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Laser Chemistry
Volume 19 (1999), Issue 1-4, Pages 279-282

Time-Resolved Infrared Spectroscopy of Binuclear Rhenium (I) Polypyridyl Complexes in Solution

1Chemistry Department, The University of York, Heslington, York YO1 5DD, United Kingdom
2Chemistry Department, University of Otago, P. O. Box 56, Dunedin, New Zealand

Received 30 April 1997

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A series of four binuclear rhenium (I) complexes of the general form [Re(CO)3Cl]2BL, where BL is a polypyridyl bridging ligand, have been studied using ultrafast time-resolved UV/visible (TRVIS) and infrared (TRIR) spectroscopies. Visible excitation produces a metal-to-ligand charge-transfer (MLCT) excited state. Kinetic measurements show that the lifetime of this MLCT state varies between 100 and 1900 ps, depending on the structure of the bridging ligand. TRIR difference spectra show that each complex forms a similar MLCT state which has mixed valence character.