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Inorg Chem. 2007 Oct 15;46(21):8603-12. Epub 2007 Sep 12.

Trinuclear platinum(II) 4,6-diphenyl-2,2'-bipyridyl complex with bis(diphenylphosphinomethyl)phenylphosphine auxiliary ligand: synthesis, structural characterization, and photophysics.

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  • 1Department of Chemistry and Molecular Biology, North Dakota State University, Fargo, North Dakota 58105-5516, USA.


A trinuclear cyclometalated Pt(II) 4,6-diphenyl-2,2'-bipyridyl complex with bis(diphenylphosphinomethyl)phenylphosphine bridging ligand ([4-Ph(C--N--N)Pt](3)dpmp) has been synthesized and characterized. It exhibits a broad electronic absorption band from 400 to 600 nm because of its intramolecular Pt...Pt interactions that have been revealed by X-ray crystal structure analysis. This complex shows strong red emission in acetonitrile at room temperature and 77 K. The electronic and emission spectra exhibit concentration and temperature dependence. With increased concentrations, the UV band of the absorption spectrum gradually decreases and broadens, accompanied by an increase of the (1)[dsigma*,pi*] band between 400 and 600 nm. For emission spectra, the 550 nm band that originates from the mononuclear platinum(II) component gradually decreases with increased concentrations, while the band at approximately 700 nm that corresponds to the (3)[dsigma*,pi*] state increases. In addition, the UV-vis and emission spectra exhibit temperature and viscosity-dependence. The concentration-, temperature-, and viscosity-dependent characteristics indicate a conformational change of the complex arising from the rotation along the oligophosphine axis. This complex exhibits broad, positive, and strong transient difference absorption bands from the near-UV to near-IR spectral region. However, because of the increased ground-state absorption in the visible region, the nonlinear transmission of this trinuclear platinum complex decreases.

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