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Title: Role of Hydrogen Bonding in Photoinduced Electron-Proton Transfer from Phenols to a Polypyridine Ru Complex with a Proton-Accepting Ligand

Electron-proton transfer, EPT, from phenols to a triplet MLCT-excited Ru polypyridine complex containing an uncoordinated nitrogen site, 1(T), can be described by a kinetic model that accounts for the H-bonding of 1(T) to phenol, 1(T) to solvent, and phenol to solvent. The latter plays a major role in the kinetic solvent effect and commonly precludes simultaneous determination of the EPT rate constant and 1(T)-phenol H-bonding constant. A number of these quantities previously reported for similar systems are shown to be in error due to an inconsistent data analysis. In conclusion, control experiments replacing either 1(T) by its structural isomer with a sterically screened nitrogen site or phenol by its H-bonding surrogate, trifluoroethanol, and the observation of negative activation enthalpies for the overall reactions between 1(T) and phenols lend support to the proposed model and provide evidence for the formation of a precursor H-bonded complex between the reactants, which is a prerequisite for EPT.
Authors:
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  1. Brookhaven National Lab. (BNL), Upton, NY (United States). Dept. of Chemistry
Publication Date:
Report Number(s):
BNL-114182-2017-JA
Journal ID: ISSN 1948-7185; R&D Project: CO037; KC0304030
Grant/Contract Number:
SC0012704
Type:
Accepted Manuscript
Journal Name:
Journal of Physical Chemistry Letters
Additional Journal Information:
Journal Volume: 8; Journal ID: ISSN 1948-7185
Publisher:
American Chemical Society
Research Org:
Brookhaven National Laboratory (BNL), Upton, NY (United States)
Sponsoring Org:
USDOE Office of Science (SC), Basic Energy Sciences (BES) (SC-22)
Country of Publication:
United States
Language:
English
Subject:
37 INORGANIC, ORGANIC, PHYSICAL, AND ANALYTICAL CHEMISTRY
OSTI Identifier:
1376190