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Role of Electrostatics in Influencing the Pathway by Which the Excited State of Ru(bpy) Is Deactivated by Ferrocene Derivatives.

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Summary of "Role of Electrostatics in Influencing the Pathway by Which the Excited State of Ru(bpy) Is Deactivated by Ferrocene Derivatives."

Excited states of tris(2,2'-bipyridine)ruthenium(II), [Ru(bpy)], can be deactivated by a wide range of ferrocene derivatives. The pathway by which deactivation takes place, either energy transfer (EnT) or electron transfer (ET), depends on several factors inherent to each specific donor-acceptor (D···A) system. In this work, we provide mechanistic insight into bimolecular quenching between [Ru(bpy)] and several ferrocene (Fc) derivatives in a variety of solvents. By introducing various functional groups onto the cyclopentadienyl ring of ferrocene, the chemical properties of the organometallic complexes were altered by tuning the oxidation potentials and charge of the iron complexes, and the manner in which the [Ru(bpy)] excited state is quenched by each ferrocene complex in solvents of various dielectric constants, including anhydrous acetonitrile (ACN), dimethylformamide (DMF), dimethyl sulfoxide (DMSO), and water (pH 10), was assessed. Through the use of transient absorption (TA) spectroscopy, the mechanism of [Ru(bpy)] quenching by each of five ferrocene derivatives (i.e., either EnT or ET) in the aforementioned solvents was evaluated. On the basis of these studies, electrostatic factors relating to the charge on the ferrocene moiety were found to influence the quenching pathway(s) for the [Ru(bpy)]···Fc systems under interrogation. When the ferrocene moiety is positively charged, the [Ru(bpy)] excited state is quenched by EnT to Fc, while when the ferrocene moiety is neutral or negatively charged, the [Ru(bpy)] excited state is quenched via reductive ET.

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Name: The journal of physical chemistry. A
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