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Photoisomerization of di-nuclear rhenium(i) bpe-based compounds.

A new interesting article has been published in Photochem Photobiol Sci. 2018 Oct 10;17(10):1443-1449. doi: 10.1039/c8pp00274f. and titled:

Photoisomerization of di-nuclear rhenium(i) bpe-based compounds.

Authors of this article are:
Morelli Frin KP da Rocha DC Mamud JF Polo AS .

A summary of the article is shown below:
Di-nuclear [{(NN)(CO)3Re}2(trans-bpe)](PF6)2 complexes, NN = 4,7-diphenyl-1,10-phenanthroline (ph2phen) or 4,7-dichloro-1,10-phenanthroline (Cl2phen) and trans-bpe = trans-1,2-bis(4-pyridyl)ethylene, were synthesized and characterized by 1H NMR and UV-visible spectroscopy. Irradiation of acetonitrile solutions led to 1H NMR and UV-visible spectral changes ascribed to trans-to-cis photoisomerization processes showing that the presence of another Re(i)-moiety does not preclude the photoisomerization process. Quantum yields for the di-nuclear isomerization of [{(ph2phen)(CO)3Re}2(trans-bpe)]2+ were higher than those for the corresponding mono-nuclear compound process. Additionally, the higher quantum yield obtained with 254 nm irradiation for [{(Cl2phen)(CO)3Re}2(trans-bpe)]2+ showed, for the first time, that the singlet pathway could also be accessed in addition to the usually observed triplet one. The luminescence in fluid solution observed for the [{(NN)(CO)3Re}2(cis-bpe)]2+ complexes is able to efficiently photosensitize the generation of singlet O2.

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