Excitation-Wavelength-Dependent Emission and Delayed Fluorescence in a Proton-Transfer System

Alexey S. Berezin, Katerina A. Vinogradova, Viktor P. Krivopalov, Elena B. Nikolaenkova, Victor F. Plyusnin, Arkady S. Kupryakov, Natalia V. Pervukhina, Dmitrii Y. Naumov, Mark B. Bushuev

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Abstract

Manipulating the relaxation pathways of excited states and understanding mechanisms of photochemical reactions present important challenges in chemistry. Here we report a unique zinc(II) complex exhibiting unprecedented interplay between the excitation-wavelength-dependent emission, thermally activated delayed fluorescence (TADF) and excited state intramolecular proton transfer (ESIPT). The ESIPT process in the complex is favoured by a short intramolecular OH⋅⋅⋅N hydrogen bond. Synergy between the excitation-wavelength-dependent emission and ESIPT arises due to heavy zinc atom favouring intersystem crossing (isc). Reverse intersystem crossing (risc) and TADF are favoured by a narrow singlet–triplet gap, ΔEST≈10 kJ mol−1. These results provide the first insight into how a proton-transfer system can be modified to show a synergy between the excitation-wavelength-dependent emission, ESIPT and TADF. This strategy offers new perspectives for designing ESIPT and TADF emitters exhibiting tunable excitation-wavelength-dependent luminescence.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)12790-12795
Number of pages6
JournalChemistry - A European Journal
Volume24
Issue number49
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 3 Sep 2018

Keywords

  • delayed fluorescence
  • fluorescence
  • kinetics
  • photochemistry
  • proton transfer
  • TADF EMITTERS
  • LUMINESCENCE
  • TRANSFER ESIPT
  • BEHAVIOR
  • METAL-ORGANIC FRAMEWORK
  • EFFICIENCY
  • PROBE

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