Linkage Photoisomerization Mechanism in a Photochromic Ruthenium Nitrosyl Complex: New Insights from an MS-CASPT2 Study

Abstract : The N®O linkage photoisomerization mechanism in a ruthenium nitrosyl complex, [RuCl(NO)(py)4] 2+ , for which a quasi complete photoconversion between the stable nitrosyl (N-bonded) and metastable isonitrosyl (O-bonded) isomers has been observed under continuous irradiation of the crystal at 473 nm (Cormary et al., Acta Cryst. B 2009, 65, 612-623), is investigated using multiconfigurational second-order perturbation theory (CASPT2). The results support efficient intersystem crossing pathways from the initially excited singlet states to the lowest triplet excited state of metal-to-ligand charge transfer character (3 MLCT). The topology of the involved potential energy surfaces corroborates a complex sequential two-photon 2 photoisomerization mechanism involving nonadiabatic processes in agreement with experimental observations and previous density functional theory calculations.
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Francesco Talotta, Jean-Louis Heully, Fabienne Alary, Isabelle Dixon, Leticia González, et al.. Linkage Photoisomerization Mechanism in a Photochromic Ruthenium Nitrosyl Complex: New Insights from an MS-CASPT2 Study. Journal of Chemical Theory and Computation, American Chemical Society, 2017, 13 (12), pp.6120-6130. ⟨10.1021/acs.jctc.7b00982⟩. ⟨hal-01684087⟩

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