Electronic coupling for charge transfer in donor-bridge-acceptor systems. Performance of the two-state FCD model

Alexander A Voityuk
Physical Chemistry Chemical Physics: PCCP 2012 October 28, 14 (40): 13789-93
Electronic coupling is a key parameter that determines the rate of electron transfer reactions and electrical conductivity of molecular wires. To examine the performance of a two-state approach based on the orthogonal transformation of adiabatic states to diabatic states, we compare the effective donor-acceptor coupling V(DA) computed with three different approaches in model donor-bridge-acceptor (D-B-A) systems. It is found that V(DA) derived with the two-state method accounts properly for both the direct and superexchange interactions. The approach becomes, however, less accurate with the increasing energy difference of the donor and acceptor states. We suggest a simple diagnostic to identify the situation when the estimated coupling might be inaccurate and consider how to improve the performance of the two-state scheme in such a case.

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