Control of Excitation and Quenching in Multi-colour Electrogenerated Chemiluminescence Systems through Choice of Co-reactant Academic Article uri icon


  • We demonstrate a new approach to manipulate the selective emission in mixed electrogenerated chemiluminescence (ECL) systems, where subtle changes in co-reactant properties are exploited to control the relative electron-transfer processes of excitation and quenching. Two closely related tertiary-amine co-reactants, tri-n-propylamine and N,N-diisopropylethylamine, generate remarkably different emission profiles: one provides distinct green and red ECL from [Ir(ppy)3] (ppy=2-phenylpyridinato-C2,N) and a [Ru(bpy)3](2+) (bpy=2,2'-bipyridine) derivative at different applied potentials, whereas the other generates both emissions simultaneously across a wide potential range. These phenomena can be rationalized through the relative exergonicities of electron-transfer quenching of the excited states, in conjunction with the change in concentration of the quenchers over the applied potential range.


  • Barbante, Gregory J
  • Kebede, Noah
  • Hindson, Christopher M
  • Doeven, Egan H
  • Zammit, Elizabeth M
  • Hanson, Graeme R
  • Hogan, Conor F
  • Francis, Paul S

publication date

  • October 20, 2014