From a blue to white to yellow emitter: a hexanuclear copper iodide nanocluster.

Author(s) Xu, K.; Chen, B.L.; Zhang, R.; Liu, L.; Zhong, X.X.; Wang, L.; Li, F.Y.; Li, G.H.; Alamry, K.A.; Li, F.B.; Wong, W.Y.; Qin, H.M.
Journal Dalton Trans
Date Published 2020 May 14

Highly emissive copper(i) halide nanoclusters showing thermally activated delayed fluorescence (TADF) have been paid much attention, but rarely reported so far. Herein, a hexanuclear copper(i) iodide cluster containing a tridentate N∧P∧N ligand, [CuI(ppda)] {ppda = 2-[2-(dimethylamino)phenyl(phenyl)phosphino]-N,N-dimethylaniline}, was synthesized. All six copper atoms are four-coordinate, including four CuPNI and two CuI units. This complex exhibits intense white emission in the powder state at room temperature and shows a peak at a wavelength of 535 nm (Φ = 0.36) with a microsecond lifetime (τ = 4.4 μs). Emission colors can be largely tuned from blue to white to yellow, from the crystal to powder to film state at 297 K. The emission of [CuI(ppda)] originates from a combination of MLCT and XLCT transitions. This complex showed good thermal stability. A solution-processed, nondoped device of complex [CuI(ppda)] exhibits stable yellow emission with the CIE coordinates (x, y) of (0.43, 0.51). [CuI(ppda)] also shows reasonable photocatalytic H evolution activity under visible-light irradiation.

DOI 10.1039/c9dt04701h
ISSN 1477-9234
Citation Dalton Trans. 2020;49(18):58595868.

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