Polarized X-ray Absorption Near-Edge Structure of Highly Oxidized Chromium Porphyrins

James E. Penner-Hahn, M. Benfatto, B. Hedman, T. Takahashi, S. Doniach, John Taylor Groves, Keith O. Hodgson

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Polarized X-ray absorption near-edge spectra have been measured for CrIV(TTP)O and Crv(TTP)N (TTP is the dianion of 5, 10, 15, 20-tetra-p-tolylporphyrin). These spectra, which are very similar for the two molecules, show an intense preedge absorption feature polarized perpendicular to the porphyrin plane. The absorption edges are relatively featureless when the polarization is parallel to the porphyrin plane. On the basis of multiple-scattered-wave Xα calculations, the intense preedge feature is interpreted as a bound→bound transition with significant metal character in the excited state. This transition, which has been observed in many metal—oxo species, was not observed in the putative ferryl (Fe═O) intermediates of horseradish peroxidase. The reasons for this absence in Fe═O species and its relationship to the reactivity of metal—oxo porphyrin complexes are discussed in light of the present results.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)2255-2259
Number of pages5
JournalInorganic Chemistry
Issue number13
StatePublished - Jun 1986

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Physical and Theoretical Chemistry
  • Inorganic Chemistry


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