Synthesis, characterization and optoelectronic properties of dimeric and polymeric metallaynes derived from 3,6-bis(buta-1,3-diynyl)-9-butylcarbazole

Li Liu, Wai Yeung WONG*, Suk Yue Poon, Kok Wai CHEAH

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A thermally stable platinum(II) polyyne polymer incorporating carbazole-based linking units, trans-[-Pt(PBu3)2C≡ CC≡CRC≡CC≡C-]n (R = 9-butylcarbazole-3,6-diyl), was prepared by polycondensation polymerization of trans-[PtCl2(PBu 3)2] with H-C≡CC≡CRC≡CC≡C-H. We report the optical absorption and photoluminescence spectra of this carbon-rich metallopolymer and compare its photophysics with its molecular dinuclear model complex trans-[Pt(Ph)(PEt3) 2C≡CC≡CRC≡CC≡CPt(Ph)(PEt3) 2] as well as the group 11 gold(I) congener, [(PPh 3)AuC≡CC≡CRC≡CC≡CAu(PPh3)]. Characterization of the polymer and metal complexes was accomplished by FT-IR and NMR spectroscopies and FAB mass spectrometry. Our investigations showed that harvesting of the organic triplet emissions can be achieved by the heavy-atom effect of Pt and Au centers, which enables a very high efficiency of intersystem crossing from the S1 singlet excited state to the T1 triplet excited state. The influence of the metal and the C≡C chain length on the intersystem crossing rate and the spatial extent of singlet and triplet excitons is characterized. The present work indicates that high-energy triplet states intrinsically give more efficient phosphorescence in metal-containing diethynylcarbazole systems than in the corresponding bis(butadiynyl) congeners and can thus enhance the radiative decay pathway.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)555-567
Number of pages13
JournalJournal of Inorganic and Organometallic Polymers and Materials
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - Dec 2005

Scopus Subject Areas

  • Polymers and Plastics
  • Materials Chemistry

User-Defined Keywords

  • Butadiyne
  • Carbazole
  • Phosphorescence
  • Polyyne
  • Transition metal


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