Highly Luminescent Linear Complex Arrays of up to Eight Cuprous Centers Academic Article uri icon


  • Linearly arranged metal atoms that are embedded in discrete molecules have fascinated scientists across various disciplines for decades; this is attributed to their potential use in microelectronic devices on a submicroscopic scale. Luminescent oligonuclear Group 11 metal complexes are of particular interest for applications in molecular light-emitting devices. Herein, we describe the synthesis and characterization of a rare, homoleptic, and neutral linearly arranged tetranuclear Cu(I) complex that is helically bent, thus representing a molecular coil in the solid state. This tetracuprous arrangement dimerizes into a unique octanuclear assembly bearing a linear array of six Cu(I) centers with two additional bridging cuprous ions that constitute a central pseudo-rhombic Cu(I) 4 cluster. The crystal structure determinations of both complexes reveal close d(10) ⋅⋅⋅d(10) contacts between all cuprous ions that are adjacent to each other. The dynamic behavior in solution, DFT calculations, and the luminescence properties of these remarkable complexes are also discussed.

altmetric score

  • 3.5

author list (cited authors)

  • Stollenz, M., Raymond, J. E., Pérez, L. M., Wiederkehr, J., & Bhuvanesh, N.

citation count

  • 20

publication date

  • January 2016