Mössbauer study on photochemistry of ferrocene isolated in low-temperature matrix

Research paper by Y. Einaga, Y. Yamada, T. Tominaga

Indexed on: 01 Apr '97Published on: 01 Apr '97Published in: Journal of Radioanalytical and Nuclear Chemistry


Unstable novel species produced by photolysis of ferrocene (Cp2Fe) isolated in low-temperature matrix were studied by means of the57Fe Mössbauer spectroscopy. On the UV-irradiation of57Fe-enriched ferrocene co-condensed with CCl4 in low-temperature N2 matrix (20 K), unknown high spin ferrous species (I.S.=0.90±0.01 mm/s, Q.S=1.94±0.02 mm/s) were produced as well as ferricinium ion [Cp2Fe]+ (I.S.=0.52±0.01 mm/s, Q.S.=0.0 mm/s). On the annealing, these photoproducts disappeared to reform ferrocene by the reverse reaction in the matrix. The mechanisms of the photochemical reaction were discussed.