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Zn chlorin (Znchl) is easy to synthesize and has similar optical properties to those of bacteriochlorophyll c in the nature, which is expected to be used as a light-harvesting antenna system in artificial photosynthesis. In order to further explore the optical characteristics of Znchl, various sizes of a parallel layered Znchl-aggregate model and the THF-Znchl explicit solvent monomer model were constructed in this study, and their Qy excited state properties were simulated by using time-dependent density functional theory (TDDFT) and exciton theory. For the Znchl monomer, with a combination of the explicit solvent model and the implicit solvation model based on density (SMD), the calculated Qy excitation energy agreed very well with the experimental one. The Znchl aggregates may be simplified to a Zn36 model to reproduce the experimental Qy absorption spectrum by the Förster coupling theory. The proposed Znchl aggregate model provides a good foundation for the future exploration of other properties of Znchl and simulations of artificial light-harvesting antennas. The results also indicate that J-aggregrates along z-direction, due to intermolecular coordination bonds, are the dominant factor in extending the Qy band of Znchl into the near infrared region.


Zhimo Wang, Bingbing Suo, Shiwei Yin, Wenli Zou. Quantum Chemical Simulation of the Qy Absorption Spectrum of Zn Chlorin Aggregates for Artificial Photosynthesis. Molecules (Basel, Switzerland). 2021 Feb 19;26(4)

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