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Laser Chemistry
Volume 5, Issue 6, Pages 351-366

Influence of Viscous Media on Charge Transfer Reactions

UA CNRS 331, CEA CEN-Saclay, IRDI, DESICP, DPC-SCM, Gif S/ Yvette Cedex 91191, France

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The influence of viscous H2O-Dextran media on two charge transfer reactions has been investigated using laser photolysis coupled with pico and nanosecond time resolved absorption spectroscopy.

In the first case, a charge-transfer reaction from a solute (potassium ferrocyanide) to the solvent was studied and the electron solvation dynamics was followed. A solvation time delay, depending on the polymer concentration, is observed which indicates that electrons remain quasi-free for longer periods in these media.

In the second case, the quenching process of the triplet state of an excited metallo porphyrin(ZnP4+) by an electron acceptor, methylviologen chloride (MV2+, 2 Cl) is studied. The measured triplet quenching rate constant values decrease with increasing dextran concentration, but remain higher than those calculated, taking into account a simple viscosity effect. This result is explained in terms of a competition between a decay of the diffusion rate constants of (ZnP4+)* and MV2+ due to a viscosity effect and an enhanced cage effect around the ions (ZnP4+*, MV2+). Once formed, this last effect favours the charge transfer reaction.