Molecular-structure control of ultrafast electron injection at cationic porphyrin-CdTe quantum dot interfaces

Shawkat Mohammede Aly, Ghada H. Ahmed, Basamat S. Shaheen, Jingya Sun, Omar F. Mohammed

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Charge transfer (CT) at donor (D)/acceptor (A) interfaces is central to the functioning of photovoltaic and light-emitting devices. Understanding and controlling this process on the molecular level has been proven to be crucial for optimizing the performance of many energy-challenge relevant devices. Here, we report the experimental observations of controlled on/off ultrafast electron transfer (ET) at cationic porphyrin-CdTe quantum dot (QD) interfaces using femto- and nanosecond broad-band transient absorption (TA) spectroscopy. The time-resolved data demonstrate how one can turn on/off the electron injection from porphyrin to the CdTe QDs. With careful control of the molecular structure, we are able to tune the electron injection at the porphyrin-CdTe QD interface from zero to very efficient and ultrafast. In addition, our data demonstrate that the ET process occurs within our temporal resolution of 120 fs, which is one of the fastest times recorded for organic photovoltaics. © 2015 American Chemical Society.
Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)791-795
Number of pages5
JournalThe Journal of Physical Chemistry Letters
Issue number5
StatePublished - Feb 11 2015

Bibliographical note

KAUST Repository Item: Exported on 2020-10-01
Acknowledgements: S.M.A. is grateful for the postdoctoral fellowship provided by SABIC. The work reported here was supported by the King Abdullah University of Science and Technology.

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  • General Materials Science


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