Ultrafast kinetics of linkage isomerism in Na2[Fe(CN)5NO] aqueous solution revealed by time-resolved photoelectron spectroscopy

Azhr A. Raheem, Martin Wilke, Mario Borgwardt, Nicholas Engel, Sergey I. Bokarev, Gilbert Grell, Saadullah G. Aziz, Oliver Kuhn, Igor Yu Kiyan, Christoph Merschjann, Emad F. Aziz

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The kinetics of ultrafast photoinduced structural changes in linkage isomers is investigated using Na2[Fe(CN)5NO] as a model complex. The buildup of the metastable side-on configuration of the NO ligand, as well as the electronic energy levels of ground, excited, and metastable states, has been revealed by means of timeresolved extreme UV (XUV) photoelectron spectroscopy in aqueous solution, aided by theoretical calculations. Evidence of a short-lived intermediate state in the isomerization process and its nature are discussed, finding that the complete isomerization process occurs in less than 240 fs after photoexcitation.

Original languageEnglish
Article number044031
Number of pages15
JournalStructural Dynamics
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jul 2017

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