Rapid energy transfer in bichromophoric tris-bipyridyl/cyclometallated ruthenium(ii) complexes

Sascha Ott, Magnus Borgström, Leif Hammarström, Olof Johansson

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The synthesis, characterization, and photophysical properties of the N 6-N5C bichromophoric [(bpy) 2Ru(I)Ru(ttpy)][PF6]3 (bpy is 2,2′-bipyridine and ttpy is 4′-p-tolyl-2,2′:6′,2″-terpyridine) and [(bpy) 2Ru(II)Ru(ttpy)][PF6]3 (I and II are bpy-dipyridylbenzene ditopic ligands bridged by an ethynyl and phenyl unit, respectively) complexes are reported together with the model mononuclear complexes [(bpy)2Ru(I)][PF6]2, [(bpy) 2Ru(II)][PF6]2, [Ru(VI)(ttpy)][PF6] (VI is 3,5-di(2-pyridyl)-biphenyl) and [Ru(dpb)(ttpy)][PF6] (Hdpb is 1,3-di(2-pyridyl)-benzene). The electrochemical data show that there is little ground state electronic communication between the metal centers in the bimetallic complexes. Selective excitation of the N5C unit in the bichromophoric systems leads to luminescence typical for a bis-tridentate cyclometallated ruthenium complex and is similar to the [Ru(VI)(ttpy)][PF 6] model complex. In contrast, the luminescence from the tris-bidentate N6 unit is efficiently quenched by energy transfer to the N5C unit. The energy transfer rate has been determined by femtosecond pump-probe measurements to 0.7 ps in the ethynyl-linked [(bpy) 2Ru(I)Ru(ttpy)][PF6]3 and to 1.5 ps in the phenyl-linked [(bpy)2Ru(II)Ru(ttpy)][PF6]3 (in acetonitrile solution at 298 K), and is inferred to occur via a Dexter mechanism.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1434-1443
Number of pages10
JournalDalton Transactions
Issue number11
Publication statusPublished - Mar 14 2006

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Inorganic Chemistry

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