Photoreactivity examined through incorporation in metal-organic frameworks

Alexander J. Blake, Neil R. Champness, Timothy L. Easun, David R. Allan, Harriott Nowell, Michael W. George, Junhua Jia, Xue Zhong Sun

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Metal-organic frameworks, typically built by bridging metal centres with organic linkers, have recently shown great promise for a wide variety of applications, including gas separation and drug delivery. Here, we have used them as a scaffold to probe the photophysical and photochemical properties of metal-diimine complexes. We have immobilized a M(diimine)(CO)3 X moiety (where M is Re or Mn, and X can be Cl or Br) by using it as the linker of a metal-organic framework, with Mn(II) cations acting as nodes. Time-resolved infrared measurements showed that the initial excited state formed on ultraviolet irradiation of the rhenium-based metal-organic framework was characteristic of an intra-ligand state, rather than the metal-ligand charge transfer state typically observed in solution, and revealed that the metal-diimine complexes rearranged from the fac- to mer-isomer in the crystalline solid state. This approach also enabled characterization of the photoactivity of Mn(diimine)(CO)3 Br by single-crystal X-ray diffraction.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)688-694
Number of pages7
JournalNature Chemistry
Issue number8
Publication statusPublished - Aug 2010

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Chemistry
  • General Chemical Engineering


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