Mechanism of photoinduced redox reactions in aqueous solutions of [Fe(bpy)(CN)4]2-

A. Horváth, J. Szõke, L. Wojnárovits

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The mechanism of redox reactions initiated by UV excitation of [Fe(bpy)(CN)4]2- in aqueous solutions has been investigated by continuous photolysis, laser kinetic spectroscopy and pulse radiolysis. Hydrated electrons formed in the light induced reaction are shown to react with ground state [Fe(bpy)(CN)4]2- to form [Fe(bpy)(CN)4]3- characterized by its absorption spectra and reactions. The back reaction between [Fe(bpy)(CN)4]- and [Fe(bpy)(CN)4]3- takes place with kl.8±4x1010 M-1 s-1. The quantum yield of solvated electron formation determined by using nitrate ions as electron scavenger is 0.14±0.01 and 0.068±0.007 at μ∼ 0.01 and μ∼ 1.0, respectively. Addition of methylviologen (MV2+) to the solution of iron(II) complex leads to production of MV+ via direct electron scavenging and an electron transfer reaction from [Fe(bpy)(CN)4]3-. The latter process takes place with k = 9.0±0.6 x 109 M-1 s-1. The decay of MV+ occurs in reactions with both iron(III) and iron(II) complexes.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)97-104
Number of pages8
JournalInorganica Chimica Acta
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - Jan 2 1991

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Physical and Theoretical Chemistry
  • Inorganic Chemistry
  • Materials Chemistry

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