An ionic endohedral metallofullerene (Li<sup>+</sup>@C<inf>60</inf>) with mild hydrophilic nature was combined with graphene oxide (GO) to construct a donor-acceptor composite in neat water. The resulting composite was characterised by UV-Vis and Raman spectroscopy, powder X-ray diffraction, dynamic light scattering measurements and transmission electron microscopy. Theoretical calculations (DFT at the B3LYP/6-31(d) level) were also utilized to gain further insight into the composite formation. As detected by electron paramagnetic resonance spectroscopy, photoexcitation of the GO-Li<sup>+</sup>@C<inf>60</inf> composite results in electron transfer from GO to the triplet excited state of Li<sup>+</sup>@C<inf>60</inf>, leading to photocurrent generation at the OTE/SnO<inf>2</inf> electrode.
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- Physical and Theoretical Chemistry
- Physics and Astronomy(all)