Aggregation-induced electrochemiluminescence of platinum(II) complexes Academic Article uri icon


  • We report the electrochemiluminescence properties of square-planar Pt(II) complexes that result from the formation of supramolecular nanostructures. We define this new phenomenon as aggregation-induced electrochemiluminescence (AIECL). In this system, self-assembly changes the HOMO and LUMO energies, making their population accessible via ECL pathways and leading to the generation of the luminescent excited state. Significantly, the emission from the self-assembled system is the first example of electrochemiluminescence (ECL) of Pt(II) complexes in aqueous solution having higher efficiency than the standard, Ru(bpy)32+.The finding can lead to a new generation of bright emitters that can be used as ECL labels.

publication date

  • 2017