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Emission Tuning of Ir(NC)2(pic)-Based Complexes via Torsional Twisting of Picolinate Substituents

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posted on 2018-06-25, 18:20 authored by Ross J. Davidson, Yu-Ting Hsu, Dmitry Yufit, Andrew Beeby
Pyridine-2-carboxylate (pic) has been employed extensively as a blue-shifting ancillary ligand in the production of cyclometalated iridium complexes used in OLEDs, but surprisingly, further elaboration of this ligand has largely been unexplored. In this work we demonstrate a simple and versatile route for modifying picolinate ligands coordinated to iridium. Reacting a μ-chloro iridium­(CN) dimer (where CN is a phenylpyridine-based ligand) with 4-bromopicolinic acid (HpicBr) yields the corresponding iridium­(CN)2(picBr) complexes, which were readily modified by a Suzuki–Miyaura reaction to give the corresponding aryl-substituted picolinate complexes. The luminescent behavior of these complexes shows that by restricting the torsional angle between the substituent and pic the emission can be shifted by up to 77 nm.