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Durham University

Department of Physics

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Publication details for Associate Professor Fernando Dias

Li, G., Nobuyasu, R., Zhang, B.-H., Geng, Y., Yao, B., Xie, Z.-Y., Zhu, D.-X., Shan, G.-G., Che, W.-L., Yan, L.-K., Su, Z.-M., Dias, F. B. & Bryce, M. R. (2017). Thermally Activated Delayed Fluorescence in Cu(I) Complexes Originating from Restricted Molecular Vibrations. Chemistry A European Journal 23(49): 11761-11766.

Author(s) from Durham


The mechanism of thermally activated delayed fluorescence (TADF) in molecules in aggregated or condensed solid states has been rarely studied and is not well understood. Nevertheless, many applications of TADF emitters are strongly affected by their luminescence properties in the aggregated state. In this study, two new isomeric tetradentate Cu(I) complexes which simultaneously show aggregation induced emission (AIE) and TADF characteristics are reported for the first time. We provide direct evidence that effectively restricting the vibrations of individual molecules is a key requisite for TADF in these two Cu(I) complexes through in-depth photophysical measurements combined with kinetic methods, single crystal analysis and theoretical calculations. These findings should stimulate new molecular engineering endeavours in the design of AIE-TADF active materials with highly emissive aggregated states.