The UV photofragmentation spectroscopy of the metal dication complex [Mn(pyridine)4]2+

Wu, Guohua, Stewart, Hamish, Lemon, Francis D, Cox, Hazel and Stace, Anthony J (2010) The UV photofragmentation spectroscopy of the metal dication complex [Mn(pyridine)4]2+. Molecular Physics, 108 (7-9). pp. 1199-1208. ISSN 0026-8976

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A theoretical and experimental study has been undertaken of the gas phase UV photoexcitation spectrum of the metal dication complex [Mn(pyridine)4]2+. The ions have been prepared using a combination of the pick-up technique and high energy electron impact, and then held in a cold ion trap where they were excited with tuneable UV radiation. Spectra have been recorded by monitoring fragment ion yields as a function of laser wavelength following the excitation of [Mn(pyridine)4]2+ at wavelengths between 225 and 348 nm. For the range 225-263 nm the summation of photofragment ion intensities resulted in a spectrum that contained considerable structure. Although it has been possible to give regions of the spectrum a qualitative assignment to either metal-based or ligand-based transitions, a detailed comparison with results from the application of adiabatic time-dependent density functional theory (TDDFT) to provide an accurate assignment of the electronic transitions involved is considered unsound. This failure to model the excited state spectrum of the open-shell complex [Mn(pyridine)4]2+ is attributed to the significant double- and higher-excitation character of the excited states, which cannot be modelled by the strict single-electron excitations available from adiabatic TDDFT.

Item Type: Article
Schools and Departments: School of Life Sciences > Chemistry
Subjects: Q Science
Depositing User: Hazel Cox
Date Deposited: 06 Feb 2012 19:56
Last Modified: 03 Oct 2012 10:16
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