A process in which under the influence of a suitable driving force
(e.g. provided by photoexcitation
) electronic charge moves without changing the difference in local charges between
donor and acceptor sites. Electron transfer
reversing the charges in a system composed of a neutral donor and a cationic acceptor
or of a neutral acceptor and an anionic donor provide prominent examples.
PAC, 1996, 68, 2223
(Glossary of terms used in photochemistry (IUPAC Recommendations 1996))
on page 2231
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