Results are presented for an investigation of intermolecular electron transfer (ET) in solution by means of quantum calculations. The two molecules that are involved in the ET reaction form a solvent-separated radical ion pair. The solvent plays an important role in the ET between the two molecules. In particular, it can give rise to specific solute-solvent interactions with the solutes. An example of specific interactions is the formation of a hydrogen bond between a protic solvent and one of the molecules involved in the ET. We address the study of this system by means of quantum calculations on the solutes immersed in a continuum solvent. However, when the solvent can give rise to hydrogen bond formation with the negatively charged ion after ET, we explicitly consider solvent molecules in the solute cavity, determining the hydrogen bond energetic contribution to the overall interaction energy. Solute-solvent pair distribution functions, showing the different arrangement of solvent molecules before and after ET in the first solvation shell, are reported. We provide results of the solvent reorganization energy from quantum calculations for both the two isolated fragments and the ion pair in solution. Results are in agreement with available experimental data.
|Autori:||M. CARICATO; F. INGROSSO; MENNUCCI B; H. SATO|
|Titolo:||Electron Transfer in a Radical Ion Pair: Quantum Calculations of the Solvent Reorganization Energy|
|Anno del prodotto:||2006|
|Digital Object Identifier (DOI):||10.1021/jp0632586|
|Appare nelle tipologie:||1.1 Articolo in rivista|