Polymerisable octahedral rhenium cluster complexes as precursors for photo/electroluminescent polymers

Olga Efremova, K. Brylev, Olena Kozlova, M White, M Shestopalov, N. Kitamura, Yuri Mironov, Siegfried Bauer, Andy Sutherland*

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New polymerisable photoluminescent octahedral rhenium cluster complexes trans-[{Re6Q8}(TBP)4(VB)2] (Q = S or Se; TBP-p-tert-butylpyridine; VB-vinyl benzoate) have been synthesised, characterised and used to construct rhenium cluster-organic polymer hybrid materials. These novel polymer systems are solution-processable and the rhenium clusters retain their photoluminescent properties within the polymer environment. Notably, when the rhenium cluster complexes are incorporated into the matrix of the electroluminescent polymer poly(N-vinylcarbazole), the resultant cluster polymer hybrid combined properties of both components and was used successfully in the construction of a polymer light emitting diode (PLED). These prototype devices are the first PLEDs to incorporate octahedral rhenium clusters and provide the first direct evidence of the electroluminescent properties of rhenium clusters and indeed, to the best of our knowledge, of any member of the family of 24-electron hexanuclear cluster complexes of molybdenum, tungsten or rhenium.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)8630-8638
Number of pages9
JournalJournal of Materials Chemistry C
Issue number40
Early online date2 Sept 2014
Publication statusPublished - 28 Oct 2014

Bibliographical note

Funding: Marie Curie Intra-European Fellowship (project “PolyMoRe”, no. 327440) and the Russian Foundation for Basic Research (Grants nos. 12-03-
31670 and 14-04-01816).

Supplementary information: DOI 10.1039/c4tc01643b


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