interfacial transfer terms are strongly related to the interfacial area concentration and to the local transfer mechanisms such as the degree of turbulence near interfaces. This study focuses on the development of a closure relation for the interfacial area concentration. A brief summary of several problems of the current closure relation for the interfacial area concentration and a new concept to overcome the problem are given.

  5. Interfacial structures - Thermodynamical and experimental studies of the interfacial mass transfer

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    In the first section, we put forward hypotheses concerning the structure of the interfacial regions between two immiscible liquid phases. It appears that the longitudinal structure is comparable with that of a crystallized solid and that the transversal structure is nearest of that of a liquid. In the second section, we present a thermodynamical treatment of the irreversible phenomena in the interfacial region. The equation of evolution of a system consisting of two immiscible liquid phases are deduced. The third part allows an experimental verification of the theoretical relations. We also make clear, in certain cases, the appearance of a great 'interfacial resistance' which slows down the interfacial mass transfer. (author)

  6. Tunnel magnetoresistance and interfacial electronic state

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    2002-01-01

    We study the relation between tunnel magnetoresistance (TMR) and interfacial electronic states modified by magnetic impurities introduced at the interface of the ferromagnetic tunnel junctions, by making use of the periodic Anderson model and the linear response theory. It is indicated that the TMR ratio is strongly reduced depending on the position of the $d$-levels of impurities, based on reduction in the spin-dependent $s$-electron tunneling in the majority spin state. Th...

  7. Investigation and assessment of interfacial area/interfacial heat and mass transfer correlations in SPACE code

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    SPACE, which is a safety analysis code for nuclear power plants, has been developed to analyze the multidimensional, two-component and three-field flow. This code can be applied to safety analysis for approval which is thermal-hydraulic analysis to support the nuclear power station design, establishment of accident ease strategy, development of operating guide line, experiment plan and analysis. To do so, SPACE code has the interfacial area and interfacial heat and mass transfer to predict the physical phenomenon occurring at the interface between two different phases. In this report, the physical correlation models are explained and their performance is assessed against several SET

  8. New Ru(II)/Os(II)-polypyridyl complexes for coupling to TiO2 surfaces through acetylacetone functionality and studies on interfacial electron-transfer dynamics.

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    Banerjee, Tanmay; Biswas, Abul Kalam; Sahu, Tuhin Subhra; Ganguly, Bishwajit; Das, Amitava; Ghosh, Hirendra Nath

    2014-09-28

    New Ru(ii)- and Os(ii)-polypyridyl complexes have been synthesized with pendant acetylacetone (acac) functionality for anchoring on nanoparticulate TiO2 surfaces with a goal of developing an alternate sensitizer that could be utilized for designing an efficient dye-sensitized solar cell (DSSC). Time-resolved transient absorption spectroscopic studies in the femtosecond time domain have been carried out. The charge recombination rates are observed to be very slow, compared with those for strongly coupled dye molecules having catechol as the anchoring functionality. The results of such studies reveal that electron-injection rates from the metal complex-based LUMO to the conduction band of TiO2 are faster than one would expect for an analogous complex in which the chromophoric core and the anchoring moiety are separated with multiple saturated C-C linkages. Such an observation is rationalized based on computational studies, and a relatively smaller spatial distance between the dye LUMO and the TiO2 surface accounted for this. Results of this study are compared with those for analogous complexes having a gem-dicarboxy group as the anchoring functionality for covalent binding to the TiO2 surface to compare the role of binding functionalities on electron-transfer dynamics. PMID:25097122

  9. Study of Interfacial Mass Transfer on Vapor Bubbles in Microgravity

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    Full Text Available The knowledge of interfacial heat and mass transfer is important for environmental and technical applications, especially nowadays for numerical simulations of two phase problems. However, the data available up to now are inconsistent, because most experiments performed on earth suffer under buoyancy and convection, and thus the boundary conditions at the evaluation could not clearly be defined. Therefore, we seized the opportunity to investigate interfacial heat and mass transfer in microgravity environment. In these experiments the growth and collapse in the overall superheated and subcooled bubles, respectively, liquid or free vapor bubbles were observed at various liquid temperature and pressure states and over periods of from a few seconds up to 300 seconds. It was for the first time that such very long periods of bubble growth could be observed. The experimental set-up allowed the control of the liquid supersaturation before the bubbles were initiated by a short heat pulse at a miniaturized heater. Therefore it was possible to perform a systematic parametric study. The measured curves for vapor bubble growth are in good agreement with our numerical simulation. Based on this model the kinetic coefficients for the evaporation and condensation according to Hertz-Knudsen have been derived from the experimental data.

  10. Contribution to the study of interfacial mass transfers: extraction of U and Pu

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    Interfacial mass transfer occuring during the extraction of uranyl and plutonium nitrates by TBP was studied by the single drop method. Limiting step in the chemical interfacial reaction. Order of this reaction is one for neutral species Pu(NO3)4 or UO2(NO3)2, in thermodynamical equilibrium with other metallic species in aqueous phase. Order of the interfacial reaction is two for TBP. The influence of HDBP on interfacial reaction was studied. The following hypothesis (the species TBP-HDBP reacts at the interface with the species UO2(DBP)2(HDBP)2) is substantiated by the experimental results

  11. Mass transfer and interfacial properties in two-phase microchannel flows

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    Drop-based microfluidic devices are becoming more common, and molecular mass transfer and drop circulation are issues that often affect the performance of such devices. Moreover, interfacial properties and surfactant mass transfer rates govern emulsion behavior. Since these phenomena depend strongly on drop size, measurement methods using small drops and flow typical of applications are desired. Using mineral oil as a continuous phase, water droplets and an alcohol surfactant, we demonstrate here a microfluidic approach to measure the interrelated phenomena of dynamic interfacial tension, surfactant mass transfer and interfacial retardation that employs droplet flows in a microchannel with constrictions/expansions. Interfacial flow is influenced markedly by adsorption of surfactant: severe interfacial retardation (by a factor of 30) is observed at low surfactant concentrations and interface remobilization is observed at higher surfactant concentrations. The interfacial tension is described by Langmuir kinetics and the parameters for interfaces with mineral oil (studied here) compare closely with those previously found at air interfaces. For the conditions explored, the surfactant mass transfer is described well by a mixed kinetic-diffusion limited model, and the desorption rate coefficients are measured to be both approximately 70 s-1. The transition from a diffusion-controlled to mixed diffusion-kinetic mass transfer mechanism predicted with reducing drop er mechanism predicted with reducing drop size is verified. This experimental approach (i.e. adjustable geometry and drop size and height) can therefore probe interfacial dynamics in simple and complex flow.

  12. Characterisation of interfacial segregation using Auger electron spectroscopy

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    Full text: Interfacial segregation is the collective term for the aggregation of atoms on both free surfaces and grain boundaries. It is different from adsorption as these atoms are not deposited from the gas phase but diffuse to the interfaces from the bulk of the material. Very often the segregating atoms are trace impurities present in ppm quantities. By accumulating in the interface in high concentrations, the enrichment factor, ie the ratio of interfacial concentration to the bulk concentration, is found to be of several orders of magnitude. The presence of these impurity atoms in the grain boundaries changes the mechanical properties of the alloy, sometimes with disastrous consequences. It was only after the advent of surface sensitive techniques, such as Auger electron spectroscopy (AES), that interfacial segregation could be studied in detail. Although the interfacial concentration is much higher than the bulk concentration, the thickness of the segregated layer is normally of the order of one atomic layer and the concentration within this monolayer varies between O and 1 as measured as a fraction of the monolayer. Surface segregation studies are thus confined to surface sensitive techniques such as the electron spectroscopies (AES, XPS) or static SIMS measurements. A brief introduction to the underlying principles of the phenomenon will be given. A striking characteristic is that the atoms diffuse 'uphill', ie from a low concentration in the bulk to a high colow concentration in the bulk to a high concentration on the surface/interface. This property presented some theoretical problems at first but it was shown that a Darken-type description provides a good description of the segregation process - also in multicomponent systems. Segregation studies on free surfaces are easier than interfacial studies: the segregated layer may be grown and monitored as a function of time. After one such run, the surface may be cleaned by argon ion sputtering and data at a different temperature may then be collected. Interfacial studies either involve in situ fracture to expose the grain boundaries or the preparation of thin specimens for TEM analysis. However, high temperature work in situ is not without some difficulties. The experimental setup, data and results for segregation to low index surfaces of single crystals will be discussed in some detail. It will also be shown that argon sputter cleaning at high temperature can influence the kinetic results while sputtering at low temperatures will change the surface concentration through preferential sputtering. Novel techniques where complete diffusion data is obtained in a single run will be discussed briefly and limitations will be highlighted. Copyright (2003) Australian Microbeam Analysis Society

  13. Lead-iodide nanowire perovskite with methylviologen showing interfacial charge-transfer absorption: a DFT analysis.

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    Fujisawa, Jun-ichi; Giorgi, Giacomo

    2014-09-01

    Methylviologen lead-iodide perovskite (MVPb2I6) is a self-assembled one-dimensional (1-D) material consisting of lead-iodide nanowires and intervening organic electron-accepting molecules, methylviologen (MV(2+)). MVPb2I6 characteristically shows optical interfacial charge-transfer (ICT) transitions from the lead-iodide nanowire to MV(2+) in the visible region and unique ambipolar photoconductivity, in which electrons are transported through the three-dimensional (3-D) organic network and holes along the 1-D lead-iodide nanowire. In this work, we theoretically study the electronic band-structure and photocarrier properties of MVPb2I6 by density functional theory (DFT) calculations. Our results clearly confirm the experimentally reported type-II band alignment, whose valence band mainly consists of 5p (I) orbitals of the lead-iodide nanowires and the conduction band of the lowest unoccupied molecular orbital of MV(2+). The DFT calculation also reveals weak charge-transfer interactions between the lead-iodide nanowires and MV(2+). In addition, the electronic distributions of the valence and conduction bands indicate the 3-D transport of electrons and 1-D transport of holes, supporting the reported experimental result. PMID:25050419

  14. Interfacial shear and waviness effects on laminar film flow heat transfer in vertical tubes

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    This study presents experimental data for local laminar-film heat transfer with interfacial waviness and shear stress effects, for two film-formation methods: condensation only and condensation on injected films. The results explain differences between correlations commonly used to predict heat transfer through liquid films. Wave evolution is significantly influenced by both the length of longitudinal development and by the film-formation method. This study of condensation inside a vertical tube demonstrates that for small amplitude wavy films, heat transfer enhancement by interfacial shear results primarily from thinning of the film, whereas for films with large disturbance waves, interfacially-induced turbulent enhancement becomes increasingly important. Contrary to the common assumption, when the film is fairly smooth, interfacial shear has little effect on film transition to turbulence

  15. Protein electron transfer: Dynamics and statistics

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    Matyushov, Dmitry V.

    2013-07-01

    Electron transfer between redox proteins participating in energy chains of biology is required to proceed with high energetic efficiency, minimizing losses of redox energy to heat. Within the standard models of electron transfer, this requirement, combined with the need for unidirectional (preferably activationless) transitions, is translated into the need to minimize the reorganization energy of electron transfer. This design program is, however, unrealistic for proteins whose active sites are typically positioned close to the polar and flexible protein-water interface to allow inter-protein electron tunneling. The high flexibility of the interfacial region makes both the hydration water and the surface protein layer act as highly polar solvents. The reorganization energy, as measured by fluctuations, is not minimized, but rather maximized in this region. Natural systems in fact utilize the broad breadth of interfacial electrostatic fluctuations, but in the ways not anticipated by the standard models based on equilibrium thermodynamics. The combination of the broad spectrum of static fluctuations with their dispersive dynamics offers the mechanism of dynamical freezing (ergodicity breaking) of subsets of nuclear modes on the time of reaction/residence of the electron at a redox cofactor. The separation of time-scales of nuclear modes coupled to electron transfer allows dynamical freezing. In particular, the separation between the relaxation time of electro-elastic fluctuations of the interface and the time of conformational transitions of the protein caused by changing redox state results in dynamical freezing of the latter for sufficiently fast electron transfer. The observable consequence of this dynamical freezing is significantly different reorganization energies describing the curvature at the bottom of electron-transfer free energy surfaces (large) and the distance between their minima (Stokes shift, small). The ratio of the two reorganization energies establishes the parameter by which the energetic efficiency of protein electron transfer is increased relative to the standard expectations, thus minimizing losses of energy to heat. Energetically efficient electron transfer occurs in a chain of conformationally quenched cofactors and is characterized by flattened free energy surfaces, reminiscent of the flat and rugged landscape at the stability basin of a folded protein.

  16. Electron transfer to sulfides:

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    The problem of characterizing the steps associated with the dissociative reduction of sulfides has been addressed. The electrochemical reduction of diphenylmethyl para-methoxyphenyl sulfide in N,N-dimethylformamide, on both glassy carbon and mercury electrodes, was chosen as a test system. The electrode process involves the slow heterogeneous outer-sphere electron transfer to the sulfide, the fast cleavage of the C-S bond, the reduction of the ensuing carbon radical, and the self-protonation triggered by the generation of the strong base Ph2CH-. The latter reaction is rather slow, in agreement with the large intrinsic barriers characterizing proton transfers between CH-acids and carbon bases. The dissociative reduction was studied in the presence of an exogenous acid. The results, obtained by convolution analysis, point to a stepwise DET mechanism in which the ET step is accompanied by rather large reorganization energy. Similar results were obtained on both electrode materials. Analysis of the heterogeneous electron transfer and associated C-S bond cleavage indicate that the reduction of this and other sulfides lies between the stepwise dissociative electron transfers leading to the formation of stiff ?* radical anions and those going through the intermediacy of loose ?* radical anions

  17. Nonadiabatic anharmonic electron transfer

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    The effect of an inner sphere, local mode vibration on an electron transfer is modeled using the nonadiabatic transition probability (rate) expression together with both the anharmonic Morse and the harmonic oscillator potential. For an anharmonic inner sphere mode, a variational analysis uses harmonic oscillator basis functions to overcome the difficulties evaluating Morse-model Franck-Condon overlap factors. Individual matrix elements are computed with the use of new, fast, robust, and flexible recurrence relations. The analysis therefore readily addresses changes in frequency and/or displacement of oscillator minimums in the different electron transfer states. Direct summation of the individual Boltzmann weighted Franck-Condon contributions avoids the limitations inherent in the use of the familiar high-temperature, Gaussian form of the rate constant. The effect of harmonic versus anharmonic inner sphere modes on the electron transfer is readily seen, especially in the exoergic, inverted region. The behavior of the transition probability can also be displayed as a surface for all temperatures and values of the driving force/exoergicity ?=??G. The temperature insensitivity of the transfer rate is clearly seen when the exoergicity equals the collective reorganization energy (?=?s) along a maximum ln (w) vs. ? ridge of the surface. The surface also reveals additional regions for ? where ln (w) appears to be insensitive to temperature, or effectivelyive to temperature, or effectively activationless, for some kinds of inner sphere contributions.

  18. Transmission Electron Microscopy Characterization of Semiconductor Interfacial Structures

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    Robertson, Michael Dennis

    The epitaxial structure and characterization of semiconductor/semiconductor interfacial systems have been studied using transmission electron microscopy as the primary investigative technique. Geometrical and elastic energy theories of epitaxy, as they relate to interfacial structure, have been reviewed to establish the framework necessary for analyzing experimental semiconductor heterostructures. The diffracted electron intensities for cross-sectional semiconductor single layer and superlattice structures have been derived based on the kinematical theory. The expression for the kinematical intensity for electron diffraction from a superlattice was observed to be analogous to the diffraction of light by a diffraction grating. The effects of surface relaxation, present in all strained-layer specimens prepared for the transmission electron microscope, have been investigated using elasticity theory. Conditions where surface relaxation effects can be ignored have also been presented. In order to quantify elastic strains at the nanometer level using high resolution electron microscopy (HREM) images, a new strain analysis technique, based on the cumulative sum of deviations (CUSUM) in lattice-fringe spacings from a target value, has been developed. This technique accurately reproduced the strain profiles in simulated and experimental HREM images and proved to be robust even in the presence of high levels of experimental noise. The above theory and techniques have been applied to three experimental systems, covering three distinct regimes of lattice mismatch (lattice mismatch ranged from -3.4% to +14.6%). These three systems were In_{1-x}Ga_ {x}Sb (0 <=q x <=q 1) single layers on (001) GaAs, rm In_{1-x}Al_{x}Sb/InSb single layers and superlattices on (001) InSb, and a 20 period AlAs/GaAs superlattice on (001) GaAs.

  19. Advances in electron transfer chemistry

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    1993-01-01

    Advances in Electron Transfer Chemistry, Volume 3 presents studies that discuss findings in the various aspects of electron chemistry. The book is comprised of four chapters; each chapter reviews a work that tackles an issue in electron transfer chemistry. Chapter 1 discusses the photoinduced electron transfer in flexible biaryl donor-acceptor molecules. Chapter 2 tackles light-induced electron transfer in inorganic systems in homogeneous and heterogeneous phases. The book also covers internal geometry relaxation effects on electron transfer rates of amino-centered systems. The sequential elec

  20. Theory of electron transfer reactions

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    Marcus, Rudolph A.

    1994-06-01

    An objective of the research performed on this grant is the understanding of the detailed behavior of a variety of electron transfer processes. Theories were developed for (1) the rate of electron transfer between a reagent in one liquid phase and another in a second (immiscible) liquid or polymer, (2) the rate of long distance electron transfer in proteins, (3) charge transfers spectra in frozen media, (d) scanning tunneling microscopy (stm) of molecular adsorbates, and (4) analysis of models of solvents used in computer simulations of electron transfer, particularly examining the error incurred by their common neglect of the electronic and vibrational contributions of the solvent's dielectric response.

  1. Influence of Glass Coating Thickness on Interfacial Heat Transfer Coefficient during Forming of Nickel Based Superalloys

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    Busuttil, M.; Lin, Yp; Gebelin, Jc; Reed, Rc

    2013-01-01

    The influence of glass coating thickness on the interfacial heat transfer coefficient has been examined using numerical modeling. Temperature and heat flux during working of a Inconel 718 work-piece and colder H13 dies have been simulated. The thickness of the glass coating is found to have a significant influence on the forming characteristic. © (2013) Trans Tech Publications, Switzerland.

  2. Effect of interfacial transfer and wall heat transfer constitutive correlations in a model of PWR ECC bypass

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    The Emergency Core Cooling (ECC) bypass/refill process in a PWR downcomer, following a postulated large rupture of a cold leg pipe (LOCA), is of particular importance for the PWR thermal-hydraulic safety. In the unlikely event of such accident, due to reactor vessel rapid depressurization and blowdown at the break, coolant flashing and voiding of the reactor core occurs. To prevent fuel assembly overheating, the ECC subcooled water is injected into the reactor vessel. However, instead of penetrating the lower plenum, the ECC water, driven by the steam, flows azimuthally around the core barrel, bypasses through the downcomer and gets expelled out at the break. Mathematical modeling of such complex thermal-hydraulic phenomenon is accompanied with a difficult task of selecting an appropriate set of constitutive correlations. In this paper, using two-dimensional transient diabatic two-phase model of lower plenum ECC refilling and downcomer bypass flow, numerical calculations are performed to study the effect of interphase mass and momentum transfer, and wall heat transfer on lower plenum refilling initiation and rate. The results confirm that the interfacial momentum transfer by interfacial friction has dominant influence on the transient, and that the model is specially sensitive to annular interfacial friction correlation. Considerable difference in refilling predictions was obtained when various annular interfacial friction correlations were assessed in the model. It hrelations were assessed in the model. It has been confirmed that with the Popov-Rohatgi correlation, the model refilling predictions are in very good agreement with the experimental data

  3. Interfacial equilibrium and mass transfer from liquid CO2 disks through hydrate films

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    Dissolution behavior of CO2 in water is a key factor in the ocean sequestration of CO2 in deep sea. Studies have been reported on the mass transfer of CO2 into water through interfacial hydrate layer in convective conditions. Coupled with convective flows, such studies provide limited information on the mass transfer resistance at the interface. In the present study, liquid CO2 was injected into stagnant water to form disks at the center of a disk-like void in a deep sea condition (278 K, 20.0 MPa) and the decreasing radii of disks were photographed with a digital camera. The radius change of the CO2 disk was compared with moving boundary numerical solutions for diffusive dissolutions. The water side of the interfacial hydrate layer was found in equilibrium with aqueous phase and the slower dissolution in hydrate forming conditions is due to the decreased solubility. These findings are in accordance with previous studies in convective conditions.

  4. Modeling and database for melt-water interfacial heat transfer

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    A mechanistic model (CORQUENCH=Corium Quenching) has been developed to predict the transition superficial gas velocity between bulk cooldown and crust-limited heat transfer regimes in a sparged molten pool with a coolant overlayer. The model has direct applications in the analysis of ex-vessel severe accidents, where molten corium interacts with concrete, thereby producing sparging concrete decomposition gases. The analysis approach embodies thermal, mechanical, and hydrodynamic aspects associated with incipient crust formation at the melt/coolant interface. To validate the model, benchtop experiments were performed which employed water (melt) and liquid nitrogen (coolant) simulants; decomposition gases were simulated using argon gas. The results confirm the existence of distinct crust limited and bulk cooldown heat transfer regimes. The transition between the two regimes occurred gradually between j=2 to 4 cm/s, with onset of bulk cooling occurring at j=2 cm/s. The model predicts a transition gas velocity of j=2.5 cm/s without empirical adjustment. Application of the model to the case of oxidic corium over concrete indicates that efficient bulk cooling of melt will occur as long as the concrete decomposition gas velocity lies above 6 cm/s. When the gas velocity falls below this value, an interstitial crust is predicted to form. Thereafter, heat transfer from the MCCI zone to the coolant will be crust-limited. (orig./HP)

  5. Interfacial heat transfer in multiphase molten pools with gas injection

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    Bilbao Y Leon, Rosa Marina

    1998-12-01

    In the very unlikely event of a severe reactor accident involving core meltdown and pressure vessel failure, it is vital to identify the circumstances that would allow the molten core material to cool down and resolidify, bringing core debris to a safe and stable state. In this type of accident, the molten material which escapes from the reactor pressure vessel will accumulate as a molten pool in the reactor cavity below. To achieve coolability of the corium in this configuration it has been proposed to flood the cavity with water from above forming a layered structure where upward heat loss from the molten pool to the water will cause the core material to quench and solidify. The effectiveness of this procedure depends largely on the rate of upward heat loss as well as on the formation and stability of an upper crust. In this situation the molten pool becomes a three phase mixture: the solid and liquid slurry formed by the molten pool cooled to a temperature below the temperature of liquidus, agitated by the gases formed in the concrete ablation process. The present work quantifies the partition of the heat losses upward and downward considering the influence of the solid fraction in the pool and the viscosity effects, and the rate of heat loss through a solid layer. To complete this task a intermediate scale experimental test section has been designed and built at the University of Wisconsin - Madison, in which simulant materials are used to model the process of heat and mass transfer which involves the molten pool, the solid layer atop and the coolant layer above. The design includes volumetric heating, gas injection from the bottom and solids within the pool. New experimental results showing the heat transfer behavior for pools with different viscosities and various solid fractions are presented. The current results indicate a power split which favors heat transfer upward to the coolant simulant above by a 2:1 or 3:1 ratio. In addition, the power split is unaffected by the viscosity of the pool, the solid fractions in the pool and the superficial velocity.

  6. Charge transfer through interfacial water inside an STM junction

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    Yoon, Jae-Seok; Bae, Sang-Eun; Yoon, Jung-Hyun; Song, Moon-Bong; Lee, Chi-Woo J. [Department of Advanced Materials Chemistry, Korea University, Jochiwon, Choongnam 339-700 (Korea)

    2005-08-01

    Charge transfer through thin layers of water between an STM tip and an Au surface has been investigated by using a scanning tunneling microscopy (STM) technique at a relative humidity of 95%. The plateau currents were found to appear at separations larger than several Aa where the current decay stops. The polarity dependence of the electrochemical currents was not observed with STM junction between an Au tip and an Au surface, which was observed with STM junction between a Pt/Ir tip and an Au surface. The plateau currents at H{sub 2}O saturation were measured to be 10-20% higher than those at D{sub 2}O saturation at bias voltages above 0.4 V. The results were rationalized in terms of the electrochemical currents originating mostly from the processes of OH{sup -} (OD{sup -}) or H{sub 2}O (D{sub 2}O) on the positive surface with different conductivity between H{sub 2}O and D{sub 2}O. (author)

  7. Mass transfer rate through liquid membranes: interfacial chemical reactions and diffusion as simultaneous permeability controlling factors

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    Equations describing the permeability of a liquid membrane to metal cations have been derived taking into account aqueous diffusion, membrane diffusion, and interfacial chemical reactions as simultaneous permeability controlling factors. Diffusion and chemical reactions have been coupled by a simple model analogous to the one previously described by us to represent liquid-liquid extraction kinetics. The derived equations, which make use of experimentally determined interfacial reaction mechanisms, qualitatively fit unexplained literature data regarding Cu2+ transfer through liquid membranes. Their use to predict and optimize membrane permeability in practical separation processes by setting the appropriate concentration of the membrane carrier [LIX 64 (General Mills), a commercial ?-hydroxy-oxime] and the pH of the aqueous copper feed solution is briefly discussed. 4 figures

  8. Advances in electron transfer chemistry

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    1995-01-01

    Advances in Electron Transfer Chemistry, Volume 4 presents the reaction mechanisms involving the movement of single electrons. This book discusses the electron transfer reactions in organic, biochemical, organometallic, and excited state systems. Organized into four chapters, this volume begins with an overview of the photochemical behavior of two classes of sulfonium salt derivatives. This text then examines the parameters that control the efficiencies for radical ion pair formation. Other chapters consider the progress in the development of parameters that control the dynamics and reaction p

  9. Large impact of reorganization energy on photovoltaic conversion due to interfacial charge-transfer transitions.

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    Fujisawa, Jun-ichi

    2015-05-14

    Interfacial charge-transfer (ICT) transitions are expected to be a novel charge-separation mechanism for efficient photovoltaic conversion featuring one-step charge separation without energy loss. Photovoltaic conversion due to ICT transitions has been investigated using several TiO2-organic hybrid materials that show organic-to-inorganic ICT transitions in the visible region. In applications of ICT transitions to photovoltaic conversion, there is a significant problem that rapid carrier recombination is caused by organic-inorganic electronic coupling that is necessary for the ICT transitions. In order to solve this problem, in this work, I have theoretically studied light-to-current conversions due to the ICT transitions on the basis of the Marcus theory with density functional theory (DFT) and time-dependent DFT (TD-DFT) calculations. An apparent correlation between the reported incident photon-to-current conversion efficiencies (IPCE) and calculated reorganization energies was clearly found, in which the IPCE increases with decreasing the reorganization energy consistent with the Marcus theory in the inverted region. This activation-energy dependence was systematically explained by the equation formulated by the Marcus theory based on a simple excited-state kinetic scheme. This result indicates that the reduction of the reorganization energy can suppress the carrier recombination and enhance the IPCE. The reorganization energy is predominantly governed by the structural change in the chemical-adsorption moiety between the ground and ICT excited states. This work provides crucial knowledge for efficient photovoltaic conversion due to ICT transitions. PMID:25892453

  10. Coherence in electron transfer pathways.

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    Skourtis, Spiros S; Beratan, David N; Waldeck, David H

    2011-01-01

    Central to the view of electron-transfer reactions is the idea that nuclear motion generates a transition state geometry at which the electron/hole amplitude propagates coherently from the electron donor to the electron acceptor. In the weakly coupled or nonadiabatic regime, the electron amplitude tunnels through an electronic barrier between the donor and acceptor. The structure of the barrier is determined by the covalent and noncovalent interactions of the bridge. Because the tunneling barrier depends on the nuclear coordinates of the reactants (and on the surrounding medium), the tunneling barrier is highly anisotropic, and it is useful to identify particular routes, or pathways, along which the transmission amplitude propagates. Moreover, when more than one such pathway exists, and the paths give rise to comparable transmission amplitude magnitudes, one may expect to observe quantum interferences among pathways if the propagation remains coherent. Given that the effective tunneling barrier height and width are affected by the nuclear positions, the modulation of the nuclear coordinates will lead to a modulation of the tunneling barrier and hence of the electron flow. For long distance electron transfer in biological and biomimetic systems, nuclear fluctuations, arising from flexible protein moieties and mobile water bridges, can become quite significant. We discuss experimental and theoretical results that explore the quantum interferences among coupling pathways in electron-transfer kinetics; we emphasize recent data and theories associated with the signatures of chirality and inelastic processes, which are manifested in the tunneling pathway coherence (or absence of coherence). PMID:23833692

  11. Two-Electron Transfer Pathways.

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    Lin, Jiaxing; Balamurugan, D; Zhang, Peng; Skourtis, Spiros S; Beratan, David N

    2015-06-18

    The frontiers of electron-transfer chemistry demand that we develop theoretical frameworks to describe the delivery of multiple electrons, atoms, and ions in molecular systems. When electrons move over long distances through high barriers, where the probability for thermal population of oxidized or reduced bridge-localized states is very small, the electrons will tunnel from the donor (D) to acceptor (A), facilitated by bridge-mediated superexchange interactions. If the stable donor and acceptor redox states on D and A differ by two electrons, it is possible that the electrons will propagate coherently from D to A. While structure-function relations for single-electron superexchange in molecules are well established, strategies to manipulate the coherent flow of multiple electrons are largely unknown. In contrast to one-electron superexchange, two-electron superexchange involves both one- and two-electron virtual intermediate states, the number of virtual intermediates increases very rapidly with system size, and multiple classes of pathways interfere with one another. In the study described here, we developed simple superexchange models for two-electron transfer. We explored how the bridge structure and energetics influence multielectron superexchange, and we compared two-electron superexchange interactions to single-electron superexchange. Multielectron superexchange introduces interference between singly and doubly oxidized (or reduced) bridge virtual states, so that even simple linear donor-bridge-acceptor systems have pathway topologies that resemble those seen for one-electron superexchange through bridges with multiple parallel pathways. The simple model systems studied here exhibit a richness that is amenable to experimental exploration by manipulating the multiple pathways, pathway crosstalk, and changes in the number of donor and acceptor species. The features that emerge from these studies may assist in developing new strategies to deliver multiple electrons in condensed-phase redox systems, including multiple-electron redox species, multimetallic/multielectron redox catalysts, and multiexciton excited states. PMID:25583181

  12. Interfacial Area and Interfacial Transfer in Two-Phase Flow Systems (Volume III. Chapters 11-14)

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    Guo, T.; Park, J.; Kojasoy, G.

    2003-03-15

    Experiments were performed on horizontal air-water bubbly two-phase flow, axial flow, stratified wavy flow, and annular flow. Theoretical studies were also undertaken on interfacial parameters for a horizontal two-phase flow.

  13. Interfacial Area and Interfacial Transfer in Two-Phase Flow Systems (Volume IV. Chapters 15-19)

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    Guo, T.; Park, J.; Kojasoy, G.

    2003-03-15

    Experiments were performed on horizontal air-water bubbly two-phase flow, axial flow, stratified wavy flow, and annular flow. Theoretical studies were also undertaken on interfacial parameters for a horizontal two-phase flow.

  14. Interfacial Area and Interfacial Transfer in Two-Phase Flow Systems (Volume I. Chapters 1-5)

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    Guo, T.; Park, J.; Kojasoy, G.

    2003-03-15

    Experiments were performed on horizontal air-water bubbly two-phase flow, axial flow, stratified wavy flow, and annular flow. Theoretical studies were also undertaken on interfacial parameters for a horizontal two-phase flow.

  15. Interfacial Area and Interfacial Transfer in Two-Phase Flow Systems (Volume II. Chapters 6-10)

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    Guo, T.; Park, J.; Kojasoy, G.

    2003-03-15

    Experiments were performed on horizontal air-water bubbly two-phase flow, axial flow, stratified wavy flow, and annular flow. Theoretical studies were also undertaken on interfacial parameters for a horizontal two-phase flow.

  16. Electron shuttling in electron transfer dissociation

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    Neff, Diane; Smuczynska, Sylwia; Simons, Jack

    2009-06-01

    Ab initio electronic structure calculations have been performed on two model systems containing a disulfide linkage and one or two positively charged sites, aimed at gaining further insight into how and where electrons attach to positively charged peptides under electron capture (ECD) and electron transfer dissociation (ETD) mass spectroscopy conditions. Couplings among electronic states involving (i) an entrance-channel with the excess electron residing on a donor anion interacting with the positively charged peptide, (ii) a state in which the electron has been transferred to the SS [sigma]* orbital to cause bond cleavage, and (iii) a manifold of states in which the electron has been transferred to a ground- or excited-Rydberg orbital on a positive site. The results of this study suggest that specific excited Rydberg states play a key role in effecting electron shuttling to the SS [sigma]* orbital. The excited-Rydberg orbitals close in energy to the SS [sigma]* orbital and with sufficient radial extent to span the distance between the positive site and the SS [sigma]* orbital play the key role. Then, when the anion donor, excited-Rydberg, and SS [sigma]* orbitals achieve spatial proximity and similarity in energies, one can have what is termed here a shuttle of an electron from the donor to the SS [sigma]* orbital, which results in SS bond cleavage. For the singly and doubly charged systems studied here, it was the 3p and 3d Rydberg orbitals, respectively, that met these criteria of spatial and energetic proximity. For other peptides having different charge states, it will be other Rydberg orbitals that meet these criteria because the relative energies of the SS [sigma]* and Rydberg orbitals are governed by the (different) Coulomb stabilizations these orbitals experience. However, the evidence suggests that it is not very high-energy Rydberg states but states with 3 ETD, and ECID experiments.

  17. Direct correlation of charge transfer absorption with molecular donor:acceptor interfacial area via photothermal deflection spectroscopy

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    Buchaca-Domingo, Ester

    2015-04-09

    We show that the Charge Transfer (CT) absorption signal in bulk-heterojunction (BHJ) solar cell blends, measured by photothermal deflection spectroscopy (PDS), is directly proportional to the density of molecular donor/acceptor interfaces. Since the optical transitions from ground state to the interfacial CT state are weakly allowed at photon energies below the optical gap of both donor and acceptor, we can exploit the use of this sensitive linear absorption spectroscopy for such quantification. Moreover, we determine the absolute molar extinction coefficient of the CT transition for an archetypical polymer-fullerene interface. The latter is ~100 times lower than the extinction coefficient of the donor chromophore involved, allowing us to experimentally estimate the transition dipole moment (0.3 D) and the electronic coupling between ground state and CT state to be on the order of 30 meV.

  18. Reversible modulated mid-infrared absorption of Ag/TiO2 by photoinduced interfacial charge transfer

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    An enhanced mid-infrared absorption in Ag nanoparticles-decorated TiO2 microflowers was reported. It was found that the mid-infrared absorption of the Ag/TiO2 complex depends strongly on the content and size of Ag nanoparticles, the higher the Ag nanoparticles content, the stronger the infrared absorption. The average reflectivity in the entire mid-infrared region of the microflowers drops from 57.6% to 10.5% after Ag nanoparticles decoration. Reversible modulated mid-infrared absorption properties were found in the Ag/TiO2 complexes upon alternative illumination of visible and UV light due to the photoinduced interfacial electron transfer between TiO2 semiconductor and Ag nanoparticles.

  19. An experimental investigation of the interfacial condensation heat transfer in steam/water countercurrent stratified flow in a horizontal pipe

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    Chu, In Cheol; Yu, Seon Oh; Chun, Moon Hyun [Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology, Taejon (Korea, Republic of); Kim, Byong Sup; Kim, Yang Seok; Kim, In Hwan; Lee, Sang Won [Korea Electric Power Research Institute, Taejon (Korea, Republic of)

    1998-12-31

    An interfacial condensation heat transfer phenomenon in a steam/water countercurrent stratified flow in a nearly horizontal pipe has been experimentally investigated. The present study has been focused on the measurement of the temperature and velocity distributions within the water layer. In particular, the water layer thickness used in the present work is large enough so that the turbulent mixing is limited and the thermal stratification is established. As a result, the thermal resistance of the water layer to the condensation heat transfer is increased significantly. An empirical correlation of the interfacial condensation heat transfer has been developed. The present correlation agrees with the data within {+-} 15%. 5 refs., 6 figs. (Author)

  20. Interfacial equilibrium and mass transfer from liquid CO2 disks through hydrate films

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    Dissolution behavior of CO2 in water is a key factor in the ocean sequestration of CO2 in deep sea. Studies have been reported on the mass transfer of CO2 into water through interfacial hydrate layer in convective conditions. Coupled with convective flows, such studies provide limited information on the mass transfer resistance at the interface. In the present study, liquid CO2 was injected into stagnant water to form disks at the center of a disk-like void in a deep sea condition (278 K, 20.0 MPa) and the decreasing radii of disks were photographed with a digital camera. The radius change of the CO2 disk was compared with moving boundary numerical solutions for diffusive dissolutions. The water side of the interfacial hydrate layer was found in equilibrium with aqueous phase and the slower dissolution in hydrate forming conditions is due to the decreased solubility. These findings are in accordance with previous studies in convective conditions. (author)

  1. An experimental investigation on the interfacial condensation heat transfer in steam-water counter current stratified horizontal pipe flow

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    The present study has been carried out to increase the understanding of the phenomenon of condensation heat transfer at the steam-water interface in countercurrent stratified horizontal pipe that has a length of 2m and inner diameter of 83mm. The method of measuring the increase of the bulk temperature in the water flow layer and then deducing the interfacial condensation heat transfer coefficient has been used to obtain the information of the thermal resistance of the water flow. In the present experiments the water layer was thick enough for the thermal stratification to be established, and that increased the thermal resistance of the water layer to the condensation heat transfer significantly. As a result, the interfacial condensation heat transfer coefficient becomes very small. In the present study, two types of correlations that can predict the interfacial condensation heat transfer coefficient in the countercurrent stratified horizontal pipe flow were developed.It is shown here that the correlation involving interfacial turbulence property gives a better agreement with the present experimental data than the correlation involving bulk flow properties

  2. Experimental measurement of the interfacial heat transfer coefficients of subcooled flow boiling using micro-thermocouple and double directional images

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    Full text of publication follows: Models or correlations for phase interface are needed to analyze the multi-phase flow. Interfacial heat transfer coefficients are important to constitute energy equation of multi-phase flow, specially. In subcooled boiling flow, bubble condensation at the bubble-liquid interface is a major mechanism of heat transfer within bulk subcooled liquid. Bubble collapse rates and temperatures of each phase are needed to determine the interfacial heat transfer coefficient for bubble condensation. Bubble collapse rates were calculated through image processing in single direction, generally. And in case of liquid bulk temperature, which has been obtained by general temperature sensor such as thermocouple, was used. However, multi-directional images are needed to analyze images due to limitations of single directional image processing. Also, temperature sensor, which has a fast response time, must be used to obtain more accurate interfacial heat transfer coefficient. Low pressure subcooled water flow experiments using micro-thermocouple and double directional image processing with mirrors were conducted to investigate bubble condensation phenomena and to modify interfacial heat transfer correlation. Experiments were performed in a vertical subcooled boiling flow of a rectangular channel. Bubble condensing traces with respect to time were recorded by high speed camera in double direction and bubble collapse rates were calculated by processing recor rates were calculated by processing recorded digital images. Temperatures were measured by micro-thermocouple, which is a K-type with a 12.7 ?m diameter. The liquid temperature was estimated by the developed algorithm to discriminate phases and find each phase temperature in the measured temperature including both liquid and bubble temperature. The interfacial heat transfer coefficient for bubble condensation was calculated from the bubble collapse rates and the estimated liquid temperature, and its correlation was modified. The modified correlation has been compared with other correlations. (authors)

  3. Section thickness-dependant interfacial heat transfer in squeeze casting of aluminum alloy A443

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    Five-step castings of aluminum alloy A443 with different section thicknesses (2, 6, 8, 10, 20 mm) were squeezed under a hydraulic pressure of 60 MPa. Temperatures inside the P20 steel die mold and at the casting surface were recorded by fine type-K thermocouples. A numerical solution, i.e. inverse method was employed to determine the casting-die interfacial heat transfer coefficients (IHTCs). The results show the IHTCs initially reached a maximum peak value followed by a gradually decline to a lower level. With the applied pressure of 60MPa, the peak IHTC values from steps 1 to 5 varied from 5629 W/m2K to 9419 W/m2K. The section thickness affected IHTC peak values significantly. Compared to the thin steps at upper cavity, the lower thick steps obtained higher peak IHTCs and heat flux values due to high local pressures and high melt temperature.

  4. Interfacial mass transfer and mass transfer coefficient in aqua ammonia packed bed absorber

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    Selim, A.M. [College of Technology, Jeddah (Saudi Arabia); Elsayed, M.M. [Kuwait Univ., Mechanical Engineering Dept., Safat (Kuwait)

    1999-06-01

    A mathematical model was given to predict the mass transfer between flow of a mixture of ammonia vapor and water vapor and a flow of aqua ammonia solution at any interface within a packed bed absorber (PBA). The model used the molal mass and heat transfer coefficients in both the liquid and gas phases, the interface molal solution concentration, interface molal vapor mixture concentration, interface temperature, and the heat transfer coefficients in the liquid and gas phases in both sides of the interface. The heat transfer coefficient was corrected to account for the mass transfer. The model was also used to derive a convenient mass transfer coefficient which was based on the bulk mass concentration, not on the molal concentration,and not directly dependent on the concentration at the interface. To complete the model, mathematical correlations were derived for several thermodynamic and physical properties of aqua ammonia solution and vapor mixture. A computer program was developed to demonstrate the use of the model to predict the rate of absorption of ammonia vapor at an interface within the packed bed at various operating conditions. (Author)

  5. The effect of molecular aggregates over the interfacial charge transfer processes on dye sensitized solar cells

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    The electron transfer reaction between the photoinjected electrons in the nanocrystalline TiO2 mesoporous sensitized films and the oxidized electrolyte in dye sensitized solar cells (DSSC) plays a major role on the device efficiency. In this communication we show that, although the presence of molecular aggregates on the free base porphyrin DSSC limits the device photocurrent response under illumination, they form an effective hydrophobic barrier against the oxidized electrolyte impeding fast back-electron transfer kinetics. Therefore, their drawback can be overcome by designing dyes with peripheral moieties that prevent the formation of the aggregates and are able to achieve efficiencies as high as 3.2% under full sun

  6. Electron transfer in helical polyaromatics.

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    Pospíšil, Lubomír; Gál, Miroslav; Horá?ek, Michal; Teplý, Filip; Adriaenssens, Louis; Severa, Lukáš

    Xi´an : International Society of Electrochemistry, 2009. O06-O06. [International Symposium on Frontiers of Electrochemical Science and Technology. 12.08.2009-15.08.2009, Xi´an] R&D Projects: GA ?R GA203/08/1157; GA MŠk OC 140; GA ?R GA203/09/0705; GA ?R GP203/09/P502; GA MŠk ME09114 Institutional research plan: CEZ:AV0Z40400503; CEZ:AV0Z40550506 Keywords : electron transfer * helical polyaromatics Subject RIV: CG - Electrochemistry

  7. Interfacial electron and phonon scattering processes in high-powered nanoscale applications.

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    Hopkins, Patrick E.

    2011-10-01

    The overarching goal of this Truman LDRD project was to explore mechanisms of thermal transport at interfaces of nanomaterials, specifically linking the thermal conductivity and thermal boundary conductance to the structures and geometries of interfaces and boundaries. Deposition, fabrication, and post possessing procedures of nanocomposites and devices can give rise to interatomic mixing around interfaces of materials leading to stresses and imperfections that could affect heat transfer. An understanding of the physics of energy carrier scattering processes and their response to interfacial disorder will elucidate the potentials of applying these novel materials to next-generation high powered nanodevices and energy conversion applications. An additional goal of this project was to use the knowledge gained from linking interfacial structure to thermal transport in order to develop avenues to control, or 'tune' the thermal transport in nanosystems.

  8. Interfacial reactions between Sn-based solders and common metallisations used in electronics

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    Vuorinen, Vesa

    2006-01-01

    During their lifetimes the electrical interconnections of portable electronic devices are subjected to high thermal, mechanical, chemical, and electrical loadings, and therefore the metallurgical compatibility between solder alloys and component pad metallisations has become ever more essential from the point of view of interconnection reliability. For this reason, the mechanisms of interfacial reactions are studied in this thesis by making use of thermodynamic calculations together with diff...

  9. Evaluation of interfacial mass transfer coefficient as a function of temperature and pressure in carbon dioxide/normal alkane systems

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    Nikkhou, Fatemeh; Keshavarz, Peyman; Ayatollahi, Shahab; Jahromi, Iman Raoofi; Zolghadr, Ali

    2015-04-01

    CO2 gas injection is known as one of the most popular enhanced oil recovery techniques for light and medium oil reservoirs, therefore providing an acceptable mass transfer mechanism for CO2-oil systems seems necessary. In this study, interfacial mass transfer coefficient has been evaluated for CO2-normal heptane and CO2-normal hexadecane systems using equilibrium and dynamic interfacial tension data, which have been measured using the pendant drop method. Interface mass transfer coefficient has been calculated as a function of temperature and pressure in the range of 313-393 K and 1.7-8.6 MPa, respectively. The results showed that the interfacial resistance is a parameter that can control the mass transfer process for some CO2-normal alkane systems, and cannot be neglected. Additionally, it was found that interface mass transfer coefficient increased with pressure. However, the variation of this parameter with temperature did not show a clear trend and it was strongly dependent on the variation of diffusivity and solubility of CO2 in the liquid phase.

  10. Solar energy conversion dynamics of interfacial electron and excitation transfer

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    Piotrowiak, Piotr

    2013-01-01

    The importance of developing new, clean and renewable sources of energy will continue to grow in the foreseeable future and so will the need for the education of researchers in this field of research. The interest and challenges of the field continue to shift from simple homogeneous solutions to increasingly more complex heterogeneous systems and interfaces. Over the past decade there have been numerous theoretical and experimental breakthroughs many of which still exist only in the primary literature. The aim of this book is to gather in one volume the description of modern, sometimes explora

  11. Absolute electron transfer efficiency of GEM

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    We report on the absolute single-electron transfer efficiency of a Gas Electron Multiplier (GEM). It is shown that the electron transfer and thus the detection efficiency, depend not only on the GEM geometry and gain but mostly on the electric field and electron diffusion in the gas volume preceding the GEM. We have demonstrated that conditions can be found, including pre-amplification of the single electrons in the gap preceding the GEM, in which full detection efficiency is obtained. The experimental electron transfer efficiency results are confirmed by Monte Carlo simulations

  12. Exocellular electron transfer in anaerobic microbial communities

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    Stams, A. J. M.; Bok, F.A.M. de; Plugge, C. M.; Eekert van, M.H.A.; Dolfing, J.; Schraa, G.

    2006-01-01

    Exocellular electron transfer plays an important role in anaerobic microbial communities that degrade organic matter. Interspecies hydrogen transfer between microorganisms is the driving force for complete biodegradation in methanogenic environments. Many organic compounds are degraded by obligatory syntrophic consortia of proton-reducing acetogenic bacteria and hydrogen-consuming methanogenic archaea. Anaerobic microorganisms that use insoluble electron acceptors for growth, such as iron- an...

  13. Electron transfer reactions in microporous solids

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    Mallouk, T. E.

    1991-05-01

    We are studying the synthesis of light-induced electron transfer reactions which occur within microporous materials. Some highlights of our progress in the last year are in the fields of (1) electron transfer reactions of donor/acceptor molecules at the zeolite/solution interface; (2) photochemistry of zeolite/TiO2 composites; and (3) photochemistry of layered oxide semiconductors.

  14. Computer simulation of electron transfer in molecular electronic devices

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    Correia, Helena M. G.; Ramos, Marta M. D.

    2005-01-01

    The study of electron transfer through individual molecules bound to metal electrodes has become important due to the potential application in molecular electronic devices. Since the electronic and atomic motions in these molecules influence each other they need to be treated self-consistently. We have used self-consistent quantum chemistry molecular dynamics calculations to discuss some of the issues related to electron transfer through a spatially symmetric [9,10-Bis((2???-para-mercaptophen...

  15. Manipulating NiFe/AlOx interfacial chemistry for the spin-polarized electrons transport

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    Through vacuum annealing, interfacial chemical composition of sputter-deposited AlOx/NiFe/AlOx can be controlled for electron transport manipulation. Chemical status change at the NiFe/AlOx interface was quantified by X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy and correlated to the structure and electron transport properties of the heterostructure. It is found that elemental Al existed in the insulting AlOx after annealing at intermediate temperature can improve the AlOx/NiFe interface and thus favor the electronic transport. Annealing at higher temperature will result in native AlOx formation and degrade transport properties due to the NiFe/AlOx interfaces deterioration caused by significant difference in thermal expansion coefficients of the two materials.

  16. Manipulating NiFe/AlOx interfacial chemistry for the spin-polarized electrons transport

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    Zhao, Chong-Jun; Sun, Li; Ding, Lei; Li, Jian-Wei; Zhang, Jing-Yan; Cao, Yi; Yu, Guang-Hua

    2013-10-01

    Through vacuum annealing, interfacial chemical composition of sputter-deposited AlOx/NiFe/AlOx can be controlled for electron transport manipulation. Chemical status change at the NiFe/AlOx interface was quantified by X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy and correlated to the structure and electron transport properties of the heterostructure. It is found that elemental Al existed in the insulting AlOx after annealing at intermediate temperature can improve the AlOx/NiFe interface and thus favor the electronic transport. Annealing at higher temperature will result in native AlOx formation and degrade transport properties due to the NiFe/AlOx interfaces deterioration caused by significant difference in thermal expansion coefficients of the two materials.

  17. Magneto-controlled Quantized Electron Transfer to Surface-confined Redox Units and Metal Nanoparticles

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    Itamar Willner; Eugenii Katz

    2006-01-01

    Hydrophobic magnetic nanoparticles (NPs) consisting of undecanoate-capped magnetite (Fe3O4, average diameter ca. 5 nm) are used to control quantized electron transfer to surface-confined redox units and metal NPs. A two-phase system consisting of an aqueous electrolyte solution and a toluene phase that includes the suspended undecanoate-capped magnetic NPs is used to control the interfacial properties of the electrode surface. The attracted magnetic NPs form a hydrophobic layer on the electro...

  18. Interfacial charge transfer events of BODIPY molecules: single molecule spectroelectrochemistry and substrate effects.

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    Liu, Jia; Hill, Caleb M; Pan, Shanlin; Liu, Haiying

    2014-11-14

    We present single molecule fluorescence and spectroelectrochemistry characteristics of 4,4'-difluoro-4-bora-3a,4a-diaza-s-indacene (BODIPY) bearing two carboxylic acid groups at its 2 and 6 positions. Our study shows a heterogeneous half redox potential distribution for the BODIPY molecules embedded in polystyrene film because of the heterogeneity in their charge transfer rates. Single molecules adsorbed onto a TiO2 surface with ordered nanostructures show surprising fluorescence blinking activity with the shortest ON duration time in comparison to bare glass and indium-tin oxide (ITO) surfaces. Single molecule stability tests show longer ON duration time and a stable fluorescence feature when dispersed in polystyrene thin film than molecules exposed to air. Shorter ON times are observed for molecules. In intimate contact with ITO in comparison to glass substrates. Such a decrease in their fluorescence stability or intensity is explained by charge transfer activities from the dye molecules to the metal oxide surface. Electron transfer and back transfer rates are calculated to illustrate the substrate effects by using a well-established model. PMID:25252244

  19. Nuclear reorganization barriers to electron transfer

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    The nuclear barrier to electron transfer arises from the need for reorganization of intramolecular and solvent internuclear distances prior to electron transfer. For reactions with relatively small driving force (''normal'' free-energy region) the nuclear factors and rates increase as intrinsic inner-shell and outer-shell barriers decrease; this is illustrated by data for transition metal complexes in their ground electronic states. By contrast, in the inverted free-energy region, rates and nuclear factors decrease with decreasing ''intrinsic'' barriers; this is illustrated by data for the decay of charge-transfer excited states. Several approaches to the evaluation of the outer-shell barrier are explored in an investigation of the distance dependence of the nuclear factor in intramolecular electron-transfer processes. 39 refs., 14 figs., 3 tabs

  20. Advances in electron transfer chemistry, v.6

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    Mariano, PS

    1999-01-01

    It is clear that electron transfer chemisty is now one of the most active areas of chemical study. Advances in Electron Transfer Chemistry has been designed to allow scientists who are developing new knowledge in this rapidly expanding area to describe their most recent research findings. This volume will serve those interested in learning about current breakthroughs in this rapidly expanding area of chemical research.

  1. Coupled electron transfers in artificial photosynthesis

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    Hammarström, Leif; Styring, Stenbjörn

    2007-01-01

    Light-induced charge separation in molecular assemblies has been widely investigated in the context of artificial photosynthesis. Important progress has been made in the fundamental understanding of electron and energy transfer and in stabilizing charge separation by multi-step electron transfer. In the Swedish Consortium for Artificial Photosynthesis, we build on principles from the natural enzyme photosystem II and Fe-hydrogenases. An important theme in this biomimetic effort is that of cou...

  2. Electron Transfer for Large Molecules through Delocalization

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    Neuhauser, D.; Reslan, R.; Hernandez, S.; Arnsen, C.; Lopata, K.; Govind, N.; Gao, Y.; Tolbert, S.; Schwartz, B.; Rubin, Y.; Nardes, A.; Kopidakis, N.

    2012-01-01

    Electron transfer for large molecules lies in between a Marcus-Theory two-state transfer and a Landauer description. We discuss a delocalization formalism which,through the introduction of artificial electric fields which emulate bulk dipole fields, allows calculation between a pair of identical molecules (A+A- (R)A-+A) with several open states. Dynamical electron polarization effects can be inserted with TDDFT and are crucial for large separations.

  3. Electron paramagnetic resonance of photocatalytic reaction which involve electron transfer

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    Kaise, M. [National Institute of Materials and Chemical Research, Tsukuba (Japan)

    1995-10-13

    Transient radicals generated under photocatalytic reactions in a polar solvent and their electronically spinned polarization were discussed under UV irradiation by using EPR and N2 gas pulse laser time-divided EPR. The reaction is a reaction of electron transfer from such amines as DABCO or electron donor molecules of SO3{sup -} to such electron accepting compounds as 1,4-benzoquinone and maleic anhydride under the presence of photocatalysts (triple photosensitizers) such as benzophenone and xanthone (XT). Spin polarized cation radicals of DABCO and radical anions of XT were detected in association with one electron transfer. A triple mechanism lies in the spinned polarization of both radicals, and transient XT in the triple state begin the electron transfer reaction. Photo-excited XT acts as a photocatalyst in one electron transfer reaction, the triple XT turns into an electron accepting body, and the transient anion radicals of XT become the electron donor. The XT(S) acts as a photocatalyst in the inter-molecular electron transfer from amine (D) to quinone (A). Its reaction is expressed by the following formula: D + S{sup *} + A{yields}D{sup dot +}+S+A{sup dot -} (where S{sup *} denotes a photo-excited state). 53 refs., 21 figs., 3 tabs.

  4. Air/sea DMS gas transfer in the North Atlantic: evidence for limited interfacial gas exchange at high wind speed

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    Bell, T G; De Bruyn, W.; Miller, S. D.; B. Ward; Christensen, K.; Saltzman, E. S.

    2013-01-01

    Shipboard measurements of eddy covariance DMS air/sea fluxes and seawater concentration were carried out in the North Atlantic bloom region in June/July 2011. Gas transfer coefficients (k660) show a linear dependence on mean horizontal wind speed at wind speeds up to 11 m s?1. At higher wind speeds the relationship between k660 and wind speed weakens. At high winds, measured DMS fluxes were lower than predicted based on the linear relationship between wind speed and interfacial s...

  5. Heat Transfer Augmentation for Electronic Cooling

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    2012-01-01

    Full Text Available Problem statement: The performance of electronic devices has been improving along with the rapid technology development. Cooling of electronic systems is consequently essential in controlling the component temperature and avoiding any hot spot. The study aims to review the present electronic cooling methods which are widely used in electronic devices. Approach: There are several methods to cool down the electronics components such as the pin-fin heat sink, confined jet impingement, heat pipe, micro heat sink and so on. Results: The cooling techniques can obviously increase heat transfer rate. Nonetheless, for active and passive cooling methods the pressure drop could extremely rise, when the heat transfer rate is increased. Conclusion: When the cooling techniques are used, it is clearly seen that the heat transfer increases with pressure drop. To avoid excessive expense due to high pressure drop, optimization method is required to obtain optimum cost and cooling rate.

  6. Interfacial electronic structure at the CH3NH3PbI3/MoOx interface

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    Liu, Peng; Liu, Xiaoliang; Lyu, Lu; Xie, Haipeng; Zhang, Hong; Niu, Dongmei; Huang, Han; Bi, Cheng; Xiao, Zhengguo; Huang, Jinsong; Gao, Yongli

    2015-05-01

    Interfacial electronic properties of the CH3NH3PbI3 (MAPbI3)/MoOx interface are investigated using ultraviolet photoemission spectroscopy and X-ray photoemission spectroscopy. It is found that the pristine MAPbI3 film coated onto the substrate of poly (3,4-ethylenedioxythiophene) poly(styrenesulfonate)/indium tin oxide by two-step method behaves as an n-type semiconductor, with a band gap of ˜1.7 eV and a valence band edge of 1.40 eV below the Fermi energy (EF). With the MoOx deposition of 64 Å upon MAPbI3, the energy levels of MAPbI3 shift toward higher binding energy by 0.25 eV due to electron transfer from MAPbI3 to MoOx. Its conduction band edge is observed to almost pin to the EF, indicating a significant enhancement of conductivity. Meanwhile, the energy levels of MoOx shift toward lower binding energy by ˜0.30 eV, and an interface dipole of 2.13 eV is observed at the interface of MAPbI3/MoOx. Most importantly, the chemical reaction taking place at this interface results in unfavorable interface energy level alignment for hole extraction. A potential barrier of ˜1.36 eV observed for hole transport will impede the hole extraction from MAPbI3 to MoOx. On the other hand, a potential barrier of ˜0.14 eV for electron extraction is too small to efficiently suppress electrons extracted from MAPbI3 to MoOx. Therefore, such an interface is not an ideal choice for hole extraction in organic photovoltaic devices.

  7. Enhanced electrochemistry of nanoparticle-embedded polyelectrolyte films: Interfacial electronic coupling and distance dependence

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    Factors affecting the electronic communication believed to be responsible for the enhanced solution electrochemistry observed at electrodes modified with hybrid polyelectrolyte-nanoparticle (PE-NP) film assemblies were systematically investigated. Specifically, the faradaic current and voltammetric peak splitting recorded for cyclic voltammetry of ferricyanide redox species (Fe(CN)63-/4-) at films constructed with various architectures of citrate-stabilized gold NPs embedded in polyelectrolyte films composed of poly-L-lysine and poly-S-styrene were used to establish the relative importance of both distance and electronic coupling. Layer-by-layer construction of PE-NP films allowed for the position and density of NPs to be varied within the film to assess electronic coupling between particles (interparticle coupling) as well as at the electrode-film interface. The cumulative results observed at these films suggest that, while distance dependence prevails in nearly every case and interparticle coupling can contribute to facilitating the Fe(CN)63-/4- electrochemistry, interfacial electronic coupling of the PE-NP films is of critical importance and decoupling is easily achieved by disengaging NP-electrode interactions.

  8. Electron transfer exchange in viologen systems

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    Pulse radiolysis has been utilized to generate viologen radicals and to study the electron transfer rates and equilibria among a variety of such viologen systems as well as the electron transfer reactions between the viologens and other systems (quinones, nitrobenzene, Ru(NH/sub 3/)/sub 6//sup 3+/). The viologen systems include polystyrene viologens, surfactant viologens and zwitterionic viologens. The electron transfer reactions were studied both in homogeneous and micellar systems. The rate of the reaction of the polymeric viologen radicals with Ru(NH/sub 3/)/sub 6//sup 3+/ is slower by three orders of magnitudes than that of the zwitterionic viologen radical. This large difference in rates provides a route to determine equilibria constants for electron exchange between the viologen systems. Complex formation between semiquinones and the viologens is indicated. Implications of the thermodynamic and kinetic parameters to photochemical energy conversion schemes is discussed

  9. Single Molecule Spectroscopy of Electron Transfer

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    The objectives of this research are threefold: (1) to develop methods for the study electron transfer processes at the single molecule level, (2) to develop a series of modifiable and structurally well defined molecular and nanoparticle systems suitable for detailed single molecule/particle and bulk spectroscopic investigation, (3) to relate experiment to theory in order to elucidate the dependence of electron transfer processes on molecular and electronic structure, coupling and reorganization energies. We have begun the systematic development of single molecule spectroscopy (SMS) of electron transfer and summaries of recent studies are shown. There is a tremendous need for experiments designed to probe the discrete electronic and molecular dynamic fluctuations of single molecules near electrodes and at nanoparticle surfaces. Single molecule spectroscopy (SMS) has emerged as a powerful method to measure properties of individual molecules which would normally be obscured in ensemble-averaged measurement. Fluctuations in the fluorescence time trajectories contain detailed molecular level statistical and dynamical information of the system. The full distribution of a molecular property is revealed in the stochastic fluctuations, giving information about the range of possible behaviors that lead to the ensemble average. In the case of electron transfer, this level of understanding is particularly important to the field of molecular and nanoscale electronics: from a device-design standpoint, understanding and controlling this picture of the overall range of possible behaviors will likely prove to be as important as designing ia the ideal behavior of any given molecule.

  10. Marcus theory for outer-sphere heterogeneous electron transfer: Predicting electron-transfer rates for quinones

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    Rees, Nv; Clegg, Ad; Klymenko, Ov; Coles, Ba; Compton, Rg

    2004-01-01

    Steady-state voltammetry is used to measure the heterogeneous electron-transfer rates for the reduction of quinones to determine the dependence of k0 on molecular size, according to Marcus theory. This dependence is then used to predict the electron-transfer rate constants of related quinones, and the predictions are compared to experimental measurements.

  11. Influence of the interfacial roughness on electron channelling in Fe/Au(001) multilayers

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    Cole, A [Department of Physics and Astronomy, EC Stoner Laboratory, University of Leeds, Leeds LS2 9JT (United Kingdom); Hickey, B J [Department of Physics and Astronomy, EC Stoner Laboratory, University of Leeds, Leeds LS2 9JT (United Kingdom); Hase, T P A [Department of Physics, University of Durham, Rochester Building, Science Laboratories, South Road, Durham DH1 3LE (United Kingdom); Buchanan, J D R [Department of Physics, University of Durham, Rochester Building, Science Laboratories, South Road, Durham DH1 3LE (United Kingdom); Tanner, B K [Department of Physics, University of Durham, Rochester Building, Science Laboratories, South Road, Durham DH1 3LE (United Kingdom)

    2004-03-03

    Fe/Au(001) multilayers have been grown by molecular beam epitaxy using a new technique for the preparation of Au buffer layers on MgO(001) substrates. Scanning tunnelling microscopy and grazing incidence x-ray scattering reveal that the Au buffers have extremely low interface roughness and a long in-plane correlation length. X-ray scattering and diffraction show that multilayers grown on the new buffers, although having little difference in their crystalline structure, have much smoother interfaces than those grown on previous buffers. Compared with earlier multilayers with rougher interfaces, the giant magnetoresistance has increased by 20% due to more complete antiferromagnetic exchange coupling. Measurement of the saturation conductivity shows that the number of specular reflections occurring during electron channelling remains unchanged even though the interfacial roughness is reduced by a factor of six. It is postulated that the cause of this is either that spin-dependent scattering at the interface is being driven solely by the difference in the band structure, not by diffuse scatter at the interfaces, or that the wavelength of the transport electrons is such that the change in the roughness has no effect upon the specular scattering.

  12. NEGATIVE ELECTRON TRANSFER DISSOCIATION OF GLYCOSAMINOGLYCANS

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    Wolff, Jeremy J.; Leach, Franklin E.; Laremore, Tatiana N.; Kaplan, Desmond A.; Easterling, Michael L.; Linhardt, Robert J.; Amster, I. Jonathan

    2010-01-01

    Structural characterization of glycosaminoglycans (GAGs) has been a challenge in the field of mass spectrometry, and the application of electron detachment dissociation (EDD) Fourier transform ion cyclotron resonance mass spectrometry (FTICR-MS) has shown great promise to GAG oligosaccharide characterization in a single tandem mass spectrometry experiment. In this work, we apply the technique of negative electron transfer dissociation (NETD) to GAGs on a commercial ion trap mass spectrometer....

  13. Interfacial charge-transfer resistance at ionizable thiol monolayer-modified gold electrodes as studied by impedance spectroscopy

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    This paper examines the influences of ionizable thiol monolayers on the interfacial charge-transfer rates for redox-active ions by electrochemical impedance spectroscopy. Whereas short-chain thiols such as 4-aminothiophenol hardly affected the charge-transfer resistance for Ru(NH3)63+ having a high standard heterogeneous rate constant, the 11-mercaptoundecanoic acid monolayer raised this resistance to 3x104 times that observed at a bare electrode in acidic solutions. As the terminal carboxyl group ionized, the charge-transfer resistance decreased by a factor of 300 because of a double-layer effect. When 3-mercaptopropionic acid was mixed with 1-hexadecanethiol, the charge-transfer resistance varied over four orders of magnitude with the composition of the two-component monolayer. The apparent rate constant for indigotetrasulfonate at 4-aminothiophenol-modified electrodes decreased by a factor of 25-30 as the solution pH varied from 4 to 2. This decrease was opposite to the change expected from protonation of the terminal amino group. It can be ascribed to a strong binding interaction between the redox anion and the positively charged monolayer

  14. Electron transfer in dinucleoside phosphate anions

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    The electron transfer reaction within various dinucleoside phosphate radical anions has been investigated by ESR spectroscopy and pulse radiolysis. In the ESR work electrons are produced by photolysis of K4Fe(CN)6 in a 12 M LiCl glass at 770K. Upon photobleaching the electrons react with the dinucleoside phosphate to form the anion radical. The anions of the four DNA nucleosides were also produced and their ESR spectra were appropriately weighted and summed by computer to simulate the spectra found for the dinucleoside phosphate anions. From the analysis the relative amounts of each of the nucleoside anions in the dinucleoside phosphate anion were determined. Evidence suggests the electron affinity of the pyrimidine bases are greater than the purine bases; however, the results are not sufficient to distinguish between the individual purine or pyrimidine. When dinucleoside phosphate anions containing thymidine are warmed, protonation occurs only on thymine to produce the well known ''thymyl'' spectrum. Pulse radiolysis experiments on individual nucleotides (TMP, dAMP), mixtures of these nucleotides and the dinucleoside phosphate, TdA, in aqueous solution at room temperature show that in the TdA anion electron transfer occurs from adenine to thymine, whereas no electron transfer is found for mixtures of individual nucleotides. Protonation is found to occur only on thymine in the TdA anion in agreement with the ESR resultsement with the ESR results

  15. The electron transfer flavoprotein: ubiquinone oxidoreductases.

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    Watmough, Nicholas J; Frerman, Frank E

    2010-12-01

    Electron transfer flavoprotein: ubiqionone oxidoreductase (ETF-QO) is a component of the mitochondrial respiratory chain that together with electron transfer flavoprotein (ETF) forms a short pathway that transfers electrons from 11 different mitochondrial flavoprotein dehydrogenases to the ubiquinone pool. The X-ray structure of the pig liver enzyme has been solved in the presence and absence of a bound ubiquinone. This structure reveals ETF-QO to be a monotopic membrane protein with the cofactors, FAD and a [4Fe-4S](+1+2) cluster, organised to suggests that it is the flavin that serves as the immediate reductant of ubiquinone. ETF-QO is very highly conserved in evolution and the recombinant enzyme from the bacterium Rhodobacter sphaeroides has allowed the mutational analysis of a number of residues that the structure suggested are involved in modulating the reduction potential of the cofactors. These experiments, together with the spectroscopic measurement of the distances between the cofactors in solution have confirmed the intramolecular pathway of electron transfer from ETF to ubiquinone. This approach can be extended as the R. sphaeroides ETF-QO provides a template for investigating the mechanistic consequences of single amino acid substitutions of conserved residues that are associated with a mild and late onset variant of the metabolic disease multiple acyl-CoA dehydrogenase deficiency (MADD). PMID:20937244

  16. Promoting Knowledge Transfer with Electronic Note Taking

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    Katayama, Andrew D.; Shambaugh, R. Neal; Doctor, Tasneem

    2005-01-01

    We investigated the differences between (a) copying and pasting text versus typed note-taking methods of constructing study notes simultaneously with (b) vertically scaffolded versus horizontally scaffold notes on knowledge transfer. Forty-seven undergraduate educational psychology students participated. Materials included 2 electronic

  17. Quantum effects in biological electron transfer.

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    de la Lande, A.; Babcock, N. S.; ?ezá?, Jan; Levy, B.; Sanders, B. C.; Salahub, D.

    2012-01-01

    Ro?. 14, ?. 17 (2012), s. 5902-5918. ISSN 1463-9076 Institutional research plan: CEZ:AV0Z40550506 Keywords : electron transfer * tunnelling * decoherence * semi-classical molecular dynamics * density functional theory Subject RIV: CF - Physical ; Theoretical Chemistry Impact factor: 3.829, year: 2012

  18. Ultrafast electron and energy transfer in dye-sensitized iron oxide and oxyhydroxide nanoparticles

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    Gilbert, Benjamin; Katz, Jordan E.

    2013-01-01

    An emerging area in chemical science is the study of solid-phase redox reactions using ultrafast time-resolved spectroscopy. We have used molecules of the photoactive dye 2?,7?-dichlorofluorescein (DCF) anchored to the surface of iron(iii) oxide nanoparticles to create iron(ii) surface atoms via photo-initiated interfacial electron transfer. This approach enables time-resolved study of the fate and mobility of electrons within the solid phase. However, complete analysis of the ultrafast processes following dye photoexcitation of the sensitized iron(iii) oxide nanoparticles has not been reported. We addressed this topic by performing femtosecond transient absorption (TA) measurements of aqueous suspensions of uncoated and DCF-sensitized iron oxide and oxyhydroxide nanoparticles, and an aqueous iron(iii)–dye complex. Following light absorption, excited state relaxation times of the dye of 115–310 fs were found for all samples. Comparison between TA dynamics on uncoated and dye-sensitized hematite nanoparticles revealed the dye de-excitation pathway to consist of a competition between electron and energy transfer to the nanoparticles. We analyzed the TA data for hematite nanoparticles using a four-state model of the dye-sensitized system, finding electron and energy transfer to occur on the same ultrafast timescale. The interfacial electron transfer rates for iron oxides are very close to those previously reported for DCF-sensitized titanium dioxide (for which dye–oxide energy transfer is energetically forbidden) even though the acceptor states are different. Comparison of the alignment of the excited states of the dye and the unoccupied states of these oxides showed that the dye injects into acceptor states of different symmetry (Ti t2g vs. Fe eg).

  19. Charge-transfer interfaces between metal and redox arylamine molecular films: As probed with anode interfacial engineering approach in single-layer organic diodes

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    Li, J. C.; Blackstock, S. C.; Szulczewski, G. J.

    2005-01-01

    We investigate the charge-transfer interfaces between metal and redox arylamine molecular films through studying the current-voltage characteristics of single-layer organic diodes with the aid of anode interfacial engineering method. The diode turn-on voltage is shown to be highly sensitive to the arylamine/metal charge-transfer interfaces and thus can serve as a probe in detecting such organic/metal interfaces. We show that the diode electrical performance could be tuned th...

  20. Amorphous oxide alloys as interfacial layers with broadly tunable electronic structures for organic photovoltaic cells.

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    Zhou, Nanjia; Kim, Myung-Gil; Loser, Stephen; Smith, Jeremy; Yoshida, Hiroyuki; Guo, Xugang; Song, Charles; Jin, Hosub; Chen, Zhihua; Yoon, Seok Min; Freeman, Arthur J; Chang, Robert P H; Facchetti, Antonio; Marks, Tobin J

    2015-06-30

    In diverse classes of organic optoelectronic devices, controlling charge injection, extraction, and blocking across organic semiconductor-inorganic electrode interfaces is crucial for enhancing quantum efficiency and output voltage. To this end, the strategy of inserting engineered interfacial layers (IFLs) between electrical contacts and organic semiconductors has significantly advanced organic light-emitting diode and organic thin film transistor performance. For organic photovoltaic (OPV) devices, an electronically flexible IFL design strategy to incrementally tune energy level matching between the inorganic electrode system and the organic photoactive components without varying the surface chemistry would permit OPV cells to adapt to ever-changing generations of photoactive materials. Here we report the implementation of chemically/environmentally robust, low-temperature solution-processed amorphous transparent semiconducting oxide alloys, In-Ga-O and Ga-Zn-Sn-O, as IFLs for inverted OPVs. Continuous variation of the IFL compositions tunes the conduction band minima over a broad range, affording optimized OPV power conversion efficiencies for multiple classes of organic active layer materials and establishing clear correlations between IFL/photoactive layer energetics and device performance. PMID:26080437

  1. An investigation of the effects of interfacial shear between the gas and turbulent falling liquid film on the heat transfer coefficient

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    An improved method is presented for the prediction of heat transfer coefficients in turbulent falling liquid films with or without interfacial shear for both heating or condensation. A modified Mudawwar and El-Masri's semiempirical turbulence model, particularly to extend its use for the turbulent falling film with high interfacial shear, is used to replace the eddy viscosity model incorporated in the unified approach proposed by Yih and Liu. The liquid film thickness and asymptotic heat transfer coefficients against the film Reynolds number for wide range of interfacial shear predicted by both present and existing methods are compared with experimental data. The results show that, in general, predictions of the modified model agree more closely with experimental data than that of existing models. Comparisons of the predictions of the present model with that of existing models and the experimental data show that agreement is fairly good and consistent. A brief summary of the results are as follows: (1) As opposed to the previous model, present model utilizes a continuous linear variation of eddy viscosity near the interfacial surface. For freely falling liquid film, the present model reduce to the Mudawwar and El-Masri's model. (2) The curves of the present model for the heat transfer coefficients with liquid film Reynolds number have positive slopes in turbulent regime while the curves obtained by other models have negative slopes particularly for condensation. (3) The two criteria for transition from laminar to turbulent film flow, one for low interfacial shear and the other for high interfacial shear, respectively are shown to give the best agreement with the data for the present method

  2. Driving force dependent, photoinduced electron transfer at degenerately doped, optically transparent semiconductor nanoparticle interfaces.

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    Farnum, Byron H; Morseth, Zachary A; Brennaman, M Kyle; Papanikolas, John M; Meyer, Thomas J

    2014-11-12

    Photoinduced, interfacial electron injection and back electron transfer between surface-bound [Ru(II)(bpy)2(4,4'-(PO3H2)2-bpy)](2+) and degenerately doped In2O3:Sn nanoparticles, present in mesoporous thin films (nanoITO), have been studied as a function of applied external bias. Due to the metallic behavior of the nanoITO films, application of an external bias was used to vary the Fermi level in the oxide and, with it, the driving force for electron transfer (?G(o)'). By controlling the external bias, ?G(o)' was varied from 0 to -1.8 eV for electron injection and from -0.3 to -1.3 eV for back electron transfer. Analysis of the back electron-transfer data, obtained from transient absorption measurements, using Marcus-Gerischer theory gave an experimental estimate of ? = 0.56 eV for the reorganization energy of the surface-bound Ru(III/II) couple in acetonitrile with 0.1 M LiClO4 electrolyte. PMID:25330285

  3. Reaction coordinates for electron transfer reactions

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    The polarization fluctuation and energy gap formulations of the reaction coordinate for outer sphere electron transfer are linearly related to the constant energy constraint Lagrangian multiplier m in Marcus' theory of electron transfer. The quadratic dependence of the free energies of the reactant and product intermediates on m and m+1, respectively, leads to similar dependence of the free energies on the reaction coordinates and to the same dependence of the activation energy on the reorganization energy and the standard reaction free energy. Within the approximations of a continuum model of the solvent and linear response of the longitudinal polarization to the electric field in Marcus' theory, both formulations of the reaction coordinate are expected to lead to the same results.

  4. Electronic transfer between low-dimensional nanosystems.

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    Král, Karel

    Hoboken : Wiley, 2011 - (Nair, K.; Priya, S.; Jia, Q.), s. 33-40 ISBN 9781118059999. - (Ceramic Transactions. vol. 226). [Materials Science and Technology meeting 2010 (MS&T'10). Dielectric Ceramic Materials and Electronic Devices.. Houston (US), 17.10.2010-21.10.2010] R&D Projects: GA MŠk(CZ) OC10007 Institutional research plan: CEZ:AV0Z10100520 Keywords : electron transfer * nanostructures quantum dots Subject RIV: BM - Solid Matter Physics ; Magnetism http://eu.wiley.com/WileyCDA/WileyTitle/productCd-1118059999,descCd-tableOfContents.html

  5. Resonant electron transfer between quantum dots

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    Openov, L A

    1999-01-01

    An interaction of electromagnetic field with a nanostructure composed of two quantum dots is studied theoretically. An effect of a resonant electron transfer between the localized low-lying states of quantum dots is predicted. A necessary condition for such an effect is the existence of an excited bound state whose energy lies close to the top of the barrier separating the quantum dots. This effect may be used to realize the reversible quantum logic gate NOT if the superposition of electron states in different quantum dots is viewed as the superposition of bits 0 and 1.

  6. Electronic energy transfer in benzophenone adlayer.

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    Bresenden, D; Carlson, A S; Partain, P J; Reynoso, G; Oudinarath, B; Martin, K A; Nishimura, A M

    1995-12-01

    The extent to which energy transfer occurs in electronically excited organic adlayer films on dielectric surfaces is investigated. Migration and subsequent trapping of the energy in the film are observed by pumping the singlet state of an organic adlayer of benzophenone and by monitoring the phosphorescence and fluorescence lifetimes. To observe the effects of adsorption, benzophenone was chosen as the adlayer because the energies of its well characterizedn,? carbonyl states are remarkably sensitive to solvent interactions. Upon excitation with a nitrogen laser, the perturbation on the electronic states of benzophenone by the substrate caused the emergence of the normally absent fluorescence from the adlayer traps at the interface between the surface of the dielectric substrate and the adlayer. Energy transfer to this interface was observed as a function of film thickness. On the surface of a single crystal of an organic crystal, naphthalene, energy transfer from the adlayer to the substrate was observed, whereas such transfer was not energetically possible with the other dielectric surfaces. PMID:24226914

  7. Electron Transfer Dissociation of Milk Oligosaccharides

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    Han, Liang; Catherine E. Costello

    2011-01-01

    For structural identification of glycans, the classic collision-induced dissociation (CID) spectra are dominated by product ions that derived from glycosidic cleavages, which provide only sequence information. The peaks from cross-ring fragmentation are often absent or have very low abundances in such spectra. Electron transfer dissociation (ETD) is being applied to structural identification of carbohydrates for the first time, and results in some new and detailed information for glycan struc...

  8. Electron Transfer Dissociation Mass Spectrometry in Proteomics

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    Kim, Min-Sik; Pandey, Akhilesh

    2012-01-01

    Mass spectrometry has rapidly evolved to become the platform of choice for proteomic analysis. While CID remains the major fragmentation method for peptide sequencing, electron transfer dissociation (ETD) is emerging as a complementary method for characterization of peptides and post-translational modifications (PTMs). Here, we review the evolution of ETD and some of its newer applications including characterization of PTMs, non-tryptic peptides and intact proteins. We will also discuss some ...

  9. Promoting Interspecies Electron Transfer with Biochar

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    Shanshan Chen; Amelia-Elena Rotaru; Pravin Malla Shrestha; Malvankar, Nikhil S.; Fanghua Liu; Wei Fan; Nevin, Kelly P.; Lovley, Derek R.

    2014-01-01

    Biochar, a charcoal-like product of the incomplete combustion of organic materials, is an increasingly popular soil amendment designed to improve soil fertility. We investigated the possibility that biochar could promote direct interspecies electron transfer (DIET) in a manner similar to that previously reported for granular activated carbon (GAC). Although the biochars investigated were 1000 times less conductive than GAC, they stimulated DIET in co-cultures of Geobacter metallireducens with...

  10. Electron transfer in branched expanded pyridinium molecules.

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    Hromadová, Magdaléna; Lachmanová, Št?pánka; Pospíšil, Lubomír; Fortage, J.; Dupeyre, G.; Perruchot, Ch.; Lainé, P. P.

    Aveiro : DEMAC - Universidade de Aveiro, 2014. s. 99-99. [Meeting of the Portuguese Electrochemical Society /19./. Iberian Meeting of Electrochemistry /16./. 30.06.2014-02.07.2014, Aveiro] R&D Projects: GA ?R(CZ) GA14-05180S Grant ostatní: Rada Programu interní porpory projekt? mezinárodní spolupráce AV ?R M200401202 Institutional support: RVO:61388955 Keywords : electron transfer * electrochemistry * pyridinium Subject RIV: CG - Electrochemistry

  11. Charge-transfer interfaces between metal and redox arylamine molecular films: As probed with anode interfacial engineering approach in single-layer organic diodes

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    Li, J C; Szulczewski, G J

    2005-01-01

    We investigate the charge-transfer interfaces between metal and redox arylamine molecular films through studying the current-voltage characteristics of single-layer organic diodes with the aid of anode interfacial engineering method. The diode turn-on voltage is shown to be highly sensitive to the arylamine/metal charge-transfer interfaces and thus can serve as a probe in detecting such organic/metal interfaces. We show that the diode electrical performance could be tuned through engineering the arylamine/metal interfaces via controlling the factors of anode work function, arylamine substitute groups, and active layer surface morphology etc. The conduction mechanism of the diodes is shown to be injection limited, which could be well described with Richardson-Schottky thermonic emission model. Our work may provide some insight into the use of single-layer organic diode and interfacial engineering method to rapidly probe the organic/metal and even organic/organic charge-transfer interfaces.

  12. Kinetic ion thermometers for electron transfer dissociation.

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    Pepin, Robert; Ture?ek, František

    2015-02-19

    Peptide fragment ions of the z-type were used as kinetic ion thermometers to gauge the internal energy of peptide cation-radicals produced by electron transfer in the gas-phase. Electron transfer dissociation (ETD)-produced z2 ions containing the leucine residue, z2(Leu-Lys) and z2(Leu-Arg), were found to undergo spontaneous dissociation by loss of C3H7 that was monitored by time-resolved kinetic measurements on the time scale of the linear ion trap mass spectrometer. Kinetic modeling of the dissociations, including collisional cooling and product loss by neutralization, provided unimolecular rate constants for dissociation that were converted to the z ion internal energies using RRKM theory. The internal energy of z2(Leu-Lys) and z2(Leu-Arg) fragment ions was found to decrease with the increasing size of the precursor peptide ion, indicating vibrational energy partitioning between the ion and neutral fragments and ergodic behavior. The experimentally determined excitation in the peptide cation-radicals upon electron transfer (285-327 kJ mol(-1)) was found to be lower than that theoretically calculated from the reaction exothermicity. The reasons for this missing energy are discussed. PMID:25594857

  13. Analysis of anodic current transient measured on Pd electrode with fractal surface: Hydrogen diffusion coupled with interfacial charge transfer

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    Hydrogen transport through Pd electrode with fractally rough surface was investigated in 0.1 M NaOH solution by analysis of the anodic current transient. The Pd electrode surfaces were electrochemically modified to be rough by redox cycling in 1 M H2SO4 solution. From the triangulation analysis of the atomic force microscopy images, it was found that the modified electrode surfaces exhibited self-similar scaling properties with different fractal dimensions, depending upon the number of redox cycles. The anodic current transient measured on the surface-modified fractal electrode subjected to the hydrogen discharging potentials of 0.3-0.7 V reversible hydrogen electrode (RHE) showed the non-generalised Cottrell behaviour, which resulted from the constraint of hydrogen diffusion mixed with interfacial charge transfer during hydrogen transport. Especially, it displayed an inflexion point at the time that corresponds to the temporal outer cut-off of fractality, i.e. the crossover time required for the fractal to flat transition. In addition, the temporal outer cut-off under the constraint of mixed control was observed to be shortened with increasing hydrogen discharging potential, which could be accounted for by the increased growth rate of diffusion layer in the electrode accompanying the facilitated charge transfer kinetics at the electrode/electrolyte interface

  14. Transfer coating by electron initiated polymerization

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    The high speed and depth of cure possible with electron initiated monomer/oligomer coating systems provide many new opportunities for approaches to product finishing. Moreover, the use of transfer or cast coating using films or metallic surfaces offers the ability to precisely control the surface topology of liquid film surfaces during polymerization. Transfer coating such as with textiles has been a commercial process for many years and the synergistic addition of EB technology permits the manufacture of unusual new products. One of these, the casting paper used in the manufacture of vinyl and urethane fabrics, is the first EB application to use a drum surface for pattern replication in the coating. In this case the coated paper is cured against, and then released from, an engraved drum surface. Recent developments in the use of plastic films for transfer have been applied to the manufacture of transfer metallized and coated paper and paperboard products for packaging. Details of these and related processes are presented as well as a discussion of the typical product areas (e.g. photographic papers, release papers, magnetic media) using this high speed transfer technology

  15. Transfer coating by electron initiated polymerization

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    The high speed and depth of cure possible with electron initiated monomer/oligomer coating systems provide many new opportunities for approaches to product finishing. Moreover, the use of transfer or cast coating using films or metallic surfaces offers the ability to precisely control the surface topology of liquid film surfaces during polymerization. Transfer coating such as with textiles has been a commercial process for many years and the synergistic addition of EB technology permits the manufacture of unusual new products. One of these, the casting paper used in the manufacture of vinyl and urethane fabrics, is the first EB application to use a drum surface for pattern replication in the coating. In this case the coated paper is cured against, and then released from, an engraved drum surface. Recent developments in the use of plastic films for transfer have been applied to the manufacture of transfer metallized and coated paper and paperboard products for packaging. Details of these and related processes will be presented as well as a discussion of the typical product areas using this high speed transfer technology. (author)

  16. Summary of Interfacial Heat Transfer Model and Correlations in SPACE Code

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    The first stage of development program for a nuclear reactor safety analysis code named as SPACE which will be used by utility bodies has been finished at last April 2010. During the first stage, main logic and conceptual sculpture have been established successfully under the support of Korea Ministry of Knowledge and Economy. The code, named as SPACE, has been designed to solve the multi-dimensional 3-field 2 phase equations. From the beginning of second stage of development, KNF has moved to concentrate on the methodology evaluation by using he SPACE code. Thus, KAERI, KOPEC, KEPRI have been remained as the major development organizations. In the second stage, it is focused to assess the physical models and correlations of SPACE code by using the well known SET problems. For the successful SET assessment procedure, a problem selection process has been performed under the leading of KEPRI. KEPRI has listed suitable SET problems according to the individual assessment purpose. For the interfacial area concentration, the models and correlations are continuously modified and verified

  17. Summary of Interfacial Heat Transfer Model and Correlations in SPACE Code

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    Bae, Sung Won; Lee, Seung Wook; Kim, Kyung Du [Korea Atomic Energy Research Institute, Daejeon (Korea, Republic of)

    2010-10-15

    The first stage of development program for a nuclear reactor safety analysis code named as SPACE which will be used by utility bodies has been finished at last April 2010. During the first stage, main logic and conceptual sculpture have been established successfully under the support of Korea Ministry of Knowledge and Economy. The code, named as SPACE, has been designed to solve the multi-dimensional 3-field 2 phase equations. From the beginning of second stage of development, KNF has moved to concentrate on the methodology evaluation by using he SPACE code. Thus, KAERI, KOPEC, KEPRI have been remained as the major development organizations. In the second stage, it is focused to assess the physical models and correlations of SPACE code by using the well known SET problems. For the successful SET assessment procedure, a problem selection process has been performed under the leading of KEPRI. KEPRI has listed suitable SET problems according to the individual assessment purpose. For the interfacial area concentration, the models and correlations are continuously modified and verified

  18. Monitoring molecule dynamics by free electron transfer

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    Complete text of publication follows. Phenol radical cations and phenoxyl radicals were observed as direct products of free electron transfer from phenol-type solute molecules to solvent parent radical cations generated by ionizing irradiation. The finding of the two species in comparable amounts is attributed to the dynamics of the phenol molecule oscillating in the femtosecond range by vibration, rotation and other motions. Analyzing the hetero group rotation around the C-OH bond, two border line conformer structures can be distinguished such as the plane molecule and a rotated one where the substituent is twisted by 90 deg. Assuming a promt free electron transfer (FET) in each encounter, ionization of all rotation-caused conformer states should happen, resulting in different products. This seem reasonable under the aspect that accompanied with the rotation also electron distribution should change. Quantum-chemical calculations indicate that for phenol as solute primarily its conformers with perpendicular C-OH axis orientation to the aromatic ring tend to deprotonate after ionization. A quite similar behavior could be predicted for the heteroanalogous thio- and selenophenols. Quite generally considerable changes in the electron distribution of the ground state molecules with the twisting angle of the -OH, -SH and -SeH groups could be calculated, with the greatest differences between 'parallel' and 'perpendicular' conformations. On the assumption that FET projects the equilibrium solute conformer distribution onto the solute cation conformer one it is demonstrated that the experimental findings are compatible with a simple solute-cation internal relaxation model

  19. Promoting Interspecies Electron Transfer with Biochar

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    Chen, Shanshan; Rotaru, Amelia-Elena; Shrestha, Pravin Malla; Malvankar, Nikhil S.; Liu, Fanghua; Fan, Wei; Nevin, Kelly P.; Lovley, Derek R.

    2014-01-01

    Biochar, a charcoal-like product of the incomplete combustion of organic materials, is an increasingly popular soil amendment designed to improve soil fertility. We investigated the possibility that biochar could promote direct interspecies electron transfer (DIET) in a manner similar to that previously reported for granular activated carbon (GAC). Although the biochars investigated were 1000 times less conductive than GAC, they stimulated DIET in co-cultures of Geobacter metallireducens with Geobacter sulfurreducens or Methanosarcina barkeri in which ethanol was the electron donor. Cells were attached to the biochar, yet not in close contact, suggesting that electrons were likely conducted through the biochar, rather than biological electrical connections. The finding that biochar can stimulate DIET may be an important consideration when amending soils with biochar and can help explain why biochar may enhance methane production from organic wastes under anaerobic conditions. PMID:24846283

  20. Promoting interspecies electron transfer with biochar

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    Chen, Shanshan; Rotaru, Amelia-Elena

    2014-01-01

    Biochar, a charcoal-like product of the incomplete combustion of organic materials, is an increasingly popular soil amendment designed to improve soil fertility. We investigated the possibility that biochar could promote direct interspecies electron transfer (DIET) in a manner similar to that previously reported for granular activated carbon (GAC). Although the biochars investigated were 1000 times less conductive than GAC, they stimulated DIET in co-cultures of Geobacter metallireducens with Geobacter sulfurreducens or Methanosarcina barkeri in which ethanol was the electron donor. Cells were attached to the biochar, yet not in close contact, suggesting that electrons were likely conducted through the biochar, rather than biological electrical connections. The finding that biochar can stimulate DIET may be an important consideration when amending soils with biochar and can help explain why biochar may enhance methane production from organic wastes under anaerobic conditions.

  1. Dynamics and mechanisms of photoinduced electron transfer and related phenomena

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    This book contains papers which examine the fundamental aspects of photoinduced electron transfer reactions, an area in which a number of breakthroughs have recently occurred. This book is divided into four parts. Parts I and II are mainly concerned with the fundamental aspects of the inter- and intra-molecular charge transfer, electron transfer and related phenomena such as solvents effect, and solvation dynamics. Part III is concerned with electron transfer and energy transfer phenomena in polymers, films, crystals, and other confined systems. In Part IV, the mechanisms of the energy and electron transfer in biological photosynthetic systems, proteins and reaction center systems are discussed. (author). refs., figs

  2. Proton transfer across a liquid/liquid interface facilitated by phospholipid interfacial films.

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    Holub, Karel; Jänchenová, Hana; Štulík, K.; Mare?ek, Vladimír

    2009-01-01

    Ro?. 632, 1-2 (2009), s. 8-13. ISSN 1572-6657 R&D Projects: GA MŠk(CZ) LC06063 Institutional research plan: CEZ:AV0Z40400503 Keywords : liquid-liquid interface * proton transfer * phospholipid layers Subject RIV: CF - Physical ; Theoretical Chemistry Impact factor: 2.338, year: 2009

  3. Study on interfacial heat transfer coefficient at metal/die interface during high pressure die casting process of AZ91D alloy

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    2007-02-01

    Full Text Available The high pressure die casting (HPDC process is one of the fastest growing and most efficient methods for the production of complex shape castings of magnesium and aluminum alloys in today’s manufacturing industry.In this study, a high pressure die casting experiment using AZ91D magnesium alloy was conducted, and the temperature profiles inside the die were Measured. By using a computer program based on solving the inverse heat problem, the metal/die interfacial heat transfer coefficient (IHTC was calculated and studied. The results show that the IHTC between the metal and die increases right after the liquid metal is brought into the cavity by the plunger,and decreases as the solidification process of the liquid metal proceeds until the liquid metal is completely solidified,when the IHTC tends to be stable. The interfacial heat transfer coefficient shows different characteristics under different casting wall thicknesses and varies with the change of solidification behavior.

  4. Fast photoinduced electron transfer through DNA intercalation.

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    Murphy, C. J.; Arkin, M. R.; Ghatlia, N. D.; Bossmann, S.; Turro, N. J.; Barton, J. K.

    1994-01-01

    We report evidence for fast photoinduced electron transfer mediated by the DNA helix that requires metal complexes that are avid intercalators of DNA. Here the donor bis(phenanthroline)(dipyridophenazine)ruthenium(II) [Ru(phen)2dppz2+] and acceptor bis(9,10-phenanthrenequinone diimine)(phenanthroline)rhodium(III) [Rh(phi)2phen3+] intercalate into DNA with Kb > 10(6) M-1. Luminescence quenching experiments in the presence of two different lengths of DNA yield upward-curving Stern-Volmer plots ...

  5. Proton transfer across a liquid/liquid interface facilitated by phospholipid interfacial films.

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    Holub, Karel; Jänchenová, Hana; Štulík, Karel; Mare?ek, Vladimír

    Ústí nad Labem : BEST servis, 2010 - (Navrátil, T.; Barek, J.), s. 70-72 ISBN 978-80-254-6710-7. [Modern Electroanalytical Methods /30./. Jet?ichovice (CZ), 24.05.2010-28.05.2010] R&D Projects: GA AV ?R IAA400400806; GA MŠk(CZ) LC06063 Institutional research plan: CEZ:AV0Z40400503 Keywords : liquid-liquid interface * proton transfer * phospholipid layers Subject RIV: CF - Physical ; Theoretical Chemistry

  6. Electron Transfer in Myoglobin-based Single-Electron Transistors

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    Li, Debin; Gannett, Peter; Lederman, David

    2009-03-01

    The mechanism of electron transfer by myoglobin was investigated using nanometer-gap platinum electrodes fabricated by breaking a small junction by electromigration at cryogenic temperatures. The experimental results suggest single electron transport behavior is mediated by resonance of the electronic levels of the heme group in a single myoglobin protein. Evidence for a two-step electron tunneling process, resulting from the structural relaxation of the protein with the addition of a single electron, was observed. Our experimental results show that the slow protein relaxation may result in resonant tunneling and the fast protein relaxation is the condition of two-step resonant tunneling behavior. The conformation and orientation of myoglobin in the gap of electrodes may significantly affect the conductance of these devices. The calculation for the conductance graph as a function of gate voltage and bias voltage was performed with the rate equations for electron tunneling via discrete quantum states and considering the two-step process. The results of calculation match those of our experiment.

  7. Quantum tunneling resonant electron transfer process in Lorentzian plasmas

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    Hong, Woo-Pyo; Jung, Young-Dae

    2014-08-01

    The quantum tunneling resonant electron transfer process between a positive ion and a neutral atom collision is investigated in nonthermal generalized Lorentzian plasmas. The result shows that the nonthermal effect enhances the resonant electron transfer cross section in Lorentzian plasmas. It is found that the nonthermal effect on the classical resonant electron transfer cross section is more significant than that on the quantum tunneling resonant charge transfer cross section. It is shown that the nonthermal effect on the resonant electron transfer cross section decreases with an increase of the Debye length. In addition, the nonthermal effect on the quantum tunneling resonant electron transfer cross section decreases with increasing collision energy. The variation of nonthermal and plasma shielding effects on the quantum tunneling resonant electron transfer process is also discussed.

  8. Quantum tunneling resonant electron transfer process in Lorentzian plasmas

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    The quantum tunneling resonant electron transfer process between a positive ion and a neutral atom collision is investigated in nonthermal generalized Lorentzian plasmas. The result shows that the nonthermal effect enhances the resonant electron transfer cross section in Lorentzian plasmas. It is found that the nonthermal effect on the classical resonant electron transfer cross section is more significant than that on the quantum tunneling resonant charge transfer cross section. It is shown that the nonthermal effect on the resonant electron transfer cross section decreases with an increase of the Debye length. In addition, the nonthermal effect on the quantum tunneling resonant electron transfer cross section decreases with increasing collision energy. The variation of nonthermal and plasma shielding effects on the quantum tunneling resonant electron transfer process is also discussed

  9. Quantum tunneling resonant electron transfer process in Lorentzian plasmas

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    Hong, Woo-Pyo [Department of Electronics Engineering, Catholic University of Daegu, Hayang 712-702 (Korea, Republic of); Jung, Young-Dae, E-mail: ydjung@hanyang.ac.kr [Department of Physics, Applied Physics, and Astronomy, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, 110 8th Street, Troy, New York 12180-3590 (United States); Department of Applied Physics and Department of Bionanotechnology, Hanyang University, Ansan, Kyunggi-Do 426-791 (Korea, Republic of)

    2014-08-15

    The quantum tunneling resonant electron transfer process between a positive ion and a neutral atom collision is investigated in nonthermal generalized Lorentzian plasmas. The result shows that the nonthermal effect enhances the resonant electron transfer cross section in Lorentzian plasmas. It is found that the nonthermal effect on the classical resonant electron transfer cross section is more significant than that on the quantum tunneling resonant charge transfer cross section. It is shown that the nonthermal effect on the resonant electron transfer cross section decreases with an increase of the Debye length. In addition, the nonthermal effect on the quantum tunneling resonant electron transfer cross section decreases with increasing collision energy. The variation of nonthermal and plasma shielding effects on the quantum tunneling resonant electron transfer process is also discussed.

  10. Electron transfer pathways in microbial oxygen biocathodes

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    Freguia, Stefano, E-mail: stefano@kais.kyoto-u.ac.j [Bio-analytical and Physical Chemistry Laboratory, Division of Applied Life Sciences, Graduate School of Agriculture, Kyoto University, Sakyo-ku, Kyoto 606-8205 (Japan); Tsujimura, Seiya, E-mail: seiya@kais.kyoto-u.ac.j [Bio-analytical and Physical Chemistry Laboratory, Division of Applied Life Sciences, Graduate School of Agriculture, Kyoto University, Sakyo-ku, Kyoto 606-8205 (Japan); Kano, Kenji, E-mail: kkano@kais.kyoto-u.ac.j [Bio-analytical and Physical Chemistry Laboratory, Division of Applied Life Sciences, Graduate School of Agriculture, Kyoto University, Sakyo-ku, Kyoto 606-8205 (Japan)

    2010-01-01

    The ability of some bacteria to enhance the rate of cathodic oxygen reduction to water has been recently discovered, opening the way to an entirely renewable and environmentally friendly concept of biocathode. In this study we reveal that several mechanisms may induce catalytic effects by bacteria. These comprise mechanisms that are putatively beneficial to the bacteria as well as mechanisms which are merely side effects, including quinone autoxidation and direct O{sub 2} reduction by heme compounds. Here we showed that 1 muM of ACNQ is able to generate a significant catalytic wave for oxygen reduction, with onset at approximately 0 V vs. SHE. Similarly, adsorption of hemin on a carbon surface catalyses O{sub 2} reduction to H{sub 2}O{sub 2} with an onset of +0.2 V vs. SHE. To evaluate the catalytic pathways of live cells on cathodic oxygen reduction, two species of electrochemically active bacteria were selected as pure cultures, namely Acinetobacter calcoaceticus and Shewanella putrefaciens. The former appears to exploit a self-excreted redox compound with redox characteristics matching those of pyrroloquinoline quinone (PQQ) for extracellular electron transfer. The latter appears to utilise outer membrane-bound redox compounds. Interaction of quinones and cytochromes with the membrane-bound electron transfer chain is yet to be proven.

  11. Electron transfer pathways in microbial oxygen biocathodes

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    The ability of some bacteria to enhance the rate of cathodic oxygen reduction to water has been recently discovered, opening the way to an entirely renewable and environmentally friendly concept of biocathode. In this study we reveal that several mechanisms may induce catalytic effects by bacteria. These comprise mechanisms that are putatively beneficial to the bacteria as well as mechanisms which are merely side effects, including quinone autoxidation and direct O2 reduction by heme compounds. Here we showed that 1 ?M of ACNQ is able to generate a significant catalytic wave for oxygen reduction, with onset at approximately 0 V vs. SHE. Similarly, adsorption of hemin on a carbon surface catalyses O2 reduction to H2O2 with an onset of +0.2 V vs. SHE. To evaluate the catalytic pathways of live cells on cathodic oxygen reduction, two species of electrochemically active bacteria were selected as pure cultures, namely Acinetobacter calcoaceticus and Shewanella putrefaciens. The former appears to exploit a self-excreted redox compound with redox characteristics matching those of pyrroloquinoline quinone (PQQ) for extracellular electron transfer. The latter appears to utilise outer membrane-bound redox compounds. Interaction of quinones and cytochromes with the membrane-bound electron transfer chain is yet to be proven.

  12. Particle Morphology and Interfacial Energy Transfer in CdSe/CdS Nanocrystals

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    Borys, Nicholas; Walter, Manfred; Huang, Jing; Talapin, Dmitri; Lupton, John

    2011-03-01

    CdSe/CdS core-shell nanocrystal heterostructures are unique systems to study nanoscale energy migration. We perform single-particle excitation spectroscopy at low temperatures by monitoring both the luminescence intensity and energy of the core as a function of optical excitation energy in three different heterostructure shapes: spherical particles, rods, and tetrapods. In the tetrapod and rod structures, the shapes of the PLE spectra fall into one of two classes while the spherical particles all exhibit one universal form, which we attribute to the general shape and quantum confinement symmetry of the CdS shell. We confirm this assignment by correlated single particle SEM and PLE measurements. By resolving the core emission energy as a function of excitation energy, we identify two distinct exciton species in the tetrapods indicating the presence of a barrier that prevents charge transfer across the heterostructure interface [1]. [4pt] [1] Borys et al., Science (in press)

  13. Effects of interfacial waves on heat transfer to free-falling turbulent liquid films

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    Turbulent liquid films are encountered in a wide variety of thermal devices. To better characterize film flow, experiments have been performed to establish a data base for sensible and evaporative heating of free-falling turbulent liquid films. Experiments were conducted by heating water as it fell on the outside of a vertical tube having a diameter of 25.4mm. The tube consisted of a porous plastic film distributor, an adiabatic hydrodynamic development section and a thin-walled 781mm long electrically heated stainless steel tube which provided a uniform wall heat flux. Seventeen pairs of thermocouples were used to monitor the inner wall temperature of the tube and sampling scoops were used to determine the mean film temperature. The test section was contained within a sealed chamber to facilitate testing at subatmospheric pressures for accurate determination of evaporation heat transfer coefficients. Fluid conditions were controlled through a high purity fluid delivery system

  14. Electron transfer in gas surface collisions

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    In this thesis electron transfer between atoms and metal surfaces in general is discussed and the negative ionization of hydrogen by scattering protons at a cesiated crystalline tungsten (110) surface in particular. Experimental results and a novel theoretical analysis are presented. In Chapter I a theoretical overview of resonant electron transitions between atoms and metals is given. In the first part of chapter II atom-metal electron transitions at a fixed atom-metal distance are described on the basis of a model developed by Gadzuk. In the second part the influence of the motion of the atom on the atomic charge state is incorporated. Measurements presented in chapter III show a strong dependence of the fraction of negatively charged H atoms scattered at cesiated tungsten, on the normal as well as the parallel velocity component. In chapter IV the proposed mechanism for the parallel velocity effect is incorporated in the amplitude method. The scattering process of protons incident under grazing angles on a cesium covered surface is studied in chapter V. (Auth.)

  15. Interfacial electronic transport phenomena in single crystalline Fe-MgO-Fe thin barrier junctions

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    Gangineni, R. B., E-mail: rameshg.phy@pondiuni.edu.in [Department of Physics, School of Physical, Chemical and Applied Sciences, Pondicherry University, R. V. Nagar, Kalapet, Pondicherry 605 014 (India); SPINTEC, UMR 8191 CEA/CNRS/UJF-Grenoble 1/Grenoble INP, INAC, 17 rue des Martyrs, F-38054 Grenoble Cedex (France); Bellouard, C., E-mail: christine.bellouard@ijl.nancy-universite.fr; Duluard, A. [Institut Jean Lamour, UMR 7198, CNRS-Université de Lorraine, BP 239, 54506 Vandoeuvre (France); Negulescu, B. [Institut Jean Lamour, UMR 7198, CNRS-Université de Lorraine, BP 239, 54506 Vandoeuvre (France); UFR de Sciences et Techniques, Matériaux, microélectronique, acoustique, nanotechnologies (GREMAN), University François Rabelais, Parc de Grandmont, 37200 Tours (France); Baraduc, C.; Gaudin, G. [SPINTEC, UMR 8191 CEA/CNRS/UJF-Grenoble 1/Grenoble INP, INAC, 17 rue des Martyrs, F-38054 Grenoble Cedex (France); Tiusan, C., E-mail: coriolan.tiusan@phys.utcluj.ro [Institut Jean Lamour, UMR 7198, CNRS-Université de Lorraine, BP 239, 54506 Vandoeuvre (France); Department of Physics and Chemistry, Center of Superconductivity, Spintronics and Surface Science, Technical University of Cluj Napoca, Str. Memorandumului No. 28, RO-400114 Cluj-Napoca (Romania)

    2014-05-05

    Spin filtering effects in nano-pillars of Fe-MgO-Fe single crystalline magnetic tunnel junctions are explored with two different sample architectures and thin MgO barriers (thickness: 3–8 monolayers). The two architectures, with different growth and annealing conditions of the bottom electrode, allow tuning the quality of the bottom Fe/MgO interface. As a result, an interfacial resonance states (IRS) is observed or not depending on this interface quality. The IRS contribution, observed by spin polarized tunnel spectroscopy, is analyzed as a function of the MgO barrier thickness. Our experimental findings agree with theoretical predictions concerning the symmetry of the low energy (0.2?eV) interfacial resonance states: a mixture of ?{sub 1}-like and ?{sub 5}-like symmetries.

  16. Interfacial instability, convective structure, and heat transfer in liquid films undergoing phase change

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    Kimball, Jeramy T.

    This work examines the fluid mechanical and heat transfer characteristics of evaporating and condensing films in a planar geometry and is motivated by a desire to reveal the physics behind liquid films undergoing phase change, especially the connection between the convective structure and the heat transfer through the liquid film. These films play important roles in a variety of terrestrial and space-based engineering applications. Cyclically condensing and evaporating films, condensing films subject to constant subcooling, non-volatile, heated films, evaporating films subject to steady superheat, evaporating films subject to an impulsively imposed superheat, and films evaporating into air were examined. With the exception of the cyclically varying experiments, all configurations were upward-facing. Except the non-volatile and open-air tests, all experiments took place in absence of non-condensable gases. The degree of superheating or subcooling was controlled by regulating the system pressure. A new, non-intrusive ultrasound technique was developed for the measurement of film thickness. A double-pass schlieren imaging system and pressure and temperature measurements completed the diagnostics. Six working fluids were used (n-pentane, dichloromethane, chloroform, diethyl ether, acetone, and methanol). The primary conclusions are briefly summarized as follows: (1) The ultrasound thickness measurement system proved to be accurate and precise to +/-10% and +1 microm respectively and was capable of measuring film thicknesses as little as 8microm. (2) In cyclically varying films the heat flux matches well with previous results and the rise in heat flux at the onset of Rayleigh-Taylor instability coincides with a decrease in median film thickness. (3) Quasi-steady evaporating films subject to constant superheat exhibit a progression of convective structures that does not appear to be dependent on the fluid properties or the degree of superheat. The changes in convective structure correlated with changes in measured heat flux. The critical Rayleigh number is 1580+176, consistent with the value predicted for buoyancy driven films. The measured heat flux and the convective instability nature appear to depend essentially on buoyancy effects only. (4) Films of sufficient thickness subject to impulsive superheat display initial behavior that is independent of the thermal boundary conditions of the substrate.

  17. Electron transfer behavior of monolayer protected nanoclusters and nanowires of silver and gold.

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    Sharma, Jadab; Vivek, J P; Vijayamohanan, Kunjukrishna P

    2006-11-01

    Understanding the electron transfer behavior of nanometer sized, both metallic and semiconducting particles and wires is important due to the fundamental interest in size and shape dependent electronic properties and also because of its applications in nano-electronic devices like single electron transistors and molecular switches. Monolayer protected nanoclusters enable one simple and elegant method of synthesis of these types of metallic and semiconducting materials using interfacial chemistry as has been successfully used in several applications ranging from catalysis to molecular electronics. The success of this type of nanostructured materials is due in part to the well known protecting/stabilizing action of the ligands (also known as surface passivating/capping agents), which facilitate the synthesis and processing of these hydrophobic colloids in solution form. The present article discusses the electron transfer behavior of silver nanowires and nanoparticles with varied sizes. In particular, we have investigated the electrochemical properties of silver nanowires (diameter 70 nm, length several micrometers) and compared with the behavior of similar relatively larger sized nanoparticles (size 40 nm). A critical analysis of the redox behavior of silver nanowires and nanoparticles is presented in aqueous medium under various electrolytic conditions along with a comparison of analogous properties of smaller sized (2-7 nm) silver and gold nanoclusters. PMID:17252790

  18. Sandwiched confinement of quantum dots in graphene matrix for efficient electron transfer and photocurrent production.

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    Zhu, Nan; Zheng, Kaibo; Karki, Khadga J; Abdellah, Mohamed; Zhu, Qiushi; Carlson, Stefan; Haase, Dörthe; Žídek, Karel; Ulstrup, Jens; Canton, Sophie E; Pullerits, Tõnu; Chi, Qijin

    2015-01-01

    Quantum dots (QDs) and graphene are both promising materials for the development of new-generation optoelectronic devices. Towards this end, synergic assembly of these two building blocks is a key step but remains a challenge. Here, we show a one-step strategy for organizing QDs in a graphene matrix via interfacial self-assembly, leading to the formation of sandwiched hybrid QD-graphene nanofilms. We have explored structural features, electron transfer kinetics and photocurrent generation capacity of such hybrid nanofilms using a wide variety of advanced techniques. Graphene nanosheets interlink QDs and significantly improve electronic coupling, resulting in fast electron transfer from photoexcited QDs to graphene with a rate constant of 1.3?×?10(9) s(-1). Efficient electron transfer dramatically enhances photocurrent generation in a liquid-junction QD-sensitized solar cell where the hybrid nanofilm acts as a photoanode. We thereby demonstrate a cost-effective method to construct large-area QD-graphene hybrid nanofilms with straightforward scale-up potential for optoelectronic applications. PMID:25996307

  19. Evidence of short-range electron transfer of a redox enzyme on graphene oxide electrodes.

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    Martins, Marccus V A; Pereira, Andressa R; Luz, Roberto A S; Iost, Rodrigo M; Crespilho, Frank N

    2014-09-01

    Direct electron transfer (DET) between redox enzymes and electrode surfaces is of growing interest and an important strategy in the development of biofuel cells and biosensors. Among the nanomaterials utilized at electrode/enzyme interfaces to enhance the electronic communication, graphene oxide (GO) has been identified as a highly promising candidate. It is postulated that GO layers decrease the distance between the flavin cofactor (FAD/FADH2) of the glucose oxidase enzyme (GOx) and the electrode surface, though experimental evidence concerning the distance dependence of the rate constant for heterogeneous electron-transfer (k(het)) has not yet been observed. In this work, we report the experimentally observed DET of the GOx enzyme adsorbed on flexible carbon fiber (FCF) electrodes modified with GO (FCF-GO), where the k(het) between GO and electroactive GOx has been measured at a structurally well-defined interface. The curves obtained from the Marcus theory were used to obtain k(het), by using the model proposed by Chidsey. In agreement with experimental data, this model proved to be useful to systematically probe the dependence of electron transfer rates on distance, in order to provide an empirical basis to understand the origin of interfacial DET between GO and GOx. We also demonstrate that the presence of GO at the enzyme/electrode interface diminishes the activation energy by decreasing the distance between the electrode surface and FAD/FADH2. PMID:24676540

  20. Sandwiched confinement of quantum dots in graphene matrix for efficient electron transfer and photocurrent production

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    Zhu, Nan; Zheng, Kaibo

    2015-01-01

    Quantum dots (QDs) and graphene are both promising materials for the development of new-generation optoelectronic devices. Towards this end, synergic assembly of these two building blocks is a key step but remains a challenge. Here, we show a one-step strategy for organizing QDs in a graphene matrix via interfacial self-assembly, leading to the formation of sandwiched hybrid QD-graphene nanofilms. We have explored structural features, electron transfer kinetics and photocurrent generation capacity of such hybrid nanofilms using a wide variety of advanced techniques. Graphene nanosheets interlink QDs and significantly improve electronic coupling, resulting in fast electron transfer from photoexcited QDs to graphene with a rate constant of 1.3?×?109 s?1. Efficient electron transfer dramatically enhances photocurrent generation in a liquid-junction QD-sensitized solar cell where the hybrid nanofilm acts as a photoanode. We thereby demonstrate a cost-effective method to construct large-area QD-graphene hybrid nanofilms with straightforward scale-up potential for optoelectronic applications.

  1. Interfacial Hydrogen Atom Transfer by nanohybrids based on Humic Acid Like Polycondensates.

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    Bletsa, Eleni; Stathi, Panagiota; Dimos, Konstantinos; Louloudi, Maria; Deligiannakis, Yiannis

    2015-10-01

    Novel nanohybrid materials were prepared by covalent grafting of a polyphenolic polymer [Humic Acid Like Polycondensate (HALP)] on SiO2 nanoparticles. Four nanohybrids were so-produced, using four different types of SiO2 i.e. three Aerosil flame-made nanoparticles with nominal specific surface area of 50, 90 and 300m(2)/g, herein codenamed OX50, A90, A300 respectively, plus a colloidal SiO2[S300] with SSA=300m(2)/g. The antioxidant activity of the SiO2-HALP nanohybrids was evaluated by assessing their kinetics for Hydrogen Atom Transfer [HAT] to DPPH radicals. When normalized per same HALP concentration, bigger NPs SiO2[OX50]-HALP NPs can scavenge 280?moles of DPPH radicals per gram of HALP, while [A90]-HALP and [A300]-HALP NPs can scavenge 514 and 832?moles of DPPH radicals per gram of HALP, respectively. The colloidal SiO2[S300]-HALP can scavenge fewer DPPH radicals (252 ?moles) per gram of HALP. Based on detailed kinetic data it is shown that (i) surface grafted HALPs perform 300% better HAT than non-grafted HALP in solution. (ii) By controlling the particle type and grafting-loading, we can control/optimize the HAT performance: when grafted on the appropriate SiO2 surface the HALP macromolecules are able to quench up to 0.8mmoles of DPPH-radical per gram of HALP. PMID:26068375

  2. The Liability of banks in electronic fund transfer transaction

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    Algudah, Fayyad

    1993-01-01

    The liability of banks in electronic fund transfer (EFT) transactions is discussed in this thesis under the British and the United States law. The thesis covers banks’ liability in electronic credit and debit transfers. It covers banks’ liability in Electronic Fund Transfer at the Point Of Sale (EFTPOS), Automatic Teller Machines (ATM) and home and office banking. Liability of banks in credit card transactions and cheque truncation falls outside the scope of this thesis. In ...

  3. Activation entropy of electron transfer reactions

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    Milischuk, A A; Newton, M D; Milischuk, Anatoli A.; Matyushov, Dmitry V.; Newton, Marshall D.

    2005-01-01

    We report microscopic calculations of free energies and entropies for intramolecular electron transfer reactions. The calculation algorithm combines the atomistic geometry and charge distribution of a molecular solute obtained from quantum calculations with the microscopic polarization response of a polar solvent expressed in terms of its polarization structure factors. The procedure is tested on a donor-acceptor complex in which ruthenium donor and cobalt acceptor sites are linked by a four-proline polypeptide. The reorganization energies and reaction energy gaps are calculated as a function of temperature by using structure factors obtained from our analytical procedure and from computer simulations. Good agreement between two procedures and with direct computer simulations of the reorganization energy is achieved. The microscopic algorithm is compared to the dielectric continuum calculations. We found that the strong dependence of the reorganization energy on the solvent refractive index predicted by conti...

  4. Electron transfer reactions in microporous solids

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    Mallouk, T.E.

    1992-05-01

    We have studied electron transfer quenching of the excited state of Ru(bpy){sub 3}{sup 2+} in aqueous suspensions of zeolites Y, L, and mordenite. The internal pore network of the zeolite is ion-exchanged with methylviologen cations, which quench the excited state of the surface-bound sensitizer. A detailed study of the quenching and charge recombination kinetics, using time-resolved luminescence quenching and transient diffuse reflectance spectroscopies, shows to remarkable effects: first, the excited state quenching is entirely dynamic is large-pore zeolites (L and Y), even when they are prepared as apparently dry'' powders (which still contain significant amounts of internally sited water). Second, a lower limit for the diffusion coefficient of the MV{sup 2+} ion in these zeolites, determined by this technique, is 10{sup {minus}7} cm{sup 2}sec, i.e., only about one order of magnitude slower than a typical ion in liquid water, and 2--3 orders of magnitude faster than charge transfer diffusion of cations in polyelectrolyte films or membranes such as Nafion. Surface sensitization of internally platinized layered oxide semiconductors such as K{sub 4-x}H{sub x}Nb{sub 6}O{sub 17}{center dot}nH{sub 2}O (x {approx} 2.5) yields photocatalysts for the production of H{sub 2} and I{sub 3{minus}} in aqueous iodide solutions. Layered alkali niobates and titanates form a class of zeolitic wide-bandap semiconductors, and are the first examples of photocatalysts that evolve hydrogen from an electrochemically reversible (i.e., non-sacrificial) electron donor with visible light excitation.

  5. Influence of the electron–phonon interfacial conductance on the thermal transport at metal/dielectric interfaces

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    Lombard, J.; Detcheverry, F.; Merabia, S.

    2015-01-01

    Thermal boundary conductance at a metal-dielectric interface is a quantity of prime importance for heat management at the nanoscale. While the boundary conductance is usually ascribed to the coupling between metal phonons and dielectric phonons, in this work we examine the influence of a direct coupling between the metal electrons and the dielectric phonons. The effect of electron–phonon processes is generally believed to be resistive and tends to decrease the overall thermal boundary conductance as compared to the phonon–phonon conductance ?p. Here, we find that the effect of a direct electron-phonon interfacial coupling ?e is to enhance the effective thermal conductance between the metal and the dielectric. Resistive effects turn out to be important only for thin films of metals that have a low electron–phonon coupling strength. Two approaches are explored to reach these conclusions. First, we present an analytical solution of the two-temperature model to compute the effective conductance which accounts for all the relevant energy channels, as a function of ?e, ?p and the electron–phonon coupling factor G. Second, we use numerical resolution to examine the influence of ?e on two realistic cases: a gold film on silicon or silica substrates. We point out the implications for the interpretation of time-resolved thermoreflectance experiments.

  6. Photoinduced Electron-transfer Reaction of Pentafluoroiodobenzene with Alkenes

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    1997-01-01

    Irradiation of pentafluoroiodobenzene and alkenes gave the corresponding adducts. The presence of single electron-transfer scavengers, (p-dinitrobenzene and t-Bu2NO) and the free radical inhibitor (hydroquinone) suppressed the reaction. A photoinduced electron-transfer mechanism is proposed.

  7. Electron Transfer in Porphyrin Complexes in Different Solvents

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    Kilin, D S; Schreiber, M

    2000-01-01

    The electron transfer in different solvents is investigated for systems consisting of donor, bridge and acceptor. It is assumed that vibrational relaxation is much faster than the electron transfer. Electron transfer rates and final populations of the acceptor state are calculated numerically and in an approximate fashion analytically. In wide parameter regimes these solutions are in very good agreement. The theory is applied to the electron transfer in ${\\rm H_2P-ZnP-Q}$ with free-base porphyrin (${\\rm H_2P}$) being the donor, zinc porphyrin (${\\rm ZnP}$) the bridge, and quinone (${\\rm Q}$) the acceptor. It is shown that the electron transfer rates can be controlled efficiently by changing the energy of the bridging level which can be done by changing the solvent. The effect of the solvent is determined for different models.

  8. Oxide/Electrolyte interface: Electron transfer phenomena

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    Fernández-Ibáñez, P.

    2000-08-01

    Full Text Available Electron transfer on a titanium dioxide/electrolyte solution interface has been studied. As observed by other researchers on similar interfaces (TiO2- and ZnO- electrolyte solution, slow consumption of OH- ions was found. A theoretical model has been developed for calculating the change in Fermi energy levels of both electrolyte solution and semiconductor, showing that ion consumption from the solution is favoured by a decreased difference in their Fermi energies. A kinetic constant (? is found to characterise the consumption process, its value increasing with electrolyte and semiconductor mass concentrations. Furthermore, this process may be used to estimate the point of zero charge of a titanium dioxide colloidal dispersion.

    En este trabajo se ha estudiado un proceso de transferencia de electrones en la interfase dióxido de titanio/electrolito acuoso. Tal y como han observado otros investigadores en interfases similares (TiO2- y ZnO- electrolito, se ha detectado un consumo lento de iones OH-. Para dar explicación a este proceso, se ha desarrollado un modelo teórico basado en el cálculo de las energías de Fermi en el semiconductor y en el electrolito. De este modo, se demuestra que dicho consumo de iones está favorecido por una disminución de la diferencia entre ambos niveles de Fermi. Para caracterizar el proceso de consumo lento de OH- se define una constante cinética (?, cuyo valor aumenta a medida que crece la concentración másica de semiconductor y de electrolito en la suspensión. Adicionalmente, este fenómeno proporciona una herramienta para determinar experimentalmente el punto de carga nula de la suspensión de dióxido de titanio en el medio acuoso.

  9. Molecular electronics studies by synchrotron radiation

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    In molecular electronics research, the molecule-metal interfacial properties crucially control the electronic properties of the devices fabricated. We use synchrotron radiation techniques of PES and NEXAFS, complemented by STM, to study the molecular orientation and interfacial charge transfer processes of model molecule-metal systems.

  10. Photoinduced electron transfer between the dendritic zinc phthalocyanines and anthraquinone

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    Chen, Kuizhi; Wen, Junri; Liu, Jiangsheng; Chen, Zhenzhen; Pan, Sujuan; Huang, Zheng; Peng, Yiru

    2015-03-01

    The intermolecular electron transfer between the novel dendritic zinc (II) phthalocyanines (G1-DPcB and G2-DPcB) and anthraquinone (AQ) was studied by steady-state fluorescence and UV/Vis absorption spectroscopic methods. The effect of dendron generation on intermolecular electron transfer was investigated. The results showed that the fluorescence emission of these dendritic phthalocyanines could be greatly quenched by AQ upon excitation at 610 nm. The Stern- Volmer constant (KSV) of electron transfer was decreased with increasing the dendron generations. Our study suggested that these novel dendritic phthalocyanines were effective new electron donors and transmission complexes and could be used as a potential artifical photosysthesis system.

  11. Quantum coherent contributions in biological electron transfer

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    Dorner, Ross; Heaney, Libby; Farrow, Tristan; Roberts, Philippa G; Hirst, Judy; Vedral, Vlatko

    2011-01-01

    Many biological electron transfer (ET) reactions are mediated by metal centres in proteins. NADH:ubiquinone oxidoreductase (complex I) contains an intramolecular chain of seven iron-sulphur (FeS) clusters, one of the longest chains of metal centres in biology and a test case for physical models of intramolecular ET. In biology, intramolecular ET is commonly described as a diffusive hopping process, according to the semi-classical theories of Marcus and Hopfield. However, recent studies have raised the possibility that non-trivial quantum mechanical effects play a functioning role in certain biomolecular processes. Here, we extend the semi-classical model for biological ET to incorporate both semi-classical and coherent quantum phenomena using a quantum master equation based on the Holstein Hamiltonian. We test our model on the structurally-defined chain of FeS clusters in complex I. By exploring a wide range of realistic parameters we and that, when the energy profile for ET along the chain is relatively at, ...

  12. Electron Transfer Dissociation of Milk Oligosaccharides

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    Han, Liang; Costello, Catherine E.

    2011-06-01

    For structural identification of glycans, the classic collision-induced dissociation (CID) spectra are dominated by product ions that derived from glycosidic cleavages, which provide only sequence information. The peaks from cross-ring fragmentation are often absent or have very low abundances in such spectra. Electron transfer dissociation (ETD) is being applied to structural identification of carbohydrates for the first time, and results in some new and detailed information for glycan structural studies. A series of linear milk sugars was analyzed by a variety of fragmentation techniques such as MS/MS by CID and ETD, and MS3 by sequential CID/CID, CID/ETD, and ETD/CID. In CID spectra, the detected peaks were mainly generated via glycosidic cleavages. By comparison, ETD generated various types of abundant cross-ring cleavage ions. These complementary cross-ring cleavages clarified the different linkage types and branching patterns of the representative milk sugar samples. The utilization of different MS3 techniques made it possible to verify initial assignments and to detect the presence of multiple components in isobaric peaks. Fragment ion structures and pathways could be proposed to facilitate the interpretation of carbohydrate ETD spectra, and the main mechanisms were investigated. ETD should contribute substantially to confident structural analysis of a wide variety of oligosaccharides.

  13. Electronic transfer of sensitive patient data.

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    Detterbeck, A M W; Kaiser, J; Hirschfelder, U

    2015-01-01

    The purpose of this study was to develop decision-making aids and recommendations for dental practitioners regarding the utilization and sharing of sensitive digital patient data. In the current environment of growing digitization, healthcare professionals need detailed knowledge of secure data management to maximize confidentiality and minimize the risks involved in both archiving patient data and sharing it through electronic channels. Despite well-defined legal requirements, an all-inclusive technological solution does not currently exist. The need for a preliminary review and critical appraisal of common practices of data transfer prompted a search of the literature and the Web to identify viable methods of secure data exchange and to develop a flowchart. A strong focus was placed on the transmission of datasets both smaller than and larger than 10 MB, and on secure communication by smartphone. Although encryption of patient-related data should be routine, it is often difficult to implement. Pretty Good Privacy (PGP) and Secure/Multipurpose Internet Mail Extensions (S/MIME) are viable standards for secure e-mail encryption. Sharing of high-volume data should be accomplished with the help of file encryption. Careful handling of sensitive patient data is mandatory, and it is the end-user's responsibility to meet any requirements for encryption, preferably by using free, open-source (and hence transparent) software. PMID:25911828

  14. Vectorial electron transfer on designed surfaces

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    Bard, A. J.; Campion, A.; Fox, M. A.; Mallouk, T. E.; Webber, S. E.

    Bipolar CdSe/CoS semiconductor photoelectrode panels, capable of vectorial electron transfer, were used in series arrays to photodecompose water to yield hydrogen and oxygen in stoichiometric ratio with a maximum solar efficiency of about 1 precent. An analytical model was developed for these arrays which addresses the question of watersplitting and electrical power generation efficiencies as functions of the number of panels, the overpotential of the gas generating electrodes, incident light intensity, and the concentrations of the redox couples. Hydrogen production using a self-assembling zeolite system was discovered. Sensitized anatase TiO2 electrodes were used in photoelectrochemical cells employing variety of solution redox couples. The photoassisted production of hydrogen from methanol-water solutions containing mixtures of small particles of CdS/SiO2 and a wide bandgap semiconductor (TiO, ZnO, SnO2, or WO3), supported on silica and platinized was studied. The phenomenon of interparticle charge separation for Cds/SiO2 was found to be operative for CdS/SiO2 with WS sub 2/SiO2.

  15. The distance and temperature dependence of electron-transfer rates

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    Electron transfer occurs over relatively long distances in a variety of systems. In interpreting the measured electron-transfer rates it is usually assumed that the rate constants depend exponentially on the distance separating the two redox sites and that this distance dependence arises from the decrease in the electronic coupling of the redox sites with increasing separation. Although the electronic coupling is an important factor determining the distance dependence of the rate, theoretical considerations suggest that the nuclear factors are also important. The various factors determining long-range electron-transfer rates are discussed and it is shown that very different distance dependences are predicted for reactions in the normal and inverted free-energy regions. The effect of the enthalpy change on the electron-transfer rate is also considered; three enthalpy regions are identified depending on the overall free energy and entropy changes for the reaction

  16. Electron Transfer Dissociation of iTRAQ Labeled Peptide Ions

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    Han, Hongling; Pappin, Darryl J.; Ross, Philip L.; McLuckey, Scott A.

    2008-01-01

    Triply and doubly charged iTRAQ (isobaric tagging for relative and absolute quantitation) labeled peptide cations from a tryptic peptide mixture of bovine carbonic anhydrase II were subjected to electron transfer ion/ion reactions to investigate the effect of charge bearing modifications associated with iTRAQ on the fragmentation pattern. It was noted that electron transfer dissociation (ETD) of triply charged or activated ETD (ETD + supplemental collisional activation of intact electron tran...

  17. Computational Approach to Electron Charge Transfer Reactions

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    Jónsson, Elvar Örn

    2013-01-01

    The step from ab initio atomic and molecular properties to thermodynamic - or macroscopic - properties requires the combination of several theoretical tools. This dissertation presents constant temperature molecular dynamics with bond length constraints, a hybrid quantum mechanics-molecular mechanics scheme, and tools to analyse statistical data and generate relative free energies and free energy surfaces. The methodology is applied to several charge transfer species and reactions in chemical environments - chemical in the sense that solvent, counter ions and substrate surfaces are taken in to account - which directly influence the reactants and resulting reaction through both physical and chemical interactions. All methods are though general and can be applied to different types of chemistry. First, the basis of the various theoretical tools is presented and applied to several test systems to show general (or expected) properties. Properties such as in the physical and (semi-)chemical interface between classical and quantum systems and the effects of molecular bond length constraints on the temperature during simulations. As a second step the methodology is applied to the symmetric and asymmetric charge transfer reactions between several first-row transition metals in water. The results are compared to experiments and rationalised with classical analytic expressions. Shortcomings of the methods are accounted for with clear steps towards improved accuracy. Later the analysis is extended to more complex systems composed of a larger osmium complex in solution and at the solute-substrate interfaces, where in particular the redox state of the complex is controlled through chemical means. The efficiency of the hybrid-classical and quantum mechanics method is used to generate adequate statistics and a simple post-sampling scheme used to generate free energy surfaces - which compare to full ab initio calculations. In the last part both the molecular dynamics and hybrid classical and quantum mechanics method are used to generate a vast data set for the accurate analysis of dynamical structure modes. This is for a large iridium-iridium dimer complex which shows a dramatic structural (and vibrational) change upon electronic excitation.

  18. Thin films of amorphous nitrogenated carbon a-CNx: Electron transfer and surface reactivity

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    The electrochemical behaviour of thin films of nitrogenated amorphous carbon a-CNx is similar to that of boron-doped diamond, with a wide potential window in aqueous media. They are elaborated by cathodic sputtering of a graphite target in an Ar-N2 active plasma for varying nitrogen contents, determined by XPS (0.06 ? x ? 0.39). Their electrochemical reactivity is sensitive to the surface state. The present study reports on the influence of electrochemical pre treatment on the electronic transfer rate of a fast redox system ferri-ferrocyanide, by focusing on the direction of the potential excursion. On the other hand, the role of both the pH and the potential on the interfacial capacitance in the presence of Na2SO4 without redox species is documented. The results show up the sensitivity of the film surface to the electrochemical conditions

  19. Versatile electron-collecting interfacial layer by in situ growth of silver nanoparticles in nonconjugated polyelectrolyte aqueous solution for polymer solar cells.

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    Yuan, Kai; Chen, Lie; Chen, Yiwang

    2014-10-01

    Novel PEIE-Ag composites by in situ growth of silver nanoparticles in poly(ethylenimine)-ethoxylated (PEIE) aqueous solution are explored as an efficient interfacial layer for improving inverted polymer solar cells (PSCs) performance. The hybrid PEIE-Ag interfacial material is simple to fabricate only via ultraviolet irradiation with good water-solubility and unique film formation. The generated Ag nanoparticles can anchor in the PEIE polymer chains to form a conductive continuous interpenetrating network structure. Combining of the advantages of PEIE and Ag nanoparticles, the PEIE-Ag shows enhanced charge transport, electron selective and collection, and improved light-harvesting, mainly due to the surface plasmon resonance effect, better energy alignment induced by the formation of ideal dipole layer, as well as the improved conductivity. These distinguished interfacial properties result in the power conversion efficiency of inverted PSCs based on poly[4,8-bis(2-ethyl-hexyl-thiophene-5-yl)-benzo[1,2-b:4,5-b]dithiophene-2,6-diyl]-alt-[2-(2-ethyl-hexanoyl)-thieno[3,4-b]thiophen-4,6-diyl] (PBDTTT-C-T) and [6,6]-phenyl C71-butyric acid methyl ester (PC71BM) photoactive layer substantially improved up to 7.66% from 6.11%. Moreover, the device performance is insensitively dependent on the thickness of the PEIE-Ag interfacial layer, broadening the thicknesses selection window for interfacial materials. These results demonstrate that PEIE-Ag is a potential interfacial material compatible with roll-to-roll techniques and suitable for printed electronic devices. PMID:25207753

  20. Freezing hot electrons. Electron transfer and solvation dynamics at D{sub 2}O and NH{sub 3}-metal interfaces

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    Staehler, A.J.

    2007-05-15

    The present work investigates the electron transfer and solvation dynamics at the D{sub 2}O/Cu(111), D{sub 2}O/Ru(001), and NH{sub 3}/Cu(111) interfaces using femtosecond time-resolved two-photon photoelectron spectroscopy. Within this framework, the influence of the substrate, adsorbate structure and morphology, solvation site, coverage, temperature, and solvent on the electron dynamics are studied, yielding microscopic insight into the underlying fundamental processes. Transitions between different regimes of ET, substrate-dominated, barrier-determined, strong, and weak coupling are observed by systematic variation of the interfacial properties and development of empirical model descriptions. It is shown that the fundamental steps of the interfacial electron dynamics are similar for all investigated systems: Metal electrons are photoexcited to unoccupied metal states and transferred into the adlayer via the adsorbate's conduction band. The electrons localize at favorable sites and are stabilized by reorientations of the surrounding polar solvent molecules. Concurrently, they decay back two the metal substrate, as it offers a continuum of unoccupied states. However, the detailed characteristics vary for the different investigated interfaces: For amorphous ice-metal interfaces, the electron transfer is initially, right after photoinjection, dominated by the substrate's electronic surface band structure. With increasing solvation, a transient barrier evolves at the interface that increasingly screens the electrons from the substrate. Tunneling through this barrier becomes the rate-limiting step for ET. The competition of electron decay and solvation leads to lifetimes of the solvated electrons in the order of 100 fs. Furthermore, it is shown that the electrons bind in the bulk of the ice layers, but on the edges of adsorbed D{sub 2}O clusters and that the ice morphology strongly influences the electron dynamics. For the amorphous NH{sub 3}/Cu(111) interface, two isomers of solvated electrons are found. One exhibits electron dynamics on femtosecond, the other one on picosecond timescales. A similar transition between ET regimes is observed as for ice, but, furthermore, it is shown that - depending on layer thickness - the weak coupling limit is reached, where ET is mediated by thermally activated rearrangement of the solvent. Upon crystallization, the electron dynamics change significantly. Instead of femto- or picoseconds, the electrons reside for minutes in the adlayer. The observation of their formation dynamics allows analysis of their energetic stabilization over 17 orders of magnitude in time. It is shown that their high degree of screening is achieved by localization at orientational defects at the adsorbate-vacuum interface. (orig.)

  1. Heat Transfer Augmentation for Electronic Cooling

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    Suabsakul Gururatana

    2012-01-01

    Problem statement: The performance of electronic devices has been improving along with the rapid technology development. Cooling of electronic systems is consequently essential in controlling the component temperature and avoiding any hot spot. The study aims to review the present electronic cooling methods which are widely used in electronic devices. Approach: There are several methods to cool down the electronics components such as the pin-fin heat sink, confined jet impingement, heat pipe,...

  2. 76 FR 29901 - Electronic Fund Transfers

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    ...when the government of a foreign country sets the exchange rate after a transfer has...the central bank of the foreign country sets the exchange rate after the transfer has...not set or disclose a foreign exchange rate to the sender. It...

  3. 77 FR 71035 - Financial Management Service; Proposed Collection of Information: Electronic Funds Transfer (EFT...

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    ...Electronic Funds Transfer (EFT) Market Research Study AGENCY: Financial Management...Electronic Funds Transfer (EFT) Market Research Study.'' DATES: Written comments...Electronic Funds Transfer (EFT) Market Research Study. OMB Number:...

  4. REFLECTIONS ON THE TWO-STATE ELECTRON TRANSFER MODEL.

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    Brunschwig, B.S.

    2000-01-12

    There is general agreement that the two most important factors determining electron transfer rates in solution are the degree of electronic interaction between the donor and acceptor sites, and the changes in the nuclear configurations of the donor, acceptor, and surrounding medium that occur upon the gain or loss of an electron Ll-51. The electronic interaction of the sites will be very weak, and the electron transfer slow, when the sites are far apart or their interaction is symmetry or spin forbidden. Since electron motion is much faster than nuclear motion, energy conservation requires that, prior to the actual electron transfer, the nuclear configurations of the reactants and the surrounding medium adjust from their equilibrium values to a configuration (generally) intermediate between that of the reactants and products. In the case of electron transfer between , two metal complexes in a polar solvent, the nuclear configuration changes involve adjustments in the metal-ligand and intraligand bond lengths and angles, and changes in the orientations of the surrounding solvent molecules. In common with ordinary chemical reactions, an electron transfer reaction can then be described in terms of the motion of the system on an energy surface from the reactant equilibrium configuration (initial state) to the product equilibrium configuration (final state) via the activated complex (transition state) configuration.

  5. Determining the effect of solid and liquid vectors on the gaseous interfacial area and oxygen transfer rates in two-phase partitioning bioreactors

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    The effect of liquid and solid transfer vectors (silicone oil and Desmopan, respectively) on the gaseous interfacial area (ag) was evaluated in a two-phase partitioning bioreactor (TPPB) using fresh mineral salt medium and the cultivation broth of a toluene degradation culture (Pseudomonas putida DOT-T1E cultures continuously cultivated with and without silicone oil at low toluene loading rates). Higher values of ag were recorded in the presence of both silicone oil and Desmopan compared to the values obtained in the absence of a vector, regardless of the aqueous medium tested (1.6 and 3 times higher, respectively, using fresh mineral salt medium). These improvements in ag were well correlated to the oxygen mass transfer enhancements supported by the vectors (1.3 and 2.5 for liquid and solid vectors, respectively, using fresh medium). In this context, oxygen transfer rates of 2.5 g O2 L-1 h-1 and 1.3 g O2 L-1 h-1 were recorded in the presence of Desmopan and silicone oil, respectively, which are in agreement with previously reported values in literature. These results suggest that mass transfer enhancements in TPPBs might correspond to an increase in ag rather than to the establishment of a high-performance gas/vector/water transfer pathway.

  6. Determining the effect of solid and liquid vectors on the gaseous interfacial area and oxygen transfer rates in two-phase partitioning bioreactors

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    Quijano, Guillermo [Departmento de Ingenieria Quimica y Tecnologia del Medio Ambiente, Universidad de Valladolid, Paseo del Prado de la Magdalena, s/n, 47005 Valladolid (Spain); Departamento de Biotecnologia y Bioingenieria, Centro de Investigacion y de Estudios, Avanzados del IPN (Cinvestav), Apdo. Postal 14-740, 07360 Mexico, D.F. (Mexico); Rocha-Rios, Jose [Departmento de Ingenieria Quimica y Tecnologia del Medio Ambiente, Universidad de Valladolid, Paseo del Prado de la Magdalena, s/n, 47005 Valladolid (Spain); Departamento de Ingenieria de Procesos e Hidraulica (IPH), Universidad Autonoma Metropolitana-Iztapalapa, Av. San Rafael Atlixco No. 186, 09340 Mexico, D.F. (Mexico); Hernandez, Maria; Villaverde, Santiago [Departmento de Ingenieria Quimica y Tecnologia del Medio Ambiente, Universidad de Valladolid, Paseo del Prado de la Magdalena, s/n, 47005 Valladolid (Spain); Revah, Sergio [Departamento de Procesos y Tecnologia, Universidad Autonoma Metropolitana-Cuajimalpa, c/o IPH, UAM-Iztapalapa, Av. San Rafael Atlixco No. 186, 09340 Mexico, D.F. (Mexico); Munoz, Raul, E-mail: mutora@iq.uva.es [Departmento de Ingenieria Quimica y Tecnologia del Medio Ambiente, Universidad de Valladolid, Paseo del Prado de la Magdalena, s/n, 47005 Valladolid (Spain); Thalasso, Frederic [Departamento de Biotecnologia y Bioingenieria, Centro de Investigacion y de Estudios, Avanzados del IPN (Cinvestav), Apdo. Postal 14-740, 07360 Mexico, D.F. (Mexico)

    2010-03-15

    The effect of liquid and solid transfer vectors (silicone oil and Desmopan, respectively) on the gaseous interfacial area (a{sub g}) was evaluated in a two-phase partitioning bioreactor (TPPB) using fresh mineral salt medium and the cultivation broth of a toluene degradation culture (Pseudomonas putida DOT-T1E cultures continuously cultivated with and without silicone oil at low toluene loading rates). Higher values of a{sub g} were recorded in the presence of both silicone oil and Desmopan compared to the values obtained in the absence of a vector, regardless of the aqueous medium tested (1.6 and 3 times higher, respectively, using fresh mineral salt medium). These improvements in a{sub g} were well correlated to the oxygen mass transfer enhancements supported by the vectors (1.3 and 2.5 for liquid and solid vectors, respectively, using fresh medium). In this context, oxygen transfer rates of 2.5 g O{sub 2} L{sup -1} h{sup -1} and 1.3 g O{sub 2} L{sup -1} h{sup -1} were recorded in the presence of Desmopan and silicone oil, respectively, which are in agreement with previously reported values in literature. These results suggest that mass transfer enhancements in TPPBs might correspond to an increase in a{sub g} rather than to the establishment of a high-performance gas/vector/water transfer pathway.

  7. Electron-Transfer Acceleration Investigated by Time Resolved Infrared Spectroscopy.

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    Vl?ek Jr., Antonín; Kvapilová, Hana; Towrie, M.; Záliš, Stanislav

    2015-01-01

    Ro?. 48, ?. 3 (2015), s. 868-876. ISSN 0001-4842 Institutional support: RVO:61388955 Keywords : electron transfer * infrared spectroscopy Subject RIV: CG - Electrochemistry Impact factor: 22.323, year: 2014

  8. Combining UV photodissociation with electron transfer for peptide structure analysis.

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    Shaffer, Christopher J; Marek, Ales; Pepin, Robert; Slovakova, Kristina; Turecek, Frantisek

    2015-03-01

    The combination of near-UV photodissociation with electron transfer and collisional activation provides a new tool for structure investigation of isolated peptide ions and reactive intermediates. Two new types of pulse experiments are reported. In the first one called UV/Vis photodissociation-electron transfer dissociation (UVPD-ETD), diazirine-labeled peptide ions are shown to undergo photodissociation in the gas phase to form new covalent bonds, guided by the ion conformation, and the products are analyzed by electron transfer dissociation. In the second experiment, called ETD-UVPD wherein synthetic labels are not necessary, electron transfer forms new cation-peptide radical chromophores that absorb at 355?nm and undergo specific backbone photodissociation reactions. The new method is applied to distinguish isomeric ions produced by ETD of arginine containing peptides. PMID:25800183

  9. Combining UV photodissociation with electron transfer for peptide structure analysis.

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    Shaffer, C. J.; Marek, Aleš; Pepin, R.; Slováková, K.; Ture?ek, F.

    2015-01-01

    Ro?. 50, ?. 3 (2015), s. 470-475. ISSN 1076-5174 Institutional support: RVO:61388963 Keywords : electron transfer dissociation * laser photodissociation * peptide ions * cation radical * chromophores * isomer distinction Subject RIV: CE - Biochemistry Impact factor: 2.709, year: 2013

  10. 76 FR 81019 - Electronic Fund Transfers (Regulation E)

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    ...relating to electronic fund transfers, or dormancy, inactivity, or service fees, or expiration...the card, code, or other device. (5) Dormancy or inactivity fee. The terms ``dormancy fee'' and ``inactivity fee'' mean...

  11. Theory of electron transfer and ionization

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    The main effort reported is directed toward charge transfer and ionization in high energy atomic collisions. The research may be divided into classical trajectory calculations, quantum - mechanical collision theory, and phenomenological treatments of quantal interference effects in heavy ion collisions

  12. Effect of Electron Beam Irradiation of the Characteristics of Jute Fibers and the Interfacial Properties of Jute/PLA Green Composites

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    Cellulose-based natural fibers such as jute, knife and hemp have promising potential as a replacement for glass fibers in a polymer composite system because of their many advantages like natural abundance, low cost, light weight, biodegradability, carbon dioxide reduction in nature and acceptable mechanical properties. However, natural fibers need an appropriate surface treatment modifying their surface characteristics in order to effectively improve the interfacial properties as well as the mechanical and thermal properties. Electron beam irradiation technique is particularly interesting as it may offer the possibility to modify the surfaces and to enhance the properties of polymer materials such as fibers, films and composites. In addition, electron beam processing has a merit because it is a dry, solvent free and eco-friendly method with a fast throughput rate. In the present study, Jute fibers were irradiated at different dosages of electron beam from 10 to 100 kGy. The result was compared with raw jute fibers un-irradiated, showing the effect on the interfacial shear strength between jute fibers and PLA in terms of single fiber tensile property, fiber surface topology, and chemical composition occurring in jute fibers upon irradiation. It has been found that the surface topology and chemical characteristics of jute fibers significantly depended on the electron beam dosage irradiated, directly influencing the interfacial shear strength and interlaminar shear strength of jute-PLA green composites. It was concluded that electron beam irradiation played a contributing role not only in physically modifying the jute fiber surfaces but also in improving the interfacial properties between jute fibers and poly in the green composite, exhibiting the most effectiveness at a low electron beam energy of 10 kGy

  13. Reactant-Product Quantum Coherence in Electron Transfer Reactions

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    Kominis, I. K.

    2012-01-01

    We investigate the physical meaning of quantum superposition states between reactants and products in electron transfer reactions. We show that such superpositions are strongly suppressed and to leading orders of perturbation theory do not pertain in electron transfer reactions. This is because of the intermediate manifold of states separating the reactants from the products. We provide an intuitive description of these considerations with Feynman diagrams. We also discuss t...

  14. Electronic reorganization triggered by electron transfer: the intervalence charge transfer of a Fe³?/Fe²? bimetallic complex.

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    Domingo, Alex; Angeli, Celestino; de Graaf, Coen; Robert, Vincent

    2015-04-30

    The key role of the molecular orbitals in describing electron transfer processes is put in evidence for the intervalence charge transfer (IVCT) of a synthetic nonheme binuclear mixed-valence Fe(3+)/Fe(2+) compound. The electronic reorganization induced by the IVCT can be quantified by controlling the adaptation of the molecular orbitals to the charge transfer process. We evaluate the transition energy and its polarization effects on the molecular orbitals by means of ab initio calculations. The resulting energetic profile of the IVCT shows strong similarities to the Marcus' model, suggesting a response behaviour of the ensemble of electrons analogue to that of the solvent. We quantify the extent of the electronic reorganization induced by the IVCT process to be 11.74 eV, a very large effect that induces the crossing of states reducing the total energy of the transfer to 0.89 eV. PMID:25739890

  15. Electron Transfer in Ferritin as Probed by Muon Spin Relaxation

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    Telling, Mark T. F.; Kilcoyne, Susan H.

    Electron-transfer processes play a vital role in many biological phenomena, from energy storage to photosynthesis. Positive muons allow such transfer processes in macromolecules, such as proteins, to be probed on a microscopic level. We have used this probe via muon spin relaxation (?SR) to investigate electron-transfer processes in ferritin; the normal iron storage protein. Data collected at finite fields is well described using the Risch-Kehr model at all measured temperatures with inter and intra-chain diffusion rates of 109 and 1011 rad s-1 being determined respectively. The results are compared to similar measurements on other proteins.

  16. Graphene field effect transistor as a probe of electronic structure and charge transfer at organic molecule-graphene interfaces

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    Cervenka, Jiri; Budi, Akin; Dontschuk, Nikolai; Stacey, Alastair; Tadich, Anton; Rietwyk, Kevin J. Schenk, Alex; Edmonds, Mark T.; Yin, Yuefeng; Medhekar, Nikhil; Kalbac, Martin; Pakes, Chris I.

    2015-01-01

    The electronic structure of physisorbed molecules containing aromatic nitrogen heterocycles (triazine and melamine) on graphene is studied using a combination of electronic transport, X-ray photoemission spectroscopy and density functional theory calculations. The interfacial electronic structure and charge transfer of weakly coupled molecules on graphene is found to be governed by work function differences, molecular dipole moments and polarization effects. We demonstrate that molecular depolarization plays a significant role in these charge transfer mechanisms even at submonolayer coverage, particularly for molecules which possess strong dipoles. Electronic transport measurements show a reduction of graphene conductivity and charge carrier mobility upon the adsorption of the physisorbed molecules. This effect is attributed to the formation of additional electron scattering sites in graphene by the molecules and local molecular electric fields. Our results show that adsorbed molecules containing polar functional groups on graphene exhibit different coverage behaviour to nonpolar molecules. These effects open up a range of new opportunities for recognition of different molecules on graphene-based sensor devices.The electronic structure of physisorbed molecules containing aromatic nitrogen heterocycles (triazine and melamine) on graphene is studied using a combination of electronic transport, X-ray photoemission spectroscopy and density functional theory calculations. The interfacial electronic structure and charge transfer of weakly coupled molecules on graphene is found to be governed by work function differences, molecular dipole moments and polarization effects. We demonstrate that molecular depolarization plays a significant role in these charge transfer mechanisms even at submonolayer coverage, particularly for molecules which possess strong dipoles. Electronic transport measurements show a reduction of graphene conductivity and charge carrier mobility upon the adsorption of the physisorbed molecules. This effect is attributed to the formation of additional electron scattering sites in graphene by the molecules and local molecular electric fields. Our results show that adsorbed molecules containing polar functional groups on graphene exhibit different coverage behaviour to nonpolar molecules. These effects open up a range of new opportunities for recognition of different molecules on graphene-based sensor devices. Electronic supplementary information (ESI) available. See DOI: 10.1039/c4nr05390g

  17. Electron transfer properties of organic dye-sensitized solar cells based on indoline sensitizers with ZnO nanoparticles

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    Two indoline dyes, coded D149 and D205, were used as the sensitizers of ZnO dye-sensitized solar cells (DSCs) with optimal energy conversion efficiencies of more than 5%, under AM 1.5 full sunlight illumination (100 mW cm-2). Higher interfacial charge transfer rate and retardant fluorescence decay confirmed from transient fluorescence illustrated that D205-sensitized ZnO DSCs could possess better electron transport than D149-sensitized ZnO DSCs. The enhancement of Voc and Jsc for D205-sensitized ZnO DSCs was ascribed to the effective suppression of electron recombination by extending the alkyl chain on the terminal rhodanine moiety from ethyl to octyl. The evidence of enhanced electron diffusion coefficient was further shown by electrochemical impedance spectroscopy (EIS).

  18. Electron transfer in self-assembled orthogonal structures.

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    Harriman, Anthony; Rostron, James P; Cesario, Michèle; Ulrich, Gilles; Ziessel, Raymond

    2006-07-01

    Two new molecular dyads, comprising pyrromethene (bodipy) and 2,2':6',2"-terpyridine (terpy) subunits, have been synthesized and fully characterized. Absorption and fluorescence spectral profiles are dominated by contributions from the bodipy unit. Zinc(II) cations bind to the vacant terpy ligand to form both 1:1 and 1:2 (cation:ligand) complexes, as evidenced by X-ray structural data, NMR and spectrophotometric titrations. Attachment of the cations is accompanied by a substantial decrease in fluorescence from the bodipy chromophore due to intramolecular electron transfer across the orthogonal structure. At low temperature, nuclear tunneling occurs and the rate of electron transfer is essentially activationless. However, activated electron transfer is seen at higher temperatures and allows calculation of the corresponding reorganization energy and electronic coupling matrix element. In both cases, charge recombination is faster than charge separation. PMID:16805483

  19. Probing Interfacial Electronic States in CdSe Quantum Dots using Second Harmonic Generation Spectroscopy

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    Doughty, Benjamin L [ORNL; Ma, Yingzhong [ORNL; Shaw, Robert W [ORNL

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    Understanding and rationally controlling the properties of nanomaterial surfaces is a rapidly expanding field of research due to the dramatic role they play on the optical and electronic properties vital to light harvesting, emitting and detection technologies. This information is essential to the continued development of synthetic approaches designed to tailor interfaces for optimal nanomaterial based device performance. In this work, closely spaced electronic excited states in model CdSe quantum dots (QDs) are resolved using second harmonic generation (SHG) spectroscopy, and the corresponding contributions from surface species to these states are assessed. Two distinct spectral features are observed in the SHG spectra, which are not readily identified in linear absorption and photoluminescence excitation spectra. These features include a weak band at 395 6 nm, which coincides with transitions to the 2S1/2 1Se state, and a much more pronounced band at 423 4 nm arising from electronic transitions to the 1P3/2 1Pe state. Chemical modification of the QD surfaces through oxidation resulted in disappearance of the SHG band corresponding to the 1P3/2 1Pe state, indicating prominent surface contributions. Signatures of deep trap states localized on the surfaces of the QDs are also observed. We further find that the SHG signal intensities depend strongly on the electronic states being probed and their relative surface contributions, thereby offering additional insight into the surface specificity of SHG signals from QDs.

  20. Nuclear interlevel transfer driven by electronic transitions

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    We show how a gamma-ray laser might be made by optically exciting a transfer of population from a long-lived isomer to an energetically adjacent short-lived state of the same nucleus. We compare the advantages of using transitions of high multipolarity versus transitions of low multi-polarity. Preliminary numerical investigations of the mechanism show it to be somewhat favorable. 35 refs., 4 figs

  1. Effect of proton transfer on the electronic coupling in DNA

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    Rak, Janusz [Faculty of Chemistry, University of Gdansk, Sobieskiego 18, 80-353 Gdansk (Poland)], E-mail: janusz@raptor.chem.univ.gda.pl; Makowska, Joanna [Faculty of Chemistry, University of Gdansk, Sobieskiego 18, 80-353 Gdansk (Poland); Voityuk, Alexander A. [Institucio Catalana de Recerca i Estudis Avancats (ICREA), Institute of Computational Chemistry, Universitat de Girona, 17071 Girona (Spain)], E-mail: alexander.voityuk@icrea.es

    2006-06-20

    The effects of single and double proton transfer within Watson-Crick base pairs on donor-acceptor electronic couplings, V {sub da}, in DNA are studied on the bases of quantum chemical calculations. Four dimers [AT,AT], [GC,GC], [GC,AT] and [GC,TA)] are considered. Three techniques - the generalized Mulliken-Hush scheme, the fragment charge method and the diabatic states method - are employed to estimate V {sub da} for hole transfer between base pairs. We show that both single- and double proton transfer (PT) reactions may substantially affect the electronic coupling in DNA. The electronic coupling in [AT,AT] is predicted to be most sensitive to PT. Single PT within the first base pair in the dimer leads to increase in the hole transfer efficiency by a factor of 4, while proton transfer within the second pair should substantially, by 2.7 times, decrease the rate of charge transfer. Thus, directional asymmetry of the PT effects on the electronic coupling is predicted. The changes in the V {sub da} matrix elements correlate with the topological properties of orbitals of donor and acceptor and can be qualitatively rationalized in terms of resonance structures of donor and acceptor. Atomic pair contributions to the V {sub da} matrix elements are also analyzed.

  2. Effect of proton transfer on the electronic coupling in DNA

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    The effects of single and double proton transfer within Watson-Crick base pairs on donor-acceptor electronic couplings, V da, in DNA are studied on the bases of quantum chemical calculations. Four dimers [AT,AT], [GC,GC], [GC,AT] and [GC,TA)] are considered. Three techniques - the generalized Mulliken-Hush scheme, the fragment charge method and the diabatic states method - are employed to estimate V da for hole transfer between base pairs. We show that both single- and double proton transfer (PT) reactions may substantially affect the electronic coupling in DNA. The electronic coupling in [AT,AT] is predicted to be most sensitive to PT. Single PT within the first base pair in the dimer leads to increase in the hole transfer efficiency by a factor of 4, while proton transfer within the second pair should substantially, by 2.7 times, decrease the rate of charge transfer. Thus, directional asymmetry of the PT effects on the electronic coupling is predicted. The changes in the V da matrix elements correlate with the topological properties of orbitals of donor and acceptor and can be qualitatively rationalized in terms of resonance structures of donor and acceptor. Atomic pair contributions to the V da matrix elements are also analyzed

  3. Plugging in or going wireless: strategies for interspecies electron transfer

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    Shrestha, Pravin Malla; Rotaru, Amelia-Elena

    2014-01-01

    Interspecies exchange of electrons enables a diversity of microbial communities to gain energy from reactions that no one microbe can catalyze. The first recognized strategies for interspecies electron transfer were those that relied on chemical intermediates that are recycled through oxidized and reduced forms. Well-studied examples are interspecies H2 transfer and the cycling of sulfur intermediates in anaerobic photosynthetic communities. Direct interspecies electron transfer (DIET) in which two species establish electrical contact is an alternative. Electrical contacts documented to date include electrically conductive pili, as well as conductive iron minerals and conductive carbon moieties such as activated carbon and biochar. Interspecies electron transfer is central to the functioning of methane-producing microbial communities. The importance of interspecies H2 transfer in many methanogenic communities is clear, but under some circumstances DIET predominates. It is expected that further mechanistic studies and broadening investigations to a wider range of environments will help elucidate the factors that favor specific forms of interspecies electron exchange under different environmental conditions. PMID:24904551

  4. Plugging in or Going Wireless: Strategies for Interspecies Electron Transfer

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    Full Text Available Interspecies exchange of electrons enables a diversity of microbial communities to gain energy from reactions that no one microbe can catalyze. The first recognized strategies for interspecies electron transfer were those that relied on chemical intermediates that are recycled through oxidized and reduced forms. Well-studied examples are interspecies H2 transfer and the cycling of sulfur intermediates in anaerobic photosynthetic communities. Direct interspecies electron transfer (DIET in which two species establish electrical contacts is an alternative. Electrical contacts documented to date include electrically conductive pili, as well as conductive iron minerals and conductive carbon moieties such as activated carbon and biochar. It seems likely that there are additional alternative strategies for interspecies electrical connections that have yet to be discovered. Interspecies electron transfer is central to the functioning of methane-producing microbial communities. The importance of interspecies H2 transfer in many methanogenic communities is clear, but under some circumstances DIET predominates. It is expected that further mechanistic studies and broadening investigations to a wider range of environments will help elucidate the factors that favor specific forms of interspecies electron exchange under different environmental conditions.

  5. Plugging in or Going Wireless : Strategies for Interspecies Electron Transfer

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    Shrestha, Pravin; Rotaru, Amelia-Elena

    2014-01-01

    Interspecies exchange of electrons enables a diversity of microbial communities to gain energy from reactions that no one microbe can catalyze. The first recognized strategies for interspecies electron transfer were those that relied on chemical intermediates that are recycled through oxidized and reduced forms. Well-studied examples are interspecies H2 transfer and the cycling of sulfur intermediates in anaerobic photosynthetic communities. Direct interspecies electron transfer (DIET) in which two species establish electrical contact is an alternative. Electrical contacts documented to date include electrically conductive pili, as well as conductive iron minerals and conductive carbon moieties such as activated carbon and biochar. Interspecies electron transfer is central to the functioning of methane-producing microbial communities. The importance of interspecies H2 transfer in many methanogenic communities is clear, but under some circumstances DIET predominates. It is expected that further mechanistic studies and broadening investigations to a wider range of environments will help elucidate the factors that favor specific forms of interspecies electron exchange under different environmental conditions.

  6. Electrochemical proton-coupled electron transfer: Beyond the golden rule

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    Electrochemical proton-coupled electron transfer rate constant expressions that interpolate between the golden rule and solvent-controlled limits are derived. These expressions include the effects of solvent dynamics and thus are applicable for a wide range of vibronic couplings and solvent relaxation times. The golden rule limit is defined in terms of weak vibronic coupling and fast solvent relaxation, and the solvent-controlled limit is defined in terms of strong vibronic coupling and slow solvent relaxation. In the golden rule limit, the rate constant is proportional to the square of the vibronic coupling and is independent of the solvent relaxation time. In the solvent-controlled limit, the rate constant is independent of the vibronic coupling and increases as the solvent relaxation time decreases. The interconversion between the solvent-controlled and golden rule limits can be induced by altering the proton donor-acceptor mode frequency and the overlap between the reactant and product proton vibrational wave functions, as well as the electronic coupling, the solvent relaxation time, and the overpotential. The kinetic isotope effect behaves differently in the solvent-controlled and golden rule limits and thus provides a unique probe for characterizing electrochemical proton-coupled electron transfer processes. The analogous rate constant expressions for electrochemical electron transfer and homogeneous proton-coupled electron transfer are also presented. The impacron transfer are also presented. The impact of electrode overpotential, solvent relaxation time, and proton donor-acceptor mode frequency on the rate constants are analyzed for model systems.

  7. Direct Interspecies Electron Transfer between Geobacter metallireducens and Methanosarcina barkeri

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    Shrestha, Pravin Malla; Liu, Fanghua; Markovaite, Beatrice; Chen, Shanshan; Nevin, Kelly P.; Lovley, Derek R.

    2014-01-01

    Direct interspecies electron transfer (DIET) is potentially an effective form of syntrophy in methanogenic communities, but little is known about the diversity of methanogens capable of DIET. The ability of Methanosarcina barkeri to participate in DIET was evaluated in coculture with Geobacter metallireducens. Cocultures formed aggregates that shared electrons via DIET during the stoichiometric conversion of ethanol to methane. Cocultures could not be initiated with a pilin-deficient G. metallireducens strain, suggesting that long-range electron transfer along pili was important for DIET. Amendments of granular activated carbon permitted the pilin-deficient G. metallireducens isolates to share electrons with M. barkeri, demonstrating that this conductive material could substitute for pili in promoting DIET. When M. barkeri was grown in coculture with the H2-producing Pelobacter carbinolicus, incapable of DIET, M. barkeri utilized H2 as an electron donor but metabolized little of the acetate that P. carbinolicus produced. This suggested that H2, but not electrons derived from DIET, inhibited acetate metabolism. P. carbinolicus-M. barkeri cocultures did not aggregate, demonstrating that, unlike DIET, close physical contact was not necessary for interspecies H2 transfer. M. barkeri is the second methanogen found to accept electrons via DIET and the first methanogen known to be capable of using either H2 or electrons derived from DIET for CO2 reduction. Furthermore, M. barkeri is genetically tractable, making it a model organism for elucidating mechanisms by which methanogens make biological electrical connections with other cells. PMID:24837373

  8. Electron transfer between colloidal ZnO nanocrystals.

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    Hayoun, Rebecca; Whitaker, Kelly M; Gamelin, Daniel R; Mayer, James M

    2011-03-30

    Colloidal ZnO nanocrystals capped with dodecylamine and dissolved in toluene can be charged photochemically to give stable solutions in which electrons are present in the conduction bands of the nanocrystals. These conduction-band electrons are readily monitored by EPR spectroscopy, with g* values that correlate with the nanocrystal sizes. Mixing a solution of charged small nanocrystals (e(-)(CB):ZnO-S) with a solution of uncharged large nanocrystals (ZnO-L) caused changes in the EPR spectrum indicative of quantitative electron transfer from small to large nanocrystals. EPR spectra of the reverse reaction, e(-)(CB):ZnO-L + ZnO-S, showed that electrons do not transfer from large to small nanocrystals. Stopped-flow kinetics studies monitoring the change in the UV band-edge absorption showed that reactions of 50 ?M nanocrystals were complete within the 5 ms mixing time of the instrument. Similar results were obtained for the reaction of charged nanocrystals with methyl viologen (MV(2+)). These and related results indicate that the electron-transfer reactions of these colloidal nanocrystals are quantitative and very rapid, despite the presence of ~1.5 nm long dodecylamine capping ligands. These soluble ZnO nanocrystals are thus well-defined redox reagents suitable for studies of electron transfer involving semiconductor nanostructures. PMID:21384897

  9. Electron Transfer Between Colloidal ZnO Nanocrystals

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    Hayoun, Rebecca; Whitaker, Kelly M.; Gamelin, Daniel R.; Mayer, James M.

    2011-03-30

    Colloidal ZnO nanocrystals capped with dodecylamine and dissolved in toluene can be charged photochemically to give stable solutions in which electrons are present in the conduction bands of the nanocrystals. These conduction-band electrons are readily monitored by EPR spectroscopy, with g* values that correlate with the nanocrystal sizes. Mixing a solution of charged small nanocrystals (e{sub CB}{sup -}:ZnO-S) with a solution of uncharged large nanocrystals (ZnO-L) caused changes in the EPR spectrum indicative of quantitative electron transfer from small to large nanocrystals. EPR spectra of the reverse reaction, e{sub CB}{sup -}:ZnO-L + ZnO-S, showed that electrons do not transfer from large to small nanocrystals. Stopped-flow kinetics studies monitoring the change in the UV bandedge absorption showed that reactions of 50 {micro}M nanocrystals were complete within the 5 ms mixing time of the instrument. Similar results were obtained for the reaction of charged nanocrystals with methyl viologen (MV{sup 2+}). These and related results indicate that the electron-transfer reactions of these colloidal nanocrystals are quantitative and very rapid, despite the presence of {approx}1.5 nm long dodecylamine capping ligands. These soluble ZnO nanocrystals are thus well-defined redox reagents suitable for studies of electron transfer involving semiconductor nanostructures.

  10. Light-driven microbial dissimilatory electron transfer to hematite.

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    Li, Dao-Bo; Cheng, Yuan-Yuan; Li, Ling-Li; Li, Wen-Wei; Huang, Yu-Xi; Pei, Dan-Ni; Tong, Zhong-Hua; Mu, Yang; Yu, Han-Qing

    2014-11-14

    The ability of dissimilatory metal-reducing microorganisms (DMRM) to conduct extracellular electron transfer with conductive cellular components grants them great potential for bioenergy and environmental applications. Crystalline Fe(III) oxide, a type of widespread electron acceptor for DMRM in nature, can be excited by light for photocatalysis and microbial culture-mediated photocurrent production. However, the feasibility of direct electron transfer from living cells to light-excited Fe(III) oxides has not been well documented and the cellular physiology in this process has not been clarified. To resolve these problems, an electrochemical system composed of Geobacter sulfurreducens and hematite (?-Fe2O3) was constructed, and direct electron transfer from G. sulfurreducens cells to the light-excited ?-Fe2O3 in the absence of soluble electron shuttles was observed. Further studies evidenced the efficient excitation of ?-Fe2O3 and the dependence of photocurrent production on the biocatalytic activity. Light-induced electron transfer on the cell-?-Fe2O3 interface correlated linearly with the rates of microbial respiration and substrate consumption. In addition, the G. sulfurreducens cells were found to survive on light-excited ?-Fe2O3. These results prove a direct mechanism behind the DMRM respiration driven by photo-induced charge separation in semiconductive acceptors and also imply new opportunities to design photo-bioelectronic devices with living cells as a catalyst. PMID:25238285

  11. Mathematics and electronics - the conceptual transfer problem

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    Waks, S.

    1988-07-01

    The article deals with the gap between the technological-school student's mastery of pure mathematical principles and his/her competence in their implementation in electronics and suggests a means for narrowing this, using a case study. A cooperative effort by mathematics and electronics teachers, involving coordination of content, teaching strategies and timing, was implemented on two groups (treatment and control). The treatment group achieved significantly higher average scores in tests in those questions where the mathematical reinforcement provided in the treatment process could be used - and this in spite of the group's weaker standing in the electronics course. Moreover, it was establised that treatment students adopted a more analytical approach in their solution strategies, while control students tended to rely more on recall and 'ready-made' formulae. The main conclusion of our case study is that mastery of mathematical theory and principles is a prerequisite to efficient tackling of technological problems, but is not always enough. Cooperation between the maths and electronics teachers contributes to improvement of the teaching-learning process in a technological discipline.

  12. Electron transfer in syntrophic communities of anaerobic bacteria and archaea

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    Stams, A. J. M.; Plugge, C. M.

    2009-01-01

    Interspecies electron transfer is a key process in methanogenic and sulphate-reducing environments. Bacteria and archaea that live in syntrophic communities take advantage of the metabolic abilities of their syntrophic partner to overcome energy barriers and break down compounds that they cannot digest by themselves. Here, we review the transfer of hydrogen and formate between bacteria and archaea that helps to sustain growth in syntrophic methanogenic communities. We also describe the proces...

  13. Electronic and Interfacial Properties of PD/6H-SiC Schottky Diode Gas Sensors

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    Chen, Liang-Yu; Hunter, Gary W.; Neudeck, Philip G.; Bansal, Gaurav; Petit, Jeremy B.; Knight, Dak; Liu, Chung-Chiun; Wu, Qinghai

    1996-01-01

    Pd/SiC Schottky diodes detect hydrogen and hydrocarbons with high sensitivity. Variation of the diode temperature from 100 C to 200 C shows that the diode sensitivity to propylene is temperature dependent. Long-term heat treating at 425 C up to 140 hours is carried out to determine the effect of extended heat treating on the diode properties and gas sensitivity. The heat treating significantly affects the diode's capacitive characteristics, but the diode's current carrying characteristics are much more stable with a large response to hydrogen. Scanning Electron Microscopy and X-ray Spectrometry studies of the Pd surface after the heating show cluster formation and background regions with grain structure observed in both regions. The Pd and Si concentrations vary between grains. Auger Electron Spectroscopy depth profiles revealed that the heat treating promoted interdiffusion and reaction between the Pd and SiC dw broadened the interface region. This work shows that Pd/SiC Schottky diodes have significant potential as high temperature gas sensors, but stabilization of the structure is necessary to insure their repeatability in long-term, high temperature applications.

  14. Water effects on electron transfer in azurin dimers.

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    Migliore, Agostino; Corni, Stefano; Di Felice, Rosa; Molinari, Elisa

    2006-11-30

    Recent experimental and theoretical analyses indicate that water molecules between or near redox partners can significantly affect their electron-transfer (ET) properties. Here, we study the effects of intervening water molecules on the electron self-exchange reaction of azurin (Az) by using a newly developed ab-initio method to calculate transfer integrals between molecular sites. We show that the insertion of water molecules in the gap between the copper active sites of Az dimers slows down the exponential decay of the ET rates with the copper-to-copper distance. Depending on the distance between the redox sites, water can enhance or suppress the electron-transfer kinetics. We show that this behavior can be ascribed to the simultaneous action of two competing effects: the electrostatic interaction of water with the protein subsystem and its ability to mediate ET coupling pathways. PMID:17125342

  15. Pulse radiolysis studies of electron transfer processes in polar glasses

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    In this work pulse radiolysis studies are reported which were performed in polar glasses at temperatures ranging from 4 to 160 K. The aim of this work was to investigate the trapping and solvation mechanism of electrons in polar glasses and to study the decay of these electrons by tunnelling. The trapping of electrons in ethylene glycol-water glasses (EG/H2O) and LiCl glasses has been studied and a theory is presented which can explain the decay of absorption on the red side of the absorption maximum of trapped electrons in an 8 M NaOH glass. The decay of the trapped electrons in a 8 M NaOH glass and in ethylene glycol-water glasses has been studied in the presence of the following electron acceptors: CrO42-, Fe(CN)63- and NO2-. It is shown how a distance dependence appears in the Franck-Condon factors if electrostatic interactions between the trapped electron and a scavenger are incorporated in existing theories of electron transfer. Expressions are derived which can adequately explain the observed temperature dependence in the presence of H+. The theory can also explain why each electron acceptor studied behaves differently in the electron transfer process. (Auth.)

  16. Electron transfer, ionization, and excitation atomic collisions

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    Basic atomic-collision processes at intermediate and high energies are being studied theoretically at Penn State by Alston and Winter. In the high velocity regime, single-electron capture is treated using a high order multiple-scattering approach; extensive comparison with experiment and analysis of mechanisms have been made. Fitting the calculated amplitude with a simple analytic form, the asymptotic velocity dependence of the cross section is obtained. The effect on the capture amplitude of altering the inner part of the internuclear potential has also been explored. In the intermediate velocity regime, earlier work on collisions between protons and hydrogenic-ion targets using a coupled-state approach is being extended to the two-electron helium target. 29 refs

  17. Numerical modeling of fast electron energy transfer

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    In this paper methods of calculating energy transport by fast electrons that are currently used in the ''Diana'' program are described; this program is intended to address issues in laser thermonuclear fusion. A method is proposed for solving a kinetic equation which has the following properties: conservativeness, the absence of constraints on the grid spacing relation, monitonicity, and second order approximation. The applicability of a ''front-back'' approximation is analyzed

  18. Measurement of aggregate interfacial porosity in complex, multi-phase aggregate concrete: Binary mask production using backscattered electron, and energy dispersive X-ray images

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    This paper presents for the first time a method for the accurate segmentation of complex (multi-phase) natural aggregate particles, from greyscale backscattered electron images (BEI) of hardened concrete, so that interfacial porosity may be measured. Energy dispersive X-ray (EDX) spectra are collected from phases present in aggregate particles to identify the most abundant and therefore useful elements to be captured during later mapping. Appropriately captured energy dispersive X-ray dot maps are used to progressively construct a multi-phase composite aggregate binary mask, for aggregate particles composed of more than one mineral. The mask image is then re-processed in combination with the backscattered image, to produce an accurate hardened cement paste (HCP) porosity mask, which is used to measure the distribution of interfacial porosity around aggregate particles

  19. Theoretical approach to interfacial metal-oxide bonding

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    Noguera, Claudine; Bordier, Gilles

    1994-01-01

    This paper reviews existing theoretical calculations of the electronic characteristics and of the adhesion energy at a metal-oxide interface, in the context of non reactive adhesion processes and two- or three-dimensional metal growth processes. Emphasis is put on the competition between metal-cation and metal-oxygen interfacial interactions, on the resulting charge transfers and on the Ferrni level position. Aside from the well-known image force and van der Waals contributions to the adhesio...

  20. High-pressure effects on intramolecular electron transfer compounds

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    We explore the effect of pressure on the fluorescence spectra of the intramolecular electron transfer compound N-(1-pyrenylmethyl), N-methyl-4-methoxyaniline (Py-Am) and its model version, with poly(methyl methacrylate) blended in, at high pressure up to 7 GPa. The emission properties of Py-Am and pyrene show distinct difference with the increase of pressure. This difference indicates the strength of the charge transfer interaction resulting from the adjusting of the conformation of Py-Am with increase of pressure. The relationship between the electronic state of the molecule and pressure is discussed

  1. Ultrafast proton coupled electron transfer (PCET) dynamics in 9-anthranol-aliphatic amine system

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    Nibbering Erik T. J.; Dreyer Jens; Verma Sandeep; Ghosh Hirendra N.; Adamczyk Katrin

    2013-01-01

    Femtosecond infrared absorption studies strongly suggest that photoexcited 9-anthranol takes part in an ultrafast electron transfer (ET) reaction in electron-donating triethylamine solvent, but that ultrafast proton coupled electron transfer (PCET) occurs in diethylamine solvent.

  2. Transmission electron microscopy and ab initio calculations to relate interfacial intermixing and the magnetism of core/shell nanoparticles

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    Chi, C.-C.; Hsiao, C.-H.; Skoropata, E.; van Lierop, J.; Ouyang, Chuenhou Hao

    2015-05-01

    Significant efforts towards understanding bi-magnetic core-shell nanoparticles are underway currently as they provide a pathway towards properties unavailable with single-phased systems. Recently, we have demonstrated that the magnetism of ?-Fe2O3/CoO core-shell nanoparticles, in particular, at high temperatures, originates essentially from an interfacial doped iron-oxide layer that is formed by the migration of Co2+ from the CoO shell into the surface layers of the ?-Fe2O3 core [Skoropata et al., Phys. Rev. B 89, 024410 (2014)]. To examine directly the nature of the intermixed layer, we have used high-resolution transmission electron microscopy (HRTEM) and first-principles calculations to examine the impact of the core-shell intermixing at the atomic level. By analyzing the HRTEM images and energy dispersive spectra, the level and nature of intermixing was confirmed, mainly as doping of Co into the octahedral site vacancies of ?-Fe2O3. The average Co doping depths for different processing temperatures (150 °C and 235 °C) were 0.56 nm and 0.78 nm (determined to within 5% through simulation), respectively, establishing that the amount of core-shell intermixing can be altered purposefully with an appropriate change in synthesis conditions. Through first-principles calculations, we find that the intermixing phase of ?-Fe2O3 with Co doping is ferromagnetic, with even higher magnetization as compared to that of pure ?-Fe2O3. In addition, we show that Co doping into different octahedral sites can cause different magnetizations. This was reflected in a change in overall nanoparticle magnetization, where we observed a 25% reduction in magnetization for the 235 °C versus the 150 °C sample, despite a thicker intermixed layer.

  3. Energy and electron transfer processes in polymethine dyes

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    Polymethine dyes and its derivatives are attractive for their interesting optical and photo-electric properties. They are used as very efficient spectral sensitizers and laser dyes. Due to the high rate constant of deactivation channels of such dyes the primary processes of bimolecular processes as energy or electron transfer proceed within not more than some picoseconds or even shorter. In the case of a polymethine which does not isomerize we were able to show by means of time-resolved absorption spectroscopy that the singlet state photoelectron transfer to methyl- and benzylviologen had an efficiency of 0.15 with rate constants of 6.7·109 and 4.6·109 l/mole·s, respectively, yielding the polymethine dication radical. The photoreduction with tetraphenylborate and potassium rhodanide is also very efficient with an efficiency of about 0.10 with rate constants of 2.4·1010 and 1.6·1010 l/mole·s, respectively, yielding the polymethine neutral radical. The spectral differences of the observed radical spectra are small. The investigation of the temperature dependence of the photo induced electron transfer of the investigated polymethine to methylviologen results in an activation energy ?G*=24 kJ/mole and a value of the frequency factor of A=4.7·1014 l/mole·s. Strong deviation from a linear Arrhenius plot was observed at low temperatures which can be explained by solvent-solute interaction decreasing the electronteraction decreasing the electron transfer rate constant at lower temperatures. The calculated electron transfer rate constants agree with the assumption of the investigated process as a diffusion-controlled one. Energy transfer occurs as a efficient competitive deactivation channel from photo excited polymethine dyes to other chromophore systems with a strong overlapping of the fluorescence and the absorption bands of the donor and the acceptor, respectively. We have investigated the time and spectral evolution of the energy transfer process from a polymethine dye to different energy acceptor dyes in solution. The general question within this respect was the involvement of an intermediate electron transfer as competitive process in the energy transfer process. Whereas the Foerster energy transfer radius calculated from the time-resolved data exceeds the value received from the overlap integral by 15%, indicating deviation from a normal Foerster decay type the semilogarithmic plot of the ground state recovery kinetics vs. square root of time results in an ideal straight line dependence. No intermediate spectra as well as intermediate time behaviour was found in these complexes

  4. Resonant optical electron transfer in one-dimensional multiwell structures

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    2008-01-01

    We consider coherent single-electron dynamics in the one-dimensional nanostructure under resonant electromagnetic pulse. The structure is composed of two deep quantum wells positioned at the edges of structure and separated by a sequence of shallow internal wells. We show that complete electron transfer between the states localized in the edge wells through one of excited delocalized states can take place at discrete set of times provided that the pulse frequency matches one...

  5. Graphene field effect transistor as a probe of electronic structure and charge transfer at organic molecule-graphene interfaces.

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    Cervenka, Jiri; Budi, Akin; Dontschuk, Nikolai; Stacey, Alastair; Tadich, Anton; Rietwyk, Kevin J; Schenk, Alex; Edmonds, Mark T; Yin, Yuefeng; Medhekar, Nikhil; Kalbac, Martin; Pakes, Chris I

    2015-01-28

    The electronic structure of physisorbed molecules containing aromatic nitrogen heterocycles (triazine and melamine) on graphene is studied using a combination of electronic transport, X-ray photoemission spectroscopy and density functional theory calculations. The interfacial electronic structure and charge transfer of weakly coupled molecules on graphene is found to be governed by work function differences, molecular dipole moments and polarization effects. We demonstrate that molecular depolarization plays a significant role in these charge transfer mechanisms even at submonolayer coverage, particularly for molecules which possess strong dipoles. Electronic transport measurements show a reduction of graphene conductivity and charge carrier mobility upon the adsorption of the physisorbed molecules. This effect is attributed to the formation of additional electron scattering sites in graphene by the molecules and local molecular electric fields. Our results show that adsorbed molecules containing polar functional groups on graphene exhibit different coverage behaviour to nonpolar molecules. These effects open up a range of new opportunities for recognition of different molecules on graphene-based sensor devices. PMID:25502349

  6. Photoinduced electron transfer reactions of rose bengal and selected electron donors

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    Sarna, T.; Zajac, J. (Jagiellonian Univ., Krakow (Poland). Dept. of Biophysics); Bowman, M.K. (Argonne National Lab., IL (United States). Chemistry Div.); Truscott, T.G. (Univ. of Keele (United Kingdom). Dept. of Chemistry)

    1991-01-01

    The photoinduced electron transfer reactions of the triplet state of rose bengal (RB) and several electron donors were investigated by the complementary techniques of steady state and time-resolved electron paramagnetic resonance (EPR) and laser flash photolysis (LFP). The yield of radicals varied with the light fluence rate, RB concentration and, in particular, the electron donor used. Thus for L-dopa (dopa, dihydroxyphenylalanine) only 10% of RB anion radical (RB[sup [minus

  7. Heterogeneous electron transfer of pesticides. Current trends and applications.

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    Sokolová, Romana; Hromadová, Magdaléna; Pospíšil, Lubomír

    Kerala : Transworld Research Network, 2008 - (Colombini, M.; Tassi, L.), s. 43-76 ISBN 978-81-7895-343-4 R&D Projects: GA AV ?R IAA400400505; GA MŠk LC510; GA MŠk OC 140 Institutional research plan: CEZ:AV0Z40400503 Keywords : heterogeneous electron transfer * pesticides * redox reactions Subject RIV: CF - Physical ; Theoretical Chemistry

  8. CORRELATING ELECTRONIC AND VIBRATIONAL MOTIONS IN CHARGE TRANSFER SYSTEMS

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    Khalil, Munira

    2014-06-27

    The goal of this research program was to measure coupled electronic and nuclear motions during photoinduced charge transfer processes in transition metal complexes by developing and using novel femtosecond spectroscopies. The scientific highlights and the resulting scientific publications from the DOE supported work are outlined in the technical report.

  9. Electronic structure charge transfer excitations, and high temperature superconductivity

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    The high precision local density electronic band structure results (for YBa2Cu3O7, YBa2Cu3O6, and GdBa2Cu3O7) lead to the possibly important role of charge transfer excitations as the mechanism of high Tc superconductivity. They explain the coexistence of magnetism and superconductivity in the high Tc rare-earth superconductors

  10. Microstructure, phase transition, and interfacial chemistry of Gd2O3/Si(111) grown by electron-beam physical vapor deposition

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    The effects of growth temperature, film thickness, and oxygen flux on the microstructure, phase transition, and interfacial chemistry of gadolinium oxide (Gd2O3) films grown on Si(111) substrates by electron-beam physical vapor deposition were investigated using a combination of transmission electron microscopy (TEM), electron diffraction, scanning TEM, x-ray energy dispersive spectrometry, and electron energy loss spectrometry. The authors find that a low growth temperature (250 °C) and a high oxygen flux (200 sccm) led to a small grain size and a high porosity of the Gd2O3 film. Lowering the oxygen flux to 50 sccm led to reduced film porosity, presumably due to the increased diffusion length of the Gd atoms on the surface. Increasing the growth temperature to 650 °C resulted in a film with large columnar grains and elongated pores at the grain boundaries. Thin films grown at 250 °C consisted of cubic Gd2O3, but thermodynamically less stable monoclinic phase formed as the film thickness increased. Lowering the oxygen flux apparently further promoted the formation of the monoclinic phase. Furthermore, monoclinic phase dominated in the films grown at 650 °C. Such phase transitions may be related to the stress evolution of the films at different temperatures, thicknesses, and oxygen fluxes. Enhanced Gd2O3/Si interfacial reaction was observed as the growth temperature, film thicknas the growth temperature, film thickness, and oxygen flux increased. Moreover, oxygen was found to play a crucial role in the Gd2O3/Si interfacial reaction and the formation of Gd-Si-O interface layers, which proceeded by the reaction of excess oxygen with Si followed by the intermixing of SiOx and Gd2O3.

  11. Scanning Electron Microscopic Evaluation of Composite Resin-Dentin, Calcium Hydroxide-Dentin and Resin- Calcium Hydroxide Interfacial Gap with Composite Resin Restorations- An in vitro Study

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    Manoranjan Reddy,

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    Full Text Available The dental pulp has been shown to have its own reparative capacity and is capable not only of healing but alsoof providing a dentinal bridge in the absence of calcium hydroxide. The present study was performed to evaluateinterfacial gaps formed due to polymerization shrinkage of composite resin. 20 Maxillary or Mandibular, freshly extractedhuman third molars were prepared and filled using composite with a calcium hydroxide base. The samples were dividedinto two groups based on primer/bonding agent used i.e. Scotchbond multipurpose (Group I and Single bond (GroupII.Sectioned samples were gold sputtered and analyzed using Scanning Electron Microscope (SEM. The interfacial gap inspecimens belonging to group I and II was observed at the 3 interfaces viz; Calcium hydroxide-dentin interface (A,Composite resin - calcium hydroxide interface (B and Composite resin - dentin interface (C. The interfacial gap formedbetween calcium hydroxide and dentin (A was highly significant (p <0.01 in both groups i.e. Group I and Group II, whenit was compared with ‘B’ and ‘C’ of the same group. There was no statistical significant difference between group ‘B’ and‘C’. Thus in both the groups an interfacial gap was found between the calcium hydroxide and dentin. Interposition ofcalcium hydroxide between tooth and resin possesses some clinical disadvantages and is recommended in selectiveclinical situations.

  12. Multicopper oxidases : intramolecular electron transfer and O2 reduction

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    Wherland, Scot; Farver, Ole

    2014-01-01

    The multicopper oxidases are an intriguing, widespread family of enzymes that catalyze the reduction of O2 to water by a variety of single-electron and multiple-electron reducing agents. The structure and properties of the copper binding sites responsible for the latter chemical transformations have been studied for over 40 years and a detailed picture is emerging. This review focuses particularly on the kinetics of internal electron transfer between the type 1 (blue) copper site and the trinuclear center, as well as on the nature of the intermediates formed in the oxygen reduction process.

  13. Electronic structure of the interfacial LaAlO3/SrTiO3 2D electron gas

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    Triscone, Jean-Marc

    2012-02-01

    The interface between LaAlO3 and SrTiO3, two good band insulators, was found in 2004 to be conducting with a high mobility [1] and, in some doping range, superconducting with a maximum critical temperature of about 200 mK [2,3]. I will describe recent experiments aiming at determining the origin of the electron gas. I will then discuss the transport properties of high mobility samples that display Shubnikov de Haas (SdH) oscillations [4]. In such high mobility samples, electric field tuning of the carrier density allows the electronic structure to be followed through analysis of the evolution of the SdH oscillations. [4pt] [1] A. Ohtomo, H. Y. Hwang, Nature 427, 423 (2004).[0pt] [2] N. Reyren, S. Thiel, A. D. Caviglia, L. Fitting Kourkoutis, G. Hammerl, C. Richter, C. W. Schneider, T. Kopp, A.-S. Ruetschi, D. Jaccard, M. Gabay, D. A. Muller, J.-M. Triscone and J. Mannhart, Science 317, 1196 (2007).[0pt] [3] A. Caviglia, S. Gariglio, N. Reyren, D. Jaccard, T. Schneider, M. Gabay, S. Thiel, G. Hammerl, J. Mannhart, and J.-M. Triscone, Nature 456, 624 (2008).[0pt] [4] A.D. Caviglia, S. Gariglio, C. Cancellieri, B. Sac'ep'e, A. Fête, N. Reyren, M. Gabay, A.F. Morpurgo, J.-M. Triscone, Physical Review Letters 105, 236802 (2010).

  14. Direct-contact condensation heat transfer with noncondensable gases and interfacial shear for co-current stratified wavy flow in nearly-horizontal channels

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    The calibrating method for an electrochemical probe, neglecting the effect of the normal velocity on the mass transport, can cause large errors when applied to the measurement of wall shear rates in thin wavy flow with large amplitude waves. An extended calibrating method is developed to consider the contributions of the normal velocity. The turbulence-induced normal velocity component is included into the 2-D mass transport equation by means of its root mean square value multiplied by a random function. The wave-induced normal velocity component is postulated to be proportional to the normal interfacial velocity in thin wavy flow. The inclusion of the turbulence-induced normal velocity term is found to have a negligible effect on the mass transfer coefficient. The contribution of the wave-induced normal velocity can be classified on the dimensionless parameter, V. If V is above a critical value of V, Vcrit, the effects of the wave-induced normal velocity become larger with an increase in V. While its effects negligible for V < Vcrit. The unknown shear rate is numerically determined by solving the 2-D mass transport equation inversely. The present inverse method can predict the unknown shear rate more accurately in thin wavy flow with large amplitude waves than the previous method. If the normal velocity is neglected, the error that the predicted shear rate is lower than the real value is obtained. The interfacial shear stress is experimentally investigated for co-current air-water stratified flow inclined rectangular channels having a length of 1854mm, width of 120mm and height of 40mm at almost atmospheric pressure. Experiments are carried out in several inclinations from 0 .deg. up to 10 .deg. .The local film thickness and the wave height are measured at three locations, i.e., L/H = 8, 23, and 40. According to the inclination angle, the experimental data are categorized into two groups: nearly horizontal data group (0 .deg. ? ? ? 0.7 .deg. ), and inclined channel data group (0.7 .deg. ? ? ?10 .deg. ). Experimental observations show that the super-critical flow only exists in the channel for the inclined channel data group while the water level gradient and hydraulic jump do for the nearly horizontal data group. For the inclined channel data group, a dimensionless wave height, ?h/h, is empirically correlated in terms of ReG and h/H. A modified root-mean-square wave height is proposed to consider the effects of the interfacial and wave propagation velocities. It is found that an equivalent roughness has a linear relationship with the modified root-mean-square wave height. Direct-contact condensation experiments of atmospheric steam and steam/air mixture on subcooled water flowing co-currently in nearly horizontal channels are carried out and the logarithmic and local heat transfer coefficients are obtained. In the case of pure steam, the heat transfer coefficient increases as an increase in the inlet steam flow rate and inclination. The heat transfer coefficient due to the increased inlet water flow rate is slightly increased. In the presence of noncondensable gas, the heat transfer coefficient is much reduced as an increase in the inlet air mass fraction. The heat transfer coefficient increases as an increase in the inlet mixture flow rate. However, it decreases as an increase in the inlet water flow rate due to the change of the heat transfer mechanism from water layer to the mixture layer. The local heat transfer coefficient is enhanced in the large amplitude region even though the noncondensable gas exists. The heat transfer resistance also depends on the water side for the large amplitude region. For all cases it is found that the heat transfer coefficient increases as an increase in inclination. Direct-contact condensation database is constructed. Assessment and improvement of the direct-condensation model in RELAP5/MOD3.2 are performed. The horizontally stratified condensation model of RELAP5/MOD3.2 overpredicts both co-current and counter-current experimental data. The c

  15. Mediated Electron Transfer at Vertically Aligned Single-Walled Carbon Nanotube Electrodes During Detection of DNA Hybridization.

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    Wallen, Rachel; Gokarn, Nirmal; Bercea, Priscila; Grzincic, Elissa; Bandyopadhyay, Krisanu

    2015-12-01

    Vertically aligned single-walled carbon nanotube (VASWCNT) assemblies are generated on cysteamine and 2-mercaptoethanol (2-ME)-functionalized gold surfaces through amide bond formation between carboxylic groups generated at the end of acid-shortened single-walled carbon nanotubes (SWCNTs) and amine groups present on the gold surfaces. Atomic force microscopy (AFM) imaging confirms the vertical alignment mode of SWCNT attachment through significant changes in surface roughness compared to bare gold surfaces and the lack of any horizontally aligned SWCNTs present. These SWCNT assemblies are further modified with an amine-terminated single-stranded probe-DNA. Subsequent hybridization of the surface-bound probe-DNA in the presence of complementary strands in solution is followed using impedance measurements in the presence of Fe(CN)6 (3-/4-) as the redox probe in solution, which show changes in the interfacial electrochemical properties, specifically the charge-transfer resistance, due to hybridization. In addition, hybridization of the probe-DNA is also compared when it is attached directly to the gold surfaces without any intermediary SWCNTs. Contrary to our expectations, impedance measurements show a decrease in charge-transfer resistance with time due to hybridization with 300 nM complementary DNA in solution with the probe-DNA attached to SWCNTs. In contrast, an increase in charge-transfer resistance is observed with time during hybridization when the probe-DNA is attached directly to the gold surfaces. The decrease in charge-transfer resistance during hybridization in the presence of VASWCNTs indicates an enhancement in the electron transfer process of the redox probe at the VASWCNT-modified electrode. The results suggest that VASWCNTs are acting as mediators of electron transfer, which facilitate the charge transfer of the redox probe at the electrode-solution interface. PMID:26105789

  16. Rate coefficients and inelastic momentum transfer cross sections for electronic excitation of N2 by electrons

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    Rate coefficients, as a function of the electron temperature, have been determined from the integral cross sections for excitation of the 19 singlet and triplet electronic states of N2 within 14.2 eV of the ground state. For electron temperatures less than 10 eV, the rates for excitation of the A 3?+/sub u/, B 3Pi/sub g/, W 3?/sub u/, and a 1Pi/sub g/ are all greater than that for excitation of the C 3Pi/sub u/ state. The differential cross sections for excitation of these same electronic states were also used to calculate the inelastic momentum transfer associated with the excitation of these states. The total momentum transfer cross section for electrons in N2, as a function of the electron energy, was obtained by adding the inelastic momentum transfer to that associated with elastic scattering. Inelastic momentum transfer accounts for about 25% of the total momentum transfer above 15 eV. Over the energy range 20--60 eV, inelastic scattering contributes 20--25% to the total N2 electron scattering cross section. The total scattering cross section obtained here is in good agreement with a recent direct measurement of this cross section

  17. Syntrophic growth via quinone-mediated interspecies electron transfer

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    Smith, Jessica A.; Nevin, Kelly P.; Lovley, Derek R.

    2015-01-01

    The mechanisms by which microbial species exchange electrons are of interest because interspecies electron transfer can expand the metabolic capabilities of microbial communities. Previous studies with the humic substance analog anthraquinone-2,6-disulfonate (AQDS) suggested that quinone-mediated interspecies electron transfer (QUIET) is feasible, but it was not determined if sufficient energy is available from QUIET to support the growth of both species. Furthermore, there have been no previous studies on the mechanisms for the oxidation of anthrahydroquinone-2,6-disulfonate (AHQDS). A co-culture of Geobacter metallireducens and G. sulfurreducens metabolized ethanol with the reduction of fumarate much faster in the presence of AQDS, and there was an increase in cell protein. G. sulfurreducens was more abundant, consistent with G. sulfurreducens obtaining electrons from acetate that G. metallireducens produced from ethanol, as well as from AHQDS. Co-cultures initiated with a citrate synthase-deficient strain of G. sulfurreducens that was unable to use acetate as an electron donor also metabolized ethanol with the reduction of fumarate and cell growth, but acetate accumulated over time. G. sulfurreducens and G. metallireducens were equally abundant in these co-cultures reflecting the inability of the citrate synthase-deficient strain of G. sulfurreducens to metabolize acetate. Evaluation of the mechanisms by which G. sulfurreducens accepts electrons from AHQDS demonstrated that a strain deficient in outer-surface c-type cytochromes that are required for AQDS reduction was as effective at QUIET as the wild-type strain. Deletion of additional genes previously implicated in extracellular electron transfer also had no impact on QUIET. These results demonstrate that QUIET can yield sufficient energy to support the growth of both syntrophic partners, but that the mechanisms by which electrons are derived from extracellular hydroquinones require further investigation. PMID:25741332

  18. Electron transfer and redox metalloenzyme catalysis at the single-molecule level

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    Hansen, Allan Glargaard; Zhang, Jingdong

    2004-01-01

    Voltammetry based on single-crystal, atomically-planar metal electrodes is novel in bioelectrochemistry. Together with in situ scanning tunneling microscopy (STM) directly in aqueous buffer, single-crystal voltammetry has disclosed new detail in molecular adsorption and interfacial electron transfer (ET). Image interpretation requires, however, theoretical support, as STM represents both electronic and topographic features. Molecules with accessible redox levels offer other insight into electron tunneling mechanisms, addressed in detail for ET metalloproteins. We present here in situ STM of the blue redox metalloenzyme copper nitrite reductase (Achromobacter xylosoxidans, AxCuNiR) on Au(111) electrode surfaces modified by a self-assembled cysteamine monolayer. AxCuNiR displays strong nitrite reduction waves in this environment. AxCuNiR/cysteamine/ Au(111) surfaces were imaged at KNO2 concentrations where most of the enzyme is in the enzyme-substrate bound state. Molecular resolution for both cysteamine/Au(111) and AxCuNiR/cysteamine/ Au(111) electrode surfaces was achieved. The enzyme coverage is about 1.5 x 10(-13) Mol cm(-2), which is low compared with an ideal close-packed monolayer. The adlayer behaves as an assembly of individual molecules, reflected in distributions of molecular appearance, although a number of molecules do show the triangular shape of the trimeric AxCuNiR structure. The apparent average molecular height is about 11 Angstrom. This suggests that details of electronic structures and larger assemblies are needed to disentangle enzyme mechanisms at the single-molecule level.

  19. Simulations of charge transfer in Electron Multiplying Charge Coupled Devices

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    Electron Multiplying Charge Coupled Devices (EMCCDs) are a variant of traditional CCD technology well suited to applications that demand high speed operation in low light conditions. On-chip signal amplification allows the sensor to effectively suppress the noise introduced by readout electronics, permitting sub-electron read noise at MHz pixel rates. The devices have been the subject of many detailed studies concerning their operation, however there has not been a study into the transfer and multiplication process within the EMCCD gain register. Such an investigation has the potential to explain certain observed performance characteristics, as well as inform further optimisations to their operation. In this study, the results from simulation of charge transfer within an EMCCD gain register element are discussed with a specific focus on the implications for serial charge transfer efficiency (CTE). The effects of operating voltage and readout speed are explored in context with typical operating conditions. It is shown that during transfer, a small portion of signal charge may become trapped at the semiconductor-insulator interface that could act to degrade the serial CTE in certain operating conditions

  20. Electron transfer quenching of the rose bengal triplet state.

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    Lambert, C R; Kochevar, I E

    1997-07-01

    The potential for electron transfer quenching of rose bengal triplet (3RB2-) to compete with energy transfer quenching by oxygen was evaluated. Rate constants for oxidative and reductive quenching were measured in buffered aqueous solution, acetonitrile and in small unilamellar liposomes using laser flash photolysis. Biologically relevant quenchers were used that varied widely in structure, reduction potential and charge. Radical ion yields (phi i) were measured by monitoring the absorption of the rose bengal semireduced (RB.3-) and semioxidized (RB.-) radicals. The results in solution were analyzed as a function of the free energy for electron transfer (delta G) calculated using the Weller equation including electrostatic terms. Exothermic oxidative quenching was about 10-fold faster than exothermic reductive quenching in aqueous solution. The quenching rate constants decreased as delta G approached zero in both aqueous and acetonitrile solution. Exceptions to these generalizations were observed that could be rationalized by specific steric or electrostatic effects or by a change in mechanism. The results suggest that electron transfer reactions with some potential quenchers in cells could compete with formation of singlet oxygen [O2(1 delta g)]. Values of phi i were generally greater for reductive quenching and, for oxidative quenching, greater in acetonitrile than in buffer. Electron transfer quenching of 3RB2- in liposomes, below the phase transition temperature was slower than in solution for both lipid-soluble and water-soluble quenchers indicating that these reactions may not compete with formation of O2(1 delta g) during cell photosensitization. PMID:9230700

  1. Electron transfer mechanisms of DNA repair by photolyase.

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    Zhong, Dongping

    2015-04-01

    Photolyase is a flavin photoenzyme that repairs two DNA base damage products induced by ultraviolet (UV) light: cyclobutane pyrimidine dimers and 6-4 photoproducts. With femtosecond spectroscopy and site-directed mutagenesis, investigators have recently made significant advances in our understanding of UV-damaged DNA repair, and the entire enzymatic dynamics can now be mapped out in real time. For dimer repair, six elementary steps have been characterized, including three electron transfer reactions and two bond-breaking processes, and their reaction times have been determined. A unique electron-tunneling pathway was identified, and the critical residues in modulating the repair function at the active site were determined. The dynamic synergy between the elementary reactions for maintaining high repair efficiency was elucidated, and the biological nature of the flavin active state was uncovered. For 6-4 photoproduct repair, a proton-coupled electron transfer repair mechanism has been revealed. The elucidation of electron transfer mechanisms and two repair photocycles is significant and provides a molecular basis for future practical applications, such as in rational drug design for curing skin cancer. PMID:25830375

  2. Electron Transfer Mechanisms of DNA Repair by Photolyase

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    Zhong, Dongping

    2015-04-01

    Photolyase is a flavin photoenzyme that repairs two DNA base damage products induced by ultraviolet (UV) light: cyclobutane pyrimidine dimers and 6-4 photoproducts. With femtosecond spectroscopy and site-directed mutagenesis, investigators have recently made significant advances in our understanding of UV-damaged DNA repair, and the entire enzymatic dynamics can now be mapped out in real time. For dimer repair, six elementary steps have been characterized, including three electron transfer reactions and two bond-breaking processes, and their reaction times have been determined. A unique electron-tunneling pathway was identified, and the critical residues in modulating the repair function at the active site were determined. The dynamic synergy between the elementary reactions for maintaining high repair efficiency was elucidated, and the biological nature of the flavin active state was uncovered. For 6-4 photoproduct repair, a proton-coupled electron transfer repair mechanism has been revealed. The elucidation of electron transfer mechanisms and two repair photocycles is significant and provides a molecular basis for future practical applications, such as in rational drug design for curing skin cancer.

  3. Vibrationally Assisted Electron Transfer Mechanism of Olfaction: Myth or Reality?

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    Solov'yov, Ilia; Chang, Po-Yao

    2012-01-01

    Smell is a vital sense for animals. The mainstream explanation of smell is based on recognition of the odorant molecules through characteristics of their surface, e.g., shape, but certain experiments suggest that such recognition is complemented by recognition of vibrational modes. According to this suggestion an olfactory receptor is activated by electron transfer assisted through odorant vibrational excitation. The hundreds to thousands of different olfactory receptors in an animal recognize odorants over a discriminant landscape with surface properties and vibrational frequencies as the two major dimensions. In the present paper we introduce the vibrationally assisted mechanism of olfaction and demonstrate for several odorants that, indeed, a strong enhancement of an electron tunneling rate due to odorant vibrations can arise. We discuss in this regard the influence of odorant deuteration and explain, thereby, recent experiments performed on Drosophila melanogaster. Our demonstration is based on known physical properties of biological electron transfer and on ab initio calculations on odorants carried out for the purpose of the present study. We identify a range of physical characteristics which olfactory receptors and odorants must obey for the vibrationally assisted electron transfer mechanism to function. We argue that the stated characteristics are feasible for realistic olfactory receptors, noting, though, that the receptor structure presently is still unknown, but can be studied through homology modeling.

  4. Ultrafast Photoinduced Electron Transfer in Green Fluorescent Protein Bearing a Genetically Encoded Electron Acceptor.

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    Lv, Xiaoxuan; Yu, Yang; Zhou, Meng; Hu, Cheng; Gao, Feng; Li, Jiasong; Liu, Xiaohong; Deng, Kai; Zheng, Peng; Gong, Weimin; Xia, Andong; Wang, Jiangyun

    2015-06-17

    Electron transfer (ET) is widely used for driving the processes that underlie the chemistry of life. However, our abilities to probe electron transfer mechanisms in proteins and design redox enzymes are limited, due to the lack of methods to site-specifically insert electron acceptors into proteins in vivo. Here we describe the synthesis and genetic incorporation of 4-fluoro-3-nitrophenylalanine (FNO2Phe), which has similar reduction potentials to NAD(P)H and ferredoxin, the most important biological reductants. Through the genetic incorporation of FNO2Phe into green fluorescent protein (GFP) and femtosecond transient absorption measurement, we show that photoinduced electron transfer (PET) from the GFP chromophore to FNO2Phe occurs very fast (within 11 ps), which is comparable to that of the first electron transfer step in photosystem I, from P700* to A0. This genetically encoded, low-reduction potential unnatural amino acid (UAA) can significantly improve our ability to investigate electron transfer mechanisms in complex reductases and facilitate the design of miniature proteins that mimic their functions. PMID:26020364

  5. Alternating electron and proton transfer steps in photosynthetic water oxidation.

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    Klauss, André; Haumann, Michael; Dau, Holger

    2012-10-01

    Water oxidation by cyanobacteria, algae, and plants is pivotal in oxygenic photosynthesis, the process that powers life on Earth, and is the paradigm for engineering solar fuel-production systems. Each complete reaction cycle of photosynthetic water oxidation requires the removal of four electrons and four protons from the catalytic site, a manganese-calcium complex and its protein environment in photosystem II. In time-resolved photothermal beam deflection experiments, we monitored apparent volume changes of the photosystem II protein associated with charge creation by light-induced electron transfer (contraction) and charge-compensating proton relocation (expansion). Two previously invisible proton removal steps were detected, thereby filling two gaps in the basic reaction-cycle model of photosynthetic water oxidation. In the S(2) ? S(3) transition of the classical S-state cycle, an intermediate is formed by deprotonation clearly before electron transfer to the oxidant (Y Z OX). The rate-determining elementary step (?, approximately 30 µs at 20?°C) in the long-distance proton relocation toward the protein-water interface is characterized by a high activation energy (E(a) = 0.46 ± 0.05 eV) and strong H/D kinetic isotope effect (approximately 6). The characteristics of a proton transfer step during the S(0) ? S(1) transition are similar (?, approximately 100 µs; E(a) = 0.34 ± 0.08 eV; kinetic isotope effect, approximately 3); however, the proton removal from the Mn complex proceeds after electron transfer to . By discovery of the transient formation of two further intermediate states in the reaction cycle of photosynthetic water oxidation, a temporal sequence of strictly alternating removal of electrons and protons from the catalytic site is established. PMID:22988080

  6. Electron transfer, decoherence, and protein dynamics: insights from atomistic simulations.

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    Narth, Christophe; Gillet, Natacha; Cailliez, Fabien; Lévy, Bernard; de la Lande, Aurélien

    2015-04-21

    Electron transfer in biological systems drives the processes of life. From cellular respiration to photosynthesis and enzymatic catalysis, electron transfers (ET) are chemical processes on which essential biological functions rely. Over the last 40 years, scientists have sought understanding of how these essential processes function in biology. One important breakthrough was the discovery that Marcus theory (MT) of electron transfer is applicable to biological systems. Chemists have experimentally collected both the reorganization energies (?) and the driving forces (?G°), two parameters of Marcus theory, for a large variety of ET processes in proteins. At the same time, theoretical chemists have developed computational approaches that rely on molecular dynamics and quantum chemistry calculations to access numerical estimates of ? and ?G°. Yet another crucial piece in determining the rate of an electron transfer is the electronic coupling between the initial and final electronic wave functions. This is an important prefactor in the nonadiabatic rate expression, since it reflects the probability that an electron tunnels from the electron donor to the acceptor through the intervening medium. The fact that a protein matrix supports electron tunneling much more efficiently than vacuum is now well documented, both experimentally and theoretically. Meanwhile, many chemists have provided examples of the rich physical chemistry that can be induced by protein dynamics. This Account describes our studies of the dynamical effects on electron tunneling. We present our analysis of two examples of natural biological systems through MD simulations and tunneling pathway analyses. Through these examples, we show that protein dynamics sustain efficient tunneling. Second, we introduce two time scales: ?coh and ?FC. The former characterizes how fast the electronic coupling varies with nuclear vibrations (which cause dephasing). The latter reflects the time taken by the system to leave the crossing region. In the framework of open quantum systems, ?FC is a short time approximation of the characteristic decoherence time of the electronic subsystem in interaction with its nuclear environment. The comparison of the respective values of ?coh and ?FC allows us to probe the occurrence of non-Condon effects. We use ab initio MD simulations to analyze how decoherence appears in several biological cofactors. We conclude that we cannot account for its order of magnitude by considering only the atoms or bonds directly concerned with the transfer. Decoherence results from contributions from all atoms of the system appearing with a time delay that increases with the distance from the primarily concerned atoms or bonds. The delay and magnitude of the contributions depend on the chemical nature of the system. Finally, we present recent developments based on constrained DFT for efficient and accurate evaluations of the electronic coupling in ab initio MD simulations. These are promising methods to study the subtle fluctuations of the electronic coupling and the mechanisms of electronic decoherence in biological systems. PMID:25730126

  7. 77 FR 10373 - Greenhouse Gas Reporting Program: Electronics Manufacturing: Revisions to Heat Transfer Fluid...

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    2012-02-22

    ...Electronics Manufacturing: Revisions to Heat Transfer Fluid Provisions AGENCY: Environmental...Reporting Rule related to fluorinated heat transfer fluids. More specifically, EPA...the definition of fluorinated heat transfer fluids and to the provisions...

  8. Energy transfer of a relativistic electron beam to a plasma

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    The energy loss of a relativistic electron beam and the accompanying plasma heating have been measured in an experiment injecting and electron beam of 500 keV, 0.5 kA and 20 ns pulse duration into a plasma of density between 1011 cm-3 and 1012 cm-3 confined in a magnetic mirror trap with 0.2T in the homogeneous middle section of 2 m length. The diamagnetic loop measurements show plasma perpendicular energies corresponding to heating efficiencies up to 10%. Results with an energy analyser show that the beam loses about 10% of its energy. Beam energy spectrum and loss as a function of time are shown. Energy losses and plasma electron heating agree within a factor two with theoretical calculations for energy transfer due to the beam excited instability at the electron plasma frequency. (author)

  9. Ligand reorganization and activation energies in nonadiabatic electron transfer reactions

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    The activation energy and ligand reorganization energy for nonadiabatic electron transfer reactions in chemical and biological systems are investigated in this paper. The free energy surfaces and the activation energy are derived exactly in the general case in which the ligand vibration frequencies are not equal. The activation energy is derived by free energy minimization at the transition state. Our formulation leads to the Marcus-Hush [J. Chem. Phys. 24, 979 (1956); 98, 7170 (1994); 28, 962 (1958)] results in the equal-frequency limit and also generalizes the Marcus-Sumi [J. Chem. Phys. 84, 4894 (1986)] model in the context of studying the solvent dynamic effect on electron transfer reactions. It is found that when the ligand vibration frequencies are different, the activation energy derived from the Marcus-Hush formula deviates by 5%-10% from the exact value. If the reduced reorganization energy approximation is introduced in the Marcus-Hush formula, the result is almost exact

  10. Large scale oil lease automation and electronic custody transfer

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    Typically, oil field production operations have only been automated at fields with long term production profiles and enhanced recovery. The automation generally consists of monitoring and control at the wellhead and centralized facilities. However, Union Pacific Resources Co. (UPRC) has successfully implemented a large scale automation program for rapid-decline primary recovery Austin Chalk wells where purchasers buy and transport oil from each individual wellsite. This project has resulted in two significant benefits. First, operators are using the system to re-engineer their work processes. Second, an inter-company team created a new electronic custody transfer method. This paper will describe: the progression of the company's automation objectives in the area; the field operator's interaction with the system, and the related benefits; the research and development of the new electronic custody transfer method

  11. Immobilization, hybridization, and oxidation of synthetic DNA on gold surface: Electron transfer investigated by electrochemistry and scanning tunneling microscopy

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    Fundamental understanding of interfacial electron transfer (ET) among electrolyte/DNA/solid-surface will facilitate the design for electrical detection of DNA molecules. In this report, the electron transfer characteristics of synthetic DNA (sequence from pathogenic Cryptosporidium parvum) self-assembled on a gold surface was electrochemically studied. The effects of immobilization order on the interface ET related parameters such as diffusion coefficient (D0), surface coverage (?R), and monolayer thickness (di) were determined by cyclic voltammetry (CV) and electrochemical impedance spectroscopy (EIS). DNA surface density (?DNA) was determined by the integration of the charge of the electro-oxidation current peaks during the initial cyclic voltammetry scans. It was found that the DNA surface densities at different modifications followed the order: ?DNA (dsS-DNA/Au) > ?DNA (MCH/dsS-DNA/Au) > ?DNA (dsS-DNA/MCH/Au). It was also revealed that the electro-oxidation of the DNA modified gold surface would involve the oxidation of nucleotides (guanine and adenine) with a 5.51 electron transfer mechanism and the oxidative desorption of DNA and MCH molecules by a 3 electron transfer mechanism. STM topography and current image analysis indicated that the surface conductivity after each surface modification followed the order: dsS-DNA/Au < MCH/dsS-DNA/Au < oxidized MCH/dsS-DNA/Au < Hoechst/oxidizedzed MCH/dsS-DNA/Au < Hoechst/oxidized MCH/dsS-DNA/Au. The results from this study suggested a combination of variations in immobilization order may provide an alternative approach for the optimization of DNA hybridization and the further development for electrical detection of DNA.

  12. Probing the nature of electron transfer in metalloproteins on graphene-family materials as nanobiocatalytic scaffold using electrochemistry

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    Gupta, Sanju; Irihamye, Aline

    2015-03-01

    Graphene-based nanomaterials have shown great promise not only in nanoelectronics due to ultrahigh electron mobility but also as biocatalytic scaffolds owing to irreversible protein surface adsorption and facilitating direct electron transfer. In this work, we synthesized stable dispersions of graphene using liquid-phase exfoliation approach based on non-covalent interactions between graphene and 1-pyrenesulfonic acid sodium salt (Py-1SO3), 1-pyrenemethylamine salt (Py - Me-NH2) and Pluronic® P-123 surfactant using only water as solvent compatible with biomolecules. The resulting graphene nanoplatelets (Gr_LPE) are characterized by a combination of analytical (microscopy and spectroscopy) techniques revealing mono- to few-layer graphene displaying that the exfoliation efficiency strongly depends upon the type of pyrene-based salts and organic surfactants. Moreover being completely water-based approach, we build robust nanoscaffolds of graphene-family nanomaterials (GFNs) namely, monolayer graphene, Gr_LPE (the one prepared with Pluronic® P-123), graphene oxide (GO) and its reduced form (rGO) on glassy carbon electrode surface with three important metalloproteins include cytochrome c (Cyt c) [for electron transfer], myoglobin (Mb) [for oxygen storage] and horseradish peroxidase (HRP) [for catalyzing the biochemical reaction]. In order to demonstrate the nanobiocatalytical activity of these proteins, we used electrochemical interfacial direct electron transfer (DET) kinetics and attempt to determine the rate constant (kET) using two different analytical approaches namely, linear sweep voltammetry and Laviron's theory. We elucidated that all of the metalloproteins retain their structural integrity (secondary structure) upon forming mixtures with GFNs confirmed through optical and vibrational spectroscopy and biological activity using electrochemistry. Among the GFNs studied, Gr-LPE, GO and rGO support the efficient electrical wiring of the redox centers (with an increase in catalytic efficiency of Cyt c and Mb in the presence of GFNs attributed partially to the surface functional (carboxyl, epoxide and hydroxyl) groups on GO and rGO facilitating rapid charge transfer.

  13. Probing the nature of electron transfer in metalloproteins on graphene-family materials as nanobiocatalytic scaffold using electrochemistry

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    Sanju Gupta

    2015-03-01

    Full Text Available Graphene-based nanomaterials have shown great promise not only in nanoelectronics due to ultrahigh electron mobility but also as biocatalytic scaffolds owing to irreversible protein surface adsorption and facilitating direct electron transfer. In this work, we synthesized stable dispersions of graphene using liquid-phase exfoliation approach based on non-covalent interactions between graphene and 1-pyrenesulfonic acid sodium salt (Py–1SO3, 1-pyrenemethylamine salt (Py ? Me-NH2 and Pluronic® P-123 surfactant using only water as solvent compatible with biomolecules. The resulting graphene nanoplatelets (Gr_LPE are characterized by a combination of analytical (microscopy and spectroscopy techniques revealing mono- to few-layer graphene displaying that the exfoliation efficiency strongly depends upon the type of pyrene-based salts and organic surfactants. Moreover being completely water-based approach, we build robust nanoscaffolds of graphene-family nanomaterials (GFNs namely, monolayer graphene, Gr_LPE (the one prepared with Pluronic® P-123, graphene oxide (GO and its reduced form (rGO on glassy carbon electrode surface with three important metalloproteins include cytochrome c (Cyt c [for electron transfer], myoglobin (Mb [for oxygen storage] and horseradish peroxidase (HRP [for catalyzing the biochemical reaction]. In order to demonstrate the nanobiocatalytical activity of these proteins, we used electrochemical interfacial direct electron transfer (DET kinetics and attempt to determine the rate constant (kET using two different analytical approaches namely, linear sweep voltammetry and Laviron’s theory. We elucidated that all of the metalloproteins retain their structural integrity (secondary structure upon forming mixtures with GFNs confirmed through optical and vibrational spectroscopy and biological activity using electrochemistry. Among the GFNs studied, Gr-LPE, GO and rGO support the efficient electrical wiring of the redox centers (with an increase in catalytic efficiency of Cyt c and Mb in the presence of GFNs attributed partially to the surface functional (carboxyl, epoxide and hydroxyl groups on GO and rGO facilitating rapid charge transfer.

  14. Electron transfer and photoprotective properties of melanins in solution.

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    Menter, J M; Willis, I

    1997-08-01

    The polyquinoid nature of eumelanin(s) enables them to couple oxidation of electron donors with the reduction of electron acceptors. We have studied the ability of synthetic (Sigma) and "biological" (cuttlefish sepia) melanins to mediate electron transfer between hydroxybenzene donors (tyrosine, dopa, chemical depigmenters) and model acceptors (ferricyanide, tyrosinase). 1) Depending on the reductant, melanin either retards or accelerates ferricyanide reduction. Reaction kinetics are consistent with a mechanism involving non-interactive binding of both hydroxybenzene and ferricyanide to melanin prior to coupled electron transfer. 2) Melanins also act as an electron conduit in markedly accelerating the tyrosinase-catalyzed oxygenation of p-hydroxyanisole (MMEH). The active species appears to be a complex between melanin and MMEH. The magnitude of both effects depend on the type of melanin as well as its oxidation state. Sepia (eu)melanin appears to protect against UV-induced damage to acid-soluble collagen, as judged by irreversible loss of intrinsic collagen fluorescence. Photoprotection against this type of damage appears primarily to involve optical absorption/scattering by the pigment. PMID:9263328

  15. Laser decal transfer of electronic materials with thin film characteristics

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    Piqué, Alberto; Auyeung, Raymond C. Y.; Metkus, Kristin M.; Kim, Heungsoo; Mathews, Scott; Bailey, Thomas; Chen, Xianhai; Young, Lydia J.

    2008-02-01

    We describe a novel technique, called laser decal transfer, for the laser forward transfer of electronic inks that allows the non-contact direct writing of thin film-like patterns and structures on glass and plastic substrates. This technique allows the direct printing of materials such as metallic nano-inks from a donor substrate to the receiving substrate while maintaining the size and shape of the area illuminated by the laser transfer pulse. That is, the area of the donor substrate or ribbon exposed to the laser pulse releases an identical area of nano-ink material which retains its shape while it travels across the gap between the ribbon and the receiving substrate forming a deposited pattern of the same dimensions. As a result, this technique does not exhibit the limited resolution, non-uniform thickness, irregular edge features and surrounding debris associated with earlier laser forward transfer techniques. Continuous and uniform metallic lines typically 5 micrometers or less in width, and a few hundred nanometers in thickness were fabricated by laser decal transfer. These lines are of similar scale as patterns generated by lithographic techniques. Once transferred, the lines are laser-cured in-situ using a CW laser beam, becoming electrically conductive with resistivities as low as 3.4 ?? cm. This novel laser direct-write technique is a significant improvement in terms of quality and fidelity for directwrite processes and offers great promise for electronic applications such as in the development, customization, modification, and/or repair of microelectronic circuits.

  16. Statistical Analysis of Electron Transfer Dissociation Pairwise Fragmentation Patterns

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    Li, Wenzhou; Song, Chi; Bailey, Derek J; Tseng, George C.; Coon, Joshua J.; Wysocki, Vicki H

    2011-01-01

    Electron transfer dissociation (ETD) is an alternative peptide dissociation method developed in recent years. Compared with the traditional collision induced dissociation (CID) b and y ion formation, ETD generates c and z ions and the backbone cleavage is believed to be less selective. We have reported previously the application of a statistical data mining strategy, K-means clustering, to discover fragmentation patterns for CID, and here we report application of this approach to ETD spectra....

  17. Comprehensive Comparison of Collision Induced Dissociation and Electron Transfer Dissociation

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    Molina, Henrik; Matthiesen, Rune; Kandasamy, Kumaran; Pandey, Akhilesh

    2008-01-01

    Electron transfer dissociation (ETD) is a recently introduced mass spectrometric technique which has proven to be an excellent tool for the elucidation of labile post-translational modifications such as phosphorylation and O-GlcNAcylation of serine and threonine residues. However, unlike collision induced dissociation (CID), which has been studied for decades, the intricacies of ETD-based fragmentation have not yet been firmly established or systematically addressed. In this analysis, we have...

  18. Marcus wins nobel prize in chemistry for electron transfer theory

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    This article describes the work of Rudolf Marcus of Caltech leading to his receipt of the 1992 Nobel Prize in Chemistry open-quotes for his contributions to the theory of electron transfer reactions in chemical systems.close quotes Applications of Marcus' theory include such diverse phenomena as photosynthesis, electrically conducting polymers, chemiluminescence, and corrosion. Historical aspects of his career are given. 10 refs., 1 fig

  19. Intramolecular electron transfer in single-site-mutated azurins

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    Farver, O; Skov, L K

    1993-01-01

    Single-site mutants of the blue, single-copper protein, azurin, from Pseudomonas aeruginosa were reduced by CO2- radicals in pulse radiolysis experiments. The single disulfide group was reduced directly by CO2- with rates similar to those of the native protein [Farver, O., & Pecht, I. (1989) Proc. Natl. Acad. Sci. U.S.A. 86, 6968-6972]. The RSSR- radical produced in the above reaction was reoxidized in a slower intramolecular electron-transfer process (30-70 s-1 at 298 K) concomitant with a further reduction of the Cu(II) ion. The temperature dependence of the latter rates was determined and used to derive information on the possible effects of the mutations. The substitution of residue Phe114, situated on the opposite side of Cu relative to the disulfide, by Ala resulted in a rate increase by a factor of almost 2. By assuming that this effect is only due to an increase in driving force, lambda = 135 kJ mol-1 for the reorganization energy was derived. When Trp48, situated midway between the donor and the acceptor, was replaced by Leu or Met, only a small change in the rate of intramolecular electron transfer was observed, indicating that the aromatic residue in this position is apparently only marginally involved in electron transfer in wild-type azurin. Pathway calculations also suggest that a longer, through-backbone path is more efficient than the shorter one involving Trp48. The former pathway yields an exponential decay factor, beta, of 6.6 nm-1. Another mutation, raising the electron-transfer driving force, was produced by changing the Cu ligand Met121 to Leu, which increases the reduction potential by 100 mV.(ABSTRACT TRUNCATED AT 250 WORDS)

  20. Exciton/Charge-transfer Electronic Couplings in Organic Semiconductors

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    Difley, Seth; Van Voorhis, Troy

    2010-01-01

    Charge transfer (CT) states and excitons are important in energy conversion processes that occur in organic light emitting devices (OLEDS) and organic solar cells. An ab initio density functional theory (DFT) method for obtaining CT?exciton electronic couplings between CT states and excitons is presented. This method is applied to two organic heterodimers to obtain their CT?exciton coupling and adiabatic energy surfaces near their CT?exciton diabatic surface crossings. The results show ...

  1. Electron Transfer Reactions: Generalized Spin-Boson Approach

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    Merkli, Marco; Berman, Gennady; Sayre, Richard

    2012-01-01

    We introduce a mathematically rigorous analysis of a generalized spin-boson system for the treatment of a donor-acceptor (reactant-product) quantum system coupled to a thermal quantum noise. The donor/acceptor probability dynamics describes transport reactions in chemical processes in presence of a noisy environment -- such as the electron transfer in a photosynthetic reaction center. Besides being rigorous, our analysis has the advantages over previous ones that (1) we incl...

  2. Electron transfer behaviour of biological macromolecules towards the single-molecule level

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    Zhang, Jingdong; Grubb, Mikala

    2003-01-01

    Redox metalloproteins immobilized on metallic surfaces in contact with aqueous biological media are important in many areas of pure and applied sciences. Redox metalloprotein films are currently being addressed by new approaches where biotechnology including modified and synthetic proteins is combined with state-of-the-art physical electrochemistry with emphasis on single-crystal, atomically planar electrode surfaces, in situ scanning tunnelling microscopy (STM) and other surface techniques. These approaches have brought bioelectrochemistry important steps forward towards the nanoscale and single-molecule levels.We discuss here these advances with reference to two specific redox metalloproteins, the blue single-copper protein Pseudomonas aeruginosa azurin and the single-haem protein Saccharomyces cerevisiae yeast cytochrome c, and a short oligonucleotide. Both proteins can be immobilized on Au(111) by chemisorption via exposed sulfur-containing residues. Voltammetric, interfacial capacitance, x-ray photoelectron spectroscopy and microcantilever sensor data, together with in situ STM with single-molecule resolution, all point to a coherent view of monolayer organization with protein electron transfer (ET) function retained. In situ STM can also address the microscopic mechanisms for electron tunnelling through the biomolecules and offers novel notions such as coherent multi-ET between the substrate and tip via the molecular redox levels. This differs in important respects from electrochemical ET at a single metal/electrolyte interface. Similar data for a short oligonucleotide immobilized on Au(111) show that oligonucleotides can be characterized with comparable detail, with novel perspectives for addressing DNA electronic conduction mechanisms and for biological screening towards the single-molecule level.

  3. A New Formulation of the Frequency Factor in the Expression for the Rate Constant of Interfacial Charge Transfers

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    Jaime González, Velasco.

    Full Text Available A new way for deriving the fundamental equation of the electrochemistry has been developed in the potential range in which Butler-Volmer behaviour is found. In this approach the frequency factor is considered to be a function of the potential instead of the activation energy. The frequency factor is [...] calculated by means of a classical statistical mechanics treatment giving rise to a new definition for the symmetry factor. A new expression for the standard rate constant in adiabatic heterogeneous charge transfer reactions has been derived.

  4. The Electron Transfer System of Syntrophically Grown Desulfovibrio vulgaris

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    PBD; ENIGMA; GTL; VIMSS; Walker, Christopher B.; He, Zhili; Yang, Zamin K.; Ringbauer Jr., Joseph A.; He, Qiang; Zhou, Jizhong; Voordouw, Gerrit; Wall, Judy D.; Arkin, Adam P.; Hazen, Terry C.; Stolyar, Sergey; Stahl, David A.

    2009-06-22

    Interspecies hydrogen transfer between organisms producing and consuming hydrogen promotes the decomposition of organic matter in most anoxic environments. Although syntrophic couplings between hydrogen producers and consumers are a major feature of the carbon cycle, mechanisms for energy recovery at the extremely low free energies of reactions typical of these anaerobic communities have not been established. In this study, comparative transcriptional analysis of a model sulfate-reducing microbe, Desulfovibrio vulgaris Hildenborough, suggested the use of alternative electron transfer systems dependent upon growth modality. During syntrophic growth on lactate with a hydrogenotrophic methanogen, D. vulgaris up-regulated numerous genes involved in electron transfer and energy generation when compared with sulfate-limited monocultures. In particular, genes coding for the putative membrane-bound Coo hydrogenase, two periplasmic hydrogenases (Hyd and Hyn) and the well-characterized high-molecular weight cytochrome (Hmc) were among the most highly expressed and up-regulated. Additionally, a predicted operon coding for genes involved in lactate transport and oxidation exhibited up-regulation, further suggesting an alternative pathway for electrons derived from lactate oxidation during syntrophic growth. Mutations in a subset of genes coding for Coo, Hmc, Hyd and Hyn impaired or severely limited syntrophic growth but had little affect on growth via sulfate-respiration. These results demonstrate that syntrophic growth and sulfate-respiration use largely independent energy generation pathways and imply that understanding of microbial processes sustaining nutrient cycling must consider lifestyles not captured in pure culture.

  5. Photoinduced electron transfer in singly labeled thiouredopyrenetrisulfonate azurin derivatives

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    Borovok, N; Kotlyar, A B

    1999-01-01

    A novel method for the initiation of intramolecular electron transfer reactions in azurin is reported. The method is based on laser photoexcitation of covalently attached thiouredopyrenetrisulfonate (TUPS), the reaction that generates the low potential triplet state of the dye with high quantum efficiency. TUPS derivatives of azurin, singly labeled at specific lysine residues, were prepared and purified to homogeneity by ion exchange HPLC. Transient absorption spectroscopy was used to directly monitor the rates of the electron transfer reaction from the photoexcited triplet state of TUPS to Cu(II) and the back reaction from Cu(I) to the oxidized dye. For all singly labeled derivatives, the rate constants of copper ion reduction were one or two orders of magnitude larger than for its reoxidation, consistent with the larger thermodynamic driving force for the former process. Using 3-D coordinates of the crystal structure of Pseudomonas aeruginosa azurin and molecular structure calculation of the TUPS modified proteins, electron transfer pathways were calculated. Analysis of the results revealed a good correlation between separation distance from donor to Cu ligating atom (His-N or Cys-S) and the observed rate constants of Cu(II) reduction.

  6. Synchronized energy and electron transfer processes in covalently linked CdSe-squaraine dye-TiO2 light harvesting assembly.

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    Choi, Hyunbong; Santra, Pralay K; Kamat, Prashant V

    2012-06-26

    Manipulation of energy and electron transfer processes in a light harvesting assembly is an important criterion to mimic natural photosynthesis. We have now succeeded in sequentially assembling CdSe quantum dot (QD) and squaraine dye (SQSH) on TiO(2) film and couple energy and electron transfer processes to generate photocurrent in a hybrid solar cell. When attached separately, both CdSe QDs and SQSH inject electrons into TiO(2) under visible-near-IR irradiation. However, CdSe QD if linked to TiO(2) with SQSH linker participates in an energy transfer process. The hybrid solar cells prepared with squaraine dye as a linker between CdSe QD and TiO(2) exhibited power conversion efficiency of 3.65% and good stability during illumination with global AM 1.5 solar condition. Transient absorption spectroscopy measurements provided further insight into the energy transfer between excited CdSe QD and SQSH (rate constant of 6.7 × 10(10) s(-1)) and interfacial electron transfer between excited SQSH and TiO(2) (rate constant of 1.2 × 10(11) s(-1)). The synergy of covalently linked semiconductor quantum dots and near-IR absorbing squaraine dye provides new opportunities to harvest photons from selective regions of the solar spectrum in an efficient manner. PMID:22658983

  7. Electron Transfer Dissociation (ETD) of Peptides Containing Intrachain Disulfide Bonds

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    Cole, Scott R.; Ma, Xiaoxiao; Zhang, Xinrong; Xia, Yu

    2012-02-01

    The fragmentation chemistry of peptides containing intrachain disulfide bonds was investigated under electron transfer dissociation (ETD) conditions. Fragments within the cyclic region of the peptide backbone due to intrachain disulfide bond formation were observed, including: c (odd electron), z (even electron), c-33 Da, z + 33 Da, c + 32 Da, and z-32 Da types of ions. The presence of these ions indicated cleavages both at the disulfide bond and the N-C? backbone from a single electron transfer event. Mechanistic studies supported a mechanism whereby the N-C? bond was cleaved first, and radical-driven reactions caused cleavage at either an S-S bond or an S-C bond within cysteinyl residues. Direct ETD at the disulfide linkage was also observed, correlating with signature loss of 33 Da (SH) from the charge-reduced peptide ions. Initial ETD cleavage at the disulfide bond was found to be promoted amongst peptides ions of lower charge states, while backbone fragmentation was more abundant for higher charge states. The capability of inducing both backbone and disulfide bond cleavages from ETD could be particularly useful for sequencing peptides containing intact intrachain disulfide bonds. ETD of the 13 peptides studied herein all showed substantial sequence coverage, accounting for 75%-100% of possible backbone fragmentation.

  8. DNA Damage Induced by Low-Energy Electrons: Electron Transfer and Diffraction

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    Thin films of the short single strand of DNA, GCAT, in which guanine (G) or adenine (A) have been removed, were bombarded under vacuum by 4 to 15 eV electrons. The fragments corresponding to base release and strand breaks (SB) were analyzed by high performance liquid chromatography and their yields compared with those obtained from unmodified GCAT. From such a comparison, it is shown that, using GCAT as a model system (1) most SB result from electron capture by DNA bases followed by electron transfer to the phosphate group and (2) the initial capture probability depends on the coherence of the electron wave within the tetramer

  9. Effects of electrostatic interactions on electron transfer reactions

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    The fast reactions of electron transfer are studied by pulse radiolysis. This technique allows the creation in about 10-8 second radicals and radical ions with high redox potentials. For solvated electrons electrostatic interaction on the kinetics of reactions limited by diffusion is described by Debye's equation when ion mobility is known. Deviation from theory can occur in ion pairs formation. This is evidenced experimentally for anions by cation complexation with a cryptate. Relatively slow reactions are more sensitive to electrostatic interactions than limited by diffusion. If ion pairs are not formed kinetics constant depends on dielectric constant of solvent and reaction radius. Experimentally is studied the effect of electrostatic interaction on the rate constants of solvated electrons with anions and cations in water-ethanol mixtures where the dielectric constant change from 80 to 25 at room temperature. 17 refs

  10. Electron transfer between insoluble dihydronicotinamide polymer and insoluble benzoquinone polymer

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    Tsubokawa, N.; Endo, T.; Okawara, H.

    1982-08-01

    The electron transfer between insoluble polymer containing 1-benzyl-1,4-dihydronicotinamide (BNAH) structure (P-BNAH) and benzoquinone (Q) structure (P-Q) by use of alloxan (A) as an electron carrier was investigated. Although no reaction occurred on suspending the P-BNAH and P-Q in ethanol/water, P-Q was reduced smoothly to hydroquinone structure (P-HQ) by addition of A. The results suggest that A was reduced by P-BNAH to give A radical (A-) or dialuric acid (D) and then A- (or D) reduced P-Q, whereby A was regenerated and thus indicated that the oxidation reduction between insoluble solid polymers was mediated by A as an electron carrier.

  11. Electron-transfer reactions of tryptophan and tyrosine derivatives

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    Oxidation of tryptophan, tyrosine, and derivatives by oxidizing radicals was studied by pulse radiolysis in aqueous solutions at 20 0C. Rate constants for the oxidation of tryptophan derivatives with .N3 and Br2-. radicals vary from 8 x 108 to 4.8 and 109 M-1 s-1 and oxidation goes to completion; no pH dependence was observed. Oxidation rate constants for tyrosine derivatives increase upon deprotonation of the phenolic residue at higher pH. Redox potentials for the indolyl and phenoxyl radicals were derived from the measured equilibrium constants by using p-methoxyphenol (E/sub 7.5/ = 0.6 and E13 = 0.4 V), bisulfite (E3 = 0.84 V), and guanosine (E7 = 0.91 V) redox couples as reference systems. Redox potentials of tryptophan derivatives were found to be in dependent on the nature of the side chain and higher than the redox potentials of tryptophan derivatives. Electron transfer from tyrosine to tryptophyl radical was found to be slow in neutral media and is suggested to proceed via multiple steps, one of which is proton transfer from tyrosine to tryptophyl radical followed by electron transfer. 26 references, 2 figures, 4 tables

  12. Mechanism of cobalt self-exchange electron transfer.

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    Ullman, Andrew M; Nocera, Daniel G

    2013-10-01

    A heptanuclear cobalt cluster was synthesized in two different oxidation states, Co(II)7 and a mixed valence Co(III)Co(II)6, as a soluble model of a cobalt-phosphate/borate (Co-OEC) water splitting catalyst. Crystallographic characterization indicates similar cluster cores, distinguished primarily at the central Co atom. An anion associates to the cluster cores via hydrogen bonding. Using an isotope exchange method, an anomalously slow self-exchange electron transfer rate constant (k(obs) = 1.53 × 10(-3) M(-1) s(-1) at 40 °C and 38 mM [OTf] in MeCN), as compared to that predicted from semiclassical Marcus theory, supports a charge transfer process that is accelerated by dissociation of the anion from the oxidized cluster. This mechanism sheds light on the inverse dependence of anions in the self-repair mechanism of Co-OECs. Moreover, because H2O cannot directly bridge cobalt centers, owing to the encapsulation of the central Co within the cluster core, the observed results address a long-standing controversy surrounding the Co(2+/3+) self-exchange electron transfer reaction of the hexaaqua complex. PMID:23987247

  13. Scanning electron microscopy in nematode-induced giant transfer cells.

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    Jones, M G; Dropkin, V H

    1976-01-01

    A study of giant cells induced by the root-knot nematode, Meloidogyne incognita, in roots of Impatiens balsamina was made by scanning electron microscopy. The cytoplasmic contents of giant cells were removed by a procedure based on KOH digestion, to reveal inner wall structure. Wall ingrowths typical of transfer cells are present in giant cells from six days onwards after induction. They develop on walls adjacent to vascular tissues, and their distribution and development was examined. Pit fields contianing plasmodesmata become elaborated in walls between giant cells, but pit fields are lost between giant cells and cells outside them. The distribution of plasmodesmata in pit fields suggests that de novo formation of plasmodesmata occurs in walls between giant cells. Various aspects of giant cell formation and function are discussed and wall ingrowth development is compared in giant cells and normal transfer cells. PMID:1001022

  14. A stochastic reorganizational bath model for electronic energy transfer

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    Fujita, Takatoshi; Aspuru-Guzik, Alan

    2014-01-01

    The fluctuations of optical gap induced by the environment play crucial roles in electronic energy transfer dynamics. One of the simplest approaches to incorporate such fluctuations in energy transfer dynamics is the well known Haken-Strobl-Reineker model, in which the energy-gap fluctuation is approximated as a white noise. Recently, several groups have employed molecular dynamics simulations and excited-state calculations in conjunction to take the thermal fluctuation of excitation energies into account. Here, we discuss a rigorous connection between the stochastic and the atomistic bath models. If the phonon bath is treated classically, time evolution of the exciton-phonon system can be described by Ehrenfest dynamics. To establish the relationship between the stochastic and atomistic bath models, we employ a projection operator technique to derive the generalized Langevin equations for the energy-gap fluctuations. The stochastic bath model can be obtained as an approximation of the atomistic Ehrenfest equ...

  15. Extracting electron transfer coupling elements from constrained density functional theory

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    Constrained density functional theory (DFT) is a useful tool for studying electron transfer (ET) reactions. It can straightforwardly construct the charge-localized diabatic states and give a direct measure of the inner-sphere reorganization energy. In this work, a method is presented for calculating the electronic coupling matrix element (Hab) based on constrained DFT. This method completely avoids the use of ground-state DFT energies because they are known to irrationally predict fractional electron transfer in many cases. Instead it makes use of the constrained DFT energies and the Kohn-Sham wave functions for the diabatic states in a careful way. Test calculations on the Zn2+ and the benzene-Cl atom systems show that the new prescription yields reasonable agreement with the standard generalized Mulliken-Hush method. We then proceed to produce the diabatic and adiabatic potential energy curves along the reaction pathway for intervalence ET in the tetrathiafulvalene-diquinone (Q-TTF-Q) anion. While the unconstrained DFT curve has no reaction barrier and gives Hab?17 kcal/mol, which qualitatively disagrees with experimental results, the Hab calculated from constrained DFT is about 3 kcal/mol and the generated ground state has a barrier height of 1.70 kcal/mol, successfully predicting (Q-TTF-Q)- to be a class II mixed-valence compound

  16. Modeling biofilms with dual extracellular electron transfer mechanisms

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    Renslow, Ryan S.; Babauta, Jerome T.; Kuprat, Andrew P.; Schenk, Jim; Ivory, Cornelius; Fredrickson, Jim K.; Beyenal, Haluk

    2013-11-28

    Electrochemically active biofilms have a unique form of respiration in which they utilize solid external materials as their terminal electron acceptor for metabolism. Currently, two primary mechanisms have been identified for long-range extracellular electron transfer (EET): a diffusion- and a conduction-based mechanism. Evidence in the literature suggests that some biofilms, particularly Shewanella oneidensis, produce components requisite for both mechanisms. In this study, a generic model is presented that incorporates both diffusion- and conduction-based mechanisms and allows electrochemically active biofilms to utilize both simultaneously. The model was applied to Shewanella oneidensis and Geobacter sulfurreducens biofilms using experimentally generated data found the literature. Our simulation results showed that 1) biofilms having both mechanisms available, especially if they can interact, may have metabolic advantage over biofilms that can use only a single mechanism; 2) the thickness of Geobacter sulfurreducens biofilms is likely not limited by conductivity; 3) accurate intrabiofilm diffusion coefficient values are critical for current generation predictions; and 4) the local biofilm potential and redox potential are two distinct measurements and cannot be assumed to have identical values. Finally, we determined that cyclic and squarewave voltammetry are currently not good tools to determine the specific percentage of extracellular electron transfer mechanisms used by biofilms. The developed model will be a critical tool in designing experiments to explain EET mechanisms.

  17. Transcriptomic and genetic analysis of direct interspecies electron transfer

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    Shrestha, Pravin Malla; Rotaru, Amelia-Elena

    2013-01-01

    The possibility that metatranscriptomic analysis could distinguish between direct interspecies electron transfer (DIET) and H2 interspecies transfer (HIT) in anaerobic communities was investigated by comparing gene transcript abundance in cocultures in which Geobacter sulfurreducens was the electron-accepting partner for either Geobacter metallireducens, which performs DIET, or Pelobacter carbinolicus, which relies on HIT. Transcript abundance for G. sulfurreducens uptake hydrogenase genes was 7-fold lower in cocultures with G. metallireducens than in cocultures with P. carbinolicus, consistent with DIET and HIT, respectively, in the two cocultures. Transcript abundance for the pilus-associated cytochrome OmcS, which is essential for DIET but not for HIT, was 240-fold higher in the cocultures with G. metallireducens than in cocultures with P. carbinolicus. The pilin gene pilA was moderately expressed despite a mutation that might be expected to repress pilA expression. Lower transcript abundance for G. sulfurreducens genes associated with acetate metabolism in the cocultures with P. carbinolicus was consistent with the repression of these genes by H2 during HIT. Genes for the biogenesis of pili and flagella and several c-type cytochrome genes were among the most highly expressed in G. metallireducens. Mutant strains that lacked the ability to produce pili, flagella, or the outer surface c-type cytochrome encoded by Gmet_2896 were not able to form cocultures with G. sulfurreducens. These results demonstrate that there are unique gene expression patterns that distinguish DIET from HIT and suggest that metatranscriptomics may be a promising route to investigate interspecies electron transfer pathways in more-complex environments.

  18. ATP-induced electron transfer by redox-selective partner recognition

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    Hennig, Sandra E.; Goetzl, Sebastian; Jeoung, Jae-Hun; Bommer, Martin; Lendzian, Friedhelm; Hildebrandt, Peter; Dobbek, Holger

    2014-08-01

    Thermodynamically unfavourable electron transfers are enabled by coupling to an energy-supplying reaction. How the energy is transduced from the exergonic to the endergonic process is largely unknown. Here we provide the structural basis for an energy transduction process in the reductive activation of B12-dependent methyltransferases. The transfer of one electron from an activating enzyme to the cobalamin cofactor is energetically uphill and relies on coupling to an ATPase reaction. Our results demonstrate that the key to coupling is, besides the oxidation state-dependent complex formation, the conformational gating of the electron transfer. Complex formation induces a substitution of the ligand at the electron-accepting Co ion. Addition of ATP initiates electron transfer by provoking conformational changes that destabilize the complex. We show how remodelling of the electron-accepting Co2+ promotes ATP-dependent electron transfer; an efficient strategy not seen in other electron-transferring ATPases.

  19. Parton models of high momentum transfer electron-nuclear scattering

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    High-energy electron-nuclear scattering processes are discussed from the point of view of a parton model description. The light-cone formalism is introduced in a schematic presentation emphasizing: (i) the connection to relativistic dynamics, (ii) the phenomenological construction of the far off-shell components of wave functions, and (iii) asymptotic scaling laws. A survey is made of some of the recent calculations based on a nucleon constituent parton model and their comparison with data for momentum transfers Q22. A prospective discussion is also made on multiquark nuclear components and the quark parton model in QCD

  20. Large momentum transfer electron scattering from few-nucleon systems

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    A review is given of the experimental results from a series of measurements at SLAC of large momentum transfer (Q2 > 20 fm-2) electron scattering at forward angles from nuclei with A less than or equal to 4. Theoretical interpretations of these data in terms of traditional nuclear physics models and in terms of quark constituent models are described. Some physics questions for future experiments are explored, and a preview of possible future measurements of magnetic structure functions of light nuclei at large Q2 is given

  1. Light induced electron transfer reactions of metal complexes

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    Properties of the excited states of tris(2,2'-bipyridine) and tris(1,10-phenanthroline) complexes of chromium(III), iron(II), ruthenium(II), osmium(II), rhodium(III), and iridium(III) are described. The electron transfer reactions of the ground and excited states are discussed and interpreted in terms of the driving force for the reaction and the distortions of the excited states relative to the corresponding ground states. General considerations relevant to the conversion of light into chemical energy are presented and progress in the use of polypyridine complexes to effect the light decomposition of water into hydrogen and oxygen is reviewed

  2. Electronic excitation energy transfer between quasi-zero-dimensional systems.

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    Král, Karel; Menšík, Miroslav; Mao, H.

    Tokyo : The Surface Science Society of Japan, 2014, s. 11-17. ISSN 1348-0391. [International Conference on Atomically Controlled Surfaces, Interfaces and Nanostructures /12/ - International Colloquium on Scanning Probe Microscopy /21./. Tsukuba (JP), 04.11.2013-08.11.2013] R&D Projects: GA MŠk LH12236; GA MŠk LH12186 Institutional support: RVO:68378271 ; RVO:61389013 Keywords : quantum dots * energy transfer * electron-phonon interaction Subject RIV: BM - Solid Matter Physics ; Magnetism https://www.jstage.jst.go.jp/result?item1=4&word1=Atomically+Controlled+Surfaces+ AND +kral

  3. Effect of electrostatic interactions on electron-transfer reactions

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    Fast reactions of electron transfer are studied by pulsed radiolysis. By this technique radicals and ionic radicals with high redox potentials are created homogeneously in the solution in about 10-8 second. For solvated electron effect of electrostatic interaction on kinetics of reactions limited by diffusion is obtained with a good approximation by the Debye equation when ion mobility is known. Deviation from the theory occurs in ion pair formation, which is evidenced experimentally in reactions between anions when cations are complexed by a cryptate. Slow reactions k 8 M-1 s-1 are more sensitive to electrostatic interactions than reactions limited by diffusion. When there is no ion pair formation the velocity constant depends upon dielectric constant of the solvent and reaction distance. 17 refs

  4. Electron transfer through RNA: chemical probing of dual distance dependence.

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    Takada, Tadao; Otsuka, Yumiko; Nakamura, Mitsunobu; Yamana, Kazushige

    2011-11-15

    Electron transfer (ET) through RNA duplexes possessing 2'-O-pyrenylmethy uridine (Upy) and 5-bromouracil (BrU) as an electron donor and accepter set was investigated. Reductive decomposition of the BrU resulted from the ET over long distances (up to ten AU base pairs) was detected in the RNA conjugates. The RNA mediated ET from the pyrene to BrU showed dual distance dependence. This is well consistent with the previous observation for ET from Upy to nitrobenzene in RNA. In contrast, little or no reductive decomposition of the BrU was observed in the DNA conjugates when the Upy and BrU were separated by more than four AT base pairs. PMID:22014752

  5. Coupling capillary zone electrophoresis with electron transfer dissociation and activated ion electron transfer dissociation for top-down proteomics.

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    Zhao, Yimeng; Riley, Nicholas M; Sun, Liangliang; Hebert, Alexander S; Yan, Xiaojing; Westphall, Michael S; Rush, Matthew J P; Zhu, Guijie; Champion, Matthew M; Mba Medie, Felix; Champion, Patricia A DiGiuseppe; Coon, Joshua J; Dovichi, Norman J

    2015-05-19

    Top-down proteomics offers the potential for full protein characterization, but many challenges remain for this approach, including efficient protein separations and effective fragmentation of intact proteins. Capillary zone electrophoresis (CZE) has shown great potential for separation of intact proteins, especially for differentially modified proteoforms of the same gene product. To date, however, CZE has been used only with collision-based fragmentation methods. Here we report the first implementation of electron transfer dissociation (ETD) with online CZE separations for top-down proteomics, analyzing a mixture of four standard proteins and a complex protein mixture from the Mycobacterium marinum bacterial secretome. Using a multipurpose dissociation cell on an Orbitrap Elite system, we demonstrate that CZE is fully compatible with ETD as well as higher energy collisional dissociation (HCD), and that the two complementary fragmentation methods can be used in tandem on the electrophoretic time scale for improved protein characterization. Furthermore, we show that activated ion electron transfer dissociation (AI-ETD), a recently introduced method for enhanced ETD fragmentation, provides useful performance with CZE separations to greatly increase protein characterization. When combined with HCD, AI-ETD improved the protein sequence coverage by more than 200% for proteins from both standard and complex mixtures, highlighting the benefits electron-driven dissociation methods can add to CZE separations. PMID:25893372

  6. Determination of the electronics transfer function for current transient measurements

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    Scharf, Christian

    2014-01-01

    We describe a straight-forward method for determining the transfer function of the readout of a sensor for the situation in which the current transient of the sensor can be precisely simulated. The method relies on the convolution theorem of Fourier transforms. The specific example is a planar silicon pad diode connected with a 50 $\\Omega $ cable to an amplifier followed by a 5 GS/s sampling oscilloscope. The charge carriers in the sensor were produced by picosecond lasers with light of wavelengths of 675 and 1060 nm. The transfer function is determined from the 1060 nm data with the pad diode biased at 1000 V. It is shown that the simulated sensor response convoluted with this transfer function provides an excellent description of the measured transients for the laser light of both wavelengths, at voltages 50 V above the depletion voltage of about 90 V up to the maximum applied voltage of 1000 V. The method has been developed for the precise measurement of the dependence of the drift velocity of electrons an...

  7. Promoting direct interspecies electron transfer with activated carbon

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    Liu, Fanghua; Rotaru, Amelia-Elena

    2012-01-01

    Granular activated carbon (GAC) is added to methanogenic digesters to enhance conversion of wastes to methane, but the mechanism(s) for GAC’s stimulatory effect are poorly understood. GAC has high electrical conductivity and thus it was hypothesized that one mechanism for GAC stimulation of methanogenesis might be to facilitate direct interspecies electron transfer (DIET) between bacteria and methanogens. Metabolism was substantially accelerated when GAC was added to co-cultures of Geobacter metallireducens and Geobacter sulfurreducens grown under conditions previously shown to require DIET. Cells were attached to GAC, but did not aggregate as they do when making biological electrical connections between cells. Studies with a series of gene deletion mutants eliminated the possibility that GAC promoted electron exchange via interspecies hydrogen or formate transfer and demonstrated that DIET in the presence of GAC did not require the electrically conductive pili and associated c-type cytochrome involved in biological interspecies electrical connections. GAC also greatly stimulated ethanol metabolism and methane production in co-cultures of G. metallireducens and Methanosarcina barkeri. Cells were attached to GAC, but not closely aggregated, suggesting little opportunity for biological electrical contacts between the species. GAC also enhanced methane production in samples from a methanogenic digester in which Methanosaeta were the predominant methanogens. The results demonstrate that GAC can promote DIET and suggest that stimulation of metabolism in methanogenic digesters can be attributed, at least in part, to the high conductivity of GAC providing better interspecies electrical connections than those that can be forged biologically.

  8. Dissociative electron transfer to organic chlorides: electrocatalysis at metal cathodes.

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    Isse, Abdirisak A; Gottardello, Silvia; Durante, Christian; Gennaro, Armando

    2008-05-01

    The reductive cleavage of a series of organic chlorides, including chloroaromatics, benzyl chlorides, activated chloroalkanes and polychloromethanes, was investigated at Ag, Cu, Pd and glassy carbon (GC) electrodes in CH(3)CN + 0.1 M (C(2)H(5))(4)NClO(4). The silver cathode was either a 2-mm diameter disc, fabricated from Ag wire, or nanoclusters of average diameter d = 304 nm, prepared by electrodeposition on GC. Ag, Cu and Pd electrodes have shown remarkable electrocatalytic properties for the reduction of several compounds. The peak potentials recorded at these electrodes, for example, at upsilon = 0.1 V s(-1) are positively shifted by 0.3-0.8 V with respect to the reduction potentials measured at a non catalytic electrode such as GC. Electrocatalysis is strictly related to the concerted nature of the dissociative electron transfer to the carbon-chlorine bond. No catalysis is observed when the dissociative electron transfer to RCl occurs according to a stepwise mechanism involving the intermediate formation of a radical anion. The catalytic surfaces affect the reaction scheme, offering a more favourable route possibly through the formation of strongly adsorbed activated complexes. PMID:18414732

  9. ELECTRONIC FUNDS TRANSFER: EXPLORING THE DIFFICULTIES OF SECURITY

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    MPAKWANA ANNASTACIA MTHEMBU

    2010-10-01

    Full Text Available Generally the banking laws, regulations and supervision were designed primarily to address the fundamental principle relating to safe and sound business practices by financial institutions. In order to maintain safe and sound business practice it is of outmost importance that customers are protected against losses resulting from inadequate remedies available to them. Banking by its very nature is a high risk business. However, the major risks associated with banking are legal risks, credit interest rates and liquidity. Internet banking has increased some of these risks by creating new ones. Electronic funds transfers are based on technology which by its nature is designed to extend the geographical reach of banks and customers. This kind of a market expansion extend beyond borders, therefore there will be problems which banks will try to avoid like regulation and supervision. Other regulatory and legal risks include, the uncertainty about legal requirements in some countries and jurisdiction ambiguities regarding the responsibilities of different national authorities. Customers and banks may be exposed to legal risks associated with non-compliance with different national laws and regulations including consumer protection laws, record keeping and report requirements. Due to insecurity created by electronic funds transfer, it of importance to analyse measures under South African Law and whether these measures can effectively prevent insecurity and what lessons can be learned from abroad.

  10. Mass transfer of electron acceptor aross the capillary fringe

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    Liu, S.; Piepenbrink, M.; Grathwohl, P.

    2005-12-01

    Transverse dispersion has been identified as a potentially limiting parameter controlling the mixing of electron donors and electron acceptors for natural attenuation of plumes originating from continuously emitting sources, however determining reactive transverse dispersion coefficients is not a simple task. The objective of this work is to elaborate the mass transfer of electron acceptor across the capillary fringe. A two-dimensional numerical reactive transport model and a fully controlled tank experiment are set up to investigate the mass transfer across the capillary and reactive fringe, where the oxygen supply is the limiting factor. The tank (77.9 times 14 times 0.8 cm) is made from acrylic-glass and filled with glass beads (0.5-0.75mm). Sodium dithionite, an easily oxidizable compound, is used as a surrogate for contaminants and is continuously injected from the inlets of the tank and reaches a steady state flow. Air circulates on the top of the glass beads. The oxygen concentrations as well as the reactive products (sulfate) are measured at the outlets of the tank with an oxygen sensor and via IC. In addition to that, resazurine, a redox indicator, is added to visualize the redox zones. These two-dimensional experimental results show quantitatively and qualitatively how the oxygen concentrations decrease at the plume fringe. Two dimensional numerical simulations with Min3P predicted oxygen distributions are compared with the experimental results. Acknowledgements: This work was funded by Helmholtz Association and Helmholtz Research Center UFZ; Project: `Virtual Institute for isotope biogeochemistry-biologically mediated processes at geochemical gradients and interfaces in soil - aquifer systems', Contract VH-VI-155.

  11. Cluster PEACE observations of electrons during magnetospheric flux transfer events

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    C. J. Owen

    Full Text Available During the first quarter of 2001 the apogees of the Cluster spacecraft quartet precessed through midday local times. This provides the first opportunity for 4 spacecraft studies of the bow shock, magnetosheath and the dayside magnetopause current layer and boundary layers. In this paper, we present observations of electrons in the energy range ~ 10 eV–26 keV made by the Plasma Electron And Current Experiment (PEACE located just inside the magnetopause boundary, together with supporting observations by the Flux Gate Magnetometer (FGM. During these observations, the spacecraft have separations of ~ 600 km. This scale size is of the order or less than the typical size of flux transfer events (FTEs, which are expected to be observed following bursts of reconnection on the dayside magnetopause. We study, in detail, the 3-D configuration of electron populations observed around a series of enhancements of magnetosheath-like electrons which were observed within the magnetosphere on 2 February 2001. We find that individual spacecraft observe magnetic field and electron signatures that are consistent with previous observations of magnetospheric FTEs. However, the differences in the signatures between spacecraft indicate that these FTEs have substructure on the scale of the spacecraft separation. We use these differences and the timings of the 4 spacecraft observations to infer the motions of the electron populations and thus the configuration of these substructures. We find that these FTEs are moving from noon towards dusk. The inferred size and speed of motion across the magnetopause, in one example, is ~ 0.8 RE and ~ 70 km s-1 respectively. In addition, we observe a delay in and an extended duration of the signature at the spacecraft furthest from the magnetopause. We discuss the implications of these 4 spacecraft observations for the structure of these FTEs. We suggest that these may include a compression of the closed flux tubes ahead of the FTE, which causes density and field strength enhancements; a circulation of open flux tubes within the FTE itself, which accounts for the delay in the arrival of the magnetosheath electron populations at locations deepest within the magnetosphere; and a possible trapping of magnetospheric electrons on the most recently opened flux tubes within the FTE.

    Key words. Magnetospheric physics (magnetopause, cusp and boundary layers; solar wind - magnetosphere interactions

  12. Electronic excitation transfer in clustered chromophore systems: Calculation of time-resolved observables for intercluster transfer

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    Marcus, A. H.; Fayer, M. D.

    1991-04-01

    A theoretical description is given for electronic excitation transport among interacting clusters of chromophores. Each cluster is a finite volume system with a limited number of chromophores. At high cluster concentration, intercluster transfer will become significant. The theory is based on a first-order cumulant approximation of the solution to the transport master equation. Gs(t) the probability of finding the excitation on the initially excited chromophore is calculated. The problem is first solved for two clusters at fixed separations. This result is extended to many clusters and then to the thermodynamic limit of an infinite number of clusters in an infinite volume. An example calculation is performed of excitation transport among chromophores on the surfaces of interacting micelles. For realistic parameters characterizing the system octadecylrhodamine B (chromophores) in Triton X-100 micelles, it is found that intermicelle excitation transfer can compete with intramicelle transfer. For an isolated micelle-chromophore system (chromophores on the surface of a sphere), a new time domain expression for Gs(t) is obtained.

  13. Interfacial Fermi Loops from Interfacial Symmetries

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    Takahashi, Ryuji; Murakami, Shuichi

    2014-12-01

    We propose a concept of interfacial symmetries such as interfacial particle-hole symmetry and interfacial time-reversal symmetry, which appear in interfaces between two regions related to each other by particle-hole or time-reversal transformations. These symmetries result in novel dispersion of interface states. In particular, for the interfacial particle-hole symmetry, the gap closes along a loop ("Fermi loop") at the interface. We numerically demonstrate this for the Fu-Kane-Mele tight-binding model. We show that the Fermi loop originates from a sign change of a Pfaffian of a product between the Hamiltonian and a constant matrix.

  14. Synchrotron x-ray diffraction and transmission electron microscopy studies of interfacial reaction paths and kinetics during annealing of fully-002-textured Al/TiN bilayers

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    Dense fully-002-textured polycrystalline TiN layers, 110 nm thick with a N/Ti ratio of 1.02±0.03, were grown on SiO2 by ultrahigh vacuum magnetically unbalanced magnetron sputter deposition at Ts=450 deg. C in pure N2 utilizing high N2+/Ti flux ratios and low energy (EN2+=20 eV) ion irradiation of the growing film. Al overlayers, 160 nm thick and possessing a strong 002 texture inherited from the underlying TiN, were then deposited at Ts=100 deg. C without breaking vacuum. Synchrotron x-ray diffraction was used to follow interfacial reaction paths and kinetics during postdeposition annealing as a function of time (ta=200-1200 s) and temperature (Ta=500-580 deg. C). Changes in bilayer microstructure and microchemistry were investigated using transmission electron microscopy (TEM) and scanning TEM to obtain compositional maps of cross-sectional and plan-view specimens by energy dispersive x-ray analysis. The initial bilayer reaction step during annealing involves the formation of a continuous AlN interfacial layer which, due to local epitaxy with the TiN underlayer, grows with the metastable zinc-blende structure up to a thickness x?3-5 nm, and with the wurtzite structure thereafter. Ti atoms released during AlN formation diffuse into the Al layer leading to supersaturation followed by the nucleation of dispersed regions of tetragonal Al33Ti with inherited 002 preferred orientation. The aluminide domains grow rapidly until they reach the free surface; thereafter growth is two dimensional as Al3Ti grains spread radially. The overall activation energy for Al3Ti formation and growth is 1.8±0.1 eV. In situ synchrotron x-ray diffraction analyses during thermal ramping show that the onset temperature for interfacial reactions was increased by more than 100 deg. C for fully dense completely 002-textured bilayers compared to 111-textured bilayers deposited by conventional reactive sputter deposition

  15. Photoinduced electron transfer from chloropromazine and promethazine to chloroalkanes accompanied by cleavage of C Cl bond

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    Nath, Sukhendu; Sapre, Avinash V.

    2001-08-01

    Electron transfer from two phenothiazine derivatives namely promethazine and chloropromazine to chloroalkanes namely carbontetrachloride and chloroform has been studied by steady state fluorescence and transient absorption techniques. These phenothiazine derivatives also form weak charge transfer complexes with the above two chloroalkanes. Picosecond transient absorption studies provide direct evidence for two processes: (1) charge separation in the charge transfer complex and (2) electron transfer from the excited state of phenothiazines to chloroalkanes. A modified Marcus electron transfer theory proposed by Saveant [J. Am. Chem. Soc. 109 (1987) 6788], which incorporates the bond cleavage, has been used to explain the observed experimental results.

  16. The Golden Rule. Application for fun and profit in electron transfer, energy transfer, and excited-state decay.

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    Ito, Akitaka; Meyer, Thomas J

    2012-10-28

    Time-dependent perturbation theory and application of the Golden Rule have been shown to be quantitatively applicable to electron transfer in the inverted region, energy transfer, and excited-state decay based on spectroscopic measurements on d?(6) polypyridyl complexes of Ru(II), Os(II), and Re(I). PMID:22842806

  17. Modular electron transfer circuits for synthetic biology: Insulation of an engineered biohydrogen pathway

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    Agapakis, Christina M.; Silver, Pamela A.

    2010-01-01

    Electron transfer is central to a wide range of essential metabolic pathways, from photosynthesis to fermentation. The evolutionary diversity and conservation of proteins that transfer electrons makes these pathways a valuable platform for engineered metabolic circuits in synthetic biology. Rational engineering of electron transfer pathways containing hydrogenases has the potential to lead to industrial scale production of hydrogen as an alternative source of clean fuel and experimental assay...

  18. Characterization of electron transfer dissociation in the Orbitrap Velos HCD cell.

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    Frese, CK; Nolting, D. (Dorothea-Maria); Altelaar, AF; Griep-Raming, J; Mohammed, S; Heck, AJ

    2013-01-01

    Electron transfer dissociation (ETD) is commonly employed in ion traps utilizing rf fields that facilitate efficient electron transfer reactions. Here, we explore performing ETD in the HCD collision cell on an Orbitrap Velos instrument by applying a static DC gradient axially to the rods. This gradient enables simultaneous three dimensional, charge sign independent, trapping of cations and anions, initiating electron transfer reactions in the center of the HCD cell where oppositely charged io...

  19. Photoinduced electron transfer reaction in polymer-surfactant aggregates: Photoinduced electron transfer between N,N-dimethylaniline and 7-amino coumarin dyes

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    Photoinduced electron transfer between coumarin dyes and N,N-dimethylaniline has been investigated by using steady state and picosecond time resolved fluorescence spectroscopy in sodium dodecyl sulphate (SDS) micelles and PVP-polyvinyl pyrrolidone (SDS) polymer-surfactant aggregates. A slower rate of electron transfer is observed in PVP-SDS aggregates than in polymer-free SDS micelles. A Marcus type inversion is observed in the correlation of free energy change in comparison with the electron transfer rate. The careful investigation reveals that C-151 deviates from the normal Marcus inverted region compared to its analogs C-152 and C-481 due to slower rotational relaxation and smaller translational diffusion coefficient

  20. Electron transfer flavoprotein deficiency: Functional and molecular aspects.

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    Schiff, M; Froissart, R

    2006-01-01

    Multiple acyl-CoA dehydrogenase deficiency (MADD) is a recessively inherited metabolic disorder that can be due to a deficiency of electron transfer flavoprotein (ETF) or its dehydrogenase (ETF-ubiquinone oxidoreductase). ETF is a mitochondrial matrix protein consisting of alpha- (30kDa) and beta- (28kDa) subunits encoded by the ETFA and ETFB genes, respectively. In the present study, we have analysed tissue samples from 16 unrelated patients with ETF deficiency, and we report the results of ETF activity, Western blot analysis and mutation analysis. The ETF assay provides a reliable diagnostic tool to confirm ETF deficiency in patients suspected to suffer from MADD. Activity ranged from less than 1 to 16% of controls with the most severely affected patients disclosing the lowest activity values. The majority of patients had mutations in the ETFA gene while only two of them harboured mutations in the ETFB gene. Nine novel disease-causing ETF mutations are reported.

  1. Radiolytic and electron-transfer reactions in supercritical CO2

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    Using supercritical fluids as solvents is useful for both practical and theoretical reasons. It has been proposed to use supercritical CO2 as a solvent for synthesis because it eliminates the air pollution arising from other solvents. The properties of supercritical fluids can be easily varied with only modest changes in temperature and density, so they provide a way of testing theories of chemical reactions. It has also been proposed to use supercritical fluids for the treatment of hazardous mixed waste. For these reasons the authors have studied the production of radiolytic species in supercritical CO2 and have measured their reactivity as a function of density. They have shown that the C2O4+ is formed. They also have shown that the electron transfer reactions of dimethylaniline to C2O4+ and CO2(e-) to benzoquinone are diffusion controlled over a considerable density range

  2. Electron transfer and thermodiffusion in copper telluride melt

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    An average diffusion coefficient and an ''apparent'' effective charge of copper ion in copper telluride melt were determined on the basis of the experimental data obtained during electron transfer and thermodiffusion investigation. The ''apparent'' effective charge value of copper ions increases in telluride melt with increasing temperature. Temperature dependence of the ''apparent'' effective charge of copper ions indicates a significant increase of ion concentration in the melt. The temperature dependence of the average diffusion coefficient is presented. The existance of a minimum on the temperature dependence curve is explained by the rearrangement of the short-range ordered structure with space configuration of homopolar bonds to the line structure of chain type. Calculations of the ionic component fraction in electric conductivity and in copper telluride melt demonstrated the decrease of ions contribution to the total conductivity from 0.82% at 1130 deg C to 0.69% at 1207 deg C

  3. Electron Transfer Reactions: Generalized Spin-Boson Approach

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    Merkli, Marco

    2012-01-01

    We introduce a mathematically rigorous analysis of a generalized spin-boson system for the treatment of a donor-acceptor (reactant-product) quantum system coupled to a thermal quantum noise. The donor/acceptor probability dynamics describes transport reactions in chemical processes in presence of a noisy environment -- such as the electron transfer in a photosynthetic reaction center. Besides being rigorous, our analysis has the advantages over previous ones that (1) we include a general, non energy-conserving system-environment interaction, and that (2) we allow for the donor or acceptor to consist of multiple energy levels lying closely together. We establish explicit expressions for the rates and the efficiency (final donor-acceptor population difference) of the reaction. In particular, we show that the rate increases for a multi-level acceptor, but the efficiency does not.

  4. Interfacial reaction pathways and kinetics during annealing of 111-textured Al/TiN bilayers: A synchrotron x-ray diffraction and transmission electron microscopy study

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    Growth of TiN layers in most diffusion-barrier applications is limited to deposition temperatures Ts s=450 deg. C on SiO2 by ultrahigh vacuum reactive magnetron sputter deposition in pure N2. Al overlayers, 160 nm thick with inherited 111 preferred orientation, were then deposited at Ts=100 deg. C without breaking vacuum. The as-deposited TiN layer is underdense due to the low deposition temperature (Ts/Tm?0.23 in which Tm is the melting point) resulting in kinetically limited adatom mobilities leading to atomic shadowing which, in turn, results in a columnar microstructure with both inter- and intracolumnar voids. The Al overlayer is fully dense. Synchrotron x-ray diffraction was used to follow interfacial reaction kinetics during postdeposition annealing of the 111-textured Al/TiN bilayers as a function of time (ta=12-1200 s) and temperature (Ta=440-550 deg. C). Changes in bilayer microstructure and microchemistry were investigated using transmission electron microscopy (TEM) and scanning TEM to obtain compositional maps of plan-view and cross-sectional specimens. Interfacial reaction during annealing is initiated at the Al/TiN interface. Al diffuses rapidly into TiN voids during anneals at temperatures ?3Ti at the interface. Al3Ti exhibits a relatively planar growth front extending toward the Al free surface. Analyses of time-dependent x-ray diffraction peak intensities during isothermal annealing as a function of temperature show that Al3Ti growth kinetics are, for the entire temperature range investigated, diffusion limited with an activation energy of 1.5±0.2 eV

  5. A stochastic reorganizational bath model for electronic energy transfer

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    Environmentally induced fluctuations of the optical gap play a crucial role in electronic energy transfer dynamics. One of the simplest approaches to incorporate such fluctuations in energy transfer dynamics is the well known Haken-Strobl-Reineker (HSR) model, in which the energy-gap fluctuation is approximated as white noise. Recently, several groups have employed molecular dynamics simulations and excited-state calculations in conjunction to account for excitation energies’ thermal fluctuations. On the other hand, since the original work of HSR, many groups have employed stochastic models to simulate the same transfer dynamics. Here, we discuss a rigorous connection between the stochastic and the atomistic bath models. If the phonon bath is treated classically, time evolution of the exciton-phonon system can be described by Ehrenfest dynamics. To establish the relationship between the stochastic and atomistic bath models, we employ a projection operator technique to derive the generalized Langevin equations for the energy-gap fluctuations. The stochastic bath model can be obtained as an approximation of the atomistic Ehrenfest equations via the generalized Langevin approach. Based on this connection, we propose a novel scheme to take account of reorganization effects within the framework of stochastic models. The proposed scheme provides a better description of the population dynamics especially in the regime of strong exciton-phonon coupling. Finally, we discuss the effect of the bath reorganization in the absorption and fluorescence spectra of ideal J-aggregates in terms of the Stokes shifts. We find a simple expression that relates the reorganization contribution to the Stokes shifts – the reorganization shift – to the ideal or non-ideal exciton delocalization in a J-aggregate. The reorganization shift can be described by three parameters: the monomer reorganization energy, the relaxation time of the optical gap, and the exciton delocalization length. This simple relationship allows one to understand the physical origin of the Stokes shifts in molecular aggregates

  6. Theory of proton-coupled electron transfer in energy conversion processes.

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    Hammes-Schiffer, Sharon

    2009-12-21

    Proton-coupled electron transfer (PCET) reactions play an essential role in a broad range of energy conversion processes, including photosynthesis and respiration. These reactions also form the basis of many types of solar fuel cells and electrochemical devices. Recent advances in the theory of PCET enable the prediction of the impact of system properties on the reaction rates. These predictions may guide the design of more efficient catalysts for energy production, including those based on artificial photosynthesis and solar energy conversion. This Account summarizes the theoretically predicted dependence of PCET rates on system properties and illustrates potential approaches for tuning the reaction rates in chemical systems. A general theoretical formulation for PCET reactions has been developed over the past decade. In this theory, PCET reactions are described in terms of nonadiabatic transitions between the reactant and product electron-proton vibronic states. A series of nonadiabatic rate constant expressions for both homogeneous and electrochemical PCET reactions have been derived in various well-defined limits. Recently this theory has been extended to include the effects of solvent dynamics and to describe ultrafast interfacial PCET. Analysis of the rate constant expressions provides insight into the underlying physical principles of PCET and enables the prediction of the dependence of the rates on the physical properties of the system. Moreover, the kinetic isotope effect, which is the ratio of the rates for hydrogen and deuterium, provides a useful mechanistic probe. Typically the PCET rate will increase as the electronic coupling and temperature increase and as the total reorganization energy and equilibrium proton donor-acceptor distance decrease. The rate constant is predicted to increase as the driving force becomes more negative, rather than exhibit turnover behavior in the inverted region, because excited vibronic product states associated with low free energy barriers and relatively large vibronic couplings become accessible. The physical basis for the experimentally observed pH dependence of PCET reactions has been debated in the literature. When the proton acceptor is a buffer species, the pH dependence may arise from the protonation equilibrium of the buffer. It could also arise from kinetic complexity of competing concerted and sequential PCET reaction pathways. In electrochemical PCET, the heterogeneous rate constants and current densities depend strongly on the overpotential. The change in equilibrium proton donor-acceptor distance upon electron transfer may lead to asymmetries in the Tafel plots and deviations of the transfer coefficient from the standard value of one-half at zero overpotential. Applications of this theory to experimentally studied systems illustrate approaches that can be utilized to tune the PCET rate. For example, the rate can be tuned by changing the pH or using different buffer species as proton acceptors. The rate can also be tuned with site-specific mutagenesis in biological systems or chemical modifications that vary the substituents on the redox species in chemical systems. Understanding the impact of these changes on the PCET rate may assist experimental efforts to enhance energy conversion processes. PMID:19807148

  7. Photoinduced Electron Transfer Between Conjugated Polymers and a Homologous Series of TCNQ Derivatives

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    Heeger, Alan J.; Wudl, Fred; Sariciftci, N. Serdar; Janssen, Rene. A. J.; Martin, Nazario

    1996-12-01

    The results of photoinduced absorption (PIA) and photoluminescence studies of the photoinduced electron transfer reactions from conjugated polymer donors onto a series of acceptors based on TCNQ and benzoquinone derivatives containing fused aromatic rings are summarized. The results are compared to the well-defined photoinduced electron transfer demonstrated from conjugated polymer donors onto buckminsterfullerene, C{60}. For the TCNQ derivatives, the efficiency of the electron transfer process correlates with the reduction potential of the acceptors. However, photoinduced electron transfer was not observed in the case of the benzoquinone derivatives, although their electrochemical reduction potentials are similar to C{60}.

  8. Poly (3,4-ethylenedioxythiophene) promotes direct electron transfer at the interface between Shewanella loihica and the anode in a microbial fuel cell

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    Liu, Xing; Wu, Wenguo; Gu, Zhongze

    2015-03-01

    Anode modification is an effective method for enhancing extracellular electron transportation and improving the power density of microbial fuel cells (MFCs). In this study, a new conductive polymer called poly (3,4-ethylenedioxythiophene) (PEDOT) is electrochemically polymerized to modify the anode. The surface of the electrochemically polymerized PEDOT layer has a widespread porous structure. Both the anode electrochemical discharge experiment and MFC discharge test demonstrate the improved performance of the PEDOT-modified anode compared with a plain anode. Cyclic voltammetry and electrochemical impedance spectroscopy analyses show that the PEDOT modification increases the availability of redox active sites and reduces the interfacial electron transfer resistance of the anode. Compared with the unmodified anode, the PEDOT anodic modification improves the power density by 43%-140 mW m-2. Possible mechanisms are proposed to help understand the function of the PEDOT-modified anodic layer.

  9. Dynamic modeling of interfacial structures via interfacial area transport equation

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    Full text of publication follows:In the current thermal-hydraulic system analysis codes using the two-fluid model, the empirical correlations that are based on the two-phase flow regimes and regime transition criteria are being employed as closure relations for the interfacial transfer terms. Due to its inherent shortcomings, however, such static correlations are inaccurate and present serious problems in the numerical analysis. In view of this, a new dynamic approach employing the interfacial area transport equation has been studied. The interfacial area transport equation dynamically models the two-phase flow regime transitions and predicts continuous change of the interfacial area concentration along the flow field. Hence, when employed in the thermal-hydraulic system analysis codes, it eliminates artificial bifurcations stemming from the use of the static flow regime transition criteria. Therefore, the interfacial area transport equation can make a leapfrog improvement in the current capability of the two-fluid model from both scientific and practical point of view. Accounting for the substantial differences in the transport phenomena of various sizes of bubbles, the two-group interfacial area transport equations have been developed. The group 1 equation describes the transport of small-dispersed bubbles that are either distorted or spherical in shapes, and the group 2 equation describes the transport of large cap, slug or churn-turbulent bubbles. The source and s churn-turbulent bubbles. The source and sink terms in the right hand-side of the transport equations have been established by mechanistically modeling the creation and destruction of bubbles due to major bubble interaction mechanisms. The coalescence mechanisms include the random collision driven by turbulence, and the entrainment of trailing bubbles in the wake region of the preceding bubble. The disintegration mechanisms include the break-up by turbulence impact, shearing-off at the rim of large cap bubbles and the break-up of large cap bubbles due to surface instability. In the present paper, the interfacial area transport equations currently available are reviewed to address the feasibility and reliability of the model. Results from extensive benchmark experiments for the model evaluation are also present. These include the data from adiabatic upward air-water two-phase flow in round tubes of various sizes, from a rectangular duct, and from adiabatic co-current downward air-water two-phase flow in round pipes of two different sizes. Furthermore, some guidelines for the future study on interfacial area transport equation are discussed. (authors)

  10. Ab initio study on electron excitation and electron transfer in tryptophan-tyrosine system

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    In this article, ab initio calculation has been performed to evaluate the transition energy of electronic excitation in tryptophan and tyrosine by using semiempirical molecular orbital method AM1 and complete active space self-consistent field method. The solvent effect has been considered by means of the conductor-like screening model. After geometric optimizations of isolated tryptophan and tyrosine, and their corresponding radicals and cations, reaction heat of these electron transfer reactions have been obtained by the means of complete active space self-consistent field method. The transition energies from the ground state, respectively, to the lowest excited state and to the lowest triplet state of these two amino acids are also calculated and compared with the experimentally observed values. The ionization potential and electron affinity are also calculated for tryptophan and tyrosine employing Koopmans' theorem and ab initio calculation. Compared with the experimental measurements, the theoretical results are found satisfactory. Theoretical results give good explanations on the experimental phenomena that N3· can preferably oxide the side chain of tryptophan residue and then the electron transfer from tyrosine residue to tryptophan residue follows in peptides involving tryptophan and tyrosine

  11. Ab initio study on electron excitation and electron transfer in tryptophan tyrosine system

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    Tong, Jing; Li, Xiang-Yuan

    2002-11-01

    In this article, ab initio calculation has been performed to evaluate the transition energy of electronic excitation in tryptophan and tyrosine by using semiempirical molecular orbital method AM1 and complete active space self-consistent field method. The solvent effect has been considered by means of the conductor-like screening model. After geometric optimizations of isolated tryptophan and tyrosine, and their corresponding radicals and cations, reaction heat of these electron transfer reactions have been obtained by the means of complete active space self-consistent field method. The transition energies from the ground state, respectively, to the lowest excited state and to the lowest triplet state of these two amino acids are also calculated and compared with the experimentally observed values. The ionization potential and electron affinity are also calculated for tryptophan and tyrosine employing Koopmans' theorem and ab initio calculation. Compared with the experimental measurements, the theoretical results are found satisfactory. Theoretical results give good explanations on the experimental phenomena that N 3rad can preferably oxide the side chain of tryptophan residue and then the electron transfer from tyrosine residue to tryptophan residue follows in peptides involving tryptophan and tyrosine.

  12. Thermal transfer structures coupling electronics card(s) to coolant-cooled structure(s)

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    David, Milnes P; Graybill, David P; Iyengar, Madhusudan K; Kamath, Vinod; Kochuparambil, Bejoy J; Parida, Pritish R; Schmidt, Roger R

    2014-12-16

    Cooling apparatuses and coolant-cooled electronic systems are provided which include thermal transfer structures configured to engage with a spring force one or more electronics cards with docking of the electronics card(s) within a respective socket(s) of the electronic system. A thermal transfer structure of the cooling apparatus includes a thermal spreader having a first thermal conduction surface, and a thermally conductive spring assembly coupled to the conduction surface of the thermal spreader and positioned and configured to reside between and physically couple a first surface of an electronics card to the first surface of the thermal spreader with docking of the electronics card within a socket of the electronic system. The thermal transfer structure is, in one embodiment, metallurgically bonded to a coolant-cooled structure and facilitates transfer of heat from the electronics card to coolant flowing through the coolant-cooled structure.

  13. Long-Range Photoinduced Electron Transfer Through a DNA Helix

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    Murphy, C. J.; Arkin, M. R.; Jenkins, Y.; Ghatlia, N. D.; Bossmann, S. H.; Turro, N. J.; Barton, J. K.

    1993-11-01

    Rapid photoinduced electron transfer is demonstrated over a distance of greater than 40 angstroms between metallointercalators that are tethered to the 5' termini of a 15-base pair DNA duplex. An oligomeric assembly was synthesized in which the donor is Ru(phen)_2dppz^2+ (phen, phenanthroline, and dppz, dipyridophenazine) and the acceptor is Rh(phi)_2phen^3+ (phi, phenanthrenequinone diimine). These metal complexes are intercalated either one or two base steps m from the helix termini. Although the ruthenium-modified oligonucleotide hybridized to an unmodified complement luminesces intensely, the ruthenium-modified oligomer hybridized to the rhodium-modified oligomer shows no detectable luminescence. Time-resolved studies point to a lower limit of 109 per second for the quenching rate. No quenching was observed upon metallation of two complementary octamers by Ru(phen)_32+ and Rh(phen)_33+ under conditions where the phen complexes do not intercalate. The stacked aromatic heterocycles of the DNA duplex therefore serve as an efficient medium for coupling electron donors and acceptors over very long distances.

  14. Electron transfer in peptides: on the formation of silver nanoparticles.

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    Kracht, Sonja; Messerer, Matthias; Lang, Matthieu; Eckhardt, Sonja; Lauz, Miriam; Grobéty, Bernard; Fromm, Katharina M; Giese, Bernd

    2015-03-01

    Some microorganisms perform anaerobic mineral respiration by reducing metal ions to metal nanoparticles, using peptide aggregates as medium for electron transfer (ET). Such a reaction type is investigated here with model peptides and silver as the metal. Surprisingly, Ag(+) ions bound by peptides with histidine as the Ag(+)-binding amino acid and tyrosine as photoinducible electron donor cannot be reduced to Ag nanoparticles (AgNPs) under ET conditions because the peptide prevents the aggregation of Ag atoms to form AgNPs. Only in the presence of chloride ions, which generate AgCl microcrystals in the peptide matrix, does the synthesis of AgNPs occur. The reaction starts with the formation of 100?nm Ag@AgCl/peptide nanocomposites which are cleaved into 15?nm AgNPs. This defined transformation from large nanoparticles into small ones is in contrast to the usually observed Ostwald ripening processes and can be followed in detail by studying time-resolved UV/Vis spectra which exhibit an isosbestic point. PMID:25663127

  15. Direct electron transfer from glucose oxidase immobilized on a nano-porous glassy carbon electrode

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    Highlights: ? A direct electron transfer reaction of glucose oxidase was observed on the surface of a nano-porous glassy carbon electrode. ? A pair of well-defined and reversible redox peaks was observed at the formal potential of approximately -0.439 V. ? The apparent electron transfer rate constant was measured to be 5.27 s-1. ? A mechanism for the observed direct electron transfer reaction was proposed, which consists of a two-electron and a two-proton transfer. - Abstract: A pair of well-defined and reversible redox peaks was observed for the direct electron transfer (DET) reaction of an immobilized glucose oxidase (GOx) on the surface of a nano-porous glassy carbon electrode at the formal potential (Eo') of -0.439 V versus Ag/AgCl/saturated KCl. The electron transfer rate constant (ks) was calculated to be 5.27 s-1. The dependence of Eo' on pH indicated that the direct electron transfer of the GOx was a two-electron transfer process, coupled with two-proton transfer. The results clearly demonstrate that the nano-porous glassy carbon electrode is a cost-effective and ready-to-use scaffold for the fabrication of a glucose biosensor.

  16. Linker-free layer-by-layer self-assembly of gold nanoparticle multilayer films for direct electron transfer of horseradish peroxidase and H2O2 detection

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    Highlights: ? Gold nanoparticle (AuNP) multilayer films were fabricated via a linker-free layer-by-layer assembly. ? Direct electron transfer of horseradish peroxidase (HRP) absorbed on as-prepared AuNP multilayer films was enhanced. ? The optimized HRP/AuNP multilayer film had a relatively rapid response and satisfactory selectivity for H2O2 detection. - Abstract: Au nanoparticle (AuNP) multilayer films were fabricated by combining interfacial assembly and layer-by-layer assembly. The key point is that the procedure does not require assistance of organic linker molecules, thus providing a suitable platform for the modification of biological molecules. Direct electron transfer can easily take place between a glassy carbon electrode and horseradish peroxidase (HRP) molecules adsorbed on AuNP films. The current density of direct electron transfer was closely related to the layer number, m, and reached a maximum value for m = 4. The optimized HRP/AuNP multilayer film had a relatively rapid response and satisfactory selectivity for H2O2 detection. The linear range and the detection limit were 9.8 x 10-6 to 6 x 10-3 mol/L and ?4.9 x 10-6 mol/L (S/N = 3), respectively.

  17. Coherent phonons in CdSe quantum dots triggered by ultrafast electron transfer

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    2013-03-01

    Full Text Available The origin of coherent oscillations in CdSe quantum dots and in the CdSe/methylviologen electron transfer system is studied. In CdSe/methylviologen coherent phonons are triggered by the electron transfer from the quantum dot to methylviologen.

  18. Concerted proton-coupled electron transfer from a metal-hydride complex

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    Bourrez, Marc; Steinmetz, Romain; Ott, Sascha; Gloaguen, Frederic; Hammarström, Leif

    2015-02-01

    Metal hydrides are key intermediates in the catalytic reduction of protons and CO2 as well as in the oxidation of H2. In these reactions, electrons and protons are transferred to or from separate acceptors or donors in bidirectional proton-coupled electron transfer (PCET) steps. The mechanistic interpretation of PCET reactions of metal hydrides has focused on the stepwise transfer of electrons and protons. A concerted transfer may, however, occur with a lower reaction barrier and therefore proceed at higher catalytic rates. Here we investigate the feasibility of such a reaction by studying the oxidation–deprotonation reactions of a tungsten hydride complex. The rate dependence on the driving force for both electron transfer and proton transfer—employing different combinations of oxidants and bases—was used to establish experimentally the concerted, bidirectional PCET of a metal-hydride species. Consideration of the findings presented here in future catalyst designs may lead to more-efficient catalysts.

  19. Concerted proton-coupled electron transfer from a metal-hydride complex.

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    Bourrez, Marc; Steinmetz, Romain; Ott, Sascha; Gloaguen, Frederic; Hammarström, Leif

    2014-02-01

    Metal hydrides are key intermediates in the catalytic reduction of protons and CO2 as well as in the oxidation of H2. In these reactions, electrons and protons are transferred to or from separate acceptors or donors in bidirectional protoncoupled electron transfer (PCET) steps. The mechanistic interpretation of PCET reactions of metal hydrides has focused on the stepwise transfer of electrons and protons. A concerted transfer may, however, occur with a lower reaction barrier and therefore proceed at higher catalytic rates. Here we investigate the feasibility of such a reaction by studying the oxidation–deprotonation reactions of a tungsten hydride complex. The rate dependence on the driving force for both electron transfer and proton transfer—employing different combinations of oxidants and bases—was used to establish experimentally the concerted, bidirectional PCET of a metal-hydride species. Consideration of the findings presented here in future catalyst designs may lead to more-efficient catalysts. PMID:25615667

  20. Electron transfer reactions of macrocyclic compounds of cobalt

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    Heckman, R.A.

    1978-08-01

    The kinetics and mechanisms of reduction of H/sub 2/O/sub 2/, Br/sub 2/, and I/sub 2/ by various macrocyclic tetraaza complexes of cobalt(II), including Vitamin B/sub 12r/, were studied. The synthetic macrocycles studied were all 14-membered rings which varied in the degree of unsaturation,substitution of methyl groups on the periphery of the ring, and substitution within the ring itself. Scavenging experiments demonstrated that the reductions of H/sub 2/O/sub 2/ produce free hydroxyl radicals only in the case of Co((14)ane)/sup 2 +/ but with none of the others. In the latter instances apparently H/sub 2/O/sub 2/ simultaneously oxidizes the metal center and the ligand. The reductions of Br/sub 2/ and I/sub 2/ produce an aquohalocobalt(III) product for all reductants (except B/sub 12r/ + Br/sub 2/, which was complicated by bromination of the corrin ring). The mechanism of halogen reduction was found to involve rate-limiting inner-sphere electron transfer from cobalt to halogen to produce a dihalide anion coordinated to the cobalt center. This intermediate subsequently decomposes in rapid reactions to halocobalt(III) and halogen atom species or reacts with another cobalt(II) center to give two molecules of halocobalt(III). The reductions of halomethylcobaloximes and related compounds and diamminecobaloxime by Cr/sup 2 +/ were also studied. The reaction was found to be biphasic in all cases with the reaction products being halomethane (for the halomethylcobaloximes), Co/sup 2 +/ (in less than 100 percent yield), a Cr(III)-dimethylglyoxime species, a small amount of free dmgH/sub 2/, and a highly-charged species containing both cobalt and chromium. The first-stage reaction occurs with a stoichiometry of 1:1 producing an intermediate with an absorption maximum at 460 nm for all starting reagents. The results were interpreted in terms of inner-sphere coordination of the cobaloxime to the Cr(II) and electron transfer through the oxime N-O bond.

  1. ELECTRONIC FUNDS TRANSFER: EXPLORING THE DIFFICULTIES OF SECURITY

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    Full Text Available 800x600 Normal 0 false false false EN-GB X-NONE X-NONE MicrosoftInternetExplorer4 /* Style Definitions */ table.MsoNormalTable {mso-style-name:"Table Normal"; mso-tstyle-rowband-size:0; mso-tstyle-colband-size:0; mso-style-noshow:yes; mso-style-priority:99; mso-style-parent:""; mso-padding-alt:0cm 5.4pt 0cm 5.4pt; mso-para-margin:0cm; mso-para-margin-bottom:.0001pt; mso-pagination:widow-orphan; font-size:10.0pt; font-family:"Calibri","sans-serif"; mso-bidi-font-family:"Times New Roman";} Generally the banking laws, regulations and supervision were designed primarily to address the fundamental principle relating to safe and sound business practices by financial institutions. In order to maintain safe and sound business practice it is of outmost importance that customers are protected against losses resulting from inadequate remedies available to them. Banking by its very nature is a high risk business. However, the major risks associated with banking are legal risks, credit interest rates and liquidity. Internet banking has increased some of these risks by creating new ones. Electronic funds transfers are based on technology which by its nature is designed to extend the geographical reach of banks and customers. This kind of a market expansion extend beyond borders, therefore there will be problems which banks will try to avoid like regulation and supervision. Other regulatory and legal risks include, the uncertainty about legal requirements in some countries and jurisdiction ambiguities regarding the responsibilities of different national authorities. Customers and banks may be exposed to legal risks associated with non-compliance with different national laws and regulations including consumer protection laws, record keeping and report requirements. Due to insecurity created by electronic funds transfer, it of importance to analyse measures under South African Law and whether these measures can effectively prevent insecurity and what lessons can be learned from abroad.

  2. Amperometric enzyme biosensors based on optimised electron-transfer pathways and non-manual immobilisation procedures.

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    Schuhmann, Wolfgang

    2002-02-01

    Development of reagentless biosensors implies the tight and functional immobilisation of biological recognition elements on transducer surfaces. Specifically, in the case of amperometric enzyme electrodes, electron-transfer pathways between the immobilised redox protein and the electrode surface have to be established allowing a fast electron transfer concomitantly avoiding free-diffusing redox species. Based on the specific nature of different redox proteins and non-manual immobilisation procedures possible biosensor designs are discussed, namely biosensors based on (i) direct electron transfer between redox proteins and electrodes modified with self-assembled monolayers; (ii) anisotropic orientation of redox proteins at monolayer-modified electrodes; (iii) electron-transfer cascades via redox hydrogels; and (iv) electron-transfer via conducting polymers. PMID:11996220

  3. Application of the density matrix method to the primary electron transfer in photosynthetic reaction centers

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    Sugawara, M.; Fujimura, Y. (Tohoku Univ., Sendai (Japan). Dept. of Chemistry); Yeh, C.Y.; Lin, S.H. (Arizona State Univ., Tempe (USA). Dept. of Chemistry Arizona State Univ., Tempe, AZ (USA). Center for the Study of Early Events in Photosynthesis)

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    The ultrafast time evolution of the primary electron transfer processes in photosynthetic reaction centers is theoretically studied by consideration of protein-induced and direct mechanisms in the density matrix method. The effective Liouvillian for the primary electron transfer processes in the pigment molecules is derived by projecting out the variables of the protein subunits. The protein-induced and direct electron transfer mechanisms are considered through the imaginary and real parts of the effective Liouvillian respectively. The model calculations of the population changes in the photosynthetic reaction center of Rhodopseudomonas viridis show that the protein-induced electron transfer mechanism plays an important role in the primary electron transfer processes. The model calculation is carried out without invoking the adiabatic approximation, i.e. stationary approximation of the off-diagonal density matrix elements. (orig.).

  4. 77 FR 50243 - Electronic Fund Transfers (Regulation E)

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  5. Protein dynamics and electron transfer: Electronic decoherence and non-Condon effects

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    Skourtis, Spiros S.; Balabin, Ilya A.; Kawatsu, Tsutomu; Beratan, David N.

    2005-01-01

    We compute the autocorrelation function of the donor-acceptor tunneling matrix element ?TDA(t)TDA(0)? for six Ru-azurin derivatives. Comparison of this decay time to the decay time of the time-dependent Franck-Condon factor {computed by Rossky and coworkers [Lockwood, D. M., Cheng, Y.-K. & Rossky, P. J. (2001) Chem. Phys. Lett. 345, 159-165]} reveals the extent to which non-Condon effects influence the electron-transfer rate. ?TDA(t)TDA(0)? is studied as a function of donor-acceptor d...

  6. Probing the ultrafast electron transfer at the CuPc/Au(111) interface

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    Core-hole clock spectroscopy and near-edge x-ray-absorption fine structure measurements have been used to investigate the ultrafast electron transfer dynamics at the Copper(II) phthalocyanine (CuPc)/Au(111) interface. It was found that the strong electronic coupling between the first layer of CuPc molecules and Au(111) substrate favors ultrafast electron transfer from the lowest unoccupied molecular orbital of the CuPc molecules to the conduction band of Au(111) in the time scale of ?6 fs. In contrast, the intermolecular electron transfer within multilayers of CuPc molecules via the weak van der Waals interaction was much slower

  7. Enhancing interfacial conductivity and spatial charge confinement of LaAlO3/SrTiO3 heterostructures via strain engineering

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    We explored the possibility of enhancing interfacial conductivity and spatial charge confinement of LaAlO3/SrTiO3 (LAO/STO) heterostructure (HS) via strain engineering using first-principles electronic structure calculations. We found that applying a tensile strain on the STO substrate along the ab-plane can significantly enhance the interfacial conductivity, magnetic moments, and the spatial charge confinement of the HS system. In contrast, a compressive strain can dilute the interfacial charge carrier density, make the mobile charges transfer to deep STO substrate, and weaken the spatial charge confinement along the c-axis. Hence, we propose that applying a tensile strain can be an effective way to enhance the interfacial conductivity and magnetism of STO-based HS systems.

  8. Electron transfer precedes ATP hydrolysis during nitrogenase catalysis.

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    Duval, Simon; Danyal, Karamatullah; Shaw, Sudipta; Lytle, Anna K; Dean, Dennis R; Hoffman, Brian M; Antony, Edwin; Seefeldt, Lance C

    2013-10-01

    The biological reduction of N2 to NH3 catalyzed by Mo-dependent nitrogenase requires at least eight rounds of a complex cycle of events associated with ATP-driven electron transfer (ET) from the Fe protein to the catalytic MoFe protein, with each ET coupled to the hydrolysis of two ATP molecules. Although steps within this cycle have been studied for decades, the nature of the coupling between ATP hydrolysis and ET, in particular the order of ET and ATP hydrolysis, has been elusive. Here, we have measured first-order rate constants for each key step in the reaction sequence, including direct measurement of the ATP hydrolysis rate constant: kATP = 70 s(-1), 25 °C. Comparison of the rate constants establishes that the reaction sequence involves four sequential steps: (i) conformationally gated ET (kET = 140 s(-1), 25 °C), (ii) ATP hydrolysis (kATP = 70 s(-1), 25 °C), (iii) Phosphate release (kPi = 16 s(-1), 25 °C), and (iv) Fe protein dissociation from the MoFe protein (kdiss = 6 s(-1), 25 °C). These findings allow completion of the thermodynamic cycle undergone by the Fe protein, showing that the energy of ATP binding and protein-protein association drive ET, with subsequent ATP hydrolysis and Pi release causing dissociation of the complex between the Fe(ox)(ADP)2 protein and the reduced MoFe protein. PMID:24062462

  9. Combined influences of electronic structure, solvent energetics and solvent dynamics on electron transfer kinetics

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    The mechanisms of electron transfer reactions are analyzed theoretically, with particular emphasis on the role of electronic structure and the manner in which its influence may be affected by energetic and dynamical properties of the medium in which the reaction occurs. Theoretical techniques are developed both for calculating and interpreting the extent of donor/acceptor coupling in terms of superexchange models. The role of solvent is studied in a variety of ways, including the use of (1) supermolecule clusters containing inner-shell solvent, (2) continuum reaction field models, and (3) classical molecular dynamics simulation of solvated ions. Electronic structure computations based on ab initio or semi-empirical (INDO) orbital models have been applied to redox processes involving metal ions complexed to various ligends, including the porphyrin macrocyle. Studies of metallocene/metallocinium (Cp2M/Cp2M+) redox pairs have identified an interesting mechanistic contrast for the cases of M = Fe and M = Co, which are found to be controlled, respectively, by superxchange mechanisms of the electron and hole type. The electronic coupling was demonstrated to conform quantiatively (to within 95%) to a 1-electron model. The electronic coupling is also strongly-dependent on relative orientation of reactants, and the relative energetics of these oreintations are in turn, strongly influenced by the nature of the medium. Analysis of the properties of the medium. Analysis of the properties of aqueous ferrous and ferric ions in terms of equilibrium H/D isotope effects have been carried out by exploiting classical molecular dynamics techniques, in conjunction with the MFE supercomputing facilities

  10. On the theory of electron transfer reactions at semiconductor/liquid interfaces. II. A free electron model

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    Gao, Yi Qin; Marcus, R. A.

    2000-10-01

    Electron transfer reactions at semiconductor/liquid interfaces are studied using the Fermi Golden rule and a free electron model for the semiconductor and the redox molecule. Bardeen's method is adapted to calculate the coupling matrix element between the molecular and semiconductor electronic states where the effective electron mass in the semiconductor need not equal the actual electron mass. The calculated maximum electron transfer rate constants are compared with the experimental results as well as with the theoretical results obtained in Part I using tight-binding calculations. The results, which are analytic for an s-electron in the redox agent and reduced to a quadrature for pz- and dz2-electrons, add to the insight of the earlier calculations.

  11. Investigating the mechanism of thylakoid direct electron transfer for photocurrent generation

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    Bioanodes incorporating thylakoids from spinach were studied to determine the mechanism of direct electron transfer to carbon electrodes. These electrodes generated a photocurrent of 0.43 ± 0.02 ?A/cm2. The change in this photocurrent was measured when individual components of thylakoids were removed, inhibited, or activated in order to determine which components contributed to the photocurrent. The results indicate that photosystems I and II, plastoquinone, cytochrome b6f, and plastocyanin are involved in the direct electron transfer mechanism and both electron transport pathways in photosynthesis (cyclic and noncyclic) contribute to the photocurrent. One of the benefits to using an organelle as a biocatalyst is the possibility for multiple electron transfer pathways at the electrode surface. The reported thylakoid electrodes show a contribution of electrons from the first five electron transfer steps in photosynthesis with only the last two steps not participating

  12. A Comparison of Electron-Transfer Dynamics inIonic Liquids and Neutral Solvents

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    Wishart J. F.; Lee, H.Y.; Issa, J.B.; Isied, S.S.; Castner, Jr., E.W.; Pan, Y.; Hussey, C.L.; Lee, K.S.

    2012-03-01

    The effect of ionic liquids on photoinduced electron-transfer reactions in a donor-bridge-acceptor system is examined for two ionic liquid solvents, 1-butyl-1-methylpyrrolidinium bis(trifluoromethylsulfonyl)amide and tributylmethylammonium bis(trifluoromethylsulfonyl)amide. The results are compared with those for the same system in methanol and acetonitrile solution. Electron-transfer rates were measured using time-resolved fluorescence quenching for the donor-bridge-acceptor system comprising a 1-N,1-N-dimethylbenzene-1,4-diamine donor, a proline bridge, and a coumarin 343 acceptor. The photoinduced electron-transfer processes are in the inverted regime (-{Delta}G > {lambda}) in all four solvents, with driving forces of -1.6 to -1.9 eV and estimated reorganization energies of about 1.0 eV. The observed electron-transfer kinetics have broadly distributed rates that are generally slower in the ionic liquids compared to the neutral solvents, which also have narrower rate distributions. To describe the broad distributions of electron-transfer kinetics, we use two different models: a distribution of exponential lifetimes and a discrete sum of exponential lifetimes. Analysis of the donor-acceptor electronic coupling shows that for ionic liquids this intramolecular electron-transfer reaction should be treated using a solvent-controlled electron-transfer model.

  13. Electron-transfer acceleration investigated by time resolved infrared spectroscopy.

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    Vl?ek, Antonín; Kvapilová, Hana; Towrie, Michael; Záliš, Stanislav

    2015-03-17

    Ultrafast electron transfer (ET) processes are important primary steps in natural and artificial photosynthesis, as well as in molecular electronic/photonic devices. In biological systems, ET often occurs surprisingly fast over long distances of several tens of angströms. Laser-pulse irradiation is conveniently used to generate strongly oxidizing (or reducing) excited states whose reactions are then studied by time-resolved spectroscopic techniques. While photoluminescence decay and UV-vis absorption supply precise kinetics data, time-resolved infrared absorption (TRIR) and Raman-based spectroscopies have the advantage of providing additional structural information and monitoring vibrational energy flows and dissipation, as well as medium relaxation, that accompany ultrafast ET. We will discuss three cases of photoinduced ET involving the Re(I)(CO)3(N,N) moiety (N,N = polypyridine) that occur much faster than would be expected from ET theories. [Re(4-N-methylpyridinium-pyridine)(CO)3(N,N)](2+) represents a case of excited-state picosecond ET between two different ligands that remains ultrafast even in slow-relaxing solvents, beating the adiabatic limit. This is caused by vibrational/solvational excitation of the precursor state and participation of high-frequency quantum modes in barrier crossing. The case of Re-tryptophan assemblies demonstrates that excited-state Trp ? *Re(II) ET is accelerated from nanoseconds to picoseconds when the Re(I)(CO)3(N,N) chromophore is appended to a protein, close to a tryptophan residue. TRIR in combination with DFT calculations and structural studies reveals an interaction between the N,N ligand and the tryptophan indole. It results in partial electronic delocalization in the precursor excited state and likely contributes to the ultrafast ET rate. Long-lived vibrational/solvational excitation of the protein Re(I)(CO)3(N,N)···Trp moiety, documented by dynamic IR band shifts, could be another accelerating factor. The last discussed process, back-ET in a porphyrin-Re(I)(CO)3(N,N) dyad, demonstrates that formation of a hot product accelerates highly exergonic ET in the Marcus inverted region. Overall, it follows that ET can be accelerated by enhancing the electronic interaction and by vibrational excitation of the reacting system and its medium, stressing the importance of quantum nuclear dynamics in ET reactivity. These effects are experimentally accessible by time-resolved vibrational spectroscopies (IR, Raman) in combination with quantum chemical calculations. It is suggested that structural dynamics play different mechanistic roles in light-triggered ET involving electronically excited donors or acceptors than in ground-state processes. While TRIR spectroscopy is well suitable to elucidate ET processes on a molecular-level, transient 2D-IR techniques combining optical and two IR (or terahertz) laser pulses present future opportunities for investigating, driving, and controlling ET. PMID:25699661

  14. Structural, dynamic, and energetic aspects of long-range electron transfer in photosynthetic reaction centers

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    Intramolecular electron transfer within proteins plays an essential role in biological energy transduction. Electron donor and acceptor cofactors are bound in the protein matrix at specific locations, and protein–cofactor interactions as well as protein conformational changes can markedly influence the electron transfer rates. To assess these effects, we have investigated charge recombination from the primary quinone acceptor to the special pair bacteriochlorophyll dimer in wild-type reacti...

  15. Ab initio quantum mechanical/molecular mechanical simulation of electron transfer process: Fractional electron approach

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    Zeng, Xiancheng; Hu, Hao; Hu, Xiangqian; Cohen, Aron J.; Yang, Weitao

    2008-03-01

    Electron transfer (ET) reactions are one of the most important processes in chemistry and biology. Because of the quantum nature of the processes and the complicated roles of the solvent, theoretical study of ET processes is challenging. To simulate ET processes at the electronic level, we have developed an efficient density functional theory (DFT) quantum mechanical (QM)/molecular mechanical (MM) approach that uses the fractional number of electrons as the order parameter to calculate the redox free energy of ET reactions in solution. We applied this method to study the ET reactions of the aqueous metal complexes Fe(H2O)62+/3+ and Ru(H2O)62+/3+. The calculated oxidation potentials, 5.82 eV for Fe(II/III) and 5.14 eV for Ru(II/III), agree well with the experimental data, 5.50 and 4.96 eV, for iron and ruthenium, respectively. Furthermore, we have constructed the diabatic free energy surfaces from histogram analysis based on the molecular dynamics trajectories. The resulting reorganization energy and the diabatic activation energy also show good agreement with experimental data. Our calculations show that using the fractional number of electrons (FNE) as the order parameter in the thermodynamic integration process leads to efficient sampling and validate the ab initio QM/MM approach in the calculation of redox free energies.

  16. Photoinduced electron transfer in fullerene triads bearing pyrene and fluorene

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    Photochemical properties of pyrene and fluorene appended fulleropyrrolidine triads (AH1-C60-AH2; AH1=pyrene and fluorene; AH2=naphthalene and phenyl) are reported. Electrochemical studies using cyclic voltammetry technique and DFT calculations at B3LYP/3-21G(*) method revealed that the charge-separated states in pyrene and fluorene appended triads are pyrenedot+-C60dot-AH2 and fluorenedot+-C60dot-AH2, respectively; however, no such charge-separated states could be established for naphthalene and phenyl appended triads. As demonstrated from the time resolved fluorescence, upon excitation of AH moiety in nonpolar solvents, energy transfer predominantly occurred from the singlet excited fluorophore to the C60 moiety, whereas in polar DMF charge-separation also contributed to the fluorescence quenching. Additionally, charge separation also occurred from the singlet excited C60 to the pyrene or fluorene entities of the triads in DMF. The rates and quantum yields of charge separation obtained by time-resolved emission studies were around 109s-1 and 0.9-0.6 for pyrene-C60-AH2 and fluorene-C60-AH2 triads. Nanosecond transient absorption spectral studies performed by using 355nm laser light on the triads, exhibited transient bands corresponding to thibited transient bands corresponding to the C60dot- and pyrenedot+ or fluorenedot+, thus establishing the occurrence of electron transfer in these triads in DMF. The rates of charge recombination obtained by monitoring the decay of the C60dot- were found to be around 106s-1 in DMF which resulted in the lifetimes of the radical ion pairs up to 1000ns indicating charge stabilization in pyrene-C60-AH2 and fluorene-C60-AH2 triads. The formations of long-lived charge-separated states, pyrenedot+-C60d'ot-AH2 and fluorenedot+-C60dot-AH2 in DMF, were rationalized by evaluating the Marcus parameters from the temperature dependence of the charge-recombination rate constants

  17. Final Report for completed IPP-0110 and 0110A Projects: 'High Energy Ion Technology of Interfacial Thin Film Coatings for Electronic, Optical and Industrial Applications'

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    The DOE-supported IPP (Initiatives for Proliferation Prevention) Project, IPP-0110, and its accompanying 'add-on project' IPP-0110A, entitled 'High Energy Ion Technology of Interfacial Thin Film Coatings for Electronic, Optical and Industrial Applications' was a collaborative project involving the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (LBNL) as the U.S. DOE lab; the US surface modification company, Phygen, Inc., as the US private company involved; and the High Current Electronics Institute (HCEI) of the Russian Academy of Sciences, Tomsk, Siberia, Russia, as the NIS Institute involved. Regular scientific research progress meetings were held to which personnel came from all participating partners. The meetings were held mostly at the Phygen facilities in Minneapolis, Minnesota (with Phygen as host) with meetings also held at Tomsk, Russia (HCEI as host), and at Berkeley, California (LBNL as host) In this way, good exposure of all researchers to the various different laboratories involved was attained. This report contains the Final Reports (final deliverables) from the Russian Institute, HCEI. The first part is that for IPP-0110A (the 'main part' of the overall project) and the second part is that for the add-on project IPP-0110A. These reports are detailed, and contain all aspects of all the research carried out. The project was successful in that all deliverables as specified in the proposals were successfully developed, tested, and delivered to Phygen. All of the plasma hardware was designed, made and tested at HCEI, and the performance was excellent. Some of the machine and performance parameters were certainly of 'world class'. The goals and requirements of the IPP Project were well satisfied. I would like to express my gratitude to the DOE IPP program for support of this project throughout its entire duration, and for the unparalleled opportunity thereby provided for all of the diverse participants in the project to join in this collaborative research. The benefits are superb, as measured in quite a number of different ways.

  18. Electron-enhanced Raman scattering: a history of its discovery and spectroscopic applications to solution and interfacial chemistry.

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    Yui, Hiroharu

    2010-06-01

    Raman scattering spectroscopy can be used to distinguish highly similar molecules and obtain useful information on local physical and chemical environments at their functional group levels. However, obtaining a high-quality Raman spectrum requires high-power excitation and a long acquisition time owing to the inherently small Raman scattering cross section, which is problematic in the analyses of living cells and real-time environmental monitoring. Herein, a new Raman enhancement technique, electron-enhanced Raman scattering (EERS), is described in which artificially generated electrons affect the polarizability of target molecular systems and enhance their inherent Raman cross sections. The EERS technique stands in contrast to the well-known SERS technique, which requires roughened metal surfaces. The history of EERS and its spectroscopic applications to aqueous solutions are presented. PMID:20428851

  19. Ordered Assembly and Controlled Electron Transfer of the Blue Copper Protein Azurin at Gold (111) Single-Crystal Substrates

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    Chi, Qijin; Zhang, Jingdong

    2001-01-01

    We have shown that Pseudomonas aeruginosa azurin can be immobilized on alkanethiol monolayers self-assembled on Au(111). Immobilization is achieved through hydrophobic interactions between the hydrophobic area around the copper atom in azurin and methyl heads of alkanethiol to form submonolayers or monolayers. In this orientation mode azurin molecules on Au(111) are oriented with the redox center (copper atom) facing the electrode surface. This is opposite to the orientation of azurin on bare gold which is via a surface disulfide group such as recently reported. Scanning tunneling microscopy (STM) with molecular resolution reveals that both well-ordered alkanethiol and protein adlayers are present. Adsorbed azurin molecules exhibit high stability and retain electron transfer (ET) function. Long-range interfacial ET between azurin and Au(111) across variable-length alkanethiol bridges was systematically investigated by different electrochemical techniques. Distance-dependent ET can be controlled by adjusting the length of the alkanethiol chain. The electrochemical ET rate constant is almost independent of the chain length up to ca. 9 methylene units but follows exponential distance decay with a decay factor (beta) of 1.03 +/- 0.02 per CH2 unit at longer chain lengths. Overvoltage-dependent ET was also examined. The results provide a strategy to ordered molecular assemblies, and controlled orientation and ET of azurin at atomically planar metallic surfaces. This approach can in principle be extended to other redox metalloproteins.

  20. Characterization of interfacial strength of dissimilar metallic joints using a scanning Kelvin probe

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    It is very important to understand the interfacial behavior for effective evaluation of welding quality. This letter reports a simple nondestructive characterization method of the interfacial strength of dissimilar metallic joints. Using a scanning Kelvin probe, the electron work function of Cu–steel joints was measured and a strong correlation between the electron work function and the interfacial tensile strength was found.

  1. Role of ligand substitution on long-range electron transfer in azurins

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    Farver, O; Jeuken, L J

    2000-01-01

    Azurin contains two potential redox sites, a copper centre and, at the opposite end of the molecule, a cystine disulfide (RSSR). Intramolecular electron transfer between a pulse radiolytically produced RSSR- radical anion and the blue Cu(II) ion was studied in a series of azurins in which single-site mutations were introduced into the copper ligand sphere. In the Met121His mutant, the rate constant for intramolecular electron transfer is half that of the corresponding wild-type azurin. In the His46Gly and His117Gly mutants, a water molecule is co-ordinated to the copper ion when no external ligands are added. Both these mutants also exhibit slower intramolecular electron transfer than the corresponding wild-type azurin. However, for the His117Gly mutant in the presence of excess imidazole, an azurin-imidazole complex is formed and the intramolecular electron-transfer rate increases considerably, becoming threefold faster than that observed in the native protein. Activation parameters for all these electron-transfer processes were determined and combined with data from earlier studies on intramolecular electron transfer in wild-type and single-site-mutated azurins. A linear relationship between activation enthalpy and activation entropy was observed. These results are discussed in terms of reorganization energies, driving force and possible electron-transfer pathways.

  2. Diameter selective electron transfer from encapsulated ferrocenes to single-walled carbon nanotubes

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    Iizumi, Yoko; Suzuki, Hironori; Tange, Masayoshi; Okazaki, Toshiya

    2014-10-01

    The diameter selective photoluminescence quenching of single-walled carbon nanotubes (SWCNTs) is observed upon ferrocene encapsulation, which can be attributed to electron transfer from the encapsulated ferrocenes to the SWCNTs. Interestingly, the dependence of the electron transfer process on the nanotube diameter is governed by the molecular orientation of the ferrocenes in the SWCNT rather than the reduction potentials of the SWCNT.The diameter selective photoluminescence quenching of single-walled carbon nanotubes (SWCNTs) is observed upon ferrocene encapsulation, which can be attributed to electron transfer from the encapsulated ferrocenes to the SWCNTs. Interestingly, the dependence of the electron transfer process on the nanotube diameter is governed by the molecular orientation of the ferrocenes in the SWCNT rather than the reduction potentials of the SWCNT. Electronic supplementary information (ESI) available: Calculated binding energies of FeCp2@SWCNTs and additional spectroscopic characterization are described in ESI. See DOI: 10.1039/c4nr04398g

  3. Double- and single-electron transfer in H++K collisions from 0.3 to 4keV: Separation of direct double transfer and two-step successive single-electron transfer

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    Double-electron transfer and two-step single-electron transfer in collisions of proton with potassium-metal target are measured in the collision energy from 0.3 to 4 keV by using a charge-inversion mass spectrometry. Two prominent H- ion peaks are observed with different values of the energy loss and show different target density dependences. The peak with larger energy loss is identified as double-electron transfer and the other as two-step successive single-electron transfer from the analysis of the target density dependence. The two-step single-electron transfer is considered to occur as the process accompanying spontaneous Ly-? emission, followed by negative H- formation. A theoretical analysis is also carried out, and the single-electron transfer cross section obtained is found to be in excellent agreement with the present measurement, while the present measurement for double-electron transfer is found to be much smaller than those evaluated earlier and the present theory

  4. In situ transmission electron microscopy investigation of the interfacial reaction between Ni and Al during rapid heating in a nanocalorimeter

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    Grapes, Michael D., E-mail: mgrapes1@jhu.edu, E-mail: david.lavan@nist.gov, E-mail: weihs@jhu.edu [Department of Materials Science and Engineering, Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, Maryland 21218 (United States); Material Measurement Laboratory, Materials Measurement Science Division, National Institute of Standards and Technology, Gaithersburg, Maryland 20899 (United States); LaGrange, Thomas; Reed, Bryan W.; Campbell, Geoffrey H. [Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, Materials Science and Technology Division, Livermore, California 94550 (United States); Woll, Karsten [Department of Materials Science and Engineering, Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, Maryland 21218 (United States); Institute of Applied Materials, Karlsruhe Institute of Technology, 76344 Eggenstein-Leopoldshafen (Germany); LaVan, David A., E-mail: mgrapes1@jhu.edu, E-mail: david.lavan@nist.gov, E-mail: weihs@jhu.edu [Material Measurement Laboratory, Materials Measurement Science Division, National Institute of Standards and Technology, Gaithersburg, Maryland 20899 (United States); Weihs, Timothy P., E-mail: mgrapes1@jhu.edu, E-mail: david.lavan@nist.gov, E-mail: weihs@jhu.edu [Department of Materials Science and Engineering, Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, Maryland 21218 (United States)

    2014-11-01

    The Al/Ni formation reaction is highly exothermic and of both scientific and technological significance. In this report, we study the evolution of intermetallic phases in this reaction at a heating rate of 830 K/s. 100-nm-thick Al/Ni bilayers were deposited onto nanocalorimeter sensors that enable the measurement of temperature and heat flow during rapid heating. Time-resolved transmission electron diffraction patterns captured simultaneously with thermal measurements allow us to identify the intermetallic phases present and reconstruct the phase transformation sequence as a function of time and temperature. The results show a mostly unaltered phase transformation sequence compared to lower heating rates.

  5. In situ transmission electron microscopy investigation of the interfacial reaction between Ni and Al during rapid heating in a nanocalorimeter

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    The Al/Ni formation reaction is highly exothermic and of both scientific and technological significance. In this report, we study the evolution of intermetallic phases in this reaction at a heating rate of 830 K/s. 100-nm-thick Al/Ni bilayers were deposited onto nanocalorimeter sensors that enable the measurement of temperature and heat flow during rapid heating. Time-resolved transmission electron diffraction patterns captured simultaneously with thermal measurements allow us to identify the intermetallic phases present and reconstruct the phase transformation sequence as a function of time and temperature. The results show a mostly unaltered phase transformation sequence compared to lower heating rates

  6. Modulation transfer function and detective quantum efficiency of electron bombarded charge coupled device detector for low energy electrons.

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    Horá?ek, Miroslav

    2005-01-01

    Ro?. 76, ?. 9 (2005), 093704:1-6. ISSN 0034-6748 R&D Projects: GA ?R(CZ) GA202/03/1575 Keywords : electron bombarded CCD * modulation transfer function * detective quantum efficiency Subject RIV: JA - Electronics ; Optoelectronics, Electrical Engineering Impact factor: 1.235, year: 2005

  7. Effects of interfacial modification on the performance of an organic transistor based on TCNQ LB films

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    Ohnuki, Hitoshi [Department of Marine Technology, Tokyo University of Marine Science and Technology, 2-1-6 Etchujima, Koto-ku, Tokyo 135-8533 (Japan)], E-mail: ohnuki@kaiyodai.ac.jp; Changhai, Wu; Izumi, Mitsuru [Department of Marine Technology, Tokyo University of Marine Science and Technology, 2-1-6 Etchujima, Koto-ku, Tokyo 135-8533 (Japan); Tatewaki, Yoko; Ikegami, Keiichi [Nanotechnology Research Institute, National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology, 1-1-1 Umezono Tsukuba 305-8568 (Japan)

    2008-03-03

    The influence of interfacial modifications of n-type organic-based thin-film transistors (OTFTs), using low work-function metal electrodes and self-assembled monolayers (SAMs), were analyzed by electrical and structural measurements. We employed ultra thin films of long-alkyl-chained tetracyanoquinodimethane (C{sub 18}-TCNQ) Langmuir-Blodgett (LB) films as the n-type semiconducting layer with nano-scale thickness. A significant increase in the drain current was observed for the OTFT with low work-function metal electrodes, and this current increase was consistent with the decrease in the injection barrier height for carrier electrons to transfer from the electrodes into the LB films. On the other hand, it was found that the density of interfacial trapping sites decreased with the SAMs treatment, even though no structural modification was induced by the SAM. This behavior is considered to be due to the elimination of active SiOH groups on the SiO{sub 2} substrate by the SAMs treatments. It was also found that the device parameters strongly depend on the alkyl chain length of the SAMs. In order to explain this phenomenon clearly, a new interfacial model based on the interaction between carrier electrons and interfacial SiOH groups is proposed.

  8. Energy transfer studies of coumarin dyes using electron pulse radiolysis

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    Pulse radiolysis studies of the triplets of four 7-amino coumarin laser dyes were carried out in benzene. Energy transfer technique was used to confirm and also to determine the characteristics of these triples. Use of these studies in energy transfer dye lasers is discussed. (author) 8 refs.; 2 figs.; 5 tabs

  9. Experimental insights on the electron transfer and energy transfer processes between Ce3+-Yb3+ and Ce3+-Tb3+ in borate glass

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    Sontakke, Atul D.; Ueda, Jumpei; Katayama, Yumiko; Dorenbos, Pieter; Tanabe, Setsuhisa

    2015-03-01

    A facile method to describe the electron transfer and energy transfer processes among lanthanide ions is presented based on the temperature dependent donor luminescence decay kinetics. The electron transfer process in Ce3+-Yb3+ exhibits a steady rise with temperature, whereas the Ce3+-Tb3+ energy transfer remains nearly unaffected. This feature has been investigated using the rate equation modeling and a methodology for the quantitative estimation of interaction parameters is presented. Moreover, the overall consequences of electron transfer and energy transfer process on donor-acceptor luminescence behavior, quantum efficiency, and donor luminescence decay kinetics are discussed in borate glass host. The results in this study propose a straight forward approach to distinguish the electron transfer and energy transfer processes between lanthanide ions in dielectric hosts, which is highly advantageous in view of the recent developments on lanthanide doped materials for spectral conversion, persistent luminescence, and related applications.

  10. On the involvement of electron transfer reactions in the fluorescence decay kinetics heterogeneity of proteins.

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    Ababou, A; Bombarda, E

    2001-10-01

    Time-resolved fluorescence study of single tryptophan-containing proteins, nuclease, ribonuclease T1, protein G, glucagon, and mastoparan, has been carried out. Three different methods were used for the analysis of fluorescence decays: the iterative reconvolution method, as reviewed and developed in our laboratory, the maximum entropy method, and the recent method that we called "energy transfer" method. All the proteins show heterogeneous fluorescence kinetics (multiexponential decay). The origin of this heterogeneity is interpreted in terms of current theories of electron transfer process, which treat the electron transfer process as a radiationless transition. The theoretical electron transfer rate was calculated assuming the peptide bond carbonyl as the acceptor site. The good agreement between experimental and theoretical electron-transfer rates leads us to suggest that the electron-transfer process is the principal quenching mechanism of Trp fluorescence in proteins, resulting in heterogeneous fluorescence kinetics. Furthermore, the origin of apparent homogeneous fluorescence kinetics (monoexponential decay) in some proteins also can be explained on the basis of electron-transfer mechanism. PMID:11567101

  11. Syntrophic growth with direct interspecies electron transfer as the primary mechanism for energy exchange

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    Shrestha, Pravin Malla; Rotaru, Amelia-Elena

    2013-01-01

    Direct interspecies electron transfer (DIET) through biological electrical connections is an alternative to interspecies H2 transfer as a mechanism for electron exchange in syntrophic cultures. However, it has not previously been determined whether electrons received via DIET yield energy to support cell growth. In order to investigate this, co-cultures of Geobacter metallireducens, which can transfer electrons to wild-type G.?sulfurreducens via DIET, were established with a citrate synthase-deficient G.?sulfurreducens strain that can receive electrons for respiration through DIET only. In a medium with ethanol as the electron donor and fumarate as the electron acceptor, co-cultures with the citrate synthase-deficient G.?sulfurreducens strain metabolized ethanol as fast as co-cultures with wild-type, but the acetate that G.?metallireducens generated from ethanol oxidation accumulated. The lack of acetate metabolism resulted in less fumarate reduction and lower cell abundance of G.?sulfurreducens. RNAseq analysis of transcript abundance was consistent with a lack of acetate metabolism in G.?sulfurreducens and revealed gene expression levels for the uptake hydrogenase, formate dehydrogenase, the pilus-associated c-type cytochrome OmcS and pili consistent with electron transfer via DIET. These results suggest that electrons transferred via DIET can serve as the sole energy source to support anaerobic respiration.

  12. Role of protein fluctuation correlations in electron transfer in photosynthetic complexes

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    Nesterov, Alexander I.; Berman, Gennady P.

    2015-04-01

    We consider the dependence of the electron transfer in photosynthetic complexes on correlation properties of random fluctuations of the protein environment. The electron subsystem is modeled by a finite network of connected electron (exciton) sites. The fluctuations of the protein environment are modeled by random telegraph processes, which act either collectively (correlated) or independently (uncorrelated) on the electron sites. We derived an exact closed system of first-order linear differential equations with constant coefficients, for the average density matrix elements and for their first moments. Under some conditions, we obtained analytic expressions for the electron transfer rates and found the range of parameters for their applicability by comparing with the exact numerical simulations. We also compared the correlated and uncorrelated regimes and demonstrated numerically that the uncorrelated fluctuations of the protein environment can, under some conditions, either increase or decrease the electron transfer rates.

  13. The Role of Protein Fluctuation Correlations in Electron Transfer in Photosynthetic Complexes

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    Nesterov, Alexander I

    2014-01-01

    We consider the dependence of the electron transfer in photosynthetic complexes on correlation properties of random fluctuations of the protein environment. The electron subsystem is modeled by a finite network of connected electron (exciton) sites. The fluctuations of the protein environment are modeled by random telegraph processes, which act either collectively (correlated) or independently (uncorrelated) on the electron sites. We derived an exact closed system of first-order linear differential equations with constant coefficients, for the average density matrix elements and for their first moments. Under some conditions, we obtain analytic expressions for the electron transfer rates. We compare the correlated and uncorrelated regimes, and demonstrated numerically that the uncorrelated fluctuations of the protein environment can, under some conditions, either increase or decrease the electron transfer rates.

  14. On the connection of semiclassical instanton theory with Marcus theory for electron transfer in solution

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    We present a derivation of Marcus theory of electron transfer in solution starting from semiclassical instanton theory. The conventional semiclassical instanton theory provides an inadequate description of the electron transfer process in the inverted Marcus regime. This has been attributed to the lack of backscattering in the product region, which is represented as a semi-infinite continuum of states. For electron transfer processes in condensed phase, the electronic states in the acceptor well are bound, which violates the continuum assumption. We show by detailed analysis of the minimum action path of a model system for electron transfer that the proper tunneling coordinate is a delocalized, “bead-count” mode. The tunneling mode is analytically continued in the complex plane as in the traditional derivation. Unlike the traditional analysis where the method of steepest descent is used, the tunneling coordinate is treated as a quasi-zero mode. This feature allows including the influence of backscattering in the acceptor well and leads to the recovery of the Marcus formula for the rate of electron transfer. The results have implications on the performance of ring polymer molecular dynamics for the study of electron transfer dynamics.

  15. Density functional theory based analysis of photoinduced electron transfer in a triazacryptand based K? sensor.

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    Briggs, Edward A; Besley, Nicholas A

    2015-03-26

    The electronic structure and photoinduced electron transfer processes in a K(+) fluorescent sensor that comprises a 4-amino-naphthalimide derived fluorophore with a triazacryptand ligand is investigated using density functional theory (DFT) and time-dependent density functional theory (TDDFT) in order to rationalize the function of the sensor. The absorption and emission energies of the intense electronic excitation localized on the fluorophore are accurately described using a ?SCF Kohn-Sham DFT approach, which gives excitation energies closer to experiment than TDDFT. Analysis of the molecular orbital diagram arising from DFT calculations for the isolated molecule or with implicit solvent cannot account for the function of the sensor, and it is necessary to consider the relative energies of the electronic states formed from the local excitation on the fluorophore and the lowest fluorophore ? chelator charge transfer state. The inclusion of solvent in these calculations is critical since the strong interaction of the charge transfer state with the solvent lowers its energy below the local fluorophore excited state making a reductive photoinduced electron transfer possible in the absence of K(+), while no such process is possible when the sensor is bound to K(+). The rate of electron transfer is quantified using Marcus theory, which gives a rate of electron transfer of k(ET) = 5.98 × 10(6) s(-1). PMID:25734899

  16. Interfacial electronic structure-modulated magnetic anisotropy in Ta/CoFeB/MgO/Ta multilayers

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    Chen, Xi; Jiang, Shao Long; Yang, Guang; Liu, Yang; Teng, Jiao; Yu, Guang Hua, E-mail: ghyu@mater.ustb.edu.cn [Department of Materials Physics and Chemistry, University of Science and Technology Beijing, Beijing 100083 (China); Wang, Kai You [SKLSM, Institute of Semiconductors, CAS, P. O. Box 912, Beijing 100083 (China); Wu, Zheng Long [Analytical and Testing Center, Beijing Normal University, Beijing 100875 (China)

    2014-09-01

    We have observed several unexpected phenomena when a trace amount of Fe atoms is deposited onto the CoFeB/MgO interface in Ta/CoFeB/MgO/Ta multilayers. With the nominal thickness of the introduced Fe atoms (t{sub Fe}) varying from 0 to 0.1?Å, the effective magnetic anisotropy energy (K{sub eff}) of annealed multilayers is remarkably enhanced from 1.28?×?10{sup 6?}erg/cm{sup 3} to 2.14?×?10{sup 6?}erg/cm{sup 3}. As t{sub Fe} further increasing, the K{sub eff} decreases and even becomes negative when t{sub Fe}?>?1?Å, indicating the change from perpendicular magnetic anisotropy to in-plane magnetic anisotropy. The analysis by X-ray photoelectron spectrometer reveals that the Fe atoms at annealed CoFeB/MgO interface show different electronic structures as t{sub Fe} increasing, which combine with O atoms to form FeO{sub x} (x?

  17. ElectronTransfer Induced Ring Opening of α-Epoxyketones: Spirodioxolane Formation

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    2002-01-01

    Full Text Available Stereospecific formation of spirodioxolanes has been observed on electron transfer induced ring opening of α-epoxyketones by 2,4,6-triphenylpyrylium tetrafluoroborate in the presence of cyclohexanone

  18. 36 CFR 1235.50 - What specifications and standards for transfer apply to electronic records?

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    ...ADMINISTRATION RECORDS MANAGEMENT TRANSFER OF RECORDS...i.e. , ordered collections of data items...separate files. (c) Digital geospatial data files...document format records, digital photographic records...NARA Electronic Records Management Initiative Web...

  19. Radicals and radical ions as intermediates of electron transfer processes through peptides

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    Giese, Bernd; Eckhardt, Sonja; Lauz, Miriam; Gao, Jian; Wang, Min

    2013-01-01

    Electron transfer (ET) through peptides and proteins is a key biochemical process, which involves radicals and radical ions as reactive intermediates. We have developed an assay that allows us to study this fundamental chemical reaction.

  20. An Electron Transfer Approach to the Preparation of Highly Functionalized Anthraquinones

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    Patrice Vanelle

    2005-01-01

    Full Text Available A series of highly functionalized quinones was prepared by an original reaction of 2,3-bis(chloromethyl-1,4-dimethoxyanthraquinone (6 with various nitronate anions under electron transfer reaction conditions.

  1. An Electron Transfer Approach to the Preparation of Highly Functionalized Anthraquinones

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    Patrice Vanelle; Thierry Terme; Abdelouahab Beziane

    2005-01-01

    A series of highly functionalized quinones was prepared by an original reaction of 2,3-bis(chloromethyl)-1,4-dimethoxyanthraquinone (6) with various nitronate anions under electron transfer reaction conditions.

  2. Electron transfer from CO2lg-bullet- to perylene in cyclohexane

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    CO2lg-bullet- formed by the reactions of the electron with CO2 in cyclohexane transfers an electron to perylene with a rate constant of 2.9 x 1010 M-1s-1. G?580nm for the perylene radical anion is 9 x 103 molecules (100 eV)-1 M -1 cm-1. The transfer of an electron from CO2lg-bullet+ to an aromatic molecule is a significant process when CO2 is used as an electron scavenger in solution where the production of excited states of the aromatic molecule is studied. 24 refs., 6 figs

  3. Electron emission for transfer ionization in 70 keV H+ on He

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    We present experimental results for doubly differential electron emission in transfer ionization produced by H+ projectiles on a He target at 70 keV impact energy. Energy spectra were obtained at emission angles of ?=0 deg., 20 deg. and 50 deg., and compared with spectra of total electron emission, these being dominated by single ionization. A cusp-shaped emission of electrons at the velocity of the emerging H0 projectiles, and an enhanced electron emission from binary-encounter collisions are observed in the transfer ionization spectra. (author). Letter-to-the-editor

  4. Electron emission for transfer ionization in 70 keV H{sup +} on He

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    Bernardi, G.; Focke, P.; Gonzalez, A.D.; Suarez, S.; Fregenal, D. [Centro Atomico Bariloche and Instituto Balseiro, 8400 S C de Bariloche, Rio Negro (Argentina)

    1999-08-14

    We present experimental results for doubly differential electron emission in transfer ionization produced by H{sup +} projectiles on a He target at 70 keV impact energy. Energy spectra were obtained at emission angles of {theta}=0 deg., 20 deg. and 50 deg., and compared with spectra of total electron emission, these being dominated by single ionization. A cusp-shaped emission of electrons at the velocity of the emerging H{sup 0} projectiles, and an enhanced electron emission from binary-encounter collisions are observed in the transfer ionization spectra. (author). Letter-to-the-editor.

  5. Electron transfer dynamics and excited state branching in a charge-transfer platinum(II) donor-bridge-acceptor assembly.

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    Scattergood, Paul A; Delor, Milan; Sazanovich, Igor V; Bouganov, Oleg V; Tikhomirov, Sergei A; Stasheuski, Alexander S; Parker, Anthony W; Greetham, Gregory M; Towrie, Michael; Davies, E Stephen; Meijer, Anthony J H M; Weinstein, Julia A

    2014-12-21

    A linear asymmetric Pt(ii) trans-acetylide donor-bridge-acceptor triad designed for efficient charge separation, NAP[triple bond, length as m-dash]Pt(PBu3)2[triple bond, length as m-dash]Ph-CH2-PTZ (), containing strong electron acceptor and donor groups, 4-ethynyl-N-octyl-1,8-naphthalimide (NAP) and phenothiazine (PTZ) respectively, has been synthesised and its photoinduced charge transfer processes characterised in detail. Excitation with 400 nm, ?50 fs laser pulse initially populates a charge transfer manifold stemming from electron transfer from the Pt-acetylide centre to the NAP acceptor and triggers a cascade of charge and energy transfer events. A combination of ultrafast time-resolved infrared (TRIR) and transient absorption (TA) spectroscopies, supported by UV-Vis/IR spectroelectrochemistry, emission spectroscopy and DFT calculations reveals a self-consistent photophysical picture of the excited state evolution from femto- to milliseconds. The characteristic features of the NAP-anion and PTZ-cation are clearly observed in both the TRIR and TA spectra, confirming the occurrence of electron transfer and allowing the rate constants of individual ET-steps to be obtained. Intriguingly, has three separate ultrafast electron transfer pathways from a non-thermalised charge transfer manifold directly observed by TRIR on timescales ranging from 0.2 to 14 ps: charge recombination to form either the intraligand triplet (3)NAP with 57% yield, or the ground state, and forward electron transfer to form the full charge-separated state (3)CSS ((3)[PTZ(+)-NAP(-)]) with 10% yield as determined by target analysis. The (3)CSS decays by charge-recombination to the ground state with ?1 ns lifetime. The lowest excited state is (3)NAP, which possesses a long lifetime of 190 ?s and efficiently sensitises singlet oxygen. Overall, molecular donor-bridge-acceptor triad demonstrates excited state branching over 3 different pathways, including formation of a long-distant (18 Å) full charge-separated excited state from a directly observed vibrationally hot precursor state. PMID:25361227

  6. Observation of orientation-dependent electron transfer in molecule–surface collisions

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    Bartels, Nils; Golibrzuch, Kai; Bartels, Christof; Chen, Li; Auerbach, Daniel J.; Wodtke, Alec M.; Scha?fer, Tim

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    How molecules point in space—that is, their spatial orientation—determines how they interact with their environment. Exchange of energy, photons, and particles as well as chemical reactions are all elementary processes that depend on orientation. Electron transfer reactions are of particular interest because of their importance in a remarkably wide range of phenomena. In this work, we examine electron transfer reactions at surfaces, which control the change of oxidation state in surface c...

  7. Electron transfer and photophosphorylation in mitochondria of buckwheat after irradiation of seeds with ?-rays

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    Pre-sowing irradiation of seeds at 500 R activates the transfer of electrons by photosynthetic electron transfer path of isolated buchwheat chloroplasts in the ontogenesis and stimulates the conjugated photosynthetic phosphorilation. An increased content of NADPxH2 is observed along with an elevated level of ATP production. Intensification of oxidative phosphorilation and growth of the P/O ratio of mitochondria has been shown in the ''irradiated'' plants, together with a concomitant increase of ATPhase activity in chloroplasts and mitochondria

  8. Experimental and Theoretical Demonstrations for the Mechanism behind Enhanced Microbial Electron Transfer by CNT Network

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    Xian-Wei Liu; Jie-Jie Chen; Yu-Xi Huang; Xue-Fei Sun; Guo-Ping Sheng; Dao-Bo Li; Lu Xiong; Yuan-Yuan Zhang; Feng Zhao; Han-Qing Yu

    2014-01-01

    Bioelectrochemical systems (BESs) share the principle of the microbially catalyzed anodic substrate oxidation. Creating an electrode interface to promote extracellular electron transfer from microbes to electrode and understanding such mechanisms are crucial for engineering BESs. In this study, significantly promoted electron transfer and a 10-times increase in current generation in a BES were achieved by the utilization of carbon nanotube (CNT) network, compared with carbon paper. The mechan...

  9. Oxygenation of methylarenes to benzaldehyde derivatives by a polyoxometalate mediated electron transfer-oxygen transfer reaction in aqueous sulfuric Acid.

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    Sarma, Bidyut Bikash; Efremenko, Irena; Neumann, Ronny

    2015-05-13

    The synthesis of benzaldehyde derivatives by oxygenation of methylarenes is of significant conceptual and practical interest because these compounds are important chemical intermediates whose synthesis is still carried out by nonsustainable methods with very low atom economy and formation of copious amounts of waste. Now an oxygenation reaction with a 100% theoretical atom economy using a polyoxometalate oxygen donor has been found. The product yield is typically above 95% with no "overoxidation" to benzoic acids; H2 is released by electrolysis, enabling additional reaction cycles. An electrocatalytic cycle is also feasible. This reaction is possible through the use of an aqueous sulfuric acid solvent, in an aqueous biphasic reaction mode that also allows simple catalyst recycling and recovery. The solvent plays a key role in the reaction mechanism by protonating the polyoxometalate thereby enabling the activation of the methylarenes by an electron transfer process. After additional proton transfer and oxygen transfer steps, benzylic alcohols are formed that further react by an electron transfer-proton transfer sequence forming benzaldehyde derivatives. PMID:25901934

  10. Experimental and Theoretical Demonstrations for the Mechanism behind Enhanced Microbial Electron Transfer by CNT Network

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    Liu, Xian-Wei; Chen, Jie-Jie; Huang, Yu-Xi; Sun, Xue-Fei; Sheng, Guo-Ping; Li, Dao-Bo; Xiong, Lu; Zhang, Yuan-Yuan; Zhao, Feng; Yu, Han-Qing

    2014-01-01

    Bioelectrochemical systems (BESs) share the principle of the microbially catalyzed anodic substrate oxidation. Creating an electrode interface to promote extracellular electron transfer from microbes to electrode and understanding such mechanisms are crucial for engineering BESs. In this study, significantly promoted electron transfer and a 10-times increase in current generation in a BES were achieved by the utilization of carbon nanotube (CNT) network, compared with carbon paper. The mechanisms for the enhanced current generation with the CNT network were elucidated with both experimental approach and molecular dynamic simulations. The fabricated CNT network was found to be able to substantially enhance the interaction between the c-type cytochromes and solid electron acceptor, indicating that the direct electron transfer from outer-membrane decaheme c-type cytochromes to electrode might occur. The results obtained in this study will benefit for the optimized design of new materials to target the outer membrane proteins for enhanced electron exchanges.

  11. FinalReport for completed IPP-0110 and 0110A Projects:"High Energy Ion Technology of Interfacial Thin Film Coatings for Electronic, Optical and Industrial Applications"

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    Brown, Ian

    2009-09-01

    The DOE-supported IPP (Initiatives for Proliferation Prevention) Project, IPP-0110, and its accompanying 'add-on project' IPP-0110A, entitled 'High Energy Ion Technology of Interfacial Thin Film Coatings for Electronic, Optical and Industrial Applications' was a collaborative project involving the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (LBNL) as the U.S. DOE lab; the US surface modification company, Phygen, Inc., as the US private company involved; and the High Current Electronics Institute (HCEI) of the Russian Academy of Sciences, Tomsk, Siberia, Russia, as the NIS Institute involved. Regular scientific research progress meetings were held to which personnel came from all participating partners. The meetings were held mostly at the Phygen facilities in Minneapolis, Minnesota (with Phygen as host) with meetings also held at Tomsk, Russia (HCEI as host), and at Berkeley, California (LBNL as host) In this way, good exposure of all researchers to the various different laboratories involved was attained. This report contains the Final Reports (final deliverables) from the Russian Institute, HCEI. The first part is that for IPP-0110A (the 'main part' of the overall project) and the second part is that for the add-on project IPP-0110A. These reports are detailed, and contain all aspects of all the research carried out. The project was successful in that all deliverables as specified in the proposals were successfully developed, tested, and delivered to Phygen. All of the plasma hardware was designed, made and tested at HCEI, and the performance was excellent. Some of the machine and performance parameters were certainly of 'world class'. The goals and requirements of the IPP Project were well satisfied. I would like to express my gratitude to the DOE IPP program for support of this project throughout its entire duration, and for the unparalleled opportunity thereby provided for all of the diverse participants in the project to join in this collaborative research. The benefits are superb, as measured in quite a number of different ways.

  12. Measured multipole moments of continuum electron transfer angular distributions

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    The velocity space distribution of electrons emitted near the forward direction from collisions involving fast, highly stripped oxygen ions with gaseous and solid targets is presented and described in terms of multipole moments of the ejected charge distribution, which permits direct comparison with recent theory. The measurements are produced by employing position-sensitive electron detection to combine emission angle definition with conventional electrostatic spectrometry. Agreement obtained between theory and distributions observed for binary continuum electron loss processes coupled with a similar multipole content observed with solid targets suggests a model of convoy electron production dominated by electron loss from the projectile within the bulk of the target. Further, the connection between multipoles of the projectile electron emission distribution in single collisions and the state of excitation of that projectile excited states may provide the basis for a probe of the state of ions traversing bulk solid matter. 14 refs., 3 figs., 1 tab

  13. Insights into proton-coupled electron transfer mechanisms of electrocatalytic H2 oxidation and production

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    Horvath, Samantha; Fernandez, Laura; Soudackov, Alexander V.; Hammes-Schiffer, Sharon

    2012-09-25

    The design of molecular electrocatalysts for H2 oxidation and production is important for the development of alternative renewable energy sources that are abundant, inexpensive, and environmentally benign. Recently nickel-based molecular electrocatalysts with pendant amines that act as proton relays for the nickel center were shown to effectively catalyze H2 oxidation and production. We developed a quantum mechanical approach for studying proton-coupled electron transfer processes in these types of molecular electrocatalysts. This theoretical approach is applied to a nickel-based catalyst in which phosphorous atoms are directly bonded to the nickel center and nitrogen atoms of the ligand rings act as proton relays. The cataly c step of interest involves electron transfer between the nickel complex and the electrode as well as intramolecular proton transfer between the nickel and nitrogen atoms. This process can occur sequentially, with either the electron or proton transferring first, or concertedly, with the electron and proton transferring simultaneously without a stable intermediate. The heterogeneous rate constants are calculated as functions of overpotential for the concerted electron-proton transfer reaction and the two electron transfer reactions in the sequential mechanisms. Our calculations illustrate that the concerted electron-proton transfer standard rate constant will increase as the equilibrium distance between the nickel and nitrogen atoms decreases and as the nitrogen atoms become more mobile to facilitate the contraction of this distance. This approach assists in the identification of the favored mechanisms under various experimental conditions and provides insight into the qualitative impact of substituents on the nitrogen and phosphorous atoms. This research was supported as part of the Center for Molecular Electrocatalysis, an Energy Frontier Research Center funded by the U.S. Department of Energy, Office of Science, Office of Basic Energy Sciences, under FWP 56073.

  14. Concerted electron-proton transfer in the optical excitation of hydrogen-bonded dyes

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    Westlake, Brittany C.; Brennaman, Kyle M; Concepcion, Javier J; Paul, Jared J.; Bettis, Stephanie E; Hampton, Shaun D; Miller, Stephen A.; Lebedeva, Natalia V.; Forbes, Malcolm D. E.; Moran, Andrew M.; Meyer, Thomas J.; Papanikolas, John M.

    2011-05-24

    The simultaneous, concerted transfer of electrons and protons—electron-proton transfer (EPT)—is an important mechanism utilized in chemistry and biology to avoid high energy intermediates. There are many examples of thermally activated EPT in ground-state reactions and in excited states following photoexcitation and thermal relaxation. Here we report application of ultrafast excitation with absorption and Raman monitoring to detect a photochemically driven EPT process (photo-EPT). In this process, both electrons and protons are transferred during the absorption of a photon. Photo-EPT is induced by intramolecular charge-transfer (ICT) excitation of hydrogen-bonded-base adducts with either a coumarin dye or 4-nitro-4'-biphenylphenol. Femtosecond transient absorption spectral measurements following ICT excitation reveal the appearance of two spectroscopically distinct states having different dynamical signatures. One of these states corresponds to a conventional ICT excited state in which the transferring H? is initially associated with the proton donor. Proton transfer to the base (B) then occurs on the picosecond time scale. The other state is an ICT-EPT photoproduct. Upon excitation it forms initially in the nuclear configuration of the ground state by application of the Franck–Condon principle. However, due to the change in electronic configuration induced by the transition, excitation is accompanied by proton transfer with the protonated base formed with a highly elongated ?H–B bond. Coherent Raman spectroscopy confirms the presence of a vibrational mode corresponding to the protonated base in the optically prepared state.

  15. Effect of resonant-to-bulk electron momentum transfer on the efficiency of electron-cyclotron current drive

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    Efficiency of current drive by electron-cyclotron waves is investigated numerically by a bounce-average Fokker-Planck code to elucidate the effects of momentum transfer from resonant to bulk electrons, finite bulk temperature relative to the energy of resonant electrons, and trapped electrons. Comparisons are made with existing theories to assess their validity and quantitative difference between theory and code results. Difference of nearly a factor of 2 was found in efficiency between some theory and code results. 4 refs., 4 figs

  16. A new semiclassical decoupling scheme for electronic transitions in molecular collisions - Application to vibrational-to-electronic energy transfer

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    Lee, H.-W.; Lam, K. S.; Devries, P. L.; George, T. F.

    1980-01-01

    A new semiclassical decoupling scheme (the trajectory-based decoupling scheme) is introduced in a computational study of vibrational-to-electronic energy transfer for a simple model system that simulates collinear atom-diatom collisions. The probability of energy transfer (P) is calculated quasiclassically using the new scheme as well as quantum mechanically as a function of the atomic electronic-energy separation (lambda), with overall good agreement between the two sets of results. Classical mechanics with the new decoupling scheme is found to be capable of predicting resonance behavior whereas an earlier decoupling scheme (the coordinate-based decoupling scheme) failed. Interference effects are not exhibited in P vs lambda results.

  17. Modeling time-coincident ultrafast electron transfer and solvation processes at molecule-semiconductor interfaces

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    Li, Lesheng; Giokas, Paul G.; Kanai, Yosuke; Moran, Andrew M.

    2014-06-01

    Kinetic models based on Fermi's Golden Rule are commonly employed to understand photoinduced electron transfer dynamics at molecule-semiconductor interfaces. Implicit in such second-order perturbative descriptions is the assumption that nuclear relaxation of the photoexcited electron donor is fast compared to electron injection into the semiconductor. This approximation breaks down in systems where electron transfer transitions occur on 100-fs time scale. Here, we present a fourth-order perturbative model that captures the interplay between time-coincident electron transfer and nuclear relaxation processes initiated by light absorption. The model consists of a fairly small number of parameters, which can be derived from standard spectroscopic measurements (e.g., linear absorbance, fluorescence) and/or first-principles electronic structure calculations. Insights provided by the model are illustrated for a two-level donor molecule coupled to both (i) a single acceptor level and (ii) a density of states (DOS) calculated for TiO2 using a first-principles electronic structure theory. These numerical calculations show that second-order kinetic theories fail to capture basic physical effects when the DOS exhibits narrow maxima near the energy of the molecular excited state. Overall, we conclude that the present fourth-order rate formula constitutes a rigorous and intuitive framework for understanding photoinduced electron transfer dynamics that occur on the 100-fs time scale.

  18. 77 FR 77187 - Electronic Fund Transfers (Regulation E)

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    ...funds at a new exchange rate. Under the...institution fees and foreign taxes. Finally...transfer by a foreign country's...ltrif]The exchange rate used to calculate...rounding of the exchange rate; and...other local foreign taxes,...

  19. High temperature interfacial superconductivity

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    Bozovic, Ivan (Mount Sinai, NY); Logvenov, Gennady (Port Jefferson Station, NY); Gozar, Adrian Mihai (Port Jefferson, NY)

    2012-06-19

    High-temperature superconductivity confined to nanometer-scale interfaces has been a long standing goal because of potential applications in electronic devices. The spontaneous formation of a superconducting interface in bilayers consisting of an insulator (La.sub.2CuO.sub.4) and a metal (La.sub.1-xSr.sub.xCuO.sub.4), neither of which is superconducting per se, is described. Depending upon the layering sequence of the bilayers, T.sub.c may be either .about.15 K or .about.30 K. This highly robust phenomenon is confined to within 2-3 nm around the interface. After exposing the bilayer to ozone, T.sub.c exceeds 50 K and this enhanced superconductivity is also shown to originate from a 1 to 2 unit cell thick interfacial layer. The results demonstrate that engineering artificial heterostructures provides a novel, unconventional way to fabricate stable, quasi two-dimensional high T.sub.c phases and to significantly enhance superconducting properties in other superconductors. The superconducting interface may be implemented, for example, in SIS tunnel junctions or a SuFET.

  20. Electron transfer and coupling in graphene–tungsten disulfide van der Waals heterostructures

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    He, Jiaqi; Kumar, Nardeep; Bellus, Matthew Z.; Chiu, Hsin-Ying; He, Dawei; Wang, Yongsheng; Zhao, Hui

    2014-11-01

    The newly discovered two-dimensional materials can be used to form atomically thin and sharp van der Waals heterostructures with nearly perfect interface qualities, which can transform the science and technology of semiconductor heterostructures. Owing to the weak van der Waals interlayer coupling, the electronic states of participating materials remain largely unchanged. Hence, emergent properties of these structures rely on two key elements: electron transfer across the interface and interlayer coupling. Here we show, using graphene–tungsten disulfide heterostructures as an example, evidence of ultrafast and highly efficient interlayer electron transfer and strong interlayer coupling and control. We find that photocarriers injected in tungsten disulfide transfer to graphene in 1?ps and with near-unity efficiency. We also demonstrate that optical properties of tungsten disulfide can be effectively tuned by carriers in graphene. These findings illustrate basic processes required for using van der Waals heterostructures in electronics and photonics.

  1. Comparison of three methods for calculation of electron transfer probability in H+ + Ne

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    We have developed a theoretical model of ion-atom collisions where we described electron dynamics by the time-dependent density-functional theory (TDDFT) and the ion dynamics by classical mechanics through the Ehrenfest method. We have compared three methods to calculate the probability of electron transfer during H+ + Ne collision. By discussing these issues we shall be able to understand how these methods work, what their limitations are and whether they admit of any improvements. -- Highlights: ? We have developed a theoretical model of ion-atom collisions based on TDDFT. ? We have compared three methods to calculate the probability of electron transfer in H+ + Ne. ? Electron transfer cross sections showed a good agreement with available experimental data.

  2. Electron transfer from sulfate-reducing becteria biofilm promoted by reduced graphene sheets

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    Wan, Yi; Zhang, Dun; Wang, Yi; Wu, Jiajia

    2012-01-01

    Reduced graphene sheets (RGSs) mediate electron transfer between sulfate-reducing bacteria (SRB) and solid electrodes, and promote the development of microbial fuel cells (MFC). We have investigated RSG-promoted electron transfer between SRB and a glassy carbon (GC) electrode. The RGSs were produced at high yield by a chemical sequence involving graphite oxidation, ultrasonic exfoliation of nanosheets, and N2H4 reduction. Cyclic voltammetric testing showed that the characteristic anodic peaks (around 0.3 V) might arise from the combination of bacterial membrane surface cytochrome c3 and the metabolic products of SRB. After 6 d, another anodic wave gradually increased to a maximum current peak and a third anodic signal became visible at around 0 V. The enhancements of two characteristic anodic peaks suggest that RSGs mediate electron-transfer kinetics between bacteria and the solid electrode. Manipulation of these recently-discovered electron-transport mechanisms will lead to significant advances in MFC engineering.

  3. Modulating the electronic structure of chromophores by chemical substituents for efficient energy transfer: application to fluorone.

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    Sand, Andrew M; Liu, Claire; Valentine, Andrew J S; Mazziotti, David A

    2014-08-01

    Strong electron correlation within a quasi-spin model of chromophores was recently shown to enhance exciton energy transfer significantly. Here we investigate how the modulation of the electronic structure of the chromophores by chemical substitution can enhance energy-transfer efficiency. Unlike previous work that does not consider the direct effect of the electronic structure on exciton dynamics, we add chemical substituents to the fluorone dimer to study the effect of electron-donating and electron-withdrawing substituents on exciton energy transfer. The exciton dynamics are studied from the solution of a quantum Liouville equation for an open system whose model Hamiltonian is derived from excited-state electronic structure calculations. Both van der Waals energies and coupling energies, arising from the Hellmann-Feynman force generated upon transferring the dimers from infinity to a finite separation, are built into the model Hamiltonian. Though these two effects are implicitly treated in dipole-based models, their explicit and separate treatment as discussed here is critical to forging the correct connection with the electronic structure calculations. We find that the addition of electron-donating substituents to the fluorone system results in an increase in exciton-transfer rates by factors ranging from 1.3-1.9. The computed oscillator strength is consistent with the recent experimental results on a larger heterodimer system containing fluorone. The oscillator strength increases with the addition of electron-donating substituents. Our results indicate that the study of chromophore networks via electronic structure will help in the future design of efficient synthetic light-harvesting systems. PMID:25062094

  4. Tuning intramolecular electron and energy transfer processes in novel conjugates of La2@C80 and electron accepting subphthalocyanines.

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    Feng, Lai; Rudolf, Marc; Trukhina, Olga; Slanina, Zdenek; Uhlik, Filip; Lu, Xing; Torres, Tomas; Guldi, Dirk M; Akasaka, Takeshi

    2015-01-01

    A series of two conjugates with La2@C80 and subphthalocyanine (SubPc) have been prepared and characterized by means of cyclic voltammetry, absorption, fluorescence, and femtosecond resolved transient absorption spectroscopy. The strong electron-donating character of La2@C80 is essential to power an intramolecular electron-transfer in the La2@C80-SubPc conjugates upon photoexcitation. PMID:25407560

  5. Properties of the transfer matrices of deflecting magnet systems for free electron laser

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    The oscillation of the free electron laser (FEL) requires the high current and low emittance electron beam. The beam transport system should be achromatic and isochronous to preserve the brightness and the emittance of the electron beam. In this paper we clarify the algebraic properties of the transfer matrices of the magnetic deflection system, which is a key component in the beam transport line. (author)

  6. The effect of intramolecular quantum modes on free energy relationships for electron transfer reactions

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    Ulstrup, Jens; Jortner, Joshua

    2009-01-01

    A general quantum mechanical description of exothermic electron transfer reactions is formulated by treating such reactions as the nonradiative decay of a ''supermolecule'' consisting of the electron donor, the electron acceptor, and the polar solvent. In particular, the role of the high-frequency intramolecular degrees of feedom on the free energy relationship for series of closely related reactions was investigated for various model systems involving displacement of potential energy surface...

  7. Single-molecule Mapping of Long-range Electron Transfer for a Cytochrome b562 Variant

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    Della Pia, Eduardo Antonio; Chi, Qijin; Jones, D. Dafydd; Macdonald, J. Emyr; Ulstrup, Jens; Elliott, Martin

    2011-01-01

    Cytochrome b562 was engineered to introduce a cysteine residue at a surface-exposed position to facilitate direct self-assembly on a Au(111) surface. The confined protein exhibited reversible and fast electron exchange with a gold substrate over a distance of 20 Å between the heme redox center and the gold surface, a clear indication that a long-range electron-transfer pathway is established. Electrochemical scanning tunneling microscopy was used to map electron transport features of the pro...

  8. ELECTRON TRANSFER IN Hg1-xCdxTe-CdTe HETEROSTRUCTURES

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    Boebinger, G.; Vieren, J.; Guldner, Y.; Voos, M.; Faurie, J.

    1987-01-01

    Far infrared magneto-absorption experiments performed at 1.6K in HgCdTe-CdTe heterojunctions show that a two-dimensional electron gas is formed in the HgCdTe layer at the HgCdTe-CdTe interface. The electron effective masses of the two populated subbands is obtained and compared to previous theoretical calculations. The electron transfer across the interface involves deep traps in the CdTe layers.

  9. Ultrafast Dynamics of Nonequilibrium Electron Transfer in Photoinduced Redox Cycle: Solvent Mediation and Conformation Flexibility

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    Kao, Ya-ting; Guo, Xunmin; Yang, Yi; Liu, Zheyun; Hassanali, Ali; Song, Qin-hua; Wang, Lijuan; Zhong, Dongping

    2012-01-01

    We report here our systematic characterization of a photoinduced electron-transfer (ET) redox cycle in a covalently linked donor-spacer-acceptor flexible system, consisting of N-acetyl-tryptophan methylester as electron donor and thymine as electron acceptor in three distinct solvents of water, acetonitrile and dioxane. With femtosecond resolution, we determined all the ET time scales, forward and backward, by following the complete reaction evolution from reactants, to intermediates and fina...

  10. Electron Transfer Between Colloidal ZnO Nanocrystals

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    Hayoun, Rebecca; Whitaker, Kelly M.; Gamelin, Daniel R.; Mayer, James M.

    2011-01-01

    Colloidal ZnO nanocrystals, capped with dodecylamine and dissolved in toluene, can be charged photochemically to give stable solutions in which electrons are present in the conduction bands of the nanocrystals. These conduction band electrons are readily monitored by EPR spectroscopy, with g* values that correlate with the nanocrystal sizes. Mixing a solution of charged small nanocrystals with a solution of uncharged large nanocrystals, e-CB:ZnO–S + ZnO–L, causes changes in the EPR spectr...

  11. The transfer between electron bulk kinetic energy and thermal energy in collisionless magnetic reconnection

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    By performing two-dimensional particle-in-cell simulations, we investigate the transfer between electron bulk kinetic and electron thermal energy in collisionless magnetic reconnection. In the vicinity of the X line, the electron bulk kinetic energy density is much larger than the electron thermal energy density. The evolution of the electron bulk kinetic energy is mainly determined by the work done by the electric field force and electron pressure gradient force. The work done by the electron gradient pressure force in the vicinity of the X line is changed to the electron enthalpy flux. In the magnetic island, the electron enthalpy flux is transferred to the electron thermal energy due to the compressibility of the plasma in the magnetic island. The compression of the plasma in the magnetic island is the consequence of the electromagnetic force acting on the plasma as the magnetic field lines release their tension after being reconnected. Therefore, we can observe that in the magnetic island the electron thermal energy density is much larger than the electron bulk kinetic energy density

  12. Electron capture and transfer ionization in collisions of H+ and He2+ ions with Fe atoms

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    A crossed beam technique incorporating time-of-flight spectroscopy and coincidence counting of fast ion (atom)-slow ion collision products has been used to obtain for the first time separate cross sections for simple electron capture (charge transfer) and for transfer ionization in collisions involving Fe atoms. We have studied processes involving Fen+ formation in one-electron capture by 70-500 keV amu-1 H+ ions for n between 1 and 4 and both one and two electron capture by 37.5-360 keV amu-1 He2+ ions for n between 1 and 6. It is shown that, for the most part, total electron capture cross sections are dominated by contributions from transfer ionization processes rather than from simple charge transfer. The energy dependence of some of the measured cross sections exhibits interesting structure and the formation of the observed multicharged Fen+ ions is considered in terms of a model involving electron capture of either 4s, 3d or 3p target electrons together with electron removal through binary collisions at high velocities. (Author)

  13. Simulations of fluorescence quenching using theoretical models of energy and electron transfer in random arrays

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    Boulu, Laurent G.; Kozak, John J.

    A master equation is solved numerically for investigating energy transfer and trapping in two-dimensional disordered systems of chlorophylls and quinones. Quenching of the excitation occurs both by electron transfer from a chlorophyll to a neighbouring quinone and by energy transfer to self-quenching traps consisting of statistical pairs of chlorophyll molecules closer than a critical distance. The quinone concentration dependence of the average lifetime of the calculated fluorescence decay is determined for different values of the Förster transfer radius 0 and A, the microscopic electron transfer rate at 'zero distance'. Quasi-Stern-Volmer behaviour is obtained. The half-quenching concentration and the quenching rate kQ depend strongly on A; they increase little with faster energy transfer because of competing self-quenching and slow electron transfer. Our results are compared to recent fluorescence quenching data that Chauvet and Patterson obtained from real-time measurements in monolayers of chlorophyll a and vitamin K1 diluted in dioleylphosphatidylcholine (DOL). Our convoluted decays fit the experimental data if A = 50-100 ns-1 and tMPH0193_images = 60-70 Å. Accordingly, kQ = 3-5 × 10-5 cm2/molecules·s. These values are in close agreement with those reported in the literature.

  14. Experimental evidence of beam-foil convoy electrons being produced by an electron transfer to the continuum mechanism

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    The origin of beam-foil convoy electrons has been a subject of many controversial interpretations and discussions. In this work, velocity distributions of electrons ejected into the forward direction from a carbon-foil target have been measured with incident proton beams of energies between 60 and 300 keV, and under the same experimental conditions as equivalent measurements recently performed in this laboratory with a He-gas target. Cusp widths are discussed as a function of projectile velocity and instrumental angular acceptance by taking fractional peak heights from the base line as well as by previously subtracting a background obtained by joining peak tails. It is concluded that neither of these procedures is valid. On the other hand, measured electron spectra can be well fitted in terms of a general parametric expression of the scattering amplitude for an electron transfer to the continuum process. The absence of a strong negative cusp skewness, as was observed with the gas target, hints in the direction of an electron loss rather than an electron capture to the continuum process. A significant background contribution that is absent for a single-collision electron transfer to the continuum process is interpreted as due to the emission of secondary electrons that are not correlated to the emerging projectiles

  15. Experimental evidence of beam-foil convoy electrons being produced by an electron transfer to the continuum mechanism

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    Focke, P.; Meckbach, W.; Garibotti, C.R.; Nemirovsky, I.B.

    1983-08-01

    The origin of beam-foil convoy electrons has been a subject of many controversial interpretations and discussions. In this work, velocity distributions of electrons ejected into the forward direction from a carbon-foil target have been measured with incident proton beams of energies between 60 and 300 keV, and under the same experimental conditions as equivalent measurements recently performed in this laboratory with a He-gas target. Cusp widths are discussed as a function of projectile velocity and instrumental angular acceptance by taking fractional peak heights from the base line as well as by previously subtracting a background obtained by joining peak tails. It is concluded that neither of these procedures is valid. On the other hand, measured electron spectra can be well fitted in terms of a general parametric expression of the scattering amplitude for an electron transfer to the continuum process. The absence of a strong negative cusp skewness, as was observed with the gas target, hints in the direction of an electron loss rather than an electron capture to the continuum process. A significant background contribution that is absent for a single-collision electron transfer to the continuum process is interpreted as due to the emission of secondary electrons that are not correlated to the emerging projectiles.

  16. Fast electron transfer through a single molecule natively structured redox protein

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    Della Pia, Eduardo Antonio; Chi, Qijin

    2012-01-01

    The electron transfer properties of proteins are normally measured as molecularly averaged ensembles. Through these and related measurements, proteins are widely regarded as macroscopically insulating materials. Using scanning tunnelling microscopy (STM), we present new measurements of the conductance through single-molecules of the electron transfer protein cytochrome b562 in its native conformation, under pseudo-physiological conditions. This is achieved by thiol (SH) linker pairs at opposite ends of the molecule through protein engineering, resulting in defined covalent contact between a gold surface and a platinum–iridium STM tip. Two different orientations of the linkers were examined: a long-axis configuration (SH-LA) and a short-axis configuration (SH-SA). In each case, the molecular conductance could be ‘gated’ through electrochemical control of the heme redox state. Reproducible and remarkably high conductance was observed in this relatively complex electron transfer system, with single-molecule conductance values peaking around 18 nS and 12 nS for the SH-SA and SH-LA cytochrome b562 molecules near zero electrochemical overpotential. This strongly points to the important role of the heme co-factor bound to the natively structured protein. We suggest that the two-step model of protein electron transfer in the STM geometry requires a multi-electron transfer to explain such a high conductance. The model also yields a low value for the reorganisation energy, implying that solvent reorganisation is largely absent.

  17. Noise breaking the twofold symmetry of photosynthetic reaction centers: electron transfer.

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    Pincák, R; Pudlak, M

    2001-09-01

    In this work we present a stochastic model to elucidate the unidirectionality of the primary charge separation process in the bacterial reaction centers where two symmetric ways of electron transfer (ET), starting from the common electron donor, are possible. We have used a model of three sites/molecules with ET beginning at site 1 with the option to proceed to site 2 or site 3. If the direct ET between sites 2 and 3 is not allowed and electron cannot escape from the system then it is shown that the different stochastic fluctuations in the energy of sites and the interaction between sites on these two ways are sufficient to cause the transient asymmetric electron distribution at site 2 and 3 during relaxation to the steady state. This means that overall asymmetric ET can be caused by the transient asymmetric electron distribution if there is a possibility for an electron to escape from the three-site system. To explore this possibility we have introduced a sink into the model at the end of each of the sites 2 and 3. The dependence of the asymmetry in electron transfer on the value of the sink parameter, introduced through an additional imaginary diagonal matrix element of the Hamiltonian, was investigated. Results show indeed that the unidirectionality of the electron transfer generated in the system of three molecules depends strongly on the sink parameter value. PMID:11580366

  18. A redox beginning: Which came first phosphoryl, acyl, or electron transfer ?. [Abstract only

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    Weber, Arthur L.

    1994-01-01

    Thermodynamic and kinetic information available on the synthesis of prebiotic monomers and polymers will be examined in order to illuminate the prebiotic plausibility of polymer syntheses based on (a) phosphoryl transfer that yields phosphodiester polymers, (b) acyl transfer that gives polyamides, and (c) electron transfer that produces polydisulfide or poly(thio)ester polymers. New experimental results on the oxidative polymerization of 2,3-dimercaptopropanol by ferric ions on the surface of ferric hydroxide oxide will be discussed as a chemical model of polymerization by electron transfer. This redox polymerization that yields polymers with a polydisulfide backbone was found to give oligomers up to the 15-mer from 1 mM of 2,3-dimercaptopropanol after one day at 25 C. High pressure liquid chromatography (HPLC) analysis of the oligomers was carried out on an Alltech OH-100 column eluted with acetonitrile-water.

  19. Use of laser transfer processing for producing Al-Bi doped silicon electronic devices

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    Romero, Pablo; Otero, Nerea; Leira, Cristina; Coto, Ivette

    2013-03-01

    This work explores the combination of laser transfer and laser doping in a single process, as a way to produce highly defined, heavily doped volumes on semiconductors, to produce electronic devices. The process has been realized on mono and multicrystalline silicon by means of nanosecond laser pulses. The paper studies the mechanism of the process and the requirements in terms of beam shaping, energy levels and specific constrains of the setup to get proper dopant transfer and diffusion, as well as high compositional gradient. Bismuth is selected as n-dopant, and aluminum is used as an already well known solution for laser driven heavy p-doping on silicon. The suitability of laser transfer doping for direct writing of electronic devices is assessed in terms of transfer, melting and doping capability, and compared with other State-of-the-Art laser doping processes.

  20. Vibrational coherence transfer in an electronically decoupled molecular dyad.

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    Schweighöfer, Felix; Dworak, Lars; Braun, Markus; Zastrow, Marc; Wahl, Jan; Burghardt, Irene; Rück-Braun, Karola; Wachtveitl, Josef

    2015-01-01

    The ring opening of a dithienylethene photoswitch incorporated in a bridged boron-dipyrromethene - dithienylethene molecular dyad was investigated with ultrafast spectroscopy. Coherent vibrations in the electronic ground state of the boron-dipyrromethene are triggered after selective photoexcitation of the closed dithienylethene indicating vibrational coupling although the two moieties are electronically isolated. A distribution of short-lived modes and a long-lived mode at 143 cm(-1) are observed. Analysis of the theoretical frequency spectrum indicates two modes at 97 cm(-1) and 147 cm(-1) which strongly modulate the electronic transition energy. Both modes exhibit a characteristic displacement of the bridge suggesting that the mechanical momentum of the initial geometry change after photoexcitation of the dithienylethene is transduced to the boron-dipyrromethene. The relaxation to the dithienylethene electronic ground state is accompanied by significant heat dissipation into the surrounding medium. In the investigated dyad, the boron-dipyrromethene acts as probe for the ultrafast photophysical processes in the dithienylethene. PMID:25797419

  1. Electronic promotion effect of double proton transfer on conduction of DNA through improvement of transverse electronic communication of base pairs

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    Liu, Haiying; Li, Genqin; Zhang, Laibin; Li, Jilai; Wang, Meishan; Bu, Yuxiang

    2011-10-01

    The effect of double proton transfer (DPT) on charge migration of DNA was investigated by the nonequilibrium Green's function method combined with density functional theory. The results revealed that DPT not only lowers ionization potentials, but also improves the delocalization of the localized ?-orbitals at each base moiety through adjusting energy levels and spatial distributions of their molecular orbitals. Furthermore, DPT leads to both the strengthening of the second-order interactions of the Watson-Crick H-bond zones, and the promotion of the charge transfer transitions between two pairing bases in the UV absorption spectra. Electronic transport calculations indicated that DPT can improve the charge migration along the DNA duplex for specific sequences through enhancing transverse base-to-base electronic communication. This work will provide a new insight into the understanding of DNA charge conduction which can be electronically promoted or regulated by DPT.

  2. Electronic system for the automatic transfer of data from multichannel analyzer memory to computer

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    An electronic system has been build for the automatic transfer of data from Intertechnique Multichannel analyzer Memory to HP 2116 C computer. By using a balanced twisted-pair transmission line, transfer can be made from devices separated up to 300 meters. A logic interface is associated to each apparatus. Computer manages the transmission process and indicates the errors that could happen. 4096 channels are transmitted into 17 sec

  3. Femtosecond laser field induced modifications of electron-transfer processes in Ne+-He collisions

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    We demonstrate the presence of femtosecond laser induced charge transfer in Ne+-He collisions. Electron transfer in ion-atom collisions is considerably modified when the collision is embedded in a strong laser field with the laser intensity of ?1015 W/cm2. The observed anisotropy of the He+ angular distribution confirms the prediction of early work that the capture probability varies significantly with the laser polarization angle.

  4. Nobel Prize 1992: Rudolph A. Marcus: theory of electron transfer reactions in chemical systems

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    A review of the theory developed by Rudolph A. Marcus is presented, who for his rating to the theory of electron transfer in chemical systems was awarded the Nobel Prize in Chemistry in 1992. Marcus theory has constituted not only a good extension of the use of a spectroscopic principle, but also has provided an energy balance and the application of energy conservation for electron transfer reactions. A better understanding of the reaction coordinate is exposed in terms energetic and establishing the principles that govern the transfer of electrons, protons and some labile small molecular groups as studied at present. Also, the postulates and equations described have established predictive models of reaction time, very useful for industrial environments, biological, metabolic, and others that involve redox processes. Marcus theory itself has also constituted a large contribution to the theory of complex transition

  5. Electronic and vibronic properties of a discotic liquid-crystal and its charge transfer complex

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    Haverkate, Lucas; Johnson, Mark; Carter, Elisabeth; Kotlewski, Arek; Picken, Stephen; Mulder, Fokko; Kearley, Gordon

    2013-01-01

    Discotic liquid crystalline (DLC) charge transfer (CT) complexes combine visible light absorption and rapid charge transfer characteristics within the CT complex, being favorable properties for photovoltaic (PV) applications. We present a detailed study of the electronic and vibrational properties of the prototypic 1:1 mixture of discotic 2,3,6,7,10,11-hexakishexyloxytriphenylene (HAT6) and 2,4,7-trinitro-9-fluorenone (TNF). It is shown that intermolecular charge transfer occurs in the groundstate of the complex: a charge delocalization of about 10-2 electron from the HAT6 core to TNF is deduced from both Raman and NMR measurements, implying the presence of permanent dipoles at the donor-acceptor interface. A combined analysis of density functional theory calculations, resonant Raman and UV-VIS absorption measurements indicate that fast relaxation occurs in the UV region due to intramolecular vibronic coupling of HAT6 quinoidal modes with lower lying electronic states. Relatively slower relaxation in the visi...

  6. Synthesis of nickel oxides nanoparticles on glassy carbon as an electron transfer facilitator for horseradish peroxidase: Direct electron transfer and H2O2 determination

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    In this study, horseradish peroxidase/nickel oxides nanoparticles/glassy carbon (HRP/NiO NPs/GC) electrode was prepared by first applying nickel oxides nanoparticles on glassy carbon surface and then horseradish peroxidase immobilized on the NiO NPs. Scanning electron microscopy (SEM) and atomic force microscopy (AFM) have been used as a diagnostic tools to identify the synthesized NiO NPs. Immobilized HRP showed an electrochemical redox behavior pertained to HRP(Fe(III)-Fe(II)) by direct electron transfer between protein and nanoparticles with a formal potential (E0') of - 55.5 mV (vs. Ag/AgCl and 141.5 mV vs. NHE) in 50 mM phosphate buffer solution (PBS). The anodic charge transfer coefficient (?) and heterogeneous electron transfer rate constant (ks) were 0.42 and 0.75 s-1, respectively. Biocatalytic activity of HRP/NiO NPs/GC electrode for reduction of hydrogen peroxide and application to hydrogen peroxide determination was exemplified.

  7. Recent Advances in Photoinduced Electron Transfer Processes of Fullerene-Based Molecular Assemblies and Nanocomposites

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    2012-05-01

    Full Text Available Photosensitized electron-transfer processes of fullerenes hybridized with electron donating or other electron accepting molecules have been surveyed in this review on the basis of the recent results reported mainly from our laboratories. Fullerenes act as photo-sensitizing electron acceptors with respect to a wide variety of electron donors; in addition, fullerenes in the ground state also act as good electron acceptors in the presence of light-absorbing electron donors such as porphyrins. With single-wall carbon nanotubes (SWCNTs, the photoexcited fullerenes act as electron acceptor. In the case of triple fullerene/porphyrin/SWCNT architectures, the photoexcited porphyrins act as electron donors toward the fullerene and SWCNT. These mechanisms are rationalized with the molecular orbital considerations performed for these huge supramolecules. For the confirmation of the electron transfer processes, transient absorption methods have been used, in addition to time-resolved fluorescence spectral measurements. The kinetic data obtained in solution are found to be quite useful to predict the efficiencies of photovoltaic cells.

  8. Multiple electron transfer processes in collisions of N6+ and O7+ with methane

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    Guevara, N. L.; Teixeira, E.; Hall, B.; Deumens, E.; Öhrn, Y.; Sabin, J. R.

    2009-12-01

    Recent experiments on collision processes of O7+ and N6+ ions colliding with methane at the same velocity show unexpected differences in the fragmentation cross sections of the methane. Despite the expected similarity of these two processes, as both projectiles are hydrogenic, the mechanisms of electron transfer are different and lead to different fragmentation cross sections. In the present work, the collisions between N6+ and O7+ ions and methane are investigated theoretically at equal velocities corresponding to projectile energies of 30 and 35 keV, respectively. Electron-nuclear dynamics is used to study multiple electron transfer processes occurring in these collisions. Several multiple charge transfer probabilities are calculated and results, averaged over various orientations of the methane molecule, are reported. The collisions proceed in two stages: a fast stage of electron transfer from methane to the ion, and a much slower stage of breakup of the methane. We find and explain the intuitively unexpected result that the total charge transfer cross section for N6+ is slightly larger, but that the O7+ leaves the methane in a higher charged state with higher probability, leading to more fragmentation in the collisions with O7+ .

  9. Multiple-state interfacial electron injection competes with excited state relaxation and de-excitation to determine external quantum efficiencies of organic dye-sensitized solar cells.

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    Zhang, Min; Yang, Lin; Yan, Cancan; Ma, Wentao; Wang, Peng

    2014-10-14

    A comprehensive description of the complicated dynamics of excited state evolution and charge transfer at the photochemical interface in dye-sensitized solar cells is crucial to understand the mechanism of converting solar photons to clean electricity, providing an informative basis for the future development of advanced organic materials. By selecting two triarylamine-based organic donor-acceptor dyes characteristic of the respective benzoic acid and cyanoacrylic acid anchors, in this paper we reveal stepwise excited state relaxations and multiple-state electron injections at a realistic titania/dye/electrolyte interface based upon ultrafast spectroscopic measurements and theoretical simulations. Density functional theory (DFT) and time-dependent DFT calculations show that the optically generated "hot" excited state of the dye molecules can undergo a significant conformational relaxation via multistage torsional motions, and thereby transform into an equilibrium quinonoid structure characteristic of a more planar conjugated backbone. A set of kinetic parameters derived from the target analysis of femtosecond transient absorption spectra have been utilized to estimate the electron injection yield, which is in good accord with the maximum of external quantum efficiencies. PMID:25156537

  10. Electron transfer across anodic films formed on tin in carbonate-bicarbonate buffer solution

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    Impedance and steady-state data were recorded in order to study the kinetics of electron transfer between passive tin electrodes and an electrolytic solution containing the K3Fe(CN)6-K4Fe(CN)6 redox couple. Film thickness plays a key role in determining the type of electronic conduction of these oxide covered electrodes. Electron exchange with the oxide takes place with participation of the conduction band in the semiconducting film. A mechanism involving direct electron tunneling through the space charge barrier is the most suitable to interpret the experimental evidence

  11. Temperature Dependence of Electron to Lattice Energy-Transfer in Single-Wall Carbon Nanotube Bundles

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    Moos, G.; Fasel, R.; Hertel, T.

    2002-01-01

    The electron-phonon coupling strength in single-wall carbon nanotube (SWNT) bundles has been studied directly in the time-domain by femtosecond time-resolved photoelectron spectroscopy. We have measured the dependence of H(T_e,T_l), the rate of energy-transfer between the electronic system and the lattice as a function of electron and lattice temperatures T_e and T_l. The experiments are consistent with a T^5 dependence of H on the electron- and lattice-temperatures, respect...

  12. Controllable Quantum State Transfer Between a Josephson Charge Qubit and an Electronic Spin Ensemble

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    Yan, Run-Ying; Wang, Hong-Ling; Feng, Zhi-Bo

    2015-05-01

    We propose a theoretical scheme to implement controllable quantum state transfer between a superconducting charge qubit and an electronic spin ensemble of nitrogen-vacancy centers. By an electro-mechanical resonator acting as a quantum data bus, an effective interaction between the charge qubit and the spin ensemble can be achieved in the dispersive regime, by which state transfers are switchable due to the adjustable electrical coupling. With the accessible experimental parameters, we further numerically analyze the feasibility and robustness. The present scheme could provide a potential approach for transferring quantum states controllably with the hybrid system.

  13. Alternating electron and proton transfer steps in photosynthetic water oxidation

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    Klauss, Andre?; Haumann, Michael; Dau, Holger

    2012-01-01

    Water oxidation by cyanobacteria, algae, and plants is pivotal in oxygenic photosynthesis, the process that powers life on Earth, and is the paradigm for engineering solar fuel–production systems. Each complete reaction cycle of photosynthetic water oxidation requires the removal of four electrons and four protons from the catalytic site, a manganese–calcium complex and its protein environment in photosystem II. In time-resolved photothermal beam deflection experiments, we monitored appar...

  14. Polarisation effects in electron transfer reactions with laser excited Na(3P) at medium energies

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    We report new experimental data for the investigation of the role of electronic orbital alignment and orientation in charge transfer processes, in the medium energy range where the collision velocity vc and the velocity of the active electron ve are of the same order of magnitude. The results obtained for the H2+-Na(3p) and He+-Na(3p) collisions are discussed in comparison with the experimental and theoretical findings obtained for the H+-Na(3p) system. Recent time-of-flight measurements for charge transfer in Li+-Na (3s and 3p) collisions are also presented. (orig.)

  15. Concerted Proton-Electron Transfer in the Oxidation of Hydrogen-Bonded Phenols

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    Rhile, Ian J.; Markle, Todd F.; Nagao, Hirotaka; DiPasquale, Antonio G.; Lam, Oahn P.; Lockwood, Mark A.; Rotter, Katrina; Mayer, James M.

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    Three phenols with pendant, hydrogen-bonded bases (HOAr-B) have been oxidized in MeCN with various one-electron oxidants. The bases are a primary amine (–CPh2NH2), an imidazole, and a pyridine. The product of chemical and quasi-reversible electrochemical oxidations in each case is the phenoxyl radical in which the phenolic proton has transferred to the base, •OAr-BH+, a proton-coupled electron transfer (PCET) process. The redox potentials for these oxidations are lower than other phenols,...

  16. Electrochemical study of the intermolecular electron transfer to Pseudomonas aeruginosa cytochrome cd1 nitrite reductase

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    The kinetics of electron transfer reaction between cytochrome cd1 nitrite reductase (NiR) from Pseudomonas aeruginosa and various physiological/non physiological redox partners was investigated using cyclic voltammetry at the pyrolytic graphite electrode. While NiR did not exchange electron with the electrode, cytochrome c551 and azurin, both from Ps. aeruginosa, behaved as fast electrochemical systems. The intermolecular electron transfers between NiR and cytochrome c551 or azurin as electron shuttles, in the presence of nitrite, were studied. Second order rate constants of 2x106 and 1.4x105 M-1 s-1 are calculated for cytochrome c551 and azurin, respectively. The dependence of the second-order rate constant on ionic strength and pH is discussed. Finally, the effect of the global charge of the electron shuttles was explored using differently charged species (proteins or small ions). The experimental results suggest involvement of polar interactions as well as of hydrophobic contacts in the protein recognition prior to the intermolecular electron transfer. As the cross-reaction between Ps. nautica cytochrome c552 and Ps. aeruginosa NiR was shown to be as efficient as the catalytic reaction involving the physiological partners, it is concluded to a 'pseudo-specificity' in the recognition between NiR and the electron donor

  17. DFT and time-resolved IR investigation of electron transfer between photogenerated 17- and 19-electron organometallic radicals

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    Cahoon, James B.; Kling, Matthias F.; Sawyer, Karma R.; Andersen, Lars K.; Harris, Charles B.

    2008-04-30

    The photochemical disproportionation mechanism of [CpW(CO){sub 3}]{sub 2} in the presence of Lewis bases PR{sub 3} was investigated on the nano- and microsecond time-scales with Step-Scan FTIR time-resolved infrared spectroscopy. 532 nm laser excitation was used to homolytically cleave the W-W bond, forming the 17-electron radicals CpW(CO){sub 3} and initiating the reaction. With the Lewis base PPh{sub 3}, disproportionation to form the ionic products CpW(CO){sub 3}PPh{sub 3}{sup +} and CpW(CO){sub 3}{sup -} was directly monitored on the microsecond time-scale. Detailed examination of the kinetics and concentration dependence of this reaction indicates that disproportionation proceeds by electron transfer from the 19-electron species CpW(CO){sub 3}PPh{sub 3} to the 17-electron species CpW(CO){sub 3}. This result is contrary to the currently accepted disproportionation mechanism which predicts electron transfer from the 19-electron species to the dimer [CpW(CO){sub 3}]{sub 2}. With the Lewis base P(OMe){sub 3} on the other hand, ligand substitution to form the product [CpW(CO){sub 2}P(OMe){sub 3}]{sub 2} is the primary reaction on the microsecond time-scale. Density Functional Theory (DFT) calculations support the experimental results and suggest that the differences in the reactivity between P(OMe){sub 3} and PPh{sub 3} are due to steric effects. The results indicate that radical-to-radical electron transfer is a previously unknown but important process for the formation of ionic products with the organometallic dimer [CpW(CO){sub 3}]{sub 2} and may also be applicable to the entire class of organometallic dimers containing a single metal-metal bond.

  18. Self-regulation of photoinduced electron transfer by a molecular nonlinear transducer.

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    Straight, Stephen D; Kodis, Gerdenis; Terazono, Yuichi; Hambourger, Michael; Moore, Thomas A; Moore, Ana L; Gust, Devens

    2008-05-01

    Organisms must adapt to survive, necessitating regulation of molecular and subcellular processes. Green plant photosynthesis responds to potentially damaging light levels by downregulating the fraction of excitation energy that drives electron transfer. Achieving adaptive, self-regulating behaviour in synthetic molecules is a critical challenge that must be met if the promises of nanotechnology are to be realized. Here we report a molecular pentad consisting of two light-gathering antennas, a porphyrin electron donor, a fullerene electron acceptor and a photochromic control moiety. At low white-light levels, the molecule undergoes photoinduced electron transfer with a quantum yield of 82%. As the light intensity increases, photoisomerization of the photochrome leads to quenching of the porphyrin excited state, reducing the quantum yield to as low as 27%. This self-regulating molecule modifies its function according to the level of environmental light, mimicking the non-photochemical quenching mechanism for photoprotection found in plants. PMID:18654524

  19. Assessing the interfacial strength of an amorphous–crystalline interface

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    Graphical abstract: -- Abstract: In this study, an amorphous-ZrCu/crystalline-Zr nanolaminate (500 nm each layer) was initially synthesised using sputter deposition and then fabricated into micropillar samples using focused ion beam machining with the amorphous–crystalline (a–c) interfaces inclined 45° to the pillar axis. These pillars were subsequently tested in compression in order to study the response of a–c interfaces to the applied shear stress, and further compared with the one that tested with their a–c interfaces normal to the compressive direction. By combining the stress–strain behavior and electron microscopic observations of fracture mode, we were able to estimate the a–c interfacial strength. It was strong (?1.3 GPa), it could effectively transfer the load and it was capable of accommodating large shear strain, but it was not strong enough to suppress the interfacial sliding. Molecular statics simulations were also carried out to reveal the elastic–plastic behavior and, in particular, the deformation mode of the pillars. The computed results were in excellent agreement with the experimental observations

  20. Role of 3,5-dimethyl anisole (DMA) as an electron donor in photoinduced electron transfer (ET) reactions

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    Sinha, S.; De, R.; Ganguly, T.

    1997-01-01

    The present investigation was carried out to reveal the nature of photoinduced bimolecular quenching reactions, e.g. electron transfer (ET) and energy transfer processes within the donor DMA and acceptor 2-nitrofluorene (2NF) molecules in polar acetonitrile (ACN) fluid solution at the ambient temperature. From the observed large negative values of ?G (the energy gap between the locally excited, LE and radical ion pair or RIP states) when one of the chromorphores was excited along with large R0 ( ˜27 Å), Förster critical transfer distance between the donor and acceptor measured from the considerable overlapping region of donor DMA emission with acceptor absorption and nearly 100% theoretical transfer efficiency ( T) value of the Förster type energy transfer the concurrent occurrences of the two processes, photoinduced ET and excitational energy transfer, were inferred. Moreover it was suggested that ET reaction within the present donor and acceptor systems is of outersphere type as evidenced from the large negative value of ?G (˜ -2.3 eV).

  1. Electron transfer kinetics in water-splitting dye-sensitized photoelectrochemical cells

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    Swierk, John R.

    Water-splitting dye-sensitized photoelectrochemical (WS-DSPECs) cells utilize molecular sensitizers absorbed on mesoporous TiO2 electrodes to harvest visible light, inject photoexcited electrons into the conduction band of TiO2, and finally transfer holes across the TiO2 surface to water oxidation catalysts, which in turn oxidize water to give molecular oxygen and four protons. Within the TiO2 layer photoinjected electrons are transported to a transparent conductor back contact and from there to a dark cathode to reduce protons to molecular hydrogen. WS-DSPECs offer several advantages for alternative solar fuels systems: the use of low-cost materials, tunable molecular sensitizers, and relaxed catalytic turnover requirements to name a few. Despite these advantageous features, power conversion efficiencies in WS-DSPECs are generally low. Broadly, this thesis explores the fundamental electron transfer processes that control the efficiency of these cells. Chapter 1 presents a survey of the previous literature and individually considers each component of a WS-DSPEC (water oxidation catalyst, sensitizers, electrode materials, redox mediators, and overall system design). Chapter 2 presents a novel method of preparing a WS-DSPEC that utilizes crystalline IrO2 nanoparticles directly sintered to TiO2 as a water oxidation catalyst and describes a previously unknown electron-scavenging pathway by IrO2. Chapter 3 explores how electron trapping by and proton intercalation into TiO2 controls the photoelectrochemical performance of WS-DSPECs. Chapter 4 characterizes how electron recombination with the oxidized sensitizer and electron scavenging by the IrO 2 catalyst combine to limit the concentration of conduction band electrons and by extension photocurrent in WS-DSPECs. Chapter 5 demonstrates the use of the first totally organic sensitizers for light driven water-splitting and explores how the molecular and electronic structure of a sensitizer affects the electron transfer steps of injection, recombination, and hole transfer among others. Finally, in Chapter 6 a model system that describes electron transfer between an oxidized sensitizer and water oxidation catalyst is demonstrated and provides insight into sensitizer regeneration in WS-DSPECs. Together the results in these chapters present a detailed picture of how electron scavenging, recombination, and transport combine to generate photocurrent in a fully characterized WS-DSPEC and serve as starting point for the further development of WS-DSPECs.

  2. Extracellular electron transfer mechanism in Shewanella loihica PV-4 biofilms formed at indium tin oxide and graphite electrodes

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    Jain, A.; Connolly, J.O.; Woolley, R.; Krishnamurthy, S.; Marsili, E.

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    Electroactive biofilms are capable of extracellular electron transfer to insoluble metal oxides and electrodes; such biofilms are relevant to biogeochemistry, bioremediation, and bioelectricity production. We investigated the extracellular electron...

  3. Negative electron transfer dissociation Fourier transform mass spectrometry of glycosaminoglycan carbohydrates

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    Leach, Franklin E.; Wolff, Jeremy J.; Xiao, Zhongping; Ly, Mellisa; Laremore, Tatiana N.; Arungundram, Sailaja; Al-mafraji, Kanar; Venot, Andre; Boons, Geert-jan; Linhardt, Robert J.; Amster, I. Jonathan

    2011-01-01

    Electron transfer through gas-phase ion–ion reactions has led to the widespread application of electron-based techniques once only capable in ion trapping mass spectrometers. Although any mass analyzer can, in theory, be coupled to an ion–ion reaction device (typically a 3-D ion trap), some systems of interest exceed the capabilities of most mass spectrometers. This case is particularly true in the structural characterization of glycosaminoglycan (GAG) oligosaccharides. To adequately char...

  4. A supplemental activation method for high efficiency electron transfer dissociation of doubly protonated peptide precursors

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    Swaney, Danielle L.; McAlister, Graeme C.; Wirtala, Matthew; Schwartz, Jae C.; Syka, John E. P.; Coon, Joshua J.

    2007-01-01

    Electron transfer dissociation (ETD) delivers the unique attributes of electron capture dissociation (ECD) to mass spectrometers that utilize radio frequency (RF) trapping-type devices (e.g., quadrupole ion traps). The method has generated significant interest because of its compatibility with chromatography and its ability to: (1) preserve traditionally labile post-translational modifications (PTMs) and (2) randomly cleave the backbone bonds of highly charged peptide and protein precursor io...

  5. Controlling Photoinduced Electron Transfer Via Defects Self-Organization for Novel Functional Macromolecular Systems

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    Campi, Gaetano; Ciasca, Gabriele; Poccia, Nicola; Ricci, Alessandro; Fratini, Michela; Bianconi, Antonio

    2014-01-01

    The electrons transfer (ET) from an atom or a molecule, donor (D), to another, acceptor (A) is the basis of many fundamental chemical and physical processes. The ET mechanism is controlled by spatial arrangements of donor and acceptors: it’s the particular spatial arrangement and thus the particular distance and the orientation between the electron donors and acceptors that controls the efficiency in charge separation processes in nature. Here, we stress the importan...

  6. Photoinduced Reductive Electron Transfer in LNA:DNA Hybrids : A Compromise between Conformation and Base Stacking

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    Wenge, Ulrike; Wengel, Jesper

    2012-01-01

    Lock it, but not too much: LNA units (locked or bridging nucleic acids) in LNA:DNA hybrids lead to a negative effect on electron transfer (ET), but they also force the nucleic acid structure in the A-type double helix, which allows a better base stacking than the normal B-type and thus positively influences the ET. This result is significant for the design of nucleic acids of molecular electronics.

  7. One-electron transfer reactions of the couple NAD./NADH

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    One-electron transfer reactions involving nicotinamide-adenine dinucleotide in its oxidized and reducd forms (NAD./NADH) were studied by pulse radiolysis in aqueous solutions. One-electron oxidation of NADH by various phenoxyl radicals and phenothiazine cation radicals was found to take place with rate constants in the range of 105 to 108 M-1 s-1, depending on the redox potential of the oxidizing species. In all cases, NAD. is formed quantitatively with no indication for the existence of the protonated form (NADH+.). The spectrum of NAD., as well as the rates of oxidation of NADH by phenoxyl and by (chlorpromazine)+. were independent of pH between pH 4.5 and 13.5. Reaction of deuterated NADH indicated only a small kinetic isotope effect. All these findings point to an electron transfer mechanism. On the other hand, attempts to observe the reverse electron transfer, i.e., one-electron reduction of NAD. to NADH by radicals such as semiquinones, showed that k was less than 104 to 105 M-1 s-1, so that it was unobservable. Consequently, it was not possible to achieve equilibrium conditions which would have permitted the direct measurement of the redox potential for NAD./NADH. One-electron reduction of NAD. appears to be an unlikely process. 1 table

  8. Carrier-carrier inelastic scattering events for spatially separated electrons: magnetic asymmetry and turnstile electron transfer

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    Poniedzia?ek, M. R.; Szafran, B.

    2011-01-01

    We consider a single electron traveling along a strictly one-dimensional quantum wire interacting with another electron in a quantum ring capacitively coupled to the wire. We develop an exact numerical method for treating the scattering problem within the stationary two-electron wave function picture. The considered process conserves the total energy but the electron within the wire passes a part of its energy to the ring. We demonstrate that the inelastic scattering results...

  9. Emulsions for interfacial filtration.

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    Grillet, Anne Mary; Bourdon, Christopher Jay; Souza, Caroline Ann; Welk, Margaret Ellen; Hartenberger, Joel David; Brooks, Carlton, F.

    2006-11-01

    We have investigated a novel emulsion interfacial filter that is applicable for a wide range of materials, from nano-particles to cells and bacteria. This technology uses the interface between the two immiscible phases as the active surface area for adsorption of targeted materials. We showed that emulsion interfaces can effectively collect and trap materials from aqueous solution. We tested two aqueous systems, a bovine serum albumin (BSA) solution and coal bed methane produced water (CBMPW). Using a pendant drop technique to monitor the interfacial tension, we demonstrated that materials in both samples were adsorbed to the liquid-liquid interface, and did not readily desorb. A prototype system was built to test the emulsion interfacial filter concept. For the BSA system, a protein assay showed a progressive decrease in the residual BSA concentration as the sample was processed. Based on the initial prototype operation, we propose an improved system design.

  10. Modulation transfer function and detective quantum efficiency of electron bombarded charge coupled device detector for low energy electrons

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    The use of a thinned back-side illuminated charge coupled device chip as two-dimensional sensor working in direct electron bombarded mode at optimum energy of the incident signal electrons is demonstrated and the measurements of the modulation transfer function (MTF) and detective quantum efficiency (DQE) are described. The MTF was measured for energy of electrons 4 keV using an edge projection method and a stripe projection method. The decrease of the MTF for a maximum spatial frequency of 20.8 cycles/mm, corresponding to the pixel size 24x24 ?m, is 0.75?-2.5 dB, and it is approximately the same for both horizontal and vertical directions. DQE was measured using an empty image and the mixing factor method. Empty images were acquired for energies of electrons from 2 to 5 keV and for various doses, ranging from nearly dark image to a nearly saturated one. DQE increases with increasing energy of bombarded electrons and reaches 0.92 for electron energy of 5 keV. For this energy the detector will be used for the angle- and energy-selective detection of signal electrons in the scanning low energy electron microscope

  11. QUANTUM CHEMICAL MODELING OF SPECTRAL PROPERTIES AND ELECTRON TRANSFER IN EXTENDED SYSTEMS.

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    Záliš, Stanislav; Kvapilová, Hana; Kratochvílová, Irena; Šebera, Jakub; Vl?ek Jr., Antonín; Winter, R. F.

    2011-01-01

    Ro?. 2011, ?. 1 (2011), P1299. ISSN 1708-5284 R&D Projects: GA AV ?R KAN100400702; GA MŠk LD11086 Institutional research plan: CEZ:AV0Z40400503; CEZ:AV0Z10100520 Keywords : quantum chemical modeling * electron transfer Subject RIV: CF - Physical ; Theoretical Chemistry

  12. Electron transfer reaction in the Marcus inverted region: Role of high frequency vibrational modes

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    A theoretical study of the dynamics of photo-electron transfer reactions in the Marcus inverted regime is presented. This study is motivated partly by the recent proposal of Barbara et al. (J. Phys. Chem. 96, 3728, 1991) that a minimal model of an electron transfer reaction should consist of a polar solvent mode (X), a low frequency vibrational mode (Q) and one high frequency mode (q). Interplay between these modes may be responsible for the crossover observed in the dynamics from a solvent controlled to a vibrational controlled electron transfer. The following results have been obtained. (i) In the case of slowly relaxing solvents, the proximity of the point of excitation to an effective sink on the excited surface is critical in determining the decay of the reactant population. This is because the Franck-Condon overlap between the reactant ground and the product excited states decreases rapidly with increase in the quantum number of the product vibrational state. (ii) Non-exponential solvation dynamics has an important effect in determining the rates of electron transfer. Especially, a biphasic solvation and a large coupling between the reactant and the product states both may be needed to explain the experimental results

  13. Coupling of heterogeneous and homogeneous electron transfer: Transition from stability to chaotic behavior.

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    Hromadová, Magdaléna; Pospíšil, Lubomír; Fanelli, N.; Gál, Miroslav; Kolivoška, Viliam; Valášek, M.

    2012-01-01

    Ro?. 2012, - (2012), s. 72. ISSN 0872-1904. [Iberic Meeting of Electrochemistry /14./ and Meeting of the Portuguese Electrochemical Society /17./. 11.04.2012-14.04.2012, Madeira Island] R&D Projects: GA ?R GA203/09/0705; GA AV ?R IAA400400802 Institutional research plan: CEZ:AV0Z40400503 Keywords : electron transfer * electrochemistry Subject RIV: CG - Electrochemistry

  14. o-Carborane as an electron-transfer mediator in electrocatalytic reduction.

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    Hosoi, Kohei; Inagi, Shinsuke; Kubo, Tatsuya; Fuchigami, Toshio

    2011-08-14

    Electron transfer behavior of 1,2-diphenyl-o-carborane was investigated by cyclic voltammetry (CV). In the presence of 1,2-dibromo-1,2-diphenylethane, a significant catalytic current was observed. The macroscale electrocatalytic reduction of the dibromide using a catalytic amount (1 mol%) of the carborane mediator afforded the desired trans-stilbene in excellent yield. PMID:21720623

  15. Bibliography on electron transfer processes in ion-ion/atom/molecule collisions (updated 1993)

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    Following our previous compilations [IPPJ-AM-45 (1986), NIFS-DATA-7 (1990)], bibliographic information on experimental and theoretical studies on electron transfer processes in ion-ion/atom/molecule collisions is up-dated. The references published through 1980-1992 are included. For easy finding references for particular combination of collision partners, a simple list is also provided. (author) 1542 refs

  16. The search for relay stations. Long-distance electron transfer in peptides

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    Bernd, Giese,; Kracht, Sonja; Cordes, Meike

    2014-01-01

    Nature uses peptide aggregates as soft materials for electron transfer over long distances. These reactions occur in a multistep hopping reaction with various functional groups as relay stations that are located in the side chain and in the backbone of the peptides.

  17. Single-electron transfer living radical copolymerization of SWCNT-g-PMMA via graft from approach.

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    Jaisankar, S. N.; Haridharan, N.; Murali, A.; Ponyrko, Sergii; Špírková, Milena; Mandal, A. B.; Mat?jka, Libor

    2014-01-01

    Ro?. 55, ?. 13 (2014), s. 2959-2966. ISSN 0032-3861 R&D Projects: GA ?R GAP108/12/1459 Institutional support: RVO:61389013 Keywords : single electron transfer * single-walled carbon nanotubes * controlled radical polymerization Subject RIV: CD - Macromolecular Chemistry Impact factor: 3.766, year: 2013

  18. Marcus Theory: Thermodynamics CAN Control the Kinetics of Electron Transfer Reactions

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    Silverstein, Todd P.

    2012-01-01

    Although it is generally true that thermodynamics do not influence kinetics, this is NOT the case for electron transfer reactions in solution. Marcus Theory explains why this is so, using straightforward physical chemical principles such as transition state theory, Arrhenius' Law, and the Franck-Condon Principle. Here the background and…

  19. The impact of driving force on electron transfer rates in photovoltaic donor-acceptor blends.

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    Ward, Alexander J; Ruseckas, Arvydas; Kareem, Mohanad Mousa; Ebenhoch, Bernd; Serrano, Luis A; Al-Eid, Manal; Fitzpatrick, Brian; Rotello, Vincent M; Cooke, Graeme; Samuel, Ifor D W

    2015-04-01

    The effect of acceptor energy level on electron transfer rate in blends of the polymer solar-cell material poly[[4,8-bis[(2-ethylhexyl)oxy]benzo[1,2-b:4,5-b']dithiophene-2,6-diyl][3-fluoro-2-[(2-ethylhexyl)carbonyl]thieno[3,4-b]thiophenediyl

  20. Concerted electron/proton transfer mechanism in the oxidation of phenols by laccase.

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    Galli, Carlo; Madzak, Catherine; Vadalà, Raffaella; Jolivalt, Claude; Gentili, Patrizia

    2013-12-16

    This study aimed to assess structural requirements in the enzyme/substrate interactions that are responsible for tuning the enzymatic reactivity. To better assess the role of the aspartic residue in the substrate-binding pocket of basidiomycete-type laccases, we compared the catalytic efficiency of wild-type enzymes to that of a mutant in which carboxylic acid residue Asp206 was changed to alanine. Oxidation efficiency towards phenolic substrates by laccases of Trametes villosa, Trametes versicolor and a T. versicolor D206A mutant was studied at two pH values. By the Hammett approach and Marcus analysis, we obtained unambiguous evidence that the oxidation takes place by a concerted electron/proton transfer (EPT) mechanism, and that at pH 5 (optimum pH for enzyme activity) the phenolic proton is transferred to Asp206 during the concerted electron/proton transfer process. PMID:24151197

  1. Electron-Vibron Coupling at Metal-Organic Interfaces

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    Rosenow, Phil; Tonner, Ralf

    2015-01-01

    We study the significance and characteristics of interfacial dynamical charge transfer at metal-organic interfaces for the model system of organic semiconductor NTCDA on Ag(111). We combine infrared absorption spectroscopy and dispersion-corrected density functional theory calculations to analyze dynamic dipole moments and electron-vibron coupling at the interface. We demonstrate that interfacial dynamical charge transfer is the dominant cause of infrared activity in these systems and that it correlates with results from partial charge and density of states analysis. Nuclear motion generates an additional dynamic dipole moment but represents a minor effect except for modes with significant out-of-plane amplitudes.

  2. Golden rule kinetics of transfer reactions in condensed phase: The microscopic model of electron transfer reactions in disordered solid matrices

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    Basilevsky, M. V.; Odinokov, A. V.; Titov, S. V.; Mitina, E. A.

    2013-12-01

    The algorithm for a theoretical calculation of transfer reaction rates for light quantum particles (i.e., the electron and H-atom transfers) in non-polar solid matrices is formulated and justified. The mechanism postulated involves a local mode (an either intra- or inter-molecular one) serving as a mediator which accomplishes the energy exchange between the reacting high-frequency quantum mode and the phonon modes belonging to the environment. This approach uses as a background the Fermi golden rule beyond the usually applied spin-boson approximation. The dynamical treatment rests on the one-dimensional version of the standard quantum relaxation equation for the reduced density matrix, which describes the frequency fluctuation spectrum for the local mode under consideration. The temperature dependence of a reaction rate is controlled by the dimensionless parameter ?0 = ??0/kBT where ?0 is the frequency of the local mode and T is the temperature. The realization of the computational scheme is different for the high/intermediate (?0 relation of the present approach to the Marcus ET theory and to the quantum-statistical reaction rate theory [V. G. Levich and R. R. Dogonadze, Dokl. Akad. Nauk SSSR, Ser. Fiz. Khim. 124, 213 (1959); J. Ulstrup, Charge Transfer in Condensed Media (Springer, Berlin, 1979); M. Bixon and J. Jortner, Adv. Chem. Phys. 106, 35 (1999)] underlying it is discussed and illustrated by the results of computations for practically important target systems.

  3. A structural basis for electron transfer in bacterial photosynthesis

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    Triplet data for the primary donor in single crystals of bacterial reaction centers of Rhodobacter sphaeroides and Rhodopseudomonas viridis are interpreted in terms of the corresponding x-ray structures. The analysis of electron paramagnetic resonance data from single crystals (triplet zero field splitting and cation and triplet linewidth of the primary special pair donor of bacterial reaction centers) is extended to systems of a non-crystalline nature. A unified interpretation based on frontier molecular orbitals concludes that the special pair behaves like a supermolecule in all wild-type bacteria investigated here. However, in heterodimers of Rb. capsulatus (HisM200 changed to Leu or Phe with the result that the M-half of the special pair is converted to bacteriopheophytin) the special pair possesses the EPR properties more appropriately described in terms of a monomer. In all cases the triplet state and cation EPR properties appear to be dominated by the highest occupied molecular orbitals. These conclusions derived from EPR experiments are supplemented by data from Stark spectroscopy of reaction centers from Rb. capsulatus. 41 refs., 3 tabs

  4. Heat transfer enhancement using Al2O3-water nanofluid for an electronic liquid cooling system

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    We have experimentally investigated the behaviour and heat transfer enhancement of a particular nanofluid, Al2O3 nanoparticle-water mixture, flowing inside a closed system that is destined for cooling of microprocessors or other electronic components. Experimental data, obtained for turbulent flow regime, have clearly shown that the inclusion of nanoparticles into distilled water has produced a considerable enhancement of the cooling block convective heat transfer coefficient. For a particular nanofluid with 6.8% particle volume concentration, heat transfer coefficient has been found to increase as much as 40% compared to that of the base fluid. It has also been found that an increase of particle concentration has produced a clear decrease of the heated component temperature. Experimental data have clearly shown that nanofluid with 36 nm particle diameter provides higher heat transfer coefficients than the ones of nanofluid with 47 nm particle size

  5. Enhancement of excess electron transfer efficiency in DNA containing a phenothiazine donor and multiple stable phenanthrenyl base pairs.

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    Roethlisberger, Pascal; Wojciechowski, Filip; Leumann, Christian J

    2013-08-26

    EET grown ohm: Excess electron transfer (EET) was observed within a DNA duplex containing ?-stacked phenothiazine as an electron donor, phenanthrenes as electron carriers and 5-bromouracil as an electron trap. Increasing the number of phenanthrenyl base pairs increased EET efficiency. PMID:23873788

  6. Study of photo-activated electron transfer reactions in the first excited singlet state by picosecond and nanosecond laser spectroscopy

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    Picosecond laser spectroscopy has been used to study two photo-activated electron transfer reactions: - a bimolecular electron transfer reaction between a sensitizer, DODCI, and an electron acceptor, methylviologen. The two radical ions created with an electron transfer efficiency ? ? 0.07 have been identified in picosecond and nanosecond laser absorption spectroscopy by adding selective solutes such as para-benzoquinone (an electron acceptor) or L(+) ascorbic acid (an electron donor). - an intramolecular electron transfer reaction in a triad molecule consisting of a tetra-aryl-porphyrin covalently linked to both a carotenoid and a quinone. The photoinduced charge separation occurs within 30 ps and leads, with a yield of 25 pc, to the formation of a zwitterion whose half-life is 2.5 ?s. The experimental results obtained in these two studies show an effective decrease in the recombination rate of the two radical ions created in the encounter pair. (author)

  7. Electron Transport, Energy Transfer, and Optical Response in Single Molecule Junctions

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    White, Alexander

    2015-03-01

    The field of molecular electronics has grown significantly since the first measurements of single molecule conductance. The single molecule junction, a device in which two conducting leads are spanned by a single molecule, has become a powerful tool for studying charge transfer at the molecular level. While early experiments were focused on elastic electron conductance, today measurements of vibronic effects, molecular optical response, spintronics, thermal conductance, and quantum interference and decoherence effects are prominent areas of research. These new experimental advancements demand improved theoretical treatments which properly account for the interactions between different degrees of freedom: charge, electronic, vibrational, spin, etc.; all in physically relevant parameter ranges. This talk focuses on using a many-body states based approach to investigate the regime of strong interaction between these degrees of freedom, with relatively weak coupling between the molecule and the electric reservoirs created by the conducting leads. We focused on three related processes, electron transfer, electronic energy transfer and molecular excitation. In collaboraton with Boris Fainberg, Faculty of Sciences, Holon Institute of Technology; Sergei Tretiak, Theoretical Division, Center for Integrated Nanotechnologies, Los Alamos National Laboratory; and Michael Galperin, Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry, University of California San Diego.

  8. Distance, stereoelectronic effects, and the Marcus inverted region in intramolecular electron transfer in organic radical anions

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    A series of molecules with the general structure A1-Sp-A2 have been synthesized. Pulse radiolysis was used to convert them into negative ions, and the rates of intramolecular electron transfer were measured. In the first series studied Sp is the androstane skeleton with the acceptors attached to the 3- and 16-positions. The series consisted of eight molecules with A2 = 4-biphenyl and eight different A1 groups differing in electron affinity by 2.4 eV. The electron transfer rates differ by more than 3 orders of magnitude throughout the series and depend in a very nonlinear fashion on the free energy of the reaction. The second series of molecules was designed to study the effect of the spacer which was varied from the steroid to decalins (eight compounds) and cyclohexanes (four compounds). No comprehensive distance dependence exists. Instead, the rates are strongly influenced by the donor-acceptor attachment geometry which influences the electronic coupling. For the type of spacers studied it was found that the electron transfer rates are slowed down by 1 order of magnitude for each 2.0 bonds for a constant reorganization energy

  9. Theory of ultrafast photoinduced electron transfer from a bulk semiconductor to a quantum dot

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    This paper describes analytical and numerical results from a model Hamiltonian method applied to electron transfer (ET) from a quasicontinuum (QC) of states to a set of discrete states, with and without a mediating bridge. Analysis of the factors that determine ET dynamics yields guidelines for achieving high-yield electron transfer in these systems, desired for instance for applications in heterogeneous catalysis. These include the choice of parameters of the laser pulse that excites the initial state into a continuum electronic wavepacket and the design of the coupling between the bridge molecule and the donor and acceptor. The vibrational mode on a bridging molecule between donor and acceptor has an influence on the yield of electron transfer via Franck-Condon factors, even in cases where excited vibrational states are only transiently populated. Laser-induced coherence of the initial state as well as energetic overlap is crucial in determining the ET yield from a QC to a discrete state, whereas the ET time is influenced by competing factors from the coupling strength and the coherence properties of the electronic wavepacket

  10. Theory of ultrafast photoinduced electron transfer from a bulk semiconductor to a quantum dot

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    Rasmussen, Andrew M., E-mail: andyras@gmail.com; Ramakrishna, S.; Weiss, Emily A.; Seideman, Tamar, E-mail: t-seideman@northwestern.edu [Department of Chemistry, Northwestern University, 2145 Sheridan Road, Evanston, Illinois 60208-3113 (United States)

    2014-04-14

    This paper describes analytical and numerical results from a model Hamiltonian method applied to electron transfer (ET) from a quasicontinuum (QC) of states to a set of discrete states, with and without a mediating bridge. Analysis of the factors that determine ET dynamics yields guidelines for achieving high-yield electron transfer in these systems, desired for instance for applications in heterogeneous catalysis. These include the choice of parameters of the laser pulse that excites the initial state into a continuum electronic wavepacket and the design of the coupling between the bridge molecule and the donor and acceptor. The vibrational mode on a bridging molecule between donor and acceptor has an influence on the yield of electron transfer via Franck-Condon factors, even in cases where excited vibrational states are only transiently populated. Laser-induced coherence of the initial state as well as energetic overlap is crucial in determining the ET yield from a QC to a discrete state, whereas the ET time is influenced by competing factors from the coupling strength and the coherence properties of the electronic wavepacket.

  11. Influence of chemical and structural evolution of dissolved organic matter on electron transfer capacity during composting

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    Highlights: • Electron transfer capability (ETC) of compost-derived DOM was investigated. • Composting treatment increased the ETC of DOM from municipal solid wastes. • The ETC increase related to humic matter, and molecule weight, and N and S content. - Abstract: Dissolved organic matter (DOM) can mediate electron transfer and change chemical speciation of heavy metals. In this study, the electron transfer capability (ETC) of compost-derived DOM was investigated through electrochemical approaches, and the factors influencing the ETC were studied using spectral and elemental analysis. The results showed that the electron accepting capacity (EAC) and electron donating capacity (EDC) of compost-derived DOM were 3.29–40.14 ?mole? (g C)?1 and 57.1– 346.07 ?mole? (g C)?1, respectively. Composting treatment increased the fulvic- and humic-like substance content, oxygenated aliphatic carbon content, lignin-derived aromatic carbon content, molecule weight, and N and S content of DOM, but decreased the aliphatic carbon content and the C and H content. This conversion increased the EDC and EAC of the DOM during composting

  12. Influence of chemical and structural evolution of dissolved organic matter on electron transfer capacity during composting

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    He, Xiao-Song [State Key Laboratory of Environmental Criteria and Risk Assessment, Chinese Research Academy of Environmental Sciences, Beijing 100012 (China); Innovation base of Ground Water and Environmental System Engineering, Chinese Research Academy of Environmental Science, Beijing 100012 (China); Xi, Bei-Dou, E-mail: hexs82@126.com [State Key Laboratory of Environmental Criteria and Risk Assessment, Chinese Research Academy of Environmental Sciences, Beijing 100012 (China); Innovation base of Ground Water and Environmental System Engineering, Chinese Research Academy of Environmental Science, Beijing 100012 (China); Cui, Dong-Yu [State Key Laboratory of Environmental Criteria and Risk Assessment, Chinese Research Academy of Environmental Sciences, Beijing 100012 (China); Innovation base of Ground Water and Environmental System Engineering, Chinese Research Academy of Environmental Science, Beijing 100012 (China); Liu, Yong [Guangdong Key Laboratory of Agro-Environmental Integrated Control, Guangdong Institute of Eco-Environmental and Soil Sciences, Guangzhou 510650 (China); Tan, Wen-Bin; Pan, Hong-Wei; Li, Dan [State Key Laboratory of Environmental Criteria and Risk Assessment, Chinese Research Academy of Environmental Sciences, Beijing 100012 (China); Innovation base of Ground Water and Environmental System Engineering, Chinese Research Academy of Environmental Science, Beijing 100012 (China)

    2014-03-01

    Highlights: • Electron transfer capability (ETC) of compost-derived DOM was investigated. • Composting treatment increased the ETC of DOM from municipal solid wastes. • The ETC increase related to humic matter, and molecule weight, and N and S content. - Abstract: Dissolved organic matter (DOM) can mediate electron transfer and change chemical speciation of heavy metals. In this study, the electron transfer capability (ETC) of compost-derived DOM was investigated through electrochemical approaches, and the factors influencing the ETC were studied using spectral and elemental analysis. The results showed that the electron accepting capacity (EAC) and electron donating capacity (EDC) of compost-derived DOM were 3.29–40.14 ?mol{sub e?} (g C){sup ?1} and 57.1– 346.07 ?mol{sub e?} (g C){sup ?1}, respectively. Composting treatment increased the fulvic- and humic-like substance content, oxygenated aliphatic carbon content, lignin-derived aromatic carbon content, molecule weight, and N and S content of DOM, but decreased the aliphatic carbon content and the C and H content. This conversion increased the EDC and EAC of the DOM during composting.

  13. Probing and Exploiting the Interplay between Nuclear and Electronic Motion in Charge Transfer Processes.

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    Delor, Milan; Sazanovich, Igor V; Towrie, Michael; Weinstein, Julia A

    2015-04-21

    The Born-Oppenheimer approximation refers to the assumption that the nuclear and electronic wave functions describing a molecular system evolve and can be determined independently. It is now well-known that this approximation often breaks down and that nuclear-electronic (vibronic) coupling contributes greatly to the ultrafast photophysics and photochemistry observed in many systems ranging from simple molecules to biological organisms. In order to probe vibronic coupling in a time-dependent manner, one must use spectroscopic tools capable of correlating the motions of electrons and nuclei on an ultrafast time scale. Recent developments in nonlinear multidimensional electronic and vibrational spectroscopies allow monitoring both electronic and structural factors with unprecedented time and spatial resolution. In this Account, we present recent studies from our group that make use of different variants of frequency-domain transient two-dimensional infrared (T-2DIR) spectroscopy, a pulse sequence combining electronic and vibrational excitations in the form of a UV-visible pump, a narrowband (12 cm(-1)) IR pump, and a broadband (400 cm(-1)) IR probe. In the first example, T-2DIR is used to directly compare vibrational dynamics in the ground and relaxed electronic excited states of Re(Cl)(CO)3(4,4'-diethylester-2,2'-bipyridine) and Ru(4,4'-diethylester-2,2'-bipyridine)2(NCS)2, prototypical charge transfer complexes used in photocatalytic CO2 reduction and electron injection in dye-sensitized solar cells. The experiments show that intramolecular vibrational redistribution (IVR) and vibrational energy transfer (VET) are up to an order of magnitude faster in the triplet charge transfer excited state than in the ground state. These results show the influence of electronic arrangement on vibrational coupling patterns, with direct implications for vibronic coupling mechanisms in charge transfer excited states. In the second example, we show unambiguously that electronic and vibrational movement are coupled in a donor-bridge-acceptor complex based on a Pt(II) trans-acetylide design motif. Time-resolved IR (TRIR) spectroscopy reveals that the rate of electron transfer (ET) is highly dependent on the amount of excess energy localized on the bridge following electronic excitation. Using an adaptation of T-2DIR, we are able to selectively perturb bridge-localized vibrational modes during charge separation, resulting in the donor-acceptor charge separation pathway being completely switched off, with all excess energy redirected toward the formation of a long-lived intraligand triplet state. A series of control experiments reveal that this effect is mode specific: it is only when the high-frequency bridging C?C stretching mode is pumped that radical changes in photoproduct yields are observed. These experiments therefore suggest that one may perturb electronic movement by stimulating structural motion along the reaction coordinate using IR light. These studies add to a growing body of evidence suggesting that controlling the pathways and efficiency of charge transfer may be achieved through synthetic and perturbative approaches aiming to modulate vibronic coupling. Achieving such control would represent a breakthrough for charge transfer-based applications such as solar energy conversion and molecular electronics. PMID:25789559

  14. Characterization and modelling of interspecies electron transfer mechanisms and microbial community dynamics of a syntrophic association

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    Nagarajan, Harish; Embree, Mallory

    2013-01-01

    Syntrophic associations are central to microbial communities and thus have a fundamental role in the global carbon cycle. Despite biochemical approaches describing the physiological activity of these communities, there has been a lack of a mechanistic understanding of the relationship between complex nutritional and energetic dependencies and their functioning. Here we apply a multi-omic modelling workflow that combines genomic, transcriptomic and physiological data with genome-scale models to investigate dynamics and electron flow mechanisms in the syntrophic association of Geobacter metallireducens and Geobacter sulfurreducens. Genome-scale modelling of direct interspecies electron transfer reveals insights into the energetics of electron transfer mechanisms. While G. sulfurreducens adapts to rapid syntrophic growth by changes at the genomic and transcriptomic level, G. metallireducens responds only at the transcriptomic level. This multi-omic approach enhances our understanding of adaptive responses and factors that shape the evolution of syntrophic communities.

  15. On the theory of electron transfer reactions at semiconductor electrode/liquid interfaces

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    Gao, Yi Qin; Georgievskii, Yuri; Marcus, R. A.

    2000-02-01

    Electron transfer reaction rate constants at semiconductor/liquid interfaces are calculated using the Fermi Golden Rule and a tight-binding model for the semiconductors. The slab method and a z-transform method are employed in obtaining the electronic structures of semiconductors with surfaces and are compared. The maximum electron transfer rate constants at Si/viologen2+/+ and InP/Me2Fc+/0 interfaces are computed using the tight-binding type calculations for the solid and the extended-Hückel for the coupling to the redox agent at the interface. These results for the bulk states are compared with the experimentally measured values of Lewis and co-workers, and are in reasonable agreement, without adjusting parameters. In the case of InP/liquid interface, the unusual current vs applied potential behavior is additionally interpreted, in part, by the presence of surface states.

  16. Nitrogen doped carbon nanoparticles enhanced extracellular electron transfer for high-performance microbial fuel cells anode.

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    Yu, Yang-Yang; Guo, Chun Xian; Yong, Yang-Chun; Li, Chang Ming; Song, Hao

    2015-12-01

    Nitrogen doped carbon nanoparticles (NDCN) were applied to modify the carbon cloth anodes of microbial fuel cells (MFCs) inoculated with Shewanella oneidensis MR-1, one of the most well-studied exoelectrogens. Experimental results demonstrated that the use of NDCN increased anodic absorption of flavins (i.e., the soluble electron mediator secreted by S. oneidensis MR-1), facilitating shuttle-mediated extracellular electron transfer. In addition, we also found that NDCN enabled enhanced contact-based direct electron transfer via outer-membrane c-type cytochromes. Taken together, the performance of MFCs with the NDCN-modified anode was enormously enhanced, delivering a maximum power density 3.5 times' higher than that of the MFCs without the modification of carbon cloth anodes. PMID:25439129

  17. Electroluminescence and impedance analyses of organic light emitting diodes using anhydride materials as cathode interfacial layers

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    Pyromellitic dianhydride (PMDA) and trimellitic anhydride (TMA) were tried as cathode interfacial layers between tris-(8-hydroxyquinoline) aluminum (Alq3) and Al in organic light emitting diodes (OLEDs). Both ultra-thin anhydride cathode interfacial layers improved the electroluminescence characteristics of OLEDs compared to those without any interfacial layer, and the PMDA interfacial layer showed the most significant enhancement of the device performance. According to impedance measurements and equivalent circuit analysis, the PMDA interfacial layer decreased the impedance, probably due to the increase in the injection efficiency of electrons from the Al cathode.

  18. Efficient Plasmon-Induced Hot Electron Transfer and Photochemistry in Semiconductor-Au Nanorod Heterostructures

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    Lian, Tianquan

    2014-03-01

    In recent years, it has been shown that excitation of plasmons in metal nanostructures can lead to the injection of hot electrons into semiconductors and enhanced photochemistry. This novel plasmon-exciton interaction mechanism suggests that plasmonic nanostructures can potentially function as a new class of widely tunable and robust light harvesting materials for photo-detection or solar energy conversion. However, plasmon-induced hot electron injections from metal to semiconductor or molecules are still inefficient because of the competing ultrafast hot electron relaxation (via ultrafast electron-electron and electron-phonon scattering) processes within the metallic domain. In this paper we discuss a recent study on the plasmon-exciton interaction mechanisms in colloidal quantum-confined epitaxially-grown semiconductor-gold plexcitonic nanorod heterostructures. Using transient absorption spectroscopy, we show that optical excitation of plasmons in the Au tip leads to efficient hot electron injection into the semiconductor nanorod. In the presence of sacrificial electron donors, this plasmon induced hot electron transfer process can be utilized to drive photoreduction reactions under continuous illumination. Ongoing studies are examining how to further improve the plasmon induced hot electron injection efficiency through controlling the size and shape of the plasmonic and excitonic domains.

  19. Trans-membrane electron transfer in red blood cells immobilized in a chitosan film on a glassy carbon electrode

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    We have studied the trans-membrane electron transfer in human red blood cells (RBCs) immobilized in a chitosan film on a glassy carbon electrode (GCE). Electron transfer results from the presence of hemoglobin (Hb) in the RBCs. The electron transfer rate (ks) of Hb in RBCs is 0.42 s?1, and <1.13 s?1 for Hb directly immobilized in the chitosan film. Only Hb molecules in RBCs that are closest to the plasma membrane and the surface of the electrode can undergo electron transfer to the electrode. The immobilized RBCs displayed sensitive electrocatalytic response to oxygen and hydrogen peroxide. It is believed that this cellular biosensor is of potential significance in studies on the physiological status of RBCs based on observing their electron transfer on the modified electrode. (author)

  20. New electron energy transfer and cooling rates by excitation of O2

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    Full Text Available In this work I present the results of a study of the electron cooling rate, the production rates of vibrationally excited O2, and the production frequency of the O2 vibrational quanta arising from the collisions of electrons with O2 molecules as functions of the electron temperature. The electron energy transfer and cooling rates by vibrational excitation of O2 have been calculated and fitted to analytical expressions by use of the revised vibrationally excited O2 cross sections. These new analytical expressions are available to the researcher for quick reference and accurate computer modeling with a minimum of calculations. It is also shown that the currently accepted rate of electron energy loss associated with rotational transitions in O2 must be decreased by a factor of 13.

  1. Interfacial phenomena in electrocatalysis

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    Vayenas, Constantinos G

    2011-01-01

    This volume analyzes and summarizes recent developments and breakthroughs in several key interfacial electrochemical systems in fuel cell electrocatatalysis. The chapters are written by internationally recognized experts or rising stars in electrocatatalysis addressing both the fundamental and practical aspects of several emerging key electrochemical technologies.

  2. Potential for direct interspecies electron transfer in methanogenic wastewater digester aggregates

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    Morita, Masahiko; Malvankar, Nikhil S

    2011-01-01

    Mechanisms for electron transfer within microbial aggregates derived from an upflow anaerobic sludge blanket reactor converting brewery waste to methane were investigated in order to better understand the function of methanogenic consortia. The aggregates were electrically conductive, with conductivities 3-fold higher than the conductivities previously reported for dual-species aggregates of Geobacter species in which the two species appeared to exchange electrons via interspecies electron transfer. The temperature dependence response of the aggregate conductance was characteristic of the organic metallic-like conductance previously described for the conductive pili of Geobacter sulfurreducens and was inconsistent with electron conduction through minerals. Studies in which aggregates were incubated with high concentrations of potential electron donors demonstrated that the aggregates had no significant capacity for conversion of hydrogen to methane. The aggregates converted formate to methane but at rates toolow to account for the rates at which that the aggregates syntrophically metabolized ethanol, an important component of the reactor influent. Geobacter species comprised 25% of 16S rRNA gene sequences recovered from the aggregates, suggesting that Geobacter species may have contributed to some but probably not all of the aggregate conductivity. Microorganisms most closely related to the acetate-utilizing Methanosaeta concilii accounted for more than 90% of the sequences that could be assigned to methane producers, consistent with the poor capacity for hydrogen and formate utilization. These results demonstrate for the first time that methanogenic wastewater aggregates can be electrically conductive and suggest that direct interspecies electron transfer could be an important mechanism for electron exchange in some methanogenic systems.

  3. Synchrotron radiation photoemission study of interfacial electronic structure of HfO2 on In0.53Ga0.47As(001)-4?×?2 from atomic layer deposition

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    The growth of a passivating layer on a In0.53Ga0.47As(001)-4?×?2 surface by atomic-layer deposition of tetrakis[ethylmethylamino]Hafnium (TEMAHf)) followed by the water pulse was investigated by synchrotron radiation photoemission. The Hf atoms maintain four-fold coordination, both after the initial TEMAHf deposition and the subsequent water pulse. The Hf atoms initially bond to the As dangling bonds of the surface As atom located on the edges of the raised ridges. One EMA ligand is removed in this process. Subsequent water exposure substitutes OH ligand for one or more remaining EMA ligands. These in turn react with TEMAHf to form Hf-O-Hf bonds allowing the hafnium oxides to grow. The surface In atoms on the terrace of the raised ridges were partially removed, but none bonded of the precursor atoms. Correlations between the interfacial electronic structure and the electric performance are discussed

  4. NI (II AND PB (II INHIBIT THE ENZYMATIC ACTIVITY OF DNA IN AN ELECTRON TRANSFER REACTION

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    2002-03-01

    Full Text Available Introduction. Ni and Pb are metals with several suggested mechanisms for their toxicity on the biological systems. We have recently investigated involvement of DNA in an electron transfer reaction as an enzyme. In this reaction non- fluorescent dichlorofluorescin (LDCF is converted to the dichlorofluorescein (DCF in the presence of peroxides and hematin. Methods. The fluorometric technique was used in this study. The pH effect on the reaction rate was investigated. The results showed that DCF has the maximum emission on tris buffer 0.05 Mat pH 8.4. Results. DNA and carnosine catalyze the reaction, which proceeds by the electron transfer mechanism. The presence of carnosine is necessary for the catalytic action of DNA as a cofactor. Ni (II and Pb (11 are the potent inhibitors of the reaction. The kinetic parameters and determined in the presence and absence of the above ligands. Discussion. DNA, which has the electrical properties only in the double helical forms, acts as a catalyst in the conversion of LDCF to DCF. The existence of the carnosine, an endogenous dipeptide with antioxidant and free radical scavenging roles, is an important factor for the progress of the reaction. Both Ni (11 and Pb (II inhibit the reaction. These metals could act as the electron pool to cause inhibition in such electron transfer reaction. This phenomenon could be related to the carcinogenic effect of these metals.

  5. Genome-wide expression links the electron transfer pathway of Shewanella oneidensis to chemotaxis

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    2010-05-01

    Full Text Available Abstract Background By coupling the oxidation of organic substrates to a broad range of terminal electron acceptors (such as nitrate, metals and radionuclides, Shewanella oneidensis MR-1 has the ability to produce current in microbial fuel cells (MFCs. omcA, mtrA, omcB (also known as mtrC, mtrB, and gspF are some known genes of S. oneidensis MR-1 that participate in the process of electron transfer. How does the cell coordinate the expression of these genes? To shed light on this problem, we obtain the gene expression datasets of MR-1 that are recently public-accessible in Gene Expression Omnibus. We utilize the novel statistical method, liquid association (LA, to investigate the complex pattern of gene regulation. Results Through a web of information obtained by our data analysis, a network of transcriptional regulatory relationship between chemotaxis and electron transfer pathways is revealed, highlighting the important roles of the chemotaxis gene cheA-1, the magnesium transporter gene mgtE-1, and a triheme c-type cytochrome gene SO4572. Conclusion We found previously unknown relationship between chemotaxis and electron transfer using LA system. The study has the potential of helping researchers to overcome the intrinsic metabolic limitation of the microorganisms for improving power density output of an MFC.

  6. Extreme mobility enhancement of two-dimensional electron gases at oxide interfaces via charge transfer induced modulation doping

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    Chen, Yunzhong; Trier, Felix

    2015-01-01

    The discovery of two-dimensional electron gases (2DEGs) at the interface between two insulating complex oxides, such as LaAlO3 (LAO) or gamma-Al2O3 (GAO) epitaxially grown on SrTiO3 (STO), provides an opportunity for developing all-oxide electronic devices. These 2DEGs at complex oxide interfaces involve many-body interactions and give rise to a rich set of phenomena, for example, superconductivity, magnetism, tunable metal-insulator transitions, and phase separation. However, large enhancement of the interfacial electron mobility remains a major and long-standing challenge for fundamental as well as applied research of complex oxides. Here, we inserted a single unit cell insulating layer of polar La1-xSrxMnO3 (x=0, 1/8, and 1/3) at the interface between disordered LaAlO3 and crystalline SrTiO3 created at room temperature. We find that the electron mobility of the interfacial 2DEG is enhanced by more than two orders of magnitude. Our in-situ and resonant x-ray spectroscopic in addition to transmission electron microscopy results indicate that the manganite layer undergoes unambiguous electronic reconstruction and leads to modulation doping of such atomically engineered complex oxide heterointerfaces. At low temperatures, the modulation-doped 2DEG exhibits clear Shubnikov-de Haas oscillations and the initial manifestation of the quantum Hall effect, demonstrating an unprecedented high-mobility and low electron density oxide 2DEG system. These findings open new avenues for oxide electronics.

  7. Mechanistic studies of photoinduced spin crossover and electron transfer in inorganic complexes.

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    Zhang, Wenkai; Gaffney, Kelly J

    2015-04-21

    Electronic excited-state phenomena provide a compelling intersection of fundamental and applied research interests in the chemical sciences. This holds true for coordination chemistry, where harnessing the strong optical absorption and photocatalytic activity of compounds depends on our ability to control fundamental physical and chemical phenomena associated with the nonadiabatic dynamics of electronic excited states. The central events of excited-state chemistry can critically influence the dynamics of electronic excited states, including internal conversion (transitions between distinct electronic states) and intersystem crossing (transitions between electronic states with different spin multiplicities), events governed by nonadiabatic interactions between electronic states in close proximity to conical intersections, as well as solvation and electron transfer. The diversity of electronic and nuclear dynamics also makes the robust interpretation of experimental measurements challenging. Developments in theory, simulation, and experiment can all help address the interpretation and understanding of chemical dynamics in organometallic and coordination chemistry. Synthesis presents the opportunity to chemically engineer the strength and symmetry of the metal-ligand interactions. This chemical control can be exploited to understand the influence of electronic ground state properties on electronic excited-state dynamics. New time-resolved experimental methods and the insightful exploitation of established methods have an important role in understanding, and ideally controlling, the photophysics and photochemistry of transition metal complexes. Techniques that can disentangle the coupled motion of electrons and nuclear dynamics warrant emphasis. We present a review of electron localization dynamics in charge transfer excited states and the dynamics of photoinitiated spin crossover dynamics. Both electron localization and spin crossover have been investigated by numerous research groups with femtosecond resolution spectroscopy, but challenges in experimental interpretation have left significant uncertainty about the molecular properties that control these phenomena. Our Account will emphasize how tailoring the experimental probe, femtosecond resolution vibrational anisotropy for electron localization, and femtosecond resolution hard X-ray fluorescence for spin crossover can make a significant impact on the interpretability of experimental measurements. The emphasis on thorough and robust interpretation has also led to an emphasis on simpler molecular systems. This enables iteration between experiment and theory, a requirement for the development of a more predictive understanding of electronic excited-state phenomena and an essential step to the development of design rules for solar materials. PMID:25789406

  8. Atom-transfer cyclization with CuSO4/KBH4: a formal "activators generated by electron transfer" process also applicable to atom-transfer polymerization.

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    Clark, Andrew J; Collis, Alana E C; Fox, David J; Halliwell, Lauren L; James, Natalie; O'Reilly, Rachel K; Parekh, Hemal; Ross, Andrew; Sellars, Andrew B; Willcock, Helen; Wilson, Paul

    2012-08-17

    The 4-exo and 5-exo-trig atom-transfer cyclizations of 1, 8a-e, 9, 12, and 13 can be mediated with as little as 0.05 mol % of Cu(TPMA)SO(4)·5H(2)O in the presence of 2.5 mol % of borohydride salts in 10 min at room temperature in air. This formal "activators generated by electron transfer" (AGET) procedure utilizes a cheap and oxidatively stable copper source (CuSO(4)·5H(2)O) and can be carried out in environmentally benign solvents (EtOH). It is possible to alter the product distribution in the 5-endo radical-polar crossover reactions of 10a,b and 11 by tailoring the amount of borohydride. Cyclization onto alkynes 14 and 15 is also possible in only 20 min. Controlled radical polymerization of styrene, with increased rates over conventional atom-transfer radical polymerization (ATRP), can be carried out in a controlled fashion (Mn, PDI) using either CuBr or CuSO(4)·5H(2)O and Bu(4)NBH(4). PMID:22860762

  9. Selective 4e-/4H+ O2 reduction by an iron(tetraferrocenyl)porphyrin complex: from proton transfer followed by electron transfer in organic solvent to proton coupled electron transfer in aqueous medium.

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    Mittra, Kaustuv; Chatterjee, Sudipta; Samanta, Subhra; Dey, Abhishek

    2013-12-16

    An iron porphyrin catalyst bearing four ferrocenes and a hydrogen bonding distal pocket is found to catalyze 4e(-)/4H(+) oxygen reduction reaction (ORR) in organic solvent under homogeneous conditions in the presence of 2-3 equiv of Trifluoromethanesulphonic acid. Absorption spectroscopy, electron paramagnetic resonance (EPR), and resonance Raman data along with H2O2 assay indicate that one out of the four electrons necessary to reduce O2 to H2O is donated by the ferrous porphyrin while three are donated by the distal ferrocene residues. The same catalyst shows 4e(-)/4H(+) reduction of O2 in an aqueous medium, under heterogeneous conditions, over a wide range of pH. Both the selectivity and the rate of ORR are found to be pH independent in an aqueous medium. The ORR proceeds via a proton transfer followed by electron transfer (PET) step in an organic medium and while a 2e(-)/1H(+) proton coupled electron transfer (PCET) step determines the electrochemical potential of ORR in an aqueous medium. PMID:24304224

  10. Interfacial characteristics of a carbon nanotube-polystyrene composite system

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    Liao, Kin; Li, Sean

    2001-12-01

    The performance of a composite material system is critically controlled by the interfacial characteristics of the reinforcement and the matrix material. Here we report a study on the interfacial characteristics of a carbon nanotube (CNT)-reinforced polystyrene (PS) composite system through molecular mechanics simulations and elasticity calculations. In the absence of atomic bonding between the reinforcement and the matrix material, it is found that the nonbond interactions consists of electrostatic and van der Waals interaction, deformation induced by these forces, as well as stress/deformation arising from mismatch in the coefficients of thermal expansion. All of these contribute to the interfacial stress transfer ability, the critical parameter controlling material performance. Results of a CNT pullout simulation suggests that the interfacial shear stress of the CNT-PS system is about 160 MPa, significantly higher than most carbon fiber reinforced polymer composite systems.

  11. TSDC spectroscopy of relaxational and interfacial phenomena.

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    Gun'ko, V M; Zarko, V I; Goncharuk, E V; Andriyko, L S; Turov, V V; Nychiporuk, Y M; Leboda, R; Skubiszewska-Zieba, J; Gabchak, A L; Osovskii, V D; Ptushinskii, Y G; Yurchenko, G R; Mishchuk, O A; Gorbik, P P; Pissis, P; Blitz, J P

    2007-02-28

    Applications of thermally stimulated depolarisation current (TSDC) technique to a variety of systems with different dispersion phases such as disperse and porous metal oxides, polymers, liquid crystals, amorphous and crystalline solids, composites, solid solutions, biomacromolecules, cells, tissues, etc. in gaseous or liquid dispersion media are analysed. The effects of dipolar, direct current (dc) and space charge relaxations are linked to the temperature dependent mobility of molecules, their fragments, protons, anions, and electrons and depend on thermal treatment, temperature and field intensity of polarisation, heating rate on depolarisation or cooling rate on polarisation. Features of the relaxation mechanisms are affected not only by the mentioned factors but also by morphological, structural and chemical characteristics of materials. The interfacial phenomena, especially the role of interfacial water, received significant attention on analysis of the TSDC data. Comparison of the data of TSDC and dielectric relaxation spectroscopy (DRS), differential scanning calorimetry (DSC), 1H NMR spectroscopy with layer-by-layer freezing-out of bulk and interfacial water, adsorption/desorption of nitrogen, water and dissolved organics demonstrates high sensitivity and information content of the TSDC technique, allowing a deeper understanding of interfacial phenomena. PMID:17188637

  12. Photo- and radiation chemical studies of intermediates involved in excited-state electron-transfer reactions

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    Excited-state inter- and intramolecular electron-transfer reactions lie at the heart of the most photochemical solar energy conversion schemes. The authors research, which has utilized the techniques of continuous and pulsed photolysis and radiolysis, has focused on three general aspects of these reactions involving transition metal coordination complexes and electron donor-acceptor complexes: i) the effect of solution medium on the properties and quenching of the excited states; ii) the control of the quantum yields of formation of redox products; iii) the mechanism by which reduced species interact with water to yield H2 homogeneously and heterogeneously. EDTA is among the most popular sacrificial electron donors used in model systems. Its role is to scavenge the oxidized form of the photosensitizer in order to prevent its rapid reaction with the reduced form of the electron relay species that results from the electron-transfer quenching of the excited photosensitizer. In systems involving MV2+, the radicals resulting from the oxidation of EDTA can eventually lead to the generation of a second equivalent of MV+; the reducing agent is believed to be a radical localized on the carbon atom alpha to the carboxylate group. The reaction of radiolytically-generated OH/H with EDTA produces this radical directly via H-abstraction or indirectly via deprotonation of the carbon atom adjacent to the nitrogen radical site in the oxidized amine moiety; it reduces MV2+ with rate constants of 2.8 x 109, 7.6 x 109, and 8.5 x 106M-1s-1 at pH 12.5, 8.3, and 4.7, respectively. Degradative decarboxylation of EDTA-radicals and their back electron-transfer reactions are enhanced in acidic solution causing the yield of MV+ to be severely diminished

  13. Communication: Predictive partial linearized path integral simulation of condensed phase electron transfer dynamics

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    A partial linearized path integral approach is used to calculate the condensed phase electron transfer (ET) rate by directly evaluating the flux-flux/flux-side quantum time correlation functions. We demonstrate for a simple ET model that this approach can reliably capture the transition between non-adiabatic and adiabatic regimes as the electronic coupling is varied, while other commonly used semi-classical methods are less accurate over the broad range of electronic couplings considered. Further, we show that the approach reliably recovers the Marcus turnover as a function of thermodynamic driving force, giving highly accurate rates over four orders of magnitude from the normal to the inverted regimes. We also demonstrate that the approach yields accurate rate estimates over five orders of magnitude of inverse temperature. Finally, the approach outlined here accurately captures the electronic coherence in the flux-flux correlation function that is responsible for the decreased rate in the inverted regime

  14. Temperature Dependence of Electron to Lattice Energy-Transfer in Single-Wall Carbon Nanotube Bundles

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    Moos, G; Hertel, T

    2002-01-01

    The electron-phonon coupling strength in single-wall carbon nanotube (SWNT) bundles has been studied directly in the time-domain by femtosecond time-resolved photoelectron spectroscopy. We have measured the dependence of H(T_e,T_l), the rate of energy-transfer between the electronic system and the lattice as a function of electron and lattice temperatures T_e and T_l. The experiments are consistent with a T^5 dependence of H on the electron- and lattice-temperatures, respectively. The results can be related to the e-ph mass enhancement parameter lambda. The experimentally obtained value for lambda/theta_D^2, where theta_D is the Debye temperature, suggests that e-ph scattering times at the Fermi level of SWNT bundles can be exceptionally long, exceeding 1.5 ps at room temperature.

  15. Electron transfer within charge-localized arylhydrazine-centered mixed valence radical cations having larger bridges.

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    Nelsen, Stephen F; Schultz, Kevin P

    2009-05-14

    Kinetics for intramolecular charge transfer between two diarylhydrazine units, measured by ESR, are reported for six charge-localized mixed valence compounds having 9, 11, 13, and 16 bonds between the nitrogen atoms. A 17-bond bridged compound had too slow electron transfer to measure the rate constant by ESR. The optical spectra of these radical cations are compared with tert-butyl,aryl-substituted hydrazines, and rate constants calculated using parameters derived from the optical spectra are compared with the experimental values where possible. The charge-transfer band overlapped too badly with bridge-centered absorption for the 16-bond bridged compound to allow the comparison to be made. The 13-bond bridged compound gave worse agreement than the other compounds. Its optical rate constant was about 5.4 times the ESR rate constant at a temperature between the ranges in which the data were collected. PMID:19374409

  16. Electron transfer, ionization, and excitation in atomic collisions. Progress report, June 15, 1992--June 14, 1995

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    Winter, T.G.; Alston, S.G.

    1995-08-01

    The research program of Winter and Alston addresses the fundamental processes of electron transfer, ionization, and excitation in ion-atom, ion-ion, and ion-molecule collisions. Attention is focussed on one- and two-electron systems and, more recently, quasi-one-electron systems whose electron-target-core interaction can be accurately modeled by one-electron potentials. The basic computational approaches can then be taken with few, if any, approximations, and the underlying collisional mechanisms can be more clearly revealed. Winter has focussed on intermediate collision energies (e.g., proton energies for p-He{sup +} collisions on the order of 100 kilo-electron volts), in which many electron states are strongly coupled during the collision and a coupled-state approach, such as a coupled-Sturmian-pseudostate approach, is appropriate. Alston has concentrated on higher collision energies (million electron-volt energies), or asymmetric collision systems, for which the coupling of the projectile is weaker with, however, many more target states being coupled together so that high-order perturbation theory is essential. Several calculations by Winter and Alston are described, as set forth in the original proposal.

  17. Photoinduced electron transfer and persistent spectral hole-burning in natural emerald.

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    Riesen, Hans

    2011-06-01

    Wavelength-selective excited-state lifetime measurements and absorption, luminescence, and hole-burning spectra of a natural African emerald crystal are reported. The (2)E excited-state lifetime displays an extreme wavelength dependence, varying from 190 to 37 ?s within 1.8 nm of the R(1)-line. Overall, the excited state is strongly quenched, in comparison to laboratory-created emerald (?=1.3 ms), with an average quenching rate of ?6 × 10(3) s(-1) at 2.5 K. This quenching is attributed to photoinduced electron transfer caused by a relatively high concentration of Fe(2+) ions. The forward electron-transfer rate, k(f), from the nearest possible Fe(2+) sites at around 5 Å is estimated to be ?20 × 10(3) s(-1) at 2.5 K. The photoreductive quenching of the excited Cr(3+) ions by Fe(2+) is followed by rapid electron back-transfer in the ground state upon deactivation. The exchange interaction based quenching can be modeled by assuming a random quencher distribution within the possible Fe(2+) sites with the forward electron-transfer rate, k(f), given as a function of acceptor-donor separation R by exp[(R(f)-R)/a(f)]; R(f) and a(f) values of 13.5 and 2.7 Å are obtained at 2.5 K. The electron transfer/back-transfer reorganizes the local crystal lattice, occasionally leading to a minor variation of the short-range structure around the Cr(3+) ions. This provides a mechanism for spectral hole-burning for which a moderately high quantum efficiency of about ?0.005% is observed. Spectral holes are subject to spontaneous hole-filling and spectral diffusion, and both effects can be quantified within the standard two-level systems for non-photochemical hole-burning. Importantly, the absorbance increases on both sides of broad spectral holes, and isosbestic points are observed, in accord with the expected distribution of the "photoproduct" in a non-photochemical hole-burning process. PMID:21548614

  18. Interfacial Fluid Mechanics A Mathematical Modeling Approach

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    Ajaev, Vladimir S

    2012-01-01

    Interfacial Fluid Mechanics: A Mathematical Modeling Approach provides an introduction to mathematical models of viscous flow used in rapidly developing fields of microfluidics and microscale heat transfer. The basic physical effects are first introduced in the context of simple configurations and their relative importance in typical microscale applications is discussed. Then,several configurations of importance to microfluidics, most notably thin films/droplets on substrates and confined bubbles, are discussed in detail.  Topics from current research on electrokinetic phenomena, liquid flow near structured solid surfaces, evaporation/condensation, and surfactant phenomena are discussed in the later chapters. This book also:  Discusses mathematical models in the context of actual applications such as electrowetting Includes unique material on fluid flow near structured surfaces and phase change phenomena Shows readers how to solve modeling problems related to microscale multiphase flows Interfacial Fluid Me...

  19. Peptide Sequence Analysis by Electron Transfer Dissociation Mass Spectrometry: A Web-Based Tutorial

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    Hunt, Donald F.; Shabanowitz, Jeffrey; Bai, Dina L.

    2015-03-01

    We created a web-based tutorial designed to teach manual interpretation and identification of spectra acquired using electron transfer dissociation (ETD). The tutorial provides an explanation of the ETD fragmentation process with the goal of identifying all of the significant peaks in a spectrum. We discuss determination of the precursor mass and charge state, neutral losses, electron transfer without dissociation (ETnoD), and the mechanisms by which fragment ions are created. Our hope is to provide a tool that presents the information already taught in D.F.H.'s short courses in a way that is easy for any student or researcher in the mass spectrometry community to access. The tutorial may be found at http://www.huntlab.org.

  20. The Alternative complex III: properties and possible mechanisms for electron transfer and energy conservation.

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    Refojo, Patrícia N; Teixeira, Miguel; Pereira, Manuela M

    2012-10-01

    Alternative complexes III (ACIII) are recently identified membrane-bound enzymes that replace functionally the cytochrome bc(1/)b(6)f complexes. In general, ACIII are composed of four transmembrane proteins and three peripheral subunits that contain iron-sulfur centers and C-type hemes. ACIII are built by a combination of modules present in different enzyme families, namely the complex iron-sulfur molybdenum containing enzymes. In this article a historical perspective on the investigation of ACIII is presented, followed by an overview of the present knowledge on these enzymes. Electron transfer pathways within the protein are discussed taking into account possible different locations (cytoplasmatic or periplasmatic) of the iron-sulfur containing protein and their contribution to energy conservation. In this way several hypotheses for energy conservation modes are raised including linear and bifurcating electron transfer pathways. This article is part of a Special Issue entitled: 17th European Bioenergetics Conference (EBEC 2012). PMID:22609325

  1. Photoinduced electron transfer in arylacridinium conjugates in a solid glass matrix.

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    Jones, Guilford; Yan, Dingxue; Hu, Jingqiu; Wan, Jiandi; Xia, Bing; Vullev, Valentine I

    2007-06-21

    The photophysical properties of a series of 9-arylacridinium conjugates in solid glass matrices composed of sucrose octaacetate have been determined. The fluorescence of the charge-shift states is significantly enhanced because of the retardation of nonradiative pathways for back-electron transfer. Changes of more than 3 orders of magnitude in back-electron-transfer rates (sucrose octaacetate glass vs conventional solvents at room temperature) were observed. Transient spectra displayed long-lived charge-shift species in the microsecond time regime for thianthrene acridinium conjugates. The rate retardation is associated with slow solvation times for surrounding solvent layers in the solid matrix. The red-edge effect (excitation wavelength-dependent fluorescence) for the arylacridinium ions in solid glass confirms the microheterogeneity of the sucrose octaacetate medium. PMID:17539680

  2. Charge transfer in gas surface scattering: the three electronic state system

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    Guan, Daren; Yi, Xizhang; Ding, Shiliang; Gu, Lichuan; Olson, John A.

    1998-07-01

    A general theoretical treatment for near-resonant charge exchange in gas-surface scattering is presented for a coupled three electronic state system. Specifically, the quadratic form method in linear algebra is used to solve a coupled set of differential equations within the framework of Micha's common eikonal formalism to determine evolution of nuclear transition amplitudes. The electron transfer probability was thus given analytically. It is also found that if the diabatic potentials Vd for the system satisfy the condition that D>0, where D is the discriminant of characteristic polynomial of eigenvalue equation of the matrix Vd, the charge transfer will be forbidden due to the hermicity of Vd. Comparison with a previous calculation of the ionization probability for a sodium atom scattering from a W(110) surface shows quite good agreement. The results demonstrate that the method appears to have a wide range of validity for the description of a variety of nonadiabatic phenomena in gas-surface scattering.

  3. Electron-transfer processes in dendrimers and their implication in biology, catalysis, sensing and nanotechnology

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    Astruc, Didier

    2012-04-01

    The extraordinary development of the design and synthesis of dendrimers has allowed scientists to locate redox sites at precise positions (core, focal points, branching points, termini, cavities) of these perfectly defined macromolecules, which have generation-controlled sizes and topologies matching those of biomolecules. Redox-dendrimer engineering has led to fine modelling studies of electron-transfer metalloproteins, in which the branches of the dendrimers hinder access to the active site in a manner reminiscent of that of the protein. It has also enabled the construction of remarkable catalysts, sensors and printboards, including by sophisticated design of the interface between redox dendrimers and solid-state devices -- for example by functionalizing electrodes and other surfaces. Electron-transfer processes between dendrimers and a variety of other molecules hold promising applications in diverse areas that range from bio-engineering to sensing, catalysis and energy materials.

  4. Potassium-uracil/thymine ring cleavage enhancement as studied in electron transfer experiments and theoretical calculations.

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    Almeida, D; Bacchus-Montabonel, M-C; da Silva, F Ferreira; García, G; Limão-Vieira, P

    2014-08-21

    We report experimental and theoretical studies on ring cleavage enhancement in collisions of potassium atoms with uracil/thymine to further increase the understanding of the complex mechanisms yielding such fragmentation pathways. In these electron transfer processes time-of-flight (TOF) negative ion mass spectra were obtained in the collision energy range 13.5-23.0 eV. We note that CNO(-) is the major ring breaking anion formed and its threshold formation is discussed within the collision energy range studied. Such a decomposition process is supported by the first theoretical calculations to clarify how DNA/RNA pyrimidine base fragmentation is enhanced in electron transfer processes yielding ion-pair formation. PMID:24818533

  5. The creation, destruction and transfer of multipole moments in electron–ion three-body recombination

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    We use the wave-packet propagation scheme of Goldberger and Watson to define multipole moment creation, destruction, and transfer rates for the three-body recombination (TBR) of electrons with ions. We first assume short-range interaction potentials and then consider Coulomb interactions, for which we use Dollard's theory of multichannel scattering. We present the multipole moment rate coefficients in terms of the TBR amplitudes. Finally, we discuss time-reversal invariance and the reciprocity relations, both for the short-range case and for the Coulomb-interaction case, and show that the multipole moment rate coefficients can be expressed in terms of electron-impact ionization amplitudes. (paper)

  6. Vectorial electron transfer in spatially ordered arrays. Progress report, January 1991--January 1994

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    Fox, M.A.

    1994-01-01

    Objective was to find methods for rapid, controlled placement of light absorbers, relays, and multi-electron catalysts at defined sites with respect to a semiconductor or metal surface and thus to develop methods for preparing chemically modified photoactive surfaces as artificial photosynthetic units. Progress has been made in four areas: synthesis of new materials for directional electron transfer, preparation and characterization of anisotropic composites containing organic and inorganic components, elaboration of mechanisms of electrocatalysis, and development of new methods for surface modification of metals and semiconductors.

  7. Doubly differential electron emission for transfer ionization in 100-keV H+ on Ar

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    We have measured doubly differential electron emission for transfer ionization produced by 100-keV H+ impact on an Ar target. Data were obtained by measuring coincidences between electrons of selected energy and angle of emission with outgoing H0 projectiles. The measurements covered emission angles in the range of ?=0 degree to 160 degree and energies starting from 10 eV. We present a detailed discussion on the experimental conditions used and give a tentative interpretation of the main features observed. copyright 1997 The American Physical Society

  8. Measurement of Tensor Polarization in Elastic Electron-Deuteron Scattering at Large Momentum Transfer

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    Tensor polarization observables (t20, t21 and t22) have been measured in elastic electron-deuteron scattering for six values of momentum transfer between 0.66 and 1.7 (GeV/c)2. The experiment was performed at the Jefferson Laboratory in Hall C using the electron HMS Spectrometer, a specially designed deuteron magnetic channel and the recoil deuteron polarimeter POLDER. The new data determine to much larger Q2 the deuteron charge form factors GC and GQ. They are in good agreement with relativistic calculations and disagree with pQCD predictions

  9. Prospect for observation of polarization in electron-deuteron elastic scattering at high momentum transfer

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    A measurement of the charge and quadrupole form factors of the deuteron would address the most fundamental questions in nuclear physics: validity of perturbative QCD at relatively low momentum transfer, effect of isoscalar meson-exchange currents, and the deuteron structure at short range. Polarization methods will be required in order to provide the separation of these form factors. We propose that the high current of electrons in a storage ring be employed in order to scatter electrons from a gaseous, tensor-polarized, deuterium target. (orig.)

  10. Photoinduced electron transfer from tris(2,2'-bipyridyl)ruthenium to cytochrome c oxidase.

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    Nilsson, T

    1992-01-01

    Flash photolysis has been used to effect electron transfer from tris(2,2'-bipyridyl)ruthenium(II) to cytochrome c oxidase in the presence of a sacrificial electron donor, aniline. The observation that photoreduction occurs only at low ionic strength and high pH indicates that an electrostatic complex between the ruthenium compound and the enzyme is the reactive species. The reaction was followed at 830, 605, and 445 nm. The initial absorbance changes observed suggest that the copper ion CuA i...

  11. Ultrafast Excited State Dynamics of the Perylene Radical Cation Generated upon Bimolecular Photoinduced Electron Transfer Reaction

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    Pages, Ste?phane; Lang, Bernhard Felix; Vauthey, Eric

    2006-01-01

    The ultrafast ground state recovery (GSR) dynamics of the radical cation of perylene, Pe•+, generated upon bimolecular photoinduced electron transfer in acetonitrile, has been investigated using pump?pump?probe spectroscopy. With 1,4-dicyanobenzene as electron acceptor, the free ion yield is substantial and the GSR dynamics of Pe•+ was found to depend on the time delay between the first and second pump pulses, ?t12, i.e., on the "age" of the ion. At short ?t12, the GSR dynamics is b...

  12. Study of the Ne(^3P_2) + CH_3F Electron Transfer Reaction below 1 Kelvin

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    Jankunas, Justin; Bertsche, Benjamin; Osterwalder, Andreas

    2014-01-01

    Relatively little is known about the dynamics of electron transfer reactions at low collision energy. We present a study of Penning ionization of ground state methyl fluoride molecules by electronically excited neon atoms in the 13 $\\mu$eV--4.8 meV (150 mK--56 K) collision energy range, using a neutral-neutral merged beam setup. Relative cross sections have been measured for three Ne($^3P_2$)+ CH$_3$F reaction channels by counting the number of CH$_3$F$^+$, CH$_2$F$^+$, and ...

  13. Dielectric losses and charge transfer in electron-irradiated TIGaS2 single crystal

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    Full text: This study presents the results of studying the frequency dependence of real and imaginary componenets of the complex dielectric permittivity, loss tangent, conductivity across the layers of high-resistive of TIGaS2 single crystals at frequencies from 50 kHz up to 35 MHz and the effect of electron-irradiation on themSample from TiGaS2 were made inn sandwich form with electrodes of silver plate. The investigation of the frequency dependences af ac-conductivity of the electron-irradiated TiGaS2 single crystal made it possible to elucidate the hopping charge-transfer mechanism

  14. In situ regeneration of NADH via lipoamide dehydrogenase-catalyzed electron transfer reaction evidenced by spectroelectrochemistry

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    Tam, Tsz Kin; Chen, Baowei; Lei, Chenghong; Liu, Jun

    2012-01-01

    NAD/NADH is a coenzyme found in all living cells, carrying electrons from one reaction to another. We report on characterizations of in situ regeneration of NADH via lipoamide dehydrogenase (LD)-catalyzed electron transfer reaction to regenerate NADH using UV-vis spectroelectrochemistry. The Michaelis-Menten constant (Km) and maximum velocity (Vmax) of NADH regeneration were measured as 0.80 ± 0.15 mM and 1.91 ± 0.09 ?M s-1 in a 1-mm thin-layer spectroelectrochemical cell using gold gauze as ...

  15. Intramolecular photoinduced electron transfer of fluorescent probes based on 1,8-naphthalimide and aniline derivatives

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    Burmistrova, Natalia A.; Mushtakova, Svetlana P.; Zilberg, Rufina A.; Vakulin, Ivan V.; Duerkop, Axel

    2015-03-01

    The effect of conformation and electronic structure of fluorescent probes based on 1,8-naphthalimide and aniline derivatives (4-methoxyaniline and N,N-dimethyl-p-phenylenediamine) on the intramolecular photoinduced electron transfer (PET) was investigated by density functional theory calculations (B3LYP/6-31G (d, p)). We established restricted rotation around spacer bonds of the model compounds and their protonated and oxidized forms do not block the convergence of the nitrogen atoms involved in the electron transfer at a distance of ~3Å, which is adequately for PET. Computed values of protonation free energy for the gas-phase (?G298 r) show that the investigated fluorescent probes are predominantly protonated on the nitrogen atoms of the donor moiety. Electron population and localization of the frontier orbitals (LUMO, HOMO, HOMO-1) on the donor and acceptor moieties are transformed under protonation and one-electron oxidation of fluorescent probes. The results show that appearance or disappearance of the PET can be predicted by the energy difference between the frontier orbitals and the nature of their location of donor and acceptor moieties, which is in agreement with the PET theory and observed experimental data.

  16. Electron correlation effects in the adiabatic charge transfer reactions at the metal/polar liquid interface

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    New simple expressions for average number of electrons in the valence orbital of a reacting ion and the charge susceptibility are obtained that allow one to calculate adiabatic free energy surfaces (AFES) and corresponding kinetic regime diagrams (KRD) for adiabatic processes of electron transfer from the ion, located in a polar liquid, to a metal within the framework of the exactly solvable (in the limit T?0) model of the metal with the infinitely wide conduction band. This model represents one of limiting cases of the Anderson model that may be applied to s-p metals. Unlike previous studies of the adiabatic reactions in the model of the metal with the infinitely wide conduction band, the present work takes into account the electron-electron correlation effects in an exact manner. General results are illustrated with KRD which determine the regions of the physical parameters of the system corresponding to various types of electron transfer processes. AFES are calculated for some typical parameters sets. The exact AFES are compared with those calculated within the Hartree-Fock approximation. It is shown that the correlation effects are of importance and results not only in a considerable decrease of the activation free energy but also to qualitatively different shapes of AFES in some regions of the system parameters

  17. Theory of Proton-Coupled Electron Transfer in Energy Conversion Processes

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    Hammes-schiffer, Sharon

    2009-01-01

    Proton-coupled electron transfer (PCET) reactions play an essential role in a broad range of energy conversion processes, including photosynthesis and respiration. These reactions also form the basis of many types of solar fuel cells and electrochemical devices. Recent advances in the theory of PCET enable the prediction of the impact of system properties on the reaction rates. These predictions may guide the design of more efficient catalysts for energy production, including those based on a...

  18. Characterizing O-linked glycopeptides by electron transfer dissociation: fragmentation rules and applications in data analysis

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    Zhu, Zhikai; Su, Xiaomeng; Clark, Daniel F.; Go, Eden P.; Desaire, Heather

    2013-01-01

    Studying protein O-glycosylation remains an analytical challenge. Different from N-linked glycans, the O-glycosylation site is not within a known consensus sequence. Additionally, O-glycans are heterogeneous with numerous potential modification sites. Electron transfer dissociation (ETD) is the method of choice in analyzing these glycopeptides since the glycan side chain is intact in ETD, and the glycosylation site can be localized on the basis of the c and z fragment ions. Nonetheless, new s...

  19. Electron Transfer Reagent Anion Formation via Electrospray Ionization and Collision-induced Dissociation

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    Huang, Teng-yi; Emory, Joshua F; O’Hair, Richard A.J.; McLuckey, Scott A.

    2006-01-01

    A strategy is described and demonstrated for the formation of reagent anions via electrospray ionization (ESI) for electron transfer dissociation (ETD). To circumvent difficulties associated with formation of high mass-to-charge ratio (m/z) reagent anions, it is desirable to form ETD reagents via means other than those that require reagent molecule vaporization. ESI is a candidate method but anions that are generally generated efficiently by ESI tend to react with multiply protonated polypept...

  20. Global proteomic profiling of phosphopeptides using electron transfer dissociation tandem mass spectrometry

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    Molina, Henrik; Horn, David M.; Tang, Ning; Mathivanan, Suresh; Pandey, Akhilesh

    2007-01-01

    Electron transfer dissociation (ETD) is a recently introduced mass spectrometric technique that provides a more comprehensive coverage of peptide sequences and posttranslational modifications. Here, we evaluated the use of ETD for a global phosphoproteome analysis. In all, we identified a total of 1,435 phosphorylation sites from human embryonic kidney 293T cells, of which 1,141 (?80%) were not previously described. A detailed comparison of ETD and collision-induced dissociation (CID) modes s...

  1. Trans-Proteomic Pipeline supports and improves analysis of electron transfer dissociation datasets

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    Deutsch, Eric W.; Shteynberg, David; Lam, Henry; Sun, Zhi; Eng, Jimmy K.; Carapito, Christine; von Haller, Priska D; Tasman, Natalie; Mendoza, Luis; Farrah, Terry; Aebersold, Ruedi

    2010-01-01

    Electron transfer dissociation (ETD) is an alternative fragmentation technique to collision induced dissociation (CID) that has recently become commercially available. ETD has several advantages over CID. It is less prone to fragmenting amino acid side chains, especially those that are modified, thus yielding fragment ion spectra with more uniform peak intensities. Further, precursor ions of longer peptides and higher charge states can be fragmented and identified. However, analysis of ETD sp...

  2. Peptide and protein quantification using iTRAQ with electron transfer dissociation

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    Phanstiel, Doug; Zhang, Yi; Marto, Jarrod A.; Coon, Joshua J.

    2008-01-01

    Electron transfer dissociation (ETD) has become increasingly used in proteomic analyses due to its complementarity to collision-activated dissociation (CAD) and its ability to sequence peptides with post-translation modifications (PTMs). It was previously unknown, however, whether ETD would be compatible with a commonly employed quantification technique, isobaric tags for relative and absolute quantification (iTRAQ), since the fragmentation mechanisms and pathways of ETD differ significantly ...

  3. Optimization of Electron Transfer Dissociation via Informed Selection of Reagents and Operating Parameters

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    Compton, Philip D.; Strukl, Joseph V.; Bai, Dina L; Shabanowitz, Jeffrey; Hunt, Donald F.

    2012-01-01

    Electron transfer dissociation (ETD) has improved the mass spectrometric analysis of proteins and peptides with labile post-translational modifications and larger intact masses. Here, the parameters governing the reaction rate of ETD are examined experimentally. Currently, due to reagent injection and isolation events as well as longer reaction times, ETD spectra require significantly more time to acquire than collision-induced dissociation (CID) spectra (>100 ms), resulting in a trade-off in...

  4. Electronic Transfer of Clinical Nursing Minimum Data Set Facilitates Nursing Diagnoses Validation

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    Delaney, Connie W.; Mehmert, Peg

    1990-01-01

    Computerized information systems may offer the most efficient, cost effective approach for maximizing the use of the Nursing Minimum Data Set to meet the data access and comparability demands for validation of nursing diagnoses. This report addressed Phases I and II of a larger study testing the research utility of the NMDS. The utility of the NMDS for retrospective validation of four nursing diagnoses as well as electronic retrieval and transfer of the NMDS from a computerized clinical infor...

  5. Magnetic-field-enhanced radical yield from triplet electron-transfer reaction in reversed micelles

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    Schlenker, Wolfgang; Ulrich, Thomas; Steiner, Ulrich

    1983-01-01

    The radical yield in the electron-transfer reaction between thionine triplet and aniline in reversed micelles is increased by an external magnetic field. The saturation value of the effect amounts to 85% (18 kG) and the B1/2 value is 300 G. The magnetic-field effect is discussed on the basis of the radical-pair mechanism with a quantitative consideration of the hyperfine-induced spin motion.

  6. Electron transfer into the n = 3 states of hydrogen by proton impact on gases

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    Absolute cross sections for electron transfer into the 3p and 3d states of hydrogen have been measured for 2.2- to 8.2-keV proton impact on He, Ar, Kr, O2, H2, and N2. An apparent maximum occurs in the 3d cross section for both Ar and H2. Balmer-alpha cross sections are synthesized from these results and previously reported 3s cross sections

  7. Photoinduced electron transfer between doubly charged pyrene and alkali metals. Fourier transform EPR study

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    Zilber, Gil; Rozenshtein, Vladimir; Rabinovitz, Mordecai; Levanon, Haim

    1992-08-01

    Photoinduced electron transfer (ET) reactions in pyrene/alkali-metal/THF solutions were studied by Fourier transform EPR. Different spin polarization effects are associated with the ET reactions, i.e. ST 0, ST -, F-pair and correlated radical-pair mechanisms. It is demonstrated how the spin dynamics are controlled by the specific alkali-metal ion, its solvation in neat THF and the presence of a chelating agent (cryptand). Experiments were carried out using Li, Na, and K.

  8. Electron transfer processes of atomic and molecular doubly charged ions: information from beam experiments.

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    Herman, Zden?k

    2013-01-01

    Ro?. 111, 12-13 (2013), s. 1697-1710. ISSN 0026-8976 R&D Projects: GA ?R GA203/00/0632; GA AV ?R IAA400400702 Grant ostatní: GA AV ?R(CZ) IAA440410 Institutional support: RVO:61388955 Keywords : doubly charged ions * electron transfer processes * beam experiments Subject RIV: CF - Physical ; Theoretical Chemistry Impact factor: 1.642, year: 2013

  9. Diffusion-Controlled Electron Transfer Processes and Power-Law Statistics of Fluorescence Intermittency of Nanoparticles

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    Tang, Jau; Marcus, R. A.

    2005-08-01

    A mechanism involving diffusion-controlled electron transfer processes in Debye and non-Debye dielectric media is proposed to elucidate the power-law distribution for the lifetime of a blinking quantum dot. This model leads to two complementary regimes of power law with a sum of the exponents equal to 2, and to a specific value for the exponent in terms of a distribution of the diffusion correlation times. It also links the exponential bending tail with energetic and kinetic parameters.

  10. Actualization of the training documents and transfer to electronic memories; example KKP-2

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    The training documents of the NPP Philippsburg-2 (KKP-2) are based on documents dating from 1981/1982. Actualization of the documents and transfer to electronic memories has been performed. The target groups are shift supervisors and reactor operators. The German AREVA training center in Offenbach is responsible for the training for all German nuclear power plants. The training documents were revised with respect to plant retrofitting and upgrading measures. Preliminary experiences with the revised training documents are summarized.

  11. Dimer/monomer switching of pyridinium and quinolinium cations by electron transfer.

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    Pospíšil, Lubomír; Teplý, Filip; Hromadová, Magdaléna; ?ížková, Martina; Kolivoška, Viliam; Slaví?ek, P.; Tarábek, Ján

    2012-01-01

    Ro?. 2012, - (2012), s. 75. ISSN 0872-1904. [Iberic Meeting of Electrochemistry /14./ and Meeting of the Portuguese Electrochemical Society /17./. 11.04.2012-14.04.2012, Madeira Island] R&D Projects: GA ?R GA203/09/0705; GA AV ?R IAA400400802; GA ?R GA203/09/1614 Source of funding: I - inštitucionálna podpora na rozvoj VO Institutional support: RVO:61388955 Keywords : electron transfer * electrochemistry Subject RIV: CG - Electrochemistry

  12. Analysis of phosphorylation sites on proteins from Saccharomyces cerevisiae by electron transfer dissociation (ETD) mass spectrometry

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    Chi, An; Huttenhower, Curtis; Geer, Lewis Y.; Coon, Joshua J; Syka, John E. P.; Bai, Dina L.; Shabanowitz, Jeffrey; Burke, Daniel J; Troyanskaya, Olga G.; Hunt, Donald F

    2007-01-01

    We present a strategy for the analysis of the yeast phosphoproteome that uses endo-Lys C as the proteolytic enzyme, immobilized metal affinity chromatography for phosphopeptide enrichment, a 90-min nanoflow-HPLC/electrospray-ionization MS/MS experiment for phosphopeptide fractionation and detection, gas phase ion/ion chemistry, electron transfer dissociation for peptide fragmentation, and the Open Mass Spectrometry Search Algorithm for phosphoprotein identification and assignment of phosphory...

  13. Study of the dynamics of the solvatochromism and of the electron intramolecular transfer in polar liquids

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    A microscopic model concerning the relaxation of the polarization phenomena in liquids is presented. The model is applied to the time dependent fluorescence solvatochromism phenomena observed in polar solutions by ultra-fast techniques. The measurement of time scale variations of the fluorescence solvatochromism is performed for two compounds issued from the (?- naphtyl)- 1 - phenyl - 1 - ethylene in solution in n-propanol. The existence of an intramolecular electron transfer reaction is observed

  14. Threshold inelastic electron scattering from the proton at high momentum transfers

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    Cross sections for threshold electron scattering from the proton have been measured in the missing mass squared region M222 and the four-momentum transfer squared region 622. Scaling of the extracted values of the structure function F2=?W2 is examined in the variables x, ?, and W2. The best scaling is found for the quantity Q6F2, which is found to be linearly proportional to (W2-Wth2), where Wth=M+M?

  15. A Bioelectrochemical Approach to Characterize Extracellular Electron Transfer by Synechocystis sp. PCC6803

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    Cereda, Angelo; Hitchcock, Andrew; Symes, Mark D.; Cronin, Leroy; Bibby, Thomas S.; Jones, Anne K.

    2014-01-01

    Biophotovoltaic devices employ photosynthetic organisms at the anode of a microbial fuel cell to generate electrical power. Although a range of cyanobacteria and algae have been shown to generate photocurrent in devices of a multitude of architectures, mechanistic understanding of extracellular electron transfer by phototrophs remains minimal. Here we describe a mediatorless bioelectrochemical device to measure the electrogenic output of a planktonically grown cyanobacterium, Synechocystis sp...

  16. Incorporating Electron-Transfer Functionality into Synthetic Metalloproteins from the Bottom-up

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    Hong, Jing; Kharenko, Olesya A.; Ogawa, Michael Y.

    2006-01-01

    The ?-helical coiled-coil motif serves as a robust scaffold for incorporating electron-transfer functionality into synthetic metalloproteins. These structures consist of a right-handed supercoiling of two or more ?-helices that are formed by the self-assembly of individual polypeptide chains whose sequences contain a repeating pattern of hydrophobic and hydrophilic residues. Early work from our group attached abiotic ruthenium-based redox sites to the most surface-exposed positions of two s...

  17. Electronic energy transfer between coumarin 460 and Eu3+ in thorium phosphate xerogel

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    Optical spectroscopy experiments performed on thorium phosphate xerogels, doped with both a laser dye (coumarin 460) and europium, have pointed out the existence of an electronic energy transfer from coumarin 460 to the 5D3 level of Eu3+. Indeed, the excitation spectrum of the red fluorescence of Eu3+ in thorium phosphate xerogel doped simultaneously with coumarin 460 exhibits a broad band corresponding to the absorption of coumarin 460 in this optical region

  18. Chaos Appearance during Domain Wall Motion under Electronic Transfer in Nanomagnets

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    Donfack Gildas Hermann; Jean-Pierre Nguenang

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    In this paper, we study the likelihood of chaos appearance during domain wall motion induced by electronic transfer. Considering a time-varying current density theory, we proceed to a numerical investigation of the dynamics. Using the dissipation parameter, amplitude and frequency of current density as control parameters; we show how periodic regime as well as chaotic regime can be exhibited in nanomagnetic systems. Numerical results allow setting up the periodicity and quasi-periodicity of ...

  19. Bibliography on electron transfer processes in ion-ion/atom/molecule collisions. Updated 1997

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    Following our previous compilations (IPPJ-AM-45 (1986), NIFS-DATA-7 (1990), NIFS-DATA-20 (1993)), bibliographic information on experimental and theoretical studies on electron transfer processes in ion-ion/atom/molecule collisions is up-dated. The references published through 1954-1996 are listed in the order of the publication year. For easy finding of the references for a combination of collision partners, a simple list is provided. (author)

  20. On the Equivalence of Quantum and Classical Coherence in Electronic Energy Transfer

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    Briggs, J S

    2011-01-01

    To investigate the effect of quantum coherence on electronic energy transfer, which is the subject of current interest in photosynthesis, we solve the problem of transport for the simplest model of an aggregate of monomers interacting through dipole-dipole forces using both quantum and classical dynamics. We conclude that for realistic coupling strengths quantum and classical coherent transport are identical. This is demonstrated by numerical calculations for a linear chain and for the photosynthetic Fenna-Matthews-Olson (FMO) complex