Science China Chemistry

, Volume 61, Issue 8, pp 925–931 | Cite as

Aggregation-induced emission and thermally activated delayed fluorescence of 2,6-diaminobenzophenones

  • Masaki ShimizuEmail author
  • Masaki Nakatani
  • Kenta Nishimura


Exploration of novel organic luminophores that exhibit thermally activated delayed fluorescence (TADF) in the aggregated state is very crucial for advance of delayed luminescence-based applications such as time-gated bio-sensing and temperature sensing. We report herein that synthesis, photophysical properties, molecular and crystal structures, and theoretical calculations of 2,6-bis (diarylamino)benzophenones. Absorption spectra in solution and calculations using density functional theory (DFT) method revealed that the optical excitation took place through intramolecular charge-transfer from one diarylamino moiety to an aroyl group. While the benzophenones did not luminesce in solution, the solids of the benzophenones emitted green light with moderate-to-good quantum yields. Thus, the benzophenones exhibit aggregation-induced emission. Based on the lifetime measurement, the green emission of the solids was found to include TADF. The emergence of the TADF is supported by the small energy gap between the excited singlet and triplet states, which was estimated by time-dependent DFT calculations. Thin films of poly(methyl methacrylate) doped by the benzophenones also showed green prompt and delayed fluorescence whose lifetimes were in the order of microseconds. Linear correlation between logarithm value of TADF lifetime and temperature was observed with the benzophenone in powder, suggesting that the benzophenones can serve as molecular thermometers workable under aqueous conditions.


donor-acceptor system delayed fluorescence temperature sensor 


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This work was supported by Grants-in-Aid for JSPS KAKENHI (15H03795), MEXT KAKENHI 15K13671, the Nagase Science and Technology Foundation, and the Ogasawara Foundation for the Promotion of Science and Engineering.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Masaki Shimizu
    • 1
    Email author
  • Masaki Nakatani
    • 1
  • Kenta Nishimura
    • 1
  1. 1.Faculty of Molecular Chemistry and EngineeringKyoto Institute of TechnologyKyotoJapan

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