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Spectroscopic and Structural Investigations Reveal the Signaling Mechanism of a Luminescent Molybdate Sensor

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JournalInorganic Chemistry
DatePublished - 7 Feb 2011
Issue number3
Volume50
Number of pages11
Pages (from-to)1105-1115
Original languageEnglish

Abstract

A heteroditopic ligand H-2-L consisting of a dihydroxybenzene (catechol)-unit linked via an amide bond to a pyridyl-unit and its methyl-protected precursor Me-2-L were synthesized, characterized, and their photophysical properties investigated. The three accessible protonation states of the ligand, H-3-L+, H-2-L, and H-L-, showed distinct H-1 NMR, absorption and emission spectroscopic characteristics that allow pH-sensing. The spectroscopic signatures obtained act as a guide to understand the signaling mechanism of the luminescent pH and molybdate sensor [Re-(bpy)(CO)(3)(H-2-L)](+). It was found that upon deprotonation of the 2-hydroxy group of H-2-L, a ligand-based absorption band emerges that overlaps with the Re(d pi)-> bpy metal-to-ligand charge transfer (MLCT) band of the sensor, reducing the quantum yield for emission on excitation in the 370 nm region. In addition, deprotonation of the catechol-unit leads to quenching of the emission from the Re(d pi)-> bpy (MLCT)-M-3 state, consistent with photoinduced electron transfer from the electron-rich, deprotonated catecholate to the Re-based luminophore. Finally, reaction of 2 equiv of [Re(bpy)(CO)(3)(H-2-L)](+) with molybdate was shown to give the zwitterionic Mo(VI) complex [MoO2{Re(CO)(3)-(bpy)(L)}(2)], as confirmed by electrospray ionization (ESI) mass spectrometry and X-ray crystallography. The crystal structure determination revealed that two fully deprotonated sensor molecules are bound via their oxygen-donors to a cis-dioxo-MoO2 center.

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  • STATE PROTON-TRANSFER, BIS(CATECHOLAMIDE) SIDEROPHORE ANALOG, EXCITED-STATE, BRIDGING LIGAND, CIS-DIOXOMOLYBDENUM(VI) COMPLEX, INFRARED-SPECTROSCOPY, DIIMINE COMPLEXES, SULFITE OXIDASE, BINDING-SITES, CATECHOL

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