Femtosecond soft X-ray spectroscopy of solvated transition-metal complexes: Deciphering the interplay of electronic and structural dynamics

Nils Huse, Hana Cho, Kiryong Hong, Lindsey Jamula, Frank M.F. De Groot, Tae Kyu Kim, James K. McCusker, Robert W. Schoenlein

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We present the first implementation of femtosecond soft X-ray spectroscopy as an ultrafast direct probe of the excited-state valence orbitals in solution-phase molecules. This method is applied to photoinduced spin crossover of [Fe(tren(py)3)]2+, where the ultrafast spin-state conversion of the metal ion, initiated by metal-to-ligand charge-transfer excitation, is directly measured using the intrinsic spin-state selectivity of the soft X-ray L-edge transitions. Our results provide important experimental data concerning the mechanism of ultrafast spin-state conversion and subsequent electronic and structural dynamics, highlighting the potential of this technique to study ultrafast phenomena in the solution phase.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)880-884
Number of pages5
JournalJournal of Physical Chemistry Letters
Issue number8
Publication statusPublished - 2011 Apr 21


All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Materials Science(all)
  • Physical and Theoretical Chemistry

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