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Dalton Trans. 2014 Oct 28;43(40):15065-74. doi: 10.1039/c4dt01926a. Epub 2014 Aug 21.

Ultraslow recombination in AOT-capped TiO2 nanoparticles sensitized by protoporphyrin IX.

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Department of Chemistry, University of Kalyani, Kalyani-741235, Nadia, W.B., India.


Aerosol OT (AOT) capped TiO2 nanoparticles have been prepared by a phase transfer mechanism. The TiO2 nanoparticles have a diameter of 5-10 nm, are highly crystalline (anatase) and show high photoluminescence. They are effectively sensitized by protoporphyrin IX (PPIX) and show high electron injection rates while the rate of back recombination is much slower than those reported previously. Thus the AOT capped TiO2 nanoparticles synthesized in this work are highly effective not only in promoting ultrafast electron injection from PPIX to TiO2 but more importantly they lead to extremely slow back recombination rates. The significance of this work is in the synthesis of highly photoluminescent TiO2 nanoparticles which can be easily sensitized by a porphyrin dye, whereby ultraslow recombination is observed.

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