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Molecular Photoelectrochemical Devices: Supramolecular Incorporation of C60 Molecules into Tailored Holes on Porphyrin-Modified Gold Nanoclusters


  • This work was supported by a grant-in-aid (no. 16310073 to H.I.) from MEXT, Japan. H.I. also thanks the Kyoto University Alliance for Chemistry for financial support (21st Century COE). Part of this work was supported by the Nanotechnology Support Project of the Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology (MEXT), Japan. Supporting Information is available online from Wiley InterScience or from the author.


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Organic photovoltaic devices based on supramolecular complexes of porphyrin-modified gold nanoclusters with fullerene molecules are described and their promising photoelectrochemical performance reported. The incorporation of C60 in surface holes on the porphyrin-modified gold nanoclusters (see Figure)—caused by the addition of a short-chain alkanethiol to the porphyrin modification mixture—plays a key role.

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