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Two dimensional diffusion-controlled triplet–triplet annihilation kinetics

Abstract : Diffusion controlled chemical reactions are usually observed in three dimensional media. In contrast, planar bimolecular reactions taking place between reagents adsorbed at a soft interface are two-dimensional and therefore cannot be studied within the same formalism. Indeed, soft interfaces allow the adsorbed species to freely diffuse in a liquid-like manner. Here, we present the first experimental observation of a diffusion-controlled reaction in an environment that is planar at the ångström scale. By means of time-resolved surface second harmonic generation, an inherently surface sensitive technique, we observed that the kinetics of the diffusion of the reagents in the plane decreases as the surface concentration of adsorbed species increases. This is of course not the case for bulk reactions where the rates always increase with the reactant concentration. Such changes in the kinetics regime were rationalised as the evolution from a regular 2D free diffusion regime to a geometry-controlled scheme.
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Grégoire Gschwend, Morgan Kazmierczak, Astrid Olaya, Pierre-Francois Brevet, Hubert Girault. Two dimensional diffusion-controlled triplet–triplet annihilation kinetics. Chemical Science , 2019, 10 (32), pp.7633-7640. ⟨10.1039/c9sc00957d⟩. ⟨hal-02367652⟩



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