How solvent controls electronic energy transfer and light harvesting

Gregory D. Scholes, Carles Curutchet, Benedetta Mennucci, Roberto Cammi, Jacopo Tomasi

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The way that solvent (or host medium) modifies the rate of electronic energy transfer (EET) has eluded researchers for decades. By applying quantum chemical methods that account for the way solvent (in general any host medium including liquid, solid, or protein, etc.) responds to the interaction between transition densities, we quantify the solvent screening. We find that it attains a striking exponential attenuation at separations less than about 20 Å, thus interpolating between the limits of no apparent screening and a significant attenuation of the EET rate. That observation reveals a previously unidentified contribution to the distance dependence of the EET rate.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)6978-6982
Number of pages5
JournalJournal of Physical Chemistry B
Issue number25
StatePublished - Jun 28 2007
Externally publishedYes

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Materials Chemistry
  • Surfaces, Coatings and Films
  • Physical and Theoretical Chemistry


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