Mono- Versus Bicyclic Carbene Metal Amide Photoemitters: Which Design Leads to Best Performance?

New luminescent “carbene-metal-amide” (CMA) Cu, Ag and Au complexes based on monocyclic (C6) or bicyclic six-ring (BIC6) cyclic (alkyl)(amino)carbene ligands illustrates the effects of LUMO energy stabilization, conformational flexibility and excited state energy on the photoemission properties, leading to near-quantitative quantum yields, short excited state lifetimes Cu > Au > Ag down to 0.5 µs and high radiative rates of 106 s–1.