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Title: The Nature of the Long-Lived Excited State in a Ni II Phthalocyanine Complex Investigated by X-Ray Transient Absorption Spectroscopy

The nature of the photoexcited state of octabutoxy nickel(II) phthalocyanine (NiPcOBu8) with a 500ps lifetime was investigated by X-ray transient absorption (XTA) spectroscopy. Previous optical, vibrational, and computational studies have suggested that this photoexcited state has a ligand-to-metal charge transfer (LMCT) nature. By using XTA, which provides unambiguous information on the local electronic and nuclear configuration around the Ni center, the nature of the excited state of NiPcOBu8 was reassessed. Using X-ray probe pulses from a synchrotron source, the ground- and excited-state X-ray absorption spectra of NiPcOBu 8 were measured. Based on the results, we identified that the excited state exhibits spectral features that are characteristic of a Ni-1,Ni-3(3d(z2),3d(x2-y2)) state rather than a LMCT state with a transiently reduced Ni center. This state resembles the (d,d) state of nickel(II) tetramesitylphorphyrin. The XTA features are rationalized based on the inherent cavity sizes of the macrocycles. These results may provide useful guidance for the design of photocatalysts in the future.
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  1. Northwestern Univ., Evanston, IL (United States)
  2. Argonne National Lab. (ANL), Argonne, IL (United States)
  3. Argonne National Lab. (ANL), Argonne, IL (United States); Northwestern Univ., Evanston, IL (United States)
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Journal Volume: 11; Journal Issue: 14; Journal ID: ISSN 1864-5631
ChemPubSoc Europe
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Argonne National Lab. (ANL), Argonne, IL (United States)
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USDOE Office of Science (SC), Basic Energy Sciences (BES) (SC-22)
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United States
37 INORGANIC, ORGANIC, PHYSICAL, AND ANALYTICAL CHEMISTRY; Charge transfer; Electronic structure; Photochemistry; Phthalocyanines; X-ray absorption spectroscopy
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OSTI ID: 1458835