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Charge Transfer and Intraligand Excited State Interactions in Platinum-Sensitized Dithienylethenes

TitleCharge Transfer and Intraligand Excited State Interactions in Platinum-Sensitized Dithienylethenes
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2011
AuthorsRoberts, MN, Nagle, JK, Majewski, MB, Finden, JG, Branda, NR, Wolf, MO
JournalINORGANIC CHEMISTRY
Volume50
Pagination4956-4966
Date PublishedJUN 6
ISSN0020-1669
Abstract

The photophysical behavior for two photochromic Pt-terpyridine acetylide complexes containing pendant dithienylethenes (DTEs) bound to the metal through the alkynyl linkage is presented. Selective excitation of the Pt complex with visible light resulted in the metal-sensitized ring closing of the DTE unit. The central purpose of this study was to understand how excited state interactions govern the photophysics by correlating differences in the linkage of the two components with differences in the intramolecular energy transfer processes that occur between the Pt complex and the DTE. A series of model complexes without photochromic ligands were prepared and studied to elucidate the contributions of the triplet metal-to-ligand charge transfer and triplet intraligand states. It is demonstrated that reducing the orbital overlap of the metal-based and intraligand states by lengthening the linkage and eliminating a conjugated pathway is effective at dramatically decreasing the efficiency of intramolecular energy transfer. This is evidenced by the appearance of Pt-terpyridine based phosphorescence and a significant decrease in the observed rate of metal-sensitized ring closing of the DTE.

DOI10.1021/ic200200j