Porphyrin and fullerene-based artificial photosynthetic materials for photovoltaics

Hiroshi Imahori, Yukiyasu Kashiwagi, Taku Hasobe, Makoto Kimura, Takeshi Hanada, Yoshinobu Nishimura, Iwao Yamazaki, Yasuyuki Araki, Osamu Ito, Shunichi Fukuzumi

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We have developed artificial photosynthetic systems in which porphyrins and fullerenes are self-assembled as building blocks into nanostructured molecular light-harvesting materials and photovoltaic devices. Multistep electron transfer strategy has been combined with our finding that porphyrin and fullerene systems have small reorganization energies, which are suitable for the construction of light energy conversion systems as well as artificial photosynthetic models. Highly efficient photosynthetic electron transfer reactions have been realized at ITO electrodes modified with self-assembled monolayers of porphyrin oligomers as well as porphyrin-fullerene linked systems. Porphyrin-modified gold nanoclusters have been found to have potential as artificial photosynthetic materials. These results provide basic information for the development of nanostructured artificial photosynthetic systems.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)580-588
Number of pages9
JournalThin Solid Films
Publication statusPublished - 2004 Mar 22
Externally publishedYes
EventProceedings of Symposium D on Thin Film and Nano-Structured - Strasbourg, France
Duration: 2003 Jun 102003 Jun 13


  • Electron transfer
  • Energy transfer
  • Fullerene
  • Porphyrin
  • Self-assembled monolayers

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Materials
  • Surfaces and Interfaces
  • Surfaces, Coatings and Films
  • Metals and Alloys
  • Materials Chemistry


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