The use of pressure-tuning spectroscopy to distinguish between one- and two-electron transfer processes

Nita A. Lewis, Richard R. McNeer, Daniel V. Taveras

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The first use of pressure-tuning spectroscopy as a diagnostic tool in the evaluation of an intervalence transition band to determine the number of electrons transferred is described. The trinuclear complex [(CN)5FeCNPt(NH3)4NCFe(CN)5]4- was subjected in solution to hydrostatic pressures from ambient to 1.5 kbar giving a ΔV* = -5.7 ± 0.2 cm3 mol-1. Calculated values from various models ranged from -5.6 to -6.7 cm3 mol-1 assuming a one-electron transfer event and a negligible innersphere reorganizational energy compared with the apparently very large outer-sphere rearrangements that must occur.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)89-93
Number of pages5
JournalInorganica Chimica Acta
Issue number1-2
StatePublished - Oct 1994



  • Cyano complexes
  • Electron transfer
  • Iron complexes
  • Platinum complexes
  • Pressure-tuning spectroscopy

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Biochemistry
  • Inorganic Chemistry
  • Physical and Theoretical Chemistry
  • Materials Chemistry

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