Synthesis and characterization of phosphorescent platinum and iridium complexes with cyclometalated corannulene†
Synthesis, structural and characterization data are provided for Pt(II) and Ir(III) complexes cyclometalated with 2-(corannulene)pyridine (corpy), (corpy)Pt(dpm) and (corpy)Ir(ppz)2 (dpm = dipivaloylmethanato, ppz = 1-phenylpyrazolyl). A third compound, (phenpy)Ir(ppz)2 (phenpy = 2-(5-phenanthryl)pyridyl), was also prepared to mimic the steric bulk of (corpy)Ir(ppz)2. X-ray analysis reveals bowl depths of 0.895 Å for (corpy)Pt(dpm) and 0.837 Å in (corpy)Ir(ppz)2. Neither complex displayed bowl-to-bowl stacking in the crystal lattice. A fluxional process for (corpy)Ir(ppz)2 attributed to bowl inversion of corrannulene is observed in solution with a barrier (ΔG‡ = 13 kcal mol−1) and rate (k = 2.5 × 103 s−1) as determined using variable temperature 1H NMR spectroscopy. All of the complexes display red phosphorescence at room temperature with quantum yields of 0.05 in solution and 0.2 in polymethyl methacrylate (PMMA).
- This article is part of the themed collection: Luminescent Complexes and Materials for Light-Emitting Devices