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Neutral and cationic cyclometallated Ir(III) complexes of anthra[1,2-d]-imidazole-6,11-dione-derived ligands: Syntheses, structures and spectroscopic characterisation

Hallett, Andrew Jon, Ward, Benjamin David, Kariuki, Benson and Pope, Simon J. A. 2010. Neutral and cationic cyclometallated Ir(III) complexes of anthra[1,2-d]-imidazole-6,11-dione-derived ligands: Syntheses, structures and spectroscopic characterisation. Journal of Organometallic Chemistry 695 (22) , pp. 2401-2409. 10.1016/j.jorganchem.2010.07.017

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Abstract

The syntheses of two new ligands and five new heteroleptic cyclometallated Ir(III) complexes are reported. The ligands are based upon a functionalised anthra[1,2-d]imidazole-6,11-dione core giving LH1−3 incorporating a pendant pyridine, quinoline or thiophene unit respectively. Neutrally charged, octahedral complexes [Ir(ppy)2(L1−3)] are chelated by two cyclometallated phenylpyridine (ppy) ligands and a third, ancillary deprotonated ligand L1−3, whilst cationic analogues could only be isolated for [Ir(ppy)2(LH1−2)][PF6]. X-ray crystal structures for [Ir(ppy)2(L1)], [Ir(ppy)2(LH1)][PF6] and [Ir(ppy)2(L2)] showed the complexes adopt a distorted octahedral coordination geometry, with the anthra[1,2-d]imidazole-6,11-dione ligands coordinating in a bidentate fashion. Preliminary DFT calculations revealed that for the complexes of LH1 and LH2 the LUMO is exclusively localized on the ancillary ligand, whereas the nature of the HOMO depends on the protonation state of the ancillary ligand, often being composed of both Ir(III) and phenylpyridine character. UV–vis. and luminescence data showed that the ligands absorb into the visible region ca. 400 nm and emit ca. 560 nm, both of which are attributed to an intra-ligand CT transition within the anthra[1,2-d]imidazole-6,11-dione core. The complexes display absorption bands attributed to overlapping ligand-centred and 1MLCT-type electronic transitions, whilst only [Ir(ppy)2(L2)] appeared to possess typical 3MLCT behaviour (λem = 616 nm; τ = 96 ns in aerated MeCN). The remaining complexes were generally visibly emissive (λem ≈ 560–570 nm; τ < 10 ns in aerated MeCN) with very oxygen-sensitive lifetimes more indicative of ligand-centred processes.

Item Type: Article
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: Chemistry
Subjects: Q Science > QD Chemistry
Publisher: Elsevier
ISSN: 0022-328X
Last Modified: 04 Jun 2017 02:08
URI: http://orca.cf.ac.uk/id/eprint/9700

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