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Photophysical properties have been recorded for a ruthenium(II) bis(2,2′:6′,2″-terpyridine) complex bearing a single ethynylene substituent. The target compound is weakly emissive in fluid solution at room temperature, but both the emission yield and lifetime increase dramatically as the temperature is lowered. As found for the unsubstituted parent complex, the full temperature dependence indicates that the lowest-energy triplet state couples to two higher-energy triplets and to the ground state. Luminescence occurs only from the lowest-energy triplet state, but the radiative and nonradiative decay rates indicate that electron delocalization occurs at the triplet level. Comparison of the target compound with the parent complex indicates that the ethynylene group reduces the size of the electron-vibrational coupling element for nonradiative decay of the lowest-energy triplet state. Although other factors are affected by substitution, this is by far the most important feature with regard to stabilization of the triplet state.
Author(s): Benniston AC, Chapman G, Harriman A, Mehrabi M, Sams CA
Publication type: Article
Publication status: Published
Journal: Inorganic Chemistry
ISSN (print): 0020-1669
ISSN (electronic): 1520-510X
Publisher: American Chemical Society
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