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Optical and Polarity Control of Donor–Acceptor Conformation and Their Charge-Transfer States in Thermally Activated Delayed-Fluorescence Molecules

Optical and Polarity Control of Donor–Acceptor Conformation and Their Charge-Transfer States in Thermally Activated Delayed-Fluorescence Molecules
Martin R. Bryce, Paloma L. dos Santos, Andrew P. Monkman, Jonathan S. Ward, Andrei S. Batsanov
This study reports two novel D–A–D molecules, 2,7-bis(phenothiazin-10-yl)-9,9-dimethylthioxanthene-S,S-dioxide (DPT-TXO2) and 2,7-bis(1-methylphenothiazin-10-yl)-9,9-dimethylthioxanthene-S,S-dioxide (DMePT-TXO2), where the latter differs by only a methyl group incorporated on each of the donor units. DMePT-TXO2 in solution and in solid state shows dual charge-transfer (CT) emission. The CT states come from two distinctive conformations between the D and A units. Experiments show that the emission contribution of each state can be controlled by the polarity of the environment and by the excitation energy. Also, how the different conformers can be used to control the TADF mechanism is analyzed in detail. These results are important as they give a more in-depth understanding about the relation between molecular conformation and the TADF mechanism, thereby facilitating the design of new TADF molecules.

Publisher URL: http://dx.doi.org/10.1021/acs.jpcc.7b03672

DOI: 10.1021/acs.jpcc.7b03672

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