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Photochemistry of (η6-anisole)Cr(CO)3 and (η6-thioanisole)Cr(CO)3: evidence for a photoinduced haptotropic shift of the thioanisole ligand, a picosecond time-resolved infrared spectroscopy and density functional theory investigation.


PMID 22204670

Abstract

The photochemistry of (η(6)-anisole)Cr(CO)(3) and (η(6)-thioanisole)Cr(CO)(3) was investigated by picosecond time-resolved infrared spectroscopy in n-heptane solution at 298 K. Two independent excited states are populated following 400 nm excitation of each of these complexes. An excited state with some metal-to-CO charge-transfer character is responsible for the CO-loss process, which is slow compared to CO-loss from Cr(CO)(6). Observed first order rate constants of 1.8 × 10(10) s(-1) and 2.5 × 10(10) s(-1) were obtained for the anisole and thioanisole complexes, respectively. The second excited state has metal-to-arene charge transfer character and results in a haptotropic shift of the thioanisole ligand. DFT calculations characterized the excited states involved and the nature of the haptotropic shift intermediate observed for the thioanisole species.

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