Intense and tunable electrochemiluminescence of corannulene

Giovanni Valenti, Carlo Bruno, Stefania Rapino, Andrea Fiorani, Edward A. Jackson, Lawrence T. Scott, Francesco Paolucci, Massimo Marcaccio

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Electrochemiluminescence of corannulene in acetonitrile by the use of coreactants is reported here for the first time. The investigation has been carried out utilizing both benzoyl peroxide as a sacrificial coreactant and arylamine derivatives as nonsacrificial species to perform mixed-annihilation processes. The electrochemiluminescence produces an intense blue light. The use of different tris(arylamines) as mixed-annihilation coreactants gives rise to exciplexes with corannulene that emit at different wavelengths, thus allowing the emission color to be tuned by changing the coreactant molecule. This opens a potential pathway to exploitation of such an intriguing carbon structure for building efficient blue-light emitting devices.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)19467-19472
Number of pages6
JournalJournal of Physical Chemistry C
Issue number45
Publication statusPublished - Nov 18 2010

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Physical and Theoretical Chemistry
  • Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Materials
  • Surfaces, Coatings and Films
  • Energy(all)

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    Valenti, G., Bruno, C., Rapino, S., Fiorani, A., Jackson, E. A., Scott, L. T., Paolucci, F., & Marcaccio, M. (2010). Intense and tunable electrochemiluminescence of corannulene. Journal of Physical Chemistry C, 114(45), 19467-19472.