Temperature Dependence of the Energy Transfer in LHCII Studied by Two-Dimensional Electronic Spectroscopy

Parveen Akhtar, Thanh Nhut Do, Paweł J. Nowakowski, Adriana Huerta-Viga, M. Faisal Khyasudeen, Petar H. Lambrev, Howe Siang Tan

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We measured two-dimensional electronic spectra of light-harvesting complex II (LHCII) at various temperatures (77, 110, 150, 230, and 295 K) under conditions free from singlet-singlet annihilation. We elucidated the temperature-dependent excitation energy transfer dynamics in the Chl a manifold of LHCII. Global analysis revealed that the dynamics can be summarized in distinct time scales from 200 fs up to 15 ps. While the fastest dynamics with a decay time of ∼0.2-0.3 ps are relatively temperature-independent, the lifetimes and relative contributions of slower components showed considerable temperature dependence. The slowest time scale of equilibration with the lowest-energy Chl a increased from ∼5 ps at 295 K to ∼15 ps at 77 K. The final excited state is independent of initial excitation at 230 K and above, whereas static energy disorder is apparent at lower temperatures. A clear temperature dependence of uphill energy transfer processes was also discerned, which is consistent with the detailed-balance condition.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)6765-6775
Number of pages11
JournalJournal of Physical Chemistry B
Issue number31
Publication statusPublished - Aug 8 2019


ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Physical and Theoretical Chemistry
  • Surfaces, Coatings and Films
  • Materials Chemistry

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