The photochemistry of two Mn(bpy)(CO)3X complexes (X = PhCC-, Br-) has been studied in the coordinating solvents THF (terahydrofuran) and MeCN (acetonitrile) employing time-resolved infrared spectroscopy. The two complexes are found to exhibit strikingly different photoreactivities and solvent dependencies. In MeCN, photolysis of 1-(CO)(Br) [1 = Mn(bpy)(CO)2] affords the ionic complex [1-(MeCN)2]Br as a final product. In contrast, photolysis of 1-(CO)(CCPh) in MeCN results in facial to meridional isomerization of the parent complex. When THF is used as solvent, photolysis results in facial to meridional isomerization in both complexes, though the isomerization rate is larger for X = Br-. Pronounced differences are also observed in the photosubstitution chemistry of the two complexes where both the rate of MeCN exchange from 1-(MeCN)(X) by THFA (tetrahydrofurfurylamine) and the nature of the intermediates generated in the reaction are dependent upon X. DFT calculations are used to support analysis of some of the experiments.
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Physical and Theoretical Chemistry
- Inorganic Chemistry