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Proton-coupled electron transfer between 4-cyanophenol and photoexcited rhenium(I) complexes with different protonatable sites



Proton-coupled electron transfer between 4-cyanophenol and photoexcited rhenium(I) complexes with different protonatable sites



Inorganic Chemistry 51(15): 8275-8283



Two rhenium(I) tricarbonyl diimine complexes, one of them with a 2,2'-bipyrazine (bpz) and a pyridine (py) ligand in addition to the carbonyls ([Re(bpz)(CO)(3)(py)](+)), and one tricarbonyl complex with a 2,2'-bipyridine (bpy) and a 1,4-pyrazine (pz) ligand ([Re(bpy)(CO)(3)(pz)](+)) were synthesized, and their photochemistry with 4-cyanophenol in acetonitrile solution was explored. Metal-to-ligand charge transfer (MLCT) excitation occurs toward the protonatable bpz ligand in the [Re(bpz)(CO)(3)(py)](+) complex while in the [Re(bpy)(CO)(3)(pz)](+) complex the same type of excitation promotes an electron away from the protonatable pz ligand. This study aimed to explore how this difference in electronic excited-state structure affects the rates and the reaction mechanism for photoinduced proton-coupled electron transfer (PCET) between 4-cyanophenol and the two rhenium(I) complexes. Transient absorption spectroscopy provides clear evidence for PCET reaction products, and significant H/D kinetic isotope effects are observed in some of the luminescence quenching experiments. Concerted proton-electron transfer is likely to play an important role in both cases, but a reaction sequence of proton transfer and electron transfer steps cannot be fully excluded for the 4-cyanophenol/[Re(bpz)(CO)(3)(py)](+) reaction couple. Interestingly, the rate constants for bimolecular excited-state quenching are on the same order of magnitude for both rhenium(I) complexes.

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DOI: 10.1021/ic300834c


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