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Keywords:

  • Ruthenium;
  • N,O ligands;
  • Click chemistry;
  • Electron transfer;
  • Sensitizers

Abstract

Click chemistry was used to assemble a trimetallic RuII–NiII–RuII complex made up of two tris(bipyridyl)ruthenium(II)-based photosensitisers and a nickel(II)–salen complex. The electrochemical and photophysical properties of the resulting photosensitiser–metal complex are discussed. Photoinduced activation triggered by visible light absorption induces a fast intramolecular charge shift from one of the chromophores to the salen cavity to generate a nickel(III)–salen species.