Photophysics of Ruthenium(II) Complexes with thiazole π-extended Dipyridophenazine Ligands

in: Inorganic Chemistry (2021)
Kaufmann, Martin; Müller, Carolin; Pryce, Mary T.; Dietzek, Benjamin; Cullen, Aoibhin A.; Brandon, Michael P.
Transition-metal-based donor−acceptor systems can produce long-lived excited charge-transfer states by visible-light irradiation. The novel ruthenium(II) polypyridyl type complexes Ru1 and Ru2 based on the dipyridophenazine ligand (L0) directly linked to 4-hydroxythiazoles of different donor strengths were synthesized and photophysically characterized. The excited-state dynamics were investigated by femtosecond-to-nanosecond transient absorption and nanosecond emission spectroscopy complemented by time-dependent density functional theory calculations. These results indicate that photoexcitation in the visible region leads to the population of both metal-to-ligand charge-transfer (1MLCT) and thiazole (tz)-induced intraligand charge-transfer (1ILCT) states. Thus, the excited-state dynamics is described by two excited-state branches, namely, the population of (i) a comparably short-lived phenazine-centered 3MLCT state (τ ≈ 150−400 ps) and (ii) a long-lived 3ILCT state (τ ≈ 40−300 ns) with excess charge density localized on the phenazine and tz moieties. Notably, the ruthenium(II) complexes feature long-lived dual emission with lifetimes in the ranges τEm,1 ≈ 40−300 ns and τEm,2 ≈ 100−200 ns, which are attributed to emission from the 3ILCT and 3MLCT manifolds, respectively.

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