The photochemistry and photophysics of metal carbonyl compounds (W(CO)6, Cp∗Rh(CO)2 (Cp∗= η5-C5Me5), and fac-[Re(CO)3(4,4′-bpy)2Br] [bpy = bipyridine]) have been examined on the nanosecond timescale using a time-resolved infrared spectrometer with an external cavity quantum cascade laser (QCL) as the infrared source. We show the photochemistry of W(CO)6 in alkane solution is easily monitored, and very sensitive measurements are possible with this approach, meaning it can monitor small transients with absorbance changes less than 10-6 ΔOD. The C-H activation of Cp∗Rh(CO)(C6H12) to form Cp∗Rh(CO)(C6H11)H occurs within the first few tens of nanoseconds following photolysis, and we demonstrate that kinetics obtained following deconvolution are in excellent agreement with those measured using an ultrafast laser-based spectrometer. We also show that the high flux and tunability of QCLs makes them suited for solid-state and time-resolved measurements.
|Number of pages||6|
|Publication status||Published - 1 May 2015|
- Quantum cascade laser
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