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Comparison of the photophysical properties of osmium(II) Bis(2,2′:6′,2″-terpyridine) and the corresponding ethynylated derivative

Lookup NU author(s): Professor Andrew Benniston, Emeritus Professor Anthony Harriman, Dr Peiyi Li, Craig Sams


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The photophysical properties of osmium(II) bis(2,2′:6′, 2″-terpyridine) have been recorded over a wide temperature range. An emission band is observed and attributed to radiative decay of the lowest-energy metal-to-ligand, charge-transfer (MLCT) triplet state. This triplet is coupled to two other triplet states that lie at higher energy. The second triplet, believed to be of MLCT character, is reached by crossing a barrier of only 640 cm-1, but the highest-energy triplet, considered to be of metal-centered (MC) character, is separated from the lowest-energy MLCT triplet by a barrier of 3500 cm-1. Analysis of the emission spectrum shows that both low- and high-frequency modes are involved in the decay process, while weak emission is seen from the second excited triplet state. The magnitude of the low- and high-frequency modes depends on temperature in fluid solution but not in a KBr disk. Apart from a substantial lowering of the triplet energy, the photophysical properties are relatively insensitive to the presence of an ethynylene substituent at the 4′ position of each terpyridine ligand. However, the barrier to reaching the MC triplet is markedly reduced, and the vibrational modes become less sensitive to changes in temperature. © 2005 American Chemical Society.

Publication metadata

Author(s): Benniston AC, Harriman A, Li P, Sams CA

Publication type: Article

Publication status: Published

Journal: Journal of Physical Chemistry A

Year: 2005

Volume: 109

Issue: 10

Pages: 2302-2309

ISSN (print): 1089-5639

ISSN (electronic): 1520-5215

Publisher: American Chemical Society


DOI: 10.1021/jp045637+


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