Coadsorption of Dye Molecules at TiO2 Surfaces: A Photoelectron Spectroscopy Study
2016 (English)In: The Journal of Physical Chemistry C, ISSN 1932-7447, E-ISSN 1932-7455, Vol. 120, no 23, 12484-12494 p.Article in journal (Refereed) PublishedText
The effects of coadsorbing the amphiphilic ruthenium-based dye Z907 (cis-bis(isothiocyanato)(2,20-bipyridy1-4,40-dicarboxylato)(4,40-dinony1-20-bipyridy1)-ruthenium(II)) with the coadsorbent DPA (n-decylphosphonic acid) and with the organic dye D35 ((E)-3-(5-(4-(bis(2',4'-dibutoxybiphenyl-4-yl)amino)phenyl)thiophen-2-yl)-2-cyanoacrylic acid) on mesoporous TiO2 were investigated using photoelectron spectroscopy (PES). Z907 is expected to adsorb to the TiO2 surface via the carboxylic acid groups. However, Z907 also shows signs of interacting with the TiO2 via the sulfur of the thiocyanate groups, and this interaction is affected by both the addition of DPA and D35. DPA, when added, exchanges with Z907 at the TiO2 surface, and each Z907 is replaced by six DPA molecules, but it does not affect the energy level alignment between Z907 and TiO2 substantially. Adding D35 to Z907 induces changes in the adsorption configuration of Z907 by the means of suppressing the interaction of the thiocyanate ligands and the TiO2 surface. The HOMO level of Z907 is shifted by the addition of D35. Coadsorbing Z907 with D35 thus gives changes at a molecular level, meaning that this is an example of collaborative sensitization.
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2016. Vol. 120, no 23, 12484-12494 p.
Condensed Matter Physics
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-299720DOI: 10.1021/acs.jpcc.6b02521ISI: 000378196200019OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-299720DiVA: diva2:950010
FunderSwedish Energy Agency, P221191-5Swedish Research Council FormasSwedish Research Council, 2014-6018 2012-4721