Resolving the ultrafast intersystem crossing in a bimetallic platinum complex

Andrew J.S. Valentine, Joseph J. Radler, Alexis Mills, Pyosang Kim, Felix N. Castellano, Lin X. Chen, Xiaosong Li

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Bimetallic platinum complexes have interesting luminescent properties and feature long-lasting vibrational coherence and ultrafast intersystem crossing (ISC) after photoexcitation. Ultrafast triplet formation is driven by very strong spin-orbit coupling in these platinum (II) systems, where relativistic theoretical approaches beyond first-order perturbation theory are desirable. Using a fully variational relativistic theoretical method recently developed by the authors, we investigate the origins of ultrafast ISC in the [Pt(ppy) (μ-tBu2pz)]2 complex (ppy = phenylpyridine, pz = pyrazolate). Spin-orbit coupling values, evaluated along a Born-Oppenheimer molecular dynamics trajectory, are used to propagate electronic populations in time. Using this technique, we estimate ultrafast ISC rates of 15-134 fs in this species for the possible ISC pathways into the three low-lying triplet states.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number114303
JournalJournal of Chemical Physics
Issue number11
StatePublished - Sep 21 2019

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Physics and Astronomy(all)
  • Physical and Theoretical Chemistry


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