2,5-Bis(p-R-arylethynyl)rhodacyclopentadienes Show Intense Fluorescence: Denying the Presence of a Heavy Atom

Andreas Steffen, Meng Guan Tay, Andrei S. Batsanov, Judith A.K. Howard, Andrew Beeby, Khuong Q. Vuong, Xue Zhong Sun, Michael W. George, Todd B. Marder

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Heavy-metal light show: Photophysical studies show unprecedented high fluorescence quantum yields (Φf up to 69%, τf≈ 1-3 ns) and unexpectedly slow intersystem crossing for a series of rhodium complexes. This new class of compounds challenges our understanding of the behavior of excited electronic states and the role of the heavy atom in intersystem crossing processes. Mes = mesityl, THF = tetrahydrofuran, Tol = toluene. (Figure Presented).

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)2349-2353
Number of pages5
JournalAngewandte Chemie - International Edition
Issue number13
Publication statusPublished - 22 Mar 2010


  • Intersystem crossing
  • Luminescence
  • Metallacycles
  • Photophysics
  • Rhodium

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Catalysis
  • Chemistry (all)


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