We report the synthesis of novel perhalophenyl three-coordinated gold(I) complexes using 1,2-bis(diphenylphosphino)benzene (dppBz) as the chelating ligand and [AuR(tht)] (R = C6F5, C6Cl2F3, C6Cl5) as the perhalophenyl-gold(I) source, leading to [AuR(dppBz)] (R = C6F5 (1), C6Cl2F3 (2), C6Cl5 (3)) complexes. The solid-state structures of compounds 2 and 3 consist of discrete three-coordinated Au(I) complexes, which show a distorted trigonal planar geometry for the gold center with dissimilar Au-P distances. The distorted structural arrangement is closely related to its photophysical properties. The studied complexes display very intense emissions at room temperature (RT) and at 77 K in the solid state. Studies of the emissive properties of the complexes at different temperatures suggest that the emissions are phosphorescent at 77 K and exhibit thermally activated delayed fluorescence (TADF) at RT. First-principle calculations of the photophysical processes yielded rate constants for intersystem crossing and reverse intersystem crossing that are in excellent agreement with experimental data.
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Physical and Theoretical Chemistry
- Inorganic Chemistry