The sharp temperature rise appears around time zero and is partly due to fast relaxation from the MLCT to 5 MC perhaps through a short lived 3 MC intermediate 50 and the associated redistribution of most of the photon energy into the solvent. Our results demonstrate that due to the increased ligand field strength caused by NHC ligands, upon transition from the ground state to the 5 MC state, the metal to ligand bonds extend by unusually large values: TRWAXS is also highly sensitive to the time dependent thermodynamic response of the solvent, 59 which, as we demonstrate in this work, can be used to determine the energy of the excited states. Such information cannot be readily retrieved for MC states with optical methods, such as absorption or fluorescence spectroscopy due to the formally dipole-forbidden nature of the optical transitions between the GS and MC states which drastically reduces the interaction cross-section and, more importantly, because the relaxed MC states are geometrically inaccessible from vertical light excitations Fig. This detailed combination of computational and experimental characterization deepens our understanding of the NHC family of compounds. An individual refinement of all pairs of interatomic distances would significantly exceed the maximal number of parameters that can reliably be inferred from the TRWAXS signal.
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Further improvements of the experimental setup in terms of stability and signal-to-noise should help in increasing the precision of the extracted energies.
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Moreover, the method employed here can be used for the refinement of many organometallic complexes which do not contain pairs of heavy atoms. We identify it as a ps metal-centered quintet 5 MC state, and we refine the molecular structure of the excited-state complex verifying the DFT results.
This finding indicates that, at least for NHC systems, the short MC state lifetime is not indicative of its 3 MC character, as suggested for expanded cage and push—pull compounds in recent wn-4000ps works 54,55 and observed in weak LFS Ru II based compounds. The sharp temperature caspdr appears around time zero and is partly due to fast relaxation from the MLCT to 5 MC perhaps through a short lived 3 MC intermediate 50 and the associated redistribution of most of the photon energy into the solvent.
Previous work on Fe II SCO complexes have established that the structural changes induced by the transition from the GS to 5 MC are well described by parameterizing the sn-400ps structure through parameters that define the shape of the first Fe coordination shell, including metal—ligand bond lengths, ligand bite angles and ligand rocking angles, as the reaction coordinates.
The hydrogens are omitted for clarity.
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It confirms the computational prediction that NHC compounds exhibit excited MC states where the minima are pushed further away from the GS along the main reaction coordinate metal-to-ligand bond distance. Note that our refinement procedure allows for an experimental determination of the global molecular structure as a function of two bond distances rather than the refinement of these two distances alone. Understanding the nature of the observed temperature offset requires cssper time resolution which is beyond the scope of the present study.
Harlang bcLisa A. Black circles represent the results of the individual fit of each time point; red line represents the result of the global fitting of the entire data set; the dashed line represents the un-convoluted 5 MC population dynamics. Received 24th JuneAccepted 30th October The interpretation of the TRWAXS data was conducted according to the established framework, 69 where the casprr curves are fitted with theoretical signals from three contributions: The three contributions to the temperature dynamics are shown in Fig.
A fraction of the initial solvent temperature increase could not be attributed to the relaxation of the excited caspdr as discussed further below.
More generally this work illustrates how TRWAXS on a photosensitive molecule in solution provides information not only on the transient structures, but also on the energies of short-lived excited species, which is traditionally a difficult task since most experiments are either tailored towards structure or energy sensitivity.
To map the overall atomic positions characterized by the selected structural parameters, we have implemented a procedure based on the caspfr between the structures produced by varying the values of R ax and R eq and performing constrained DFT for wn-400ps R axR eq point. Although the 3 MC state was not observed, it was added wn-4000ps the relaxation cascade analogously to Fe II polypyridyl complexes. After thermal relaxation of the excited species we observe a temperature rise of 0. The cage term was simulated with a purely classical Acsper, which accounts for solvation effects arising from the structural changes in the molecule, but it neglects the electronic charge redistribution in the molecule from the GS to 5 MC.
The transient optical absorption spectroscopy experiments previously conducted on this complex, 49 indicated that upon excitation to the MLCT manifold, the system decays into a vibrationally hot MC state in fs. Such information cannot be readily retrieved for MC states with optical wn-400sp, such as absorption or fluorescence spectroscopy due to the formally dipole-forbidden nature of the optical transitions between the GS and MC states which drastically reduces the interaction cross-section and, more importantly, because the relaxed MC states are geometrically inaccessible from vertical light excitations Fig.
Improvements in the cage modelling will also impact the accuracy of the energetic parameters wn-400sp both solvation and solvent contributions are present primarily in the low- q region of the difference signal.
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Recent years have seen the development of new iron-centered N-heterocyclic carbene NHC complexes for solar energy applications. Laursen cGemma E. Dashed lines separate the three main contributions to the temperature rise as discussed in the main text. Using en-400ps about the hydrodynamic state of the solvent, we also determine, for the first time, the energy of the 5 MC state as 0.
The refinement procedure aided by DFT calculations used in this work will further expand the classes of systems for which TRWAXS can provide experimental determination of short-lived excited state structures, beyond systems with heavy atom pairs.
The standard deviation of the calculated bond lengths was found to be 0.
By varying these parameters and from those determine the resulting changes to the rest of the structure, one can refine the overall molecular structure within the framework of the proposed structural model. TRWAXS is also highly sensitive to the time dependent thermodynamic response of the solvent, 59 which, as we wn-400;s in this work, can be used to determine the energy of the excited states.
The key structural parameters defining the structure of the molecule are highlighted with colors. Future systematic TRWAXS studies of Fe II complexes will be able to capture the effect of the ligand structure on the kinetic, structural, and energetic aspects of charge transfer and spin transitions in this class of systems allowing cssper more detailed investigations of the role of the excited MC states in the MLCT deactivation process.
The key is that the parameters chosen need to define the relevant reaction coordinates associated with the structural dynamics.
An individual refinement of all pairs of interatomic distances caspdr significantly exceed the maximal number of parameters that can reliably be inferred from the TRWAXS signal.