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Toward Near-Infrared Emission in Pt(II)-Cyclometallated Compounds: From Excimers’ Formation to Aggregation-Induced Emission

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posted on 2023-01-25, 19:45 authored by Ariadna Lázaro, Ramon Bosque, Jas S. Ward, Kari Rissanen, Margarita Crespo, Laura Rodríguez
Two series of Pt­(II)-cyclometallated compounds containing N^C^N tridentate and alkynyl-chromophore ligands have been synthesized and structurally characterized. The N^C^N ligands differ on the presence of R1 = H or F in the central aromatic ring, while six different chromophores have been introduced to the alkynyl moiety. Single-crystal X-ray structures for some of the compounds reveal the presence of weak intermolecular contacts responsible for the formation of some dimers or aggregates. The photophysical characterization shows the presence of two emission bands in solution assigned to the 3π–π* transition from the N^C^N ligands mixed with 3MLCT/3ILCT transitions (higher energy band) in deaerated samples. The formation of excimers has also been identified as a broad band at longer wavelengths [near-infrared (NIR) emission] that becomes the main emission band for compounds containing phenanthrene as the chromophore. NIR emission behavior has also been explored using acetonitrile/water mixtures, and the presence of aggregates that emit at ca. 650 nm has also been detected.