[Cr(ttpy)2]3+ as a multi-electron reservoir for photoinduced charge accumulation

[Cr(ttpy)2]3+ (ttpy = 4′-(4-methylphenyl)-2,2′:6,2′′-terpyridine) exhibits rich electrochemical and photophysical properties. Cyclic voltammetry performed in CH3CN shows in the cathodic part the presence of three one-electron reversible systems at −0.47, −0.85 and −1.35 V vs. Ag/AgNO3 10−2 M. These systems are attributed to the reduction of the terpyridine ligands with a partial delocalization of the charge on the tolyl for the last reduction event. The three different reduced species were generated by exhaustive electrolysis and characterized by EPR and UV-visible spectroscopy; DFT calculations were performed to locate the spin density of the electrons added during the reduction. Visible light irradiation of [Cr(ttpy)2]3+ induces the population of a luminescent metal-centered excited state with a lifetime of 270 ns in deoxygenated CH3CN. This excited state can be quenched by an electron transfer process with triphenylphosphine (PPh3) or triethanolamine (TEOA). Using TEOA as a sacrificial electron donor, the doubly reduced species (i.e.[Cr(ttpy)2]+) can be generated under continuous irradiation. In the presence of [Ru(bpy)3]2+ as an additional photosensitizer, the photoreduction of [Cr(ttpy)2]3+ towards [Cr(ttpy)2]+ is accelerated. The trinuclear [{RuII(bpy)2(bpy-O-tpy)}2CrIII]7+ complex ([Ru2Cr]7+) in which a CrIII-bis-terpyridine centre is covalently linked to two RuII-tris-bipyridine moieties by oxo bridges has been synthesised. Its electrochemical, photophysical and photochemical properties were investigated in deoxygenated CH3CN. Cyclic voltammetry indicates only a poor electronic communication between the different subunits, whereas luminescence experiments show a strong quenching of the RuII* excited state by an intramolecular process. Continuous irradiation of [Ru2Cr]7+ under visible conditions in the presence of TEOA leads to [Ru2Cr]4+ where three electrons are stored on the [Cr(ttpy)] subunit.


[Cr(ttpy)2]3+ as a multi-electron reservoir for photoinduced charge accumulation
Type de publication
Article de revue
Année de publication
Dalton Trans.
Soumis le 22 mai 2019