The photoinduced interaction of TGA capped CdTe quantum dots (QDs) with porphyrins such as meso-tetrakis(4-sulfonatophenyl)porphyrin [TSPP], meso-tetrakis(4-carboxyphenyl)porphyrin [TCPP], meso-tetrakis (4-N-methylpyridyl)porphyrin [TMPyP] and meso-tetraphenylporphyrin [TPP] has been studied by using absorption, steady state and time resolved fluorescence spectroscopy. The QD surface was negatively charged due to thiol capping agent containing carboxylic group. Positively charged TMPyP interacts with QDs through charge transfer mechanism, negatively charged porphyrins (TCPP and TSPP) interacted through energy transfer mechanism and the neutral one (TPP) does not have any interaction. The Stern-Volmer constant, quenching rate constant, association constants, rate of electron transfer and energy transfer parameters were calculated from the fluorescence data. Effect of molecular structure has also been studied.
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