Incoherent nonadiabatic to coherent adiabatic transition of electron transfer in colloidal quantum dot molecules

Bokang Hou, Michael Thoss, Uri Banin, Eran Rabani*

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Electron transfer is a fundamental process in chemistry, biology, and physics. One of the most intriguing questions concerns the realization of the transitions between nonadiabatic and adiabatic regimes of electron transfer. Using colloidal quantum dot molecules, we computationally demonstrate how the hybridization energy (electronic coupling) can be tuned by changing the neck dimensions and/or the quantum dot sizes. This provides a handle to tune the electron transfer from the incoherent nonadiabatic regime to the coherent adiabatic regime in a single system. We develop an atomistic model to account for several states and couplings to the lattice vibrations and utilize the mean-field mixed quantum-classical method to describe the charge transfer dynamics. Here, we show that charge transfer rates increase by several orders of magnitude as the system is driven to the coherent, adiabatic limit, even at elevated temperatures, and delineate the inter-dot and torsional acoustic modes that couple most strongly to the charge transfer dynamics.

Original languageAmerican English
Article number3073
JournalNature Communications
Issue number1
StatePublished - Dec 2023

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Funding Information:
This work was supported by the NSF-BSF International Collaboration in the Division of Materials Research program, NSF grant number DMR-2026741 and BSF grant number 2020618. Methods used in this work were provided by the Center for Computational Study of Excited State Phenomena in Energy Materials (C2SEPEM), which is funded by the U.S. Department of Energy, Office of Science, Basic Energy Sciences, Materials Sciences and Engineering Division, via contract no. DE-AC02- 05CH11231, as part of the Computational Materials Sciences Program. Computational resources were provided in part by the National Energy Research Scientific Computing Center (NERSC), a U.S. Department of Energy Office of Science User Facility operated under contract no. DE-AC02- 05CH11231. We thank Dipti Jasrasaria and Daniel Weinberg for useful discussions and helping calculating the vibronic couplings.

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