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Title: Fundamental Studies of Hydroporphyrin Architectures for Solar-Energy Applications

The long-term objective of the Bocian/Holten&Kirmaier/Lindsey research program is to design, synthesize, and characterize tetrapyrrole-based molecular architectures that absorb sunlight, funnel energy, and separate charge with high efficiency and in a manner compatible with current and future solar-energy conversion schemes. The synthetic tetrapyrroles include porphyrins and hydroporphyrins; the latter classes of molecules encompass analogues of the naturally occurring chlorophylls and bacteriochlorophylls (e.g., chlorins, bacteriochlorins, and their derivatives). The attainment of the goals of the research program requires the close interplay of molecular design and synthesis (Lindsey group), static and time-resolved optical spectroscopic measurements (Holten&Kirmaier group), and electrochemical, electron paramagnetic resonance, resonance Raman, and infrared studies, as well as density functional theory calculations (Bocian Group). The proposed research encompasses four interrelated themes: (i) Gain a deeper understanding of the spectral and electronic properties of bacteriochlorins, with a subsidiary aim of learning how to shift the long-wavelength absorption band deeper into the NIR region. Bacteriochlorins bearing diverse substituents, including annulated rings, will be prepared and examined. A set of bacteriochlorins with site-specific isotopic (13C, 2H) substitution patterns about the macrocycle perimeter will be prepared for studies of vibrational and electronic properties. (ii) Examine the underlying electronic origin of panchromatic absorption and excited-statemore » behavior of strongly coupled rylene–tetrapyrrole arrays. The rylene constituents include a perylene-monoimide and a terrylene-monoimide. The tetrapyrroles include porphyrins (meso- or β-linked) and bacteriochlorins (β-linked). The objective is to achieve panchromatic absorption while preserving a viable, long-lived excited singlet state. (iii) Determine the rates of ground-state hole/electron transfer between (hydro)porphyrins as a function of array size, distance between components, linker type, site of linker connection, and frontier molecular orbital composition. (iv) Build upon the results of the aforementioned studies to design, synthesize, and characterize integrated architectures that incorporate a panchromatic absorber and other molecular components that that afford efficient hole/electron migration and long-lived charge separation. Such architectures will be examined on solid substrates to explore the viability of the component parts and processes under application-oriented conditions. Such architectures or successors may prove directly useful for solar-energy conversion systems. An equally important attribute is to serve as a test-bed for successful integration of the requisite properties and processes, some of which require rather weak coupling between constituents, some of which require very strong electronic interactions to elicit the desired behavior, and all of which should be tunable under molecular design control to the extent possible. Collectively, the proposed studies will provide fundamental insights into molecular properties, interactions, and processes relevant to the design of molecular architectures for solar-energy conversion. The accomplishment of these goals is only possible through a highly synergistic program that encompasses molecular design, synthesis, and in-depth characterization.« less
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  1. North Carolina State Univ., Raleigh, NC (United States)
  2. Univ. of California, Riverside, CA (United States)
  3. Washington Univ., St. Louis, MO (United States)
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Technical Report
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North Carolina State University, Raleigh, NC (United States)
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USDOE Office of Science (SC), Basic Energy Sciences (BES) (SC-22)
Country of Publication:
United States
14 SOLAR ENERGY hydroporphyrin; tetrapyrrole; porphyrin; chlorin; bacteriochlorin; near-infrared; panchromatic