Lookup NU author(s): Dr Thomas Penfold
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The ultrafast nonadiabatic dynamics of a prototypical Cu(I)–phenanthroline complex, [Cu(dmp)2]+ (dmp = 2,9-dimethyl-1,10-phenanthroline), initiated after photoexcitation into the optically bright metal-to-ligand charge-transfer (MLCT) state (S3) is investigated using quantum nuclear dynamics. In agreement with recent experimental conclusions, we find that the system undergoes rapid (∼100 fs) internal conversion from S3 into the S2 and S1 states at or near the Franck–Condon (FC) geometry. This is preceded by a dynamic component with a time constant of ∼400 fs, which corresponds to the flattening of the ligands associated with the pseudo Jahn–Teller distortion. Importantly, our simulations demonstrate that this latter aspect is in competition with subpicosecond intersystem crossing (ISC). The mechanism for ISC is shown to be a dynamic effect, in the sense that it arises from the system traversing the pseudo Jahn–Teller coordinate where the singlet and triplet states become degenerate, leading to efficient crossing. These first-principles quantum dynamics simulations, in conjunction with recent experiments, allow us to clearly resolve the mechanistic details of the ultrafast dynamics within [Cu(dmp)2]+, which have been disputed in the literature.
Author(s): Capano G, Chergui M, Rothlisberger U, Tavernelli I, Penfold TJ
Publication type: Article
Publication status: Published
Journal: Journal of Physical Chemistry A
Print publication date: 01/10/2014
Online publication date: 14/10/2014
Acceptance date: 01/10/2014
Publisher: American Chemical Society
DOI: DOI: 10.1021/jp509728m
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