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Excited-state dynamics of [Ru(S–Sbpy)(bpy)2]2+to form long-lived localized triplet states


Jiang,  H.
Department of Dynamics at Surfaces, MPI for Biophysical Chemistry, Max Planck Society;


Schwarzer,  D.
Department of Dynamics at Surfaces, MPI for Biophysical Chemistry, Max Planck Society;

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Heindl, M., Jiang, H., Hua, S.-A., Oelschlegel, M., Meyer, F., Schwarzer, D., et al. (2021). Excited-state dynamics of [Ru(S–Sbpy)(bpy)2]2+to form long-lived localized triplet states. Inorganic Chemistry, 60(3), 1672-1682. doi:10.1021/acs.inorgchem.0c03163.

Cite as: https://hdl.handle.net/21.11116/0000-000A-CBEA-A
The novel photosensitizer [Ru( S−S bpy)(bpy) 2 ] 2+
harbors two distinct sets of excited states in the UV/Vis region
of the absorption spectrum located on either bpy or S−S
bpy ligands.
Here, we address the question of whether following excitation into
these two types of states could lead to the formation of different
long-lived excited states from where energy transfer to a reactive
species could occur. Femtosecond transient absorption spectros-
copy identifies the formation of the final state within 80 fs for both
excitation wavelengths. The recorded spectra hint at very similar
dynamics following excitation toward either the parent or sulfur-
decorated bpy ligands, indicating ultrafast interconversion into a
unique excited-state species regardless of the initial state. Non-adiabatic surface hopping dynamics simulations show that ultrafast
spin−orbit-mediated mixing of the states within less than 50 fs strongly increases the localization of the excited electron at the S−S
ligand. Extensive structural relaxation within this sulfurated ligand is possible, via S−S bond cleavage that results in triplet state
energies that are lower than those in the analogue [Ru(bpy)3 ]2+ . This structural relaxation upon localization of the charge on S−S
is found to be the reason for the formation of a single long-lived species independent of the excitation wavelength.