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  1. Frontier orbital symmetry control of intermolecular electron transfer. Final report, September 15, 1988--December 31, 1994

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    Stevens, B.

    1997-07-01

    This report discusses the following topics: the recovery of intermolecular transfer parameters from fluorescence quenching in liquids; photoinduced intramolecular electron transfer in flexible donor/space/acceptor systems containing an extended unsaturated spacer; electron transfer sensitized reaction; the recovery of solute and fractal dimensions from electron transfer quenching data; and frontier orbital symmetry control of back electron transfer.

  2. 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

  3. Protein Phosphorylation and Intermolecular Electron Transfer: A Joint Experimental and Computational Study of a Hormone Biosynthesis Pathway

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    Zöllner, Andy; Melissa A. Pasquinelli; Bernhardt, Rita; Beratan, David N.

    2007-01-01

    Protein phosphorylation is a common regulator of enzyme activity. Chemical modification of a protein surface, including phosphorylation, could alter the function of biological electron-transfer reactions. However, the sensitivity of intermolecular electron-transfer kinetics to post-translational protein modifications has not been widely investigated. We have therefore combined experimental and computational studies to assess the potential role of phosphorylation in electron-transfer reactions...

  4. Photoinduced intra- and intermolecular electron transfer in solutions and in solid organized molecular assemblies.

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    Lemmetyinen, Helge; Tkachenko, Nikolai V; Efimov, Alexander; Niemi, Marja

    2011-01-14

    The present paper highlights results of a systematic study of photoinduced electron transfer, where the fundamental aspects of the photochemistry occurring in solutions and in artificially or self-assembled molecular systems are combined and compared. In photochemical electron transfer (ET) reactions in solutions the electron donor, D, and acceptor, A, have to be or to diffuse to a short distance, which requires a high concentration of quencher molecules and/or long lifetimes of the excited donor or acceptor, which cannot always be arranged. The problem can partly be avoided by linking the donor and acceptor moieties covalently by a single bond, molecular chain or chains, or rigid bridge, forming D-A dyads. The covalent combination of porphyrin or phthalocyanine donors with an efficient electron acceptor, e.g. fullerene, has a two-fold effect on the electron transfer properties. Firstly, the electronic systems of the D-A pair result in a formation of an exciplex intermediate upon excitation both in solutions and in solid phases. The formation of the exciplex accelerates the ET rate, which was found to be as fast as >10(12) s(-1). Secondly, the total reorganization energy can be as small as 0.3 eV, even in polar solvents, which allows nanosecond lifetimes for the charge separated (CS) state. Molecular assemblies can form solid heterogeneous, but organized systems, e.g. molecular layers. This results in more complex charge separation and recombination dynamics. A distinct feature of the ET in organized assemblies is intermolecular interactions, which open a possibility for a charge migration both in the acceptor and in the donor layers, after the primary intramolecular exciplex formation and charge separation in the D-A dyad. The intramolecular ET is fast (35 ps) and efficient, but the formed interlayer CS states have lifetimes in microsecond or even second time domain. This is an important result considering possible applications. PMID:21031207

  5. Intermolecular electron transfer from intramolecular excitation and coherent acoustic phonon generation in a hydrogen-bonded charge-transfer solid.

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    Rury, Aaron S; Sorenson, Shayne; Dawlaty, Jahan M

    2016-03-14

    Organic materials that produce coherent lattice phonon excitations in response to external stimuli may provide next generation solutions in a wide range of applications. However, for these materials to lead to functional devices in technology, a full understanding of the possible driving forces of coherent lattice phonon generation must be attained. To facilitate the achievement of this goal, we have undertaken an optical spectroscopic study of an organic charge-transfer material formed from the ubiquitous reduction-oxidation pair hydroquinone and p-benzoquinone. Upon pumping this material, known as quinhydrone, on its intermolecular charge transfer resonance as well as an intramolecular resonance of p-benzoquinone, we find sub-cm(-1) oscillations whose dispersion with probe energy resembles that of a coherent acoustic phonon that we argue is coherently excited following changes in the electron density of quinhydrone. Using the dynamical information from these ultrafast pump-probe measurements, we find that the fastest process we can resolve does not change whether we pump quinhydrone at either energy. Electron-phonon coupling from both ultrafast coherent vibrational and steady-state resonance Raman spectroscopies allows us to determine that intramolecular electronic excitation of p-benzoquinone also drives the electron transfer process in quinhydrone. These results demonstrate the wide range of electronic excitations of the parent of molecules found in many functional organic materials that can drive coherent lattice phonon excitations useful for applications in electronics, photonics, and information technology. PMID:26979698

  6. Intermolecular and Intramolecular Excited State Charge Transfer

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    Eisenthal, Kenneth B.

    1983-01-01

    A primary mechanism of energy relaxation and chemical change in organic molecules in excited electronic states is charge transfer. 1 The charge transfer process can be intermolecular, involving an excited molecule and a neighboring molecule, one serving as an acceptor and the other as a donor molecule, or intramolecular, involving a charge redistribution in the excited molecule which produces a very large excited state dipole moment.In our investigations of the dynamics of these various charg...

  7. Electronic transitions and intermolecular forces

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    This thesis describes two different subjects - electronic transitions and intermolecular forces - that are related mainly by the following observation: The wavenumber at which an electronic transition in an atom or molecule occurs, depends on the environment of that atom or molecule. This implies, for instance, that when a molecule becomes solvated its absorption spectrum may be shifted either to the blue or to the red side of the original gasphase spectrum. In part I attention is paid to the experimental aspects of VUV spectroscopy, both in the gasphase and in the condensed phase. In part II a series of papers are presented, dealing with the calculation of intermolecular forces (and some related topics) both for the ground state and for the excited state interactions, using different non-empirical methods. The calculations provide, among other results, a semiquantitative interpretation of the spectral blue shifts encountered in our experiments. (Auth.)

  8. Mechanistic information from the first volume profile analysis for a reversible intermolecular electron-transfer reaction involving pentaammine(isonicotinamide)ruthenium and cytochrome c

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    Baensch, B.; Meier, M.; Martinez, P. [Univ. of Witten/Herdecke (Germany)] [and others

    1994-10-12

    The reversible intermolecular electron-transfer reaction between pentaammine(isonicotinamide)ruthenium(II/III) and horse-heart cytochrome c iron(III/II) was subjected to a detailed kinetic and thermodynamic study as a function of temperature and pressure. Theoretical calculations based on the Marcus-Hush theory were employed to predict all rate and equilibrium constants as well as activation parameters. There is an excellent agreement between the kinetically and thermodynamically determined equilibrium constants and associated pressure parameters. These data are used to construct a volume profile for the overall process, from which it follows that the transition state lies halfway between the reactant and product states on a volume basis. The reorganization in the transition state has reached a similar degree in both directions of the electron-transfer process and corresponds to a {lambda}{sup {double_dagger}} value of 0.44 for this reversible reaction. This is the first complete volume profile analysis for a reversible intermolecular electron-transfer reaction.

  9. Stability of Pyrimidine Nucleic Acid Bases with Respect to Intra- and Intermolecular Proton Transfer Reactions Induced by Excess Electrons

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    Dabkowska, Iwona; Haranczyk, Maciej; Rak, Janusz; Gutowski, Maciej; Xu, Shoujun; Nilles, J. Michael; Radisic, Dunja; Bowen, Kit H.

    2003-03-01

    Chemically transformed nucleic acid bases are considered as sources of point mutations in genetic material. Our computational results and photoelectron spectra provide information about chemical transformations of pyrimidine bases induced by excess electrons. The isolated pyrimidine bases as well as their complexes with X (X= amino acid, carboxylic acid, or alcohol) have been studied with the B3LYP and MPW1K density functionals, as well as at the second order Moller-Plesset level of theory. The photoelectron spectra of some anionic complexes reveal broad features with maxima around 2 eV. These features cannot be associated with the anion of intact pyrimidine base solvated by X and indicate occurrence of chemical transformations. Our main findings are: (i) the excess electron attachment can induce a barrier-free proton transfer (BFPT) from X to the O8 atom of uracil or thymine, (ii) thymine in complexes with carboxylic acids is more resistant to BFPT than uracil, (iii) the instability of neutral rare tautomers of uracil or thymine can be significantly suppressed due to the interaction with zwitterionic amino acids.

  10. Theoretical study of intermolecular energy transfer involving electronically excited molecules: He(1S) + H2(B 1?/sub u/+)

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    To further understanding of gas phase collision dynamics involving electronically-excited molecules, a fully quantum mechanical study of He + H2(B 1?/sub u/+) was undertaken. Iterative natural orbital configuration interaction (CI) calculations were performed to obtain the interaction potential between He and H2(B 1?/sub u/+). The potential energy surface (PES) is highly anisotropic and has a van der Waals well of about 0.03 eV for C/sub 2v/ approach. Avoided PES crossings occur with He + H2(E,F 1?/sub g/+) and with He + H2(X 1?/sub g/+) and cause a local maximum and a deep minimum in the He + H2(B 1?/sub u/+) PES, respectively. The crossing with He + H2(X 1?/sub g/+) provides a mechanism for fluorescence quenching. The computed CI energies were combined with previous multi-reference double excitation CI calculations and fit with analytic functions for convenience in scattering calculations. Accurate dipole polarizabilities and quadrupole moment of H2(B 1?/sub u/+) were computed for use in the multipole expansion, which is the analytic form of the long-range PES. 129 refs., 28 figs., 35 tabs

  11. Inter-molecular electronic transfer.

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    Král, Karel; Menšík, Miroslav

    Warrendale, PA : Materials Research Society, 2010 - (Steckel, J.; Kotov, N.; Norris, D.; Bawendi, M.; Kuno, M.), 1207N0905-1-7 ISBN 9781617387623. - (MRS Symposium Proceedings. 1207). [MRS Fall Meeting 2009. Boston (US), 30.11.2009-04.12.2009] R&D Projects: GA MŠk ME 866; GA ?R GA202/07/0643 Institutional research plan: CEZ:AV0Z10100520; CEZ:AV0Z40500505 Keywords : zero-dimensional nanostructures * quantum dots * DNA molecule * electric conduction Subject RIV: BM - Solid Matter Physics ; Magnetism http://dx.doi.org/10.1557/PROC-1207-N09-05

  12. Effects of competition for charge capture from the matrix on intermolecular electron-tunneling reactions

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    Huddleston, R.K.; Miller, J.R.

    1982-04-15

    A general method is presented for correcting for the direct capture of matrix charges by the acceptor in an intermolecular electron-transfer reaction in a rigid medium. The method is based on a two-step electron-tunneling model that takes into account the correlation between matrix charge capture and intermolecular electron transfer. As an experimental test of the method, electron transfer from the anion of cinnamaldehyde to neutral pryomellitic dianhydride was studied in 2-methyltetrahydrofuran glass at 77/sup 0/K. Good agreement between the model and the experimental kinetic results was obtained.

  13. Effects of competition for charge capture from the matrix on intermolecular electron-tunneling reactions

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    A general method is presented for correcting for the direct capture of matrix charges by the acceptor in an intermolecular electron-transfer reaction in a rigid medium. The method is based on a two-step electron-tunneling model that takes into account the correlation between matrix charge capture and intermolecular electron transfer. As an experimental test of the method, electron transfer from the anion of cinnamaldehyde to neutral pryomellitic dianhydride was studied in 2-methyltetrahydrofuran glass at 770K. Good agreement between the model and the experimental kinetic results was obtained

  14. Nanophotonic boost of intermolecular energy transfer

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    de Roque, P. M.; van Hulst, N. F.; Sapienza, R.

    2015-11-01

    We propose a scheme for efficient long-range energy transfer between two distant light emitters separated by more than one wavelength of light, i.e. much beyond the classical Förster radius. A hybrid nanoantenna-waveguide system mediates the transmission of energy, showing enhancements up to 108 as compared to vacuum. Our model shows how energy transfer in nanostructured media can be boosted, beyond the simple donor Purcell enhancement, and in particular for large donor–acceptor separations. The scheme we propose connects realistic emitters and could lead to practical on-chip implementations.

  15. Nanophotonic boost of intermolecular energy transfer

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    de Roque, P M; Sapienza, R

    2015-01-01

    We propose a scheme for efficient long-range energy transfer between two distant light emitters separated by more than one wavelength of light, i.e. much beyond the classical Forster radius. A hybrid nanoantenna-waveguide system mediates the transmission of energy, showing enhancements up to 10^8 as compared to vacuum. Our model shows how energy transfer in nanostructured media can be boosted, beyond the simple donor Purcell enhancement, and in particular for large donor-acceptor separations. The scheme we propose connects realistic emitters and could lead to practical on-chip implementations.

  16. Intermolecular Hydrogen Transfer in Isobutane Hydrate

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    Takeshi Sugahara

    2012-05-01

    Full Text Available Electron spin resonance (ESR spectra of butyl radicals induced with γ-ray irradiation in the simple isobutane (2-methylpropane hydrate (prepared with deuterated water were investigated. Isothermal annealing results of the γ-ray-irradiated isobutane hydrate reveal that the isobutyl radical in a large cage withdraws a hydrogen atom from the isobutane molecule through shared hexagonal-faces of adjacent large cages. During this “hydrogen picking” process, the isobutyl radical is apparently transformed into a tert-butyl radical, while the sum of isobutyl and tert-butyl radicals remains constant. The apparent transformation from isobutyl to tert-butyl radicals is an irreversible first-order reaction and the activation energy was estimated to be 35 ± 3 kJ/mol, which was in agreement with the activation energy (39 ± 5 kJ/mol of hydrogen picking in the γ-ray-irradiated propane hydrate with deuterated water.

  17. Intermolecular electronic and vibrational energy transfer from the single vibronic levels of p-difluorobenzene (1B2/sub u/) to cyclobutanone

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    An attempt has been made to measure the singlet--singlet electronic energy transfer rates from 17 single vibronic levels (SVL) of p-C6H4F2(1B2/sub u/) to cyclobutanone. No variation in the energy transfer cross sections have been found for the 17 SVL transitions, and an average value of 103 A2 (?sigma/sub c/2) is obtained. This value is nearly identical to the value obtained for the vibrationally relaxed, thermal levels. The reason for the lack of variation is suggested to be the consequence of rapid, intramolecular vibrational energy redistribution induced by collisional perturbation

  18. Intra- and intermolecular energy transfer in highly excited ozone complexes.

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    Ivanov, Mikhail V; Grebenshchikov, Sergy Yu; Schinke, Reinhard

    2004-06-01

    The energy transfer of highly excited ozone molecules is investigated by means of classical trajectories. Both intramolecular energy redistribution and the intermolecular energy transfer in collisions with argon atoms are considered. The sign and magnitude of the intramolecular energy flow between the vibrational and the rotational degrees of freedom crucially depend on the projection K(a) of the total angular momentum of ozone on the body-fixed a axis. The intermolecular energy transfer in single collisions between O(3) and Ar is dominated by transfer of the rotational energy. In accordance with previous theoretical predictions, the direct vibrational de-excitation is exceedingly small. Vibration-rotation relaxation in multiple Ar+O(3) collisions is also studied. It is found that the relaxation proceeds in two clearly distinguishable steps: (1) During the time between collisions, the vibrational degrees of freedom are "cooled" by transfer of energy to rotation; even at low pressure equilibration of the internal energy is slow compared to the time between collisions. (2) In collisions, mainly the rotational modes are "cool" by energy transfer to argon. PMID:15268022

  19. Determination of stepsize parameters for intermolecular vibrational energy transfer

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    The understanding of intermolecular vibrational energy transfer (IVET) is important since it is involved in any mechanism in which internal energy is added or removed from molecules. The database for the details of IVET for highly excited polyatomic molecules is inadequate and must be expanded. The overall objectives of this project are: (1) to determine the dependence of energy relaxation on excitation energy and on the molecular complexity of substrate and deactivator, (2) to assess the importance of intermolecular attractions on IVET, (3) to obtain more detailed information on the energy distribution after collision, and (4) to evaluate the importance of IVET on high temperature unimolecular reactions. The first three objectives are being met by experimentally measuring the time evolution of the average energy of the vibrationally excited species (hydro- and fluoro- carbons excited by a pulsed CO2 laser) and the average energy transferred into relative translation via time resolved IR spectrometry, interferometry and optoacoustic techniques. Trajectory calculations simulating IVET are being performed for model substrate/deactivator pairs to provide additional details and insight on the critical parameters. Our calculations for high temperature unimolecular reactions indicate that IVET effects are significant and must be correctly taken into account. 9 refs., 3 figs., 6 tabs

  20. Determination of stepsize parameters for intermolecular vibrational energy transfer

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    Tardy, D.C.

    1992-03-01

    Intermolecular energy transfer of highly excited polyatomic molecules plays an important role in many complex chemical systems: combustion, high temperature and atmospheric chemistry. By monitoring the relaxation of internal energy we have observed trends in the collisional efficiency ({beta}) for energy transfer as a function of the substrate's excitation energy and the complexities of substrate and deactivator. For a given substrate {beta} increases as the deactivator's mass increase to {approximately}30 amu and then exhibits a nearly constant value; this is due to a mass mismatch between the atoms of the colliders. In a homologous series of substrate molecules (C{sub 3}{minus}C{sub 8}) {beta} decreases as the number of atoms in the substrate increases; replacing F with H increases {beta}. All substrates, except for CF{sub 2}Cl{sub 2} and CF{sub 2}HCl below 10,000 cm{sup {minus}1}, exhibited that {beta} is independent of energy, i.e. <{Delta}E>{sub all} is linear with energy. The results are interpreted with a simple model which considers that {beta} is a function of the ocillators energy and its vibrational frequency. Limitations of current approximations used in high temperature unimolecular reactions were evaluated and better approximations were developed. The importance of energy transfer in product yields was observed for the photoactivation of perfluorocyclopropene and the photoproduction of difluoroethyne. 3 refs., 18 figs., 4 tabs.

  1. Intermolecular proton transfer induced by excess electron attachment to adenine(formic acid)n (n = 2, 3) hydrogen-bonded complexes

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    Mazurkiewicz, Kamil; Haranczyk, Maciej; Storoniak, Piotr; Gutowski, Maciej S.; Rak, Janusz; Radisic, Dunja; Eustis, Soren; Wang, Di; Bowen, Kit H.

    2007-12-06

    The research described in this product was performed in part in the Environmental Molecular Sciences Laboratory, a national scientific user facility sponsored by the Department of Energy's Office of Biological and Environmental Research and located at Pacific Northwest National Laboratory. The propensity of the neutral complexes between both adenine and 9-methyladenine (A/MA) with formic acid (FA) in 1:2 and 1:3 stoichiometries to bind an excess electron was studied using photoelectron spectroscopy and quantum chemistry computational methods. Although an isolated canonical adenine does not support bound valence anions, solvation by one formic acid molecule stabilizes the excess electron on adenine. The adiabatic electron affinities of the A/MA(FA)2,3 complexes span a range of 0.8–1.23 eV indicating that the anions of 1:2 and 1:3 stoichiometries are substantially more stable than the anionic A–FA dimer (EA = 0.67 eV), which we studied previously and an attachment of electron triggers double-BFPT, confirmed at the MPW1K level of theory, in all the considered systems. Hence, the simultaneous involvement of several molecules capable of forming cyclic hydrogen bonds with adenine remarkably increases its ability to bind an excess electron. The calculated vertical detachment energies for the most stable anions correspond well with those obtained using photoelectron spectroscopy. The possible biological significance of our findings is briefly discussed.

  2. Intermolecular proton transfer induced by excess electron attachment to adenine(formic acid) n ( n = 2, 3) hydrogen-bonded complexes

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    Mazurkiewicz, Kamil; Haranczyk, Maciej; Storoniak, Piotr; Gutowski, Maciej; Rak, Janusz; Radisic, Dunja; Eustis, Soren N.; Wang, Di; Bowen, Kit H.

    2007-12-01

    The propensity of the neutral complexes between both adenine and 9-methyladenine (A/MA) with formic acid (FA) in 1:2 and 1:3 stoichiometries to bind an excess electron was studied using photoelectron spectroscopy and quantum chemistry computational methods. Although an isolated canonical adenine does not support bound valence anions, solvation by one formic acid molecule stabilizes the excess electron on adenine. The adiabatic electron affinities of the A/MA(FA) 2,3 complexes span a range of 0.8-1.23 eV indicating that the anions of 1:2 and 1:3 stoichiometries are substantially more stable than the anionic A-FA dimer (EA = 0.67 eV), which we studied previously and an attachment of electron triggers double-BFPT, confirmed at the MPW1K level of theory, in all the considered systems. Hence, the simultaneous involvement of several molecules capable of forming cyclic hydrogen bonds with adenine remarkably increases its ability to bind an excess electron. The calculated vertical detachment energies for the most stable anions correspond well with those obtained using photoelectron spectroscopy. The possible biological significance of our findings is briefly discussed.

  3. Intermolecular proton transfer induced by excess electron attachment to adenine(formic acid)n (n = 2, 3) hydrogen-bonded complexes

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    The propensity of the neutral complexes between both adenine and 9-methyladenine (A/MA) with formic acid (FA) in 1:2 and 1:3 stoichiometries to bind an excess electron was studied using photoelectron spectroscopy and quantum chemistry computational methods. Although an isolated canonical adenine does not support bound valence anions, solvation by one formic acid molecule stabilizes the excess electron on adenine. The adiabatic electron affinities of the A/MA(FA)2,3 complexes span a range of 0.8-1.23 eV indicating that the anions of 1:2 and 1:3 stoichiometries are substantially more stable than the anionic A-FA dimer (EA = 0.67 eV), which we studied previously and an attachment of electron triggers double-BFPT, confirmed at the MPW1K level of theory, in all the considered systems. Hence, the simultaneous involvement of several molecules capable of forming cyclic hydrogen bonds with adenine remarkably increases its ability to bind an excess electron. The calculated vertical detachment energies for the most stable anions correspond well with those obtained using photoelectron spectroscopy. The possible biological significance of our findings is briefly discussed

  4. Theoretical study on the effect of solvent and intermolecular fluctuations in proton transfer reactions: General theory

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    We present a theory of proton transfer reactions which incorporate the modulation of the proton's potential surface by intermolecular vibrations and the effect of coupling to solvent degree of freedom. The proton tunnels between states corresponding to it being localized in the wells of a double minimum potential. The resulting tunnel splitting depends on the intermolecular separation. The solvent response to the proton's charge is modeled as that of a continuous distribution of harmonic oscillators and the intermolecular stretching mode is also damped because of the interaction with solvent degree of freedom. The transition rate is given by the Fermi Gorlden Rule expression

  5. Intermolecular Coulombic Decay in Biology: The Initial Electron Detachment from FADH(-) in DNA Photolyases.

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    Harbach, Philipp H P; Schneider, Matthias; Faraji, Shirin; Dreuw, Andreas

    2013-03-21

    Intermolecular coulombic decay (ICD) is an efficient mechanism of low-energy electron generation in condensed phases and is discussed as their potential source in living cells, tissues, and materials. The first example of ICD as an operating mechanism in real biological systems, that is, in the DNA repair enzymes photolyases, is presented. Photolyase function involves light-induced electron detachment from a reduced flavin adenine dinucleotide (FADH(-)), followed by its transfer to the DNA-lesion triggering repair of covalently bound nucleobase dimers. Modern quantum chemical methods are employed to demonstrate that the transferred electron is efficiently generated via a resonant ICD process between the antenna pigment and the FADH(-) cofactors. PMID:26291360

  6. Keto-enol tautomerization and intermolecular proton transfer in photoionized cyclopentanone dimer in the gas phase

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    Time-of-flight mass spectra of cyclopentanone and its clusters cooled in a supersonic jet expansion have been measured following 4-, 3-, and 2-photon ionizations by the 2nd, 3rd, and 4th harmonic wavelengths, respectively, of a Q-switched Nd:YAG laser. The mass spectra reveal signatures of energetically favored keto to enol tautomerization of the molecular ion leading to intermolecular proton transfer, and this observation is found sharply dependent on the ionization wavelengths used. Electronic structure calculation predicts that in spite of the energetic preference, keto-enol conversion barrier of isolated molecular ion is high. However, the barrier is significantly reduced in a CH?O hydrogen-bonded dimer of the molecule. The transition states associated with tautomeric conversion of both cyclopentanone monomer and dimer cations have been identified by means of intrinsic reaction co-ordinate calculation. In a supersonic jet expansion, although a weakly bound dimer is readily generated, the corresponding cation and also the protonated counterpart are observed only for ionization by 532 nm. For other two ionization wavelengths, these species do not register in the mass spectra, where the competing reaction channels via ?-cleavage of the ring become dominant. In contrast to the report of a recent study, we notice that the intact molecular ion largely survives fragmentations when ionized from the 2-photon resonant 3p Rydberg state as intermediate using nanosecond laser pulses, and the corresponding resonant 3-photon ionization spectrum has been recorded probing the intact molecular ion

  7. Formation of an intermolecular charge-transfer compound in UHV codeposited tetramethoxypyrene and tetracyanoquinodimethane

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    Medjanik, K.; Perkert, S.; Naghavi, S.; Rudloff, Milan; Solovyeva, Vita; Chercka, D.; Huth, M.; Nepijko, S.A.; Methfessel, T.; Felser, C.; Baumgarten, M.; Müllen, K.; Elmers, H.J.; Schönhense, G.

    2010-01-01

    Ultrahigh vacuum (UHV)-deposited films of the mixed phase of tetramethoxypyrene and tetracyanoquinodimethane (TMP -TCNQ ) on gold have been studied using ultraviolet photoelectron spectroscopy (UPS), x-ray diffraction (XRD), infrared (IR) spectroscopy, and scanning tunneling spectroscopy (STS). The formation of an intermolecular charge-transfer (CT) compound is evident from the appearance of new reflexes in XRD (d =0.894nm and d =0.677nm). A softening of the CN stretching vibration (redshift by ...

  8. Electron transfer reactions

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    Cannon, R D

    2013-01-01

    Electron Transfer Reactions deals with the mechanisms of electron transfer reactions between metal ions in solution, as well as the electron exchange between atoms or molecules in either the gaseous or solid state. The book is divided into three parts. Part 1 covers the electron transfer between atoms and molecules in the gas state. Part 2 tackles the reaction paths of oxidation states and binuclear intermediates, as well as the mechanisms of electron transfer. Part 3 discusses the theories and models of the electron transfer process; theories and experiments involving bridged electron transfe

  9. Vibronic spectra of perylene bisimide oligomers: effects of intermolecular charge-transfer excitation and conformational flexibility.

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    Gao, Fang; Zhao, Yi; Liang, WanZhen

    2011-03-31

    We have recently presented a theoretical study on the temperature-dependent absorption and photoluminescence spectroscopy of rubrene multichromophores by combining the time-dependent long-range-corrected density functional theory with the Frenkel exciton model (Gao; et al. J. Phys. Chem. A2009, 113, 12847). The spectra of rubrene multichromophores up to heptamers have been calculated and the effects of exciton-phonon coupling and temperature on the photophysical properties of both H- and J-aggregated oligomers were addressed. However, in that work the contribution of intermolecular charge-transfer excitons (CTEs) to vibronic spectra was not addressed. Here we take into account the effect of CTEs for the absorption and emission spectra of the aggregated perylene bisimide (PBI) oligomers in order to have a quantitative explanation to the experimental absorption and emission spectra of the PBI dyes. The role of intermolecular CTEs is discussed for different intermolecular orientations and distances. The simulations demonstrate that the contribution of CTEs becomes significant when the intermolecular distance is less than 4.5 Å for the ?-? stacked PBI aggregates, and the mixed exciton model is prerequisite to explain the experimentally observed red-shift of the absorption spectra in this case. The large Stokes shift of the emission spectra can be reproduced by our model, and it is induced by the asymmetric nature of the lowest excitonic state of the H-aggregated oligomers. The experimentally observed broad emission bands come from two species with different conformations. As for J-aggregated PBI oligomers, the interactions of FEs induce the red-shift and the increase of the relative intensity of 0-0 peak of the absorption spectra with more aggregated units. PMID:21384839

  10. Oxidative inter-/intermolecular alkene diamination of hydroxy styrenes with electron-rich amines.

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    Danneman, Michael W; Hong, Ki Bum; Johnston, Jeffrey N

    2015-05-15

    Doubly intermolecular alkene diamination is achieved with electron-rich, terminal alkenes through the use of a hypervalent iodine (PhI(OAc)2) reagent, iodide, and electron-rich amines. Mono- and disubstituted amines combine with electron-rich alkenes, particularly o-hydroxystyrenes, to achieve the greatest level of generality. This operationally straightforward protocol, unreliant on conventional metal-based activation, is compatible with a broad range of functional groups. PMID:25942322

  11. TDDFT study of twisted intramolecular charge transfer and intermolecular double proton transfer in the excited state of 4'-dimethylaminoflavonol in ethanol solvent.

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    Wang, Ye; Shi, Ying; Cong, Lin; Li, Hui

    2015-02-25

    Time-dependent density functional theory method at the def-TZVP/B3LYP level was employed to investigate the intramolecular and intermolecular hydrogen bonding dynamics in the first excited (S1) state of 4'-dimethylaminoflavonol (DMAF) monomer and in ethanol solution. In the DMAF monomer, we demonstrated that the intramolecular charge transfer (ICT) takes place in the S1 state. This excited state ICT process was followed by intramolecular proton transfer. Our calculated results are in good agreement with the mechanism proposed in experimental work. For the hydrogen-bonded DMAF-EtOH complex, it was demonstrated that the intermolecular hydrogen bonds can induce the formation of the twisted intramolecular charge transfer (TICT) state and the conformational twisting is along the C3-C4 bond. Moreover, the intermolecular hydrogen bonds can also facilitate the intermolecular double proton transfer in the TICT state. A stepwise intermolecular double proton transfer process was revealed. Therefore, the intermolecular hydrogen bonds can alter the mechanism of intramolecular charge transfer and proton transfer in the excited state for the DMAF molecule. PMID:25282020

  12. Probing intermolecular protein-protein interactions in the calcium-sensing receptor homodimer using bioluminescence resonance energy transfer (BRET)

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    Jensen, Anders A.; Hansen, Jakob L; Sheikh, Søren P; Bräuner-Osborne, Hans

    2002-01-01

    -induced intermolecular movements in the CaR homodimer using the new bioluminescence resonance energy transfer technique, BRET2, which is based on the transference of energy from Renilla luciferase (Rluc) to the green fluorescent protein mutant GFP2. We tagged CaR with Rluc and GFP2 at different intracellular locations...

  13. Electron transfer in proteins

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    Farver, O; Pecht, I

    1991-01-01

    Electron migration between and within proteins is one of the most prevalent forms of biological energy conversion processes. Electron transfer reactions take place between active centers such as transition metal ions or organic cofactors over considerable distances at fast rates and with remarkable...... specificity. The electron transfer is attained through weak electronic interaction between the active sites, so that considerable research efforts are centered on resolving the factors that control the rates of long-distance electron transfer reactions in proteins. These factors include (in addition to the......-containing proteins. These proteins serve almost exclusively in electron transfer reactions, and as it turns out, their metal coordination sites are endowed with properties uniquely optimized for their function....

  14. Ground state of ?-conjugated polymer chains forming an intermolecular charge-transfer complex as probed by Raman spectroscopy

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    The intermolecular charge-transfer complex (CTC) between the conjugated polymer MEH-PPV and the low-molecular organic acceptor trinitrofluorenone (TNF) has been studied by Raman and optical absorption spectroscopy. On mixing MEH-PPV with TNF, an absorption band due to the CTC appeared in the optical gap of the polymer, whereas, in the Raman spectra, characteristic bands of the polymer are shifted and their widths and intensities change. The low-frequency shift of the strongest band at 1580 cm-1 in the Raman spectrum of the polymer, assigned to the symmetric stretching vibration of the phenyl group, is shown to be due to electron density transfer from the ?-conjugated system of the polymer to the acceptor and is as large as 5 cm-1, which corresponds to a charge transfer on the order of 0.1e-1. Even at a low acceptor concentration (one TNF molecule per 10 monomer units of the polymer), most Raman-active conjugated chains are involved in the CTC. It is suggested that conjugated segments of the polymer can form a CTC of variable composition MEH-PPV: TNF = 1: X, where 0.1 ? X ? 0.5 (for each monomer unit of the polymer), and one TNF molecule can thereby interact with two conjugated segments of MEH-PPV. The conjugated polymer chains involved in the CTC can become more planar, and their interaction with the local environment can noticeably change; however, their conjugation length, most likely, remains unaltered

  15. Intermolecular hydrogen bonds: From temperature-driven proton transfer in molecular crystals to denaturation of DNA

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    Mark Johnson

    2008-11-01

    We have combined neutron scattering and a range of numerical simulations to study hydrogen bonds in condensed matter. Two examples from a recent thesis will be presented. The first concerns proton transfer with increasing temperature in short inter-molecular hydrogen bonds [1,2]. These bonds have unique physical and chemical properties and are thought to play a fundamental role in processes like enzymatic catalysis. By combining elastic and inelastic neutron scattering results with ab initio, lattice dynamics and molecular dynamics simulations, low frequency lattice modes are identified which modulate the potential energy surface of the hydrogen bond proton and drive proton transfer. The second example concerns base-pair opening in DNA which is the fundamental physical process underlying biological processes like denaturation and transcription. We have used an emprical force field and a large scale, all-atom phonon calculation to gain insight into the base-pair opening modes and the apparent `energy gap' between the accepted frequencies for these modes ($\\sim 100$ cm-1 or $\\sim 140$ K) and the temperature of the biological processes (room temperature to 100° C) [3]. Inelastic neutron scattering spectra on aligned, highly crystalline DNA samples, produced at the ILL, provide the reference data for evaluating the precision of these simulation results.

  16. Theoretical study of intermolecular energy transfer involving electronically excited molecules: He(/sup 1/S) + H/sub 2/(B /sup 1/. sigma. /sub u//sup +/). [Solution for coupled channel equations

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    Grimes, R.M.

    1986-11-01

    To further understanding of gas phase collision dynamics involving electronically-excited molecules, a fully quantum mechanical study of He + H/sub 2/(B /sup 1/..sigma../sub u//sup +/) was undertaken. Iterative natural orbital configuration interaction (CI) calculations were performed to obtain the interaction potential between He and H/sub 2/(B /sup 1/..sigma../sub u//sup +/). The potential energy surface (PES) is highly anisotropic and has a van der Waals well of about 0.03 eV for C/sub 2v/ approach. Avoided PES crossings occur with He + H/sub 2/(E,F /sup 1/..sigma../sub g//sup +/) and with He + H/sub 2/(X /sup 1/..sigma../sub g//sup +/) and cause a local maximum and a deep minimum in the He + H/sub 2/(B /sup 1/..sigma../sub u//sup +/) PES, respectively. The crossing with He + H/sub 2/(X /sup 1/..sigma../sub g//sup +/) provides a mechanism for fluorescence quenching. The computed CI energies were combined with previous multi-reference double excitation CI calculations and fit with analytic functions for convenience in scattering calculations. Accurate dipole polarizabilities and quadrupole moment of H/sub 2/(B /sup 1/..sigma../sub u//sup +/) were computed for use in the multipole expansion, which is the analytic form of the long-range PES. 129 refs., 28 figs., 35 tabs.

  17. On the reaction mechanism of the complete intermolecular O2 transfer between mononuclear nickel and manganese complexes with macrocyclic ligands.

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    Zapata-Rivera, Jhon; Caballol, Rosa; Calzado, Carmen J; Liakos, Dimitrios G; Neese, Frank

    2014-10-01

    The recently described intermolecular O2 transfer between the side-on Ni-O2 complex [(12-TMC)Ni-O2](+) and the manganese complex [(14-TMC)Mn](2+), where 12-TMC and 14-TMC are 12- and 14-membered macrocyclic ligands, 12-TMC=1,4,7,10-tetramethyl-1,4,7,10-tetraazacyclododecane and 14-TMC=1,4,8,11-tetramethyl-1,4,8,11-tetraazacyclotetradecane, is studied by means of DFT methods. B3LYP calculations including long-range corrections and solvent effects are performed to elucidate the mechanism. The potential energy surfaces (PESs) compatible with different electronic states of the reactants have been analyzed. The calculations confirm a two-step reaction, with a first rate-determining bimolecular step and predict the exothermic character of the global process. The relative stability of the products and the reverse barrier are in line with the fact that no reverse reaction is experimentally observed. An intermediate with a ?-?(1):?(1)-O2 coordination and two transition states are identified on the triplet PES, slightly below the corresponding stationary points of the quintet PES, suggesting an intersystem crossing before the first transition state. The calculated activation parameters and the relative energies of the two transition sates and the products are in very good agreement with the experimental data. The calculations suggest that a superoxide anion is transferred during the reaction. PMID:25179780

  18. Intermolecular hydrogen transfer catalyzed by a flavodehydrogenase, bakers' yeast flavocytochrome b2

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    Bakers yeast flavocytochrome b2 is a flavin-dependent L-2-hydroxy acid dehydrogenase which also exhibits transhydrogenase activity. When a reaction takes place between [2-3H]lactate and a halogenopyruvate, tritium is found in water and at the halogenolactate C2 position. When the halogenopyruvate undergoes halide ion elimination, tritium is also found at the C3 position of the resulting pyruvate. The amount tau of this intermolecular tritium transfer depends on the initial keto acid-acceptor concentration. At infinite acceptor concentration, extrapolation yields a maximal transfer of 97 +/- 11%. This indicates that the hydroxy acid-derived hydrogen resides transiently on enzyme monoprotic heteroatoms and that exchange with bulk solvent occurs only at the level of free reduced enzyme. Using a minimal kinetic scheme, the rate constant for hydrogen exchange between Ered and solvent is calculated to be on the order of 10(2) M-1 S-1, which leads to an estimated pK approximately equal to 15 for the ionization of the substrate-derived proton while on the enzyme. It is suggested that this hydrogen could be shared between the active site base and Flred N5 anion. It is furthermore shown that some tritium is incorporated into the products when the transhydrogenation is carried out in tritiated water. Finally, with [2-2H]lactate-reduced enzyme, a deuterium isotope effect is observed on the rate of bromopyruvate disappearance. Extrapolation to infinite bromopyruvate concentration yields DV = 4.4. An apparent inverse isotope effect is determined for bromide ion elimination. These results strengthen the idea that oxidoreduction and elimination pathways involve a common carbanionic intermediate

  19. Effect of Intra-molecular Disorder and Inter-molecular Electronic Interactions on the Electronic Structure of Poly-p-Phenylene Vinylene (PPV)

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    Yang, Ping; Batista, Enrique R.; Tretiak, Sergei; Saxena, Avadh; Martin, Richard L.; Smith, D. L.

    2007-01-01

    We investigate the role of intra-molecular conformational disorder and inter-molecular electronic interactions on the electronic structure of disorder clusters of poly-p-phenylene vinylene (PPV) oligomers. Classical molecular dynamics is used to determine probable molecular geometries, and first-principle density functional theory (DFT) calculations are used to determine electronic structure. Intra-molecular and inter-molecular effects are disentangled by contrasting results for densely packe...

  20. Reversible electron-induced cis-trans isomerization mediated by intermolecular interactions

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    Reversible isomerization processes are rarely found when organic molecular switches are adsorbed on metal surfaces. One obstacle is the large energy difference of the isomeric forms, since usually the most planar conformer has the largest adsorption energy. In the example of an imine derivative, we show a strategy for also stabilizing the non-planar isomer by intermolecular bonding to its neighbors. Tunneling electrons from the tip of a scanning tunneling microscope can then be used to induce reversible switching between the trans and cis-like state. Supported by model force-field calculations, we illustrate that the most probable cause of the enhanced stability of the three-dimensional cis state at specific adsorption sites is the electrostatic interaction with N sites of the neighboring molecule.

  1. Advances in electron transfer chemistry

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    Mariano, Patrick S

    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

  2. Identification of molecular crystals capable of undergoing an acyl-transfer reaction based on intermolecular interactions in the crystal lattice.

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    Tamboli, Majid I; Krishnaswamy, Shobhana; Gonnade, Rajesh G; Shashidhar, Mysore S

    2013-09-16

    Investigation of the intermolecular acyl-transfer reactivity in molecular crystals of myo-inositol orthoester derivatives and its correlation with crystal structures enabled us to identify the essential parameters to support efficient acyl-transfer reactions in crystals: 1)?the favorable geometry of the nucleophile (-OH) and the electrophile (C-O) and 2)?the molecular assembly, reinforced by C-H???? interactions, which supports a domino-type reaction in crystals. These parameters were used to identify another reactive crystal through a data-mining study of the Cambridge Structural Database. A 2:1 co-crystal of 2,3-naphthalene diol and its di-p-methylbenzoate was selected as a potentially reactive crystal and its reactivity was tested by heating the co-crystals in the presence of solid sodium carbonate. A facile intermolecular p-toluoyl group transfer was observed as predicted. The successful identification of reactive crystals opens up a new method for the detection of molecular crystals capable of exhibiting acyl-transfer reactivity. PMID:23934729

  3. Determination of stepsize parameters for intermolecular vibrational energy transfer: Progress report, May 1, 1987-April 30, 1988

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    Intermolecular vibrational energy transfer for highly excited polyatomic molecules is involved in any mechanism in which excitation energy is required (pyrolysis) or in which energy must be removed from a hot source (cooling). The average energy removed per collision, , is a useful quantity to compare efficiency for energy transfer. The objectives of this work are: to determine the dependence of on excitation energy and on the molecular complexity (number of vibrational modes) of substrate and deactivator; to assess the importance of intermolecular attractions (complex formation) on vibrational energy transfer; to obtain detailed information on the energy distribution after collision and to evaluate the importance of on high-temperature unimolecular reactions. This information will be obtained by monitoring the time dependence of the infrared emission, ultraviolet absorption, refractive index and pressure. The results from these complementary techniques will be benchmarked with values from previous studies on the relaxation of chemically activated alkyl and fluoroalkyl radicals. Trajectory calculations simulating energy transfer are being performed for ''generic'' substrate/deactivator pairs to provide additional details and insight on the important parameters. Model calculations are also being performed to determine the feasibility of obtaining information from experimental data for high-temperature unimolecular reactions

  4. Intramolecular electron transfer rates

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    Hupp, Joseph T.

    The initial goals of this project were: (1) to construct pulsed-accelerated-flow and pulsed-laser (transient absorbance) instruments for intramolecular electron-transfer rate measurements, (2) to design and synthesize appropriate molecules and perform such measurements, (3) to develop further an electrochemical method for gauging site-to-site electronic coupling, and (4) to apply time-dependent Raman scattering theory to the problem of inner-shell reorganization in charge-transfer reactions. Although all four goals were met, we also found it necessary to pursue studies in some unforeseen directions. For example, early on we discovered that medium effects (aggregation and ion pairing) could play a very large, and previously unrecognized, role in some optical intervalence reactions. Given the importance of the effects to the areas above, we chose to map them in a fairly complete fashion. Also, in anticipation of possible renewal we initiated studies in a new area: bimolecular photoredox kinetics in supercritical media. Finally, in a small project carried out largely by undergraduates we examined solvent tuning effects upon lifetimes of photo-excited ruthenium am(m)ine bipyridine complexes. The key new findings and other highlights of these studies are outlined.

  5. Detection of complex formation and determination of intermolecular geometry through electrical anharmonic coupling of molecular vibrations using electron-vibration-vibration two-dimensional infrared spectroscopy.

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    Guo, Rui; Fournier, Frederic; Donaldson, Paul M; Gardner, Elizabeth M; Gould, Ian R; Klug, David R

    2009-10-14

    Electrical interactions between molecular vibrations can be non-linear and thereby produce intermolecular coupling even in the absence of a chemical bond. We use this fact to detect the formation of an intermolecular complex using electron-vibration-vibration two-dimensional infrared spectroscopy (EVV 2DIR) and also to determine the distance and angle between the two molecular species. PMID:19774270

  6. Kinetics of intra- and intermolecular excited-state proton transfer of ? -(2-hydroxynaphthyl-1)-decanoic acid in homogeneous and micellar solutions

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    Solntsev, Kyril M.; Popov, Alexander V.; Solovyeva, Vera A.; Abou Al-Ainain, Sami; Il’ichev, Yuri V.; Hernandez, Rigoberto; Kuzmin, Michael G.

    2016-03-01

    The bifunctional photoacid ?-(2-hydroxynaphthyl-1)-decanoic acid (1S2N) takes part both in intramolecular excited-state proton transfer (ESPT) to the anion of a fatty acid and in intermolecular ESPT in the presence of a water solvent. Excited-state intra- and intermolecular proton transfer of 1S2N was investigated in homogeneous ethanol/water solution and in micellar solutions of various surfactants. The interfacial potential of micelles was changed by using cationic (CTAB), non-ionic (Brij-35) and anionic (SDS) surfactants. With the decrease of the interfacial potential, the protolytic photodissociation of naphthol and the diffusion-controlled intramolecular ESPT to carboxylic anion were suppressed.

  7. Intramolecular photo-switching and intermolecular energy transfer as primary photoevents in photoreceptive processes: The case of Euglena gracilis

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    In this paper we report the results of measurements performed by FLIM on the photoreceptor of Euglenagracilis. This organelle consists of optically bistable proteins, characterized by two thermally stable isomeric forms: A498, non fluorescent and B462, fluorescent. Our data indicate that the primary photoevent of Euglena photoreception upon photon absorption consists of two contemporaneous different phenomena: an intramolecular photo-switch (i.e., A498 becomes B462), and a intermolecular and unidirectional Forster-type energy transfer. During the FRET process, the fluorescent B462 form acts as donor for the non-fluorescent A498 form of the protein nearby, which acts as acceptor. We hypothesize that in nature these phenomena follow each other with a domino progression along the orderly organized and closely packed proteins in the photoreceptor layer(s), modulating the isomeric composition of the photoreceptive protein pool. This mechanism guarantees that few photons are sufficient to produce a signal detectable by the cell.

  8. Proton-Coupled Electron Transfer

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    Weinberg, Dave; Gagliardi, Christopher J.; Hull, Jonathan F; Murphy, Christine Fecenko; Kent, Caleb A.; Westlake, Brittany C.; Paul, Amit; Ess, Daniel H; McCafferty, Dewey Granville; Meyer, Thomas J

    2012-07-11

    Proton-Coupled Electron Transfer (PCET) describes reactions in which there is a change in both electron and proton content between reactants and products. It originates from the influence of changes in electron content on acid-base properties and provides a molecular-level basis for energy transduction between proton transfer and electron transfer. Coupled electron-proton transfer or EPT is defined as an elementary step in which electrons and protons transfer from different orbitals on the donor to different orbitals on the acceptor. There is (usually) a clear distinction between EPT and H-atom transfer (HAT) or hydride transfer, in which the transferring electrons and proton come from the same bond. Hybrid mechanisms exist in which the elementary steps are different for the reaction partners. EPT pathways such as PhO•/PhOH exchange have much in common with HAT pathways in that electronic coupling is significant, comparable to the reorganization energy with H{sub DA} ~ ?. Multiple-Site Electron-Proton Transfer (MS-EPT) is an elementary step in which an electron-proton donor transfers electrons and protons to different acceptors, or an electron-proton acceptor accepts electrons and protons from different donors. It exploits the long-range nature of electron transfer while providing for the short-range nature of proton transfer. A variety of EPT pathways exist, creating a taxonomy based on what is transferred, e.g., 1e-/2H+ MS-EPT. PCET achieves “redox potential leveling” between sequential couples and the buildup of multiple redox equivalents, which is of importance in multielectron catalysis. There are many examples of PCET and pH-dependent redox behavior in metal complexes, in organic and biological molecules, in excited states, and on surfaces. Changes in pH can be used to induce electron transfer through films and over long distances in molecules. Changes in pH, induced by local electron transfer, create pH gradients and a driving force for long-range proton transfer in Photosysem II and through other biological membranes. In EPT, simultaneous transfer of electrons and protons occurs on time scales short compared to the periods of coupled vibrations and solvent modes. A theory for EPT has been developed which rationalizes rate constants and activation barriers, includes temperature- and driving force (?G)-dependences implicitly, and explains kinetic isotope effects. The distance-dependence of EPT is dominated by the short-range nature of proton transfer, with electron transfer being far less demanding.Changes in external pH do not affect an EPT elementary step. Solvent molecules or buffer components can act as proton donor acceptors, but individual H2O molecules are neither good bases (pKa(H3O+) = -1.74) nor good acids (pKa(H2O) = 15.7). There are many examples of mechanisms in chemistry, in biology, on surfaces, and in the gas phase which utilize EPT. PCET and EPT play critical roles in the oxygen evolving complex (OEC) of Photosystem II and other biological reactions by decreasing driving force and avoiding high-energy intermediates.

  9. Determination of stepsize parameters for intermolecular vibrational energy transfer. Final report, May 1, 1987--December 31, 1991

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    Tardy, D.C.

    1992-03-01

    Intermolecular energy transfer of highly excited polyatomic molecules plays an important role in many complex chemical systems: combustion, high temperature and atmospheric chemistry. By monitoring the relaxation of internal energy we have observed trends in the collisional efficiency ({beta}) for energy transfer as a function of the substrate`s excitation energy and the complexities of substrate and deactivator. For a given substrate {beta} increases as the deactivator`s mass increase to {approximately}30 amu and then exhibits a nearly constant value; this is due to a mass mismatch between the atoms of the colliders. In a homologous series of substrate molecules (C{sub 3}{minus}C{sub 8}) {beta} decreases as the number of atoms in the substrate increases; replacing F with H increases {beta}. All substrates, except for CF{sub 2}Cl{sub 2} and CF{sub 2}HCl below 10,000 cm{sup {minus}1}, exhibited that {beta} is independent of energy, i.e. <{Delta}E>{sub all} is linear with energy. The results are interpreted with a simple model which considers that {beta} is a function of the ocillators energy and its vibrational frequency. Limitations of current approximations used in high temperature unimolecular reactions were evaluated and better approximations were developed. The importance of energy transfer in product yields was observed for the photoactivation of perfluorocyclopropene and the photoproduction of difluoroethyne. 3 refs., 18 figs., 4 tabs.

  10. Intermolecular Atom Transfer Radical Addition to Olefins Mediated by Oxidative Quenching of Photoredox Catalysts

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    Nguyen, John D.; Tucker, Joseph W.; Konieczynska, Marlena D.; Corey R. J. Stephenson

    2011-01-01

    Atom transfer radical addition of haloalkanes and ?-halocarbonyls to olefins is efficiently performed with the photocatalyst Ir[(dF(CF3)ppy)2(dtbbpy)]PF6. This protocol is characterized by excellent yields, mild conditions, low catalyst loading, and broad scope. In addition, the atom transfer protocol can be used to quickly and efficiently introduce vinyl trifluoromethyl groups to olefins and access 1,1-cyclopropane diesters.

  11. Dynamical aspects of intermolecular proton transfer in liquid water and low-density amorphous ices

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    Tahat, Amani; Martí, Jordi

    2014-05-01

    The microscopic dynamics of an excess proton in water and in low-density amorphous ices has been studied by means of a series of molecular dynamics simulations. Interaction of water with the proton species was modelled using a multistate empirical valence bond Hamiltonian model. The analysis of the effects of low temperatures on proton diffusion and transfer rates has been considered for a temperature range between 100 and 298 K at the constant density of 1 g cm-3. We observed a marked slowdown of proton transfer rates at low temperatures, but some episodes are still seen at 100 K. In a similar fashion, mobility of the lone proton gets significantly reduced when temperature decreases below 273 K. The proton transfer in low-density amorphous ice is an activated process with energy barriers between 1-10 kJ/mol depending of the temperature range considered and eventually showing Arrhenius-like behavior. Spectroscopic data indicated the survival of both Zundel and Eigen structures along the whole temperature range, revealed by significant spectral frequency shifts.

  12. Communication: Modeling of concentration dependent water diffusivity in ionic solutions: Role of intermolecular charge transfer

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    Yao, Yi; Berkowitz, Max L.; Kanai, Yosuke

    2015-12-01

    The translational diffusivity of water in solutions of alkali halide salts depends on the identity of ions, exhibiting dramatically different behavior even in solutions of similar salts of NaCl and KCl. The water diffusion coefficient decreases as the salt concentration increases in NaCl. Yet, in KCl solution, it slightly increases and remains above bulk value as salt concentration increases. Previous classical molecular dynamics simulations have failed to describe this important behavior even when polarizable models were used. Here, we show that inclusion of dynamical charge transfer among water molecules produces results in a quantitative agreement with experiments. Our results indicate that the concentration-dependent diffusivity reflects the importance of many-body effects among the water molecules in aqueous ionic solutions. Comparison with quantum mechanical calculations shows that a heterogeneous and extended distribution of charges on water molecules around the ions due to ion-water and also water-water charge transfer plays a very important role in controlling water diffusivity. Explicit inclusion of the charge transfer allows us to model accurately the difference in the concentration-dependent water diffusivity between Na+ and K+ ions in simulations, and it is likely to impact modeling of a wide range of systems for medical and technological applications.

  13. Advances in electron transfer chemistry

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    Mariano, Patrick S

    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

  14. Dynamical aspects of intermolecular proton transfer in liquid water and low-density amorphous ices

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    Tahat, Amani; Martí Rabassa, Jordi

    2014-01-01

    The microscopic dynamics of an excess proton in water and in low-density amorphous ices has been studied by means of a series of molecular dynamics simulations. Interaction of water with the proton species was modelled using a multistate empirical valence bond Hamiltonian model. The analysis of the effects of low temperatures on proton diffusion and transfer rates has been considered for a temperature range between 100 and 298 K at the constant density of 1 g cm -3 . We observed a marked slo...

  15. Solvation study of the non-specific lipid transfer protein from wheat by intermolecular NOEs with water and small organic molecules

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    Intermolecular nuclear Overhauser effects (NOEs) were measured between the protons of various small solvent or gas molecules and the non-specific lipid transfer protein (ns-LTP) from wheat. Intermolecular NOEs were observed with the hydrophobic pocket in the interior of wheat ns-LTP, which grew in intensity in the order cyclopropane (saturated solution) < methane (140 bar) < ethane (40 bar) < acetonitrile (5% in water) < cyclohexane (saturated solution) < benzene (saturated solution). No intermolecular NOEs were observed with dioxane (5% in water). The intermolecular NOEs were negative for all of the organic molecules tested. Intermolecular NOEs between wheat ns-LTP and water were weak or could not be distinguished from exchange-relayed NOEs. As illustrated by the NOEs with cyclohexane versus dioxane, the hydrophobic pocket in wheat ns-LTP preferably binds non-polar molecules. Yet, polar molecules like acetonitrile can also be accommodated. The pressure dependence of the NOEs between methane and wheat ns-LTP indicated incomplete occupancy, even at 190 bar methane pressure. In general, NOE intensities increased with the size of the ligand molecule and its vapor pressure. NMR of the vapor phase showed excellent resolution between the signals from the gas phase and those from the liquid phase. The vapor concentration of cyclohexane was fivefold higher than that of the dioxane solution, supporting the binding of cyclohexane versus uptake of dioxane

  16. Solvation study of the non-specific lipid transfer protein from wheat by intermolecular NOEs with water and small organic molecules

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    Liepinsh, Edvards [Karolinska Institutet, Department of Molecular Biochemistry and Biophysics (Sweden); Sodano, Patrick; Tassin, Severine [Rue Charles Sadron, Centre de Biophysique Moleculaire (France); Marion, Didier [INRA, Laboratoire de Biochimie et Technologie des Proteines (France); Vovelle, Francoise [Rue Charles Sadron, Centre de Biophysique Moleculaire (France); Otting, Gottfried [Karolinska Institutet, Department of Molecular Biochemistry and Biophysics (Sweden)

    1999-11-15

    Intermolecular nuclear Overhauser effects (NOEs) were measured between the protons of various small solvent or gas molecules and the non-specific lipid transfer protein (ns-LTP) from wheat. Intermolecular NOEs were observed with the hydrophobic pocket in the interior of wheat ns-LTP, which grew in intensity in the order cyclopropane (saturated solution) < methane (140 bar) < ethane (40 bar) < acetonitrile (5% in water) < cyclohexane (saturated solution) < benzene (saturated solution). No intermolecular NOEs were observed with dioxane (5% in water). The intermolecular NOEs were negative for all of the organic molecules tested. Intermolecular NOEs between wheat ns-LTP and water were weak or could not be distinguished from exchange-relayed NOEs. As illustrated by the NOEs with cyclohexane versus dioxane, the hydrophobic pocket in wheat ns-LTP preferably binds non-polar molecules. Yet, polar molecules like acetonitrile can also be accommodated. The pressure dependence of the NOEs between methane and wheat ns-LTP indicated incomplete occupancy, even at 190 bar methane pressure. In general, NOE intensities increased with the size of the ligand molecule and its vapor pressure. NMR of the vapor phase showed excellent resolution between the signals from the gas phase and those from the liquid phase. The vapor concentration of cyclohexane was fivefold higher than that of the dioxane solution, supporting the binding of cyclohexane versus uptake of dioxane.

  17. Experimental and theoretical electron-density study of three isoindole derivatives: topological and Hirshfeld surface analysis of weak intermolecular interactions.

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    Ch?ci?ska, Lilianna; Grabowsky, Simon; Ma?ecka, Magdalena; Rybarczyk-Pirek, Agnieszka J; Jó?wiak, Andrzej; Paulmann, Carsten; Luger, Peter

    2011-12-01

    A combined experimental and theoretical study of three isoindole derivatives was made on the basis of a topological analysis of their electron-density distributions. Experimental electron densities were determined from high-resolution X-ray diffraction data sets measured with synchrotron radiation at 100 K, whereas theoretical calculations were performed using DFT methods at the B3LYP\\6-311++G(3df,3pd) level of approximation. Both experimental and theoretical models are in good agreement with each other. Since the analysed structures possess a variety of hydrogen-bonding interactions, weak intermolecular contacts of C-H···C(?), C,N(?)···C,N(?) and H···H types were subject to our special interest and are discussed in detail. They were characterized quantitatively and qualitatively by topological properties using Bader's Atoms in Molecules theory and by mapping the electron-density distribution, electrostatic potential and a geometric function on the Hirshfeld surface. This way the forces and directions of intermolecular interactions as present on the molecular surfaces were depicted and described. These interactions not only guide crystal packing, but are likewise important for recognition processes involving (aza)isoindole fragments in a biological environment. PMID:22101546

  18. Analytical model for rates of electron attachment and intramolecular electron transfer in electron transfer dissociation mass spectrometry.

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    Simons, Jack

    2010-05-26

    A new physical model is put forth to allow the prediction of electron transfer rates and distances for (i) intramolecular transfer from an n > or = 3 Rydberg orbital on a positive site to a disulfide or amide bond site and (ii) intermolecular transfer from an anion donor to an n > or = 3 Rydberg orbital of a positively charged polypeptide. Although ab initio methods have proven capable of handling such electron transfer events when the Rydberg orbital has principal quantum number n = 3, they have proven to be incapable of handling Rydberg states having quantum number n > 3, so having a new tool capable of handling n > 3 Rydberg states is important. The model (i) focuses on each Rydberg orbital's large peak of high amplitude, (ii) approximates the electron density within this peak as constant within a radial shell characterized by a radius and thickness T both of which depend on the quantum number n, and (iii) assumes that strong coupling (either with an orbital of an anion donor or to a disulfide sigma* or a backbone amide pi* orbital) occurs when the valence orbital penetrates fully within the radial shell of the Rydberg orbital. These assumptions permit a derivation of the ratios of rates of electron transfer for n > 3 to those for n = 3. Combining these ratios with ab initio rates for n = 3 allows one to make rate predictions for inter- and intramolecular electron transfer involving Rydberg orbitals appropriate to the electron transfer dissociation process. One important prediction of this model is that the combination of large-penetration and Landau-Zener surface-crossing conditions places very severe limitations on which Rydberg levels can initially be populated in electron transfer dissociation. Another prediction is that a Rydberg orbital of a given principal quantum number n has a limited range of distances over which it can transfer an electron; sigma* or pi* orbitals either too far from or too close to a given Rydberg orbital cannot accept an electron from that orbital. PMID:20438123

  19. Electronic Mechanisms of Intra and Intermolecular J Couplings in Systems with C-H···O Interactions

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    2003-01-01

    Abstract: Correlation effects on the change of 1J(CH) couplings in model systems I:NCH...H2O and II:CH4...H2O as a function of the H...O distance are discussed. RPA and SOPPA results follow a similar trend in system II. In system I RPA values decrease monotonously as the H...O distance decreases, while SOPPA ones exhibit flat maximum near equilibrium. Such different behavior is ascribed to the À-transmitted component. Intermolecular couplings at the equilibrium geometry of I are analyzed by...

  20. Intermolecular energy transfer from UO22+ to Eu3+ in solutions

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    The quenching constants for the UO22+ ion fluorescence by the Eu3+ ion in H2O, D2O, potassium formate and acetic acid media were determined by measuring the decrease in intensity of the 5050 A fluorescence peak and the lifetime of the UO22+ ion fluorescence. The energy transferred to the Eu3+ ion was found to be a small fraction of the energy lost by the UO22+ ion by the non-radiative processes. The variations of the quenching constants of the UO22+ ion and the fluorescence lifetimes were determined for different concentrations of potassium formate and acetic acid. These results indicate that the UO22+ ion forms inner sphere complexes with the two ligands mentioned

  1. Intramolecular photo-switching and intermolecular energy transfer as primary photoevents in photoreceptive processes: The case of Euglena gracilis

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    Mercatelli, Raffaella; Quercioli, Franco [Istituto Sistemi Complessi, CNR, Via Madonna del Piano 10, 50019 Sesto Fiorentino (Italy); Barsanti, Laura; Evangelista, Valter [Istituto di Biofisica, CNR, Via Moruzzi 1, 56124 Pisa (Italy); Coltelli, Primo [ISTI, CNR, Via Moruzzi 1, 56124 Pisa (Italy); Passarelli, Vincenzo; Frassanito, Anna Maria [Istituto di Biofisica, CNR, Via Moruzzi 1, 56124 Pisa (Italy); Gualtieri, Paolo, E-mail: paolo.gualtieri@pi.ibf.cnr.it [Istituto di Biofisica, CNR, Via Moruzzi 1, 56124 Pisa (Italy)

    2009-07-24

    In this paper we report the results of measurements performed by FLIM on the photoreceptor of Euglenagracilis. This organelle consists of optically bistable proteins, characterized by two thermally stable isomeric forms: A{sub 498,} non fluorescent and B{sub 462}, fluorescent. Our data indicate that the primary photoevent of Euglena photoreception upon photon absorption consists of two contemporaneous different phenomena: an intramolecular photo-switch (i.e., A{sub 498} becomes B{sub 462}), and a intermolecular and unidirectional Forster-type energy transfer. During the FRET process, the fluorescent B{sub 462} form acts as donor for the non-fluorescent A{sub 498} form of the protein nearby, which acts as acceptor. We hypothesize that in nature these phenomena follow each other with a domino progression along the orderly organized and closely packed proteins in the photoreceptor layer(s), modulating the isomeric composition of the photoreceptive protein pool. This mechanism guarantees that few photons are sufficient to produce a signal detectable by the cell.

  2. Intermolecular interactions of proton transfer compounds: synthesis, crystal structure and Hirshfeld surface analysis.

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    Direm, Amani; Altomare, Angela; Moliterni, Anna; Benali-Cherif, Nourredine

    2015-08-01

    Three new proton transfer compounds, [2-ammonio-5-methylcarboxybenzene perchlorate (1), (C8H10NO2(+)·ClO4(-)), 4-(ammoniomethyl)carboxybenzene nitrate (2), (C8H10NO2(+)·NO3(-)), and 4-(ammoniomethyl)carboxybenzene perchlorate (3), (C8H10NO2(+)·ClO4(-))], have been synthesized, their IR modes of vibrations have been assigned and their crystal structures studied by means of single-crystal X-ray diffraction. Their asymmetric units consist of one cation and one anion for both compounds (1) and (2). However, the crystal structure of compound (3) is based on a pair of cations and a pair of anions in its asymmetric unit. The three-dimensional Hirshfeld surface analysis and the two-dimensional fingerprint maps revealed that the three structures are dominated by H...O/O...H and H...H contacts. The strongest hydrogen-bonding interactions are associated with O-H...O and N-H...O constituting the highest fraction of approximately 50%, followed by those of the H...H type contributing 20%. Other close contacts are also present, including weak C...H/H...C contacts (with about 10%). PMID:26208623

  3. Probing intermolecular protein-protein interactions in the calcium-sensing receptor homodimer using bioluminescence resonance energy transfer (BRET)

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    Jensen, Anders A.; Hansen, Jakob L

    2002-01-01

    The calcium-sensing receptor (CaR) belongs to family C of the G-protein coupled receptor superfamily. The receptor is believed to exist as a homodimer due to covalent and non-covalent interactions between the two amino terminal domains (ATDs). It is well established that agonist binding to family C receptors takes place at the ATD and that this causes the ATD dimer to twist. However, very little is known about the translation of the ATD dimer twist into G-protein coupling to the 7 transmembrane moieties (7TMs) of these receptor dimers. In this study we have attempted to delineate the agonist-induced intermolecular movements in the CaR homodimer using the new bioluminescence resonance energy transfer technique, BRET2, which is based on the transference of energy from Renilla luciferase (Rluc) to the green fluorescent protein mutant GFP2. We tagged CaR with Rluc and GFP2 at different intracellular locations. Stable and highly receptor-specific BRET signals were obtained in tsA cells transfected with Rluc- and GFP2-tagged CaRs under basal conditions, indicating that CaR is constitutively dimerized. However, the signals were not enhanced by the presence of agonist. These results could indicate that at least parts of the two 7TMs of the CaR homodimer are in close proximity in the inactivated state of the receptor and do not move much relative to one another upon agonist activation. However, we cannot exclude the possibility that the BRET technology is unable to register putative conformational changes in the CaR homodimer induced by agonist binding because of the bulk sizes of the Rluc and GFP2 molecules.

  4. Explosives sensing by using electron-rich supramolecular polymers: role of intermolecular hydrogen bonding in significant enhancement of sensitivity.

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    Gole, Bappaditya; Song, Wentao; Lackinger, Markus; Mukherjee, Partha Sarathi

    2014-10-13

    We demonstrate here that supramolecular interactions enhance the sensitivity towards detection of electron-deficient nitro-aromatic compounds (NACs) over discrete analogues. NACs are the most commonly used explosive ingredients and are common constituents of many unexploded landmines used during World War II. In this study, we have synthesised a series of pyrene-based polycarboxylic acids along with their corresponding discrete esters. Due to the electron richness and the fluorescent behaviour of the pyrene moiety, all the compounds act as sensors for electron-deficient NACs through a fluorescence quenching mechanism. A Stern-Volmer quenching constant determination revealed that the carboxylic acids are more sensitive than the corresponding esters towards NACs in solution. The high sensitivity of the acids was attributed to supramolecular polymer formation through hydrogen bonding in the case of the acids, and the enhancement mechanism is based on an exciton energy migration upon excitation along the hydrogen-bond backbone. The presence of intermolecular hydrogen bonding in the acids in solution was established by solvent-dependent fluorescence studies and dynamic light scattering (DLS) experiments. In addition, the importance of intermolecular hydrogen bonds in solid-state sensing was further explored by scanning tunnelling microscopy (STM) experiments at the liquid-solid interface, in which structures of self-assembled monolayer of the acids and the corresponding esters were compared. The sensitivity tests revealed that these supramolecular sensors can even detect picric acid and trinitrotoluene in solution at levels as low as parts per trillion (ppt), which is much below the recommended permissible level of these constituents in drinking water. PMID:25187022

  5. Electron Transfer to Vinylaromatic Polymers

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    Aromatic polymers accept electrons from alkali metals to form polyradicalanions. These undergo chain scission as a result of electronic interaction between aromatic rings. Spectrophotometric and chemical evidence led to the conclusion that during the chain-breaking process polymeric fragments were formed which had the properties of ''living polymers'', i.e. the characteristic visible spectra and the capability of initiating the polymerization of a number of vinyl monomers. It was possible to follow the rate of chain scission in the case of poly (4-vinyl biphenyl) and poly(?-vinyl naphthalene) by means of viscosity and spectrophotometric measurements. The postulated mechanism was found to be consistent with the slow decrease in free spin concentration measured by means of the electron spin resonance technique. Chain scission in polyacenaphthalene takes place at a much faster rate than in poly (4-vinyl biphenyl) and this fact is in good agreement with simple LCAO MO calculations. Preliminary experiments indicate that electron transfer to poly-N-vinyl carbazole produces little if any degradation. These investigations led to the examination of the temperature effect on the electron-transfer reaction from sodium to some substituted aromatic hydrocarbons. The details of this effect are discussed. (author)

  6. Spectroscopic study on the intermolecular double proton transfer in 4-(naphthalen-1-yl)-6-octyl-1,3,5-triazin-2-amine with acid

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    With 2,4,6-trichloro-1,3,5-triazine as starting material, a functionalized triazine derivative, 4-(naphthalen-1-yl)-6-octyl-1,3,5-triazin-2-amine (NOTA) was synthesized in 14% yield through three steps: Kumada cross-coupling, Suzuki coupling and amination. Intermolecular double proton transfer of NOTA with acetic acid (HOAc) and trifluoroacetic acid (TFA) in chloroform was investigated by UV–vis absorption and fluorescence emission. It is found that both NOTA/HOAc and NOTA/TFA undergo excited state double proton transfer, resulting in amino–imino tautomerization emission in excited state. - Highlights: ? A functionalized triazine derivative, 4-(naphthalen-1-yl)-6-octyl-1,3,5-triazin-2-amine (NOTA) was synthesized in 14% yield through three steps: Kumada cross-coupling, Suzuki coupling and amination. ? Intermolecular double proton transfer of NOTA with acetic acid (HOAc) and trifluoroacetic acid (TFA) in chloroform was investigated. ? Both NOTA/HOAc and NOTA/TFA undergo excited state double proton transfer. ? Amino–imino tautomerization emission in excited state are proposed.

  7. Spectroscopic study on the intermolecular double proton transfer in 4-(naphthalen-1-yl)-6-octyl-1,3,5-triazin-2-amine with acid

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    Li Zongyao [Key Lab for Special Functional Materials of Ministry of Education, Henan University, Kaifeng 475004 (China); Research Institute of Henan Coal and Chemical Industry Group, Zhengzhou 450046 (China); Li Chunli [Key Lab for Special Functional Materials of Ministry of Education, Henan University, Kaifeng 475004 (China); Zhao Chunmei [Key Lab for Special Functional Materials of Ministry of Education, Henan University, Kaifeng 475004 (China); Institute for Functional Nanomaterials, Huanghe Science and Technology College, Zhengzhou 450000 (China); Wu Wei [Key Lab for Special Functional Materials of Ministry of Education, Henan University, Kaifeng 475004 (China); Wang Hua, E-mail: hwang@henu.edu.cn [Key Lab for Special Functional Materials of Ministry of Education, Henan University, Kaifeng 475004 (China)

    2012-10-15

    With 2,4,6-trichloro-1,3,5-triazine as starting material, a functionalized triazine derivative, 4-(naphthalen-1-yl)-6-octyl-1,3,5-triazin-2-amine (NOTA) was synthesized in 14% yield through three steps: Kumada cross-coupling, Suzuki coupling and amination. Intermolecular double proton transfer of NOTA with acetic acid (HOAc) and trifluoroacetic acid (TFA) in chloroform was investigated by UV-vis absorption and fluorescence emission. It is found that both NOTA/HOAc and NOTA/TFA undergo excited state double proton transfer, resulting in amino-imino tautomerization emission in excited state. - Highlights: Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer A functionalized triazine derivative, 4-(naphthalen-1-yl)-6-octyl-1,3,5-triazin-2-amine (NOTA) was synthesized in 14% yield through three steps: Kumada cross-coupling, Suzuki coupling and amination. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer Intermolecular double proton transfer of NOTA with acetic acid (HOAc) and trifluoroacetic acid (TFA) in chloroform was investigated. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer Both NOTA/HOAc and NOTA/TFA undergo excited state double proton transfer. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer Amino-imino tautomerization emission in excited state are proposed.

  8. Electron transfer reactions. Pt. 1

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    The oxidation of the substituted ethylenes, 2,3-dimethylbutene-2 (1), 2-methylbutene-2 (8), and ?-methylstyrene (13), by ferriin or lead dioxide in water and/or methanol has been studied. Product analyses of the reactions, which lead to kinetically controlled product distributions, showed that lead dioxide, just as ferriin, reacts as a one-electron-oxidant. The product distributions, which arise from further reactions of the primary intermediates, i.e. the radical cations formed via one-electron transfer, were found to depend on substituents, acidity and solvent. The results are consistent with three separate reaction paths of the radical cation, each of which leads to specific products. The radical cation can either deprotonate, be nucleophilicly attacked by solvent, or lead to dimeric products. (orig.)

  9. 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

  10. Electrostatic orientation during electron transfer between flavodoxin and cytochrome c.

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    Matthew, J B; Weber, P C; Salemme, F R; Richards, F M

    1983-01-13

    Various studies have shown that reaction rates between reversibly binding electron transfer proteins depend strongly on solution ionic strength. These observations suggest that intermolecular electrostatic interactions are important in facilitating the formation of a productive reaction complex. A recently examined system involves the reduction of vertebrate cytochrome c by bacterial flavodoxin. Although this is a nonphysiological reaction, it proceeds with rates typical for natural partners and is similarly inhibited at high ionic strengths. Here we describe computational studies which examine the role of electrostatics in the formation of a putative reaction complex between flavodoxin and cytochrome c. The results suggest that electrostatic interactions preorient the molecules before they make physical contact, facilitating the formation of an optimal reaction complex. PMID:6296691

  11. Ground and excited state electron transfer dynamics

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    Brennan, Jennifer L.

    2002-01-01

    The focus of this work is the investigation of the factors controlling electron transfer in molecular electronic systems, in particular those affecting electron transfer to and from electronically excited states. To achieve this, a number of mono- and trimetallic osmium and ruthenium complexes were synthesised and characterised. Monolayers of an osmium polypyridyl complex bound to a platinum microelectrode via a ¿rara-l,2-bis-(4-pyridyl)ethylene bridge were formed to probe ground state electr...

  12. Valence anions in complexes of adenine and 9-methyladenine with formic acid - stabilization by intermolecular proton transfer

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    Mazurkiewicz, Kamil; Haranczyk, Maciej; Gutowski, Maciej S.; Rak, Janusz; Radisic, Dunja; Eustis, Soren; Wang, Di; Bowen, Kit H.

    2007-02-07

    The photoelectron spectra of the adenine-formic acid (AFA)- and 9-methyladenine-formic acid (MAFA)- anionic complexes have been recorded with 2.540 eV photons. These spectra reveal broad features with maxima at 1.5-1.4 eV that indicate formation of stable valence anions in the gas phase. The neutral and anionic complexes of adenine/9- methyladenine and formic acid were also studied computationally at the B3LYP, second order Møller-Plesset and coupled clusters levels of theory, with the 6-31++G** and aug-cc-pVDZ basis sets. The neutral complexes form cyclic hydrogen bonds and the most stable dimers are bound by 17.7 and 16.0 kcal/mol for AFA and MAFA, respectively. The theoretical results indicate that the excess electron in both (AFA)- and (MAFA)- occupies a p* orbital localized on adenine/9-methyladenine and the adiabatic stability of the most stable anions amounts to 0.67 and 0.54 eV for AFA- and MAFA-, respectively. The excess electron attachment to the complexes induces a barrierfree proton transfer (BFPT) from the carboxylic group of formic acid to a N atom of adenine or 9-mathyladenine. As a result, the most stable structures of the anionic complexes can be characterized as neutral radicals of hydrogenated adenine(9-methyladenine) solvated by a deprotonated formic acid. The BFPT to the N atoms of adenine may be biologically relevant because some of these sites are not involved in the Watson-Crick pairing scheme and are easily accessible in the cellular environment. We suggest that valence anions of purines might be as important as those of pyrimidines in the process of DNA damage by low energy electrons. The calculations were performed at the Academic Computer Center in Gda?sk (TASK) and at the Molecular Science Computing Facility (MSCF) in the William R. Wiley Environmental Molecular Sciences Laboratory, a national scientific user facility sponsored by the U.S. Department of Energy's Office of Biological and Environmental Research and located at the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, which is operated by Battelle for the US Department of Energy. The MSCF resources were available through a Computational Grand Challenge Application grant.

  13. Observation of proton transfer in 2-aminopyridine dimer by electron and mass spectroscopy.

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    Samoylova, Elena; Radloff, Wolfgang; Ritze, Hans-Hermann; Schultz, Thomas

    2009-07-23

    A photoinitiated intermolecular electron-proton transfer reaction in 2-aminopyridine dimer was investigated by femtosecond pump-probe electron-ion coincidence spectroscopy and accompanying theory. Excited-state population dynamics were observed in real time by time-resolved mass spectroscopy, and the respective excited-state character of locally excited and proton/hydrogen transfer states was identified in coincident electron spectra. Two reaction channels for an ultrafast (sub-50 fs) and a slower (approximately 75 ps) proton/hydrogen transfer were observed and indicate that vibrational energy redistribution may lead to efficient population trapping in the excited state. Spectroscopic evidence of an unexpected hydrogen-transfer reaction in photoexcited aminopyridine monomer is also presented. PMID:19569694

  14. Theory and assignment of intermolecular charge transfer states in squaraines and their impact on efficiency in bulk heterojunction solar cells (Presentation Recording)

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    Collison, Christopher J.; Zheng, Chenyu; Hestand, Nicholas; Cona, Brandon; Penmetcha, Anirudh; Spencer, Susan; Cody, Jeremy; Spano, Frank

    2015-10-01

    Squaraines are targeted for organic photovoltaic devices because of their high extinction coefficients over a broad wavelength range from visible to near infra-red (NIR). Moreover, their side groups can be changed with profound effects upon their ability to crystallize, leading to improvements in charge mobility and exciton diffusion. The broadening in squaraine absorption is often qualitatively attributed to H- and J-aggregates based on the exciton model, proposed by Kasha. However, such assignment is misleading considering that spectral shifts can arise from sources other than excitonic coupling. Our group has shown that packing structure influences the rate of charge transfer; thus a complete and accurate reassessment of the excited states must be completed before the true charge transfer mechanism can be confirmed. In this work, we will show how squaraine H-aggregates can pack in complete vertical stacks or slipped vertical stacks depending upon sidegroups and processing conditions. Hence, we uncover the contribution of an intermolecular charge transfer (IMCT) state through essential states modeling validated by spectroscopic and X-Ray diffraction data. We further show external quantum efficiency data that describe the influence of the IMCT state on the efficiency of our devices. This comprehensive understanding of squaraine aggregates drives the development of more efficient organic photovoltaic devices, leading towards a prescription for derivatives that can be tailored for optimized exciton diffusion, charge transfer, higher mobilities and reduced recombination in small molecule OPV devices.

  15. Effects of inter-molecular charge-transfer excitons on the external quantum efficiency of zinc-porphyrin/C60 heterojunction photovoltaic cells

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    We have examined the structural effects of zinc-octaethylporphyrin [Zn(OEP)] films used as a donor on the external quantum efficiency (EQE) of organic heterojunction photovoltaic (OPV) cells [ITO/Zn(OEP)/C60/Al], and investigated what exactly causes the improvement of EQE. When the structure of the Zn(OEP) films changed from amorphous to crystalline, the maximum EQE increased from 36% to 42%, which is greater than that of around 35% for previously reported OPV cells using buffer materials (Peumans and Forrest 2001 Appl. Phys. Lett. 79 126). The crystallization of Zn(OEP) films is found to increase the number of inter-molecular charge-transfer (IMCT) excitons and to enlarge the mobility of carriers and IMCT excitons, thus significantly improving the EQE of the photoabsorption band under illumination due to the IMCT excitons.

  16. Density matrix based microscopic theory of molecule metal-nanoparticle interactions: linear absorbance and plasmon enhancement of intermolecular excitation energy transfer.

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    Kyas, Gerold; May, Volkhard

    2011-01-21

    A microscopic theory of interacting molecule metal-nanoparticle (MNP) systems is presented and used to compute absorption spectra and the plasmon enhancement of intermolecular excitation energy transfer (EET). The approach is based on a nonperturbative consideration of the Coulomb coupling matrix elements responsible for EET between the molecules and the MNP. In this way, the need to determine the local fields induced by surface plasmon excitations of the MNP is removed, but the whole description is restricted to distances among the interacting species less than the wavelength of absorbed photons. Based on a density matrix theory, the approach accounts for the vibrational level structure of the molecules, intramolecular vibrational energy redistribution (IVR), and plasmon damping. Numerical results for linear absorbance spectra and EET dynamics are offered. In this respect the importance of energy dissipation in the MNP due to rapid surface plasmon decay is emphasized. PMID:21261378

  17. Density matrix based microscopic theory of molecule metal-nanoparticle interactions: Linear absorbance and plasmon enhancement of intermolecular excitation energy transfer

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    Kyas, Gerold; May, Volkhard

    2011-01-01

    A microscopic theory of interacting molecule metal-nanoparticle (MNP) systems is presented and used to compute absorption spectra and the plasmon enhancement of intermolecular excitation energy transfer (EET). The approach is based on a nonperturbative consideration of the Coulomb coupling matrix elements responsible for EET between the molecules and the MNP. In this way, the need to determine the local fields induced by surface plasmon excitations of the MNP is removed, but the whole description is restricted to distances among the interacting species less than the wavelength of absorbed photons. Based on a density matrix theory, the approach accounts for the vibrational level structure of the molecules, intramolecular vibrational energy redistribution (IVR), and plasmon damping. Numerical results for linear absorbance spectra and EET dynamics are offered. In this respect the importance of energy dissipation in the MNP due to rapid surface plasmon decay is emphasized.

  18. Electron-electron Thomas peak in fast transfer ionization

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    ''Thomas process'' is a name used for a family of singular two-step processes that can lead to electron transfer. The Thomas process of the ''second kind,'' occurring in reactions with both transfer and ionization, utilizes the e-e scattering in the second step, so this Thomas process requires the dynamics of the electron-electron interaction. We calculate numerically the second order element of an S matrix and corresponding cross sections for the transfer ionization process. We find that the position and shape of the Thomas peak depend on both electron-electron and the electron-nucleus interaction. Also the direct and exchange amplitudes are equal at the peak position. We test the peaking approximation used for transfer ionization. Our results can be compared to experimental results for p++He?H+He2++e-. (c) 2000 The American Physical Society

  19. 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...

  20. Application of multistep deactivation processes in the interpretation of intermolecular energy transfer following chemical activation by kinetic techniques

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    Interpretation of vibrational energy transfer following kinetically controlled chemical activation is refined by incorporating multistep deactivation processes into the RRKM treatment of the excited molecule. The functional form of the initial primary product energy distribution used is based on that suggested by Bunker. This model is applied in interpreting collisional energy transfer from cyclobutane-t, chemically activated by nuclear recoil reaction. New low pressure experimental data are used to estimate the average energy of the nascent cyclobutane-t and the average step sizes for energy transfer to He, N2, CO2, and parent on collision based on a stepladder deactivation model. Step sizes found for cyclobutane, He, N2, and CO2 are 10.0, 0.5, 2.0, and 5.0 kcal, respectively. 4 figures, 3 tables

  1. Biotechnological Aspects of Microbial Extracellular Electron Transfer

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    Kato, Souichiro

    2015-01-01

    Extracellular electron transfer (EET) is a type of microbial respiration that enables electron transfer between microbial cells and extracellular solid materials, including naturally-occurring metal compounds and artificial electrodes. Microorganisms harboring EET abilities have received considerable attention for their various biotechnological applications, in addition to their contribution to global energy and material cycles. In this review, current knowledge on microbial EET and its appli...

  2. 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.

  3. Tunnelling hot electron transfer amplifiers

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    Kircher, C. J.

    1993-10-01

    Significant advances were achieved in tunneling hot electron amplifiers and in the understanding of hot electron transport in the work funded by the contract and carried out by M. Heiblum and his co-workers. The results of this work are described in detail in nine papers that have been published in the open literature. (These papers are listed below as references 1-9 and copies of them are attached.) This report summarizes the principal results. There are three aspects of the work in which the results are particularly noteworthy: the demonstration of the first hot hole tunneling transistor and its use to study hot hole transport in GaAs; the successful fabrication of a hot electron 'THETA' transistor with a pseudomorphic InGaAs base which allowed high transistor gains (beta approx. = 30) to be achieved; and the conception and successful fabrication of a lateral hot electron device and its use to investigate ballistic, hot electron transport in a 2-dimensional electron gas in GaAs.

  4. 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.

  5. Medium effects in photoinduced electron transfer reactions

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    The transfer of an electron between two molecules is a fundamental chemical process of great significance in biochemistry as well as in general chemistry. Electron transfer reactions can be induced by the absorption of light - as in photosynthesis - so that one of the molecules reacts through an electronically excited state; a net storage of chemical energy may then take place. When electron transfer involves molecules in condensed phase, the role of the liquid or solid medium must be considered. In the first place, a polar solvent may promote electron transfer through the stabilization of ion pairs and the separation of ions; but if the polar solvent must reorganize prior to the reaction, then an activation barrier will exist against electron transfer in polar solvents. This article gives a citical review of this field, with some novel ideas concerning the role of the medium (liquid solvent or solid matrix) in the overall energy balance of electron transfer, in the kinetics of the reaction, and in the further process of charge separation. It is suggested in particular that no dielectric screening by a polar solvent can exist when ions are formed in direct contact; and that the extensive reorganization of the solvent prior to electron transfer is so unlikely as to be discounted. In these respects the model presented in this article diverges from the commonly accepted model of Weller and of Marcus and Hush. In the Conclusion section some areas of particular importance for further research in this field are outlined. (author) 28 refs., 20 figs., 2 tabs

  6. Electron transfer induced fragmentation of acetic acid

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    We present negative ion formation driven by electron transfer in atom (K) molecule (acetic acid) collisions. Acetic acid has been found in the interstellar medium, is also considered a biological related compound and as such studying low energy electron interactions will bring new insights as far as induced chemistry is concerned.

  7. Excited-state intermolecular proton transfer of the firefly's chromophore D-luciferin. 2. Water-methanol mixtures.

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    Presiado, Itay; Erez, Yuval; Huppert, Dan

    2010-09-01

    Steady-state emission and time-resolved techniques were employed to study the photoprotolytic processes d-luciferin undergoes in water-methanol mixtures over a wide range of molar fractions (chi(MeOH)) of methanol. We found that in the concentration range of 0 0.8 the proton transfer rate constant decreases with an even steeper slope. The kinetic isotope effect (KIE) maintains a constant value of 2.4 +/- 0.2 at all the mixture's compositions. PMID:20704300

  8. 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.

  9. Intermolecular Adhesion in Conjugated Polymers

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    Schmit, J D; Schmit, Jeremy D.; Levine, Alex J.

    2006-01-01

    Conjugated polymers are observed to aggregate in solution. To account for this observation we propose a inter-chain binding mechanism based on the intermolecular tunneling of the delocalized $\\pi$-electrons occurring at points where the polymers cross. This tunneling mechanism predicts specific bound structures of chain that depend on whether they are semiconducting or metallic. Semiconducting chains should form polyacene-like states exhibiting binding at every other site, while (doped) metallic chains can bind at each site. We also show that solitons co-localize with the intermolecular binding sites thereby strengthening the binding effect and investigate the conformational statistics of the resulting bimolecular aggregates.

  10. Rates and Routes of Electron Transfer of [NiFe]-Hydrogenase in an Enzymatic Fuel Cell.

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    Petrenko, Alexander; Stein, Matthias

    2015-10-29

    Hydrogenase enzymes are being used in enzymatic fuel cells immobilized on a graphite or carbon electrode surface, for example. The enzyme is used for the anodic oxidation of molecular hydrogen (H2) to produce protons and electrons. The association and orientation of the enzyme at the anode electrode for a direct electron transfer is not completely resolved. The distal FeS-cluster in [NiFe]-hydrogenases contains a histidine residue which is known to play a critical role in the intermolecular electron transfer between the enzyme and the electrode surface. The [NiFe]-hydrogenase graphite electrode association was investigated using Brownian Dynamics simulations. Residues that were shown to be in proximity to the electrode surface were identified (His184, Ser196, Glu461, Glu464), and electron transfer routes connecting the distal FeS-cluster with the surface residues were investigated. Several possible pathways for electron transfer between the distal FeS-cluster and the terminal amino acid residues were probed in terms of their rates of electron transfer using DFT methods. The reorganization energies ? of the distal iron-sulfur cluster and coronene as a molecular model for graphite were calculated. The reorganization energy of the distal (His)(Cys)3 cluster was found to be not very different from that of a standard cubane clusters with a (Cys)4 coordination. Electronic coupling matrix elements and rates of electron transfer for the different pathways were calculated according to the Marcus equation. The rates for glutamate-mediated electrode binding were found to be incompatible with experimental data. A direct electron transfer from the histidine ligand of the distal FeS-cluster to the electrode yielded rates of electron transfer in excellent agreement with experiment. A second pathway, however, from the distal FeS-cluster to the Ser196 residue was found to be equally efficient and feasible. PMID:26218232

  11. Intermolecular hydrogen transfer between guest species in small and large cages of methane + propane mixed gas hydrates.

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    Sugahara, Takeshi; Kobayashi, Yusuke; Tani, Atsushi; Inoue, Tatsuya; Ohgaki, Kazunari

    2012-03-15

    To investigate the molecular interaction between guest species inside of the small and large cages of methane + propane mixed gas hydrates, thermal stabilities of the methyl radical (possibly induced in small cages) and the normal propyl and isopropyl radicals (induced in large cages) were investigated by means of electron spin resonance measurements. The increase of the total amount of the normal propyl and isopropyl radicals reveals that the methyl radical in the small cage withdraws one hydrogen atom from the propane molecule enclathrated in the adjacent large cage of the structure-II hydrate. A guest species in a hydrate cage has the ability to interact closely with the other one in the adjacent cages. The clathrate hydrate may be utilized as a possible nanoscale reaction field. PMID:22352402

  12. 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

  13. Resonant electron transfer between quantum dots

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    Openov, Leonid 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 s...

  14. Theory of Ultrafast Photoinduced Heterogeneous Electron Transfer

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    May, Volkhard

    2006-01-01

    Abstract Ultrafast heterogeneous electron transfer (HET) between a molecule attached to a semiconductor surface and the conduction band of the semiconductor is discussed theoretically with emphasis on the perylene TiO_2 system. The used description accounts for the specialty of the molecule i.e. its particular electronic level scheme together with its vibrational degrees of freedom. The band continuum of the semiconductor is included and the approach is ready to describe different...

  15. Quantifying electron transfer reactions in biological systems

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    Sjulstok, Emil Sjulstok; Olsen, Jógvan Magnus Haugaard; Solov'yov, Ilia A

    2015-01-01

    which for example occur in photosynthesis, cellular respiration, DNA repair, and possibly magnetic field sensing. Quantum biology uses computation to model biological interactions in light of quantum mechanical effects and has primarily developed over the past decade as a result of convergence between......Various biological processes involve the conversion of energy into forms that are usable for chemical transformations and are quantum mechanical in nature. Such processes involve light absorption, excited electronic states formation, excitation energy transfer, electrons and protons tunnelling...

  16. New Type of Dual Solid-State Thermochromism: Modulation of Intramolecular Charge Transfer by Intermolecular ?-? Interactions, Kinetic Trapping of the Aci-Nitro Group, and Reversible Molecular Locking

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    Naumov, Pan?e; Lee, Sang Cheol; Ishizawa, Nobuo; Jeong, Young Gyu; Chung, Ihn Hee; Fukuzumi, Shunichi

    2009-09-01

    When heated above room temperature, some crystalline polymorphs of the 1,3-bis(hydroxyalkylamino)-4,6-dinitrobenzenes (BDBn, n = 2-5), bis(hydroxyalkyl) analogues of the intramolecular charge-transfer molecule 1,3-diamino-4,6-dinitrobenzene, exhibit "dual" thermochromism: gradual color change from yellow to orange at lower temperatures, and sharp color change from orange to red at higher temperatures. These two thermochromic changes are related to different solid-state processes. When allowed to cool to room temperature, the yellow color of the thermochromic molecules with different alkyl length (n) is recovered with unexpectedly different kinetics, the order of the respective rate constants ranging from 10-7-10-6 s-1 for BDB2 to about 0.1 s-1 in the case of BDB3. The thermochromic mechanism and the reasons behind the different kinetics were clarified on the basis of detailed crystallographic characterization, kinetic thermoanalysis, and spectroscopic study of eight crystalline forms (seven polymorphs and one solvate). It was found that the polymorphism is due to the possibility of "locking" and "unlocking" of the alkyl arms by formation of a strong intramolecular hydrogen bond between the hydroxyl groups at their hydroxyl termini. The locking of BDB2, with shortest alkyl arms, is reversible and it can be controlled thermally; either of the two conformations can be obtained in the solid state by proper thermal treatment. By use of high temperature in situ single crystal X-ray diffraction analysis of BDB3, direct evidence was obtained that the gradual thermochromic change is related to increased distance and weakened ?-? interactions between the stacked benzene rings: the lattice expands preferably in the stacking direction, causing enhanced oscillator strength and red shift of the absorption edge of the intramolecular charge transfer transition. The second, sharp thermochromic change had been assigned previously to solid-solid phase transition triggered by intramolecular proton transfer of one amino proton to the nitro group, whereupon an aci-nitro form is thermally populated. Contrary to the numerous examples of solid thermochromic molecules based on either pericyclic reactions or keto-enol tautomerism, this system appears to be the first organic thermochromic family where the thermochromic change appears as an effect of intermolecular ?-? interactions and thermal intramolecular proton transfer to aromatic nitro group.

  17. Applications of free-electron lasers to measurements of energy transfer in biopolymers and materials

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    Edwards, Glenn S.; Johnson, J. B.; Kozub, John A.; Tribble, Jerri A.; Wagner, Katrina

    1992-08-01

    Free-electron lasers (FELs) provide tunable, pulsed radiation in the infrared. Using the FEL as a pump beam, we are investigating the mechanisms for energy transfer between localized vibrational modes and between vibrational modes and lattice or phonon modes. Either a laser-Raman system or a Fourier transform infrared (FTIR) spectrometer will serve as the probe beam, with the attribute of placing the burden of detection on two conventional spectroscopic techniques that circumvent the limited response of infrared detectors. More specifically, the Raman effect inelastically shifts an exciting laser line, typically a visible frequency, by the energy of the vibrational mode; however, the shifted Raman lines also lie in the visible, allowing for detection with highly efficient visible detectors. With regards to FTIR spectroscopy, the multiplex advantage yields a distinct benefit for infrared detector response. Our group is investigating intramolecular and intermolecular energy transfer processes in both biopolymers and more traditional materials. For example, alkali halides contain a number of defect types that effectively transfer energy in an intermolecular process. Similarly, the functioning of biopolymers depends on efficient intramolecular energy transfer. Understanding these mechanisms will enhance our ability to modify biopolymers and materials with applications to biology, medecine, and materials science.

  18. 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…

  19. 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

  20. Mechanism of the hydrogen transfer from the OH group to oxygen-centered radicals: proton-coupled electron-transfer versus radical hydrogen abstraction.

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    Olivella, Santiago; Anglada, Josep M; Solé, Albert; Bofill, Josep M

    2004-07-19

    High-level ab initio electronic structure calculations have been carried out with respect to the intermolecular hydrogen-transfer reaction HCOOH+.OH-->HCOO.+H(2)O and the intramolecular hydrogen-transfer reaction .OOCH2OH-->HOOCH(2)O.. In both cases we found that the hydrogen atom transfer can take place via two different transition structures. The lowest energy transition structure involves a proton transfer coupled to an electron transfer from the ROH species to the radical, whereas the higher energy transition structure corresponds to the conventional radical hydrogen atom abstraction. An analysis of the atomic spin population, computed within the framework of the topological theory of atoms in molecules, suggests that the triplet repulsion between the unpaired electrons located on the oxygen atoms that undergo hydrogen exchange must be much higher in the transition structure for the radical hydrogen abstraction than that for the proton-coupled electron-transfer mechanism. It is suggested that, in the gas phase, hydrogen atom transfer from the OH group to oxygen-centered radicals occurs by the proton-coupled electron-transfer mechanism when this pathway is accessible. PMID:15252786

  1. Photoinduced charge accumulation by metal ion-coupled electron transfer.

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    Bonn, Annabell G; Wenger, Oliver S

    2015-10-01

    An oligotriarylamine (OTA) unit, a Ru(bpy)3(2+) photosensitizer moiety (Ru), and an anthraquinone (AQ) entity were combined to a molecular dyad (Ru-OTA) and a molecular triad (AQ-Ru-OTA). Pulsed laser excitation at 532 nm led to the formation of charge-separated states of the type Ru(-)-OTA(+) and AQ(-)-Ru-OTA(+) with lifetimes of ?10 ns and 2.4 ?s, respectively, in de-aerated CH3CN at 25 °C. Upon addition of Sc(OTf)3, very long-lived photoproducts were observed. Under steady-state irradiation conditions using a flux of (6.74 ± 0.21) × 10(15) photons per second at 450 nm, the formation of twofold oxidized oligotriarylamine (OTA(2+)) was detected in aerated CH3CN containing 0.02 M Sc(3+), as demonstrated unambiguously by comparison with UV-Vis absorption spectra obtained in the course of chemical oxidation with Cu(2+). Photodriven charge accumulation on the OTA unit of Ru-OTA and AQ-Ru-OTA is possible due to the lowering of the O2 reduction potential caused by the interaction of superoxide with the strong Lewis acid Sc(3+). The presence of the anthraquinone unit in AQ-Ru-OTA accelerates the rate-determining reaction step for charge accumulation by a factor of 10 compared to the Ru-OTA dyad. This is attributed to the formation of Sc(3+)-stabilized anthraquinone radical anion intermediates in the triad. Possible mechanistic pathways leading to charge accumulation are discussed. Photodriven charge accumulation is of key importance for solar fuels because their production will have to rely on multi-electron chemistry rather than single-electron reaction steps. Our study is the first to demonstrate that metal ion-coupled electron transfer (MCET) can be exploited to accumulate charges on a given molecular unit using visible light as an energy input. The approach of using a combination of intra- and intermolecular electron transfer reactions which are enabled by MCET is conceptually novel, and the fundamental insights gained from our study are relevant in the greater context of solar energy conversion. PMID:26312416

  2. Site-selective photoinduced electron transfer from alcoholic solvents to the chromophore facilitated by hydrogen bonding: a new fluorescence quenching mechanism.

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    Zhao, Guang-Jiu; Liu, Jian-Yong; Zhou, Li-Chuan; Han, Ke-Li

    2007-08-01

    Solute-solvent intermolecular photoinduced electron transfer (ET) reaction was proposed to account for the drastic fluorescence quenching behaviors of oxazine 750 (OX750) chromophore in protic alcoholic solvents. According to our theoretical calculations for the hydrogen-bonded OX750-(alcohol)(n) complexes using the time-dependent density functional theory (TDDFT) method, we demonstrated that the ET reaction takes place from the alcoholic solvents to the chromophore and the intermolecular ET passing through the site-specific intermolecular hydrogen bonds exhibits an unambiguous site selectivity. In our motivated experiments of femtosecond time-resolved stimulated emission pumping fluorescence depletion spectroscopy (FS TR SEP FD), it could be noted that the ultrafast ET reaction takes place as fast as 200 fs. This ultrafast intermolecular photoinduced ET is much faster than the diffusive solvation process, and even significantly faster than the intramolecular vibrational redistribution (IVR) process of the OX750 chromophore. Therefore, the ultrafast intermolecular ET should be coupled with the hydrogen-bonding dynamics occurring in the sub-picosecond time domain. We theoretically demonstrated for the first time that the selected hydrogen bonds are transiently strengthened in the excited states for facilitating the ultrafast solute-solvent intermolecular ET reaction. PMID:17616225

  3. Biotechnological Aspects of Microbial Extracellular Electron Transfer.

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    Kato, Souichiro

    2015-01-01

    Extracellular electron transfer (EET) is a type of microbial respiration that enables electron transfer between microbial cells and extracellular solid materials, including naturally-occurring metal compounds and artificial electrodes. Microorganisms harboring EET abilities have received considerable attention for their various biotechnological applications, in addition to their contribution to global energy and material cycles. In this review, current knowledge on microbial EET and its application to diverse biotechnologies, including the bioremediation of toxic metals, recovery of useful metals, biocorrosion, and microbial electrochemical systems (microbial fuel cells and microbial electrosynthesis), were introduced. Two potential biotechnologies based on microbial EET, namely the electrochemical control of microbial metabolism and electrochemical stimulation of microbial symbiotic reactions (electric syntrophy), were also discussed. PMID:26004795

  4. Vibrational control of electron-transfer reactions: a feasibility study for the fast coherent transfer regime.

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    Antoniou, P; Ma, Z; Zhang, P; Beratan, D N; Skourtis, S S

    2015-11-18

    Molecular vibrations and electron-vibrational interactions are central to the control of biomolecular electron and energy-transfer rates. The vibrational control of molecular electron-transfer reactions by infrared pulses may enable the precise probing of electronic-vibrational interactions and of their roles in determining electron-transfer mechanisms. This type of electron-transfer rate control is advantageous because it does not alter the electronic state of the molecular electron-transfer system or irreversibly change its molecular structure. For bridge-mediated electron-transfer reactions, infrared (vibrational) excitation of the bridge linking the electron donor to the electron acceptor was suggested as being capable of influencing the electron-transfer rate by modulating the bridge-mediated donor-to-acceptor electronic coupling. This kind of electron-transfer experiment has been realized, demonstrating that bridge-mediated electron-transfer rates can be changed by exciting vibrational modes of the bridge. Here, we use simple models and ab initio computations to explore the physical constraints on one's ability to vibrationally perturb electron-transfer rates using infrared excitation. These constraints stem from the nature of molecular vibrational spectra, the strengths of the electron-vibrational coupling, and the interaction between molecular vibrations and infrared radiation. With these constraints in mind, we suggest parameter regimes and molecular architectures that may enhance the vibrational control of electron transfer for fast coherent electron-transfer reactions. PMID:25909507

  5. Electronic transfer between low-dimensional nanosystems.

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    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

  6. 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 Ge...

  7. Promoting Interspecies Electron Transfer with Biochar

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

    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...

  8. Ab initio quantum chemical calculation of electron transfer matrix elements for large molecules

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    Using a diabatic state formalism and pseudospectral numerical methods, we have developed an efficient ab initio quantum chemical approach to the calculation of electron transfer matrix elements for large molecules. The theory is developed at the Hartree endash Fock level and validated by comparison with results in the literature for small systems. As an example of the power of the method, we calculate the electronic coupling between two bacteriochlorophyll molecules in various intermolecular geometries. Only a single self-consistent field (SCF) calculation on each of the monomers is needed to generate coupling matrix elements for all of the molecular pairs. The largest calculations performed, utilizing 1778 basis functions, required ?14h on an IBM 390 workstation. This is considerably less cpu time than would be necessitated with a supermolecule adiabatic state calculation and a conventional electronic structure code. copyright 1997 American Institute of Physics

  9. Electron transfer and reaction mechanism of laccases.

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    Jones, Stephen M; Solomon, Edward I

    2015-03-01

    Laccases are part of the family of multicopper oxidases (MCOs), which couple the oxidation of substrates to the four electron reduction of O2 to H2O. MCOs contain a minimum of four Cu's divided into Type 1 (T1), Type 2 (T2), and binuclear Type 3 (T3) Cu sites that are distinguished based on unique spectroscopic features. Substrate oxidation occurs near the T1, and electrons are transferred approximately 13 Å through the protein via the Cys-His pathway to the T2/T3 trinuclear copper cluster (TNC), where dioxygen reduction occurs. This review outlines the electron transfer (ET) process in laccases, and the mechanism of O2 reduction as elucidated through spectroscopic, kinetic, and computational data. Marcus theory is used to describe the relevant factors which impact ET rates including the driving force, reorganization energy, and electronic coupling matrix element. Then, the mechanism of O2 reaction is detailed with particular focus on the intermediates formed during the two 2e(-) reduction steps. The first 2e(-) step forms the peroxide intermediate, followed by the second 2e(-) step to form the native intermediate, which has been shown to be the catalytically relevant fully oxidized form of the enzyme. PMID:25572295

  10. 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...

  11. 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.

  12. Theory of intermolecular forces

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    Margenau, H; Ter Haar, D

    1971-01-01

    Theory of Intermolecular Forces deals with the exposition of the principles and techniques of the theory of intermolecular forces. The text focuses on the basic theory and surveys other aspects, with particular attention to relevant experiments. The initial chapters introduce the reader to the history of intermolecular forces. Succeeding chapters present topics on short, intermediate, and long range atomic interactions; properties of Coulomb interactions; shape-dependent forces between molecules; and physical adsorption. The book will be of good use to experts and students of quantum mechanics

  13. Education and solar conversion. Demonstrating electron transfer

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    Smestad, Greg P. [Institute of Physical Chemistry, ICP-2, Swiss Federal Institute of Technology, EPFL, CH-1015 Lausanne (Switzerland)

    1998-07-23

    A simplified solar cell fabrication procedure is presented that uses natural anthocyanin or chlorophyll dyes extracted from plants. This procedure illustrates how interdisciplinary science can be taught at lower division university and upper division high school levels for an understanding of renewable energy as well as basic science concepts. Electron transfer occurs on the Earth in the mitochondrial membranes found in living cells, and in the thylakoid membranes found in the photosynthetic cells of green plants. Since we depend on the results of this electron and energy transfer, e.g. in our use of petroleum and agricultural products, it is desirable to understand and communicate how the electron transfer works. The simplified solar cell fabrication procedure, based on nanocrystalline dye-sensitized solar cells, has therefore been developed so that it can be inexpensively reproduced and utilized in the teaching of basic principles in biology, chemistry, physics, and environmental science. A water-based solution of commercial nanocrystalline titanium dioxide (TiO{sub 2}) powder is used to deposit a highly porous semiconductor electron acceptor. This acceptor couples the light-driven processes occurring at an organic dye to the macroscopic world and an external electrical circuit. Materials science and semiconductor physics are emphasized during the deposition of the sintered TiO{sub 2} nanocrystalline ceramic film. Chelation, complexation and molecular self-assembly are demonstrated during the attachment of the dye molecule to the surface of the TiO{sub 2} semiconductor particles. Environmental chemistry and energy conversion can be linked to these concepts via the regenerative oxidation and reduction cycle found in the cell. The resulting device, made in under 3 h, can be used as a light detector or power generator that produces 0.4-0.5 V at open circuit, and 1-2 mA per square cm under solar illumination

  14. Electronic Energy Transfer in Polarizable Heterogeneous Environments

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    Svendsen, Casper Steinmann; Kongsted, Jacob

    2015-01-01

    Theoretical prediction of transport and optical properties of protein-pigment complexes is of significant importance when aiming at understanding the structure versus function relationship in such systems. Electronic energy transfer (EET) couplings represent a key property in this respect since...... embedding model has been suggested (C. Curutchet, A. Muñoz-Losa, S. Monti, J. Kongsted, G. D. Scholes, and B. Mennucci, J. Chem. Theory Comput., 2009 5 (7), 1838-1848). In this work, we further develop this computational model by extending it with an ab initio derived polarizable force field including...

  15. Direct heterogeneous electron transfer of theophylline oxidase

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    Christenson, Andreas; Dock, Eva; Gorton, Lo; Ruzgas, Tautgirdas

    2004-01-01

    Direct electron transfer (DET) was shown between the heme containing enzyme theophylline oxidase (ThO) and the surface of both graphite and gold electrodes. As proof on graphite a steady state current for theophylline was recorded using the electrode modified with adsorbed ThO. The electrode showed a Michaelis–Menten-like response to theophylline with a detection limit of 0.2 mM and a Michaelis–Menten constant equal to 3.2 mM. These initial results open up a possibility for the development of...

  16. Double electron transfer in H- + H+ collisions

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    Absolute cross sections for double electron transfer in H- + H+ collisions have been measured for center-of-mass energies from 0.5 keV to 12 keV. Clear oscillations in the cross section are observed which are in excellent agreement with earlier measurements at lower energies by Brouillard et al (1979) as well as Peart and Dolder (1979). After an oscillation maximum at 3 keV center-of-mass energy the cross section decreases for increasing energy with no indication of further oscillations

  17. Double electron transfer in H- + H+ collisions

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    Bräuning, H.; Helm, H.; Briggs, J. S.

    2007-11-01

    Absolute cross sections for double electron transfer in H- + H+ collisions have been measured for center-of-mass energies from 0.5 keV to 12 keV. Clear oscillations in the cross section are observed which are in excellent agreement with earlier measurements at lower energies by Brouillard et al (1979) as well as Peart and Dolder (1979). After an oscillation maximum at 3 keV center-of-mass energy the cross section decreases for increasing energy with no indication of further oscillations.

  18. 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

    2013-12-21

    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 ξ0 = ℏω0/k(B)T where ω0 is the frequency of the local mode and T is the temperature. The realization of the computational scheme is different for the high/intermediate (ξ0 hopping mechanism for electronic conduction in photosensitive organic materials is considered, based on the above techniques. The electron transfer (ET) in active centers of such systems proceeds via local intra- and intermolecular modes. The active modes, as a rule, operate beyond the kinetic regimes, which are usually postulated in the existing theories of the ET. Our alternative dynamic ET model for local modes immersed in the continuum harmonic medium is formulated for both classical and quantum regimes, and accounts explicitly for the mode∕medium interaction. The kinetics of the energy exchange between the local ET subsystem and the surrounding environment essentially determine the total ET rate. The efficient computer code for rate computations is elaborated on. The computations are available for a wide range of system parameters, such as the temperature, external field, local mode frequency, and characteristics of mode/medium interaction. The 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. PMID:24359347

  19. Mediated Electron Transfer at Redox Active Monolayers

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    Michael E.G. Lyons

    2001-12-01

    Full Text Available A theoretical model describing the transport and kinetic processes involved in heterogeneous redox catalysis of solution phase reactants at electrode surfaces coated with redox active monolayers is presented. Although the analysis presented has quite general applicability, a specific focus of the paper is concerned with the idea that redox active monolayers can be used to model an ensemble of individual molecular nanoelectrodes. Three possible rate determining steps are considered: heterogeneous electron transfer between immobilized mediator and support electrode ; bimolecular chemical reaction between redox mediator and reactant species in the solution phase, and diffusional mass transport of reactant in solution. A general expression for the steady state reaction flux is derived which is valid for any degree of reversibility of both the heterogeneous electron transfer reaction involving immobilized mediator species and of the bimolecular cross exchange reaction between immobilized mediator and solution phase reactant. The influence of reactant transport in solution is also specifically considered. Simplified analytical expressions for the net reaction flux are derived for experimentally reasonable situations and a kinetic case diagram is constructed outlining the relationships between the various approximate solutions. The theory enables simple diagnostic plots to be constructed which can be used to analyse experimental data.

  20. 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.

  1. Electronic excitation transfer in concentrated micelle solutions

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    Electronic excitation transport among interacting clusters of chromophores is investigated as a function of chromophores is investigated as a function of chromophore and cluster concentration. The technique of time-correlated single photon counting is employed to obtain time-resolved fluorescence depolarization data on aqueous octadecylrhodamine B/triton X-100 micelle solutions. The time-dependent fluorescence anisotropy, the energy transport observable, is directly compared to a theory developed to model this system. The theory is based on a first-order cumulant approximation to the solution of the transport master equation. The model depicts the micelles as monodisperse hard spheres with chromophores (octadecylrhodamine B) distributed about their surfaces. At low micelle concentration, the dynamics of excitation transfer depend only on internal micelle structure. At high micelle concentration excitation transfer occurs among chromophores on different micelles in addition to intramicelle transfer. The theoretical treatment provides nearly quantitative descriptions of the time and concentration dependence of the excitation transport. It correctly predicts the concentration at which intermicelle transfer becomes significant. In the low micelle concentration limit (energy transport confined to isolated micelles) the model having a Poisson distribution of chromophores works well for small ? ([chromophores]/[micelle]), but progressively worse as ? is increased. Following the literature, a chromophere interaction parameter (in the form of a two dimensional second virial coefficient) is used to skew the probe distribution. This enables the transport theory to reproduce the data for all the values of ? investigated and provides a determination of the second virial coefficient. 34 refs., 4 figs., 2 tabs

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  3. 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

  4. Short range photoinduced electron transfer in proteins: QM-MM simulations of tryptophan and flavin fluorescence quenching in proteins

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    Hybrid quantum mechanical-molecular mechanics (dynamics) were performed on flavin reductase (Fre) and flavodoxin reductase (Fdr), both from Escherichia coli. Each was complexed with riboflavin (Rbf) or flavin mononucleotide (FMN). During 50 ps trajectories, the relative energies of the fluorescing state (S1) of the isoalloxazine ring and the lowest charge transfer state (CT) were assessed to aid prediction of fluorescence lifetimes that are shortened due to quenching by electron transfer from tyrosine. The simulations for the four cases display a wide range in CT-S1 energy gap caused by the presence of phosphate, other charged and polar residues, water, and by intermolecular separation between donor and acceptor. This suggests that the Gibbs energy change (?G 0) and reorganization energy (?) for the electron transfer may differ in different flavoproteins

  5. Electron transfer pathways in mixed-valence paracyclophane-bridged bis-triarylamine radical cations.

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    Kaupp, Martin; Gückel, Simon; Renz, Manuel; Klawohn, Sascha; Theilacker, Kolja; Parthey, Matthias; Lambert, Christoph

    2016-01-01

    A series of paracyclophane (PC) bridged mixed-valence (MV) bis-triarylamine radical cations with different ([2.2], [3.3], [4.4]) linkers, with and without additional ethynyl spacers, have been studied by quantum-chemical calculations (BLYP35-D3/TZVP/COSMO) of ground-state structures, thermal electron-transfer barriers, hyperfine couplings, and lowest-lying excited states. Such PC-bridged MV systems are important intra-molecular model systems for inter-molecular electron transfer (ET) via ?-stacked aromatics, since they allow enforcement of a more or less well-defined geometrical arrangement. Closely comparable ET barriers and electronic couplings for all [2.2] and [3.3] bridges are found for these class-II MV systems, irrespective of the use of pseudo-para and pseudo-meta connections. While the latter observation contradicts notions of quantum interference for off-resonant conduction through molecular wires, it agrees with the less intricate nodal structures of the highest occupied molecular orbitals. The ET in such MV systems may be more closely connected with hole conduction in the resonant regime. Computations on model cations, in which the [2.2] linkers have been truncated, confirm predominant through-space ?-? electronic coupling. Systems with [4.4] PC bridges exhibit far more structural flexibility and concomitantly weaker electronic interactions between the redox centers. © 2015 Wiley Periodicals, Inc. PMID:26265245

  6. 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...

  7. Direct electron transfer based enzymatic fuel cells

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    In this mini-review we briefly describe some historical developments made in the field of enzymatic fuel cells (FCs), discussing important design considerations taken when constructing mediator-, cofactor-, and membrane-less biological FCs (BFCs). Since the topic is rather extensive, only BFCs utilizing direct electron transfer (DET) reactions on both the anodic and cathodic sides are considered. Moreover, the performance of mostly glucose/oxygen biodevices is analyzed and compared. We also present some unpublished results on mediator-, cofactor-, and membrane-less glucose/oxygen BFCs recently designed in our group and tested in different human physiological fluids, such as blood, plasma, saliva, and tears. Finally, further perspectives for BFC applications are highlighted.

  8. 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.

  9. Electron transfer processes in photosynthetics biological systems

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    This seminar presents a conceptual model of the sequence of primary light induced electron transfer (ET) steps in photosynthetic bacteria. The temperature dependence of some of these redox reactions, like ET process between cytochrome and bacteriochlorophyll in Chromatium, is characterized by a temperature-independent rate at low temperatures and exhibits the Arrhenius-type dependence at high temperatures. The other primary ET processes, like an ET reaction between bacteriopheophytin and Fe-quinone complex in Rps. spheroides, are temperature-independent in the broad range of 4-300K. The third type of ET processes, exemplified by back ET reactions between Fe-quinone and bacteriochlorophyll in Rhs. rubrum, exhibits negative activation energy at high temperatures. The theoretical approach, describing the primary ET processes in photosynthesis, is based on the non-adiabatic multiphonon ET theory, which incorporates both a continuous distribution of optical phonons in a polar solvent and discrete intramolecular vibrational modes. The last two types of the redox reactions are attributed to activationless ET processes which play an essential role in highly efficient charge separation in primary photosynthetic processes. The transition temperature, separating the tunneling region from the activated region indicates the range of phonon frequencies involved in the ET process. Comparing the low-temperature rates with calculated Franck-Condon factors one can determine the value of the electron-exchange matrix element, which in turn provides a rough estimate of the distance scale between a donor and an acceptor in the primary ET events

  10. Soliton-like Solutions and Electron Transfer in DNA

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    2000-01-01

    We consider various mechanisms of long-range electron transfer in DNAwhich enable us to explain recent controversial experiments. We show thatcontinuous super-exchange theory can explain the values of electron rateconstants in short fragments of DNA. The soliton-type electron transfer inlong segments of DNA is also dealt with.

  11. Electronic and Nuclear Factors in Charge and Excitation Transfer

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    Piotr Piotrowiak

    2004-09-28

    We report the and/or state of several subprojects of our DOE sponsored research on Electronic and Nuclear Factors in Electron and Excitation Transfer: (1) Construction of an ultrafast Ti:sapphire amplifier. (2) Mediation of electronic interactions in host-guest molecules. (3) Theoretical models of electrolytes in weakly polar media. (4) Symmetry effects in intramolecular excitation transfer.

  12. Photoreduction of polyhalogenated anthraquinones by direct electron transfer from alcohol

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    Inoue, Haruo; Ikeda, Kenji; Mihara, Hayao; Hida, Mitsuhiko

    1983-02-01

    Polyhalogenated anthraquinones such as perfluoroanthraquinone, 1,2,3,4-tetrafluoroanthraquinone, and 1,2,3,4-tetrachloroanthraquinone are photoreduced in ethanol via direct electron transfer from ethanol. A dramatic switch-over from hydrogen-atom abstraction to electron transfer is induced by mixing of?? with n? * states in their T 1 state and the enhanced electron-accepting character of polyhalogenated anthraquinones.

  13. Theoretical aspects of electron transfer reactions of complex molecules

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    Kuznetsov, A. M.; Ulstrup, Jens

    Features of electron transfer involving complex molecules are discussed. This notion presently refers to molecular reactants where charge transfer is accompanied by large molecular reorganization, and commonly used displaced harmonic oscillator models do not apply. It is shown that comprehensive...

  14. Electron transfer patterns of the di-heme protein cytochrome c(4) from Pseudomonas stutzeri

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    Raffalt, Anders Christer; Schmidt, L.

    2009-01-01

    We report kinetic data for the two-step electron transfer (ET) oxidation and reduction of the two-domain di-heme redox protein Pseudomonas stutzeri cytochrome (cyt) c(4) by [Co(bipy)(3)](2- 3-) (bipy = 2,2'-bipyridine). Following earlier reports, the data accord with both bi- and tri-exponential kinetics. A complete kinetic scheme includes both "cooperative" intermolecular ET between each heme group and the external reaction partner, and intramolecular ET between the two heme groups. A now data analysis scheme shows unequivocally that two-ET oxidation and reduction of P. stutzeri cyt c(4) is entirely dominated by intermolecular ET between the heme groups and the external reaction partner in the ms time range, with virtually no contribution from intramolecular interheme ET in this time range. This is in striking contrast to two-ET electrochemical oxidation or reduction of P. stutzeri cyt c(4) for which fast, ms to sub-ms intramolecular interheme ET is a crucial step. The rate constant dependence on the solventviscosity has disclosed strong coupling to both a (set of) frictionally damped solvent/protein nuclear modes and intramolecular friction-less "ballistic" modes, indicative of notable protein structural mobility in the overall two-ET process. We suggest that conformational protein mobility blocks intramolecular interheme ET in bulk homogeneous solution but triggers opening of this gated ET channel in the electrochemical environment or in the membrane environment of natural respiratory cyt c(4) function.

  15. Intermolecular spectroscopy of gases

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    Spectroscopic techniques have been very successfully applied to the study of individual molecules. The same techniques can also be used to investigate intermolecular interactions. Collision-induced absorption (CIA) and collision-induced light scattering (CILS) are important examples of intermolecular interactions. These effects can be described by the dynamical information contained in the general intermolecular correlation functions. One of the aims of this review is to stress the central role of these correlation functions in the field of intermolecular spectroscopy. Because they have a well-defined physical meaning, they are very suitable for the purpose of introducing new physical approximations, particularly in the case of liquids. Some aspects of the theory of CIA will be discussed, mainly as applied to gases. References to similar situations in CILS will occasionally be made, but no comprehensive review will be attempted. One of the basic quantities in CIA is the absorption coefficient. The question is investigated wether it can be expanded in powers of the density. Finally, the moments of the spectrum, interference effects and line shapes are discussed. (KBE)

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

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    PravinMallaShrestha; Amelia-ElenaRotaru

    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 whi...

  17. Disorder and intermolecular interactions in a family of tetranuclear Ni(II) complexes probed by high-frequency electron paramagnetic resonance.

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    Lawrence, Jon; Yang, En-Che; Edwards, Rachel; Olmstead, Marilyn M; Ramsey, Chris; Dalal, Naresh S; Gantzel, Peter K; Hill, Stephen; Hendrickson, David N

    2008-03-17

    High-frequency electron paramagnetic resonance (HFEPR) data are presented for four closely related tetranuclear Ni(II) complexes, [Ni(hmp)(MeOH)Cl]4.H2O (1a), [Ni(hmp)(MeOH)Br]4.H2O (1b), [Ni(hmp)(EtOH)Cl]4.H2O (2), and [Ni(hmp)(dmb)Cl]4 (3) (where hmp(-) is the anion of 2-hydroxymethylpyridine and dmb is 3,3'-dimethyl-1-butanol), which exhibit magnetic bistability (hysteresis) and fast magnetization tunneling at low temperatures, properties which suggest they are single-molecule magnets (SMMs). The HFEPR spectra confirm spin S = 4 ground states and dominant uniaxial anisotropy (DSz(2), D ZFS) parameters. The broad EPR lines, meanwhile, may be attributed to ligand and solvent disorder, which results in additional distributions of microenvironments. In the case of complex 3, there are no solvate molecules in the structure, and only one distinct Ni 4 molecule in the lattice. Consequently, the HFEPR data for complex 3 are extremely sharp. As the temperature of a crystal of complex 3 is decreased, the HFEPR spectrum splits abruptly at approximately 46 K into two patterns with very slightly different ZFS parameters. Heat capacity data suggest that this is caused by a structural transition at 46.6 K. A single-crystal X-ray structure at 12(2) K indicates large thermal parameters on the terminal methyl groups of the dmb (3,3-dimethyl-1-butanol) ligand. Most likely there exists dynamic disorder of parts of the dmb ligand above 46.6 K; an order-disorder structural phase transition at 46.6 K then removes some of the motion. A further decrease in temperature (<6 K) leads to further fine structure splittings for complex 3. This behavior is thought to be due to the onset of short-range magnetic correlations/coherences between molecules caused by weak intermolecular magnetic exchange interactions. PMID:18284196

  18. Electron transfer reactions of metal complexes in solution

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    A few representative electron-transfer reactions are selected and their kinetic parameters compared with the predictions of activated complex models. Since Taube has presented an elegant treatment of intramolecular electron-transfer reactions, emphasis is on bimolecular reactions. The latter electron-transfer reactions are more complicated to treat theoretically since the geometries of their activated complexes are not as well known as for the intramolecular case. In addition in biomolecular reactions, the work required to bring the two reactants together needs to be calculated. Since both reactants generally carry charges this presents a non-trivial problem at the ionic strengths usually used to study bimolecular electron transfer

  19. Oxide/Electrolyte interface: Electron transfer phenomena

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    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.

  20. Proton coupled electron transfer tunneling reactions in WO3 and MoO3 nanostructured films

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    Gavrilyuk, A. I.

    2007-12-01

    WO3 and MoO3 are famous hydrogenphilics, hydrogen loving materials, capable of performing various functions concerning atomic hydrogen. They are active catalysts in photochemical reactions connected with detachment of hydrogen atoms, being, at the same time, capable of accomodating great quantities of the detached hydrogen atoms, and transporting them to other functional materials via employment of various heterostructures. It was shown that tunneling proton-coupled electron transfer is the mechanism of the photochemical hydrogen abstraction reaction on the surface of highly disordered nanostructured WO3 and MoO3 thin films. Specially selected hydrogen donor molecules were adsorbed on the oxide surface bonding via donor-acceptor and hydrogen bonds which yield a decrease in the energy barrier for the hydrogen transfer from the adsorbed hydrogen donor molecule to the oxide surface. The very rough and heterogeneous film surface yields space fluctuations of the energy barrier parameters whereas intermolecular vibrations yield time fluctuations; the fluctuative barrier preparation being responsible for the tunneling photo-stimulated proton-coupled electron transfer.

  1. 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, ...

  2. 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

  3. Activation entropy of electron transfer reactions

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    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 continuum models is not supported by the microscopic theory. Also, the reorganization and overall solvation entropies are substantially larger in the microscopic theory compared to continuum models

  4. Activation entropy of electron transfer reactions

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

    2006-05-01

    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 continuum models is not supported by the microscopic theory. Also, the reorganization and overall solvation entropies are substantially larger in the microscopic theory compared to continuum models.

  5. 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.

  6. Photoinduced electron transfer reaction in diaminostilbene-tethered DNA duplexes.

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    Ito, Takeo; Hayashi, Aiko; Uchida, Tsukasa; Tanabe, Kazuhito; Yamada, Hisatsugu; Nishimoto, Sei-Ichi

    2009-01-01

    DNA duplexes containing diaminostilbene (DAS) as a photoinduced electron donor were synthesized to investigate mechanisms of electron injection into DNA and the succeeding electron transfer in the duplexes. DAS-Capped hairpin DNA showed a high structural stability thereby attains large interaction between DAS and the terminal base pair. DAS-Tethered DNA by a single linker at the end of the duplex was also synthesized and the yields of photoinduced electron transfer through mismatched base pairs were quantified. Both duplexes showed similar electron transfer efficiencies depending on the base pairs, which suggests DAS stacks well on the "pi-way" of the duplex DNA. PMID:19749330

  7. Intramolecular electron transfer on the vibrational timescale in mixed valence ruthenium clusters

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    The thermodynamic stability of the mixed valence (one electron reduced) state between linked Ru3 units was studied by means of electrochemical methods for the series of the ligand-bridged triruthenium cluster dimer, [Ru3(?3-O)(?-CH3CO2)6(CO)(L)(?-BL)Ru3(?3-O)(?-CH3CO2)6(CO)(L)] (BL = 1,4 pyrazine: L = 4-dimethylaminopyridine (dmap) (1a), pyridine (py) (1b), 4-cyanopyridine (cpy) (1c), 1-azabicyclo[2.2.2]octane (1d); BL = 4,4'-bipyridine: L= dmap (2a), py(2b), cpy (2c); BL 2,7-diazapyrene; L = dmap (3a); BL = 1,4-diazabicyclo[2.2.2]octane: L = dmap (4a), py(4b), cpy (4c). The mixed valence states undergoing rapid intermolecular electron transfers were observed by IR spectro-electrochemistry. By simulating dynamical effects on the observed ?(CO) absorption band shapes, the rate constants ke for electron transfer in the mixed valence states of 1a, 1b, 1c and 1d were estimated to be 9x1011 s-1 (at room temperature (rt)), 5x1011 s-1 (at rt), ca. 1x1011 s-1 (at rt), and 1x1012 s-1 (at -18 oC), respectively. Possible applications of this approach to asymmetric mixed valence systems were discussed. (author)

  8. Adrenodoxin reductase-adrenodoxin complex structure suggests electron transfer path in steroid biosynthesis.

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    Müller, J J; Lapko, A; Bourenkov, G; Ruckpaul, K; Heinemann, U

    2001-01-26

    The steroid hydroxylating system of adrenal cortex mitochondria consists of the membrane-attached NADPH-dependent adrenodoxin reductase (AR), the soluble one-electron transport protein adrenodoxin (Adx), and a membrane-integrated cytochrome P450 of the CYP11 family. In the 2.3-A resolution crystal structure of the Adx.AR complex, 580 A(2) of partly polar surface are buried. Main interaction sites are centered around Asp(79), Asp(76), Asp(72), and Asp(39) of Adx and around Arg(211), Arg(240), Arg(244), and Lys(27) of AR, respectively. In particular, the region around Asp(39) defines a new protein interaction site for Adx, similar to those found in plant and bacterial ferredoxins. Additional contacts involve the electron transfer region between the redox centers of AR and Adx and C-terminal residues of Adx. The Adx residues Asp(113) to Arg(115) adopt 3(10)-helical conformation and engage in loose intermolecular contacts within a deep cleft of AR. Complex formation is accompanied by a slight domain rearrangement in AR. The [2Fe-2S] cluster of Adx and the isoalloxazine rings of FAD of AR are 10 A apart suggesting a possible electron transfer route between these redox centers. The AR.Adx complex represents the first structure of a biologically relevant complex between a ferredoxin and its reductase. PMID:11053423

  9. 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.

  10. Electromagnetically induced electron transfer between quantum dots via conduction band

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    The Stark-like mechanism of electron transfer between quantum dots under the influence of electromagnetic field is considered. Analytical estimations and numerical simulation results clarifying the special role of conduction band are adduced. Two-photon mechanism of electron transfer between quantum dots via conduction band is suggested

  11. Electron transfer in organic glass. Distance and energy dependence

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    The authors have investigated the distance and energy dependence of electron transfer in rigid organic glasses containing randomly dispersed electron donor and electron acceptor molecules. Pulsed radiolysis by an electron beam from a linear accelerator was used for ionization resulting in charge deposition on donor molecules. The disappearance kinetics of donor radical anions due to electron transfer to acceptor was monitored spectroscopically by the change in optical density at the wavelength corresponding to that of donor radical anion absorbance. It was found that the rate of the electron transfer observed experimentally was higher than that computed using the Marcus-Levich theory assuming that the electron-transfer activation barrier is equal to the binding energy of electron on the donor molecule. This discrepancy between the experimental and computed results suggests that the open-quotes inertclose quotes media in which electron-transfer reaction takes place may be participating in the process, resulting in experimentally observed higher electron-transfer rates. 32 refs., 3 figs., 2 tabs

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    Discusses new information forms that promise to force changes in the information transfer process which is based on the organization, storage, and distribution of edition printed products. Roles of authors, publishers, jobbers, librarians, and users in the information transfer process are highlighted. (EJS)

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  16. A Simple Marcus-Theory Type Model for Hydrogen Atom Transfer/Proton-Coupled Electron Transfer

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    MAYER, JAMES M.

    2011-01-01

    Hydrogen atom transfer reactions are the simplest class of proton-coupled electron transfer (PCET) processes. These reactions involve transfer of one electron and one proton from one reagent to another, in the same kinetic step: XH + Y ? X + HY. A predictive model for these reactions based on the Marcus cross relation is described. The model predicts rate constants within one or two orders of magnitude in most cases, over a very wide range of reactants and solvents. This remarkable result imp...

  17. A molecular shift register based on electron transfer.

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    Hopfield, J J; Onuchic, J N; Beratan, D N

    1988-08-12

    An electronic shift-register memory at the molecular level is described. The memory elements are based on a chain of electron-transfer molecules and the information is shifted by photoinduced electron-transfer reactions. This device integrates designed electronic molecules onto a very large scale integrated (silicon microelectronic) substrate, providing an example of a "molecular electronic device" that could actually be made. The design requirements for such a device and possible synthetic strategies are discussed. Devices along these lines should have lower energy usage and enhanced storage density. PMID:17829175

  18. Electron Transfer Rate Maxima at Large Donor-Acceptor Distances.

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    Kuss-Petermann, Martin; Wenger, Oliver S

    2016-02-01

    Because of their low mass, electrons can transfer rapidly over long (>15 Å) distances, but usually reaction rates decrease with increasing donor-acceptor distance. We report here on electron transfer rate maxima at donor-acceptor separations of 30.6 Å, observed for thermal electron transfer between an anthraquinone radical anion and a triarylamine radical cation in three homologous series of rigid-rod-like donor-photosensitizer-acceptor triads with p-xylene bridges. Our experimental observations can be explained by a weak distance dependence of electronic donor-acceptor coupling combined with a strong increase of the (outer-sphere) reorganization energy with increasing distance, as predicted by electron transfer theory more than 30 years ago. The observed effect has important consequences for light-to-chemical energy conversion. PMID:26800279

  19. Golden rule kinetics of transfer reactions in condensed phase: The microscopic model of electron transfer reactions in disordered solid matrices

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    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 0? 1) temperature ranges. For the first (quasi-classical) kinetic regime, the Redfield approximation to the solution of the relaxation equation proved to be sufficient and efficient in practical applications. The study of the essentially quantum-mechanical low-temperature kinetic regime in its asymptotic limit requires the implementation of the exact relaxation equation. The coherent mechanism providing a non-vanishing reaction rate has been revealed when T? 0. An accurate computational methodology for the cross-over kinetic regime needs a further elaboration. The original model of the hopping mechanism for electronic conduction in photosensitive organic materials is considered, based on the above techniques. The electron transfer (ET) in active centers of such systems proceeds via local intra- and intermolecular modes. The active modes, as a rule, operate beyond the kinetic regimes, which are usually postulated in the existing theories of the ET. Our alternative dynamic ET model for local modes immersed in the continuum harmonic medium is formulated for both classical and quantum regimes, and accounts explicitly for the mode/medium interaction. The kinetics of the energy exchange between the local ET subsystem and the surrounding environment essentially determine the total ET rate. The efficient computer code for rate computations is elaborated on. The computations are available for a wide range of system parameters, such as the temperature, external field, local mode frequency, and characteristics of mode/medium interaction. The 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

  20. Electron transfer in SmHfCo alloys

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    The rare-earth electron-transfer concept in the rare-earth--transition-metal compounds was evaluated for the binary compounds Sm2Co17 and Sm1Co5 from published data. The cobalt moment was found to be consistent with a two-transferred-electron rigid-band model. These results were verified by saturation magnetization measurements on the mixed-valence pseudobinary Sm/sub 2(1-x)/Hf/sub 2x/Co17 alloys where the moment per cobalt atom was consistent with a tetravalent-hafnium divalent-samarium electron-transfer mechanism

  1. Intermolecular electrostatic energies using density fitting.

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    Cisneros, G Andrés; Piquemal, Jean-Philip; Darden, Thomas A

    2005-07-22

    A method is presented to calculate the electron-electron and nuclear-electron intermolecular Coulomb interaction energy between two molecules by separately fitting the unperturbed molecular electron density of each monomer. This method is based on the variational Coulomb fitting method which relies on the expansion of the ab initio molecular electron density in site-centered auxiliary basis sets. By expanding the electron density of each monomer in this way the integral expressions for the intermolecular electrostatic calculations are simplified, lowering the operation count as well as the memory usage. Furthermore, this method allows the calculation of intermolecular Coulomb interactions with any level of theory from which a one-electron density matrix can be obtained. Our implementation is initially tested by calculating molecular properties with the density fitting method using three different auxiliary basis sets and comparing them to results obtained from ab initio calculations. These properties include dipoles for a series of molecules, as well as the molecular electrostatic potential and electric field for water. Subsequently, the intermolecular electrostatic energy is tested by calculating ten stationary points on the water dimer potential-energy surface. Results are presented for electron densities obtained at four different levels of theory using two different basis sets, fitted with three auxiliary basis sets. Additionally, a one-dimensional electrostatic energy surface scan is performed for four different systems (H2O dimer, Mg2+-H2O, Cu+-H2O, and n-methyl-formamide dimer). Our results show a very good agreement with ab initio calculations for all properties as well as interaction energies. PMID:16095348

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

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    Discotic liquid crystalline (DLC) charge transfer (CT) complexes combine visible light absorption and rapid charge transfer characteristics, 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 ground state of the complex: a charge delocalization of about 10?2 electron from the HAT6 core to TNF is deduced from both Raman and our previous NMR measurements [L. A. Haverkate, M. Zbiri, M. R. Johnson, B. Deme, H. J. M. de Groot, F. Lefeber, A. Kotlewski, S. J. Picken, F. M. Mulder, and G. J. Kearley, J. Phys. Chem. B 116, 13098 (2012)], 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 visible region the excited CT-band of the complex is also indicated, which likely involves motions of the TNF nitro groups. The fast quinoidal relaxation process in the hot UV band of HAT6 relates to pseudo-Jahn-Teller interactions in a single benzene unit, suggesting that the underlying vibronic coupling mechanism can be generic for polyaromatic hydrocarbons. Both the presence of ground state CT dipoles and relatively slow relaxation processes in the excited CT band can be relevant concerning the design of DLC based organic PV systems

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

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    Haverkate, Lucas A.; Mulder, Fokko M. [Reactor Institute Delft, Faculty of Applied Sciences, Delft University of Technology, Mekelweg 15, 2629JB Delft (Netherlands); Zbiri, Mohamed, E-mail: zbiri@ill.fr; Johnson, Mark R. [Institut Laue Langevin, 38042 Grenoble Cedex 9 (France); Carter, Elizabeth [Vibrational Spectroscopy Facility, School of Chemistry, The University of Sydney, NSW 2008 (Australia); Kotlewski, Arek; Picken, S. [ChemE-NSM, Faculty of Chemistry, Delft University of Technology, 2628BL/136 Delft (Netherlands); Kearley, Gordon J. [Bragg Institute, Australian Nuclear Science and Technology Organisation, Menai, NSW 2234 (Australia)

    2014-01-07

    Discotic liquid crystalline (DLC) charge transfer (CT) complexes combine visible light absorption and rapid charge transfer characteristics, 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 ground state of the complex: a charge delocalization of about 10{sup ?2} electron from the HAT6 core to TNF is deduced from both Raman and our previous NMR measurements [L. A. Haverkate, M. Zbiri, M. R. Johnson, B. Deme, H. J. M. de Groot, F. Lefeber, A. Kotlewski, S. J. Picken, F. M. Mulder, and G. J. Kearley, J. Phys. Chem. B 116, 13098 (2012)], 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 visible region the excited CT-band of the complex is also indicated, which likely involves motions of the TNF nitro groups. The fast quinoidal relaxation process in the hot UV band of HAT6 relates to pseudo-Jahn-Teller interactions in a single benzene unit, suggesting that the underlying vibronic coupling mechanism can be generic for polyaromatic hydrocarbons. Both the presence of ground state CT dipoles and relatively slow relaxation processes in the excited CT band can be relevant concerning the design of DLC based organic PV systems.

  4. Proton-transfer mediated enhancement of nonlocal electronic relaxation processes in X-ray irradiated liquid water.

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    Slaví?ek, Petr; Winter, Bernd; Cederbaum, Lorenz S; Kryzhevoi, Nikolai V

    2014-12-31

    We have simulated the oxygen 1s Auger-electron spectra of normal and heavy liquid water using ab initio and quantum dynamical methods. The computed spectra are analyzed and compared to recently reported experimental data. The electronic relaxation in liquid water exposed to ionizing X-ray radiation is shown to be far more diverse and complex than anticipated and extremely different than for an isolated water molecule. A core-level ionized water molecule in the liquid phase, in addition to a local Auger process, relaxes through nonlocal energy and charge transfer, such as intermolecular Coulombic decay and electron-transfer mediated decay (ETMD). We evaluate the relative efficiencies for these three classes of relaxation processes. The quantitative estimates for the relative efficiencies of different electronic decay modes help determine yields of various reactive species produced by ionizing X-rays. The ETMD processes which are considered here for the first time in the core-level regime are found to have a surprisingly high efficiency. Importantly, we find that all nonlocal electronic relaxation processes are significantly enhanced by ultrafast proton transfer between the core-ionized water and neighboring molecules. PMID:25493917

  5. A tubular view of electron transfer in azurin

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    A new theoretical approach emphasizes tubes (tightly grouped families of pathways) for electron transfer and looks for interaction between these families rather than focussing on individual paths. in some cases, for a given donor D and acceptor A, the electron transfer can be thought of as pathway-like wherein the protein bridge can be physically reduced to a tube without changing the overall coupling. In other cases, the transfer is characterized by multiple tubes which can interfere with one another, and a single path assumption will fail to identify all of the structural elements which control the coupling. Reducing the protein to only the relevant parts (tubes) that mediate the tunneling matrix element is a useful tool for understanding electron transfer in biological medium. An example is carried out on blue copper protein azurin that plays an important role as an electron carrier in biological systems. (N.T.)

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

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

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    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

  7. 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.

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    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: 2.379, year: 2014

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  9. Theory of interrelated electron and proton transfer processes

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    Kuznetsov, A.M.; Ulstrup, Jens

    2003-01-01

    A simple theory of elementary act of interrelated reactions of electron and proton transfer is developed. Mechanisms of synchronous and multistage transfer and coherent transitions via a dynamically populated intermediate state are discussed. Formulas for rate constants of adiabatic and nonadiabatic reactions are derived.

  10. Transcriptomic and genetic analysis of direct interspecies electron transfer

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    Shrestha, Pravin Malla; Rotaru, Amelia-Elena; Summers, Zarath M; Shrestha, Minita; Liu, Fanghua; Lovley, Derek R

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    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...

  11. 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

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    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...

  12. Laser pulse control of bridge mediated heterogeneous electron transfer

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    Ultrafast heterogeneous electron transfer from surface attached dye molecules into semiconductor band states is analyzed. The focus is on systems where the dye is separated from the surface by different bridge anchor groups. To simulate the full quantum dynamics of the transfer process a model of reduced dimensionality is used. It comprises the electronic levels of the dye, the bridge anchor group electronic levels and the continuum of semiconductor band states, all defined versus a single intramolecular vibrational coordinate. The effect of the bridge states is demonstrated, firstly, in studying the injection dynamics following an impulsive excitation of the dye. Then, by discussing different control tasks it is demonstrate in which way the charge injection process can be influenced by tailored laser pulses. To highlight the importance of electron wave function interference emphasis is put on asymmetric two-bridge molecule systems which are also characterized by different and complex valued electronic transfer matrix elements.

  13. 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

  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

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  17. Electron transfer reactions in microporous solids

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    1993-01-01

    Basic thrust the research program involves use of microporous solids (zeolites, clays, layered and tunnel structure oxide semiconductors) as organizing media for artificial photosynthetic systems. Purpose of the microporous solid is twofold. First, it induces spatial organization of photoactive and electroactive components (sensitizers, semiconductor particles, electron relays, and catalysts) at the solid-solution interface, enhancing the quantum efficiency of charge separation and separating physically the ultimate electron donor and acceptor in the electron transport chain. Second, since the microcrystalline solid admits only molecules of a certain charge and size, it is possible to achieve permanent charge separation by sieving chemical photoproducts (e.g., H[sub 2] and I[sub 3][sup [minus

  18. Electron and proton transfer in chemistry and biology

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    This book constitutes the proceedings of an international meeting held in September 19-21, 1990, at Zentrum fuer Interdisziplinaere Forschung, Universitaet Bielefeld, Germany. It describes various aspects of electron and proton transfer in chemistry and biology. The book starts with a survey of physiochemical principles of electron transfer in the gas and the solid phase, with thermodynamic and photochemical driving force. Inner and outer sphere mechanisms and the coupling of electron transfer to nuclear rearrangements are reviewed. These principles are applied to construct artificial photosynthesis. This leads to biological electron transfer involving proteins with transition metal and/or organic redox centres. The tuning of the free energy profile on the reaction trajectory through the protein by single amino acids or by the larger ensemble that determines the electrostatic properties of the reaction path is one major issue. Another one is the transformation of one-electron to paired-electron steps with protection against hazardous radical intermediates. The diversity of electron transport systems is represented in some chapters with emphasis on photosynthesis, respiration and nitrogenases. In photosynthesis of green plants light driven vectorial electron transfer is coupled to protolytic reactions, with about one quarter of the useful work derived from light quanta utilized for proton pumping across a coupling membrane. That is where the interchange of electrochemical (Dm) and chemical (ATP) forms of free energy storage and transfer in cellular energetics starts. The proton is distinguished from other reactants by an extremely small diameter and the ability of tunneling at reasonable rates. This is the basis for particular polarization, solvent and isotope effects as well as for hydrogen-bonded networks that are suited to long-range proton-transfer. (author). refs.; figs.; tabs

  19. Desensitization of metastable intermolecular composites

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    Busse, James R. (South Fork, CO); Dye, Robert C. (Los Alamos, NM); Foley, Timothy J. (Los Alamos, NM); Higa, Kelvin T. (Ridgecrest, CA); Jorgensen, Betty S. (Jemez Springs, NM); Sanders, Victor E. (White Rock, NM); Son, Steven F. (Los Alamos, NM)

    2011-04-26

    A method to substantially desensitize a metastable intermolecular composite material to electrostatic discharge and friction comprising mixing the composite material with an organic diluent and removing enough organic diluent from the mixture to form a mixture with a substantially putty-like consistency, as well as a concomitant method of recovering the metastable intermolecular composite material.

  20. Direct simulation of electron transfer reactions in DNA radical cations.

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    Steinbrecher, Thomas; Koslowski, Thorsten; Case, David A

    2008-12-25

    The electron transfer properties of DNA radical cations are important in DNA damage and repair processes. Fast long-range charge transfer has been demonstrated experimentally, but the subtle influences that experimental conditions as well as DNA sequences and geometries have on the details of electron transfer parameters are still poorly understood. In this work, we employ an atomistic QM/MM approach, based on a one-electron tight binding Hamiltonian and a classical molecular mechanics forcefield, to conduct nanosecond length MD simulations of electron holes in DNA oligomers. Multiple spontaneous electron transfer events were observed in 100 ns simulations with neighboring adenine or guanine bases. Marcus parameters of charge transfer could be extracted directly from the simulations. The reorganization energy lambda for hopping between neighboring bases was found to be ca. 25 kcal/mol and charge transfer rates of 4.1 x 10(9) s(-1) for AA hopping and 1.3 x 10(9) s(-1) for GG hopping were obtained. PMID:19049302

  1. Electron transfer rates and equilibrium within cytochrome c oxidase

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    Farver, O; Einarsdóttir, O; Pecht, I

    2000-01-01

    Intramolecular electron transfer (ET) between the CuA center and heme a in bovine cytochrome c oxidase was investigated by pulse radiolysis. CuA, the initial electron acceptor, was reduced by 1-methyl nicotinamide radicals in a diffusion-controlled reaction, as monitored by absorption changes at...

  2. Electron transfer in the Hf1Co6 magnetic alloy

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    The cobalt atomic magnetic moment in Hf1Co6 was determined from the measured saturation magnetization and compared with predictions of an electron transfer model. Good agreement was found when hafnium contributes only two of its four valence electrons to the empty states in the minority spin band of cobalt

  3. 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.

  4. Lewis Acid Coupled Electron Transfer of Metal-Oxygen Intermediates.

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    Fukuzumi, Shunichi; Ohkubo, Kei; Lee, Yong-Min; Nam, Wonwoo

    2015-12-01

    Redox-inactive metal ions and Brønsted acids that function as Lewis acids play pivotal roles in modulating the redox reactivity of metal-oxygen intermediates, such as metal-oxo and metal-peroxo complexes. The mechanisms of the oxidative C?H bond cleavage of toluene derivatives, sulfoxidation of thioanisole derivatives, and epoxidation of styrene derivatives by mononuclear nonheme iron(IV)-oxo complexes in the presence of triflic acid (HOTf) and Sc(OTf)3 have been unified as rate-determining electron transfer coupled with binding of Lewis acids (HOTf and Sc(OTf)3 ) by iron(III)-oxo complexes. All logarithms of the observed second-order rate constants of Lewis acid-promoted oxidative C?H bond cleavage, sulfoxidation, and epoxidation reactions of iron(IV)-oxo complexes exhibit remarkably unified correlations with the driving forces of proton-coupled electron transfer (PCET) and metal ion-coupled electron transfer (MCET) in light of the Marcus theory of electron transfer when the differences in the formation constants of precursor complexes were taken into account. The binding of HOTf and Sc(OTf)3 to the metal-oxo moiety has been confirmed for Mn(IV) -oxo complexes. The enhancement of the electron-transfer reactivity of metal-oxo complexes by binding of Lewis acids increases with increasing the Lewis acidity of redox-inactive metal ions. Metal ions can also bind to mononuclear nonheme iron(III)-peroxo complexes, resulting in acceleration of the electron-transfer reduction but deceleration of the electron-transfer oxidation. Such a control on the reactivity of metal-oxygen intermediates by binding of Lewis acids provides valuable insight into the role of Ca(2+) in the oxidation of water to dioxygen by the oxygen-evolving complex in photosystem?II. PMID:26404482

  5. 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

  6. 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

  7. Theory of electron transfer in ion-atom collisions

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    Current development of the theory of electron transfer in ion-atom collisions is summarized. Preliminary results indicate that K-K capture cross sections at lower energies are sensitive to the proper treatment of the atomic model. It was shown that electron capture from outer shells of multielectron atoms can be calculated using the present method, in conjunction with the simple independent electron model. Some recent research is summarized. 8 references

  8. Effect of electronic and nuclear factors on the dynamics of dye-to-semiconductor electron transfer

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    2006-01-01

    Dye-to-semiconductor electron transfer is the initial step in many processes where light is used for the storage of information (e. g. color photography) or converted into electricity as in dye-sensitized solar cells. In the latter, interfacial charge injection occurs on a timescale spanning from tens of femtoseconds (10-15 s) to several picoseconds (10-12 s), with an efficiency approaching 100 %. In standard electron transfer theory, the parameters controlling charge transfer dynamics are di...

  9. Correlated ab initio investigations on the intermolecular and intramolecular potential energy surfaces in the ground electronic state of the O2(-)(X2?g)-HF(X1?+) complex.

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    Fawzy, Wafaa M; Elsayed, Mahmoud; Zhang, Yuchen

    2013-01-01

    This work reports the first highly correlated ab initio study of the intermolecular and intramolecular potential energy surfaces in the ground electronic state of the O(2)(-)(X(2)?(g))-HF(X(1)?(+)) complex. Accurate electronic structure calculations were performed using the coupled cluster method including single and double excitations with addition of the perturbative triples correction [CCSD(T)] with the Dunning's correlation consistent basis sets aug-cc-pVnZ, n = 2-5. Also, the explicitly correlated CCSD(T)-F12a level of theory was employed with the AVnZ basis as well as the Peterson and co-workers VnZ-F12 basis sets with n = 2 and 3. Results of all levels of calculations predicted two equivalent minimum energy structures of planar geometry and C(s) symmetry along the A" surface of the complex, whereas the A' surface is repulsive. Values of the geometrical parameters and the counterpoise corrected dissociation energies (Cp-D(e)) that were calculated using the CCSD(T)-F12a/VnZ-F12 level of theory are in excellent agreement with those obtained from the CCSD(T)/aug-cc-pV5Z calculations. The minimum energy structure is characterized by a very short hydrogen bond of length of 1.328 Å, with elongation of the HF bond distance in the complex by 0.133 Å, and D(e) value of 32.313 Kcal/mol. Mulliken atomic charges showed that 65% of the negative charge is localized on the hydrogen bonded end of the superoxide radical and the HF unit becomes considerably polarized in the complex. These results suggest that the hydrogen bond is an incipient ionic bond. Exploration of the potential energy surface confirmed the identified minimum and provided support for vibrationally induced intramolecular proton transfer within the complex. The T-shaped geometry that possesses C(2v) symmetry presents a saddle point on the top of the barrier to the in-plane bending of the hydrogen above and below the axis that connects centers of masses of the monomers. The height of this barrier is 7.257 Kcal/mol, which is higher in energy than the hydrogen bending frequency by 909.2 cm(-1). The calculated harmonic oscillator vibrational frequencies showed that the H-F stretch vibrational transition in the complex is redshifted by 2564 cm(-1) and gained significant intensity (by at least a factor of 30) with respect to the transition in the HF monomer. These results make the O(2)(-)-HF complex an excellent prototype for infrared spectroscopic investigations on open-shell complexes with vibrationally induced proton transfer. PMID:23298038

  10. Electron transfer from nucleobase electron adducts to 5-bromouracil: a radiation chemical study

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    Electron transfer to 5-bromouracil from their nucleobase electron adducts and their protonated forms has been studied by product analysis. When an electron is transferred to 5-bromouracil, the ensuing 5-bromouracil radical anion rapidly loses a bromide ion. The uracilyl radical thus formed reacts with added t-butanol, yielding uracil. From the uracil yields measured as a function of (N)/(5-BrU) after ?-radiolysis of Ar-saturated solutions it is concluded that the hetero atom protonated forms transfer electron quantitatively to 5-bromouracil. (author). 3 refs., 1 fig

  11. Electronic Mechanisms of Intra and Intermolecular J Couplings in Systems with C-H···O Interactions

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    2003-04-01

    Full Text Available Abstract: Correlation effects on the change of 1J(CH couplings in model systems I:NCH...H2O and II:CH4...H2O as a function of the H...O distance are discussed. RPA and SOPPA results follow a similar trend in system II. In system I RPA values decrease monotonously as the H...O distance decreases, while SOPPA ones exhibit flat maximum near equilibrium. Such different behavior is ascribed to the π-transmitted component. Intermolecular couplings at the equilibrium geometry of I are analyzed by means of the CLOPPA approach. The larger absolute value of 2hJ(CO compared to 1hJ(HO is found to arise from contributions involving a vacant LMO localized in the C-H...O moiety.

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

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    2014-05-01

    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.

  13. 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

  14. 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.

  15. Nanoantioxidant-driven plasmon enhanced proton-coupled electron transfer

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    Sotiriou, Georgios A.; Blattmann, Christoph O.; Deligiannakis, Yiannis

    2015-12-01

    Proton-coupled electron transfer (PCET) reactions involve the transfer of a proton and an electron and play an important role in a number of chemical and biological processes. Here, we describe a novel phenomenon, plasmon-enhanced PCET, which is manifested using SiO2-coated Ag nanoparticles functionalized with gallic acid (GA), a natural antioxidant molecule that can perform PCET. These GA-functionalized nanoparticles show enhanced plasmonic response at near-IR wavelengths, due to particle agglomeration caused by the GA molecules. Near-IR laser irradiation induces strong local hot-spots on the SiO2-coated Ag nanoparticles, as evidenced by surface enhanced Raman scattering (SERS). This leads to plasmon energy transfer to the grafted GA molecules that lowers the GA-OH bond dissociation enthalpy by at least 2 kcal mol-1 and therefore facilitates PCET. The nanoparticle-driven plasmon-enhancement of PCET brings together the so far unrelated research domains of nanoplasmonics and electron/proton translocation with significant impact on applications based on interfacial electron/proton transfer.Proton-coupled electron transfer (PCET) reactions involve the transfer of a proton and an electron and play an important role in a number of chemical and biological processes. Here, we describe a novel phenomenon, plasmon-enhanced PCET, which is manifested using SiO2-coated Ag nanoparticles functionalized with gallic acid (GA), a natural antioxidant molecule that can perform PCET. These GA-functionalized nanoparticles show enhanced plasmonic response at near-IR wavelengths, due to particle agglomeration caused by the GA molecules. Near-IR laser irradiation induces strong local hot-spots on the SiO2-coated Ag nanoparticles, as evidenced by surface enhanced Raman scattering (SERS). This leads to plasmon energy transfer to the grafted GA molecules that lowers the GA-OH bond dissociation enthalpy by at least 2 kcal mol-1 and therefore facilitates PCET. The nanoparticle-driven plasmon-enhancement of PCET brings together the so far unrelated research domains of nanoplasmonics and electron/proton translocation with significant impact on applications based on interfacial electron/proton transfer. Electronic supplementary information (ESI) available. See DOI: 10.1039/c5nr04942c

  16. Intra- and intermolecular vibrational energy transfer in tungsten carbonyl complexes W(CO)5(X) (X=CO, CS, CH3CN, and CD3CN).

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    Banno, Motohiro; Iwata, Koichi; Hamaguchi, Hiro-o

    2007-05-28

    Vibrational energy relaxation of degenerate CO stretches of four tungsten carbonyl complexes, W(CO)6, W(CO)5(CS), W(CO)5(CH3CN), and W(CO)5(CD3CN), is observed in nine alkane solutions by subpicosecond time-resolved infrared (IR) pump-probe spectroscopy. Between 0 and 10 ps after the vibrational excitation, the bleaching signal of the ground-state IR absorption band shows anisotropy. Decay of the anisotropic component corresponds either to the rotational diffusion of the molecule or to the intramolecular vibrational energy transfer among the degenerate CO stretch modes. The time constant of the anisotropy decay, tauaniso, shows distinct solvent dependence. By comparing the results for the T1u CO stretch of W(CO)6 and the A1 CO stretch of W(CO)5(CS), the time constant of the rotational diffusion, taur, and the time constant of the intramolecular energy transfer among the three degenerate vibrational modes, taue, are determined as 12 and 8 ps, respectively. The tauaniso value increases as the number of carbon atoms in the alkane solvent increases. After 10 ps, the recovery of the bleaching becomes isotropic. The isotropic decay represents the vibrational population relaxation, from v=1 to v=0. In heptane, the time constant for the isotropic decay, tau1, for W(CO)5(CS) and W(CO)6 was 140 ps. The tau1 for the two acetonitrile-substituted complexes, however, shows a smaller value of 80 ps. The vibrational energy relaxation of W(CO)5(CH3CN) and W(CO)5(CD3CN) is accelerated by the intramolecular energy redistribution from the CO ligand to the acetonitrile ligand. In the nine alkane solutions, the tau1 value of W(CO)6 ranges between 124 and 158 ps, showing the apparent V-shaped solvent dependence with its minimum in decane, while the tau1 value shows little solvent dependence for W(CO)5(CH3CN) and W(CO)5(CD3CN). PMID:17552772

  17. 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...

  18. Catching the role of anisotropic electronic distribution and charge transfer in halogen bonded complexes of noble gases

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    Bartocci, Alessio; Cappelletti, David; Pirani, Fernando [Dipartimento di Chimica, Biologia e Biotecnologie, Università di Perugia, Perugia 06123 (Italy); Belpassi, Leonardo [Istituto di Scienze e Tecnologie Molecolari del CNR, Perugia 06123 (Italy); Falcinelli, Stefano [Dipartimento di Ingegneria Civile ed Ambientale, Università degli Studi di Perugia, 06125 Perugia (Italy); Grandinetti, Felice [Dipartimento per la Innovazione nei sistemi Biologici, Agroalimentari e Forestali (DIBAF), Università della Tuscia, 01100 Viterbo (Italy); Tarantelli, Francesco [Dipartimento di Chimica, Biologia e Biotecnologie, Università di Perugia, Perugia 06123 (Italy); Istituto di Scienze e Tecnologie Molecolari del CNR, Perugia 06123 (Italy)

    2015-05-14

    The systems studied in this work are gas-phase weakly bound adducts of the noble-gas (Ng) atoms with CCl{sub 4} and CF{sub 4}. Their investigation was motivated by the widespread current interest for the intermolecular halogen bonding (XB), a structural motif recognized to play a role in fields ranging from elementary processes to biochemistry. The simulation of the static and dynamic behaviors of complex systems featuring XB requires the formulation of reliable and accurate model potentials, whose development relies on the detailed characterization of strength and nature of the interactions occurring in simple exemplary halogenated systems. We thus selected the prototypical Ng-CCl{sub 4} and Ng-CF{sub 4} and performed high-resolution molecular beam scattering experiments to measure the absolute scale of their intermolecular potentials, with high sensitivity. In general, we expected to probe typical van der Waals interactions, consisting of a combination of size (exchange) repulsion with dispersion/induction attraction. For the He/Ne-CF{sub 4}, the analysis of the glory quantum interference pattern, observable in the velocity dependence of the integral cross section, confirmed indeed this expectation. On the other hand, for the He/Ne/Ar-CCl{sub 4}, the scattering data unravelled much deeper potential wells, particularly for certain configurations of the interacting partners. The experimental data can be properly reproduced only including a shifting of the repulsive wall at shorter distances, accompanied by an increased role of the dispersion attraction, and an additional short-range stabilization component. To put these findings on a firmer ground, we performed, for selected geometries of the interacting complexes, accurate theoretical calculations aimed to evaluate the intermolecular interaction and the effects of the complex formation on the electron charge density of the constituting moieties. It was thus ascertained that the adjustments of the potential suggested by the analysis of the experiments actually reflect two chemically meaningful contributions, namely, a stabilizing interaction arising from the anisotropy of the charge distribution around the Cl atom in CCl{sub 4} and a stereospecific electron transfer that occurs at the intermolecular distances mainly probed by the experiments. Our model calculations suggest that the largest effect is for the vertex geometry of CCl{sub 4} while other geometries appear to play a minor to negligible role.

  19. Catching the role of anisotropic electronic distribution and charge transfer in halogen bonded complexes of noble gases.

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    Bartocci, Alessio; Belpassi, Leonardo; Cappelletti, David; Falcinelli, Stefano; Grandinetti, Felice; Tarantelli, Francesco; Pirani, Fernando

    2015-05-14

    The systems studied in this work are gas-phase weakly bound adducts of the noble-gas (Ng) atoms with CCl4 and CF4. Their investigation was motivated by the widespread current interest for the intermolecular halogen bonding (XB), a structural motif recognized to play a role in fields ranging from elementary processes to biochemistry. The simulation of the static and dynamic behaviors of complex systems featuring XB requires the formulation of reliable and accurate model potentials, whose development relies on the detailed characterization of strength and nature of the interactions occurring in simple exemplary halogenated systems. We thus selected the prototypical Ng-CCl4 and Ng-CF4 and performed high-resolution molecular beam scattering experiments to measure the absolute scale of their intermolecular potentials, with high sensitivity. In general, we expected to probe typical van der Waals interactions, consisting of a combination of size (exchange) repulsion with dispersion/induction attraction. For the He/Ne-CF4, the analysis of the glory quantum interference pattern, observable in the velocity dependence of the integral cross section, confirmed indeed this expectation. On the other hand, for the He/Ne/Ar-CCl4, the scattering data unravelled much deeper potential wells, particularly for certain configurations of the interacting partners. The experimental data can be properly reproduced only including a shifting of the repulsive wall at shorter distances, accompanied by an increased role of the dispersion attraction, and an additional short-range stabilization component. To put these findings on a firmer ground, we performed, for selected geometries of the interacting complexes, accurate theoretical calculations aimed to evaluate the intermolecular interaction and the effects of the complex formation on the electron charge density of the constituting moieties. It was thus ascertained that the adjustments of the potential suggested by the analysis of the experiments actually reflect two chemically meaningful contributions, namely, a stabilizing interaction arising from the anisotropy of the charge distribution around the Cl atom in CCl4 and a stereospecific electron transfer that occurs at the intermolecular distances mainly probed by the experiments. Our model calculations suggest that the largest effect is for the vertex geometry of CCl4 while other geometries appear to play a minor to negligible role. PMID:25978888

  20. Catching the role of anisotropic electronic distribution and charge transfer in halogen bonded complexes of noble gases

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    Bartocci, Alessio; Belpassi, Leonardo; Cappelletti, David; Falcinelli, Stefano; Grandinetti, Felice; Tarantelli, Francesco; Pirani, Fernando

    2015-05-01

    The systems studied in this work are gas-phase weakly bound adducts of the noble-gas (Ng) atoms with CCl4 and CF4. Their investigation was motivated by the widespread current interest for the intermolecular halogen bonding (XB), a structural motif recognized to play a role in fields ranging from elementary processes to biochemistry. The simulation of the static and dynamic behaviors of complex systems featuring XB requires the formulation of reliable and accurate model potentials, whose development relies on the detailed characterization of strength and nature of the interactions occurring in simple exemplary halogenated systems. We thus selected the prototypical Ng-CCl4 and Ng-CF4 and performed high-resolution molecular beam scattering experiments to measure the absolute scale of their intermolecular potentials, with high sensitivity. In general, we expected to probe typical van der Waals interactions, consisting of a combination of size (exchange) repulsion with dispersion/induction attraction. For the He/Ne-CF4, the analysis of the glory quantum interference pattern, observable in the velocity dependence of the integral cross section, confirmed indeed this expectation. On the other hand, for the He/Ne/Ar-CCl4, the scattering data unravelled much deeper potential wells, particularly for certain configurations of the interacting partners. The experimental data can be properly reproduced only including a shifting of the repulsive wall at shorter distances, accompanied by an increased role of the dispersion attraction, and an additional short-range stabilization component. To put these findings on a firmer ground, we performed, for selected geometries of the interacting complexes, accurate theoretical calculations aimed to evaluate the intermolecular interaction and the effects of the complex formation on the electron charge density of the constituting moieties. It was thus ascertained that the adjustments of the potential suggested by the analysis of the experiments actually reflect two chemically meaningful contributions, namely, a stabilizing interaction arising from the anisotropy of the charge distribution around the Cl atom in CCl4 and a stereospecific electron transfer that occurs at the intermolecular distances mainly probed by the experiments. Our model calculations suggest that the largest effect is for the vertex geometry of CCl4 while other geometries appear to play a minor to negligible role.

  1. Electron transfer statistics and thermal fluctuations in molecular junctions

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    We derive analytical expressions for probability distribution function (PDF) for electron transport in a simple model of quantum junction in presence of thermal fluctuations. Our approach is based on the large deviation theory combined with the generating function method. For large number of electrons transferred, the PDF is found to decay exponentially in the tails with different rates due to applied bias. This asymmetry in the PDF is related to the fluctuation theorem. Statistics of fluctuations are analyzed in terms of the Fano factor. Thermal fluctuations play a quantitative role in determining the statistics of electron transfer; they tend to suppress the average current while enhancing the fluctuations in particle transfer. This gives rise to both bunching and antibunching phenomena as determined by the Fano factor. The thermal fluctuations and shot noise compete with each other and determine the net (effective) statistics of particle transfer. Exact analytical expression is obtained for delay time distribution. The optimal values of the delay time between successive electron transfers can be lowered below the corresponding shot noise values by tuning the thermal effects

  2. Marcus Electron Transfer Reactions with Bulk Metallic Catalysis

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    2015-01-01

    Electron transfer organic reaction rates are considered employing the classic physical picture of Marcus wherein the heats of reaction are deposited as the energy of low frequency mechanical oscillations of reconfigured molecular positions. If such electron transfer chemical reaction events occur in the neighborhood of metallic plates, then electrodynamic interface fields must also be considered in addition to mechanical oscillations. Such electrodynamic interfacial electric fields in principle strongly effect the chemical reaction rates. The thermodynamic states of the metal are unchanged by the reaction which implies that metallic plates are purely catalytic chemical agents.

  3. Electron Transfer Dissociation Mass Spectrometry of Hemoglobin on Clinical Samples

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    Coelho Graça, Didia; Lescuyer, Pierre; Clerici, Lorella; Tsybin, Yury O.; Hartmer, Ralf; Meyer, Markus; Samii, Kaveh; Hochstrasser, Denis F.; Scherl, Alexander

    2012-10-01

    A mass spectrometry-based assay combining the specificity of selected reaction monitoring and the protein ion activation capabilities of electron transfer dissociation was developed and employed for the rapid identification of hemoglobin variants from whole blood without previous proteolytic cleavage. The analysis was performed in a robust ion trap mass spectrometer operating at nominal mass accuracy and resolution. Subtle differences in globin sequences, resulting with mass shifts of about one Da, can be unambiguously identified. These results suggest that mass spectrometry analysis of entire proteins using electron transfer dissociation can be employed on clinical samples in a workflow compatible with diagnostic applications.

  4. Coherent single-electron transfer in coupled quantum dots

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    Fountoulakis, Antonios; Terzis, Andreas F.; Paspalakis, Emmanuel

    2009-10-01

    We theoretically investigate the coherent transfer of one electron between the ground states of a double coupled quantum dot structure. The coherent transfer of the electron is externally controlled by applied electromagnetic fields with on- or close-resonance driving frequencies and various shapes and duration. We derive the analytical expressions for the parameters of the external fields by approximating the quantum dot system as a three-level ?-type system. The analytical solutions are compared with numerical results and good agreement is found. The control methods developed here are applicable in symmetric and asymmetric quantum dot nanostructures.

  5. Theory of the Control of Ultrafast Interfacial Electron Transfer

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    Rasmussen, Andrew Musso

    This dissertation describes the theoretial exploration of electron transfer (ET) processes at the interface between bulk and molecular or nanoscale materials. Analysis of simple model Hamiltonians, those for the two- and three-level electronic systems as well as for a single electronic level coupled to a continuum, inform an understanding of electron transfer in nontrivial systems. A new treatment of the three-level system at an undergraduate level encapsulates the hopping and superexchange mechanisms of electron transfer. The elegance of the behavior of ET from a single-level/continuum system precedes a treatment of the reverse process---quasicontinuum-to-discrete level ET. This reverse process, relevant to ET from a bulk material to a semiconductor quantum dot (QD) offers a handle for the coherent control of ET at an interface: the shape of an electronic wavepacket within the quasicontinuum. An extension of the single-level-to-continuum ET process is the injection of an electron from a QD to a wide-bandgap semiconductor nanoparticle (NP). We construct a minimal model to explain trends in ET rates at the QD/NP interface as a function of QD size. Finally, we propose a scheme to gate ET through a molecular junction via the coherent control of the torsional mode(s) of a linking molecule within the junction.

  6. New type of dual solid-state thermochromism: modulation of intramolecular charge transfer by intermolecular pi-pi interactions, kinetic trapping of the aci-nitro group, and reversible molecular locking.

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    Naumov, Pance; Lee, Sang Cheol; Ishizawa, Nobuo; Jeong, Young Gyu; Chung, Ihn Hee; Fukuzumi, Shunichi

    2009-10-22

    When heated above room temperature, some crystalline polymorphs of the 1,3-bis(hydroxyalkylamino)-4,6-dinitrobenzenes (BDBn, n = 2-5), bis(hydroxyalkyl) analogues of the intramolecular charge-transfer molecule 1,3-diamino-4,6-dinitrobenzene, exhibit "dual" thermochromism: gradual color change from yellow to orange at lower temperatures, and sharp color change from orange to red at higher temperatures. These two thermochromic changes are related to different solid-state processes. When allowed to cool to room temperature, the yellow color of the thermochromic molecules with different alkyl length (n) is recovered with unexpectedly different kinetics, the order of the respective rate constants ranging from 10(-7)-10(-6) s(-1) for BDB2 to about 0.1 s(-1) in the case of BDB3. The thermochromic mechanism and the reasons behind the different kinetics were clarified on the basis of detailed crystallographic characterization, kinetic thermoanalysis, and spectroscopic study of eight crystalline forms (seven polymorphs and one solvate). It was found that the polymorphism is due to the possibility of "locking" and "unlocking" of the alkyl arms by formation of a strong intramolecular hydrogen bond between the hydroxyl groups at their hydroxyl termini. The locking of BDB2, with shortest alkyl arms, is reversible and it can be controlled thermally; either of the two conformations can be obtained in the solid state by proper thermal treatment. By use of high temperature in situ single crystal X-ray diffraction analysis of BDB3, direct evidence was obtained that the gradual thermochromic change is related to increased distance and weakened pi-pi interactions between the stacked benzene rings: the lattice expands preferably in the stacking direction, causing enhanced oscillator strength and red shift of the absorption edge of the intramolecular charge transfer transition. The second, sharp thermochromic change had been assigned previously to solid-solid phase transition triggered by intramolecular proton transfer of one amino proton to the nitro group, whereupon an aci-nitro form is thermally populated. Contrary to the numerous examples of solid thermochromic molecules based on either pericyclic reactions or keto-enol tautomerism, this system appears to be the first organic thermochromic family where the thermochromic change appears as an effect of intermolecular pi-pi interactions and thermal intramolecular proton transfer to aromatic nitro group. PMID:19780605

  7. Kinetics and mechanisms of photoinduced electron-transfer reaction of zinc myoglobin

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    Photoinduced electron transfer (ET) between zinc myoglobin (ZnPPMb) and a variety of quenchers, such as hexacyanoferrate(III)([Fe(CN)6]3-) and hexaammineruthenium(III)(Ru(NH3)6]3+ ions, cationic viologens, copper(II) protein (stellacyanin), and metmyoglobins, has been studied in aqueous degassed solutions. The excited triplet state of ZnPPMb(*ZnPPMb) was quenched by [Fe(CN)6]3- in a self-associated complex. Both quenching rate constant and formation constant of the self-associated complex decrease with increasing ionic strengths. The thermal backward ET reaction for this system was not observed; it is most likely that the backward ET step is much faster than the quenching reaction. All of the cationic quenchers examined in this work did not form a self-associated complex with *ZnPPMb, and the intermolecular quenching occurred. The thermal backward ET reaction was observed for these cationic quenchers. Not only photoinduced ET but also thermal backward ET reactions were insensitive to the driving force of the reactions, suggesting that the reactions are controlled by conformational changes in ZnPPMb. The quenching rate constants increase with increasing ionic strength for the cationic quenchers. The effects of poly-L-lysine hydrochloride, sodium poly-L-glutamate, and sodium cyclo-hexaphosphate were also examined. The active site of the *ZnPPMb toward both anionic and cationic quenchers is assumed to be the positively charged site near the heme pocket. (author)

  8. The effect of intermolecular hydrogen bonding on the fluorescence of a bimetallic platinum complex.

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    Zhao, Guang-Jiu; Northrop, Brian H; Han, Ke-Li; Stang, Peter J

    2010-09-01

    The bimetallic platinum complexes are known as unique building blocks and arewidely utilized in the coordination-driven self-assembly of functionalized supramolecular metallacycles. Hence, photophysical study of the bimetallic platinum complexes will be very helpful for the understanding on the optical properties and further applications of coordination-driven self-assembled supramolecular metallacycles. Herein, we report steady-state and time-resolved spectroscopic experiments as well as quantum chemistry calculations to investigate the significant intermolecular hydrogen bonding effects on the intramolecular charge transfer (ICT) fluorescence of a bimetallic platinum compound 4,4'-bis(trans-Pt(PEt(3))(2)OTf)benzophenone 3 in solution. We demonstrated that the fluorescent state of compound 3 can be assigned as a metal-to-ligand charge transfer (MLCT) state. Moreover, it was observed that the formation of intermolecular hydrogen bonds can effectively lengthen the fluorescence lifetime of 3 in alcoholic solvents compared with that in hexane solvent. At the same time, the electronically excited states of 3 in solution are definitely changed by intermolecular hydrogen bonding interactions. As a consequence, we propose a new fluorescence modulation mechanism by hydrogen bonding to explain different fluorescence emissions of 3 in hydrogen-bonding solvents and nonhydrogen-bonding solvents. PMID:20698713

  9. Electron transfer reactions involving porphyrins and chlorophyll a

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    Electron transfer reactions involving porphyrins (P) and quinones (Q) have been studied by pulse radiolysis. The porphyrins used were tetraphenylporphyrin (H2TPP), its tetracarboxy derivative (H2TCPP), the sodium and zinc compounds (Na2TPP and ZnTPP), and chlorophyll a (Chl a). These compounds were found to be rapidly reduced by electron transfer from (CH3)2CO-. Reduction by (CH3)2COH was rapid in aqueous solutions but relatively slow in i-PrOH solutions. Transient spectra of the anion radicals were determined and, in the case of H2TCPP-., a pK = 9.7 was derived for its protonation. Electron-transfer reactions from the anion radical of H2TCPP to benzoquinone, duroquinone, 9,10-anthraquinone 2-sulfonate, and methylviologen occur in aqueous solutions with rate constants approx. 107-109 M-1 s-1 which depend on the pH and the quinone reduction potential. Reactions of Na2TPP-., ZnTPP-., and Chl a-. with anthraquinone in basic i-PrOH solutions occur with rate constants approx. 109 M-1 s-1. The spectral changes associated with these electron-transfer reactions as observed over a period of approx. 1 ms indicated, in some cases, the formation of an intermediate complex [P...Q-.]. 8 figures, 2 tables

  10. 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

  11. 77 FR 30923 - Electronic Fund Transfers (Regulation E)

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    2012-05-24

    ... to gift cards, however, the Board was careful to note that a general-use prepaid card did not include... cards, payroll cards, electronic benefit transfers (EBTs), or gift cards. \\1\\ Mercator Advisory Group... fees, service fees, or expiration dates on gift cards, which might take the form of a gift...

  12. Photoinduced Reductive Electron Transfer in LNA:DNA Hybrids

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    Wenge, Ulrike; Wengel, Jesper; Wagenknecht, Hans-Achim

    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...

  13. A molecularly based theory for electron transfer reorganization energy

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    Zhuang, Bilin; Wang, Zhen-Gang

    2015-12-01

    Using field-theoretic techniques, we develop a molecularly based dipolar self-consistent-field theory (DSCFT) for charge solvation in pure solvents under equilibrium and nonequilibrium conditions and apply it to the reorganization energy of electron transfer reactions. The DSCFT uses a set of molecular parameters, such as the solvent molecule's permanent dipole moment and polarizability, thus avoiding approximations that are inherent in treating the solvent as a linear dielectric medium. A simple, analytical expression for the free energy is obtained in terms of the equilibrium and nonequilibrium electrostatic potential profiles and electric susceptibilities, which are obtained by solving a set of self-consistent equations. With no adjustable parameters, the DSCFT predicts activation energies and reorganization energies in good agreement with previous experiments and calculations for the electron transfer between metallic ions. Because the DSCFT is able to describe the properties of the solvent in the immediate vicinity of the charges, it is unnecessary to distinguish between the inner-sphere and outer-sphere solvent molecules in the calculation of the reorganization energy as in previous work. Furthermore, examining the nonequilibrium free energy surfaces of electron transfer, we find that the nonequilibrium free energy is well approximated by a double parabola for self-exchange reactions, but the curvature of the nonequilibrium free energy surface depends on the charges of the electron-transferring species, contrary to the prediction by the linear dielectric theory.

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

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    Král, Karel; Menšík, Miroslav

    Ostrava : Tanger, 2013. ISBN 978-80-87294-44-4. [International Conference NANOCON 2013 /5./. Brno (CZ), 16.10.2013-18.10.2013] R&D Pro jects: 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

  15. 77 FR 6310 - Electronic Fund Transfers (Regulation E)

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    ... would complete the rulemaking process. 76 FR 29902 (May 23, 2011). This proposal has two parts. First... information on whether it should revise these threshold numbers in Regulation Z. See 76 FR 75825 (Dec. 5, 2011... PROTECTION 12 CFR Part 1005 RIN 3170-AA15 Electronic Fund Transfers (Regulation E) AGENCY: Bureau of...

  16. 76 FR 708 - Electronic Funds Transfer of Depository Taxes; Correction

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    ... regulations (TD 9507) that were published in the Federal Register on Tuesday, December 7, 2010 (75 FR 75897... Accordingly, the final and temporary regulations (TD 9507), that are the subject of FR Doc. 2010-30526, are... Internal Revenue Service 26 CFR Parts 1, 31, 40, and 301 RIN 1545-BJ13 Electronic Funds Transfer...

  17. 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.

  18. Reduced density matrix hybrid approach: Application to electronic energy transfer

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    Berkelbach, Timothy C; Reichman, David R

    2011-01-01

    Electronic energy transfer in the condensed phase, such as that occurring in photosynthetic complexes, frequently occurs in regimes where the energy scales of the system and environment are similar. This situation provides a challenge to theoretical investigation since most approaches are accurate only when a certain energetic parameter is small compared to others in the problem. Here we show that in these difficult regimes, the Ehrenfest approach provides a good starting point for a dynamical description of the energy transfer process due to its ability to accurately treat coupling to slow environmental modes. To further improve on the accuracy of the Ehrenfest approach, we use our reduced density matrix hybrid framework to treat the faster environmental modes quantum mechanically, at the level of a perturbative master equation. This combined approach is shown to provide an efficient and quantitative description of electronic energy transfer in a model dimer and the Fenna-Matthews-Olson complex and is used t...

  19. Electronic Coupling Dependence of Ultrafast Interfacial Electron Transfer on Nanocrystalline Thin Films and Single Crystal

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    Lian, Tianquan

    2014-04-22

    The long-term goal of the proposed research is to understand electron transfer dynamics in nanoparticle/liquid interface. This knowledge is essential to many semiconductor nanoparticle based devices, including photocatalytic waste degradation and dye sensitized solar cells.

  20. Photoinduced electron transfer of chlorophyll in lipid bilayer system

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    D K Lee; K W Seo; Y S Kang

    2002-12-01

    Photoinduced electron transfer from chlorophyll- through the interface of dipalmitoylphosphatidylcholine (DPPC) headgroup of the lipid bilayers was studied with electron magnetic resonance (EMR). The photoproduced radicals were identified with electron spin resonance (ESR) and radical yields of chlorophyll- were determined by double integration ESR spectra. The formation of vesicles was identified by changes in measured max values from diethyl ether solutions to vesicles solutions indirectly, and observed directly with SEM and TEM images. The efficiency of photosynthesis in model system was determined by measuring the amount of chlorophyll-a radical yields which were obtained from integration of ESR spectra.

  1. Charge-transfer properties in the gas electron multiplier

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    The charge transfer properties of a gas electron multiplier (GEM) were systematically investigated over a broad range of electric field configurations. The electron collection efficiency and the charge sharing were found to depend on the external fields, as well as on the GEM voltage. The electron collection efficiency increased with the collection field up to 90%, but was essentially independent of the drift field strength. A double conical GEM has a 10% gain increase with time due to surface charging by avalanche ions whereas this effect was eliminated with the cylindrical GEM. The positive-ion feedback is also estimated. (author)

  2. [Electron transfer, ionization, and excitation in atomic collisions]: Progress report

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    The fundamental processes of electron transfer, ionization, and excitation in ion-atom collisions are being studied. These collision processes are treated in the context of simple one- or two-electron systems in order to provide unambiguous results and reveal more clearly the collisional mechanisms. As outlined in the original proposal, three coupled-state calculations are being carried out over the present three-year period: a Sturmian-pseudostate study of ionization in collisions between protons and the hydrogenic ions He+, Li2+, Be3+, ...; a triple-center, atomic-state study of ionization in collisions between ? particles and H(ls) atoms and between protons and He+(ls) ions; and an atomic-state study of electron transfer and excitation in collisions between protons and neutral He atoms. 12 refs

  3. Electronic structure aspects of the complete O2 transfer reaction between Ni(II) and Mn(II) complexes with cyclam ligands.

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    Zapata-Rivera, Jhon; Caballol, Rosa; Calzado, Carmen J

    2015-01-28

    This work explores the electronic structure aspects involving the complete intermolecular O2 transfer between Ni(ii) and Mn(ii) complexes, both containing N-tetramethylated cyclams (TMC). The energy of the low-lying states of reactants, intermediates and products is established at the CASSCF level and also the DDCI level when possible. The orthogonal valence bond analysis of the wave functions obtained from CASSCF and DDCI calculations indicates the dominant superoxide nature of all the adducts participating in the reaction, and consequently that the whole reaction can be described as the transfer of the superoxide O2(-) between Ni(ii) and Mn(ii) complexes, without any additional change in the electronic structure of the fragments. PMID:25502350

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

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    Bush, N.; Stefanov, K.; Hall, D.; Jordan, D.; Holland, A.

    2014-12-01

    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.

  5. Hydrogen-bond relays in concerted proton-electron transfers.

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    Bonin, Julien; Costentin, Cyrille; Robert, Marc; Savéant, Jean-Michel; Tard, Cédric

    2012-03-20

    Reaction mechanisms in which electron and proton transfers are coupled are central to a huge number of processes, both natural and synthetic. Moreover, most of the new approaches to address modern energy challenges involve proton-coupled electron transfer (PCET). Recent research has focused on the possibility that the two steps are concerted, that is, concerted proton-electron transfer (CPET) reactions, rather than stepwise pathways in which proton transfer precedes (PET) or follows (EPT) electron transfer. CPET pathways have the advantage of bypassing the high-energy intermediates of stepwise pathways, although this thermodynamic benefit may have a kinetic cost. Concerted processes require short distances between the group being oxidized and the proton acceptor (and vice versa for a reduction process), which usually involves the formation of a hydrogen bond. Unlike the electron in outer-sphere electron-transfer reactions, the distance a proton may travel in a CPET is therefore rather limited. The idea has recently emerged, however, that this distance may be substantially increased via a H-bond relay located between the electron-transfer-triggered proton source and the proton acceptor. Generally speaking, the relay is a group bearing a H atom able to accept a H-bond from the moiety being oxidized and, at the same time, to form a H-bond with the proton-accepting group without going through a protonated intermediate. Although these molecules do not retain all the properties of chains of water molecules engaged in Grotthuss-type transport of a proton, the OH group in these molecules does possess a fundamental property of water molecules: namely, it is both a hydrogen-bond acceptor and a hydrogen-bond donor. Despite centuries of study, the mechanisms of proton movement in water remain active experimental and theoretical research areas, but so far with no connection to CPET reactions. In this Account, we bring together recent results concerning (i) the oxidative response of molecules containing a H-bond relay and (ii) the oxidation of phenol with water (in water) as the proton acceptor. In the first case, a nondestructive electrochemical method (cyclic voltammetry) was used to investigate the oxidation of phenol molecules containing one H-bond relay and an amine proton acceptor compared with a similar amino phenol deprived of relay. In the second, the kinetics of phenol oxidation with water (in water) as proton acceptor is contrasted with that of conventional proton acceptors (such as hydrogen phosphate and pyridine) to afford evidence of the concerted nature of Grotthuss-type proton displacement with electron transfer. First indications were provided by the same electrochemical method, whereas a more complete kinetic characterization was obtained from laser flash photolysis. Older electrochemical results concerning the reduction of superoxide ion in the presence of water are also examined. The result is a timely picture of current insight into concerted mechanisms involving electron transfer coupled with proton transport over simple H-bond relays and over H-bond networks. PMID:22029773

  6. The ferredoxin-NADP+ reductase/ferredoxin electron transfer system of Plasmodium falciparum.

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    Balconi, Emanuela; Pennati, Andrea; Crobu, Danila; Pandini, Vittorio; Cerutti, Raffaele; Zanetti, Giuliana; Aliverti, Alessandro

    2009-07-01

    In the apicoplast of apicomplexan parasites, plastidic-type ferredoxin and ferredoxin-NADP(+) reductase (FNR) form a short electron transport chain that provides reducing power for the synthesis of isoprenoid precursors. These proteins are attractive targets for the development of novel drugs against diseases such as malaria, toxoplasmosis, and coccidiosis. We have obtained ferredoxin and FNR of both Toxoplasma gondii and Plasmodium falciparum in recombinant form, and recently we solved the crystal structure of the P. falciparum reductase. Here we report on the functional properties of the latter enzyme, which differ markedly from those of homologous FNRs. In the physiological reaction, P. falciparum FNR displays a k(cat) five-fold lower than those usually determined for plastidic-type FNRs. By rapid kinetics, we found that hydride transfer between NADPH and protein-bound FAD is slower in the P. falciparum enzyme. The redox properties of the enzyme were determined, and showed that the FAD semiquinone species is highly destabilized. We propose that these two features, i.e. slow hydride transfer and unstable FAD semiquinone, are responsible for the poor catalytic efficiency of the P. falciparum enzyme. Another unprecedented feature of the malarial parasite FNR is its ability to yield, under oxidizing conditions, an inactive dimeric form stabilized by an intermolecular disulfide bond. Here we show that the monomerdimer interconversion can be controlled by oxidizing and reducing agents that are possibly present within the apicoplast, such as H(2)O(2), glutathione, and lipoate. This finding suggests that modulation of the quaternary structure of P. falciparum FNR might represent a regulatory mechanism, although this needs to be verified in vivo. PMID:19523113

  7. 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.

  8. 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.

  9. dc performance of ballistic tunneling hot-electron transfer amplifiers

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    Heiblum, M.; Anderson, I. M.; Knoedler, C. M.

    1986-07-01

    Ballistic electron transport through thin n(+)-GaAs layers is investigated experimentally. Measurements were done on tunneling hot-electron-transfer amplifier devices composed of GaAs and AlGaAs layers. In devices with GaAs active regions (bases) of 300 and 800 A, collisionless or ballistic transport was observed. By performing hot-electron energy spectroscopy it is found that the collected ballistic distributions were similar in shape but differed in magnitude. This suggests the existence of a strong scattering mechanism which randomizes the otherwise ballistic electrons. The maximum differential current transfer ratio was 0.9 in devices for which about 75 percent of the injected current traversed the base ballistically. The presence of ballistic transport has also allowed the measurement of the AlGaAs barrier height through observation of the onset of current collection in the devices. Barrier heights higher than those reported by Batey and Wright (1986) have been measured. In addition the effects of grading the collector barrier are shown. The most noted effect in these cases was a higher transfer ratio.

  10. Ballistic transport and hot electron spectroscopy in Tunnelling Hot Electron Transfer Amplifier (THETA)

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    Heiblum, M.

    1987-10-01

    An unambiguous demonstration of ballistic (collisionless) electron transport was done in GaAs with the aid of a Tunnelling Hot Electron Transfer Amplifier (THETA) device. Consequently, interesting quantum related phenomena were observed. Ballistic devices are potentially very fast; current gains as high as 10 were already measured at 77 K.

  11. Ballistic transport and hot electron spectroscopy in Tunneling Hot Electron Transfer Amplifier (THETA)

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    Heiblum, M.

    1987-10-01

    An unambiguous demonstration of ballistic (collisionless) electron transport was done in GaAs with the aid of a Tunneling Hot Electron Transfer Amplifier (THETA) device. Consequently, interesting quantum related phenomena were observed. Ballistic devices are potentially very fast; current gains as high as 10 were already measured at 77 K.

  12. A Dynamical Theory of Electron Transfer: Crossover from Weak to Strong Electronic Coupling

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    Stockburger, Juergen T.; Mak, C H

    1996-01-01

    We present a real-time path integral theory for the rate of electron transfer reactions. Using graph theoretic techniques, the dynamics is expressed in a formally exact way as a set of integral equations. With a simple approximation for the self-energy, the rate can then be computed analytically to all orders in the electronic coupling matrix element. We present results for the crossover region between weak (nonadiabatic) and strong (adiabatic) electronic coupling and show t...

  13. Neutral histidine and photoinduced electron transfer in DNA photolyases.

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    Domratcheva, Tatiana

    2011-11-16

    The two major UV-induced DNA lesions, the cyclobutane pyrimidine dimers (CPD) and (6-4) pyrimidine-pyrimidone photoproducts, can be repaired by the light-activated enzymes CPD and (6-4) photolyases, respectively. It is a long-standing question how the two classes of photolyases with alike molecular structure are capable of reversing the two chemically different DNA photoproducts. In both photolyases the repair reaction is initiated by photoinduced electron transfer from the hydroquinone-anion part of the flavin adenine dinucleotide (FADH(-)) cofactor to the photoproduct. Here, the state-of-the-art XMCQDPT2-CASSCF approach was employed to compute the excitation spectra of the respective active site models. It is found that protonation of His365 in the presence of the hydroquinone-anion electron donor causes spontaneous, as opposed to photoinduced, coupled proton and electron transfer to the (6-4) photoproduct. The resulting neutralized biradical, containing the neutral semiquinone and the N3'-protonated (6-4) photoproduct neutral radical, corresponds to the lowest energy electronic ground-state minimum. The high electron affinity of the N3'-protonated (6-4) photoproduct underlines this finding. Thus, it is anticipated that the (6-4) photoproduct repair is assisted by His365 in its neutral form, which is in contrast to the repair mechanisms proposed in the literature. The repair via hydroxyl group transfer assisted by neutral His365 is considered. The repair involves the 5'base radical anion of the (6-4) photoproduct which in terms of electronic structure is similar to the CPD radical anion. A unified model of the CPD and (6-4) photoproduct repair is proposed. PMID:21970417

  14. Electron Transfer in DNA through magnetic bound states

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    Cox, D L; Pati, S K

    2000-01-01

    Electron transfer (ET) via quantum mechanical tunneling between well separated donor (D) and acceptor (A) complexes is part of such biological processes as respiration, photosynthesis, and possibly DNA repair or damage. Data and theory for ET in proteins give a typical tunneling length of 0.1 nm. In contrast, fluorescence quenching in DNA at D/A distances of 4 nm or more suggests ET with tunneling lengths of order 1 nm. We show how such long ranged ET can be mediated by rapidly forming magnetic Kondo bound states (KS) arising from: (1) strong electron interactions and magnetic moments on D and/or A complexes satisfying suitable energy requirements, and (2) "quantum deconfinement" of electrons through extended bridge molecular orbitals. Realistic long range Coulomb interaction strengths between bridge electrons and localized D/A charges modestly enhance these ET rates.

  15. Catalytic Olefin Hydroamidation Enabled by Proton-Coupled Electron Transfer

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    2015-01-01

    Here we report a ternary catalyst system for the intramolecular hydroamidation of unactivated olefins using simple N-aryl amide derivatives. Amide activation in these reactions occurs via concerted proton-coupled electron transfer (PCET) mediated by an excited state iridium complex and weak phosphate base to furnish a reactive amidyl radical that readily adds to pendant alkenes. A series of H-atom, electron, and proton transfer events with a thiophenol cocatalyst furnish the product and regenerate the active forms of the photocatalyst and base. Mechanistic studies indicate that the amide substrate can be selectively homolyzed via PCET in the presence of the thiophenol, despite a large difference in bond dissociation free energies between these functional groups. PMID:26439818

  16. 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

  17. 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

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

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    Zhu, Jianjun; Wang, Jianji; Stell, George

    2006-10-01

    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.

  19. Two-photon electron transfer between quantum dots

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    The effective Hamiltonian of a system describing electrons of two quantum dots in a two-frequency electromagnetic field upon Raman resonance of the field with a pair of the electronic levels of different dots is obtained by the method of equivalent transformation. The states of the continuous spectrum (conduction bands) are correctly taken into account. The role of the terms describing the dynamic Stark effect in a two-body system is analysed. A new mechanism of particle transfer between quantum wells in a non-resonance electromagnetic field is proposed, which is free from disadvantages of previous models. (fourth seminar to the memory of d.n. klyshko)

  20. Intramolecular electron transfer in Pseudomonas aeruginosa cd(1) nitrite reductase

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    Farver, Ole; Brunori, Maurizio; Cutruzzolà, Francesca; Rinaldo, Serena; Wherland, Scot; Pecht, Israel

    2009-01-01

    The cd(1) nitrite reductases, which catalyze the reduction of nitrite to nitric oxide, are homodimers of 60 kDa subunits, each containing one heme-c and one heme-d(1). Heme-c is the electron entry site, whereas heme-d(1) constitutes the catalytic center. The 3D structure of Pseudomonas aeruginosa nitrite reductase has been determined in both fully oxidized and reduced states. Intramolecular electron transfer (ET), between c and d(1) hemes is an essential step in the catalytic cycle. In earlier s...

  1. Photoinduced electron transfer in singly labeled thiouredopyrenetrisulfonate azurin derivatives

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    Borovok, N; Kotlyar, A B; Pecht, I; Skov, L K; Farver, O

    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 m...

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

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    Levi, B.G.

    1993-01-01

    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.

  3. 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

  4. Crossed Andreev reflection versus electron transfer in graphene nanoribbons

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    Haugen, Håvard; Huertas-Hernando, Daniel; Brataas, Arne; Waintal, Xavier

    2009-01-01

    We investigate the transport properties of three-terminal graphene devices, where one terminal is superconducting and two are normal metals. The terminals are connected by nanoribbons. Electron transfer (ET) and crossed Andreev reflection (CAR) are identified via the non-local signal between the two normal terminals. Analytical expressions for ET and CAR in symmetric devices are found. We compute ET and CAR numerically for asymmetric devices. ET dominates CAR in symmetric de...

  5. Low activation barriers characterize intramolecular electron transfer in ascorbate oxidase

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    Farver, O; Pecht, I

    1992-01-01

    Anaerobic reduction kinetics of the zucchini squash ascorbate oxidase (AO; L-ascorbate:oxygen oxidoreductase, EC 1.10.3.3) by pulse radiolytically produced CO2- radical ions were investigated. Changes in the absorption bands of type 1 [Cu(II)] (610 nm) and type 3 [Cu(II)] (330 nm) were monitored over a range of reactant concentrations, pH, and temperature. The direct bimolecular reduction of type 1 [Cu(II)] [(1.2 +/- 0.2) x 10(9) M-1.s-1] was followed by its subsequent reoxidation in three distinct phases, all found to be unimolecular processes with the respective specific rates of 201 +/- 8, 20 +/- 4, and 2.3 +/- 0.2 s-1 at pH 5.5 and 298 K. While at this pH no direct bimolecular reduction was resolved in the 330-nm band, at pH 7.0 such a direct process was observed [(6.5 +/- 1.2) x 10(8) M-1.s-1]. In the same slower time domains where type 1 [Cu(I)] reoxidation was monitored, reduction of type 3 [Cu(II)] was observed, which was also concentration independent and with identical rate constants and amplitudes commensurate with those of type 1 [Cu(II)] reoxidation. These results show that after electron uptake by type 1 [Cu(II)], its reoxidation takes place by intramolecular electron transfer to type 3 [Cu(II)]. The observed specific rates are similar to values reported for the limiting-rate constants of AO reduction by excess substrate, suggesting that internal electron transfer is the rate-determining step of AO activity. The temperature dependence of the intramolecular electron transfer rate constants was measured from 275 to 308 K at pH 5.5 and, from the Eyring plots, low activation enthalpies were calculated--namely, 9.1 +/- 1.1 and 6.8 +/- 1.0 kJ.mol-1 for the fastest and slowest phases, respectively. The activation entropies observed for these respective phases were -170 +/- 9 and -215 +/- 16 J.K-1.mol-1. The exceptionally low enthalpy barriers imply the involvement of highly optimized electron transfer pathways for internal electron transfer.

  6. The electron transfer system of syntrophically grown Desulfovibrio vulgaris

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    Walker, C.B.; He, Z.; Yang, Z.K.; Ringbauer, Jr., J.A.; He, Q.; Zhou, J.; Voordouw, G.; Wall, J.D.; Arkin, A.P.; Hazen, T.C.; Stolyar, S.; Stahl, D.A.

    2009-05-01

    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.

  7. 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.

  8. Intercellular wiring enables electron transfer between methanotrophic archaea and bacteria.

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    Wegener, Gunter; Krukenberg, Viola; Riedel, Dietmar; Tegetmeyer, Halina E; Boetius, Antje

    2015-10-22

    The anaerobic oxidation of methane (AOM) with sulfate controls the emission of the greenhouse gas methane from the ocean floor. In marine sediments, AOM is performed by dual-species consortia of anaerobic methanotrophic archaea (ANME) and sulfate-reducing bacteria (SRB) inhabiting the methane-sulfate transition zone. The biochemical pathways and biological adaptations enabling this globally relevant process are not fully understood. Here we study the syntrophic interaction in thermophilic AOM (TAOM) between ANME-1 archaea and their consortium partner SRB HotSeep-1 (ref. 6) at 60 °C to test the hypothesis of a direct interspecies exchange of electrons. The activity of TAOM consortia was compared to the first ANME-free culture of an AOM partner bacterium that grows using hydrogen as the sole electron donor. The thermophilic ANME-1 do not produce sufficient hydrogen to sustain the observed growth of the HotSeep-1 partner. Enhancing the growth of the HotSeep-1 partner by hydrogen addition represses methane oxidation and the metabolic activity of ANME-1. Further supporting the hypothesis of direct electron transfer between the partners, we observe that under TAOM conditions, both ANME and the HotSeep-1 bacteria overexpress genes for extracellular cytochrome production and form cell-to-cell connections that resemble the nanowire structures responsible for interspecies electron transfer between syntrophic consortia of Geobacter. HotSeep-1 highly expresses genes for pili production only during consortial growth using methane, and the nanowire-like structures are absent in HotSeep-1 cells isolated with hydrogen. These observations suggest that direct electron transfer is a principal mechanism in TAOM, which may also explain the enigmatic functioning and specificity of other methanotrophic ANME-SRB consortia. PMID:26490622

  9. Mapping intermolecular bonding in C??.

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    Sundqvist, Bertil

    2014-01-01

    The formation of intermolecular bonds in C?? has been investigated in detail at pressures below 2.2?GPa and up to 750?K. Fullerene samples were heated in a temperature gradient to obtain data on the formation of dimers and low-dimensional polymers along isobars. Intermolecular bonding was analyzed ex situ by Raman scattering, using both intramolecular modes and intermolecular stretching modes. Semi-quantitative reaction maps are given for the formation of dimers and chains. The activation energy for dimer formation decreases by 0.2?meV pm(-1) when intermolecular distances decrease and dimer formation is noticeably affected by the rotational state of molecules. Above 400-450?K larger oligomers are formed; below 1.4?GPa most of these are disordered, with small domains of linear chains, but above this the appearance of stretching modes indicates the existence of ordered one-dimensional polymers. At the highest pressures and temperatures two-dimensional polymers are also observed. PMID:25145952

  10. 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.

  11. 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; Benedict, Jason B

    2012-05-30

    Interfacial electron transfer (IET) between a chromophore and a semiconductor nanoparticle is one of the key processes in a dye-sensitized solar cell. Theoretical simulations of the electron transfer in polyoxotitanate nanoclusters Ti(17)O(24)(OPr(i))(20) (Ti(17)) functionalized with four p-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 been obtained by EPR spectroscopy. Evolution of the time-dependent photoexcited electron during the initial 5 fs after instantaneous excitation to the NPA LUMO + 1 has been evaluated. Evidence for delocalization of the excitation over multiple chromophores after excitation to the NPA LUMO + 2 state on a 15 fs time scale is also obtained. While chromophores are generally considered electronically isolated with respect to neighboring sensitizers, our calculations show that this is not necessarily the case. The present work is the most comprehensive study to date of a sensitized semiconductor nanoparticle in which the structure of the surface and the mode of molecular adsorption are precisely defined. PMID:22548416

  12. Coherence Transfer by Passage Pulses in Electron Paramagnetic Resonance Spectroscopy.

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    Jeschke, Gunnar; Pribitzer, Stephan; Doll, Andrin

    2015-10-29

    Linear passage pulses provide a simple approach to ultra-wideband electron paramagnetic resonance (EPR) spectroscopy. We show by numerical simulations that the efficiency of inversion of polarization or coherence order on a single transition by idealized passage pulses is an exponential function of critical adiabaticity during passage, which allows for defining an effective flip angle for fast passage. This result is confirmed by experiments on E' centers in Herasil glass. Deviations from the exponential law arise due to relaxation and a distribution of the adiabaticity parameter that comes from inhomogeneity of the irradiation field. Such inhomogeneity effects as well as edge effects in finite sweep bands cause a distribution of dynamic phase shifts, which can be partially refocused in echo experiments. In multilevel systems, passage of several transitions leads to generation of coherence on formally forbidden transitions that can also be described by the concept of an effective flip angle. On the one hand, such transfer to coherence on forbidden transitions is a significant magnetization loss mechanism for dipole-dipole coupled electron spin pairs at distances below about 2 nm. On the other hand, it can potentially be harnessed for electron spin echo envelope modulation (ESEEM) experiments, where matching of the irradiation field strength to the nuclear Zeeman frequency leads to efficient generation of nuclear coherence and efficient back transfer to electron coherence on allowed transitions at high adiabaticity. PMID:25941897

  13. Electron transfer. 88. Cobalt(III)-bound phosphite and hypophosphite

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    Phosphite and hypophosphite coordinate to cobalt(III) in (NH3)5Co/sup III/ through oxygen, rather than through phosphorus. The resulting complexes undergo electron-transfer reactions with Ru(NH3)62+ much more slowly than with Eu2+ or V2+, indicating that the latter two reactants preferentially utilize ligand bridging. Reductions with Cr2+ are shown to accompanied by transfer of the phosphorus-containing ligands, and reaction of the protonated phosphito (biphosphito) derivative (pK/sub A/ = 3.06 at 230C) proceeds through a combination of acid-independent and inverse-acid paths, both routes yielding the same phosphito-bound Cr(III) product. The hypophosphito, but not the biphosphito, complex reacts with Ce(IV), producing Co2+ in an induced electron-transfer process. The yield of Co2+ falls off progressively as [Ce/sup IV/] is increased, pointing to a sequence in which a Co(III)-bound P(II) radical is formed in initial attack by Ce(IV) but subsequently undergoes partition between competing reaction paths, i.e. internal electron transfer to Co(III) vs external oxidation by a second Ce(IV) center. The hypophosphito complex, but not the biphosphito complex, smoothly decomposes in basic media via an internal redox reaction, yielding Co(II) quantitatively, along with a 1:1 mixture of phosphite, and hypophosphite. This transformation, which fails with mixtures of (NH3)5Co(H2O)3+ and H2PO2- appears to be catalyzed specifically by OH-. Deuterium-labeling experiments disclose a solvent isotope effect. Reaction mechanisms are suggested for all the observed results. 54 references, 5 tables

  14. 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

  15. Electron transfer, ionization, and excitation in atomic collisions

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    The research being carried out at Penn State by Winter and Alston addresses the fundamental processes of electron transfer, ionization, and excitation in ion-atom (and ion-ion) collisions. The focus is on intermediate- and higher-energy collisions, corresponding to proton energies of about 25 kilo-electron-volts (keV) or larger. At intermediate energies, where the transition probabilities are not small, many states must be coupled in a large calculation, while at higher energies, perturbative approaches may be used. Several studies have been carried out in the current three-year period; most of these treat systems with only one or two electrons, so that fewer approximations need be made and the basic collisional mechanisms can be more clearly described

  16. Noise-assisted quantum electron transfer in photosynthetic complexes

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    Nesterov, Alexander I; Martínez, José Manuel Sánchez; Sayre, Richard T

    2013-01-01

    Electron transfer (ET) between primary electron donors and acceptors is modeled in the photosystem II reaction center (RC). Our model includes (i) two discrete energy levels associated with donor and acceptor, interacting through a dipole-type matrix element and (ii) two continuum manifolds of electron energy levels ("sinks"), which interact directly with the donor and acceptor. Namely, two discrete energy levels of the donor and acceptor are embedded in their independent sinks through the corresponding interaction matrix elements. We also introduce classical (external) noise which acts simultaneously on the donor and acceptor (collective interaction). We derive a closed system of integro-differential equations which describes the non-Markovian quantum dynamics of the ET. A region of parameters is found in which the ET dynamics can be simplified, and described by coupled ordinary differential equations. Using these simplified equations, both sharp and flat redox potentials are analyzed. We analytically and nu...

  17. 77 FR 10373 - Greenhouse Gas Reporting Program: Electronics Manufacturing: Revisions to Heat Transfer Fluid...

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    ...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...

  18. ELECTRON TRANSFER MECHANISM AT THE SOLID-LIQUID INTERFACE OF PHYLLOSILICATES

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    Interfacial electron transfer processes on clay minerals have significant impact in natural environments and geochemical systems. Nitrobenzene was used as molecular probes to study the electron transfer mechanism at the solid-water interfaces of Fe-containing phyllosicates. For...

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  1. 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

  2. Overpotential-induced lability of the electronic overlap factor in long-range electrochemical electron transfer: charge and distance dependence

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    Kornyshev, A. A.; Kuznetsov, A. M.; Nielsen, Jens Ulrik; Ulstrup, Jens

    2000-01-01

    Long-distance electrochemical electron transfer exhibits approximately exponential dependence on the electron transfer distance. On the basis of a jellium model of the metal surface we show that the slope of the logarithm of the current vs. the transfer distance also depends strongly on the electrode charge. The slope is smaller the more negative the charge density due to enhanced extension of the surface electronic density profile on the solution side, and thereby better electronic overlap with...

  3. Controlling time scales for electron transfer through proteins

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    Scot Wherland

    2015-12-01

    Full Text Available Electron transfer processes within proteins constitute key elements in biological energy conversion processes as well as in a wide variety of biochemical transformations. Pursuit of the parameters that control the rates of these processes is driven by the great interest in the latter reactions. Here, we review a considerable body of results emerging from investigation of intramolecular electron transfer (ET reactions in two types of proteins, all done by the use of the pulse-radiolysis method: first are described results of extensive studies of a model system, the bacterial electron mediating protein azurin, where an internal ET between the disulfide radical ion and the Cu(II is induced. Impact of specific structural changes introduced into azurin on the reaction rates and the parameters controlling it are discussed. Then, the presentation is extended to results of investigations of intra-protein ET reactions that are part of catalytic cycles of multi-copper containing enzymes. Again, the rates and the parameters controlling them are presented and discussed in the context of their efficacy and possible constraints set on their evolution.

  4. 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...

  5. Electronic Energy Transfer: Localized Operator Partitioning of Electronic Energy in Composite Quantum Systems

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    Khan, Yaser R.; Brumer, Paul

    2012-01-01

    A Hamiltonian based approach using spatially localized projection operators is introduced to give precise meaning to the chemically intuitive idea of the electronic energy on a quantum subsystem. This definition facilitates the study of electronic energy transfer in arbitrarily coupled quantum systems. In particular, the decomposition scheme can be applied to molecular components that are strongly interacting (with significant orbital overlap) as well as to isolated fragments. The result lead...

  6. Local operator partitioning of electronic energy for electronic energy transfer: An efficient algorithm

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    Nagesh, Jayashree; Brumer, Paul

    2013-01-01

    An efficient computational algorithm to implement a local operator approach to partitioning electronic energy in general molecular systems is presented. This approach, which rigorously defines the electronic energy on any subsystem within a molecule, gives a precise meaning to the subsystem ground and excited electronic energies, which is crucial for investigating electronic energy transfer from first principles. We apply the technique to the $9-$(($1-$naphthyl)$-$methyl)-anthracene (A1N) molecule by partitioning A1N into anthracenyl and CH$_2-$naphthyl groups as subsystems, and examine their electronic energies and populations for several excited states using Configuration Interaction Singles method. The implemented approach shows a wide variety of different behaviors amongst these excited electronic states.

  7. Charge-sharing and electron-transfer characteristics of a gas electron multiplier (GEM)

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    The charge sharing and electron-transfer process of a gas electron multiplier (GEM) with a high density of holes (60 ?m in diameter at 100 ?m of pitch) were examined. The GEM operated at a lower applied voltage due to the smaller size of the GEM holes; thus, a higher electric field is seen in the multiplication channels. The electron collection efficiency and the charge sharing were found to depend on the external field, as well as on the GEM voltage. The electron collection efficiency approached 90 % with a full collection of primary electrons under optimized GEM field conditions, and the range of the drift field for efficient electron collection to reach a plateau increased with the GEM voltage. The positive-ion feedback is also estimated

  8. 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

  9. Photoinduced Electron Transfer Based Ion Sensing within an Optical Fiber

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    Tanya M. Monro

    2011-10-01

    Full Text Available We combine suspended-core microstructured optical fibers with the photoinduced electron transfer (PET effect to demonstrate a new type of fluorescent optical fiber-dip sensing platform for small volume ion detection. A sensor design based on a simple model PET-fluoroionophore system and small core microstructured optical fiber capable of detecting sodium ions is demonstrated. The performance of the dip sensor operating in a high sodium concentration regime (925 ppm Na+ and for lower sodium concentration environments (18.4 ppm Na+ is explored and future approaches to improving the sensor’s signal stability, sensitivity and selectivity are discussed.

  10. 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

  11. Photoinduced electron transfer from phycoerythrin to colloidal metal semiconductor nanoparticles

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    Kathiravan, A.; Chandramohan, M.; Renganathan, R.; Sekar, S.

    2009-04-01

    Phycoerythrin is a water soluble pigment which absorbs in the visible region at 563 nm. The interaction of phycoerythrin with colloidal metal semiconductors was studied by absorption, FT-IR and fluorescence spectroscopy. Phycoerythrin adsorbed strongly on the surface of TiO 2 nanoparticles, the apparent association constant for the association between colloidal metal-TiO 2 nanoparticles and phycoerythrin was determined from fluorescence quenching data. The free energy change (? Get) for electron transfer process has been calculated by applying Rehm-Weller equation.

  12. 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

  13. Human ceruloplasmin. Intramolecular electron transfer kinetics and equilibration

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    Farver, O; Bendahl, L; Skov, L K; Pecht, I

    1999-01-01

    Pulse radiolytic reduction of disulfide bridges in ceruloplasmin yielding RSSR(-) radicals induces a cascade of intramolecular electron transfer (ET) processes. Based on the three-dimensional structure of ceruloplasmin identification of individual kinetically active disulfide groups and type 1 (T1...... with a rate constant of 3.9 +/- 0.8. No reoxidation of T1B Cu(I) could be resolved. It appears that the third T1 center (T1C of domain 2) is not participating in intramolecular ET, as it seems to be in a reduced state in the resting enzyme....

  14. Computer simulation studies of electron transfer in methanol

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    Fonseca, Teresa; Ladanyi, Branka M.

    1994-02-01

    We describe the results of our molecular dynamics (MD) simulation studies of intramolecular electron transfer reactions in methanol. We consider the reactions of the type DA?D+A- in which the reactant state is nonpolar and the product state polar. Equilibrium MD is used to construct the solvent-dependent reaction free energy profiles and nonequilibrium MD simulations are used to calculate the reaction dynamics for barrierless and low barrier photochemical reactions. The roles of solute size, hydrogen-bonding, solvation dynamics for solutes of different polarity, and reaction driving force are investigated.

  15. 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

  16. The electronic transfer of information and aerospace knowledge diffusion

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    Pinelli, Thomas E.; Bishop, Ann P.; Barclay, Rebecca O.; Kennedy, John M.

    1992-01-01

    Increasing reliance on and investment in information technology and electronic networking systems presupposes that computing and information technology will play a motor role in the diffusion of aerospace knowledge. Little is known, however, about actual information technology needs, uses, and problems within the aerospace knowledge diffusion process. The authors state that the potential contributions of information technology to increased productivity and competitiveness will be diminished unless empirically derived knowledge regarding the information-seeking behavior of the members of the social system - those who are producing, transferring, and using scientific and technical information - is incorporated into a new technology policy framework. Research into the use of information technology and electronic networks by U.S. aerospace engineers and scientists, collected as part of a research project designed to study aerospace knowledge diffusion, is presented in support of this assertion.

  17. Intramolecular electron transfer in Pseudomonas aeruginosa cd(1) nitrite reductase

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    Farver, Ole; Brunori, Maurizio; Cutruzzolà, Francesca; Rinaldo, Serena; Wherland, Scot; Pecht, Israel

    2009-01-01

    The cd(1) nitrite reductases, which catalyze the reduction of nitrite to nitric oxide, are homodimers of 60 kDa subunits, each containing one heme-c and one heme-d(1). Heme-c is the electron entry site, whereas heme-d(1) constitutes the catalytic center. The 3D structure of Pseudomonas aeruginosa...... controlling this internal ET step. In this study we have investigated the internal ET in the wild-type and His369Ala mutant of P. aeruginosa nitrite reductases and have observed similar cooperativity to that of the Pseudomonas stutzeri enzyme. Heme-c was initially reduced, in an essentially diffusion...... nitrite reductase has been determined in both fully oxidized and reduced states. Intramolecular electron transfer (ET), between c and d(1) hemes is an essential step in the catalytic cycle. In earlier studies of the Pseudomonas stutzeri enzyme, we observed that a marked negative cooperativity is...

  18. Generalized Holstein model for spin-dependent electron transfer reaction

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    Yang, Li-Ping; Sun, C P

    2011-01-01

    Some chemical reactions are described by electron transfer (ET) processes. The underlying mechanism could be modeled as a polaron motion in the molecular crystal-the Holstein model. By taking spin degrees of freedom into consideration, we generalize the Holstein model (molecular crystal model) to microscopically describe an ET chemical reaction. In our model, the electron spins in the radical pair simultaneously interact with a magnetic field and their nuclear-spin environments. By virtue of the perturbation approach, we obtain the chemical reaction rates for different initial states. It is discovered that the chemical reaction rate of the triplet state demonstrates its dependence on the direction of the magnetic field while the counterpart of the singlet state does not. This difference is attributed to the explicit dependence of the triplet state on the direction when the axis is rotated. Our model may provide a possible candidate for the microscopic origin of avian compass.

  19. 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.

  20. Probing the role of a conserved salt bridge in the intramolecular electron transfer kinetics of human sulfite oxidase.

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    Johnson-Winters, Kayunta; Davis, Amanda C; Arnold, Anna R; Berry, Robert E; Tollin, Gordon; Enemark, John H

    2013-08-01

    Sulfite oxidase (SO) is a vital metabolic enzyme that catalyzes the oxidation of toxic sulfite to sulfate. The proposed mechanism of this molybdenum cofactor dependent enzyme involves two one-electron intramolecular electron transfer (IET) steps from the molybdenum center to the iron of the b 5-type heme and two one-electron intermolecular electron transfer steps from the heme to cytochrome c. This work focuses on how the electrostatic interaction between two conserved amino acid residues, R472 and D342, in human SO (hSO) affects catalysis. The hSO variants R472M, R472Q, R472K, R472D, and D342K were created to probe the effect of the position of the salt bridge charges, along with the interaction between these two residues. With the exception of R472K, these variants all showed a significant decrease in their IET rate constants, k et, relative to wild-type hSO, indicating that the salt bridge between residues 472 and 342 is important for rapid IET. Surprisingly, however, except for R472K and R472D, all of the variants show k cat values higher than their corresponding k et values. The turnover number for R472D is about the same as k et, which suggests that the change in this variant is rate-limiting in catalysis. Direct spectroelectrochemical determination of the Fe(III/II) reduction potentials of the heme and calculation of the Mo(VI/V) potentials revealed that all of the variants affected the redox potentials of both metal centers, probably due to changes in their environments. Thus, the position of the positive charge of R472 and that of the negative charge of D342 are both important in hSO, and changing either the position or the nature of these charges perturbs IET and catalysis. PMID:23779234

  1. Quasiballistic electronic transport in a tunneling hot-electron-transfer amplifier

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    Leo, James; Bending, Simon J.

    1991-01-01

    The operation of a tunneling hot-electron-transfer amplifier has been simulated by treating it as a double-barrier diode where the field across each barrier can be varied independently. Current flow is evaluated by calculating the transmission coefficient of the entire structure starting from a coherent-transport framework and then by phenomenologically introducing both elastic and inelastic scattering of the electrons in the base region between the two barriers. By directly comparing the numerical results with those obtained experimentally, we have been able to establish an upper bound of the mean free path of electrons in the base of around 45 nm.

  2. Theoretical studies of excess electrons in fluids: structure and electron transfer. Progress report, August 1981-August 1982

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    Research reported involved studies of electron transfer reactions, negative water clusters, spin pairing in metal ammonia solutions, water-water interactions, interaction of Hexa aquo iron complexes, and proton transfer

  3. 48 CFR 52.232-35 - Designation of Office for Government Receipt of Electronic Funds Transfer Information.

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    ...Government Receipt of Electronic Funds Transfer Information. 52.232-35...Government Receipt of Electronic Funds Transfer Information. As prescribed...Government Receipt of Electronic Funds Transfer Information (MAY 1999)...

  4. Electron transport in AlGaAs/GaAs tunneling hot electron transfer amplifiers

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    Kim, K.; Hess, K.

    1988-09-01

    A Monte Carlo code has been developed to study electron transport at 4.2 K in AlGaAs/GaAs tunneling hot electron transfer amplifier devices. Our model includes the effects of coupled plasmon-phonon interaction and the Pauli exclusion principle along with more conventional features. The numerical results demonstrate the existence of nearly ballistic transport in the base and the collector barrier, and confirm that the experiments by Heiblum et al. [Phys. Rev. Lett. 55, 2200 (1985)] indeed measure the exact energy distribution of injected ballistic electrons. The device characteristics such as transfer ratio and transit time have also been investigated in detail and are discussed along with the optimum operating conditions.

  5. 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...

  6. Electron-transfer functionality of synthetic coiled-coil metalloproteins

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    Michael Y., Ogawa; Jiufeng, Fan; Anna, Fedorova; Jing, Hong; Olesya A., Kharenko; Anna Y., Kornilova; Robin C., Lasey; Fei, Xie.

    2006-12-01

    Full Text Available O campo emergente da engenharia molecular de metaloproteínas visa preparar proteínas artificiais, cujas propriedades podem imitar e talvez até mesmo melhorar várias características encontradas nas metaloenzimas naturais. Este artigo de revisão resume nossos esforços recentes na preparação de metalop [...] roteínas sintéticas, construídas a partir de "coiled-coils" alfa-hélices, e na incorporação de grupos de transferência de elétrons nesses sistemas. Recentemente, concebemos uma cisteína contendo um peptídeo com hélice randômica, o qual forma uma estrutura "coiled-coil" alfa-helicoidal ao se ligar a vários metais. O aduto de CuI pode atuar como agente fotoindutor de transferência de elétrons para receptores exógenos, e transfere elétrons por colisão na região invertida de Marcus para várias aminas de rutênio, as quais atuam como receptores. Especula-se que este resultado inesperado advenha do posicionamento do cofator de CuI no interior da porção hidrofóbica da proteína, o qual proíbe a aproximação entre o doador e o receptor, diminuindo a velocidade de transferência eletrônica daquelas reações termodinamicamente muito favorecidas, para velocidades inferiores à do limite difusional. Abstract in english The emerging field of metalloprotein design seeks to prepare artificial proteins whose properties can mimic, enhance, and perhaps improve upon many features found in natural metalloenzymes. This review summarizes our recent efforts to prepare synthetic metalloproteins built from alpha-helical coiled [...] -coils and to incorporate electron-transfer functionality within these systems. We have recently designed a cysteine-containing random-coil peptide which forms a alpha-helical coiled-coil upon binding various metals. The CuI adduct can serve as photoinduced electron-transfer agent to exogenous acceptors and undergoes collisional electron-transfer in the inverted Marcus region to various ruthenium ammine acceptors. It is speculated that this unexpected result might be due to the positioning of the CuI cofactor within the hydrophobic core of the protein which prohibits close approach between the donor and acceptor to slow the high driving force reaction rates below the diffusion limit.

  7. ELECTRONIC FUNDS TRANSFER: EXPLORING THE DIFFICULTIES OF SECURITY

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    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.

  8. Frustrated Solvation Structures Can Enhance Electron Transfer Rates.

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    Remsing, Richard C; McKendry, Ian G; Strongin, Daniel R; Klein, Michael L; Zdilla, Michael J

    2015-12-01

    Polar surfaces can interact strongly with nearby water molecules, leading to the formation of highly ordered interfacial hydration structures. This ordering can lead to frustration in the hydrogen bond network, and, in the presence of solutes, frustrated hydration structures. We study frustration in the hydration of cations when confined between sheets of the water oxidation catalyst manganese dioxide. Frustrated hydration structures are shown to have profound effects on ion-surface electron transfer through the enhancement of energy gap fluctuations beyond those expected from Marcus theory. These fluctuations are accompanied by a concomitant increase in the electron transfer rate in Marcus's normal regime. We demonstrate the generality of this phenomenon-enhancement of energy gap fluctuations due to frustration-by introducing a charge frustrated XY model, likening the hydration structure of confined cations to topological defects. Our findings shed light on recent experiments suggesting that water oxidation rates depend on the cation charge and Mn-oxidation state in these layered transition metal oxide materials. PMID:26573339

  9. MD studies of electron transfer at ambient and elevated pressures

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    Giles, Alex; Spooner, Jacob; Weinberg, Noham

    2013-06-01

    The effect of pressure on the rate constants of outer-sphere electron transfer reactions has often been described using the Marcus-Hush theory. This theory agrees well with experiment when internal reorganization of the ionic system is negligible, however it does not offer a recipe for calculation of the effects that result from significant solute restructuring. We have recently developed a molecular dynamics technique that accurately describes structural dependence of molecular volumes in non-polar and weakly polar systems. We are now extending this approach to the case of highly polar ionic systems where both solvent and solute restructuring components are important. For this purpose we construct pressure-dependent two-dimensional surfaces for electron transfer reactions in coordinate system composed of interionic distance and Marcus-type solvent polarization coordinate, and use these surfaces to describe pressure effects on reaction kinetics. R.A. Marcus. J. Chem. Phys. 24, 966 (1956); 24, 979 (1956); 26, 867 (1957). Discuss. Faraday Soc. 29, 21 (1960). Faraday Discuss. Chem. Soc. 74, 7 (1982); N.S. Hush. Trans. Faraday Soc. 57, 557 (1961).

  10. Intermolecular interaction in TeO2 crystal.

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    Gabuda, Svyatoslav P; Kozlova, Svetlana G

    2006-09-21

    It is shown that the abnormal long-range Te-Te intermolecular interaction in TeO(2) crystals may be related to the tunneling of electrons from the 5s(2) active lone pairs of Te(4+) ions and their partial delocalization on neighboring Te(4+). PMID:16970416

  11. Enzymatic cellulose oxidation is linked to lignin by long-range electron transfer

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    Westereng, Bjorge; Cannella, David; Wittrup Agger, Jane; Jørgensen, Henning; Andersen, Mogens Larsen; Eijsink, Vincent G. H.; Felby, Claus

    2015-01-01

    in plant cell walls. Electron transfer was confirmed by electron paramagnetic resonance spectroscopy showing that LPMO activity on cellulose changes the level of unpaired electrons in the lignin. The discovery of a long-range electron transfer mechanism links the biodegradation of cellulose and...

  12. Electron emission and electron transfer processes in proton-naphthalene collisions at intermediate velocities

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    Mishra, P. M.; Rajput, J.; Safvan, C. P.; Vig, S.; Kadhane, U.

    2013-11-01

    We investigate the fragmentation and ionization of naphthalene by protons at intermediate velocities (between 1.41 and 2.68 a.u.). Relative cross sections for electron capture (EC), electron emission (EE), and capture ionization are measured. The EC cross sections decrease rapidly over the energy range under consideration (50-150 keV) and are lower than EE cross sections. The EE cross sections, on the other hand, change very slowly in this energy range. The energetics of interactions is quantified by comparing the mass spectra with the photodissociation breakdown curves from literature. In the case of single capture, resonant electron transfer to n = 1 state in H+ is seen to dominate the interaction but is shown to be accompanied by a small amount of electronic energy loss. In the EE mode, two mechanisms are shown to be active in the collision process: large impact parameter plasmon excitation mode, and closer encounters with higher amounts of electronic energy loss.

  13. Interfacial Electron Transfer and Transient Photoconductivity Studied with Terahertz Spectroscopy

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    Milot, Rebecca Lee

    Terahertz spectroscopy is distinguished from other far infrared and millimeter wave spectroscopies by its inherent phase sensitivity and sub-picosecond time resolution making it a versatile technique to study a wide range of physical phenomena. As THz spectroscopy is still a relatively new field, many aspects of THz generation mechanisms have not been fully examined. Using terahertz emission spectroscopy (TES), THz emission from ZnTe(110) was analyzed and found to be limited by two-photon absorption and free-carrier generation at high excitation fluences. Due to concerns about the continued use of fossil fuels, solar energy has been widely investigated as a promising source of renewable energy. Dye-sensitized solar cells (DSSCs) have been developed as a low-cost alternative to conventional photovoltaic solar cells. To solve the issues of the intermittency and inefficient transport associated with solar energy, researchers are attempting to adapt DSSCs for water oxidation and chemical fuel production. Both device designs incorporate sensitizer molecules covalently bound to metal oxide nanoparticles. The sensitizer, which is comprised of a chromophore and anchoring group, absorbs light and transfers an electron from its excited state to the conduction band of the metal oxide, producing an electric current. Using time-resolved THz spectroscopy (TRTS), an optical pump/THz probe technique, the efficiency and dynamics of electron injection from sensitizers to metal oxides was evaluated as a function of the chromophore, its anchoring group, and the metal oxide identity. Experiments for studying fully functioning DSSCs and water oxidation devices are also described. Bio-inspired pentafluorophenyl porphyrin chromophores have been designed and synthesized for use in photoelectrochemical water oxidation cells. Influences on the efficiency and dynamics of electron injection from the chromophores into TiO2 and SnO2 nanoparticles due to changes in both the central substituent to the porphyrin ring and degree of fluorination of ring substituents were analyzed. Due to the high reduction potentials of these sensitizers, injection into TiO2 was generally not observed. Injection timescales from the porphyrins into SnO2 depended strongly on the identity of the central substituent and were affected by competition with excited-state deactivation processes. The carboxylate anchoring group is commonly used to bind DSSC sensitizers to metal oxide surfaces but is typically not stable under the aqueous and oxidative conditions required for water oxidation. Electron injection efficiency and water stability of several alternative anchoring groups, including phosphonic acid, hydroxamic acid, acerylacetone, and boronic acid, were evaluated. While all of the anchoring groups exhibited water stability superior to carboxylate, the hydroxamate anchor had the best combination of ease of handling and electron injection efficiency. The effects on photoconductivity due to metal oxide morphology and the addition of dopants were also analyzed. Mixtures of anatase and rutile TiO 2 nanoparticles are known to exhibit cooperative effects which increase the efficiency of DSSCs and photocatalysis relative to the pure-phase materials. Through analysis of TRTS measurements, the mechanism of this synergistic effect was found to involve electron transfer from the lower-mobility, higher surface area rutile nanoparticles to anatase particles, resulting in a higher charge collection efficiency. In addition to morphology, doping has been investigated as a means of expanding the spectral range of visible absorption of photocatalysts. Doping ZnO nanowires with manganese(II) was found to significantly decrease the electron mobility, and doping with cobalt(II) increased the timescale for electron trapping. These differences can be understood by considering the changes to the band structure of ZnO effected by the dopants. Preliminary analyses of the solvent and electrolyte dependence on the electron injection rate and efficiency suggest that electron injection can be affected by

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

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    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

  15. Hydrogen transfer between sulfuric acid and hydroxyl radical in the gas phase: competition among hydrogen atom transfer, proton-coupled electron-transfer, and double proton transfer.

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    Anglada, Josep M; Olivella, Santiago; Solé, Albert

    2006-02-01

    In an attempt to assess the potential role of the hydroxyl radical in the atmospheric degradation of sulfuric acid, the hydrogen transfer between H2SO4 and HO* in the gas phase has been investigated by means of DFT and quantum-mechanical electronic-structure calculations, as well as classical transition state theory computations. The first step of the H2SO4 + HO* reaction is the barrierless formation of a prereactive hydrogen-bonded complex (Cr1) lying 8.1 kcal mol(-1) below the sum of the (298 K) enthalpies of the reactants. After forming Cr1, a single hydrogen transfer from H2SO4 to HO* and a degenerate double hydrogen-exchange between H2SO4 and HO* may occur. The single hydrogen transfer, yielding HSO4* and H2O, can take place through three different transition structures, the two lowest energy ones (TS1 and TS2) corresponding to a proton-coupled electron-transfer mechanism, whereas the higher energy one (TS3) is associated with a hydrogen atom transfer mechanism. The double hydrogen-exchange, affording products identical to reactants, takes place through a transition structure (TS4) involving a double proton-transfer mechanism and is predicted to be the dominant pathway. A rate constant of 1.50 x 10(-14) cm(3) molecule(-1) s(-1) at 298 K is obtained for the overall reaction H2SO4 + HO*. The single hydrogen transfer through TS1, TS2, and TS3 contributes to the overall rate constant at 298 K with a 43.4%. It is concluded that the single hydrogen transfer from H2SO4 to HO* yielding HSO4* and H2O might well be a significant sink for gaseous sulfuric acid in the atmosphere. PMID:16451034

  16. Correlation properties of surface and percolation transfer of electrons

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    In this work was received equation, connecting correlatively properties of surface with electrons distribution function. Usually for equilibrium is necessary a large number of collisions. Collisions are 'destroying' correlations. In case rare collisions large importance have correlations and 'memory' effects. Non-Markov's character of emitting particles by surface lead to strongly nonequilibrium condition of 'gas'. Here kinetic equation of diffusive form does not apply. Classical kinetic equation are described only conditions near to equilibrium. This work offers to use ideas anomal diffusion in phase-space. The correlation properties of surface describe by correlations of velocities of emitting electrons: B(t). We offer to use functional equation for probability collision instead of kinetic equation: ?0?0WnoncollF(?) dv = 1 - B(t). This functional allow to consider 'memory' effects. It is important for consideration of electrons and clusters near surfaces. Distribution function become direct connected with correlations. In classical Kubo-Mory theory of transfer is necessary to get nondivergences integral: D ? ?0?B(t). In considering case we can use even 'power function'. It was used 'slow' correlation function as Kohlraush in calculations. The information about kinetics and correlations properties are containing in one functional equation. It was received solution of this equation in form Levy function: F(?) ? 1/?? exp(-1/?). The solution of this form can not be get with help asymptotic methods of kinetic theory. Asymptotics of solution have scale-invariant character F(V) ? 1/V?. This indicate on fractal properties phase-space. (author)

  17. A semiclassical theory of electron transfer reactions in Condon approximation and beyond

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    Kuznetsov, A. M.; Sokolov, V. V.; Ulstrup, Jens

    2001-01-01

    The effect of the modulation of the electronic wave functions by configurational fluctuations of the molecular environment on the kinetic parameters of electron transfer reactions is discussed. A self-consistent algorithm for the calculation of the potential profile along the reaction coordinate of adiabatic electron transfer reactions is elaborated. A new formula for the transition probability of non-adiabatic electron transfer reactions is obtained in an improved Condon approximation A regular...

  18. Fabrication and single-electron-transfer operation of a triple-dot single-electron transistor

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    Jo, Mingyu; Uchida, Takafumi; Tsurumaki-Fukuchi, Atsushi; Arita, Masashi; Fujiwara, Akira; Ono, Yukinori; Nishiguchi, Katsuhiko; Inokawa, Hiroshi; Takahashi, Yasuo

    2015-12-01

    A triple-dot single-electron transistor was fabricated on silicon-on-insulator wafer using pattern-dependent oxidation. A specially designed one-dimensional silicon wire having small constrictions at both ends was converted to a triple-dot single-electron transistor by means of pattern-dependent oxidation. The fabrication of the center dot involved quantum size effects and stress-induced band gap reduction, whereas that of the two side dots involved thickness modulation because of the complex edge structure of two-dimensional silicon. Single-electron turnstile operation was confirmed at 8 K when a 100-mV, 1-MHz square wave was applied. Monte Carlo simulations indicated that such a device with inhomogeneous tunnel and gate capacitances can exhibit single-electron transfer.

  19. Layered Black Phosphorus: Strongly Anisotropic Magnetic, Electronic, and Electron-Transfer Properties.

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    Sofer, Zden?k; Sedmidubský, David; Huber, Št?pán; Luxa, Jan; Bouša, Daniel; Boothroyd, Chris; Pumera, Martin

    2016-03-01

    Layered elemental materials, such as black phosphorus, exhibit unique properties originating from their highly anisotropic layered structure. The results presented herein demonstrate an anomalous anisotropy for the electrical, magnetic, and electrochemical properties of black phosphorus. It is shown that heterogeneous electron transfer from black phosphorus to outer- and inner-sphere molecular probes is highly anisotropic. The electron-transfer rates differ at the basal and edge planes. These unusual properties were interpreted by means of calculations, manifesting the metallic character of the edge planes as compared to the semiconducting properties of the basal plane. This indicates that black phosphorus belongs to a group of materials known as topological insulators. Consequently, these effects render the magnetic properties highly anisotropic, as both diamagnetic and paramagnetic behavior can be observed depending on the orientation in the magnetic field. PMID:26822395

  20. Electron Transfer Reactions: Generalized Spin-Boson Approach

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    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.

  1. Promoting direct interspecies electron transfer with activated carbon

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    Liu, Fanghua; Rotaru, Amelia-Elena; Shrestha, Pravin M.; Malvankar, Nikhil S.; Nevin, Kelly P.; Lovley, Derek R.

    2012-01-01

    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......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...... 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...

  2. Facile direct electron transfer in glucose oxidase modified electrodes

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    Wang Dan [Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry, Ohio University, Athens, OH 45701 (United States); Chen Liwei [Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry, Ohio University, Athens, OH 45701 (United States); Suzhou Institute of Nano Tech and Nano Bionics, Chinese Academy of Sciences, 398 Ruoshui Road, Suzhou Industrial Park, Suzhou, Jiangsu 215125 (China)], E-mail: lwchen2008@sinano.ac.cn

    2009-07-15

    Glucose oxidase (GOx) is widely used in the glucose biosensor industry. However, mediatorless direct electron transfer (DET) from GOx to electrode surfaces is very slow. Recently, mediatorless DET has been reported via the incorporation of nanomaterials such as carbon nanotubes and nanoparticles in the modification of electrodes. Here we report GOx electrodes showing DET without the need for any nanomaterials. The enzyme after immobilization with poly-L-lysine (PLL) and Nafion retains the biocatalytic activities and oxidizes glucose efficiently. The amperometric response of Nafion-PLL-GOx modified electrode is linearly proportional to the concentration of glucose up to 10 mM with a sensitivity of 0.75 {mu}A/mM at a low detection potential (-0.460 V vs. Ag/AgCl). The methodology developed in this study will have impact on glucose biosensors and biofuel cells and may potentially simplify enzyme immobilization in other biosensing systems.

  3. Facile direct electron transfer in glucose oxidase modified electrodes

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    Glucose oxidase (GOx) is widely used in the glucose biosensor industry. However, mediatorless direct electron transfer (DET) from GOx to electrode surfaces is very slow. Recently, mediatorless DET has been reported via the incorporation of nanomaterials such as carbon nanotubes and nanoparticles in the modification of electrodes. Here we report GOx electrodes showing DET without the need for any nanomaterials. The enzyme after immobilization with poly-L-lysine (PLL) and Nafion retains the biocatalytic activities and oxidizes glucose efficiently. The amperometric response of Nafion-PLL-GOx modified electrode is linearly proportional to the concentration of glucose up to 10 mM with a sensitivity of 0.75 ?A/mM at a low detection potential (-0.460 V vs. Ag/AgCl). The methodology developed in this study will have impact on glucose biosensors and biofuel cells and may potentially simplify enzyme immobilization in other biosensing systems.

  4. Electron transfer of rare earth impurities in liquid tin

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    The electric transfer of the admixtures of rare earths in liquid tin has been investigated. Tin - r.e.e. alloys were prepared at the temperature of 400 deg C in the vacuum of about 1O-5 to 10-6 mm Hg, the proportion of each rare earth being equal to about 0.01 to 1 wt.%. The effective charges of the admixtures of rare earths were determined in liquid tin at the temperature of about 400 deg C. Presented is a dependence of the effective charge of the admixtures of rare earths on the serial number of an element of the periodic chart. The data testify to a considerable part played by the atomic 4 f-states in the scattering of the conduction electrons

  5. Electron-proton scattering at very small momentum transfer

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    An electron scattering experiment is described to determine the ratio ?Gsub(E)/Gsub(M) of the form factors of the proton at small momentum transfer. In the region 0.09 2 -2, an average value of four measured points was found to be ?Gsub(E)/Gsub(M) = 1.01 +- 0.02. An analysis of all available data at present of Gsub(E) for q2 -2 gave a rms radius of the charge distribution of the proton of Rsub(m)(E) = 0.85 +- 0.02 fm. Deviations from the proportionality rule of ?Gsub(E)/Gsub(m) = 1 in the region q2 -2 were not found for the ratio ?Gsub(E)/Gsub(M). (orig./LH)

  6. 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

  7. Light-induced electron transfer vs. energy transfer in molecular thin-film systems

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    Renschler, C. L.; Faulkner, L. R.

    1980-01-01

    Quenching of fluoranthene (FA) singlets by tetrabromo-o-benzoquinone (TBBQ) and N,N,N',N'-tetramethyl-p-phenylenediamine (TMPD) was studied both in xylene solutions and in spin-cast polystyrene (PS) films. Emphasis was placed on time-resolved fluorescence transients resulting from pulsed excitation. Linear Stern-Volmer plots were obtained for quenching in solution and gave diffusion-controlled rate constants, of 1.45 x 10/sup 10/ M/sup -1/ sec/sup -1/ and 1.53 x 10/sup 10/ M/sup -1/ sec/sup -1/ for TBBQ and TMPD, respectively. TBBQ was found to quench FA singlets in PS over the studied concentration range 12 mM < (TBBQ) < 48 mM, but in its presence FA singlets decayed nonexponentially. The results were interpreted quantitatively in terms of pure Foerster's transfer from FA to TBBQ without diffusion of excitons. The critical transfer radius R/sub 0/ was experimentally determined to be 24.3 A, which is in good agreement with the theoretical value of 23 A calculated from spectral data. Quenching of FA singlets in PS films was found to be independent of FA concentration over a 300 mM to 1200 mM FA concentration range for a constant TBBQ concentration of 24.0 mM. TMPD was only slightly effective as a quencher of FA singlets in PS because it apparently behaves strictly as a contact quencher based on reversible charge transfer. The implications of these results for the design of systems intended to exploit light-induced electron transfer are discussed.

  8. Electron-transfer reactions induced by ionizing radiation and photoirradiation

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    Photoirradiation of a methanol solution of ?-methylstyrene and EuCl3.6H2O with Pyrex filter resulted in the formation of 2,3-dimethyl-2,3-diphenylbutane and 3,4-dimethyl-3,4-diphenylpentanol in high yields. This reaction was initiated by the excitation of Eu(III)CH3OH CT-bands and followed by a successive photochemical reaction of Eu(II) ions formed. When 1,3-dimethyluracil was used as a substrate a regioselective hydroxymethylation took place in high efficiency, probably via an electron-transfer mechanism. ?-Radiolysis of 1,3-dimethyluracil and its derivatives in methanol also resulted in the regioselective hydroxymethylation at C-5 position of the pyrimidine ring. Analogous additions of ethanol, 2-propanol and tetrahydrofuran to 1,3-dimethyluracil occured in high efficiency. A mechanism via the one-electron reduction of 1,3-dimethyluracil is presented and compared with that of the photochemical reactions. (author)

  9. Electron transfer collision of neon ions with Ne in a RF ion trap

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    The pulsed electron beam rf ion storage system is used to study neon ions electron transfer. The rate coefficients for electron transfer of the neon ions with the neon gas are measured. The results are better than those in other ion storage system

  10. Time-optimal polarization transfer from an electron spin to a nuclear spin

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    Yuan, Haidong; Zeier, Robert; Pomplun, Nikolas; Glaser, Steffen J.; Khaneja, Navin

    2015-01-01

    Polarization transfers from an electron spin to a nuclear spin are essential for various physical tasks, such as dynamic nuclear polarization in nuclear magnetic resonance and quantum state transformations on hybrid electron-nuclear spin systems. We present time-optimal schemes for electron-nuclear polarization transfers which improve on conventional approaches and will have wide applications.

  11. A note on the standard electron transfer potential at the interface between two immiscible electrolyte solutions.

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    Samec, Zden?k

    2009-01-01

    Ro?. 55, ?. 2 (2009), s. 75-81. ISSN 0034-6691 R&D Projects: GA ?R(CZ) GA203/07/1257 Institutional research plan: CEZ:AV0Z40400503 Keywords : interface between two immiscible electrolyte solutions * interfacial electron transfer * standard electron trasfer potential * homogeneous electron transfer Subject RIV: CG - Electrochemistry

  12. Theory of Electron-Transfer Reactions and of Related Phenomena

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    Data on electronexchange reactions have provided insight into factors influencing rates of electron-transfer reactions in solution. The present paper has the twofold purpose of discussing some of these factors and of describing applications of these exchange data and theory to other phenomena. The reaction rate depends upon the extent of reorganization of bond lengths (angles) in the reactants and of solvent reorientation outside them. The reorganization is facilitated or hindered in a comparatively simple way by a favorable or unfavorable standard free energy of reaction. The rate depends, too, on coulombic and other interactions, as evidenced perhaps by certain salt effects, though probably only by a few orders of magni - tude typically. The observed variation of rates of some 15 orders of magnitude is best attributed primarily to differences in the vibrational reorganization term, a factor calculable from bond lengths and force constants when known. A remaining factor, non-adiabaticity, is at present of uncertain importance. Arrhenius frequency factors in chemical and electrochemical exchange rate constants would provide the most direct information, but can be complicated or even dwarfed by solvent reordering effects in the coulombic interaction. Available data are few. They provide examples where a non-adiabatic effect is minor. There appear to be no known examples where it is major (Fe2+ - Fe3+, could be a candidate but its mechanism is apparently uncertain). Reorganization in reactants and in solvent occurs in a variety of related phenomena, and related concepts will be applied to treat them. In turn, chemical exchange data have useful applications to the latter. These areas include electrochemical exchange reactions, chemiluminescent electron-transfer reactions (between positive and negative aromatic ions, for example), and redox reactions of the solvated electron. An explanation for the chemiluminescent reactions will be based on the possible ''inverse ΔF°'' effect, discussed several years ago by the author. A related phenomenon involving solvent 'orientation strain' occurs in light absorption or emission by polar solutes in polar solvents, and the theoretical approach used by the author for treating it is closely related to that used for the exchange reactions. (author)

  13. 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

  14. Impact of electron delocalization on the nature of the charge-transfer states in model pentacene/C60 Interfaces: A density functional theory study

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    Yang, Bing

    2014-12-04

    Electronic delocalization effects have been proposed to play a key role in photocurrent generation in organic photovoltaic devices. Here, we study the role of charge delocalization on the nature of the charge-transfer (CT) states in the case of model complexes consisting of several pentacene molecules and one fullerene (C60) molecule, which are representative of donor/acceptor heterojunctions. The energies of the CT states are examined by means of time-dependent density functional theory (TD-DFT) using the long-range-corrected functional, ωB97X, with an optimized range-separation parameter, ω. We provide a general description of how the nature of the CT states is impacted by molecular packing (i.e., interfacial donor/acceptor orientations), system size, and intermolecular interactions, features of importance in the understanding of the charge-separation mechanism.

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

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

    1996-01-01

    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, C60. For the TCNQ derivatives, the efficiency of the electron transfer process...

  16. Light-induced electron transfer vs. energy transfer in molecular thin-film systems

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    Quenching of fluoranthene (FA) singlets by tetrabromo-o-benzoquinone (TBBQ) and N,N,N',N'-tetramethyl-p-phenylenediamine (TMPD) was studied both in xylene solutions and in spin-cast polystyrene (PS) films. Emphasis was placed on time-resolved fluorescence transients resulting from pulsed excitation. Linear Stern-Volmer plots were obtained for quenching in solution and gave diffusion-controlled rate constants, of 1.45 x 1010 M-1 sec-1 and 1.53 x 1010 M-1 sec-1 for TBBQ and TMPD, respectively. TBBQ was found to quench FA singlets in PS over the studied concentration range 12 mM 0 was experimentally determined to be 24.3 A, which is in good agreement with the theoretical value of 23 A calculated from spectral data. Quenching of FA singlets in PS films was found to be independent of FA concentration over a 300 mM to 1200 mM FA concentration range for a constant TBBQ concentration of 24.0 mM. TMPD was only slightly effective as a quencher of FA singlets in PS because it apparently behaves strictly as a contact quencher based on reversible charge transfer. The implications of these results for the design of systems intended to exploit light-induced electron transfer are discussed

  17. Study of Ion Transfer Coupling with Electron Transfer by Hydrophilic Droplet Electrodes.

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    Gu, Jing; Zhao, Wenbo; Chen, Ye; Zhang, Xin; Xie, Xiang; Liu, Shujuan; Wu, Xiaofeng; Zhu, Zhiwei; Li, Meixian; Shao, Yuanhua

    2015-12-01

    In a hydrophilic droplet three-electrode system, electroactive species within the droplet play very important roles in the electron-transfer (ET) process on the solid/electrolyte interface, which can then induce an ion-transfer (IT) reaction at the liquid/liquid interface. In this work, several redox couples and electroactive species are chosen to study ET-IT coupling processes at the water/1,2-dichloroethane (W/DCE) interface by cyclic voltammetry (CV) and Osteryoung square wave voltammetry (OSWV). Among them, the redox couple Ru(NH3)6(3+/2+) has been found to have the widest useful potential window of about 1.2 V. A hydrophilic droplet three-electrode system using a single electroactive molecule instead of a redox couple has been confirmed to be stable and has similar functionality to a redox couple. In addition, the lipophilicity of antiplatelet drug clopidogrel at the W/DCE interface is investigated and its ionic partition diagram has been constructed. Protonated clopidogrel is detected in a linear concentration range of 5.0-50 ?M and the limit of detection (LOD) is calculated to be 3.0 ?M by using the hydrophilic droplet system Ru(NH3)6(3+/2+) and OSWV. PMID:26499518

  18. Control of Electron Transfer from Lead-Salt Nanocrystals to TiO 2

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    Hyun, Byung-Ryool

    2011-05-11

    The roles of solvent reorganization energy and electronic coupling strength on the transfer of photoexcited electrons from PbS nanocrystals to TiO 2 nanoparticles are investigated. We find that the electron transfer depends only weakly on the solvent, in contrast to the strong dependence in the nanocrystal-molecule system. This is ascribed to the larger size of the acceptor in this system, and is accounted for by Marcus theory. The electronic coupling of the PbS and TiO 2 is varied by changing the length, aliphatic and aromatic structure, and anchor groups of the linker molecules. Shorter linker molecules consistently lead to faster electron transfer. Surprisingly, linker molecules of the same length but distinct chemical structures yield similar electron transfer rates. In contrast, the electron transfer rate can vary dramatically with different anchor groups. © 2011 American Chemical Society.

  19. Thermodynamic, kinetic and electronic structure aspects of a charge-transfer active bichromophoric organofullerene

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    K Senthil Kumar; Archita Patnaik

    2013-03-01

    Our recent work on charge transfer in the electronically push-pull dimethylaminoazobenzene-fullerene C60 donor-bridge-acceptor dyad through orbital picture revealed charge displacement from the n(N=N) (non-bonding) and (N=N) type orbitals centred on the donor part to the purely fullerene centred LUMOs and (LUMO+n) orbitals, delocalized over the entire molecule. Consequently, this investigation centres around the kinetic and thermodynamic parameters involved in the solvent polarity dependent intramolecular photo-induced electron transfer processes in the dyad, indispensable for artificial photosynthetic systems. A quasi-reversible electron transfer pathway was elucidated with electrode-specific heterogeneous electron transfer rate constants.

  20. Competitive-channel of double electron transfer in ion-atom collision

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    Full text: Recent development in the theoretical and experimental studies on electron transfer is highlighted. Validity of single collision condition and isolated atom concept were achieved by gas target measurement. Studies on subshell resolved electron transfer for solid targets were also extrapolated to vanishing thicknesses. Predictions of the recently developed theory of a Close Coupling Calculations (CCC) based on Two State Atomic Expansion (TSAE) and Continuum Distorted Wave eikonal initial state (CDW-EIS) were compared with the experimental results. The cross-section for the simultaneous transfer of two electrons is comparable to the singe electron transfer cross-sections as the symmetry of the collision system is approached

  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. 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.

  3. Vibrational and Electronic Energy Transfer and Dissociation of Diatomic Molecules by Electron Collisions

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    Huo, Winifred M.; Langhoff, Stephen R. (Technical Monitor)

    1995-01-01

    At high altitudes and velocities equal to or greater than the geosynchronous return velocity (10 kilometers per second), the shock layer of a hypersonic flight will be in thermochemical nonequilibrium and partially ionized. The amount of ionization is determined by the velocity. For a trans atmospheric flight of 10 kilometers per second and at an altitude of 80 kilometers, a maximum of 1% ionization is expected. At a velocity of 12 - 17 kilometer per second, such as a Mars return mission, up to 30% of the atoms and molecules in the flow field will be ionized. Under those circumstances, electrons play an important role in determining the internal states of atoms and molecules in the flow field and hence the amount of radiative heat load and the distance it takes for the flow field to re-establish equilibrium. Electron collisions provide an effective means of transferring energy even when the electron number density is as low as 1%. Because the mass of an electron is 12,760 times smaller than the reduced mass of N2, its average speed, and hence its average collision frequency, is more than 100 times larger. Even in the slightly ionized regime with only 1% electrons, the frequency of electron-molecule collisions is equal to or larger than that of molecule-molecule collisions, an important consideration in the low density part of the atmosphere. Three electron-molecule collision processes relevant to hypersonic flows will be considered: (1) vibrational excitation/de-excitation of a diatomic molecule by electron impact, (2) electronic excitation/de-excitation, and (3) dissociative recombination in electron-diatomic ion collisions. A review of available data, both theory and experiment, will be given. Particular attention will be paid to tailoring the molecular physics to the condition of hypersonic flows. For example, the high rotational temperatures in a hypersonic flow field means that most experimental data carried out under room temperatures are not applicable. Also, the average electron temperature is expected to be between 10,000 and 20,000 K. Thus only data for low energy electrons are relevant to the model.

  4. 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.

  5. 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

  6. Synthesis, Characterization, Photophysics and Photochemistry of Pyrylogen Electron Transfer Sensitizers

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    Clennan, Edward L. [University of Wyoming, Laramie; Liao, Chen [ORNL

    2014-01-01

    A series of new dicationic sensitizers that are hybrids of pyrylium salts and viologens has been synthesized. The electrochemical and photophysical properties of these "pyrylogen" sensitizers are reported in sufficient detail to allow rationale design of new photoinduced electron transfer reactions. The range of their reduction potentials (+0.37-+0.05V vs SCE) coupled with their range of singlet (48-63 kcal mol(-1)) and triplet (48-57kcalmol(-1)) energies demonstrate that they are potent oxidizing agents in both their singlet and triplet excited states, thermodynamically capable of oxidizing substrates with oxidation potentials as high as 3.1eV. The pyrylogens are synthesized in three steps from readily available starting materials in modest overall 11.4-22.3% yields. These sensitizers have the added advantages that: (1) their radical cations do not react on the CV timescale with oxygen bypassing the need to run reactions under nitrogen or argon and (2) have long wavelength absorptions between 413 and 523nm well out of the range where competitive absorbance by most substrates would cause a problem. These new sensitizers do react with water requiring special precautions to operate in a dry reaction environment.

  7. Electron transfer of peroxidase assemblies at tailored nanocarbon electrodes

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    In bioelectrochemistry, the catalytic function of redox enzymes depends largely upon the nature of the working electrode material. One major example of this phenomenon is the improvement of biogenic analyte detection at graphitic carbon with increased edge plane character in the graphene lattice. In our laboratories, we have found that the edge plane character of carbon nanotubes (CNTs) prepared using chemical vapor deposition (CVD) can be tuned via selective doping with nitrogen, termed N-CNTs. In this report, we extend these studies to investigate the influence of N-doping of nanocarbons on the electron transfer of horseradish peroxidase (HRP) using spectrophotometric enzyme activity assays and electrochemical measurements. Our findings demonstrate that HRP adsorption at N-CNTs increases by a factor of two relative to that of nondoped CNTs, with surface coverages, ?m, of 75 ± 4 and 33 ± 5 2,2'-azino-bis(3-ethylbenzothiazoline-6-sulfonic acid) (ABTS) U/mg, respectively. Surprisingly, however, only ?40% of the HRP adsorbed at N-CNTs is electroactive, as assessed by voltammetry of the HRP Fe2+/3+ redox response. By contrast, HRP adsorbed at nondoped CNTs is nearly 100% electroactive, suggesting that the nature of the HRP adsorption (e.g., electrostatic, van der Waals) and geometric factors of heme orientation affect the biocatalytic performance. We also describe studies that utilize the properties of both nondoped CNTs and N-CNTs with adsorbed HRP for unmediated, quantitative H2O2 sensing

  8. Modeling of ultrafast electron-transfer processes: Validity of multilevel Redfield theory

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    The capability of multilevel Redfield theory to describe ultrafast photoinduced electron-transfer reactions is investigated. Adopting a standard model of photoinduced electron transfer in a condensed-phase environment, we consider electron-transfer reactions in the normal and inverted regimes, as well as for different values of the electron-transfer parameters, such as reorganization energy, electronic coupling, and temperature. Based on the comparison with numerically exact reference results, obtained using the self-consistent hybrid method, we discuss in some detail the advantages and shortcomings of two different versions of Redfield theory, which employ the time-dependent and stationary Redfield tensor, respectively. The results of the study demonstrate that multilevel Redfield theory, if applied in the appropriate parameter regime, is well suited to describe the ultrafast coherent dynamics of photoinduced electron-transfer reactions

  9. Desensitization and recovery of metastable intermolecular composites

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    Busse, James R. (South Fork, CO); Dye, Robert C. (Los Alamos, NM); Foley, Timothy J. (Los Alamos, NM); Higa, Kelvin T. (Ridgecrest, CA); Jorgensen, Betty S. (Jemez Springs, NM); Sanders, Victor E. (White Rock, NM); Son, Steven F. (Los Alamos, NM)

    2010-09-07

    A method to substantially desensitize a metastable intermolecular composite material to electrostatic discharge and friction comprising mixing the composite material with an organic diluent and removing enough organic diluent from the mixture to form a mixture with a substantially putty-like consistency, as well as a concomitant method of recovering the metastable intermolecular composite material.

  10. 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 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

  11. Electron transfer-reactions on the surface of MgO nanoparticles

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    The surface of MgO nanoparticles obtained by chemical vapour deposition (CVD) was subjected to combined EPR and IR studies. Surface colour centres (FS+) and superoxide anions (O2-) which are complexed by surface cations (Mg2+) were isolated and characterized on this material for the first time. The hydride groups emerging from the initial H2 chemisorption processes (heterolytic splitting) play an active role in consecutive surface reactions. They provide the electrons which are required for the UV induced formation of surface colour centres (FS+) and for the production of superoxide anions (redox reaction). Both the colour centres and the superoxide anions (O2-) are EPR active. The hydroxyl groups resulting from H2 chemisorption (OHC) do not actively participate in the consecutive reactions. Together with the OH groups formed in the course of colour centre formation (OHR) they rather play the role of an observer. They undergo specific electronic interactions with both the colour centre (FS+...HO) and the superoxide anion which are IR inactive surface species. They may, however, be observed by IR spectroscopy via the specifically influenced OH stretching vibrations (O2...HO). This proves the intimate interplay between IR and EPR spectroscopy applied to the surface processes under investigation. As a result two paths were found for the three consecutive surface reaction steps: H2 chemisorption, colour centre formation and superoxide anion formation. In the first one a single well defined surface area element is involved, namely, a low coordinated ion pair, the cation of which is a constituent of an anion vacancy. In the second path a diffusion controlled intermediate step has to be adopted in which the electron required for the colour centre is transported by an H atom travelling from a hydride group to a remote anion vacancy. In either case there is clear experimental evidence that the finally resulting superoxide anions are complexed by the colour centre cations. As a consequence the relative abundance of two O2-species, namely O2- [A] and O2- [B], depends sensitively on H2 pressure during UV irradiation in the course of colour centre formation. The mechanisms of intermolecular electron transfer reactions between surface hydride groups and O2 (coadsorption of H2 and O2 in the dark) were also studied using the respective OH groups a surface probes. At low H2 pressures (P(H2)=1 mbar) the reaction between the hydride groups of chemisorption complex I and O2 can take place and results in the formation of O2- [A]. This is monitored by the hydroxyl group OHC. With increasing H2 pressure during the coadsorption experiment the sites of chemisorption complex II are more and more involved in the course of formation of O2-[B]. In the last part a systematic investigation concerning the change of surface topology by thermal pretreatment was performed using O2- as cation selective surface probes. On raising the temperature a drastical decrease of the number of different cation types is observed. Finally, only three of them can be isolated on the surface of MgO (1073 K) via O2- probes. This indicates a remarkable reduction of the diversity of surface sites. The three cations, together with the two sites capable of heterolytic H2 splitting and two predominant types of anion vacancies survive thermal treatment above 1073 K and determine the surface reactivity of totally dehydroxylated MgO nanoparticles. (author)

  12. Photoinduced tautomerism of 2,6-dicarbomethoxyphenol in DMF–water mixtures: Perturbation from intermolecular processes

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    Mandal, Abhijit, E-mail: pcam2008@gmail.com [Department of Chemistry and Environment, Heritage Institute of Technology, Chowbaga Road, Anandapur, Kolkata 700107 (India); Misra, Ramprasad [Department of Physical Chemistry, Indian Association for the Cultivation of Science, Jadavpur, Kolkata 700032 (India)

    2014-06-01

    In this paper, we report the spectral signatures of photoinduced tautomerism of 4-methyl-2,6-dicarbomethoxyphenol (CMOH) in DMF–water mixtures with varying compositions. Excited state intramolecular proton transfer (ESIPT) reaction of CMOH has been observed in bulk DMF, indicated by dual fluorescence from its normal and tautomeric forms while only a single emission peak is observed in water from its anionic species. Binary mixture of a polar aprotic (DMF) and a polar protic (water) solvent gives rise to a competition between intramolecular and intermolecular hydrogen bonding (with media) processes of the probe. This competition is found to be largely dependent on the proton affinity of the media and also on the excitation energy. Solvent separated ion pair and intermolecularly H-bonded CMOH–Solvent complex have been detected in the excited state at specific solvent compositions that are converted to the anionic form due to the change in excitation wavelengths. The formation of hydrogen bonded 1:1 molecular clusters of different rotamers of CMOH with DMF and water in the ground state has been investigated using quantum chemical calculations. A combined experimental and theoretical analysis indicates that the HOMO to LUMO transitions dictate the electronic absorption profiles of the CMOH–DMF and CMOH–water clusters. These findings are expected to shed light on the mechanism of acid–base reactions of several hydrogen bonded systems that are part of many biologically relevant processes. -- Highlights: •Photoinduced tautomerization of CMOH has been studied in DMF–water mixture. •CMOH forms 1:1 molecular clusters with DMF and water. •The competition between intra- and intermolecular hydrogen bonding is revealed. •HOMO to LUMO transition dictates the absorption spectra of CMOH in DMF and water.

  13. Coherent wavepacket motion in an ultrafast electron transfer system monitored by femtosecond degenerate four-wave-mixing and pump–probe spectroscopy

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    Highlights: • Coherent wavepacket motion was investigated for ultrafast electron transfer (ET) system. • Vibrations originating from ground and excited states were extracted with high accuracy. • The dephasing of the excited state vibration was accelerated by the ultrafast ET. - Abstract: Coherent nuclear wavepacket motions were monitored by three types of femtosecond time-resolved spectroscopy, namely, transient absorption measurement utilizing white-light supercontinuum (WC-TA), degenerate four-wave-mixing (DFWM), and pump–probe (PP) measurements, for an ultrafast intermolecular electron transfer (ET) system with a dye molecule, oxazine 1 (Ox1), dissolved in an electron donating solvent, N,N-dimethylaniline (DMA). Vibrational frequencies of the wavepacket motion in the excited and in the ground states were 560–562 and 567–569 cm?1, respectively, with only a few frequency difference of 5–9 cm?1, which were clearly distinguishable by the highly accurate measurements. In DMA, the excited state wavepacket motion declined with time constant of 160–240 fs which is somewhat longer than that of the ultrafast ET; 60–80 fs

  14. 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 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

  15. Photoinduced bimolecular electron transfer kinetics in small unilamellar vesicles

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    Photoinduced electron transfer (ET) from N,N-dimethylaniline to some coumarin derivatives has been studied in small unilamellar vesicles (SUVs) of the phospholipid, DL-?-dimyristoyl-phosphatidylcholine, using steady-state and time-resolved fluorescence quenching, both below and above the phase transition temperature of the vesicles. The primary interest was to examine whether Marcus inversion [H. Sumi and R. A. Marcus, J. Chem. Phys. 84, 4894 (1986)] could be observed for the present ET systems in these organized assemblies. The influence of the topology of SUVs on the photophysical properties of the reactants and consequently on their ET kinetics has also been investigated. Absorption and fluorescence spectral data of the coumarins in SUVs and the variation of their fluorescence decays with temperature indicate that the dyes are localized in the bilayer of the SUVs. Time-resolved area normalized emission spectra analysis, however, reveals that the dyes are distributed in two different microenvironments in the SUVs, which we attribute to the two leaflets of the bilayer, one toward bulk water and the other toward the inner water pool. The microenvironments in the two leaflets are, however, not indicated to be that significantly different. Time-resolved anisotropy decays were biexponential for all the dyes in SUVs, and this has been interpreted in terms of the compound motion model according to which the dye molecules can experience a fast wobbling-in-cone type of motion as well as a slow overall rotating motion of the cone containing the molecule. The expected bimolecular diffusion-controlled rates in SUVs, as estimated by comparing the microviscosities in SUVs (determined from rotational correlation times) and that in acetonitrile solution, are much slower than the observed fluorescence quenching rates, suggesting that reactant diffusion (translational) does not play any role in the quenching kinetics in the present systems. Accordingly, clear inversions are observed in the correlation of the fluorescence quenching rate constants kq with the free energy change, ?G0 of the reactions. However, the coumarin dyes, C152 and C481 (cf. Scheme 1), show unusually high kq values and high activation barriers, which is not expected from Marcus ET theory. This unusual behavior is explained on the basis of participation of the twisted intramolecular charge transfer states of these two dyes in the ET kinetics

  16. Photoinduced bimolecular electron transfer kinetics in small unilamellar vesicles

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    Choudhury, Sharmistha Dutta; Kumbhakar, Manoj; Nath, Sukhendu; Pal, Haridas

    2007-11-01

    Photoinduced electron transfer (ET) from N,N-dimethylaniline to some coumarin derivatives has been studied in small unilamellar vesicles (SUVs) of the phospholipid, DL-?-dimyristoyl-phosphatidylcholine, using steady-state and time-resolved fluorescence quenching, both below and above the phase transition temperature of the vesicles. The primary interest was to examine whether Marcus inversion [H. Sumi and R. A. Marcus, J. Chem. Phys. 84, 4894 (1986)] could be observed for the present ET systems in these organized assemblies. The influence of the topology of SUVs on the photophysical properties of the reactants and consequently on their ET kinetics has also been investigated. Absorption and fluorescence spectral data of the coumarins in SUVs and the variation of their fluorescence decays with temperature indicate that the dyes are localized in the bilayer of the SUVs. Time-resolved area normalized emission spectra analysis, however, reveals that the dyes are distributed in two different microenvironments in the SUVs, which we attribute to the two leaflets of the bilayer, one toward bulk water and the other toward the inner water pool. The microenvironments in the two leaflets are, however, not indicated to be that significantly different. Time-resolved anisotropy decays were biexponential for all the dyes in SUVs, and this has been interpreted in terms of the compound motion model according to which the dye molecules can experience a fast wobbling-in-cone type of motion as well as a slow overall rotating motion of the cone containing the molecule. The expected bimolecular diffusion-controlled rates in SUVs, as estimated by comparing the microviscosities in SUVs (determined from rotational correlation times) and that in acetonitrile solution, are much slower than the observed fluorescence quenching rates, suggesting that reactant diffusion (translational) does not play any role in the quenching kinetics in the present systems. Accordingly, clear inversions are observed in the correlation of the fluorescence quenching rate constants kq with the free energy change, ?G0 of the reactions. However, the coumarin dyes, C152 and C481 (cf. Scheme 1), show unusually high kq values and high activation barriers, which is not expected from Marcus ET theory. This unusual behavior is explained on the basis of participation of the twisted intramolecular charge transfer states of these two dyes in the ET kinetics.

  17. Electron and hole transfer in DNA: the role of tunneling and environment

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    Owing to the biological significance of radiation induced DNA damage, electron and hole transfer processes in DNA have attracted considerable interest. Various mechanisms for these processes have been proposed including tunneling and hopping. In our efforts we have investigated electron transfer for DNA in glasses, ices and solids at low temperatures via electron spin resonance (ESR) spectroscopy. Electrons and holes generated by irradiation at 77 K are trapped on DNA and transfer to a randomly interspersed intercalator, mitoxantrone (MX). Monitoring the changes of ESR signals of MX radicals, one electron oxidized guanine (G·+), one-electron reduced cytosine [C(N3)H·], and thymine anion radicals (T·-) with time at 77 K allows for the direct observation of electron and hole transfer. For DNA in aqueous glasses at low temperatures we are able to isolate the tunneling of excess electrons and we report overall distances of travel and the tunneling decay constant, beta. Studies with the duplexes polydAdT·polydAdT and polydIdC·polydIdC randomly intercalated with mitoxantrone (MX) show the excess electron transfer distances to be longer for pdAdT·pdAdT, than for for pdIdC·pdIdC. The beta value for DNA (0.9Angstroms-1) lies intermediate between that for pdAdT·pdAdT (0.75 Angstroms-1) and that for pdIdC·pdIdC (1.4 Angstroms-1). These results suggest that proton transfer from I to C·- forming CH· significantly slows but does not stop electron transfer. Similarly in DNA proton transfer in GC anion radical is not found to prevent electron transfer. Electron and hole transfer processes in frozen solutions (D2O ices) show that electron/hole transfer in polyA·polyU is significantly further than in DNA and transfer distances in polyC·polyG are substantially less than in DNA. These findings confirm our results in aqueous glasses. Our investigations of the effect of hydration, space filling lipid amine cation complexes, and temperature will also be discussed. Our modeling of electron transfer rates and distances of electron transfer in DNA-complexes allow for estimates of the spacing between DNA double stranded helices in each complex. This research was supported by the NIH NCI Grant RO1 CA45424

  18. Enzymatic cellulose oxidation is linked to lignin by long-range electron transfer

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    Westereng, Bjørge; Cannella, David; Wittrup Agger, Jane; Jørgensen, Henning; Larsen Andersen, Mogens; Eijsink, Vincent G.H.; Felby, Claus

    2015-01-01

    Enzymatic oxidation of cell wall polysaccharides by lytic polysaccharide monooxygenases (LPMOs) plays a pivotal role in the degradation of plant biomass. While experiments have shown that LPMOs are copper dependent enzymes requiring an electron donor, the mechanism and origin of the electron supply in biological systems are only partly understood. We show here that insoluble high molecular weight lignin functions as a reservoir of electrons facilitating LPMO activity. The electrons are donated to the enzyme by long-range electron transfer involving soluble low molecular weight lignins present in plant cell walls. Electron transfer was confirmed by electron paramagnetic resonance spectroscopy showing that LPMO activity on cellulose changes the level of unpaired electrons in the lignin. The discovery of a long-range electron transfer mechanism links the biodegradation of cellulose and lignin and sheds new light on how oxidative enzymes present in plant degraders may act in concert. PMID:26686263

  19. Photoinduced energy and electron transfer in rubrene-benzoquinone and rubrene-porphyrin systems

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    Khan, Jafar Iqbal

    2014-11-01

    Excited-state electron and energy transfer from singlet excited rubrene (Ru) to benzoquinone (BQ) and tetra-(4-aminophenyl) porphyrin (TAPP) were investigated by steady-state absorption and emission, time-resolved transient absorption, and femtosecond (fs)-nanosecond (ns) fluorescence spectroscopy. The low reduction potential of BQ provides the high probability of electron transfer from the excited Ru to BQ. Steady-state and time-resolved results confirm such an excited electron transfer scenario. On the other hand, strong spectral overlap between the emission of Ru and absorption of TAPP suggests that energy transfer is a possible deactivation pathway of the Ru excited state.

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

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    Wachtveitl J.

    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.

  1. Intramolecular electron transfer in cytochrome cd(1) nitrite reductase from Pseudomonas stutzeri; kinetics and thermodynamics

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    Farver, Ole; Kroneck, Peter M H; Zumft, Walter G; Pecht, Israel

    , internal electron transfer between these sites is an inherent element in the catalytic cycle of this enzyme. We have investigated the internal electron transfer reaction employing pulse radiolytically produced N-methyl nicotinamide radicals as reductant which reacts solely with the heme-c in an essentially...

  2. Highly Stereoselective Intermolecular Haloetherification and Haloesterification of Allyl Amides.

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    Soltanzadeh, Bardia; Jaganathan, Arvind; Staples, Richard J; Borhan, Babak

    2015-08-10

    An organocatalytic and highly regio-, diastereo-, and enantioselective intermolecular haloetherification and haloesterification reaction of allyl amides is reported. A variety of alkene substituents and substitution patterns are compatible with this chemistry. Notably, electronically unbiased alkene substrates exhibit exquisite regio- and diastereoselectivity for the title transformation. We also demonstrate that the same catalytic system can be used in both chlorination and bromination reactions of allyl amides with a variety of nucleophiles with little or no modification. PMID:26110812

  3. Protein electron transfer: is biology (thermo)dynamic?

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    Matyushov, Dmitry V.

    2015-12-01

    Simple physical mechanisms are behind the flow of energy in all forms of life. Energy comes to living systems through electrons occupying high-energy states, either from food (respiratory chains) or from light (photosynthesis). This energy is transformed into the cross-membrane proton-motive force that eventually drives all biochemistry of the cell. Life’s ability to transfer electrons over large distances with nearly zero loss of free energy is puzzling and has not been accomplished in synthetic systems. The focus of this review is on how this energetic efficiency is realized. General physical mechanisms and interactions that allow proteins to fold into compact water-soluble structures are also responsible for a rugged landscape of energy states and a broad distribution of relaxation times. Specific to a protein as a fluctuating thermal bath is the protein-water interface, which is heterogeneous both dynamically and structurally. The spectrum of interfacial fluctuations is a consequence of protein’s elastic flexibility combined with a high density of surface charges polarizing water dipoles into surface nanodomains. Electrostatics is critical to the protein function and the relevant questions are: (i) What is the spectrum of interfacial electrostatic fluctuations? (ii) Does the interfacial biological water produce electrostatic signatures specific to proteins? (iii) How is protein-mediated chemistry affected by electrostatics? These questions connect the fluctuation spectrum to the dynamical control of chemical reactivity, i.e. the dependence of the activation free energy of the reaction on the dynamics of the bath. Ergodicity is often broken in protein-driven reactions and thermodynamic free energies become irrelevant. Continuous ergodicity breaking in a dense spectrum of relaxation times requires using dynamically restricted ensembles to calculate statistical averages. When applied to the calculation of the rates, this formalism leads to the nonergodic activated kinetics, which extends the transition-state theory to dynamically dispersive media. Releasing the grip of thermodynamics in kinetic calculations through nonergodicity provides the mechanism for an efficient optimization between reaction rates and the spectrum of relaxation times of the protein-water thermal bath. Bath dynamics, it appears, play as important role as the free energy in optimizing biology’s performance.

  4. Protein electron transfer: is biology (thermo)dynamic?

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    Matyushov, Dmitry V

    2015-12-01

    Simple physical mechanisms are behind the flow of energy in all forms of life. Energy comes to living systems through electrons occupying high-energy states, either from food (respiratory chains) or from light (photosynthesis). This energy is transformed into the cross-membrane proton-motive force that eventually drives all biochemistry of the cell. Life's ability to transfer electrons over large distances with nearly zero loss of free energy is puzzling and has not been accomplished in synthetic systems. The focus of this review is on how this energetic efficiency is realized. General physical mechanisms and interactions that allow proteins to fold into compact water-soluble structures are also responsible for a rugged landscape of energy states and a broad distribution of relaxation times. Specific to a protein as a fluctuating thermal bath is the protein-water interface, which is heterogeneous both dynamically and structurally. The spectrum of interfacial fluctuations is a consequence of protein's elastic flexibility combined with a high density of surface charges polarizing water dipoles into surface nanodomains. Electrostatics is critical to the protein function and the relevant questions are: (i) What is the spectrum of interfacial electrostatic fluctuations? (ii) Does the interfacial biological water produce electrostatic signatures specific to proteins? (iii) How is protein-mediated chemistry affected by electrostatics? These questions connect the fluctuation spectrum to the dynamical control of chemical reactivity, i.e. the dependence of the activation free energy of the reaction on the dynamics of the bath. Ergodicity is often broken in protein-driven reactions and thermodynamic free energies become irrelevant. Continuous ergodicity breaking in a dense spectrum of relaxation times requires using dynamically restricted ensembles to calculate statistical averages. When applied to the calculation of the rates, this formalism leads to the nonergodic activated kinetics, which extends the transition-state theory to dynamically dispersive media. Releasing the grip of thermodynamics in kinetic calculations through nonergodicity provides the mechanism for an efficient optimization between reaction rates and the spectrum of relaxation times of the protein-water thermal bath. Bath dynamics, it appears, play as important role as the free energy in optimizing biology's performance. PMID:26558324

  5. Vibrational coherence in electron transfer: an exactly solvable model

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    The exact solution for a transition probability in vibrationally modulated electron transfer is found by employing three independent methods based on: (a) a path integral technique, (b) direct diagonalization of the Hamiltonian by a unitary transformation, and (c) Keldysh-Green's function techniques. We also consider a solution in the noninteracting blip approximation (NIBA). The comparative analysis reveals that the NIBA is valid at longer times, small reorganization energy, high temperatures, and for small transition matrix elements, ?0, while at large ?0 the NIBA provides relaxation rates as much as twice greater. When ?0=0, the NIBA transition probability difference oscillates in time with the frequency ??(ErkT/(h/2?)) exhibiting incorrect behavior. At low temperatures, the exact solution yields power-law evolution. The NIBA solution exhibits incorrect behavior at small values of ?0. At larger transition matrix elements, the NIBA practically yields a correct description, i.e. the decay in accordance with the exact solution while the coherent oscillations reveal some phase shift at longer times. An important case of several mode modulation is also studied. The Fourier analysis of the transition probability provides useful information of the vibrational couplings and frequencies. In general, the Fourier spectrum of the transition probability is the sum of the contributions from the harmonics with the frequencies vertical bar ?0+?i=0n(±)ki?i vertical bar (ki=0,1,2,3,...), where ?i is a modulating frequency. Thus, a generally used assumption about coincidence of coherence and vibrational frequencies appears to be incorrect

  6. Demonstration of Lignin-to-Peroxidase Direct Electron Transfer

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    Sáez-Jiménez, Verónica; Baratto, Maria Camilla; Pogni, Rebecca; Rencoret, Jorge; Gutiérrez, Ana; Santos, José Ignacio; Martínez, Angel T.; Ruiz-Dueñas, Francisco Javier

    2015-01-01

    Versatile peroxidase (VP) is a high redox-potential peroxidase of biotechnological interest that is able to oxidize phenolic and non-phenolic aromatics, Mn2+, and different dyes. The ability of VP from Pleurotus eryngii to oxidize water-soluble lignins (softwood and hardwood lignosulfonates) is demonstrated here by a combination of directed mutagenesis and spectroscopic techniques, among others. In addition, direct electron transfer between the peroxidase and the lignin macromolecule was kinetically characterized using stopped-flow spectrophotometry. VP variants were used to show that this reaction strongly depends on the presence of a solvent-exposed tryptophan residue (Trp-164). Moreover, the tryptophanyl radical detected by EPR spectroscopy of H2O2-activated VP (being absent from the W164S variant) was identified as catalytically active because it was reduced during lignosulfonate oxidation, resulting in the appearance of a lignin radical. The decrease of lignin fluorescence (excitation at 355 nm/emission at 400 nm) during VP treatment under steady-state conditions was accompanied by a decrease of the lignin (aromatic nuclei and side chains) signals in one-dimensional and two-dimensional NMR spectra, confirming the ligninolytic capabilities of the enzyme. Simultaneously, size-exclusion chromatography showed an increase of the molecular mass of the modified residual lignin, especially for the (low molecular mass) hardwood lignosulfonate, revealing that the oxidation products tend to recondense during the VP treatment. Finally, mutagenesis of selected residues neighboring Trp-164 resulted in improved apparent second-order rate constants for lignosulfonate reactions, revealing that changes in its protein environment (modifying the net negative charge and/or substrate accessibility/binding) can modulate the reactivity of the catalytic tryptophan. PMID:26240145

  7. Superexchange coupling and electron transfer in globular proteins via polaron excitations

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    Chuev, G. N.; Lakhno, V. D.; Ustitnin, M.N.

    1999-01-01

    The polaron approach is used to treat long-range electron transfers between globular proteins. A rate expression for the polaron transfer model is given along with a description of appropriate conditions for its use. Assuming that electrons transfer via a superexchange coupling due to a polaron excitation, we have estimated the distance dependence of the rate constant for the self-exchange reactions between globular proteins in solutions. The distance dependence of the polaron coupling and so...

  8. Selective electron transfer between the quantum dots under the resonant pulse

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    Tsukanov, A. V.; Openov, L. A.

    2004-01-01

    The coherent quantum dynamics of an electron in the quantum-dot ring structure under the resonant electromagnetic pulse is studied theoretically. A possibility of the selective electron transfer between any two dots is demonstrated. The transfer probability as a function of the pulse and dot parameters is calculated. It is shown that this probability can be close to unity. The factors lowering the transfer probability in real systems are discussed. The results obtained may b...

  9. A short comparison of electron and proton transfer processes in biological systems

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    Bertrand, Patrick [Laboratoire de Bioenergetique et Ingenierie des Proteines, CNRS-IBSM, 31, chemin Joseph-Aiguier, 13402 Marseille Cedex 20 (France); Universite de Provence, 3, place Victor Hugo, 13331 Marseille Cedex 3 (France)]. E-mail: bertrand@ibsm.cnrs-mrs.fr

    2005-02-01

    The main differences between electron and proton transfers that take place in biological systems are examined. The relation between the distance dependence of the rate constant and the mass of the transferred particle is analyzed in detail. Differences between the two processes have important consequences at the experimental level, which are discussed. The various mechanisms that ensure the coupling between electron and proton transfers are briefly described.

  10. 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

  11. Harvesting and Electron-Exchange Energy Transfer by d0 Metallocene-Based Organized Systems

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    Loukova G.V.

    2013-09-01

    Full Text Available The present contribution will provide an up-to-date overview of novel experimental and theoretical (derived quantum-chemically knowledge on photonics of group IV metallocene-based systems, also with respect to their prominent use in catalysis and photoluminescent sensor activity. We have developed photophysical approach to study measurable properties of the frontier MOs of the complexes, estimate orbital nature of rare long-lived ligand-to-metal charge transfer (LMCT excited states and also supramolecular interactions between basic components of catalytic systems for polymerization: d0-metal complexes and unsaturated hydrocarbon substrates in fluid systems. In the similar way, the photophysical approach is highlighted to enable studying fine intermolecular interactions in homogeneous systems with low (catalytic concentrations of metal complexes that cannot be achieved by other conventional methods.

  12. Pulse radiolytic and electrochemical investigations of intramolecular electron transfer in carotenoporphyrins and carotenoporphyrin-quinone triads

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    Thermodynamic and kinetic aspects of intramolecular electron-transfer reactions in carotenoporphyrin dyads and carotenoid-porphyrin-quinone triads have been studied by using pulse radiolysis and cyclic voltammetry. Rapid (<1 μs) electron transfer from carotenoid radical anions to attached porphyrins has been inferred. Carotenoid cations, on the other hand, do not readily accept electrons from attached porphyrins or pyropheophorbides. Electrochemical studies provide the thermodynamic basis for these observations and also allow estimation of the energetics of photoinitiated two-step electron transfer and two-step charge recombination in triad models for photosynthetic charge separation

  13. Role of Information Technologies in Electronic Information Transfer and in Providing Value-Added Information Services

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    V. Sreenivasulu

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    Full Text Available information technology plays an important role in electronic. message transfer, electronic data interchange (EDI, electronic files transfer protocols, transfer of voice, text and images through ISDN, remote electronic information access and retrieval, and the enforcement of research, education and distance learning through 'virtual global university'. In future, these information technologies can engage in interactive TV, picture phones and TV/PCs purchase. Findings of a survey, conducted to determine the potential. use, non-use and non-availability of IT service in different libraries/documentation centres are also given.

  14. An electron energy-loss study of picene and chrysene based charge transfer salts

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    Müller, Eric; Mahns, Benjamin; Büchner, Bernd; Knupfer, Martin [IFW Dresden, P.O. Box 270116, D-01171 Dresden (Germany)

    2015-05-14

    The electronic excitation spectra of charge transfer compounds built from the hydrocarbons picene and chrysene, and the strong electron acceptors F{sub 4}TCNQ (2,3,5,6-tetrafluoro-7,7,8,8-tetracyanoquinodimethane) and TCNQ (7,7,8,8-tetracyanoquinodimethan) have been investigated using electron energy-loss spectroscopy. The corresponding charge transfer compounds have been prepared by co-evaporation of the pristine constituents. We demonstrate that all investigated combinations support charge transfer, which results in new electronic excitation features at low energy. This might represent a way to synthesize low band gap organic semiconductors.

  15. An electron energy-loss study of picene and chrysene based charge transfer salts

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    The electronic excitation spectra of charge transfer compounds built from the hydrocarbons picene and chrysene, and the strong electron acceptors F4TCNQ (2,3,5,6-tetrafluoro-7,7,8,8-tetracyanoquinodimethane) and TCNQ (7,7,8,8-tetracyanoquinodimethan) have been investigated using electron energy-loss spectroscopy. The corresponding charge transfer compounds have been prepared by co-evaporation of the pristine constituents. We demonstrate that all investigated combinations support charge transfer, which results in new electronic excitation features at low energy. This might represent a way to synthesize low band gap organic semiconductors

  16. Photoinduced electron and proton transfer in the hydrogen-bonded pyridine-pyrrole system.

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    Frutos, Luis Manuel; Markmann, Andreas; Sobolewski, Andrzej L; Domcke, Wolfgang

    2007-06-01

    We present here a detailed analysis of the mechanism of photoinduced electron and proton transfer in the planar pyrrole-pyridine hydrogen-bonded system, a model for the photochemistry of hydrogen bonds in DNA base pairs. Two different crossings, an avoided crossing and a conical intersection, are the key steps for forward and backward electron and proton transfer providing to the system photostability against UV radiation by restoring the system in its initial electronic and geometric structure. PMID:17503807

  17. Coulomb effects in polarization transfer in elastic antiproton and proton electron scattering at low energies

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    2007-01-01

    The influence of Coulomb distortion on the polarization transfer in elastic proton and antiproton electron scattering at low energies is calculated in a distorted wave Born approximation. For antiproton electron scattering Coulomb effects reduce substantially the spin transfer cross section compared to the plane wave Born approximation whereas for proton electron scattering they lead to a dramatic increase for kinetic proton lab energies below about 20 keV.

  18. Optical and thermal electron transfer in rigid difunctional molecules of fixed distance and orientation

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    Pulse radiolysis has been used to investigate intramolecular electron transfer in a series of molecules in which dimethoxynapththalene (M2N) and dicyanovinyl (DCV) groups are held at fixed distance and orientation by rigid saturated hydrocarbon bridges. Electron transfer from M2N- to DCV is faster than 1 x 109 s-1 for compounds in which the two groups are separated by 4, 6, 8, 10, or 12 saturated carbon-carbon bonds. For the 4-, 6-, and 8-bond compounds, optical electron transfer bands are present in the visible - near-infrared absorption spectra of the anions. The positions shift to higher energies with increasing solvent polarity. Their intensities are large (epsilon ? 2000 M-1 cm-1 for the 4-bond compound) and decrease rapidly as the length of the bridge increases. It is clear that exceptionally large, long-distance electronic coupling of the two ? systems occurs through the saturated bonds of the bridge. These electronic couplings are 0.16, 0.06, and 0.03 eV across 4-, 6-, and 8-bond bridges. Even larger couplings have been observed previously by photoelectron spectroscopy, but not for such large ? systems. With these large electronic couplings, long-distance electron transfer in the 4- and 6-bond compounds is expected to be adiabatic. Even for the 8-bond compound with a center-to-center distance of ?12 A the electron-transfer rate reduced from the optical electron-transfer absorption band is > 1012 s-1

  19. Studies on electron transfer reactions of Keggin-type mixed addenda heteropolytungstovanadophosphates with NADH

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    Ponnusamy Sami; Kasi Rajasekaran

    2009-03-01

    The coenzyme nicotinamide adenine dinucleotide (NADH) undergoes facile electron transfer reaction with vanadium (V) substituted Keggin-type heteropolyanions (HPA) [PVVW11O40]4- (PV1) and [PV$^{V}_{2}$W10O40]5- (PV2) in aqueous phosphate buffer of pH 6 at ambient temperature. Electrochemical and optical studies show that the stoichiometry of the reaction is 1 : 2 (NADH : HPA). EPR and optical studies show that HPA act as one electron acceptor and the products of electron transfer reactions are one electron reduced heteropoly blues (HPB), viz. [PVIVW11O40]5- and [PVIVVVW10O40]6-. Oxygraph measurements show that there is no uptake of molecular oxygen during the course of reaction. The reaction proceeds through multi-step electron-proton-electron transfer mechanism, with rate limiting initial one electron transfer from NADH to HPA by outer sphere electron transfer process. Bimolecular rate constant for electron transfer reaction between NADH and PV2 in phosphate buffer of pH = 6 has been determined spectrophotometrically.

  20. Double strand interaction is the predominant pathway for intermolecular recombination of adeno-associated viral genomes

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    Intermolecular recombination is the foundation for dual vector mediated larger gene transfer by recombinant adeno-associated virus (rAAV). To identify precursors for intermolecular recombination, we sequentially infected skeletal muscle with AAV LacZ trans-splicing viruses. At 1 month postinfection, nearly all inputting single-strand (ss) AAV genomes were cleared out in muscle. If ss-ss interaction is absolutely required for intermolecular recombination, LacZ expression from sequential infection will be negligible to that from coinfection. Interestingly, expression from sequential infection reached ?50% of that from coinfection at the 1-month time-point in BL6 mice. In immune deficient SCID mice, expression from sequential infection was comparable to that from coinfection at the 4- and 13-month time points. Our results suggest that ds interaction represents the predominant pathway for AAV intermolecular recombination

  1. High throughput electron transfer from carbon dots to chloroplast: a rationale of enhanced photosynthesis

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    Chandra, Sourov; Pradhan, Saheli; Mitra, Shouvik; Patra, Prasun; Bhattacharya, Ankita; Pramanik, Panchanan; Goswami, Arunava

    2014-03-01

    A biocompatible amine functionalized fluorescent carbon dots were developed and isolated for gram scale applications. Such carbogenic quantum dots can strongly conjugate over the surface of the chloroplast and due to that strong interaction the former can easily transfer electrons towards the latter by assistance of absorbed light or photons. An exceptionally high electron transfer from carbon dots to the chloroplast can directly effect the whole chain electron transfer pathway in a light reaction of photosynthesis, where electron carriers play an important role in modulating the system. As a result, carbon dots can promote photosynthesis by modulating the electron transfer process as they are capable of fastening the conversion of light energy to the electrical energy and finally to the chemical energy as assimilatory power (ATP and NADPH).A biocompatible amine functionalized fluorescent carbon dots were developed and isolated for gram scale applications. Such carbogenic quantum dots can strongly conjugate over the surface of the chloroplast and due to that strong interaction the former can easily transfer electrons towards the latter by assistance of absorbed light or photons. An exceptionally high electron transfer from carbon dots to the chloroplast can directly effect the whole chain electron transfer pathway in a light reaction of photosynthesis, where electron carriers play an important role in modulating the system. As a result, carbon dots can promote photosynthesis by modulating the electron transfer process as they are capable of fastening the conversion of light energy to the electrical energy and finally to the chemical energy as assimilatory power (ATP and NADPH). Electronic supplementary information (ESI) available. See DOI: 10.1039/c3nr06079a

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  3. Effect of excess charge of cadmium sulfide colloid particles on interphase rate of electron transfer

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    Kinetics of photodecolorization relaxation of aqueous solutions containing CdS colloid with particle size approx 50 A, L-cysteine as electron donor and oxygen as electron acceptor, has been studied. Photodecolorization relaxation kinetics reflects of nonequilibrium electron transfer from CdS particles to oxygen molecules in solution. The regularities defined are explained proceeding from the assumption on the effect of excess electrons charge on potential of colloid particles double layer, i.e. on apparent activation energy of electron interphase transfer

  4. Sequential energy and electron transfer in a three-component system aligned on a clay nanosheet.

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    Fujimura, Takuya; Ramasamy, Elamparuthi; Ishida, Yohei; Shimada, Tetsuya; Takagi, Shinsuke; Ramamurthy, Vaidhyanathan

    2016-02-10

    To achieve the goal of energy transfer and subsequent electron transfer across three molecules, a phenomenon often utilized in artificial light harvesting systems, we have assembled a light absorber (that also serves as an energy donor), an energy acceptor (that also serves as an electron donor) and an electron acceptor on the surface of an anionic clay nanosheet. Since neutral organic molecules have no tendency to adsorb onto the anionic surface of clay, a positively charged water-soluble organic capsule was used to hold neutral light absorbers on the above surface. A three-component assembly was prepared by the co-adsorption of a cationic bipyridinium derivative, cationic zinc porphyrin and cationic octaamine encapsulated 2-acetylanthracene on an exfoliated anionic clay surface in water. Energy and electron transfer phenomena were monitored by steady state fluorescence and picosecond time resolved fluorescence decay. The excitation of 2-acetylanthracene in the three-component system resulted in energy transfer from 2-acetylanthracene to zinc porphyrin with 71% efficiency. Very little loss due to electron transfer from 2-acetylanthracene in the cavitand to the bipyridinium derivative was noticed. Energy transfer was followed by electron transfer from the zinc porphyrin to the cationic bipyridinium derivative with 81% efficiency. Analyses of fluorescence decay profiles confirmed the occurrence of energy transfer and subsequent electron transfer. Merging the concepts of supramolecular chemistry and surface chemistry we realized sequential energy and electron transfer between three hydrophobic molecules in water. Exfoliated transparent saponite clay served as a matrix to align the three photoactive molecules at a close distance in aqueous solutions. PMID:26820105

  5. Specific intermolecular interactions of organic compounds

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    Baev, Alexei K

    2012-01-01

    This volume sets out the development of the thermodynamic theory of specific intermolecular interactions for a wide spectrum of organic compounds, laying down the framework of an unconventional approach to H-bonding based on a pentacoordinate carbon atom.

  6. Influence of intermolecular order at the interfaces

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    Sehati, Parisa

    2012-01-01

    The work presented in this thesis covers a range of different surfaces and interfaces of organic molecules/polymers and metallic materials. It is of vita importance to understand how charge transfer processes and other electrical interactions existing at physisorped contacts can influence the electronic structure at an interface. Hence our mission in these studies was to understand the physics happening at the aforementioned surfaces and interfaces of relevance to electronic devices, mainly s...

  7. 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

  8. Allosteric control of internal electron transfer in cytochrome cd1 nitrite reductase

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    Farver, Ole; Kroneck, Peter M H; Zumft, Walter G; Pecht, Israel

    2003-01-01

    Cytochrome cd1 nitrite reductase is a bifunctional multiheme enzyme catalyzing the one-electron reduction of nitrite to nitric oxide and the four-electron reduction of dioxygen to water. Kinetics and thermodynamics of the internal electron transfer process in the Pseudomonas stutzeri enzyme have...

  9. Single-molecule interfacial electron transfer dynamics manipulated by external electric current

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    Zhang, Guofeng; Chen, Ruiyun; Gao, Yan; Wang, Xiaobo; Jia, Suotang

    2011-01-01

    Interfacial electron transfer (IET) dynamics in 1,1'-dioctadecyl-3, 3, 3', 3'-tetramethylindodicarbocyanine (DiD) dye molecules / indium tin oxide (ITO) film system have been probed at the ensemble and single-molecule level by recording the change of fluorescence emission intensity. By comparing the difference of the external electric current (EEC) dependence of lifetime and intensity for enambles and single molecules, it is shown that the single-molecule probe can effcienly demonstrate the IET dynamics. The backward electron transfer and electron transfer of ground state induce the single molecules fluorescence quenching when an EEC is applied to ITO film.

  10. Reversible electron transfer reaction between polyaniline and thiol/disulfide couples

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    Tatsuma, Tetsu; Matsui, Hiroshi; Shouji, Eiichi; Oyama, Noboru [Tokyo Univ. of Agriculture and Technology (Japan)

    1996-08-15

    Reversible electron transfer was observed between polyaniline (PAn) and thiol/disulfide couples of 2,5-dimercapto-1,3,4-thiadazole (DMcT), 2-mercapto-5-methyl-1,3,4-thiadiazole, 2-mercaptopyridine, and thiophenol. Thus, PAn can be used as a molecular current collector for those insulating organosulfur compounds, which are promising high-capacity energy storage materials. Among those couples, DMc Tex hibits the fastest reversible electron transfer. Electron transfer from other aromatic and aliphatic thiols to oxidized PAn is also observed. Effects of protons on the reactions and reaction kinetics are discussed. 10 refs., 10 figs., 1 tab.

  11. Effects of anharmonicity on diffusive-controlled symmetric electron transfer rates: From the weak to the strong electronic coupling regions

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    Zhu, Wenjuan; Zhao, Yi

    2008-11-01

    The approach for the diffusive-controlled electron transfer rates [W. Zhu and Y. Zhao, J. Chem. Phys. 126, 184105 (2007)], which is modeled after the Sumi-Marcus theory, is applied to symmetric electron-transfer reactions in a solvent environment with anharmonic potential functions. The electron-transfer rates are evaluated using the quantum R-matrix theory for dealing with the intramolecular vibrational motions and imaginary-time split operator technique for solving the diffusive equations, thereby taking explicit account of the weak-to-strong electronic couplings. The effect of anharmonicity for both the solvent and intramolecular vibrational degrees of freedom are investigated. It is found that the anharmonicity of the intramolecular modes always enhances the rate while the solvent anharmonicity decreases the rate, compared with the harmonic modes. The possible mechanisms have been clarified.

  12. Quantitative analysis of intermolecular interactions in orthorhombic rubrene.

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    Hathwar, Venkatesha R; Sist, Mattia; Jørgensen, Mads R V; Mamakhel, Aref H; Wang, Xiaoping; Hoffmann, Christina M; Sugimoto, Kunihisa; Overgaard, Jacob; Iversen, Bo Brummerstedt

    2015-09-01

    Rubrene is one of the most studied organic semiconductors to date due to its high charge carrier mobility which makes it a potentially applicable compound in modern electronic devices. Previous electronic device characterizations and first principles theoretical calculations assigned the semiconducting properties of rubrene to the presence of a large overlap of the extended ?-conjugated core between molecules. We present here the electron density distribution in rubrene at 20?K and at 100?K obtained using a combination of high-resolution X-ray and neutron diffraction data. The topology of the electron density and energies of intermolecular interactions are studied quantitatively. Specifically, the presence of C??C? interactions between neighbouring tetracene backbones of the rubrene molecules is experimentally confirmed from a topological analysis of the electron density, Non-Covalent Interaction (NCI) analysis and the calculated interaction energy of molecular dimers. A significant contribution to the lattice energy of the crystal is provided by H-H interactions. The electron density features of H-H bonding, and the interaction energy of molecular dimers connected by H-H interaction clearly demonstrate an importance of these weak interactions in the stabilization of the crystal structure. The quantitative nature of the intermolecular interactions is virtually unchanged between 20?K and 100?K suggesting that any changes in carrier transport at these low temperatures would have a different origin. The obtained experimental results are further supported by theoretical calculations. PMID:26306198

  13. Quantitative analysis of intermolecular interactions in orthorhombic rubrene

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    Venkatesha R. Hathwar

    2015-09-01

    Full Text Available Rubrene is one of the most studied organic semiconductors to date due to its high charge carrier mobility which makes it a potentially applicable compound in modern electronic devices. Previous electronic device characterizations and first principles theoretical calculations assigned the semiconducting properties of rubrene to the presence of a large overlap of the extended ?-conjugated core between molecules. We present here the electron density distribution in rubrene at 20?K and at 100?K obtained using a combination of high-resolution X-ray and neutron diffraction data. The topology of the electron density and energies of intermolecular interactions are studied quantitatively. Specifically, the presence of C?...C? interactions between neighbouring tetracene backbones of the rubrene molecules is experimentally confirmed from a topological analysis of the electron density, Non-Covalent Interaction (NCI analysis and the calculated interaction energy of molecular dimers. A significant contribution to the lattice energy of the crystal is provided by H—H interactions. The electron density features of H—H bonding, and the interaction energy of molecular dimers connected by H—H interaction clearly demonstrate an importance of these weak interactions in the stabilization of the crystal structure. The quantitative nature of the intermolecular interactions is virtually unchanged between 20?K and 100?K suggesting that any changes in carrier transport at these low temperatures would have a different origin. The obtained experimental results are further supported by theoretical calculations.

  14. 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.

  15. Study on electron transfer mechanism in surface enhanced Raman scattering

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    The Raman intensity from the pyridine on the silver electrode is measured as the function of electrode potential. The charge transfer mechanism can be confirmed by measuring the potential dependence of peak value of Raman intensity as varying the incident photon energy. In order to find the potential dependence of resonent Raman Scattering intensity through the charge transfer process, the Herzberg-Teller terms of polarization tensor is in the theoritical study and this is compared with experimental value. During the potential range of constant surface complex concentration, the experimental result of Raman intensity profile is coincide quite well with theoritical calculation.(Author)

  16. Pulse radiolytic studies of electron transfer processes and applications to solar photochemistry. Progress report

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    Neta, P.

    1995-02-01

    The pulse radiolysis technique is applied to the study of electron transfer processes in a variety of chemical systems. Reactive intermediates are produced in solution by electron pulse irradiation and the kinetics of their reactions are followed by time resolved absorption spectrophotometry. Complementary experiments are carried out with excimer laser flash photolysis. These studies are concerned with mechanisms, kinetics, and thermodynamics of reactions of organic and inorganic radicals and unstable oxidation states of metal ions. Reactions are studied in both aqueous and non-aqueous solutions. The studies focus on the unique ability of pulse radiolysis to provide absolute rate constants for reactions of many inorganic radicals and organic peroxyl radicals, species that are key intermediates in many chemical processes. A special concern of this work is the study of electron transfer reactions of metalloporphyrins, which permits evaluation of these molecules as intermediates in solar energy conversion. Metalloporphyrins react with free radicals via electron transfer, involving the ligand or the metal center, or via bonding to the metal, leading to a variety of chemical species whose behavior is also investigated. The highlights of the results during the past three years are summarized below under the following sections: (a) electron transfer reactions of peroxyl radicals, concentrating on the characterization of new peroxyl radicals derived from vinyl, phenyl, other aryl, and pyridyl; (b) solvent effects on electron transfer reactions of inorganic and organic peroxyl radicals, including reactions with porphyrins, and (c) electron transfer and alkylation reactions of metalloporphyrins and other complexes.

  17. Dynamic modulation of electron correlation by intramolecular modes in charge transfer compounds

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    Meneghetti, M

    1999-01-01

    Electron-phonon and electron-electron interactions are in competition in determining the properties of molecular charge transfer conductors and superconductors. The direct influence of phonons on the electron-electron interaction was not before considered and in the present work the coupling of intramolecular modes to electron-electron interaction (U-vib interaction) is investigated.The effect of this coupling on the frequency of the normal modes of a dimer model is obtained and it is shown that frequency shifts of the Raman active modes are directly related to this coupling. The results are used to obtain the values of the U-vib coupling constants of intramolecular modes of a representative molecule of charge transfer conductors, like tetramethyltetratiafulvalene. Consequences of this coupling on the electron pairing are also suggested.

  18. Bi-directional magnetic resonance based wireless power transfer for electronic devices

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    Kar, Durga P.; Nayak, Praveen P.; Bhuyan, Satyanarayan; Mishra, Debasish

    2015-09-01

    In order to power or charge electronic devices wirelessly, a bi-directional wireless power transfer method has been proposed and experimentally investigated. In the proposed design, two receiving coils are used on both sides of a transmitting coil along its central axis to receive the power wirelessly from the generated magnetic fields through strongly coupled magnetic resonance. It has been observed experimentally that the maximum power transfer occurs at the operating resonant frequency for optimum electric load connected across the receiving coils on both side. The optimum wireless power transfer efficiency is 88% for the bi-directional power transfer technique compared 84% in the one side receiver system. By adopting the developed bi-directional power transfer method, two electronic devices can be powered up or charged simultaneously instead of a single device through usual one side receiver system without affecting the optimum power transfer efficiency.

  19. Application of Degenerately Doped Metal Oxides in the Study of Photoinduced Interfacial Electron Transfer.

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

    2015-06-18

    Degenerately doped In2O3:Sn semiconductor nanoparticles (nanoITO) have been used to study the photoinduced interfacial electron-transfer reactivity of surface-bound [Ru(II)(bpy)2(4,4'-(PO3H2)2-bpy)](2+) (RuP(2+)) molecules as a function of driving force over a range of 1.8 eV. The metallic properties of the ITO nanoparticles, present within an interconnected mesoporous film, allowed for the driving force to be tuned by controlling their Fermi level with an external bias while their optical transparency allowed for transient absorption spectroscopy to be used to monitor electron-transfer kinetics. Photoinduced electron transfer from excited-state -RuP(2+*) molecules to nanoITO was found to be dependent on applied bias and competitive with nonradiative energy transfer to nanoITO. Back electron transfer from nanoITO to oxidized -RuP(3+) was also dependent on the applied bias but without complication from inter- or intraparticle electron diffusion in the oxide nanoparticles. Analysis of the electron injection kinetics as a function of driving force using Marcus-Gerischer theory resulted in an experimental estimate of the reorganization energy for the excited-state -RuP(3+/2+*) redox couple of ?* = 0.83 eV and an electronic coupling matrix element, arising from electronic wave function overlap between the donor orbital in the molecule and the acceptor orbital(s) in the nanoITO electrode, of Hab = 20-45 cm(-1). Similar analysis of the back electron-transfer kinetics yielded ? = 0.56 eV for the ground-state -RuP(3+/2+) redox couple and Hab = 2-4 cm(-1). The use of these wide band gap, degenerately doped materials provides a unique experimental approach for investigating single-site electron transfer at the surface of oxide nanoparticles. PMID:25668488

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  1. Transferred metal electrode films for large-area electronic devices

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    Yang, Jin-Guo [Department of Physics, National University of Singapore, Lower Kent Ridge Road, Singapore S117543 (Singapore); NUS Graduate School for Integrative Sciences and Engineering (NGS), National University of Singapore, Medical Drive, Singapore S117456 (Singapore); Kam, Fong-Yu [Department of Chemistry, National University of Singapore, Lower Kent Ridge Road, Singapore S117543 (Singapore); Chua, Lay-Lay [Department of Chemistry, National University of Singapore, Lower Kent Ridge Road, Singapore S117543 (Singapore); Department of Physics, National University of Singapore, Lower Kent Ridge Road, Singapore S117543 (Singapore)

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    The evaporation of metal-film gate electrodes for top-gate organic field-effect transistors (OFETs) limits the minimum thickness of the polymer gate dielectric to typically more than 300 nm due to deep hot metal atom penetration and damage of the dielectric. We show here that the self-release layer transfer method recently developed for high-quality graphene transfer is also capable of giving high-quality metal thin-film transfers to produce high-performance capacitors and OFETs with superior dielectric breakdown strength even for ultrathin polymer dielectric films. Dielectric breakdown strengths up to 5–6 MV cm{sup −1} have been obtained for 50-nm thin films of polystyrene and a cyclic olefin copolymer TOPAS{sup ®} (Zeon). High-quality OFETs with sub-10 V operational voltages have been obtained this way using conventional polymer dielectrics and a high-mobility polymer semiconductor poly[2,5-bis(3-tetradecylthiophene-2-yl)thieno[3,2-b]thiophene-2,5-diyl]. The transferred metal films can make reliable contacts without damaging ultrathin polymer films, self-assembled monolayers and graphene, which is not otherwise possible from evaporated or sputtered metal films.

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

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    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

  4. Electrode assemblies composed of redox cascades from microbial respiratory electron transfer chains

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    Gates, Andrew J.; Marritt, Sophie; Bradley, Justin; Shi, Liang; McMillan, Duncan G.; Jeuken, Lars J.; Richardson, David; Butt, Julea N.

    2013-10-01

    Respiratory and photosynthetic electron transfer chains are dependent on vectorial electron transfer through a series of redox proteins. Examples include electron transfer from NapC to NapAB nitrate reductase in Paracoccus denitrificans and from CymA to Fcc3 (flavocytochrome c3) fumarate reductase in Shewanella oneidensis MR-1. In the present article, we demonstrate that graphite electrodes can serve as surfaces for the stepwise adsorption of NapC and NapAB, and the stepwise adsorption of CymA and Fcc3. Aspects of the catalytic properties of these assemblies are different from those of NapAB and Fcc3 adsorbed in isolation. We propose that this is due to the formation of NapC-NapAB and of CymA-Fcc3 complexes that are capable of supporting vectorial electron transfer.

  5. Synthesis of 3-Alkenyl-1-azaanthraquinones via Diels-Alder and Electron Transfer Reactions

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    2002-12-01

    Full Text Available A convenient route to 3-alkenyl-1-azaanthraquinones via a hetero Diels-Alder reaction between an azadiene and naphthoquinone, a free radical chlorination and an electron transfer reaction is reported.

  6. Synthesis of 3-Alkenyl-1-azaanthraquinones via Diels-Alder and Electron Transfer Reactions

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    2002-01-01

    A convenient route to 3-alkenyl-1-azaanthraquinones via a hetero Diels-Alder reaction between an azadiene and naphthoquinone, a free radical chlorination and an electron transfer reaction is reported.

  7. Radiation and photo induced electron transfer processes: Exciting possibilities for basic research and applications

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    Radiation and/or photo induced electron transfer reaction results in retrievable storage of information, with extensive applications ranging from dosimetry, efficient light conversion molecular devices (LCMD), photo refraction, optical phase conjunction and holography. These areas gives ample new opportunities to conduct basic investigations to elucidate the mechanistic aspects of photo (radiation) induced electron transfer, and to translate the acquired knowledge into making a device. The talk will focus on the investigation by the author on photo induced electron transfer reaction in photorefractive systems and also on the radiation induced electron transfer processes in dosimetric materials. Furthermore, the recent trends in the light conversion molecular devices using rare earth complexes and the fluorescent molecular sensors for cation recognition will be discussed. (author)

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  9. Rhodamine-6G can photosensitize folic acid decomposition through electron transfer

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    Hirakawa, Kazutaka; Ito, Hiroki

    2015-05-01

    Rhodamine-6G photosensitized folic acid decomposition in aqueous solution, and its quantum yield in the presence of 10 ?M folic acid was 9.9 × 10-6. A possible mechanism of this photodecomposition is direct oxidation through an electron transfer from folic acid to rhodamine-6G. The fluorescence lifetime of rhodamine-6G was slightly decreased by folic acid, suggesting electron transfer in the excited singlet state of rhodamine-6G. The quenching rate coefficient estimated from the Stern-Volmer plot of the fluorescence quenching supported that this electron transfer proceeds as a diffusion-controlled reaction. The quantum yields of the electron transfer and the following reaction could be determined.

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

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    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.

  11. Facilitation of Electron Transfer in the Presence of Mitochondria-Targeting Molecule SS31

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    Nosach, Tetiana; Ebrahim, Mark; Ren, Yuhang; Darrah, Shaun; Szeto, Hazel

    2010-03-01

    Electron transfer (ET) processes in mitochondria are very important for the production of adenosine triphosphate (ATP), the common source of the chemical energy. The inability to transfer electrons efficiently in mitochondrial ET chain plays a major role in age associated diseases, including diabetes and cancer. In this work, we used the time dependent absorption and photoluminescence spectroscopy to study the electron transfer kinetics along the ET chain of mitochondria. Our spectroscopic results suggest that SS31, a small peptide molecule targeting to the mitochondrial inner membrane, can facilitate electron transfer and increase ATP production. We show that SS31 targets cytochrome c to both increase the availability of state and also potentially reduce the energy barrier required to reduce cytochrome c.

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  14. Quantized orbital angular momentum transfer and magnetic dichroism in the interaction of electron vortices with matter.

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    Lloyd, Sophia; Babiker, Mohamed; Yuan, Jun

    2012-02-17

    Following the very recent experimental realization of electron vortices, we consider their interaction with matter, in particular, the transfer of orbital angular momentum in the context of electron energy-loss spectroscopy, and the recently observed dichroism in thin film magnetized iron samples. We show here that orbital angular momentum exchange does indeed occur between electron vortices and the internal electronic-type motion, as well as center-of-mass motion of atoms in the electric dipole approximation. This contrasts with the case of optical vortices where such transfer only occurs in transitions involving multipoles higher than the dipole. The physical basis of the observed dichroism is explained. PMID:22401214

  15. Electron excitation and energy transfer rates for H2O in the upper atmosphere

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    Brunger Michael; Campbell Laurence; Thorn Penny

    2009-01-01

    Abstract Recent measurements of the cross sections for electronic state excitations in H2O have made it possible to calculate rates applicable to these excitation processes. We thus present here calculations of electron energy transfer rates for electronic and vibrational state excitations in H2O, as well as rates for excitation of some of these states by atmospheric thermal and auroral secondary electrons. The calculation of these latter rates is an important first step towards our aim of in...

  16. Microbe-electrode interactions: The chemico-physical environment and electron transfer

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    Gardel, Emily Jeanette

    2013-01-01

    This thesis presents studies that examine microbial extracellular electron transfer that an emphasis characterizing how environmental conditions influence electron flux between microbes and a solid-phase electron donor or acceptor. I used bioelectrochemical systems (BESs), fluorescence and electron microscopy, chemical measurements, 16S rRNA analysis, and qRT-PCR to study these relationships among chemical, physical and biological parameters and processes.

  17. Deterministic quantum state transfer from an electronic charge qubit to a photonic polarization qubit

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    Ament, L J P

    2006-01-01

    Building on an earlier proposal for the production of polarization-entangled microwaves by means of intraband transitions in a pair of quantum dots, we show how this device can be used to transfer an unknown single-qubit state from electronic charge to photonic polarization degrees of freedom. No postselection is required, meaning that the quantum state transfer happens deterministically. Decoherence of the charge qubit causes a non-monotonic decay of the fidelity of the transferred state with increasing decoherence rate.

  18. Quantifying electron transfer reactions in biological systems: what interactions play the major role?

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    Sjulstok, Emil; Olsen, Jógvan Magnus Haugaard; Solov’yov, Ilia A.

    2015-01-01

    Various biological processes involve the conversion of energy into forms that are usable for chemical transformations and are quantum mechanical in nature. Such processes involve light absorption, excited electronic states formation, excitation energy transfer, electrons and protons tunnelling which for example occur in photosynthesis, cellular respiration, DNA repair, and possibly magnetic field sensing. Quantum biology uses computation to model biological interactions in light of quantum mechanical effects and has primarily developed over the past decade as a result of convergence between quantum physics and biology. In this paper we consider electron transfer in biological processes, from a theoretical view-point; namely in terms of quantum mechanical and semi-classical models. We systematically characterize the interactions between the moving electron and its biological environment to deduce the driving force for the electron transfer reaction and to establish those interactions that play the major role in propelling the electron. The suggested approach is seen as a general recipe to treat electron transfer events in biological systems computationally, and we utilize it to describe specifically the electron transfer reactions in Arabidopsis thaliana cryptochrome–a signaling photoreceptor protein that became attractive recently due to its possible function as a biological magnetoreceptor. PMID:26689792

  19. Quantifying electron transfer reactions in biological systems: what interactions play the major role?

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    Sjulstok, Emil; Olsen, Jógvan Magnus Haugaard; Solov’Yov, Ilia A.

    2015-12-01

    Various biological processes involve the conversion of energy into forms that are usable for chemical transformations and are quantum mechanical in nature. Such processes involve light absorption, excited electronic states formation, excitation energy transfer, electrons and protons tunnelling which for example occur in photosynthesis, cellular respiration, DNA repair, and possibly magnetic field sensing. Quantum biology uses computation to model biological interactions in light of quantum mechanical effects and has primarily developed over the past decade as a result of convergence between quantum physics and biology. In this paper we consider electron transfer in biological processes, from a theoretical view-point; namely in terms of quantum mechanical and semi-classical models. We systematically characterize the interactions between the moving electron and its biological environment to deduce the driving force for the electron transfer reaction and to establish those interactions that play the major role in propelling the electron. The suggested approach is seen as a general recipe to treat electron transfer events in biological systems computationally, and we utilize it to describe specifically the electron transfer reactions in Arabidopsis thaliana cryptochrome–a signaling photoreceptor protein that became attractive recently due to its possible function as a biological magnetoreceptor.

  20. Quantifying electron transfer reactions in biological systems: what interactions play the major role?

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    Sjulstok, Emil; Olsen, Jógvan Magnus Haugaard; Solov'yov, Ilia A

    2015-01-01

    Various biological processes involve the conversion of energy into forms that are usable for chemical transformations and are quantum mechanical in nature. Such processes involve light absorption, excited electronic states formation, excitation energy transfer, electrons and protons tunnelling which for example occur in photosynthesis, cellular respiration, DNA repair, and possibly magnetic field sensing. Quantum biology uses computation to model biological interactions in light of quantum mechanical effects and has primarily developed over the past decade as a result of convergence between quantum physics and biology. In this paper we consider electron transfer in biological processes, from a theoretical view-point; namely in terms of quantum mechanical and semi-classical models. We systematically characterize the interactions between the moving electron and its biological environment to deduce the driving force for the electron transfer reaction and to establish those interactions that play the major role in propelling the electron. The suggested approach is seen as a general recipe to treat electron transfer events in biological systems computationally, and we utilize it to describe specifically the electron transfer reactions in Arabidopsis thaliana cryptochrome-a signaling photoreceptor protein that became attractive recently due to its possible function as a biological magnetoreceptor. PMID:26689792

  1. Toward transferable interatomic van der Waals potentials: The role of multipole electrostatics and many-body dispersion without electrons

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    Bereau, Tristan

    2014-01-01

    We estimate polarizabilities of atoms in molecules without electron density, using a Voronoi partitioning approach instead. The resulting atomic dispersion coefficients are calculated, as well as many-body dispersion effects on intermolecular potential energies. We also estimate contributions from multipole electrostatics and compare them to dispersion. We assess the performance of the resulting intermolecular potential from dispersion and electrostatics for more than 1,300 neutral and charged, small organic molecular dimers. Applications to water clusters, the benzene crystal, the anti-cancer drug ellipticine---intercalated between two Watson-Crick DNA base pairs, as well as six macro-molecular host-guest complexes highlight the potential of this method and help to identify points of future improvement. Overall, the method achieves an accuracy well within sophisticated empirical force fields, such as OPLS and Amber FF03, while exhibiting a simple parametrization protocol without the need for experimental inp...

  2. 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

  3. 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.; Schäfer, Tim

    2013-01-01

    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 chemi...

  4. Enhanced ionization of embedded clusters by Electron Transfer Mediated Decay in helium nanodroplets

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    LaForge, A C; Gokhberg, K; von Vangerow, J; Kryzhevoi, N; O'Keeffe, P; Ciavardini, A; Krishnan, S R; Coreno, M; Prince, K C; Richter, R; Moshammer, R; Pfeifer, T; Cederbaum, L; Stienkemeier, F; Mudrich, M

    2015-01-01

    Here, we report the observation of electron transfer mediated decay For Mg clusters embedded in He nanodroplets. The process is mediated by the initial ionization of helium followed by an autoionization process by electron transfer in the Mg clusters. The photoelectron spectrum (PES) reveal a low energy ETMD peak. For Mg clusters larger than 7 atoms, we observe the formation of stable doubly ionized clusters. The process is shown to be the primamry ionization mechanism for embedded clusters.

  5. Covalent intermolecular interaction of the nitric oxide dimer (NO)2

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    Zhang, Hui; Zheng, Gui-Li; Lv, Gang; Geng, Yi-Zhao; Ji, Qing

    2015-09-01

    Covalent bonds arise from the overlap of the electronic clouds in the internucleus region, which is a pure quantum effect and cannot be obtained in any classical way. If the intermolecular interaction is of covalent character, the result from direct applications of classical simulation methods to the molecular system would be questionable. Here, we analyze the special intermolecular interaction between two NO molecules based on quantum chemical calculation. This weak intermolecular interaction, which is of covalent character, is responsible for the formation of the NO dimer, (NO)2, in its most stable conformation, a cis conformation. The natural bond orbital (NBO) analysis gives an intuitive illustration of the formation of the dimer bonding and antibonding orbitals concomitant with the breaking of the ? bonds with bond order 0.5 of the monomers. The dimer bonding is counteracted by partially filling the antibonding dimer orbital and the repulsion between those fully or nearly fully occupied nonbonding dimer orbitals that make the dimer binding rather weak. The direct molecular mechanics (MM) calculation with the UFF force fields predicts a trans conformation as the most stable state, which contradicts the result of quantum mechanics (QM). The lesson from the investigation of this special system is that for the case where intermolecular interaction is of covalent character, a specific modification of the force fields of the molecular simulation method is necessary. Project supported by the National Natural Science Foundation of China (Grant Nos. 90403007 and 10975044), the Key Subject Construction Project of Hebei Provincial Universities, China, the Research Project of Hebei Education Department, China (Grant Nos. Z2012067 and Z2011133), the National Natural Science Foundation of China (Grant No. 11147103), and the Open Project Program of State Key Laboratory of Theoretical Physics, Institute of Theoretical Physics, Chinese Academy of Sciences, China (Grant No. Y5KF211CJ1).

  6. 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

  7. Extracellular electron transfer from cathode to microbes: application for biofuel production.

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    Choi, Okkyoung; Sang, Byoung-In

    2016-01-01

    Extracellular electron transfer in microorganisms has been applied for bioelectrochemical synthesis utilizing microbes to catalyze anodic and/or cathodic biochemical reactions. Anodic reactions (electron transfer from microbe to anode) are used for current production and cathodic reactions (electron transfer from cathode to microbe) have recently been applied for current consumption for valuable biochemical production. The extensively studied exoelectrogenic bacteria Shewanella and Geobacter showed that both directions for electron transfer would be possible. It was proposed that gram-positive bacteria, in the absence of cytochrome C, would accept electrons using a cascade of membrane-bound complexes such as membrane-bound Fe-S proteins, oxidoreductase, and periplasmic enzymes. Modification of the cathode with the addition of positive charged species such as chitosan or with an increase of the interfacial area using a porous three-dimensional scaffold electrode led to increased current consumption. The extracellular electron transfer from the cathode to the microbe could catalyze various bioelectrochemical reductions. Electrofermentation used electrons from the cathode as reducing power to produce more reduced compounds such as alcohols than acids, shifting the metabolic pathway. Electrofuel could be generated through artificial photosynthesis using electrical energy instead of solar energy in the process of carbon fixation. PMID:26788124

  8. Effect of the excitation pulse frequency on the ultrafast photoinduced electron transfer dynamics

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    The dependence of the ultrafast photoinduced electron transfer dynamics in donor-acceptor complexes on the excitation pulse carrier frequency (spectral effect) has been investigated in the framework of a model involving three electronic state. The spectral effect has been shown to strongly depend on the angle ? between the reaction coordinate directions corresponding to optical and charge transfer transitions. Describing the solvent as a linear homogenous polar medium and accounting for Coulombic interaction of the transferred charge with the medium polarization fluctuations, the angle ? has been found out to be typically in the area 40 deg. -85 deg. Exactly in this area of ? the spectral effect is predicted to be most pronounced

  9. Excess Electron Trapping in Duplex DNA: Long Range Transfer via Stacked Adenines

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    Black, Paul J.; Bernhard, William A.

    2012-01-01

    An understanding of charge transfer (CT) in DNA lies at the root of assessing the risks and benefits of exposure to ionizing radiation. Energy deposition by high-energy photons and fast charged particles creates holes and excess electrons (EE) in DNA and the subsequent reactions determine the complexity of DNA damage and ultimately the risk of disease. Further interest in CT comes from the possibility that hole transfer and/or excess electron transfer (EET) in DNA might be used to develop nan...

  10. Use of electron-excitation energy transfer in dye laser active media

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    Rodchenkova, V.V.; Reva, M.G.; Akimov, A.I.; Uzhinov, B.M.

    1984-01-01

    A study was made of the spectral luminescence and lasing characteristics of two-component dye mixtures, and of the use of electron-excitation energy transfer to improve the laser emission parameters. A considerable increase in the lasing efficiencyu was found on exciting Trypaflavine by energy transfer from coumarin dyes. The use of electron-excitation energy transfer enabled the laser emission spectrum to be broadened. It was found that by varying the energy donor and acceptor concentrations one could produce laser emission of constant intensity in the spectral range between the donor and acceptor lasing regions.

  11. 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.

  12. Fabrication of nanowire electronics on nonconventional substrates by water-assisted transfer printing method

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    Lee, Chi Hwan; Kim, Dong Rip; Zheng, Xiaolin

    2015-06-01

    We report a simple, versatile, and wafer-scale water-assisted transfer printing method (WTP) that enables the transfer of nanowire devices onto diverse nonconventional substrates that were not easily accessible before, such as paper, plastics, tapes, glass, polydimethylsiloxane (PDMS), aluminum foil, and ultrathin polymer substrates. The WTP method relies on the phenomenon of water penetrating into the interface between Ni and SiO2. The transfer yield is nearly 100%, and the transferred devices, including NW resistors, diodes, and field effect transistors, maintain their original geometries and electronic properties with high fidelity.

  13. Interfacial electron transfer and bioelectrocatalysis of carbonized plant material as effective anode of microbial fuel cell

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    ABSTRACT: Effective use of natural materials to fabricate porous carbonaceous structures for anodes of microbial fuel cells (MFCs) has a high potential for substantial cost reduction in MFC. In this study, three kinds of plant materials, i.e. king mushroom, wild mushroom and corn stem, were investigated for fabrication of conductive electrode materials by simple carbonization procedures. Structure–reactivity relationships of these electrodes were systematically studied with electrochemical redox probe ([Fe(CN)6]3?/4?) and biofilm electroactivity. The electrochemical and bioelectrochemical accessibilities of the carbonized electrodes were evaluated by impedance, cyclic voltammetry and chronoamperometry techniques in order to study the electron transfer rate (Kapp), charge transfer resistances, oxidative current density and bioelectroactive moieties. The results showed that the electron transfer resistance (Rct) was 94 ? for carbonized corn stem electrode with an electron transfer rate (Kapp) of 3.44 × 10?2 cm s?1 for Fe2+/Fe3+ redox probe. Higher bioelectroactivity (9.29 × 10?8 mol cm?2) was found from biofilm on carbonized corn stem (Rbiofilm, 45 ?) with an electron transfer rate (bacteria-anode) of 63 × 10?5 cm s?1. The maximum bioelectrocatalytic current (imax) of 3.12 mA cm?2 was obtained on carbon electrode derived from corn stem. That is 8 times higher than plain graphite electrode. The porous architecture, high electron transfer rate and high electroactive biofilm growth are attributes that qualify natural-material carbon anodes as low-cost alternative for MFC

  14. Tunneling hot-electron transfer amplifier: A hot-electron GaAs device with current gain

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    Heiblum, M.; Thomas, D. C.; Knoedler, C. M.; Nathan, M. I.

    1985-11-01

    Tunneling hot-electron transfer amplifier (THETA) devices, based on GaAs-AlGaAs heterojunctions, were fabricated and tested. Hot-electron transfer (?) through a 1100-Å base in excess of 70% was found at 4.2 K. This resulted in a corresponding current gain ( ?) in a common emitter configuration of about 2.3. In the temperature range of 4.2-80 K and under constant biasing conditions, ? was nearly temperature independent. Electron energy distributions for motion normal to the layers and electron total energy loss while traversing the device were estimated. Typical widths of the energy distributions were less than 200 meV, and both widths and energy peak positions were only slightly dependent on temperature and initial injection energy.

  15. Toward Highlighting the Ultrafast Electron Transfer Dynamics at the Optically Dark Sites of Photocatalysts

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    Canton, Sophie E.; Zhang, Xiaoyi; Zhang, Jianxin; Brandt van Driel, Tim; Kjaer, Kasper S.; Haldrup, Martin Kristoffer; Chabera, Pavel; Harlang, Tobias; Suarez-Alcantara, Karina; Liu, Yizhu; Pe?rez, Jorge; Bordage, Ame?lie; Pápai, Mátyás Imre; Vanko?, Gyo?rgy; Jennings, Guy; Kurtz, Charles A.; Rovezzi, Mauro; Glatzel, Pieter; Smolentsev, Grigory; Uhlig, Jens; Dohn, Asmus Ougaard; Christensen, Morten; Galler, Andreas; Gawelda, Wojciech; Bressler, Christian; Lemke, Henrik T.; Møller, Klaus Braagaard; Nielsen, Martin Meedom; Lomoth, Reiner; Wa?rnmark, Kenneth; Sundstro?m, Villy

    2013-01-01

    work, transient X-ray absorption spectroscopy highlights the electronic and geometric changes that affect such a center in a bimetallic model complex. Upon selective excitation of the ruthenium chromophore, the cobalt moiety is reduced through intramolecular electron transfer and undergoes a spin flip...

  16. ESR studies of radiation induced electron transfer between myosin and caffeic acid

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    The mechanism of radiation induced electron transfer within a series of binary molecular aggregates, which were composed of myosin and caffeic acid with varied molar ratios (r) of amino acid residues in myosin to caffeic acid, has been studied by resolution of composite ESR spectra recorded at 77 K. A series of spin transfer ratios (RST) defined as the spin concentration ratios of caffeic acid anion radical arising from transfer of captured electron by peptide chain of myosin to that from directly trapping of secondary electrons by caffeic acid were obtained. A series of RST were plotted against r varied from 1:1 to 100:1. A linear relationship between RSt and r demonstrates that RSt increase linearly with decrease of caffeic acid content. The capture of radiation induced secondary electrons depend on the electron affinities of components including electron affinitive amino acid residues and peptide carbonyl of myosin and caffeic acid. The process of electron transfer along peptide chain and trapping on caffeic acid finally has been elucidated based on the comparison of the energies of lowest empty molecular orbital (ELUMO) of the electron affinitive components and reaction rate constants of eaq- with these components respectively using pulse radiolysis techniques

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

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    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

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  19. 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

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    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.

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  1. Nanoscale and single-molecule interfacial electron transfer

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    Hansen, Allan Glargaard; Wackerbarth, Hainer; Nielsen, Jens Ulrik; Zhang, Jingdong; Kuznetsov, A.M.; Ulstrup, Jens

    2003-01-01

    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...

  2. A systematic study of electron or hole transfer along DNA dimers, trimers and polymers

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    Highlights: • We systematically study carrier transfer along DNA dimers, trimers and polymers. • We define max transfer percentage, pure max transfer rate, pure mean transfer rate. • For exponential (power-law) fit, the inverse decay length ? (exponent ?) is computed. • The results are compared with theoretical and experimental works. • The method assesses the extent a specific DNA segment can serve for charge transfer. - Abstract: A systematic study of carrier transfer along DNA dimers, trimers and polymers including poly(dG)–poly(dC), poly(dA)–poly(dT), GCGCGC…, ATATAT… is presented allowing to determine the spatiotemporal evolution of electrons or holes along a N base-pair DNA segment. Physical quantities are defined including maximum transfer percentage p and pure maximum transfer rate p/T when a period T is defined; pure mean transfer rate k and speed u=kd, where d is the charge transfer distance. The inverse decay length ? for the exponential fit k=k0exp(-?d) and the exponent ? for the power-law fit k=k0?N-? are computed. ?? 0.2–2 ??1, k0 is usually 10?2–10?1 PHz, generally ?10?4–10 PHz. ??1.7–17, k0? is usually 10?2–10?1 PHz, generally ?10?4–103 PHz. The results are compared with theoretical and experimental works. This method allows to assess the extent at which a specific DNA segment can serve for charge transfer

  3. Potential for direct interspecies electron transfer in methanogenic wastewater digester aggregates

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    Morita, Masahiko; Malvankar, Nikhil S; Franks, Ashley E; Summers, Zarath M; Giloteaux, Ludovic; Rotaru, Amelia E; Rotaru, Camelia; Lovley, Derek R; Rotaru, Amelia-Elena

    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...... 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....

  4. An expression for the bridge-mediated electron transfer rate in dye-sensitized solar cells.

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    Maggio, Emanuele; Troisi, Alessandro

    2014-04-13

    We have derived an expression for the rate of electron transfer between a semiconductor and a redox centre connected to the semiconductor via a molecular bridge. This model is particularly useful to study the charge recombination (CR) process in dye-sensitized solar cells, where the dye is often connected to the semiconductor by a conjugated bridge. This formalism, designed to be coupled with density functional theory electronic structure calculations, can be used to explore the effect of changing the bridge on the rate of interfacial electron transfer. As an example, we have evaluated the CR rate for a series of systems that differ in the bridge length. PMID:24615149

  5. Long-range intramolecular electron transfer in aromatic radical anions and binuclear transition metal complexes

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    Kuznetsov, A. M.; Ulstrup, Jens

    1981-01-01

    the coupling between the metal centers [(Ru(II)/Ru(III) and Ru(II)/Co(III) couples] is sufficiently weak (class I or II mixed valence compounds). The ET mechanism can involve either direct transfer between the donor and acceptor groups or a higher order mechanism in which ET proceeds through......Intramolecular electron transfer (ET) over distances up to about 10 Å between states in which the electron is localized on donor and acceptor groups by interaction with molecular or external solvent nuclear motion occurs, in particular, in two classes of systems. The excess electron in anionic...

  6. Excitation of the ligand-to-metal charge transfer band induces electron tunnelling in azurin

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    Baldacchini, Chiara [Biophysics and Nanoscience Centre, DEB-CNISM, Università della Tuscia, I-01100 Viterbo (Italy); Institute of Agro-environmental and Forest Biology, National Research Council, I-05010 Porano (Italy); Bizzarri, Anna Rita; Cannistraro, Salvatore, E-mail: cannistr@unitus.it [Biophysics and Nanoscience Centre, DEB-CNISM, Università della Tuscia, I-01100 Viterbo (Italy)

    2014-03-03

    Optical excitation of azurin blue copper protein immobilized on indium-tin oxide, in resonance with its ligand-to-metal charge transfer absorption band, resulted in a light-induced current tunnelling within the protein milieu. The related electron transport rate is estimated to be about 10{sup 5}?s{sup ?1}. A model based on resonant tunnelling through an azurin excited molecular state is proposed. The capability of controlling electron transfer processes through light pulses opens interesting perspectives for implementation of azurin in bio-nano-opto-electronic devices.

  7. Electron transfer and ionization from the K shell of neon by proton impact

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    Cross sections are being calculate or electron transfer and ionization from the K shell of neutral neon atoms by 250-1500 keV proton impact. As an extension of work recently published for carbon targets, a coupled-Sturmian-pseudostate approach is taken using a central potentials to represent the interaction of the active electron with the ion core. After a binding energy correction is made, preliminary results show excellent agreement with experimental results for ionization, as for carbon targets. The smaller electron-transfer cross section is more sensitive to basis size, particularly so for neon targets, but agreement with experimental results is satisfactory

  8. Electron transfer within xanthine oxidase: A solvent kinetic isotope effect study

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    Solvent kinetic isotope effect studies of electron transfer within xanthine oxidase have been performed, using a stopped-flow pH-jump technique to perturb the distribution of reducing equivalents within partially reduced enzyme and follow the kinetics of reequilibration spectrophotometrically. It is found that the rate constant for electron transfer between the flavin and one of the iron-sulfur centers of the enzyme observed when the pH is jumped from 10 to 6 decreases from 173 to 25 s-1 on going from HJ2O to D2O, giving an observed solvent kinetic isotope effect of 6.9. An effect of comparable magnitude is observed for the pH jump in the opposite direction, the rate constant decreasing form 395 to 56 s-1. The solvent kinetic isotope effect on kobs is found to be directly proportional to the mole fraction of D2O in the reaction mix for the pH jump in each direction, consistent with the effect arising from a single exchangeable proton. Calculations of the microscopic rate constants for electron transfer between the flavin and the iron-sulfur center indicate that the intrinsic solvent kinetic isotope effect for electron transfer from the neutral flavin semiquinone to the iron-sulfur center designated Fe/S I is substantially greater than for electron transfer in the opposite direction and that the observed solvent kinetic isotope effect is a weighted average of the intrinsic isotope effects for the forward and reverse microscopic electron-transfer steps. The results emphasize the importance of prototropic equilibria in the kinetic as well as thermodynamic behavior of xanthine oxidase and indicate that protonation/deprotonation of the isoalloxazine ring is concomitant with electron transfer in the xanthine oxidase system

  9. Tuning the reorganization energy of electron transfer in supramolecular ensembles - metalloporphyrin, oligophenylenevinylenes, and fullerene - and the impact on electron transfer kinetics

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    Stangel, Christina; Schubert, Christina; Kuhri, Susanne; Rotas, Georgios; Margraf, Johannes T.; Regulska, Elzbieta; Clark, Timothy; Torres, Tomás; Tagmatarchis, Nikos; Coutsolelos, Athanassios G.; Guldi, Dirk M.

    2015-01-01

    Oligo(p-phenylenevinylene) (oPPV) wires of various lengths featuring pyridyls at one terminal and C60 moieties at the other, have been used as molecular building blocks in combination with porphyrins to construct a novel class of electron donor-acceptor architectures. These architectures, which are based on non-covalent, directional interactions between the zinc centers of the porphyrins and the pyridyls, have been characterized by nuclear magnetic resonance spectroscopy and mass spectrometry. Complementary physico-chemical assays focused on the interactions between electron donors and acceptors in the ground and excited states. No appreciable electron interactions were noted in the ground state, which was being probed by electrochemistry, absorption spectroscopy, etc.; the electron acceptors are sufficiently decoupled from the electron donors. In the excited state, a different picture evolved. In particular, steady-state and time-resolved fluorescence and transient absorption measurements revealed substantial electron donor-acceptor interactions. These led, upon photoexcitation of the porphyrins, to tunable intramolecular electron-transfer processes, that is, the oxidation of porphyrin and the reduction of C60. In this regard, the largest impact stems from a rather strong distance dependence of the total reorganization energy in stark contrast to the distance independence seen for covalently linked conjugates.Oligo(p-phenylenevinylene) (oPPV) wires of various lengths featuring pyridyls at one terminal and C60 moieties at the other, have been used as molecular building blocks in combination with porphyrins to construct a novel class of electron donor-acceptor architectures. These architectures, which are based on non-covalent, directional interactions between the zinc centers of the porphyrins and the pyridyls, have been characterized by nuclear magnetic resonance spectroscopy and mass spectrometry. Complementary physico-chemical assays focused on the interactions between electron donors and acceptors in the ground and excited states. No appreciable electron interactions were noted in the ground state, which was being probed by electrochemistry, absorption spectroscopy, etc.; the electron acceptors are sufficiently decoupled from the electron donors. In the excited state, a different picture evolved. In particular, steady-state and time-resolved fluorescence and transient absorption measurements revealed substantial electron donor-acceptor interactions. These led, upon photoexcitation of the porphyrins, to tunable intramolecular electron-transfer processes, that is, the oxidation of porphyrin and the reduction of C60. In this regard, the largest impact stems from a rather strong distance dependence of the total reorganization energy in stark contrast to the distance independence seen for covalently linked conjugates. Electronic supplementary information (ESI) available. See DOI: 10.1039/c4nr05165c

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

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

    2015-01-01

    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....

  11. Preferred sites and pathways for electron transfer in blue copper proteins

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    Farver, O; Pecht, I

    1988-01-01

    Long-range electron transfer reactions proceed within and between metalloproteins at relatively fast rates and with marked specificities. The blue single copper proteins are well known electron carriers with their redox center being of limited accessibility to solvent and solutes. The question of...... where and how electrons are transferred to and from the copper-ion have been investigated. One experimental approach developed in order to pursue these problems is that of reductively labeling several representative, yet structurally distinct blue single copper proteins; azurin, plastocyanin, and...... probably also coordinated to carboxylate groups, present in plastocyanin, and in stellacyanin 12 A and 6 A, respectively, from the copper center. The salient feature emerging from examination of the three copper proteins is that a pi-facilitated electron transfer (E.T.) pathway may be operative; in azurin...

  12. Coherent electron transfer in a coupled quantum dot nanostructure using stimulated Raman adiabatic passage

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    Fountoulakis, Antonios; Paspalakis, Emmanuel

    2013-05-01

    We study the potential for coherent transfer of a single electron between the ground states of two anharmonic coupled quantum dots using an adiabatic passage method. We consider the interaction of a quantum dot structure characterized by an asymmetric confining potential by two external electromagnetic fields. We use the method of stimulated Raman adiabatic passage (STIRAP) for control of the dynamics of the electron, and ultimately for succeeding the transfer of the electron from the initially occupied quantum dot to the other quantum dot. Results for several values of the parameters of the applied electromagnetic fields are presented, and we show that STIRAP can lead to efficient coherent single electron transfer for a wide range of these parameters.

  13. Challenges in reduction of dinitrogen by proton and electron transfer.

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    van der Ham, Cornelis J M; Koper, Marc T M; Hetterscheid, Dennis G H

    2014-08-01

    Ammonia is an important nutrient for the growth of plants. In industry, ammonia is produced by the energy expensive Haber-Bosch process where dihydrogen and dinitrogen form ammonia at a very high pressure and temperature. In principle one could also reduce dinitrogen upon addition of protons and electrons similar to the mechanism of ammonia production by nitrogenases. Recently, major breakthroughs have taken place in our understanding of biological fixation of dinitrogen, of molecular model systems that can reduce dinitrogen, and in the electrochemical reduction of dinitrogen at heterogeneous surfaces. Yet for efficient reduction of dinitrogen with protons and electrons major hurdles still have to be overcome. In this tutorial review we give an overview of the different catalytic systems, highlight the recent breakthroughs, pinpoint common grounds and discuss the bottlenecks and challenges in catalytic reduction of dinitrogen. PMID:24802308

  14. Interspecies electron transfer in methanogenic propionate degrading consortia

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    de Bok, F. A. M.; Plugge, C. M.; Stams, A.J.M.

    2004-01-01

    Propionate is a key intermediate in the conversion of complex organic matter under methanogenic conditions. Oxidation of this compound requires obligate syntrophic consortia of acetogenic proton- and bicarbonate reducing bacteria and methanogenic archaea. Although H2 acts as an electron-carrier in these consortia, evidence accumulates that formate plays an even more important role. To make energy yield from propionate oxidation energetically feasible for the bacteria and archaea involved, the...

  15. 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)

  16. Dynamics of Electron Transfer Processes at the Surface of Dye-Sensitized Mesoporous Semiconductor Films

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    Teuscher, Joël

    2010-01-01

    Electron transfer reactions taking place at the surface of dye-sensitized semiconductors are key processes in dye-sensitized solar cells (DSSCs). After light absorption, the excited state of a dye injects an electron into a wide-bandgap semiconductor, usually titanium dioxyde, TiO2. The formed oxidized dye can then be intercepted by a redox mediator, typically iodide, before charge recombination between the injected electron and the oxidized dye...

  17. 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.

  18. Charge transfer dynamics from adsorbates to surfaces with single active electron and configuration interaction based approaches

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    Highlights: • We model electron dynamics across cyano alkanethiolates attached to gold cluster. • We present electron transfer time scales from TD-DFT and TD-CI based simulations. • Both DFT and CI methods qualitatively predict the trend in time scales. • TD-CI predicts the experimental relative time scale very accurately. - Abstract: We employ wavepacket simulations based on many-body time-dependent configuration interaction (TD-CI), and single active electron theories, to predict the ultrafast molecule/metal electron transfer time scales, in cyano alkanethiolates bonded to model gold clusters. The initial states represent two excited states where a valence electron is promoted to one of the two virtual ?? molecular orbitals localized on the cyanide fragment. The ratio of the two time scales indicate the efficiency of one charge transfer channel over the other. In both our one-and many-electron simulations, this ratio agree qualitatively with each other as well as with the previously reported experimental time scales (Blobner et al., 2012), measured for a macroscopic metal surface. We study the effect of cluster size and the description of electron correlation on the charge transfer process

  19. Charge transfer dynamics from adsorbates to surfaces with single active electron and configuration interaction based approaches

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    Ramakrishnan, Raghunathan, E-mail: r.ramakrishnan@unibas.ch [Institute of Physical Chemistry, National Center for Computational Design and Discovery of Novel Materials (MARVEL), Department of Chemistry, University of Basel, Klingelbergstrasse 80, CH-4056 Basel (Switzerland); Nest, Mathias [Theoretische Chemie, Technische Universität München, Lichtenbergstr. 4, 85747 Garching (Germany)

    2015-01-13

    Highlights: • We model electron dynamics across cyano alkanethiolates attached to gold cluster. • We present electron transfer time scales from TD-DFT and TD-CI based simulations. • Both DFT and CI methods qualitatively predict the trend in time scales. • TD-CI predicts the experimental relative time scale very accurately. - Abstract: We employ wavepacket simulations based on many-body time-dependent configuration interaction (TD-CI), and single active electron theories, to predict the ultrafast molecule/metal electron transfer time scales, in cyano alkanethiolates bonded to model gold clusters. The initial states represent two excited states where a valence electron is promoted to one of the two virtual ?{sup ?} molecular orbitals localized on the cyanide fragment. The ratio of the two time scales indicate the efficiency of one charge transfer channel over the other. In both our one-and many-electron simulations, this ratio agree qualitatively with each other as well as with the previously reported experimental time scales (Blobner et al., 2012), measured for a macroscopic metal surface. We study the effect of cluster size and the description of electron correlation on the charge transfer process.

  20. Influence of Solvent, Electron Acceptors and Arenes on Photochemical Decarboxylation of Free Carboxylic Acids via Single Electron Transfer (SET

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    Yasuharu Yoshimi

    2010-04-01

    Full Text Available Single electron transfer (SET-photochemical decarboxylation of free carboxylic acids was performed in a polar solvent using several arenes such as phenanthrene, naphthalene, 1-methylnaphthalene, biphenyl, triphenylene, and chrysene in the presence of various electron acceptors such as 1,2-, 1,3-, and 1,4-dicyanobenzenes, methyl 4-cyanobenzoate, and 1,4-dicyanonaphthalene. The decarboxylation reaction was influenced by the arenes, electron acceptors, and solvent. The best result was achieved by the photoreaction using biphenyl and 1,4-dicyanonaphthalene in aqueous acetonitrile.

  1. Electronic Structure of the Perylene / Zinc Oxide Interface: A Computational Study of Photoinduced Electron Transfer and Impact of Surface Defects

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    Li, Jingrui

    2015-07-29

    The electronic properties of dye-sensitized semiconductor surfaces consisting of pery- lene chromophores chemisorbed on zinc oxide via different spacer-anchor groups, have been studied at the density-functional-theory level. The energy distributions of the donor states and the rates of photoinduced electron transfer from dye to surface are predicted. We evaluate in particular the impact of saturated versus unsaturated aliphatic spacer groups inserted between the perylene chromophore and the semiconductor as well as the influence of surface defects on the electron-injection rates.

  2. Activators generated by electron transfer for atom transfer radical polymerization of styrene in the presence of mesoporous silica nanoparticles

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    Graphical abstract: Effect of mesoporous silica nanoparticles (MCM-41) on the activator generated by electron transfer for atom transfer radical polymerization (AGET ATRP) is investigated. Decrement of conversion and number average molecular weight and also increment of polydispersity index (PDI) values are three main results of addition of MCM-41 nanoparticles. Incorporation of MCM-41 nanoparticles in the polystyrene matrix can clearly increase thermal stability and decrease glass transition temperature of the nanocomposites. - Highlights: • Spherical morphology, hexagonal structure, and high surface area with regular pore diameters of the synthesized MCM-41 nanoparticles are examined. • AGET ATRP of styrene in the presence of MCM-41 nanoparticles is performed. • Effect of MCM-41 nanoparticles addition on the polymerization rate, conversion and molecular weights of the products are discussed. • Improvement in thermal stability of the nanocomposites and decreasing Tg values was also observed by incorporation of MCM-41 nanoparticles. - Abstract: Activator generated by electron transfer for atom transfer radical polymerization was employed to synthesize well-defined mesoporous silica nanoparticles/polystyrene composites. Inherent features of spherical mesoporous silica nanoparticles were evaluated by nitrogen adsorption/desorption isotherm, X-ray diffraction and scanning electron microscopy analysis techniques. Conversion and molecular weight evaluations were carried out using gas and size exclusion chromatography respectively. By the addition of only 3 wt% mesoporous silica nanoparticles, conversion decreases from 81 to 58%. Similarly, number average molecular weight decreases from 17,116 to 12,798 g mol?1. However, polydispersity index (PDI) values increases from 1.24 to 1.58. A peak around 4.1–4.2 ppm at proton nuclear magnetic resonance spectroscopy results clearly confirms the living nature of the polymerization. Thermogravimetric analysis shows that thermal stability of the nanocomposites increases by adding nanoparticles content. Decrease of glass transition temperature is also demonstrated by the addition of 3 wt% of silica nanoparticles according to the differential scanning calorimetry results

  3. Activators generated by electron transfer for atom transfer radical polymerization of styrene in the presence of mesoporous silica nanoparticles

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    Khezri, Khezrollah, E-mail: kh.khezri@ut.ac.ir [School of Chemistry, University College of Science, University of Tehran, PO Box 14155-6455, Tehran (Iran, Islamic Republic of); Roghani-Mamaqani, Hossein [Department of Polymer Engineering, Sahand University of Technology, PO Box 51335-1996, Tabriz (Iran, Islamic Republic of)

    2014-11-15

    Graphical abstract: Effect of mesoporous silica nanoparticles (MCM-41) on the activator generated by electron transfer for atom transfer radical polymerization (AGET ATRP) is investigated. Decrement of conversion and number average molecular weight and also increment of polydispersity index (PDI) values are three main results of addition of MCM-41 nanoparticles. Incorporation of MCM-41 nanoparticles in the polystyrene matrix can clearly increase thermal stability and decrease glass transition temperature of the nanocomposites. - Highlights: • Spherical morphology, hexagonal structure, and high surface area with regular pore diameters of the synthesized MCM-41 nanoparticles are examined. • AGET ATRP of styrene in the presence of MCM-41 nanoparticles is performed. • Effect of MCM-41 nanoparticles addition on the polymerization rate, conversion and molecular weights of the products are discussed. • Improvement in thermal stability of the nanocomposites and decreasing T{sub g} values was also observed by incorporation of MCM-41 nanoparticles. - Abstract: Activator generated by electron transfer for atom transfer radical polymerization was employed to synthesize well-defined mesoporous silica nanoparticles/polystyrene composites. Inherent features of spherical mesoporous silica nanoparticles were evaluated by nitrogen adsorption/desorption isotherm, X-ray diffraction and scanning electron microscopy analysis techniques. Conversion and molecular weight evaluations were carried out using gas and size exclusion chromatography respectively. By the addition of only 3 wt% mesoporous silica nanoparticles, conversion decreases from 81 to 58%. Similarly, number average molecular weight decreases from 17,116 to 12,798 g mol{sup ?1}. However, polydispersity index (PDI) values increases from 1.24 to 1.58. A peak around 4.1–4.2 ppm at proton nuclear magnetic resonance spectroscopy results clearly confirms the living nature of the polymerization. Thermogravimetric analysis shows that thermal stability of the nanocomposites increases by adding nanoparticles content. Decrease of glass transition temperature is also demonstrated by the addition of 3 wt% of silica nanoparticles according to the differential scanning calorimetry results.

  4. Electronic parameters for the hole transfer in DNA duplex oligomers

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    Berashevich, D J A; Berashevich, Dr. Julia A.; Chakraborty, Tapash

    2007-01-01

    We report on our calculations of the inner-sphere reorganization energy and the interaction of the pi orbitals within DNA oligomers. The exponential decrease of the electronic coupling between the highest and second highest occupied base orbitals of the intrastrand nucleobases in the (A-T)n and (G-C)n oligomers have been found with an increase of the sequence number n in the DNA structure. We conclude that for realistic estimation of the electronic coupling values between the nucleobases within the DNA molecule, a DNA chain containing at least four base pairs is required. We estimate the geometry relaxation of the base pairs within the (A-T)n and (G-C)n oligomers (n=1-6) due to their oxidation. The decrease of the inner-sphere reorganization energy with elongation of the oligomer structure participating in the oxidation process have been observed. The maximum degree of geometry relaxation of the nucleobase structures and correspondingly the higher charge density in the oxidized state are found to be located c...

  5. Mapping intermolecular bonding in C60

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    Sundqvist, Bertil

    2014-08-01

    The formation of intermolecular bonds in C60 has been investigated in detail at pressures below 2.2 GPa and up to 750 K. Fullerene samples were heated in a temperature gradient to obtain data on the formation of dimers and low-dimensional polymers along isobars. Intermolecular bonding was analyzed ex situ by Raman scattering, using both intramolecular modes and intermolecular stretching modes. Semi-quantitative reaction maps are given for the formation of dimers and chains. The activation energy for dimer formation decreases by 0.2 meV pm-1 when intermolecular distances decrease and dimer formation is noticeably affected by the rotational state of molecules. Above 400-450 K larger oligomers are formed; below 1.4 GPa most of these are disordered, with small domains of linear chains, but above this the appearance of stretching modes indicates the existence of ordered one-dimensional polymers. At the highest pressures and temperatures two-dimensional polymers are also observed.

  6. A nonadiabatic theory for ultrafast catalytic electron transfer: a model for the photosynthetic reaction center.

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    Aubry, Serge; Kopidakis, Georgios

    2005-12-01

    A non-adiabatic theory of Electron Transfer (ET), which improves the standard theory near the inversion point and becomes equivalent to it far from the inversion point, is presented. The complex amplitudes of the electronic wavefunctions at different sites are used as Kramers variables for describing the quantum tunneling of the electron in the deformable potential generated by its environment (nonadiabaticity) which is modeled as a harmonic classical thermal bath. After exact elimination of the bath, the effective electron dynamics is described by a discrete nonlinear Schrödinger equation with norm preserving dissipative terms and a Langevin random force, with a frequency cut-off, due to the thermalized phonons.This theory reveals the existence of a specially interesting marginal case when the linear and nonlinear coefficients of a two electronic states system are appropriately tuned for forming a Coherent Electron-Phonon Oscillator (CEPO). An electron injected on one of the electronic states of a CEPO generates large amplitude charge oscillations (even at zero temperature) associated with coherent phonon oscillations and electronic level oscillations. This fluctuating electronic level may resonate with a third site which captures the electron so that Ultrafast Electron Transfer (UFET) becomes possible. Numerical results are shown where two weakly interacting sites, a donor and a catalyst, form a CEPO that triggers an UFET to an acceptor. Without a catalytic site, a very large energy barrier prevents any direct ET. This UFET is shown to have many qualitative features similar to those observed in the primary charge separation in photosynthetic reaction centers. We suggest that more generally, CEPO could be a paradigm for understanding many selective chemical reactions involving electron transfer in biosystems. PMID:23345905

  7. Coherent state transfer between an electron- and nuclear spin in 15N@C60

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    Brown, Richard M; Porfyrakis, Kyriakos; Gauger, Erik M; Lovett, Brendon W; Ardavan, Arzhang; Lyon, S A; Briggs, G Andrew D; Morton, John J L

    2010-01-01

    Electron spin qubits in molecular systems offer high reproducibility and the ability to self assemble into larger architectures. However, interactions between neighbouring qubits are 'always-on' and although the electron spin coherence times can be several hundred microseconds, these are still much shorter than typical times for nuclear spins. Here we implement an electron-nuclear hybrid scheme which uses coherent transfer between electron and nuclear spin degrees of freedom in order to both controllably turn on/off dipolar interactions between neighbouring spins and benefit from the long nuclear spin decoherence times (T2n). We transfer qubit states between the electron and 15N nuclear spin in 15N@C60 with a two-way process fidelity of 88%, using a series of tuned microwave and radiofrequency pulses and measure a nuclear spin coherence lifetime of over 100 ms.

  8. 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.

  9. Two-Dimensional Electronic Spectroscopy Using Incoherent Light: Theoretical Analysis

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    Turner, Daniel B.; Howey, Dylan J.; Sutor, Erika J.; Hendrickson, Rebecca A.; Gealy, M. W.; Ulness, Darin J.

    2012-01-01

    Electronic energy transfer in photosynthesis occurs over a range of time scales and under a variety of intermolecular coupling conditions. Recent work has shown that electronic coupling between chromophores can lead to coherent oscillations in two-dimensional electronic spectroscopy measurements of pigment-protein complexes measured with femtosecond laser pulses. A persistent issue in the field is to reconcile the results of measurements performed using femtosecond laser pul...

  10. Influence of Complex Stabilities on Electron-Transfer Reactions

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    The rate of exchange in solutions containing sulphate ions was measured in the system FeII/FeIII at different temperatures with 5'9Fe as a tracer. At 25°C and an ionic strength of 1 the rate constants are: k1[FeSO+4/Fe2+] =295 litres mole-1 sec-1, k2[Fe(SO4)2-/Fe2+] =17 500 litres mole-1 sec-1. The activation energies are E1 =13.8 kcal/mole, E2 = 15kcal/mole. For the rate constants of the electron exchange between different complexes of FeIII and Fe2+ ions the following relation was found: log10k = 1.1 + 0. 5 |?log10K|, where ? log10K is the difference between the logarithms of the stability constants of the FeIII and FeII complexes with the same ligands. All rate constants for electron exchange between FeIII complexes and Fe2+ ions follow this relation (as far as stability constants are known). In the system CeIII/ CeIV a first-order reaction with respect to CeIII contributes to the exchange reaction. This is explained by the formation of excited CeIII ions. The rate constant is k5 = 4.45 x 10-4 sec-1 (0°C). At 0°C the rate constants for the second-order reactions are: k1[CeSO+24/Ce3+] = 0.10 litres mole-1 sec-1, k2[Ce(SO4)2/Ce3+] = 0.11 litres mole-1 sec-1; k3[Ce(SO4)2-3/Ce3+] = 0.17 litres mole-1 sec-1, k4 [Ce4+/Ce3+] = 5.05 x 10-3 litres mole-1 sec-1. The electron exchange is accelerated by sulphate ions, but not to the same extent as in the system FeII/FeIII. The fact that the rate constants k, k2 and k3 are nearly equal shows that the charge of the complexes has no influence. The rate constants in the system CeIII/CeIV also follow a relation of the form log k = a + b?log K. The constants a and b were found to be: a = -2.3, b = 0.4. In the system UIV/UVI - in the absence of light - the rate of the electron exchange in solutions containing sulphate ions is proportional to the concentrations of UIV and UVI and inversely proportional to the third power of the H+ concentration. The rate determining step is the disproportionation of UV which is present in small quantities in equilibrium with UIV and UVI. The rate constant was found to be 1.2 x 10-4 mole2 litre-2sec-1 (25°C, ionic strength 2). This value is by a factor of about 600 higher than the rate constant in a solution containing Perchlorate ions instead of sulphate ions. The activation energy was found to be 10.2 kcal/mole. (author)

  11. Charge transfer and electronic doping in nitrogen-doped graphene

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    Joucken, Frédéric; Tison, Yann; Le Fèvre, Patrick; Tejeda, Antonio; Taleb-Ibrahimi, Amina; Conrad, Edward; Repain, Vincent; Chacon, Cyril; Bellec, Amandine; Girard, Yann; Rousset, Sylvie; Ghijsen, Jacques; Sporken, Robert; Amara, Hakim; Ducastelle, François; Lagoute, Jérôme

    2015-09-01

    Understanding the modification of the graphene’s electronic structure upon doping is crucial for enlarging its potential applications. We present a study of nitrogen-doped graphene samples on SiC(000) combining angle-resolved photoelectron spectroscopy, scanning tunneling microscopy and spectroscopy and X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS). The comparison between tunneling and angle-resolved photoelectron spectra reveals the spatial inhomogeneity of the Dirac energy shift and that a phonon correction has to be applied to the tunneling measurements. XPS data demonstrate the dependence of the N 1s binding energy of graphitic nitrogen on the nitrogen concentration. The measure of the Dirac energy for different nitrogen concentrations reveals that the ratio usually computed between the excess charge brought by the dopants and the dopants’ concentration depends on the latter. This is supported by a tight-binding model considering different values for the potentials on the nitrogen site and on its first neighbors.

  12. Bidirectional microbial electron transfer: Switching an acetate oxidizing biofilm to nitrate reducing conditions.

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    Pous, Narcís; Carmona-Martínez, Alessandro A; Vilajeliu-Pons, Anna; Fiset, Erika; Bañeras, Lluis; Trably, Eric; Balaguer, M Dolors; Colprim, Jesús; Bernet, Nicolas; Puig, Sebastià

    2016-01-15

    Up to date a few electroactive bacteria embedded in biofilms are described to catalyze both anodic and cathodic reactions in bioelectrochemical systems (i.e. bidirectional electron transfer). How these bacteria transfer electrons to or from the electrode is still uncertain. In this study the extracellular electron transfer mechanism of bacteria within an electroactive biofilm was investigated by using cyclic voltammetry (CV) and differential pulse voltammetry (DPV). First, a mature anodic electroactive biofilm was developed from an activated sludge sample (inoculum), acetate as electron donor and a poised electrode (+397mV vs. SHE). Later, this biofilm was "switched" to biocathodic conditions by feeding it with a medium containing nitrates and poising the electrode at -303mV vs. SHE. The electrochemical characterization indicated that both, acetate oxidation and nitrate reduction took place at a similar formal potential of -175±05 and -175±34mV vs. SHE, respectively. The biofilm was predominantly composed by Geobacter sp. at both experimental conditions. Taken together, the results indicated that both processes could be catalyzed by using the same electron conduit, and most likely by the same bacterial consortium. Hence, this study suggests that electroactive bacteria within biofilms could use the same electron transfer conduit for catalyzing anodic and cathodic reactions. PMID:26339932

  13. Photoinduced electron transfer in a chromophore-catalyst assembly anchored to TiO2.

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    Ashford, Dennis L; Song, Wenjing; Concepcion, Javier J; Glasson, Christopher R K; Brennaman, M Kyle; Norris, Michael R; Fang, Zhen; Templeton, Joseph L; Meyer, Thomas J

    2012-11-21

    Photoinduced formation, separation, and buildup of multiple redox equivalents are an integral part of cycles for producing solar fuels in dye-sensitized photoelectrosynthesis cells (DSPECs). Excitation wavelength-dependent electron injection, intra-assembly electron transfer, and pH-dependent back electron transfer on TiO(2) were investigated for the molecular assembly [((PO(3)H(2)-CH(2))-bpy)(2)Ru(a)(bpy-NH-CO-trpy)Ru(b)(bpy)(OH(2))](4+) ([TiO(2)-Ru(a)(II)-Ru(b)(II)-OH(2)](4+); ((PO(3)H(2)-CH(2))(2)-bpy = ([2,2'-bipyridine]-4,4'-diylbis(methylene))diphosphonic acid); bpy-ph-NH-CO-trpy = 4-([2,2':6',2″-terpyridin]-4'-yl)-N-((4'-methyl-[2,2'-bipyridin]-4-yl)methyl) benzamide); bpy = 2,2'-bipyridine). This assembly combines a light-harvesting chromophore and a water oxidation catalyst linked by a synthetically flexible saturated bridge designed to enable long-lived charge-separated states. Following excitation of the chromophore, rapid electron injection into TiO(2) and intra-assembly electron transfer occur on the subnanosecond time scale followed by microsecond-millisecond back electron transfer from the semiconductor to the oxidized catalyst, [TiO(2)(e(-))-Ru(a)(II)-Ru(b)(III)-OH(2)](4+)→[TiO(2)-Ru(a)(II)-Ru(b)(II)-OH(2)](4+). PMID:23101955

  14. Importance of the Donor:Fullerene intermolecular arrangement for high-efficiency organic photovoltaics

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    2014-07-09

    The performance of organic photovoltaic (OPV) material systems are hypothesized to depend strongly on the intermolecular arrangements at the donor:fullerene interfaces. A review of some of the most efficient polymers utilized in polymer:fullerene PV devices, combined with an analysis of reported polymer donor materials wherein the same conjugated backbone was used with varying alkyl substituents, supports this hypothesis. Specifically, the literature shows that higher-performing donor-acceptor type polymers generally have acceptor moieties that are sterically accessible for interactions with the fullerene derivative, whereas the corresponding donor moieties tend to have branched alkyl substituents that sterically hinder interactions with the fullerene. To further explore the idea that the most beneficial polymer:fullerene arrangement involves the fullerene docking with the acceptor moiety, a family of benzo[1,2-b:4,5-b]dithiophene-thieno[3,4-c]pyrrole-4,6-dione polymers (PBDTTPD derivatives) was synthesized and tested in a variety of PV device types with vastly different aggregation states of the polymer. In agreement with our hypothesis, the PBDTTPD derivative with a more sterically accessible acceptor moiety and a more sterically hindered donor moiety shows the highest performance in bulk-heterojunction, bilayer, and low-polymer concentration PV devices where fullerene derivatives serve as the electron-accepting materials. Furthermore, external quantum efficiency measurements of the charge-transfer state and solid-state two-dimensional (2D) 13C{1H} heteronuclear correlation (HETCOR) NMR analyses support that a specific polymer:fullerene arrangement is present for the highest performing PBDTTPD derivative, in which the fullerene is in closer proximity to the acceptor moiety of the polymer. This work demonstrates that the polymer:fullerene arrangement and resulting intermolecular interactions may be key factors in determining the performance of OPV material systems. © 2014 American Chemical Society.

  15. Technology transfer present and futures in the electronic arts

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    Brian Degger

    2008-01-01

    Full Text Available We are entering an era where creating the fantastical is possible in the arts. In the areas of mixed reality and biological arts, responsive works are created based on advances in basic science and technology. This is enabling scientists and artists to pose new questions. As the time between discovery and application is so short, artists need imaginative ways of accessing new technology in order to critique and use it.These are the new paints that the majority of artists cannot afford or access, technology to enable cloning of DNA, to print channels on a chip, to access proprietary 3G networks. Currently, partnerships or residencies are used to facilitate artist’s access to these technologies. What would they do if technology was available that enabled them to make any art work they so desire? Are the limitations in current technology an advantage rather than a disadvantage in some of their works? Does interaction with technologists make their work more robust? Are there disadvantages? How do they get access to the technology they require? Open source or proprietary? Or have they encountered the situation where their vision is greater than technology allows. When their work breaks because of this fact, is their art broken? Blast Theory (Brighton,UK, FoAM(Brussels, Belgium and Amsterdam, Netherlands, SymbioticA (Perth, Australia are organisations pushing technological boundaries in the service of art. This paper addresses some questions of technology transfer in relation to recent artworks, particularly I like Frank in Adelaide (Blast Theory, transient reality generators (trg (FoAM and Multi electrode array artist (MeART (SymbioticA.

  16. A new intermolecular mechanism to selectively drive photoinduced damages

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    Gokhberg, Kirill; Kuleff, Alexander I; Cederbaum, Lorenz S

    2014-01-01

    Low-energy electrons (LEEs) are known to be effective in causing strand breaks in DNA. Recent experiments show that an important direct source of LEEs is the intermolecular Coulombic decay (ICD) process. Here we propose a new cascade mechanism initiated by core excitation and terminated by ICD and demonstrate its properties. Explicit calculations show that the energies of the emitted ICD-electrons can be controlled by selecting the initial atomic excitation. The properties of the cascade may have interesting applications in the fields of electron spectroscopy and radiation damage. Initiating such a cascade by resonant X-ray absorption from a high-Z element embedded in a cancerous cell nucleus, ICD will deliver genotoxic particles \\textit{locally} at the absorption site, increasing in that way the controllability of the induced damage.

  17. 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

  18. Time-resolved spectroscopy of energy and electron transfer processes in the photosynthetic bacterium Heliobacillus mobilis.

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    Lin, S.; Chiou, H C; Kleinherenbrink, F A; Blankenship, R E

    1994-01-01

    The kinetics of excitation energy transfer and electron transfer processes within the membrane of Heliobacillus mobilis were investigated using femtosecond transient absorption difference spectroscopy at room temperature. The kinetics in the 725- to 865-nm region, upon excitation at 590 and 670 nm, were fit using global analysis. The fits returned three kinetic components with lifetimes of 1-2 ps and 27-30 ps, and a component that does not decay within several nanoseconds. The 1- to 2-ps comp...

  19. Deterministic quantum state transfer from an electronic charge qubit to a photonic polarization qubit

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    Ament, L.J.P.; Beenakker, C. W. J.

    2006-01-01

    Building on an earlier proposal for the production of polarization-entangled microwaves by means of intraband transitions in a pair of quantum dots, we show how this device can be used to transfer an unknown single-qubit state from electronic charge to photonic polarization degrees of freedom. No postselection is required, meaning that the quantum state transfer happens deterministically. Decoherence of the charge qubit causes a non-monotonic decay of the fidelity of the tra...

  20. Ion-mediated electron transfer in a supramolecular donor-acceptor ensemble.

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    Park, Jung Su; Karnas, Elizabeth; Ohkubo, Kei; Chen, Ping; Kadish, Karl M; Fukuzumi, Shunichi; Bielawski, Christopher W; Hudnall, Todd W; Lynch, Vincent M; Sessler, Jonathan L

    2010-09-10

    Ion binding often mediates electron transfer in biological systems as a cofactor strategy, either as a promoter or as an inhibitor. However, it has rarely, if ever, been exploited for that purpose in synthetic host-guest assemblies. We report here that strong binding of specific anions (chloride, bromide, and methylsulfate but not tetrafluoroborate or hexafluorophosphate) to a tetrathiafulvalene calix[4]pyrrole (TTF-C4P) donor enforces a host conformation that favors electron transfer to a bisimidazolium quinone (BIQ2+) guest acceptor. In contrast, the addition of a tetraethylammonium cation, which binds more effectively than the BIQ2+ guest in the TTF-C4P cavity, leads to back electron transfer, restoring the initial oxidation states of the donor and acceptor pair. The products of these processes were characterized via spectroscopy and x-ray crystallography. PMID:20829481

  1. Transfer function restoration in 3D electron microscopy via iterative data refinement

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    Three-dimensional electron microscopy (3D-EM) is a powerful tool for visualizing complex biological systems. As with any other imaging device, the electron microscope introduces a transfer function (called in this field the contrast transfer function, CTF) into the image acquisition process that modulates the various frequencies of the signal. Thus, the 3D reconstructions performed with these CTF-affected projections are also affected by an implicit 3D transfer function. For high-resolution electron microscopy, the effect of the CTF is quite dramatic and limits severely the achievable resolution. In this work we make use of the iterative data refinement (IDR) technique to ameliorate the effect of the CTF. It is demonstrated that the approach can be successfully applied to noisy data

  2. Breakdown of the Born-Oppenheimer-Condon-Marcus approximation in long distance electron transfer

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    We consider the issue of how the breakdown of the Born-Oppenheimer-Condon-Marcus approximation affects the dependence of the electron-transfer rate k upon distance, as well as the dependences upon the driving force and temperature. For large distances, ca. r>10 A, it is predicted that: (i) the slope of lnk vs r dependence decreases down to zero; (ii) the bell-shaped Marcus dependence upon the driving force is distorted, with the maximum shifting toward ?G>0; and (iii) the apparent activation energy increases and the temperature dependence more and more declines from the Arrhenius form. These effects can be experimentally distinguished from similar effects due to other mechanisms, such as thermal activation of the electron transferred and temperature dependence of the reorganization parameters and driving force. Experimental data by Isied et al. [J. Phys. Chem. 97 (1993) 11456] on electron transfer between metal ions across rigid oligoproline bridges are well fitted using the present theory

  3. 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

  4. Recent Advances in Photoinduced Electron Transfer Processes of Fullerene-Based Molecular Assemblies and Nanocomposites

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    Osamu Ito

    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.

  5. (Comparison of group transfer, inner sphere and outer sphere electron transfer mechanisms of organometallic complexes)

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    Atwood, J.

    1990-01-01

    During the course of Grant ER13775 we have constructed an infrared stopped-flow spectrophotometer and initiated a study of the mechanisms of reactions that involve a change in the oxidation state of organometallic complexes. The spectrometer combined conventional stopped-flow techniques with an infrared optical system comprised of a carbon monoxide laser, an IRTRAN flow-through cell and a mercury-cadium-telluride detector. In this summary we will highlight our results on reactions: (1) that formally involve exchange of a charged species between two metal carbonyl anions, (2) that involve additional of an electron to, or removal of an electron from organometallic complexes that contain a metal-metal bond, and (3) between coordination complexes and metal carbonyl anions. 12 refs.

  6. A systematic study of electron or hole transfer along DNA dimers, trimers and polymers

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    Simserides, Constantinos

    2014-01-01

    A systematic study of electron or hole transfer along DNA dimers, trimers and polymers is presented with a tight-binding approach at the base-pair level, using the relevant on-site energies of the base-pairs and the hopping parameters between successive base-pairs. A system of $N$ coupled differential equations is solved numerically with the eigenvalue method, allowing the temporal and spatial evolution of electrons or holes along a $N$ base-pair DNA segment to be determined. Useful physical quantities are defined and calculated including the maximum transfer percentage $p$ and the pure maximum transfer rate $\\frac{p}{T}$ for cases where a period $T$ can be defined, as well as the pure mean carrier transfer rate $k$ and the speed of charge transfer $u=kd$, where $d = N \\times$ 3.4 {\\AA} is the charge transfer distance. The inverse decay length $\\beta$ used for the exponential fit $k = k_0 \\exp(-\\beta d)$ and the exponent $\\eta$ used for the power law fit $k = k_0' N^{-\\eta}$ are computed. The electron and hol...

  7. Transient kinetics of electron transfer from a variety of c-type cytochromes to plastocyanin.

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    Meyer, T E; Zhao, Z G; Cusanovich, M A; Tollin, G

    1993-05-01

    Plastocyanin (PC) and its physiological reaction partner cytochrome (cyt) f form a complex which is electrostatically stabilized by interactions between complementary localized charges. We have measured the kinetics of intracomplex electron transfer between several reduced cytochromes and PC using laser flash photolysis. With spinach cyt f and spinach PC, we obtain first-order rate constants, kforward = 2780 s-1 and kreverse = 1050 s-1, for the reversible reaction and a complex dissociation constant of about 23 microM at an ionic strength (I) of 5 mM. The observed rate constant increases by a factor of 2 between I = 5 and 40 mM and then decreases monotonically at higher ionic strengths. This indicates that the complex is not completely dissociated until I = 150 mM and that the proteins within the electrostatically most stable complex are not optimally oriented for electron transfer. Similar results were obtained with turnip cyt f and spinach PC, although in this case intracomplex electron transfer is about 4 times as fast. Horse cyt c also forms an electrostatically stabilized complex with PC, and yields a limiting rate constant for intracomplex electron transfer (1750 s-1) and a dissociation constant (10 microM) comparable to those for spinach cyt f. The ionic strength dependence shows that the complex is more readily dissociated (complete at I = 25 mM) than is that of cyt f and that rearrangement is not required for optimal electron transfer. Addition of polylysine results in 10-fold inhibition of the rate of electron transfer. Pseudomonas cyt c-551 is an acidic cytochrome which does not form a complex with PC.(ABSTRACT TRUNCATED AT 250 WORDS) PMID:8387337

  8. 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

  9. Excitational energy and photoinduced electron transfer reactions in Ge(IV) corrole–porphyrin hetero dimers

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    We have constructed hetero dimers by utilizing the axial bonding capabilities as well as known oxophilicity of Germanium(IV) ion of Germanium(IV) corroles as basal scaffolding unit and either free-base or ZnII porphyrin at axial position for the first time. Both the hetero dimers have been completely characterized by elemental analysis, UV–visible, proton nuclear magnetic resonance (1D and 1H–1H COSY) and fluorescence spectroscopies as well as electrochemical methods. The ground state properties indicate that there exists a minimum ?–? interactions between the macrocyclic units of these dyads. Excited state properties showed that there is an electronic energy transfer competing photoinduced electron transfer from singlet state of basal metalloid corrole to the axial porphyrin and a photoinduced electron transfer from excited state of axial porphyrin to the ground state of central metalloid corrole are possible. -- Highlights: ? • We have constructed hetero dimers based on corrole–porphyrin by utilizing axial position of Ge(IV) corrole. • There exists mimum ?–? interactions between the macrocyclic units. • The excited state properties indicate that both excitation energy transfer and photoinduced electron transfer reactions are possible in these hetero dimers

  10. Electron excitation and energy transfer rates for H2O in the upper atmosphere

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    Brunger Michael

    2009-01-01

    Full Text Available Abstract Recent measurements of the cross sections for electronic state excitations in H2O have made it possible to calculate rates applicable to these excitation processes. We thus present here calculations of electron energy transfer rates for electronic and vibrational state excitations in H2O, as well as rates for excitation of some of these states by atmospheric thermal and auroral secondary electrons. The calculation of these latter rates is an important first step towards our aim of including water into a statistical equilibrium model of the atmosphere under auroral conditions. PACS Codes: 34.50.Gb 34.50.Ez

  11. 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

  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

    2016-01-01

    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. Ultrafast electron transfer in type II GaAs/AlAs superlattices by femtosecond luminescence

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    Electron transfer from GaAs wells (? wavefunctions) to AlAs barriers (X wavefunctions) in GaAs/AlAs type II superlattices has been studied by time resolved luminescence with femtosecond resolution. Transfer times can be as short as 140 fs for narrow wells and as long as 25 ps for the widest wells. They do not depend appreciably on the barrier thickness. We discuss the possible contribution to the transfer mechanism of state mixing, intervalley scattering and Froelich interaction. Our measurement favors phonon assisted, intervalley type scattering, modified by the overlap of the different wavefunctions. (orig.)

  14. Contribution of transfer ionization to total electron capture from a helium target

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    Tanis, J. A.; Clark, M. W.; Price, R.; Olson, R. E.

    1987-08-01

    The contribution of transfer ionization (TI) to total electron capture has been measured for Oq+ ions (q=5, 6, 7, and 8) colliding with helium at energies from 0.5 to 1.5 MeV/u. These measurements, along with other published results, suggest a maximum TI contribution to total capture of ~0.15q0.5 at E (in keV/u)/q0.5~=100. The results demonstrate that the failure to account for transfer ionization in total single-charge-transfer cross sections may lead to large discrepancies between experiment and theory.

  15. 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.

  16. Near-contact adiabatic suppression of electron transfer in the inverted region

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    A few theories of activated electron transfer in inverted Marcus region are used for bridging the non-adiabatic, solvent controlled and deeply adiabatic transfer. The simple analytical interpolation between dynamic and stochastic theories provides a continuous description of the electron transfer rate at any non-adiabatic coupling between the diabatic states. When coupling increases with shortening of inter-particle distance the pre-exponent of the Arrhenius transfer rate first increases being quadratic in coupling, then levels off approaching the 'dynamic solvent effect' (DSE) region and finally is cut off exponentially due to adiabaticity of the transfer. These changes affect significantly the spatial dependence of the transfer rate near the contact provided the coupling there is strong. The rate tends to zero at contact distance being strongly suppressed nearby adiabatically. It is much smaller then the perturbation (golden rule) and even DSE results. The latter is actually unattainable anywhere if contact tunneling is really strong. The transfer rate is a bell-shaped curve adiabatic and non-adiabatic on the opposite sides and sensitive to the friction (DSE damping) only in between, near the maximum

  17. An efficient implementation of the localized operator partitioning method for electronic energy transfer

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    The localized operator partitioning method [Y. Khan and P. Brumer, J. Chem. Phys. 137, 194112 (2012)] rigorously defines the electronic energy on any subsystem within a molecule and gives a precise meaning to the subsystem ground and excited electronic energies, which is crucial for investigating electronic energy transfer from first principles. However, an efficient implementation of this approach has been hindered by complicated one- and two-electron integrals arising in its formulation. Using a resolution of the identity in the definition of partitioning, we reformulate the method in a computationally efficient manner that involves standard one- and two-electron integrals. We apply the developed algorithm to the 9 ? ((1 ? naphthyl) ? methyl) ? anthracene (A1N) molecule by partitioning A1N into anthracenyl and CH2 ? naphthyl groups as subsystems and examine their electronic energies and populations for several excited states using configuration interaction singles method. The implemented approach shows a wide variety of different behaviors amongst the excited electronic states

  18. Nonlinear response of metal nanoparticles: Double plasmon excitation and electron transfer

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    Gao, Shiwu [Beijing Computational Science Research Center, Zhongguancun Software Park II, 100094, Beijing (China)

    2015-06-21

    We investigate the dynamical response of a metal nanoparticle and the electron transfer to a molecule near its surface using time-dependent density functional theory. In addition to the linear response of the Mie resonance, double plasmon excitations and a low-frequency charge transfer band emerge and become prominent at high laser intensities. Both modes are nonlinear processes, which are derived from the re-excitation and decay of the primary plasmon mode, respectively. Our results shed light on the localised characters of the plasmon-molecule coupling and hot electron distributions. These findings have general implications to photoinduced phenomena in nanosystems.

  19. A structural basis of light energy and electron transfer in biology (Nobel lecture)

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    Huber, R.

    1989-07-01

    Aspects of intramolecular light energy and electron transfer are discussed for three protein cofactor complexes whose three-dimensional structures have been elucidated by X-ray crystallography: the light harvesting phycobilisomes of cyanobacteria, the reaction center of purple bacteria, and the blue multi-copper oxidases. A wealth of functional data is available for these systems which allows specific correlations to be made between structure and function and general conclusions to be drawn about light energy and electron transfer in biological materials. (orig.).

  20. Electronic memory switching in a new charge transfer-complex thin film

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    Wang, K. Z.; Xue, Z. Q.; Ouyang, M.; Zhang, H. X.; Huang, C. H.

    1995-11-01

    Charge transfer-complex thin films of 1,4-bis(2,2-dicyanovinyl)benzene(BDCB) with silver, sandwiched between two silver elctrodes, show current-controlled bistable electronic switching and memory behavior. The switching from a high to low impedance is believed to be associated with chemical phase change similar to that for charge transfer-complex thin films of TCNQ with either copper or silver. The films are analyzed by infrared, ultraviolet-visible spectroscopy, scanning electron microscopy (SEM) and X-ray diffraction.

  1. Non-Markovian theory for the waiting time distributions of single electron transfers.

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    Welack, Sven; Yan, YiJing

    2009-09-21

    We derive a non-Markovian theory for waiting time distributions of consecutive single electron transfer events. The presented microscopic Pauli rate equation formalism couples the open electrodes to the many-body system, allowing to take finite bias and temperature into consideration. Numerical results reveal transient oscillations of distinct system frequencies due to memory in the waiting time distributions. Memory effects can be approximated by an expansion in non-Markovian corrections. This method is employed to calculate memory landscapes displaying preservation of memory over multiple consecutive electron transfers. PMID:19778104

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

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    Farver, O; Jeuken, L J; Canters, G W; Pecht, I

    2000-01-01

    -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......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...

  3. Subshell resolved L-K electron transfer and ionization of Yb with Si ion impact

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    We have measured subshell resolved L-K electron transfer cross sections from the L subshell of the Yb target to the vacant K-shell of the Si projectile at energies varying between 2-4.5 MeV/A. In addition, the L subshell ionization cross sections are also obtained for Yb. It is observed that contrary to expectations, the L2 subshell electron transfer as well as ionization cross sections are substantially lower than the corresponding cross sections for the L1 subshell. (orig.)

  4. Direct electron transfer: an approach for electrochemical biosensors with higher selectivity and sensitivity

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    Freire Renato S.

    2003-01-01

    Full Text Available The most promising approach for the development of electrochemical biosensors is to establish a direct electrical communication between the biomolecules and the electrode surface. This review focuses on advances, directions and strategies in the development of third generation electrochemical biosensors. Subjects covered include a brief description of the fundamentals of the electron transfer phenomenon and amperometric biosensor development (different types and new oriented enzyme immobilization techniques. Special attention is given to different redox enzymes and proteins capable of electrocatalyzing reactions via direct electron transfer. The analytical applications and future trends for third generation biosensors are also presented and discussed.

  5. Enhanced rate of intramolecular electron transfer in an engineered purple CuA azurin

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    Farver, O; Lu, Y; Ang, M C; Pecht, I

    1999-01-01

    CuA centers are placed in the same location in the protein while all other structural elements remain the same. Long-range electron transfer is induced between the disulfide radical anion, produced pulse radiolytically, and the oxidized binuclear CuA center in the purple azurin mutant. The rate...... blue copper azurin). The reorganization energy of the CuA center is calculated to be 0.4 eV, which is only 50% of that found for the wild-type azurin. These results represent a direct comparison of electron transfer properties of the blue and purple CuA sites in the same protein framework and provide...

  6. Spin effects in intramolecular electron transfer in naproxen- N -methylpyrrolidine dyad

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    Magin, I. M.; Polyakov, N. E.; Khramtsova, E. A.; Kruppa, A. I.; Tsentalovich, Yu. P.; Leshina, T. V.; Miranda, M. A.; Nuin, E.; Marin, M. L.

    2011-11-01

    The intramolecular electron transfer in the naproxen- N-methylpyrrolidine dyad has been investigated by spin chemistry methods. The existence of CIDNP in a high magnetic field points to electron transfer as a possible mechanism of the quenching of the excited state of a dyad. However, the failure to detect magnetic field effects on triplet yield makes us conclude that this quenching mechanism is not the only one. The observation of CIDNP effects in the dyad in the media of low polarity and the short risetime of triplet state formation indicate a potential role of exciplex in the quenching of the excited state of the dyad.

  7. Photo-induced regeneration of hormones by electron transfer processes: Potential biological and medical consequences

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    Getoff, Nikola, E-mail: nikola.getoff@univie.ac.a [Section of Radiation Biology, Faculty of Life Sciences, University of Vienna, A-1090 Vienna (Austria); Hartmann, Johannes [Department of Gynecologic Endocrinology and Reproduction, Medical University of Vienna, A-1090 Vienna (Austria); Schittl, Heike [Section of Radiation Biology, Faculty of Life Sciences, University of Vienna, A-1090 Vienna (Austria); Gerschpacher, Marion [Department of Gynecologic Endocrinology and Reproduction, Medical University of Vienna, A-1090 Vienna (Austria); Quint, Ruth Maria [Section of Radiation Biology, Faculty of Life Sciences, University of Vienna, A-1090 Vienna (Austria)

    2011-08-15

    Based on the previous results concerning electron transfer processes in biological substances, it was of interest to investigate if hormone transients resulting by e.g. electron emission can be regenerated. The presented results prove for the first time that the hormone transients originating by the electron emission process can be successfully regenerated by the transfer of electrons from a potent electron donor, such as vitamin C (VitC). Investigations were performed using progesterone (PRG), testosterone (TES) and estrone (E1) as representatives of hormones. By irradiation with monochromatic UV light ({lambda}=254 nm) in a media of 40% water and 60% ethanol, the degradation as well as the regeneration of the hormones was studied with each hormone individually and in the mixture with VitC as a function of the absorbed UV dose, using HPLC. Calculated from the obtained initial yields, the determined regeneration of PRG amounted to 52.7%, for TES to 58.6% and for E1 to 90.9%. The consumption of VitC was determined in the same way. The reported results concerning the regeneration of hormones by the transfer of electrons from an electron donor offer a new, promising method for the therapy with hormones. As a consequence of the regeneration of hormones, a decreased formation of carcinogenic metabolites is expected.

  8. Experimental studies of fundamental issues in electron transfer through nanometer scale devices

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    Yamamoto, Hiromichi

    Electron transfer reactions constitute many of the primary events in materials science, chemistry, physics, and biochemistry, e.g. the electron transport properties and photoexcited processes in solids and molecules, chemical reactions, corrosion, photosynthesis, respiration, and so forth. A self-assembled monolayer (SAM) film provides us with a unique environment not only to understand and manipulate the surface electronic properties of a solid, but also to control electron transfer processes at the interface. The first topic in this thesis describes the structure and electron tunneling characterization of alkanethiol SAMs on InP(100). Angle-resolved X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy was used to characterize the bonding of alkanethiols to n-InP surfaces and to measure the monolayer thickness. The results showed that the sulfur binds to In atoms on the surface, and provided film thicknesses of 6.4 A for C8H17SH, 11.1 A for C12H25SH, and 14.9 A for C16H 33SH, resulting in an average tilt angle of 55°. The analysis indicated that super-exchange coupling between the alkane chains plays an important role in defining electron tunneling barriers, especially for highly tilted chains. The second topic describes studies of cytochrome c bound to pure and mixed SAMs of o-terminated alkanethiol (terminated with pyridine, imidazole or nitrile groups) and alkanethiol on gold. Electrochemical methods are used to determine electron transfer rate constants of cytochrome c, and scanning tunneling microscopy to observe the cytochrome c on the SAM. Detailed analysis revealed direct association of the heme of cytochrome c with the terminal groups of the SAMs and a 'turning-over' of the electron transfer of cytochrome c from adiabatic to non-adiabatic regime. The third topic describes studies of oxidation and reduction of cytochrome c in solution through eleven different self-assembled monolayers (SAMs) on gold electrodes by cyclic voltammetry. Electron transfer rate constants of cytochrome c through the eleven SAMs ranged from ?10-4 to ˜10-1 cm/sec. A strong correlation between the electron transfer rate constants and the hydrogen bonding ability of the SAM is identified. This correlation is discussed in terms of the dependence of the rate constant on the outer-sphere reorganization energy and the electronic coupling between the cytochrome and the differently terminated monolayer films.

  9. Using triazine as coupling unit for intra and intermolecular ferromagnetic coupling I

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    Zhang, Jingping; Baumgarten, Martin

    1997-01-01

    Novel high spin bi- and triradicals composed of triazine coupling units and different kinds of radical centers ( +·NH 2, .NH, .CH 2, HNO ., :N, :C), are predicted from AM1-CI calculations. It is found that when +.NH, and .N serve as spin centers, the high spin ground states of bi- and triradicals with triazine coupling units are more stable than those with phenylene and benzenetriyl ones, respectively. For a biradical with triazine coupling unit and +·NH spin center, intermolecular hydrogen bonds can be formed between this biradical and a diamagnetic cyanuric acid or between two biradicals themselves as well, which may be considered as the basic units of supramolecular aggregates. For these two cases, it is shown that intermolecular hydrogen bonds between high spin molecules and diamagnetic molecules reduce the stability of high spin ground state, but the intermolecular ferromagnetic coupling of biradical dimer can be transferred although weakly through hydrogen bonds.

  10. Tuning electron transfer rates through molecular bridges in quantum dot sensitized oxides.

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    Wang, Hai; McNellis, Erik R; Kinge, Sachin; Bonn, Mischa; Cánovas, Enrique

    2013-11-13

    Photoinduced electron transfer processes from semiconductor quantum dots (QDs) molecularly bridged to a mesoporous oxide phase are quantitatively surveyed using optical pump-terahertz probe spectroscopy. We control electron transfer rates in donor-bridge-acceptor systems by tuning the electronic coupling strength through the use of n-methylene (SH-[CH2]n-COOH) and n-phenylene (SH-[C6H4](n)-COOH) molecular bridges. Our results show that electron transfer occurs as a nonresonant quantum tunneling process with characteristic decay rates of β(n) = 0.94 ± 0.08 and β(n) = 1.25 per methylene and phenylene group, respectively, in quantitative agreement with reported conductance measurements through single molecules and self-assembled monolayers. For a given QD donor-oxide acceptor separation distance, the aromatic n-phenylene based bridges allow faster electron transfer processes when compared with n-methylene based ones. Implications of these results for QD sensitized solar cell design are discussed. PMID:24093529

  11. Intermolecular Interactions of Noble-Gas-Containing Species

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    Lignell, Antti

    2008-01-01

    The importance of intermolecular interactions to chemistry, physics, and biology is difficult to overestimate. Without intermolecular forces, condensed phase matter could not form. The simplest way to categorize different types of intermolecular interactions is to describe them using van der Waals and hydrogen bonded (H-bonded) interactions. In the H-bond, the intermolecular interaction appears between a positively charged hydrogen atom and electronegative fragments and it originates from str...

  12. Electron transfer from purine deoxynucleotides to deoxynucleotides deprotonated radical cations. in aqueous solution

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    Shi, Yimin; Huang, Chungyang; Wang, Wengfeng; Kang, Jiuhong; Yao, Side; Lin, Nianyun; Zheng, Rongliang

    2000-05-01

    In aqueous solution, the deprotonated radical cations of dCMP, TMP and Poly C created by SO 4rad - can react with dAMP at a close to diffusion control rate constants which indicates a rapid electron transfer from dAMP to deprotonated radical cations of deoxynucleotides. Analogous reaction was found to occur between the deprotonated radical cation of dAMP, dCMP, TMP or Poly C and dGMP. The rate constants were determined to be 0.64-1.3×10 8 M -1 s -1 for electron transfer from dAMP toward deprotonated radical cations and 1.2-3.3×10 8 M -1 s -1 for the case of dGMP. Thus, the electron loss center caused by one electron oxidant or by ionizing radiation will end up at guanine in DNA.

  13. Electrostatic models of electron-driven proton transfer across a lipid membrane

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    Smirnov, Anatoly Yu; Nori, Franco

    2010-01-01

    We present two models for electron-driven uphill proton transport across lipid membranes, with the electron energy converted to the proton gradient via the electrostatic interaction. In the first model, associated with the cytochrome c oxidase complex in the inner mitochondria membranes, the electrostatic coupling to the site occupied by an electron lowers the energy level of the proton-binding site, making the proton transfer possible. In the second model, roughly describing the redox loop in a nitrate respiration of E. coli bacteria, an electron displaces a proton from the negative side of the membrane to a shuttle, which subsequently diffuses across the membrane and unloads the proton to its positive side. We show that both models can be described by the same approach, which can be significantly simplified if the system is separated into several clusters, with strong Coulomb interaction inside each cluster and weak transfer couplings between them. We derive and solve the equations of motion for the electro...

  14. An unprecedented self-assembled porous framework constructed by intermolecular S···S contacts

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    An unprecedented self-assembled porous framework is constructed with a multi-sulfur donor molecule with ferrocenyl group (FcVET). The solvent-specific framework maintained by intermolecular S···S contacts forms one-dimensional hexagonal channels (? ? 7.5 A) filled with the solvated molecules. A careful evacuation of the solvated FcVET crystals leaves solvent-free FcVET crystals in which the identical framework structure with the same intermolecular S···S contacts is maintained. In contrast to the polar hydrogen bond donor-acceptor pairs, thiol-containing moieties are not regarded as good hydrogen bond tectons due to their insufficient polarity. On the other hand, although it is not directional, the intermolecular S···S interaction can be used in forming functional molecular assemblies as exemplified in the sulfur-rich molecular complexes of 4,5-bis(ethylenedithio)tetrathiafulvalene (ET) and metal-bisdithiolene complexes. These intermolecular charge transfer complexes need close contacts in solid states to exhibit electrical conductivity or magnetic properties, and the S···S interactions provide favorable interactions among the molecular components. The significant strength of this intermolecular interaction originates from a complementary electrophile-nucleophile interaction, or can be explained by a polar flattening model

  15. Proton-coupled electron transfer cleavage of heavy-atom bonds in electrocatalytic processes. Cleavage of a C-O bond in the catalyzed electrochemical reduction of CO2.

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    Costentin, Cyrille; Drouet, Samuel; Passard, Guillaume; Robert, Marc; Savéant, Jean-Michel

    2013-06-19

    Most of the electrocatalytic processes of interest in the resolution of modern energy challenges are associated with proton transfer. In the cases where heavy atom bond cleavage occurs concomitantly, the question arises of the exact nature of its coupling with proton-electron transfer within the catalytic cycle. The cleavage of a C-O bond in the catalyzed electrochemical conversion of CO2 to CO offers the opportunity to address this question. Electrochemically generated iron(0) porphyrins are efficient, specific, and durable catalysts provided they are coupled with Lewis or Brönsted acids. The cocatalyst properties of four Brönsted acids of increasing strength, water, trifluoroethanol, phenol, and acetic acid, have been systematically investigated. Preparative-scale electrolyses showed that carbon monoxide is the only product of the catalytic reaction. Methodic application of a nondestructive technique, cyclic voltammetry, with catalyst and CO2 concentrations, as well as H/D isotope effect, as diagnostic parameters allowed the dissection of the reaction mechanism. It appears that the key step of the reaction sequence consists of an electron transfer from the catalyst concerted with the cleavage of a C-O bond and the transfer of one proton. This is the second example, and an intermolecular version of such a concerted proton-electron bond-breaking reaction after a similar electrochemical process involving the cleavage of O-O bonds has been identified. It is the first time that a proton-electron transfer concerted with bond breaking has been uncovered as the crucial step in a catalytic multistep reaction. PMID:23692448

  16. Photoinduced electron transfer in donor-acceptor complexes of ethylene with molecular and atomic iodine.

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    Kalume, Aimable; George, Lisa; Powell, Andrew D; Dawes, Richard; Reid, Scott A

    2014-08-28

    Building upon our recent studies of radical addition pathways following excitation of the I2 chromophore in the donor-acceptor complex of ethylene and I2 (C2H4···I2), in this article, we extend our studies to examine photoinduced electron transfer. Thus, irradiation into the intense charge-transfer band of the complex (?max = 247 nm) gave rise to a band at 366 nm that is assigned to the bridged ethylene-I radical complex on the basis of our prior work. The formation of the radical complex is explained by a mechanism that involves rapid back electron transfer leading to I-I bond fission. Excitation into the charge-transfer band of the radical complex led to regeneration of the parent complex and the formation of the final photoproduct, anti- and gauche-1,2-diiodoethane, which confirms that the reaction proceeds ultimately by a radical addition mechanism. This finding is contrasted with our previous study of the C2H4···Br2 complex, where CT excitation led to only one product, anti-1,2-dibromoethane, a result explained by a single electron-transfer mechanism proceeding via a bridged bromonium ion intermediate. For the I2 complex, the breakup of the photolytically generated I2(-•) anion radical is apparently sufficiently slow to render it uncompetitive with back electron transfer. Finally, we report a detailed computational examination of the parent and radical complexes of both bromine and iodine, using high-level single- and multireference methods, which provide insight into the different behaviors of the charge-transfer states of the two radicals and the role of spin-orbit coupling. PMID:25075444

  17. Reorganization energy of the initial electron-transfer step in photosynthetic bacterial reaction centers.

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    Parson, W. W.; Chu, Z. T.; Warshel, A (Arieh)

    1998-01-01

    The reorganization energy (lambda) for electron transfer from the primary electron donor (P*) to the adjacent bacteriochlorophyll (B) in photosynthetic bacterial reaction centers is explored by molecular-dynamics simulations. Relatively long (40 ps) molecular-dynamics trajectories are used, rather than free energy perturbation techniques. When the surroundings of the reaction center are modeled as a membrane, lambda for P* B --> P+ B- is found to be approximately 1.6 kcal/mol. The results are...

  18. Investigations of bimolecular photoinduced electron transfer reactions in polar solvents using ultrafast spectroscopy

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    Vauthey, Eric

    2006-01-01

    Several controversial questions in the field of bimolecular photoinduced electron transfer reactions in polar solvents are first briefly reviewed. Results obtained in our group using ultrafast spectroscopy and giving a new insight into these problems will then be described. They concern the driving force dependence of the charge separation distance, the formation of the reaction product in an electronic excited state, the absence of normal region for weakly exergonic charge recombination proc...

  19. Two-photon Induced Hot Electron Transfer to a Single Molecule in a Scanning Tunneling Microscope

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    Wu, Shiwei; Ho, Wilson

    2010-01-01

    The junction of a scanning tunneling microscope (STM) operating in the tunneling regime was irradiated with femtosecond laser pulses. A photo-excited hot electron in the STM tip resonantly tunnels into an excited state of a single molecule on the surface, converting it from the neutral to the anion. The electron transfer rate depends quadratically on the incident laser power, suggesting a two-photon excitation process. This nonlinear optical process is further confirmed by t...

  20. Quantum Dynamics of Ultrafast Electron Transfer Processes in Dye-Semiconductor Systems

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    Li, Jingrui

    2012-01-01

    Ultrafast photoinduced electron transfer (ET) processes in dye-semiconductor systems are studied employing a first-principles based methodology. Electronic structure calculations are used to characterize the systems and to parametrize a model Hamiltonian. On the basis of this modeling procedure, accurate quantum dynamical simulations are performed employing the multilayer multiconfiguration time-dependent Hartree method. As representative examples, several dye molecules adsorbed at titanium o...