The role of dinuclearity in promoting thermally activated delayed fluorescence (TADF) in cyclometallated, N^C^N-coordinated platinum(ii) complexes

Piotr Pander*, Andrey V. Zaytsev, Amit Sil, J. A. Gareth Williams*, Pierre-Henri Lanoe, Valery N. Kozhevnikov*, Fernando B. Dias

*Corresponding author for this work

Research output: Contribution to journalArticlepeer-review

Abstract

We present the synthesis and in-depth photophysical analysis of a di-Pt(II) complex with a ditopic bis-N^C^N ligand. The complex exhibits a dual luminescent behaviour by emitting simultaneously delayed fluorescence and phosphorescence. By comparing with the mono-Pt(II) analogue, we demonstrate that thermally activated delayed fluorescence (TADF) is turned on in the di-Pt(II) complex due to the occurrence of three main differences relative to the mono-Pt(II) analogue: a larger singlet radiative rate constant (kSr), a smaller singlet–triplet energy gap (ΔEST) and a longer phosphorescence decay lifetime (τPH). We observe similar trends among other di-Pt(II) complexes and conclude that bimetallic structures promote conditions favourable for TADF to occur. The diplatinum(II) complex also shows a long wavelength-emissive excimer which yields near infrared electroluminescence, λel = 805 nm, in a solution-processed OLED device with EQEmax = 0.51%. We believe this is the highest efficiency reported to date for an excimer Pt(II) emitter with λel > 800 nm in a solution-processed OLED device.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)10276-10287
Number of pages12
JournalJournal of Materials Chemistry C
Volume9
Issue number32
Early online date16 Jul 2021
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 19 Aug 2021

Fingerprint

Dive into the research topics of 'The role of dinuclearity in promoting thermally activated delayed fluorescence (TADF) in cyclometallated, N^C^N-coordinated platinum(ii) complexes'. Together they form a unique fingerprint.

Cite this