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Photocrystallography and IR spectroscopy of light-induced linkage NO isomers in [RuBr(NO)(2)(PCyp(3))(2)]BF4

Abstract : One single photo-induced linkage NO isomer (PLI) is detected and characterized in the dinitrosyl pentacoordinated compound [RuBr(NO)(2)(PCyp(3))(2)]BF4 by a combination of photocrystallographic and IR analysis. In the ground state, the molecule adopts a trigonal-bipyramidal structure with the two NO ligands almost linear with angles Ru-N1-O1 = 168.92 (16), Ru-N2-O2 = 166.64 (16)degrees, and exactly equal distances of Ru-N = 1.7838 (17) and O-N = 1.158 (2) angstrom. After light irradiation of 405 nm at T = 10 K, the angle of Ru-N2-O2 changes to 114.2 (6)degrees by rotation of the O atom towards the Br ligand with increased distances of Ru-N2 = 1.992 (6) and N2-O2 = 1.184 (8) angstrom, forming a bent kappa N bonded configuration. Using IR spectroscopy, the optimal wavelength and maximum population of 39 (1)% of the PLI is determined. In the ground state (GS), the two symmetric nu(s)(NO) and asymmetric nu(as)(NO) vibrations are measured at 1820 and 1778 cm(-1), respectively. Upon photo-irradiation, the detection of only one new vibrational nu(NO) stretching band at 1655 cm(-1), assigned to the antisymmetric coupled vibration mode and shifted to lower wavenumbers by -123 cm(-1), supports the photocrystallographic result. These experimental results are supported by additional DFT calculations, which reproduce the structural parameters and vibrational properties of both the ground state and the photo-induced linkage isomer well. Especially the experimentally characterized molecular structure of the PLI state corresponds to an energy minimum in the calculations; the stabilization of the bent kappa N bonded configuration of the PLI state originates from specific intramolecular orbital overlap.
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Nicolas Casaretto, Sébastien Pillet, El-Eulmi Bendeif, Dominik Schaniel, Anna K. E. Gallien, et al.. Photocrystallography and IR spectroscopy of light-induced linkage NO isomers in [RuBr(NO)(2)(PCyp(3))(2)]BF4. Acta Crystallographica Section B : Structural Science, Crystal Engineering and Materials [2014-..], International Union of Crystallography, 2015, 71 (6, SI), pp.788-797. ⟨10.1107/S2052520615018132⟩. ⟨hal-01521795⟩



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