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charge trans·fer com·plex

1. a complex between two organic molecules in which an electron from one (the donor) is transferred to the other (the acceptor); subsequent transfer of a hydrogen atom completes the reduction of the acceptor; such complexes are generally highly colored and may be so observed;
2. a network of hydrogen bridges at the catalytic center of certain proteases.
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They have been widely employed as acceptors for charge-transfer complex formation, as photo-sensitizers and electron transport materials, in the preparation of complexing phases for high performance liquid chromatography and thin liquid chromatography, as complexing agents for optical resolution, and as spray reagents for nondestructive detection of many classes of biologically active compounds, poly-aromatics and hetero- aromatics [14].
Based on these facts we can suggest that the main result of this interaction is the formation of a charge-transfer complex between heteropolyacid anion clusters and conformationally distorted polymer chains.
For the investigation of optical, photoluminescence, and photoelectrochemical properties of a charge-transfer complex thin polymer films deposited onto optically transparent quartz substrates were employed.
Using solutions of molecules, Wang studied the light-altering properties of buckyballs alone and of buckyballs linked with another material in a so-called charge-transfer complex.
We are currently endeavouring to ascertain whether this charge-transfer complex can effect intramolecular oxygen-atom transfer to the olefin directly or whether it must first rearrange to a peroxometallacycle of the type conventionally invoked for these processes.