HERFD-XANES probes of electronic structures of ironII/IIIcarbene complexes

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T1 - HERFD-XANES probes of electronic structures of ironII/IIIcarbene complexes

AU - Guo, Meiyuan

AU - Prakash, Om

AU - Fan, Hao

AU - de Groot, Lisa H.M.

AU - Hlynsson, Valtýr Freyr

AU - Kaufhold, Simon

AU - Gordivska, Olga

AU - Velásquez, Nicolás

AU - Chabera, Pavel

AU - Glatzel, Pieter

AU - Wärnmark, Kenneth

AU - Persson, Petter

AU - Uhlig, Jens

PY - 2020/4/28

Y1 - 2020/4/28

N2 - Iron centeredN-heterocyclic carbene (Fe-NHC) complexes have shown long-lived excited states with charge transfer character useful for light harvesting applications. Understanding the nature of the metal-ligand bond is of fundamental importance to rationally tailor the properties of transition metal complexes. The high-energy-resolution fluorescence detected X-ray absorption near edge structure (HERFD-XANES) has been used to probe the valence orbitals of three carbene complexes, [FeII(bpy)(btz)2](PF6)2(bpy = 2,2′-bipyridine, btz = 3,3′-dimethyl-1,1′-bis(p-tolyl)-4,4′-bis(1,2,3-triazol-5-ylidene)), [FeIII(btz)3](PF6)3, and [FeIII(phtmeimb)2]PF6(phtmeimb = [phenyl(tris(3-methylimidazol-2-ylidene))borate]−). The multiconfigurational restrict active space (RAS) approach has been used to simulate the metal K pre-edge X-ray absorption spectroscopy of these carbene complexes, and have reproduced the metal K pre-edge spectral features in terms of relative intensity and peak positions. The evident intensity difference between the FeIIand the other two FeIIIcomplexes has been elucidated with different intensity mechanisms in the transition. The smaller splitting between the t2gand egcharacter peak for [FeIII(btz)3](PF6)3has been observed in the experimental measurements and been reproduced in the RAS calculations. The results show how the combination of experimental HERFD-XANES measurements andab initioRAS simulations can give quantitative evaluation of the orbital interactions between metal and ligands for such large and strongly interacting systems and thus allow to understand and predict properties of novel complexes.

AB - Iron centeredN-heterocyclic carbene (Fe-NHC) complexes have shown long-lived excited states with charge transfer character useful for light harvesting applications. Understanding the nature of the metal-ligand bond is of fundamental importance to rationally tailor the properties of transition metal complexes. The high-energy-resolution fluorescence detected X-ray absorption near edge structure (HERFD-XANES) has been used to probe the valence orbitals of three carbene complexes, [FeII(bpy)(btz)2](PF6)2(bpy = 2,2′-bipyridine, btz = 3,3′-dimethyl-1,1′-bis(p-tolyl)-4,4′-bis(1,2,3-triazol-5-ylidene)), [FeIII(btz)3](PF6)3, and [FeIII(phtmeimb)2]PF6(phtmeimb = [phenyl(tris(3-methylimidazol-2-ylidene))borate]−). The multiconfigurational restrict active space (RAS) approach has been used to simulate the metal K pre-edge X-ray absorption spectroscopy of these carbene complexes, and have reproduced the metal K pre-edge spectral features in terms of relative intensity and peak positions. The evident intensity difference between the FeIIand the other two FeIIIcomplexes has been elucidated with different intensity mechanisms in the transition. The smaller splitting between the t2gand egcharacter peak for [FeIII(btz)3](PF6)3has been observed in the experimental measurements and been reproduced in the RAS calculations. The results show how the combination of experimental HERFD-XANES measurements andab initioRAS simulations can give quantitative evaluation of the orbital interactions between metal and ligands for such large and strongly interacting systems and thus allow to understand and predict properties of novel complexes.

U2 - 10.1039/c9cp06309a

DO - 10.1039/c9cp06309a

M3 - Article

C2 - 32297625

AN - SCOPUS:85084167963

VL - 22

SP - 9067

EP - 9073

JO - Physical chemistry chemical physics : PCCP

JF - Physical chemistry chemical physics : PCCP

SN - 1463-9084

IS - 16

ER -