Novel triarylmethanols and triarylmethyl cations with diphenylamino groups were designed and synthesized. The triarylmethyl cations exhibited near-infrared (NIR) emission in toluene solution, solid film state, and polystyrene (PS) film. The emission intensities of the triarylmethyl cations were strongest in the PS film. The relative quantum yield of the PS film increased as the number of diphenylamino groups increased. In addition, triarylmethanols exhibit dual emission in their aggregated state owing to the intermolecular interactions between triphenyl amine moieties and/or hydroxy groups. These findings are interesting because NIR and dual emissions are not observed in the dimethylamino group-substituted triarylmethyl cation, which is referred to as the “malachite green,” and the corresponding triarylmethanol, respectively.
All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes
- Physical and Theoretical Chemistry
- Organic Chemistry