Highly Luminescent Linear Complex Arrays of up to Eight Cuprous Centers
Chemistry and Biochemistry
Linearly arranged metal atoms that are embedded in discrete molecules have fascinated scientists across various disciplines for decades; this is attributed to their potential use in microelectronic devices on a submicroscopic scale. Luminescent oligonuclear Group 11 metal complexes are of particular interest for applications in molecular light-emitting devices. Herein, we describe the synthesis and characterization of a rare, homoleptic, and neutral linearly arranged tetranuclear CuIcomplex that is helically bent, thus representing a molecular coil in the solid state. This tetracuprous arrangement dimerizes into a unique octanuclear assembly bearing a linear array of six CuI centers with two additional bridging cuprous ions that constitute a central pseudo-rhombic CuI4 cluster. The crystal structure determinations of both complexes reveal close d10⋅⋅⋅d10 contacts between all cuprous ions that are adjacent to each other. The dynamic behavior in solution, DFT calculations, and the luminescence properties of these remarkable complexes are also discussed.
Chemistry: A European Journal
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