Co-existence of heterometallic Zn2Er and ZnEr arrayed chromophores for the sensitization of near-infrared (NIR) luminescence

Tao Wei, Shunsheng Zhao, Weiyu Bi, Xingqiang Lü*, Yani Hui, Jirong Song, Rick W K WONG, Richard A. Jones

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With the Zn-Schiff-base [ZnL(Py)] from the simple Salen-type Schiff-base ligand H2L (H2L = N,N′-bis(salicylidene)ethylene-1,2-diamine) as the precursor, two co-crystallized heterometallic (Zn2Ln and ZnLn array) complexes [Zn2Ln(L)2(Py)2(NO3)2]·[ZnLn(L)(Py)(NO3)3(H2O)]·NO3·mMeOH·nS (Ln = Er(1), S = CH3CN, m = 2, n = 1 or Gd(2), S = H2O, m = 1, n = 3) were obtained by the further reaction with Ln(NO3)3·6H2O, respectively. The result of their photophysical properties shows the intramolecular effective energy transfer has been demonstrated in the Zn2Er and ZnEr arrayed complex 1, and the co-existence of different chromophores should be a potentially new way to the fine-tuning properties of NIR luminescence from Er3+ ions.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1216-1219
Number of pages4
JournalInorganic Chemistry Communication
Issue number12
Publication statusPublished - Dec 2009

Scopus Subject Areas

  • Physical and Theoretical Chemistry
  • Inorganic Chemistry
  • Materials Chemistry

User-Defined Keywords

  • Co-existence of ZnEr and ZnEr arrayed Schiff-base chromophores
  • Energy transfer
  • Fine-tuning of NIR luminescence


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