When researching the work function of photoelectric materials, only the pure element is shown. I was wondering if coordinate compounds of a certain element would display the same work function as the pure material or if it would differ. Thank you

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    $\begingroup$ Photoelectric effect can happen in every material. The main practical point that dealing with moleculesis the phenomenon is more likely to be treated as a decomposition process. It will basically be the removal of an electron from the highest occupied molecular orbital, creating a lonely radical-cation desperately looking for something to react with. In all cases it will be a property of the molecule and not that of a single atom of it. Personally I've indeed heard of it when people basically destroyed their organic samples when irradiating them but looking for something else. $\endgroup$ – Alchimista Feb 23 at 14:49
  • $\begingroup$ I am aware of this happening with aromatic compounds like benzene but would this still happen to a coordination compound? $\endgroup$ – Evamentality Feb 23 at 19:05
  • $\begingroup$ if you irradiate enough (energy and number of the photons, power) I don't see why it should not happened. But see the above. $\endgroup$ – Alchimista Feb 24 at 9:01