C60 Films on Conducting Electrode Surface.
Electrodeposition of C60 films from a
cluster (aggregate) solution of acetonitrile/toluene (3:1). These C60 cluster films cast on nanostructured SnO2 films strongly absorb visible light and exhibit
excellent photoelectrochemical activity up to 700 nm.
For details on the preparation and characterization of fullerene films see
P. V.; Barazzouk, S.; Thomas, K. G.; Hotchandani, S., Electrodeposition
of C60 Clusters on Nanostructured SnO2 Films for Enhanced Photocurrent
Generation. J. Phys. Chem. B, 2000, 104, 4014-4017.
Kamat, P. V.; Barazzouk, S.; Hotchandani, S., Nanostructured Fullerene Films. Adv. Mater., 2001, 13, 1614-1617.
Barazzouk, S.; Hotchandani, S.; Kamat, P. V., Unusual Electrocatalytic Behavior of Ferrocene Bound Fullerene Cluster Films. J. Mater. Chem., 2002, 12, 2021-2025.
known amount (~2 mL) of cluster solution (0.11 mM) was transferred to a small
cell in which two optically transparent electrodes were kept at a distance of
~6 mm using Teflon spacer, and a DC voltage (50-200V) was applied using a
Fluke 415A High Voltage DC power supply. Within 30-60 seconds the solution
turned colorless as all the C60 clusters were deposited as a brown film on the
electrode connected to the positive terminal of the source. The thickness of the film could be varied by
changing the concentration of the C60 clusters or varying the time of deposition. The film was then thoroughly washed with
acetonitrile. Unless otherwise specified
the amount of C60 deposited on the film was 0.2 mmoles/cm2 (approx. 1mm in thickness).
A similar method was employed to cast films of C60 clusters on nanostructured SnO2 and TiO2 electrodes.
Porphyrin and Porphrin-C60 Composite Films.A known amount (~2 mL) of H2P,
C60 or mixed cluster solution in acetonitrile/toluene (3/1, v/v) was
transferred to a 1 cm cuvette in which two electrodes (viz., OTE/SnO2
and OTE) were kept at a distance of ~6 mm using a Teflon spacer. A dc voltage (500V) was applied between these
two electrodes using a Fluke 415 power supply.
The deposition of the film can be visibly seen as the solution becomes
colorless with simultaneous brown coloration of the conducting glass
electrode. Deposition of thin SnO2 colloidal film prior to electrodeposition yields uniform and robust coverage of C60 or porphyrin
For further details on the properties of these films see
Hasobe, T.; Imahori, H.;
Fukuzumi, S.; Kamat, P. V., Light Energy Harvesting Using Mixed
Molecular Nanoclusters. Porphyrin and C60 Cluster Films for Efficient
Photocurrent Generation. J. Phys. Chem. B, 2003, 107, 12105 - 12112.
Hasobe, T.; Imahori, H.; Kamat, P. V.; Fukuzumi, S.,
Photovoltaic Cells using composite nanoclusters of porphyrins and
fullerenes with gold nanoparticles. J. Am. Chem. Soc, 2005, 127, 1216-1228.
Hasobe, T.; Kamat, P. V.; Troiani, V.; Solladie, N.; Ahn, T. K.; Kim,
S. K.; Kim, D.; Kongkanand, A.; Kuwabata, S.; Fukuzumi, S., Enhancement
of Light-Energy Conversion Efficiency by Multi-Porphyrin Arrays of
Porphyrin-Peptide Oligomers with Fullerene Clusters. J. Phys. Chem. B, 2005, 109, 19-23.