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Synthesis and characterization of dinuclear ruthenium complexes covalently linked to Ru-II tris-bipyridine: An approach to mimics of the donor side of photosystem II
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2005 (English)In: Chemistry - A European Journal, ISSN 0947-6539, E-ISSN 1521-3765, Vol. 11, no 24, 7305-7314 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
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To mimic the electron-donor side of photosystem II (PSII), three trinuclear ruthenium complexes (2, 2a, 2b) were synthesized. In these compl plexes, a mixed-valent dinuclear Ru-2(II,III) moiety with one phenoxy and two acetato bridges is covalently linked to a Ru-II tris-bipyridine photosensitizer. The properties and photoinduced electron/energy transfer of these complexes were studied. The results show that the Ru-2(II,III) moieties in the complexes readily undergo reversible one-electron reduction and one-electron oxidation to give the Ru-2(II,II) and Ru-2(II,III) states, respectively. This could allow for photooxidation of the sensitizer part with an external acceptor and subsequent electron transfer from the dinuclear ruthenium moiety to regenerate the sensitizer. However, all trinuclear ruthenium complexes have a very short excited-state lifetime, in the range of a few nanoseconds to less than 100 ps. Studies by femtosecond time-resolved techniques suggest that a mixture of intramolecular energy and electron transfer between the dinuclear ruthenium moiety and the excited [Ru(bpy)(3)](2+) photosensitizer is responsible for the short lifetimes. This problem is overcome by anchoring the complexes with ester- or carboxyl-substituted bipyridine ligands (2a, 2b) to nanocrystalline TiO2, and the desired electron transfer from the excited state of the [Ru(bPY)(3)](2+) moiety to the conduction band of TiO2, followed by intramolecular electron transfer from the dinuclear Ru-2(II,III) moiety to photogenerated Ru-III was observed. The resulting long-lived Ru-2(III,III) state decays on the millisecond timescale.

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2005. Vol. 11, no 24, 7305-7314 p.
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electrochemistry, electron transfer, mixed-valent compounds, ruthenium cluster, sensitizers, intramolecular electron-transfer, nanocrystalline titanium-dioxide, photoinduced charge separation, artificial photosynthesis, manganese complexes, water oxidation, tris(bipyridyl) complex, tyrosine complex, excited-state, thin-films
URN: urn:nbn:se:kth:diva-15255DOI: 10.1002/chem.200500592ISI: 000234038100017OAI: diva2:333296
QC 20100525Available from: 2010-08-05 Created: 2010-08-05Bibliographically approved

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