The divalent ruthenium polypyridine complexes hold promise as efficient photocatalysts for solar energy conversion schemes. This paper deals with the synthesis and spectroscopic investigation of ruthenium polypyridine complexes, which may be useful as photosensitizers. The homoleptic ruthenium(II) complex Ru(Cl-phen)3(PF6)2 (where Cl-phen = 5- chloro-1,10-phenanthroline), and heteroleptic ruthenium(II) complexes Ru(Cl-phen)2(bpy)(PF6)2, and Ru(Cl-phen)(bpy)2(PF6)2 (where bpy = 2,2′-bipyridine) have been prepared by following the standard synthetic procedure. Silica and alumina column chromatographies were used to purify the compounds. Mass spectroscopy, nuclear magnetic resonance (nmr) spectroscopy, and elemental analysis were used to confirm the identity and the integrity of the complexes. Absorption and emission spectroscopies in addition to cyclic voltammetry were used to investigate the properties of these complexes. The absorption spectra of all complexes consist of a series of absorption bands in the ultraviolet and visible regions. All three complexes show a strong emission band in the visible region. Cyclic-voltammetric investigations indicate that the chloro substitution either has little impact on the redox properties of the complexes or alters the redox properties in an advantageous manner.
Bhuiyan, Anwar A.; Kudo, S.; and Bartlett, J.
"Synthesis and Characterization of Ruthenium Complexes Containing Chlorophenanthroline and Bipyridine,"
Journal of the Arkansas Academy of Science: Vol. 64
, Article 11.
Available at: http://scholarworks.uark.edu/jaas/vol64/iss1/11