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A Platinum–Dithiolene Monoanionic Salt Exhibiting Multiproperties, Including Room-Temperature Proton-Dependent Solution Luminescence

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posted on 10.05.2016, 13:04 authored by Salahuddin Attar, Davide Espa, Flavia Artizzu, M. Laura Mercuri, Angela Serpe, Elisa Sessini, Giorgio Concas, Francesco Congiu, Luciano Marchiò, Paola Deplano
The platinum salt C­[PtL2], where C = [(R)-Ph­(Me)­HC*-NMe3]+ and [PtL2] = radical monoanion based on [4′, 5′: 5, 6]­[1, 4]­dithiino­[2,3-b]­quinoxaline-1′,3′dithiolato, shows a variety of properties both in solution and in the solid state thanks to the electronic and/or structural features of the ligand. The complex crystallizes in the chiral space group P1 due to the presence of the enantiopure cation (R)-Ph­(Me)­HC*-NMe3+, and it shows paramagnetic behavior relatable to the [PtL2] radical monoanion. This anionic complex is redox active and shows a strong near-infrared absorbance peak at 1085 nm tunable with the oxidation state of the complex. This complex exhibits a proton-dependent emission at 572 nm in solution at room temperature. The excitation band corresponds to the HOMO–1 (π-orbitals of the S2C2S2 system) → LUMO (π-orbitals of the quinoxaline and benzene-like moieties) transition suggesting that emission is mainly ligand centered in character. The luminescent properties are highly unusual, since the emission falls well above the energy of the lowest energy absorption (anti-Kasha behavior). Joint experimental and density functional theory (DFT) and time-dependent DFT studies are discussed to provide a satisfactory structure/property relationship.