We describe a series of nine new complex salts in which electron-rich Ru" or Fe" centers are connected via jr-conjugated bridges to six electron-accepting N-methyl-/N-arylpyridinium groups. This work builds upon our previous preliminary studies (Coe, B. J. J. Am. Chem. Soc. 2005, 127, 13399-13410; J. Phys. Chem. A 2007, 111, 472-478), with the aims of achieving greatly enhanced NLO properties and also combining large quadratic and cubic effects in potentially redox-switchable molecules. Characterization has involved various techniques, including electronic absorption spectroscopy and cyclic voltammetry. The complexes display intense, visible d -→.π * metal-to-ligand charge-transfer (MLCT) bands, and their π →.π* intraligand charge-transfer (ILCT) absorptions in the near-UV region show molar extinction coefficients as high as ca. 3.5 × 103M-1 cm1. Molecular quadratic nonlinear optical (NLO) responses ß have been determined by using hyper-Rayleigh scattering at 800 and 1064 nm and also via Stark (electroabsorption) spectroscopic studies. The directly and indirectly derived ß values are very large, with the Stark-based static first hyperpolarizabilities ß0 reaching as high as ca. 10 -27 esu, and generally increase on extending the π-conjugation and enhancing the electron-accepting strength of the ligands. Cubic NLO properties have also been measured by using the Z-scan technique, revealing relatively high two-photon absorption cross sections of up to 2500 GM at 750 nm. © 2010 American Chemical Society.
|Number of pages||17|
|Journal||Journal of the American Chemical Society|
|Publication status||Published - 17 Mar 2010|
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CCDC 780976: Experimental Crystal Structure Determination
Coe, B. (Contributor), Fielden, J. (Contributor), Foxon, S. P. (Contributor), Brunschwig, B. S. (Contributor), Asselberghs, I. (Contributor), Clays, K. (Contributor), Samoc, A. (Creator) & Samoc, M. (Contributor), Cambridge Crystallographic Data Centre, 1 Jan 2010
DOI: 10.5517/ccv6nsg, http://www.ccdc.cam.ac.uk/services/structure_request?id=doi:10.5517/ccv6nsg&sid=DataCite