Bis(tridentate) Ruthenium-Terpyridine Complexes Featuring Microsecond Excited-State Lifetimes

Department of Chemistry, Centre for Advanced Solar Materials, University of Calgary, Calgary, Canada.
Journal of the American Chemical Society (Impact Factor: 12.11). 07/2012; 134(30):12354-7. DOI: 10.1021/ja3039536
Source: PubMed


A series of heteroleptic bis(tridentate) ruthenium(II) complexes, each bearing a substituted 2,2':6',2″-terpyridine (terpy) ligand, is characterized by room temperature microsecond excited-state lifetimes. This observation is a consequence of the strongly σ-donating and weakly π-accepting tridentate carbene ligand, 2',6'-bis(1-mesityl-3-methyl-1,2,3-triazol-4-yl-5-idene)pyridine (C^N^C), adjacent to the terpy maintaining a large separation between the ligand field and metal-to-ligand charge transfer (MLCT) states while also preserving a large (3)MLCT energy. The observed lifetimes are the highest documented lifetimes for unimolecular ruthenium(II) complexes and are four orders in magnitude higher than that associated with [Ru(terpy)(2)](2+).

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