Platinum(II) Metallomesogens: New External-Stimuli-Responsive Photoluminescence Materials

Cristián Cuerva, José A. Campo, Mercedes Cano, Carlos Lodeiro

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New dicatenar isoquinoline-functionalized pyrazoles, [HpzR(n,n)iq] (R(n,n)=C6H3(OCnH2n+1)2; n=4, 6, 8, 10, 12, 14, 16, 18), have been strategically designed and synthesized to induce mesomorphic and luminescence properties into the corresponding bis(isoquinolinylpyrazolate)platinum(II) complexes [Pt(pzR(n,n)iq)2]. Thermal studies reveal that all platinum(II) compounds exhibit columnar mesophases over an exceptionally wide temperature range, above 300 °C in most cases. The photophysical behavior was also investigated in solution and in the solid state. As a consequence of the formation of Pt⋅⋅⋅Pt interactions, the weak greenish emission of the platinum derivatives turns bright orange in the mesophase. Additionally, the complexes are sensitive to a great variety of external inputs, such as temperature, mechanical grinding, pressure, solvents, and vapors. On this basis, they are used as dopant agents of a polyvinylpyrrolidone or poly(methyl methacrylate) polymer matrix to achieve stimuli-responsive thin films.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)10168-10178
Number of pages11
JournalChemistry-A European Journal
Issue number29
Publication statusPublished - 7 Jun 2016


  • liquid crystals
  • metallomesogens
  • platinum
  • sensors
  • smart materials

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