Photo-induced magnetized state of Co(DTBSQ)(DTBCat)(phen) · C6H5CH3 studied by X-ray absorption spectroscopy

Toshihiko Yokoyama, Kaoru Okamoto, Kensuke Nagai, Toshiaki Ohta, Shinya Hayami, Zhong Ze Gu, Rie Nakajima, Osamu Sato

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A photo-induced magnetized state of Co(DTBSQ)(DTBCat)(phen)· C6H5CH3 (DTBSQ=3,5-di-tert-butyl-semiquinone, DTBCat=3,5-di-tert-butyl-catechol and phen=1,10-phenanthroline) was investigated by Co K-edge X-ray absorption fine structure (XAFS) spectroscopy. In the present experimental setup, about 65% Co is found to stay in the trapped excited state at 11 K during visible-light (532 nm) irradiation. It is revealed from the X-ray absorption near-edge structure (XANES) spectra that the Co electronic structure of the state is essentially identical to that of the high-temperature (HT) phase. Upon irradiation, one electron in DTBCat2- is transferred to low-spin (LS) Co(III), yielding high-spin (HS) Co(II) and DTBSQ-. Extended X-ray absorption fine structure (EXAFS) analysis provides information on the first-nearest neighbor N and O distances; the irradiated sample shows the average Co-N,O distance of 1.95±0.04 Å, which lies between those of low-temperature (1.899±0.011 Å) and HT (2.081±0.021 Å) phases, this being consistent with the XANES results.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)272-276
Number of pages5
JournalChemical Physics Letters
Issue number3-4
Publication statusPublished - Sept 14 2001
Externally publishedYes

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Physics and Astronomy(all)
  • Physical and Theoretical Chemistry


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