Synthesis, structure and photophysical properties of a 2D network with gold dicyanide donors coordinated to aza[5]helicene viologen acceptors.

Research paper by Ealin N EN Patel, Robert B RB Arthur, Aaron D AD Nicholas, Eric W EW Reinheimer, Mohammad A MA Omary, Matthew M Brichacek, Howard H HH Patterson

Indexed on: 19 Jun '19Published on: 18 Jun '19Published in: Dalton Transactions


A recently synthesized photoluminescent organic acceptor, 5,10-dimethyl-5,10-diaza[5]helicene is shown to react with dicyanoaurate anions to form a 2D network N,N-dimethylaza[5]helicene dicyanoaurate. The structure of the synthesized complex was investigated via X-ray crystallography showing the presence of [Au(CN)2]- dimers and monomers within the helicene framework. Photophysical measurements between 298 K and 10 K indicate quenching of the [Au(CN)2]- anion by 5,10-dimethyl-5,10-diaza[5]helicene via an electron transfer. A Stern-Volmer and Rehm-Weller analysis shows that this is a result of quenching from transfer of an electron from [Au(CN)2]- anions to 5,10-dimethyl-5,10-diaza[5]helicene as opposed to resonance energy transfer. DFT calculations were performed to support the assignment of an electron transfer.