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ACS Nano. 2010 Nov 23;4(11):6697-706. doi: 10.1021/nn102185q. Epub 2010 Oct 28.

Reduced graphene oxide and porphyrin. An interactive affair in 2-D.

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Radiation Laboratory and Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry, University of Notre Dame, Notre Dame, Indiana 46556, United States.


Photoexcited cationic 5,10,15,20-tetrakis(1-methyl-4-pyridinio)porphyrin tetra(p-toluenesulfonate) (TMPyP) undergoes charge-transfer interaction with chemically reduced graphene oxide (RGO). Formation of the ground-state TMPyP-RGO complex in solution is marked by the red-shift of the porphyrin absorption band. This complexation was analyzed by Benesi-Hildebrand plot. Porphyrin fluorescence lifetime reduced from 5 to 1 ns upon complexation with RGO, indicating excited-state interaction between singlet excited porphyrin and RGO. Femtosecond transient absorption measurements carried out with TMPyP adsorbed on RGO film revealed fast decay of the singlet excited state, followed by the formation of a longer-living product with an absorption maximum around 515 nm indicating the formation of a porphyrin radical cation. The ability of TMPyP-RGO to undergo photoinduced charge separation was further confirmed from the photoelectrochemical measurements. TMPyP-RGO coated conducting glass electrodes are capable of generating photocurrent under visible excitation. These results are indicative of the electron transfer between photoexcited porphyrin and RGO. The role of graphene in accepting and shuttling electrons in light-harvesting assemblies is discussed.

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