Light-induced spin crossover in Fe(II)-based complexes: The full photocycle unraveled by ultrafast optical and X-ray spectroscopies

Cannizzo, A.; Milne, C.J.; Consani, C.; Gawelda, W.; Bressler, Ch.; van Mourik, F.; Chergui, M. (2010). Light-induced spin crossover in Fe(II)-based complexes: The full photocycle unraveled by ultrafast optical and X-ray spectroscopies. Coordination Chemistry Reviews, 254(21-22), pp. 2677-2686. Elsevier 10.1016/j.ccr.2009.12.007

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The light-induced spin and structure changes upon excitation of the singlet metal-to-ligand charge transfer (1MLCT) state of Fe(II)-polypyridine complexes are investigated in detail in the case of aqueous iron(II)-tris-bipyridine ([FeII(bpy)3]2+) by a combination of ultrafast optical and X-ray spectroscopies. Polychromatic femtosecond fluorescence up-conversion, transient absorption studies in the 290–600 nm region and femtosecond X-ray absorption spectroscopy allow us to retrieve the entire photocycle upon excitation of the 1MLCT state from the singlet low-spin ground state (1GS) as the following sequence: 1,3MLCT → 5T → 1GS, which does not involve intermediate singlet and triplet ligand-field states. The population time of the HS state is found to be ∼150 fs, leaving it in a vibrationally hot state that relaxes in 2–3 ps, before decaying to the ground state in 650 ps. We also determine the structure of the high-spin quintet excited state by picosecond X-ray absorption spectroscopy at the K-edge of Fe. We argue that given the many common electronic (ordering of electronic states) and structural (Fe–N bond elongation in the high-spin state, Fe–N mode frequencies, etc.) similarities between all Fe(II)-polypyridine complexes, the results on the electronic relaxation processes reported in the case of [FeII(bpy)3]2+ are of general validity to the entire family of Fe(II)-polypyridine complexes.

Item Type:

Journal Article (Review Article)

Division/Institute:

08 Faculty of Science > Institute of Applied Physics
08 Faculty of Science > Institute of Applied Physics > Lasers

UniBE Contributor:

Cannizzo, Andrea

Subjects:

600 Technology > 620 Engineering
500 Science > 530 Physics
500 Science > 540 Chemistry

ISSN:

0010-8545

Publisher:

Elsevier

Language:

English

Submitter:

Andrea Cannizzo

Date Deposited:

10 Feb 2021 12:27

Last Modified:

10 Feb 2021 12:27

Publisher DOI:

10.1016/j.ccr.2009.12.007

BORIS DOI:

10.48350/151349

URI:

https://boris.unibe.ch/id/eprint/151349

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