Tuning the photophysical properties of a (P,N)ReI complex by adding a -NH- fragment into a P,N-bidentate ligand: The case of [P,N-{(C6H5)2(C5H4N)NHPRe(CO)3Br]

Pablo Mella, Juan Carlos Palma, Marjorie Cepeda-Plaza, Pedro Aguirre, Jorge Manzur, Germán Günther, Nancy Pizarro, Andrés Vega

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The spectroscopic, electrochemical and photophysical properties of the new complex [P,N-{(C6H5)2(C5H4N)NHP}Re(CO)3Br] (RePNN) are reported. The UV-Vis spectrum in dichloromethane (DCM) shows an absorption maximum centered at 300 nm and a shoulder at 350 nm. These absorption bands have been characterized, having a πpy → π∗py and a MLCT character. Excitation at the first wavelength (higher energy) leads to an emission band centered at 365 nm. Cyclic voltammetry shows a fully irreversible oxidation wave around +1.45 V, assigned to ReI/ReII couple, whereas two irreversible reduction signals centered at -0.75 and -1.20 V are assigned to ligand reduction processes. The photophysical results show that emission from the RePNN complex comes exclusively from the ligand. The MLCT excited state shows to be non-emissive by coupling to vibrational modes leading to non-radiative decay path to ground state. The luminescent decay fits to a bi-exponential function. DFT calculations suggest that intra-ligand πpy → π∗py and πpy → π∗py excited states may account for the existence of these two decay lifetimes. The additional -NH- fragment present in the 2-(diphenylphosphinoamino)pyridine ligand compared to 2-pyridylphosphine, makes it more flexible and in consequence, enhances the non-radiative decay rate constant from the 3MLCT to the ground state in the RePNN complex compared to those of 2-pyridylphosphine, [P,N-{(C6H5)2(C5H4N)PRe(CO)3Br] (RePN).

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)64-70
Number of pages7
Publication statusPublished - 17 Jun 2016


  • (P,N,N)Re-tricarbonyl complex
  • Biexponential emission lifetime
  • Intra-Ligand
  • Luminescence
  • NH-fragment

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Physical and Theoretical Chemistry
  • Inorganic Chemistry
  • Materials Chemistry


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