Ruthenium(II) complexes with new large-surface ligands based on electron-accepting expanded pyridiniums: insights from density functional theory
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With the aim of designing new inorganic photosensitizers for photovoltaic applications, the structural and electronic properties of two Ru(II) complexes containing terpyridine-based ligands derived from expanded pyridiniums both branched—polyphenyl—and fused—polycyclic—were investigated by the means of density functional theory (DFT) and time-dependent DFT (TD-DFT). In particular, the structure and electronic absorption of the fused architectures—including the isolated ligand and its complex—were compared with those of their respective branched precursors with the aim to account for the their enhanced electronic features in the visible spectral region. The theoretical insights gained into the “large-surface” ligand and its associated complex open the route for a joint experimental and theoretical design of new inorganic photosensitizers based on fused expanded pyridiniums.
KeywordsDFT TD-DFT Ruthenium(II) complexes Expanded pyridinium acceptors
The ANR is gratefully acknowledged for financial support in the framework of the NEXUS project (Programme Blanc 2007, BLAN07-1-196405). Dr Jérôme Fortage is acknowledged for fruitful discussions.
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