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.
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; Resolving the ultrafast intersystem crossing in a bimetallic platinum complex. J. Chem. Phys. 21 September 2019; 151 (11): 114303. https://doi.org/10.1063/1.5115169
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