Authors' Affiliations

Irene Yayra Dzaye, Department of Chemistry, East Tennessee State University, Johnson City, TN

Faculty Sponsor’s Department

Chemistry

Name of Project's Faculty Sponsor

Dr. Catherine McCusker

Additional Sponsors

Marina Roginskaya, Cassandra Eagle

Type

Oral Competitive

Classification of First Author

Graduate Student-Master’s

Project's Category

Inorganic Chemistry

Abstract Text

About 85% of the world’s energy is derived from non-renewable sources—coal, petroleum, and natural gas. Solar photocatalysis is one way to potentially generate renewable fuels. Zinc dipyrrin complexes have the potential to be efficient sensitizers for reductive photochemistry, but their ability to form long-lived triplet excited states needs further investigation. The overall aim of this research is to compare the photophysical properties zinc and boron dipyrrin complexes and investigate the role of the charge separated state in triplet state formation. This presentation will describe the synthesis and purification of zinc and boron dipyrrin complexes and their photophysical characterization, including fluorescence quantum yields in a series of solvents and their emission at low temperatures.

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The Contribution of Charge Separation in Triplet State Formation in Zinc Dipyrrin Photosensitizers

About 85% of the world’s energy is derived from non-renewable sources—coal, petroleum, and natural gas. Solar photocatalysis is one way to potentially generate renewable fuels. Zinc dipyrrin complexes have the potential to be efficient sensitizers for reductive photochemistry, but their ability to form long-lived triplet excited states needs further investigation. The overall aim of this research is to compare the photophysical properties zinc and boron dipyrrin complexes and investigate the role of the charge separated state in triplet state formation. This presentation will describe the synthesis and purification of zinc and boron dipyrrin complexes and their photophysical characterization, including fluorescence quantum yields in a series of solvents and their emission at low temperatures.