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To investigate the basis of the 'light-switch' effect, the solvent dependence of the Kerr-gated picosecond-time resolved resonance Raman (TR(3)) spectra of [Ru(bpy)(2)dppz](2+), [Ru(phen)(2)dppz](2+), and the modified complex [Ru(phen)(2)cpdppzOMe](2+) and a dimer [mu-C4(cpdppz)(2)-(phen)(4)Ru(2)](4+) were studied. The investigation focussed on comparing the behaviour of [Ru(phen)(2)dppz](2+) in acetonitrile, ethanol, H(2)O, D(2)O, and DNA. The data are consistent with a model wherein excitation induces metal-to-ligand charge transfer (MLCT) to any of the ligands (termed the 'precursor' state) which, by interligand electron transfer (ILET), produces an excited state localised on the dppz ligand, MLCT(1). In water this state relaxes with a characteristic time of approximately 6 ps to a non-emissive state (MLCT(2)). The TR(3) spectra in water, acetonitrile and DNA are all distinctly different. However, the early (4 ps) water spectrum resembles the spectrum in DNA. This interesting observation suggests that the DNA-bound excited state of the complex can be thought of as a model for the initial, poorly solvated state in water.

Original publication





Journal of inorganic biochemistry

Publication Date





286 - 297


Department of Physical Chemistry, Chalmers University of Technology, SE-412 96, Göteborg, Sweden


Ruthenium, Water, Ethanol, Acetonitriles, Organometallic Compounds, Phenanthrolines, Phenazines, DNA, Solvents, Spectrum Analysis, Raman, Molecular Structure, Time Factors