Surface-assisted photoinduced transient displacement charge (SPTDC) technique was used to study charge transfer in self-assembled monolayers of 7-diethylaminocoumarin covalently linked to an oxide surface in the atmosphere of different gases. The dipole signal was found to be opposite to that in solution and dependent on the nature of the gas and its pressure. The results were explained by collision-induced relaxation that impedes uninhibited tilting of molecules onto the surface. Collisions with paramagnetic oxygen induce intersystem crossing to long-lived triplet dipolar states of coumarin with the rate close to half of that for the collision rate.
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Physical and Theoretical Chemistry
- Surfaces, Coatings and Films
- Materials Chemistry