Single-molecule interfacial electron transfer (ET) dynamics has been studied by using single-molecule fluorescence spectroscopy and microscopic imaging. For a single-molecule zinc-tetra (4-carboxyphenyl) porphyrin (ZnTCPP)/TiO2 nanoparticle system, the single-molecule fluorescence trajectories show strong fluctuation and blinking between bright and dark states. The intermittency and fluctuation of the single-molecule fluorescence are attributed to the variation of the reactivity of interfacial electron transfer. The nonexponential autocorrelation function and the power-law distribution of the probability density of dark times imply the dynamic and static inhomogeneities of the interfacial ET dynamics. On the basis of the power-law analysis, the variation of single-molecule interfacial ET reactivity is analyzed as a fluctuation according to the Levy statistics.
Wang, Yuanmin; Wang, Xuefei; Ghosh, Sujit Kumar; and Lu, H. Peter, "Probing Single-molecule Interfacial Electron Transfer Dynamics Of Porphyrin On Tio2 Nanoparticles" (2009). Chemistry Faculty Publications. 104.
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