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. For all time points we find a very good agreement between the experimental data and the model fit. Moreover, the method employed here can be used for the refinement of many organometallic complexes which do not contain pairs of heavy atoms. 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. The hydrogens are omitted for clarity. Moreover, TRWAXS can uniquely provide information about excited state energies by direct assessment of the amount of energy disposed into the solvent during excited state relaxation. The result of the refinement is:
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Box 12 4, LundSweden. Previous work on Fe II Caeper complexes have established that the structural changes induced by the transition from the GS to 5 MC are well described by parameterizing the global 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 difference signal for the bulk solvent temperature increase was measured according to the standard procedure using azobenzene molecules. Moreover, TRWAXS can uniquely provide information about excited state energies by direct assessment of the amount of energy disposed into the solvent during excited state relaxation.
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The standard deviation of the calculated bond lengths was found to be 0. This combined progress in experimental and theoretical capabilities will benefit not only the search for perspective earth-abundant photosensitizers, but also the advancement in the understanding of SCO compounds for future opto-magnetic materials. Improvements in the cage modelling will also impact the accuracy of the energetic parameters since both solvation and solvent contributions are present primarily in the low- q region of the difference signal.
The minor discrepancy between the data and the fit in the range 1. To map the overall atomic positions characterized by the selected structural parameters, we have implemented a procedure based on the interpolation between the structures produced by varying the values of R ax and R eq and performing constrained DFT for each R axR eq point.
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.
The experimentally determined values for the bond lengths and the energy levels are summarized in Table 1. A fraction of the initial solvent temperature increase could not be attributed to the relaxation of the excited molecules as discussed further below. After thermal relaxation of the excited species we observe a temperature rise of 0.
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. The cage term was simulated with a purely classical MD, 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.
For all time points we find a very good agreement between the experimental data and the model fit. Considering the relatively low laser fluence 0. The refinement procedure aided by Caasper 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. Recent years have seen the development of new iron-centered N-heterocyclic carbene NHC complexes for solar energy applications.
The result of the refinement is: 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. 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.
Multidimensional photoemission spectroscopy—the space-charge limit
Overall, the presented results show that the transition in photophysical properties between weak LFS and strong LFS Fe—NHC compounds manifest itself not only in the destabilization of the MC states, but also in the significantly different structural dynamics of these systems.
Wn-400sp hydrogens are omitted for clarity. 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.
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. Laursen cGemma E. 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.
A 31 ps component was tentatively assigned to vibrational cooling of this MC state. Understanding the nature of the observed temperature offset requires better time resolution which is beyond the scope of the present study.
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 increased lifetime is ascribed to strong ligand field splitting provided by the NHC ligands that raises the energy levels of the metal centered MC states and therefore reduces the deactivation efficiency of MLCT states.
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The interpretation of the TRWAXS data was conducted according to the established framework, caspsr where the experimental curves are fitted with theoretical signals from three contributions: The key structural parameters defining the structure of the molecule are highlighted with colors.