X-ray Spectroscopic Study of Solvent Effects on the Ferrous and Ferric Hexacyanide Anions
We present an Fe K alpha resonant inelastic X-ray scattering (RIXS) and X-ray emission (XES) study of ferrous and ferric hexacyanide dissolved in water and ethylene glycol. We observe that transitions below the absorption edge show that the solvent has a distinct effect on the valence electronic structure. In addition, both the RIXS and XES spectra show a stabilization of the 2p levels when dissolved in water. Using molecular dynamics simulations, we propose that this effect arises from the hydrogen-bonding interactions between the complex and nearby solvent molecules. This withdraws electron density from the ligands, stabilizing the complex but also causing a slight increase in pi-backbonding.