Star-shaped electrochemiluminescent metallodendrimers with central polypyridyl Ru(II) complexes: Synthesis and their photophysical and electrochemical properties

Do Nam Lee, Bong Kwan Soh, Shin Han Kim, Young Moo Jun, Sook Hyun Yoon, Wonyong Lee, Byeong Hyo Kim

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Several dendritic bridging ligands were designed and synthesized to develop more sensitive and efficient electrochemiluminescent (ECL) polynuclear Ru(II) complexes. Various types of novel two-armed, four-armed and six-armed tris(bipyridyl)ruthenium core dendrimers were synthesized by coordinating dendritic polybipyridyl ligands with Ru(II) complexes, and the effect of the ligand and the dendritic network on the ECL characteristics were studied. Their electrochemical redox potentials, UV, photoluminescence (PL), and relative ECL intensities were also investigated in detail. The synthesized metallodendrimers exhibited strong metal-to-ligand charge transfer (MLCT) absorption at 428-451 nm and emission at 591-601 nm. Most of the newly synthesized metallodendrimers showed enhanced ECL intensities compared to the reference complex, [Ru(o-phen)3](PF6)2. In particular, the ECL intensities of the six-armed heptanuclear ruthenium complexes were almost four times greater than that of [Ru(o-phen)3]2+. These metallodendrimers could be utilized as efficient ECL materials and light emitting devices.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)655-666
Number of pages12
JournalJournal of Organometallic Chemistry
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - 2008 Feb 15


All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Biochemistry
  • Physical and Theoretical Chemistry
  • Organic Chemistry
  • Inorganic Chemistry
  • Materials Chemistry

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