Long-lived charge-transfer state from B−N frustrated Lewis pairs enchained in supramolecular copolymers

Beatrice Adelizzi, Pongphak Chidchob, Naoki Tanaka, Brigitte A.G. Lamers, Stefan C.J. Meskers, Soichiro Ogi, Anja R.A. Palmans, Shigehiro Yamaguchi (Corresponding author), E. W. Meijer (Corresponding author)

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The field of supramolecular polymers is rapidly expanding; however, the exploitation of these systems as functional materials is still elusive. To become competitive, supramolecular polymers must display microstructural order and the emergence of new properties upon copolymerization. To tackle this, a greater understanding of the relationship between monomers’ design and polymer microstructure is required as well as a set of functional monomers that efficiently interact with one another to synergistically generate new properties upon copolymerization. Here, we present the first implementation of frustrated Lewis pairs into supramolecular copolymers. Two supramolecular copolymers based on π-conjugated O-bridged triphenylborane and two different triphenylamines display the formation of B−N pairs within the supramolecular chain. The remarkably long lifetime and the circularly polarized nature of the resulting photoluminescence emission highlight the possibility to obtain an intermolecular B−N charge transfer. These results are proposed to be the consequences of the enchainment of B−N frustrated Lewis pairs within 1D supramolecular aggregates. Although it is challenging to obtain a precise molecular picture of the copolymer microstructure, the formation of random blocklike copolymers could be deduced from a combination of optical spectroscopic techniques and theoretical simulation.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)16681-16689
Number of pages9
JournalJournal of the American Chemical Society
Issue number39
Publication statusPublished - 30 Sept 2020


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