We report mechanistic insights into an iridium/nickel photocatalytic C-O cross-coupling reaction from time-resolved spectroscopic studies. Using transient absorption spectroscopy, energy transfer from an iridium photocatalyst to a catalytically relevant Ni(II)(aryl) acetate acceptor was observed. Concentration-dependent lifetime measurements suggest the mechanism of the subsequent reductive elimination is a unimolecular process occurring on the long-lived excited state of the Ni(II) complex. We envision that our study of the productive energy-transfer-mediated pathway would encourage the development of new excited-state reactivities in the field of metallaphotocatalysis that are enabled by light harvesting.
All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes
- Colloid and Surface Chemistry