Low-temperature UV irradiation of the N-heterocyclic carbene complex Ru(IEt2Me2)(PPh3)2(CO)H2 (IEt2Me2 = 1,3-bis(ethyl)-4,5-dimethylimidazol-2-ylidene) leads to a remarkable photoisomerization reaction. By combining in situ photolysis and parahydrogen experiments to characterize the ultimate photoproducts and DFT calculations to interrogate the structures of the key 16-electron intermediates, the importance of both PPh3 and H2 loss pathways has been established. Copyright © 2006 American Chemical Society.
|Number of pages||2|
|Journal||Journal of the American Chemical Society|
|Publication status||Published - 14 Jun 2006|