[2.2]paracyclophane-bridged mixed-valence compounds: application of a generalized Mulliken-Hush three-level model

Stephan Amthor, Christoph Lambert
Journal of Physical Chemistry. A 2006 January 26, 110 (3): 1177-89
A series of [2.2]paracylophane-bridged bis-triarylamine mixed-valence (MV) radical cations were analyzed by a generalized Mulliken-Hush (GMH) three-level model which takes two transitions into account: the intervalence charge transfer (IV-CT) band which is assigned to an optically induced hole transfer (HT) from one triarylamine unit to the second one and a second band associated with a triarylamine radical cation to bridge (in particular, the [2.2]paracyclophane bridge) hole transfer. From the GMH analysis, we conclude that the [2.2]paracyclophane moiety is not the limiting factor which governs the intramolecular charge transfer. AM1-CISD calculations reveal that both through-bond as well as through-space interactions of the [2.2]paracyclophane bridge play an important role for hole transfer processes. These electronic interactions are of course smaller than direct pi-conjugation, but from the order of magnitude of the couplings of the [2.2]paracyclophane MV species, we assume that this bridge is able to mediate significant through-space and through-bond interactions and that the cyclophane bridge acts more like an unsaturated spacer rather than a saturated one. From the exponential dependence of the electronic coupling V between the two triarylamine localized states on the distance r between the two redox centers, we infer that the hole transfer occurs via a superexchange mechanism. Our analysis reveals that even significantly longer pi-conjugated bridges should still mediate significant electronic interactions because the decay constant beta of a series of pi-conjugated MV species is small.

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