Magnetic field effects on photoelectrochemical reactions of porphyrin-viologen linked compounds in an ionic liquid

Hironobu Tahara, Hiroaki Yonemura, Satoko Harada, Sunao Yamada

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Magnetic field effects (MFEs) on photoelectrochemical reactions of three porphyrin-viologen linked compounds with various methylene groups [ZnP(n)V (n = 4,6,8)] were examined in 1-butyl-3-methylimidazolium tetrafluoroborate ([BMIM][BF4]) as an ionic liquid using a two-electrode cell. Stable anodic photocurrents are produced by irradiating ZnP(n)V (n = 4,6,8) in [BMIM][BF4] with visible light, and the MFEs on photocurrents were clearly observed in ZnP(n)V (n = 4,6,8). The MFEs on photocurrents increase with magnetic field for lower magnetic fields (6 ≤ 200 mT) and are constant for higher magnetic fields (6 > 200 mT). The magnitude of the MFEs in ZnP(n)V (n = 6,8) are larger than that in ZnP(4)V. The MFEs can be explained by radical pair mechanism. The magnitude of the MFEs is larger than those in electrodes modified with ZnP(n)V (n = 4,6,8) as Langmuir-Blodgett films. The results are most likely attributable to the properties of [BMIM][BF4] and the mechanism of photoelectrochemical reaction.

Original languageEnglish
Article number081605
JournalJapanese journal of applied physics
Issue number8 PART 1
Publication statusPublished - Aug 1 2011


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