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Title: A study of the structure-property relationship of azole-azine based homoleptic platinum(II) complexes and tunability of the photo-physical properties
Author: Malaviarachchige Rabel, Ranga P.
ISNI:       0000 0004 5918 692X
Awarding Body: University of Surrey
Current Institution: University of Surrey
Date of Award: 2016
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Owing to superior energy efficiency, Light Emitting Diode (OLED) technology has become considerably commercialised over the last decade. Innovations in this field have been spurred along by the discovery of new molecules with good stability and high emission intensity, followed through by intense engineering efforts. Emissive transition metal complexes are potent molecular emitters as a result of their high quantum efficiencies related to facile intersystem crossing (ISC) between excited-state manifolds (efficient spin orbit coupling (SOC)) and resultant efficient emission from the triplet state (phosphorescence). These also allow rational tuning of the emission wavelengths. Tuning of the ground and excited state energies, and thus emission wavelength of these complexes can be achieved by subtle structural changes in the organic ligands. Pyridyl-triazole ligands have started receiving increasing attention in recent years as strong field ligands that are relatively straightforward to synthesise. In this study we explore the emission tunability of a newly synthesised series of 5-subsituted-Pyridyl-1,2,3-triazole-based ligands and their Pt(II) complexes. Studies have shown, substitution at the triazole moiety is less effective in achieving emission tunability. Alternatively we carried out the substitution at the 5th position of the pyridine ring with a wide range of electronically diverse, donor-acceptor groups (-N(CH3)2, -H, -CHO, -CHC(CN)2). The target ligands were approached through the serial application of the Sonogashira carbon–carbon coupling and the Sharpless copper-catalyzed Huisgen’s 1,3-dipolarcycloaddition procedures. As a result, coarse tunability of excimer emission was observed in thin-films, generating blue-(486 nm), green-(541 nm), orange-(601 nm) and red-(625 nm) luminescence respectively. This “turned-on” substituent effect was accounted for metallophilic Pt—Pt interaction-induced aggregates in the solid state. Excited state calculations reveal that the solid state emission is associated with 1MMLCT transitions. Lifetime measurements revealed the existence of two decay processes: one being fluorescence and the other process, either phosphorescence or delayed fluorescence. Further a linear-relationship between the Hammett parameters of the substituents and emission wavelengths was established. This allows a reliable emission predictability for any given substituent of 5-substituted pyridyl-1,2,3-triazole platinum complexes. In conclusion, we show a new approach in achieving coarse emission tunability in pyridyl-1,2,3-triazole based platinum complexes via subtle changes in the molecular structure and the importance of metallophilic interactions in the process. During the second phase of the study, the scope was broadened to examine the effects of heterocyclic nitrogens in the ligand skeleton. Fifteen different combinations of azole-azine linked ligand systems were synthesized, by systematically increasing the number of nitrogens and changing the ring position of the nitrogens in the skeleton. Later, the homoleptic platinum complexes of the respective ligands were synthesised, and the photo-physical characteristics were studied. The above mentioned changes in the ligand structure resulted in a 264 nm emission tunability, in the thin films of the complexes. Theoretical studies on the complexes revealed that based on the structure of the ligand, different metallophilic stacking behaviours and different origins of emission (fluorescence and phosphorescence) can result, which in turn give rise to tunable emission wavelengths.
Supervisor: Jarowski, P. D. ; Silva, S. R. Sponsor: South East Physics Network ; Advanced Technology Institute, University of Surrey
Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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