Photoluminescence of Ni(II), Pd(II), and Pt(II) Complexes [M(Me2dpb)Cl] Obtained from C‒H Activation of 1,5-Di(2-pyridyl)-2,4-dimethylbenzene (Me2dpbH)

Kletsch, L.; Jordan, R.; Köcher, A. S.; Buss, S.; Strassert, C. A.; Klein, A.

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The three complexes [M(Me2dpb)Cl] (M = Ni, Pd, Pt) containing the tridentate N,C,N-cyclometalating 3,5-dimethyl-1,5-dipyridyl-phenide ligand (Me2dpb−) were synthesised using a base-assisted C‒H activation method. Oxidation potentials from cyclic voltammetry increased along the series Pt < Ni < Pd from 0.15 to 0.74 V. DFT calculations confirmed the essentially ligand-centred π*-type character of the lowest unoccupied molecular orbital (LUMO) for all three complexes in agreement with the invariant reduction processes. For the highest occupied molecular orbitals (HOMO), contributions from metal dyz, phenyl C4, C2, C1, and C6, and Cl pz orbitals were found. As expected, the dz2 (HOMO-1 for Ni) is stabilised for the Pd and Pt derivatives, while the antibonding dx2−y2 orbital is de-stabilised for Pt and Pd compared with Ni. The long-wavelength UV-vis absorption band energies increase along the series Ni < Pt

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Release year: 2021
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