We use cookies to ensure that we give you the best experience on our website. By continuing to browse this repository, you give consent for essential cookies to be used. You can read more about our Privacy and Cookie Policy.

Durham Research Online
You are in:

Synthesis, structures and luminescence properties of N^C^N-coordinated platinum(II) complexes based on an anthracene core: a red shift and a twist

Wood, Emily A. and Gildea, Louise F. and Yufit, Dmitry S. and Williams, J.A. Gareth (2021) 'Synthesis, structures and luminescence properties of N^C^N-coordinated platinum(II) complexes based on an anthracene core: a red shift and a twist.', Polyhedron, 207 . p. 115401.


1,8-Bis(2-pyridyl)anthracene HL2 is shown to act as a tridentate, N^C^N-coordinating ligand to platinum(II), undergoing metallation at position 9 of the anthracene. The structures of Pt(N^C^N-L2)Cl and of HL2 have been determined by X-ray diffraction. The complex features two 6-membered chelate rings and an N-Pt-N bite angle of 178.16(7)°, close to the “ideal” value of 180°. The attainment of this angle necessitates not only a twisting of the pyridyl rings relative to the anthracene, but also a remarkable twisting distortion of the anthracene unit itself. The complex is isomeric with the previously reported Pt(d8qb)Cl {d8qb = 1,3-di(8-quinolyl)benzene}. A new derivative of the latter has been prepared, PtL3Cl, featuring methyl substituents in the central benzene ring ortho to the quinolines. Like PtL2Cl, its structure shows twisting of the coordinated heterocycles relative to the plane of the central aromatic ring. The Pt(II) complex PtL1Cl of a related N^C^N-coordinating ligand featuring extended conjugation, benzo[1,2-h: 5,4=h’]diquinoline HL1, has also been prepared following a previously described procedure. PtL1Cl is brightly phosphorescent in deoxygenated solution at ambient temperature, in the red region of the spectrum. The impressive photoluminescence quantum yield of 0.30 and long emission lifetime of 38 μs are indicative of a rigid structure with little excited state distortion. In contrast, PtL2Cl shows no detectable emission, probably due to the distorted nature of the structure leading to rapid non-radiative decay of the excited state. This result contrasts with the weak red emission displayed by the isomeric Pt(d8qb)Cl and its dimethylated derivative PtL3Cl.

Item Type:Article
Full text:Publisher-imposed embargo until 29 July 2023.
(AM) Accepted Manuscript
Available under License - Creative Commons Attribution Non-commercial No Derivatives 4.0.
File format - PDF
Publisher Web site:
Publisher statement:© 2021 This manuscript version is made available under the CC-BY-NC-ND 4.0 license
Date accepted:25 July 2021
Date deposited:29 July 2021
Date of first online publication:29 July 2021
Date first made open access:29 July 2023

Save or Share this output

Look up in GoogleScholar