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  1. Time-resolved electron paramagnetic resonance (TREPR) spectroscopy has been used to study the proton coupled electron transfer (PCET) reaction between a ruthenium complex (Ru(bpz)(bpy) 2 ) and several substituted hydroquinones (HQ). After excitation at 355 nm, the HQ moiety forms a strong hydrogen bond to the exposed N atoms in the bpz heterocycle. At some point afterwards, a PCET reaction takes place in which an electron from the O atom of the hydrogen bond transfers to the metal center, and the proton forming the hydrogen bond remains on the bpz ligand N atom. The result is a semiquinone radical (HQ˙), whose TREPR spectrum is strongly polarized by the triplet mechanism (TM) of chemically induced dynamic electron spin polarization (CIDEP). Closer examination of the CIDEP pattern reveals, in some cases, a small amount of radical pair mechanism (RPM) polarization. We hypothesize that when the HQ moiety has electron donating groups (EDGs) substituted on the ring, S–T − RPM polarization is observed in HQ˙. These anomalous intensities are accounted for by spectral simulation using polarization from S–T − mixing. The generation of S–T − RPM is attributed to slow radical separation after PCET due to stabilization of the positive charge on the ringmore »by EDGs. Results from a temperature dependence support the hypothesis.« less
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