Bay-region functionalisation of Ar-BIAN ligands and their use within highly absorptive cationic iridium(III) dyes

Kamrul Hasan, Jingyi Wang, Amlan Kumar Pal, Claus Hierlinger, Véronique Guerchais, Han Sen Soo, Felipe García, Eli Zysman-Colman

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Abstract

We report the synthesis, optical absorption, electrochemical characterisation, and DFT studies of five panchromatic, heteroleptic iridium complexes (four of which are new) supported by Ar-BIAN ligands. In particular, the synthesis of an ester-functionalised Ar-BIAN ligand was carried out by a mechanochemical milling approach, which was advantageous over conventional metal templating solution methods in terms of reaction time and product purity. The introduction of ester and carboxylate functionalities at the bay region of the acenaphthene motif increases each ligand’s π- accepting capacity and imparts grafting capabilities to the iridium complexes. These complexes have absorption profiles that surpass the renowned N3 dye [Ru(dcbpy)2(NCS)2] (dcbpy = 4,4’-dicarboxy- 2,2’-bipyridine), making them of interest for solar-energy-harvesting applications.
Original languageEnglish
Article number15520
JournalScientific Reports
Volume7
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 14 Nov 2017

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