Photocatalytic function of the B12 complex with the cyclometalated iridium(III) complex as a photosensitizer under visible light irradiation

Hui Tian, Hisashi Shimakoshi, Gyurim Park, Sinheui Kim, Youngmin You, Yoshio Hisaeda

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A visible light induced three-component catalytic system with the cobalamin derivative (B12) as a catalyst, the cyclometalated iridium(iii) complex (Irdfppy, Irppy, Irpbt and [Ir{dF(CF3)ppy}2(dtbpy)]PF6) as a photosensitizer and triethanolamine as an electron source under N2 was developed. This catalytic system showed a much higher catalytic efficiency than the previous catalytic system using [Ru(ii)(bpy)3]Cl2 as the photosensitizer for the dechlorination reaction of 1,1-bis(4-chlorophenyl)-2,2,2-trichloroethane (DDT). Noteworthy is the fact that the remarkable high turnover number (over ten thousand) based on B12, which ranks at the top among the reported studies, was obtained when Irdfppy was used as a photosensitizer. This photocatalytic system was also successfully applied to the B12 enzyme-mimic reaction, i.e., the 1,2-migration of the phenyl group of 2-bromomethyl-2-phenylmalonate. The plausible reaction mechanism was proposed, which involved two quenching pathways, an oxidative quenching pathway and a reductive quenching pathway, to be responsible for the initial electron transfer of the excited-state photosensitizers during the DDT dechlorination reaction. Transient photoluminescence experiments revealed that the oxidative quenching of the photosensitizer dominated over the reductive quenching pathway.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)675-683
Number of pages9
JournalDalton Transactions
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 2018

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Funding Information:
This study was partially supported by KAKENHI Grant Numbers 23550125, JP16H01035, and JP16H04119 from the Japan Society for the Promotion of Science (JSPS) and a Grant from the Iwatani Naoji Foundation (No. 16-4313). Y. Y. acknowledges the financial support by the MISP of Korea through the Creative Materials Discovery Program (2015M3D1A1070639).

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© The Royal Society of Chemistry 2017.

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  • Inorganic Chemistry


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