Effects of spacer-chain length on the photoelectrochemical responses of monolayer assemblies with ruthenium tris(2,2′-bipyridine) - viologen linked disulfides

Yasuhisa Koide, Nao Terasaki, Tsuyoshi Akiyama, Sunao Yamada

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Photochemical and photoelectrochemical properties of ruthenium tris(2,2′-bipyridine) (Ru2+)-viologen (V2+) linked disulfides [RuCnVC6S]2 (n (number of methylene groups) = 3, 7) with different spacer-chain lengths and Ru2+ disulfides [RuCmS]2 (m = 13, 17) were compared. The luminescence intensity in CH3CN was in the order of [RuC13S]2≈[RuC17S]2>[RuC7VC 6S]2≫[RuC3VC6S]2, implying efficient photoinduced electron-transfer between Ru2+ and V2+ moieties in the linked compounds. The monolayer assembly of the compound was fabricated on a gold surface. In the presence of triethanolamine, the anodic photocurrent was clearly observed from the RuCnVC6S/Au (n = 3, 7) electrode (gold electrode modified with [RuCnVC6S]2), and its intensity was substantially larger for n = 7 than for n = 3. Photocurrent action spectra for the RuCnVC6S/Au (n = 3, 7) electrodes were well correlated with the corresponding electronic absorption spectra in solution. The photocurrent from the RuC7VC6S/Au electrode was reduced more effectively by the coexistence of a water-soluble viologen as compared with the RuC3VC6S/Au electrode. The photocurrent from the RuCmS/Au (m = 13, 17) electrode was very small. The results suggest that the spacer-chain length between the Ru2+ and the V2+ moieties profoundly affects the Ru2+-sensitized photocurrent.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)223-227
Number of pages5
JournalThin Solid Films
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - Aug 15 1999


All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Materials
  • Surfaces and Interfaces
  • Surfaces, Coatings and Films
  • Metals and Alloys
  • Materials Chemistry

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