Distance dependent energy transfer dynamics from a molecular donor to a zeolitic imidazolate framework acceptor
Zeolitic Imidazolate frameworks (ZIFs) have been demonstrated as promising light harvesting and photocatalytic materials for solar energy conversion. To facilitate their application in photocatalysis, it is essential to develop a fundamental understanding of their light absorption properties and energy transfer dynamics. In this work, we report distance-dependent energy transfer dynamics from a molecular photosensitizer (RuN3) to ZIF-67, where the distance between RuN3 and ZIF-67 is finely tuned by depositing an ultrathin Al 2 O 3 layer on the ZIF-67 surface using an atomic layer deposition (ALD) method. We show that energy transfer time decreases with increasing distance between RuN3 and ZIF-67 and the Förster radius is estimated to be 14.4 nm.