The study of photophysical and photochemical properties of ruthenium complexes is of great interest for fundamental practical reasons. Ruthenium complexes have been investigated for use in artificial photosynthesis. This paper deals with the synthesis and spectroscopic investigation of custom-designed ruthenium complexes containing phenanthroline and chloro-phenanthroline ligands. These complexes maybe useful for biological electron-transfer studies. The heteroleptic ruthenium monomer complex Ru(phen)2(Cl-phen) (where phen = 1,10-phenanthroline and Cl-phen=5-chloro-1,10-phenanthroline) was prepared in a two-step procedure previously developed in our laboratory. This monomer complex was used to prepare the ruthenium homometallic dimer complex, (phen)2Ru(phen-phen)Ru(phen)2, by utilizing the Ni-catalyzed coupling reaction. Both complexes were purified by extensive column chromatography. The identity and the integrity of the monomer complex were confirmed by elemental analysis. The calculated and the experimental values for the elemental analysis were in good agreement for the monomer complex. UV/Vis absorption spectroscopy, emission spectroscopy, and cyclic voltammetry were used to investigate the properties of both the complexes.
Bhuiyan, Anwar A. and Du, X.
"Synthesis, Characterization, and Properties of Mononuclear and Dinuclear Ruthenium(II) Complexes Containing Phenanthroline and Chlorophenanthroline,"
Journal of the Arkansas Academy of Science: Vol. 67
, Article 7.
Available at: http://scholarworks.uark.edu/jaas/vol67/iss1/7