Energy transfer pathways in dinuclear heteroleptic polypyridyl complexes: Through-space vs through-bond interaction mechanisms

Frances Weldon, Leif Hammarström, Emad Mukhtar, Ronald Hage, Eric Gunneweg, Jaap G. Haasnoot, Jan Reedijk, Wesley R. Browne, Adrian L. Guckian, Johannes G. Vos

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Abstract

A series of homo- and heteronuclear ruthenium and osmium polypyridyl complexes with the bridging ligands 1,3-bis (5-(2-pyridyl)-1H-1,2,4-triazol-3- yl) benzene (H2mL) and 1,4-bis(5-(2-pyridyl)-1H-1,2,4-triazol-3-yl) benzene (H2pL) are reported. The photophysical properties of these compounds are investigated, and particular attention is paid to the heteronuclear (RuOs) compounds, which exhibit dual emission. This is in contrast to phenyl-bridged polypyridine Ru-Os complexes with a similar metal-metal distance, in which the Ru emission is strongly quenched because the nature of the bridging ligand allows for an efficient through-bond coupling. The results obtained for the compounds reported here suggest that energy transfer is predominantly taking place via a dipole-dipole, Förster type, mechanism, that may dominate when through-bond coupling is weak. This is in stark contrast to ground state interaction, which is found to be critically dependent on the nature of the bridging unit employed.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)4471-4481
Number of pages11
JournalInorganic Chemistry
Volume43
Issue number14
Publication statusPublished - Jul 12 2004

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  • Inorganic Chemistry

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Weldon, F., Hammarström, L., Mukhtar, E., Hage, R., Gunneweg, E., Haasnoot, J. G., Reedijk, J., Browne, W. R., Guckian, A. L., & Vos, J. G. (2004). Energy transfer pathways in dinuclear heteroleptic polypyridyl complexes: Through-space vs through-bond interaction mechanisms. Inorganic Chemistry, 43(14), 4471-4481.