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Structure of Organic/Inorganic Interface in Assembled Materials Comprising Molecular Components. Crystal Structure of the Sensitizer Bis[(4,4‘-carboxy-2,2‘-bipyridine)(thiocyanato)]ruthenium(II)

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posted on 1998-09-03, 00:00 authored by V. Shklover, Yu. E. Ovchinnikov, L. S. Braginsky, S. M. Zakeeruddin, M. Grätzel
Structural data have been obtained for the photosensitizer bis[(4,4‘-carboxy-2,2‘-bipyridine)(thiocyanato)]ruthenium(II) (1) via X-ray diffraction analysis. Crystals of 1 are triclinic, a = 11.4663(4) Å, b = 12.5897(5) Å, c = 18.9329(7) Å, α = 75.238(2)°, β = 89.611(2)°, γ = 66.446(2)°, space group P1̄, Z = 2, refinement to R = 0.0809, Rw = 0.0950 for 4045 observed reflections. Structural models of sensitizer molecules anchoring to the TiO2 anatase surface and models of close-packed sensitizer monolayers with different anchoring types have been built by using experimental geometry of known organic Ti complexes and the X-ray structure of sensitizer 1. On the basis of a simple one-dimensional tight-binding model, it was suggested that possible modifications of TiO2/sensitizer interface could enhance interfacial transparency for injected electrons.

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