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Spin-chemical effects on intramolecular photoinduced charge transfer reactions in bisphenanthroline copper(i)-viologen dyad assemblies


Atanasov,  Mihail
Research Group Atanasov, Max-Planck-Institut für Kohlenforschung, Max Planck Society;


Neese,  Frank
Research Department Neese, Max-Planck-Institut für Kohlenforschung, Max Planck Society;
Institut für Physikalische und Theoretische Chemie, Universität Bonn, Wegelerstrasse 12, D-53115 Bonn, Germany;

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Lazorski, M. S., Schapiro, I., Gaddie, R. S., Lehnig, A. P., Atanasov, M., Neese, F., et al. (2020). Spin-chemical effects on intramolecular photoinduced charge transfer reactions in bisphenanthroline copper(i)-viologen dyad assemblies. Chemical Science, 11(21), 5511-5525. doi:10.1039/d0sc00830c.

Cite as: http://hdl.handle.net/21.11116/0000-0007-B44B-A
Two covalently linked donor-acceptor copper phenanthroline complexes (C-A dyads) of interest for solar energy conversion/storage schemes, [Cu(i)((R) phen(OMV)(2)(4+))(2)](9+) = (R) C(+)A(4)(8+) with (R) C+ = [Cu(i)(R) phen(2)](+) involving 2,9-methyl (R = Me) or 2,9-phenyl (R = Ph)-phenanthroline ligands that are 5,6-disubstituted by 4-(n-butoxy) linked methylviologen electron acceptor groups (A(2+) = OMV2+), have been synthesized and investigated via quantum chemical calculations and nanosecond laser flash spectroscopy in 1,2-difluorobenzene/methanol (dfb/MeOH) mixtures. Upon photoexcitation, charge transfer (CT) states (R) C(2+)A(+)A(3)(6+) are formed in less than one ns and decay by charge recombination on a time scale of 6-45 ns. The CT lifetime of (R) C(2+)A(+)A(3)(6+) has a strong dependence on MeOH solvent fraction when R = Me, but is unaffected if R = Ph. This solvent effect is due to coordination of MeOH solvent in (Me)C(+)A(4)(8+) (i.e. exciplex formation) allowed by conformational flattening of the ligand sphere, which cannot occur in (Ph)C(+)A(4)(8+) having bulkier (Ph)phen ligand framework. Interestingly, the decay time of the CT state increases for both species at low magnetic fields with a maximum increase of ca. 30% at ca. 150 mT, then decreases as the field is increased up to 1500 mT, the highest field investigated. This magnetic field effect (MFE) is due to magnetic modulation of the spin dynamics interconverting (CT)-C-3 and (CT)-C-1 states. A quantitative modeling according to the radical pair mechanism involving ab initio multireference calculations of the complexes revealed that the spin process is dominated by the effect of Cu hyperfine coupling. The external magnetic field suppresses the hyperfine coupling induced spin state mixing thereby lengthening the CT decay time. This effect is counteracted by the field dependent processes of T-0-S mixing through the Delta g-mechanism and by a local mode spin-orbit mechanism. Further, the maximum MFE is limited by a finite rate of direct recombination of (CT)-C-3 states and the spin-rotational mechanism of spin relaxation. This study provides a first comprehensive characterization of Cu(ii)-complex spin chemistry and highlights how spin chemistry can be used to manipulate solar energy harvesting and storage materials.