Theoretical consideration is presented of the triplet excitation dynamics in donor-acceptor systems in conditions where the transfer is mediated by an oxygen molecule. It is demonstrated that oxygen may be involved in both real and virtual intramolecular triplet-singlet conversions in the course of the process under consideration. Expressions describing a super-exchange donor-acceptor coupling owing to a participation of the bridging twofold degenerate oxygen's virtual singlet state are derived and the transfer kinetics including the sequential (hopping) and coherent (distant) routes are analyzed. Applicability of this theoretical description to the pigment-protein complex cytochrome b(6)f, by considering the triplet excitation transfer from the chlorophyll a molecule to distant beta-carotene, is discussed.
- DENSITY-FUNCTIONAL THEORY; ELECTRON-TRANSFER; ENERGY-TRANSFER; CHARGE-TRANSFER; CHLOROPHYLL-A; DISTANCE DEPENDENCE; RATE EXPRESSIONS; SINGLET OXYGEN; BETA-CAROTENE; STATES