Carotenoid Photoprotection in Artificial Photosynthetic Antennas

M. Kloz, S. Pillai, G. Kodis, D. Gust, T.A. Moore, A.L. Moore, R. van Grondelle, J.T.M. Kennis

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A series of phthalocyanine-carotenoid dyads in which a phenylamino group links a phthalocyanine to carotenoids having 8- backbone double bonds were examined by visible and near-infrared femtosecond pump-robe spectroscopy combined with global fitting analysis. The series of molecules has permitted investigation of the role of carotenoids in the quenching of excited states of cyclic tetrapyrroles. The transient behavior varied dramatically with the length of the carotenoid and the solvent environment. Clear spectroscopic signatures of radical species revealed photoinduced electron transfer as the main quenching mechanism for all dyads dissolved in a polar solvent (THF), and the quenching rate was almost independent of carotenoid length. However, in a nonpolar solvent (toluene), quenching rates displayed a strong dependence on the conjugation length of the carotenoid and the mechanismdid not include charge separation. The lack of any rise time components of a carotenoid S
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)7007-7015
JournalJournal of the American Chemical Society
Issue number18
Publication statusPublished - 2011


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