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Bespoke Photoreductants: Tungsten Arylisocyanides

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posted on 28.01.2015, 00:00 by Wesley Sattler, Lawrence M. Henling, Jay R. Winkler, Harry B. Gray
Modular syntheses of oligoarylisocyanide ligands that are derivatives of 2,6-diisopropylphenyl isocyanide (CNdipp) have been developed; tungsten complexes incorporating these oligoarylisocyanide ligands exhibit intense metal-to-ligand charge-transfer visible absorptions that are red-shifted and more intense than those of the parent W­(CNdipp)6 complex. Additionally, these W­(CNAr)6 complexes have enhanced excited-state properties, including longer lifetimes and very high quantum yields. The decay kinetics of electronically excited W­(CNAr)6 complexes (*W­(CNAr)6) show solvent dependences; faster decay is observed in higher dielectric solvents. *W­(CNAr)6 lifetimes are temperature dependent, suggestive of a strong coupling nonradiative decay mechanism that promotes repopulation of the ground state. Notably, *W­(CNAr)6 complexes are exceptionally strong reductants: [W­(CNAr)6]+/*W­(CNAr)6 potentials are more negative than −2.7 V vs [Cp2Fe]+/Cp2Fe.