Inorg Chem 2019 May 23;58(9):5483-5493. Epub 2019 Apr 23.
Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry , North Dakota State University , Fargo , North Dakota 58108-6050 , United States.
Ten biscyclometalated monocationic Ir(III) complexes were synthesized and studied to elucidate the effects of extending π-conjugation of the diimine ligand (N^N = 2,2'-bipyridine in Ir1, 2-(pyridin-2-yl)quinoline in Ir2, 2-(pyridin-2-yl)[6,7]benzoquinoline in Ir3, 2-(pyridin-2-yl)-[7,8]benzoquinoline in Ir4, phenanthroline in Ir5, benzo[ f][1,10]phenanthroline in Ir6, naphtho[2,3- f][1,10]phenanthroline in Ir7, 2,2'-bisquinoline in Ir8, 3,3'-biisoquinoline in Ir9, and 1,1'-biisoquinoline in Ir10) via benzannulation at 2,2'-bipyridine on the excited-state properties and reverse saturable absorption (RSA) of these complexes. Either a bathochromic or a hypsochromic shift of the charge-transfer absorption band and emission spectrum was observed depending on the benzannulation site at the 2,2'-bipyridine ligand. Benzannulation at the 3,4-/3',4'-position or 5,6-/5',6'-position of 2,2'-bipyridine ligand or at the 6,7-position of the quinoline ring on the N^N ligand caused red-shifted charge-transfer absorption band and emission band for complexes Ir2, Ir8, Ir10 vs Ir1 and Ir3 vs Ir2, while benzannulation at the 4,5-/4',5'-position of 2,2'-bipyridine ligand or at the 7,8-position of the quinoline ring on the N^N ligand induced a blue shift of the charge-transfer absorption and emission bands for complex Ir9 vs Ir1 and Ir4 vs Ir2. Read More