Catalyst- and Template-Free Ultrafast Visible-Light-Triggered Dimerization of Vinylpyridine-Functionalized Tetraarylaminoborane: Intriguing Deep-Blue Delayed Fluorescence

Kalluvettukuzhy K. Neena, Pagidi Sudhakar, Pakkirisamy Thilagar

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Abstract

A photoredox-catalyst- and template-free sunlight-induced molecular dimerization of a vinylpyridine-functionalized tetraarylaminoborane (TAAB) has been accomplished for the first time. The reaction is quantitative, highly regioselective, and thermally irreversible. The presence of the propeller-shaped TAAB framework allows selective photodimerization of one of the two vinyl pyridine units. Monomer 1 and photodimer 2 exhibit distinct photophysical properties with delayed fluorescence (DF) both in solution and the solid state, which was confirmed by steady-state and time-resolved luminescence studies. Quantum mechanical calculations were performed to support the experimental observations. Our new approach using [2+2] cycloaddition chemistry paves the way for the development of highly sought-after deep-blue DF materials.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)16806-16810
Number of pages5
JournalAngewandte Chemie - International Edition
Volume57
Issue number51
DOIs
StatePublished - 17 Dec 2018
Externally publishedYes

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Keywords

  • aminoboranes
  • boron
  • delayed fluorescence
  • photodimerization

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