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Effects of orientation at the phthalocyanine–CdSe interface on the electron transfer characteristics

Authors: Viacheslav Golovanov; Bohdan Nazarchuk; Viktoria Golovanova; Nikolai V Tkachenko; Tapio T Rantala

Publication Date: -0001-11-30  Article ASAP

Phthalocyanine molecule adsorbed on the (101 @#x0305;0) surface of wurtzite CdSe is theoretically modeled by DFT method. We have found that linker does not affect substantially redox properties of phthalocyanine, while saturation of the macrocycle with peripheral substituent groups causes downward shift in the energy position of its frontier orbitals that can hinder electron injection to the CdSe surface. Tilting of the phthalocyanine molecule to the surface also leads to the lowering of its molecular electronic levels relative to the bands of CdSe. At tilting angle of 30°, the LUMO level of the dye appears to be lower than the conduction band minimum of cadmium selenide, which makes unfavorable the electron transfer to its hybridized surface. By contrast, the HOMO level of the phenylbutyric acid linker provides a suitable intermediate channel for the hole transfer from the valence band of CdSe to the phthalocyanine that points to the possible acceptor behavior of the phthalocyanine molecule in its hybrids with CdSe nanostructures.  Read more