Solvent friction effect on intramolecular electron transfer

Min Liu, Naoki Ito, Mark Maroncelli, David H. Waldeck, Anna M. Oliver, Michael N. Paddon-Row

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U-shaped donor-bridge-acceptor molecules with different electronic couplings have been investigated as a function of temperature in solvents with slow polarization relaxation, in particular, N-methylacetamide (NMA) and N-methylpropionamide (NMP). At high temperature, the electron-transfer rate is well described by a nonadiabatic model; however, the rate at low temperature is controlled by the solvent friction. The change of the electron-transfer mechanism is discussed and compared with theoretical models.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)17867-17876
Number of pages10
JournalJournal of the American Chemical Society
Issue number50
StatePublished - Dec 21 2005

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Catalysis
  • General Chemistry
  • Biochemistry
  • Colloid and Surface Chemistry


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