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Interfacial Coordination Nanosheet Based on Nonconjugated Three-Arm Terpyridine: A Highly Color-Efficient Electrochromic Material to Converge Fast Switching with Long Optical Memory

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posted on 22.07.2020, 10:29 by Susmita Roy, Chanchal Chakraborty
An electrochromic (EC) hyperbranched coordination nanosheet (CONASH) comprising a three-arm terpyridine (3tpy)-based ligand and Fe­(II) ion has been synthesized by interfacial complexation at the liquid–liquid interface. The film can be easily deposited on the desired substrate such as indium tin oxide (ITO) glass. Characterization of CONASH deposited on ITO by microscopic methods reveals the homogeneous nanosheet film with an ∼350 nm thickness after 48 h of reaction. The fabricated solid-state EC device (ECD) undergoes a reversible redox reaction (Fe2+ → Fe3+) in the potential range of +3 to −2 V in ECDs accompanied with a distinct color change from intense pink to colorless for several switching cycles with a coloration time of 1.15 s and a bleaching time of 2.49 s along with a high coloration efficiency of 470.16 cm2 C–1. Besides, the nonconjugated 3tpy ligand restricts the easy electron redox conduction inside the EC film to enhance the EC memory in open-circuit condition as it shows 50% retention of its colorless state until 25 min. The long EC memory compared to other metallo-supramolecular polymers having a conjugated ligand suggests the potentiality of the 3tpy–Fe CONASH film to be used as a power-efficient EC material for modern display device applications.