A theoretical study on the electronic and photophysical properties of two series of iridium(III) complexes with different substituted N^N ligand

Xiaohong Shang, Deming Han, Mei Liu, Gang Zhang

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A density functional theory/time-depended density functional theory has been applied to explore the geometrical, electronic and photophysical properties of the recently reported pyrazolyl-pyridine- or triazolyl-pyridine-containing iridium(iii) complexes 1 and 2. The calculated absorption and emission wavelengths are in agreement with experimental data. Based on complexes 1 and 2, two series of Ir(iii) complexes 1a-1c and 2a-2c with different N^N ligand have been designed. It is found that the photophysical properties of these complexes are greatly affected by the properties of the adopted ligands. From 2 to 2c, the ancillary ligands based on a bis(triazolyl-pyridine) moiety with a m-phenylene spacer group render an increase of the HOMO-LUMO energy gap, but relatively weak absorption intensities. It is believed that the larger 3MC/d-d → 3MLCT/π-π∗ energy gap, higher μS1 and MLCT % values, as well as the smaller ΔES1-T1 for 2b and 2c, are good indications for the higher quantum efficiency compared with that of experimental structure 2. Therefore, the newly designed complexes 2b and 2c are expected to be highly efficient deep-blue emitters for OLEDs application.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)5055-5062
Number of pages8
JournalRSC Advances
Issue number9
StatePublished - Jan 1 2017


All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Chemistry(all)
  • Chemical Engineering(all)

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